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Cuéntame also started a new campaign "An Honest Conversation" that seeks to shine a disinfecting light on homophobia in the Latin@ community.
Before I do so, however, I will provide a summary of developments up to this point in case people are having trouble following this. Cecilia Muñoz raised the ire of the pro-migrant community when she came out defending the dangerous S-Comm program at the same time that she essentially compared us to nativists. Many pro-migrant organizations came out against Ms. Muñoz's statement, and some Latin@ bloggers like Mario Solis-Marich and Maegan Ortiz, came out asking Ms. Muñoz to resign.
It wasn't until Ms. Muñoz came out in the documentary "Lost in Detention" defending the horrific immigration practices of the Obama administration that Presente.org called on Ms. Muñoz to correct the misrepresentations she's relying on to defend harmful program like S-Comm. Presente.org has not called on Ms. Muñoz to resign. In response to Presente.org's actions and the increasingly vocal cries of Latin@ bloggers, a group of pro-migrant organizations came out with a letter defending Cecilia Muñoz. Following is Presente.org's response to that letter:
In a Racewire doubleheader, it looks like neither Fox News nor President Obama can make up their minds on immigration and the growing U.S. Latin@ population.
Fox News wants Latin@s to watch one of its channels, and white nativists to watch the other.
Obama wants to be both Deporter in Chief and champion of immigrants.
If Obama doesn't become a true champion of immigrant communities and continues to deport record numbers of immigrants, he will lose in 2012. At this point, though, it's hard to see how the next president could be worse than this one for immigrants in the U.S. Getting him out of office would be a step forward, not a step back.
It's been one month since the DREAM Now Series started, and it's been far more successful than I had ever imagined. DREAM Now Letters have been cross-posted and mentioned by a wide selection of bloggers. Those blog posts, in turn, have been viewed, shared and retweeted tens of thousands of times.
Yerba Buena is a New York based Latin collective that has produced some very danceable music.
I first heard them coming over the speakers in a cafe in Fort Green, Brooklyn, and asked the waitress who it was. Later that day, I got both albums on eMusic.
The band's sound is hard to pin down, and it's magnetic. From Wikipedia:
Yerba Buena's music (as described by Razor and Tie, the band's record label) is a blend of African-rooted Latin music (Cuban Rumba, Colombian cumbia, Pan-Caribbean Soca, and Nuyorican Boogaloo) with hip-hop, Motown soul, Nigerian Afrobeat with a dash of Middle Eastern themes.
Whether you're trying to decide how you feel about the holiday, or quite sure how you feel and would like the opportunity to celebrate and mourn at the same time, I recommend a visit to Never In Our Names for their featured writings Celebrating First People. The contributors focus on our history, including the story of Golden Flower, Taino Princess, by a talented young writer, and The Trail of Tears. The implications of Columbus Day on our present-day treatment of people and a more accurate version of Columbus' "discovery" than we were taught in school make for satisfying, enlightening reading.
Update: I missed this excellent NYTimes editorial on the McCain ad from yesterday, more below. (end update)
Both the Washington Post and the NYTimes picked up the story of McCain's Spanish-language ad directed to key Western swing states with large Latin@ populations in which the McCain campaign accuses Obama of sabotaging comprehensive immigration reform. While both articles introduced useful information about the story, the Post's discussion was ultimately more informative.
Soy Indio y Euro, soy mestizo, soy Latino. I am the conqueror and the conquered, I am the field and the worker and the hungry consumer; I am all these things, but my heritage is and will always be la lucha. And that is why I am here many days. For mi gente are still in the fields.Nezua - The Unapologetic Mexican (15 September 2008)