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V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010
Estevan Rael-Gálvez, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center,
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Feature

The Accidental Historian

Estevan Rael-Gálvez, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, on discourse and identity

He was a terrible rancher. The son of a borreguero (sheep herder) in northern Taos County, Estevan Rael-Gálvez says he constantly lost his flock. Life on the farm wasn’t for him. So with his mother’s encouragement, he walked away from his family’s generations-old trade of sheep and farming in Costilla and Questa to answer his callingacademia, and ultimately a much larger world where culture, art and politics converge. July marked Rael-Gálvez' first year as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Lively and cerebral, Rael-Gálvez has wasted no time in the influential seat, propelling the NHCC to the forefront of Hispanic cultural and political affairs both locally and nationally. One year into his service as head of this increasingly powerful institution, the Alibi invited Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez to answer our resolana-style questions (but more on that later).

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The Daily Word 8.10.10: Sexy Armless Mannequins, Fecal Road Rage, Be Cool Stay in “Shcool”

A man is caught with an armless mannqeuin in a public park in West Virginia. Surprised? I’m not.

A woman smears a dirty diaper on another woman’s car in an act of road rage.

You’re on Candid Camera: NYPD to install another 1000 cameras on New York City subways.

A gawking tourist falls into the Grand Canyon ... and lives to tell about it.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox suggests drug legalization to end cartel-related crime.

Apparently you missed out if you weren’t in the Bay Area for HempCon 2010.

According to this study, your personality is set for life by the first grade. Well, I sure don’t like Matt Christopher books like I used to.

Levi Johnston wants to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, complete with a gripping (I’m sure) reality show.

The Arizona prison escapees have now fled to Montana’s Glacier National Park.

City Councilor Ken Sanchez is trying to fix the ineffective cell phone law.

C’mon, North Carolina: A road painting crew spells it “Shcool” Zone.

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The Daily Word 8.02.10: Afghanistan, Lohan and Batman all end with “an.”

Ahmadinejad wants to debate Obama live on the Crazy Channel.

The Dutch pulled out of Afghanistan.

Lindsay Lohan is out of jail, but in rehab. Possibly this rehab center?

“I wear my sunglasses at…” Huh? Different Corey Hart.

Cuddly albino raccoon free to good home.

MIT students assisted in the Wikileaks leak.

A Batman #1 found in a yard-sale dresser will sell for more than $40,000. The next Batman cartoon will be available on Instant Watching in October.

Escaped Arizona killers are on the loose.

Magic bracelets make your bike go faster.

A Romanian woman was tortured by Commies. With photo.

A man was killed by the Rail Runner.

BP may seal the well today.

Westsiders' water is dark pee yellow.

Shark week at the aquarium.

The RNC is running out of dough.

Man robs Wendy's, then calls back to complain.

Senator wants to repeal the 14th amendment.

Los Alamos is launching its Smart Grid project for solar power development.

It’s Edward Furlong’s birthday. He played a young John Conner in Terminator 2. Here’s a song from his CD.

V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010

Neverending Stories

The SB 1070 Effect

Arizona’s stiff immigration law was scheduled to take effect on Thursday, July 29. As the day drew near, opponents were sweating, hoping a court would issue at least a temporary injunction to halt SB 1070 while lawsuits proceeded. On Wednesday, July 28, District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked part of the law, which she said may be unconstitutional.

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Music

LULAC is throwing a free concert in Albuquerque this weekend featuring Ozomatli

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Ozomatli: “After Party”

This Saturday head to the Tingley Coliseum for a FREE concert, Voces Unidas por America. The event is sponsored by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), which is in town this week for a national convention. According to LULAC President Rosa Rosales, the concert is meant to solidify the strength of the Latino community and take a stand against Arizona’s SB 1070 and HB 2281. The show features Latin artists Pee Wee, Cristian Castro and Ozomatli.

From L.A., Ozomatli is well known for melding genres. The songs are a spicy blend of merengue, salsa and hip-hop beats. What you may not have known is that members’ creativity and political lyrics have earned them a place as U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. “Our world standing has deteriorated,” says Ulises Bella on the Ozomatli website. “I’m totally willing and wanting to give a different image of America than America has given over the last five years.”

The concert is free, but entrance requires tickets. Pick yours up at the Northeast Expo Hall at the Albuquerque Convention Center. All-ages.

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The Daily Word 7.6.10: Queen Elizabeth, Prince, More Tar Balls

Tar balls are discovered in Texas, meaning that oil has successfully infiltrated all five gulf states. Fuck you, BP!

The Artist Still Known As Prince says the Internet is dead.

The “grand finale” during the fireworks display goes horribly wrong in Palmyra, PA as eleven people are hurt.

Queen Elizabeth to visit New York City for the first time since 1976.

The Feds file a lawsuit today against Arizona’s SB 1070.

Charles Manson follower Leslie “Lulu” Van Houten is up for parole.

Stamps may go up by a 2-cent increase to 46 cents next year.

Michael Astorga appeals his conviction for the murder of Bernalillo County deputy James McGrane in 2006.

A fire broke out at the Mountain Run shopping center early this morning.

Hot summer: temperatures could reach 102 degrees as the east coast gets slammed with a massive heat wave.

A topless woman in Albuquerque slams into a gas line with her car.

News

More on Immigration Policy

Voters in Nebraska today are casting ballots on a law that would prohibit hiring undocumented immigrants or renting property to them.

Do Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration sweeps prevent crime? Not so much, says the Arizona Republic. (Have you ever browsed arpaio.com?)

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyle says Obama told him he won’t secure the border. The White House says Kyle is lying.

California’s Senate is considering a measure that would have the entire state boycotting Arizona. The legislation also asks Major League Baseball to pull the 2011 All-Star Game out of the AZ.

