By Marlene Montanez | 05/13/2010 - 17:00
I often forget that I'm brown.
"How can this be?" you're probably asking.
It's pretty simple: I've lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, most of my life and have a mix of Hispanic and non-Hispanic friends. I don't feel different from them—which is how it should be when you have a great group of friends. I don't really listen to Spanish music, and although I love a good plate of arroz con gandules, I'm not one to have a Puerto Rican flag in my rear view mirror. But when Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 on April 23, 2010, everything seemed to shift.
By Grace Bastidas | 05/13/2010 - 13:30
Ricky Martin, Shakira and Gloria Estefan are just a few of the musicians that have spoken out against the anti-immigration laws in Arizona. And a few artists are taking the discourse further.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/05/2010 - 16:15
Every now and then a movie comes along that is perfect for it's time, and right now, that movie is Robert Rodriguez's b-movie kitchfest, Machete. Rodriguez released the official trailer for Machete today, with a special introductory message from the film's star, Danny Trejo in which he declares, "This is Machete, with a special cinco de mayo message to Arizona!"
By Mariela Rosario | 05/04/2010 - 10:08
Shakira has been on a whirl-wind media tour recently, speaking out against the passage of the new immigration laws in Arizona, SB 1070. Although some saw her involvement as an affront since she is not a United States citizen, we think it makes sense that Shaki stepped up to the plate; she herself admitted while speaking to the mayor of Phoenix, "I have no papers here."
By Mariela Rosario | 04/30/2010 - 17:00
Have you noticed that ever since Arizona passed its new immigration laws, racists across this great nation of ours have felt emboldened to let everyone know how they really feel about us Latinos? OK, we know this is a matter of opinion, but watch the videos below and you decide.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/26/2010 - 16:00
The immigration debate has always caused a rift among citizens of Arizona —a state that has one of the highest Latino populations in the country. Though Hispanics own businesses, hold public office and help support the local economy, the perception that immigrants do nothing but drain community resources, take away jobs and increase violence persists for some in the southwestern state.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/20/2010 - 16:30
Since when is John McCain a hard line conservative Republican? Though he was once known as a "maverick" it looks like these days, McCain is drinking the right-wing Kool-aid (or maybe it's just too much tea time with Sarah Palin)? Either way, McCain took to Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor to address the incredibly stringent new immigration laws that were recently passed in Arizona.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/07/2010 - 16:45
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 14:45
Two Latino teens, born in the United States and legal citizens were forcibly "deported" to Mexico against their will. Apparently, Mario, 17 and Ricardo, 16 (last names held because they were minors at the time of the proceedings) were both detained by agents while crossing the US/Mexico border who then proceeded to rip up the boys birth certificates.