A WRITER APPROACHED ME, WITH AN INTERESTING PROPOSAL. He gathered digital detritus and fed it to the garbage disposal. He waved his hands over the map and said "Imagine nothing goes back" And I did, and that was that.
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Tweet WE BEGIN, but do not end, with the sensational incident where the Obama White House, under Trumpian pressure, produced for public inspection the President’s “long form” birth certificate. I do not know how successful I will be in my attempts to navigate the journey, [...]
JUDGING BY THE EGREGIOUS SILENCE on mainstream U.S. infotainment stations, one might assume that the life and premeditated murder of an innocent child is only worth our compassion and outrage if she is white. Because the brutal shooting and home invasion that swallowed up the life of nine year-old Brisenia Flores has had a hard time getting any play on major "news" outlets.
SEMANTIC GAMES DO NOT MAKE CHANGE. What a person stands for, acts for, works toward, and feeds is what and who they are. Given the dodging games and general misunderstanding of the terms Racism and Racist, are there clearer ways to assess and describe what harm someone is aiding, or what justice they are fighting for? Yes.
IN ARIZONA, DO WE NOW SEE a sad mutation of our once-beautiful América? Or do the scales fall from our eyes to reveal the true, gleeful, unabashed visage of a beast on which we ride?
A TIMELESS TACTIC practiced by the oppressor is to burn the pages of all your history books. To shatter your statues and to destroy your icons of hope and power. Today in Arizona, these age-old methods play out yet again. But they cannot stop us, nor the truth of our peoples.
A LAWBREAKING, RACIST POLICE OFFICER sheds tears of humiliation at being exposed. Serendipitously caught on video stomping an innocent man and threatening to "beat the fucking Mexican piss out of him," he is temporarily suspended from the force until the public looks elsewhere, at which point he will be reinstated and treated to fresh Starbucks.
WITH ALL THE INTENSITY of SB 1070 being passed, and all the vile spirits unleashed unto the online comment threads, and with all the heartache that witnessing such injustice brings—Stephen Colbert offers us a much-needed laugh and break in the action.
AN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO from Cuéntame featuring the recently freed Alex Sanchez, of Homies Unidos.
WE BELONG TO A PROUD LEGACY. We are tied to this land, we are descended from warriors, and Indian kings, and beautiful traditions y cultura that cannot be washed or stolen away by the dominant culture—though it surely tries...
THE PASSING OF "DON" LUIS LEAL marks the end of a long and fruitful life, and one lived by a pioneer in the field of Chicano Literature.
VISUAL AND AUDITORY MEDITATIONS on hue, shape, purpose...being an artist. And featuring the work of Chicano artist Luis Gutierrez, of Arizona, USA.
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, celebrated and prolific Chicano poet, has been awarded the PEN/Beyond Margins award for his latest work, Half of the World in Light.
NOBODY WAS IN DOUBT, and that's the kind of town it is. A town where even the police collude to hide the murder of Mexicans, because it might besmirch the reputations of high school football stars if people knew they were cold blooded murderers. But truth has a way of prying open even the tightest of locked doors.
WHERE LIES OUR TRUE FIGHT? With people of different skin tones? With people who use different word sounds to express their dreams, their pain, their hope, their hunger? Or with those who move hugely and cloaked over with flag and legal document, drawing blood worldwide?