Tag: educator-activist

The introvert and the contradictions

It always amazes me how much of an introvert I really am, especially when immersed in social spaces and places. Many of my gente y estudiantes wouldn’t believe this at all, but I am. Familiar voice in the back of my mind fades in: “Are you serious Ms. ContraSantolina?” “Do you really feel nerviosa y

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Whole Foods as a Symbol of White Supremacy

[My tribute to our gente that continue to face the harsh reality of food injustices across our state; today is Food & Farms Day at the legislature] First off, don’t start hating right away you Chicano-lites out there who have the privilege, yes privilege, of shopping at Whole Foods. Please at least read my educational

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The Sunshine Portal – don’t let the name fool you.

[Warning: read with caution, coming from an angry place] Late last night I made the mistake of browsing through the pinche Sunshine Portal, even the name is a mockery. I didn’t feel so ‘sunshiney’ after finding out what some of the gente make at the institution. After seeing the figures I was so riled up

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Who needs enemies when we have each other?

Alright raza when does one finally earn their stripes? Please don’t tell me when I’m 6 foot under or actually in my case, strewn all over the Califaztlan coast. Let me explain a bit more. I’m referring to the unfortunate reality in our communities, especially among activists, of the practice of “hating” on one another.

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“A given society is racist or it is not.” Frantz Fanon

How a society reacts to racial incidents is a reflection of how that same society treats and regards the people it most oppresses.  This cartoon was published by the Columbia Daily Tribune on August 20, 2014.  What can we gather from this image and from the many other remarks that are being put out there

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L@s politic@s…

… come in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life. But one thing that they have in common is the platica they carry and will come to master. Their affirmative nods, firm handshakes, and mumbled rhetoric that confuses many, fools some, but not los truchas who can see right through the muddled mess. I have

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The people are restless.

APD protestors taking over City Council. Students statewide mobilizing to demand accountability and transparency from administration. Rallies to stop the deportations. And so many other uprisings and events that are happening across the land of enchantment. So many that the media chooses not to cover but we know exist. Can you blame the people? Those

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