Posts Tagged: Ethnic Studies

Steve Gallardo to run for US Congress after bravely fighting for Ethnic Studies return in Tucson

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Video below is of Steve Gallardo’s speech outside the State of the State address in January 2014.

State Senator Steve Gallardo has always been there for us in Tucson even though he lives in Maricopa County.

I have seen him at many events, labor rallies, marches, and he was even present during the April 26th event at TUSD when Mexican American Studies students bravely took over the board dais to stop a vote to dismantle the MAS program.

He came to Tucson a few days later to hold a press conference with the rest of the Latino Caucus defending the actions of the students. Read more on Steve Gallardo to run for US Congress after bravely fighting for Ethnic Studies return in Tucson…

Arizona schools leader bans Black History Month lessons as form of Ethnic Studies

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As Black History Month enters its second week in Arizona schools, today State Superintendent John Huppenthal was joined by Attorney General Tom Horne at a press conference declaring all Black History Month lessons banned in Arizona.

John Huppenthal's last stand...

John Huppenthal’s last stand…

“Under ARS 15-112, the same statute used to ban the anti-American Mexican American Studies classes in Tucson, the power is given to one sole white man in charge of the schools, and anything he finds uncomfortable or does not agree with cannot be taught. Thus it is hereby declared that all Black History month lesson are banned as a form of Ethnic Studies which has already been cleansed from the state.

Black History Month lessons are a clear violation of subsections:

  • b) Promote resentment of a race or class of people
  • c) Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group
  • d) Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.

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Banned Books Week discussion in Los Angeles focuses on TUSD

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Still making us proud Pedicone! From Papers Please to Banned Books… what historical figure comes to mind? Maybe that’s why they are banning history classes in TUSD?

Controversies still rage about banning textbooks teaching evolution from classrooms. And in Tucson, Arizona, the school district didn’t simply ban books, they banned an entire curriculum: the Mexican American Studies program. (In a particularly Orwellian twist, the Tucson Unified School District insists the books from the program haven’t been banned, they’ve merely been “redistributed.”) There’s a reason we celebrate Banned Books Week (Sep. 30 – Oct. 6). There are thousands of reasons.

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Book Review: How did Arizona end up the way it is now? New book by Jeff Biggers offers answers, and hope

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“Beyond the shouting and screaming, at least let’s know the history behind [the state of Arizona today].”

- Jeff Biggers

Arizona is currently celebrating its centennial this year after turning 100 years old as a US state on Valentine’s Day, 1912.

At lot has happened in the past century, and Arizona is, without a doubt, an important and symbolic state today for reasons good and bad depending on your point of view.

Arizona is known nationwide as being anti-Mexican, the home of anti-immigrant legislation, racial profiling, banning Mexican American history and literature from schools, and the infamous Tent City of Sheriff Arpaio. But Arizona is also the state that had the only pre-college Mexican American Studies department in the nation and it worked, the state that successfully recalled the sponsor of SB1070 last year, and this election year Arizona may even become a blue state and may be the home of only the third Latino Senator in the United States (Richard Carmona), and this may also be Sheriff Arpaio’s final year in office.

In addition, over 50% of the babies being born in Arizona – a mecca for older conservative white retirees with money and political power – are Latino which only serves to escalate the drama we see being played out today.

Add to this the need for immediate comprehensive immigration reform, white supremacists in militias patrolling the border in a state that ranks at the bottom of education yet has the most lax gun laws and what you have is a perfect political storm that will last at least another decade, if not longer as generational evolution occurs.

How did we get here to Arizona 2012?
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Happy birthday to Banned-in-TUSD author Paulo Freire!

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Happy birthday Paulo Freire (Sept. 19, 1921 – May 2, 1997), Brazilian educator, philosopher, and influential theorist of critical pedagogy. Best known for his influential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. http://zinnedproject.org/posts/3327 Photo: Myles Horton and Paulo Freire at Highlander Center in 1987 with adult educators.

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