U.S. Immigration 2010
Tom Horne, superintendent of public schools in Arizona, is the architect of a recently passed law banning classes which promote ‘ethnic solidarity’. Widely seen as an attack on a popular Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson, the move has brought accusations of racism upon the state. Horne defends the move on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 in a debate with Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and a widely read author on the subject of racism in the U.S.
With legislation popping up all over the country targeting immigrant groups, a national movement is forming to fight back. In one example in the video, Arizona bans ethnic studies, in spite of the fact that the state’s own superintendent is clueless on Chicano history. In response, students of a popular Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson organize and blockade their high school to stop superintendent from entering. Produced by Jesse Freeston.
Since 2006, immigration reform activists in the United States have joined together on May Day, International Workers’ Day, to demand recognition for the nation’s more than 10 million undocumented immigrants. This year the events took on even greater urgency in response to a series of laws passed in Arizona that have set a new standard for the targeting of immigrant communities. The actions included a peaceful sit-down at the White House that saw 35 arrests, including active Democratic Congressman Luis Gutiï¿½rrez from Chicago. They are demanding comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the millions living in the U.S. without documents today. They have committed to continuing civil disobedience, boycotting the state of Arizona, and staying home from the polls to punish Democrats who don’t act now. Produced by Jesse Freeston.