Category Archives: Opinion

The contradictions of the California Dream

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur | Commentary

For better or worse, if something happens in California please be assured it will soon come to a neighborhood theater near you. Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Pleasant Valley Sunday suburban sprawl, the car culture, LSD, and acid rock all launched or took hold in the Golden State.

A new Bracero Program will hurt farmworkers

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

David Bacon

New America Media | Op-ed

Most media coverage of immigration today accepts as fact claims by growers that they can’t get enough workers to harvest crops. Agribusiness wants a new guest worker program, and complaints of a labor shortage are their justification for it. But a little investigation of the actual unemployment rate in farmworker communities leads to a different picture.

NSA spying casts open Internet debate in new light

Joseph Torres and Malkia Cyril

New America Media | Commentary

Our nation’s Internet freedom is under attack — and the consequences for communities of color couldn’t be greater. 

Immigration: What’s love got to do with it?

Braceros, or Mexican farm workers, toil in a California field in the 1940s.

Braceros, or Mexican farm workers, toil in a California field in the 1940s.

Stephen Pitti

New America Media | Commentary

As the Southern California harvest season came to a close in 1946, a young Mexican immigrant named Robert García paid tribute to the young women he had seen in the nearby town of Cucamonga:

Your beautiful women like flowers
are just like the women of my people
they show their love
and deserve respect on the street and at home

A St. Patrick’s Day immigration message

Frontera NorteSur

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish-American organization strongly urged the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) joined hundreds of Latino, Asian, labor, business, religious, human rights and other organizations that keep pushing for a reform in 2013.

Newspaper celebrates new home as another milestone quietly passes

Las Cruces Sun-News pressmen pause for a photo on Jan. 24, 2008, before starting the press to print the last daily newspaper ever printed in Las Cruces. After that night, printing was moved to El Paso, and the press was dismantled and moved to Farmington. (Rio Grande Digital photo by Mike Scanlon)

Las Cruces Sun-News pressmen pause for a photo on Jan. 24, 2008, before starting the press to print the last daily newspaper ever printed in Las Cruces. After that night, printing was moved to El Paso, and the press was dismantled and moved to Farmington. (Rio Grande Digital photo by Michael Scanlon)

Michael Scanlon | Commentary

The Las Cruces Sun-News building in downtown Las Cruces is contrary to today's trend of newspapers shedding their real estate assets. (Rio Grande Digital photo by Mike Scanlon)

The Las Cruces Sun-News building in downtown Las Cruces is contrary to today’s trend of newspapers shedding their real estate assets. (Rio Grande Digital photo by Michael Scanlon)

Rio Grande Digital 

Last week marked a milestone in journalism of the Paso del Norte region when the Las Cruces Sun-News — with much fanfare — opened its new building at the corner of Las Cruces Avenue and Alameda Boulevard.

Dignitaries gathered. A ribbon was cut. The governor said a few words. The revelry surrounding the new $1.3 million building eclipsed another milestone in the newspaper’s history that came and went without notice just four days earlier.

Ethnic media’s collective message to the White House: Do it now

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

New America Media – Editorial

The White House and Congress must move quickly to enact just and humane comprehensive immigration reform.

HSBC money-laundering mess confirms: ‘Mexican’ drug war is all about the US

Commentary

Latino Rebels

Capitalism 101. Someone wants a product. Someone else produces that product. Person who wants the product that was produced purchases the product. Person who made the product gets the money from the person who bought the product. Rinse and repeat.

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