Celebrating Ethnic Studies in San Francisco, California Before Tucson MAS goes on trial.
(Richard Martinez, MAS attorney)
He used the poem/framework of Luis Valdez's poem "In Lak'ech" to the counter notion of 'promoting resentment against a
race or class' as alleged in HB 2281.
(Acosta, former student & MAS lawyer Martinez)
And then Allison T Cubalis introduced the Bay Area panel. She began saying that "Ethnic Studies saved my life." A Chicano Studies changed her life during college--along with the Third World Liberation front--she realized she was Filipino and part of something powerful and beautiful. She introduced Roger Alvarado and Daniel Gonzalez.
(Serna as Che Castro)
(Xikano Pop Up!)
In addition a documentary was being filmed at the summit about Dolores Huerta because the attack on the TUSD MAS program came following her questioning of conservative attacks on Latinos in Arizona.
(Me and Serna)
"ETHNIC STUDIES NOW!!! Summit & Teach-In.
Please join students, teachers, and advocates from Tucson, Texas, the Bay Area, and Southern California.
Following a hard-fought victory to bring Ethnic Studies courses to High Schools across SFUSD and LAUSD, and two days before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit against Arizona officials who eliminated the Mexican-American Studies curriculum from public schools in Tucson.
Event: The summit will be a vital moment to discuss past and future efforts for solidarity in the struggle for Ethnic Studies with teachers and community organizers from California, and Arizona; it will be an opportunity to hear student voices and connect to historical and contemporary Ethnic Studies movements, and; it is an occasion to learn more about events planned for the day of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Build solidarity and raise awareness for Ethnic Studies and Mexican American Studies regionally and nationally!!"
An oldie, but goodie Daily Show video on TUSD MAS: