Phoenix Civil Rights leader Rev. Maupin calls for ban on future Katt Williams performances

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Valley Civil Rights Leader, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin calls on Celebrity Theater management and ownership to ban any future Katt Williams performances. Citing the “comedian’s” recent racially insensitive tirade against latinos and complaints from black and brown patrons about the content of the August 20th show, Maupin has written a letter demanding that Katt Williams be banned from Celebrity’s stage. The Reverend has also approached sponsors, vendors, and advertisers with the theater, including a national hotel chain, to withdraw contract/ad dollars if the theater does not comply. “Katt Williams’ performance only helps to perpetuate the myth of racial divides and […]

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Chicano studies in Tucson gets some love from Ask a Mexican!

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Gustavo Arellano of the Ask a Mexican column that you can find locally in the Tucson Weekly, gives a shout-out to the MAS program in TUSD this week. GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK! We’ve plugged the Mexican-American Studies program offered by the Tucson Unified School District before in this columna, but we can’t do it enough. And as the academic year begins anew, we commend this endeavor anew. You know why Know Nothings hate this program, banda, and want to eliminate it? Because it actually helps students do better in school and the last thing the old guard in this […]

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“Glik case” — Federal court rules that Americans have right to videotape police

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We conclude, based on the facts alleged, that Glik was exercising clearly-established First Amendment rights in filming the officers in a public space, and that his clearly-established Fourth Amendment rights were violated by his arrest without probable cause. – First Circuit Federal Court The “Glik case.” That is the name I am going to remember should police ever harass me for videotaping them. The US Federal court has ruled that we have a First Amendment right to film officers in the public space. Plain and simple. God Bless America. SIMON GLIK, Plaintiff, Appellee, v. JOHN CUNNIFFE, in his individual capacity; […]

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Should we be giving more tax refunds to the top US corporations?

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In the book What’s the matter with Kansas? the author Thomas Frank explores the idea of how poor Republicans get duped into working against their own interests by the rich Republicans. If you think about the outrage on taxing the top 1% in the nation, you have a bunch of Fox News watchers or other right-wing media subscribers, the vast majority of whom are not in the top 1%, mad as hell and they will not be satisfied until they have a march outside mansions demanding a tax cut for the people living there, shifting more of the burden onto […]

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Grinnell will be on ballot, DeCamp and Romero winning so far

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Results continue to change as more ballots are counted, but it looks like Republican write-in candidate Rick Grinnell has surpassed the minimum votes needed to make it onto the November ballot. He will face Democrat Jonathan Rothschild. The Green party was the only contested race and DeCamp is beating Croteau by a healthy margin, so Mary DeCamp will be the only woman in the Tucson mayor’s race. The only other contested race of interest is the Ward 1 race and the incumbent Regina Romero has defeated challenger Joe Flores. Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just […]

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Professor Rudy Acuña responds to attack on MEChA in Tucson schools

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“With these types of generalizations and exaggerations it is a small wonder that institutions in Tucson produced a Jared L. Loughner. The inciting of racial hatred is not only hateful, it is criminal. It leads to violence.” – Rudy Acuña Professor Rudy Acuña responds to the very serious accusations being lobbed at MEChA by TUSD assistant superintendent Dr. Lupita Garcia. She called the largest Mexican-American student organization in the nation, MEChA, “anti-Semitic” and “un-American.” Dr. Garcia is the same person that TUSD superintendent John Pedicone put in charge of supervising the Mexican-American Studies program, and (surprise) enrollment is half of […]

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TUSD asst supe Lupita Garcia continuing Russell Pearce’s racist attack on MEChA

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Brief background: In 2004 Arizona had Proposition 200 that people compared to California’s “Prop 187” which passed a decade earlier. This was a huge anti-immigrant bill and would be the pre-cursor to SB1070. The sponsors of Prop 200 was the group known as Protect Arizona Now. There was a split within this hateful movement and one of the two founders of PAN, Rusty Childress, would go and join the “Yes on 200” campaign which he formed along with Russell Pearce and Randy Graf. Everyone knows Russell Pearce as the author of SB1070 and Randy Graf is a right-wing Republican that […]

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