Ruben Hernandez

Vistas to discover

Vistas to discover

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.” – James Openheim, a fellow traveler. I’m back – to stay. You can’t see it on the page, but those four words for me are burned in mental neon, and tinged electric with wonder, passion and determination. When I swaggered […]

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1. Parsing the Spanglish

1. Parsing the Spanglish

Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, a scholar in residence at Western New Mexico University, disagrees with a Latina who wrote in Newsweek (Dec. 17) that Spanglish is bad: “As a native speaker of Spanish and a professor of English for more than five decades, I speak Spanglish–and that’s not a sign of bad English and […]

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Aliens in the Cage

<em>Aliens in the Cage</em>

A group of ASU students staged a street performance on April 23 titled “Aliens in the Cage.” The public theater focused on the Arizona laws that traumatize undocumented workers and their families. “There are many undocumented people at ASU who don’t come out about their status and they’re in a psychological cage. It’s a bad […]

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Worst kind of history lesson

Worst kind of history lesson

Republican state Representative Russell Pearce – who claims to be a limited-government conservative but uses his legislative bully pulpit to dictate how everybody else should live and think – is at it again. His latest brain lapse is a bill he introduced in the House in April that would have targeted schools that use taxpayer […]

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Dream deferred

Playwright James Garcia sees the drama generated by Arizona’s current politics, then writes and stages it. His one-act theater, Dream Act, captures the too-real human devastation caused by legislation like Proposition 300, a ballot initiative voters approved in 2006 that makes it illegal for undocumented students to pay in-state tuition or receive scholarships from Arizona’s […]

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Interactive and aimed right at you

Buzz en el calle is that the Arizona Republic and sister TV station Channel 12 KPNX are secretly designing a Web site portal aimed at local Latinos. (Mistake Numero Uno – you can’t keep secrets from chismoso Valley Latinos.) You may remember – or not – ¡Extra!, the special edition in the Republic supposedly designed […]

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Hunting season

Hunting season

It’s the political season, and candidates and their backers are already lining up each other in their sights. George Diaz of Tolleson and Gregory Torrez are supporting Democrat Tim Nelson for Maricopa County Attorney. George sent Latino Perspectives his reasons for wanting Andrew Thomas out: My Top Ten reasons to FIRE Andy Thomas: 10. An […]

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Politics of art

Politics of art

On April 2, for the first time in the history of the state Legislature, Chicano art filled the House. Latino artists were honored on the floor of the House of Representatives as part of the Latino Caucus celebration of the legacy of the late civil-rights leader Cesar Chavez. State Rep. Ben Miranda, a Democrat from […]

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Hate is a four-letter word

National Council of La Raza chief Janet Murguía warned that politicos are using immigration as a wedge issue for the 2008 elections, and that is making the issue “one of the largest civil-rights issues not only to the growing Latino vote but of our generation.” She questioned the wisdom of politicos and candidates using rhetoric […]

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Bridge of rights

Bridge of rights

This tribute in art took seven years to finish, but in April the Cesar Chavez Labor Bridge was dedicated at the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and I-10 on Tucson’s south side. The intricate mural by artistas Alex Garza and Josh Sarantitis is a public art homage to how the late labor leader used a […]

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