[xmca] Arizona Again?

From: Cathrene Connery <cconnery who-is-at ithaca.edu>
Date: Sun Apr 20 2008 - 18:15:14 PDT

Hi everyone:
Could someone from Arizona or the Southwest confirm this latest outrage
from Arizona again?
Big sigh,

Arizona attempts to outlaw MEChA and Chicano Studies: LA VOZ DE AZTLAN
Los Angeles, Alta California
April 17, 2008

Arizona legislation will outlaw MEChA and Mexican-American Studies

The Appropriations Committee of the Arizona House of Representatives has
provisions to a "Homeland Security" measure that would essentially
destroy the
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) and Mexican-American
study programs in
the state's public schools, colleges and universities.

The anti-Mexican provisions to SB1108 were approved yesterday and the
bill is now
scheduled for a vote by the full House.

The provisions would withhold funding to schools whose courses
"denigrate American
values and the teachings of European based civilization."

One section of SB1108 would bar public schools, community colleges and
from allowing organizations to operate on campus if it is "based in
whole or in part on
race-based criteria," a provision Rep. Russell Pearce said is aimed at

Pearce is a Republican and the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee
out of Mesa,

According to Chairman Pearce, SB1108 would also bar teaching practices
that "overtly
encourage dissent from American values" such as Raza Studies at the
Tucson Unified
School District.

In addition, SB1108 mandates the State Superintendent of Public
Instruction to
confiscate books and teaching materials that are deemed anti-American.

Chairman Pearce said some of the teaching materials amount to "sedition"
by suggesting
that the current border between the United States and Mexico disappear
with La Raza
taking over the American Southwest.

One book that would be confiscated mentioned by Pearce is "Occupied
America - A History
of Chicanos" by Professor Rodolfo Acuņa.

Dr. M. Cathrene Connery
Assistant Professor of Education
Ithaca College
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