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Monday, October 25, 2010

Lunes con Lalo Delgado - The Movement's Strong Points, Some Not Too Objective Observations; and Literary and Book News

Above left, Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado

Lunes con Lalo Delgado
The Chicano Movement: Some Not Too Objective Observations

The Movement Strong Points
by Abelardo Delgado
I like to relate the mood and situation that I am in when I write these papers, giving the reader a greater grasp on the full meaning of the words, and so I write this afternoon aboard a Texas International plane on my way to the opening of the first all-Chicano College in history. 

As for the mood, I am my usual happy/sad self, but since this particular chapter deals with the strong points of the movement, I would like to start out by pointing out the communication and mobility most Chicanos now enjoy. This, is perhaps, the one which has contributed to the growth and prosperity of the movement. The Chicano no longer feels isolated. He now knows other Chicanos far away care and are also working to alleviate the situation.

The way we talk at times – those who do not know first-hand the lot of many Chicanos – would think we had nothing but starving, oppressed, ill-housed, ill-paid, ill-fed Chicanos everywhere. They believe that we content ourselves with bellyaching all over the nation at the drop of a hat. 

While a majority of the Chicanos are socially, economically, and educationally deprived, it is true that a great deal also enjoy the comforts and luxuries this country offers. However, the battle of attitudes of outright racist discrimination affects even those who think themselves “a salvo.”

 I believe the strongest point in the Chicano Movement is that is in the hands of our youth and not us “viejitos.” For youth, thank God, will not take promises, or be “embobados” any longer. Their view as to how life should be, is still unspoiled by the many disappointments that we of the older generation have endured.

A second strong point in the movement is that the majority of the movement people in key position where policy is made, are, by and large, what we now call “cool heads.” They are not about to blow it all foolishly, and weigh heavily the cure and strategy, and maintain activities with the course of self-determination -- without having to use other channels -- primarily those we have learned from both cultures. Perhaps is best summarized in on of our leader's own words: “El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz, “ (A respect for other's rights is peace).

A third strong point of the movement, but of no less importance than the other two, is the fact that the time is ripe world-wide, to challenge the old establishment, and to building a freer world with not necessarily new value systems, but with an honest living up to the old ones we never quite got around to understanding, let alone trying. 

This world-wide mood makes for the Chicano Movement to fit in a greater perspective of man's struggle to be free of the bondage he oftentimes sets on another.

It is obvious that I abuse my privilege of objectively presenting the movement, and get quite philosophically preachy, but that is “me,” and I cannot objectively divorce myself from what I am writing.

Fourthly, and finally, another strong point in which we take much pride is that ours is a family movement. A greater example of this I cannot give than the Crusade for Justice, where from a very young to the very old, they not only live Chicanismo, but can so vividly and apostolically spread it. 

For the last nine years, thanks to that fact and the ability of the full-time leadership offered by Gonzales, much success in the way of focusing injustices in the state of Colorado, and gaining much in a way of institutional change, has been had. 

In El Paso, Texas, where youth (MAYA – Mexican American Youth Association) and the parents (MACHOS – Mexican American Committee on Honor...) have endured already five years of side-by-side combat against well-rooted prejudices. And, so, it may be in your own community where, with good reason and good pride, you may disagree with these points and point to some of your very own.

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Part IV Goals 

from The Chicano Movement: Some Not Too Objective Observations by Abelardo B. Delgado, (Denver: Colorado Migrant Council, 1971), prepared by the Colorado Migrant Council. Published with permission from the Delgado Estate. (c) Abelardo Delgado 1971.


Ali Chamacero
(July 9, 1918 - October 23, 2010)

Mexican poet Ali Chamacero died on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. He was honored in an  homenaje in La Jornada "Homenaje póstumo a Alí Chumacero en el Palacio de Bellas Artes."

Above, El Louie from Denverpost.com
Montoya's "El Louie" put to Theatre by Denver's Su Teatro

One of Chicano(a) literature's iconic poems put to the stage. "This original, bilingual musical production, written by longtime writing partners Anthony J. Garcia and Daniel Valdez and running through Oct. 30, is a celebration of Sacramento poet laureate Jose Montoya, best known for "El Louie." It's a wrenching, angry poem about the discrimination and disregard a Chicano soldier faces during and after serving in the Korean war. He's a pachuco, from that marginalized generation of Mexican-American youths who sported zoot suits and developed their own gangster culture in the 1940s." READ THE STORY.

Alurista, Machete, Jacques Derrida, and Danny Trejo

Though she incorrectly dates El Plan de Santa Barbara, Rosa Martha Villarreal gives a quaint analysis of Roberto Rodriguez' film "Machete": " Fans of the Texas-born director Robert Rodriguez well know his formula:  Preposterous, semi-plotless “stories” as a pretense for an hour and a half of visually creative gore and dark humor." READ MORE.

Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. and Chanticleer

This article mentioned Gabriela Lena Frank and many of her compositions, among them "Jalapeno Blues" written for the musical choral group Chanticleer, which was based on Trinidad Sanchez, Jr's poem (also the title of his last book). Check out Beethoven was once the new guy on the block too: Pacific Serenades announces 2011 composers.


We published Felipe Ortego's review of Roberto Bolaño's book. Here's a review from BBC's The World on Bolaño's The Return: "A Welcome ‘Return’ to Form." The review is by Tommy Wallach: "It’s not that I mind long books; I recently finished Javier Marías’ stunning Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, a single story split up into three volumes whose combined page count exceeds that of Bolaño’s epic. The problem was more the unremitting squalid repetitiveness of it all. After the hundredth or so description of a prostitute’s brutalized corpse (the book concerns itself with a murder spree on the Mexican border), the book began teetering on the edge of self-parody." READ-HEAR THE REVIEW.

The Eagle and the Serpent Reviewed

Julie Peterson Reviews New Carpa Theater Company's The Eagle & The Serpent: A History of Mexico Abridged. READ MORE.

Chicano and Latino Writers' Blog Report

Rafael Jesus Gonzalez tackles the "Full Moon" on his latest post. Sergio Troncoso explains his absence from his blog of late on the Chico Lingo Blog. Will Latinos turn out in the Mid-term elections, asks Mario T. Garcia. READ IT NOW. Pat Mora gives us commentary on the National Day of Writing on her blog. How Mad was Carlota? referring to Carlota de Maximilian, asks. C.M. Mayo, READ MORE.

Reyes Cardenas posts his poem "Your Love Story" on the Chicano Poet Blog. J.L. Navarro lashes out on British Petroleum on his recent post. Imagine somebody buy your book, you are gay, and the reader who bought your book opens the book and handwritten is the word "FAG." Read about this literary vandalism in the Hairspray and Fideo Blog by Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano. READ MORE.

Manuel Paul Lopez muses on Susan Sontag's writing on film in his blog. READ IT NOW. The Texas State Board of Education and its wondrous deeds are the target of Barbara Renald Gonzalez in her Las True Stories of San Antonio Blog. Coffee withdrawals and more are the topics of Michele Otero's Vessel Blog.

Reading in Prison

Well, if Americans are not reading that much (See our series "Our People Are Not Reading Our Literature"), what about prisoners. See this National Public Radio (NPR) story on 'Running The Books' In A Prison Library: "When Avi Steinberg graduated from Harvard, he didn't know what to do next — so he took a job as a prison librarian."

Vampires in the Church

With all the vampire stuff being published, its good to remember Anne Rice. I heard her on NPR's Fresh Air a few months ago. See this story in The Guardian on why she had to leave the church: "Anne Rice: 'I thought the church was flat-out immoral. I had to leave'".

The 99: Islamic superheroes open up a can of whup ass

Are superheroes just Western and Christian, see The Guardian's article "The 99: the Islamic superheroes fighting side by side with Batman": "DC Comics, the US publishing giant, will publish the first of six special crossover issues in which The 99 will be fighting crime alongside the Justice League of America, the fictional superhero team that includes Superman and Batman." 

Above, poster poem of "Stupid America" by Lalo Delgado

Poster Poems

A neat little story on Poster poems: Epigrams in The Guardian.

How Important Are Your Fonts?

Which is the best font? How much does it have to do with your books? See "Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield."

Traveling While Dead

Is Travel Writing Dead? asks Foreign Policy: "...we are now at a low tide in the powers of travel writing." READ IT NOW.

In Charge of Random Houses

For those of you who send their book submission to Random House, a new man in charge:

Pose, I'm Self-Employed

Unemployed? Join the club. Check out this story on the comic Unemployed Man: "Their The Adventures of Unemployed Man (Little, Brown, 80 pp., $14.99) is a comic book in which Unemployed Man (think Superman) takes on all sorts of self-interested villains who dwell in the Hall of Just Us: The Man (sinister CEO), The Human Resource (Unemployed Man's seductress and nemesis), Nickel and Dime (an evil pair of silent killers)." READ IT NOW

Best of E-readers

Don't know which e-reader to buy, check out USA Today's comparisons of the I-Pad, Kindle, and more. READ IT NOW. Also on USA Today, "Novelist Stephen King, who says he does nearly one-third of his own reading on an iPad or Kindle, sees e-books becoming 50% of the market "probably by 2013 and maybe by 2012." But he also warns: "Here's the thing — people tire of the new toys quickly." READ IT NOW.

Georgia. Shit. Here we go. Georgia Bans Undocumented from Top Schools, says The Nation.

It's the end of the world as we know it, but we might have not known it

You may have to buy that planner/agenda for 2013. "A fresh look at the Mayan-to-Gregorian calendar conversion suggests that the world might not actually come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012. In fact, researchers say that it might have ended already," says The Christian Science Monitor. Check out Pluma Fronteriza's article: Book Publishers Announce Moratorium on New Book Submission. While your at it, check out Top 10 Ways to Destroy the Earth.

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