All counties in Virginia are following Albuquerque’s lead and checking the citizenship status of everyone arrested.

The undocumented immigrant attending Harvard was granted a temporary reprieve from deportation.

Check the Alibi’s early coverage of the issue.

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The Daily Word 6.8.10: Obama Kicks Ass, Turkey Hates Google, GM Recalls

Obama looking for someone’s “ass to kick” when it comes to the BP oil spill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is heckled during a speech by America’s Future Now protesters.

Teachers in Chicago sue the city for oversized classes.

Turkey passes an internet ban on all things Google.

Los Angeles forces 400 medical marijuana dispensaries to close.

A cross is used to beat an elderly woman to death at an Arkansas church.

GM recalls 1.4 million vehicles due to heated windshield washer fluid causing a fire hazard.

Hall & Oates are cancelling their concert at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field in protest of SB 1070.

Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding!?

Galileo’s fingers are on display in a Florence, Italy museum.

Three’s your limit; the Blue Corn Café and Rio Chama Steakhouse impose drink restrictions.

News

The Daily Word 6.1.10: New Mexico Primary, Stylish Werewolves, The Other Fergie

Get out there and vote in today’s primary!

Tropical Storm Agatha makes a giant hole in Guatemala City.

A woman who was hit by a car sues Google for faulty Google Map directions.

Kids are wearing yellow contact lenses and fangs in schools these days.

A new poll finds 46 percent of Americans suffer from debt stress.

Sarah Ferguson, videotaped in a hotel attempting to sell access to her ex Prince Andrew, tells Oprah she was just drinking.

The U.S. military withdraws from earthquake-ravaged Haiti today.

24 miles of Louisiana coastline has been fouled due to the Gulf oil spill.

A man shoots an employee and then himself at a North Carolina Target store.

California is split in half when it comes to Arizona’s SB 1070.

PNM wants a 21 percent rate hike on your electric bill.

Worker bees swarm Wall Street on Memorial Day. Are they trying to tell us something?

Moriarty may be the future site of a memorial for DWI victims.

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The Daily Word 5.25.10: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Smartphones, Corrales Fire

The proposal to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is expected to be voted on in Congress this week.

Obama’s approval rating drops to a record-low 42 percent.

Hackers in Miami changed a highway sign to read “No Latinos, No Tacos.”

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio wants an apology for a Mexican tourism ad mocking SB 1070.

Smartphones may be the future of hotel room keys.

Rear-end collisions more than doubled in West Palm Beach due to the red light cameras. Albuquerque?

A truck carrying 17 million bees crashes in Minnesota. Yikes.

A rise in miscarriages may be linked to the effects of 9/11.

The Bosque fire in Corrales is 35% contained as the winds die down.

Albuquerque City Council approves a budget that includes pay cuts for city employees, balancing a $66 million shorfall.

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Vanilla ICE

SB 1070, Immigrants’ Rights, Ethnic Studies, Boycotts, a Tale of Two States

A man takes a break from mopping to throw a peace sign to passing protesters in Santa Fe on May 1.
Amy Dalness
A man takes a break from mopping to throw a peace sign to passing protesters in Santa Fe on May 1.

Cuba says Arizona’s SB 1070 is “racist and xenophobic.”

Obama read the law.

As New Mexico gets sucked into the storm brewing just West of us, former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson jumps into the CYFD fray.

And if you didn’t catch it, the Alibi wrote about what it’s like in the AZ right now.

WEB EXTRAS: How New Mexico and Arizona diverged in history. And a list of who’s boycotting our neighboring state so far.

Not Albuquerque. The boycott measure in our City Council failed on a 5-4 vote. Reporter Carolyn Carlson said the Council meeting Monday was intense. Hundreds showed up to speak out against Mayor Berry’s ICE agreement, and the Council also debated rescinding it. You can watch a full video of the meeting here.

ICE, ICE Berry.

Assistant Professor Michael L. Trujillo works in Chicano Studies and American Studies at UNM. He penned his take on the law banning classes that promote “racial resentment” from Arizona public schools.

Local author Demetria Martinez wrote about the presence of the religion in the immigrants’ rights movement.

V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010
The way we were ...

Feature

Two Very Different Americas

Arizona’s anti-Hispanic attitude is nothing new

For New Mexicans to understand the issues pertaining to Arizona’s controversial new law, SB 1070, it’s necessary to grasp the history of how Arizona has dealt with racial issues since its establishment as a territory.

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Climate Check: Arizona

What SB 1070 means to people living in the Grand Canyon State

Think your New Mexico driver’s license will prove your citizenship in Arizona? Think again.

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Students speak up for immigrants’ rights in Santa Fe on May 1.
Amy Dalness

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Erasing Ethnic Studies

How Arizona's bill to kill multicultural education is a self-fulfilling prophecy

Note, I am not writing as a representative of any academic unit at UNM. Still, you ought to know my position. I am an assistant professor of American Studies and Chicano Studies (I hold a joint appointment in the American Studies Department and the Chicano/Hispano/Mexicano Studies Program).

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ICE in Albuquerque

The mayor invites Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check arrestees

It's not a policy or a policy change, says Mayor Richard Berry. Instead, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement setting up shop in the newly refurbished Prisoner Transport Center is an agreement. In fact, he says, the old policy is still in place that only allows Albuquerque Police Department officers to check into someone's immigration status if it's relevant to an investigation. But that’s not the case for the feds. Every single person arrested by APD or the county sheriff who ends up at the transport center in downtown Albuquerque will have their immigration status evaluated by ICE. "I want 100 percent of the people checked," Berry says in an interview. "I want racial profiling out of the equation."

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