As many of you may have already heard The People’s Library in solidarity with Occupy Tucson recently launched an action called Operation Book Bomb Tucson. In response to the disgraceful decision of the Tucson Unified School District to end the ten-year old Mexican-American Studies program, and to ban books from the school curriculum The People’s Library is holding a series of teach-ins/book drives to support the Mexican-American community both in Tucson and throughout the U.S. We are collecting copies of the seven banned texts as well as Spanish language books, books on Mexican history, and books on Latino culture to ship out to the students and teachers of Tucson. We want to let the Mexican-American community know that we are not indifferent to their struggles, and to let the Tucson Unified School District know that a threat to educational freedom somewhere is a threat to educational freedom everywhere. Here is how you can help us.
We have received some generous donations of books from publishers throughout the U.S. including Arte Público Press, NYU Press, and The Southwest Organizing Project. Follow these links and you can ship us copies of the seven banned books to add to our book bomb. We want to ship as many copies of them as we can out to the students and teachers of Tucson. The first two books listed can be purchased at 50% off thanks to the good people at Arte Público. Just let them know you are purchasing books for Operation Book Bomb Tucson! We encourage you to support publishers and your local independent bookstores with your purchases, but if you need to shop elsewhere online, we’ve also provided some links to Powell’s Books. Click the links below to purchase any of the titles below.
Message to Aztlán by Rodolfo Gonzales
Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by F. Arturo Rosales
Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures by Elizabeth Martinez
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Rethinking Columbus by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson
Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rodolfo Acuña from Powell’s Books
All books can be shipped to:
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
Attn: The People’s Library/Operation Tucson
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038
Additionally we will be holding book donation drives and teach-ins here in New York City. Our first book donation event will be held at the next Occupy Town Square on Sunday, February 26 in Tompkins Square Park from 11AM to 5PM.
Our second event will be held at Word Up Community Bookshop, 4157 Broadway @ 176th St in Washington Heights on Thursday, March 1, from 7PM-9PM
featuring special guest speaker Chris Hedges. Please bring any books to these two events that you would like to donate to Operation Book Bomb Tucson. Keep those books coming and we will update you on our progress here. Thank you for supporting us and for supporting educational freedom everywhere.
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Friends. I am a librarian in Tucson and would like to speak to you about helping distribute books here in town and a possibly getting some of these books in the public library as there are few available. Please contact me. I will also tweet. Thank you!
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You are my kind of librarians! Providing access to a diverse collection of resources and services and fighting censorship are key responsibilities of librarians & educators everywhere. I hope the profession never loses sight of this.