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A Poem by Naomi Martinez.  hermanaresist.com  

The grass will be mowed this weekend.
they want it cut every week here
Like close shaven bikini lines
and it’s already up to my bedroom window.
It’s hot 11.5 months out of the year
the leaves are never brown (irony?),
there is no autumn.
They want crisp cookie cutter lawns.
Once we lived in an apartment
where they didn’t allow
children to play in the hallways.
One place only allowed 1 kid-
so the other one magically became invisible.
Passing by the outskirts of Edinburg,
a sign read “no outside visitors allowed”
posted on the parking lot of an apartment complex.
My (white) friend, new to here, asked
why more don’t complain about landlords,
there are laws in place,
resources–
and that messy lawns
are just sinverguenzas.
And there are so many
reasons behind
that simple observation,
one of those times
where I stay quiet
because the explanations
are never simple.
They are layered
under centuries
and we walk under the ladder.
And I can never wrap
my head around
the simplicity that
must go through their
uncomplicated minds
when they lay blame.
And I can’t understand
that
free
style
uncomplicated
way of living
breathing
it must hurt-being so honest,
clean, yummy looking, crisp.
It’s the reason I am quiet
concentrating on stories, reasons, lives.
There was a house once
with a broken refrigerator, no running water, broken stove.
Of course the sinverguenzas never
called the landlord.
because they lived paycheck to paycheck
and had no where to go
and had been turned town countless times
sometimes it was because
professionals would be bothered
by crying babies
or sometimes it was
“we usually have quiet couples”
read-not single mothers.
Once, once
there was a place
that didn’t allow toys
on the front steps.

Sometimes it’s safer not to complain

you weigh your options on your shoulders
Reasons why I stay quiet
when my friends speak.

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SAN ANTONIO • To celebrate the Mexican American Cultural Center’s (MACC) 35 years of national service in leadership formation and language studies, preparing leaders for service in Hispanic and multicultural communities, the organization held an anniversary celebration Oct. 11 at the Omni San Antonio Hotel…

Read more from our local Catholic newspaper Today’s Catholic.

In the spirit of Halloween, here is a video to learn more about some creepy places around San Antonio, watch it – if you dare! buahahahaha!

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I am not sure if this qualifies as Chicano art, but this is my son’s 3rd grade Social Studies Project (you can click on it for a bigger picture).  It is a model of a “Suburban Community” that he named “Turtwig Cove” (he is a big Pokemon fan, and Turtwig is one of the little characters).  I am very proud of all the work I put, I mean, he put into it! Way to go mijo!

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Above is some artwork by our good friend Luis Guerrero, these incredible pieces are located at the Institute of Texan Cultures here in San Antonio TX.  As some of you may know our song ¡Ay Chispas! … (Listen here) …came about when Juan saw the name of Luis’ metal art studio by the same name.  I donated the accordion that you see, it was sold to me by none other than Valerio Longoria!  The bajo was created by Agustin Escobar.  The name of the accordion player? El Padrino.  The name of the Bajo player? Boom Box Juan!  Visit this webpage for more pictures!

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I hate to be a name-dropper (like the time Cardinal Martino came to MACC, celebrated mass, and signed my copy of the Compedium), but I personally know the famous movie director, Robert Rodriguez.  I met him when we both attended St. Anthony High School (run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the time) here in San Antonio.  He was a sophomore when I was a senior.  After highschool I went to a college formation house run by the Oblates in Austin – and so did Robert.  Recently while on a barge in the San Antonio River with my family, the guide asked “Did you know that Robert Rodriguez went to South San High School?”.  Of course I immediately corrected him, he was a bit surprised especially since he said that he had Robert on his barge and that is what was told to him.  Well I was happy to give him the inside scoop. 

I was very disappointed to hear that Robert recently divorced from his wife of 16 years (Elizabeth Avellan), after gossip columns say he had an affair with the star of one of his movies (Grindhouse).  Robert has five children.  When I first heard about Robert making it big, I wondered if he would get caught up with the glamour and culture of Hollywood – I guess he did.  Very sad.  I hope he snaps and realizes what he is doing and makes amends to his family.  I am sure his parents and siblings are very disappointed.  I also wonder about his faith life.  Was it strong before his stardom?  Did his family attend church?  I only wonder this because I know he was in a Catholic High School (once a seminary) where we had prayer everyday and mass twice a week.  In the formation house, we had evening prayer and mass every day.  I pray for Robert and his wife and kids, that they may someday reunite to be a family.  I pray for the children especially.  Before I condemn him,  I also ask myself, would I be able to withstand all those Hollywood güeritas throwing themselves at me?  Now there’s a funny image.

I received an email from a young adult group asking support for an independent film opening October 26 nationwide.  Here is a brochure that was forwarded to me.  It sounds like it should be a great film!  I recently saw one of the producers on the show “This Rock”.  Anyway hope you can check it out!

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Here is a message left on MACC’s voicemail before the symposium began.  This guy should have attended the symposium, maybe he would have learned something!

Despite  this hollow and silly threat, the symposium went on without a hitch, or a glitch! It was a great success! 

We had over a hundred participants who were able to hear and see different experiences and topics around the subject of immigration.  MACC hopes that this is the start of something new, as we enter the future with much hope.  We also celebrated our 35th anniversary with a gala the night before the symposium began.  It was also a great success.  Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta gave the keynote address.  The recognition of MACC’s contribution to the Church and society was quite inspiring and humbling.  Felicidades to our award winners that night ( The Guadalupanas , HEB, and Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio).  I think it was incredibly symbolic, and telling, that we had a very pleasurable evening celebrating the accomplishments of MACC after 35yrs, and immediately went about our work with the symposium the next day.   There is no time to rest on our laurels!  Christ’s mission continues!  And so does our part in that mission.  ¡Viva MACC!

Click to hear “El Corrido de Arzobispo Patricio Flores” (in Spanish) by your trulies Los Padrinos.

I was honored to attend the screening of the documentary about our beloved Archbishop Patrick Flores, directed by Hector Galán. It was a powerful story.  It has a very uplifting message, amid all the challenges the Archbishop faced growing up (racism, discrimination, hardships) he never forgot where he came from. His motto is “I will work, not for myself, but for others” – and he lived it. He is an inspiration to all people of faith, especially Mexican-Americans. Oh and by the way, he is one of the founders of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) here in San Antonio! What a legacy!

It is supposed to appear nationally next year so keep an ear out!

Click to hear the Corrido de Arzobispo Patricio Flores (in Spanish) by el Conjunto Los Padrinos.

I was honored to attend the screening of the documentary about our beloved Archbishop Patrick Flores, directed by Hector Galán.  It was a powerful story and one that I would probably use in some of my courses.  It has a very uplifting message, amid all the challenges the Archbishop faced growing up (racism, discrimination, hardships) he never forgot where he came from.  His motto is “I will work, not for myself, but for others” – and he lived it.  He is an inspiration to all people of faith, especially Mexican-Americans.  Oh and by the way, he is one of the founders of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) here in San Antonio!  What a legacy! 

It is supposed to appear nationally next year so keep an ear out!