Thursday, March 8, 2012

National Group Defends MAS in U.S. District Court

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Yesterday, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies and 26 education and civil rights organizations filed a "friend of the court" brief in U.S. District Court in Tucson in an effort to declare Arizona's ban on Mexican American Studies unconstitutional.

“We support the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District and are united in opposition to academic discrimination against Mexican American and Ethnic Studies. This respected field of study has been unjustly targeted and demonized by Arizona authorities, which is strangling the pursuit of a comprehensive education and silencing the perspective of Mexican Americans and their cultural background," said NACCS past chair Devon Peña in a press release sent out yesterday.

"This law has resulted in censorship of important books and eliminated a program with proven academic success for traditionally neglected students.”

Tucson attorney Vince Rabago is the lawyer representing the organizations said the state is arguing that states rights trump the constitution and allow "them to restrict curriculum in a discriminatory manner against Mexican Americans. This is comparable to the days after desegregation where states tried to restrict efforts to reach equality. These organizations from across the country support the bedrock principles of Equal Protection and the First Amendment in an academic context."

The brief was filed in Acosta v. Huppenthal, CV-10-623-TUC- AWT, a case in which students, represented by Tucson attorney Richard Martinez, are challenging the law. Read the brief here. Go here to read the press release, and list of NACCS members who support MAS.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Mari Herreras

  • Editor's Note

    Hey you yeah you
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Editor's Note

    Time to get busy
    • Nov 24, 2016
  • Editor's Note

    The pendulum swung, Mari tells the kid, but this time it went too far and we have to speak out for our friends.
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • More »

Staff Pick

Bakasana and Beer

Yoga in the taproom at Dragoon, all levels yoga class with Exude Yoga and a pint of… More

@ Dragoon Brewing Company Sat., Oct. 22, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Sat., Nov. 5, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Sat., Nov. 19, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Sat., Dec. 3, 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Sat., Dec. 17, 10:30-11:45 a.m. 1859 w Grant Road #111

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Quick Bites: Help Keep Monsanto Out of Pima County (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. You're a Wizard, Harry: A Harry Potter Ball at Your Favorite Barnes & Noble (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Betsy DeVos Set To Join the Trump Cabinet's Billionaire Boys [and Girls] Club (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Youthful Energy and Fine Performances Uphold The Sound of Music at Centennial Hall (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation