Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban

Arizona Book Ban This story was originally published in January 2012 As I was on Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine had posted a link to a site called Censored News talking about Tucson, AZ and book banning. I figured it was still over the Mexican American cultural studies debacle since the state found […]

Chingona Fest: A Women Empowerment Festival in South Texas {April 21}

What is Chingona Fest? While posting jewelry photos on my Facebook page, a good friend of mine and fellow writer suggested I sign up for the “Chingona Fest”  because they were accepting vendors. I was intrigued for one by the word Chingona in the title of the festival. Chingona can mean lots of things. It has […]

Trayvon Martin: A Crime Gone Unpunished

Trayvon Martin – Where’s the Justice? I had hoped to get through this year without hearing something of this nature. Recently, it seems we are writing more and more about the injustices that face people of color. It is this type of crime that makes me afraid for my mixed children who are Half-Black and Half-Mexican American. Trayvon […]

Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban

Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban As I was on Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine had posted a link to a site called Censored News talking about Tucson, AZ and book banning. I figured it was still over the Mexican American cultural studies debacle since the state found that the schools […]

Remembering a Revolutionary Writer: Gloria Anzaldúa

Remembering Gloria Anzaldúa As an undergraduate student, I was assigned to read Borderlands. Half storytelling, half memoir, Anzaldúa melded a world of supernatural, traditions, and future expectations into one singular piece. Her ability to be a feminist and a Chicana is important in that she was one of the first. Anzaldúa held her ground with […]

Race Reality: We Are Not “Post-Racial”

Learn about anti-racism This past June, 49-year-old James Craig Anderson, who worked at a manufacturing company, was brutally beaten and run over by a group of  white teenagers from a nearby suburb.  Basically, because they wanted to “mess with a n*****”. Did everyone just check their calenders for a moment there? Yeah, I said it and I […]

Who Are You?: ‘Not Mexican Enough’ vs ‘Too Mexican’

    I used to like to say “I never knew I was Mexican until I left my small community.” It’s true, I never knew it would be an issue until I left the confines of my small ranching community which is predominately Mexican American.  I spoke English, understood Spanish. I listened to Conjunto music […]