LAWMAKERS OK VOUCHERS; TAKE FROM THE POOR, GIVE TO THE RICH // LEGISLADORES PASAN “VOUCHERS”; LE QUITAN A LOS POBRES PARA DARLE A LOS RICOS

by Cesar Aguirre

State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that makes all of Arizona’s 1.1 million students eligible for vouchers, which divert tax dollars out of public schools and into private and parochial schools.

blVouchers were originally passed in 2011 to provide parents who have children with special needs an alternative to public schools. Since then the voucher program has expanded to include children of people in the military on active duty, foster children, all children attending failing schools and children living on Indian Reservations.

Supporters of the law argue that vouchers provide more opportunities for low-income students to receive a better education by attending private and parochial schools. But evidence proves the opposite. According to the Daily Star, “There is some evidence that many of the 3,800 students who now get vouchers have moved from public schools in affluent neighborhoods.” In other words, instead of giving more opportunities to poor families, these vouchers are actually subsidizing the private education of children of affluent families.

The current voucher is for about $5,600 a year, which will be reduced to $4,400 with the new formula. Tuition at many private schools can be over $15,000 a year. Where would poor families find the extra $10,000 a year to cover tuition? And that’s not even including the supplies, books and materials needed.Paying For School

Our tax dollars should not go to private companies with little transparency and zero accountability. The new measure was amended to make private schools who receive at least 50 students who are using vouchers to administer the same tests required by public schools and make the results public. However, they will not be penalized by the with-holding of tax dollars like public schools are.

Don’t be fooled, this has nothing to do with “school choice”, equity or opportunity. FOLLOW THE MONEY. The only way to improve the quality of education and ensure all students have equal opportunities is to FULLY FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION.blog

In Arizona public school funding has been massively cut since the recession to a tune of $1.2 billion plus. Yes, that’s BILLION with a B!

Enough of the shenanigans! Arizona lawmakers need to stop taking from our poor kids and communities in the name of “school choice” and “equal opportunity”. Stop diverting tax dollars to private companies and affluent families who’s children already have many of the opportunities our barrio youth are in dire need of.


 

por Cesar Aguirre

Pasaron una ley en Arizona el jueves que hace a todos los estudiantes de Arizona elegibles para ‘vouchers’. Estos ‘vouchers’ desvían el dinero de los impuestos publico  a compañías privadas.

Cuando pasaron la ley en 2011 fue solamente para familias con estudiantes con necesidades especiales. Ahora todos los estudiantes de las escuelas publicas califican para un voucher.

Los que apoyan la ley dicen que es una manera de darle mas oportunidades a los estudiantes de familias pobres, pero en el periódico, Daily Star dicen que hay evidencia que muchos de los 3,800 estudiantes que ya reciben los vouchers se cambiaron de escuelas en barrios de clase media a escuelas privadas. Quire decir que los estudiantes de familias mas prosperas son los que mas se aprovechan de los vouchers.

Muchas escuelas privadas cobran mas que $15,000 al año por la matricula. Eso no incluye los libros y materiales que también se necesitan. Las familias pobres no tienen los otros $10,000 que se necesita para mandar a sus niños a una escuela privada.

La verdad es que esta ley no se trata de darle mas oportunidades a los niños de familias pobres. Es para darle dinero a los que ya tienen oportunidades para que pagan menos para mandar sus niños a escuelas privadas.

La única manera de mejorar la calidad de educación y darle mas oportunidades a todos niños es FINANCIAR COMPLETAMENTE LA EDUCACIÓN PUBLICA.

En Arizona el estado a cortado mas que $1.2 billones desde la recesión. Si, dije BILLONES con una B!

Ya basta! Legisladores en Arizona tienen que parar de quitarles a los los niños y a los barrios pobres en nombre de la igualdad y la oportunidad. Que paren de desviar dinero publico a compañías privadas y a familias que ya tienen los recursos que les hace tanta falta  a los niños y a los barrios pobres.

LET’S BE CLEAR THAT “ANTI-ABORTION” IS NOT REALLY “PRO-LIFE” // SEAMOS CLAROS QUE “ANTI-ABORTO” NO ES REALMENTE IGUAL QUE “PRO- VIDA”

NCR_3-24This is a letter to the editor on the most recent National Catholic Reporter, one of my favorite
sources of news.

