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  • Review: Not For Everyday Use. On-line Floricanto 7 X 5

    La Bloga
    msedano
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Elizabeth Nunez. Not For Everyday Use. NY: Akashic Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781617752339 e-IBSN: 9781617752780Michael SedanoYou won’t necessarily take a phone call one day, maybe you’ll be there. You won’t necessarily be 64 like that song, but you’ll be old when you get the news your mother is dead. Not For Everyday Use is Elizabeth Nunez’ memoir of the hours and days following her mother’s passing.In the course of a few days, the family reunion, funeral and church rituals, sibling expectations, and the author’s own disconnectedness spark reflections upon memories that guide the…
  • As it is Within, so it is Without

    UMX | El Machete
    nezua
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    CONSIDER ME A WHISPER. Consider me a tiny voice, as soft as a slow wind running its velvet fingers over pebbled asphalt at 2 a.m. Receive me as you would the first blush of day’s light, reflected from the eager skin of an apple. I’m a minuscule mirrored cinema. A voice that gently suggests they truly are mad, you know. Cast away your doubt, be still, and listen to them. The news barkers sharing world gore and speaking of war as if a football score. The virtual storefronts peddling doubt and self-interest. They who hog the mic, they who sell the mic. Be still and listen. Be…
  • TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson's Chief Thomas Jackson -- Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what's Happening in Ferguson Missouri

    Immigration Talk with a Mexican American
    Dee
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Latinos Be Aware. We MUST pay attention to what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. What is happening in Ferguson has happened in ALL Minority Communities across America. The police chief of Ferguson, Chief Thomas Jackson, is the MIRROR IMAGE of Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio. That's right "Arpayaso!"Think about Arpayaso's RACIAL PROFILING crimes! He continuously attacks small Latino neighborhoods like Guadalupe, having his masked volunteers patrol the streets, attacking the children during their Confirmation Mass. Arpayaso, attacking mothers, driving their children, stealing them away, and…
  • As goes Coahuila… or let me not to marriage admit impediments

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    When Coahuila passed Mexico’s first “Civil Unions” legislation (allowing for same-gender couples to gain legal recognition for their union, but only in the state of Coahuila) in January 2007,  the bill passed by only a small margin, and — despite official backing by the Bishop of Saltillo — was considered a radical step for a Latin American jurisdiction.  Of course, the Bishop, Raul Vera, was considered something of a radical within the Church and within Mexican public life, but still…. When Federal District Assembly passing the country’s first same-sex…
  • Ferguson, racism, etc.

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Maybe the U.S. is reaching a crisis point at which things will have to change. Maybe not. You'd think police forces would learn that using military grade weapons and technology contributes to escalation of emotion and racial tensions, but they don't seem to be. It makes me furious that to be black in the U.S. is to always be in a state of vigilance, carefully altering one's behavior so as not to make anyone feel threatened. That is: altering one's behavior so as not to make anyone at all feel threatened in the least. To be a black person outside of one's home in the U.S. is to constantly…
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    La Bloga

  • Review: Not For Everyday Use. On-line Floricanto 7 X 5

    msedano
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Elizabeth Nunez. Not For Everyday Use. NY: Akashic Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781617752339 e-IBSN: 9781617752780Michael SedanoYou won’t necessarily take a phone call one day, maybe you’ll be there. You won’t necessarily be 64 like that song, but you’ll be old when you get the news your mother is dead. Not For Everyday Use is Elizabeth Nunez’ memoir of the hours and days following her mother’s passing.In the course of a few days, the family reunion, funeral and church rituals, sibling expectations, and the author’s own disconnectedness spark reflections upon memories that guide the…
  • The Fabricator

    Daniel Olivas
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Speculative fiction by Daniel A. Olivas            Rigoberto sat on the large, cold boulder.  His eyes rested upon the lake’s calm surface discerning no more than a ripple at the base of the partially submerged tree twenty or so yards from where he sat.  Probably a happy family of waterbugs enjoying the safety of the root, he thought.  He noticed another ripple in the middle of the lake and imagined that a Loch Ness-type monster would languidly rise out of that small aquatic disturbance once Rigoberto had walked away, out…
  • The Cha Cha Files: a Chapina Interview With Maya Chinchilla!

    Amelia ML Montes
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    book cover by Rio Yañez and Yolanda LopezMaya Chinchilla is a Central American/Guatemalan poet, performer, video artist, and educator.  She is a “bridge” the way that feminist and lesbian writer, Gloria Anzaldúa describes “bridge” in her book Borderlands/La Frontera. Anzaldúa writes: “Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar” ("Voyager, there are no bridges: one builds them as one walks").  In her newly released collection of poetry, The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poetica, each poem is a carefully crafted “bridge” the reader crosses, entering and…
  • About politics, spec fiction, Zombie Baseball Beatdown

