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Friday, April 29, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: SUNDAY MAY 1, 2016 EVENT


WHAT: 3RD ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO 5K SOBRIETY RUN/WALK & HEALTHY FOOD FESTIVAL
WHERE: John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
WHEN: MAY 1, 2016 
Run/Walk:  8am
Healthy B-fast : 9:am
WHO: UA-Mexican American Studies, UA-MEChA & Calpolli Teoxicalli.
WHY: To promote healthy living as opposed to alcoholism and the desecration of a historic date in history

 

On Sunday May 1, students from my Cultural Nutrition class at the University of Arizona have organized the 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo Sobriety Run/Walk.  Every year during Cinco de Mayo, rather than celebrate a historic Mexican battle against the French, this “holiday” has been converted into and has descended into a beer/liquor fest. The objective of the sobriety run/walk is to bring about consciousness regarding the rampant alcoholism that plagues communities nationwide. And it is also to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.

Along with my students, Supervisor Richard Elias, Doña Maria Garcia (La Indita Restaurant) and Rainbow Lopez (Tohono O’Otham nutritionist), will be speaking. Also speaking will be Maria Molina and Chucho Ruiz, representing Calpolli Teoxicalli. They will be speaking about the sobriety movement in the Indigenous/Mexican communities nationwide, and its special importance during Cinco de Mayo. 

A healthy brunch will be provided by my students, La Indita restaurant and Rainbow Lopez (her famous healthy fry bread). Students will also be making healthy traditional drinks, including Chia for the runners. There will be a piñata for the kids… and maybe one for adults. There will also be ongoing presentations at tables re healthy foods, plus spoken word by our very own Alexia Mora, both a student in the cultural nutrition class, and co-chair of UA MEChA.

Again, the ceremonial run/walk, led by Calpolli Teoxicalli, will begin at 8am. Everyone rund or walks together and no one gets left behind.  The food begins at 9am. Hope to see you there.

UA-MAS Professor
Roberto Dr. Cintli” Rodriguez
520-271-6796
XColumn@gmail.com

Saturday, April 2, 2016

RELIVING THE TRAUMA OF POLICE VIOLENCE IN PURSUIT OF SACRED JUSTICE
by Roberto Cintli Rodriguez
Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer in Oakland in 2009, speaking at an event in 2012. When a family loses someone to police violence, many times, "they are shocked into silence. Sometimes they are just shocked," says Johnson. (Photo: Wendy Kenin / Flickr)

Once again I find myself among grieving families, among families who bleed and tremble when they speak, all the while insisting they are witnesses or survivors, not victims. All the families present at this United Voices Against State Sponsored Violence event have tragically lost family members to the scourge of law enforcement violence. And while the air is heavy with trauma here, there is also much strength at this standing-room-only event at the African American Community Service Center in San Jose, California.
Family members are here to bear witness, affirming that they will not remain silent. "Silence is consent," says Cephus Johnson, the MC of the event and uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer in Oakland in 2009. When a family loses someone to this kind of violence, many times, "they are shocked into silence. Sometimes they are just shocked," says Johnson.
Other families represented here are those of Antonio Lopez Guzman, Richard "Harpo" JacquezAlex NietoYanira SerranoDiana Showman, Phillip Watkins,Rudy Cardenas and Steve Salinas, just to name a few. All of them were killed unjustifiably, and several of these cases are still mired in the criminal legal system.

For rest of column, go to: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35423-reliving-the-trauma-of-police-violence-in-pursuit-of-sacred-justice

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Indigenous Knowledges Gathering March 16-17 Tucson, Arizona


TUCSON ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS:


TUCSON ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS:
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Tucson, Az March 14-20
In a little over a month, an amazing confluence of conferences, gatherings and events are taking place in Tucson, during spring break, between March 14-20, 2016. They are being co-sponsored by many departments and organizations throughout the state of Arizona, but principally the Mexican American Studies Department at the University of Arizona.
• The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering: March 16-17
https://www.facebook.com/events/1171429946205691/
• The National Association for Ethnic Studies: March 17-20
ethnicstudies.org
• MEChA Nationals: March 17-20
https://www.facebook.com/TucsonMecha2016?fref=ts
We need assistance for the participants, for conference fees, travel stipends, etc.
To send a tax-deductible contribution towards the conferences, please go to the University of Arizona Foundation link (listed as R. Rodriguez events):
All donations will go toward assisting the 3 conferences, however, if you wish to designate your donation to one of the specific conferences, please indicate in the comments space. Also, please send a message to Jose Garcia, business manager at UA-MAS, indicating that you have made a donation to these conferences: jgarcia3@email.arizona.edu
Prior to the conferences, spring break begins with Tucson's renowned Festival of Books March 12-13.
If you have further questions re the conferences, please write to: rodrigu7@email.arizona.edu

Saturday, December 12, 2015

ILLEGAL PETE'S NATIONAL CALL-IN-WRITE-IN EVERY DAY INDEFINITELY

MEChA de University of Arizona

Dec 12, 2015 — ILLEGAL PETE'S NATIONAL CALL-IN WRITE-IN INDEFINITELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ESPECIALLY DURING FINALS & HOLIDAYS AT THE UA
520) 352-1340 - EXTENSION #7 for owner's assistant.
Petition update: Keep petition going and call and share
MEChA de University of Arizona
Dec 12, 2015 — Call and give your thoughts to Tucson's Illegal Pete's Restaurant: 520) 352-1340 - EXTENSION #7. When you call, be respectful, but also, be creative. Talk as long as you want. Also, write them at their website and do the same on their facebook page. Feel free to call their other locations. If they change numbers, check websites, etc.
Tucson: 876 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
https://www.facebook.com/IllegalPetesTucson/?fref=ts (inbox mssg from here)
E contact: http://illegalpetes.com/contact/
Catering: http://illegalpetes.com/catering/ (all locations)

* If you live in Tucson, feel free to go inside, but do not spend a dime.


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