Date: Tue, 20 Aug 1996 11:29:38 -0700 (PDT)

Truancy/Gang Member Crackdown a Repressive Tactic?

Irvine -- Is the current crackdown county-wide on school truancy and gang membership a repressive tactic that ignores alternatives? That is the issue discussed on today's edition of KUCI radio's "Subversity" interview program. Tonight, the Santa Ana School Board votes on whether to ban gang members from schools, in another manifestation of the intrusion of law enforcement into education. The school board meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight at 1601 E. Chestnut in Santa Ana.

Leading the efforts for sane and just disciplinary measures in schools in Southern California are this evening's guests, John Palacio and Mark Lopez. They are co-founders of School Watch/Sentry, a civil rights organization that has helped mediate in some 400 school disciplinary cases in Southern California schools, especially on behalf of students of color.

Palacio formerly ran the Orange County chapter of MALDEF, a Latino civil rights organization. Lopez has advanced degrees in law and business administration.

Interviewing Palacio and Lopez is Daniel Tsang, host of "Subversity". The show airs this evening from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 FM in Orange County.

For a list of past shows, check out the Website:

For more information, contact show host Tsang at or call (714) 824-4978.