Its been a busy week for news that impacts Latinas and their families, particularly since Governor Brewer signed the immigration Arizona law SB1070 into law.
Yesterday, was the immigrant rights march. In Chicago and other parts of the country Half –A- Million and Counting participated waving American flags, holding up signs that read “We Are Arizona,” mom’s brought their children, teenagers hung around excitedly, for some of them this was their first march and I spotted an army of paleteros.
Latina Lista is doing an amazing job keeping folks informed with the latest information on Arizona law and SB1070 and other stories related to this law. She wrote about the lack of Latino editorial columnists and political pundits that made me realize that we absolutely must use our voice and have a seat at the table as much as possible or laws like SB1070 will continue to spread.
Some Latina columnists that are speaking up are getting slammed with hate mail. Just ask Chicago Sun-Times columnist Esther Cepeda. This week she wrote a column on the amount of hate mail she has been getting since the immigration issue revved up. Drop Esther a love letter and tell her how much you appreciate the work she does. She’s one of few Latinas that has a public platform to speak on issues that impact the Latino communities.
Another Latina that got to chime in on the Arizona law issue was Teresa Puente from “Chicanisima,” blog. She joined host Alex Quigley from WGN 720 in the Showcase Studio to debate over immigration law in Arizona. On a personal note, I appreciate intelligent respectful opinions when calling radio stations, however, the callers were just down right rude.
A journalist on the move is Lydia Cacho. The International Press Institute (IPI) named Lydia Cacho as an IPI “World Press Freedom Hero,” to recognize her contributions to press freedom and investigative journalism in the defense of human rights in Mexico.
Violence isn’t up on Arizona Border despite Mexican drug war. According to, FBI Uniform Crime Reports and statistics provided by police agencies, in fact, show that the crime rates in Nogales, Douglas, Yuma and other Arizona border towns have remained essentially flat for the past decade, even as drug-related violence has spiraled out of control on the other side of the international line. Statewide, rates of violent crime also are down.
First the Arizona law now a new law threatens to ban ethnic studies in Arizona. This new law being proposed by the state legislature in Arizona is trying to equate ethnic studies programs with high treason. In other words, forget Cesar Chavez or any contributions Mexicans have made to this country. Will Governor Brewer sign this ban on ethnic studies? What do you think? Wait there’s more! Are you a teacher with a Spanish accent? Well if you are get ready to lose your job in Arizona.
Imagine you’re an American citizen whose parents happen to be undocumented immigrants. Well there’s a chance you might get deported too. At Tea Party rally in San Diego County, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wants to start deporting American citizens. Hmmm…I wonder if this includes the great-grand children of Pilgrims?
Art by Artist Tina Hernandez