In case you missed the Barrio Hollywood event (I did not notice anyone from the Arizona Daily Star there in person, however the Tucson Weekly and AZPM were there to witness the event first-hand), our write-up of last week’s historic vote is here and video highlights are below.
People in power usually learn quickly that it is easier to apologize afterwards than to get permission in advance.
What is done is done and we must all “move on”… right?
Most students, if they quit midway through their term, would end up failing a class. That’s because they don’t have the Pedicone Privilege where you get a bonus for giving up and not finishing what you started.
When elected officials lie to their constituents and then refuse to release public records there are remedies that the people can use to hold these elected officials accountable. When determined people unite to demand accountability and transparency from their government; they cannot be stopped easily with silly tricks or guest editorials. This is the lesson that the Mayor and Council need to take from the events of last week.
Scores of concerned City residents have voiced their opinion to the Tucson Mayor and Council regarding the proposed sale of the publicly owned El Rio to a private entity. One Councilmember has decided to end her support for the controversial and secretive land deal that she once hailed as “a win win for everyone.”
I am very disappointed with a story in the NY Times today about the MAS/MASS program in TUSD. It was clearly influenced by the SALC-run Arizona Daily Star and their pro-Pedicone supporting Gassen. To explain what the media continues to do to protect Pedicone, I begin with a related story.
We have seen the scene played out before in movies and literature, from Germany to the South, and using the American South as the setting, the (based on many a true) story goes like this:
A group of known racists are on the prowl. They all have their white pointed hoods on and are tracking down a black family.
Earlier that day one of the white men started pushing around one of the black boys. When the father came outside he saw this and punched the man and knocked out his only tooth. The white man told him he would pay for this as the black family ran away.
The father knew what that meant. The KKK would now be after him and his home was no longer safe. They sought refuge inside one of the white churches known to be a safe place in these types of situations.
Sure enough, that evening the cross on the church’s front lawn was ablaze in flames and the men came a-knocking with their chains, bats, pitchforks and axes in hand.
The white pastor comes out to speak with the KKK. They demand the minorities inside. The pastor says that this is wrong, that they are not here, that they should leave them alone, etc.
Then comes the ultimatum: Either let the boys out or the entire church will be burned down. The pastor prays over this. He knows that letting the boys out will lead to certain death and now is his time to stand up to injustice. Then again, the church might be burned down and the boys may still be killed… what to do?