• Petitioned Tucson, Arizona - School Board

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Tucson, Arizona - School Board

Reinstate banned history books and literature

    1. Angela C Trudell Vasquez
    2. Petition by

      Angela C Trudell Vasquez

      Milwaukee, WI

These books are important to the history and literary canon of all students no matter their ethnicity. Authors include: Sandra Cisneros and Sherman Alexie and many more. They provide alternate viewpoints and impart lessons on love and compassion and strength to any young reader. The children do not have a vote. Please take a moment and sign the petition for all of us who love books and literature and history. If a book changed your life take a moment and send the Tucson Arizona School Board a message that this action will not be tolerated nor will their cultural insensitivity.

This portion was excerpted from the article: PRI
http://www.pri.org/stories/politics-society/tucson-school-district-deeply-divided-over-compliance-with-arizona-ban-on-ethnic-studies-7987.html

"Tucson's school district was told that its Mexican-American Studies program violated an Arizona law barring ethnic studies, but they were never told how, or why. Now teachers say the school district is implementing draconian actions to try and stay in compliance with a law no one understands.

The Tucson Unified School District voted last week to end its Mexican-American Studies program to comply with an Arizona state law banning ethnic studies.

The administration released a list of seven books teachers would have to remove from their curriculum including "Critical Race Theory" and "Rethinking Columbus: The next 500 Years." Teachers are also being advised to avoid books that address themes of race, ethnicity, and oppression, ....."

Here's another:
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2012/01/tucson-schools-bans-books-chicano-and-native-american-authors

And another:

Color Lines

Thank you,
Angie Trudell Vasquez
Poet and Writer

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Latest new on AZ Book Ban

      Angela C Trudell Vasquez
      Petition Organizer

      I found this recent article.

    2. 143 out of 200 signatures reached!

      Angela C Trudell Vasquez
      Petition Organizer

      I will be printing and submitting this soon. Please spread the word and encourage others to sign. I wrote an Op-ed on the topic - a link follows. Thank you!

    3. I had an Op-ed published on the same topic late last week - link follows.

      Angela C Trudell Vasquez
      Petition Organizer

      With everything going on in the US this could easily be forgotten but students, teachers and the indigenous population of Arizona are still suffering under the book ban and the end of the renowned Mexican American Studies program. We need to keep the pressure on and not let this issue disappear. I would like to see the mainstream media take it on and report the actions of the Tucson, Arizona school board.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. It's working! The books may be re-instated. See Salon article below:

      Angela C Trudell Vasquez
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.salon.com/2012/01/18/tucson_says_banished_books_may_return_to_classrooms/singleton/

      61% of the students are Latino in the Tucson, AZ public school district - denying their literary heritage is not helping their graduation rates - the renowned Mexican American Studies program did help the graduation rates and it was around for ten years before the school board took action. Thank you for your support!

    6. 56 people have signed!

      Angela C Trudell Vasquez
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, there was a debate on the topic on Democracy Now, the January 18, 2012. I plan to write an Op-ed this weekend. Other people are becoming aware of the injustice occurring in Arizona right now and not being quiet. Thank you for adding your voice!

    7. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • melissa ramos PARAMOUNT, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a proud mexican AMERICAN. i am deeply offended as a mexican and even as an american. Never in my life did i expect this from our MELTING POT IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY kind of knowledge should be encouraged and at the hands of anyone wiling to learn!! Banning books supports INEQUALITY! no one is inferior to anyone.

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    • Franklin Collazo SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Banning books is anti-democratic, anti-American and unconstitutional.

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    • Karen Campbell MILWAUKEE, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Banning books is just wrong, period! It's the same argument for not banning programs on the television--if you don't like it, turn it off. If you don't like a particular book then don't read it but don't infringe upon my rights to read what I want.

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    • stephan magcosta SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      A central part of self-awareness is understanding one's personal and shared history. Denying this fundamental right is unsupportable.

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    • Andrea Dalessandro GREEN VALLEY, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Over my 25 years as an educator, I supported programs that help boost student achievement, graduation rates and post high school education. My AZ education has included hearing some of the architects of TUSD's Mexican American Studies (MAS) present the program's educationally sound and inspirational basis. MAS teachers have answered my questions as to why Tom Horne says the things he does. (If Felecia Rotellini runs in 2014, please support her to get rid of him as Attorney General.) Last month I heard lawyer, Richard Martinez, outline the legal arguments against the flawed law which I know is unconstitutional. As Rep.Sally Gonzalez pointed out last night, that never stops the GOP led legislature in Phoenix. With the exception of Adelita Grijalva, the TUSD Board members, voted not to appeal the very flawed decision. The majority of the board will find themselves on the wrong side of history. They had a chance to stand up for what is right and they refused to do it. The students and teachers have, temporarily, lost freedom and opportunity. Keep what works--TUSD's MAS program. Get rid of what doesn't-AZ's GOP led legislature.

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