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In Search of a Pedagogy-Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed
Rodolfo F. Acuña Thursday, 06/07/2012 | 5 Comments
I always start a meeting with the farm worker handclap in a tribute to University of Arizona Professor Mark Stegeman, the former president of the Tucson Unified School District who as a pretext for eliminating the TUSD’s Mexican American Studies Program said that he went after MAS because after listening to Mexican Americans use the clap, he knew that Mexican American Studies was a cult.
The Job Stall
Robert Reich Sunday, 06/03/2012 | 0 Comments
The White House must be telling itself there are still five months between now and Election Day, so the jobs picture could brighten. After all, we went through a similar mid-year slump in 2011 but came out fine.
Reduced Drug Possession Penalties Can Save Money and Lives
Diana Zuniga Monday, 06/01/2015 | 3 Comments
California continues to suffer an economic drought while the corrections and incarceration industry is experiencing a tsunami of funds and is increasingly locking up people convicted of nonviolent, low-level drug law violations. What is the California economy gaining from imprisoning low level drug offenders?
The Cristeros-Are Movies fact?
Rodolfo F. Acuña Wednesday, 05/30/2012 | 6 Comments
Since the trailers appeared “For Greater Glory” – a movie about the Mexican Cristero Movement of the 1920s – I have been receiving emails urging me to take a stand because one of the actors is my student. I have not seen the film and I don’t intend to see it because I don’t like the Cristeros.
Big Banks: Unnecessary for 99% of Consumers
L.A. Ortega Wednesday, 05/23/2012 | 0 Comments
With advances in technology today, most small banks offer on-line banking which is the equivalent to a credit card, without all the high credit card interest charges. The "too big to fail" banks are insidiously supporting a campaign of divestment in America, while simultaneously influencing policy (politicians) detrimental to the American people.
Foundations Use Hollywood to Promote Their Agendas
Caroline Preston Wednesday, 05/09/2012 | 0 Comments
Maybe you saw the episode of Fox TV’s “House” in which the curmudgeonly lead character realizes just before a patient’s death that she’s suffering from a tapeworm in her brain. Or a scene from the new Fox show “Touch,” in which a group of African women stand up to a man who is abusing his girlfriend.
Sin Verguenzas: United to the End-Tucson Unified School District Preserves Institutional Racism
Sean Arce Thursday, 05/03/2012 | 9 Comments
Upon reflecting on the challenging times in Arizona that we currently face in the Mexican American community, I recall my conversations with my late maternal grandmother, long time Tucsonan Josefina Encinas Padilla - a daughter of the Mexican Revolution.
Apple Used Low-Tax States, Foreign Tax Havens To Dodge $2.4 Billion In Taxes Last Year
Travis Waldron Wednesday, 05/02/2012 | 2 Comments
Sales of iPhones, iPads, and iPods have made Apple the world’s most profitable technology company — its stock price is hovering around $600 a share, and it is now larger than the rest of the American retail market by itself.
Moral Authority-The U.S. Supreme Court-La Mordida
Rodolfo F. Acuña Tuesday, 05/01/2012 | 5 Comments
Direct forms of political control are easy to figure out. For a time, laws and police agencies can keep things together. However, most institutions and societies depend on social control to deceive people into thinking that they live in a democracy.
The Role of the Middle-Class-Revisited
Rodolfo F. Acuña Friday, 04/20/2012 | 1 Comments
For the last couple of weeks, I have been revisiting pieces that I’d written in the past. They express concerns that formed my own consciousness and they are the bulk of the over 200 articles that will compose my new book: “My Journey Out of Purgatory.”
De-regulation, Not So Fast Mr. Senator
L.A. Ortega Thursday, 03/17/2016 | 0 Comments
"Your ideology was not right, was not working?" asked Congressional Representative Waxman during a Congressional hearing on the economic meltdown of 2008. "Precisely," answers Alan Greenspan, admitting his policies of allowing markets to regulate themselves were clearly flawed.
Be Careful What You Wish for 'cause It Might Come True
Rodolfo F. Acuña Monday, 04/09/2012 | 6 Comments
My dream was to live in Tucson. In the early 1970s I even applied for a job at the University of Arizona, but the interview invitation was withdrawn after I participated in a protest there the weekend before my interview. I woke up.
The Thin Line-Revisited
Rodolfo F. Acuña Wednesday, 04/04/2012 | 0 Comments
One of the most difficult things about writing is when believe they can read your mind without reading what you have written. For that I reason I have chosen to revisit a piece that I wrote in 2001 during Antonio Villaraigosa’s first mayor campaign. Recently in the struggle against censorship in Tucson and the fight to preserve effective education, a right-wing blogger for the Arizona Daily Independent has chosen to malign me and claim that I compared Mandela to Adolf Hitler – apparently she did not read the article or maybe she can’t read.
Break Up The Big Banks, Says the Dallas Fed
Robert Reich Thursday, 03/29/2012 | 1 Comments
As the Supreme Court shows every sign of throwing out “Obamacare” and leaving 30 million Americans without health insurance, another drama is being played out in the quiet corridors of the Federal Reserve system that may affect even more of us.
The Tucson-Nogales Trip
Rodolfo F. Acuña Thursday, 03/17/2016 | 13 Comments
As I mentioned in previous correspondence, CSUN MEChA and students from the Asian American Studies Department visited Tucson-Nogales on February 24-26, 2012. It was draining because of the distance, size of the group, and the intensity. As always, the Tucsonenses were gracious and made you feel like family.
What Good Is Black History Month?
Sharon Kyle Tuesday, 03/06/2012 | 2 Comments
I was going to let Black History Month pass without contributing an article this year. Nothing worth writing came to mind, but then I got a call from Sandra Moura, the LGBT Liaison for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Why Not Enjoy Yourself? Let the Younger People Take Over---You Have Paid Your Dues
Rodolfo F. Acuña Saturday, 02/18/2012 | 2 Comments
Chicana/o Studies at Cal State Northridge will be taking close to sixty Latinos and Asians students to Tucson later this month. It will be our third trip as a group within a year. Friends keep saying, “That is a big responsibility; you have paid your dues; why don’t you slow down and enjoy life?” In other words, take it easy, and let the young people clean up our mess.
America's Jobs Deficit, and Why It's Still More Important than the Budget Deficit
Robert Reich Thursday, 03/17/2016 | 0 Comments
The most significant aspect of January’s jobs report is political. The fact that America’s labor market continues to improve is good news for the White House. But as a practical matter the improvement is less significant for the American work force.
Giving Hypocrisy a Bad Name-Censorship in Tucson
Rodolfo F. Acuña Sunday, 02/05/2012 | 0 Comments
For the past six years or so I have heard constant threats from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (Canada) and Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal (Indiana) that they were going to ban, destroy and wipe out Mexican American Studies, as well as Occupied America.
Don’t Get Angry, Get Even, When Do You Start Counting
Rodolfo F. Acuña Friday, 01/27/2012 | 2 Comments
When the great Muhammad Ali was asked how many sit ups he did, he responded, “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, that is when I start counting, because then it really counts, that’s what makes you a champion.”