Efrain Pa'lante

On This Three Kings Day, It Is Time to #FreeOscarLópez

Demand that Oscar López Rivera be freed.

  • Jan 6, 2016
  • 8:20 am

Today in History: El Grito de Lares, September 23, 1868

Originally published in Pa’lante Latino on September 23, 2011 We live in a time where revolutionary sentiments unite people under one cause to help them topple dictatorships, sanguine regimes and challenge government policies.  It is no surprise that such outcry is spreading around the world. From Egypt to Libya to Wall Street, people have become aware about the power of collective demonstrations. […]

  • Sep 23, 2013
  • 9:14 am

Yankee’s Mariano Rivera is Not Going Out Like That: Video

Sports analysts and fans took to Twitter and Facebook when Mariano's career was being questioned after injuring his knee practicing. Here's a video of Mariano speaking with the media about his uncertain future.  Today, Mariano released these motivated words to the press: "I'm coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out […]

  • May 4, 2012
  • 8:07 pm

Our Interview with Top NFL Draft Prospect Evan “ERod” Rodriguez

By Efrain Nieves and Victoria Cepeda We are pleased to introduce you to Evan "ERod" Rodriguez, a two-time all Mid American Conference tight end/fullback for Temple University who ended his 2011 season with 35 catches, 479 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He has the ability to play different positions, making him a versatile player and […]

  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 7:20 am

Hologram Immortalizes Tupac Shakur

Almost sixteen years after his death, Tupac once again claims the stage. A hologram of Tupac produced by AV Concepts was joined by Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre at the California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival in what only one word can describe, WOW! On Twitter, a @HologramTupac account has been created and has […]

  • Apr 16, 2012
  • 3:18 pm

The Life of César Estrada Chávez

March 31, 1927 César Estrada Chávez was born in Yuma, Arizona to a family of six. Chávez's family owned a grocery store and ranch but lost their land when César's father agreed to clear eighty acres in exchange he would receive the deed of forty acres that linked their home; the agreement was broken and […]

  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 1:59 pm

New Jersey State Troopers Pose with Drugs and Puerto Rican Flag

This morning I was sent a link which caused me to question the professionalism and motives of the New Jersey State Police. Myfoxphilly.com released photos from 2009 of state troopers holding a Puerto Rican flag and sitting behind drugs seized in a raid in Camden, New Jersey.  Camden Latino activist Angel Cordero is outraged and stated: "You are saying […]

  • Mar 25, 2012
  • 11:48 am

Remembering La Masacre de Ponce

On Palm Sunday, March 21, 1937, The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party peacefully marched to recognize the ending of slavery by the governing Spanish National Assembly in 1873 and in protest of the imprisonment of Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos by the U.S. government in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Days before the peaceful march, organizers received legal permits by the mayor of Ponce José […]

  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 11:05 am

Why Teaching Latino Literature/History in U.S. Schools Matters

Though initially I wanted to follow the Tucson Unified School District's ban on Mexican studies classes and related books, as it unraveled, given the many conflicting versions and accounts of what was taking place, I gave up on covering it altogether. That was until yesterday when I decided to attend a presentation by Librotraficante at John Jay College in Manhattan. […]

  • Feb 26, 2012
  • 4:32 pm

Jorge Ramos’ Exclusive Interview With Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Kudos to Al Punto for broadcasting the Jorge Ramos exclusive interview with the controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio, who claims he is not anti-immigrant and that Latinos "love" him. The full Engish transcripts and full video in Spanish can be found below. JR: Sheriff Arpaio, thank you so much for talking to us again. JA: Thank you. JR: […]

  • Feb 26, 2012
  • 2:03 pm

Latino GOP Groups Produce a Significant Rift Due to Immigration Stance

Blogging attracts like-minded folks just as much as dissenting foes. It is part of the game, and in my own experience, the criticism I have received (of any kind) is always better than indifference. Yes, I have been criticized by Latinos from all sides with much of the criticism and/or disagreement ending up in a mutual respect. After […]

