THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: EDWARD VIDAURRE READS “O’ MATRIARCH,” SAL BALDENEGRO ON “THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY,” ARMANDO RENDÓN ON A CHICANO BLUEPRINT FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS AND JOSÉ ANGEL GUTIÉRREZ ON THE FUTURE OF CHICANO ACTIVISM.
What up my Latinopia peeps! This week we post a new video featuring the poet laureate of the town of McAllen Texas, Edward Vidaurre, as he reads his poem, “O’ Matriarch,” at a Floricanto salon at the home of Michael Sedano in Pasadena, California. Also this week, Sal Baldenegro brings us another Political Salsa y Más blog, this time Sal assesses today’s political scene as “The best of times and the worse of times.”
And center frame this week is a newly published “Blueprint” for Chicano activism in the next fifty years. This blueprint is the product of a meeting of Chicano activists on November 18, 2018, following the fifty year celebration of the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights study of the condition of Mexican Americans in the United States. The panel of experts, which included James Barrera, Mario Compean, Martha Cotera, José Angel Gutiérrez, Carlos Hernandez, Ignacio Pérez, Armando Rendón, and Angela Valenzuela, asked the question what will be the state of Chicano affairs fifty years from now? And how can our community plan for this new world? Check out this “work in progress” and contribute if you wish.
Also this week, very much apropos of the blueprint, is an interview with long-time activist José Angel Gutiérrez who has given considerable thought to the next fifty years of Chicano activism and has some solid ideas to offer.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!