From The Daily Show: Grand Theft Semi-Auto (Coming for Your Guns)

Jon Stewart does it again.

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Connect the dots, people, when it comes to gun control. Here’s part one.

And here’s part two.

#ICEFail VIDEO: Stop the Deportation of Edi Arma

Just another example of what is happening every day in America. The time to stop the separation of families is now.

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Here is what the YouTube channel of Puente Arizona has shared about what happened to Edi Arma and his family:

On Monday, January 14th, the home of a local Phoenix family was raided by ICE agents. Edi Arma, was taken in the morning just as he prepared to take his three children to school. Edi’s oldest son, 11-year old, witnessed the entire raid: “We opened the door and all of a sudden these men jumped on my dad and arrested him. I was so scared. I tried to hug my dad goodbye but they pushed me away.” Edi is currently being held at the Eloy Immigration Prison and is being threatened with immediate deportation.

Sign the petition and demand ICE immediately release Edi Arma from the Eloy immigration prison!

1. Sign the petition http://action.dreamactivist.org/arizona/edi/

2. Call Phoenix ICE and demand Edi’s release (602) 766-7030

“Hi, I was calling to ask for the immediate release of Edi Arma, (A#089-815-011) from the Eloy immigration prison. Based on the memo from your own ICE director, John Morton, Edi is not a priority for deportation. Why was Edi’s family home raided this morning? Let Edi go!”

Remembering Dolores Prida (1943–2013)

We here at Latino Rebels were saddened to hear the news that Dolores Prida—an accomplished columnist, playwright, and Latina leader—died this weekend at the age of 69.

Prida was a featured columnist for both the New York Daily News and El Diario La Prensa. She was also one of the smartest and most prolific people we have ever met. We always LOVED when Dolores engaged us with her charm, wit, opinions, and humor.

According to CNN Español, Prida died of a heart attack. Last night, Prida was at an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of LIPS, a group of Latina professionals whose goal is to support the advancement of Latinas.

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CNN Español also reported that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor attended the LIPS event and had thanked Prida and other members for their achievements. After hearing of Prida’s death, the article said that Sotomayor wrote the following to the group: “My heart is broken.”

Prida was cool. Prida was smart. She was loved and respected by many, and whenever she took the time to give us advice and feedback about our stories, she made us smile. Originally from Cuba, Prida left her homeland after the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and moved to New York. Her columns provided a real-world slice of Latino New York City. And her “Dolores Dice” column for Latina magazine made us smile as well.

Dolores, we will you miss you dearly, but we will never forgot what you have accomplished or how you have helped so many young Latin@ writers and journalists. Our hearts are heavy today, but your voice lives on. We plan to read you a lot this week. You were one of the best.

Twitter Convo About Hugo Chávez Gets Ugly Between @williecolon and @Calle13oficial

They have over 7 million followers combined on Twitter, so when there is an exchange between @Calle13oficial (4.7+ million followers) and @williecolon (2.2+ million followers), it will get attention.

It all started on January 16 when Colón, the legendary salsa trumpeter and performer, tweeted the following:

The tweet was making reference to the situation in Venezuela, where President Hugo Chávez is reportedly recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba. Chávez has not been seen in public since early December, leading to speculation that he is already dead, and that his supporters in Venezuela are trying to hide that. It is clear from Colón’s tweets and the subsequent replies that he is not a Chávez supporter, and that he is mocking Chávez’s illness (calling him a “podrido,” a “rotten one”). The initial tweet got the attention of Residente Calle 13 (René Pérez Joglar), who tweeted the following:

The tweet translates as follows: “One thing is to defend a political ideal, but it’s another thing to mock a cancer patient. Colón’s comments were violently insensitive.” Pérez Joglar then followed up with a tweet that compared Colón’s initial tweet to the time when U.S. Marines were caught on tape urinating on dead Taliban (NOTE: Pérez Joglar has since deleted the tweet, but here is the original text of the tweet):

Colón then tweeted back to Pérez Joglar, saying that it was not his intent to mock Chávez’s health. He also had a question from a poor old man (him), if Pérez Joglar knew if Commander Chávez were still alive?

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Pérez Joglar didn’t respond to Colón directly, but he then mocked Colón’s artistic accomplishments, basically suggesting that Cólon was just a second banana to Rubén Blades (and that Colón is just another “Chameleon”):

Earlier this morning Colón tweeted that Pérez Joglar and Calle 13 are Chávez supporters, as well as supporters of Colombia’s FARC. Colón also called Residente Calle 13 “garbage:”

A few minutes after that tweet, Colón RT’d the following tweet from someone else, suggesting that Chávez supporters were gay as well:

Some things should not be shared on Twitter. Ugly public debates do nothing to the dialogue, and Colón’s initial tweet was done in poor taste. Pérez Joglar is right: mocking someone’s health is pretty classless, and when you are a public figure such as Colón, you would think he would know better. Residente Calle 13′s initial response was spot on, although it now has gotten a bit overboard, since these two artists are now turning this into a childish personal attack on each other.

We get it, Willie, you don’t like Chávez, but making fun of his cancer? RT-ing homophobic tweets from others? That was uncalled for, and by the way, your constant tweets about how “right” you are really don’t make you look any more classier. At this stage, just apologize via Twitter instead of sounding like a right-wing Latin American reactionary. For someone who believes in love and harmony, your behavior on Twitter the last few years have brought you down a notch or two, in our opinion. As for Residente Calle 13, we do agree that Colón’s “podrido” tweet was awful, but that should be the debate here, and not a personal attack on Colón. But hey, we get it: if someone doesn’t like you, we understand why you would want to tweet back.

In the end, this type of behavior does nothing to advance a real conversation. Here’s hoping Colón takes a chance to truly LISTEN to what Calle 13 represents. The following message is one we should ALL support: