Above is video of the Plaintiff’s Representative, Sylvia Campoy, speaking at the John Valenzuela Youth Center about the Desegregation Case. It was sad to see so many people, led by Brian Flagg at the October 6th, 2015 TUSD board meeting, vilifying a Chicana who has lived in Tucson all her life and has dedicated her life to standing up for minorities, all because they were blinded by a South Tucson white man’s delusional image of the current TUSD superintendent, an outsider from a Texas oil family, who is pitting the Latino community against itself while TUSD raids the pot meant for minority students.
History is repeating itself in TUSD today, and sadly this involves the rise in gang violence. Today we explore how the now-banned MAS program was used to remedy this problem, and how sadly ironic it is that by banning Mexican American History classes, those who are ignorant of our local history (HT Sanchez) and who keep these classes banned (our school board) are directly responsible for this new wave of violence that is plaguing TUSD.
After TUSD board member Kristel Foster welcomed the state censorship monitors into its Ethnic Studies classes in exchange for $15 million, today’s local NPR brings us a story of the plight current “culturally relevant” teachers must live through thanks to the racist bill HB2281.
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.