Angeline’s story isn’t new to us here at VivirLatino. Her struggle to assert her mami rights and her struggle against violence perpetuated first by her partner than by the family court system here in NYC is something I’ve posted on before.
Here’s Angeline, in her own words, with her own voice speaking about domestic violence and not from a place of theory but from her own personal experience. Angeline goes back to court here in Queens, NYC on October 19th.
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
And since the United States has such a love/hate relationship with Latinos/immigrants, I decided to look at the banned/challenged books written by Latino/Latin-Americans, or with Latin American themes in the last year (2008-2009).
Published in 1972,” Bless Me, Ultima” , a novel by Rudolfo Anaya, was banned from high school English classes in a school in California after it was deemed anti-Catholic and profane. I’m ashamed to admit that this is one of those books that I have been meaning to read since forever and never have.
I wrote about “Vamos a Cuba” back in 2006 when it first created controversy and apparently it hasn’t stopped. After the book was pulled from all Miami-Dade schools because it depicts an “inaccurate” version of life in Cuba, The ACLU filed a lawsuit and won an injunction allowing the book to remain on shelves (and all the books in the series). The injunction was overturned earlier this year when an appeals court found that the first amendment hadn’t been violated.
I am so excited to be a part of Hispanic Panic tomorrow nite and I hope that some of you in the NYC area can join this fabulous collection of Latino poets and writers that Charlie Vazquez, the host, has brought together.
HISPANIC PANIC! w/ Brandon Lacy Campos, Maegan ‘La Mamita Mala’ Ortiz, Erasmo Guerra, Robert Vázquez-Pacheco, Cristy Road, and Claudia Narvaez-Meza.
Wednesday, September 30th @ Nowhere, 322 E 14th St, NYC, 8PM, 21+
So, you have the case of families coming to the U.S. to get a job and help support families here and in other countries–and those people are no longer people. They are illegals. They are aliens. They deserve what they get.
You have the case of a man who *admits* to drugging and raping a thirteen-year-old child, and you have a “troubled genius” who, well, maybe isn’t that bad. I mean, not a rapist rapist. Just a regular rapist. A not bad rapist.
What is up with this difference? Why isn’t Glen Beck going after this scumbag? Why isn’t Lou Dobbs? Why isn’t the U.S. mobilizing an entire department to go after all the rapists? The illegal rapists? Why don’t we have an entire system of detention centers set up exclusively for all the rapists and their families to sit in until we can figure out what to do with them? If the rapists didn’t want their children locked up, they shouldn’t have raped, right?
I am not the only one who notices the differences in standards here. What I am wondering is will any of the “they are illegals” troupe be brave enough to account for the differences? And lest men think they are not the problem here, will any men be brave enough to account for why crimes against women and girls are so easy to forgive?
When President Obama presented his health care reform plan, two points made me want to throw a shoe at my computer screen. One which I discussed in depth, was the treatment of immigrants. The second was reproductive health, specifically abortion. The President said clearly that the undocumented wouldn’t be covered and that abortions wouldn’t be covered. Now that the actual legislation is being worked on, I am nearly banging my head against my keyboard this morning as I read a New York Times article that lays out how some Democrats are working their asses off to make sure my uterus can’t have access to an abortion.
Abortion opponents in both the House and the Senate are seeking to block the millions of middle- and lower-income people who might receive federal insurance subsidies to help them buy health coverage from using the money on plans that cover abortion…At least 31 House Democrats have signed various recent letters to the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, urging her to allow a vote on a measure to restrict use of the subsidies to pay for abortion, including 25 who joined more than 100 Republicans on a letter delivered Monday. Monday.
Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan, a leading Democratic abortion opponent, said he had commitments from 40 Democrats to block the health care bill unless they have a chance to include the restrictions.
1 de Octubre, Jueves
Terraza 7 Train Café –Jackson Heights, Queens-
Presentadora: Claudia Barragán
Jimmy Valdés (República Dominicana)
José Jesús Osorio (Colombia)
Benjamin Morales Moreno (México)
2 de Octubre, Viernes
Centro Julia de Burgos –Harlem-
Presentadora: Natalia Aristizábal
Carlos Aguasaco (Colombia)
Diego Vargas (Colombia)
Myrna Nieves (Puerto Rico)
Alfredo Villanueva (Puerto Rico)
3 de Octubre, Sábado
NY Book Expo –Flushing, Queens-
Queens Museum for the Arts
Presentación Colectiva ‘Poetas en Nueva York’
When the US government stormed a Kosher meat plant in the American heartland, arresting nearly 400 undocumented workers, a Guatemalan village wept. The biggest immigration raid in US history severed an economic lifeline to one of the poorest corners of the Western Hemisphere while pushing an Iowa farm town to the brink of collapse.
Well, there is a new documentary out about the raids:
Documentaries like “In the shadow of the raid” have the potential to change public support of deportations because we don’t often hear about the impact on families, friends and communities of the workers who were detained.
The film will be premiering at the Morelia International Film Festival, in Mexico between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, but we at RaceWire can’t wait for it to come to the other side of the border.
For more information on screenings of “In the shadow of the raid” visit Street Dog Media.
Daniella, a petite second-year Latina undergraduate sitting quietly in the shade echoed what many making the rallying calls were articulating. “My whole life I wanted to come here. If they increase the fees I will have to drop out. We have to fight this.”
Among those in the crowd was third-year psychology major Vico Melgoza of Santa Ana. He said he was skipping two classes today to be there. “This is more important. That’s my personal belief,” said Melgoza, 21, adding that he was worried about how fee increases will affect not only his future but also future generations of low-income students. The fee hikes and cutbacks, he said, “are beating the people who are already beaten.”
The demonstrations did not disrupt schoolwork. A spokesman for UC President Mark Yudof said most classes were held and that “most of the action was at the rallies.” But there will be more rallies. Protest organizers at Berkeley said that discussions are under way for a march on Sacramento that would include participants from the UCs, the 23-campus Cal State University system and the states’ junior colleges. “This is just the beginning,” says Miller. “It’s a wake up call to students about what is happening to their education.”
Vivir Latino will keep you updated to future happenings!
I already wrote that I can’t wait to see the new Michael Moore movie–the following clips show why. Especially pay attention to the Colbert video: if we had universal health insurance, we wouldn’t be in the middle of this economic crisis right now.
So I made this movie to do a number of things. One, to just go head on at this system. I’m not a reformer. I’m not looking for Congress to pass a few new regulations, which, by the way, it’s been a year since the crash, and they haven’t passed one of these things, which is what they said they were going to do right away, right? “All we need is a few rules. Don’t get rid of capitalism, just a few rules, and we’ll get everything back in shape.” Of course, they have no intention of doing that, and the banking industry has lobbied them successfully over the last year to leave them alone so that they can keep doing their crazy schemes. That’s one reason.