Especial Correspondents

In the first study of its kind, the American Jewish Committee has taken a comprehensive look at the Americans who claim both a Latino and Jewish identity – all 200,000 of them.

Religion News Service reports:

As a group, Jewish Latinos don’t get much attention — either from Jews or Latinos in the U.S. [Mas…]

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I just came from a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles…my car is heating up so I got a ride from my son Angelo…who is my biggest supporter…

Anyway he took me to the Bernie Sanders march on Martin Luther King Boulevard today. He dropped me off and headed back to Santa Ana… I had no idea how I was going to get back home. All I knew is that I had to go and march and rally for Bernie el Sanders.

Que Viva el Bernie Sanders.

I got there right on time the march was just getting started woohoo.

There was no TV stations no media just a bunch of Bernie Sanders supporters — pura gente claro que Si. [Mas…]

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speedy1955800Mexico’s fastest mouse, our hero Speedy Gonzalez, is a friend to everybody’s seester. But Speedy, unlike POCHO’s La Cucaracha, needs his “marihuana por fumar.” Speedy Gonzales (yes, that’s the name of the cartoon and our leading man) won an Academy Award in 1955. [Mas…]

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reefer-madness-poster“Before Ronald Reagan’s crusade against crack, and Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, there was the ‘reefer madness’ campaign,” writes Sarah Hayley Barrett:

In the early 1900’s, cannabis was well-known as a plant with curative properties. It was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as medicine for over 100 illnesses.

But in 1930, Harry J. Anslinger was appointed commissioner of an entirely new department: the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and he made it his job to take down the plant. [Mas…]

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Cuba’s President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama were the world’s most famous fans Tuesday as they wrapped up their historic fence-mending encounter by doing the wave at an exhibition baseball game in Havana. [Mas…]

bigblondejesusIn 1969, my mother registered to vote as a member of La Raza Unida, an independent “third party.”

When she came home and shared the news with her father — declaring that she was a “Chicana” — he grew angry.

He told her never to use that word, since “Chicano” was a derogatory term when he was growing up.

Despite my mother’s defiance of the patriarchal family regime that day, she never talked much about the importance of our Mexican heritage or exploring the values of Xicanisma.

Mom did send me to an all-girls Catholic high school, however, and maybe that was an attempt at showing me empowerment for women. The school was in 75% white Glendora, though, so our Jesus statues were white (photo, above), just like our feminism.  [Mas…]

border_immersion_morenoBy the time the two young women walked into the shelter, the other migrants were mostly finished with their meals. They stood out as two women among dozens of recently deported men enjoying a meal before continuing on their way. I did what I had been doing all that January morning: I served them each a glass of hot chocolate and a plate of food.

We were volunteering at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in Nogales, Mexico, as part of the Center for Social Concerns’ Border Immersion Faculty Seminar. For several years, Notre Dame students have participated in this seminar, but this was the first time it was being offered to faculty and staff as well. As a professor of U.S. Latino literature who studies and teaches about the border, this was an opportunity for me to experience the border in a different way. [Mas…]


(PNS reporting from PAVAS, COSTA RICA) Jose Valdez slipped into an existential crisis Tuesday after he spent the majority of his lunch hour at a neighborhood soda staring at his untouched bowl of rice and deeply debating whether he could physically add more Salsa Lizano to his already drenched platter.

The crisis began when Valdez, 21, uncorked the plastic bottle of Costa Rica’s famous, tangy, vegetable poop-colored condiment and realized he could no longer even see the white Uncle Ben’s rice served with his casado dish, which featured other culinary innovations such as beans and breaded fish. At that point, Valdez, with his hand visibly shaking as he gripped the Lizano bottle, had what he referred to as an epiphany-like “Diay, Mae” moment. [Mas…]

Mexclusive Sneak Peak: ‘Cochina’ (Chapter 1) by Jaime Martinez

by Especial Correspondents March 8, 2016 Cultura

Author Jaime Martinez’s COCHINA (Amazon link) tells the story of “…sisters Marisol, Josephina and Lola, who have have defied every odd except one. Each of the beautiful women has achieved various levels of success that pulled them out of the projects into lavish living. Unfortunately, issues with men that reach all the way back to […]

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Casting Call: Latina actress to play Donald Trump’s assistant (photo)

by LUKES LEGIT March 6, 2016 El Now
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Are you an attractive and passionate Latina actress, 21-35, with perfect English and a slight Hispanic accent who wants to deliver scripted monologues talking straight to the camera about your experiences working as an executive assistant for Donald Trump for an Internet video of some sort? Don’t apply if you’re in the Screen Actors Guild, […]

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Mexican Mitt Romney: DON TROMP ES CON MAN

by MEXICAN MITT ROMNEY March 4, 2016 El Now

HOLA MIS PINCHES! I had to speak up, because of this human hot cheeto el DONALD TROMP. The REPUBLICAN PARTY is turning into one of those fiestas that go on past 3 am and ALL YOUR DRONK TIOS FIGHT and the CHOTA comes to arrest everybody. Pero at this fiesta, no one is arresting the […]

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Que lastima! The GOP’s Latino candidates are anti-Latino

by Dr. Alvaro Huerta February 25, 2016 El Now
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Growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles, I, like many of my childhood friends, feared the police more than the local gang, Big Hazard. Specifically, we dreaded Latino police officers, since they had a reputation of being more brutal than their white peers with us — poor Chicano kids from the projects. […]

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SPONSORED: Wrap yourself in the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

by MATHEW February 15, 2016 El Now
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Antonin Scalia was the King of Judicial Jiggery-Pokery — until he was taken from us at the mean old age of 74. His spirited defense of torture, based on something he saw Jack Bauer do on television’s 24, was truly his finest hour.

