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30 Minutes- HB 2281 Resistance Continues
HB Resistance (23:06) 2010-05-16
30 Minutes- HB 2281 Resistance Continues
Area youth continue to lead the resistance against HB 2281. 30 Minutes explores resistance to the recently passed HB 2281, a new law banning courses in ethnic studies. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law on Tuesday. Arizona School Superintendent Tom Horne says such classes teach ethnic chauvinism, while supporters say they lead to academic success. Hundreds of students from the Tucson Unified School District walked out of classes Wednesday morning and converged on the District's administrative headquarters. Word had spread that the architect of anti-ethnic studies law, the state schools Superintendent, was planning to meet with administrators there. Students, educators and community members held hands and completely encircled the office during lunch. TUSD administrators canceled the private meeting with the Superintendent.

Under the new law, the state would withhold 10% of funding to any district that teaches ethnic studies classes. Protesters then marched to the State building. Fifteen people were arrested and released later in the evening.

Additional speakers include Raśl Solymar Al-Qaraz, Julio Fiero, UA Associate Professor Sandy Soto, parent Eduardo Olivas, Rincon math teacher Rodrigo Gutierrez, Kat Rodriguez of Derechos Humanos, Raśl Aguirre of REA Marketing Group, Mexican American Studies Alumni Raśl Chavez, and Director of Mexican American Studies Sean Arce. British-Iraqi rapper LowKey performed poetry when he was at the University of Arizona on May 3 along with Norman Finkelstein to discuss current issues in Palestine.