THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: HERMAN SILLAS ON THE MEANING OF LABOR DAY, DOLORES HUERTA ON THE HISTORIC 1966 FARMWORKERS MARCH TO SACRAMENTO, EL ZOCOTROCO ON NEW LYRICS FOR THE PUERTORICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM AFTER ROSELLÓ, AND MARK GUERRERO’S CHICANO MUSIC CHRONICLES WITH ERSI ARVISU.
Welcome to another week of Latinopia! This week-end we celebrate Labor Day in America and your Tia Tenopia thought it would be nice to remember what the celebration is all about. We repost a previous column by guest blogger retired attorney Herman Sillas. His reflections on Labor Day are clearly still very relevant today. Check out the Meaning of Labor Day.
And as we remember the struggle of so many over the years for better working conditions and better pay, check out Dolores Huerta’s remembrance of the first historic 1966 peregrinación (pilgrimage) march of campesinos from Delano to Sacramento California.
Following the ouster of Governor Rosselló from the Puertorican capital, José M. Umpierre brings to our attention the proliferation of new lyrics to the classic national hymn of Puerto Rico, La Borinqueña. Check out his take on the new lyrics.
And speaking of music, this month’s Mark Guerreo’s Chicano Music Chronicles features singer Ersi Arvisu. In 1970 she was vocalist for El Chicano singing their classic rendition of “Sabor a Mi.” Later she cut her own album under the producing guidance of Ry Cooter. Check out Mark’s inimitable interview with Ersi about her long career.
As you go about your Labor Day celebrations don’t forget those who have sacrificed over the years for better working conditions–the true meaning of Labor Day.