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That Barcode Placement…

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larazatshirtLove is in the air for Valentine’s Day.

Is there a way for the politically active pocha or pocho, Chicano, Chicana, Chican@ and/or Latinx to get lucky AND make the world a better place?

Yes, there is, in our list of the Pocho Ocho top activist pickup lines you can use for Valentine’s Day:

8. What do we want? A quiet romantic dinner for two! When do we want it? Friday night — what do you think — 8-ish?

7. What’s a nice girl like you doing in a MEChA like this?

6. Is that a GMO-free organic sustainably-raised earth-friendly heirloom local family farm non-corporate elote in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? [Mas…]


I always knew that we Chicano men were devious but I never realized just how much. I must admit I have always been the weak-willed type as far as temptation goes, but these past holidays really brought out the worst in me.

I was busy petting my dog named Vato, right before Christmas, when I accidentally hosed down la suegra just as I was finishing watering the lawn. Good thing I was leaving for work.

I heard her say as I was leaving, “¡Desgraciado, hijo de la chi…..! So I quickly drove off. But as I did, I heard her shout out to my wife, “I told you he was evil! How, can I go to Mass all wet, and I wanted so much to show off my new Sunday dress to all my friends.”

Needless to say, I’m glad I left the house rather quickly. Have you ever seen two angry Chicanas gang up on one innocent Chicano? Well, it’s not pretty. [Mas…]

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Today’s Black History Month salute goes to Freddy “Fruit-Loop” Jenkins, the passionate trailblazer who broke out of the closet in the early 1900s as the country’s first openly-gay African-American man. Mohammed King reports. [NSFW adult language maybe.]

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La Realidad: The Realities of Anti-Mexicanism

by Dr. Juan Gómez-Quiñones February 1, 2017 Cultura
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“Where have you been, my darling young one.” – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan U.S. anti-Mexicanism is a race premised set of historical and contemporary ascriptions, convictions and discriminatory practices inflicted on persons of Mexican descent, longstanding and pervasive in the United States. This essay conceptualizes, historicizes, and analyzes anti-Mexicanism, past and […]

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In Paracho, Michoacan, they still make guitars by hand (video)

by MARTIN GIBSON BIGSBY FENDER III January 26, 2017 Cultura
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In Michoacan, Mexico, the town of Paracho de Verduzcoo has a unique claim to fame. Many in the town of 30,000 — known as the “Guitar Capital of Mexico” — make their living crafting guitars. The streets are lined with shops featuring some of the most beautiful guitars in the world. Director Andre Arevalo met […]

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From the Harvard Library: 5 Ways to Spot Fake News (infographic)

by Especial Correspondents January 24, 2017 Cartoons
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There are people out there that want you to believe their “alternative facts.” Don’t fall for that bullshit. The librarians at Harvard show us all how.

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Donald Trump, John Lewis and MLK Day (video, toon, photo)

by Especial Correspondents January 15, 2017 Cartoons
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In 1991, Public Enemy‘s epic By the Time I Get to Arizona spotlighted the Hate State of Arizona’s failure to implement the Martin Luther King Day national holiday. Contrast and compare with PEE-OTUS Donald Trump’s weekend Twitter attack on civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, draw the necessary conclusions, and prepare to take appropriate action:

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This just in from Mt. Alachingada: No mames! Unpresidented! (photo)

by Especial Correspondents January 13, 2017 El Now
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Especial Correspondents Lalo Alcaraz, El Eres Nerd, Maria Purísima, Ms. LunaSol, Junco Canche, and Comic Saenz contributed to this report.

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The Pocho Ocho craziest cosas we found in our 2017 Rosca de Reyes

by Especial Correspondents January 6, 2017 Cultura
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Today is Three Kings Day, Dia de Los Reyes Magos, AKA Epiphany, the day when Los Tres Reyes dropped by the manger to gift up the original Anchor Baby, El Baby Jesus. Check out the Pocho Ocho Craziest Things we found in the Rosca de Reyes here at the POCHO world headquarters: 8. Rosca’s Chicken and […]

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Hey Vato! What do you really, really want for Christmas? (video)

by EL SANTO CLAUS December 23, 2016 Cultura
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Vatos Chuy and Smiley made up a Christmas wish list, but they’re checking it twice! PREVIOUSLY ON NIKE CORTEZ:

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Radical Housekeeper: A short story

by Noraly Cazares December 9, 2016 Cultura
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She’s up at 5:45 in the morning to make her kids and husband breakfast and lunch for the day; waiting to make her own meals last. She pulls out the tortillas fresh off the comal because she doesn’t believe in store bought shit. She’s authentic, raw and loyal to her traditions. She slips into her […]

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On #GivingTuesday, Los Pochodores endorse these causes

by LOS POCHODORES November 29, 2016 Cultura

It’s #GivingTuesday 2016, when all good pochos y pochas should donate dinero to the non-profit organization of her/his choice. Here’s where Los Pochodores are sending money this year:

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John F. Kennedy in Houston and Dallas, TX November 21-22, 1963

by RUSSELL CONTRERAS November 22, 2016 Cultura
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Tina Adame couldn’t stop smiling hours after meeting President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy the next morning. The First Couple surprised Mexican American guests at a LULAC gala in Houston, and Tina went over every detail to anyone who listened at the engineering firm where she worked. The president spoke about the […]

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Dear Trump Voter Ashley: We are real people, not your ‘Taco Tuesday’

by Sandra C. Muñoz November 22, 2016 El Now
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Dear Ashley, I don’t really know you very well. I met you for the first time when my family and I travelled to Rogers, Arkansas to see you marry my nephew. I knew my nephew at some point. I saw him grow up here in Los Angeles until my brother and his wife thought the […]

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Songwriting therapy: When everything is f—-d, keep on going (audio)

by Josh Millard November 22, 2016 Audio
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I wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. [NSFW F-bomb.]   [Music and art by METAFILTER main man CORTEX aka Josh Millard.]

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Loyalty and Loathing: Is Donald Trump the new Fidel Castro?

by Raul Ramos y Sanchez November 18, 2016 El Now
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Since Donald Trump’s astonishing rise to power, there is only one other public figure I can recall that has drawn such extremes of loyalty and loathing: Fidel Castro in his prime. I will no doubt get an avalanche of criticism from my fellow Cuban-Americans for making this observation. But that simply proves my point. Although […]

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Pocho Ocho Top Tunes on Obama’s forthcoming jazz CD

by Especial Correspondents November 17, 2016 El Now
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON D.C.) President Barack Obama will launch a new career when his term ends — a career as a jazz saxophonist, PNS has learned. Insiders at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue say the president has been spending almost every weekend for the last six months practicing his tenor saxophone, a gift from former President […]

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Why does Lieutenant Bannon from Breitbart hate women, Bones? (GIF)

by Especial Correspondents November 16, 2016 Cartoons
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Sombra of OVERWATCH: Latinx champion of a tech-forward identity

by Earvin Ramos November 14, 2016 Cultura
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After months of secrets leaking out of headquarters, the new hero for Orange County’s Blizzard Entertainment hit game Overwatch has finally been revealed. She’s a Mexican Latina named Sombra (photo). Her name means Shadow. But does this impact the culture of Orange County? The culture of video game development? The very essence of Mexican and Mexican-American […]

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@UPDATED: Screw you, Trump! Esta tierra es mia tambien! (video)

by MARK LANE November 11, 2016 Cultura
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Wednesday my son’s second grade class in Lemon Grove, San Diego County, California put on a “Veteran’s Appreciation Show.” When the kids began with This Land is Your Land in Spanish, I was moved beyond words. The significance of this happening right after we elected a white supremacist to the highest office in the land […]

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Play by play from East LA: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR November 4, 2016 Cultura
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Today is the big game — Roosevelt vs Garfield — the Boyle Heights East/Los Angeles high school football rivalry that has lasted generations. The Roughriders meet the Bulldogs this evening at Weingart Stadium on Avenida César Chávez in Monterey Park. In this 2013 poetry video, David A. Romero supplied the play by play.

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