Brown Berets, Marcha de Reconquista, Sacramento 1971.



Josefina Vazquez Mota, Mexico’s first female presidential candidate, talks to Univision

Channel: Latin American Affairs

Mexico’s first female presidential candidate for the PAN political party, Josefina Vazquez Mota, sat down with Univision’s Jaime Garcia to discuss the challenges facing her country, the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, and the harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric of the GOP candidates.  


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On March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa led 500 men in an attack on the US border town of Columbus, New Mexico. In response to the raid, the Americans sent an expedition into Mexico, which failed to retrieve Villa, but did kill or capture many of his men.

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 The Godfathers of Mexican movies

UN reports sharp drop in Mexico cocaine seizures


According to the UN, the Mexican government’s offensive against drug traffickers could be dissuading them from transporting large cocaine shipments across the country. (flickr Jesus Villesca Perez)

Channel: Latin American Affairs

Cocaine seizures have decreased drastically in Mexico, according to an annual UN report on drug trafficking, falling from 48 tons in 2007, to  just 9.4 tons in 2010.

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We need to look @ the history of the Oscars more closely. My mother was the first person who told me that she knew the original history of the Oscar. My mom said that this famous Mexican Director who she could only remember as “el indio”, posed in the nude for the sculptor who created the Oscar Statue. I decided to google that today and yes, I found that Wikipedia confirmed my mother’s claim. Emilio Fernández was the original name of the model.

“In need of a model for his statue Gibbons was introduced by his then wife Dolores del Río to Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. Reluctant at first, Fern�ndez was finally convinced to pose naked to create what today is known as the “Oscar”. ” -Wikipedia

So, yes, indeed, every time a celebrity says the words, Thank you to the Academy, he/she should also remember the contributions of this really amazing Mexican Director’s body. If you know your Latin American Cinema, you might remember the film, María Candelaria (1943). Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez directed that film. Emilio Fernández Born March 26, 1904(1904-03-26) Hondo, Coahuila, Mexico Died August 6, 1986 (aged 82) Mexico City, Mexico His father was a Kickapoo native american but “affectionately” called “el indio.”

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a brief look at the African presence and history in Mexico


The Iconics

Las 2 mini Fridas

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SEE THIS MOVIE! I have so much respect for the people that make it across the border every day… WOW. 



Yo también soy México by Memo Vasquez on Flickr.

Lucero conoce el hambre. A sus tres años pasa gran parte de su vida lavando ropa. Es su principal entretenimiento. Lucero es una niña indígena Pima, dueña de una sonrisa inolvidable. Y ella también es México.



Mexico’s Youth Struggle to Find Jobs

More than seven million young Mexicans are jobless, with the situation among young women even worse.

The global economic crisis has forced millions out of job, but it has been particularly hard for young people.

In Mexico, the unemployment level among young people is nearly twice the national average, with more than seven million citizens between the ages of 15 and 29 out of work.

The situation for women is even worse as they struggle to find jobs. A recent study has found that unemployment is highest among the most educated women.

Report via Al Jazeera English

the bolded is the case in the DR too. well all of it is but yeah.

what good is a fucking degree if youre still subhuman?

Diego Luna and Mexican actors seek empathy for drug war victims


Channel: Latin American Affairs

A group of well known Mexican actors, including the internationally acclaimed Diego Luna, launched an ad campaign on Monday, that is calling on people in Mexico and elsewhere to empathize with victims of the war on drugs, and to support their struggle for justice and peace.

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Lila Downs is a Mexican singer-songwriter. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music.

She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in indigenous languages .

Lila Downs was born on September 19, 1968 in Tlaxiaco, Mexico, the daughter of Anita Sanchez, a Mixtec cabaret singer and Allen Downs, a British-American professor of art and cinematographer from Minnesota. From an early age Lila showed interest in music; at the age of eight she began singing rancheros and other traditional Mexican songs. She began her musical career singing with mariachis. At fourteen she moved to the United States with her parents.

She studied voice in Los Angeles and learned English, which her father helped her to perfect. When she was 16 her father died and after this event she decided to return to her native Tlaxiaco with her mother.

One day while she was working in a store in the Mixtec mountains a man came in to ask her to translate his son’s death certificate. She read that he had drowned trying to cross the border into the United States. This so deeply affected her that it continued to influence her work throughout her career. She talked about this in an NPR interview Lila Downs: ‘Border.’

Although today Downs is proud of her origins there was a time when she felt shame regarding her Native American roots. “I was embarrassed to have Indian blood. I was embarrassed that my mother spoke her language in public.” This lead her on a path to find herself, which included dropping out of college, dying her hair blonde and following the band, The Grateful Dead. After some time Downs found herself back in Oaxaca working at her mother’s auto parts store where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Paul Cohen.

Downs studied Anthropology and Voice at the University of Minnesota and attended the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca to complete her studies. - excerpts via Wikipedia

“I learned classical music,” Downs relates. “But I felt so distant from this because the training pushed me away from the direction I felt I had to go-I wasn’t being true to what I was. The reason I dropped out of school was the rigid nature of the classical tradition, not being able to express myself with freedom. Slowly I realized [performing] the music from Oaxaca was what I wanted to do.”  

Lila Downs


Lila Downs’ journey of self-discovery and overcoming her own cultural shame is something that many Latinos (and other people of color) go through in their own lives.

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