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LATINOPIA EVENT 1968 CÉSAR CHÁVEZ FAST

In 1968, the United Farm Workers were in the third year of a struggle to get California grape growers to sign just contracts with the union. But the strike was becoming ever more violent. Beaten by … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA REY VILLALOBOS CÉSAR CHÁVEZ FUNERAL

Rey Villalobos is the acclaimed Director of Photography of such motion pictures as "Urban Cowboy," "Nine to Five," "A Bronx Tale," and "American Me." He has also directed numerous episodic television … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD CÉSAR CHÁVEZ IN HIS OWN WORDS

“It is not enough to know why we are oppressed and by whom. We must join the struggle for what is right and just.” “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA BOOK REVIEW “MAKING HISPANICS”

MAKING HISPANIC: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American by Dr. G. Cristina Mora, University of Chicago Press, 2014. Reviewed by  Dr. Claude S. … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 3.23.14 “HISPANICS AND EDUCATION”

HISPANICS AND AMERICAN EDUCATION. In 1975, Dr. Marta Sotomayor and I authored a work entitled A Medio Grito: Chicanos and American Education, its research funded by the Ford Foundation and … [Read more...]

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MIRÁNDOLE BIEN with EDUARDO DÍAZ 4.07.14 “CÉSAR CHÁVEZ REMEMBERED”

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ: AN AMERICAN LEGEND REMEMBERED. “We need a leader, not a martyr!" pleads the brother of beloved labor leader César Chávez in a memorable scene from the film of the same name. The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA GUEST BLOG “CARLOS MUÑOZ, JR. ” VICTORY IS IN THE STRUGGLE”

“VICTORY IS IN THE STRUGGLE" Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and one of the participants in the 1968 high school walk-outs in East Los … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA ENRIQUE “KIKI” CASTILLO “BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT”

Enrique "Kiki" Castillo is an acclaimed Chicano actor of stage, television and motion pictures. His television credits include programs like Weeds, N.C.I.S, American Family, L.A. Law and many others. … [Read more...]

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TALES OF TORRES 3.09.14 “LATINO BLACKS IN BASEBALL”

LATIN BLACKS IN BASEBALL BEFORE JACKIE ROBINSON.   The start of the Major League Baseball season is just around the corner and that seems like a good time to look back at some of the very early … [Read more...]

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WHO YOU TALKIN’ TO FANNY? 2.27.14 “LUIS ALFARO”

AN INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT LUIS ALFARO ABOUT ST. JUDE, A PLAY FIRST LIVED ON FACEBOOK.  BY FANNY GARCIA Luis Alfaro is a performance artist, writer, theater director, social justice activist, … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.17.14 “LAZARO – AWAKENING”

I slowly became aware that I was conscious. That it was dark and that I was screaming. “Hold him down,” someone said. The babble of voices in my head was deafening. It was as if a hundred people … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.09.14 “PEARL – MY LAZO!”

I was walking behind Lazaro when Mr Neza stopped reached out and grabbed him by the arm. As Lazaro turned to him I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. Lazaro’s face was completely white, like … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 2.27.14 “CRISIS!”

CRISIS! The caravan of zombie vans returning from the destroyed training camp in the Joshua Tree desert approached Los Angeles on the San Bernardino freeway; the setting sun silhouetted the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ROLANDO HINOJOSA “THE YOUNG WILL WRITE”

Rolando Hinojosa is a celebrated Chicano author with more than a dozen novels and short story collections including the  highly acclaimed The Valley, winner of the  Casa De Las Americas international … [Read more...]

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WORD VISION with HARRY GAMBOA JR. 2.17.14 “GIRAFFES…”

GIRAFFES AND OTHER GENTLE CREATURES. The barrels of their rifles and guns are placed against my neck and head as I’m ordered to look ahead and march forward along a gauntlet of jeering citizens who … [Read more...]

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ANGELA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK 6.16.14 “LOS ANGELES CITY HALL”

LOS ANGELES CITY HALL here's another view of this old and historic building, of our city of Los Angeles. Continuing from my Instagram series (http://instagram.com/amosart). … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA DOCUMENT – A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHICANOS IN THE U.S.

CONTEXT: The history of Mexican Americans in the United States has been a long and troubled one. Dr. Felipe De Ortego y Gasca puts this history in perspective in this brief history of Chicanos in the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA JOSÉ LUIS RUIZ “THE UNWANTED”

José Luis Ruiz is a ground-breaking Chicano filmmaker and media activist. As Director of the National Latino Communications Center, he was the visionary force behind the acclaimed PBS documentary … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD MÓNICA TERESA ORTÍZ “HUMAN RESOURCES”

Mónica Teresa Ortíz is a Texas poet representative of a new generation of Latina poets and authors. She is the author of the acclaimed chapbook collection "On a Greyhound Straight from the 915." She … [Read more...]

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POLITICAL SALSA Y MÁS with SAL BALDENEGRO 2.16.14 “CÉSAR CHÁVEZ & SCABS”

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ TAKES ON SCAB-LOVING GOVERNMENT. Coinciding generally with César Chávez’s birthday (March) and the anniversary of his death (April), a movie about Chávez’s life and work will soon be … [Read more...]