News information thanks to Dr. Rick Meyer~~~
I would add a correction to this article. The students who started the school walkout movement in the spring, worked with APS to start Voices in Action (VIA) before the end of the school year. They were regular high school and middle school students. Some have gone on to college, and persist in helping their younger peers to organize and stand for their rights. Jacob Gil, is a concerned father who became involved in late August, when there were issues about the ethical leadership of the prior administration. Their ability to get high numbers of concerned parents and students demonstrated their conviction. The pressure of their consistent messages swayed the district board members to do a better job informing students and families of the tests, their rights, and how to opt out. Jacob has met numerous times with board members.
In case you missed it, Reverend Barber was in Albuquerque speaking at the NM Voices conference in the early summer. His keynote address was highly inspirational for all who attended. His biggest message was to stay strong for the welfare of the students. “We cannot afford to get tired or depressed. Until our students’ rights are provided in full, we must keep moving forward, TOGETHER!”
From: Network for Public Education <email@example.com>
NYTimes: Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty
The message below comes from La Red, an international list on social justice and Latino issues. This message was provided by Roberto Vasquez on June 28, 2014. Also see http://www.kpho.com/slideshow?widgetid=117700
SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR JENNIFER HARBURY.
When we look at migrants, we see our nation’s history. Although we Texans are a diverse lot, we have all been moved by the plight of the desperate young mothers and vulnerable teenagers arriving our border in recent weeks. Public comments, however, reflect a worrisome lack of information. First, we must understand that these new immigrants are not criminals. They are war refugees fleeing the brutal drug wars in their homelands. The cartels of Central America and Mexico have long targeted local adolescents to work for them, and resistance results in death. If we read the statistics, a 15-year-old boy in Honduras would in fact be safer in Syria. Worse yet, the kind of femicide we saw in Juarez, Mexico, is now the norm for women in Central America as well. Parents are sending their children north on the nightmarish train ride because there is no alternative. We are prohibited by international law from returning people to a country where they face persecution or torture. This is not a knee-jerk nicety. After all, sending the refugee boat back to Nazi Germany is not one of our more shining moments. There are, however, reasonable solutions. One immediate and time-tested approach would be to grant Temporary Protected Status to persons in danger of harm by the narco-cartels. This would allow the refugees to work to support themselves and remain safe for a few years, when their situation can be re-evaluated. We have done this successfully before. Likewise we should not be shy about calling in the United Nations or the Red Cross to assist us. We must also get over the idea that “outsiders” are a bad thing for our country. It’s a pretty silly position for anyone except Native Americans. The Puritans were religious refugees, and most colonists were fleeing either persecution or poverty. Devastating wars and natural disasters brought continuing waves of newcomers, including my father, who was then 11. They survived, thrived, and contributed. This is our national heritage. People who were safe, wealthy and happy in the Old World had no motive to mosey over here. Last, many people urge that we increase financial aid to these countries and help establish a more democratic society with a stronger economy. That won’t work. We Americans are the drug consumers, and we spend a pretty penny on these ugly habits. There will always be drug lords as long as we are paying. Importantly, we must remember our own disturbing historical role. The people of Central America worked valiantly for basic labor rights, racial equality and educational programs. They were brutally put down by military dictatorships backed by the United States. Declassified documents indicate that in Guatemala, the CIA helped to carry out a bloody military coup in 1954 to oust just such a reformist president. We then continued to fund an army that carried out a well-documented campaign of genocide against its own citizenry. Some of the bloodiest military officers became involved in the drug trade early on. The Zetas who now terrorize us on the border were armed and trained by Guatemalan Kaibiles, who were in turn armed and trained by, well, us. My husband, a Mayan resistance leader, was tortured to death in Guatemala in the 1990s. One of his torturers, Col. Julio Roberto Alpirez, appears on the DEA’s corrupt officer list, but was long permitted to reside in the U.S. After all, as public records indicate, he also worked as a paid informant for the CIA. Apparently that puts him and others off limits. HARBURY IS A FORMER AUSTINITE, WHO IS NOW AN ATTORNEY IN WESLACO.
What are you doing to show your appreciation of teachers and education staff in our public schools?
Watch TEDx’s TEDx TimesSquare 2014 – Pushing Boundaries on Livestream.com http://livestre.am/4QsTO
“When the Mask Comes Off”
Video Premiere and Discussion
Tuesday May 6, 2014- 4:00pm to 6:00pm
YDI Wool Warehouse
516 1st Street NW, Albuquerque, NM
We are honored to partner with Generation Justice on the premiere showing of their latest video documentary, “When the Mask Comes Off” on TUESDAY, May 6th. The film is a powerful video documentary featuring six young people from New Mexico candidly discussing their experiences living with mental illness. A discussion about how we can best support the mental and behavioral health of young people will follow the film.
I will be attending, and I am writing to ask you to consider attending as a member of the Task Force. We want to have a strong showing on Tuesday, and we have committed to at least 10 members from our organization to attend for the premiere and discussion.
Let’s support the youth and leadership of Generation Justice who do such a great job giving young people a voice.
Here is a link to the trailer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zNEDiDGP_k, A flier is attached.
For questions and to RSVP call 505-277-1831 (and let them know you are with the Latino Education Task Force)
Latino Education Task Force
NYTimes: De Blasio Announces Contract Deal With Teachers’ Union
New York is making swift changes.
Here is a great story and video that appeared today in Truthout.com on the curriculum we learned about with Dr. Romero.