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A call to reclaim Mother’s Day
It’s hard for me to celebrate on Mother’s Day. I feel the absence of my 23-year-old son, Sean Elijah Bell, who was killed on November 25, 2006. He was out celebrating at his own bachelor party with his friends in New York City. It was only a matter of hours before his wedding, and I was so thrille....
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 Family history, DNA link New Mexicans to México

Family history, DNA link New Mexicans to México
It’s a typical Friday morning for Ernestino Tafoya as he gazes intently at a microfilm machine in the Haynes Family History Library in Albuquerque. He scrolls through an old church register from the 1800s, frame by frame, as he extracts vital information the record has concealed for decades. The p....

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 Hidden behind the racetracks

Hidden behind the racetracks
How do we decide which people deserve to immigrate to the United States? I began my professional life as a lawyer working on behalf of indigent refugees and asylum seekers. In my practice I encountered migrants with horrific stories of persecution and hardship, many of whom ultimately were able to....

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 Why I skipped school for clean air
Why I skipped school for clean air
Last month, my classmate Oscar García and I traveled from Reno, Nevada to Sacramento, California to tell the EPA that we want cleaner air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed lowering the current ozone standard of 75 ppb (parts per billion) down to 65-70 ppb. Oscar and I were tw....

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McFarland’s ties to the farmworker movement
The recent film “McFarland USA,” is about a small California farm town’s celebrated cross-country team, and has key parallels to the farm worker movement. Team coach Jim White’s roots in McFarland, just south of Delano, date to 1964. He witnessed the Delano Grape Strike that played out in the sur....
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Why Congress should pass REDEEM Act
At a time of historic polarization in Washington, one issue has garnered strong bipartisan support: criminal justice reform. Exhibit A is the list of strange bedfellows who have recently joined forces through the “transpartisan” Coalition for Public Safety. This new effort has brought together lea....
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Hollywood believes we don’t belong
As I was watching the final moments of a very long Oscars telecast, all but certain that Birdman was about to be announced Best Picture, I was not offended so much as baffled when Sean Penn joked about Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s green card since Penn, while a talented actor, is not k....
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The ‘family-friendly’ myths of family detention facilities
Inside the family detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas, hundreds of women wait, wondering what the English-only documents say, whether anyone will help them present their asylum cases, and how to care for their children and themselves in the prison-like environment. Family dete....
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Call for artist submissions
The Weekly Issue/El Semanario newspaper is issuing a call to artists interested in having their artwork and creative photography published in the bilingual weekly’s print and online editions. Interested artists will be compensated for work that is published. Interested artists may send inquiries a....
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González Iñárritu puts México front and center at Oscars
Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu made history on February 22 when he won the 2015 Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for “Birdman,” a satire about the entertainment industry. The film was also honored for Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Apart from Iñárritu's s....
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Plans begin for Santaurio de Chimayo Pilgrimage
Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is announcing that Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe will be offering an exclusive offer for the Santaurio de Chimayo Pilgrimage to visitors making the spiritual journey during Holy Week. Santaurio de Chimayo is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in North America.....
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Senators, do you really wish to create jobs?
If there were a Climate’s Hall of Infamy, the 62 senators who voted to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) would have a place of honor there. On January 29th, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats voted in favor of forcing the construction of this monument to Big Oil’s greed by overs....
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Elitch Gardens concert includes Intocable
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park in Colorado has announced which performers will be getting its much anticipated concert lineup started this spring. Seven shows are slated to hit the stage starting in May and the first three performances in 2015 have been announced with more acts to follow - El....
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Mexican director nominated for Oscar
For the second consecutive year, Mexican filmmakers will have a leading role in the awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known as the Oscars. Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Birdman, leads the group. Last year, that role was taken by Alfonso Cuarón, a....
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‘Award is so much more than myself’
For a rookie show on a network for teenagers, Jane the Virgin is already a breakout, grown-up hit. The critically acclaimed, telenovela-style comedy’s star, Gina Rodríguez nabbed a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a television series. The victory was a surprising, delightful upset over the likes o....
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