Here are the pictures from this year’s May 1st march. I’ve photographed three of these now. We’ll keep marching as long as we have to.
The Cesar Chavez March started at St. John’s Catholic Church this year. For the past decade it had started at Pueblo High School. This year, (the year that ethnic studies courses were banned), the Tucson Unified School District decided to put restrictions on the use of Pueblo as a starting point.
TUSD has demanded there be no reference to the elimination of the successful Mexican American Studies program, an issue that has deeply affected the Latino community. They have also demanded that no disparaging comments be made about District administration, and that an emcee of their choice be selected to enforce this inexcusable level of censorship.
So, not only does the school district want to erase history that happened in the past, they want to take it a step further and erase it as it is made in the present.
Here are the pictures from the march:
Read more about the TUSD restrictions here: http://www.azpm.org/news/story/2012/3/29/1646-cesar-chavez-march-moved-after-event-restrictions-imposed/
In Tucson, a group wearing hoodies and raising bags of skittles up in the air marched to bring awareness to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Martin was murdered on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida, as he was walking from a market to a relative’s house. The boy, wearing a hoodie, had bought a package of Skittles and an Arizona ice tea at the store. George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch captain at a townhouse complex in the town north of Orlando, put a bullet through Trayvon’s chest,killing him instantly. Zimmerman, claiming he shot the unarmed boy in self-defense, has not been arrested or charged with the crime.
PICTURE SET HERE: http://chrissummitt.com/blog/protestaz/trayvon