-Brian Flagg

Protest Coverage

It was disheartening to see how NCR covered recent national protests in the Feb. 10-23 edition. The front-page article, “Catholics find their voice as Trump debuts,” showed a small group of “pro-life” supporters with “anti-abortion” signs, while Page 5 reviewed the massive Women’s March.

The bias is in NCR continuing to give such prominence to “anti-abortion” supporters. Let’s be clear that “anti-abortion” is not really “pro-life,” and that so-called “pro-life” supporters willfully ignore the vast array of national policies that contribute to the value and preservation of human life.

Let’s be clear that “pro-life” policies should include: responsible gun control, affordable universal health care, preservation of all clean air and clean water laws, diplomacy for war, ending the death penalty, efforts to combat climate change, a living wage for all working Americans, and guaranteed maternity leave. Let’s be clear that access to health care, maternity leave, and a living wage contribute directly to a woman’s capacity to choose life during pregnancy.

Let’s be clear that all of these measures preserve the dignity of all human life and are truly a “pro-life” platform. Let’s be clear that in it’s current scope, the national “pro-life” movement is simply “pro-birth”


Esta es una carta al editor en el National Catholic Reporter mas recenté, que es uno de mis periódicos favoritos.

-Brian Flagg

El articulo habla de lo triste que es ver como la NCR publico la protesta reciente de la edición de Febrero 10-23. Donde hablan de “pro-vida” con personas que están a favor de “anti-aborto”.

Hay que ser claros “Pro-vida” es tener pólizas que incluyan: control de armas, seguro de salud accesible, protección de leyes para mantener el agua y el aire limpios, quitar la pena de muerte, combatir el cambio de clima, un salario digno para la clase trabajadora, y una garantía de permiso de maternidad. El acceso de seguro medico, permiso de maternidad y el salario digno contribuye directamente a que la mujer elija tener a su bebe durante el embarazo. Y “anti-aborto” es a favor de dar a luz a un bebe y no a los recursos que se necesitan para vivir.

 

TO HELL WITH AMERICANS WHO LOVE TRUMP… TRANSIT IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT! // AL DIABLO CON LOS AMERICANOS QUE QUIEREN A TRUMP….¡EL TRANSITO ES UN DERECHO HUMANO!

by Brian Flagg

That’s the basic idea of a very good editorial in American Magazine, Jan. 2, 2017. Check it out!
Pope_Francis_Korea_Haemi_Castle_19_(cropped)It featured powerful quotes from Pope Francis and noted planner and transit expert Jarret Walker, who visited Tucson last year and spent an evening in the park sharing his expertise with members of the Bus Riders Union.

They point out that “…there seem to be few fans of public transit in the Trump administration or among congressional leaders. Last year’s Republican Party platform called public transit a form of “social engineering” and opposed using revenue from gas taxes on anything that does not involve moving cars around.”JWalker_800

Pretty much every transit system in the U.S. is heavily funded with federal dollars… This is as it should be. “…employers and businesses across the country depend on accessibility to workers and customers of all income levels. Traffic congestion hurts both the economy and the environment.”Suntran4resizedhorz400px

Expect more blows against poor people, working people and the planet from Trump and his supporters.

The good righteous people of Tucson and all locales need to stand up and lead this struggle for basic human rights. And if local officials refuse to follow they need to be voted out of office. Yes or no?


AL DIABLO CON LOS AMERICANOS QUE QUIEREN A TRUMP….EL TRANSITO ES UN DERECHO  HUMANO

por Brian Flagg

Es la idea básica de una muy buena publicación en American Magazine, Jan. 2, 2017. Check it out!

Destaco las citas mas poderosas del Papa Francisco y un planificador reconocido  y un experto de transito Jarret Walker, que visito Tucson el año pasado y paso una tarde en el parque compartiendo su experiencia con los miembros de la Unión de Pasajeros.

Señalaron que … “párese ser que hay un par de simpatizantes del transito publico en la administración de Trump o entre los  lideres del congreso. El año pasado los republicanos llamaron al transito publico una forma de “manipulación social” y se opusieron a usar los ingresos de los taxis del gas en cualquier cosa que no sea para que circulen mas carros en la ciudad.”

Casi todos los sistemas de transito en los Estados Unidos son financiados con fondos federales… Así es como debe de ser. “…negocios y empleados en todo el país dependen de la disponibilidad de los trabajadores y clientes de todos las clases sociales. El congestionamiento de trafico  daña a la economía y al medio ambiente.”

Se esperan mas golpes en contra de la gente pobre, gente trabajadora y el planeta por parte de Trump y los que lo apoyan.

La gente justa de Tucson y otras ciudades necesitan levantarse, dirigir esta lucha por los derechos humanos. Y si los oficiales locales no quieren cooperar hay que votar para sacarlos. ¿Si o NO?

MORE FALLOUT FROM THE SANCHEZ DISASTER // MAS CONCECUENCIAS DEL DESASTRE DE LA SALIDA DE SANCHEZ

Much to my surprise I received an email this morning from the moderator of TUSD’s School Community Partnership Council (SCPC) announcing her resignation.

SCPC is a collective group of site council representatives from schools across the district.

Over the past four years I have been part of this council and have seen a huge shift in the way it operates. When I began attending the meetings I felt as if this group only existed for the sake of existing. There was very little opportunity to communicate our concerns, and more importantly, no way of making sure there was follow through and accountability from the district to implement changes and/or address our concerns.

More recently it has become a strong voice for parents, teachers, staff and community members and communicates directly to the district’s superintendent and school board.

One of the greatest criticisms of TUSD has been lack of communication and transparency. It seems that with the new board majority TUSD will be going back to the days of ignoring the community it is supposed to be serving.

Here is a copy of Michelle Simon’s resignation letter:

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MAS CONCECUENCIAS DEL DESASTRE DE LA SALIDA DE SANCHEZ

Esta mañana me llego una sorpresa por correo electrónico. La moderadora del concilio de School Community Partnership (SCPC) de TUSD renuncio.

SCPC es un grupo colectivo de representantes de concilios de escuelas de todo el distrito.

Durante los 4 años que yo e sido parte de este concilio e visto muchos cambios. Cuando empece asistir  a estas juntas sentía que este grupo solamente existía para poder decir que existe un grupo. No había oportunidad de comunicarse con los oficiales o con la mesa directiva de TUSD. Mas importante aun, no había manera de asegurar que el distrito iba a tomar en cuenta la vos de los miembros e implementar lo que se estaba pidiendo.

Recientemente SCPC se a convertido a una voz fuerte para padres, maestros, empleados y miembros de la comunidad y se comunica directamente con el superintendente y la mesa directiva del distrito.

Una de las mayores críticas de TUSD ha sido la falta de comunicación y transparencia. Parece que con la mayoría de los nuevos miembros TUSD volverá a ser como antes, ignorar a la comunidad que se supone que debe servir.

esta es la copia de la carta de renuncia de Michelle Simon que dice que ella no puede ser parte de un grupo que no va tener voz con esa mesa directiva.

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This is Sanctuary in Action. This is People Power. // ¿Que es el significado de la frase “Sanctuary City”?

“Sanctuary makes a ring of fire around our people.”
– Marisa Franco and Not1More Deportation

As I write this requested response to the question, “What does being a Sanctuary City mean anyway?” I am watching friends and compañer@s who have locked down to keep an ICE van from deporting loved ones from Phoenix to Mexico. As I write this sentence the Phoenix PD is beginning to attempt to clear the site of Phoenix residents intervening with Trump’s, and formerly Obama’s, immigration dragnet. The young, fierce Latinx who is narrating the scene is telling me that none of the local politicians have shown up, she’s calling out the double-speak of the mayor saying they are only interested in challenging Trump when it feels convenient. She also reminds us that the people on the ground remain strong and will defend their neighbors and families. Órale!MarisaFrancoNot1More

This is Sanctuary in Action. This is People Power.

by Sarah Launius

But, at the request of my dear friend at Casa Maria, Mr. Brian Flagg, let me actually answer the question regarding what it would mean for Tucson to be a sanctuary city. The real-life scenario happening in Phoenix is exemplary and I trust my dear readers are more than capable of pulling that thread through.prisoners

So, my personal feeling is that it is less important to hold up “Sanctuary City” labels as a point of pride than to actually change the routine practices within the city itself. As they say, “talk is cheap.” I also think it is important to understand that sanctuary policies are a direct antidote to attrition through enforcement policies – or policies with the explicit aim to make the lives of undocumented city-dwellers and their mixed-status families so unbearable that they “self-deport.” In case you forgot, SB1070 was a signature example of attrition through enforcement and in addition to requiring local law enforcement to work with immigration authorities it also sought to outlaw soliciting day labor. To engage in Sanctuary City policies is to do harm reduction on behalf of your residents and to not be complicit in state violence against our undocumented neighbors, but, when our people enact Sanctuary we actually edge toward liberatory possibilities.

The most obvious ways that cities engage in attrition through enforcement practices is to allow their local police to function as an arm of immigration authorities. This is a long standing issue in Tucson and Pima County and even the UA Police Department’s hands are dirty in this regard. In the City of Tucson and the City of South Tucson there were multiple threats of litigation brought forward through collaborative work among the Red de Redes (migrant led protection networks working in coalition) and the ACLU of Arizona. The City of South Tucson was caught in a particularly damning execution of SB1070 and under the leadership of a new city attorney they outright denied the ability of their police department to engage with immigration law enforcement. It was the right thing to do and, more than anything, it was the legally appropriate thing to do by those in power.

The City of Tucson was threatened multiple times and given numerous ways that they could be in compliance with SB1070 and not fully cooperate with Border Patrol. It took countless hours of meetings, calls to the audience and tons of organizing by the Red de Redes and a new Police Chief to finally change the policy. All of this at the same time that Tucson was an “immigrant welcoming city.”

The main point of the story is that if we call for a Sanctuary City we need to actually do some study and understand the subtle ways that local governments do the work of immigration authorities in our name. For instance, did you know that Pima County has a particularly bad track record when it comes to collaborating with Border Patrol? While the county often talks about their need to respond to clandestine migration in Pima County and often fails to discuss the random stops and calls to Border Patrol that happens through the city of Tucson – should we really accept either practice? When it’s all said and done, remind people who call for a “Sanctuary City” that the changes in poli-migra activity was fought for and won by long, tough organizing by undocumented neighbors and ask them how they plan to learn from and extend their work. Ask them what practices are leading to people being turned over to ICE or Border Patrol in Tucson and if they don’t know, tell ‘em to find their way to a myriad of coalition work including the Red de Redes, the Protection Action Network Fund and the Southern Arizona Sanctuary Coalition. And remember, Talk Is Cheap.

Learn more about what Not1More Deportation and Marisa Franco’s call for Sanctuary: A Radical Expansion of Sanctuary: Steps in Defiance of Trump’s Executive Order

Learn how Not1More Deportation thinks we can form Sanctuary Cities: Expanding Sanctuary: What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?


¿Que es el significado de la frase “Sanctuary City”?

Nuestra amiga y gran revolucionaria Sarah Launius tiene un comentario muy acertado en
este tema.imagesSu punto central es que politicos, como en la Ciudad de Tucson, no pueden decir, somos un Sanctuary City o una ciudad amable a los inmigrantes, sin aplicar pólizas que prohíban a los chotas que trabajen con La Migra.

Ella dijo que la ciudad de Sur Tucson (City of South Tucson) es un buen ejemplo para la ciudad de Tucson y el condado de Pima. Es muy claro que los chotas de la ciudad de Sur Tucson no van a colaborar con La Migra.

Su otro punto central es que las acciones positivas en esta lucha (en años recientes) son el resultado del trabajo de los activistas comprometidos de grupos como Red de Redes, Fondo de Acción de las Redes de Protección, The Southern Arizona Sanctuary Coalition.

Los politicos no pueden usar solamente palabras bonitas, también necesitan acción y un compromiso para hacer lo que es justo.

