Monthly Archives: January 2012

Worse Off Today Than in the Sixties Who Gives a Damn?

Teresa Wiltz in America’s Wire writes that despite claims of increased educational opportunities for minorities that the performance of black and Latino teenagers remains the same or lower than 30 years ago.  In fact, the math and reading performance of … Continue reading

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Dont Get Angry, Get Even: When Do You Start Counting?

When the great Muhammad Ali was asked how many sit ups he did, he responded, “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, that is when I start counting, because then it really counts, that’s … Continue reading

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A “Beastly” Conversation With Jim Marquez

I met Jim Marquez and Rick Mendoza at a Holiday Art Sale last December. He was hangin out, drinking and oh yeah he was selling his book, “Pieces Of L.A.” there too. We got to talking a little and I … Continue reading

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The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize

The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize Dear Colegas: We bring to your attention a new prize created to honor Prof. Antonia I. Castañeda’s contributions to the placement of women in  Chicana/o history, early California history, Borderlands history, and women’s and gender … Continue reading

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“Twelve Angry Men” History Has Absolved Me

Currently, I am putting together a book that includes my non-scholarly pieces that I have written since the mid-1980s, which I call “My Journey Out of Purgatory.” My basic method is synthesizing history based on a timeline. I line up … Continue reading

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Meet Luis Alberto Urrea in the Fight Against Censorship in Arizona

Attention! Come out to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona this Saturday, January 21 @ 7pm to meet award winning author Luis Alberto Urrea. The first person to mention “Aztlán Reads ” to him wins signed copies of ‘The Hummingbird’s … Continue reading

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“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” Surprise, Fear and Fanaticism in Tucson

One of the little pleasures I have in life is waiting for the Saturday mail to bring The New Yorker to my door. Reading the magazine gives me a couple hours of escape; it is well-written and I can never … Continue reading

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Tucson’s Sin of Scandal Failing Students

What is missing in the media’s coverage of the elimination of the Tucson Unified School District Mexican American Studies program is that students were learning and they wanted to go to school.  I take this travesty personal.  One of the … Continue reading

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Film Giveaway #3: Salt of the Earth

Aztlán Reads is giving away a DVD copy of “Salt of the Earth” a film by Herbert J Biberman. Salt of the Earth is a story about Mexican American miners during the 1950s in the zinc mines of New Mexico … Continue reading

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Oral History with my Papi: Los Tres Reyes

The following is part of a series in which writer Cynthia M. Martinez shares stories passed down to her by her father, Julian Martinez, in regards to their family history or from his personal childhood. I remember growing up as … Continue reading

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Conversation with SJ Rivera

I had a chance to sit down with Xicano writer, author of the books, Demon In The Mirror and Amerikkkan Stories, and owner of indie publishing company, Broken Sword Publications, S.J. Rivera and ask him some questions about his writing … Continue reading

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