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MAS spreads to Texas: How Horne, Huppenthal, Hicks, Hawley and HT helped spread Hispanic History classes to Houston

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Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.

Cesar Chavez address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984

The Mexican American Studies program that existed in Tucson was unique.

Colleges all across the nation from Harvard to Arizona have an MAS program, but this education is already for the privileged few who made it through the K-12 educational system that seems to be content with having a high school graduation rate for Latinos that is just below 50%.

The MAS program in TUSD was created during a gang violence epidemic in our schools during the 90s and created for those students who were one step away entering the private-prison-pipeline. Students who never read a book in their lives now could not put these books down! This is the power that we all know comes from a quality education, where the student can’t wait to tell their family and friends about what they learned that day in school. Sadly in Arizona, when brown youth do the same, it must be because they are conspiring to overthrow the US government, and they must be stopped.

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In 2010, HB2281 was signed into law a month after SB1070 transformed Arizona, and after many battles, in January 2012 the MAS program which had graduation rates as high as 97% for its students was killed.

During this battle we made many allies nationwide, and despite the minimal to non-existent coverage of the movement by local media, the nation has been able to see how we have continued through local blogs and national media that can view events in Arizona from the outside and see clearly the injustice that is happening here.

Along with MAS classes being banned, they banned our books that were used in these classes. This led to the birth of the Librotraficante movement led by Tony Diaz that involved motivated MAS advocates such as Georgina Perez from El Paso who would lead a bus of the most ruthless and hardcore nerds across the Southern United States into the belly of the beast, smuggling the finest contraband and latest paperback editions of banned books the students here have ever seen.

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Historical Perspective for TUSD; Will MAS be HT Sanchez’s Iraq?

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Perspective is everything and is crucial to understanding the worldview of human beings all around us that we have to live with.

Recently in the wake of the Zimmerman case there have been multiple examinations, including one by the Daily Show last week, showing just how different perspectives can be on modern day America when people are divided by race; the black group gives plenty examples of racism against them, while the white group thinks racism is gone, but more importantly, does not even want to talk about it. Even worse, they think that simply talking about the problem, to paraphrase one of their group, exacerbates the problem. It is the victims talking about being victims that makes the problem worse, with no responsibility on the oppressor’s oppression?

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Top 5 – Texas Gov. Rick Perry unleashing Hell this month: Is that why it is so hot?

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been unleashing hell this month upon the Lone Star state, which may be the cause of Arizona’s unprecedented heat wave for June.

Here is a list of his Top 5 racist, sexist and other deadly acts by the Texas leader in the last couple of weeks. Read more on Top 5 – Texas Gov. Rick Perry unleashing Hell this month: Is that why it is so hot?…

Why must TUSD keep violating Federal Desegregation Order for “far from optimal” classes?

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It has been a year that TUSD placed Dr. Auggie Romero in charge of creating a new Multicultural Curriculum (MC).

A deal was made to get rid of the Mexican American Studies (MAS) director in April of 2012 but to keep Romero along as a token, as Miguel Cuevas mentioned to prove that these firings were not MAS related. In his move from director of Equity to MC, Dr. Romero was given multiple deadlines to create the new Multicultural Curriculum, all of which have passed.

What is ironic though is that Dr. Romero is doing something he said he would not do when just a few months before, in an editorial to the Arizona Daily Star he said:

“What we created has been more effective, inclusive, engaging, relevant, transformative,
equitable, caring, meaningful and American than anything else produced by TUSD in its 150-year history… we are not willing to negotiate or compromise, because we have done nothing wrong. To date, neither the state nor the district has provided the public with any evidence that we have erred in any way.”

It’s amazing what a $90,000 salary will do to change your mind about compromising with White Supremacy and those leading the assault on the education of Latino students in TUSD.  Read more on Why must TUSD keep violating Federal Desegregation Order for “far from optimal” classes?…