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  • Review: Comezón. Castillo Anaya Lecturer. DDLM Call. News 'n Notes.

    La Bloga
    msedano
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review: Denise Chávez. The King and Queen of Comezón. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.ISBN 978-0-8061-4483-2Michael SedanoOctober to October, it’s been one of the most productive years in Chicana Literature. Last October, Alma Luz Villanueva's scintillating erotic opus Song of the Golden Scorpion, kicked off this golden year. Spring brings Ana Castillo's sensational erotic novel Give It To Me. Denise Chávez rounds out this spectacular year with a family-safe portrait of a small town where people live up to its name, Comezón.The King and Queen of Comezón marks a…
  • What if they had a cultural revolution and nobody freaked?

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    Back in 2012, when Mexico City passed the first same-sex marriage bill, the howls from the “traditional values” crowd… predicting the END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT were met throughout the country by the quick passage in state legislatures of “one man-one woman” marriage laws.  Here in Sinaloa, where I gather things move even more slowly than in the rest of Mexico, the legislature basically ignored the issue, assuming that what happens in Mexico City stays in Mexico City.  However, one the Supremes ruled that under Mexico’s equivalent of the U.S.
  • Dip

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Two weeks into drastically reducing the sugary and starchy foods I eat, my pants fit better and my energy is good, but this past weekend my resolve took a dip and a big one. I have face blindness and no head at all for visuals, but my memory for dates is way too good. All last week I couldn't get it out of my head that the last time September 27th fell on a Saturday was in 2008, the day Bob and I celebrated our wedding.On Friday night I had pound cake and cookies for dinner. On Saturday I indulged in potatoes, breaded chicken and more cookies. On Sunday I ate frosted layer cake and potato…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Huckleberry

    CHANFLES!
    EL CHAVO!
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    For reasons of exploration and adventure and discovery, I ended up in this up and coming neighborhood far from my usual terrain, a place they call Santa Monica (pronounced Sandthah Moneyyeeka or something like that, I couldn’t understand the local accent) that is super close to Los Angeles but totally a world away. It is a strange but friendly world of Regular people, an ethnic group mostly located outside of LA County, but they are welcoming and will usually take the time to figure out our shared language issues. “Cool-man!” (I hope I got that right!) And this enclave in…
  • Daniel del Solar Interview: April 4, 2007

    ¿Chicano y que?
    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
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    La Bloga

  • Review: Comezón. Castillo Anaya Lecturer. DDLM Call. News 'n Notes.

    msedano
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review: Denise Chávez. The King and Queen of Comezón. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.ISBN 978-0-8061-4483-2Michael SedanoOctober to October, it’s been one of the most productive years in Chicana Literature. Last October, Alma Luz Villanueva's scintillating erotic opus Song of the Golden Scorpion, kicked off this golden year. Spring brings Ana Castillo's sensational erotic novel Give It To Me. Denise Chávez rounds out this spectacular year with a family-safe portrait of a small town where people live up to its name, Comezón.The King and Queen of Comezón marks a…
  • Let Them Teach You

    Daniel Olivas
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo credit: Getty ImagesBy guest poet Marisol LeónLet my students teach you about violent inequality, warfare, and repression.About armed struggles fought against U.S.-backed militaries in their native countries, and the murders of their brothers and sisters in L.A. neighborhoods-turnedwarzones.About death. Displaced families. Fear. Sleepless nights. The sound of el tiro de gracia.Let them teach you about the war of terror waged against theirancestors.About countless narratives of resistance, including those found in the obituaries of their great grandmothers, uncles, and classroom…
  • Sílabas de Viento/Syllables of Wind: An Interview with Poet Xánath Caraza

    Amelia ML Montes
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Argentine poet, Carlos J. Aldazábal describes Xánath Caraza's new collection of poetry as "a type of invocation, a kind of silent mantra."  He continues by writing:  "Syllables of Wind is also a travel book.  With her gaze wandering across the land, the poet projects her sensitivity so as to celebrate or lament, to depart or return, in a cultural pendulum that allows her to express what we all have in common as human beings, the great themes of poetry (death, love, life), from her American and indigenous particularity" (Introduction).  Aldazábal's description captures…
  • Who raised these white kids? Knights on dinos. Call for submissions.

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    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Who raised these white kids?That's what some people in Colo. are asking. Or, if you've wondered whether U.S. Anglos will ever change, the viral news coming from Jefferson County, Colo. (Jeffco), might give you hope. There's been a week of protests, first by teachers, then by kids and parents, with high schoolers apparently taking the lead. What's been left out of the news is who and what these kids are.Suburban, privileged, Anglo kids. 92% of the county is white, with only 9% of the population below the poverty level, according to the U.S. Census. That contrasts to inner-city Denver County's…
  • Shaking Up the Poetry Scene in Santa Barbara

    Melinda Palacio
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Melinda PalacioEmma Trelles, Mission Poetry Series DirectorEmma Trelles is taking over the Mission Poetry Series in Santa Barbara. The Florida native is immersing herself in all things California, not just poetry. Last weekend, she volunteered with the Santa Barbara County coastal cleanup and helped collect 3,864 pounds of trash on the beach and 831 pounds of recyclable materials.She sat down with La Bloga and discussed some of the exciting changes at the Mission Poetry Series. The series has always been a favorite of poetry enthusiasts in Santa Barbara and beyond. The poetry is always…
 
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    The Mex Files

  • What if they had a cultural revolution and nobody freaked?

    richmx2
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    Back in 2012, when Mexico City passed the first same-sex marriage bill, the howls from the “traditional values” crowd… predicting the END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT were met throughout the country by the quick passage in state legislatures of “one man-one woman” marriage laws.  Here in Sinaloa, where I gather things move even more slowly than in the rest of Mexico, the legislature basically ignored the issue, assuming that what happens in Mexico City stays in Mexico City.  However, one the Supremes ruled that under Mexico’s equivalent of the U.S.
  • As far to the left as the Constitution allows…

    richmx2
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Today is the 45th anniversary of the death of Adolfo López Mateos, who presidency seeems so remarkable in retrospect, only because, as leader of the Party of the Institutional Revolution, he really did seek (and largely suceeded in) Institutionalizing so many of the goals of the Revolution. Born in Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico shortly before the Revolution (26 May 1910), López Mateos was a true son of that revolution. His family, having come down somewhat in the world as a result of the Revolution, moved to Mexico City, where his mother… one of Mexico’s first…
  • Think militarizing the police is still a good idea?

    richmx2
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    … here, the military have been used as pólice, and the pólice militarized, with the results one might expect. Via The Pan American Post … When authorities announced that 22 people had been killed by army personnel in a June 30 shootout in the state of Mexico, the Associated Press noted with skepticism that all but one soldier had miraculously escaped injury, and that “the warehouse where many bodies were found showed little evidence of sustained fighting.” Despite the questions over the incident, Mexican authorities have persistently stuck to the official version of events.
  • Friday Night Video

    richmx2
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Danzón N° 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez Navarro, performed by the Venezuela’s Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • 16 de Septiembre

    richmx2
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • Dip

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Two weeks into drastically reducing the sugary and starchy foods I eat, my pants fit better and my energy is good, but this past weekend my resolve took a dip and a big one. I have face blindness and no head at all for visuals, but my memory for dates is way too good. All last week I couldn't get it out of my head that the last time September 27th fell on a Saturday was in 2008, the day Bob and I celebrated our wedding.On Friday night I had pound cake and cookies for dinner. On Saturday I indulged in potatoes, breaded chicken and more cookies. On Sunday I ate frosted layer cake and potato…
  • What is it like to have bipolar disorder?

