Banned in Arizona Author Dagoberto Gilb Joins April 8 March on
Austin for Mexican American Studies (M.A.S. ).
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Tony Diaz
Texas State Board of Education Can Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act by Ending Institutionalized Racism vs M.A.S.
Houston, TX (April 6, 2014)– Mexican American Studies is banned in Arizona.Wednesday, April 9, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) can shatter the institutionalized racism preventing MAS from even officially existing in Texas
Dagoberto Gilb’s books THE MAGIC OF BLOOD and WOODCUTS OF WOMEN were part of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum prohibited in Arizona under HB2281.
This Tuesday, April 8, Gilb joins the state-wide coalition of MAS Texas to testify before the full board of the Texas SBOE in Austin telling them to implement Mexican American Studies for Texas high schools.
Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, is the leader of the group that organized the Librotraficante Caravan to smuggle the books banned in Arizona back to Arizona. “It’s easy for Texans to say what happened in Arizona could never happen here,” Diaz said. “Well it can’t because we don’t have K-12 M.A.S. On the other hand, the demographics are different here. If the Republican TX SBOE members vote along party lines and shut down Mexican American History, I promise you Texas will turn blue a deep blue quickly, and without Latinos the GOP can’t win Texas and can’t win the presidency ever again. The vote on Wednesday will reveal the true heart of the Republican party.” Diaz is scheduled to testify Tuesday as well.
Activities for MAS Texas begin Monday April 7 with a Banned Book Rave at Resistencia book rave. That will be followed the next morning by a march on the Capitol, followed by testimonies before the TX SBOE. The SBOE votes April 9 on the matter.
Book Rave Party: Chicanos are the new counter culture.
Monday, April 7, 8 pm
Resistencia Book Store
Casa de Red Salmon Arts
4926 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
The Book Rave Party will feature mind-altering prose from works by Chicano authors banned in Arizona and music by DJ’s which will include the Librotraficante Electronic Music Anthem. This showdown with Texas discrimination is our “1968” Democratic Convention. The SBOE and GOP need to know the whole world is watching. #TWWIW
March For Mexican American Studies (MAS)
Tuesday, April 8, 9 am – 11 a.m starting at the Corner of Cesar Chavez Street and Congress, Austin, TX.
Students, professors, activists, artists, professionals, and families will convene at Cesar Chavez Street and then march along Congress to the Austin, Texas Capitol Building, carrying copies of books by or about Mexican American writers and figures who have been over looked by history. This will culminate with a rally in front of Capitol Building, prior to testifying at the Texas Education Agency Building.
Press Conference and Rally & Public Testimony
Tuesday, April 8, Rally 12:45. This is followed by testimony before the TX SBOE.
Texas Education Agency Building
William B. Travis (WBT) State Office Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
April 9: The Texas State Board of Education will vote on implementing Mexican American Studies as an option for Texas high schools
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