Over the weekend the much-loved Professor and Department Head of the Mexican American Studies program at the University of Arizona suddenly passed away unexpectedly.
A vigil will take place this evening (2/9/15) in Dr. Richard Ruiz’s honor. From the Facebook Event Page:
Finally the culturally relevant courses in TUSD are officially getting back many of books that were banned in the Mexican American Studies classes three years ago.
Yes, books by Chicano and Native American authors were banned in post-SB1070 Arizona… all by the freedom- and liberty-loving patriots that run the state of Arizona.
Finally, after about three years of MAS destruction by the local TUSD school board in response to the racist state law that gives one person the power to ban Ethnic Studies, the largest school district in Southern Arizona finally did something right that may be the first step in bringing back the banned Mexican American Studies program.
There are many new huge developments in the ongoing battle against Mexican American Studies in Tucson from the Republican-led State of Arizona. Some of these include:
The state cannot do anything to us proclaimed a TUSD administrator at a national conference recently. We have a federal court order protecting us he went on to say, and anyone who knows basic civics knows that Federal trumps State.