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  • New Children's Books from Piñata Books- Arte Público Press

    La Bloga
    Rene Colato Lainez
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Estas manos: Manitas de mi familia / These Hands: My Family’s Handsby Samuel CaraballoIllustrated by Shawn CostelloISBN: 978-1-55885-795-7
Publication Date: 10/31/14
Bind: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8In this heart-warming ode to family, the young narrator compares the hands of family members to plants in the natural world. “Your hands, the most tender hands! / When I’m scared, / They soothe me,” she says to her mother. The girl compares her mother’s hands to rose petals, which represent tenderness in Latin America.Her father’s hands are strong like the mahogany tree; her…
  • 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…
  • Coming this fall…

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Filed under: Uncategorized
  • 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

  • New Children's Books from Piñata Books- Arte Público Press

    Rene Colato Lainez
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Estas manos: Manitas de mi familia / These Hands: My Family’s Handsby Samuel CaraballoIllustrated by Shawn CostelloISBN: 978-1-55885-795-7
Publication Date: 10/31/14
Bind: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8In this heart-warming ode to family, the young narrator compares the hands of family members to plants in the natural world. “Your hands, the most tender hands! / When I’m scared, / They soothe me,” she says to her mother. The girl compares her mother’s hands to rose petals, which represent tenderness in Latin America.Her father’s hands are strong like the mahogany tree; her…
  • Review: Journey to Aztlán Goes In Search of Its Audience

    msedano
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review: Juan Blea. Journey to Aztlán. Parker CO: Outskirts Press, 2014.ISBN: 9781478700371Michael SedanoWith a title like Journey to Aztlán, no one reasonably expects the book to fulfill the title’s self-help promise and cultural mystery. Journey to Aztlán is not for nationalists looking for fantasy history, nor poets researching visions and philosophies of our separate Eden.In this self-disclosing memoir, Juan Blea takes readers along on his journey to aware, self-sustaining sobriety, which he calls, Aztlán, or choosing life.Journey to Aztlán accounts one man’s conquest of…
  • Poetry Para la Gente in El Salvador

    Xánath Caraza
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Xanath Caraza Universidad de Sonsonate  El 2o Festival Internacional de Poesía de Occidente, Leyla Quintana, 2014, organized by Fundación Metáfora was held in a variety of cities in El Salvador from August 10 to August 16.  Hoy comparto parte de esa experiencia.CoatepequeFirst, let me discuss some important background information about El Salvador to give a broader context of this wonderful country to situate the significance of this creative gathering, the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Occidente.  El Salvador is a beautiful, small country in Central America…
  • Codeswitch: The Poetic Fuego of Iris De Anda

    Olga Garcia Echeverria
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Olga García Echeverríatoday I awoke with fireburning through my heartspeaking universal tonguemy spirit bursting like starsa strong sense of desireto rise up and manifestfeeling ready for revoltand I ask youwhere did you leave your Corazón?Iris De Anda's recent book of poetry Codeswitch: Fires From Mi Corazn is an offering, a pumping heart, and in that heart are 4 chambers that burn. Rage. Love. Revolution. Evolution. The idea for creating 4 chapters or chambers in Codeswitch came to Iris late one night as she was drifting off to sleep. "This gave me a blueprint to work…
  • What future for Latino spec lit?

    Contributing Bloguistas:
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In a conversation this week, I was reminded again how mainstream academia doesn't consider speculative literature to be as respectable or of the same literary worth as what's called "literary fiction." U.S. culture traditionally looks down on us spec authors as not as refined and our works as not "worthy." Latino academics react much the same. [There's not one list of spec lit. I use: fantasy/sci-fi, magical realism, horror, alternate-world, paranormal and fables, at least.] The argument goes like this. "Serious" book writers create literary sorts of books and are "betterwriters. All 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

