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Student Activists Vindicated by Mexican-American Studies Court Ruling

In what may be a definitive rebuke of racism “in both enactment and enforcement,” U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled last week that the Arizona law prohibiting courses specifically designed for certain ethnic groups is illegal. In 1998, in the face of dismal graduation rates for minority–and especially Hispanic–students, a panel of education experts […]

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I Harassed Men

I wasn’t alone. About ten of us were sitting on the grass outside, facing a Boston street. It just happened. Nothing was planned. We were all dorm mates at a music college summer program, a long way back. We were enjoying the sun and chatting among ourselves. A good-looking guy walked past and the group […]

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You’re the BOMB, Mom? by Norah Booth It’s Mother’s Day, a time to give thanks to the one who birthed you. This year it’s also time to reflect on what a mother is, and is not. Pope Francis has brought a serious question to the world’s mind about motherhood. “. . . we call this […]

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Proposition 101: Yes or No?

The City of Tucson’s initiative to increase city sales tax by 1/2 per cent over the next five years raised serious issues for me. In principle, I usually oppose sales taxes and increases thereof as regressive taxes that hit poor people, most of whose income is applied to subsistence consumption needs to which sales taxes […]

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OTC Editorial Board Member Had Russian Contacts

Because of discussions he had with a Russian national and which he failed to disclose, Greg Evans offered last week to resign from the editorial board of the Occupied Tucson Citizen. Upon questioning, he reported that he had several encounters with the Russian, all of which also involved financial transactions, at the Espresso Art Cafe […]

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I hereby nominate Toni Morrison for a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

So, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature? I have to wonder if the Swedish Academy, which apparently won’t be enjoying the pleasure of his company at this week’s acceptance ceremony, isn’t getting a perverse pleasure out of putting some of us literary types in the uncomfortable position of having to criticize the choice […]

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American Roulette

The gun goes off in about two weeks We can’t guess why? where? or who? It could be you There will be blood terror screams sirens weeping makeshift shrines, funerals the shooter will be alive or dead Media will report nonstopnonstop non s-t-o-p! for a while and then? we will go back to the beginning […]

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