Jeff Biggers

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tucson says Banished Books May Return to Classrooms
In a clarification of last Friday’s announcement of a list of Mexican American Studies books to “be cleared from all classrooms” in order to comply with a state ban on ethnic studies, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) declared Tuesday that it ”has not banned any books as has been widely and incorrectly reported.”
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Monday, January 09, 2012
Will Tucson School Board Stand Up and Defend Ethnic Studies?
Instead of once again shining the spotlight on the disgraceful antics of extremist Tea Party hacks in Arizona's withering state government, the national media should be asking why the Tucson Unified School District board and community leaders haven't followed their Phoenix neighbors and summoned the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to investigate Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal for racial profiling, hate crimes, fraud and even extortio
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Arizona Memo to Journalists / Editors on Immigration: Drop the I-Word
Two words stood out in the AP news story on Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law yesterday: BREAKING: Supreme Court says it will rule on Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants Within minutes, "illegal immigrants" headlined newspapers online across the country, such as the New York Daily News :
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Friday, November 04, 2011
Countdown to AZ Recall: People vs. Corporate Lobbyists
Beyond the bread and butter issues of jobs, education, health care and immigration reform, when voters go to the polls next Tuesday in the historic recall election of extremist Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce, they will also be taking part in a national showdown between corporate lobby influence and local grassroots campaigners in what many consider to be the opening salvo in the 2012 elections.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Occupy Big Coal: Kentuckians to Protest Most Corrupt Member of Congress on Friday
Wall Street and Big Coal corporations have no better friend than Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), the "prince of pork" and powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
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Friday, September 30, 2011
House Committee Censors Testimony of Appalachian Activists
The House Natural Resources Committee has some explaining to do.
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Coalfield Activists Turn Tables at Mountaintop Removal Hearings
In gut-wrenching testimonies on the devastating economic costs and mounting humanitarian crisis related to reckless mountaintop removal operations, two courageous Appalachian coalfield leaders turned the tables on an EPA-bashing Republican-led Natural Resources House Committee hearing in Charleston, West Virginia
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Arizona's AG says Ethnic Studies "Must Be Destroyed"
Speaking on a public panel in Phoenix on Saturday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne invoked the infamous words of warfare by Roman statesman Cato and called for the destruction of Tucson's Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies Program.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Appalachian Coalfield Leaders Join Tar Sands Pipeline White House Protest: Which Side Are You On, Mr. President?
Not quite a year ago, NASA climatologist James Hansen joined hundreds of Appalachian coalfield activists, including Teri Blanton, Maria Gunnoe , Bo Webb,
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Friday, August 26, 2011
On Eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Arizona Sues to Overturn Voting Rights Act
It took years for Arizona to recover from right-wing Governor Evan Mecham’s disgraceful act to rescind the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in 1989.
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