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Living in Mess: 'Wildness'
Documentary as palliative care
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2012, by Andy Campbell
"...But critique is not enough: Tsang enters the fray with this documentary, which not only documents but also re-views the complicated processes of identification, gentrification, community building, and dissolution that occur in this particular geography of an immigrant queer bar. Wildness traces not only the history of the bar itself, which we see move from a gay bar primarily patronized by gay latinos to a trans bar, but also the people who populate the establishment – the owners, the bartenders, the patrons...."

No. 1 Troublemaker
The guts and the glory (don't forget the gory)
Screens Story  March 2, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Now he is a brutal savage who must slaughter to stay alive." But why not add the coda that's conspicuously absent from the Plasticene bio? "Danny Trejo: the most famous character actor of his era." Since his unintentional debut in Andrey Konchalovskiy's 1985 breakneck blockbuster Runaway Train, Trejo has snagged parts in more than 200 films. Ninety-nine percent of 'em are stoic bad guy roles: Latinos with blades, maniacs without conscience, revengers with grudges and Glocks..."

Ladies Train
‘Soul Train’ reminds us of all music biz inequities
DAILY Music  February 3, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...It’s easy to feel like all races and ethnicities are well represented in the music scene, but really, how are they represented? African-Americans dominate the rap scene, but how often do we see African-Americans fronting indie rock or metal bands? Or Asian Americans, or Latinos?..."

Search Results
Police monitor's report invites additional scrutiny
News Story  July 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Police record a 27% hit rate for whites, 28% for Hispanics, and 32% for blacks. "These numbers clearly show that searching Blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos more often does not yield a significantly higher hit rate," reads the report, "therefore, the practice seems futile and calls any justification of it into question."..."

Voting Rights Act Goes to Court
September hearing set in San Antonio
News Story  July 15, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Plaintiffs allege that the various maps for the House, Senate, and Congress violate the Voting Rights Act by diminishing the ability of minorities to elect representatives of their choosing despite the fact that minorities – especially Hispanics – overwhelmingly drove Texas' population growth over the past decade. "We are confident a fair and legal plan will provide additional legislative and congressional seats for Latinos and African Americans and give Democrats a reasonable opportunity to compete and win in districts drawn to follow the Voting Rights Act," said Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie in an email..."

Come Together
Latino poets building a community at CantoMundo
Books Story  July 1, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"..."CantoMundo emerges from a tradition of wanting to claim a rightful place for the work created by literary artists of color, within American letters: in this case, Latinos and Latinas who want to write poetry," said Francisco Aragón by email. A 2010 CantoMundo fellow, Aragón is also director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame..."

Big Brother Sets Eyes on Immigrants
Footage from last week's capitol demo against new detention center
DAILY News  June 27, 2011, by Katie Tomasino
"...In recent weeks, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts have either pulled out of or refused participation in the Secure Communities program. According to Esther Reyes, spokeswoman for the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, "With the passage of SB nine in the Texas Senate, now more than ever Texans need to raise our voices against unjust, ineffective, and costly programs like Secure Communities that blatantly target Latinos and other people of color."..."

Redistricting: What Is and What Could Be
Wentworth reform passes Senate, Congressional map passes Lege
DAILY News  June 23, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...According to Democratic strategist Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project, the map reduces the number of districts in which minorities have the opportunity to elect the candidate of their choice from 11 to 10 and increases safe and likely Republican seats from 21 to 26. If true, this means that the minorities who overwhelmingly drove the state’s population growth over the last 10 years – especially Latinos – got bupkis to show for that growth..."

Redistricting Plan Passed by Committee
Only minor changes to five-way screwing of Travis County
DAILY News  June 3, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...About an hour ago, the Senate Redistricting Committee passed a redistricting plan that sticks it to Travis County by splitting us up five ways, with Travis constituting a majority of the population in none of the five. On a statewide level, minority activists – especially Latinos – claim the plan violates the Voting Rights Act...."

News Story  April 8, 2011
"...• The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is suing the state of Texas, alleging that a flawed counting process in the 2010 census missed residents in colonias in unincorporated areas and that the census data underrepresents border Latinos by between 4% and 8%. See "Census Undercount in Colonias?."..."

NAACP and LULAC: Texas Education System Violates Federal Law
State board members say they're just whining
News Story  December 31, 2010, by Michael King
"...The letter from Bledsoe and Cardenas makes the more specific case that the curriculum changes, in concert with other practices common in Texas schools, have a disproportionately negative effect on minority schoolchildren, and that these effects are intentional. "It is our contention that the SBOE curriculum changes were made with the intention to discriminate, and that the SBOE curriculum and other areas raised in this complaint were either the result of unnecessary policies that have a disparate or stigmatizing impact on African-Americans and Latinos, or reflect disparate treatment or neglect."..."

A Cure for the Two-Party Hangover
Washington rally offers political street rally
News Story  November 5, 2010, by Abe Louise Young
"...A few signs acknowledged the inevitable racial subtext. A World War II veteran displayed a sign reading, "I fought Nazis, and they don't look like Obama." Many Latinos wore T-shirts that read "Would you like to see my I.D.?" Religious diversity was also a hit, with Mus­lims in religious dress declaring, "This is what a moderate Muslim looks like," and "I scare Juan Williams in airports." A grinning Sikh's sign asked, "Am I acting suspicious?"..."

Stereotypes Are All True?
Postmarks  September 16, 2010
"...That's why no men are fighting to change them. In addition, all the stereotypes that people believe about women, blacks, Latinos, Muslims, and gays are also true..."

Die a Metalhead
Rodrigo y Gabriela's patriarch will be due a viking funeral one day.
DAILY Music  September 1, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...AC: Austin is just down the road from San Antonio, which is known as one of the heavy metal capitals of the world. Why do Latinos like their metal so much?..."

Forever Young
The alumni artists of "YLA 15" continue to transform our world into their own
Arts Story  August 13, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...That the curator has pursued that goal with artists who have shown in previous "YLA" exhibits means "YLA 15: Consensus of Taste" has little of the self-consciousness of less-experienced creators trying to prove themselves. The creators featured here don't need to flaunt their bona fides as artists any more than they need to assert their credentials as Latinos..."

Take It Back From People 'Not Like Them'
Postmarks  July 30, 2010
"...This tea party movement is about not liking the change going on in America, which is moving toward a multiethnic look and feel. The recent immigration law in Arizona reflects the sentiment to take our country back from immigrants (Latinos in this case)..."

Grupo Fantasma With Larry Harlow
Music Story  May 21, 2010, by Austin Powell
"..."It developed a new style of playing, a mix of Afro-Cuban music and New York bebop. Everything that was going on politically and socially really came out in the music that the Latinos were playing."..."

in box
Music Review  May 14, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
"...The electroni-fried brassiness of Tejano music makes many music lovers cringe, but Selena, queen of Tejano music, was on the brink of a crossover into the mainstream. It's been a decade since the 23-year-old Texan's tragic murder, and books (including a fine academic tome by UT professor Deborah Paredez, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory), a 1997 feature film starring Jennifer Lopez, a documentary (Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena), and even a musical (Selena Forever) mark her death..."

City Has Made Bad Zoning Choices
Postmarks  March 8, 2010
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Latinos Pushed Out” [“Postmarks,” March 5]: More than 100 years ago, my German/Swedish ancestors set sail from Europe with hopes to find new land and religious freedoms in Texas. Rumors were rampant that upon arrival in Galveston each family would receive a horse and wagon to help them resettle..."

Page Two: Everlasting Love
Our annual ode to South by Southwest
Columns  March 5, 2010, by Louis Black
"...George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, offers a full schedule of free SXSW events, including panels and films. At the Boyd Vance Theatre, there will be two major sessions: Blacks in Technology on Friday, March 12, and Latinos in Technology on Sunday, March 14 (both will be from 6 to 9pm)..."

The Art Is Formally Known as Prints
A somewhat kaleidoscopic glimpse of Austin's screen-printing scene
Arts Story  November 6, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Except that he calls it by its more formal name, serigraphy, a term coined by printers in the 1930s who wanted to differentiate the artistic process from its more industrial use, which suggests an operational precision and an aesthetic delicacy a neighborhood or two away from the beer-fueled Van Son hoedowns of Print Addiction. The people who do their work at Coronado Studio, in general or as part of the Serie Project that promotes work by Latinos in particular? Those people are fine artists, regardless of what partly commercial situation they wind up in next...."

TV Eye
George Lopez goes live
Screens Column  August 14, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"..."Chicano" is most identified with its use during the social unrest of the 1960s and 1970s. Its deeper roots are as a pejorative, reclaimed by youthful, politically active Latinos – mostly Mexican-American in origin – to align themselves with a very specific political and social consciousness of the day..."

Cumbia de la Pachanga!
Nine hours at Fiesta Garden's Latino Music Festival on Saturday turns into a rock en Español empanada
DAILY Music  June 2, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...As co-Pachanga! promoter Alex Vallejo gave drum lessons in the Niños Rock Pachanga tent (“Latinos already have rhythm so we don’t need the down beat”), and El Tule swung through their “Three Widows” cumbia, local rock en Español quartet Kalua clamped down on wicked Spanish/German standard “Malagueña.” Maneja Beto keyboardist Bobby Garza explained octaves to the niños back in the shade, before Los Bad Apples followed fellow scensters Kalua with a peculiar blend of Latin American slink fronted by Anita Benner and rapper Zeale, who instigated early afternoon shaking by the best crowd yet, especially on the group's “Cumbia Chica.” David Garza closed the niños tutorial portion of Pachanga! with a songwriting demo beginning with “Happy Birthday” (“That’s the first song written 10 millions years ago by the cave mans”), and the “Hokey Pokey.” The day was anything but pokey...."

The Power of Boxes
Some precincts can turn an election; others can't
News Story  May 15, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Leffingwell's story is repeated here with Riley: a clean sweep of the 20 precincts that matter most. This not only says a lot about which areas of town control Austin's politics; it also says something about the poor voter turnout in other areas and possibly among Austin's Latinos – a group that, given its size, really ought to be more of a force in local elections...."

Sonidos del Barrio
Part 1, the overview, of Latino music in the Austin mainstream
Music Story  May 1, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"..."Every now and then you find a label that does good, a Freddie Records or a Hacienda Records, but we need more. We can't walk into a bank and talk to our fellow Latinos..."

Don't Be Hatin'
How the Internet helps us all to get along ... or not
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...When talking about race during the election, it always came down to Obama's blackness. What is not talked about as much, and what resonates for many Mexican-Americans and other Latinos is that Obama is the first (obviously) mixed-race president..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  February 27, 2009
"..."We can't afford to sign a blank check to ICE," says Caroline Keating-Guerra of the Austin Immi­grant Rights Coalition. But Texas activists fear even worse: rampant detainee abuse, like that found in Phoenix, where the sheriff conducts "indiscriminate street 'sweeps' of Latinos" without evidence of criminal activity, then detains "hundreds ....."

Letters at 3AM
People who might not want anything to do with me look at my car and know there's something about America we agree on – something embodied in a '69 Chevy Malibu
Columns  January 2, 2009, by Michael Ventura
"...I was packing the car for a day's ride to Austin to see old friends and go to the Chronicle's holiday bash. Three young men and one older, Latinos, gathered..."

Owls, Hooters & the Devil: Graveyard Part II
Graveyard Part II
DAILY Music  October 3, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...RE: Yeah everyone talks about Swedish girls, but we live in Sweden for all our lives and I’m fed up with blonde, blue-eyed girls. It’s much more exotic to get to the States and all the Latinos and black girls, and all the ethnics..."

Res Publica
This week's civic duties: Aug. 21-28
News Story  August 22, 2008
"...LATINOS FOR TEXAS MEETING 6pm. TCDP Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, 1107 N..."

Teatro Vivo: Giving Voice to Its Own
In a departure, the company mounts a program of plays by four of its artists
Arts Story  August 15, 2008, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"..."This production is a way for the artists in our group to do something that relates not to them as Latinos but as artists," says Artistic Director Rupert Reyes, who is also one of the four playwrights. "We hope to show a little bit of flexibility in our company."..."

Savlov Got Only Part of the Story
Postmarks  August 11, 2008
"...Dear Editor, With the disclaimer that we admire what the leadership is doing at Austin School of Film’s Cine Joven program, would it have pained Marc Savlov to do some traditional journalistic research to find out about the numerous other agencies doing the same programming for Hispanic youth, for much longer, and reaching a much larger population of Latinos and other minorities in Austin for a cover story [“Cine Joven Sin Fronteras,” Screens, Aug. 8]? Latinitas ( has existed since 2002, and has conducted video production classes featuring telenovela-making to daytime talk-show production to movie-making workshops since its origin..."

Richies for Obama
TDP chair and his wife back Obama, tying him in TX superdelegates with Clinton
DAILY News  May 30, 2008, by Richard Whittaker

Latino Groups Sue Texas Democratic Party
Suit charges that Dems' dual primary/caucus system discriminates against Hispanics
DAILY News  May 10, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...LULAC probably has a good case: It’s pretty hard to argue that Latinos, especially along the border, didn’t get screwed in the presidential race back in March. Sen..."

Page Two: The Business of America
Solutions to the made-up immigration 'problem' would be an expansive and burdensome assault on both companies and individuals
Columns  April 4, 2008, by Louis Black
"...(I usually fall closer to the latter category.) Despite emphatic insistence that the immigration issue is legality and not racism, to a significant extent it is racist. Some obsessed with illegal immigration claim that they would feel the same way if those in question were Scandinavians or Canadians rather than Latinos..."

APD Releases Racial Profiling Report
Traffic and pedestrian stops down last year; searches up
News Story  March 21, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Blacks were 35% of those subject to consent searches during a traffic stop, whites were 33%, and Hispanics 31%. The same pattern exists for pedestrians subject to consent searches: Blacks accounted for 44% of the searches, whites for 38%, and Latinos only 16%...."

