Vicente Serrano Uncensored

Una Chicanisima, Un Spaniard and a Mexican blogueando

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

This is a clip of Sin Censura con Vicente Serrano that airs 7 days a week from 11PM to Midnight and from 9AM to 10AM on Azteca America Channel 61, Comcast 598, RCN 16, DirecTV 13, Dish Network 61. Host: Vicente Serrano Guests: Fernando Diaz and Teresa Puente Topic: ChicagoNOW.com

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Chicago AHORA or Chicago NOW

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I had the pleasure to have on Sin Censura con Vicente Serrano, Fernando Diaz and Teresa Puente. We are the three Latinos part of this effort launched online by the Chicago Tribune.
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Latinos: Listen to Britney Spears while camping

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I received the information a few minutes ago: The U.S Forest Service identifies eating tortillas, drinking Tecate beer, listening to Spanish music and even speaking Spanish as warning signs of possible drug trafficking.   
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No manches Oprah!

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Give me a break!!! In Chicago money talks, no question about it. Now I am just wondering how much a "paisa" would have to pay to pull the same trick Oprah is pulling on Michigan Avenue. I'm pretty sure that not even with a million bucks we will ever see a "Padre Alberto", "Laura en America" or "Aqui y Ahora" on Michigan Avenue.
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A Forgotten Injustice-A Forgotten Phone Call

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Some months ago, I gave Senator William Delgado a copy of the film "A Forgotten Injustice" I directed and produced with a group of friends. He watched the film with his wife (That's what he told me) and inspired him to immediately moved the pieces and introduce a bill in the Illinois' Legislature. "A Forgotten Injustice" it's the first and only documentary about the illegal and unconstitutional deportation of almost 2 million people, the vast majority of them U.S citizens of Mexican descent. My Grandmother was one of them. 
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To serve and protect? How about if you guys just follow the law?

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I hope everyone is well. I have been receiving interesting pictures from some of you after we exposed here how city workers were breaking traffic laws. Here are a couple of those pictures, now of the police officers that believe that they are above the law they are supposed to make us respect. Feel free to leave your comment.
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Senator Durbin, we will do your job.

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Since Senator Dick Durbin has decided not to organize town hall meetings to hear people's opinions about the healthcare reform proposed by President Obama, I suggest we help him to do the work. This won't be a "political theater" Mister Durbin, this would be an opportunity for the community to be heard. I don't have any political affiliation so you can't say whatever you want but politicians should not decide our future without listening our concerns.   
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Healthcare Reform? Y eso con que se come?

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Last night I went to an event hosted by a group of Mexicans living abroad to elect their queen in the Midwest. "Los Jalisciences" celebrated their gala and it was nice to see how many families gathered to elect the woman who is going to represent them in public events. I was invited as a judge but there was something NOT even related to the beauty pageant that struck me when I was walking out of the Performing Arts Center of Triton College in River Grove: 

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Roberto Maldonado, the new 26th Ward alderman, "un viejo lobo de mar".

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

In Spanish (at least in my beautiful Sonora, Mexico) we say that someone is a "viejo lobo de mar" when that person is not a rookie. Roberto Maldonado's case is the perfect opportunity to use it. The only new thing is the tittle. He has been appointed by Mayor Richard Daley as the new 26th Ward alderman and Maldonado is replacing Billy Ocasio who is now working for Governor Pat Quinn. 

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Response from Streets and Sanitation #2

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Here we go again. I have been waiting for the response from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation about a second complaint we published here a few weeks ago. After I exposed the way the workers of this Department are breaking traffic laws by parking the trucks pretty much everywhere they want, another worker parked his truck obstructing traffic. Check previous post and pictures HERE. This is the email I received from the spokesperson of the Department.


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I insist, there are people above the law.

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

A few days ago I posted pictures of a truck from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation parked illegally. I called for these workers to be held under the same rules as any other citizen. I even got an email from the spokesperson of the Department, Matt Smith, saying that he was sorry about this situation and he was going to address the issue and blah, blah, blah... 
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Obama and Bush: Different Strategy but at the end "los jodidos son los mismos"

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I started my day reading news wires from all over the places. One was from Honduras where Roberto Micheletti, named by Honduras' Congress as the new President, said that ousted President Manuel Zelaya could be met with an arrest warrant if he returned. Y el rollo se esta poniendo aun mas feo because the OAS warned Honduras: Manuel Zelaya must be restored as President in 3 days o nos los "fregamos" con una suspension del grupo! Quiubule?!?!?!

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Latinos for who? And what for?

