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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, [email protected] 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…]

lalo_chunky_sanchezI was sad to hear that San Diego and Barrio Logan Chicano icon Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez passed away Friday at the age of 65.

Born in 1951 in Blythe, California, Chunky learned to play music from his family, and lived his childhood as a migrant farmworker. He left the farm he worked with his father soon after hearing the owner tell his dad that Chunky would make a great foreman when he was gone.

He decided to go to college, and eventually landed at San Diego State. Chunky and his brother Ricardo’s band Los Alacranes Mojados were a fixture when I was a MEChista at San Diego State; I can’t tell you how many events they played for us and for the entire movimiento. [Mas…]

larazatshirtLove is in the air for Valentine’s Day, along with cries for immigration reform, equal economic opportunity and an end to pervasive systemic racism.

Is there a way for the politically active pocha or pocho, Chicano, Chicana, [email protected] 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 this 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…]

TRUDELL_PRESENTEJohn Trudell, the activist, artist, actor, and poet who dedicated his life to Native American rights, land and language, walked on December 8. He was 69. [Mas…]

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The Chicago Reader shared an excellent obituary of artist Jose Guerrero.

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Activists’ Pocho Ocho top pickup lines for Valentine’s Day

by Especial Correspondents February 13, 2015 Cultura
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Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day, along with cries for immigration reform, economic fairness and equal justice. Is there a way for the politically active pocha or pocho 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 […]

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Not your Auntie’s Girl Scouts: Meet Oakland’s Radical Brownies (video)

by Bronco del Camino January 28, 2015 Cultura
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They’re young, they’re determined and they’re not about the cookies. Meet the newly-organized Radical Brownies of Oakland, CA. FUSION’s Jorge Rivas explains:

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Chicano anti-war activist found in Canada after 44 years

by Malcolm Mex July 1, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MONTREAL) A Los Angeles man who had not been heard from since he fled to Canada in 1970 to avoid the Vietnam War draft has been found in Montreal, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. When Albert “Sleepy” Dominguez missed the 1970 Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles, noone knew he had […]

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Women’s History Month: Sister Megan Rice (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA March 20, 2014 Cartoons
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Megan Gillespie Rice (born January 31, 1930) is an anti-nuclear activist and Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. On February 18, 2014, Rice was sentenced to 35 months in prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, spray-painting antiwar slogans, and splashing blood on the […]

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Pocho Ocho top activist pickup lines for Valentine’s Day

by Especial Correspondents February 13, 2014 Cultura
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Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day, along with cries for immigration reform, economic fairness and equal justice. Is there a way for the politically active pocha or pocho to get lucky AND make the world a better place? Yes, there is! Check out our list of the Pocho Ocho top activist pickup lines […]

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Your childhood cartoon heroes — where are they now? (toons)

by RINGO BLING September 25, 2013 Cartoons
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Mia McKenzie writes: So, a couple of weeks ago, there was this link going around that depicts certain 90s cartoon characters “taking on” New York fashion week in trendy outfits. Among them are Lisa Simpson and Daria. When I saw this, the first thing I thought was, Ugh. Lisa Simpson, proud feminist with so much […]

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Harlem activist calls ‘Harlem Shake’ video craze a ‘racist meme’

by Malcolm Mex February 20, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from HARLEM) The Harlem Shake viral video craze is a racist meme characterized by a near total lack of African-Americans, Harlem Community College graduate student Emiliano Zapata Shabazz-Jones declared yesterday. Shabazz-Jones, a Harlem native, emailed PNS about the video meme, which, he wrote, “commodicates and transmogrifies” African-American culture and is “an insult” to […]

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Chicana activist joins EZLN movement

by María Purísima February 11, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from NEW JACK CITY)  A local activist is excited about throwing her support behind a movement in Southern Mexico she recently read about on Facebook: the EZLN. Pilar Morales (photo) said she saw a post on her friend Daisy’s Facebook wall about a new band called Rage Against the Machine which talked about […]

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Ñewsweek: Latina’s lament, Jean Naté returns, video editor fired

by Comic Saenz December 30, 2012 El Now
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In East L.A., activist Vanessa “Coyolxauhqui” García had a sad and broke down crying at a community meeting right before the end of the year. Garcia was distraught at the gap between her aspirations and the sad state of the world. In the San Fernando Valley, adult video editor Roberto Mendoza faced an uncertain future […]

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Local Latina activist tearfully faces reality: ‘I can’t save the world’

by María Purísima December 28, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Vanessa “Coyolxauhqui” García (photo, right) underwent a nervous breakdown at the Boyle Heights Community Development Council’s final 2012 meeting Wednesday night. After several snotty tissues, García faced up to the vast distance between her dreams and reality. “I can’t save the world! I can barely save myself!” she cried, wiping […]

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Student activist confesses: ‘I’m actually mestizo, not indígena’

by María Purísima December 5, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from SAN JOSE) Johnny Ramírez had a huge confession to make to his Pre-Columbian Latin American history class last week. The summer he spent in Barcelona really changed him, the San Jose State junior told his fellow students during section. “I always felt this pressure to be true to my indígena Aztec roots, […]

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‘La Cucaracha’ salutes Hollywood great Lupe Ontiveros (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 13, 2012 Cartoons
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I drew this tribute obituary comic strip for the great actress and activist Lupe Ontiveros,  who passed away on July 26. In this strip, Vero, Eddie and Cuco send off Lupe as she appears before her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in the sky. Lupe was a one-of-a-kind soul who brought lots of joy to many. […]

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La Chata’s Music Box: Outernational ‘The Beginning Is Here’ (video)

by La Chata July 6, 2012 Cultura
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La Chata’s Music Box presents spankin’-good Spanglish ska from Outernational – The Beginning Is Here, the first video from the activist New York collective’s latest CD (Todos Somos Ilegales We are All Illegal.) (NSFW lyrics.) The title track video (with special guest stars!) is right here, and the band is on the Pocho Hour of Power […]

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