Thursday, June 15, 2006

It's A Bird ... It's AeroMexico ... Chale ... It's The Mexican ... (listening to Jeff Beck)

There's nada like LABOUR HISTORIA ... simon ... from the the Flint, Michigan wildcat strikes to the ferocious Emma Tenayuca ... and covering another labor historical event is Gustavo Arellano ... in Gunkist Oranges, The Mexican shows how, in 1936, "2,500 Mexican naranjeros representing more than half of Orange County’s crucial citrus-picking force dropped their clippers, bags and ladders to demand higher wages, better working conditions and the right to unionize" ... it's a must read ...

Tambien is The Mexican's opinion piece on MEChA in today's LA Times ... he begins with "THE REVOLUTION always finishes the same way: Someone claps. Then someone else. Someone else. Others join. More. Faster. More. Everyone in unison. Rhythmic. Louder. Faster. Finally, someone shrieks, "¡Qué viva la raza!" (Long live the Mexican race!). "¡Qué viva!" (May it live!), everyone screamed in response. And then we go off to continue the reconquista."

Entonces he ends with ... "Years later, I proudly call myself a Mechista. To be a Mechista is to care for those who face the same struggles you once did, to preach the gospel of education to immigrants so they can prosper and assimilate. To be a Mechista is to be American — an American with sore hands from so much clapping, that is."

What's interesting is that The Mexican refers to MEChA as a "Latino student club" ... and it is ... as an undergrad, our MEChA was probably 60% Central American, 35% Mexicano (wabs, though not from OC) and 5% Chicano ...

Firme work Gustavo ... although you'll never convince my pocha hermana who responds "NOD-DU" to "Que pasa" ...

2 Comments:

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous janna said...

Check it out, he's going to be on the Colbert Report this Monday!! http://blogs.ocweekly.com/clockworkorange/stephen-colbert-vs-the-mexican/

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous brotha from anotha motha said...

Cholo did you get a chance to watch Gustavo last night on Colbert?
Gustavo went totally over Colbert's cabeza or does Colbert have ADD?????

 

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