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Arizona Ethnic Studies

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.

Do Republicans Hate Latinos?

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices

Will the GOP stand on the sidelines as Falcon9 and other Arizona Republicans waste millions more in taxpayer money and gut the educational system, all the while offending, alienating and oppressing the largest growing segment of voters in the nation?

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.

Why Federal Intervention Matters: Will Mexican American Studies Fiasco in Tucson End in 2013?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Jeff Biggers

2013 will be the year the Mexican American Studies program returns to Tucson for good, as long as the federal courts continue to bring some sanity back to students in Arizona.

This Columbus Day... Time to Break the Silence

Bill Bigelow | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbooks and children's biographies of Columbus are filled with misinformation. After all, Columbus did not merely "discover," he took over.

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.

Ethnic Studies: Tell the Truth or Promote Ignorance

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.16.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

If the truth about who we are and what we've done makes people angry, do we really soothe that anger by covering up the truth?

It Gets Better, Dear Tucson Students (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The trauma and stress over the dismantling of the Mexican American Studies program, including the confiscation of books in front of young middle school and high school students, has never been addressed by Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) officials.

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"?

Books Allegedly Banned From High School Being Smuggled Back To Arizona

The Huffington Post | Laura Steiner | Posted 02.02.2012 | Latino Voices

A caravan of cars, full of activists and writers will be heading soon from Houston, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona. It's cargo: books that were alleged...

Immigration Politics: More Than Jobs

John Tirman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
John Tirman

What is striking about the Republican candidates' rote denunciations of the "illegals" and the federal government is how completely fact-free the campaign rhetoric has become.

Arizona and the Tyrannical Melting Pot

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

House Bill 2281, signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, targets public school districts' ethnic studies programs. We need to look at the Arizona law in historical perspective.

Breaking: The "Madness" of the Tucson Book Ban: Interview With Mexican American Studies Teacher Curtis Acosta on The Tempest

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Scholars and educators from across the country have hailed Tucson's MAS program as "the nation's most innovative and successful academic and instructional program in Ethnic Studies at the secondary school level."

Up Is Down and Down Is up -- Alice in America's Wonderland

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.16.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The recent decision to axe an ethnic studies program in Tucson is symptomatic of a bewildering turn of events in our country.

American Pastorela in Arizona Premieres: Ethnic Studies Witchhunt Farce Takes the Stage

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts
Jeff Biggers

What better form of theatrical art than the farce to capture the absurdity of the Arizona state officials' infamous witch hunt of Tucson's embattled Ethnic Studies program?

AZ Ethnic Studies Showdown: As Teachers Heal Tucson, Will Extremist Officials Escalate Crisis This Week?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Soundly debunking the state's charges that the program teaches children to "overthrow the government" and promote ethnic chauvinism, university scholars and administrators explained the widely accepted approach of culturally relevant curriculum.

College-Bound Students Defy Arizona's Witch Hunt with Boycott: Exclusive Interview with Ethnic Studies Students

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

There will be a row of empty seats at tonight's Tucson Unified School District board meeting. Outraged by the lack of consideration of student concerns, the "UNIDOS" coalition has called for a boycott of the school district's meeting.

Arizona's Witch Hunt of Mexican/Ethnic Studies Begins This Week?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Only days after the Arizona state legislature voted for punishing budget cuts in education, the now infamous audit of Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American/Ethnic Studies program is readying to commence.

Arizona's Long Dark Night Continues

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Perhaps not since the full-on throes of the Civil Rights era has a single state been so beset by crisis, conflict, and now catastrophe.

Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies and, Along With it, Reason and Justice

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randall Amster

While much condemnation has rightly been expressed toward Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, a potentially more insidious measure, is set to take effect on January 1, 2011.

Cultural Studies in Arizona

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tina Dupuy


Erasing Arizona: Dark-skinned Mural Faces Ordered "Lightened" to Appease Bigotry

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

It is difficult to fully explain the impacts of Arizona's burgeoning and overt anti-immigrant climate these days. To outsiders it must seem like eithe...

Arizona Erasing History to Promote Racism Today

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Shortly after signing SB 1070, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB2281 targeting Ethnic Studies programs, even after the measure was condemned in a ...

Welcome to Arizona : "It's a Dry Hate..."

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

We ought to strive to turn this crisis into an opportunity to overcome fear and hatred. We are quite likely in the throes of a new civil rights movement in America.