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Looking back, looking forward

Looking back, looking forward

By James Diaz Growing up, Labor Day weekend was the moment we looked back and reflected longingly on the joys of the summer. We also looked forward to a recommitment to school – new pencils and binders, a new back-to-school wardrobe, the annual promise to improve our grades and the excitement of new classmates of […]

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Sending messages via radio waves

Sending messages via radio waves

Want more Latino rap, but twirling the radio dial just results in cookie-cutter music formats? That’s because most radio stations – even lots of Spanish-language ones – are mass produced nationally by media conglomerates like Clear Channel. However, listeners can now tap into local Latino alternative radio via the Internet. In addition, the FCC in […]

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More ‘War’ skirmishes

More ‘War’ skirmishes

Maggie Rivas and Gus Chavez, founders of the Defend the Honor campaign, are still leading the charge for respect. Their latest skirmish with Ken Burns, producer of the 15-hour documentary The War, finds those at DH who fought to get WWII Latino veteranos included in the historical series confronting Burns’ “arrogant attitude.” The documentary is […]

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Odd couple: Ozomatli & Bush White House?

Odd couple: Ozomatli & Bush White House?

Ozomatli, the anti-war, L.A.-based Latino rock band, has formed an odd partnership with the Bush administration’s State Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Department, along with a smattering of corporate sponsors, has commissioned the group to perform at concerts in the Middle East. Saxophonist Ulises Bella called the collaboration a “cry for change […]

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“Quiero ganar (I want to win)”

“Quiero ganar (I want to win)”

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a presidential candidate, may be practicing rolling his r’s in front of the mirror as you read this. McCain accepted an opportunity from Univision to join a Spanish-language Republican presidential debate to be aired over the network Sept. 16. McCain was the first Republican to accept the invitation. He has scored […]

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News pros gathering

The Arizona Latino Media Association in Phoenix is looking to convene a community meeting about English-language media’s coverage of Latinos in the Valley. ALMA is especially concerned about the newsroom restructuring earlier this year at The Arizona Republic that resulted in coverage cutbacks, says its president, Jonathan Higuera. AS LP Journal reported previously (Latino Issues […]

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Aw, that really (doesn’t) hurt!

Student activists Luis Avila and Tony Arias are using old and new movimiento tactics like a hunger strike, an e-mail campaign, cell phone texting and personal sacrifices to push for passage by Congress of the DREAM Act. On July 27, the duo called for a youth strike outside the offices of Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor. […]

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Sacrificing accuracy

On the other hand, hunger strikers were stunned when KTAR radio covered their efforts, only to describe the group of activists as undocumented. Undocumented Students Stage Hunger Strike, blared KTAR’s headline on a story by reporter Doug Ramsey. Participants – all U.S. citizens – in the youth strike tried repeatedly to contact KTAR News Director […]

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The undocumented, value added

What do immigrants cost Arizona? Nada. Matter of fact, a new report shows naturalized and undocumented immigrants combined to contribute to the state’s economy. The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the UA says immigrants generate more than $3 in taxes for every $2 they incur in government services. The estimated annual state […]

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Art x 3 = cool shows

Art x 3 = cool shows

Three shows that definitely should be on your fall calendar feature works by local Latino artists: At Mesa Contemporary Arts (where another art show, “Papel Chicano” is packing them in), Tucson-based artist Daniel Martin Diaz unveils “Mysterium Fidei,” which is slated to run Sept. 14 – Dec. 2. His works are filled with deep emotion, […]

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