The history of Black Mexikans and their struggle to find a voice today

BY NDUTA WAWERU A 1719 Juan Rodríguez Juárez painting, depicting race in Mexico. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Did you know that black Mexicans were only recognised for the first time in 2015 when the Mexican government conducted its national survey? Before that, Mexico and Chile were the only Latin American countries that did not officially count the […]

These ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bills Send the Wrong Message on Race and Violence

Blue Lives matter and always have, but in the US black and brown lives have always mattered less. For the third year in a row, police killed nearly 1,000 people while Congress considers legislation making harsh penalties for violence against police harsher. , Flickr / Jamelle Bouie Earlier this month, an overwhelming majority of the […]

Zoot Suit Riots: After 75 years, L.A. looks back on a violent summer

By MARISA GERBER Two Latino youths, one stripped of his clothes, the other badly beaten, were among victims of servicemen who scoured the streets of Los Angeles on June 7, 1943. (Associated Press)   The lights flickered on inside the California Theatre and a band of sailors tore up and down the aisles yanking young people […]

Yanga: The Forgotten Rebellion Against Colonial Rule in Mexico

  by Andres D. Medellin  At the beginning of the 17th Century, hiding in the coastal highlands of Veracruz in New Spain (the territory which encompasses Mexico at present), the members of the palenques (communities of escaped slaves) attacked both merchants and soldiers, with weapons that were captured from their erstwhile Spanish slavers. Spain was unable to contain the […]

Notes on Advancing the Struggle Inside: ghettos and imprisonment

by a Colorado prisoner         permalink   There can be no doubt a capitalist system excludes a majority of any country’s populace from decision-making processes. These people are excluded only for their class and nation characteristics. Capitalism has two ways of addressing this exclusion: ghettos and imprisonment. Oppressed nations, lower classes and lumpen […]

Symbols of Resistance – January 26 – Friday at 7pm – EastSide Cultural Center – 2277 International Blvd. Oakland

SYMBOLS OF RESISTANCE – a Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement January 26, 2018 Friday at 7pm EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd. Oakland FREE EVENT  •  delicious refreshments  •  accessible venue  •  community discussion Symbols of Resistance illuminates the untold stories of the Chican@ Movement with a focus on events in Colorado and New […]

MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHER TAKES ON ANTI-BLACK NOTIONS OF “GOOD HAIR” IN “PELO BUENO” PHOTO SERIES

Delores Medel is a Mexican photographer whose work centers around women and girls in Latin America. Her latest project, “Pelo Bueno”, highlights the anti-Black distinctions between “good” and “bad” hair that plagues the region. “Pelo Bueno”, which translates to “good hair”, presents various women with their hair in natural states. “Natural, curly hair, free of […]

Young Chicano Murdered by Police Reminds Us of Raza Struggle

by Pilli of Republic of Aztlán          permalink On 15 September 2017 I heard of an execution performed on the streets of San Jose, CA. A young Chicano named Jacob Dominguez was gunned down by the “pitzo.” (Nahuatl for pig) What we need to realize is that la gente Xicana have been fighting this war for […]

The Rise of Incarceration in Los Angeles: An Interview with Kelly Lytle Hernandez

By Erica Sterling In today’s post, Erica Sterling, a PhD student in the Department of History at Harvard University, interviews Kelly Lytle Hernandez about her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Hernandez is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Ralph J. Bunche […]

Strike Against Arbitrary Group Punishment at MDF

by a California prisoner August 2017         permalink Contra Costa County Martinez Detention Facility (A) module is a General Population (GP) setting that houses northern Hispanics and African American prisoners. The prejudiced treatment of hispanics who are classified on (A) is a continuous issue and the rules seem to bend for us. As […]