Agustín Lira 🎶 ¡Quihubo Raza!
“Y el mexicano hacerse gringo,
No puede, ni quiere.
Y el mexicano hacerse gringo,
No puede, ni será.
Porque en sus venas trae la sangre
Chichimeca, zapoteca y de los yaquis
Xochimilca y de los mayas,
Y en su cuerpo trae la sangre de
Cuauhtemoc, de Morelos y Zapata, y el famoso Pancho Villa.”
Agustín Lira, founding member of El Teatro Campesino, sings his classic “¡Quihubo Raza!” at the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Performing Arts Center on September 14, 2011.
As he explains, the song sings about the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, and how 148 years later, Mexicans in the United States are still dealing with the effects of this broken treaty.
In 2005, Smithsonian Folkways released this song as part of a 19 track compilation album titled Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement
Writing on the Wall, Newark, NJ Graffiti, Pt. 1
This short film by Sandy King is an engrossing snapshot of Newark in the mid-1980s.
The opening shot is from the vantage of car driving east on West Kinney Street. Suddenly there’s a gap in the frontage and floating for a moment the downy-looking terra cotta of the Medical Tower Building and the dark spire of Christ Church, warping and pixelating on the converted VHS. Two of the three apartment buildings shown on this stretch of West Kinney have long since been razed.
Later the VOS crew greets one another on University Avenue near that old Burger King parking lot, reborn as the MBNA Building about three redevelopment cycles ago. A much younger Ron Rice stands on the steps of City Hall, his hair styled to a jaunty angle.
Finally, Too Sweet Hakeem leads the group down into a sunken lot on Halsey Street where Rutgers employees can now park their cars and pop in for Harvest Table paninis.