POST-ELECTION & VETERAN’S DAY.
Hola my peoples! Your Tia is all excited about the election returns and the huge difference the Latino vote made in the national election last week. If you’ve been near a TV or radio, you’ve probably heard the pundits talking a lot about the Latino vote and how it benefited Democrats and hurt Republicans. Latinopia asked Sara Inés Calderón to give us her always thoughtful and considered take on election results and what that may mean for Latinos in the future! Be sure to check out her blog THINKING LATINA WITH SARA INÉS CALDERÓN!
This week we also pay honor to the men and women in the Armed Forces who have sacrificed so much for our country. Many, of course, have paid the highest price of all, dying in the line of duty. And we would like to note that we recognize and honor the sacrifices of all Americans, not just the many Latinos who have served our country. The photo we have on the caption, “How can we ever thank you for your sacrifice” was taken at the Navajo cemetery in Fort Defiance, Arizona where you will find Navajos buried who fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We are reposting four videos to honor our veterans. We showcase profiles of two World War II veterans, one on pioneering WAC CARMEN CONTRERAS BOZAK and another on the other on Air Force pilot ENRIQUE CERVANTES. These videos are part of the VOCES project sponsored by the Journalism Department at the University of Texas at Austin. The project, under the guidance of Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, has already conducted video interviews with more than 800 Latino veterans of American wars!
We also feature author Rolando Hinojoa reading from his novel, USELESS SERVANTS. This is based on Hinojosa’s personal, first-hand experiences during the Korean War conflict. We take a look at contemporary Latinos with the moving documentary, THEY ARE STILL THERE, produced and directed by talented filmmaker, Liz H. Colunga.
Be sure to check out these videos and be sure to thank a veteran the next time you talk to one.
Your Tia is delighted to report that cartoonist extra ordinaire Sergio Hernández will soon be returning with the new and further adventures of ARNIE AND PORFI. And, of course, Lazaro de la Tierra continues with his blog, ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES.