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UPLIFTT | June 20, 2017

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A recounting of a sequence of events.

SQUINTY EYES: A Poem by Michael Montenegro

September 17, 2016 |

This poem is dedicated to all of my squinty-eyed Latinos, Chicana/os, Hispanics, pretty much folks of Latin American ancestry who have Spanish surnames, who have felt marginalized because of their squinty eyes. Also, I hope any of our squinty-eyed humans … Read More

Breaking Stereotypes and Re-identifying Lowrider Culture: Lowrider Roll Models

June 8, 2016 |

Lowrider culture. What comes to mind? Cholos, drugs, and half-naked women in hypersexualized poses by fancy vehicles with the song “Lowrider by War?”

Growing up in Southern California, lowrider culture was a regular affair in my life: from going to … Read More

Embrace of the Serpent: Cultura Occupying Space

March 11, 2016 |

One warm morning in Santa Barbara, California, I coordinated a field trip with my Latino students to see Embrace of the Serpent during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

As we were waiting in our VIP line with … Read More

Warning Shots to @NPR- Apologize to Latinos or We Will Boycott You

April 12, 2015 |

After getting wind of the way NPR mishandled Latino USA for its alleged biased coverage of Chicago’s mayoral race between Jesús “Chuy” García and Rahm Emanuel, I had to wait a couple of days to write this. I could not … Read More

Principals as Autocrats: Racism Against Black Teachers and Minority Students

March 20, 2015 |

By William Garcia

Historically the word autocrat is usually referred to as an absolute ruler or monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government by inherent right not subject to restrictions. Nowadays, the term refers to someone who is … Read More

A Story of Speaking Up by Michael Montenegro

March 20, 2015 |

Growing up,  I was to taught to be quiet because speaking up, causes problems.


When we got dictated in grade school, I wanted to speak up.

When we were pushed out of our neighborhood, I … Read More

White Puerto Rican Migration and the Effacement of Blackness

February 12, 2015 | 30

By William Garcia

It was August 2009 when I was admitted to the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and that what was when I first saw the amalgamation of a new breed of Puerto Rican I had never … Read More

White Boy Chicano by Michael Montenegro

July 1, 2014 |

White Boy Chicano

It’s an identity crisis

My parents are Mexican migrants, who stay busy all the time

Spanish is my first language, then almost losing it because of time

 My TV only showed Mexicans … Read More

Pieces of The Dream by Jason Rivera

February 9, 2014 |

I haven’t written prose in a very long time. But, I had something on my mind of late and I had to get it out. I have to say, César and Jacia, you both came to mind as I wrote this! I have … Read More

El Ombligo/ The Belly Button

November 25, 2013 |

Father’s Day always brings back wonderful memories of making construction paper cards with ties on the front cover in school, which my father graciously accepted each year with a loud laugh and a bear hug. He kept each one in … Read More