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Hundreds of books were donated for the grand opening of the Puente Underground Library located at 1306 East Van Buren. Anyone can come in and spend some time reading or checkout a banned book from the library.
On January 10th, the Tucson Unified School District's governing board voted 4 to 1 to abandon its controversial Mexican American Studies courses in order to bring the district into compliance with a new law, HB 2281, forbidding classes that advocate the overthrow of the United States, promote racial resentment, or emphasize students' ethnicity rather than their individuality. Specifically seven books are now not banned, but are just not allowed (whatever that means). In response to this "not allowing" of Mexican American Studies and these seven influential books, Librotrafficante the Unitarian Universalist Church and the Puente Movement opened an underground library right here in downtown Phoenix. PHOTOS BY ANDREW PIELAGE.