CUARESMA 2017- AYER FUE MIERCOLES DE CENIZA // LENT 2017- ASH WEDNESDAY

por Brian Flagg

ARREPIÉNTETE Y CREE EN EL EVANGELIO es el titulo del comentario de ayer en mi misal ‘Pan de la Palabra’. Dice:

Hoy es el primer día del tiempo de Cuaresma: tiempo fuerte y de revisión profunda para nuestra vida personal y comunitaria, para avanzar en el camino de nuestra conversión. Pero eso el profeta Joel nos invita a no quedarnos solamente en signos externos de penitencia (como la ceniza que recibimos hoy), sino que el deseo de convertirnos surja desde lo mas intimo de nuestro ser: “Vuelvan a mi de todo corazón, con ayuno, llantos y duelo.”img019.jpg

Esto es una revolución verdadera. Y para mi es ser un cristiano católico.

Este comentario es inspirado por los profetas Joel y Jesus y es muy firme en la creencia que como Dios dijo a Cain en el libro de Genisis, eres el que debe cuidar a tu hermano. Y que también nuestra salvación es una onda personal y también comunitaria. No somos como los evangélicos que tiene la creencia que la salvación es solamente personal, entre Jesus y yo y nadie mas.

En el pasado he tratado de no usar palabrotas o de tomar cervezas para la Cuaresma.

Esta Cuaresma me voy a portar mucho mas valiente rezare en todo momento al Espíritu Santo para yo tener una conversión y también nuestra comunidad que esta muy mal en las áreas de espiritualidad y justicia.

Ven Jesus porque quiero estar mas cerca de ti.


LENT 2017- ASH WEDNESDAY

by Brian Flagg

REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL is the title of yesterdays commentary on the scriptures for the mass in my missal ‘Pan de Palabra’. Translated from Spanish it said,

Today is the first day of Lent, a very important time and a time for profound change personally and communally, to advance the path of our conversion. For this reason the prophet Joel invites us to not only do external signs of penance (like the ashes received) but also that we have a conversion that rises up from the most intimate places within us. Joel says “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping and mourning.”img019

This is truly revolutionary.

And to me it is why Catholic Christianity, flawed as it is, turns me on and rings true.

This commentary looks to the prophets Joel and Jesus, and puts it in the readers face that we indeed are our brothers and sisters keepers, and that our salvation is totally connected to and wrapped up in the salvation of all of our brothers and sisters. Catholics believe that one is saved personally but also as part of a  community.

In the past I have tried to give up foul language and drinking cervezas for Lent.

This Lent I am committing myself to act much more bold and to pray without ceasing so as to be infused with the Holy Spirit. I’m convinced that this is the ticket to begin to convert myself and the larger community that is in major material and spiritual disarray.

It’s much bigger than just me and Jesus.

THE DEMISE OF H.T. SANCHEZ: KILLING HOPE FOR LATINO CHILDREN IN TUSD // EL FIN DEL SERVICIO DE H.T. SANCHEZ: DESTRUCCION DE LA ESPERANZA DE LOS NIÑOS LATINOS EN TUSD

by Cesar Aguirre

Yesterday my 10 year old daughter Jasmine asked me to sign her permission slip to go on a field trip with her class to see the movie Hidden Figures, a true story of 3 black women who where instrumental in the development of NASA’s space program during the space race.

I like to screen what my children watch, so I looked for the movie online and watched it (even with copyright banners across the screen through most of it).

As my daughter was getting ready for bed she saw what I was watching and said, “dad, you’re going  to ruin the movie for me. Why are you watching it?”

I explained to her that it helps me to understand what she’s studying so I can think of questions to ask in order to provoke dialogue. I didn’t have to ask anything to get this conversation going. She caught a few minutes of the movie as I brushed out her hair and braided it before bed. Just before giving me a good night kiss she turns to me and asks, “why do boys still treat us like that? They still think girls can only do certain things like cook and clean. And when a girl does prove they are good at something, like basketball, they always say things like, Oh you just got lucky or I just let you win.”

Being a father of 2 young, bright and beautiful Chican@s my heart just about broke. I could feel her questioning her own abilities because of those societal views.

I had to remind her that she can achieve any goal she sets her mind to. I also had to be honest with her and let her know that because she is a woman, a latina woman, she is going to have to work twice as hard and accomplish twice as much in order to be valued and recognized for her abilities, just like the women in the movie.

