THIS WEEK: DENVER’S SU TEATRO BRINGS US “ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY”, RUDY ACUÑA ON MEXICO’S 43 STUDENT DESPARECIDOS, SAL BALDENEGRO ON A POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS OF DEMOCRATS, SARA INÉS CALDERÓN PRESCIENT ON IMMIGRATION, OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER SPEECH, ANGELA ORTÍZ ON REFLECTIONS AND SERGIO HERNÁNDEZ ON THE SLEEPING GIANT THAT SLEEPS NO MORE.
Tia Tenopia here and wow what a week of events! First, the aftermath of the mid-term elections, then President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action, and finally (at last!) the national uproar over 43 Mexican students who were arrested by Mexican police in the Guerrero town of Ayotzinapa, handed over to a drug cartel and are presumed murdered.
Sal Baldenegro leads with a look at what went wrong for the Democrats in the mid-term elections and what that signals for the Latino vote in 2016. Check out his Political Salsa y Más blog. Revered Chicano scholar Dr. Rudy Acuña weighs in on the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico and what that terrible tragedy means to those of us in the United States in his Latinopia Guest Blog, “There will be No Change.”
We publish here as a Latinopia Document, the full text of President Barack Obama’s Immigration Executive Action speech and for further context we republish Sara Inés Calderón’s blog on Immigration Reform.” An article she wrote a year ago which still has so much resonance and insight today. She got some kind of crystal ball that sees the future?
And, in our video of the week, we continue our coverage of the historic Encuentro 2014 festival of national Latino theater companies by showcasing the work of Denver-based Su Teatro. Director Tony Garcia has adapted the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Enrique’s Journey” into a stage production. We offer the first of two excerpts that capture some of the agony and hope of the story.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!