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Long live the farmworkers!

My late father, Salomón Chavez Huerta, first arrived in this country as an agricultural guest worker in the mid-1900s, during the Bracero Program. The Bracero Program represented a guest worker program between the United States and Mexico. From 1942 to 1964, the Mexican government exported an estimated 4.6 million Mexicans to meet this country’s labor shortage not only in the agricultural fields during two major wars (WWII and Korean War), but also in the railroad and mining sectors.

Like many braceros of his generation from rural Mexico, my father didn’t speak too much about the horrible working / housing conditions he endured while toiling in el norte. This included low pay, overcrowded housing, terrible food, limited legal rights, lack of freedom outside of the labor camps, racism, verbal / physical abuse and price gauging from company landlords / stores. [Mas…]

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stilllifewithskullLatinos age slower — and live longer — than other ethnic groups in America, according to a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Why? Their blood ages more slowly.

The Daily Mail reports:

Scientists refer to the phenomenon as the ‘Hispanic paradox’, since Latinos typically have higher rates of diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

But according to researchers at UCLA, the ethnic group is unequivocally healthier, lives longer than others, and has cells that take much longer to age.

Experts claim the findings, published in the current issue of Genome Biology, could help unlock how to delay slowing for all ethnic groups.

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In the lobby of the school where I work, there is a huge image of Earth taped onto the wall. It is made of kraft paper and crisscrossed with colorful broad strokes of tempera paint.

Circling the perimeter of the planet are cutout drawings of children holding hands. No two children are the same, partly because of the way the preschoolers scribbled and colored them in.

Above the planet are the words “WE ARE ONE.” [Mas…]

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clintoncastroAt a campaign rally last month, Hillary Clinton announced Julian Castro as her pick for VP.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Castro, a rising star in the party, was chosen for his ability to reach white voters.

Castro is fluent in English and very comfortable with white Americans. “Hello,” he said in his first public address as the vice-presidential nominee. “I’m happy to be here with all of you today.” The crowd responded warmly to his introduction in their native language.

“What most people don’t realize is that Julian speaks excellent English. It will give him the ability to communicate with the white vote” said a source close to the nominee. [Mas…]

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In this moody, black and white 2 minute study : Mariachi, video creator Kimo Easterwood hangs out at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, on Los Angeles’ Eastside.

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estehogar“It’s Proselyte Week here in Orange Aztlán,” POCHO’s anonymous Orange County photographic contributor emailed Wednesday. He put this sign on the front door of his Anaheim townhouse.

“Person after person is coming to ask whether we’ve found Jesus (“¿Ya se les extravió Jesús otra vez?! Qué descuidados son los cristianos con su salvador…”), to try and tell us Trump is more than just a bloviating human camote, to sell crappy chocolates for dubious fundraising efforts, etc. This sign has only been up for a few hours, but so far no one has knocked.”


Locked in the back of a van, desperate migrants must cross the Mexican border into the U.S. before one of them gives birth to an illegal alien. The Birth of an Alien (El Nacimiento de un Extranjero) is from Sumiko Braun.


When the White Man’s medicine isn’t working,it’s time to see the Slapping Medicine Man. Video by The 1491s.

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‘Study Abroad’ gringa is slow to realize she’s really in Califas

by Pejibaye Staff July 15, 2016 El Now

Tip from ex-Facebook friend breaks bad news (PNS reporting from SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA) A “Study Abroad” student received some upsetting news last week when she realized nothing around her looked like the Lonely Planet guidebook she was carrying. Becky Miller, a 21-year old geography major from Louisville, KY, was scheduled to spend three months in […]

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Traffic Stop: I almost got killed for ‘driving while black’ (NSFW video)

by Especial Correspondents July 13, 2016 Cartoons
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African American Alex Landau recounts how he nearly lost his life after a Denver police Traffic Stop. He and his white mother Patsy say that night changed them both forever. [NSFW F-bomb.] Video by StoryCorps

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Batsh1t crazy TX Rep. Louie Gohmert: Beware of gays in space! (videos)

by CAPTAIN SULU July 12, 2016 Cultura
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Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has deep feels about his gay brothers and sisters in space because an asteroid killed the dinosaurs and what about extra-terrestrial colonies like Matt Damon and God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. He shared his concerns on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in late […]

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The best! Classy! Poop Head Donald Trump Dog Poop Bags

by SPONSORED CONTENT FROM DONALD TRUMP June 29, 2016 Cultura
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People, let me tell you — and I’m being honest here — these dog poop bags are absolutely the best dog poop bags. We used to be number one in dog poop bags. But not anymore, folks. There has been a terrible schlonging in the poop bag market. And you know Hillary’s not going to […]

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Study: Trump “deranges” bridge players’ “no trump” games – or not

by Especial Correspondents June 27, 2016 El Now
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In competitive bridge, where card players employ a “no trump” game, the real world “yes Trump” manifestation is causing players to become “subtly deranged,” researchers reported on Friday. Or maybe not. StatNews reports:

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Costa Rican man miraculously cooks own dinner

by Pejibaye Staff June 22, 2016 El Now
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Suegra remains skeptical that he didn’t receive assistance (PNS reporting from LIBERIA, COSTA RICA) Local man Ramón Sosa Quesada stunned his friends and family Saturday when he single-handedly cooked his own dinner after finding himself home alone with no prepared meal. Sosa, whose wife goes to choir practice on Saturday evenings, said he felt completely […]

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Japanese fans made this Donald Trumpトランプ2016commercial

by RIO HONDA June 16, 2016 El Now
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トランプ2016 Donald Trumpu for World President 2016, the J-Pop way! So kawaii!

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Yanga: African slave who rebelled in Spanish ‘Mexico’ (video)

by Especial Correspondents June 16, 2016 Cultura
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Gaspar Yanga was stolen from West Africa to work as a slave on a Spanish plantation in colonial “Mexico.” But not for long.

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Pocho Ocho best ways to tell if someone is a member of ‘LA RAZA’

by Especial Correspondents June 9, 2016 El Now
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You know that “Mexican Judge,” Gonzalo P. Curiel? He can’t be impartial in the Trump University fraud case because he’s a member of that militant Mexican cabal known as LA RAZA. And he’s not the only one! After all, you can’t have a conspiracy with only one conspirator, amirite? There might even be card-carrying members […]

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‘Mexican Judge’ Reveals Pocho Ocho Top Secrets of Trump University

by Especial Correspondents June 2, 2016 El Now
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Newly unsealed federal fraud lawsuit records show that unqualified instructors and abusive sales tactics weren’t the only “trade secrets” Trump University was trying to hide. Sworn testimony and company documents — ordered released by Indiana-born “Mexican judge” Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California — also revealed these Pocho […]

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The Daily Show: Can Trump change his image with Latinos?

by Especial Correspondents June 1, 2016 El Now
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On the new Daily Show, new Senior Latina Contributor Eliza Cossio explains to Trevor Noah how Donald Trump can change his image with Latinos.

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POCHO Salute: USMC Lance Corporal Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr.

by TIO SAM May 30, 2016 Cultura
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Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr. (June 23, 1949 – April 11, 1970) was a United States Marine who was posthumously presented the nation’s highest military honor — the Medal of Honor — for his heroism on April 11, 1970 in Vietnam. Early years Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr. was born on June 23, […]

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Let’s get one thing straight: No human being is ‘illegal’

by Domenico Maceri, Ph.D. May 23, 2016 Cultura
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“Could the president grant deferred removal to every unlawfully present alien in the United States right now?” That’s how Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts referred to individuals lacking the proper documents to be in the country during a recent hearing on DAPA (Deferred Action for parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). “Alien” is […]

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Native American population almost back to pre-Columbian levels

by Especial Correspondents May 20, 2016 Cultura
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Samuel W. Bennett’s GET DATA website features charts/graphs and infographics about current events, sports, news, culture, and history. We thought this log-scale graph of the native (in red, of course) and white population in the U.S. was fascinating, sad, and maybe, just maybe, encouraging. His description: After disease and war decimated the Native American population […]

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Mexican immigrant parents: From my shame to my pride

by DR. Alvaro Huerta May 17, 2016 Cultura
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When I first applied to UCLA, I wrote in my personal essay that I didn’t have any positive role models in my violent neighborhood. Having grown up in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, I wrote that most of the adults represented gang members, drug dealers, thieves, tecatos (heroin addicts), alcoholics, felons and high […]

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Online Finds: Challenger Disaster mariachi tribute LPs (photos)

by K.C. QUESO May 16, 2016 Cultura
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All we know are these mariachi album covers which we found online. Has anyone ever heard the music? El Hermano Gustolin: ENERO Tito Villabuenos: CANCIONES DEL DUELO

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