TUCSON: Dec 2-4 Conf. on Hate, Censorship & Forbidden Curriculums

INTL CONF. ON HATE, CENSORSHIP & FORBIDDEN CURRICULA DEC 2-4

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON  HATE, CENSORSHIP & FORBIDDEN CURRICULA
DECEMBER  2-4
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA & YWCA
TUSCON, ARIZONA

COMBATTING

HB2281 – ANTI-ETHNIC STUDIES LAW
SB 1070 – RACIAL PROFILING LAW
REPEAL OF 14TH AMENDMENT (BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP)

FEATURING: RODOLFO ACUNA – LESLIE MARMON SILKO – SIMON ORTIZ – ISABEL GARCIA- ANA O’LEARY, ANITA FERNANDEZ – SEAN ARCE – ANDREA ROMERO – CELERINO FERNANDEZ – TOLTEKA – CIHUATL CE – ZARCO

PURPOSE: WHILE THE WORLD HAS COME TO KNOW ABOUT SHERIFF ARPAIO AND THE DRACONIAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT LEGISLATION – SB 1070 & THE FORTHCOMING EFFORT TO ELIMINATE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP IN ARIZONA – LESS ATTENTION HAS BEEN PAID TO THE INQUISITION-STYLE MEASURE HB 2281 – A PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHO CLEAR INTENT IS BOTH TO CENSOR WHAT CAN BE TAUGHT IN ARIZONA SCHOOLS AND TO ELIMINATE ETHNIC/RAZA STUDIES. THE FOCUS OF THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE STUDENT/COMMUNITY RESISTANCE TO THESE MEASURES (WE DON’T RECOGNIZE THEM AS LAWS).


DAY OF RECKONING: UNLESS HB 2281 IS HALTED, ON JANUARY 1, 2011, BEYOND THREATS TO CENSOR WHAT IS TAUGHT IN ETHNIC/RAZA STUDIES, THE RAZA STUDIES-TUSD DEPARTMENT WILL CEASE TO EXIST.

OPEN INVITE: SCHOLARS FROM THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND PRESENT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SCHOLARS ARE ENCOURAGED TO LEARN FROM THE COURAGEOUS YOUTHS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS THAT HAVE CHALLENGED ARIZONA’S REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION. THE CHALLENGES HAVE INCLUDED A SUMMER RUN FROM TUCSON TO PHOENIX IN 115-DEGREE HEAT, ALL-NIGHT VIGILS, WALKOUTS, MARCHES, RALLIES, PROTESTS AND MASS ARRESTS. AT THIS CONFERENCE, YOU WILL BE EXPOSED TO RESEARCH BY UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM THE U OF ARIZONA, FROM SCHOLARS FROM ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY AND PRESCOTT COLLEGE, SCHOLARS AND STUDENTS FROM PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PLUS EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE RAZA STUDIES DEPT-TUSD.


PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION: EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, ORGANIZERS AND COMMUNITY ELDERS WILL PRESENT THE PHILOSOHICAL FOUNDATION FOR ETHNIC/RAZA STUDIES — A DISCIPLINE THAT HAS BEEN UNDER INTENSE ATTACK SINCE ITS INCEPTION SOME 40 YEARS AGO.THIS FOUNDATION – PART OF MAIZ-BASED KNOWLEDGE – IS THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD AND INDIGENOUS TO THIS CONTINENT. THE STATE SUPERINTENDANT OF SCHOOLS HAS LABELED THIS KNOWLEDGE “UNAMERICAN,” ALLEGING THAT IT LEADS TO SEGREGATION AND THAT IT CALLS FOR THE VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT — THIS WHILE INSISTING THAT ONLY KNOWLEDGE ROOTED IN GRECO-ROMAN WESTERN CIVILIZATION IS WORTHY OF BEING TAUGHT IN ARIZONA SCHOOLS.

IN XOCHITL-IN CUICATL – FLORICANTO: DAY THREE WILL INCLUDE CREATIVE EXPRESSION, FROM CON SAFOS THEATER, ZARCO, DANCE, PERFORMANCE ART, CORRIDOS, POETRY, SPOKEN WORD AND HIP HOP.

FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT:
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ AT MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA: RODRIGU7@EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU OR 520-626-0824

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