Educational, Immigration

Ethnic Studies Meeting & All Night Vigil Tomorrow

The “special meeting” will be closed to the public, which I’m sure violates Arizona Revised Statutes 431.01(A):

“All meetings of any public body shall be public meetings and all persons so desiring shall be permitted to attend and listen to the deliberations and proceedings.” A.R.S. § 38-431.01(A).

H/T to Three Sonorans for digging that one up.  Read his article here.

*Update

I just stumbled upon Dr. Cintli blog; one entry describes the arrests that occurred the evening of May 3rd:

At this meeting, seven people were arrested for the criminal act of attempting to speak to the board. One elderly and disabled professor, Lupe Castillo, 69, was arrested by some 20 helmeted and shielded officers for attempting to read ”A Letter from the Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. The others arrestees were [secretly] sent to two jails before they were booked and released. In the action inside, dozens of riot squad police physically threw other people out the building, including elders, this while hundreds of MAS supporters outside stood their ground. Then later, the violence, caught on videotape, started behind the building. Police officers in full riot gear began throwing young students, parents and other community members around like rag dolls. Officially, the officers did a great job, commended by the chief of police.

I know professor Lupe through No More Deaths.  She is a strong supporter of the immigrants rights movement and attends the Migrant Trail Walk every year even though she is physically unable to walk far.  She helps with driving a van full of supplies when she isn’t able to walk any further.

I think it’s on the 5th day of the walk, on the BLM land I like to call the Devil’s Armpit, she is joined by Margo Cowan (who does the whole walk; she is awesome) and Isabel Garcia.  The three women give a mini lecture on the history and militarization of the U.S./Mexico border.  While many of the people who do the walk are already familiar with this history, they present it in such an engaging way that you learn something new every time and the discussion afterwards is lively.  To read about how Lupe and the others were treated really pissed me off.

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