    Contributing Bloguistas:
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    With Chicano and Latino speculative fiction* blossoming, I and others believe its authors can blaze our own trails to not follow the paths of mainstream Anglo authors. This might sound like a risky way of succeeding as a writer, but the rewards go beyond book sales and personal income. All across the planet, writers advocate and practice this.Cherokee author Celu Amberstone says of Indigenous speculative fiction: “Our fiction is alive with new possibilities inspired by our cultural heritage, fiction that can offer new insights to our troubled world. As Indigenous peoples, we understand that…
  • Window of Isolation: Louisiana's Leprosarium

    Melinda Palacio
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection FernPoems by Gina FerraraPoet Gina Ferrara's new chapbook, Carville Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern(Finishing Line Press 2014) delivers a new way of looking at leprosy, now known as Hansen's disease. The beauty of these poems is arresting and surprising, given the once taboo subject of leprosy. The leprosarium at Carville operated for over a hundred years. As a child in catholic school in New Orleans, Ferrara grew up hearing about lepers. Four years ago, when she visited the colony in Carville, Louisiana, she learned more about the lives of the…
 
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    UMX | El Machete

  • As it is Within, so it is Without

    nezua
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    CONSIDER ME A WHISPER. Consider me a tiny voice, as soft as a slow wind running its velvet fingers over pebbled asphalt at 2 a.m. Receive me as you would the first blush of day’s light, reflected from the eager skin of an apple. I’m a minuscule mirrored cinema. A voice that gently suggests they truly are mad, you know. Cast away your doubt, be still, and listen to them. The news barkers sharing world gore and speaking of war as if a football score. The virtual storefronts peddling doubt and self-interest. They who hog the mic, they who sell the mic. Be still and listen. Be…
  • What Does LATISM Really Stand For? or How to Neutralize a Movement to the Sound of Cheers

    nezua
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Regular readers: This post is important, and provides a breakdown longer, perhaps, than the attention span we are trained for; truth deeper than a feel good rant, and tools to help us come to understand some of the forces at work today seeking to divide and dilute our political power and self image. David, a compa I work with, researched and penned it over at Hecho en Aztlán, and aside from the blurb, some minor formatting tweaks I gave it for UMX, and the title, it is David’s work, and we thank him for it. Please take a little time and arm yourself with this info. It is, I submit,…
  • Do Not Imagine the Shape of Your Mind as Stone

    nezua
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    I AM THE HYBRID METHOD; the shift-cleft breathless and deft fusion of hue, chroma, and death; of the right and the left; of the wailing bliss (I rise like this). A howl of spring spray and rose bloodied mist. Seeker of the dew studded igneous rift. When the world retreats, I lift. DO NOT imagine the shape of your mind as stone a formed at birth bone bowl meant to hold all the dusty dreams left by men long grown cold because I’VE SEEN YOU before. Posing as disaster and pain. Beauty, pearl-wrapped and clutched by the jagged edges of clam-shaped clouds. Stormlight. so know THE MORE…
  • Is the DEA Dealing Drugs in Your Neighborhood?

    nezua
    15 Jan 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The DEA is not dealing drugs in your neighborhood! Silly. That would be like Colonel Sanders working behind the counter of KFC, handing out change and greasy chicken wrapped in wax paper. No, like the CEOs of KFC, the DEA outsources the labor. In the case of the DEA, to one of the largest cartels in Mexico. The Sinoloa Cartel, to be specific. In the 12 year alliance with one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels, we have to ask ‘how much drugs has the DEA helped import into the USA?’   But let’s back up a moment. It’s important to keep your eye on the horizon.
  • Your Heart is a Nuclear Force

    nezua
    13 Jan 2014 | 11:54 am
    YOUR ENTHUSIASM for a new day, a fresh start, and all the possibility there. YOUR REFUSAL to drag yesterday’s angst and mental clutter forward into this new time. YOUR UNDERSTANDING of the joy born from simple moments and experiences. YOUR AWARENESS of the mental traps your mind designs. YOUR EMBRACE of beauty in the most mundane of situations because YOU KNOW the gift that is life. YOU SAY THANK YOU to creation in the way you use this life, this awareness, this moment. YOU RADIATE gratitude. YOUR HEART IS A NUCLEAR FORCE. You handle it with reverence. Related WritingsThe Hate That Dare…
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    Immigration Talk with a Mexican American

  • TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson's Chief Thomas Jackson -- Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what's Happening in Ferguson Missouri

    Dee
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Latinos Be Aware. We MUST pay attention to what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. What is happening in Ferguson has happened in ALL Minority Communities across America. The police chief of Ferguson, Chief Thomas Jackson, is the MIRROR IMAGE of Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio. That's right "Arpayaso!"Think about Arpayaso's RACIAL PROFILING crimes! He continuously attacks small Latino neighborhoods like Guadalupe, having his masked volunteers patrol the streets, attacking the children during their Confirmation Mass. Arpayaso, attacking mothers, driving their children, stealing them away, and…
  • Visualizing ANGEL FLIGHT! As I think of the Angel Children Seeking Asylum, I'm reminded of the Angel Face of Beautiful Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia! Angel Faces Seeking Refuge!

    Dee
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As I think of Angel Flight, the beautiful Latino Children Seeking Asylum from the Vicious Drug Lords in Central American who are seeking refuge to find the American Dream -- as the Pilgrims did when America was founded, I'm reminded of the Angel Dance of Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia
  • ANGELS vs DEMONS: Meet Barbie Rogers and the MILITIA's HUMAN CHAIN/FENCE along the Southern Border

    Dee
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:44 pm
    We should all be in Fear for the Children. We are experiencing a Humanitarian Crisis along the Southern Border. Thousands of innocent children have been entering into the U.S. seeking Asylum, trying to escape from the dangers of Drug Wars/Cartels and Poverty that is running rampant in Central America and Mexico. This ANGEL FLIGHT of Children is not new. ANGEL FLIGHT has been happening for years, with an influx last year. (see "Catholic Bishops" .pdf here) However now, with the sudden media attention to their plight, the Hate Mongering Militias are up in arms. (Note: The Militias are the armed…
  • Mexican Trucker Reports: US Border Patrol Smuggling Weapons to Drug Cartels South of the Border!

    Dee
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mexican Trucker.com is reporting: Arms Pipeline to Sinaloa Cartel – US Border Patrol smuggled weapons for “El Chapo” Guzman Today on the front page of El Universal, the declaration of a protected witness in the federal (PGR) case against El Chapo Guzman says that the US Border Patrol escorted trucks of weapons to the border, abandoned the vehicles and assisted members of the Sinaloa Cartel who then took the guns into Mexico. The declarations come from documents in the case as the witness, Javier Sandoval Interial, was assassinated in Mexico City in 2012. (read the rest of the story…
  • Exposing Republican LIES about Benghazi and their LIES against Hillary Clinton.

    Dee
    26 May 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I am so tired of the Republican LIES about Benghazi! How dare them utilize the death of an American Ambassador and 3 other Americans for their own political gain. They've attacked our President, our Secretary of State, the Defense Department, and the CIA.Let's expose:THE REPUBLICAN LIE: "There was a seven hour long attack against the Ambassador at the Libyan Embassy in Benghazi. There was plenty advance warning that this would happen, yet no help was sent and 4 Americans were killed. The president was so concerned about his re-election campaign, he refused to send them help and…
 
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    The Mex Files

  • As goes Coahuila… or let me not to marriage admit impediments

    richmx2
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    When Coahuila passed Mexico’s first “Civil Unions” legislation (allowing for same-gender couples to gain legal recognition for their union, but only in the state of Coahuila) in January 2007,  the bill passed by only a small margin, and — despite official backing by the Bishop of Saltillo — was considered a radical step for a Latin American jurisdiction.  Of course, the Bishop, Raul Vera, was considered something of a radical within the Church and within Mexican public life, but still…. When Federal District Assembly passing the country’s first same-sex…
  • It’s company policy

    richmx2
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    People in the United States are starting to discover that the police “serve and protect”… not citizens, but economic interest. In Cozumel, four local police officers, accompanied by a security guard for “Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park” (the name is in English, and so is their website), demanded Daniel Francisco Espinobarros and his family leave the beach on the grounds that it was “private property”. Espinobarros, quite rightly pointing out that besides the resort being closed and the family not using any of the Playa Mia facilities, they were…
  • Going green? Or saving green-backs?

    richmx2
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Via Solar Industry Magazine: Mexico’s existing laws allow energy users to buy power from a private energy generating project or portfolio located on-site or hundreds of miles away, considerably reducing energy expenses. While Mexico’s constitution prohibits the private production and sale of energy, developers have legally side-stepped this by including the energy off-taker in the project. In this way, the energy is produced for self-consumption and not sold to a third party. (Recent reforms to Mexico’s energy laws may streamline this in the near future.) In Mexico, solar developers are…
  • The Un-president …

    richmx2
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    While the lists of Mexican Presidents generally includes Pedro Lascuráin in 1913, lists generally leave off another short term President, Francisco Carvajal… who’s 28 days in office certainly  was a much longer term than the 45 minutes (or less) served by Lascuráin, who only had the job to give a veneer of “constitutionality” to the U.S. sponsored coup against Francisco I. Madero.  As Foreign Secretary, Lascuráin was only fourth in line of succession to the Presidency, but with  Madero, Vice-President José Pino Suarez and third in line, Attorney General Adolfo…
  • They just don’t get it

    richmx2
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Dutch journalist and Mexican resident Jan-Albert Hootsen (who tells me he’s NOT a lefty) on the financial media’s coverage of Latin American politics: Election logic according to the Financial Times: there’s a recession in Brazil, which now supposedly threatens Dilma’s chances of being re-elected. Not because of the working class, amongst whom she is still popular, but because investors don’t like her. Because, in that weird, extra-dimensional universe which is FT’s editorial offices in London, investors are apparently a magical majority of voters who…
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • Ferguson, racism, etc.

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Maybe the U.S. is reaching a crisis point at which things will have to change. Maybe not. You'd think police forces would learn that using military grade weapons and technology contributes to escalation of emotion and racial tensions, but they don't seem to be. It makes me furious that to be black in the U.S. is to always be in a state of vigilance, carefully altering one's behavior so as not to make anyone feel threatened. That is: altering one's behavior so as not to make anyone at all feel threatened in the least. To be a black person outside of one's home in the U.S. is to constantly…
  • Bipolar disorder, depression unhinge you from reality

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    When you find out someone died of cancer, do you wonder how they could have hurt their loved ones by doing that? Do you suspect they took the coward's way out? Do you think, "But he had it all: money, marriage, great kids, a successful career. Why would someone like that develop cancer and die?"No, I doubt you'd respond like that to a death by cancer, but those are the reactions that many people had to Robin Williams' suicide, which was a result of his bipolar disorder. In the United States some form of mental illness affects about one in five people, but Americans remain in heavy denial…
  • Depression is much deadlier than "the blues"

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    There are many people who suspect death might be better than life. Not all of us run the (one-way) experiment of suicide, but doubting that life is worthwhile is a much more common outlook than the media would have us believe. Most of us simply never talk about how much we long to take the place of people who die of illness, in combat, or on the streets, especially when those people have children to raise and we do not. 
I wish Americans would accept how much pain there is for many of us, just in daily life. We hear about suicides such as Robin Williams' and are shocked every time.
  • Welome Back, Period!

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    I recently stopped taking birth control after six years. I had started it only to control cramps because the pain of menstruation had gotten so bad, I was calling in sick. On birth control, I still got periods every month, but they became pain-free and asymptomatic. I stopped thinking about them.A couple of years later another symptom showed up that became increasingly difficult to live with: feeling overheated and perspiring excessively. This daily feeling of being uncomfortably warm persisted in summer and winter, no matter how cold. Seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner this past June finally…
  • Free the Nipple

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
      Yes, there's a movement called Free the Nipple. It confronts American society's squeamishness about women's nipples and how they remain one of the last parts of the human body that we believe must be restrained at all times. The male nipple? Let it fly free. The female nipple? It must be banned from sight as soon as the girl is old enough to walk.Going without a bra in the U.S. is an act of bravery and defiance because women's bodies are not considered acceptable as men's bodies are. There are more parts of our bodies that we can get arrested for exposing. Images of male genitalia and…
 
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    CHANFLES!

  • 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…
  • World Cup 2014

    EL CHAVO!
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Back when I first started this stupid blog I did a bunch of posts about futbol and World Cup. I haven’t really kept that up but that doesn’t mean I am no longer a fan, far from it. Actually, I haven’t kept up much about this blog so it just fits in with the pattern. I’ve been trying to work on a final post about Grand Central Market, in which I just give up on the fresh pile of poop it has become but it fills me with so much anger that I don’t want to touch it. Anger and poop, not something I want to deal with after a full day at work. And since I work downtown,…
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  • strong women

    elenamary
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I went on two dates with two different men this week, and the best part was after the second date I got to home to a bag of trail mix and to the documentary Strong! (I’ll include it below and hope you’ll watch). I am on the far right. These are a couple of the lovely strong ladies I train with Date #1 let me know that he was more attracted to petite women, and women whiter than me. Date #2 explained that he didn’t like women with lots of muscles.  It is just “too much muscles for a woman”.  He used my gym girlfriends as examples of unattractive. I came home…
  • people I learn from

    elenamary
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    A month or so ago I went to the 60th birthday party of a good friend of mine.  She gave me a great piece of advice and said “Elena, remember the Mae West quote ‘You are only as young as the man you feel’ ” she tossed back her redhead and laughed but she was somewhat serious.  I like to think I have surrounded myself with a variety of people, and that they all help me feel alive. A lovely, young friend (maybe I’ll get to feel that young soon enough) taught me this week how to push my body to physical extremes for triathlon and that it was mostly mental, he…
  • always lube

    elenamary
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    they looked worse a few days ago ;-) Always lube. More importantly for me, always lube the boobs. I need to remember that. A couple weeks ago I did a sprint triathlon and chaffed a tad in the boobs and thought “man, I should’ve lubed”. This past Sunday I did an olympic distance triathlon (a longer distance), I didn’t lube.  I remember thinking, “meh, it will be okay”. It wasn’t okay I chafed the hell out of my boobs this time. When I saw my doctor Monday, she asked during the breast exam if my partner had done that to me or if I’d done it to…
  • gender differences

    elenamary
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I’ve 226 draft emails …they are mostly thoughts, or experiences, things I needed to jot down to remember in the future.  Accidentally, just opened this email gem and it made me smile: I overheard Lonnie tell Quincy that he couldn’t tell or ask him if he had been working out nor that he had lost any weight. I was shocked by their interaction and then Quincy responded “What? I’m not a woman.  I don’t need lied too”.  The two began to explain that men could be more honest more straight forward, it was more clear cut even when asking about working out.
  • love letters

    elenamary
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I was trying to find an old identification card from when I would visit the federal prison in Mexico.  The ID was in a box of old letters.  Letters from friends, birthday cards, love letters from one boyfriend in particular—I’d forgotten how often he would mail me postcards, send me letters, and leave me little notes, and I didn’t realize I had so many of them.  It was wonderfully nostalgic to read through them. These old letters from the ex, are a reminder of the lesson to accept the present.  I didn’t realize how much my now ex loved me, thought of me, cared for…
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    ¿Chicano y que?

  • Download and Print Chicano Park Poster

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Two Free 2015 Calendars by Jesús Manuel Mena Garza

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    2015 is just around the corner. Why not get a fabulous calendar to share. It is very simple. Click either or both images to download. The files are in the form of a large PDF. Print on letter, legal, tabloid or other size paper. Print via a basic black and white laser printer or high end photo printer. It is your choice.Another option, you can copy the file to a CD, thumb drive or download to a retail website such as CVS, Walgreens, Costco, etc. Trim the image and you are set. If you have any questions please give me a call or send an email.Print extras. They make great (cheap)…
  • UCLA Chicano Photographers

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    On September 25, 2011, I loaded my vintage 35mm Nikkormat camera with TMax 400 (black and white negative film) and photographed Oscar Castillo and Harry Gamboa, Jr. at UCLA. The two Los Angeles photographers were talking about their photographs taken several decades earlier. I felt incorporating the anachronism that is now film photography would celebrate and bring context to the historic event. Feel free to send me your comments.Click photos to enlargeHarry GamboaHarry GamboaOscar CastilloOscar CastilloUCLA#OscarCastillo #HarryGamboa #UCLA #Chicano…
  • Photographers Conundrum

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    By Jesús Manuel Mena GarzaLike Henry David Thoreau, I long to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs. A pastoral realm that integrates both nature and culture.Lately, I have imagined a simpler life. Then I acknowledge I am a photographer. Photography requires acquiring and mastering certain technologies. Not so simple.Today, I exist on the margins. A place where nature has been stripped and replaced by a layer of human infrastructure. Still I imagine leaving this artifice behind and assimilating back into the natural realm.Copyright 2014 Jesús…
  • Chicano Dream at Musée d'Aquitaine

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I have several prints on exhibit at Bordeaux, France’s Musée d’Aquitaine. The “Chicano Dream” show runs for several months. Go check it out. Tell me what you think.The Poster The venue My photo on the leftMy three photos on the rightSome info The openingJesus Barraza inspects my work
 
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    South Texas Chisme

  • In 2010 Abbott sent SWAT team to stop Houston voter drive

    CouldBeTrue
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Can this be possible? Apparently, it is.On an overcast Monday afternoon, officers in bulletproof vests swept into a house on Houston’s north side. The armed deputies and agents served a search warrant. They carted away computers, hard drives and documents.The raid targeted a voter registration group called Houston Votes, which was accused of election fraud. It was initiated by investigators for Attorney General Greg Abbott. His aides say he is duty-bound to preserve the integrity of the ballot box.His critics, however, say that what Abbott has really sought to preserve is the power of the…
  • Birther Orly Taitz is stirring up hate in a Brownsville court

    CouldBeTrue
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Apparently, Taitz is on a tour of the US courts.Taitz, the California attorney and dentist who in court documents filed in Brownsville’s federal court accuses President Barack Obama and others of treason, racketeering and trafficking undocumented immigrants to provide cheap labor for their donors, will have to rein in the rhetoric, and specify her alleged causes of action.“This is not a forum to resolve political issues,” U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen said in a hearing last week as he laid out the ground rules for the parties to the lawsuit.The hearing was held on Taitz’s…
  • Why is Perry making the National Guard beg for food at the border?

    CouldBeTrue
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Since Perry called up the National Guard, didn't he have a plan for their welfare?State Rep. René Oliveira says he is “appalled and embarrassed” that National Guard troops are being forced to ask local charities for a hot meal while serving on the border.“It's embarrassing that our troops have to stand in a food pantry line,” Oliveira told Action 4 News KGBT-TV. “This is the fault of the state. This should not have happened and there will be consequences.”Oliveira said it is “heartbreaking” to learn that active duty soldiers being forced to turn to charities to get a meal.
  • Apparently, it is against the Texas constitution to kill public education

    CouldBeTrue
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Well, we know where today's republicans would take this fight: God wants us all poor and working for the man or pregnant by him (if female). Who needs an education? So, lets put God's word into the constitution. It's divine, isn't it?
  • Davis wants to hold Abbott accountable for crony CPRIT dealings

    CouldBeTrue
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Way to go! It's about time somebody was held accountable for crony capitalism in the US and the world.Cathy Bonner, a founding member of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, told reporters in Austin that Abbott’s donors “looted” and “pilfered” money meant to help people affected by the disease. Democrats claim the scandal-scarred group handed out grants to companies with ties to Abbott’s campaign contributors.“How many Texans could’ve been helped?” Bonner asked at a news conference. “Many more than before we trusted Greg Abbott to watch out for our…
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  • Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform by Latina Lista by Gary Segura Latino Decisions In a matter of weeks or even days, we anticipate that President Obama will articulate some changes to immigration administration and enforcement that will provide some security to undocumented persons living and working in the United States. This action will represent the full and final defeat of the legislative effort at the hands of House Republicans. Despite some…
  • Guest Voz: Beauty is living off the grid along the Mexican Pacific

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Beauty is living off the grid along the Mexican Pacific by Latina Lista By Deborah Charnes LatinaLista I’d heard the expression, but I wasn’t really sure what it meant. Living off the grid. I attended a lecture by a photographer who talked about living off the grid in Canada. I sensed she was fleeing from society. Holed away in the hinterlands. Homeschooling the kids. Tending to the fields to supply their food consumption. I got the impression living…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists For over a third of a century, Hispanic Link has built its national reputation by finding unique voices and covering breaking news. The news service, syndicated nationally in both English and Spanish, has produced nearly 6,000 news features and opinion pieces by Hispanics…
  • Texas border-deployed National Guard troops not being fed

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Texas border-deployed National Guard troops not being fed by Latina Lista By Luis Montoya Rio Grande Guardian BROWNSVILLE, TX — State Rep. René Oliveira says he is “appalled and embarrassed” that National Guard troops are being forced to ask local charities for a hot meal while serving on the border. “It’s embarrassing that our troops have to stand in a food pantry line,” Oliveira told Action 4 News KGBT-TV. “This is the fault of the state. This…
  • Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games

    Latina Lista
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games by Latina Lista By Agnes Rivera Peru This Week The International Surfing Association has chosen Peru to be host of 2014´s surfing competition. The 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games (WSG) is an ISA World Championship that brings together surfers from all over the world to compete in Team, Open, and Women divisions. Surfers will be looking to catch a break on the waves of Punta Rocas. In the 1965 ISA World Surfing…
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  • Miami Vice

    reenee
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I've been watching Miami Vice lately. Not the idiotic and anemic remake of 2006. I'm talking about the original series that aired from 1984 to 1990. It's quite entertaining to watch and remember the styles of that era. Even better is seeing future "stars" in guest roles. While some of them never learned how to act, others were evidently naturals since their talent was apparent back then. The real draw for me back then were the guys who starred. Edward James Olmos, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas were in their mid-thirties and very Ooo-la-la. Okay, I'll admit it, Thomas not so much, it…
  • 500 years of artistic portraits

    LeeSee
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    ...of white women.Mostly because this is western art and white women rule in western art.Goes to show you they're not all good looking with a few notable exceptions.You be the judge.
  • August in history

    reenee
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Now that August is over, lets look at some of the events that make it a memorable month, historically speaking of course. Listed below are some events, some good some bad, but all a part of history.79 A.D.: Vesuvius, an active volcano in southern Italy, erupted and destroyed the city of Pompeii.1492: Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three ships, Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. He then went on to pillage, rape, steal, massacre and enslave those not murdered.1533: Atahualpa, the last Inca King of Peru, was executed by  Spanish asshole/conqueror Francisco Pizarro during…
  • Derek Jeter is retiring...

    LeeSee
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    ...apparently this is his last year playing baseball.He's the only Yankee I can think about with respect. Oh yeah, Mariano Rivera as well.This guy gives him the proper send off in The New Yorker magazine.He will be missed.S’long, Jeet .....All right, I’ll settle for one more inside-out line-drive double to deep right —the Jeter Blue Plate that’s been missing of late. It still astounds me—Derek’s brilliance as a hitter has always felt fresh and surprising, for some reason—and here it comes one more time. The pitch is low and inside, and Derek, pulling back his…
  • Taking a walk ain't what it used to be

    reenee
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Pamela DevittPamela Devitt, age 63, decided to take a walk May 9, 2013, just just like she had every morning in Littlerock, a sparsely populated high desert town about 65 miles east of Los Angeles. What she didn't know was that it was to be the last walk she'd ever take. You see, four pit bulls that belonged to Alex Donald Jackson, age 31, attacked and killed her. She died from blood loss after being bitten 200 times. Gashes in her flesh were so deep that bone was exposed.As a result, Jackson, the dog owner, was convicted of second-degree murder and could get 24 years to life in prison when…
 
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  • 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…
  • Summer of Feminista: Four Friends

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista is proud to welcome back, Linda Garcia Merchant. Linda Garcia Merchant, an award-winning filmmaker and Independent scholar, is technical director of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Project, a community partner for the Somos Latinas Oral History Project and the Chicana Chicago/MABPW Collection Project, a member of the LGBT Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women and a board member of the Chicago Area Women's History Council. Watch the trailer for Linda's latest production 'Yo Soy Eva' , being released this fall.Every year for the past thirty years I get…
  • Review: Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sadly, yes, it is back to school time. And I'm sharing you one of the keys to Ella's success last year...The Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner.I was sent this at the start of last school year and had Ella use it to track her homework, assignments and her afterschool activities. I sat her down and talked her through the different ways to organize her life. We had used assignment books in the past, even one year just using a blank notebook with assignments on each page. And while she's been a straight-A student throughout school, I knew that fifth grade was going to be tougher than fourth…
  • Guest Post: Reflections on Anita Hill, Twenty-Three Years Later

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    VLF welcomes Lauren Miller's guest post about a recent viewing of "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power."Lauren is a Chicago-based womanist impassioned about all things related to holistic wellness for marginalized women. As Engagement Coordinator at Women Employed, she energizes young professional women online, and offline, to promote practices and policies that support real change for America’s working women. “I was raised to do what is right. And can now explain to my students, first hand, that despite the high cost which may be involved, it is worth having the truth emerge,” asserts Anita…
  • The Tragedy and Beauty of Mom Blogging

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I've been blogging forever, well before Ella was a reality, when she was still just a glimmer in my eye. Before I became a "mom blogger," I was just a feminist blogger ranting about the world and George W. Bush's occupation of the White House. But as any woman who starts making friends in her mid-twenties quickly realizes, people start to have babies. And soon enough I did too.The beauty of mom blogging is that it is a way for us to connect with other new moms, to share our joys and fears. When we find a mom blogger who has kids just a big older than our newborns, she becomes our big sister…
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    Los Ziegler en Canada

  • El lento fin de una era

    Guillermo Ziegler
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Cada tanto reviso la instalación del blog para ver que esté todo en orden, que no haya errores extraños y que todo siga su curso de manera normal. Es parte de mi rutina “de blogger”, digamos. Hace 5 minutos había cerrado la pestaña del navegador y me dije que no, que había que volver. Que hacía mucho que no escribía en Los Ziegler de la manera que solía escribir en Los Ziegler. Esas escrituras tipo “vómito” que van de la cabeza al teclado casi sin correcciones. Un dictado especial del corazón al cerebro a los dedos. Me daba cuenta que desde hace unos meses,…
  • Café de por Medio Temporada 5

    Guillermo Ziegler
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Bienvenidos a una nueva temporada de Café de por Medio. Para los más nuevos, Café de por Medio es nuestro ciclo de entrevistas con inmigrantes donde hablamos de su pasado, de su presente y de lo que sueñan para su futuro. Algunas charlas hablan sobre felicidad. Otras hablan de esfuerzos y problemas. Pero todas hablan de Canadá y de la gente que ha tenido la suerte que la vida le dé una segunda oportunidad para comenzar de vuelta. Este año decidí cambiar el formato y en vez de publicar una entrada por cada entrevista iré publicando todo aquí, una por una, a medida que las vaya…
  • Cómo elegir la mejor ciudad en Canadá para vos y tu familia

    Guillermo Ziegler
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Te aseguro que Canadá no es solamente Montreal, Toronto o Vancouver. Canadá es mucho más que esas tres ciudades. Claro, son las más importantes y se puede entender que casi todos quieran ir a establecerse allí. Pero… ¿Y si resulta que no? ¿Si resulta qué en realidad uno tiene ciertos criterios personales que quisiera ver reflejados en la elección de la ciudad donde vivir? De eso les voy a hablar hoy en esta nota. MoneySense 2014: Las 200 mejores ciudades de Canadá La revista MoneySense la leo una sola vez por año: cuando publica su lista de las mejores ciudades para vivir en…
  • Cómo transferir tu dinero a Canadá de forma simple, segura y rápida.

    Guillermo Ziegler
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hace pocos días atrás nuestros amigos de Scotiabank en Toronto me comunicaron el lanzamiento de un nuevo servicio para que sus clientes puedan abrir una cuenta bancaria canadiense desde su país y por Internet. Me pareció una idea simplemente genial. Recuerdo cuando tuve que venir para Canadá, una de las grandes preguntas era ¿Cómo me voy a llevar todo este dinero? Si hubiera tenido un servicio como este hace 9 años todo me hubiera resultado mucho más simple y me hubiera sacado un problema y una preocupación de encima. Así las cosas, decidí que debía conversar por teléfono con…
  • Nueva Escocia lanza una nueva corriente migratoria a su Programa de Nominación Provincial

    Guillermo Ziegler
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:39 pm
    ATENCION ESTE PROGRAMA ESTA CERRADO HASTA EL 1 DE ENERO DE 2015 Debo admitir que las noticias a veces aparecen de los lugares que uno menos se imagina. Las Provincias Atlánticas (Nueva Escocia, Terranova, PEI, New Brunswick) no suelen ser grandes generadores de noticias, a no ser en la época de huracanes. No tienen muchos programas migratorios y generalmente piden oferta laboral previa… lo cual pone una barrera alta delante de muchos. Sin embargo, hace poco me enteré de una nueva corriente creada por Nueva Escocia dentro de su Programa de Nominados por la Provincia y me llamó la…
 
