Alvaro Huerta

Reflections of a MEChista by a Chicano Scholar Activist

How MEChA shaped my life and transformed me.

  • Apr 5, 2019
  • 8:07 am

Mr. President, We Don’t Need Your Stinking Wall (OPINION)

The important issue about the partial government is more about the current wave of white supremacy and white nativism that America is experiencing, as epitomized by the election of Trump.

  • Jan 21, 2019
  • 3:40 pm

OPINION: Latina and Latino Immigrants in the Racist Era of Trump

His immigration rhetoric and policies consist of racist, xenophobic, enforcement-only and divisive (i.e., “us-versus-them”) political positions.

  • May 16, 2018
  • 11:31 am

I Am Not Your ‘Wetback’

We must also reject the labels, categories and typologies that divide us: educated versus uneducated; citizen versus undocumented; and undocumented youth (good immigrants or “the innocent ones”) versus undocumented parents (bad immigrants or “the sinners”).

  • Apr 18, 2018
  • 11:31 am

Cruising With Nayto (A SHORT STORY)

I have always been nervous about visiting my old neighborhood.

  • Mar 20, 2018
  • 1:59 pm

The Duel of the Smileys

My mother Carmen often sent me to La Paloma Market, while my brother Salomon watched I Love Lucy reruns.

  • Feb 24, 2018
  • 2:19 pm

No Deal on ‘Shithole’ Border Wall (OPINION)

If Democratic leaders make a deal with President Donald J. Trump on his “shithole” border wall, they will secure his reelection in 2020.

  • Jan 26, 2018
  • 9:51 am

Demanding a Clean DACA Bill, Now!

Democratic leaders should unite and stand firm against President Donald J. Trump (“Racist-in-Chief” and “Hustler-in-Chief”) and the complicit Republican leaders on passing a clean DACA bill.

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • 8:32 pm

The ‘War on Immigrants’: Racist Policies in the Trump Era

These immigration policies and orders promote an isolationist and white nativist philosophy.

  • Aug 3, 2017
  • 11:58 am

President Trump: The Hustler 2.0 (OPINION)

When they speak or act, hustlers can’t be believed or trusted. I should know, since I grew up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles, where I encountered many of them.

  • May 10, 2017
  • 11:01 am

La Pistola

My father, Salomón Chávez Huerta, never left home without his gun.

  • Dec 5, 2016
  • 9:29 am

Mexicans in El Norte Will Survive President Trump (OPINION)

We are resilient. We are proud.

  • Nov 23, 2016
  • 12:45 pm

Latinas and Latinos Will Coronate President Hillary Clinton in 2016 (OPINION)

Clinton will prevail on November 8, 2016.

  • Nov 7, 2016
  • 11:55 am

The Day I Learned I Was Mexican and Poor

It was my first day of junior high school.

  • Oct 17, 2016
  • 10:06 am

Trump and the Mean Streets of East Los Angeles (OPINION)

By viscously attacking Mexican immigrants, one of the most vulnerable groups in this country, Trump has cemented his bully credentials.

  • Sep 20, 2016
  • 12:46 pm

The Day My Mexican Father Met César Chávez

One moment I will never forget.

  • Aug 22, 2016
  • 10:06 am

To the Urban Planners of the World: Unite Against Trump (OPINION)

Trump’s fascist rhetoric, along with the GOP platform, only serves to incite more violence, domestically and internationally.

  • Aug 2, 2016
  • 10:49 am

Once Ashamed of My Mexican Immigrant Parents, But Not Anymore

Latinas and Latinos in this country deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

  • May 11, 2016
  • 11:06 am

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton on Trouncing Donald Trump in General Election

My advice to ensure victory against the more dangerous candidate.

  • Apr 11, 2016
  • 11:04 am