Though we have seen great strides in civil rights, we are far from where we need to be. Today it is easy to see how far we have yet to go, just look at the white house. Trump is a direct effect of the hate and anger stirred in those who feel they are losing control of “their” country to the hands of those they see as less than.54ab249c3e46f_preview-300

And that’s exactly what has happened in TUSD. The board majority changed 4 years ago and brought Dr. H.T. Sanchez to Tucson, a young Tejano who speaks great Spanish and is understanding of the needs of the Latino community (which makes up over 70% of the district today). This gave our community hope (just like Obama did for so many Americans of color).

That hope was short lived. People like Jim Click made sure of it by throwing thousands of dollars at the local school board election last year, ensuring that the mexicano with a physical disability, a man who understands first hand the struggles of disadvantaged youth, was not re-elected to the board, breaking up the board majority that put the young Tejano in a leadership position.

The truth is that regardless of whether or not you liked Dr. Sanchez, he did an amazing job as superintendent. I believe that if it were not for the fact that he is a Spanish speaking Latino he would have been praised for the work he’s done at TUSD. He did work twice as hard and accomplished twice as much as any super before him, but it still wasn’t enough.

TUSD has been under court supervision for over 40 years because of their failure to close the achievement gap and provide equity and equal opportunities to students of color. Those in control of the district over those 40 years have insured that it stays that way, oppressing people of color while suppressing their voices.

When they seen that this young Tejano threatened to change that by giving voice to those in the district that historically had none while uniting parents and teachers across the district, they had to do something to put a stop to it.

At the board meeting last night I heard parents, teachers, pastors, officials from Pima Community College and even the vice president of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce all speak on behalf of Sanchez and what he’s accomplished. It had no effect on the 3 white board members that have all but called for a burning of Sanchez on the stake. The 3 white board members on a mission to return the power to those upholding the status quo with one goal in mind: cause so much chaos and disruption in TUSD to insure the failure of one of the state’s largest public school districts.

While these 3 white board members claim they serve all children in the district the truth is that they are part of a much bigger plot to destroy public education and ensure that only certain kids receive quality education. By creating dysfunction in the district and pointing fingers internally they distract us from the real reason our public schools are failing our students: the nationwide attack on public education and the criminal under-funding of public schools on the state level. The only real threat Sanchez ever posed was that he was uniting people across the district to push back on this direct attack of public education.


LA DEMENCIA DE H.T. SANCHEZ: MATANDO LA ESPERANZA DE NIÑOS LATINOS EN TUSD

por Cesar Aguirre

Ayer mi hija Jasmine de dies años me pidió que le firmara el permiso para salir con su clase a un viaje al cine para ver la nueva película Hidden Figures. Se trata de 3 mujeres negras que fueron instrumento en el desarrollo del programa espacial de NASA durante la carrera a la luna.

Me gusta saber lo que miran y estudian mis hijas, asi que busque la película en el Internet y la vi (hasta con las banderas de derechos de autor en la pantalla).

Cuando mi hija se estaba alistando para la cama se dio cuenta que yo estaba mirando la película y me comento, “papi, vas arruinar la película para mí ¿Porque estas viendo la película?”

Le esplique que me ayuda a entender lo que esta estudiando para ir pensando en preguntas para poder provocar el dialogo. Esta ves no tuve que hacer ninguna pregunta para empezar esta conversación. Ella vio unos cuantos minutos de la película mientras que le peine el pelo y le hice su trenza. Antes de darme mis besos de buenas noches me pregunta, “¿porque los hombres todavía nos tratan así? Todavía piensan que las mujeres estáns hechas nomas para limpiar y cocinar. Y cuando una mujer muestra que es muy buena para otras cosas como baloncesto, siempre dicen cosas como, solo fue suerte es porque te dejamos ganar.

Siendo padre de dos Chican@s jovenes, que son brillantes y bellas, mi corazón se rompió. Sentí que ella misma estaba cuestionando sus propias habilidades por las vistas de esta sociedad.

Tuve que recordarla que ella puede lograr cualquier objetivo en que se enfoque. También tuve que ser honesto y dejarla saber que porque ella es mujer, y es latina, que va tener que trabajar dos veces mas duro y realizar el doble que los hombres para ser reconocida y apreciada por sus habilidades, igual que las mujeres en la película.

