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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHI am a mixed-race person. My father’s indigenous ancestors are from multiple tribes of present-day Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Northern Mexico, and throughout the Americas. They’ve been on this land for over ten thousand years. My other ancestors through him hail from Mexico, West Africa, and Spain.

I was raised to believe I am White. My mom is White, of Scottish, Swedish, and French descent, and the man who raised me is a tall blonde man of Dutch-Polish descent. That’s where I get my last name – Vande Panne. It is Dutch in origin, most likely from the village of De Panne on the present-day Belgian coast. [Mas…]

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Yesterday, mijo ask me gwhy peoples celebrate the Cinco de Mayo.

“Is because of the Battle of Puebla,” I tole him.

“Do people in Mexico get borrachos and crazy like they do here in the United States?”

“Crazy? No. The kids get day off from eschool and then some mens dresses up in the pueblo of Puebla and play like is the battle happening again.”

“No crazy borrachos?”

“No, is more like kids eating candy and washing TV.”

“Is it about Mexican people being proud of their culture?”

“No,” I say. “I’m no proud of gringos gwearing sombreros and eating chimichangas.”

“Are chimichangas Mexican?”

“I don know. I never ate one,” I say. “But the gringos love to eat the food with all the cheez I don know what it is.” [Mas…]

La Cucaracha: ‘Equal justice under the law?’ Not so much (toons)

by LALO ALCARAZ Y JUNCO CANCHÉ April 1, 2019 Cartoons
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Ghost of Spanish dude sighted in CDMX, and he is pissed!

by JUNCO CANCHE April 1, 2019 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from MEXICO CITY) A reeking appartition dressed in the decaying uniform of a Spanish Conquistador was sighted around Mexico City last week, and boy, was he pissed! The shrieking ghost was seen haunting the Mexico City site of a 1720 battle where the indigenous Mexica Empire defeated the Spanish. Area man Pito Perez, […]

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La Cucaracha: How do ‘minority’ schools deal with less funding? (toon)

by LALO ALCARAZ Y JUNCO CANCHÉ March 14, 2019 Cartoons
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POCHO Jefe @LaloAlcaraz: Melania is welcome at my house! (podcast)

by Comic Saenz March 11, 2019 Audio
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It’s POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz, guesting on the Only in America podcast with Ali Noorani. Here’s how they describe the episode:

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America pauses Monday for Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

by Comic Saenz January 18, 2019 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever. Post offices and other public facilities not already closed by the shutdown will be shuttered, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day […]

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La Cucaracha’s ¡MÁS! Latino Heritage Month Highlights! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 15, 2018 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Even More Great Moments in Latino History (toons)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 27, 2018 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON A BRIEF HISTORY OF LATINO TIME:

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Talk (And Sing) Like A (Mexican) Pirate Day 2018: ‘Santy Anno’ (video)

by Comic Saenz September 19, 2018 Cultura
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It’s International Talk Sing Like A Pirate Day and we’re please to present not only a “sea shanty” about being a pirate, but one about the Mexican-American war of the 1850s. It’s even in Wikipedia! This video of Santy Anno has music by Forebitter and Lord Cavendish manga-influenced artwork assembled by uploader LordDrakoArakis, probably not […]

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Iconic Chicana Dolores Huerta has been fighting sexism since forever (video)

by Comic Saenz September 18, 2018 Cartoons

Famed labor organizer and activist Dolores Huerta has been fighting sexual harassment and discrimination since forever — when she was working in an office, when she was building the United Farm Workers, and when men tried to take credit for her work. In this video, by Hannah McNally, Huerta tells her story.

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La Cucaracha: So how do Americans celebrate El Grito 2018? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 16, 2018 Cartoons
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