[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans make their kids perform at family parties?
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
See update at the end of the post with reaction to the Supreme Court ruling by Rep. Loretta Sanchez:ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 25, 8:35 A.M.: The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected nearly all of Arizona's controversial immigration law yet upheld SB 1070's most controversial provision: the one requiri ... More >>
Crossing the Line: A Village Voice Media Special Report
[Crossing the Line] A cycle of justice that must be remembered
[Crossing the Line] A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far
[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
Well here's a timely UC Irvine study in light of today's Weekly cover package: The Southern California Regional Progress Report to be released next week shows the large influx of Asian and Latino immigrants into Southern California in the past 50 years has led to less crime, lower joblessness and ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union caravan stopping in Santa Ana at high noon Monday to draw attention to the damage done by immigration laws like Arizona's is sure to include a hippie van with stickers all over it. Only some messages will be in Spanglish, and Jerry Garcia's Dead head will be replac ... More >>
"Here's that beautiful picture of Kelly on the right," said Ron Thomas, as he pointed to a portrait of his smiling son toward the end of his PowerPoint presentation on homelessness at Cal State University Fullerton's eighth-annual social justice summit on Saturday, April 14. "Right here, [Kelly ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is 'Make Sick O' the best Mexi slur ever?
Next week, Major League Baseball will hold its annual All Star game in Phoenix, where Sheriff Joe Arpayaso roams and perhaps the only major metropolitan area in the United States that has more Know Nothings per ratio than Orange County. For the past year, activists have been calling on Commission ... More >>
It has been more than one year since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed controversial anti-immigrant legislation SB1070 into law provoking a swift activist response that stretched all the way to the music community in the form of the Sound Strike boycott. Since that time, and in the wake of cert ... More >>
If you don't like the ruling, turn your screen upside down.A federal appeals court today upheld a lower court decision that blocked the most contested provisions of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law from taking effect. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th ... More >>
SilvaAssemblymen Donald Wagner (R-Irvine) and Jim Silva (R-Huntington Beach) provided two of the three committee votes in favor of anti-immigration legislation in California modeled after Arizona's SB 1070.But seven Democrats lined up against Hesperia Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's AB 26 ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, praise for a town in Northern Arizona
After the Catholic Worker, my favorite batch of religious folks are the various Unitarian-Universalist (UU) congregations in Orange County. I've spoken at the Fellowship at Laguna Beach, will speak at Tapestry in Mission Viejo next weekend, and have long-haunted the Anaheim congregation. They are ... More >>
www.thesoundstrike.net The Sound Strike, an organizational campaign led by Rage Against the Machine and One Day as a Lion frontman Zack de la Rocha designed to enlist musicians in a boycott Arizona over SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant policies has just declared its recent toy and food ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And where does it say that Arizona's infamous SB 1070 is anti-Mexican?
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
While you are shopping today for turkey, trim and giblets, Mexica Movement members are preparing for a totally different holiday celebration.From 3-6 p.m. Thursday, the union of the indigenous people of the colonial nations known as the U.S., Mexico, Canada and those in Central America, hosts a " ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Mexican radio, used-tire stores and more!
Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly"Coyote Song," which Bright Eyes recorded for the Sound Strike, is out today. Created to support the coalition of artists who are boycotting Arizona after it passed the controversial SB 1070 bill, the song is for sale on the Sound Strike site for $2. Proceeds go to the Flo ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Immortal Technique speaks on immigration, plus the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County calls out the Doheny Blues Fest
The object of Sanchez's protestAnybody involved in progressive politics over the years knows that Anaheim's Unitarian-Universalist Church has been there every step of the way, whether hosting fundraisers to get wrongfully imprisoned Black Panther members out of jail to helping Anaheim residents d ... More >>
She ruled WHAT!?!A federal judge has blocked the part of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law that allows police to ask people if they are in the country legally.The tough new immigration law that has sparked national debate is scheduled to take effect Thursday. However, the ask/you'd-better-tell ... More >>
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 >>
Finky the Blogger told us how for months and months, something smelled really bad in Mission Viejo, and the same source of the funk--think rotten eggs, high school locker rooms, Taco Bell kitchens--has been blamed for stinking up Rancho Santa Margarita.No, that's not a reference to the RSM City C ... More >>
UPDATE: As expected, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council passed a resolution last night supporting the controversial Arizona immigration-reform law SB 1070. In adopting the thing, one panelist revealed he does not believe in immigration reform (see end of post) . . .Aw hell, Rancho, go all t ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseUPDATE: The public onsale is Monday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com On July 23, Rage Against the Machine will be performing in LA for the first time in 10 years to support organizations combating SB 1070, Arizona's immigration law. The Sound Strike, Zack de la Rocha's or ... More >>
The Mexican wrote here about the protest before tonight's All-Star Game at Angel Stadium by folks who want the next Midsummer Classic moved out of Arizona because of the immigrant-targeting SB 1070 legislation.Looks like those protesters are going to have mucho company.
The sporting eyes of America will focus on Anaheim this Tuesday for the baseball All-Star Game--so what better time to schedule a protest against Arizona's retrograde, anti-Mexican, pro-Arpayaso policies than just before the game?A Facebook page called "Move the 2011 All Star Game out of Arizona" ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] You might not be a pinche racist if . . .
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, whose coverage area includes Orange County, and the ACLUs of Northern California, San Diego and Imperial Counties and 26 other affiliates, issued an Arizona travel alert today.Arizona's response?"Meh."
UPDATE: The Orange City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday night to declare itself a "rue the law," I mean, "rule of law" city, and to support Arizona SB 1070 and to shit on cities that are opposed to it. So there! It's getting so that it will be news if an Orange County city does vote to support Arizona' ... More >>
Tougher border enforcement in California and Texas has spelled disaster for southern Arizona
UPDATE: The Yorba Linda City Council votes 3-0 Tuesday night in favor of a resolution supporting Arizona's SB 1070. Let us travel back in time to May 13, 1971, when President of the United States of America--and Yorba Linda favorite son--Richard Nixon was engaged in conversation with John Ehrlich ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseOn Tuesday, Zack de la Rocha gathered up a few of his friends to protest the Arizona state law (SB 1070) that legalizes and sanctions racial profiling on the site Soundstrike.net. Artists who joined forces to boycott Arizona (by "not allow(ing) our collective economic power to b ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Why U.S. immigration laws are still better than Mexico's
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And everybody has a different, not-so-endearing nickname for the Brown Menace
Coe, in center, between two of her other pet candidates, Joe Arpayaso and sheriff's candidate Bill HuntNow that Irvine state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore is fully behind Arizona's anti-illegals SB 1070, the extremists are coming out of their muck to support his quixotic campaign for Senate. Take the ... More >>
sublimelyhappy @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 See, Tila, I know how to credit other people's work...I've started a lot of conversations in my lifetime, and I've noticed that certain opening lines leave the other party dumbfounded, at a loss for how to continue. "I think I'm pregnant." "Th ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] ¡A la chingada with Arizona's SB 1070!
Pulido: The New Emiliano Zapata?Is the world coming to an end? Oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, volcanic ashes creating havoc--and now, SanTana Mayor Don Papi Pulido joining wabs in not only condemning Arizona's anti-illegals SB1070, but bringing forth a resolution to oppose it AND vote for its ... More >>
The biggest non-surprise of the week: your Anaheim Angels' owner, Arte Moreno, offering no comment to the Los Angeles Times when they asked about his stance on Arizona's SB1070, that piece of Copper State legislation that makes OC's own Proposition 187 seem as anti-Mexican as El Plan de Santa Bar ... More >>