  • Feb 24, 2012
  • 1:17 pm

Doritos Locos Tacos Is An Epic Fail #NoMames

Let's face it, out of all the brands that fail at communicating with Latinos, Taco Bell takes the #NOMAMES award. The latest from the fast food restaurant involves in a contest via Twitter. Taco Bell is promoting their new Doritos Locos Tacos by inviting fans, whoever that may be, to "tweet your excitement using both […]

  • Feb 17, 2012
  • 11:20 pm

By The Time I Get to Arizona… I Will Get Stopped in Connecticut

In 2010 I was racially profiled and it wasn't in Arizona. I was living in Connecticut at the time (yes, the same state where East Haven police officers were arrested for harassing Latinos) and on my way to work with a friend. As we approached the exit, we were stopped by a state police officer. […]

  • Feb 14, 2012
  • 9:23 pm

Mitt Romney’s Anti-Legal Immigration Stance

While everyone is debating over Mitt Romney's millions, issues involving Romney's stance on immigration, legal and illegal, are unfolding rapidly.  For instance, Romney was endorsed by Kris Kobach, the architect behind Arizona's SB 1070 and Alabama's HB 56. This may not be a surprise to many but Kris Kobach is also "part of the legal […]

  • Jan 30, 2012
  • 9:36 pm

Is Senator Marco Rubio Now A DREAMer?

Marco Rubio touched on the immigration topic at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference in Florida, and that led to a hint of his potential to run sometime in the future. Early on in the speech, Senator Rubio was interrupted by supporters of No Somos Rubios, a conjunction of multiple Latino and immigration organizations that are "launching an […]

  • Jan 28, 2012
  • 2:48 pm

El Gallito Rebelde And The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Take On HB2281

On Monday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights expressing "grave concern" over  the Arizona Revised Statute §§ 15-112 that subsequently banned the TUSD MAS program. In the letter the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urged the Office for Civil Rights to investigate due to "the language […]

  • Jan 26, 2012
  • 5:17 pm

Santorum Won’t Correct Woman Who Called President Obama a Muslim

Rick Santorum doesn't feel he has to correct anyone that falsely called the President of being a Muslim. Today, at a town hall event in Lady Lake, Florida, Santorum was questioned on Obama's religion. Here's the actual quote via cnn.com: "I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not," the woman […]

  • Jan 23, 2012
  • 7:09 pm

Update: TUSD Says That Book Ban Is Completely False and Misleading

Here is an update from Tucson Unified School District on the book ban.    From TUSD: Reports of TUSD book ban completely false and misleading Tucson Unified School District (January 17, 2012) Tucson, AZ, Jan. 17,2011 – Tucson Unified School District has not banned any books as has been widely and incorrectly reported. Seven books […]

  • Jan 17, 2012
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Tucson Ethnic Studies Program: Banned Books

The Ethnic Studies Ban has made headlines across the nation. Detractors have called the ban unconstitutional and  “have defended the Mexican-American studies program as no different than African-American or Native American studies classes.” Here at Latino Rebels we decided to give you a bit of an in-depth look at some of the books that are […]

  • Jan 17, 2012
  • 5:13 pm

Gingrich Supports Controversial South Carolina Immigration Law

Newt Gingrich's latest backpedal takes place in South Carolina where he strongly supported the tough anti-Latino Arizona-like anti-immigration law. The  new law requires proof of legal U.S. residency from anyone who is arrested or pulled over by police. Gingrich stated, "South Carolinians have actually passed a law that I think is a pretty reasonable law – that […]

  • Nov 29, 2011
  • 10:15 pm

Senate Republicans Block $7 Billion Relief Package

Natural disaster victims will have to wait for relief aid a bit longer thanks to House Republicans. Senate Republicans blocked a "$7 billion aid package  for relief funding of the natural disasters that have swept the country this summer" (abcnews.com). According to abcnews.com: Democrats again need 60 votes to advance the measure, but it does not […]

  • Sep 14, 2011
  • 7:27 am