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CALÓ PROFILE: CHARLEY TRUJILLO, Vietnam vet, writer and filmmaker on Caló, Chicano culture and more

Last month marked 79 years since the Zoot Suit Uprisings in L.A, which involved numerous violent confrontations between young Latinos/as and Chicanos/as against police officers, deputy sheriffs and members of the armed forces, including Marines and sailors, which were most often instigated by the latter. Chicanos like Trujillo had served in the military in high numbers, but many servicemen viewed Pachucos as World War II draft dodgers, according to Trujillo’s work flips the script and reveals Pachucos for the Latino cultural heroes they are.

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Cinco de Mayo: Who celebrates?

But some of us, well, we had it in us to feel a moment of pride. We remember the old stories about how Mexico stood up to and eventually defeated the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The French sent ferocious combat forces. Some Mexican fought with machetes and pitch forks. The impossible was made possible.