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By Laura Wenus MissionLocal   The Brava Theater was adorned Sunday afternoon with a banner declaring “Amor for Alex” during the screening of a new film examining the fatal police shooting of 28-year-old Alex Nieto in 2014. Supporters of the movement to denounce the shooting walked past a string of highly polished low-riders that sat […]


By Laura Waxman MissionLocal SAN FRANCISCO — The winner of the “drones for good” category of the first Flying Robot International Film Festival shows Mark Jacobson using humanitarian drones to “end the use of starvation and medical deprivation as weapons of war.”   In the video, Jacobson and others with the Syria Airlift Project can be […]


By Alberto Garcia La Prensa San Diego   A gala event at the new Cross Border Xpress bi-national terminal in Otay Mesa gave visitors a first peak around the world’s only airport skybridge to cross an international border. Among the attendees were local and international leaders, including The Honorable Remedios Gomez Arnau, Mexican Consul General […]


By Laura Wenus Mission Local At 11, 13, and 15 years old, Sarahi Yannacone, Eliseana Hernandez and Ana Diosdado didn’t expect to be releasing a single, let alone star in a visionary music video condemning popular music’s degradation of women. Sarahi’s musical experience ended with her practice of the violin in fourth grade. Eliseana’s singing experience […]


By Laura Waxmann Mission Local   As local musicians, poets, housing advocates and community members joined forces in commemorating one of the Mission District’s most beloved voices this Saturday, Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez stood among his peers before a colorful mural at 24th and South Van Ness Streets, carefully observing his work. “This mural is a […]


By Pablo J. Sáinz La Prensa San Diego   The border region San Diego-Tijuana could well be Ground Zero for the education of migrant children. Whether dealing with children whose parents were deported to Mexico and families now reside in border cities like Tijuana or children who live in Tijuana and every day cross the international […]


By Laura Wenus Mission Local   The latest tool to help the homeless? Gift cards. HandUp, a public benefit corportation that helps homeless people pay for things they need by creating an online account for them that donors can contribute to and check progress on, has designed gift cards that can eventually be redeemed for everything […]


Amigos805 VENTURA COUNTY — While September is typically the time to think about the coming fall and back to school, advocates want the public to start thinking about what they can do to combat the ongoing issue of hunger in the 805 region. One way will be to take a look at the “Spoon FULL […]


By Michael Klam La Prensa San Diego Nobody could ever accuse actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez of pulling punches or holding back on his opinions. He is known for his uncompromising standup comedy and has appeared in over 60 film, TV and theater productions, including the sitcom, a.k.a Pablo, and The Odd Couple at the […]


By Mimi Pollack La Prensa San Diego Dancing flamenco and giving back to others have been part of Sonya [Sonny] Burton’s life since she was a child. These two passions will come together for one evening at The Abbey restaurant in Hillcrest. Sonny’s school, Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts, with the help of Hornblower Cruises […]


By Laura Waxmann Mission Local The artist whose mural on LGBT love that has been vandalized at least four times said on Saturday at a community forum that he failed to foresee the impact and called the vandalism an attempt to “erase” the homosexuality that is a part of Latino and cholo culture. “All of […]


By Pablo J. Sáinz La Prensa San Diego SAN YSIDRO — Thanks to a strong support network that included her parents and teachers, Julissa Muñiz never thought of dropping out of high school when she became pregnant at the age of 16. “I was fortunate enough that within my immediate group of educators and family, […]


By Andrea Estrada Amgios805 The Chicano movement of the late 1960s and 1970s was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican-Americans in U.S. history. But without strong and dedicated leadership, it might not have happened. A new book by UC Santa Barbara Chicano civil rights scholar Mario T. García provides […]


By Jenny Manrique Mission Local An award-winning Bolivian folkloric dance group — started in a local high school and nurtured in any rehearsal space it could find — celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend with four programs at the ODC theater on 17th and Shotwell. “We always figured out somewhere to practice,” said Isidro Fajardo, […]

Chicano Legacy 40 Anos

By Pablo J. Sáinz La Prensa San Diego The campaign to bring ethnic studies courses to San Diego high schools is one step closer to becoming a reality. On the June 9th San Diego Unified School District governing board meeting, board members unanimously approved an updated resolution supporting ethnic studies in the district. “Whereas, given […]