Voces de Casa Maria

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

2 min read Casa Maria worker, Brian Flagg, reviews the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Doe Brown and reflects it upon his own life as a white American man.

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What’s the “CHANGE” being offered?

< 1 min read By Cesar Aguirre There’s been so much negative talk about TUSD leading to the election that it’s been hard for our barrio to make sense of what we hear in the news and what we’ve experienced. I know Michael Hicks goes on right-wing radio and calls Superintendent Sanchez “King Sanchez” – suggesting that he rules the district with an iron fist and that he lies to board members Stegeman and Hicks. I know too that Stegeman and Hicks have never spoken for me or my barrio. I also know that it can be really convenient in a city like Tucson

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TUSD Candidate Forum – School Closures

4 min read We asked candidates: Do you believe closing and consolidating schools is a practical approach to addressing a budget shortfall and will you protect the over $1 million in Magnet funding that South and West Side schools receive? ¿Creés que la clausura y combinación de escuelas es una estrategia práctica para abordar una escasez presupuestal y protegerás los más de $1 millón de dólares de fondos para las escuelas especializadas que reciben las escuelas en el sur y el oeste? *Some of the candidates’ responses seemed to contradict previous statements or actions or conflict with our experiences and information. We include

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TUSD Board Candidate Forum, V1

< 1 min read On Thursday, October 13, the seven candidates running for the three TUSD seats on the November ballot attended a Casa Maria forum held at the Capilla de Guadalupe. We asked them to introduce themselves and to share what they have done for the southside. Here’s what they had to say.            

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Thank you to all / Gracias a todos!

2 min read Thank you to the over 140 people who joined the Casa Maria Voter Project at the final TUSD School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 13 at the Capilla de Guadalupe. Gracias a las más de 140 personas que acompañaron a Casa María en el Foro de los Candidatos para la Mesa Directiva de las Escuelas de TUSD el Jueves, 13 de Octubre en la Capilla Guadalupe. In addition to hearing from the seven candidates, community members took time to discuss critical issues related to funding priorities, disciplinary practices, and experiences from previous school closures and consolidations. These conversation led

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< 1 min read Acompañenos para la cena y una conversación sobre la educacion publica en nuestro barrio. Conoce los candidatos que quieren ser elegidos para la mesa directiva de TUSD y preguntales si van a luchar por las escuelas en el barrio. Aprende por que estas eleccion son tan importantes y acerca de que podemos hacer para defender las escuelas en nuestro barrio. Join us for dinner and a conversation about public education in our barrio schools. Meet the candidates running for TUSD school board and ask them if they will fight for our barrio schools. Find out why these elections are so

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Rise Up With Bus Riders

< 1 min read Tucson Bus Riders Union members have been picketing Ward Offices this week to remind our City Council to not raise bus fares on Tuesday, September 20. Join us and Rev. Glen Davis and parishioners from South Highland Church at Council Member Fimbres’ office on Monday, September 19 from 4:30-5:30pm at 4300 S Park Ave. If you can’t make it you can help by making calls to the City Council. Tell them not to raise the bus fares. 791-4201 Mayor Rothschild 791-4040 Regina Romero 791-4687 Paul Cunningham 791-4711  Karin Uhlich 791-3199  Shirley Scott 791-4231  Richard Fimbres 791-4601 Steve Kozachik

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6 min read After reading an article in the Star I decided to reach out to some real teachers to get their perspective on the current situation with teachers’ wages in Tucson. Julie Elvick is a 4th/5th grade teacher at Ochoa Community Magnet School and has over 20 years experience as an educator. My daughter Alissa had the privilege of having her as her 5th grade teacher last year. It was a great experience for my daughter and me. She is one of the best, most supportive and caring teachers we’ve had the opportunity to work with. She also participates in the community,

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11 min read by Cesar Aguirre As a parent of two current TUSD students and an active community member I’ve found that what makes the desegregation case so confusing is the complexity and history of the case. The mainstream media is very good at putting its own spin on things, kind of like they did with the bus strike, which makes it even more difficult to understand what is happening. The misinformation from this biased reporting is very damaging and causes even more division among those of us truly working to improve the quality of education for our brown and black students who

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Congratulations to Barbie Urias

< 1 min read By Brian Flagg, Congratulations to Barbie Urias, long time South Tucsonan and soldier in the struggle. She also gets the coffee out to all our diners at 6:45 every morning. After raising 7 kids and 19 grandchildren, she has finally finished college! She is graduating from Pima College with a degree making her a Paralegal (legal assistant). She had a great graduation celebration last Sunday at Reid Park, complete with a DJ, a keg, mucha familia and cecivhe made by las chicas de Casa Maria! ______________________ Por Brian Flagg, Felicitaciones a Barbie Urias, quien es una Sur Tucsonense desde hace

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