THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT “LATINOS IN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOMENT,” LUIS TORRES BOOK REVIEW OF “STEALING HOME:LOS ANGELES, THE DODGERS AND THE LIVES IN BETWEEN,” ALVARO HUERTA’S FIERCE POLITICS WITH “AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR NEWSOM,” A SUMMARY OF THE JUNE 18, 2020 SUPREME COURT DECISION ON DACA AND IN THE WAKE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER, A LOOK BACK AT THE 1918 PORVENIR MASSACRE.
Hola Latinopian! Lots going on in our country these days and it’s reflected in this week’s Latinopia postings. We begin with the Ricardo Romero Tejano Report, this week Ricardo gives us insight into the Black Lives Matter movement from a Latino/Chicano point of view. Ricardo’s point is that while Black Lives matter, so too do the lives of Latinos.
Luis Torres gives us a review of the Eric Nusbaum’s new book about the infamous eviction of Mexican families from Chavez Ravine in 1958 to make room for what would become Dodger Stadium. Stealing Home, Los Angeles, The Dodgers and the Lives in between is a book has personal meaning for Torres who himself lived in Chavez Ravine. Gotta check this out!
Alvaro Huerta, in his Fierce Politics blog, looks at the contemporary issue of Ethnic Studies in the pending legislation of California Assembly Bill 1460 to establish Ethnic Studies as regular feature of California education. His open letter to Governor Newsom asks him to do the right thing.
And in the wake of the June 18, 20202 ruling by the Supreme Court that upheld the right of Dreamers to stay in the United States and denied the Trump Administration the termination of the program, we post a Latinopia Document which summarizes this important ruling written by Valentina de Fex of the Utah ACLU.
And in an accompanying video to the Tejano Report, attorney and political activist José Angel Gutiérrez reminds us that atrocities against Latinos, like those against African Americans, have been going on for many years. Check out his summary of the infamous Porvenir Massacre of 1918.
This is one of those week’s where events bring us an onslaught of troubling news and sad history. But let’s not lose heart, let’s not despair. As you view these videos and read these blogs remember one thing. There are courageous Latinos stepping up to challenge injustice and call out abuse of our rights. The main thing we should be concerned with is staying healthy ourselves, so that we can continue to fight for a better world for all of us.