Members of the UA LGBT Institute want to get the word out about pinkwashing, which they see as a tactic by Israel to deter criticism of the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict by highlighting the country's gay-friendly policies.
The "Combating Pinkwashing" workshop is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E. Ninth St.
From the organizers:
Back in November of last year we did an interview with Gabriel Buelna on his documentary Outlawing Shakespeare, about the fight to save and destroy Tucson Unified School District's Mexican-American studies program.
In the documentary, Buelna interviews many of the local MAS players, as well as some of the other guys up in Maricopa County, like state Attorney General Tom Horne. And he also included activist Dolores Huerta, who is credited by Horne and the other asshats for starting the whole mess just by uttering the phrase, "Republicans hate Latinos."
In our story "Ethnic Studies Myths: It's time to separate fact from fiction regarding TUSD's Mexican-American Studies classes," (Nov, 17, 2011), we mentioned that Huerta's comments were mostly truth and not fiction even though she wasn't thinking about what the crazy crap state lawmakers were doing back then:
Myth No. 1: Republicans love Mexicans.
Around the time when Huerta spoke at Tucson High, a series of bills was being passed by Arizona's Republican-majority Legislature—including earlier versions of SB 1070, border-security bills, a bill requiring employers to use a work-eligibility-verification system, and bills to deny in-state tuition and financial aid to noncitizen students. Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed most of the bills.
There were also four state ballot proposals that targeted immigrants, including an English-only law, which voters passed. Nationally, a controversial federal immigration-reform proposal led to a series of immigration-related protests across the country, including in Tucson.
Huerta's statement was part of an appeal to students, as she was asking them to look at the legislation and challenging them to start a campaign to address why "Republicans hate Latinos."
This led to the aforementioned speech by Dugan, and the walkout by students, which infuriated Horne. In an open letter in 2007, he wrote that TUSD's program should be terminated. Next, in 2008, he worked with lawmakers on SB 1108, the first anti-ethnic-studies bill. He tried again in 2009 with SB 1069, but both bills failed to become law.
But then Barack Obama was elected president, and Napolitano went with him to Washington, D.C., to head up the Department of Homeland Security. Jan Brewer, Arizona's Republican secretary of state, became governor, and with a Republican majority in the Legislature passing SB 1070 and HB 2281, she signed them into law in 2010.
Truth: When it comes to most Arizona Republicans, Huerta has a gift for stating the obvious.
After the jump: AZPM's Heather Gray reports on Tucson photographer Michael McNulty's study of how the human eye sees color:
From behind the lens of his camera, Michael McNulty became curious about the rich colors of the desert, so he began to research the properties of light, and how the human eye sees color.
"One way to define light is that it’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum we can see," McNulty said. "But that’s a really tiny, tiny portion of the whole electromagnetic spectrum."
"We don’t necessarily think we have trouble looking at red and blue, but if you try to look at different shades of red and blue, you’re going to find that you cannot distinguish them as well as you can green," McNulty said.
McNulty shares his stories of red, green blue in this segment of AZ Illustrated Science. He is working on a book based on his research about the colors of light.
The good folks at Narco News have released a new video by School of Authentic Journalism scholars on the strategy used by DREAMers based on a series of articles written by Los Angeles organizer Paulina Gonzalez.
From the first part of her Narco News series:
The Dream Act students he referred to, in fact are ordinary people, who carefully studied the lessons of the civil rights movement and other successful nonviolent struggles. The Executive Order issued in June of this year by President Barrack Obama, giving undocumented young people legal status, is the product of that work, in this century, by undocumented young people.
The organizers of the Dream Movement gained valuable experience and built momentum by organizing in support of expanding access to higher education for undocumented young people. With the election of President Obama, in which Latino voters played a significant role in helping elect him in key swing states like Colorado and Nevada, youth organizers saw their first strategic opportunity to pass federal legislation.
Movement organizers then shifted their attention to a nationally coordinated effort for federal DREAM Act legislation. The United We Dream Network, born in 2009, originally comprised of 10 locally based Dream Teams that would later grow to 31 affiliates, began to weave together local grassroots organizations under a national umbrella and national strategy. The local Dream Teams were then perfectly situated to implement an agreed upon strategy in cities across the country.
Tucson photographer Kathleen Dreier's atest project, Bus Stop Dreams, is quintessentially Tucson: Dreier approaches people at bus stops, asks them where they are going and what they hope for in the future.
From Dreier's blog:
It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. Eventually, this project will be a hard cover and e-book. If you know any one who would like to support this project, please let me know. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes.
Love it or hate it, the streetcar is coming. The Sun Link website says that the project is currently 85% complete, so don't expect a joy ride until midsummer of next year.
Sunday night party animals caught a glimpse of a unicorn, or AKA the modern streetcar. Allan Sturm gave us permission to use his footage of the taxpayer nightmare chugging along Congress Street.
Hopefully this thing moves faster than the Sun Tran on a holiday schedule, but it does look cooler than the 3D animated clips Sun Link fed us in the beginning.
Popular Science, the long-running magazine and gateway to hard-science discussion, recently made a drastic change to their website: The editors are cutting out the discussion.
This week, PopSci.com decided to close the comments for their publication, save for selected stories "that lend themselves to vigorous and intelligent discussion," say the site's powers that be.
Now, why on Earth would they choose to do that? Well, partially because of this March op-ed from the New York Times, containing information from a survey noting that the content of comments on a story can change how a reader perceives the story they just read:
In the civil group, those who initially did or did not support the technology — whom we identified with preliminary survey questions — continued to feel the same way after reading the comments. Those exposed to rude comments, however, ended up with a much more polarized understanding of the risks connected with the technology.
Simply including an ad hominem attack in a reader comment was enough to make study participants think the downside of the reported technology was greater than they’d previously thought.
PopSci found the study to be fairly accurate, noting the discussions found beneath articles on climate change and abortion studies to be cesspools of spam, climate change deniers and slut-shamers. Keep in mind, this is a website focusing on things that can actually be tested and proven. Using science.
From Suzanne LaBarre, the online content director for PopSci.com:
A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.
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