Monthly Archives: August 2012

33 Days In Nashville, 1960

the jail cell metallic-clang door closed behind the red & brown bloodied faces of 200 years of segregated celebrations across small, honky tonk southern towns; 33 days in jail for a sandwich and a soda water downtown at Kress’s just … Continue reading

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History Often Trails but it Corrects Itself

If you haven’t read David Dorado Romo’s “Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez: 1893-1923,” (Cinco Puntos Press), do so. It is a book I wish that I would have written. A pictorial … Continue reading

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Esperanza

mujer companera it is i   Your other half the one who cares/yearns for you I come with simple intentions cupped wrapped in the warmth of my fingertips open them and look – first there is the deep reverance for life … Continue reading

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Rosa / Vida / Rosa

mama always said in her own unhurried way “the red petal rose so beautiful to see is there for all to touch it is the beauty in living… beware the spiny thorn” our dear mother would warn “that with unexpected … Continue reading

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Fronteras Norteñas Trilogy (part two)

the outdoor, roofless wooden platform dance arena of the pueblitos gathered each weekend still THUMP! sawdust slide their dance jubilation into the raza congested celebration good red earth countryside sanctification meeting place for young lovers and old friends the music … Continue reading

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Fronteras Norteñas Trilogy (part one)

Ay sweltering San Antonio varrio tan lindo, see how fresh your memory remains deep en el corazon warm por rumbos conocidos donde vive la gente trabajadora de ‘La Lomita’ que se llama the southern-most colonia de nuestro pueblo Mexicano-Chicano. Alli … Continue reading

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You’re Dead: My Journey Thru Nirvana Live with it?

                  I am constantly asked the question as to why I write with so much emotion. As a historian I should be more restrained, objective and search for the truth.  When the … Continue reading

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Raza Defense Fund… Please Suppprt!!!

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¡Ban This! Reading and Signing at Cypress Park Library on September 11, 2012 (Updated Flyer)

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¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xicana/o Literature poster (September 11, 2012)

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Let’s Talk! Murder in Progress

When I write about the Chicana/o community, it is more in the spirit of an examination of conscience than an indictment.  Although I do not pretend to be member of any religious sect or group, it is a habit that … Continue reading

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Not a Nap Trap: this here is a rap

Not a Nap Trap this here is a rap not a nap trap be-bop sock-hop this state sponsored terror report under the sun lamp of reconciliation; we seek awareness not submissiveness, principle, protest, courage and cheer not fear no more … Continue reading

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For Coyolxauqui: On Her Return (overthrown Coyolxauqui, She is Earth Spirit)

For Coyolxauqui: On Her Return (overthrown Coyolxauqui, She is Earth Spirit) —————————————— in this modern world the dance is not the same your name is hardly spoken any longer, your thousand year reign spread to the Four Winds, broken pieces … Continue reading

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Midnight Auto Supply (for Jesus Chuy Villalobos)

Midnight Auto Suppy: Epilogue Jesus “el Chuy” Villalobos & I were close friends in Detroit from the time we were in grade school. He straightened out for a time, married Gloria, a Baptist gabacha who got him to the church … Continue reading

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Born A Suspect (for the innocent victims of racism, racial profiling, & police brutality)

Born A Suspect (for the innocent victims of racism, racial profiling, & police brutality) I was born a dark skinned suspect, born in a one room tin roofed shack, south San Antonio, born on parole/probation don’t you know the kind? … Continue reading

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Gracias a la Vida: Reason

Borrowing the words of the legendary baseball player Lou Gehrig I am the luckiest man in the world. At eighty I will begin another semester at the end of the month. Again I will have the opportunity to teach working … Continue reading

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¡Ban This! book reading & signing on September 11 at Cypress Park Library

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The Failure of National Latino/Mexican American Organizations

With all of the hype around Latinos these days, how could Arizona have happened? I thought we had power. One-third of Arizona is Latino and its neighbor California is the land of milk and honey – the favorite destination of … Continue reading

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