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Texas Declares May 1 'Mexican-American Studies Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 05.07.2015 | Latino Voices

The Texas Legislature passed a resolution Friday morning declaring May 1, 2015, Mexican-American Studies Day. The move marks a symbolic victory for ed...

The Race to MAS: Mexican American Studies for 100 TX School Districts

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Students from Mission High School, Mission, Texas. Photo used with permission. _________________________________________ ". . . it seems to me to st...

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Teaching Hip Hop Illegally Promotes Ethnic Solidarity, Arizona Official Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.05.2015 | Latino Voices

Public schools in Tucson, Arizona, illegally promote ethnic solidarity and the overthrow of the U.S. government by teaching Mexican history, Rage Agai...

The Election Detection Kit: 10 Ways to Catch Someone Lying about Voting

Tony_Diaz | Posted 12.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

My name is Tony. I'm a citizen. And I've lied about voting. I'm not proud of it. But I'm also ready to do something about it. So, this time around, I voted early. And, just like former hackers who go on to help catch other hackers, I'm going to give you 10 ways to bust someone who is lying about voting.

Lalo Alcaraz Kicks Off the Border Convo Tour

Tony_Diaz | Posted 11.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Lalo Alcaraz is bringing BORDERTOWN to the border state for the Border Convo Tour. ___________________________________________________________ When br...

Texas Teachers Aren't Waiting for Permission

Tony_Diaz | Posted 10.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Everything changes in a Texas minute. The same week in July that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) sabotaged Ethnic Studies textbooks-saying they would be too expensive, Governor Rick Perry pledged $144 million to send the National Guard to the Texas border.

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?

Top 10 Chicano Films for M.A.S.

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

We're fine-tuning the MAS Texas Took Kit to help any K-12 teacher to incorporate Mexican American Studies. This can range from implementing an entire curriculum to using one lesson plan for a particular unit or obvious time of year such as Hispanic Heritage Month.

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

Tony_Diaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Gaspir Mir III, Dr. Dorthy Caram, Alex Lopez Negrete, Gracie Saenz, Esq, Edward James Olmos, Dr. Tatcho Mindiola, and Tony Diaz kicking off the 2004 ...

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.

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.

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...

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Activist Finds Perfect Way To Protest Mexican-American Studies Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

After two years of protesting the ban on a controversial Mexican-American studies program in Tucson, Ariz., public schools, writer-activist Tony Diaz ...

'Catch An Illegal' Group Slammed By Latino Leaders

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.19.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino activists pounced on a conservative Texas student group Monday for organizing a now-canceled game encouraging people to catch students labeled ...

Galveston: The Home of Texas Mexican Literature

Tony_Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

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.

Mexicans Ain't White: The Gus Garcia Story

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

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?

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

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.

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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...

Latinos Slam Texas Offensive Against Ethnic Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Texas has become the next battleground over ethnic studies. Latino activists are protesting a bill filed by Conservative state Sen. Dan Patrick th...

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.

Keeping The Mexican American Studies Struggle Alive

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 02.01.2013 | Latino Voices

Having recently returned from Seattle where Librotraficante received the prestigious 2012 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, group founder Tony Diaz re...

Candidates Explain Positions On Mexican American Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.27.2012 | Latino Voices

When the Librotraficante Caravan barreled toward Tucson, Arizona, last March to protest the suspension of the school district’s controversial Mexica...

VL Field Organizer Joins the Librotraficante Caravan in Arizona

Voto Latino | Posted 05.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

The room was filled with veteran Chicanos, authors, activistas, filmmakers, artists, and reporters who gathered to meet the students that literally had their school books pried away from them during class