Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dead End

There was something pretty about the junkie walking beside me asking for money a curiosity and a maniacal mood swing to join in and get wired came then dissipated eluding him I signal the local Via bus The demon of … Continue reading

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Arizona, The End of the Stairway: The Abandonment of the Barrio

Throughout the history of Mexican Americans, education has been considered the stairway to the middle-class. Education meant security and basics such as health insurance. This heaven meant better jobs and a small house or two for old age. As with … Continue reading

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Call for Submissions –> “¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature”

Broken Sword Publications will be publishing ‘¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature’ this year and is looking for submissions from Xican@ authors. Poetry, prose, fiction, stories, essays – this book will be in response to the book banning … Continue reading

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Eun Mi & Jorge

Eun Mi and her brother Jorge were in last place and gaining on the other contestants. This was the third year and a row that they competed in the cave races and Eun did not want to lose again. Jorge … Continue reading

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Kids on a bed w/ computers

La India (a hyper intelligent 5th grader) had twenty seconds to go before security at Atlantic Trading Company International alerted their security against hackers. It took her, Desiree, and Sol three hours to break past the fire wall, embedded security … Continue reading

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Surfers

In the age of flight schools there were communities that taught young people of all tribes and ages. At these schools they learned about science, problem solving, mathematics, our story, art, spirituality, and magic. When an outside visitor and his … Continue reading

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Lowridin’ Mother and Daughter

Ayanna and her mother Dolores were living a dream. They bought their rusty 61 Chevy Impala on a road trip to see grandma. When the two told grandma and the family that they were going to turn the junker into … Continue reading

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Furqan gets a Flat Top

Furqan was really nervous about going to get his first flat top. The Barber seemed like a nice old man, but Furqan still asked him to wait until he was ready. Finally the man began, holding the child’s hair, moving … Continue reading

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Why Not Enjoy Yourself? Let the Younger People Take Over You Have Paid Your Dues

Chicana/o Studies at Cal State Northridge will be taking close to sixty Latinos and Asians students to Tucson later this month. It will be our third trip as a group within a year. Friends keep saying, “That is a big … Continue reading

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Walk Away

Your wandering eyes and heart Siempre me molestaron Pero you needed me I knew at the drop of a dime You’d leave me But somehow I never convinced myself of that Te santifique Fell for all the things That spilled … Continue reading

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Idiotas: Enduring Fools

Growing up, we used a plethora of words to dismiss fools. Fom two different worlds, my father was from Jalisco so his sayings were always blander my mother’s Sonorense expressions, which always seemed franker and more to the point. If … Continue reading

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Oscar Zeta Acosta “The Brown Buffalo” Part Four

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Oscar Zeta Acosta “The Brown Buffalo” Part Three

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Oscar Zeta Acosta “The Brown Buffalo” Part Two

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Oscar Zeta Acosta “The Brown Buffalo” Part One

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Book Giveaway: Revolt of the Cockroach People by Oscar Zeta Acosta

Aztlán Reads is giving away a copy of “The Revolt of the Cockroach People” by Oscar Zeta Acosta, a Chicano lawyer, revolutionary, and defender of the people.  The book is a sequel to the “The Autobiography of the Brown Buffalo” … Continue reading

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Giving Hypocrisy a Bad Name: Censorship in Tucson

For the past six years or so I have heard constant threats from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (Canada) and Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal (Indiana) that they were going to ban, destroy and wipe out Mexican American Studies, as … Continue reading

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Es de Noche

Es de noche Afuera está la manada de perros con dientes I come out and face them expecting the pain… Y no es cariño but the warmth of their bodies que sorprende I walk through y ahí está sonriente con … Continue reading

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