Two Canadian mining companies are trying to obtain permits for two unrelated mining projects that threaten O’odham water resources and sacred sites in southern Arizona.
Lori Riddle, Akimel O’odham citizen and founder of Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment (GRACE), recently began sending out alerts that the Vancouver-based company Curis Resources may be just weeks away from getting a green light from the Arizona state government for their proposed In-Situ copper mine in Florence, which borders the southern edge of the O’odham Gila River Indian community.
Seating was scarce at the April 17 Senate hearing on Ending Racial Profiling in America. Those left outside were directed to an overflow room. But there was one empty seat. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, who was presiding over the hearing, said that he had invited the Justice Department to testify, but “they declined.”
”]There have been countless acts of courage by minority women who refused to suffer indignities. The border is full of incidents where people stood up and said yá basta! That’s enough! In El Paso, Texas Mexicans were routinely forced to undergo strip searches and were fumigated with toxic gases. In 1917, Carmelita Torres, age 17, refused to take a gasoline bath when she entered the United States. The excuses for administering baths was that Mexicans spread typhoid or that Mexicans had lice. Often the soldiers would stare at the disrobed women as they were forced to take the DDT baths. The year before, Mexican inmates in El Paso were given a similar bath with gasoline and were burned to death when a fire ignited the gas. Carmelita, tired of suffering this indignity, agitated the other passengers on a trolley. Thirty trolley passengers joined the protest, touching off two days of uprisings. The following article describes the encounter.
The public school administrators in Tucson have taken censorship to new heights.
First, they banned Mexican American Studies.
Then, they actually yanked books out of the classroom that were on the Mexican American Studies reading list.
WHEN: Today @ 6pm
WHERE: First Assembly of God 149 E. Broadway Blvd
WHY: need a huge turn out from all community and neighborhood organization to challenge the widening of Broadway to 8 lanes. Needless and wasteful spending. Destructive of businesses and historic parts of Tucson. Spread the word – we need your presence today at 6pm.