Showing posts from June, 2018

On Changing the World: Recalling Bobby Kennedy

L. to r. - Andy Imutan, Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong, and Senator Robert Kennedy in Delano, CA 1968. Photo by Dick Darby courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University by William Alexander Yankes June 5, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) —Only a groundswell of grass-roots peace marches and civil protests can stop the current White House Administration’s onslaught against social justice in the United States. At this pivotal juncture in history, it’s up to us to turn our country into the compassionate nation Robert F. Kennedy imagined before his untimely and tragic death. He summed up his vision of social justice in his last speech, delivered fifty years ago during his visit to Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. After meeting with labor leaders César Chavez and Dolores Huerta—co-founders of the United Farm Workers union—as well as other prominent Mexican-American civil rights activists and political organizers here, Bobby invited Chavez to join him on the dais at the Ambassado

A Mexican Dawn? Hope and Danger in the 2018 Elections

by Alci Rengifo One of the great ironies of the year 2018 may very well be that while the ever so mighty United States descended into political madness, its “underdeveloped” neighbor to the south is poised to rise up to give the world a lesson in political sanity. Drowning in the blood of a decade-long “drug war,” slandered by the orange emperor in Washington for exporting migrants to states bearing names in their language (Nevada, Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas) , Mexico will vote for president on July 1st. Make no mistake, Washington, D.C. and right-wing regional governments will all cast their gaze on Mexico in two months. The reason for their inordinate interest has a name:  Andres Manuel  López Obrador, known to friends and foes alike as the acronym AMLO. Long the face of an electoral leftist alternative in Mexico, AMLO is making his third bid to become president of the Aztec nation. It took the complete implosion of Mexico’s institutional political system to finall