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Happy 68th Birthday to Alice Walker!

Alice Walker, African American poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, teacher, activist, womanist, editor, publisher and anthologist, celebrates her 68th birthday today. In honour of this, here are a list of inspirational quotes from one of the most important writers in America: “People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, […]

A Complaint Against the Journalism of Kevin Myers

I have posted below, the letter which I emailed to the Irish Independent regarding the journalism of Kevin Myers. If you wish to lodge a similar complaint please feel free to copy and paste my letter or use it as a template to draft your own version. I sent my letter to independent.letters@independent.ie on the […]

A (Dis)United State: Arizona’s Educational Catastrophe!!!

There are a number of words and phrases that come to mind when I think about the current state of Arizona’s education system. These include white supremacy, racism, segregation, intellectual colonialism, neocolonialism, harassment…I could go on. Education Officials in Arizona have been quick to defend the recent removal of a multitude of texts from the school curriculum, […]

Merry Kwanzaa or Bah Humbug???

For many the 26th of December is St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day, or a day to recover from the gluttony of Christmas dinner. For others it is Kwanzaa. This festive celebration, which means “first fruit” in Swahili, is a seven-day holiday running from the 26th December to 1st January. It was invented in 1966 by […]

Further Border Intrusion in the Rio Grande Valley

The US Mexico border fence which the acclaimed Chicana writer and theorist Gloria Anzaldúa describes as “una herida abierta [an open wound],” continues to disrupt and divide the lives of those who dwell in it’s surrounds. An article in the New York Times titled, “Border Fence Upends a Valley Farmer’s Life,” describes how a new push […]

I LOVE LUPE!

This is the trailer of a 46-minute documentary video by Alma López featuring a roundtable conversation with Chicana artists Ester Hernández and Yolanda M. López. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/aYZ8UdNdEbs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> All three discuss their controversial depictions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This documentary is a visual chapter in an edited collection titled Our Lady […]

Arizona Education is White Washed as the Ban on Ethnic Studies Continues

Arizona has banned Ethnic Studies. The House Bill was signed into law last May by Gov. Jan Brewer and came into effect on December 31st 2010. The law comes soon after Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law. HB 2281 states that a school district or charter school in the Arizona shall not include in its programme of instruction […]