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Entries by Jeff Biggers from 08/2011

Coal River Mountain Showdown: What Would Judy Bonds Do?

| Posted 08.05.2011 | Green

As the anti-mountaintop removal movement continues on several different fronts, residents are simply asking: What would Judy Bonds do?

Arizona's Dirty Lessons: Is Tucson School District Dismantling Ethnic Studies to Appease Tea Party?

| Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

Tucson education advocates are wondering if the TUSD administration has placed the largely unfounded demands of the Tea Party-driven state politicians over the needs of its own students, teachers and district.

Why Arizona's Ethnic Studies Crisis Should Matter To All Educators: Interview With Dr. Rudy Acuna

| Posted 08.09.2011 | Education

"Even the state-commissioned audit says La Raza Studies has been successful. They are doing something right and you would think that they would be curious and study it instead of trying to kill it. What this tells me is that they don't care if Mexican Americans learn."

Dear Soledad: Appalachian Leaders Respond to CNN's Blair Mountain Special on Mountaintop Removal

| Posted 08.15.2011 | Green

If O'Brien and CNN wish to tell the real battle of Blair Mountain, they owe it to their viewers -- and the affected residents living under the fallout of mountaintop removal operations in central Appalachia -- to come back and tell the other side.

Profile in Courage: On Frontlines of Arizona Crisis, Mexican American Studies Director Sean Arce Teaches Nation an Enduring Lesson

| Posted 08.15.2011 | Education

As Tucson Unified School District students returned to the classroom yesterday, the towering role of one education innovator is being championed by a broad spectrum of local students, parents, teachers, community members and national scholars.

Groundswell Calls for School Board President Resignation in Arizona Ethnic Studies Debacle

| Posted 08.22.2011 | Education

As Tucson's largest school district battles against the state's Ethnic Studies witch hunt at an appeal hearing, a groundswell of students, parents and community members is calling for the resignation of the district's school board president.

On Eve Of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Arizona Sues To Overturn Voting Rights Act

| Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics

Claiming that sections of the Voting Rights Act are "either archaic" or "not based in fact," Tom Horne has indeed stumbled against his own future and Arizona's unfinished history of voting rights violations.

Appalachian Coalfield Leaders Join Tar Sands Pipeline White House Protest

| Posted 08.31.2011 | Green

In an extraordinary act of solidarity, Blanton and other Appalachian coalfield leaders will join the growing climate justice sit-in at the White House today, calling on President Obama to deny the TransCanada Keystone pipeline permit.