Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tucson Stand Up

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A benefit arts festival was held at Skrappys to support migrant justice.

There were performances by:

Jasiri X, Invincible, 2Mex, Dj Dirty Verbs, Top Nax, Dj Sloepoke, Progreso with DJ Alias, Shining Soul

Visual Art Exhibit featuring:

Favianna Rodriguez, Julio Salgado, Oree Originol, Dignidad Rebelde, El Mac, Ernesto Yerena, Justseeds

Naturally, I took pictures.  Here is the FULL SET:

Join the fight against the book banners in Arizona!

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Our goal is to raise $30K on October 12 to defend freedom of speech in Arizona.

Summary of Situation When the state of Arizona decided to ban ethnic studies and targeted Tucson’s accalimed Mexican American Studies program, the Tucson Unified School District complied with what could be called a curricular scorched earth policy. Not only did TUSD ban the teaching of Mexican American Studies and terminate all MAS courses, district officials banned and confiscated books that were associated with the program. Officials actually entered classes with students present to box and remove texts that have been used in schools throughout the United States for decades. As one student said, “It was very heartbreaking to see that happening in the middle of class.”

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Republicans adopt Kris Kobach’s SB1070 as party platform on immigration

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On Tuesday, the same the day the party adopted a platform with immigration language written by SB 1070 architect Kris Kobach while TV cameras weren’t trained on the floor, Republicans put a number of Hispanic politicians speaking Spanish on stage in primetime when they were. Hispanic Republicans who criticize their party over some of its harsh Kobachian rhetoric say the stagecraft will have the desired effect.

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