APD Releases Racial Profiling Report
Traffic and pedestrian stops down last year, searches up
DAILY News  March 12, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Blacks were 35% of those subject to consent searches during a traffic stop, whites were 33%, and Hispanics 31%. The same pattern exists for pedestrians subject to consent searches: Blacks accounted for 44% of the searches, whites for 38%, and Latinos only 16%. Notably, the number of racial profiling complaints made to APD’s Internal Affairs increased in 2007, with 11 formal complaints filed, compared to only eight in 2006..."

Election Notes
News Story  March 7, 2008
"...But the other numbers reflect the delegate edge that candidate got – i.e., District 14 provided five delegates for Obama and three for Clinton, giving Obama a +2 edge. It's pretty clear that demographic predictions for each candidate come true: Latinos and rural voters went for Clinton, while urban areas supported Obama..."

Post-Game Quotes
Supporters of both candidates provide some spin.
DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...He's up on Spanish-language TV and radio and we think that if we pull even with Sen. Clinton … we know we're coming from behind because she's been here for 35 years and has a history with Latinos … but if we pull even with Sen..."

Mean-Spirited Fairy Tales
Postmarks  February 20, 2008
"...Dear Editor, Once upon a time, Hillary Rodham Clinton's base was composed of women (especially older women), working-class individuals, Latinos, noncollege-educated, and Catholics and was deemed by the media to be "solid." Well, the walls of Jericho have started to tumble for H.R.C. The collapse of her base began with the Potomac primaries and continued in Wisconsin, where Obama recently earned a resounding mandate..."

Notable Democratic Endorsements
A roundup of the Dem clubs' recommendations for the March 4 primary
News Story  February 15, 2008
"...8) Latinos for Texas..."

Who's Zooming Who?
News Story  January 25, 2008
"...8) Latinos for Texas Other Contested Democratic Races..."

Spears, Maxey Splitting Endorsements
Predictions of a divisive primary coming true
DAILY News  January 17, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Lest it seem like we're ganging up on Glen Maxey (or rather, labor, Toby Futrell, and Bill Aleshire are ganging up on him) by reporting only bad news in his campaign to unseat incumbent Tax Assessor-Collector Nelda Wells Spears, let it be noted: In recent days, the former state representative has garnered the endorsements of Latinos for Texas, South Austin Democrats, and Capital Area Asian American Democrats, and he won a straw poll of Lake Travis Democrats with 63% of the vote. Spears, in addition to the Central Labor Council endorsement noted above, has also picked up the support of the West Austin Democrats, and Southwest Austin Democrats...."

In Goth We Trust
Or is that disco?
DAILY Music  January 16, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...The Bee Gees weren’t disco, they were blue-eyed soul. Disco was the music of disenfranchised subcultures – gays, women, Italians, Latinos..."

The State of Texas Children
New report indicates things are looking good for Travis County's children in the areas of education and premature death, but also lays out some troubling stats on poverty.
News Story  December 7, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...The surges in poverty could be a byproduct of surges in population, especially among minorities. Travis Co.'s total population shot up 10.4% from 2000 to 2005; while the rise in white population was negligible (about 12,000 people), the black population rose 10.7%, and Latinos rose 28%..."

License to Shrill, Uncensored
A conversation with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman
News Story  November 9, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...PK: Well that['s] what it looks like to me; the book, from a liberal's point of view, is very optimistic at the end. I look at the demographics, and the evidence is pretty clear now the GOP has not been able to reach out to Latinos and Asians..."

Temples and Playgrounds
Previewing the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Nov. 3-4
Books Story  November 2, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...SC: So much that's already out there is by middle-aged Latinos writing about their youth – wonderful writers like Pat Mora. But there is little by young people writing about their lives..."

ACC Report Card
Chamber of Commerce releases first-ever Progress Report; outlines challenges ACC faces and how business community can help
News Story  November 2, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Among the chamber's most significant findings: The rate at which ACC has grown its enrollment, graduates, and technical certificate earners is greater than metro Austin's population growth since 2000. Also, its enrollment of Latinos and African-Americans has exceeded those groups' population growth rates..."

Hispanic Today calendar
Cable access show Hispanic Today features host Peggy Vasquez interviewing various Austin Latinos.
DAILY Screens  October 14, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...Host Peggy Vasquez interviews local Latinos on a variety of issues. Vasquez is editor of La Prensa and has been a local Austin advocate for years..."

Single-Member District Dilemmas
Process of drafting single-member-district proposal for Austin off to slow start
News Story  September 7, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...One fact that stood out: The traditional bloc of African-American residents in East Austin has scattered to the north and south. Robinson said the best district he could draw was one with a population that was 35% African-Amer­i­can, and, even then, those African-Americans would be trumped by 44% Latinos..."

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