Ojo: The "Cholo Word Of The Day" is simply for fun. This is not an academic exercise, therefore I do not spend much time checking for espelling or grammatical errors. Most of the words are not only used by "cholos," but by many people in S. Texas - and their usage can vary. c/s

Friday, April 28, 2006

Why I Will Boycott on May 1

My younger brother wrote, "Why I Will Boycott on May 1," which appears in today's AlterNet.

I will stand with my immigrant sisters and brothers because I value their contribution to America, and because their work makes my privilege possible.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Brownsville Porter Wins 5A State Soccer Championship

The Mexican kids from Brownsville Porter beat Coppell to become state champs. I'm sure Coppell has Mexican kids too, but having lived in both regions, I can tell you that South Texas lacks in formal soccer training (especially compared to the Dallas area). Coppell is a suburb of Dallas.

Congratulations to Browsville Porter!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Punishing The Walkouts

I haven't written about the walkouts because I haven't been able to formulate my thoughts about this moment in history, but I am writing now because I cannot believe the punishments being doled out to students.

In Ennis, TX, seniors who participated in the walkouts were barred from attending their prom.

In Yakima, WA, at some schools, student who walked out were given zeros.

I'm sure the story is the same across the country. I would argue that these kids learned more, even if they walked out just for the hell of it, in two hours of marching down the street, than in the last two weeks of any History class.

Most of us who have participated in similar events understand that organizing is more than just coming together for a cause; it also provides a sense of community, a family, and hope. This punishment needs to stop. Schools should embrace the actions of the past week to teach students, not to punish them.