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From 'Papers Please' to Librotraficante

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April 23, 2010
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signs Senate Bill 1070 into law, making it a crime for a non-citizen resident to be in Arizona without carrying required papers. It becomes known as the 'Papers Please' law.

May 11, 2010
House Bill 2281 is signed into law, prohibiting the public or charter schools from including courses promoting the overthrow of the U.S. government or promoting resentment towards a race or class of people.

July 26, 2010
A preliminary injunction by the feds blocks the most onerous parts of SB 1070 one day before it was to take effect.

October 18, 2010
Eleven employees of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) file a lawsuit against HB 2281.

December 31, 2010
HB 2281 goes into effect.

January 2011
Superintendent of Curriculum John Huppenthal vows to "Stop La Raza."

December 27, 2011
Judge Lewis D. Kowal affirms that classes taught in the TUSD Mexican American Studies program violate state law.

January 10, 2012
Faced with loss of state funding, the TUSD board votes to close MAS.

February 29, 2012
Students and authors at 12 universities across the nation hold an all-day read-in to protest the banning of books and termination of the Mexican American Studies program at TUSD.

March 12, 2010
Librotraficante departs Houston for Tucson, Ariz., to highlight Mexican-American, African-American, and Native-American literature.

— Compiled by Veronica Salinas

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