Hola mis queridas compañeras y compañeros. This week Latinopia celebrates International Women’s Day ( March 8, 2013) with several themes related to Latina independence and equality.

First off we go back in time to 1969 to visit the Chicana Women’s Caucus of the Denver Youth Conference. Your Tia was blown away by this video because it shows how much progress we Latinas have really made. The video is narrated by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez a true pioneer feminist and community activist. She was founder of the movimiento newspaper El Grito Del Norte which was published for many years in the New Mexico. I won’t give it away, but check out this video and you’ll see the issues that Chicanas were forced to deal with back in the day, how they responded and how far we have come.  Be ready for a surprise.

Also this week, we have another of Dr. Thelma Reyna’s book reviews in her series on Pioneer American Latina Authors. This week she tackles Ana Castillo’s “Mixquiahuala Letters.” Now this book is important for many reasons, not last of which it won the prestigious American Book Award in 1987. The book tackles, among many other themes,  important issues of gender equality, machismo and repressive Mexican traditions. Check it out!

And our very thoughtful Latina blogger Sara Inés Calderón addresses the issue of white power privilege in our society.  Check out what happens when a martial arts blogger takes on someone who presumes to be her better and he is forced to discover some rude truths. Not to be missed! This is one of those, “I wish I was there” moments.

And our bloggers Angela Ortiz returns with another Photo of the Week, as does Sergio Hernández with his Arnie and Porfi cartoon strip. This week it’s all about the Oscars and the lack of Latinos there! And be sure to catch up on Zombie Mex Diaries as our Zombie boy Lazaro De La Tierra escapes from the attack by the powerful Juan de Oñate zombie clan.

Lots of great stuff this week on Latinopia.


Tia Tenopia.