mexican-american studies


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whitewashSan Diego artist Ricardo Islas used acrylic on wood to create this miniature 5″ x 7″ gem — Gentrification.

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POCHO amigo Gustavo Arellano (he's the ¡Ask A Mexican! guy and editor of the O.C. Weekly) delivered this keynote speech at Arizona State University's biannual Hispanic Convocation Wednesday. The photo (below) shows him at his day job.

Gracias, Arizona State, for asking me to be this year’s Hispanic Convocation keynote. I’m sure it’s a mercy offering to UCLA, after your Sun Devils demolished my Bruins this year in football. No hard feelings–hey, at least we both kicked the nalgas of USC this season, right?

When I announced that I was giving a speech here today, congratulations came from across the country. But also invading my inbox were the inevitable insults–not toward me, but toward the state of Arizona. “Don’t forget to take your papers!” was the most obvious dig. “Watch out for Sheriff Arpaio!” was another one–that one I took to heart, because he did have my former bosses at the New Times arrested a couple of years back. But the slams that I found especially egregious were those that insisted I shouldn’t bother coming to this so-called evil estado in the first place. [Mas…]

tusdlogo640Let me tell you a joke. Ready? The Tucson Unified School District. Get it?

No? Allow me to me explain.

On Tuesday night the TUSD approved a textbook list for their now defunct Mexican-American Studies program, which they have dubbed “Culturally Relevant US History and US Government.” The list, which consists of 25 books, has absolutely ZERO Chicana/o authors on it.

Go ahead and read that again.

If you have been following the divine comedy in Tucson at all then you already know that they not only destroyed their wildly successful Mexican-American Studies program but that they also banned a laundry list of books by Chicana/o authors, closed barrio schools and fired MAS teachers. [Mas…]

I consider myself Latina, close to my family’s Mexican culture; I’m bilingual and I’m happy with that identity. But, more often than not, it seems like everyone else is trying to corral me into some other identity, telling me that mine is not sufficient.

The neighborhood where I live (photos, above) is a perfect example.

It’s split in two: one part of it is gentrifying rapidly, and the other is filled with Mexican and many immigrant families. I where it’s more Mexican, which makes me — in all my professional hipster-ness — stand out sometimes, but people still speak to me in Spanish and often I just become part of the scenery. But then there are other times. [Mas…]

(PNS reporting from ARIZONA) Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill banning the state’s schools from teaching Chechen Studies classes, defined as history, anthropology and literature courses designed to teach the stories, histories, struggles and triumphs of the Chechen people through their own unique perspectives.

The bill (HB2013) passed by the Legislature states that schools will lose state funding if they offer any courses that “promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group, advocate ethnic solidarity or just plain educate the students.” [Mas…]

Now showing: ‘The Arizona Chainsaw Massacre’ (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA February 20, 2013 Cartoons
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Xican@ Space Odyssey: Lance Liberty reports for 101.3 Honest Radio

by Juaquin Murrieta July 23, 2012 Cultura
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It is sometime in the near future. Laws have been set in motion to protect the American Homeland. Your freedom and sanity are at stake. Oh, and your jobs. I forgot about your jobs. And your beautifully domesticated wives and children. You pay your taxes, yet you feel one-upped. Lied to. I know. I have […]

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PochoCast #5: Alcaraz y Madrigal on face-chewing and boobs (NSFW)

by EDUARDO BURRO June 11, 2012 Audio
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POCHO primos Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and Migrant Editor Al Madrigal chop, channel and lower the ñews: Miami munchies and Canadian cannibals Salma Hayek’s boob optimization POCHO web traffic Wisconsin recall Organized labor Lalo’s copyright trouble on Facebook These kids today — Produced by Jefe de Creative Marcelo Ziperovich. (NSFW language.)

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Photos: Great Moments in Arizona Republican Party History

by RICARDO RICO April 11, 2012 El Now
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Republicans in the Hate State of Arizona are not newbies when it comes to ignorance, racism and stupidity. The state’s Grand Old Party has a grand old poopy history. Come with us now as we take a Hate State Hot Tub Time Machine Tour — in photos. A picture is worth a thousand palabras.

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Ñewsweek: Tucson school board’s exercise in ignorance and hate

by MIGUEL GUALES April 8, 2012 El Now
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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal (he commutes coast-to-coast so he can work nights as Senior Latino Correspondent for The Daily Show) went to Tucson AZ to find out why students there aren’t allowed to take classes in Mexican-American history. Cameras running, Al interviewed a school board official who was apparently high on ignorance, stupidity and hate. […]

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Videos: Librotraficante caravan smuggles banned books into Tucson

by C. C. PUEDE April 2, 2012 El Now
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Tony Diaz’s Librotraficante crew smuggled banned Mexican-American Studies books — AKA wetbooks — into Tucson. These three videos tell the story. Diaz’s own video picks up the story below:

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Is Tucson book ban based on vendetta against Latina spelling champ?

by Victor Payan March 14, 2012 El Now
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A TV interview with Arizona Mexican-American Studies opponent John Huppenthal suggests that his Hate State movement is a twisted vendetta stemming from his Tucson childhood — when a Latina student named Stella Peralta trounced him week after week in spelling bees. In the January interview, AZ school chief Huppenthal also said Latino students are capable […]

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If a tree falls in the forest, and hits someone in the head…

by Eric J. Garcia February 8, 2012 Cartoons
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This just in from from Arizona! Tree falls in forest and …

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The astounding ‘installation art’ of Ramiro Gomez, Jr.

by Comic Saenz February 3, 2012 Cultura
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Artist Ramiro Gomez, Jr. makes the invisible visible as he inserts paper images of hardworking Latinos into the landscape of Los Angeles — a gardener with a leaf blower, a housekeeper with a mop. There are many more images on his Happy Hills blog where he describes himself this way: I live and work as […]

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Tucson schools ban the A-B-C’s – are the 1-2-3’s next?

by Santino J. Rivera January 19, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from TUCSON) Even as John Huppenthal takes a breather now that teaching the alphabet is banned in Tucson schools, his Taliban-style campaign of education purification continues in the hands of allies. “We won’t stop with just readin’ and writin’,” they say, “so ‘rithmetic is next!” Superintendent of Public Instruction Huppenthal told PNS why he […]

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The importance of ethnic studies and thanks, Sandra Cisneros

by Julio Salgado January 7, 2012 Cartoons
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I honestly don’t remember the first book I ever read. It probably wasn’t that good if I can’t remember it right? But I do remember the first time I read a Sandra Cisneros book. I was in the tenth grade and I picked up House On Mango Street because of one thing: Sandra’s last name. […]

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