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Twenty-something New Mexico native Manuel Ray Perez had already been honorably discharged by the U.S. Army, but after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that started World War II, he knew he had to get back in the fight.

That determination, and a toss of the coin, put him on Omaha Beach, Normandy, Nazi-occupied France, on D-Day, 75 years ago today.

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He was a yeoman on “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach with the 6th Beach Battalion — bullets screaming past him and hitting buddies and strangers all around during the Invasion of Normandy. And he was there because all he won a coin toss.

Retired Yeoman Chief Petty Officer Ray Perez has asked himself why he was there many times since then. He started asking in the hours after he and the 367 other enlisted men and 42 officers in his battalion cleared the way for the coming allied forces behind them. He wasn’t just there on D-Day, Perez was in one of the first units to hit the beach. [Mas…]


Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. — John McCain’s last message to America.


Seventeen year old Los Angeles-born Ralph Lazo (photo) voluntarily entered the Manzanar Japanese-American internment camp after learning his neighbors were being locked up by the government. He later joined the military and helped liberate the Philippines and spent his life “discouraging the occurrence of similar injustices and violations of civil liberties in the future.” [Video by Velshi and Ruhle for MSNBC.]

Did you ever ask yourself WHAT YOU WOULD DO if the time came when the Trump regime’s troopers came to round up your neighbors? THAT TIME IS NOW.

Supercut Video: Our hero Speedy Gonzales yells “Yeehaw!”

by Chale Knickerbocker December 11, 2017 Cartoons
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Mexico’s fastest mouse, our hero Speedy Gonzales, yells “Yeehaw”” over and over in this three-minute supercut cartoon video. SPOILER: The various gatitos and perritos are not amused.

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The History of Mexico’s Fastest Mouse, Speedy Gonzales (video)

by EL GATO RUDO September 26, 2017 Cartoons
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Our hero Speedy Gonzales, Mexico’s fastest mouse, gets a simplistic but interesting bio in this short video. It’s neat to see the initial cartoon version of the rascally rodent (photo), and his later pairings with Daffy Duck. And the quick coverage of the “offensive stereotype” issue gives us this great screencap of Warner Bros’ Official […]

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WANTED FOR MURDER! The notorious Pancho Villa (1950 comic book)

by Cartoonistas July 26, 2016 Corporate
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“Western” adventure comics, true crime comics, and gringo-written history all came together when publisher Avon gave birth to a Pancho Villa issue as part of their notorious outlaws series: Steve Lopez explains:

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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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My SUNY Senior Thesis: Ritchie Valens and the Creation of Chicano Rock

by DANNA CARINA May 16, 2016 Cultura
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[Editor’s Note: When we shared our Happy Birthday Ritchie Valens story on Facebook last Friday, FB user Danna Carina commented, “Ritchie was the subject of my senior thesis and I graduated with my Bachelors yesterday ON HIS BIRTHDAY. Good omen I suppose!” We wanted to see what she wrote, and to share it with you. […]

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Our Lady of Liberty: Harriet Tubman (toon)

by ALEX GARCIA DE AZTLAN April 21, 2016 Cartoons
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[There’s lots more from Alex Garcia de Aztlan on the Instagram.]

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The problematic retirement of El Rey, greatest luchador ever (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 28, 2015 Cartoons
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When El Rey, the greatest Luchador ever, leaves the ring to live a normal life, things don’t go as planned. Nevertheless, VIVA LUCHA!

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Hero, Marine: Private First Class Eugene Arnold Obregon (1930-1950)

by TIO SAM May 23, 2015 Cultura
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A son of Los Angeles, Eugene Obregon was only 19 when he died in Korea. From Wikipedia: Eugene Arnold Obregon (November 12, 1930 – September 26, 1950) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the United States’ highest military decoration for valor — the Medal of Honor — for sacrificing his life to […]

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Memorial Day: In 1918, this Latino war hero swam until he died

by TIO SAM May 22, 2015 Cultura
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He was only 19 when he died in 1918, a kid who would become America’s first Latino Medal of Honor Recipient. His posthumous Medal of Honor for heroism came in 1919, but his acknowledgement as a Latino had to wait until 1989. Wikipedia explains: David Bennes Barkley was born March 31, 1899 in Laredo in […]

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Hey, Superman! Hey, Superman! Do you smell fire? (toon)

by Comic Saenz March 19, 2015 Cartoons
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[Toon mashed up from the Internets. Original source unknown.]

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LA’s Edward James Olmos/Jaime Escalante mural (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 11, 2014 Cultura
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Michael Montenegro takes us to MacArthur Park in Los Angeles to see the gigantic mural of an iconic public school teacher — Jaime Escalante — and the actor who portrayed him in Stand and Deliver, the homie Edward James Olmos. PREVIOUSLY ON TEACHERS:

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The secret world of Republicans in love (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 14, 2014 Cartoons
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Marina’s Way: A Cyber-Novela [Chapter One]

by GABRIEL REYES August 9, 2013 Cultura
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Marina is exhausted but exhilarated. Her entrails are convulsing violently as she pumps hundreds of rounds into the hordes of CSA Minutemen coming at her from all sides. After two sleepless nights of hard battle, she can barely hold onto the trigger, which is a throttle gyrating wildly in her hands. She is emptying magazines […]

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Controversial magazine cover photos? Ask Oprah! (photo)

by Comic Saenz July 18, 2013 Cartoons
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Of course we are sensitive to the complaints from Beantown (they’re beaners after all) about Rolling Stone’s decision to make controversial Caucasian-American Dzhokhar Tsarnaev their glamorous cover boy. But as recovering ñewspeeps ourselves, we have to point out that the accused terrorist isn’t the first villain to make it to the cover of a slick zine: […]

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