See update on the bottom of the second page... ORIGINAL POST, MAY 16, 8:03 A.M.: An ex of mine used to love the works of Jonathan Safran Foer. She pushed me to read Everything is Illuminated, which I found too precious and twee and obviously the product of someone whose biggest problems are self-im ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't more Mexicans protest the Catholic Church over its sex-abuse scandals
I think it was about a decade ago that I first encountered the work of UCLA professor Otto Santa Ana--how else do you explain how I was able to obtain a galley of his excellent Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary American Public Discourse, which was finally published in 2002? I m ... More >>
Wicked Babydoll is coming into her own as a Chicana on the mic. The 23-year-old rapper originally from Los Angeles has three mixtapes to her name with the latest, Words of the Wicked (download here), showcasing her impassioned delivery and hard time rhymes. The collection, laced with dope beats, fea ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans always vote for Mexicans?
Back in March, I broke the news that a coalition of groups was going to sue the Anaheim City Council into asking them to carve up voting for councilmembers by wards in the city, or get taken to court over it. At the time, some of OC's liberal class got pissed at me for revealing what they were caref ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall
[Crossing the Line] A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far
Carla ZarateGilbert 'Magú' Luján Speaks to a SanTana Crowd in 2008 The contemporary art world lost one of its most invigorating and pioneering creative forces when Gilbert "Magú" Luján passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 70. A statement posted to the Magulandia Facebook page no ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why dont more Mexicans go to museums?
I was in Denver recently, partly to research my coming book, partly to debate former congressman Tom Tancredo on immigration, but really to finally taste the Holy Grail of Mexican-American cookery: the Mexican hamburger. Behold its cheesy, mixed-up glory above, and click after the jump to discove ... More >>
Courtesy Lalo AlcarazMuch as it pains Gustavo that we keep blogging about this, we've got one more round of embarrassment for him about his debate yesterday evening in Denver with former Congressman Tom Tancredo. (Follow that link for the video.) We asked some local luminaries to tune into the de ... More >>
Someone asked this weeks ago; I just got to this today, too late to help the lady. Sorry, Hiromi :-(My boss wants to eat at a good Mexican-American restaurant in Anaheim. Any recommendations?Little-known secret about Anaheim, our county's finest dining town: it's the county's best place for Mexic ... More >>
Who says the public doesn't like history? On Wednesday night at the Fullerton Public Library, I moderated a seminar on the life of Alex Bernal, the brave Fullerton man who stood against his racist, litigious white neighbors that wanted him out of their neighborhood on account of his Mexican herit ... More >>
The Juke Joint
Grand Central Art Center
As if Hispanics don't feel ganged up on already (see Arizona, every "Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Day," every other Navel Gazing comment), now they apparently have to worry about Iranian-Americans.Or, at least the one from Irvine charged with a hate crime.
Headline: Yorba Linda to vote on Arizona immigration law thocpersonality wrote: Mexicans add nothing to this country other than prison cells.. Fine- You can crank out some tasty hot sauces, but the way you ransack [and extort] your own communities and neighborhoods should leave you all in s ... More >>
Last month, I wrote about the surprisingly good flautas offered by La Casa Garcia in Anaheim. It's not the county's best Mexican-American joint (though does belongs among the top 10), but owner Frank Garcia is a true Mexi-mensch; his annual We Give Thanks Thanksgiving dinners is the stuff of legend, ... More >>
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 >>
'Ordinarily, I wouldn't wipe my ass with the OC Weekly, but there I was without toilet paper'
Citrus Strike Lecture
Yesterday, Anaheim activist group Los Amigos held a sparsely attended press conference to announce that it had just settled a four-year-old lawsuit against the city's police department. The lawsuit began thanks to a secret spying operation against members of the group who had often complained about ... More >>
Longtime OC Weekly readers will remember my 2003 cover story on how conservatives use the Chicano students group MEChA to smear politicians. Read the latest update in in today's Times, where I argue MEChA isn't racist. Have at it, boyos!
'Mexicans arent HispanicMexicans are Mexican'
Getting calls from my various Chicano yaktivist pals, and they're saying the kids are marching out of Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anacrime. Reports of police beating up kids on Bristol and Warner in SanTana, although the kids supposedly through rocks. Pendejos. Off to take pictures. . .
There are few things lamer than Chicano yaktivists whining about negative coverage that shed light on sordid truths. It happened earlier this year when the Los Angeles Times published an epic four-part series on the once-proud United Farm Workers, an organization that went from the moral center of t ... More >>
Dispatch from the Brownies at the NALIP Conference
Goddamn it, for the first time ever in this Tick-Talker's weak Weekly memory, a press release rolls in about Edward James Olmos--on the day that the Day Laborer of Print and Radio Journalism, Gustavo Arellano, is off to New Yawk for his much ballyhooed appearance on NBC's Today Show: Special Victims ... More >>
And the Food They Love
Claudia Alvarez battles Latino establishment, Umberg for Assembly seat
Mayor Pringle wasnt a racist then, and he aint Cesar Chavez now
F.O.B. suggests were all in the same boat
Will Sanchez usher in a new era at Chapman?
A Bitter Ex-Congressman Secretly Feeds Voter Probe