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Ana Castillo Takes On Tucson

Published on May 17, 2012 by in Columns

We’ve been through this before.  I’ve written twice before about the Tucson Unified School District, and its disbanding of the Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program.  I’ve written about its removal of books by minority—predominantly Chicano/Chicana— authors from the school’s curriculum.  I’ve written about the government-sanctioned attack on this wildly successful program, which sends 98 percent of

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“Ode To Los Librotraficantes,” by E.A. Mares

Published on March 15, 2012 by in Stuff I Love

Ode To Los Librotraficantes By E.A. “Tony” Mares 02/18/12 You carry books as you roll along in your caravan through Texas, New Mexico, and on to Arizona.  You are the most dangerous caravan in America. Once your ancestors crossed the Río Grande, their bodies wet from the swirling water, the sweat running down their backs. Now you carry

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Book Trafficking

Published on February 2, 2012 by in Columns

There’s a battle heating up in the borderlands, and it’s starting to get interesting. It all began a few weeks ago, when the Tucson Unified School District, in compliance with a new state law, voted to discontinue their Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program.  The district faced an ultimatum: suspend the program, or sacrifice 10 percent of

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For Huck’s Sake

Published on January 13, 2011 by in Columns

I first read Mark Twain’s “The Adventures Of Huck Finn” in high school, about fifteen years ago.  I had a fantastic English teacher, who took the time to explain the historical context in which it was written, and the knack for satire that Twain had mastered.  With that brief but thorough explanation, the more than

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