[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't more Mexicans protest the Catholic Church over its sex-abuse scandals
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are Mexicans now the fattest people in the world?
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?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what are some Mexican regional stereotypes of 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
Reies López Tijerina, together with José Angel Gutiérrez and Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzáles, formed a triumvirate of the Chicano Movement. An early leader of the emerging push for civil rights, Tijerina founded La Alianza Federal de las Mercedes in 1963 and focused his activism on land recovery in ... More >>
'Violence Girl' contextualizes the Bags' place in LA punk history
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why dont more Mexicans go to museums?
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
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 >>
Headline: Teenager on Life Support after Gang Beating, Police SayComment by NAPTOWN: Good job of parenting as usual in Santa Ana.Comment y CPTREALITY: It passes the Smell test for me. Why? Because of the lack of fundamental education in the Minority Hispanic Neighborhoods. All bet a wooden nickel ... More >>
Headline: Owner: Arizona Boycott Causes Local LayoffsComment by ted whittlinger: Does Saffarans really think the whores/panderers care about him or his business? ALso, the union he has in his place is too small to take on the SEIU who is really behind the push for legalization of ILLEGALs! He sai ... More >>
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 >>
Orange Coast College
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've had more than my shares of run-ins with former Los Angeles Times Latino culture writer Agustín Gurza, whom the paper axed yesterday along with 74 or so other folks. Or rather, it was a one-way street between Gurza and I, with him constantly snipping at me publicly and privately (I can tell you ... More >>
'Ordinarily, I wouldn't wipe my ass with the OC Weekly, but there I was without toilet paper'
Citrus Strike Lecture
Sweet and Tender Hooligans
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. . .
Do Mexicans make better soldiers and Marines?
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
A Year in the Banana Republic of Santa Ana
Why the poor resort to backroom injections
A Bitter Ex-Congressman Secretly Feeds Voter Probe