BIENVENIDOS! Let's sit for a moment and savor this hot, sweet, brew as the sun rises over the land. Let's share news of the day and talk about what we lend our hand to; how we can make things a little better for all, or reach a little higher ourselves, or root out injustice.
Browsing all posts from September, 2009.
YOUR NEWS WITH NEZUA for September 27, 2009. A satirical look at what is doing the damage when we talk about “Racism” in the US: those who raise the discussion in the first place…right? It's just bad manners, so don't do it!
WHY DO US HISTORY BOOKS and mainstream culture revere the pioneers and the US settlers in our lore? Why do the amoral and ruthless GOP always gain ground? I would whisper to you that the reason is the same reason that men's violence can blossom in our culture, often unimpeded.
WHEN I WAS TWENTY YEARS OLD I saw him play, and I was camped out on the side of a hill with a lot of other people. How do I know right away that I was 20? Because it was a 20th anniversary of Woodstock concert, and when it comes to the moon landing or Woodstock, we all share the same age. Do you know who this is? This man who can strum his heart into six strings, and four decades strong?
AS THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE GROWS increasingly tense and intertwined with economic worries, cultural anxiety, and deep-seated racism and xenophobia, it is important to be clear about what's at stake. This debate is about our humanity. This "issue," simply put, is about choosing to take advantage of the vulnerable, or conversely, our refusing to exploit the weak.
THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA) is alerting medical professionals, substance abuse treatment centers and other public health authorities about the risk that substantial levels of cocaine may be adulterated with levamisole – a veterinary anti-parasitic drug.
THIS WEEK'S VLOG might best be called the "Crazy Old White Guys Edition," and while it's not a topic I'd want to visit too often, these cats be jumpin' the rails and thrusting themselves into the news cycle with all the grace of a cry for psychiatric help on broken roller skates. So let's focus our gaze on them for a brief moment. I dare you!
THOSE WHO REPRESENT and are empowered by the People must act in ways that satisfy and protect and preserve those people. When they do not, they risk their seat of power and abdicate the role of "representative." Too often we settle for this. We should settle for this no longer.
THE REPUBLICANS USE THEIR RADICAL BASE for fuel. The Democrats marginalize their radical base. The GOP operates on philosophies that can allow for greed and harm to the overall social body. The Democratic party has a much more ideal image...but do they believe in it themselves?
DIGGIN' DOWN DEEP into one of my precious crates of vinyl cargo, I come up with this collection of blues and jazz-riddled riffs released in 1973 on Scepter Records. This tune happens to be a well-known cover. Can you name the original singer, the title, and who sings it here?
EVERY DAY IT BECOMES CLEARER that the current form of "Enforcement First" immigration tactics boil down to a War on Latinos with all the measures in place lending themselves enabling, requiring, or encouraging the illegal practice of racial profiling. The data and evidence grows, and here is another addition.
JOE ARPAIO'S RENEGADE LAW OUTFIT thinks itself on a mission to rid the state of Latinos. Every day the case grows stronger that law means nothing to these cops and that the community is under siege. Here are a couple videos that demonstrate them violating a friend's civil rights.
STALLED OR PROMISED, the immigration debate is nonetheless rushing forward on its own timetable. Lacking a structured frame to guide it, an entropic momentum builds. Or as Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr., of Esperanza USA said during a call with media members yesterday, Democrats and Republicans are "running toward the harshest positions to show they can be the hardest on those who are the weakest."
IT'S A PRO-RAID, PRO-ICE, DIVIDE AND CONQUER STRATEGY (a popular genre, increasingly so lately given all the cultural shifting in the US) used in this article that attempts to slash at some of the strongest points that immigration advocates and human rights activists wield.
"WHAT DO I LOOK LIKE? I'M FROM ZIMBABWE?" asks the black man as he is asked to show proof of citizenship while riding the Amtrak train out of Rochester, NY. How do the agents zero in on people? “It’s sweat, it’s shaking, it’s stuttering, it’s bad breath. It’s things that people can’t control... ."