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Americans have a great fear of what we think bipolar disorder is. We imagine bipolar disorder means unpredictably violent, unreliable or irrational. We also misuse the term. I can't STAND it when someone calls going back and forth between strong opinions bipolar, as in "He was completely for the resolution last month, but now he's totally against it. What is he? Bipolar?" That reference to bipolar disorder is completely ignorant of the reality of the disease.Bipolar disorder doesn't mean someone is dangerous or unable to make up their mind. It's a mood disorder that -- wait, don't read my…
  • Cutting carbs like my life depends on it

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    I recently had some blood work done. On September 11th, my doctor told me my blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides were high. I do NOT want diabetes, heart disease or any of the other health problems associated with high blood sugar, so this is my call to action. I've done a lot of reading on the causes of high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, so I'm putting a certain theory to the test. The theory is that the cause of these problems is excess consumption of carbohydrates, not fat.On September 12th, I drastically cut down on starchy and sugary foods and sweetened…
  • Gina Rodriguez

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Gina RodriguezThis is what I've been waiting and planning for. A woman named Gina Rodriguez is poised to become a household name. She's an actress from Chicago, born to Puerto Rican parents, who plays the character Jane Villanueva in the new series Jane the Virgin. I don't know how likely success is for a series in which a young Miami Latina becomes accidentally artificially inseminated during a pelvic exam (plus this series will air on the CW network), but I have faith that even if Jane the Virgin isn't a hit, this Gina Rodriguez will make her way into the mainstream."Gina Rodriguez"…
  • Pants*

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    *In the United States, pants refers to the garment others call trousers.(A post in which I do nothing but whine.)I haven't allowed myself to buy pants in quite a while. In 2012 I went from a size 10 to size 14 and in 2013 I went from size 14 to size 16/18. Why did I pile 40 extra pounds onto my 5'2" (57 cm) frame in just eight months? It was an attempt to free myself from my food obsessions and in large part, it worked. After giving myself months to eat whatever I wanted, guilt-free, I felt considerably less pull towards donuts, processed lunch meat and cookies. Certainly, allowing myself to…
 
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    CHANFLES!

  • Huevos Rancheros: Huckleberry

    EL CHAVO!
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    For reasons of exploration and adventure and discovery, I ended up in this up and coming neighborhood far from my usual terrain, a place they call Santa Monica (pronounced Sandthah Moneyyeeka or something like that, I couldn’t understand the local accent) that is super close to Los Angeles but totally a world away. It is a strange but friendly world of Regular people, an ethnic group mostly located outside of LA County, but they are welcoming and will usually take the time to figure out our shared language issues. “Cool-man!” (I hope I got that right!) And this enclave in…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Casa La Doña

    EL CHAVO!
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I saw this place mentioned online with some favorable reviews. Plus I was hungry and getting bored of my usual lunch places so why not give it a go? Maybe it’ll be a more affordable downtown option. Not sure what urban mex means but I am here to find out. I was going in for something more lunchy but then I saw the ad for HR’s which specifically mentioned “tortillas doradas” (that’s my idea of proper huevos rancheros) and they serve breakfast all day. Damn it! I guess I have to try them now. $9 a plate is a bit much for this basic working person breakfast dish,…
  • 99 cent District Gets New Window Display

    EL CHAVO!
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Things are looking up on N. Broadway! With the arrival of the new 99 store at the Ugliest Building in LH the landscape is changing back into a utilitarian wonderland with useful things to buy at affordable prices. Plus they’ve even hired designers to take charge of the display windows and have transformed them into lavish and sexy displays of commodities we all want. Look at all these colorful panties at working people prices! Victoria’s Secret for discriminating proles. Why, I might even be able to afford one for every day of the week. I was recently in Uptown Whittier and I saw…
  • Goo Puddles bring Art Experience to LH Residents

    EL CHAVO!
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    A friend recently told me about some new toy loan over by Chapalita, a project based on those wacky book nook ideas that seem better suited to a rural environment rather than an urban area with a nice library nearby. I forgot to check out the toy loan but I did see some of that handiwork down N. Broadway today, looks like they decorated phone booths with some of that cool looking goo. I like the pattern on this one. This goo puddle has some Chinese characters in it, not sure what it means but it looks like cool art, that’s for sure. A sign discourages people from stealing the community…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Albert Mexican Food

    EL CHAVO!
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    I had the day off, nowhere really to be and just a few errands to run, let us head over in this direction. I remembered seeing this new spot at a shuttered Popeye’s. Plus I’ve heard of this chain, a ver que tal. It’s one of those affordable places where you look at the menu overhead and order up front. Wasn’t sure if they would have HR’s but they did. Plus, they serve breakfast all day! And look at that bargain price, only $4.75. Also, they have a lil’ salsa bar up in front. Pos que mas quieres? This day is starting to go my way. This place is in that weird…
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    ¿Chicano y que?

