Why Sara Hates Laredo Update: Laredo Mayor Accepts Husband’s Apology and People Are Still Talking

The viral video that is "Why Sara Hates Laredo" entered the mediaspehere the last few days, with coverage in outlets such as The Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News.

Ever since LatinoRebels.com was one of the first Latino news outlets to cover this story, we have seen a lot of activity that has resulted by the viral video. Search YouTube and see all the video responses. In addition, the mayor of Laredo spoke out against this video and Sara's husband also spoke publicly.

Here is the latest as of tonight:

  • The original video that was uploaded has been banned from YouTube.
  • Another video is already up and it can be seen here:

Special to Laredo Sun

Al Jazeera English Reports: “Racial Profiling on the Rise in the US”

Taco Mayor aside, the real issue in East Haven, Connecticut is all about racial profiling, which is a growing trend in the United States.

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Here is a report from Al Jazeera English.

Here’s to the Real Heroes: Dulce Pinzón’s Photos Bring Out the Superhero in All of Us

We are so glad that that a Rebels fan shared this with us today, since it speaks to how art can help express reality in a provocative and creatively brilliant way.

The concept is a simple one and it works so well. We will let Dulce describe the project:

 

THE REAL STORY OF THE SUPERHEROES:

After September 11, the notion of the “hero” began to rear its head in the public consciousness more and more frequently. The notion served a necessity in a time of national and global crisis to acknowledge those who showed extraordinary courage or determination in the face of danger, sometimes even sacrificing their lives in an attempt to save others. However, in the whirlwind of journalism surrounding these deservedly front-page disasters and emergencies, it is easy to take for granted the heroes who sacrifice immeasurable life and labor in their day to day lives for the good of others, but do so in a somewhat less spectacular setting.

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US. Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.

This project consists of 20 color photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed in the costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes. Each photo pictures the worker/superhero in their work environment, and is accompanied by a short text including the worker’s name, their hometown in Mexico, the number of years they have been working in New York, and the amount of money they send to Mexico each week

To learn more about this project and see more photos, visit Dulce's page.

We Want Latin Music Fully Recognized at the Grammys

Presente.org has taken the lead in a campaign that we support 100%:

This is what the petition says:

 

The Message

Tell Recording Academy President Neil Portnow:

It is unacceptable for the Grammys to cease to honor categories of music that are an important part of our heritage and culture.  

We're joining musicians like Carlos Santana, Ruben Blades and Bobby Sanabria in demanding that the Recording Academy reinstate awards that are received predominantly by musicians of color and which are relied upon by thousands of music professionals for their livelihood.

Please work to reinstate these awards as soon as possible.

 

Sign the petition here.