Category Archives: Political Science

The Trojan Horse: How it Destroys Chicana/Studies

I rarely overreact to the university administration’s movidas chuecas (shady deals); I expect them. But the UNAM (The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) deal shook. Like a Trojan Horse virus it is insidious. It gives the illusion of being innocuous; … Continue reading

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Which Side Are You on?: History Absolves the Losers?

People keep asking me whether I feel bad about Eric Garcetti’s trip to Mexico City and his apparent support of CSUN President Dianne Harrison in signing the UNAM accord. I am disappointed with him, but I am more upset with some of … Continue reading

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Obamacare: Greed and Health Care Gap

In the John Grisham’s  1995 novel The Rainmaker, Rudy Baylor, a graduate from Memphis State Law School, is about to take the bar. While waiting for the bar results, he becomes an ambulance chaser. One of his clients is a poor family, Dot and … Continue reading

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El Baruyo: Context in Understanding History Unforgettable Characters

Context is everything in understanding what happened in the past. “Historical context refers to the moods, attitudes, and conditions that existed in a certain time. Context is the ‘setting’ for an event that occurs, and it will have an impact on … Continue reading

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The Word Neo is not New: The Age of the Billionaires

Every day I realize more how little we have progressed since the nineteenth century in terms of ideas. Our technological advances dwarf our ability to conceptualize new paradigms. It is as if we are trapped in a twilight zone. Take, for … Continue reading

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Response to Harry: “Numbers Lie and Liars Figure”

I would first like to thank Harry for his rebuttal of sorts, but again he is not seeing the point. He responds that “I certainly think that the department faculty should be consulted closely on like matters because of their … Continue reading

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The Delusion that You Are Going to Win: “Educating Harry” About the Little Brown Brothers

A couple of years before her death Alice (Greenfield) McGrath, the executive secretary of the Sleepy Lagoon Committee that appealed the conviction of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants in 1942, was asked if when she got involved if she thought 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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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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Chicano Moratorium Event at Benjamin Franklin Library in Boyle Heights 6pm on August 29, 2013

El 29 de agosto de 1970 la protesta Chicano moratoria contra la guerra de Vietnam tuvo lugar en el este de Los Angeles. Sobre 20,000 Chicana/os protestaron contra la guerra de Estados Unidos en Vietnam y la alta tasa de … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Have to Shout To be Heard

Why should Latinos support Justice for Trayvon Martin? It is not the first time that I have been asked that question about another group. Take care of the family first. Through the years, people have questioned why I was against … Continue reading

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Why Mexicans Don’t Trust Government: “No hay mal que dure cien anos, ni cuerpo que lo aguante”

The word trust is linked to belief. It is almost impossible to trust a person if you do not believe him. The negation of trust is a lie that evokes a sense of betrayal.  In personal relationships, you can love a … Continue reading

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How History is Socially Controlled in K-12 Setting Standards Serfs and Lords

People ask me if the banning of books is actually a blessing in disguise because it calls attention to the banned books. I respond, “Hell No!” Censorship threatens our freedom of speech, and it is the final step toward a … Continue reading

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Perspectives on the History of Mexicans in the U.S. Life and experiences My view of where we are now and where we are headed To Ventura County Teachers

Mexican American or Chicana/o History by definition is the history of people of Mexican origin in the United States. It is about how Mexican origin people survived and formed an identity within the U.S. As such Mexican American history belongs … Continue reading

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April 27, 2013

For the past six weeks I have been sending you reminders of our first photo Mecha/Alumni photo exhibit on April 27, 2013 from 5-10 PM to take place on the entire first floor of Jerome Richfield. This was the old … Continue reading

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The Young Grow Old

Rank and file Democrats are desperate for a turnaround of their political fortunes, and an end of the Robber Baron era — so much so that they see the recent elections as their deliverance. For them, the last presidential election … Continue reading

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Immigration: The Death of the Chicana/o Left

Prior to 1986 a clear Left voice could be heard on immigration reform. Among its priorities was that there would be no guest worker program, there would be no employer sanctions, there would be a more humane border enforcement policy, … Continue reading

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What is Chicano to a Non-Chicano?

Chicano is an act of defiance-Tino Villanueva I spent a lot of time thinking about this quote after I read it on Aztlán Reads. I wondered what it meant exactly. But most importantly I wondered what my relation was to … Continue reading

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Arizona Being Political: It is Immigration Reform, Stupid!

For the past forty years, the most pressing issue for Mexican Americans and other Latinos has been immigration reform. It has dominated our conversations, our agendas, and for the more politically conscious among us, it goes to the core of … Continue reading

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The Case of Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  strongly criticized the first draft of President Obama’s immigration reform plan saying “It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress… ,” predicting that “if actually proposed, … Continue reading

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