On Saturday, Cece listened to a program on Women’s Focus that discussed the legislation in Arizona that banned books and terminated the Mexican American studies program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) The fear is that what is happening in Arizona can become a template for what can happen in other cities in this country. Soon perhaps women’s studies or African American studies or American Indian studies will be banned....more
I don't do a lot of cross-posting on my blogs, but today I have to. I have tried to write an entry several times today. Several situations are swirling around in my brain space, and they all involve violence and public complicity in that violence. ...more
Vegan Travel: Tucson by JLgoesVegan on May 5, 2011 I’m just back from my first trip to Tucson, Arizona. I’m the queen of finding time on business trips to enjoy my surroundings and explore. And that I did. The conference was held at the Westward Look Resort, which was spectacular....more
Brisenia Flores will be no less dead, no less robbed of the chance to know anything of the fullness of life beyond the eyes of a child, no matter how the mandatory appeal of the death sentence turns out. Raul "Junior" Flores will never see his own 30th birthday, or attend his daughter's 10th birthday party. They will never happen. ...more
Shawna Forde was there when Brisenia Flores died. She may not have fired the gun but she orchestrated the home invasion/murder just as she had orchestrated the operations of at least one of the Minutemen groups on the border....more
While there is much debate about using the names of crazies who commit mass murder, in this case I am choosing not to use the names of three people associated with the border militia movement who stand accused of killing a nine year old girl, and her father, in Southern Arizona. The little girl who was gunned down was named Brisenia Flores. Brisenia Flores! Brisenia Flores!! Brisenia Flores!!! Not the name you were expecting? ...more
They first appeared around 1997, when my email was firstname.lastname@example.org, and they've become more creatively outrageous every year. You get them too -- the carelessly forwarded email from your mom's friend, your arch-conservative brother-in-law or your late bloomer friend who checks her email bi-monthly: The Misinformed Email. These are the mindless forwards that beget Snopes and Hoax Slayer and I'm here to warn you, I absolutely live to debunk them.
I wrote this post as a comment on Faustasblog when I followed a link on What's Hot here on BlogHer back to her rather nasty post and the echo chamber in her comments. I tried to post it but I got nothing saying it would be moderated or that posts were closed. So I am posting my response here. ...more