Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dolores Huerta's birthday at McCallum HS

Tami and I made a spring semester visit to McCallum HS and really enjoyed talking with students, faculty, one of the police officers and school staff persons who stopped by the table.  Many told us that they were glad to see us because Navy recruiters had been tabling in the same spot yesterday.  As always, students were very imaginative with the art materials and helped prove our point:  peace is creative!

One of our stickers features Dolores Huerta holding a "Huelga!" sign and the words, "La Paz Requiere Coraje"  (Peace Takes Courage).  It was good to learn that today happens to be Dolores Huerta's 83rd birthday.  It's also a national day of action for immigration reform.  Si se puede! 

Tami at the SOY table

We were set up across the hall from a table where students were selling tickets for this coffeehouse event, which is a fundraiser for the student literary journal, Excalibur.  Nice!
It was good to learn about the Excalibur journal
The talented student who did this carried her art supplies -- brushes and water colors -- with her.


Student art in display case

Student art in display case

Student display about Dante's Inferno

Student display on Dante's Inferno

Student display on Dante's Inferno

Student display on Dante's Inferno
One of our posters was taped next to this Marines display in the library as allowed by AISD policy

Student fabric art in display case

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dreamers: Study these things carefully

I like this message from Los Angeles colleague, Joe Maizlish, written in response to the appeal, below, from Kiana C., a young woman writing on behalf of a group called Keeping Families Together: 


I join you in seeking full rights for you and those like you, and protection for your families.

As for your ambition of joining the U.S. Marines: I both appreciate your desire to serve the country, AND hope you will reconsider about joining the U.S. armed forces, and study matters carefully. Your goal is honorable service, however the dedication, skill and good will of the members of the Marines and the rest of the U.S. military are used to create and support oppressive conditions in many other countries -- and indirectly contribute to the poverty and dislocation which have led many to try to emigrate to the U.S.

Please don't add to the cycle of troubles.

Please study these things carefully. If you do, I believe you will find out about that tragic story, a story most media and political figures do not talk about and even in many cases do not know about.

Good wishes with your ambition for equal rights, an ambition I support and am working towards.

Please don't use your equal rights to join an institution which deprives others of equality in their lands!


Joseph Maizlish

On 4/6/2013 10:01 AM, Kiana C. wrote:

Dear Joseph,

Nearly a month past their deadline, Senator Jeff Flake and the Gang of 8 have still failed to come through on their promise to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

As they continue to deliberate, families, DREAMers and those looking to serve this country like me are left in an agonizing waiting period. I am an Arizona resident and enrolled in ROTC. One day I plan on joining the Marines and serving my country proudly. However, many of my friends who have that same dream are not able to accomplish it because of their immigration status.

Senator Flake and my friends and family have something in common. Senator Flake you have spent your life working to serve this country and the people of Arizona. My friends and I have the same dream of serving our country in the most brave and honorable way possible.

We cannot afford to wait any longer for immigration reform. Click here to tell Senator Flake and the Gang of 8 that we need a bill that will keep families like ours together!

Senator Flake, you know the full promise that the young DREAMers of this country hold for its future if they are given a chance to give back and serve. Please, stand up and fight for families, Friends and DREAMers like mine.

Please ask Senator Flake and the Gang of 8 to introduce legislation that keeps all families together.

Thank you,

Kiana C., AZ

P.S. If you haven’t read my story yet, click here to read it on

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring visit to Lanier High School

Tami and I made a spring semester visit to Lanier HS yesterday and had a great time at the table with students who stopped by and hung out to do the stencil art, spin the peace wheel and mull over the literature.  We also restocked our literature in the library and in the career center and put up one of our fliers next to an Army recruiting flier, which the AISD policy allows us to do.
Thanks to the Vikings for checking out our materials and talking with us about their plans after high school.

New Cesar Chavez stencil

Students at SOY table

Mural at Lanier, done by a Lanier alum, I think

Lanier Viking with graduation attire in main office

SOY brochure next to Army brochure in career center

SOY brochure next to Army brochure in career center

part of SOY display

SOY poster in window

SOY flier next to Army flier on bulletin board, as permitted by AISD policy

student art

student art with student's personal symbol

student art

student art

student folder art

students at SOY table

Tami putting up posters

student folder art