FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 29, 2012
Contact: Marisol Flores-Aguirre
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.
“Gov. Walker’s extreme attacks on public sector workers has, in part, been reversed by the court of law today and found in violation of the U.S. constitution,” explained Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “This proves that Gov. Walker rammed through his radical and secret agenda without regard to the U.S. constitution, the rule of law, or to what is right and fair for Wisconsin families. There is still much to be done to reverse the harm that Gov. Walker has done to nurses, teachers, snow plow drivers and other public workers. The fight to fully restore public employee’s voices on the job and a strong middle class for Wisconsin continues.”
“This is a better day for public sector workers but unfortunately does not fully restore the ability of public employees to have a meaningful voice in the workplace so that they can speak out on behalf of the communities they serve,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Limiting collective bargaining, as Scott Walker has done, is unjust and un-American. The fight to reclaim Wisconsin and restore the rights of working people to collectively bargain continues.”
While this is a step in the right direction, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all working families have the right to collectively bargain. We must stand together until justice is restored to all Wisconsin workers.
Phil Neunfeldt, President
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro meets with Pope Benedict XVI in Havana on March 28, 2012. The Pope called for the lifting of the US embargo on the socialist Caribbean state.
Republic of Cuba President Raul Castro greets Pope Benedict XVI during his arrival in the Caribbean country. The Pope called for the lifting of the US embargo on the socialist state.
BREAKING NEWS – The Milwaukee Jobs Act WILL have a hearing TODAY, MARCH 29 at 1:30. This is an ACTUAL REAL LIVE WE ARE ON THE AGENDA HEARING. After packing the room at yesterday’s Steering and Rules committee meeting, we are being given the opportunity to put the Community’s ideas on the official record. If you can get down to city hall at 1:30 (3/29) come STAND UP for the 5 polices supported by the Milwaukee Jobs Act Coalition!
Communication file on the Milwaukee Jobs Act to be heard @ tomorrow’s 1:30 p.m. Judicial & Legislation Committee meeting. Room 301-B, City Hall.
March 28, 2012 Milwaukee.