Hola Mis queridos! Big news at Latinopia this week is the upcoming Librotraficantes Book Caravan, Que es, you ask? Pues, the Tucson Unified School System recently outlawed the teaching of Chicano studies in the Tucson schools and took the books used for those classes out of the school libraries. Whaaa? Si, palabra! Tony Díaz, who founded the Nuestra Palabra radio program in Houston, Texas, is responding to the banning of books written by such luminary Latino authors as Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros and Dagoberto Gilb. He is leading a caravan of buses and cars loaded with the banned books from Houston, Texas to Tucson, Arizona with stops in Austin, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas, Mesilla and Albuquerque, New Mexico and of course ending in Tucson. Cuando? The Caravan leaves Houston on March 12th and arrives in Tucson on the 16th. And, yes, Latinopia will be there documenting this historic fight for the children of Tucson to know their history and culture.

This week on Latinopia we have videos in Food and Literature and a new blog by Dan Guerrero.
In Food, Diane Velarde Hernández returns with Cocina Hernández. This time she’ll show us how to make that Mexican meal staple, Spanish Rice! In Literature we visit we Michael Sedano, co-founder of the Latino literature blog, La Bloga. Michael explains to us how La Bloga got started and who contributes to this inspiring website. Check out these videos, mijos, and be sure to read Dan’s latest on doings this week in Los Angeles art and entertainment.

Abrazos! Tia Tenopia