Save The Date: Sat., July 27 is Gus Garcia Day
Tejano Gus Garcia (July 27, 1915 – June 3, 1964) was the first Mexican American to win a Supreme Court case. Hernandez vs Texas made Mexican Americans a protected class and set a vital precedent for Civil Rights.
Full schedule: http://www.librotraficante.com/GusGarciaDay.html
3 – 4 PM Screening of the documentary “A Class Apart,” about the Hernandez vs Texas case, for which Gus Garcia gave oral arguments.
Book Drive for the Gus Garcia Under Ground Library at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success: donate copies of books from the K-12 Mexican American Curriculum BANNED in Arizona. http://www.librotraficante.com/Banned.html
4 PM – 5 PM Senator Sylvia Garcia presents the Legislative Proclamation of the First Annual Gus Garcia Day.
5 – 6 PM Mexican American Think Thank: Action panel across disciplines and backgrounds.
More information (713) 867-8943 AztecMuse@aol.com
Document Our History.
The War on Women Continues
While Planned Parenthood and women with out access to health care begin to feel the effects of the HB2, which Rick Perry signed into law, the Republicans are doubling down with a new “fetal pain” bill filed today in Austin. No word if it can even be considered since Rick Perry hasn’t called for this kind of bill to be filed during Special Session–as is usually the case. Republicans are really acting like savages nowadays.
The Race Thing – It’s Not Getting Better
From Trayvon to Marc and the Little Mariachi Kid, we’re seeing the worst America has to offer when it comes to public commentary. People aren’t necessarily protesting the Trayvon jury’s decision (only), but also the fact that it’s still dangerous to walk around with darker skin–or to even sing a patriotic song, apparently.
The other day, an alert went out about in my Sharpstown neighborhood about burglaries and what we should do as residents and neighbors–all good advice, like, call the cops and don’t take matters into your own hands kind of advice. But don’t you think the first thing that went through my head was that a target had already been painted on me and others, considering that one culprit was painted as Hispanic? Needless to say, I shouldn’t also be fearing my neighbors who might want to pull a “Zimmerman.” Especially if I’m just taking a walk on the sidewalk or at a park nearby.
I watched President Obama’s speech just now and he tip-toed around my point: That it’s hard to be someone with darker skin. And for anyone, especially those people fearing their guns will be taken away, to minimize that to something trivial shows how far America has gone–or failed to go. One can argue that the jury has spoken, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t change what juries should consider in the future. My argument will continue to be that it starts by getting involved in your community and voting.
Video Break:~ Scrubs: On Being Black