Dia de Los Muertos on the world’s busiest border

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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. For an additional image and a video, check out the article on the ColorLines Magazine site: (http://bitly.com/RsmNhc) Please pass the photo along. via Presente.org Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a […]

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Must-watch VIDEO documentary! Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind

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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 […]

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Tom Horne left scene of hit-and-run accident to hide his affair?

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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. via Arizona Capitol Times.   Update: An FBI report released Tuesday by Phoenix police who investigated the accident said FBI agents learned during a campaign finance investigation that Horne was having an affair with the woman, Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal, and that they used her apartment as a rendezvous site. “Though motive is not an element of the criminal statute listed above,” the report said, referring to Arizona’s hit-and-run […]

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VIDEO: Betts supports reinstating MAS classes, Cami says he will accept Multicultural Curriculum as replacement

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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. Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google ad below)

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The new leaders of Tucson will be from the MAS program that TUSD and Pedicone banned

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For whatever reason, Jeff Biggers, the author of the latest book on Arizona, which features Tucson and TUSD, received almost no coverage in the Arizona Daily Star. It is almost as if they are trying to prove the conspiracy theories about SALC and Pedicone, especially since in almost two years of tenure, John Pedicone has received no criticism by Tucson’s only daily newspaper. Racism is one thing, but reality is another, and TUSD is broke, students are leaving, and any national coverage of TUSD involves segregation, racism, censorship, and banned books. The local paper’s reaction is silence; both silence on […]

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Reclaiming the “pro-life” label

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I know that I myself am not “anti-life” nor do I know any Democrats who are. Thomas Friedman makes this the topic of his Sunday NY Times editorial. “Pro-life” can mean only one thing: “respect for the sanctity of life.” And there is no way that respect for the sanctity of life can mean we are obligated to protect every fertilized egg in a woman’s body, no matter how that egg got fertilized, but we are not obligated to protect every living person from being shot with a concealed automatic weapon. I have no respect for someone who relies on […]

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MAS teacher describes how TUSD banned The Tempest by Shakespeare from his classroom

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It was January 11, 2011, not even a full twenty-four hours after the Tucson Unified School District had voted to dismantle our Mexican American Studies classes in wake of threats from state officials in Arizona to withhold millions of dollars in funding. I was sitting in the conference room adjacent to the principal’s office with Dr. Abel Morado and Assistant Principal David Mandel and a few colleagues. It’s called the Badger Room. Fans of symbolism may get a kick out of that. Our administrators were conducting a meeting about the restrictions to our curriculum due to the actions of the […]

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Russell Means 1980 cover story

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THE ONLY POSSIBLE OPENING FOR a statement like this is that I detest writing. The process itself epitomizes the European concept of “legitimate thinking”: what is written has an importance that is denied the spoken. My culture, the Lakota culture, has an oral tradition, so I ordinarily reject writing. It is one of the white world’s ways of destroying the cultures of non-European peoples, the imposing of an abstraction over the spoken relationship of a people. So what you read here is not what I’ve written. It’s what I’ve said and someone else has written down. I will allow this […]

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