DREAM deferred
DREAM deferred
By Jenny Patiño — My sister is the one who told me about the Immigrant Youth Justice League’s DREAM Act “DREAM Deferred, Life Denied” vigil taking place on Dec. 7, 2010 at Federal Plaza. It’s a long and complicated family story, but I was born in Chicago whereas she...
Ugly history repeated
Ugly history repeated
By Jenny Patiño — There is no need to sound Orwellian about Arizona’s SB1070. It’s not some futuristic violation of human rights. It has happened before, and it is simply happening again. During the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of Mexicans and...
How far have we come?
How far have we come?
By Jenny Patiño — It has been 40 years since a group of 46 women filed a class action lawsuit against “Newsweek” for gender discrimination. At the time, women interviewed for positions at the company were openly told “women don’t write here” and called “dollies.” In...
Mujeres Asesinas
Mujeres Asesinas
By Jenny Patiño — Author’s Disclaimer: Don’t go killing anyone.  It doesn’t end well.  Not on television.  Not in real life.  Not even on television inspired by real life. That being said, I am a connoisseur of televised murder. The “CSI” and “Law & Order”...
Brown kids in brochures
Brown kids in brochures
By Jenny Patiño– Latino students are looking for the same things other students look for in a college, according to Ana Maria Soto, the executive director of Latino Initiatives at National Louis University in Chicago. “They’re looking for value in their education–a...
One poet who won’t be boxed in
One poet who won’t be boxed in
By Jenny Patiño — According to Cuban-American poet Rita María Martínez, if you attend one of her readings “expecting that every poem is going to have coconuts in it, or mangos, or that every poem is going to be an exile poem then you are going to be disappointed.” But...
Shaping her own destiny
Shaping her own destiny
By Amalia Gonzalez and Jenny Patiño — Walking into Panaderia/Tortilleria Nuevo Leon, you can find Marisa Morado working behind the counter, bagging delicious sweet bread and ringing up customers. She grew up in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood of Chicago and now...
They’re Here, They’re Queer, and Sometimes They’re Undocumented
They’re Here, They’re Queer, and Som
By Jenny Patiño– You know that tío your family doesn’t really like to talk about? The one that never got married and kind of reminds you a little of Walter Mercado? Or how about your tía Margarita and her “comadre” Rosa, the lady she’s been living with for 10 years? ...
Latino Monster Love Saga
Latino Monster Love Saga
By Jenny Patiño — Recently on “Lopez Tonight,” George Lopez asked fans waiting in line for the premier of “New Moon” to get him to like the movie. He joked that he couldn’t get behind the vampires and didn’t understand the pasty white skin. At one point he asked...
My sister needs the Dream Act
My sister needs the Dream Act
By Jenny Patiño — I was three years old and my mother took me to my tia’s classroom on the rancho. My tias were teachers and needed my mother to make student costumes for a baile folklorico. Walking into their classroom, I thought I was in a scene from “Carrusel,”...