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Texas State Board of Education Sabotages Ethnic Studies Textbooks.

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 07/17/14

For Immediate Release:

Contact:  Tony Diaz (713) 867-8943 AztecMuse@aol.com www.MAStexas.org

www.Librotraficante.com

 

 

Texas State Board of Education Sabotages Ethnic Studies Textbooks.

Mexican Americans Stand Up Against Institutionalized Racism.

Houston, TX (July 17, 2014) – It took The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) only 3 months to turn proclamation 2016 into 2017 and take Texas back to 1917.

Last April, the TX SBOE passed historic bi-partisan Proclamation 2016 which would lead to textbooks for Mexican American, African American, Asian American, and Native American Studies. Activists, professionals, students, writers, artists, and politicians supported the effort. This was landmark support for the governmental body that would not acknowledge even in writing “Mexican American Studies.”

Yesterday, the TX SBOE took it all back. The TX SBOE voted 12-1 to alter the language of Proclamation of 2016 to close the door to alternative courses such as Women Studies, and it also changed the year of the proclamation to further put off serving its predominantly Mexican American and African American student body.

In April, the 2 Republicans who opposed Proclamation 2016 called Mexican American Studies reverse racism and threatened to pull a “Cesar Chavez” during public testimony and “boycott” the proceedings. (If they had studied Mexican American History, they would realize their gesture amounted to simply playing “hookey” from work.)

This time Republican dissent against Ethnic Studies Textbook was not as direct. The Republican who proposed the amendments to sabotage Proclamation 2016 focused on rigged budget figures, implying that the policy would gut school districts of funding.

This was a more sophisticated approach to sabotage support of Ethnic Studies and make Texas State Board of Education policy conform to the Texas Republican 2014 Platform which, under the section marked “EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN,” advocates the “assimilation of different racial and ethnic groups.”

Tony Diaz, leader of the Librotraficante Movement and part of the MAS Texas statewide coalition, was on hand at the hearings Tuesday with fellow Librotraficante Georgina Perez, from El Paso. He said, “We now have a clear picture that the Texas State Board of Education has no desire to truly support Ethnic Studies. Hispanics comprise over 51% of all Texas Students. Mexican American Studies has led to a 98% graduation rate, according to the Cambium Report from Arizona. Our youth are being pushed out of school. Culturally relevant material keeps our youth in school and inspires them to graduate. We can’t put that off another year or another second.”

Texas Republicans are adapting more sophisticated Arizona Republican Style Tactics and Democrats are either in cahoots or gullible. All but one of the Democrats present (Representative Allen was not in attendance for the vote.) voted to push back the clock on Ethnic Studies. The lone dissenting vote was Democrat Ruben Cortez, who has been a strong proponent for Ethnic Studies.

The Final vote is Friday; however, the preliminary vote is typically indicative of the final vote. There will be more time for testimony Friday, July 18, at the Texas Education Agency Building in Austin, Texas.

Diaz added, “We will continue to work hard to bring the power of education into our community. Our statewide coalition links members of the community to award winning authors and professors and because of that MAS is quickly spreading. We will soon reach 50 schools in state pilot programs. This will increase graduation rates, more of our youth will go to college. We won’t go backwards. Friday, we will see which Texas State Board of Education members will walk with us into a mutli-cultural, multi-media era."

Study Mexican American Literature with Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 06/16/14


Lone Star College -NH Intercultural Initiatives Presents:

Mexican American Literature with Professor Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante.

 

This course instills the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural, multimedia world. The material covered ranges from classic texts of Mexican American and Texas Mexican Literature to contemporary writings that are changing the world right now. Expect guest speakers and field trips, and more.

 

Invited in person or via skype:

 

Dagoberto Gilb author of THE MAGIC OF BLOOD-banned in Arizona.

 

Librotraficante Lips Mendez aka Lupe Mendez

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Sean Arce

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Curtis Acosta

 

Poet Jasmine Mendez

 

San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla author of CURANDERA-banned in Arizona.

 

DJ Joe B!

 

More speakers added: Texas State Rep. Armando Walle

 

Librotraficante La Vecina Georgina Perez from El Paso, TX

 

Librotraficante Lilo Liana Lopez, NP Radio Producer

 

Associated Press reporter Russell Contreras

 

In conjunction with authors and guests from

The Nuestra Palabra Radio Show

Tuesdays 6p-7p 90.1 FM KPFT

Houston, TX nationwide: www.kpft.org

 

Texts: HECHO EN TEJAS: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature

 

GRITOS: Essays by Dagoberto Gilb

 

HUIZACHE: The Journal of Latino Literature

 

And more, always M.A.S.

 


 

Fall 2014
English 2351-1201 (10268)

T/Th 12:30-1:50 pm Aug. 25-Dec. 14, 2014

Lone Star College-North Harris 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston http://www.lonestar.edu/northharris.htm

ACAD: 222

 

 

This course instills the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural, multimedia world. The material covered ranges from classic texts of Mexican American and Texas Mexican Literature to contemporary writings that are changing the world right now. Expect guest speakers and field trips, and more.

 

Invited in person or via skype:

 

Dagoberto Gilb author of THE MAGIC OF BLOOD-banned in Arizona.

 

Librotraficante Lips Mendez aka Lupe Mendez

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Sean Arce

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Curtis Acosta

 

Poet Jasmine Mendez

 

San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla author of CURANDERA-banned in Arizona.

