The struggle to SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES in Arizona crosses state and national borders! Scholars and activists in Chicana/o Studies recognize that attacks on immigrants and attacks on learning about our history equal attacks on our hearts and minds! (See the website for great visuals, videos, and more about the landmark Arizona case: http://www.saveethnicstudies.org/)
Outraged at the hatred evident at this historical moment? Let’s take action to oppose the Arizona move to outlaw Chicana/o Studies/Ethnic Studies in the high schools! Arizona has a relatively small population and needs our help!
What can we do? Come to the fundraiser the last day of NACCS in Pasadena, Saturday, April 2 at 6:30. The fundraiser ($25.00/10.00 for students) features among others, Chicana feminista and amazing activist/performance artist/scholar Felicia Montes, Mujeres de Maiz, Co-founder. If you can’t make the fundraiser, you can stilll help by sending a donation/pledge to the Arizona SES legal defense; they have set up donations through the website. Justice is expensive and each centavo helps!
Spread the word! In Solidarity,
Mary Pardo, Chicana/o Studies, CSUN
We are pleased to offer the third post in our new series, Mujeres Talk: Mujeres & Migration. This entry is from The Los Angeles Committee to Support Ethnic Studies (LACSES) and The National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS):
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As you may know, Arizona has been passing laws that affect Chicana/os and their extended communities. One law in particular (HB2281) was put into effect this January 1, 2011 that outlaws La Raza Studies. The Tucson School district has a fully developed K-12 La Raza Studies that is graduating over 80% of its students. Other schools districts in Arizona that don’t have La Raza Studies mirror the rest of nation’s drop out rate of over 50%. It is obvious that when our children are taught critical thinking skills and are presented with a broader view of history and society they are engaged to the point of graduating and work towards higher education. This law HB2281 will force the Tucson school district to stop teaching La Raza studies despite their success.