Dia de Los Muertos is here
This image (source: http://bit.ly/T7NV6Z) was taken at the U.S./Mexico border, in remembrance of all the human tragedy that has occurred here, the world’s busiest border.
But more than just a homage to the human death toll, this piece carries a potent message of just how broken our immigration system is, how strained relations are between both nations, and how many dreams have perished at this border.
I highly recommend watching the latest documentary (above) to be released focusing on Tucson and its largest school district (TUSD) and how the leaders of superintendent John Pedicone’s district allowed a racist state law to supersede a federally protected educational program for minorities which was benefitting all students.
The documentary addresses questions and issues that I never have and includes video I have never seen before until now. It also provides a nice summary of the events that took place, and includes interviews with politicians on all sides of the political spectrum, from State Senator Gallardo to Tucson Mayor Rothschild to Attorney General Tom Horne.
The video is also timely and should be watched by all before the election since it addresses an important issue that arose last year with the passes of a board member and how the important pro-MAS Democratic voice of Judy Burns was replaced with the anti-MAS Republican Sugiyama who is also running in this year’s election.
Phoenix police and the FBI concluded that Attorney General Tom Horne left the scene of a hit-and-run accident in a parking garage to hide an extramarital affair with a subordinate.
AZPM, the “local NPR,” asked the TUSD candidates about their stances on the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program that was banned earlier this year.
Betts Putnam-Hidalgo‘s first sentence in her response makes her position clear.
“We should work at the federal level to reinstate Mexican American Studies.”
Betts goes on to mention how the federal desegregation order currently in place on TUSD defends the MAS program, and once against she asserts her desire to reinstate the MAS program.