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Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban

Arizona Gets Schooled: Update on Ban of Mexican American Studies #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.11.2016 | Latino Voices

Discrimination is the only explanation for Arizona's banning of Mexican American Studies, threatening intellectual freedom for the entire nation. A federal appeals court suggested as much in their opinion on July 7, 2015.

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

Texas Republican Dan Patrick Wants to End Rock 'n' Roll History With the No Grateful Dead/No Day of the Dead Bill

Tony_Diaz | Posted 05.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Dan Patrick keeps talking about creating "comprehensive history courses." What can you talk about in these comprehensive courses if you can't talk about race, gender, class... or rock 'n' roll history?

The Gloria Anzaldua Under Ground Library

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices

If there is anything we learn as writers and activists from Mexican American literary icon Gloria Anzaldúa's ground breaking book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, it is to get mad at injustices and do something about it.

What Arizona's Ban on Ethnic Studies Says about America

Kristian Ramos | Posted 08.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

The Arizona ethnic studies ban has more to do with the politics of our countries changing demography and political power then they do with educational attainment and what is best for the future of the state.

The Importance Of Culture In Curriculum

Yvette Borja | Posted 07.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Yvette Borja

The banning of ethnic studies from schools brings into question the role of education. What is the purpose of schooling? Is it solely meant to create a competent future workforce?

Banned in Tucson

Emily Lutenski | Posted 08.03.2012 | Education
Emily Lutenski

As the fate of Tucson's MAS program lies within the slowly grinding gears of the court system, the protest-performance of the librotraficantes -- their call for direct action -- deserves the support of all who believe in justice.

As Arizona Moves Bills for Guns and Bibles in Classroom, Tucson Teacher Calls for Return of Banished Books: Interview With Norma Gonzalez

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Thousands of teachers across the country are now using books and texts from Tucson's Mexican American Studies curricula in a special "No History is Illegal" campaign.

Has Tucson School District Become Little Rock, Arkansas 1954? New Court Suit on Segregation Violations Over Mexican American Studies Crackdown

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The questions beg: How much lower and blatantly racist will Tucson school officials go? Will Tucson community leaders, like Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, stand by and watch the reckless measures of "demagogic extremists"?

Shooting the Messenger: Arizona and the Ban On Ethnic Studies

John Riofrio | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
John Riofrio

The misguided decision to ban ethnic studies turns truth into criminal behavior. It recasts Latinos and communities of color as outsiders, blaming them for their struggles in our flawed educational system.

Arizona Unbound: National Actions on Mexican American Studies Banishment

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

A remarkably diverse array of librarians, educators, writers, civil rights activists and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is mounting a series of national actions to call attention to educational and civil right violations and to support local Tucson efforts.

Will Arizona Principal Cave to Bigots Who Demand a White Mural?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The mural controversy is more than a local small city flap. If school Principal Lane buckles to the bigots' demands and reworks the mural he'll confirm the worst of the worst about Arizona, and himself. It's his choice.