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California Takes on Harsh Discipline and Academic Inequities for Black, Latino Students

California Takes on Harsh Discipline and Academic Inequities for Black, Latino Students

By Susan Ferriss Juvenile Justice Information Exchange As the national debate over childhood inequities sharpens, recent developments in California highlight struggles over practices critics say deprive some kids of quality class time and fuel a “school-to-prison pipeline.” New state legislation on discipline and truancy — along with lawsuits — are at the heart of these


The Role of Urban Murals and Graffiti in Historic Preservation

By Daniel Ronan PreservationNation “Morally, there needs to be a defense of public art,” says Hector Duarte, an accomplished Mexican-American muralist and painter sitting in his Chicago home and studio of fifteen years. Pilsen, his neighborhood, has been squarely Latino since the mid-1960s, and has been a haven for exploring the mural as an artistic


Urban Farmist: San Antonio Food Bank on mission to turn city’s food deserts into small healthy food oases

By Aaron de Leon LatinaLista Several years ago, I volunteered to join a caravan of recreational vehicles being driven half way across the country. Somewhere near the Mexico-Texas border, one of the vehicles had some trouble. We contacted a local mechanic who led us to his shop in what literally seemed like the very middle


Indigenous Art of NYC

By Phoebe Farris Cultural Survival An exhibit of 27 indigenous artists living in NYC is on display at the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center (AHLNAC) from Oct. 13-Nov. 14, 2014. It is a fundraiser for NITCHEN, an advocacy organization for New York City’s Native American children. Curated by Nadema Agard (Cherokee/Lakota/Powhatan) and Joseph W.


Urban Farmist: How one Latina’s dream of recycling is turning a scary tale into a happy ending

By Aaron de Leon LatinaLista On a cold, rainy night, a group of men gathered over a hole in the earth. They stood wide-eyed and uncertain of what was to take place. “Are you sure this is right?” one of them asked. “The decision’s been made,” another responded. As the rain fell upon their faces,