Archive for the ‘Ethnic Studies’ Category

TRGGR w Jose Gonzalez - Feb 2013
The banning of the MAS program in TUSD is arguably the latest phase of war on Mexican and Chicano heritage and humanity in Arizona and beyond; an effort to maintain white settler colonialism and domination. No doubt, the assault on Mexican American Studies in Tucson is one of the latest markers in the long history of what scholar Reiland Rabaka calls “Epistemic Apartheid,” which is currently marked by an institutional disregard for students’ abilities to think for themselves, and to think critically about the history of this country, the world, and their place in it. Joining TRGGR Radio hosts Chris Tinson and Carlos Rec McBride for insights into the current situation in Tucson and its meaning for the world is one of the teachers featured in the documentary Precious Knowledge, maestro Jose Gonzalez. 

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For more on the Ethnic Studies struggle in Tucson, go to:
Save Ethnic Studies
Three Sonorans
Teacher Activist Groups

Why MAS is federally protected – Post-Unitary and deseg history from Abie Morales on Vimeo.

On this episode we return to our discussion of the Mexican American Studies struggle in Tucson, Arizona and the Freedom Summer project underway throughout July. Joining us is Dr. Nat Turner, professor of Education at UMass, Amherst. We also speak with Meshaun Lebrone’s actor and playwright of Right to Remain…the Life and Mind of Tupac Shakur. In part two of the show we speak with Sean Arce, former director of the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School. For more on the MAS struggle go to THREE SONORANS. Especially check out and support the Raza Defense Fund.

Part 1: Nat Turner and Meshaun Lebrone

Part 2: Sean Arce

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Although since 2000 some national indicators are pointing in the right direction, statistics for black males throughout the country are far from positive. For example, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service’s report released last summer, entitled: A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success” contains some alarming numbers. For example, the poverty rate for Black children is 36 percent, compared to 12 percent for White children. In February 2011, the unemployment rate for Black males age 20 and over was nearly twice that of White males (17.5 percent versus 9.1 percent). And the homicide victimization rate for Blacks (20. 6 per 100,000) is more than six times higher than the rate for Whites (3.3). They also cite Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, high rates of foster care, school achievement, parent employment, parent education, poverty, and school segregation as critical areas painting a bleak outlook for males. Joining us to talk about this crisis is James Arana, Associate Director of Men’s Resource International, prevention specialist, and community organizer. James is a native of Belize and former resident of the Bronx. He has been a Social Worker and Community Organizer for over 25 years, working primarily with young adults and at-risk children. We speak with him about the health crisis facing Black boys and young men.

Darlene Elias joined us in the second half of the show to update us on Holyoke’s Lyman Terrace struggle to prevent the displacement of 400 residents from one of America’s oldest housing projects. Check us out and let us know what you think! Email: or leave us a comment on this page.

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On this episode we speak with Jamilah Ali, a medical care provider for HIV/AIDS patients about the HIV/AIDS crisis and African Americans.  Jamilah is a case worker at the Baystate-Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center for HIV/AIDS Care based in Springfield, Massachusetts.  According to a recent study, “HIV prevalence among African Americans exceeds that of whites, typically substantially, even in comparisons stratified by education, poverty index, marital status, age at first sexual intercourse, lifetime number of sex partners, history of male homosexual activity, illicit drug use, [and] injection drug use…” (Source: Adimora, Schoenbach, and Floris-Moore, “Ending the Epidemic of Heterosexual HIV Transmission Among African Americans,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009).  This interview is part of a series of conversations about health care that we’ll have throughout the year.  Join us!

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On this episode Rec and Harmonie, a new addition to TRGGRadio, interview two Hip-Hop artists from Lawrence, Massachusetts about how the history of the former mill town impacts their approach to music. TRGGR Co-host Bro Chris returned from a two-month hiatus to discuss the growing momentum against the Ethnic Studies ban in Tucson, Arizona. And Holyoke, Massachusetts-based roots/soul artist, Toussaint the Liberator, just returning from the Hip-Hop 4 Pine Ridge solidarity tour to South Dakota, also joined us in studio. We discuss the impact and meaning of the tour and future plans for increasing solidarity with indigenous communities and activists around the country. Be sure to peep the soulful live joint Toussaint blessed us with at the close of the interview. This is an episode you do not want to miss!
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This week our guest was Curtis Acosta who joined us in anticipation of the Western Massachusetts debut of the new documentary PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE, in which his work as an educator is featured. The documentary highlights disenfranchised high school seniors who become academic warriors and community leadersin Tucson’s (Arizona) embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program. Directed by Ari Palos. Precious Knowledge is a co-production of Dos Vatos Productions, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Arizona Public Media. 70 minutes. For more information, or for ways that you can support the effort to defend Ethnic Studies in Arizona, go to: Save Ethnic Studies(dot)org.

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