The legendary community organizer influenced a generation of Latino civil-rights activists. But in OC, he was run out of town
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans still respect the famous math teacher Jaime Escalante?
OCCCA's exhibit shows the maestro at his best
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And did Mexicans face legal segregation like African-Americans?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is a Mexican mosh pit different from an American one?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is a Mexican-dominated American future a good one?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what happens when someone's a little too into a book . . .
The Chicano community lost a historic figure in the struggle for education rights today as Sal Castro died this morning at the age of 79. According to family, he perished of natural causes and funeral arrangements are pending. Castro spent the greater part of his life courageously fighting to improv ... More >>
This past Thursday, KPCC-FM 89.3's Take Two program aired a story I had already read before in its original incarnation down in San Diego, a report making the claim that the field of Chicano Studies is dying because students of Mexican heritage are no longer identifying themselves as Chicanos. Besid ... More >>
One of my favorite parts of 2011 was the inauguration of "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" in which I did my best Dick Cavett impersonation while interviewing authors, intellectuals, and other general awesome people at the Fullerton Public Library, under the auspices of the Cal State Fullerton Dep ... More >>
[Best Of 2012] The author of 'Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class' on her favorite things about Orange County
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans love 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' so much?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And who was Ruben Salazar?
Just how did this desmadre-of-all-jokes of a film get made?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And Will Mexicans ever see Chicanos as equals?
To continue on this morning's cylindrical god theme is a ridiculous story coming out of Washington, D.C. involving that legendary borderlands offspring, the chimichanga, a clueless Washington Post, columnist and pendejo Democrats and Republicans fighting over the tamale pie that is the Latino ele ... More >>
A Hispanic business and community leader in Santa Ana has joined other Hispanics around the country in signing an open letter to Mitt Romney that essentially accuses the GOP presidential candidate of hypocritically running away from his Mexican heritage. "Our purpose here is to advise you that t ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is 'Make Sick O' the best Mexi slur ever?
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is perhaps the most-loathed owner in professional sports right now, what with his acrimonious divorce with ex-wife Jamie, their use of the franchise as their personal piggy back, his approval of bonehead personnel decisions, the gouging of fans at Dodgers S ... More >>
The late Bobby Espinosa was a vital part of Chicano music historyOn Saturday, Chicano music lovers young and old (but mostly old--respect to my elders!) descended upon Santa Ana's Delhi Community Center for a concert teach-in. The lesson plan for the day was on the History of Chicano Music in ... More >>
Perhaps the best exposé on the Jew-bashing, gay-trashing website La Voz de Aztlan was published in 2002 by the now-defunct New Times Los Angeles. This is where we got the information that sole writer Hector Carreon (last name has Jewish roots) worked in Buena Park. The article hasn't existed online ... More >>
Mere moments after the Jewish Journal published an éxposé of the anti-Semitic KPFK-FM 90.7 show "La Causa," the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate website La Voz de Aztlán rushed to the defense of the only publicly broadcast radio show in the United States that has ever considered it any ... More >>
Remember Nativo Lopez? Guy called Larry who became radicalized during the 1960s, led renter strikes against SanTana slumlords during the 1980s, served on the SanTana Unified School Board during the 1990s, then was recalled for his conflict-of-influenza, amongst other sins in early 2004? He's spent t ... More >>
Latino students and faculty question how CSULB’s $2.8 million grant—meant to help Latinos—is being spent
Orange County seethes with immigration raids, demonized Mexicans and appeals for amnesty. 2007? No, 1951
'Why do Mexicans want my truck?'
'Whats the deal with the racist stereotyping?'
Special one-question edicion
Axes continue to fall at the Los Angeles Times, a still-great paper but one that's looking more and more like a mash-up of USA Today and The Orange County Register. The resignation of editor Dean Baquet stole the thunder from new publisher David Hiller's announcement earlier this week that he knows ... More >>
'Something happens when we cross the borderwe forget our sense of humor and become too literal'
Dick Huggy Boy Hugg, 1928-2006
The Mexican explains it all
Thee Midniters never cared for ethnicityothers did
Latinos are front-runners, just like everyone else
Mexican cinemas rises, Chicano cinemas falls
Readers persuade Times to reconsider spiking Gurza column
Former Gov. still strikes fear in Latinos
What you can achieve if youre willing to offend everyone