Monthly Archives: February 2010

School policy barring faculty or staff from speaking Spanish to parents

Ana Ligia Mateo, a former secretary at a Devonshire Elementary in North Carolina, was hired as a bilingual secretary — which makes sense, since nearly half of the school’s student population is Hispanic, and many come from homes where English is not their first language. But in 2008, a new principal instituted a policy barring faculty or staff from speaking Spanish to parents. The policy seems to be motivated solely by anti-immigrant sentiment and racism. Yet Mateo was a constant rule-breaker. When distraught or concerned parents with a language barrier came to the school, she couldn’t always bring herself to refuse to answer questions or translate so that they could understand. So she was fired.

Read this story and respond to the school district here: Change.org

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Around the neighborhood…

Here are two “too close to home” stories of violent misogyny that broke over the last few days…

Oregon Duck football star LaMachiel James is arrested and jailed overnight for, “charges of strangulation, two counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of physical harassment,” of a girlfriend in Springfield, OR.

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Junction City High School international exchange program ‘host father’ James McClintock, 51, is accused of five counts of sex abuse and one count of private indecency, all misdemeanors. Yes…assault of a female exchange student living in his home. Oh and along with being a host father, McClintock was also a volunteer coach for the H.S. football team.

I’ve no time to write about them.  But the former fits into the pattern of many of my past postings about school athletics and sexual violence and the latter fits the pattern I often track of predatory people – primarily men – using educational settings to sexually victimize young people.

This stuff aint just out there… it’s everywhere.  Over on my blogroll you see a blog called Bad Bad Teacher and another called Arrested Coaches these sites track some of this violence in the news all the time. 

And as I’m afraid you might have already guessed…they have new stories up nearly every day.

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A hate crime and a vigil through the eyes of my children

Last night I took my children to a candle light vigil in response to a hate crime on my campus.  They knew where we were going and why, but it took the event and a little time for them to decide what this was really all about.

As a family with lesbian parents, we live in a world where we are each forever educating people about our lives.  We live in a world where we regularly deal with uncomfortable assumptions about the four of us.  And we live in a world where each of my daughters is constantly told by children and adults alike that they are wrong about who they are.  About who their parents are. 
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Swastika Vandalism of LGBTQ Alliance Office

UO Campus Police Continue Investigation

Tonight my daughters and I attended the vigil in response to this act of hate.  There appeared to be several hundred people from the campus and the local community who joined together to walk the parameter of the building where the vandalism occurred.  Given this news broke around noon yesterday, I was impressed with the rapid response of so many in the community.

More actions on campus will follow throughout the week.

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