 

DJ Joe B!

 

More speakers added: Texas State Rep. Armando Walle

 

Librotraficante La Vecina Georgina Perez from El Paso, TX

 

Librotraficante Lilo Liana Lopez, NP Radio Producer

 

Associated Press reporter Russell Contreras

 

In conjunction with authors and guests from

The Nuestra Palabra Radio Show

Tuesdays 6p-7p 90.1 FM KPFT

Houston, TX nationwide: www.kpft.org

 

Texts: HECHO EN TEJAS: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature

 

GRITOS: Essays by Dagoberto Gilb

 

HUIZACHE: The Journal of Latino Literature

 

And more, always M.A.S.

 

 

Introduction to Mexican American Literature with Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net

 

Fall 2014
English 2351-1201 (10268)

T/Th 12:30-1:50 pm Aug. 25-Dec. 14, 2014

Lone Star College-North Harris 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston http://www.lonestar.edu/northharris.htm

ACAD: 222

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 06/11/14

Letter to the Editor

 

 

 

 

·         2 – 4 pages long.

 

·         400 – 600 words.

 

·         For the essay you submit for class, follow the MLA format.

 

·         Write about a topic covered in a Houston Chronicle news story, or an op-ed column from the editorial board or guest columnist.

 

·         You must have a definite thesis statement: an enthymeme with a claim and a reason.

 

·         Combine logos and pathos to further your point.

 

·         For extra credit, submit a shortened version (to confirm with submission guidelines) to the newspaper. After you submit it to the newspaper, forward me what you sent them.

 

·         You receive 10pts just for submitting the essay for publication. You can earn up to 20 pts that way.

 

·         If the newspaper publishes your letter to the editor, you will receive 50 pts extra credit, and I will brag about you for a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Exercise: Purple Belt Test for Analysis

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 04/22/14



There's a Man in the Habit of Hitting Me on the Head with an Umbrella


http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/TherMan.shtml


Essay to analyze for practice. Do your best. Write your analysis. We will go over your responses in class. This will help you get closer and closer to an “A.” This will also help you do well in Comp II.

 

 

 

 

Read the essay. Read the example of an analysis. Write your own analysis of the essay. We will then review your response.

 

 

Read each subsequent link after you write your response.

 

 

 

 

Essay to Analyze:

 

 

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Texas-GOP-platform-would-discourage-3700653.php

 

 

Example of An Analysis Essay

 

 

http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/tony.diaz/engl1302/course-materials/example-of-an-analysis-essay/view

 

 

10 Tips for My Analysis

 

 

http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/tony.diaz/engl1302/course-materials/10-tips-for-my-analysis/view

 

 

 

 

Analysis Guide

 

 

This is one step-by-step approach to writing the introduction and a body paragraph for the analysis essay.

 

 

 

 

http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/tony.diaz/engl1302/course-materials/analysis-guide/view

 

 

 

 

For homework and practice:

 

 

 

 

Read and write an analysis of the MLK Speech “I Have a Dream.”

 

 

Wednesday, you will read analyze in class the short story:  There is a Man in the Habit of Hitting Me on The Head With an Umbrellas.

 

 

 

 

Your final exam is May 8 9:30 am – 11:20 am in the classroom where we usually meet.

 

 

Due: Journal Entries- 25 pages.

 

 

Revisions of your research paper

 

 

In-class Final Exam.

 

 

 

 

Extra credit: If you attend the last LASO meeting of the semester Thursday April 24, noon, that will be worth 5 pagers of journal entries.  There will be a guest speaker from the student group: UH MASSO and LASO will have elections for VP.

 

 

Don’t miss our Cinco de Mayo event May 1 Noon -1 PM in the courtyard. Music, food, and poetry for all.

 

 

Book Drive for the Phoenix Under Ground Library

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 04/06/14

Donate OCCUPIED AMERICA to the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Phoenix!!

 

Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say by donating books to the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Phoenix.

 

 

Help raise 25 copies of OCCUPIED AMERICA by Dr. Rodolfo Acuña for the Under Library book club at Puente.

 

Mail copies or donations to:

 

Puente Movement

1306 E Van Buren Phoenix, Arizona 85006

 

 

Puente promotes justice, non-violence, interdependence and human dignity.

 

http://www.puenteaz.org/programs/underground-library

 

http://www.librotraficante.com/Underground-Libraries.html

 

Puente Arizona wants to begin teaching a Chicano Curriculum for the undocumented community.  OCCUPIED AMERICA is a powerful work for this mission, as the iconic author, Dr. Rodolfo Acuña, has just released a FREE Teacher Manual to accompany the work.

 

Link to the free Teacher Manual for OCCUPIED AMERICA:

http://forchicanachicanostudies.wikispaces.com/Acu%C3%B1a%2C+Occupied+America+Student+Teacher+Guide

 

 

OCCUPIED AMERICA by Dr. Rodolfo Acuña is among the 84 books confiscated from Tucson classrooms after Arizona House Bill 2281 prohibited Mexican American Studies.

 

Here is an annotated list of all 84 books: http://bit.ly/1bSoTQd

 

2 bios on the iconic Dr. Rodolfo Acuña

 

http://latinopia.com/latino-history/latinopia-biography-dr-rodolfo-acuna/

 

http://www.csun.edu/~hfchs006/FacultyBios/RodolfoAcuna.htm


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