  • Daniel del Solar Interview: April 4, 2007

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
  • Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Article courtesy of Devon G. PeñaPhoto by John Fisch, San Antonio.Roberto Bedoya for Creative Time Reports | Tucson, Arizona | September 16, 2014Intervening in discussions about gentrification and placemaking, cultural activist Roberto Bedoya champions the creative resilience found in communities of color—and exemplified by the Chicano practice of Rasquachification—to suggest “placekeeping” as a strategy for advancing racial justice goals.I grew up in a working-class barrio called Decoto, in San Francisco’s East Bay. My neighbors were the Trianas, who had painted their house…
  • Civility or Social Control

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Rodolfo F. AcuñaSeptember 17, 2014There has been a lot of talk as of late about “civility.” Indeed there are academicians who are doing a thriving business conducting workshops with the full support of administration and its cheerleaders who equate the lack of civility to school yard bullying, mixing the proverbial apples and oranges.However, the meaning of civility is much deeper; it involves much more than politeness. The intent of the campaign is to silence dissent. The frivolous finger wagging distracts from the important role of power in bullying and trivializes its viciousness…
  • 2014 High-Spanics (Super Chicanos y Mas) by the Numbers

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
  • UT Austin Creates Mex-Am Studies Department

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz- Austin American-Statesman Staff The University of Texas is stepping up its offerings in Mexican-American studies by establishing a full-fledged academic department devoted to the field.The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies — the somewhat tongue-twisting title acknowledges both genders — is offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs this fall, and doctoral programs are scheduled to be part of the mix in 2016-17, pending approval by state higher education officials. In addition, a Borderlands Research Institute will be…
 
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  • Gone fishing

    CouldBeTrue
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    We'll be back in October.
  • Greg Abbott opposes funding for pre-k

    CouldBeTrue
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Today's republicans have to show their disdain for anyone but the Koch brothers and their cronies.[Texas Education Commissioner Michael] Williams, a Republican appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, said in a statement when the Texas Education Agency announced last week that it would apply for its share of $160 million in total federal funds earmarked to help states expand preschool programs.“With many high-quality pre-K programs already established in our communities, this federal grant opportunity allows an avenue to enhance and build upon that success,” Williams added. But the news has already…
  • Why are Texas schools getting military gear?

    CouldBeTrue
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    It's bad enough that the police sometimes think that they are occupiers instead of public servants.Texas school districts dominate the list of those receiving military equipment — including firearms and armored vehicles — through a federal initiative, according to a letter sent by a coalition of civil rights and education advocacy groups to the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday.Led by Texas Appleseed and the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the coalition is urging the defense department to end school districts’ participation in what is known as the 1033 Program, which…
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff's office accused of allowing property theft

    CouldBeTrue
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Preying on evicted tenants. Nice.A former warehouseman contracted by Hidalgo County continues to draw county constable’s offices into lawsuits that allege law enforcement officials allowed him to illegally take and keep property from people who were being evicted.The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and four constable’s offices contracted Juan Ramos, owner of the Donna-based company El Valle Mobile Home Transportation LLC, to work as a bonded warehouseman for evictions.
  • Weslaco city officials do not like a facebook page

    CouldBeTrue
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Did they take actions to suppress a citizen's public concerns?The anonymous director of the Facebook page “Weslaco Cheezmeh” — a hub of leaked documents, rumors and anti-establishment opinion about the city — had a rollercoaster few days last week, as the page unexpectedly disappeared Wednesday, then re-emerged shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday.Shortly after the page went down, Mike Jones, a fellow Weslaco commentator on the social media site, posted a screenshot of an email appearing to be from a Facebook administrator.“Hi,” the note — dated Tuesday and apparently addressed to…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Guest Voz: Educating Latinas on why not all breast cancers are curable

