Author explores controversial culture of Sur 13 gangs in new book (tags)
Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 Gangs describes the political culture of Mexican American street gangs in the Los Angeles County. It dives into the various aspects of gang culture that are parallel to political organizations such as: the social contract, political parties, budgeting principles, and the progressive movement. The author, Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, is of Mexican American descent, has a blog about art, politics, history, and culture and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. His previous book focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), illegal immigration, and journalism.
Isabel Avila's "Parallel Worlds" at the Vincent Price Art Museum (tags)
In her first solo exhibit, photographer (and contributor to LA IndyMedia) Isabel Avila explores the dual identities of Native American and Mexican American cultures, emphasizing people active in their communities. Avila's photographs, taken over the last few years, are complimented by video discussions, many featuring her photo subjects but also additional people, including Gloria Arellanes, one of the early Brown Berets and member of the Tongva community. (Excerpts of these dialogs can be found further down in this article.) The free exhibit is currently at the Vincent Price Museum through December 8. It will then then relocate to Rancho Cucamonga's Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art and run from January 22 – March 16, 2013. (Location details within the article.)
Ask a Chola on Kill Radio? (tags)
A summary of some posts about Ask a Chola, who has been "unmasked" as not only not being a chola (a widely assumed thing) but also not being Chicana!
Baldwin Park and its Agents of Gentrification, Mayor Lozano and Lover Sergio Corona (tags)
Baldinwin Park and its Agents of Gentrification. Mayor Lozano and his "Lover" Sergio Corona on the edge gentrifying and taking 125 Acres of Land for their sponsor, Bisno Developer.
DN! Blackwater on the Border (tags)
Just two months after local opposition thwarted its effort to build a massive outdoor training facility near San Diego, the private military company Blackwater USA is being accused of secretly trying to build a new one just blocks from the US-Mexico border. Blackwater received approval for the 61,000 square-foot indoor facility in Otay Mesa, California, by filing for permits using the names of two subsidiaries.
For Workers Strikes Against the War! ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports May 1 Against War (tags)
In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East.
ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports May 1 Demanding End to War in Iraq, Afghanistan (tags)
In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. This is the first time in decades that an American union has decided to undertake industrial action against a U.S. war. The action announced by the powerful West Coast dock workers union, to stop work to stop the war, should be taken up by unions and labor organizations throughout the United States and internationally. And the purpose of such actions should be not to beg the bourgeois politicians whose hands are covered with blood, having voted for every war budget for six and a half years, but a show of strength of the working people who make this country run, and who can shut it down!
Public Terror: Escalating the War on Migrants (tags)
The mass public assault on the May 1st rally and a public raid on migrants at a shopping mall in Chicago shortly before May 1st mark a brutal and highly public escalation in the ruling class's war on migrants. Increased resistance like the upcoming May 17th march to MacArthur Park is exactly what the situation calls for.
International Conference on Immigrant Rights at San Diego State University on December 9th (tags)
Immigrant Rights Conference with Keynote Speaker Nativo V. Lopez
Seeds of Hope, Seeds of War: Race, Class and the Battle for the South Central Farm (Final) (tags)
The world is literally watching. Media worldwide have covered the case of the South Central Farm, the largest urban garden in the United States, the efforts of the city's elites to drive the farmers from the land, and the farmer's remarkable resistance. On June 13th, the County moved to evict, concentrating a massive police presence in the area to uproot the resistor's encampment on the land. The South Central Farm arose from the ashes of the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion, and stands as a symbol of hope to millions. Despite the eviction, the struggle continues, with a court hearing this week challenging the City's sale of the land to a private developer. When the Los Angeles City Council sold the 14 acre plot called the South Central Farm to developer Ralph Horowitz, they sold land they didn’t own.
March 25th Western Regional Conference A Success! (tags)
The Western Regional Conference brought together members of the March 25th Coalition yesterday at the United Teachers of Los Angeles building.
SOS Thread on May 21 Demo (tags)
It is not impossible that Joe Turner has hired someone smart enough to put an IP sniffer on www.saveourstate.org This thread enables shy folk to read SOS worry free.
Minutemen Exposed By Their Own (tags)
James Chase pulls back the curtain on Gilchrist, Simcox, and the Minuteman Project. Reposted from CalNews.com.
Ed Roybal Presente (tags)
An honest appreciation, not uncritical, of the late Ed Roybal and his major contributions to coalition building and grass-roots politics.
1970: Chicano Moratorium — 2005: Latinos for Peace (tags)
La Raza did its part in bringing an end to the war in Vietnam. Some of us activists of the Chicano Moratorium era are coming together with other Latino activists we have come to know around the country and with the newer generations and immigrants. We call ourselves Latinos For Peace.
Protest Nativists Coming to Baldwin Park (tags)
saveourstate.org, a group affiliated with the Minutemen border project, is opposing an artwork in Baldwin Park. Opposition in the area is calling for a counter protest.
History-makers reflect on Salt of the Earth: ‘Even more relevant now’ (tags)
Anita and Lorenzo Torrez were a young married couple thrown into the midst of the Empire Zinc strike in Hanover, N.M., in 1950.
When You Vote For Schwarzenegger, You Are His Bitch (tags)
A vote for Schwarzenegger is not a vote for an actor, or a politician, or a Republican, it is a vote for an ego.