A silent protest rally for justice was held today on the University of Arizona Mall. Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin. There were some speakers followed by a moment of silence.
Today was the University of Arizona Board of Regents meeting. Dennis Deconcini sits on this board as well as the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company. There was a call to the audience at the start of this meeting and plans were made to call on Deconcini to step down from the CCA board as it directly contributes to the school to prison pipeline in Arizona.
Although 10-20 people showed up to speak to this issue, just prior to the call to the audience they were approached and told that only one person would be allowed to speak on this topic and only for 3 minutes so a spokesperson must be chosen. In addition, the length of the call to the audience was shortened from 30min to 15min.
I had to leave prior to the end of the meeting but here are some images from the time I was there.
Full Set: http://chrissummitt.com/blog/uaregents/
Today, there was a press conference at the University of Arizona. A few weeks ago, the University of Arizona administration threatened to restrict access to the Social Justice Education Project office space on campus.
The Mexican American & Raza Studies department head Antonio Estrada has issued orders on April 24, 2012 that SJEP must “cut ties” to UNIDOS and TUSD’s K-12 Ethnic Studies Department.
This is an outrageous demand that the MAS program at the University are prohibited from associating with the former MAS program that existed in TUSD. If anything, the UofA program should be giving full support to the students coming from the suspended high school program. Today, students from both programs came together to speak out against this atrocity.
Here are some pictures from the event: http://chrissummitt.com/blog/protestaz/ethnicstudies_press_conf/
Today there was a community forum on the UA campus to discuss the ban on ethnic studies. There were several speakers including Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American Studies Assistant Professor, Dr. Stegeman, current president of the T.U.S.D. school board, and Dr. Nolan Cabrerra, assistant professor of educational policy studoes and practice. Two UA undergraduates, Kim Dominguez and Erin Hodge also spoke.
Pictures here: http://chrissummitt.com/blog/protestaz/campusforum/