THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: ON VETERAN’S DAY HONORING THE LEGACY OF ADOLFO HARPO CELAYA, A SURVIVOR OF THE SINKING OF THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS–Y TODAVIA DANDOLE GAS! ALSO SAL BALDENEGRO ON THE ARIZONA ASARCO MINER’S STRIKE, EL ZOCOTROCO ON “TOROS AND CUERNOS,” WHAT’S NEXT IN PUERTO RICO, AND VETERAN AND ACCLAIMED AUTHOR ROLANDO HINOJOSA REMINDS US OF HIS EXPERIENCES IN KOREA IN THIS EXCERPT FROM HIS BOOK , “THE USELESS SERVANTS.”
We honor the sacrifices of Americans on Veteran’s Day with a look at the amazing story of veterano Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya whose real life story is worhty of a motion picture. In 1945 Harpo was part of a crew that was torpedoed by the Japanese after they had deliver key elements for the atomic bomb that ended World War Two in Japan. Harpo survived five days in shark infested waters before being rescued. Still alive and well in Florence, Arizona, he is a remarkable example of the courage and commitment of Latinos during the World War Two.
Also this week, our regular Arizona blogger Sal Baldenegro brings us the latest on the Asarco Miner’s Strike. Check out this informative and thoughtful analysis of the history of miners in Arizona fighting for a fair wage.
Gugo “El Zocotroco” Umpierre returns with his Burundanga Boricua column. This week he looks at “Toros y Cuernos.” As the Supreme Court faces a decision on the legitimacy of the appointees to the board overseeing the PROMESA program, renewed calls for a a statehood referendum for Puerto Rico brings into question the independent agency of the Puerto Rican people. Hey, who gets to decide here? Check out this rightfully questioning article.
And lastly, don’t miss author and Korean War veterano Rolando Hinojosa as he recalls the beginning of that war in his novel, “The Useless Servants.”
Enjoy your week on Latinopia y se ves a un veterano, military or otherise, dale un saludo del corazon.