Aunque hemos visto muchos avances en los derechos civiles, sabemos que todavía nos falta mucho para llegar a donde debemos. Hoy es fácil saber cuanto nos falta, ay nomas ay que fijarnos en la casa blanca. Trump es un efecto directo del odio y la cólera agitada en aquellos que sienten que están perdiendo el control de “su” país en las manos de aquellos que ven como menos.

Y lo mismo ha pasado en TUSD. La mayoría de la mesa directiva cambio hace 4 años y pudieron traer al Dr. Sanchez a Tucson. Es un Tejano joven que habla español muy bien y entiende las necesidades de la comunidad latina (que son mas de 70% de los estudiantes del distrito). Esto dio esperanza al pueblo (igual como Obama a hecho para tantos Americanos de color).

Esa esperanza fue por poco tiempo. Personas como Jim Click se aseguraron de eso, tirando miles de dolares a las elecciones el año pasado para que perdiera el Mexicano con discapacidades físicas, un hombre que entiende personalmente las batallas de jóvenes perjudicado, y desbarataron la mayoría de la mesa directiva que puso el Tejano joven en su puesto de liderazgo.

Aunque quieras al Sanchez o no, la verdad es que a hecho un trabajo increíble como superintendente. Yo creo que si el no fuera un Latino que habla español muchos lo hubieran elogiado por el trabajo que ha hecho en TUSD. El a trabajado dos veces mas duro y realizo dos veces mas que cualquier otro superintendente antes que el, y todavía no fue bastante.

TUSD tiene mas de 40 años bajo de supervisión judicial porque no han podido mejorar la educación y proporcionar equidad e igualdad de oportunidades para los estudiantes de color. Los que han controlado el distrito por esos 40 años han asegurado que eso no cambie,oprimiendo la gente de color mientras silenciando sus voces.

Cuando se dieron cuenta que este Tejano joven quería cambiar eso, dando voz a los que históricamente no la han tenido y a la misma ves uniendo padres y maestros en todos lados del distrito, ellos tenían que hacer  algo para ponerle un alto.

En la junta de la mesa directiva de anoche escuche padres, maestros, pastores, oficiales del colegio Pima, y hasta la vicepresidenta de Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, todos apoyando a Sanchez y el trabajo que a realizado en est0s 4 años. No tuvo ningun effecto en los 3 miembros blancos de la mesa directiva que han atacado al Sanchez cada chanza que tienen. Los 3 miembros blancos que quieren regresar el poder a los que nos han oprimido por tanto tiempo con solo un objetivo en la mente: causar tanto caos y trastornos en TUSD para asegurar el fracaso de uno de los distritos escolares públicos más grandes del estado.

Mientras estos 3 miembros blancos de la mesa directiva reclaman que sirven todos los estudiantes del distrito la verdad es que ellos son parte de un plan mas grande para destruir la educación publica para asegurarse que solamente ciertos niños reciben educacion de calidad. Al crear disfunción en el distrito y al puntar dedos internamente nos distraen de la verdadera razón de que escuelas públicas están fallando a nuestros estudiantes: el ataque nacional contra la educación pública y el bajo financiación criminal de las escuelas públicas a nivel estatal. La única amenaza real que Sánchez planteó fue que estaba uniendo a la gente de todo el distrito para presionar contra este ataque directo de educación pública.

ONE MAN’S VIEW OF CASA MARIA // UNA VISTA DE UN HOMBRE SOBRE CASA MARIA

This comes from our long-time friends and supporters, John and Julie Indermark.

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After a recent morning at Casa Maria, my back had a serious talk with me, an aging baby-boomer who’d prefer to live in denial of both. Lifting boxes was no longer in the cards, Back said – you’ll have to find something else to do with Casa Maria. So Brian graciously offered the option of occasionally writing words for the blog.

It is humbling to even think of doing so. The ministry done in this place is a daily and literal practice of Matthew 25. The ministry done in this place is also a daily and prophetic rebuttal of what the world promotes in terms of who should be valued and who can be ignored – a view that I shudder to think has now been given the keys to the White House and the nuclear codes.

