FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 29, 2012
The Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board Condemns
Efforts by the Tucson Unified School District to Block the Celebration of the
12th Annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally
Tucson, Arizona — The Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board (MASCAB) condemns efforts by the Tucson Unified School District to prohibit the long standing celebration of the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez at Pueblo High School.
For over a decade, The Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition has worked to plan and coordinate the Cesar Chavez March and Rally. The coalition, since its’ inception, has collaborated with TUSD to celebrate the life and legacy of this civil rights icon by staging the march at Pueblo High School on Tucson’s south side.
The event has become a regular community tradition, yet this year TUSD administration has attempted to block the staging of the event by setting impossible preconditions on public access to Pueblo High School.
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.
The Chavez event organizers have opted to celebrate the tradition of free speech, and will be staging the march at St. John’s Catholic Church at 602 W. Ajo Way on Saturday, March 31st at 9:00 am.The Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board is appalled by the censorship TUSD has elected to impose on this traditional celebration. We sincerely hope that TUSD administration will take the time to reconsider the treatment of all its’ students and the community at large.