Monthly Archives: November 2011

“LAS LUNERAS – XICANA POETA POWER: Roar y Canto”

“LAS LUNERAS – XICANA POETA POWER: Roar y Canto” featuring: Griselda ‘La Rana’ Munoz (El Paso, Texas) and Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes (Los Angeles, CA) SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT: Dinner Fundraiser for legal defense of Carlos Montes, Hosted by the August 29th … Continue reading

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The Birth of A Nation: Giving Thanks for Colonization and Genocide

Nations always beget the development of national histories – master narratives – that espouse the rise of the nation state and highlight notions of progress, focusing on what each nation considers its best traits.  In the case of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks When Life Poops On You

I’m not one to celebrate Thanksgiving. I just find it hard to give gratitude for the killing of 700 (perhaps more) Pequot Natives. And I know America has tried its darnedest to warm up my black cold heart by commercializing … Continue reading

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In Our Own Backyard

Today began just like any other Sunday we’ve spent in Palmdale. Well,except for the fact that it was raining. It’s been a while since the last time the sound of raindrops woke me up on a Sunday morning.I looked out … Continue reading

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Film Giveaway #2 – Zoot-Suit by Luis Valdez

Aztlán Reads is giving away a DVD copy of “Zoot-Suit” a film by Luis Valdez founder of El Teatro Campesino. In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when … Continue reading

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Noche de Cultura y Resistencia – Saturday, November 19, 2011

AztlánReads.com presents: Noche de Cultura linking the struggles of the past with those of the present. Join us as we engage in dialogue through politics, culture, and art. Films Chicano Moratorium: A Question of Freedom & ¿20 Años Y Que? … Continue reading

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Not Mexican American

I am not a Mexican American America does not want me From the kink in my hair To the slant in my eyes Down through the curves of my hips and thighs I am too ethnic for America America the … Continue reading

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Betita Martinez

Betita Martinez, lifelong social justice activist, is under care at a rest home in San Francisco.  Her friends throughout the US have banned together to help out Betita who spent most of her life working for the love of el … Continue reading

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What You See In The Dark – Book Review

What You See in the Dark by Manuel Muñoz is a noir thriller set in 1950s Bakersfield. The fictional story of Mexican-American Teresa Garza’s romance with and murder by Anglo Dan Watson, is set against a re-imagining of the location … Continue reading

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The Immigrant Advantage

Texas journalist Claudia Kolker writes against the too common stereotype of immigrants as disadvantaged burdens on society who need to either be assimilated or pushed out as quickly as possible. Instead she looks at individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds … Continue reading

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Always Learning

I was first introduced to Luis J. Rodriguez in 1995. I won’t lie. I was introduced to his writing. His book, “Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days In L.A.”, had just been out for about year and a friend … Continue reading

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Yolihuani

bronze skin. silk eyes. flowery heart. splendid touch. fragrance of desire. alluring taste. native tongue. sacred dance. your ceremonial dress. a sweet caress. moon goddess. inside the temple of dreams. i touched your beautiful face. – by David Cid

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The United

no one talks about the truth not politicians not the media no one no one says: the united states of bullshit the united states of lies no one says anything like that no one walks up to a podium and … Continue reading

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