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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 11 Dec 1994 09:50:42 CST
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Author:  Gloria Monti <[log in to unmask]>
Date:    12/10/94 10:37 AM
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 Please, read & sign.  This is very important.
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Date: 10 Dec 94 09:49:00 EST
From: GROVER FURR <[log in to unmask]>
To: godard <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: MLA Resolution vs Proposition 187
 Here it is! Thanks so much for helping in this way.
 Please ask everyone to forward support for the resolution (MLA members)
to me, at [log in to unmask], by Dec. 24.
 Grover Furr
                   Resolution in Opposition to Proposition 187
        WHEREAS the recently-passed ballot California initiative called
        Proposition 187 has called for the denial of public education--at
        the primary, secondary, junior college, college, and university
        levels--to undocumented workers and their children; and
        WHEREAS public school teachers have been required to help verify
        the citizenship status of their students, in effect to serve as
        INS agents; and
        WHEREAS Proposition 187 was passed in an election year
        characterized by an alarmingly xenophobic and racist atmosphere
        in which undocumented workers became scapegoats for the economic
        problems facing California's working people, even though
        immigrant workers, both undocumented and documented, continue to
        be a mainstay of California's economy; and
        WHEREAS the dangerously fascistic implications of Proposition 187
        are revealed by the fact that the "Save Our State" movement
        backing Proposition 187 was funded in significant part by the
        Pioneer Foundation, a group that has since the 1930s been
        committed to demonstrating the genetic inferiority of African-
        American and other nonwhite peoples; and
        WHEREAS the Modern Language Association is committed to extending
        education to all segments of the US population and is unalterably
        opposed to all forms of xenophobic and racist ideology and
        BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Modern Language Association condemns the
        denial of public education to undocumented workers and their
        children in California and takes steps to publicize this
        condemnation; and
        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the MLA urges present and future
        public school teachers not to cooperate with the State request to
        verify the legality of their students' immigration status; and
        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the MLA refuses to hold any meetings
        or conventions in California until such a time as the anti-
        immigrant provisions of Proposition 187 are repealed.
        We the undersigned members of the MLA, urge that the above
        resolution be discussed and passed at the 1994 Convention.
             NAME  (Print/Signature)           DEPT/INSTITUTION
        1. ___________________________________________________________
        2. ___________________________________________________________
                       (over for additional signatures)