VIDEO: Kristel Foster and Auggie Romero “push back” against TUSD’s minority moms

“Someone mentioned that the Holocaust is taught [in TUSD], but we are not going to talk about the holocaust of Native people on this land? I mean that’s fascinating, there’s something wrong with that. That’s the same thing as genocide, but we are not going to talk about that? The curriculum that I did look at has a very strong slant towards the white-washing of the history that the students already have. It’s not inclusive… it’s like giving to the political powers what they want, and I’m hearing that on this panel and it’s really disturbing to me because we […]

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(VIDEO) TUSD Tragedy: 5 years later, where are they now?

Five years after the TUSD Tragedy...

The TUSD Tragedy – Save Ethnic Studies from Three Sonorans on Vimeo. 5 years ago this week, on May 3rd, 2011, the event now known as the TUSD Tragedy took place which you can see in the video above. Superintendent John Pedicone somehow how gained the power to give orders to police, 7 women were arrested, and outside police were throwing students and their parents on the street, bloodying them and leaving gravel still embedded under their skin years later. TUSD was changed forever… innocence was lost as the board room became a militarized zone. In less than a year […]

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VIDEO: Chicana plaintiffs for Ethnic Studies explain why they fight for MAS at Ninth Circuit

Maya Arce and Korina Lopez are the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's Ethnic Studies ban.

Last Friday, January 9th, 2015, just one week after Arizona’s state superintendent John Huppenthal issued yet another ban on Ethnic Studies classes in TUSD, an Ethnic Studies Now summit was held at Mission High School in San Francisco as hundreds of scholars gathered before the Ninth Circuit hearing on January 12th to determine whether Arizona has the constitutional right to ban Mexican American Studies in Tucson. Today we hear from the plaintiffs, two courageous Chicanas who were denied access to Mexican American Studies classes in TUSD. Korina Lopez is now at the University of Arizona, but when it was time […]

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Why banned books in TUSD should be read by all: 48 teachers file amicus brief against HB2281

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. […]

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Maya Arce vs John Huppenthal: Read Ninth Circuit filing against HB2281 here!


Maya Arce is only a sophomore at Tucson High Magnet School, but she has already been the victim of Arizona racism multiple times while at TUSD. Maya is not only being denied the opportunity to take Mexican American Studies classes since the program her father founded and directed was banned and he was fired from the district after over a decade successfully teaching Latino students, Maya had to deal with local racism during the HT Sanchez era this year after her Spanish 7-8 class was banned by the THMS principal for having too many Mexicans in it according to one […]

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