    Latina Lista
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Educating Latinas on why not all breast cancers are curable by Latina Lista By Venus Ginés LatinaLista   It’s a growing responsibility for all of us. As medicine and science advance, it is incumbent upon all of us to advocate for the health and well-being of all. For the last 17 years, Día de la Mujer Latina* has worked to achieve that goal, especially for Latinas. Sadly, despite our efforts to improve access to preventive health care and…
  • Crowdfunder: Bringing reading, writing, and arithmetic to 250 million children

    Latina Lista
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Bringing reading, writing, and arithmetic to 250 million children by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Global Learning XPRIZE XPRIZE has launched the Global Learning XPRIZE to incentivize teams to create tablet-based Open Source software that will teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic, fully autonomously. The impact of this technology is to bring literacy to over 250 million children around the world. Give a child the gift of…
  • New California Legislation Could Help Undocumented and Uninsured

    Latina Lista
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New California Legislation Could Help Undocumented and Uninsured by Latina Lista By Dayanis Lorey EL NUEVO SOL Irma, at only 52 years of age, had to experience a hip replacement. For more than eight years, she has experienced health problems. She now depends economically on her eldest son because she is no longer able to work. Irma is an undocumented woman who needs health care. She has been in the U.S. for over 28 years. She had to wait three years to get her hip…
  • HIPGive Campaign: Giving Sanctuary to the Children

    Latina Lista
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. HIPGive Campaign: Giving Sanctuary to the Children by Latina Lista LatinaLista — HIPGive Campaign: Giving Sanctuary to the Children During the 1980s, half a million Central American refugees were denied political asylum. Churches and communities played a pivotal role in reverting this policy and achieved political asylum to the refugees. The nation is now facing a similar situation and SHARE is working to mobilize communities and churches once again to achieve…
  • Urban Farmist: Resurrecting an ancient practice of growing food

    Latina Lista
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Urban Farmist: Resurrecting an ancient practice of growing food by Latina Lista By Aaron de Leon LatinaLista Standing in a spectacular back yard in beautiful Austin, Texas, I am captivated by the energy permeating from the well-though-out landscape. To my left, a traditional, seasonal vegetable garden proudly contributes an assortment of fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions to the Farmist yield. Directly in front of me, stands a chicken coop expertly fashioned from…
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  • There is NO excuse for this. Ever.

    reenee
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Since I've long believed that all health facilities had in place mandatory testing of potential employees, as well as regular testing of existing employees for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), I remain shocked, SHOCKED, that a diseased employee was working in a nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. As a result, five babies have tested positive for TB after being at that hospital where several hundred more newborns may have been exposed, health officials said on Saturday. The El Paso Department of Public Health also increased the number of people who may have been…
  • Cultural appropriation at it's slimiest...

    LeeSee
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    ..well of course it's entitled white people.Duh.Is anyone surprised by this shit anymore?Part of me thinks it's mildly amusing but then another part of me call is for what it is,simple cultural appropriation, you know stealing some ones else's shit and calling it your own.Kinda business as usual.Anyway, leave it to Jezebel to expose these jokers.See for yourself.Meet the White People Behind 'Thug Kitchen' For over a year, the anonymous authors behind the blog Thug Kitchen entertained their audience with a mixture of healthy recipes and profane ejaculations with a…
  • Funny Stuff

    reenee
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    This needs to happen much more often, only more crudely.
  • Jon Stewart address the issue...

    LeeSee
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    ..of the Redskins.It's an argument some people will never understand.More is the pity. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive
  • Because we never get tired of pointing out this shit...

