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No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea, whose life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and More »
This video shows excerpts from the Senate Judicial Hearing on April 24, 2012, It also shows testimony from Phoenix as hundreds rallied and marched on April 25, eventually blocking ICE and the More »
Al Madrigal travels to Arizona, where the powerful evidence of hearsay convinced the Tucson school board to ban Mexican-American studies programs. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full More »
Posted on October 2, 2013
SHOWDOWN ON THE BORDER: CIVIL DISCOURSE FOR UNCIVIL TIMES
When: 2:00pm – 4:00pm 10/12/13
Where: Tucson Meet Yourself, Community Matters Stage, El Presidio Park, downtown Tucson
Why does ethnic studies matter to Western history? Come explore this question as part of the Showdown on the Border: Civic Discourse in Uncivil Times. Join your neighbors along with nationally recognized scholars who will put contemporary Arizona politics into historical context. This free public forum is the second of a two-part series; the first forum will be held October 9th at the Westin La Paloma at 4:30PM. This event is organized by the University of Arizona history department and has been made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.
Participating scholars include: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, UCLA; Evelyn Hu-deHart, Brown University; Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado; Quintard Taylor, University of Washington.
from Michelle Tellez
You can purchase the 25:40 minute video, please visit: azworkerrightscenter.org/
Through interviews and documentary footage Workers on the Rise follows the history and work of the Arizona Worker Rights Center, a local non-profit organization that tracks labor rights violations, challenges abusive employers, promotes worker friendly legislation and develops worker leadership and community in Phoenix.
Por medio de entrevistas y grabaciones Workers on the Rise (Trabajadores en La Lucha) sigue la historia y trabajo del Centro de Derechos Laborales de Arizona, una organización sin fines de lucro que documenta violaciones de derechos laborales, enfrenta empleadores abusivos, promueve legislación a favor de los trabajadores, y desarolla liderazgo y comunidad en Phoenix.
DREAMzone Ally Certification Program
DREAMzone is a comprehensive professional development workshop at Arizona State University that provides student leaders, staff, and faculty with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to effectively respond to the presence and needs of undocumented students at institutions of higher education. DREAMzone’s primary objective is to create inclusive and supportive campus environments conducive to the educational success of undocumented students. Modeled after successful Safe Zone programs across the country, DREAMzone is a 4-hour ally certification training designed to establish a visible support network for undocumented students at Arizona State University.
DREAMzone emerged out of the DREAMer Research Initiative, a collaborative effort amongst faculty, staff, and administrators garnering support for a comprehensive response to the unmet social, cultural and academic needs of undocumented students at institutions of higher education. The name DREAMzone is derived from the alias “DREAMers,” which undocumented students have adopted, as potential beneficiaries of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
DREAMzone prepares participants to effectively respond to the presence and needs of undocumented students by:
Challenging participants to identify and deconstruct their preconceptions of undocumented student populations
Increasing participants’ content knowledge regarding federal, state, and institutional policies directly affecting the undocumented college student experience
Providing participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue with a panel of undocumented students
Helping participants develop competencies and skills for working with undocumented students, and serving as allies
If you have any questions about DREAMzone, or would like to host a workshop for your department, college or university, please email Jesus.Cisneros@asu.edu or Davier.Rodriguez@asu.edu.
People demonstrate in front of Tucson Magnet High School in 2010, protesting an Arizona law banning Mexican American studies at Tucson public schools. (James S. Wood / March 23, 2013)
TUCSON — Arizona lawmakers passed a law to dismantle a Mexican American studies program in Tucson schools, but the legislation has had an unintended effect: The controversy is renewing interest in the state and nationwide in ethnic studies and Chicano and Latino literature.
Some Tucson students have found new ways to study the subject while receiving college credit to boot. Others who had no interest on the topic say they are now drawn to the material.
“Underground” libraries with Chicano literature are popping up across the Southwest and are set to open soon in unexpected places such as Milwaukee and Louisville.
“I guess the irony is … that we have banded together and created a new civil rights movement, a renaissance in Latino literature. Now there are people in Louisville, Ky., who will be enjoying Chicano literature,” said Tony Diaz.
Diaz heads Librotraficante, a group that raises money to buy books and open libraries to keep Mexican American studies alive. The state ban was the impetus for Librotraficante — whose name is Spanish for “book smuggler.”
continue reading: Interest in ethnic studies jumps after Arizona ban – latimes.com.
February 08, 2013 12:00 am • Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star(48) Comments
Now the tough, politically polarizing work resumes for TUSD.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Bury ordered the Tucson Unified School District to put in place what should be its final desegregation plan. If the district complies, it will emerge from the federal order in 2017, 39 years after it was imposed.
Although TUSD agreed in advance to the vast majority of the plan, following it will be difficult -and likely embroil the board in more controversies as well as litigation.
As part of the plan, Bury ordered the district to resume teaching “culturally relevant courses,” which amounts to an order to challenge the new state law governing ethnic studies.
Like it or not, state law prohibits any courses “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.” While Mexican-American Studies and African-American Studies courses are open to everybody, the point of them is to improve the academic performances of students from those backgrounds, as Bury acknowledges.
Ethnic Studies To Return to Tucson in Court-Backed Desegregation Plan
By Lesli A. Maxwell on February 7, 2013 12:30 PM
Mexican-American studies will return to classrooms in Tucson’s secondary schools in the fall after a federal judge approved the district’s new plan to achieve greater racial balance in its schools.
But the pitched battle over teaching ethnic studies in Tucson may still not be settled even though U.S. District Judge David Bury has given the green light to the school district’s Unitary Status plan, which is meant to bring an end to the decades-long desegregation effort in the Arizona city. A key part of that approved plan—which was written by Willis Hawley, the court-assigned special master—is to offer “culturally relevant” courses that focus on the history, experience, and culture of blacks and Latinos.
The school district shuttered the popular Mexican-American studies program a year ago after state officials said the courses violated a state law that forbids public schools from using curriculum that is designed for a particular ethnic group, advocates ethnic solidarity, or promotes resentment toward a race or group of people. State Superintendent John Huppenthal threatened to pull the plug on $15 million in state funding if the district didn’t cancel the courses. Judge Bury indicated that state officials would still be free to enforce the state law if they believe the new ethnic studies courses are in violation.
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Office: 213-629-2512 PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTIONFebruary 6, 2013 CONTACT:Donald Gatlin: (202) 821-7923Nancy Ramirez: (213) 629-2512 MALDEF, TUCSON STUDENTS TRIUMPH AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS IN HISTORIC DESEGREGATION CASECourt Orders Tucson School District to Reinstate Culturally Relevant Curriculum that Reflects the History, Culture and Experiences of Mexican Americans TUCSON– Yesterday Judge David C. Bury ruled in favor of Latino plaintiffs in the longstanding desegregation lawsuit against the Tucson Unified School District (“TUSD”), filed by MALDEF in 1974 in federal district court in Tucson, Arizona. In his order, Judge Bury adopted the Unitary Status Plan (“USP”), designed to eliminate segregation and improve educational outcomes for Latino students in TUSD, that was jointly filed last year by TUSD, the Fisher Plaintiffs on behalf of African American students, the United States Department of Justice, MALDEF on behalf of the Mendoza plaintiffs who are Latino students, and the Court-appointed Special Master, Dr. Willis D. Hawley.Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel stated, “Once fully implemented, today’s order promises to dramatically improve educational opportunities for Latino students in Tucson. The plan addresses critical issues, such as the education of English learners, discriminatory disparities in access to critical programs, and the restoration of culturally relevant courses to the curriculum. When these issues are addressed, the educational experience of all students will be richer and more equitable.”