Gabriel García Márquez's words live on

Gabriel García Márquez's words live on
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Al Jazeera America doc examines immigration debate

Al Jazeera America has made an intriguing new documentary series, “Borderland,” that tries to put Americans in the shoes of immigrants. The documentary follows six Americans who retrace the steps of undocumented immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. In this trailer, Alex, a liberal artist from New York, and... Read more »

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform
President Obama has failed to persuade the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform, but if anybody can make a moral argument it is Pope Francis. These two men who broke barriers, the first Latin American pope and the first African- American president, met for the first time recently in Rome. Among... Read more »
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On Cesar Chavez Day remember farm workers need protection from pesticides

On Cesar Chavez Day remember farm workers need protection from pesticides
Many Mexican-Americans understand the legacy of farm work, because our parents or grandparents shared their stories of life in the fields. They worked hard so we could have a better life and education. My mother, born in Texas, picked cotton fields there. Her family later migrated to a tomato farm in Des Plaines, Ill. There... Read more »

Cesar Chavez film opens today

Cesar Chavez film opens today
Across the U.S., Mexican-Americans and other Latinos are gathering with families and friends to go see the Cesar Chavez movie, which opens today. This is the first feature film about Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Dolores Huerta. It is directed by Mexican actor, Diego Luna, co-produced by Chicago-connected actor John Malkovich. It... Read more »

Immigrant youth won't give up

Immigrant youth won't give up
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Veteran Latino journalist, Alejandro Escalona, wins Studs Terkel award

Veteran Latino journalist, Alejandro Escalona, wins Studs Terkel award
Alejandro Escalona is one of the four journalists receiving the Studs Terkel Community Media Award Thursday. Given by the Community Media Workshop, celebrating its 25th anniversary, the awards recognize journalists that do work in the spirit of Studs Terkel. Escalona is a veteran journalist with around 30 years of experience primarily in Spanish-language media in... Read more »

Three Mexicans win Oscars

Three Mexicans win Oscars
Alfonso Cuarón is the first Mexican and also the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director. Cuarón’s film “Gravity,” a technical achievement with a powerful narrative, won several other Oscars in technical categories. But not everybody in Mexico was cheering for Cuarón. Some criticized him for not making enough films with... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar March 2014

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar March 2014
Check out these upcoming cultural events in Chicago: Art classes for children and adults. National Museum of Mexican Art. Saturdays, March 1 to 22 for kids, $50. Saturdays, March 29 to April 26, $80 for adults. 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. Dance. “Brazos y Abrazos,” The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, March 13 to 16,... Read more »
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Latinos urged to enroll in Obamacare as deadline nears

Latinos urged to enroll in Obamacare as deadline nears
With the deadline to enroll for health insurance a month away, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson published an editorial Friday that said health care information will not be shared with immigration officials. However, the undocumented are not eligible to purchase insurance for themselves under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” But they... Read more »