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Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:12

The student group UNIDOS, or United as Non-discriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies made a presentation and showed their video "Banned Books," at Tia Chucha's in Sylmar on Sunday. The video is a parody. The students have led the fight in Tucson, Arizona against the dismantling of the Mexican American studies program and banned books, videos and objects that include Mexican or Mexican American topics. "It's the students that have kept this issue at the forefront," said CSUN professor, Dr. Rudy Acuna who attended the students presentation. Students Daniel Montoya, Asiya Mir, Alfonso Chavez, Alfred Chavez, Kim Dominguez and Jesus "Tito" Romero traveled from Tucson to Los Angeles to bring more awareness to their "struggle." Asiya Mir, said it was the MASMexican American Studies classes she took in high school that has given her the confidence to speak and continue with her education. "I'm Pakastani," said Mir, "I don't think I would be able to do what I'm doing today if I didn't take those classes." She is now a college student. All the students who made presentations said that they have been driven to pursue their education because of what they learned as MAS students and take issue with those who have labeled the classes as "racist." Professor Dr. Roberto Rodriguez said it's the other way around. "School officials had a teacher take down the Aztec calendar in her classroom in addition to banning books." Rodriguez has five books that he authored and one video that has been banned from Arizona's curriculum.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:26