Juan Felipe Herrera Becomes First Latino Poet Laureate

By ADEDAYO PERKOVICH, age 11 “When we speak poetically, or write a poem about what’s going on, a real difficult issue that’s facing our communities, people listen,” Herrera told the Guardian. PHOTO: Steve Rhodes This June, Juan Felipe Herrera...

El Librotraficante

By MONICA DELEON, age 12 Tony Diaz, “El Librotraficante,” rides in a bus handing out the banned books in Tucson, Arizona. PHOTO: Tony Diaz In January 2011, Arizona state officials declared the Mexican-American Studies curriculum (MAS) that was being taught in Tucson...

When Learning is a Crime

PHOTO: Flickr/Lumina Foundation By Youth Reporter ZAZIL DAVIS-VAZQUEZ, age 16 and TOM ENGLISH Why Tucson Ended Its Mexican American Studies Program In January 2012, Tom Horne, the Arizona attorney general, announced that the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson...