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Big Gay Al MadrigalDaily Show Senior Latino Correspondent and POCHO Migrant Editor — travels way down south to Dixie to get to the bottom of the heinous homophobia in America’s southern states. Once he gives up his preconceptions, it doesn’t take long for reality to give him a wink and ask for his phone number.

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FINAL INSTALLMENT: They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstance conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.

Mrs. Mary Smith Richardson was not a happy camper, if they even had camps in Selma, AL in 1884. New husband Lundsford Richardson had an honors degree in Latin from Davidson College but didn’t make enough to raise a family. After all, how many Latin-speakers lived in Alabama in the 19th Century, not to mention Latinos?

When Mary got pregnant while Lunsford was teaching at the Little River Academy, they knew things had to change quick.

With a loan from from Mary’s brother, a physician, Lunsford started a small pharmacy in Selma. [Mas…]

Letter to the Editor: How Cooter and son welcomed me to Alabama

by TOMAS SALAS May 16, 2012 Audio
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I knew that I was in a heap of trouble when the mechanics showed up in a big old beat-up four-wheel-drive mud-covered truck with a hand-painted sign on the doors that read Cooter’s Roadside Auto Repair. These fellas sat in their truck a little too long — staring at me — before they got out […]

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Pocho Ocho tips for Latino astronauts (like José Hernández)

by Al Carlos Hernandez March 27, 2012 Cultura
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So you want to follow José Hernández into outer espace as a Latino astronaut? Here’s our handy list of tips for a safe and successful mission: 8. Do not order the all-bean burrito for lunch. 7. When you fly over my house, wave or else people will think you’re stuck up. 6. Make a mean […]

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Mexico issues travel warning for Los United Estates

by Santino J. Rivera February 15, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MEXICO CITY) In the widest travel advisory since the Zoot Suit Riots of the 1940s, the Mexican government is recommending that Mexicans avoid travel to all or parts of the United States of America. Mexico’s State Department has warned against any nonessential travel in all of California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico […]

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Ñewsy Week: Daniel D Portado returns, AL ♥ CA y much more

by Comic Saenz February 5, 2012 El Now
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A busy ñewsweek brought the return to glory of the original self-deportationist, Daniel D. Portado, who, it turns out, is a fictional character created by POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz; an Alabama plan to import Canadians to replace the immigrant labor that used to keep the state running; and militant MEChA murmurings about the Lack of […]

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Alabama legislators to ‘import’ Canadian workers to fill jobs

by Santino J. Rivera February 2, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from DIXIE) In a move to avoid further financial ruin and humiliation, Alabama legislators are considering an unusual measure called the “Canuck Program” that would “import” laborers from Canadia to fill empty Alabama jobs. Immigrant Mexican labor has all but disappeared from the Alabama landscape and the state has lost $10.8 billion in […]

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