But – and here is the key point – they have not been given the keys of the kingdom. Like Dr. King’s words about the arc of the moral universe, the coming of God’s reign may be long but it bends inevitably toward justice. Justice whose foundation is not punitive, but redemptive and restorative.  Of human worth. Of human value. Justice that is not up for sale to the highest bidder, but justice that is up for incarnation in the meeting of the most basic human needs. Food. Shelter. Clothing. Love.

You know, the stuff that is the daily work of the people of Casa Maria.

Blessed are you. . . .

John Indermark


UNA VISTA DE UN HOMBRE SOBRE CASA MARIA

Esto viene de nuestros amigos y apoyadores de Casa Maria por muchos años:

Después de trabajar recientemente en la cocina de Casa Maria, tuve una conversación serie con mi espalda. Aunque lo quiero admitir o no, levantar cajas pesadas ya no es una opción para un hombre envejecido como yo. Mi espalda me dijo – vas a tener que buscar otra manera de ayudar en Casa Maria. Así que Brian ofreció graciosamente la opción de ocasionalmente escribir palabras para el blog.

Es humillante siquiera pensar en hacerlo. El ministerio hecho en este lugar es una práctica diaria y literal de Mateo 25. El ministerio hecho en este lugar es también una refutación diaria y profética de lo que el mundo promueve en términos de quién debe ser valorado y quién puede ser ignorado – una punta de vista que me da miedo solo en pensar que ahora se ha dado las llaves de la Casa Blanca y los códigos nucleares.

Pero – y este es el punto mas importante – no les han dado las llaves del reino. Como las palabras del Dr. King sobre el arco del universo moral, la venida del reinado de Dios puede ser larga pero se inclina inevitablemente hacia la justicia. Justicia que no esta basado en ser punitivo, pero en ser redentora y restauradora. Del valor humano. Justicia que no se vende al mejor postor, pero justicia que se presta en la encarnación de satisfacer las necesidades humanas más básicas. Alimentos. Abrigo. Ropa. Y Amor.

Sabes, lo que es el trabajo diario de la gente de Casa María.

Bendiciones…

John Indermark

If you’re interested in the dysfunction promoted by the current TUSD board majority…

If you’re interested in the dysfunction promoted by the current TUSD board majority and how they’ve botched the potential firing of Superintendent H.T. Sanchez check out these articles in the Tucson Sentinal:

TUSD board delays vote on Sup’t Sanchez’s job — again

Stop the insanity: TUSD eschews the easy for the scandalous in Sanchez battlesentinal-logo


A toda la raza, lo siento pero estos artículos solamente están en ingles…

THE PEOPLE SUPPORT H.T. SANCHEZ! // ¡EL PUEBLO APOYA AL H.T. SANCHEZ!

by Cesar Aguirre

For the second time in the last week the Tucson Unified School District board has discussed whether or not they should fire Superintendent H.T. Sanchez.

By watching the TV news and reading the Daily Star one could not tell that there was overwhelming support for H.T. Sanchez at last night’s board meeting.

People spoke at Call to the Audience, one after another, in support of Sanchez. There were parents, teachers, and even members of the business community speaking on his behalf.

Adelita Grijalva mentioned, after the board voted to not allow the rest of the people who submitted speaker cards to speak, that there were still about 44 speaker cards submitted. At least 40 of them were in support of the superintendent. sanchez


¡EL PUEBLO APOYA AL H. SANCHEZ!

por Cesar Aguirre

Es la segunda ves en la ultima semana que la mesa directiva del Distrito Unificado de Tucson a discutido si corren o no al Superintendente H.T. Sanchez.

Mirando las noticias en la tele y leyendo el periódico Daily Star no había manera de saber que había un apoyo abrumador en favor de H.T. Sanchez en la junta de la mesa directiva de anoche.

La gente hablo, uno después de otro, apoyando al Sanchez. Habían padres, maestros, y hasta miembros de la comunidad empresarial apoyándolo.

Adelita Grijalva menciono, después que la mesa directiva voto para no dejar a los demás hablar, que todavía faltaban, mas o menos, 44 cartas de personas que querían hablar. Por lo menos, 40 de esas personas apoyaban al Superintendente.