TUSD Mexican American Studies Alumna and UA student Mixelle Rascon described the importance of Mexican American studies in her education. Rascon was one of the speakers at the "Combating Hate, Censorship and Forbidden Curricula Conference" was held December 2-4, 2010 at the University of Arizona, the YWCA, and El Rio Neighborhood Center.
Organizers and participants say that the recently passed SB 1070 and HB 2281 are the latest in a long series of anti-Mexican, anti-Indigenous and anti-immigrant legislation. With the anti-ethnic studies legislation HB 2281 scheduled to go in effect in January 2011, speakers described the effects that this legislation would have on themselves, their students, and their communities and described an historical context for their struggle.
December 18th marked the International Day of the Migrant. In 2000 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of their families. Although migration is a key issue along the US Mexico Border, immigration to the United States only accounts for about 2 % of all immigration internationally.