THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: ON STRIKE ON LABOR DAY! DOLORES HUERTA ON SACRAMENTO MARCH, LUIS TORRES REVIEWS THE BLUE BEETLE, RICHARD VARGAS LOOKING OUT FOR GERALD LOCKLIN, RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON ARTISTIC GEMS IN SAN ANTONIO AND EMMA TENAYUCA ON THE PECAN SHELLERS STRIKE.
Por Dios! Here we are and its LABOR DAY already! And it’s the summer of strikes: the Writers Guild, the Screen Actor Guild, and Unite HERE Local 11. So many peopole fighting for a decent wage and better work conditions. We thought we’d remind ourselves of strikes that have been successful. We post Dolores Huerta talking about the 1965 Farm Workers strike and the pilgrimage to Sacramento and Emma Tenayuca talking about the 1936 Pecan Sheller’s Strike. Just to say to our colleagues who are today on the strike front lines of union activism. Sí Se Puede!
Also this week, Luis Torres returns with his Tales of Torres. He looks at the newly released blockbuster the Blue Beetle. This is heralded as the first major DC comics motion picture franchise showcasing Latino characters with a Latino lead, Xolo Maridueña. So is it worth all the hoopla in the Latino community? Check out Luis’s review and find out.
We have another visit with poet Richard Vargas as he pays homage to his late mentor, Long Beach poet Gerald Locklin. Vargas studied under Locklin and it clearly left a lifelong impression on him. Check out Richard reading his poignant and carefully crafted poem, Looking Out for Gerald Locklin.
Ricardo Romo returns with his Tejano Report. This week he looks at overlooked artistic gems in San Antonio, beginning with some of the works first purchased for the McNay Museum back in 1954. Lots of good background here on the evolution of the art scene in San Antonio. Not to be missed.
Enjoy your Labor Day week-end y no se pongan muy locos!