Friday, July 13, 2012

Tucson Freedom Summer

Julianne Hing on Colorlines writes that Arizona's ethnic studies ban may have shut down Tucson’s Mexican American Studies classes. But this summer, educators are holding weekend community forums to educate the city about the now-banned ethnic studies courses. It’s just one component of what’s being called the Tucson Freedom Summer, a month of events geared toward engaging Tucson to fight back against the law and revive the program it targeted. Tucson Unified shut down the Mexican American Studies program in January, and since then, the resistance has been multi-pronged and endlessly creative. As educators remain embroiled in a legal fight to challenge HB 2281, the community needed to come together to find other ways to resist.

In related news, Robert S. Chang and Anjana Malhotra of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law and a team of lawyers at Bingham McCutchen led by Sujal J. Shah have joined Richard M. Martinez as attorneys for the plaintiffs seeking to have declared unconstitutional the Arizona law that has led to the elimination of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies Program and the removal of books from its classrooms.  See Download Press release - july 12 2012


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