Call Out to Document Police Brutality at TUSD Board Meeting!
Derechos Humanos, Migra Patrol-Copwatch and other allies of TUSD Ethnic Studies are collecting stories of abuse at the hands of law enforcement that occurred at the Tuesday, May 3rd TUSD School Board Meeting.
If you or someone you know feels that your rights were violated, or want to document or report abuse or mistreatment at the hands of officials at the Board meeting, the time to act is now! We need your stories and testimonies ASAP!
COME TO the DERECHOS HUMANOS ABUSE CLINIC THIS FRIDAY AT 4:00PM!
Derechos Humanos Abuse Clinic is every Tuesday and Friday at the Derechos Humanos office (631 S. 6th Avenue). Appointments are not necessary, but a call-ahead is helpful for ensuring that we have enough volunteers. Please call the Derechos Humanos office at 520-770-1373. Identify yourself as a victim or witness of abuse at the TUSD Board meeting.
Please do not delay, particularly if you have any bruises or injuries. Bring any pictures or video you might have of the incident with you when you come in.
Call Now! Do not let any abuse go undocumented- Ya Basta!
TUCSON- Local clergy will show their support of Ethnic Studies by holding a prayer vigil in front of the Tucson Unified School District building at 1010 E. 10th Street on Tuesday, May 3. The vigil will begin with a press conference at noon on Tuesday.
At the gathering in front of the district offices religious leaders will call for the School Board to show their support for Ethnic Studies by refusing to take any actions that might undermine the program. Clergy will also be calling people of faith to be in prayer for the school board members, the students, and the teachers.
Whereas the Mexican American Studies program shows significantly higher testing and graduation rates within a vulnerable and historically marginalized group, it is the moral responsibility of faith leaders to speak out in defense of ethnic studies. The liberating message of the Gospels is itself rooted in the prophetic tradition of confronting oppressive state norms; just as the efforts of Tucson ethnic studies students have taken a courageous stance for social justice in organizing against HB 2281 and the school boards’ attempts to dismantle the program.
“For quite some time Arizona has been struggling to understand what it means to be a highly diverse community. This is not the time to silence the history and culture of parts of our community; it is a time to open our hearts and ears to one another’s histories and we believe that the Ethnic Studies programs are a crucial component to this dialogue. As clergy we are committed to building what Dr. King called the Beloved Community; we don’t believe this can be done if we don’t understand each other’s histories” said the Reverend Alison Harrington.
Several religious leaders representing a variety a denominational and faith traditions are expected to be in attendance. In addition, people of faith and conscience have been invited to attend and the entire community will be invited to come by the district offices to join in the prayer vigil which will last throughout the afternoon until the Board Meeting at 5:30PM.
“As a community of diverse religions, languages, and cultures, it is necessary that we not forget the richness that resides in the history of our people. The Ethnic Studies program, by enriching the education of our youth, enriches our larger community and teaches us about the ever-important principles of tolerance and civil dialogue. To all the students struggling to save the Ethnic Studies program, I say in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace.” Fr. Bill Remmel, SDS
Coalición de Derechos Humanos (The Human Rights Coalition) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.