On Wednesday, University of Arizona students, faculty and staff held a lunchtime protest of SB 1070 which drew 200 people. On Thursday, Tucson area youth launched a 24 hour human chain and vigil in support of ethnic studies at their school which they see as under attach from SB 2281. Proponents of the bill say that the courses teach a reverse racism while teachers and students say the courses teach cultural pride and awareness and cite studies that the programs lead to academic success. Teachers in the Ethnic Studies/Raza Studies department say their courses will be unaffected by the law.
30 Minutes features voices from the May 1 Rally. The following people stated why they came to the rally: Moises Orozco, David Shapiro, Bruce Mead, Angel Romo, Susana Areas, Rosa Calfone, Yaya Castillo, Michael Simpson, James Leos, Maria Patricia Rojas, Lupe Esparza, Lucero Rabinich, Ofelia Rivas, Stephanie Espinosa Medrano, Alejandro Benitez Leon, Aaron Yepiz, Orlando Lerma, Simon Burruel, Jimmy Nealy and Josue Calderon. Speeches excerpted from the rally include the voices of Dolores Huerta, Linda Ronstadt, Leilani Clark, and Alex Sanchez.