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Pocho Ocho top activists’ pickup lines for Valentine’s Day

by Especial Correspondents February 12, 2016 Cultura
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Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day, along with cries for immigration reform, equal economic opportunity and an end to pervasive systemic racism. Is there a way for the politically active pocha or pocho, Chicano, Chicana, Chican@ and/or Latinx to get lucky AND make the world a better place? Yes, there is, in our […]

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Today’s POCHO Hatemail: You pathetic little burritos are obviously idiots

by ANONYMOUS EMAIL CORRESPONDENT #327 February 2, 2016 Cartoons
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Forgive me for the very long message, but oh, you did allow me a lot of room. Saw the little cartoon you burritos did calling Trump a nazi. All the rubbish aside, it isn’t even slightly funny, or amusing, or witty. Just on the strength of the cartoon, you’re obviously idiots. But you’re also crackpots, […]

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Pocho Ocho top lessons of the Iowa GOP caucuses (NSFW video)

by Especial Correspondents February 2, 2016 El Now
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What can we learn from the Senator Ted Cruz (R-Canadia) victory Monday in the Iowa GOP caucuses? It’s time to support CANADIANS FOR PRESIDENT! [NSFW video, one F-bomb.] And what else? How about the Pocho Ocho Top Lessons We Learned from the Iowa GOP Caucuses: 8. He who smelt it, dealt it. 7. If ifs […]

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Pocho Ocho top reasons Sheriff Joe Arpaio is endorsing Donald Trump

by Especial Correspondents January 26, 2016 El Now
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Arizona’s notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio — racist, birther, and pendejo — is set to endorse racist, birther, and pendejo Donald Trump in the Iowa GOP caucuses, according to The New York Times. Our Especial Correspondents have been on the phone with sources in Arizona, Iowa and New York probing the thinking behind this decision and […]

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Netflix and Chill: MLK’s “I Have A Dream” 2016 style (photo)

by Especial Correspondents January 26, 2016 Cultura
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#RP @msriddleabroad Dr. Martin Luther King Jr couldnt have stated his 'I Have A Dream' speech any better than this 3rd grader…. "NO NETFLIX & CHILL?!??!" that is not a world i want to live in… how is im spose to get her over w/o the #Netflix #MLKJR #IHaveADream #LittleWhiteChirrensAndLittleBlackChirrensCanNetflixAndChillInPeaceAndHarmony #WaitYallTooYoungForNetflixAndChill #WTFyallKnowAboutThatAnyway #NetFlixAndChill #HuluAndHang #PrimeAndPostUp […]

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Billionaire ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg may enter GOP race (photo)

by JUANGA FULDA KENN January 25, 2016 El Now
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Sometimes you just need to break the cycle

by MAYRA MONTOYA January 21, 2016 Cultura
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I always said I wouldn’t grow up to be like my mother. When I saw her, I saw a woman who wouldn’t leave her husband. A woman who didn’t put her children first. I grew angry that my father’s temper prevented me from having teenage sleepovers. I grew resentful that they wouldn’t let me go […]

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J0RGE RAMOS: Leaked Email Shows How Trump Got Palin OK

by J0RGE RAMOS | UNIVISION January 20, 2016 Cultura
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Dear Mama Grizzly: Tonight will be like no other. Tonight, The Donald welcomes you into his Trump Towers penthouse. This is a place you have been before, but those nights have been for seduction and romance. Tonight is different. Tonight is about love. Tonight, you will be my everything.

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Pocho Ocho top changes to expect now that Univision owns The Onion

by Especial Correspondents January 19, 2016 Cultura
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Now that UNIVISION has become a part owner of The Onion, our media analysts have compiled the Pocho Ocho top changes you can expect from the new corporation: 8. Daily stories tagged #TelemundoFail 7. Don Francisco’s triumphant return to TV as Area Man 6. Univision closes failing millennial-oriented website The Cilantro

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Too cool! Los Angeles 2016 No Pants Subway Ride (photos,video)

by Especial Correspondents January 12, 2016 Cultura
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A Floridian transplanted to Los Angeles, Te-Erika Patterson video’d Sunday’s No Pants Subway Ride — it was her third year stripping down and riding the rails for fun. If you think this is for you, check out her MovingToLAToday.com blog. Videographer and photographer Dan “The Steel Shark” Cooke also braved the chilly 50° L.A. weather […]

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Pocho Ocho top ways El Chapo could escape again

by Especial Correspondents January 8, 2016 El Now
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Mexico has recaptured fugitive drug cartel jefe El Chapo Guzman –– who notoriously tunneled out of a high security prison last summer –- but the criminal mastermind isn’t done yet. Sources tell our correspondents that Guzman’s narcotrafficante associates are already working on plans to bust the gangster out of his next cellblock; we’ve compiled this […]

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