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Cartoonist, author, and 21st Century Renaissance Man, Lalo Alcaraz, spent a day and a morning in Houston giving several presentations, appearing on a radio show, and on several interviews. After being unlucky at catching him all day Tuesday, luck was on my side when I found out he had one more presentation on Wednesday morning at HCC-Central.
Alcaraz regaled the audience of mostly college students with stories about his development as a cartoonist, his style, and his recent achievements. Alcaraz’s strips appear on numerous print- and web-editions of newspapers around the country.
Seven years ago, as I mentioned yesterday, the local fish-wrap basically banned him (although it still appears online). As Dr. Alan Ainsworth of HCC stated, it was because he was edgy and political. And as Alcaraz stated, his intent is not to bring one to his way of thinking, but just to the point where they are actually thinking.
Alcaraz spoke briefly about a recent published history book in which he is paired up with academician Ilan Stavans. A Most Imperfect Union, A Contrarian History of the United States adds some truth-telling to historic tales of the U.S.’s development and founding. The book was on the New York Times’ best seller list for a couple of weeks.
A new project, which if one follows Alcaraz on Facebook, one would have gotten an almost daily update on its development, is the creation of a new Fox animated series, Bordertown. Alcaraz serves as a writer and consulting producer on the series which was developed by the creators of Family Guy and is about the daily lives of an Anglo border patrol agent and his successful Mexican immigrant neighbor. With the Family Guy guys involved, and five Latino writers (which is probably some world’s record to have on a series), I’m sure funny will be achieved. The series takes off in March, 2015, so, get ready.
By the way, Lalo had me when he stated that Hank Azaria will play the border patrol agent, Bud Buckwald.
The rest of his presentation took us through many of his hard-hitting and thought-provoking dailies and color-Sundays. Alcaraz admits that some of his best works begin to appear on his digital canvas while watching the evening news. While the internet has certainly helped spread his works, he was still amazed when one of his works was slightly changed and turned into a protest flier during the demonstrations in Egypt.
Now, I don’t want to give away everything he talked about since he’ll be in San Antonio next. But the next group of folks and fans to see him should expect an interesting conversation with a lot of comic relief.
Alcaraz has a couple of talks and a meet and greet at Palo Alto College, and on Saturday will serve on a panel at the Voto Latino Power Summit, along with State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Wilmer Valderrama, and MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar. You can’t get more star-studded than that!
UPDATE: Big kudos should go to Dr. Lydia French of the HCC Mexican American Studies Program, Dr. Alan Ainsworth, Tony Diaz and the Librotraficante Crew, and everyone else involved in supporting Lalo’s tour-stop in Houston.
It was great seeing Lalo and talking to him for a bit. It had only been seven years since I saw him last, but it looks like we haven’t aged much–or at all. (No one asked you!)
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Candidate for Texas House District 132 (Katy-Houston area), Luis Lopez, is visiting the Rio Grande Valley today seeking facts and information from local law enforcement about the so-called “border crisis.”
On his way to the RGV last night, Lopez Facebook’d the following:
Unaccompanied minor. That was me. I arrived here with a coyote in order to reunite with my family. Today I reflect on it more than ever.
Tomorrow I will visit unaccompanied minors whose parents had the same dreams as mine – to give their children an opportunity for a better life.
Every challenge is an opportunity for leadership to make decisions that will save, shape and stand up for the future of these children.
You are not unaccompanied.
Today, Lopez visited Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Garza and he quotes the Sheriff:
Informative meeting with the sheriff of Hidalgo county. “The crime rate in our community has not increased, we are one of the safest counties in Texas. The National Guard will not benefit our cause. What we, sheriffs of border counties, need is better funding so that we can expand our effective efforts.”
The positive energy to support the unaccompanied minors in the county is amazing.