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Not too long ago a group called "Latinos for Lisa" organized a fundraiser to support Attorney General Lisa Madigan. It is not clear to me the reason, but they are supporting her. She has not announced her plans to run for the Senate seat or for Governor so, how do you support her? 
Come on, these guys are supporting someone who does not know what position is running for (maybe she does and already told them but not us) when there are other "poor" people running and need money desperately because they can't raise more than $600 at night. Right Mr. Peraica? 

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Response from the Department of Streets and Sanitation about what I wrote here.

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

A few days ago I posted a couple of pictures of workers of the department of Streets and Sanitation parked illegally. You can read the post and check out the pictures here. 
Here it is the email I got from Matt Smith, spokesperson at the Department of Streets and Sanitation:
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When you feel sad or confused, look up for your Facebook friends' advice!

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I want to share with you what happened to me yesterday. After one of those days, I was in front of the computer and I just could type in my Facebook status: Vicente Serrano is confused. I don't know if I should feel sad or... I don't know... I am just... confused...
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Where are the politicians? Where are the community leaders? Where are the good police officers? Where are the judges that use common sense and serve justice for all?

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

A Cook County judge sentenced suspended Chicago Police officer Anthony Abbate to two years probation for beating a petite female bartender in a drunken rampage. We need to make every effort to mention all the details about the case because as Cantinflas used to say: "Ahi esta el detalle mi chato!"
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Workers from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation should get traffic citations too.

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I was walking down Grand Avenue in downtown Chicago when I saw the truck of the Department of Streets and Sanitation of the City of Chicago. The driver parked literally in the middle of the street invading half lane of Grand and, against all I was taught in traffic school, parked the truck next to a fire hydrant. 
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It does not matter where you are from, when you celebrate do it responsibly!

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Since I got to Chicago 6 years ago, I like going to the Puerto Rican parade and the party in Humboldt Park to celebrate being "Boricua". I guess you don't have to be Puerto Rican to enjoy these days full of colors, flavors and music. I hope that more Mexicans feel like I do and many more Puerto Ricans feel as connected as this Mexican when it comes to celebrating in September in Little Village. 

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Hit by a meteorite? Sarah Palin vs David Letterman and Latinos for Lisa Madigan

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I was doing my usual search for news of the day when this particular headline caught my attention: Boy hit by a meteorite.

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Leslie Marshall: "Why does everyone hate the Jews?"

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.


I got in a heated debate yesterday when I saw Leslie Marshall's Facebook status. The self proclaimed talk show host posted as her status: "The shooting @ Holocaust Museum in Washington DC-Why does everyone hate the Jews? 1-888-6-LESLIE www.lesliemarshallshow.com" 
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Mayor Richard Daley: The Best Mayor in America?

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

Yesterday, I wrote here that Mayor Daley owes an apology to the citizens of the most beautiful city in America. He must tell us the story behind his nephew investing $70 million in city pension funds. As he owes us an apology about Sorich, Al Sanchez, etc. On Facebook the controversy has started between those who demand an apology and say that enough is enough and the ones that defend him "a capa y espada" and call him "the best Mayor in America".
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Daley Sick: Pobrecito! He Better Get Well Soon. We Need an Explanation.

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

One of my favorites cartoons since I was a kid has been "Condorito". If you are Latino you may know or at least heard about the half human half bird whose innocence and intelligence made millions of people laugh, sometimes cry and learned many things about life. 

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About Latinos, Gangs, Cheap Labor, Lack of Commitment and Having Kids...

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

I wrote about the dramatic situation of Latinos not graduating from higher education institutions (look in the archives of Vicente Serrano Uncensored) and the debate in Facebook has sparked some controversy. Below you will find the most juicy ones, feel free to comment here. If you are not yet my friend in Facebook send me an add.
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Latinos Must Stop Being Factories of Cheap Labor!

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

That is what a my friend Juan told me when I visited him at his house in East Chicago Indiana. We were waiting for the enchiladas my "comadre" was cooking for breakfast and talking about mil y una cosas when he said: "You know what Vicente, we (Latinos) must stop being factories of cheap labor if we want better representation and our contributions recognized in this country. 
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Republicans to fight media bias but...

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

One of my Grandmother's favorite expressions is "La zorra no se ve su cola" when she refers to people that are criticizing others' faults but are not willing to see theirs.
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Have you heard the expression "without hairs on my tongue"?

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Vicente Serrano

A Mexican born national/naturalized American citizen. Too American for my friends in Mexico and too Mexican for my American friends.

OK. Here I am, trying to decide if I should write my posts in Spanish or English or Spanglich. Thanks to all my Facebook and Twitter friends who have been following my blogs for the last six months. Bienvenidos a la nueva casa, mi blog es tu blog.

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