Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen

Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. In Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, there were bands, vaqueros, bikers and lowriders in a parade Sunday along Cermak Road. Cinco de Mayo marks the 1862 Battle of Puebla where Mexico defeated France under Napoleon. In most of Mexico, May 5 is a regular... Read more »

Chicago! Su voto es su voz: Your vote is your voice

Chicago! Su voto es su voz: Your vote is your voice
Will Latino voters make the difference? Will black voters make the difference? Will progressives, teachers and other union members make the difference? The fact is Chicagoans from all walks of life will determine who will win the mayoral election – Rahm Emanuel or Jesus “Chuy” García. That may be a lesson of the election –... Read more »

A moustache and other political signs from Chuy vs. Rahm

A moustache and other political signs from Chuy vs. Rahm
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S.R.O. rally for "Chuy" at the Heartland

S.R.O. rally for "Chuy" at the Heartland
Harold Washington campaigned at The Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park more than 30 years ago. Barack Obama campaigned there in 2004 when he ran for the U.S. Senate. And on Sunday night Jesus “Chuy” García rallied hundreds of supporters for a standing room only event at this cafe that was recently criticized by an adviser... Read more »

Rev. Jackson, Dolores Huerta, Cornel West rally for Jesus "Chuy" García

CTU President Karen Lewis
Some of the nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders came out this weekend to support Jesus “Chuy” García for mayor of Chicago. The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, and author and activist Cornel West joined hundreds of enthusiastic García supporters at a Saturday rally at New Mount Pilgrim... Read more »

Who is the loser in the Chicago mayoral debate? Phil Ponce

Who is the loser in the Chicago mayoral debate? Phil Ponce
The loser of Tuesday night’s Chicago mayoral debate was the moderator WTTW host Phil Ponce. He was booed by audience members when he repeatedly asked Jesus “Chuy” García if his son was still a gang member. Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel thought this was a bad question. “I don’t think this is a fair line of... Read more »
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Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?
The comparisons are inevitable. Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor in 1983. Jesus “Chuy” García  could become Chicago’s first Latino mayor more than 30 years later. If  García keeps on building on this coalition of Latino, progressive, African-American and union voters, especially teachers, he can beat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Many thought Washington could... Read more »

Why Chicago is ready for a Latino mayor

Why Chicago is ready for a Latino mayor
The question on Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will win re-election with 50 percent plus one of the vote or whether he will face an April run off against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” García. García has been gaining in the polls and is expected to place second. Just as Harold Washington won election... Read more »

Saturday Night Live: Where are the Latinos?

Saturday Night Live: Where are the Latinos?
I grew up watching Saturday Night Live and along with millions of others was eager to see the 40th anniversary show. I laughed at Emma Stone’s homage to Gilda Radner. As a kid I used to say it along with Radner, “Roseanne Rosannadanna!” I smiled at Wayne’s World. Party on! I loved the Weekend Update... Read more »
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Chicanísima Cultural Calendar December 2014

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar December 2014
Check out these cultural happenings in Chicago this December: Latino Music Festival with Fareed Haque’s Math Games, Elbio Barilari & Volcano Radar, Gustavo Leone, December 4, 8 p.m. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. $15 “Paintings, Prose & Poetry” event features award-winning Chicago Chicana writer and artist Ana Castillo with a rare display of her... Read more »