‘Chile ’76’: Writer-Director Manuela Martelli Centers Anonymous Women Who Made History (INTERVIEW)
“I wanted to write my own history, add a piece, and make it from the point of view of a woman, the anonymous woman,” says Manuel Martelli, co-writer and director of ‘Chile ‘76,’ which offers up a slice of bourgeoisie life under the infamous dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Letter to Congress Pushes for Puerto Rico’s Food Security, Sovereignty (OPINION)
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago has sent a letter to Congress requesting that at least half of the funds allocated for Puerto Rico’s Nutritional Assistance Program be directed to supporting the island’s farmers and promoting greater self-sufficiency.
Leguizamo Does Latino Rebels
Entertainment correspondent Cristina Escobar steps into the host seat for a conversation with actor and comedian John Leguizamo to discuss his passion and activism in Hollywood as well as his new show on MSNBC, ‘Leguizamo Does America.’
White America Makes Millions on Latino Creations (OPINION)
The Taco Bell story shows how Latinos can work hard, innovate, play by the rules, and maybe achieve a decent level of success, while a white guy can waltz in, take what he wants, and become a millionaire with minimal effort.
El Mozote Massacre Arrest in New Jersey
On April 4, ICE agents arrested Roberto Garay Saravia, a second lieutenant in the U.S.-trained Atlacatl Battalion that carried out the 1981 massacre in El Mozote. His deportation trial could shed new evidence on the events, as the massacre trial in El Salvador came to a halt 18 months ago.
‘Argentina, 1985’: History And Memory (A Latino USA Podcast)
Antonia Cereijido interviews former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo about his real-life experience that inspired the Oscar-nominated film ‘Argentina, 1985.’
LGBTQ Rights Under Attack
Julio welcomes Karma Chavez, professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of ‘Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities,’ to discuss the current legislative assaults on LGBTQ rights.
‘Suavemente’: The Merengue War (A Latino USA Podcast)
Reporter Ezequiel Rodríguez Andino tells the story of merengue’s rise in Puerto Rico, the ripple effects of this “musical war,” and what it all tells us about the relationship between Puerto Rico and the people from its sister island, the Dominican Republic.
On American Citizenship Day, Puerto Ricans Still Denied Federal Disability Benefits
In Puerto Rico, March 2 marks the anniversary of when, in 1917, the U.S. Congress granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in the islands. But for some Puerto Ricans, American Citizenship Day is a grim reminder of their unequal citizenship rights.
69 Years After Puerto Ricans Attacked Congress, Colonialism Remains the Most Violent Conspiracy
Two years ago, U.S. citizens attacked the Capitol, committing a crime against their own government. Sixty-seven years before, Puerto Rican nationalists attacked the same building to denounce a crime —colonialism— committed by a government in which they had no meaningful rights or representation.
Months From Independence: What Would Albizu Do?
The third in a three-part series looking at the attempts made by Pedro Albizu Campos and other local leaders in Puerto Rico to hold a constitutional convention in 1936—the closest the archipelago has come to breaking free of U.S. colonial rule.
Why Puerto Ricans for Statehood Remain Hostile Toward the Free Association Option (OPINION)
While experts and others do know that it is possible, desirable, and mutually beneficial to maintain U.S. citizenship in any sovereignty option, statehooders keep trying to misinform Puerto Ricans and policymakers in Washington.
Digging Into Mexican Food With Chef Margarita Carrillo (A Latino USA Podcast)
On this episode of Latino USA, Mexican chef and cookbook author Margarita Carrillo Arronte talks with host Maria Hinojosa about the rich history of her home country’s cuisine, debunking misconceptions about it, and spending a lifetime cooking, eating, and loving Mexican food.
Months From Independence: Colonialism Crushes the Nationalist Movement in Puerto Rico
Fearing the increasing displays of nationalistic pride sweeping across Puerto Rico in 1936, colonial authorities derailed that year’s constitutional convention movement to establish the Republic of Puerto Rico, thus ensuring U.S. colonialism would endure.
Residents in San Diego’s Barrio Logan Continue Fight Against Gentrification
In recent years, the seaside neighborhood of Barrio Logan has gained newfound popularity amongst younger, more affluent outsiders drawn to the neighborhood for its rich history and vibrant culture. But the recent shift has come at a cost, as long-time businesses and residents have been forced out.
Months From Independence: Pedro Albizu Campos and the 1936 Constitutional Convention Movement in Puerto Rico
The first in a three-part series looking at the attempts made by Pedro Albizu Campos and other local leaders in Puerto Rico to hold a constitutional convention in 1936—the closest the archipelago has come to breaking free of U.S. colonial rule.
‘La Lucha Sigue’: Chicano Teachers Now and Then (A Latino USA Podcast)
In this episode of Latino USA, we present a conversation between Nadine Córdova and Tim Hernández, two teachers who —almost three decades and more than 400 miles apart— faced the same consequences for teaching Chicano history.
As the fight for African American studies continues in Florida, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Sean Arce, co-founder of the Mexican American Raza Studies Program in Tucson, to draw parallels between the current battle and Arizona’s ethnic studies battle over a decade ago.
Los Angeles Is Changing How We Think of Latino Political Power (OPINION)
Given the recent controversy surrounding Latino members of the Los Angeles City Council, it is important that we differentiate between Latino representation and Latino political power and define what each one means given the persistent issues facing the city and county.
Dog Owners Tout Xolos’ Loyalty and Sacred Underworld History
Hundreds of years ago the Indigenous group, the Nahuas, believed that a hairless dog, the Xoloitzcuintle, was a sacred creature who could guide its deceased master through the underworld. “Xolos,” as they’re known, were the focus of a recent museum exhibition in Mexico City honoring the breed.
In ‘Sorcery,’ Chilean Writer-Director Christopher Murray Takes On Colonialism (INTERVIEW)
Latino Rebels speaks with Chilean filmmaker Christopher Murray, co-writer and director of ‘Sorcery,’ which is set on Chile’s Chiloé Island in 1880 and follows a 13-year-old Huilliche girl, Rosa, as she seeks revenge after a white man kills her father.