    LeeSee
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tonight ESPN will conduct a forum on domestic violence. Because men know about everything there will be no women on the panel.Who thinks this shit is OK?I learned of this from the Jezebel website, the link below is from another website, at least that dude recognized the stupidity of that move.Jezebel had the same reaction I did, complete and utter disgust, barely disguised by sarcastic remarks.Judge for yourself:ESPN HAS A PROBLEM WITH WOMEN On Monday night, a panel on a two-hour pregame show for Monday Night Football will, among other things, address domestic abuse. This panel…
 
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Book Review: Jenni Rivera: The Diva of Banda Music

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Mexican-American music scene hit repeat the night of Dec 8, 2012. Another rising star was taken away from their fans. Jenni Rivera was the Queen of Banda, a regional type of Mexican music. At the time of her death, I had heard of her, but it was mostly connected to her reality TV show. Given my bias against most things reality TV, I ignored additional news of her...that was until that night. Chicago Public Media journalist, Michael Puente, has crafted a nice "fan" book of Rivera that serves as a 101 for those of us who missed her rise to fame. I had the chance to chat with Puente about…
  • New Book: Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Demeter Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the collection, Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices Edited by Patti Duncan and Gina WongIn Mothering in East Asian Communities, Duncan and Wong seamlessly rupture a homogenous identity category—that of the “tiger mom.” The editors invoke the works of diverse contributors who critically challenge essentialized identity categories and racialized and sexualized experiences of women of color within the institution of motherhood and practices of mothering. Here, the edited volume grapples with…
  • Summer of Feminista - Latina Feminist Friendships [video]

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Well we've turned on the heat at home, pumpkin spice products have hit the market and we have to wear socks again...this only means one thing, summer is over. But before we put away the lawn lights (ahem...), let's take some time to view this amazing video that Kat Lazo, Patricia Valoy, Dior Vargas and Raquel Reichard took the time to make in response to my prompt to talk about how your girlfriends fit into your feminism. Thank you mujeres for this video. It was moving, funny and sums up the summer perfectly. I'm not even going to attempt a summary post. Thank you to everyone who participated…
  • Update on Space Camp!

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    A quick update...1) I am all set! And we're now just one month away from me paying for the most expensive vomit ever. YES!!2) While I only raised less than half of what I wanted to pay for this birthday gift, I am closing down my GoFundMe campaign for two reasons. The first was the fact that they will allow campaigns to support the police officer who killed Michael Brown, but secondly they think raising money for abortions is bad. So ok, make a case that raising money for an officer before he's found guilty shouldn't be a big deal..Seriously, I'll give you that. And even PayPal and all the…
  • Book Review: Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan is a beautiful addition to any home library. Monaghan sets out a geographical encyclopedia which allows for anyone to find their goddess or heroine based on where they hail from. I am fairly certain this is the book I used early on in my goddess studies to attempt to create a personal global pantheon. The entries are fairly short, except as you might expect for the Virgin Mary, thus make an excellent starting point for any budding goddess scholar. Since it is an encyclopedia I did not read this cover to cover. I did though…
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  • Online hub maps poverty in America

    Elena del Valle
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Talkpoverty Map - click to enlargeMap: TalkPoverty.org Rising stocks lifted household wealth 1.7 percent, according to the Federal Reserve, to $81.5 trillion between April and June of this year (see Household Net Worth Has Rebounded, The New York Times September 19, 2014 and Americans' net worth climbs to record high, Associated Press, September 18, 2014). The numbers don't account for inflation. They were adjusted for the change in the Consumer Price Index. Household wealth reached a record high, 4 percent above the 2007 figures. The improvement in household wealth is especially evident…
  • Advanced, emerging economies expanding, says OECD

    Elena del Valle
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rintaro Tamaki, deputy secretary general, OECD Photo, graphic: OECD/Michael Dean Most major advanced and emerging economies are experiencing a moderate if uneven expansion across regions; and growth is weak in the euro area, which may suffer prolonged stagnation unless something happens to boost demand, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) most recent Interim Economic Assessment. In the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, the researchers believe growth will be cause unemployment to drop. In Japan, where unemployment is already low, the…
  • Nutrition expert, educator discuss whole food plant based diet advantages

    Elena del Valle
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whole: Rethinking the Science of NutritionPhoto: BenBella Books T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. has spent a lifetime studying nutrition, and Howard Jacobson, Ph.D. is a health educator and ecological gardener. They believe a whole food plant based diet without added fat, salt, or refined carbohydrates (such as sugar and white flour) is the essential foundation for a healthy life. In Whole Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (BenBella Books, $16.95) they explore the evidence to support their conclusions, including their belief that people's eating habits haven't changed despite the availability of…
  • Podcast with Amiel Handelsman, executive coach, about how to practice great leadership

    Elena del Valle
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Amiel Handelsman, executive coach and author, Practice Greatness Photo: Amiel Handelsman A podcast interview with Amiel Handelsman, an executive coach, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses how to practice great leadership with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast. Amiel, a change consultant based in Portland, Oregon, is the author of the 2014 book Practice Greatness: Escape Small Thinking, Listen Like A Master, And Lead With Your Best. He has two decades of experience helping leaders…
  • New York journalist explores how an underdog might defeat the giant

    Elena del Valle
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    David and GoliathPhoto: Hachette Book Group Author photo: Brooke Williams We are impressed by size and strength, assuming giants, people or companies, should win in an encounter, according to Malcom Gladwell, a journalist and author. He believes that “much of what is beautiful and important in our world comes from adversity and struggle.” In David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Little Brown and Company, $29) he discusses how while the giants might be winners most of the time, sometimes the underdog might overcome adversity to vanquish the superpower. The…
 
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  • Shootings in Southern Mexico Leave 6 Dead

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    28 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Six people were killed in separate shootings this weekend in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, officials said. Two students were gunned down by police officers, three other people were killed by gunmen and the body of another individual was found near the scene of the first incident, Guerrero Attorney General Iñaki Blanco Cabrera said. The two students, who attended the teachers college in Ayotzinapa, were killed by “municipal police officers” from the city of Iguala, the AG said in a press conference on Saturday. Students took two buses Friday night from a terminal for a…
  • Drug Lord Shares Photos with Mexican Mayor

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    28 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Servando Gomez Martinez, Mexico’s most-wanted drug trafficker, has released photos of himself meeting with yet another mayor in the western state of Michoacan, media reports said. The photos show the leader of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel meeting with Juan Hernandez Ramirez, who serves as mayor of the city of Aquila. Gomez Martinez, known as “La Tuta,” has leaked dozens of videos and photographs to media outlets over the past few months showing him meeting with different officials and politicians in Michoacan. The videos and photos are considered evidence by…
  • Former Leader of Mexico’s 1968 Student Protests Dies, Age 73

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    28 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Mexican activist Raul Alvarez Garin, one of the leaders of the country’s 1968 student uprising, has died of cancer, the ‘68 Pro-Democratic Liberties Committee said Saturday. He was 73. The committee, created by Alvarez Garin and other leaders of that movement, recalled that the activist always remained firm in demanding that those responsible for the Oct. 2, 1968, massacre of student protesters be brought to justice. “Raul Alvarez Garin remains firm today, fighting always without betrayal for those who fell in Tlatelolco,” the committee, which leads an annual…
  • Cuba Slams Colognes Dedicated to Che, Chavez

    staff@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The Cuban government has censured the project of a state company for creating two colognes as tributes to the guerrilla Che Guevara and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. “Projects of this kind will never be accepted by our people nor by the revolutionary government. Yesterday, today and forever, those symbols are sacred,” President Raul Castro’s Cabinet said in a note published this Saturday in the official daily Granma. The government’s reaction came after the Labiofam biotech firm unstoppered at an international congress in Havana the men’s fragrances…
  • Journalists, Politicians Threatened Amidst Peace Talks in Colombia

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    28 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    More than 150 human-rights defenders, journalists and politicians have been threatened in Colombia in less than 30 days, in the most massive intimidation campaign since peace talks began between the government and the FARC. The wave of threats began Sept. 8 with a list of 91 people to whom the paramilitary group Aguilas Negras gave 15 days to leave the country for “messing with the peace.” That was the beginning of a list that was completed by the paramilitary offshoot Los Rastrojos, a criminal gang that in succeeding days increased the number with the names of journalists,…
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