[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why everyone should support the new César Chávez movie and book!
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is the Mexican-American gang problem exaggerated?
The last year or so has been muy tough on my beloved city of Anaheim, and not just because of trigger-happy cops and a nation discovering its stratified reality. There's also the matter of an ACLU lawsuit alleging the violation of voting rights against Latinos, a lawsuit I cannot stand by. Not only ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like to play in the street?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Special Navidad-Gift-Guide Edition: A list on the Mexican's favorite books this year
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the history of the Mexican flag?
Click here for our Anaheim police shooting archivesThe violence in Anaheim has now entered its fifth day, finally reaching television screens and airwaves around the country last night. But contrary to the emerging storyline, the unrest did not begin with last weekend's fatal shooting of two suspect ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] The U.S. Supreme Court and President Barack Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can I help fight those pendejos?
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do teachers discriminate against students with Hispanic first names?
The big political news of the day happened yesterday: SanTana councilmember Busty "Carlos" Bustamante resigned from his job at the county while it investigates allegations that Busty had mucho sexytime explosions on the job with multiple colleagues. There are already calls for Busty to resign his ... More >>
[Mental Notes] RIP renowned Chicano artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan
Earthquakes aren't the only thing that California and Japan have in common. For years Japanese youth have adopted and emulated lowrider culture and Chicano Rap as their own. This peculiar phenomenon attracted a promotional tour to Japan in 2006 by Always Running author Luis J. Rodriguez who brou ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do gabachos blame society for pregnant gabacho teens, but culture for Mexi ones?
Given the overwhelming success organizers had with lectures at the Fullerton Public Library regarding the Alex Bernal housing-desegregation case and Lalo Alcaraz, the Fullerton Public Library and Cal State Fullerton's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (for which I'm a part-time lecturer) ... More >>
Over 60 people went to the Fullerton Public Library last night to hear Lalo Alcaraz, the great cartoonist and occasional Weekly contributor. Instead of his usual act--a lecture in which he flips through some of his favorite editorial cartoons and offers one-liners--I proposed something a bit more ... More >>
A bus that represents Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina's outreach to Latinos was scheduled to park right now at the Santa Ana intersection of Main and 17th streets--home of Norm's, bus stops and the Weekly's former world HQ. But, as a wag over at the Orange Juice blog has noted, it's ... More >>
The Juke Joint
When America Ochoa immigrated to the United States from her native Michoacan, Mexico, she, like many others, eventually settled in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. Before ever coming to the States, however, she developed an interest in music and awakened to the possibilities of Mexican ra ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Facts and stats always win
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyRage Against the Machine at the Hollywood Palladium last FridayThe Sound Strike campaign started by Zack de la Rocha to counter Arizona's soon-to-be in effect SB1070 law reached its sonic zenith Friday night with Rage Against the Machine rocking the Hollywood Palladium. T ... More >>
SJC Americans, a San Juan Capistrano activist group opposed to illegal immigration, is rallying Saturday to rah-rah Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
I had the pleasure of meeting former Anaheim mayor Bill Thom a couple of times at meetings of Los Amigos, the longtime Latino civil rights group he helped found in 1978. He always occupied a table near the front, a seat of honor unconsciously granted by other Los Amigos members for the gabacho polit ... More >>
Last week, the John half of KFI-AM 640's JohnKen Show railed about how Latinos (specifically Mexicans) would never vote for a black man like Barack Obama because of their inherent racism. He berated the MSM for not emphasizing this supposed truism, assuring listeners that Mexicans despise blacks an ... More >>
Alcoholism among Mexicans: A blight as terrible as Carlos Mencia
'Do Mexicans want to cover their bases and get a double blessing?'
While the well-moneyed, Republican-friendly overlords of Chapman University celebrate the school's new film studios, trouble is a-brewin' at my alma mater. Last Monday, the school held a faculty-led panel discussion on free speech and civility after African-American and Latino students complained ab ... More >>
Why do Mexicans steal fruit?
Claudia Alvarez battles Latino establishment, Umberg for Assembly seat
Joe Dunn fights for Mexicans, gets an ass
Mayor Pringle wasnt a racist then, and he aint Cesar Chavez now
Dispatches from the Latino Morrissey love-in
Gigante markets its market
Will Sanchez usher in a new era at Chapman?
The anti-immigration activist has a new plan to send Mexicans packing
Critics charge Reg has abandoned whitey
Loretta Sanchez's very scary Halloween