Above you can listen to the debate between the TEA Party’s Shaun McClusky and Three Sonorans over Mexican American Studies which is now banned in Tucson but has just spread to all of Texas. The discussion began with an introduction to what just happened in Texas by Georgina Perez who was part of the Librotraficante movement that smuggled “wetbooks” into Tucson after they were banned in 2012.
The forum that Bill Buckmaster provides is an important one since many times we only choose media sources that are reflections of our own beliefs that are never challenged. On his monthly showdown that I am part of, we get to have a civilized discussion on heated topics, for example MAS this month.
What I learned from today’s episode is that there is still a lot that is not known about what MAS was in TUSD, and hearsay about it remains despite official independent investigations into program as the one John Huppenthal commissioned now known as the “Cambium Audit.”
When the Desegregation Plan for TUSD was being written there was no Culturally Relevant Classes nor was there a director. All that existed in the beginning was the Special Master’s “Multicultural Curriculum” hamburger helper experiment to be unleashed on the Latino students of TUSD that once had the filet mignon of Mexican American Studies classes that saw high school graduation rates as high as 97% for its students.
Dr. Augustine Romero split with the MAS teachers to accept the job at John Pedicone’s side in return for a paycheck worth near $100K to soothe his ears after being called a vendido by the MAS community; he became the picket-line crosser that Cesar Chavez hated.
After late-night community forums that included all the parties involved in the Deseg case, not only was a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRC or CRPI) included but also a person to run the program at the Director level; presumably an expert would fill this position and earn a salary similar to the Multicultural Director.
John Pedicone never appointed the CRC Director by the federal court ordered deadline of April 1st, 2013 even with the new “pro-MAS” board that had been elected. Instead Augustine Romero was put in charge of creating the new “MAS-lite” courses that were supposed to be offered at every high school by Fall 2013.
Make no mistake, the very same Mexican American Studies program that was banned in Tucson is about to be born again in Texas!
The Librotraficante movement began in response to the banning of MAS books in TUSD, and the people involved with this MAS movement in Texas have very strong ties to the MAS teachers in Tucson; not CRC or Auggie Romero’s watered-down Huppenthal-compromised Multicultural classes, but the real deal.
MAS teacher Curtis Acosta is even in Houston giving presentations (poster above) on the program before the vote which passed unanimously.
The Houston school board, representing the largest school district in Texas, threw its support Thursday behind the state creating a Mexican-American studies course.
The 9-0 vote followed some debate over whether the district would appear to be favoring one culture over another.
HISD board president Juliet Stipeche, who brought the resolution to the board for consideration, asked her colleagues whether they could name five Mexican-American leaders in history.
“It’s not that we don’t care. It’s that we don’t know,” she said.
The State Board of Education plans to discuss creating an elective Mexican-American history and culture course at its meeting in Austin next week.
In 2012, April 1st came on a Sunday, so the Daily Show had to wait until Monday to feature the greatest Fool this month could muster up, Tucson’s own Michael Hicks.
Not only does he say some pretty crazy and stupid stuff, but his admissions are one of classic white supremacy. When all the white people are gone, THEN the Mexican Americans can learn their history? Wow!
There is a clear pattern that emerges when you write a daily blog about activism and police brutality in post-SB1070 Arizona.
The first is that it is almost ALWAYS police provoked.
In other words, a riot or the police beatdown of citizens could have easily been avoided if that was the goal. Clearly “to serve and protect” is not a reference to the citizens.
Another pattern that I have documented has to deal with the use of “roads” in police actions. I offer now several examples of how roads have been used peaceably and for violence by the police.
We begin with a reference to the new movie “Cesar Chavez” that is now out in theaters. There is a scene were the police blockade the road as the farmers are marching to the State Capitol from the fields hundreds of miles away. The police ask for a permit for the march. This comes after scenes of police beatdowns on the farmworkers who were striking the grape farmers; the police were clearly on the side of the rich powerful growers.
Chavez simply responds that they will take the sidewalk then, since that is public property, and the march continues on single-file. Roads have also been used as police would follow vehicles during the civil rights era to pull over activists for speeding when they made special attention not to because of the police following them.
This brings up a few important questions:
What is meant by a “public” road? Do the citizens have a right to them?
Are police the ultimate authority on what happens on roads? Can they do as they please in a dictatorial-style?
Why are police allowed to block off any road at anytime? Surely we allow them to do so for car accidents and such, and we pull over for emergency vehicles when their lights are on, so we get it, but do we forfeit all rights over the roads in non-emergency times?