Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gov Brewer and Pres Obama "Face Off"...

Huff Post Reports Brewer and Obama Face Off over her book and immigration reform

Shout out to Bernardo Jimenez whose post on this got my attention.
Gov Brewer has been mentioned in this blog before. When I saw this story, before watching the video below, I was pleased to see the president confront the representative for AZ uber-conservative government. However, the angles in the videos leave out the still with the pointing taking place.
Watching the video opens up the ambiguity of what happens during the exchange which is described on the AZStarNet: "According to pool reporters who were present Wednesday afternoon, Obama and Brewer seemed to be talking at the same time, seemingly over each another, until he walked away in mid-sentence."

The Huff Post isn't allowing the video to embed, but you can see the raw AP footage with interesting timed cut-aways here:

Better yet, check out's take on their "Exclusive Audio" of the interaction:

NPR's story:

Lastly, internet memes can be poignant:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Parody of AZ book banning

Wet Books: Smuggling Banned Literature Back Into Arizona

With any good satire, there is an active play upon an assumption or shared belief, be it true or false. In this video, a parody of smuggling banned books into Arizona is made, playing upon the assumptions about human and drug smuggling. As it has been said, humor heals, and in the situation with the Ethnic Studies programs it is better to resist and use humor to protest. However, I could imagine the purposeful misinterpretation of this video by conservatives who already base arguments on the conflation of narcos and migrant workers.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last Chance to Submit

National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies Tejas Regional Conference Texas State University, San Marcos

March 1, 2, and 3, 2012

(Logo: Pearl Hooks)
From the Call for proposals:
Chicanas and Chicanos are a highly diverse people. Today many of our scholars are engaged in wide-ranging research across disciplinary fields continuously adding to our collective knowledge of who we are. Our artists, workers, professionals, policymakers, grassroots and religious leaders, and others within our communities are doing important work in constructing our diverse cultural realities. Our scholarship and rich community experiences continue to reflect us as a people with many intercultural and transnational complexities. Across Tejas alone, many differences exist, yet more numerous are the commonalities binding us together. As peoples native to this land with a long history of struggle for justice and equality in society, our understanding of how we see ourselves and how others see us has grown and matured.
The 2012 NACCS Tejas Regional Conference Committee therefore invites proposals for papers, panels, exhibits, performances, and other creative means for addressing the many ways we see ourselves as well as how others see us—in the past, present, and our rapidly changing future. We invite Chican@ perspectives on the varied situations where we find ourselves located socially, culturally, educationally, historically, politically—rhetorically. We invite perspectives which best seek to illustrate the conference theme “This Is Us.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ozomatli Concert for Save Ethnic Studies Benefit

Support the Lawsuit by Ethnic Studies Instructors

I wish I had something profound or even insightful to post about this.

  • Mexican American Studies Will Rise Again in 2012:

Support the Lawsuit of TUSD MAS teachers and Buy tickets to Ozomatli on February 18th at the Rialto, a benefit for Save Ethnic Studies.

A past post with Ozomatli video.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What Mayans Say About 2012 Calendar

Mayan Descendants on NPR Latino Say 2012 Not End of World...Duh

According to NPR interviews with Mayan descendants, the Mayan calendar does not predict the end of the world; however, what they do say the 2012 should signify is an emphasis on helping to replenish Mother Earth in efforts that go beyond sorting the recycling.

Don't Believe the Hype:


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Manu Chao Performs Clandestino in Maricopa

Songs of Protest

I heard this version of Manu Chao performing his song "Clandestino" in front of tent city and this most recent time I heard it on Alt Latino reminded me I wanted to post it.

Listen to the entire story at: