Student Activists Vindicated by Mexican-American Studies Court Ruling

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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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The Bisbee Deportation, 1917

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One hundred years ago Bisbee, Arizona, hosted the beginning of the defeat of one of the world’s boldest and most effective labor organizations, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or Wobblies, when 1186 striking copper mine workers were rounded up, loaded into cattle cars, then dumped in the desert of southwest New Mexico at …

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DEATH ON THE LINE: Supreme Court Kicks 4th Amendment Cross-Border Shooting Decision Back to Appeals Court (Commentary)

An anonymous graffiti artist painted Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in a bulletproof vest near the spot in Nogales, Sonora, where he died

U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz shot through the Nogales U.S. border fence on October 10, 2012, leaving ten bullets in the back of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The trial of Agent Swartz on second degree murder charges, delayed six times, is rescheduled for next October 12. Border Patrol withheld video of the …

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Washington Lobbyist Sister Simone Campbell Calls Tucson to Action Ahead of Senate Health Care Vote

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If you want to praise–or blame–the lobbyists responsible for last minute passage of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, that would be NETWORK with Sister Simone Campbell at the helm. Sister Simone, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and a Sister of Social Services, delivered her “Health care is patriotic” message to …

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Katherine Smith: Remembering a Resister

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I made my first visit to Big Mountain in the early ‘80s. I came alone as a journalist, my personal struggle, to a world I could not have invented. Big Mountain is an area north of the Northern Arizona Hopi village, Hotevilla. Dirt roads maybe still are the only roads. I was directed to Katherine …

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