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Monday, November 16, 2015

When a Racist Restaurant Opens on the Edge of Campus, What Is a University's Responsibility?

A white-owned Mexican restaurant called "Illegal Pete's" will open in December at the doorstep of the University of Arizona. A growing debate surrounds the restaurant's opening - a debate that could ultimately touch every university in the country.
In this case, the proposed restaurant is just one block from the main entrance to the university, and it is precisely where the campus pep rallies take place before the big games. Because of the restaurant's location, its opening has ramifications that go beyond legal or real estate questions. Yet, at the moment, the university is remaining neutral on this matter. But is neutrality possible when the school's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the university community?
This controversy involves the question: Are universities responsible for the conduct of tenants in adjoining university villages - which are the heart of university life - whether they own the property or not? In this case, this question is particularly relevant as the owner of this restaurant appears to be locating his liquor establishments near college campuses.
In this case, the opponents of the restaurant are arguing that the university's responsibility in creating a safe space for its students, staff, faculty and workers includes not simply freedom from physical harm, but also freedom from psychological harm that can occur from repeated exposure to anti-Mexican mockery and bigotry. The opponents, led by the student group MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/Chicano de Aztlan), have begun a petition, demanding that the owner either change the name of the restaurant or shut it down.
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March 11-13 Tucson Book Festival
March 14 Revolutionary Book (Banned books) Day:Several sites proposed
March 15 Theater/Filmfest Day (Pima Community College proposed)
March 16: proposed: all day immigration activities: Derechos Humanos and the Binational Migration Institute
Operation Streamline, the border, Eloy immigration detention center
March 17 = All day Indigenous Knowledges Gathering (Global Justice Center)
March 17 eve reception): National Association for Ethnic Studies
March 18-19: National Association for Ethnic Studies Conf. 
March 18-20 National MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) Conference:

• Some of the topics expected to be covered in these conferences: The border and its affects on Indigenous peoples, Mexicans and Central American peoples, particularly youth and women, the 2020 Census Bureau; the attack and spread of Ethnic/Raza/Indigenous Studies; violence against people of color; hate in the 2016 electoral campaigns.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

BROWN PEOPLE MAKING NOISE: Dehumanization, denigration and wanton killings.

Police Abuse in Black & White V: Not Counting Mexicans & Indians

Dehumanization, denigration and wanton killings. A censored story examining why media projects the world in black and white and why it is harmful, particularly when examining issues of violence. Please read story, share, post and also see this updated version of this 15-minute video that accentuates this point.


THE STORY…/roberto-rodriguez-uncensore…

Friday, October 30, 2015

A 5th edition of this 15-minute video: Police abuse in Black and White: Not counting Mexicans or Indians. Was not going to do any more editions, but was compelled to so as a few more cases came to light. Here is the link:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This was a work in progress, done for Oct 22, 2015 National Day of protest against police brutality. The material is so violent and traumatic that it is no longer a work-in-progress. This is the final edit (4th). The hope is that people come to understand that the violence on this continent against Black-Brown-Indigenous peoples can be traced to 1492, though all the violence here is intense, and most of it is from 2014-2015.

Monday, October 19, 2015

POLICE ABUSE IN BLACK & WHITE: NOT COUNTING MEXICANS OR INDIANS: For Oct 22, National Day against Police Brutality, I reworked this video and it is now 15 minutes. Feel free to watch and share: