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[Bill Moyers interviewed Luis Urrea] Between Two Worlds — Life on the Border

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 »

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SB1070 Senate Hearing, Protest and Arrests. – YouTube

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 »

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies Ban

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 »

POC ZINE PROJECT

SAVE THE DATE: October 14, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Tucson, AZ!<br />
Much love to Adela, Sarita, Lizeth and everyone else in Tucson who has helped to coordinate our AZ date &lt;3 Please support these folks by clicking on their names and learning more about what they do. They are amazing.<br />
Both of our Tucson events are free and we do accept donations. Please give what you can-funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.<br />
VENUES, TIMES &amp; ADDRESSES<br />
Both events are on October 14, 2013<br />
ON CAMPUS: University of Arizona - SIRLS department - 1515 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719<br />
NOON - 2:30pm (there will be tabling space! bring yr materiality &lt;3)<br />
IN COMMUNITY: Skrappy’s Youth Collective - 191&#160;E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701</p>
<p> 7pm-9:30pm (Bring yr materiality, we&#8217;ll have free tabling space &lt;3 and the venue is wheelchair accessible)<br />
- Featuring a performance by Shining Soul, plus other special guests!<br />
Here is the Facebook invite for both events. RSVP if yr coming - it gives us an approximate sense of what to expect &lt;3<br />
COMMUNITY: We were invited to table at the Punk Swap Event at Skrappy&#8217;s from 5-10pm on October 12, 2013. We&#8217;re in! Hope to see you there too to support Skrappy&#8217;s, who donated their space to us. Free tabling for POC.<br />
Punk Swap event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522666497807562<br />
#RaceRiotTour Image credit: Adela C. Licona, author of Zines In Third Space.<br />
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WANT MORE?<br />
Meet the first-ever #RaceRiotTour wellness team &lt;3<br />
Meet Tracey Brown, 2013 #RaceRiotTour dedicated driver/mediator! &lt;3<br />
Meet Nyky Gomez, POCZP distro partner &amp; 2013 #RaceRiottour member<br />
Meet Nia King, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member<br />
Meet Anna Vo, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member<br />
We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far &lt;3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.<br />
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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT<br />
If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.<br />
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

SAVE THE DATE: October 14, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Tucson, AZ!

Much love to AdelaSaritaLizeth and everyone else in Tucson who has helped to coordinate our AZ date <3 Please support these folks by clicking on their names and learning more about what they do. They are amazing.

Both of our Tucson events are free and we do accept donations. Please give what you can-funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.

VENUES, TIMES & ADDRESSES

Both events are on October 14, 2013

ON CAMPUS: University of Arizona – SIRLS department - 1515 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

NOON – 2:30pm (there will be tabling space! bring yr materiality <3)

IN COMMUNITY: Skrappy’s Youth Collective - 191 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

October 14, 2013 flier for our community #raceriottour event in Tucson, AZ

 7pm-9:30pm (Bring yr materiality, we’ll have free tabling space <3 and the venue is wheelchair accessible)

- Featuring a performance by Shining Soul, plus other special guests!

Here is the Facebook invite for both events. RSVP if yr coming – it gives us an approximate sense of what to expect <3

COMMUNITY: We were invited to table at the Punk Swap Event at Skrappy’s from 5-10pm on October 12, 2013. We’re in! Hope to see you there too to support Skrappy’s, who donated their space to us. Free tabling for POC.

Punk Swap event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522666497807562

#RaceRiotTour Image credit: Adela C. Licona, author of Zines In Third Space.

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WANT MORE?

We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far <3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Why does ethnic studies matter to Western history? | showdownontheborder

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.

via Why does ethnic studies matter to Western history? | showdownontheborder.

Workers on the Rise

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.

via Workers on the Rise Trailer on Vimeo.

DREAMzone Ally Certification Program | School of Transborder Studies

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

DREAMzone Facilitators

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.

via DREAMzone Ally Certification Program | School of Transborder Studies.

Interest in ethnic studies jumps after Arizona ban – latimes.com

by: Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times

Chicano and Latino literature libraries are springing up nationwide, and students are gravitating toward the topic after a law dismantled Tucson schools’ Mexican American studies program last year.

People protest in front of Tucson Magnet High School.

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.

Tucson school district poised to restore Mexican American Studies

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A judge has ordered the Tucson Unified School District to end segregation against Hispanic and Black students and reinstate Mexican American Studies. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A federal judge has ordered the Tucson Unified School District to end segregation and implement culturally relevant courses such as the ones taught in the Mexican American Studies program that were recently banned by an Arizona law.

In his ruling announced Wednesday, Judge David C. Bury ordered that the courses reflect the history, experience and culture of Mexican American and African American communities. The courses could be offered to students starting this upcoming school year.

Nancy Ramirez, a lead attorney in the case, applauded Judge Bury’s order, saying culturally relevant courses have been proven to “engage students and helps them do better academically.”

Mexican American Studies could make a comeback

Arizona banned such courses in 2010 when the state legislature passed and Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law HB 2281. Efforts to pass the law were led by former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, who is now the state’s attorney general.

The law, which targeted the Mexican American Studies program, prohibits schools to teach classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote racial resentment, encourage ethnic solidarity and are designed for students of a particular ethnic race.

 

Read more: http://www.voxxi.com/tucson-mexican-american-studies/#ixzz2KRvrvz00

Tim Steller: TUSD faces uphill climb on deseg ruling

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.

via Tim Steller: TUSD faces uphill climb on deseg ruling.

Ethnic Studies To Return to Tucson in Court-Backed Desegregation Plan – Learning the Language – Education Week

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.

via Ethnic Studies To Return to Tucson in Court-Backed Desegregation Plan – Learning the Language – Education Week.

MALDEF, TUCSON STUDENTS TRIUMPH AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS IN HISTORIC DESEGREGATION CASE Court


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MALDEF, TUCSON STUDENTS TRIUMPH AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS IN HISTORIC DESEGREGATION CASE
Court 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.”

Judge orders TUSD to teach about culture

February 07, 2013 12:00 am  •  

A federal judge has ordered the Tucson Unified School District to begin offering culturally relevant courses in the next school year.

The classes, which will focus on the history, experiences and culture of black and Latino communities, are among many provisions in a plan that aims to bring racial balance to TUSD schools.

U.S. District Judge David Bury adopted the plan, known as the Unitary Status Plan, Wednesday. Bury is overseeing the district’s decades-long desegregation effort.

The plan focuses on eliminating vestiges of past discrimination to the extent practicable in the areas of discipline, student assignment, school operations – which includes faculty, staff, transportation, extracurricular activities and facilities – and the quality of education being offered to minority students.

The plan was put together by Special Master Willis Hawley, an expert on race relations and academic achievement.

The culturally relevant courses have been one of the more contentious provisions in the plan. TUSD previously had to eliminate Mexican American Studies classes after they were found to be in violation of state law.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne led the charge in finding the courses to be unlawful while he served as the state superintendent of public instruction. Though Horne has left that post, he has continued to lobby against the classes, objecting to the new culturally relevant courses that are part of the unitary plan.

via Judge orders TUSD to teach about culture.

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