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A good taco starts with a good tortilla. Chef Maria Mazon of Tucson’s Boca Tacos y Tequila explains.


Tucson, Arizona, is so proud of its Mexican food it made a video to share the love. [Mas…]

flagguyWe don’t know this man, but we’d like to shake his hand! A (Phoenix?) demonstrator with a Mexican flag totally punked the pro-Sheriff Joe crowd in this new camera phone vid uploaded Wednesday by anti-immigration protestor Tucson William. [NSFW audio — some F-bombs.] [Mas…]

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arizonawebtoonIt’s Octember! Or is it Septober? It’s the time of the year when the weather starts getting cooler, politic shenanigans get ignored and eyes begin to glaze over from lethal injections of sports, beer and chicken wings.

‘Merica.

Septober is also the pseudo-month that we deal in tragedies of two kinds: “Hispanic Heritage” and banned books. Interestingly enough, both tragedies cross paths in Tucson, AZ, ground zero for censorship in the 21st century.

The ballad of Tucson is a long and sad corrido. It will make you laugh and it will also make you cry. If all the world is a stage then Tucson definitely has its players; many of them clowns but most of them sad, voiceless puppets manipulated by a system hell-bent on pushing an agenda of whitewashed ambivalence. [Mas…]

tusdlogo640Let me tell you a joke. Ready? The Tucson Unified School District. Get it?

No? Allow me to me explain.

On Tuesday night the TUSD approved a textbook list for their now defunct Mexican-American Studies program, which they have dubbed “Culturally Relevant US History and US Government.” The list, which consists of 25 books, has absolutely ZERO Chicana/o authors on it.

Go ahead and read that again.

If you have been following the divine comedy in Tucson at all then you already know that they not only destroyed their wildly successful Mexican-American Studies program but that they also banned a laundry list of books by Chicana/o authors, closed barrio schools and fired MAS teachers. [Mas…]

Now showing: ‘The Arizona Chainsaw Massacre’ (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA February 20, 2013 Cartoons
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Xican@ Space Odyssey: Lance Liberty reports for 101.3 Honest Radio

by Juaquin Murrieta July 23, 2012 Cultura
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It is sometime in the near future. Laws have been set in motion to protect the American Homeland. Your freedom and sanity are at stake. Oh, and your jobs. I forgot about your jobs. And your beautifully domesticated wives and children. You pay your taxes, yet you feel one-upped. Lied to. I know. I have […]

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PochoCast #5: Alcaraz y Madrigal on face-chewing and boobs (NSFW)

by EDUARDO BURRO June 11, 2012 Audio
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POCHO primos Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and Migrant Editor Al Madrigal chop, channel and lower the ñews: Miami munchies and Canadian cannibals Salma Hayek’s boob optimization POCHO web traffic Wisconsin recall Organized labor Lalo’s copyright trouble on Facebook These kids today — Produced by Jefe de Creative Marcelo Ziperovich. (NSFW language.)

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Food safety cops spot mysterious (Mexican?) CACA ‘intruder virus’

by Barney Asada June 11, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON) The anti-import National Food Safety Workshop (NFSW) here claims a dangerous foreign food virus is infecting Caucasian-American digestive systems nationwide. The comida cops say the virus is spread by manipulating the DNA of four foods native to Mexico — chiles, avocado, corn and agave. “We’re calling it the CACA Virus,” says NFSW […]

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Mexican garden statues get up, stand up and go on tour (photos)

by MIRA MIRA ANDAJUAL April 16, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from the HATE STATE OF ARIZONA) The “Sleeping Mexican” statues of Tucson we featured last week snooze no more. Buoyed by the online support they received after POCHO publicized their plight, these hombres woke up, stood up, dressed up and went on tour across Los United Estates to tell their story. From their […]

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Kids, lowrider bikes, culture and history in Tucson 1996: ‘Low y Cool’

by M.A.S. BURRITO April 14, 2012 Cultura
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When a French filmmaker shoots Chicano Tucson, the result is fascinating and maybe a little bit foreign — in a good way. Low y Cool documents the lives of the Camaradas Lowrider Bike Club in South Tucson, AZ in 1996. The 52-minute video was directed by Tucson resident and transplanted Frenchie Marianne Dissard with funding […]

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Ñewsweek: Tucson school board’s exercise in ignorance and hate

by MIGUEL GUALES April 8, 2012 El Now
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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal (he commutes coast-to-coast so he can work nights as Senior Latino Correspondent for The Daily Show) went to Tucson AZ to find out why students there aren’t allowed to take classes in Mexican-American history. Cameras running, Al interviewed a school board official who was apparently high on ignorance, stupidity and hate. […]

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Al Madrigal reveals inside story of ethnic studies ban in Tucson AZ

by Comic Saenz April 3, 2012 El Now
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Tucson public school students are no longer taught Mexican-American history, and POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal (who also moonlights as Senior Latino Correspondent for The Daily Show) went to the Hate State to find out why.

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Videos: Librotraficante caravan smuggles banned books into Tucson

by C. C. PUEDE April 2, 2012 El Now
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Tony Diaz’s Librotraficante crew smuggled banned Mexican-American Studies books — AKA wetbooks — into Tucson. These three videos tell the story. Diaz’s own video picks up the story below:

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Is Tucson book ban based on vendetta against Latina spelling champ?

by Victor Payan March 14, 2012 El Now
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A TV interview with Arizona Mexican-American Studies opponent John Huppenthal suggests that his Hate State movement is a twisted vendetta stemming from his Tucson childhood — when a Latina student named Stella Peralta trounced him week after week in spelling bees. In the January interview, AZ school chief Huppenthal also said Latino students are capable […]

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If a tree falls in the forest, and hits someone in the head…

by Eric J. Garcia February 8, 2012 Cartoons
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This just in from from Arizona! Tree falls in forest and …

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Week o’ Ñews: No SOPA 4 U, sh!t pochas say, the real Romney

by Comic Saenz January 22, 2012 El Now
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A busy week in the ñewsroom: Tucson bans books, SOPA nazi attack meets resistance, pocha chicas making videos, chia pets’ health under assault by Mexican cartels and the Romney campaign releasing a subtitled video campaign ad. Here’s our roundup of the week’s big estories:

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Tucson schools ban the A-B-C’s – are the 1-2-3’s next?

by Santino J. Rivera January 19, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from TUCSON) Even as John Huppenthal takes a breather now that teaching the alphabet is banned in Tucson schools, his Taliban-style campaign of education purification continues in the hands of allies. “We won’t stop with just readin’ and writin’,” they say, “so ‘rithmetic is next!” Superintendent of Public Instruction Huppenthal told PNS why he […]

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Year after shooting, modest Giffords aide still says he is not a hero

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2012 El Now
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Daniel Hernandez Jr., the Congressional intern who saved Rep. Gabby Gifford’s life on Jan. 8 last year, still declines to call himself a hero. A mentally-ill man fired on Giffords and her constituents, killing six people and and wounding 13, including the popular liberal Democratic representative. Only on the job five days, Hernandez, a student […]

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