Category Archives: Education

Jose Montoya Memorial Celebration on January 23, 2014

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Is CSUN Racist?: Harry Hellenbrand In Denial

In a recent exchange with Provost Harry Hellenbrand, he made the most amazing statement: he was offended by my assertions that California State University Northridge is a racist institution. Like they say on Facebook, I almost lol (laughed out loud). … Continue reading

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The Great American Chastity Belt: The Obsession to Control Our Minds

The chastity belt is symbolic of how society controls minorities and the poor; it extends to higher education where the chastity belt controls the memory of students.  It is a metaphor for society’s obsession to control everything from the vagina to … Continue reading

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Never Trust a Gringo Who Calls you Amigo: De-constructing Harry

As administrators go Provost Harry Hellenbrand (Harry.Hellenbrand@csun.edu) is not a bad guy. He seduces you because he is intelligent and is outwardly liberal. Harry understands the social issues, although, when it comes to the university, he seems to think that … Continue reading

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¡Tierra y Libertad! Articles 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution: Does History Matter?

El grito ¡Tierra y Libertad! (Land and liberty), attributed to Emiliano Zapata, was in reality popularized  by Ricardo Flores Magón whose prints are all over Zapata’s Plan de Ayala. Flores Magón wrote an article titled, “Tierra y libertad”. Otilio Montaño Sánchez, a local school teacher, introduced … Continue reading

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Blame the Greek!: Criticism An Abandoned Process

The art of criticism is yet another casualty of television, the internet and individualism. I come from a generation that pre-dated the TV dinners of the 1960s. As a child, I remember my family sitting down at a prescribed time … Continue reading

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Los Muertos de Hambre: The War on Chicana/o Studies Unmasking the Illusion of Inclusion

Muertos de hambre is a derogatory phrase often used by Mexicans to refer to people who are predators, i.e., human vultures, vendidos. They are so starved for attention or recognition that they pounce on scraps of garbage discarded by their colonial … Continue reading

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Justice for Carlos Oliva!

                                    23 year old Carlos Oliva was killed by L.A. Sheriffs while unarmed Sept. 10th.  Carlos was a college student doing nothing wrong. … Continue reading

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MEChA de CSULA Presents The Harvest (11/13/13)

                      MEChA de CSULA invites you to a screening of The Harvest (La Cosecha) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6pm in the U-SU Theatre. The film will follow with … Continue reading

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El Día de Los Muertos And Halloween Quo Vadis?

Mexicans, more than most races, seem preoccupied with death.  Since colonial times Mexican laborers have continuously been uprooted, travelling thousands of miles from the interior of Mexico forging an El Camino Real to to mining camps and plantations in northern Mexico. … Continue reading

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Obsidian Blades: Decolonizing Poetry for the Liberation of Indigenous Women in Occupied Amerikkka

This is a compilation of poems that I have written over the last decade. As a teenager I was given the honor to become part of the Mexica Movement and to begin my decolonization process. With each lesson learned and … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis: An Arrested Development

The debate as to what to name Chicana/o Studies will have future repercussions. The proposals are not new; they are not innovative; and they are symptomatic of the historical struggle of Mexican origin people in the United States to identify … Continue reading

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The Devil Made Me Do It: American Exceptionalism Revisited

After my blog on American Exceptionalism, I was interviewed by RT News (Russia Talks) — an international multilingual television network funded by the Russian government. Its TV programming appears in more than a hundred nations, and the news coverage is … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Working Class: “When the Moment Comes”

“The consciousness of a worker is not a curve that rises and falls with wages and prices; it is the accumulation of a lifetime of experience and socialization, inherited traditions, struggles successful and defeated . . . It is this … Continue reading

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El Día La Raza: What happened to the Indigenous Race?

When César Chávez was asked what he thought about the term la raza, he answered the question with a question, asking, what was wrong with the indigenous race? The word raza was popularized by José Vasconselos who in 1925 wrote … Continue reading

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Aztlán Reads Response to the Astro-Turf Group known as Latino Rebels

Aztlán Reads was founded in 2011 with the idea of creating a unique Xicana/o-Mexicana/o cultural literary and political space for people using social media. From its inception, Aztlán Reads has been a counter-hegemonic voice designed to counteract claims by Euroamericans, … Continue reading

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Twin Tragedies in AZ: Hispanic Heritage Month, Banned Books

Twin Tragedies in AZ: Hispanic Heritage Month, Banned Books by SANTINO J. RIVERA on SEPTEMBER 24, 2013   It’s Octember! Or is it Septober? It’s the time of the year when the weather starts getting cooler, politic shenanigans get ignored and eyes begin … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu: Why Mexicans can’t Win the Attack on Semillas Charter School

Counted along with other Latinos of Mexican-origin people make up the largest minority in the United States. In East Los Angeles, the overwhelming population is of Mexican extraction. Why then is it that we can’t win? After all aren’t we … Continue reading

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It’s not in whose interest?? Yours??

“Perhaps a national Latino leader isn’t necessary, said Tony Diaz, also known as “El Librotraficante.” The 45-year-old, Texas-based author has spent the past two years working on a national effort to oppose a ban on a controversial Mexican-American studies program … Continue reading

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The Illusion that Education is the Stairway to Whiteness Waiting for the Next Sputnik Moment

From the beginning, there has been the illusion that America was exceptional; it was not like Europe — America was the land of opportunity. Generally, the right to read was limited the exceptional that were taught to read by their … Continue reading

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