  • Coming this fall…

    richmx2
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Filed under: Uncategorized
  • The eve of destruction… Mexico 1900-1910

    richmx2
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Wonderful film produced by FilmtecaUNAM, uploaded to youtube by Jaime Rodriguez, unearthed by Sterling Bennett.  The twilight of Porfirio Diaz, when the “one percent” forgot (or only paid lip service) to their country and needs.  Filed under: Uncategorized
  • “La Dictadura Perfecta”… or art imitates life?

    richmx2
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    For some reason, Televisa is rather reluctant to even allow advertising for the Luis Estrada’s political drama, and is doing everything within its considerable power to prevent its showing at Mexican theaters. I can’t imagine why a film about a television network being paid to remake the image of a mediocre state governor — said state governor’s relationship with one of the network’s female telenovela stars being of use to his image makeover — would upset the network. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • “Any place we find peace and work”

    richmx2
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    From Fusion TV:  Dan Lieberman on San Pedro Sula, which is the most exemplary of places sending migrants to the U.S. Excellent coverage, although of course, one report can’t cover everything.  What Lieberman couldn’t get into was that the same scenarios have been played out not just in urban areas but in rural ones as well… here in Sinaloa and throughout northern Mexico criminality, and the state response to criminality led to an internal refugee situation as well as mass migration.  Unlike urban communities (like San Pedro Sula) where abandoned neighborhoods are…
  • Petra Herrera, aka Pedro

    richmx2
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Via “Whizpast.com“: During the Mexican Revolution, female soldiers known as soldaderas went into combat along with the men although they often faced abuse. One of the most well-known of the soldaderas was Petra Herrera, who disguised her gender and went by the name “Pedro Herrera”. As Pedro, she established her reputation by demonstrating exemplary leadership (and blowing up bridges) and was able to reveal her gender in time. She participated in the second battle of Torreón on May 30, 1914 along with about 400 other women, even being named by some as being deserving of full…
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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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    Elenamary

  • 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

  • republicans don't care if they hurt border communities

    CouldBeTrue
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    What matters to republicans is currying favor with their racist, willfully ignorant base.Peter Holt, the owner of the San Antonio Spurs, says negative coverage in the media and negative comments by politicians about the Rio Grande Valley Is hurting the economy and relations with Mexico.Holt was in Edinburg on Tuesday for the grand opening of a $10 million, 47,000-square foot full-service Holt Cat facility. Holt is CEO and chairman of Holt Cat, the largest Caterpillar dealership in the United States. Of course, the oligarchs don't like that this current expression of racism hurts their chances…
  • Rick Perry's miracle is bullshit

    CouldBeTrue
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    If you're not a rich white person and you live in Texas, you already know that's true. So vote this November.Lone Star State leaders like Gov. Rick Perry often tout the so-called Texas miracle – the idea that the state’s economy is thriving thanks to its small-government approach.But Texas also has the highest rate in the nation of people without health insurance. And it ranks last in the percentage of people 25 and older who have completed high school.“That miracle has left a lot of people out of the picture,” said Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network.Among them is Mike…
  • Mexican officials call Perry on his bullshit

    CouldBeTrue
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Everyone should. Even newspaper reporters or Sunday talk show hosts.Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent comments about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalist terrorists could already be operating in the country and that they entered through the porous Mexican border are “absurd,” according to Mexico’s foreign relations secretary.Jose Antonio Meade said in a statement Saturday that the U.S. governor’s statements during a Thursday speech were based on “beliefs, speculation and absolutely unfounded and absurd analysis.”Actually, Rick Perry's comments are based on polling showing…
  • Read a TPA blog post. It's good for you.

    CouldBeTrue
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes everyone a Happy Back To School Week as it brings you this week's roundup.Off the Kuff has had many things to say about the Perry indictments.Harold Cook sounded some cautionary notes about the Perry indictments.Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos notes that a little ol' indictment is not stopping Rick Perry from a POTUS run in 2016. Swaggering through New Hampshire to kiss the Koch boy ring, Rick Perry plays W., redux. Cowboy Diplomacy Redux: Rick Perry Plays the Fear Card.From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. The media and the Texas GOP keep trying to make Republicans…
  • How did a guy who raped a 15 year old get probation?

    CouldBeTrue
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    It's not just her mother who want to know.A plea deal meant no prison time for [Stephen] Clark.He's served nearly eight years on probation."All his probation reviews have been stellar until just recently," Clark's attorney, John Flint told us.The mother tells us just recently, he failed a drug test. Flint would not confirm that. But, the state did file a motion to revoke his probation July 11th. The docket cites safety zone and drug patch as the reason.
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  • Without intervention, Latino Millennials on same path as parents towards financial insecurity

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Without intervention, Latino Millennials on same path as parents towards financial insecurity by Latina Lista LatinaLista — When it comes to money, Latinos see spending, saving and investing through a different lens. While the Suze Ormans and Dave Ramseys of the financial world bluntly advise people to think of themselves first when it comes to their money, most Latinos do the exact opposite. In fact, a recent Wells Fargo survey found that 55 percent of Latinos…
  • Mario Moreno and His Alter Genius “Cantinflas”

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Mario Moreno and His Alter Genius “Cantinflas” by Latina Lista By Angelica Ortiz Se Fija! It is always hard to do a biopic–to tell the story of a whole life in less than two hours, especially when that life is as prolific and productive as Mexican comedian/producer/writer/singer Mario Moreno aka “Cantinflas.” His career spanned decades, from the late Thirties to the Sixties. In the mid 50-Fifties, when Moreno was a well-known comedian all over Latin…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign: Satirical film to highlight media’s bias coverage of Central American migrants

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Satirical film to highlight media’s bias coverage of Central American migrants by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Gringoyo’s New Video Will Give Migrants The Last Laugh! Greg “Gringoyo” Berger is an American filmmaker living in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Berger used to make documentaries but he found his films had greater impact when he created political satire about social movements and issues. His latest film has to…
  • Latina Cake Maker Creates Incredible (Edible) Art

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latina Cake Maker Creates Incredible (Edible) Art by Latina Lista Annika Darling CTLatinoNews.com In seven years, Hope Looney has seen her cake business skyrocket. In her first year Looney made 30 wedding cakes. This year, she will make 425. Looney is the owner of JCakes, a gourmet custom-order bakery in North Haven, CT. Being a business owner comes with numerous challenges, says Looney, but being Latino has never been one of them. In fact, she says, she finds her…
  • New report highlights how Latinos can help save Social Security

    Latina Lista
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New report highlights how Latinos can help save Social Security by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Minimum wage hikes. Obamacare. Critics of these programs have declared both issues will lead to the downfall of the country’s economy. Or worse, that somehow leveling the playing field, with these two programs, for those caught in the cycle of poverty, is a handout instead of a hand-up. But the truth of the matter is if the millions of people in poverty — the…
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  • The lunacy of allowing a 9 year old girl to fire an Uzi will be lost on the gun nuts....

    reenee
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The late Charles VaccaNot to mention the girl’s parents who were using cell phones to film the tutorial when tragedy struck around 10 a.m. Monday.How proud they must be. ... perhaps they can explain the "everyone gets a gun" concept to the family of the late Charles Vacca, age 39, who had his career as an Arizona gun range instructor cut short the other day.Vacca had been standing next to the girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills near the Nevada border on Monday morning showing her how to fire the automatic weapon.When she pulled the trigger, the recoil forced her aim over her…
  • Megyn Kelly flips her wig...

    LeeSee
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    ..and takes on Bill O'Reilly. She actually argues the "Theory" of white privilege.You know like it's a pretend thing.O'Reilly of course is not 100% convinced because he profits from it, but a talking big head like his perhaps cannot grasp the finer points of a world created for white men.This is just astounding.Megyn does her part and actually raises the question.On the other hand maybe its all a ploy to catch us off our game.You tell me. On the other hand before we get too mushy regarding Megyn's motives they both are still questionable when it comes to assigning blame for the pervasive…
  • What were they thinking?

    reenee
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
     Sarah PaulsonNetting overkill. January JonesSomething is wrong with the skirt.  Kerry WashingtonNeeds to fire her stylist.Kristin WiigShould be introduced to a decent bra and better posture. Lena Dunham This is so awful, I'm speechless.
  • If cops treated bankers the way they treat black people...

    LeeSee
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
  • Don't ever assume the Feds are on your side

    reenee
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Victoria Faren got into big, big trouble when what she said didn't match up with what she wrote.Ordinarily this probably wouldn't matter, but since she was at an International airport, Detroit Metropolitan, to be exact, the Feds got involved. Once that happened, everything went to shit.She declared that she was flying to the Philippines with just $200 in cash. Her daughter, who was with her, declared $1,200 in cash.However, on a form that's required, Victoria wrote that she was carrying $1,200.That's when the fun search began.In various wallets in her carry-on, she had $8,000. She then said,…
 
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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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  • 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…
  • Job Ad Placement

    Elena del Valle
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to the HispanicMPR Job Ads page! If you’re looking for a job, scroll down to see job ads. If you want to place an ad, see the next paragraph. How to place an ad (if you visited this page before July 2010, please read this again as the instructions have changed) Ads must list an employment opportunity or employment search related to Hispanic marketing, communication, public relations, media, events planning or other job fields. Cost for one ad: $100 The first 50 words will appear on the Job Ads main page. If your ad has more than 50 words, the words “click here for…
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  • Blog del Narco- Golf Cartel Sends Message by Hanging Banners from Bridges Today

    elblogdelnarco@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This morning about 07:30 am, hanging over several footbridges was a message from The drug Cartel - the Gulf Cartel.  One was located in front of Boulevard Hidalgo Bodega Aurrera in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas; pedestrians and drivers had a clear view of the message hung by the Gulf Cartel. The message was to inform the people that the Cartel has no issue with the people or the government but with those that are kidnapping,robbing and murdering. Control of the lucrative drug business continues to be a struggle in Tamaulipas. Read more at Blog del Narco Published in Latino Daily News
  • Latin Americans Have Highest Obesity Rate in the World

    elblogdelnarco@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    The countries of the Americas have the highest obesity rate in the world, said Ecuador’s representative to the Pan American Health Organization on Tuesday. “Obesity, overweight affects at least one of every two adults and there are already some countries where it is three of every four,” PAHO’s Gina Tambini said in a meeting with reporters in Quito. She said that this “epidemic” is affecting children and teenagers. “One in every five children and teenagers is being affected and in some countries it is already one in every three. These are really…
  • Rick Perry Deploys Texas National Guard on Mexican Border

    elblogdelnarco@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The first units of the National Guard contingent Texas Gov. Rick Perry is deploying to the Mexican border amid a surge in the arrivals of unaccompanied minors from Central America are in position, authorities said Tuesday. “The Texas National Guard currently has troops all along the border between Texas and Mexico in support of Operation Strong Safety,” Lt. Col. Joanne MacGregor, public affairs officer at Texas Military Forces, told Efe. Most of the roughly 63,000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who have arrived in the United States since last October…
  • Activists Stand for Undocumented Man Allegedly Beaten by Police, Facing Deportation

    elblogdelnarco@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Pro-immigrant activists are fighting for the release of an undocumented Mexican arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement just as he was about to defend himself in a local court with alleged evidence of abuse by police in California’s Orange County. The organizations and the Mexican’s family say the Santa Ana Police Department is violating the guidelines that block collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and ICE. Edgar Vargas, 27, was arrested June 20 by SAPD officers for trespassing on private property. The case became notorious after a video came to light…
  • Senator Rubio Warns Obama About Curbing Deportations

    elblogdelnarco@hispanicallyspeakingnews.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday warned President Barack Obama that use of his executive authority to curb deportations would “close to the door” to immigration reform. The lawmaker sent a message to the president addressing the potential measures that Obama could take, given the inability of Congress to prepare a bill on comprehensive immigration reform, a task that has been blocked by Republicans in the House of Representatives. “It is my sincere belief that if we can bring illegal immigration under control and modernize our legal immigration system, then the American…
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