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  • 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…
  • Website entrepreneur shares how to tips

    Elena del Valle
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Web Startup RoadmapPhotos: JP StonestreetAfter selling two websites in 2008, JP Stonestreet wrote The Web Startup Roadmap: Navigate Your Way to a Successful Online Business (Ripen Publishing, $22.95) to share his ideas about building an online business from scratch, marketing, running and preparing it for possible sale. "The biggest challenge was the actual writing of the book. It's over 300 pages! I had no idea it would be that long when I started writing it. If I had it to do over again, I'd split it up into 3 different books that are much shorter. Readers like smaller books better,…
  • Syracuse University Tenured/Tenure-track Professor in Public Relations

    Elena del Valle
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in Public Relations (PR) to begin in August 2015. Position rank is negotiable. This professor will provide leadership in our specialized M.S. in PR with a focus on public diplomacy, in partnership Read the entire ad here Syracuse University Tenured/Tenure-track Professor in Public RelationsThe post Syracuse University Tenured/Tenure-track Professor in Public Relations appeared first on Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations website and podcast.
  • Millions swap ethnicity in Census forms

    Elena del Valle
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office (PIO) Unsure about your race or ethnicity? You're not alone. Almost 10 million (9.8 million) people varied their ethnicity responses between the 2000 and the 2010 censuses. That represents 6 percent of the population of 168 million who changed their minds about their identity between the two national demographic surveys, according to Preliminary Results from America’s Churning Races: Race and Ethnic Response Changes Between Census 2000 and the 2010 Census. The shift may be explained at least in part due to questionnaire design changes,…
  • Health, nutrition experts examine comprehensive China nutrition study

    Elena del Valle
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The China Study Photos: BenBella Books, Inc. A good diet is one of the most important ways to achieve and maintain optimum health, say T. Colin Campbel, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D. In The China Study Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health (BenBella Books, $16.95), published in 2006, and the Spanish language edition El Estudio de China Efectos Asombrosos de la Dieta, la Pérdid ade Peso y la Salud a Largo Plazo (BenBella Books, $17.95), published in 2012, the father discusses his reasoning and the data he relied on to reach his conclusions. He points out…
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  • Did Narcos Call Argentine’s Presidential Office?

    staff@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    he Argentine government on Monday released a technical report in response to a judge’s request for information on alleged telephone calls made by drug traffickers to numbers within the executive branch. President Cristina Fernandez’s chief of staff, Oscar Parrilli, was the person in charge of presenting the report prepared by the Casa Rosada communications office, where the numbers being investigated by Judge Maria Servini de Cubria were specified. The judge last week made public the investigation and warned that she would issue a search warrant if she does not receive the…
  • Colombia Receives Nearly 700 Pre-Columiban Artifacts Repatriated from Spain

    staff@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Colombia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday publicly presented a total of 691 pre-Columbian artifacts repatriated from Spain in recent weeks. The items - from different epochs, cultures and regions - include objects with organic and geometric designs, the Colombian Anthropology and History Institute, or ICANH, said in a recent communique. In the collection can be found representations of human faces, small flutes known as “ocarinas” and a large number of stamps and molds with symbolic images used by the indigenous peoples to paint their bodies and stamp cloth, ICANH added. The…
  • Diego Maradona Leads Group of Retired Soccer Stars Honoring Pope Francis

    staff@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Former greats such as Diego Armando Maradona, Roberto Baggio, Diego Simeone, Carlos Valderrama and Ivan Zamorano put on a show here Monday at an interfaith charity match inspired by Pope Francis, an avid soccer fan. The team named for the pope’s Scholas educational project lost 6-3 to a squad representing retired Argentine soccer player Javier Zanetti’s Pupi Foundation. “Good evening, I am delighted that you are gathered to celebrate this very symbolic match, where what stands out is the union of the teams, the union of those who are participating as spectators and the…
  • Cuba Experiencing a Teacher Shortage as School Year Begins

    staff@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Cuba begins Monday its 2014-2015 school year with almost 2 million students in 10,366 schools and close to 172,000 teachers, 93 percent of the number that administrators say are needed. Making the school organization more “flexible” is the novelty of this academic year, when for the first time teachers and principals will be the ones who organize the school-day schedule and other activities in the educational process. Education Minister Ena Elsa Velazquez has insistently predicted during a number of public appearances that the comprehensive education of pupils “will be…
  • Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Empaque to U.S. Concern for $1.22 Billion

    staff@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Dutch brewer Heineken said it signed an agreement to sell its Mexican packaging business to U.S.-based Crown Holdings for $1.22 billion. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close later this year, Heineken said in a statement. Heineken said the sale of EMPAQUE, which manufactures metal beverage cans, glass bottles and other bottling products, would allow it to focus on producing, distributing and marketing its beer brands around the world. The Dutch brewer’s Mexican packaging business posted revenues of $660 million and earnings before interest, taxes,…
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