Friday, July 9, 2010

Listen KXCI: Roberto Rodriguez on Arizona's Racist Legislation



Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez on SB 1070 and HB 2281 (28:08) 2010-07-04
On July 4, 2010 with the scheduled implementation of Arizona's SB 1070 approaching on July 29, Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez described community resistance to SB 1070 and HB 2281.

by Amanda Shauger/KXCI
Tucson 30 Minutes features an interview with Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez of the Department of Mexican American Studies and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona to talk about SB 1070 and HB 2281- and community activism in opposition to these recently passed Arizona laws. SB 1070 requires law enforcement officials to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person whenever there is "reasonable suspicion" that the person is unlawfully present. It is scheduled to go in effect on July 29. At the time of this interview on July 4, the ACLU and MALDEF, and other groups and individuals had filed for an injunction against SB 1070. On Tuesday, July 6, the Department of Justice announced that it would also file an injunction against SB 1070.

HB 2281 targets Tucson Unified School District's (TUSD) Mexican American Studies Department by making it illegal to teach classes which foster "ethnic solidarity" or "ethnic chauvinism". It is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2011. TUSD officials maintain that they are in compliance with the new law and that students who take Ethnic Studies Department courses perform better than their counterparts.

In resistance to the enforcement of SB 1070, many events are planned in Tucson during July. On each of the first four Fridays of July, Derechos Humanos and other community groups such as No More Deaths, Tucson Samaritans, UA Students Against SB 1070, Tucson May 1st Coalition, International Action Center of Tucson, Tierra Y Libertad Organization - TYLO, We Reject Racism Campaign
Jewish Voice for Peace- Arizona Chapter, Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras, Restoration Project, Alliance for Global Justice, Tucson YWCA, Calpolli Teoxicalli, We Reject Racism Campaign, Green Valley Samaritans, Corazón de Tucson (Vecinos Unidos Por La Dignidad Humana)are holding rallies in front of the State Building from 4:00-7:00 PM on the corner of Congress and Granada.

On July 13-16, TUSD's Department of Mexican American Studies and the University of Arizona College of Education are holding the 12th Annual Institute for Transformative Education. This four-day conference will provide participants with the opportunity to listen to and dialogue with leading scholars in the areas of: Chicana/o Studies, Cultural Responsiveness, Ethnic Studies, Critical Multicultural Education, Urban Education, Urban Youth Engagement, Critical Pedagogy, and Critical Race Theory in Education.

On the morning of July 13, Calpolli Teoxicalli will lead a run which will begin at 5:30 am at the Old Main at the U of A and continue to the federal building (site of Operation Streamline) on Congress/Granada; then to TUSD Headquarters at 1010 10th Street (Park & 10th) and finally to the Education Building at the U of A for a ceremony. More information on the run is available by contacting Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez at XColumn@gmail.com.

On July 15, the Ethnic/Raza Studies Defense fund will be holding a Noche de Cultura fund raiser at the El Casino Ballroom from 6:00 PM-Midnight. The event features Olmeca, Los Gallegos, Mariachi Nueva Melodia and more.

On July 19, there will be a Latino Solidarity Benefit Concert to benefit Derechos Humanos at the Rialto Theatre featuring the Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena group "Los Pleneros de la 21" (Smithsonian Folkways Recording artists); the fierce, feminist Cuban hip hop duo "Las Krudas Cubensi" and the highly acclaimed Mexican Roots band "Los Cenzontles" (whose credits include close collaborators of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Ry Cooder, blues master Taj Mahal, and Tucson's own Linda Ronstadt).

Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez' writings are archive here and can often be found in Common Dreams, TruthOut and New American Media.
30 Minutes is a weekly half-hour public affairs program produced by KXCI programmer Amanda Shauger. It airs each Sunday at 3pm. We invite you to listen to this edition on your computer by clicking the link above. To subscribe to the Podcast click here. © Copyright 2010, KXCI

No comments: