MAS trial ends after 7 years: Victory for Ethnic Studies, another costly loss for racist Arizona

A lot has happened since Three Sonorans first began in the summer of 2010. Racial tensions were heating up with the recent passage of SB1070, the Papers Please law, and with HB2281, the law banning Ethnic Studies.

More than seven years later, we are glad to report that we have been there throughout the entire MAS trial and the federal court case is officially over as of yesterday, 12/27/2017.

We won!

Tashima said the ban was “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan purpose.” read more

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Tucsonans protest Hipster Racism at 4th Avenue’s Surly Wench

A bunch of White musicians calling themselves Black Pussy are playing at the Surly Wench, on Fourth Avenue, this Friday, December 29th. If you don’t think this is okay, please call and/or email Surly Wench and ask them to cancel the show.

Contact the Surly Wench:
Phone: (520) 882-0009
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/surlywench/
Send them a message online: https://surlywenchpub.com/contact-us

Tell them: “I am deeply offended and troubled that Surly Wench would provide a venue for the band Black Pussy, whose name is an example of sexist racism. Dustin Hill, the band songwriter, claims he is not racist, and then turns around and accuses Black Lives Matter of being part of an agenda to spread racism. The band has also in the past posted on their facebook page, an ad for one of their appearances that featured a burning cross. Please cancel this show.” read more

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“White and Proud” Ally Miller to face Hispanic Chamber’s Lea Marquez for CD2

Insiders are revealing that the current Pima County Board of Supervisor Ally Miller from District 1, covering Pima’s richer whiter population, may be announcing a run soon for the seat being vacated by CD 2’s Martha McSally who will be running for US Senate.

The CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lea Marquez, has already received the support of Tucson’s business elite, including Jim Click in her run for CD 2.

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Miller faced controversy recently during the afternoon of the Charleston White Supremacist rally when she said she’s “White – and Proud of it.” read more

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Can Border Patrol stop citizens from observing and collecting data on BP racial profiling?

About three years ago during the Spring of 2014 a group of citizens from Arivaca, just south of Tucson, began observing and collecting data on the Border Patrol checkpoint on I-19 on the way north to Tucson, AZ.

Latino drivers are 26 times more likely to be asked for identification than white drivers at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road west of Interstate 19, according to a group that wants the checkpoint removed.

IMG_07162-800x446Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made during the period when observers recorded the actions of border agents there, the group said. read more

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Yaqui elder Jose Matus passes on

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Today our family lost a great man.

A father, brother, uncle, spiritual leader, my Tio Jose R. Matus. May God grant him eternal rest. He is at peace with all of our loved ones who went before him.

Prayers for strength, peace and comfort to my family, especially my sister Enriqueta n Nino Robert. Sleep with the angels Tio Joe, until we meet again in paradise.

Con todo amor y respeto.

Jose Matus was the founder of the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders. He was a Yaqui Ceremonial Elder and Leader of the Yaqui Community of the City of South Tucson’s Barrio Libre. In 1997, the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders came together as a result of persistent law enforcement abuse against indigenous peoples living in the southern United States and Mexico border region. read more

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Raul Grijalva’s hush money with former staffer revealed: Will his Tucson House of Cards finally topple?

The Washington Times, a conservative-leaning news source, but one that did contact and receive a response from Rep. Raul Grijalva from Tucson, is breaking news of taxpayer funds being used as “hush money” for one of his former female staffers.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill. read more

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Top temps for Tucson Thanksgiving: More record-breaking heat this week in Old Pueblo

Record or near record highs this week as strong high pressure aloft builds over Arizona and northern Mexico. Warmest Thanksgiving Day likely. Daily record high temperature data for later this week can be found on our website at https://t.co/WJsHOWxLUO #azwx https://t.co/VDXuURP1JV

Check out @NWSTucson’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/NWSTucson/status/932591191283109888?s=09

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