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Mexican American Studies

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California Bill Would Pave The Way For Ethnic Studies Statewide | 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...

State's OK Sought For Mexican-American Studies Classes

Texas Tribune | Rabeea Tahir | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to appr...

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

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.

Why Texas Needs Mexican-American Studies

Houston Chronicle | Tony Diaz | Posted 01.29.2014 | Latino Voices

On Friday, the Texas State Board of Education can vote to implement Mexican-American studies as a legitimate course option for every school district i...

10 Myths The Texas Board Of Education Uses To Kill Mexican American Studies

Free Press Houston | Tony Diaz | Posted 01.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Friday, January 31, 2014 the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) can boldly lead Texas education into a multicultural, multimedia era and vote to im...

Playwrights Shine Light On Arizona's Mexican-American Studies Fight

Arizona Daily Star | Ernesto Portillo, Jr. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Latino Voices

Much has been written about the demise of Mexican-American Studies in Tucson. News reports, locally and nationally, documented the state-sponsored cam...

Librarians Slam Arizona Over Mexican American Studies Ban

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.27.2013 | Latino Voices

Librarians do not approve of Arizona’s battle against Mexican American Studies. A group of 10 educational organizations, including the American ...

Ruling On Arizona Ethnic Studies Law Appealed

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.21.2013 | Latino Voices

The Mexican American Studies curriculum banned from Tucson classrooms will have another day in court. In March, a federal court largely upheld an ...

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Latino Activists Want Texas Schools To Address 'Institutionalized Racism' | Roque Planas | Posted 11.20.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino activists in Texas are demanding a public school curriculum that reflects the student body, calling on the State Board of Education to offer hi...

Inviting the Souls of the Dead

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

El Día de los Muertos is amongst the most holy and the most human of all our holidays. We are reminded of how precious life is, and how sacred our relationships with the people we love. And not least, we are reminded of how death cannot steal our joy if we embrace it and keep the connection to the dead.

Arizona Education Dept. Liked It Better When These Books Were Banned

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The Arizona Education Department is objecting to the Tucson school board’s decision to rescind a classroom ban on seven books once used to teach a c...

7 Books Un-Banned In Arizona

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.23.2013 | Latino Voices

The Tucson Unified School district voted Tuesday night to un-ban seven books from classrooms, two years after suspending a progressive Mexican Ame...

Arizona Education Officials Call References To Oppression 'Problematic'

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.17.2013 | Latino Voices

The Arizona Department of Education has finally given its consent to allow a substitution for a Mexican-American Studies program that was banned from ...

Galveston: The Home of Texas Mexican Literature

Tony_Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

We register on the American imagination in three phases. First we are ignored. Then we are vilified. Finally, we are accepted -- but only as a consumer group. We are hardly ever thought of as intellectuals. That has to change.

The War Against Mexican American Studies Continues

Tucson Weekly | David Safier | Posted 09.05.2013 | Latino Voices

Get ready for the Arizona Department of Education's War on TUSD, Part 2. It's almost inevitable. Almost. Only Superintendent of Public Instruction Joh...

For Tucson, Latino Authors Aren't 'Culturally Relevant'

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.29.2013 | Latino Voices

An Arizona city that drew national headlines when it banned a controversial Mexican American Studies curriculum and pulled seven of its books from cla...

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Eva Longoria Slams Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban | Roque Planas | Posted 08.26.2013 | Latino Voices

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Eva Longoria blasted the ban of a controversial Mexican American Studies curriculum in public schools in Tucson, Ariz., calling the...

Mexican American Studies May Return, Kind Of

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Latino Voices

For those in favor of Mexican-American studies in the Tucson Unified School District [TUSD] the good news is, based on a new court order, officials ar...

What Happened To The Movement For Mexican-American Studies?

Tucson Weekly | Mari Herreras | Posted 07.18.2013 | Latino Voices

What I remember most about the UNIDOS action that took place on April 26, 2011 is how fast it happened. That and the face of the Tucson Unified School...

Mexicans Ain't White: The Gus Garcia Story

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Latino Voices

What evidence did he present, which metaphors did he use, which rhetorical strategies did he utilize for his legal argument that swayed the United States Supreme Court to finally recognize us and ensure that we would be granted all the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution?

Arizona's Ethnic Studies Law May Derail Another Class

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.15.2013 | Latino Voices

The Arizona Department of Education is raising objections to a delayed, court-ordered multicultural course offering in Tucson public schools, where a ...

Superintendent Candidate's First Words On Mexican American Studies Ban

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.15.2013 | Latino Voices

The Arizona school system known for banning a Mexican American Studies curriculum has a new candidate for superintendent -- and he’s Latino. But...

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.

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Banned Latino Studies Classes Reappear | Roque Planas | Posted 05.31.2013 | Latino Voices

A Mexican American studies curriculum that was banned in Tucson public schools is back, in the form of an after-school course for college credit. ...

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Latino Activists Declare Victory In Texas | 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...