Obviously, this issue hits close to Lopez’s heart, having experienced what some of these child refugees have experienced. While his Tea Party opponent has been sounding the “secure the border” alarm, Luis Lopez has been seeking out the truth about the border, the child refugees, and solutions to move Texas forward regarding public safety, education, and health care for all Texans.
I’m glad Luis Lopez is in our corner. Visit his Facebook page and stay tuned for more reports from Luis Lopez.
Local immigrant rights organization, FIEL, posted on Facebook that they were collecting clothing and other supplies for the unaccompanied minors who are currently being housed across the state. They posted as follows:
In an effort to help out the humanitarian crisis along the border FIEL Houston will begin collecting supplies for the unaccompanied minors: We need the following items:
1. Gently worn (clean) children clothing
2. Childrens undergarments in new packages (ages 2 -17)
6. Body Soap
9 Children Shoes
10. Backpacks and or large plastic bags to make welcome packages.
More info to come as the need arises.
We will also be needing volunteers soon to help put welcome packages together. But we will let you all know of specific opportunities for that.
All donations may be dropped off at FIEL HQ at 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036 for more info please call (713)364-3435
En un esfuerzo para ayudar con la crisis humanitaria en la frontera, FIEL Houston empezara a recolectar articulos para los inmigrantes niños sin acompañamiento. Necesitamos los siguientes articulos:
1. Ropa para niñ@s en buens condiciones y limpia
2. Ropa interior para niños/as en paquetes nuevos (edades 2 a 17)
3. Cepillos de dientes
4. Pasta de dientes
6. Jabon de Cuerpo
9. Zapatos para niños/as
10. Mochilas y/ o bolsas de plastico grandes para hacer paquetes de bienvenida.
Tendremos mas informacion conforme se nos presente.
Tambien estaremos necesitando voluntarios pronto para armas los paquetes de bienvenida. Les dejaremos saber de oportunidades especificas para eso.
Todas las donaciones pueden ser traidas a la oficinas de FIEL localizada en el 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036 para mas informes por favor llamen al (713)364-3435
Oscar de la Rosa and the band have been around for over 30 years. Dubbed, “the pride of the Northside,” La Mafia was one of the first Tejano bands to break into Mexico and the rest of the Americas. Recently, they have continued a busy touring schedule across the U.S.
Personal story: The first time I caught La Mafia was around 1983 at the Crystal Ballroom in Crystal City–I was 12. The opening band was fronted by a talented 12-year old vocalist named Selena Quintanilla.
Fans may pre-order the new music on iTunes starting on May 5.
Expect a review right here on DosCentavos.net!
Thanks to Egberto Willies, I’ll be joining him, Kuff, Katherine from BOR, and Tiffany from Liberal America tonight on KPFT 90.1 for an episode of Politics Done Right.
Tune in Monday 9:00 PM on KPFT 90.1 FM (Houston Area)
Call (713) 526-5738 to talk to me on air.
Have you ever wondered why when you watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC they are invariably featuring the same news? Have you ever wondered why most of the issues that have material effect on your life are never really covered? Have you noticed that the news of today is shallow and un-researched?
This is all by design. An uninformed, a misinformed, an ill-informed populace is one that can be controlled. The arbiters of our news domain are mostly discredited.
Luckily good reputable bloggers are starting to assert themselves. They are providing quality prescient news to their followers. They are making a difference. Going forward they must take the mantle if the reversal of a poorly informed citizenry is to occur.
The show will feature four bloggers that are making a difference in local, state, and national news. Katherine Haenschen of BurntOrangeReport.com, Stace Medellin of DosCentavos.net, Tiffany Willis of LiberalAmerica.org, and Charles Kuffner of OffTheKuff.com will discuss these issues. We will discuss why bloggers are important, why the traditional news media is discredited, and the crowd sourcing of news by citizens.
Give me a call at (713) 526-5738. That is 713-526-KPFT. Remember you can also send me a tweet to@egbertowillies. Let us engage. It is politics done right.
I’m looking forward to an interesting talk. What I say may end up shocking you!