After two years, Oakland nearing goal for high school ethnic studies courses

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“Jason Muñiz stands in the door frame that separates his classroom from the bright hallway full of lockers, with his hands holding onto the frame behind him. He looks back and forth from the high school students who are greeting each other before taking a seat inside the classroom, and welcomes the ones who are just walking in. When the school bell rings, Muñiz walks to the front of the classroom, closing the door behind him. “Thank you for being in your seats,” Muñiz tells the class.

In his classroom, colorful posters and student artwork are everywhere. An American flag hangs on the right side of the whiteboard, with a frame on top of it that reads “Homeland Security” followed by a picture of Native American chiefs. On the back wall, yellow and green rectangles of paper are pinned to the wall, alternating colors to create a checkered effect. The papers display vocabulary words such as “segregation,” “ethnicity,” “power,” “marginalize,” “exploit,” “bias,” and “system.” Next to them is a poster that was once used to lead a student-organized demonstration, a long white sheet of poster paper that reads “May Day March.”

After a quick warm up exercise, Muñiz begins his lesson, titled “Systems and Power.” He begins to ask his students: “What is power? Who has power over you? Who do you have power over?”…”


Vigil held for Jessica White in South Bronx

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“More than 100 people gathered at the John Adams Houses playground in Longwood on Wednesday, holding candles and anti-gun banners to remember 29 year old Jessica White and to condemn the neighborhood’s continued gun violence.

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Residents, community leaders and members of local anti-gun violence organizations chanted White’s name as they walked from 680 Tinton Avenue to the playground where a stray bullet hit White as she protected her three children from gunfire last Saturday night. NYPD has not yet identified the shooter. At the time White was visiting her mother, a resident of Adams Houses.

The vigil was organized by Adams Houses tenant organizer Ronald Topping, who blamed the code of silence among criminals for police not yet catching White’s murderer…”



Edgy exhibit Charm & Vinegar opens at BronxArtSpace

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“Knitted tiger skins, knife shaped pillows, embroidered war scenes, and paper and clay dolls with troubled expressions are on display at a new exhibit hosted by BronxArtSpace. Charm & Vinegar features four artists who use domestic materials such as yarn and fabrics to recreate pieces representing serious themes like war and gentrification.

“Some of the things are quite charming, and some of them have an edge so they are sour,” said BronxArtSpace’s co-founder Linda Cunningham about the exhibit, which she began planning three years ago.

Cinnamon Willis is a Brooklyn native who has lived in Morrisania for 13 years. Her sculpted dolls exude angst…”


Bishop Arts bakery proudly keeps Mexican tradition of Rosca de Reyes cake

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“Manuel Téllez has muscle memory when it comes to baking Roscas de Reyes, a Mexican cake traditionally eaten on Three Kings Day; along with his family, he makes 24 pieces every half an hour.

The Téllez family owns Maroches Bakery, a Mexican shop in Bishop Arts that every year sells home-style Roscas de Reyes, similar to a Kings’ cake, for the traditional Catholic holiday of the Three Kings Day, which falls on January 6. Orders start trickling in since September, he said.”

Pastelerías y supermercados se llenan de roscas para celebración del Día de Reyes

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“Manuel Téllez conoce de memoria los pasos para preparar las roscas de Reyes: junto a su familia hace a mano 24 cada media hora.

Su negocio, la Pastelería Maroches en Bishop Arts, empezó a vender roscas desde antes de Navidad y ahora alista pedidos que se ordenaron en septiembre.

Mientras Manuel, de 39 años, corta y forma la masa de las roscas para ponerlas a reposar, su hija Mikhaella, de 14 años, acompaña a su abuelo Jorge a repartirlas. En el negocio, las otras hijas de Manuel, Andrea, de 16 años, y Valeria, de 20 años, también ayudan a preparar los platos en los que se entregan las roscas.”

Day of the Dead gaining a lively following

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“Area retailers are making room for a new holiday spirit alongside the ghosts of Halloween.

Merchandise marketed for the Day of the Dead — the Mexican holiday honoring deceased loved ones — is spreading into mainstream America.

Target, Michaels, Walgreens and CVS are displaying skeleton-shaped cookies, greeting cards, garlands and costume makeup inspired by the Day of the Dead, which is observed on Nov. 2.”

Popularidad de la tradición del Día de Muertos crece en Estados Unidos

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“Un libro para colorear con una calavera rosa del Día de Muertos salta a la vista en la primera repisa al entrar a la tienda de artesanías Michaels en Mesquite.

Al pasar el “Day of the Dead Coloring Book”, el pasillo ya medio vacío dedicado a la mercancía de Halloween también ofrece platos y servilletas con calaveras mexicanas con adornos rosa y verde fosforescente…”


Lucha Libre Dallas

Lucha Libre Dallas is a bilingual two-month collaboration within The Dallas Morning News, Neighbors Go, and Al Día Dallas.

Lucha Libre Dallas es una colaboración bilingüe de dos meses con The Dallas Morning News, Neighbors Go y Al Día Dallas.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, con ustedes …”

In a mix of English and Spanish, announcer Sergio Reyes introduces two luchadores who have entered the ring at Gaston Bazaar in East Dallas.

Two Anglo wrestlers warm up the audience. Reyes gets close and pokes them, looking for a reaction. The next match is a four-man, all-Hispanic tag-team battle that makes the crowd go wild. Fists pump in the air and passionate words fly across the ring.

Lucha libre, the popular Mexican version of wrestling known for its colorful masks and acrobatic style, is alive in the Dallas area.