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    • Censorship in Arts and Education
      Tucson Unified School District’s board voted 3 to 2 to approve the books for “culturally relevant” courses mandated by a federal judge in an ongoing desegregation case. But the section labeled “U.S. History -- Mexican American Culturally Relevant Viewpoint” contains only works authored by non-Mexican Americans. “There's not one Chicano author on the list that you're going to approve tonight,” Mexican American Studies supporter and author of the blog Three Sonorans, David Morales, told Tucson News Now. “How are you going to have Chicano perspectives with no Chicano authors?" Should we bring up this issue at the conference, either within the panels or at the end? Should we invite an Ariz. spokesperson to the conference? Or should we discuss a broader context--defacto censorship in both education and the arts? We might even have a building event before the conference to pay for the extra cost?
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    • Conference Prices
      As you know, we've kept the costs of the conference very low in past years to be sure it's affordable for most of us. This year we're discussing even lower prices: general admission = $20 for the weekend, $10 for one day, and $5 for a single panel. student rates = $10 for the weekend, $5 for one day, and ask a donation for a single panel. We've also been sure to advertise that no one will be turned away and offer free admission for people who volunteer to work with us. Volunteers may attend one day during the weekend in exchange for 4 hours donation. Should volunteers work more than 4 hours in exchange for one day registration? I'm always concerned there's a point where we make rates so low people think the conference must not have value. I'm not sure where that point is. What are your thoughts? Do you have another method of payment for the conference?
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    • Fundraising
      With funding especially slim this year, we need to be creative with raising money to support the conference. Please post any resources you are familiar with and suggestions here.
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    • The Plan
      This year's conference, our sixth annual meeting, will take place on September 28th and 29th, 2013 when we'll address what we're calling “Creating and Preserving our Common Culture.” We're expanding the format of our conference this year. While keeping our panel discussions as our primary focus, we're including workshops, which offer hands-on techniques to complement the panel discussions. We'll treat the weekend meeting as a gathering place with open discussions and conversations. We'll build community among our diverse cultures through our cultura, including storytelling, music and food. In order to give time for our ambitious plans, we'll have only three panels - two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Panel 1 Sustainability of natural and human resources. Includes the democratic use of land & water, community farms, and food production; and urban development, health and wellness, and cultural activities within a community. Panel 2 Education. Includes public education; cultural studies in the schools; and creating alternative schools, community writing centers, and libraries as learning centers. Panel 3 Co-operation of artists, performers, publicists, and advocates in each others work: Culture coming from the community and supported in public forums.
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    • Workshops
      As you can see from the schedule on the website, we've changed the format of the conference this year. Only one panel each is scheduled Saturday and Sunday morning and one panel Saturday afternoon.  Each panel is followed by a workshop where conference goers have the opportunity to participate in learning specific ways to put ideas and information from the previous panel into action. Shauna has agreed to facilitate the workshop following panel 1 Saturday morning and, although she has not confirmed, Michele Welsing is considering facilitating a workshop following panel 2 Saturday afternoon. The workshop following panel 3 Sunday morning has not been set. What sort of experience would you like to offer following panel 3? Do you have any suggestions for a facilitator? What ideas/opinions do you have about the workshops overall?
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