Los Angeles Times: Latinx Files: The ‘Bad Mexicans’ who made U.S. and Mexican history

By Fidel Martinez


Things we read this week that we think you should read

— Author Daniel A. Olivas grew up in Los Angeles without reading stories that resembled his, so he decided to become an author and write his own. Read his L.A. Times op-ed.

—In case you missed it: Last week, my colleagues Brittny Mejia, Anh Do and Sandhya Kambhampati wrote about Asian-Latinx families, which represent the future of California.

— Just in time for graduation season, here are two recent Times stories that will inspire you. As Column One Editor Steve Padilla aptly put it, “One literally brings smiles and the other one tears.”

— Janette Villafana of L.A. Taco is reporting that more than 150 vendors and food truck owners are facing eviction from a Cypress Park commissary because its owner is shutting it down. The closure could jeopardize the vendors’ ability to operate above board — in order to get a health permit, vendors are required to rent a space in a commissary for their carts or trucks. This story is also available in Spanish.

— According to a new report, female, Black and Latinx nonfaculty workers at California State University are paid less than their white counterparts. Story by Nathan Solis.

— Here’s some good news: After shutting down for a few weeks, the Bell Gardens restaurant Tamales Elena y Antojitos is back in business. Story by Stephanie Breijo.

— I’m not a Lakers fan, but I certainly feel the same way about the Celtics as most Angelenos do. My disdain for Boston sports has me cheering for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. That fellow paisa Juan Toscano-Anderson, the first Mexican citizen to play in the championship, is a Warrior is only icing on the top.

The best thing on the Latinternet: Alex Padilla did the work, literally

Last fall, United Farm Workers invited U.S. senators to spend one day working alongside agricultural workers as part of their “Take Our Jobs” campaign. Last Friday, California Sen. Alex Padilla took the UFW up on its offer and spent the day en la pisca in Moorpark.

“Today I experienced just a small taste of the demanding work that farm workers do every day to keep millions of families in America fed,” Padilla told Daily Kos. “I was here for just one day, but the people I worked alongside are here every day toiling, often under the hot sun, to make sure there’s food in our stores and on our tables.”

Padilla deserves credit for not just walking the walk but also backing legislation that would provide pathways to citizenship for these essential workers. Want to find out more? The Daily Kos has you covered.

Read the full article here.