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  • Petitioned Alexandre Borges Sugiyama, Ph.D

This petition was delivered to:

Member, Tucson Unified School Board
Alexandre Borges Sugiyama, Ph.D
Tuscon Unified School Board
President, Tucson Unified School Board
Dr. Mark Stegeman
Clerk, Tucson Unified School Board
Michael Hicks
Member, Tucson Unified School Board
Miguel Cuevas
Member, Tucson Unified School Board
Adelita S. Grijalva

Tucson School Board: Don't lock up knowledge, return books to students now!

    1. norma gonzalez
    2. Petition by

      norma gonzalez

      tucson, AZ

This month the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) succumbed to was demonstrably closing the achievement gap for students in Tuscon. 

Last week, the books we used in these classes were rounded up and placed in a "said “I suspect that TUSD is using many books which were never legally approved... we have to track those books down and either remove them or go through proper curriculum approvals.” 

A list of already "banned" or boxed-up books includes:

   “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos"
   “Critical Race Theory,” 
    Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” 
   “Chicano!: the History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.”

The school board is brave students are pushing forward with a lawsuit to fight for their rights. Please support their fight against boxing off knowledge and sign the petition demanding the immediate return of these books.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Petition to Bring MAS Suspended Books Back to Students

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      Norma was on the local Tucson news last night talking about her petition! Check out the clip for yourself - she did a great job!

    3. Petition Group Aids Teacher in Fight for Books

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      Good reporting on Norma's fight with a great quote from her about TUSD's denial that a ban is occurring. "They (district officials) say that the books are still available, but here might be one or two copies of a couple of the books in a few sites," said Gonzalez, who has taught in Tucson for 18 years and is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ethnic-studies law.

      Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/01/25/20120125petition-group-aids-tucson-teacher-fight-books.html#ixzz1kaA4MJ4P

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. Congressional caucus wants investigation of Tucson Mexican-American studies

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      CNN covers Norma's petition and breaks the news that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is asking the Department of Education to investigate the Ethnic Studies ban in Tucson. This is huge and Norma's campaign is growing and gaining momentum. Keep sharing!

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. American Library Association (ALA) passes resolution against Tucson ban

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      This just in... "the American Library Association (ALA) has weighed in on the situation in Tucson by passing a resolution saying it opposes the banning of books and ethnic studies."

    8. Reached 6,000 signatures
    9. BREAKING: Hundreds of students walk out of class in Tucson High Schools

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      More soon, but right now students are walking out of class in protest of the Mexican American Studies ban. Sounds like the Tucson Unified School board members are already feeling the heat!

    10. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Theresa DeVries LAKEWOOD, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Education in key,education is important.

    • Anthony DiSilvestre SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This quite blatantly defies the freedom of speech that those authors have. For schools to ban books for their information is effectively truncating their educational experience.

    • Ravi Koli NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      In this petition.. knowledge is locking up by Tucson Unified School District (TUSD)...i'm not the citizen of the united states but i'm urging like other humans that please support their fight against boxing off knowledge and sign the petition demanding the immediate return of these books.

    • Gil Kempenich CANDLER, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      You, the school board of Tucson, are responsible for the deplorable state of education in your area. Another blatant misuse of power. Banning books? Compare yourselves to Mao!!

    • Ron Bishop HOCKESSIN, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a college professor, and I'm teaching a class on censorship in its many forms.


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