The then state superintendent Tom Horne, a Polish Jewish immigrant, was forced out of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for supporting the racist bill. In case you do not know what the ADL is:
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
Tom Horne, Arizona’s state superintendent of public instruction, resigned from the local board of the Anti-Defamation League Feb. 26, over the board’s opposition to a bill he supports that would ban ethnic studies programs.
Forest Service admits it failed to address threats to southern Arizona environment and economy
(TUCSON, ARIZ) The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it was posting the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Rosemont Mine on its website for public review. However, the Forest Service also indicated that it was not releasing the draft Record of Decision (ROD) until mid-December. The Forest Service will not issue a final decision until well into 2014 after the public has had an opportunity to review this latest proposal and the agency addresses any objections that are raised. In addition, there are other regulatory approvals that must be obtained before the mine can proceed, including a critical water permit that the EPA recently recommended be denied.
Canadian junior mining company Augusta Resource Corp., through its Rosemont Copper Co. subsidiary, is seeking approval to blast a mile-wide, half-mile deep open pit mine in the Santa Rita Mountains just south of Tucson. Augusta also wants permission to bury more than four square miles of the Coronado National Forest under 600-800 feet of potentially toxic mining wastes that threaten critical southern Arizona water supplies.
In January of 2012, 7 books were banned in Tucson’s largest school district that were at the heart of the Mexican American Studies program.
Those books were:
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Message to Aztlan
Critical Race Theory
500 Años del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History, in Pictures
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years
Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
48 teachers from different states have filed their own amicus brief in the Maya Arce v. John Huppenthal Ninth Circuit case against HB2281, Arizona’s “Ethnic Studies Ban” bill.
If you have ever wondered why these books are so powerful, and why they should be read by all Americans, then you should print out a copy of the PDF above to read over the holiday break to find out how historical truth really gets under the skin of right-wing Republicans in Arizona, the “show me your papers state,” to the point that they try to mimic 1930s Germany even further by banning books.