Black Latinx Activists on Anti-Blackness

What do Black Latinx experiences add to the conversation of “Black Lives Matter” or, as we say in Spanish, “Las Vidas Negras Importan?”

Against Ablution

There are some things that cannot and should not be washed away—the human costs of disaster and austerity that undergird the continued colonial experience of Puerto Ricans both on the archipelago and in the diaspora.

They Fought Back

On November 17, 2018, colleagues, former students, family, and friends of Robert R. Alvarez attended the two-panel session at the AAA Annual Meeting that was organized by Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and was chaired by Maria Luz Cruz Torres and Patricia Zavella. The session honored the extraordinary works that have defined our studies of the Mexico-US transborder region.

Protesting Border Patrol on Campus

Denisse Moreno Melchor, 20, and Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, 22, along with other students, peacefully protested the presence of Border Patrol at their university, a place they go to learn. As pedagogical research has shown (e.g. Smith 2011), learning can only take place when students are safe, and moreover, feel safe.

Witnessing “Zero Tolerance” at the Border

With what Ruth Behar refers to as ambivalent connections to our one-time homelands, we arrived at the United States courthouse in downtown El Paso, Texas on a hot afternoon and witnessed the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policies in action.

A Focus on Latina/os in the Silicon Valley

A key tenet of the ALLA’s mission is to enable a sustained diverse analysis of contemporary issues facing Latinx communities in the United States and those with whom they share common experiences, histories, or languages. This year’s community engagement event, Latino/as in the Silicon Valley: Ongoing Struggles for Equity and Social Justice, will be held in conjunction with the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza.