THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: JOSÉ UMPIERRE ON HOW THE PUERTORICAN DEBT GOT TO BE WHAT IT IS, LUIS TORRES ON THE LEGENDARY EYDIE GORME, AND LATINOPIA CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF CÉSAR CHÁVEZ WITH: CÉSAR CHÁVEZ’S HUNGER STRIKE, CÉSAR CHAVEZ’S LAST SPEECH, REY VILLALOBOS ON FILMING CÉSAR CHAVEZ’S FUNERAL AND CÉSAR CHÁVEZ IN HIS OWN WORDS. AND WHAT WEEK WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SERGIO HERNÁNDEZ WEIGHING IN ON TRUMP?
My gosh, the line up tells you all! We are posting early this week because we want Latinopians to rush out to your nearest César Chávez commemorative event this week-end ( and there will be many) and celebrate the birth of one of the greatest American leaders. And we say “American” consciously. Though he came from Mexican American roots, like all great leaders he rose to lead on a national scale. Chávez is as American as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Dolores Huerta, all great leaders whose work for justice and equality inspired people across the United States.
This week’s bloggers are José Umpierre, el Zocotroco, who brings us an insightful and considered look at recent Puerto Rican history and how the enormous ($72 billion) debt came to be. What is shocking is that this kind of analysis is missing form mainstream media. Wake up America, this is not “their” problem, it is “ours!” Luis Torres’s brings us a page from his “reporter’s notebook,” his quest to interview the elusive, legendary Eydie Gorme. And Sergio Hernández seems to have put Arnie and Porfi on the back burner because of the urgency of stopping the hate-spewing demagoguery of Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia and don’t forget to scroll down the homepage and see what else you’ve missed!