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If you can't banish people outright, then you can try to erase them from students' minds. That's exactly what happened in Tucson Unified School District in Arizona, when conservatives ipassed an anti-immigrant racial profiling law, SB1070 that in effect targeted Latinos. At the same time, right-wing activists succeeded in passing a law banning the teeaching of Mexican American Studies, saying that a highly successful TUSD program that taught Chicano/Latiino history and culture to all students in the largely Hispanic district was instead harmful and divisive. The law, HB 2281, bans instruction that encourages "ethnic solidarity" among other things. Mind you, to begin with the ethnic studies courses were part of a federal court order to address historic and systemic racism in Arizona's education system.
The outrage over free speech rights of teachers and students is what prompted writer and teacher Tony Diaz to "smuggle" books by Latino authors out of his home state of Texas and into Arizona. He has been reporting on and organizing the efforts of free speech activists, ethnic studies activists, and students and teachers fighting for a relevant curriculum ever since.
TUSD high school student Maya Arce is a plaintiff who filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overtun this Arizona law on grounds that it's unconstitutional. On January 12, 2015, she will testify and urge the Ninth Circuit to protect her First Amendment rights and the rights of other Arizona students and overturn this ignorant, bigoted, and narrow-minded law.
Background, go here.
More on Tony Diaz here and Librotraficante here.
Our guest this morning is Bill Sutherland.
Bill has lived in Torrance for 36 years and is a local business owner.
He is currently a Council Member for the City of Torrance where he has served since 2006 and is running for Mayor in the June 3 municipal elections.
Bill’s children were raised in Torrance where all four of them attended TUSD from kindergarten through high school.
He is passionate about community service and has been a member of the Old Torrance Neighbors Association since 1981; a member of Torrance Rotary/Rotary International for 30 years where he was President in 2000-2001; a 13 year board member for the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Former Chairman and current Emeritus member; baseball coach and umpire for Torrance Little League; coach, referee, Regional Commissioner and Divisional Commissioner for AYSO and is the former Chair for the 49th and 50th Armed Forces Day Parade.
Bill has served two consecutive, four year terms as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Torrance, and was twice Chairman.
He has been the Chairman of the Government and Finance Committee for the last 6 ½ years and the League of California Cities voting delegate for 6 years.
Bill’s love of, and dedication to, Torrance has prompted him to seek the office of Mayor where he pledges to treat all with respect and openness.
He has quite a list of accomplishments during his tenure with the city and today we’ll get to hear about some of them.
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Genaro Preciado, Student
Manzo Elementary School
I love ALL of my guests. But, when I get to combine a great guest with a great story about schools and kids, I go into happy overload. From the first time I read that TUSD’s Manzo Elementary School was named the ONLY K-12 public school in the United States to win the Best Green School award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, it was “show time” in my mind. Ten year old Genaro Preciado, a Manzo student, docent, energy inspector, and composting champion joins us. And to think this super school is in my own backyard! Share this exploration with me - hear about Manzo’s Reconciliation Ecology Project and their promotion of stewardship, healthy choices and innovation in learning and educational facilities. This show sponsored by Discount Cab.
OUR IMMIGRATION COURTS ARE BEING OVERWHELMED BY THE "ILLEGAL INVASION". AZ COURTS HAVE HAD TO IMPORT JUDGES FROM OTHER STATES: La Raza Ethnic Studies...errr Cleansing...yes, Ethnic Cleansing....
I will be introducing "Arizona Laura"reader of the text at Tucson's Governing Board hearing...Board member Grajalva, daughter to Raul -(how did she get this gig?)
no wonder she walks out, attempted to halt the reading...delayed it five minutes to form a new quorum.
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