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Ethnic Studies

Roque Planas

California Bill Would Require High Schools To Offer Ethnic Studies

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.15.2015 | Latino Voices

Conservatives hoping to shut down Mexican-American studies in Arizona are inadvertently helping spread ethnic studies curricula across the country. ...

Roque Planas

Teachers Of Banned Mexican-American Classes Push To Expand Ethnic Studies

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.12.2015 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Teachers of a controversial Mexican-American studies program outlawed by the Arizona legislature are pressing to spread similar progr...

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

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.

Another Big Win For Ethnic Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.12.2014 | Latino Voices

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all of the city’s 19 public high schools to offer ethnic studies courses. ...

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

Do Republicans Hate Latinos?

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

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?

Professor Arrested for Assault on Police, But Video May Tell Different Story

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

At the time Professor Ore insisted that there was much more that happened that evening, but her story was not taken seriously and certainly it appeared nowhere on the news.

The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.

Roque Planas

California Bill Would Pave The Way For Ethnic Studies Statewide

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 03.03.2014 | Latino Voices

A bill introduced last month by California Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) would require the state's Department of Education to develop a model for...

An Open Letter to Gov. Jan Brewer on a Proposed Anti-Gay Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To be quite frank, I can't see how two women purchasing a sweet wedding cake or two men sharing a romantic meal in a nice restaurant could offend God, for if God exists, what would be most offensive is using God's name to justify oppression.

12 Years a Slave and the Questioning of Race

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
American Anthropological Association

Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.

Ted Cruz Shut Down the Government, But We Won't Let the Tea Party Shut Down Mexican American Studies

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

The far right can't erase our history. It can only push us to read our banned books in our underground libraries. We know our cause is fair and just. We know we are right, and we will win.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Blue Grass Librotraficantes Use Border Crossing Art to Spread the Chican@ Renaissance to Louisville, Kentucky. Yes, Kentucky!

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

You don't have to be Mexican American to enjoy this Renaissance. And you don't have to be a book either. You can also be a quilt.

Guatemala to Arizona: Tracing the Paths of Mayan History

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 08.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Schivone

At the root of the recent high-profile Guatemalan genocide trial and Arizona's federally protected ban on ethnic studies are stories of Mayan resilience in the face of ongoing destruction from all sides.

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

7,000+ Attend Outdoor Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston

Tony_Diaz | Posted 07.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Of course, I don't want the organizers to get in trouble for violating City of Houston Fire Codes, so let's say 6,081 attended this amazing Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston.

Roque Planas

Latino Activists Declare Victory In Texas

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 05.13.2013 | Latino Voices

They fought the law, and they won. The Texas activist organization known as Librotraficante celebrated a victory last week over state lawmakers th...

The Librotraficante Creed: A Poem

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Celebrate National Poetry Month Read poems. Write Poems. Defend freedom of speech & critical thinking. Work By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante...

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
Tony_Diaz

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?

Chicano Scholars Eye Texas Legislature Suspiciously

San Antonio Express-News | Elaine Ayala | Posted 03.22.2013 | Latino Voices

Amid what members say are legislative attacks on academic freedom, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies' conference got under way ...

The Gloria Anzaldua Under Ground Library

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

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.

Judge Rebukes Arizona in Tucson Desegregation Decree: Will Mexican American Studies Return?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

While the long journey for equality in Tucson's schools has taken a leap forward, questions still abound over what the judicial decision means for the indisputably successful Mexican American Studies curriculum.

Students Learn Activism And Advocacy In "Movement Makers" Class

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Reporting by: Ashley Williams, Robyn Gee Hira Alam, 16, considers herself an activist, thanks to an extra course she’s taking called Movement Ma...

Freedom College: Prescott School Grants Credits to Outlawed Mexican American Studies Course in Tucson

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Jeff Biggers

While fumbling Tucson school officials await the fate of the outlawed Mexican American Studies in a federal court desegregation order, the prestigious Prescott College announced it will grant college-level credit for a banned Chicano/a Literature course.