No Man is an I . . . Word!

reall-illegals-0938While generalizations may indeed emasculate human experience, one does have to say that when it rains, it pours, especially for Pima Community College. Right on the heels of all the other issues they have going on comes this blog post courtesy of The Nation (3/19/13):

In February, just as the Pima Community College (PCC) Governing Board in Tucson, Arizona, was ruling on whether to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, members of the Mexican Studies youth coalition United Non-Discriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies (UNIDOS) seized the moment to demand that the board drop the word “illegal” from its curriculum and update its anti-Hate Speech and anti-Harassment policies, signaling the confidence of the young people who comprise the immigrant rights movement.

The demand was related to a campaign lauched in September of 2010 by the Applied Research Center and its news site, Colorlines, to drop the i-word from public discourse under the banner of “no human being is illegal.” Since then, the campaign has garnered wide support from civil rights groups and media outlets, ranging from Fox News Latino to ABC News to Ms. magazine to Feministing to In These Times to The Nation.

(Read the entire article.)

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2 comments

  1. rubberneckingaround

    Just try and wrap your head around what it takes to get higher education administrators’ attention. Their sense of invulnerability to student and faculty complaints and concerns is staggering. It took this level of high-profile, public scrutiny for them to even begin to admit there just might be–maybe–a problem. Astounding! Some administrators in Texas ought to take note of what is happening in Arizona.

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