Radioactivity levels found to be dangerous due to uranium mines in northern Arizona on Navajo lands

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For some Navajos, the uranium contamination is all of a piece with their fraught relationship with the federal government. “They’re making excuses, and they’ve always made excuses,” Ms. Knorr said. “The government should have had a law in place that told these mining companies: you clean up your mess when you leave.” via NY Times. A Navajo friend was once telling me about Monument Valley, about those famous structures that you see in northern Arizona made famous by old western films. Little did I know that those famous landmarks are radioactive, and some contain old uranium mines at the top […]

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Feds reach settlement with Arizona Dept of Ed on ELL students

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Departments of Justice and Education Reach Settlement with Arizona Department of Education to Ensure That Potential ELL Students Are Properly Identified WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today entered into a settlement agreement with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to ensure that Arizona’s English Language Learner (ELL) students receive the educational services that they need. The agreement requires ADE to revoke its one-question Home Language Survey (HLS), which failed to identify and serve all eligible ELL students, and reinstate its three-question HLS so that all potential ELLs […]

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TUSD approves books for language arts that MAS teachers are still banned from using

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Professor Debbie Reese decided to look at TUSD’s new language arts curriculum (in TUSD, “arts” means everyone uses the same color and brush to draw the same picture of reality) and she finds some contradictions and raises some interesting questions: via TUSD Announces New English/Language Arts Curriculum I wonder if TUSD administrators are aware that Appendix B has books on it by Latino/a authors? Several of them wrote books or stories that are on the list of over 50 books that can no longer be taught by teachers who taught courses in the Mexican American Studies department, and some of […]

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VIDEO: Mark Stegeman’s opposition to discussion of Cesar Chavez march in TUSD leads to ban

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  World War II changed everything in this nation. Mexican American soldiers fought heroically for the United States: Proportionately, Mexican Americans surpass all other ethnic groups with respect to the number of Congressional Medals of Honor earned for valor in combat. After WW II, these patriotic men and women encountered “No Mexicans Allowed” signs in public places. Robert Oppenheimer describes a typical incident of a Mexican American WW II veteran, in his medal-decorated uniform, who was refused service in a restaurant. “White” cemeteries refused to bury Mexican American veterans. Things had to change. After putting their life at risk for […]

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VIDEO: Romney’s bromance with Paul Ryan – Together their love may kill the common enemy, Medicare

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The Democratic National Committee released a new web video Friday mocking what they call the “bro-mance” between Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). The video is the latest effort looking to handcuff the likely Republican nominee to a budget proposal Democrats argue would devastate Medicare and Medicaid programs on which the nation’s poor and elderly rely. via The Hill. Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google ad below)

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As Pedicone defeats Grijalva and company, an apology for my criticism

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These last two years have been eye-opening in terms of politics and racism in this state. Two years ago the Three Sonorans began writing. The topic I wrote most about at first was regarding Randy Parraz vs Rodney Glassman. Then in the fall I started writing about John Pedicone. These are actually both related closely. Rodney Glassman is a multi-millionaire who got mega-rich from his family’s agribusiness and dangerous pesticide corporation that uses tons of water in the Fresno, California area. Nowadays Glassman works for Waste Management and helps them steal jobs away from the union workers of the City […]

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Racist deaths in TUSD? Trayvon-tragedies in Tucson?

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By now most people have heard of Trayvon Martin, the black youth that was killed while armed with Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea. Today’s Democracy Now! has the following story of an African-American Marine that was killed by police: As the Trayvon Martin case draws national attention, we look at another fatal shooting of an African-American male that has received far less scrutiny. Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, NY, police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, […]

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Did TUSD ban the Cesar Chavez march this weekend?

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“These trends are part of the forces of history that cannot be stopped,” Chavez admonished his listeners. “No person and no organization can resist them for very long. They are inevitable. Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Our opponents must understand that it’s not just a union we have built. Unions, like other institutions, can come and go. But we’re more than an institution. For nearly 20 years, our union […]

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VIDEO: Black Congressman wears hoodie on House Floor and gets escorted out by security

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March 28 – A national debate over the killing of a black teenager in Florida spilled into the House of Representatives when Democratic lawmaker Bobby Rush put on a ”hoodie” – clothing that has become emblematic of those protesting police handling of the Trayvon Martin case. The lawmaker was escorted out for violating a rule that prohibits wearing hats on the House floor. via Reuters. Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google ad below)

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