Mexicans in New York are Also Tired –and Pissed– about Ayotzinapa

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My assignment was to remember Jonás Trujillo González, a native of la Costa Grande del Ticuí, presumably murdered on the night of September 26, 2014. Nice to meet you, ‘Beni’

I wish I had something funny to say about what’s happening in Mexico these days. But I can’t. Nobody can. This has got to be the one time in which this blog has had to put on a sad face.

Mexicans today organized a non-violent, beautiful event in New York City that served not only to express rage at Mexico’s failed state, but -more importantly- to remember each and one of the 43 students murdered in Guerrero. Thanks to organizers like Emilio Montez and Lorena Patiño I was given the opportunity to spend some time getting to know Jonás Trujillo Gonzalez (aka Beni), a native of la Costa Grande del Ticuí, and one of Ayotzinapa’s 43 “missing” students.

I have no idea where Beni is right now, but I’m sure he is in a better place than he was on September 26.

Here are some photos I took today in Union Square. Feel free to steal, copy, paste, share, spread, etc.

WARNING: Photography is not really my thing, so please bear with me.

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For references, read the following articles.

Drug Gang Killed Students, Mexican Law Official Says NYT

A test of Peña Nieto’s mettleThe Economist.

Le président mexicain part vers l’Asie en laissant un pays en colèreLibération

 

 

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Are You Guys Ready for Liquid Doritos? I Know I’m NOT

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CNET.COM

What do you get when you combine a bag of Doritos with a can of Mountain Dew?

Answer: The perfect post for this blog.

According to regular CNET (which is not CNET en Español) students at Kent State University recently had the opportunity to “Do the Dewitos,” which is nothing but a weird mix of Mountain Dew flavor and Doritos.

I’m not entirely sure about the veracity of this thing, but heck anything, I repeat,
A-N-Y-T-H-I-NG, is better than this thing.

Via: CNET (h/t: @gabosama)

 

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Attention, Architects: Here’s Your Chance to Add some Diversity to your Next Project

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I know squat about architecture, but apparently when it comes to architectural renderings, there is –surprise, surprise!– a serious lack of diversity, with most projects using white folks as renderings to represent people in, say, a Mexican supermarket or a Colombian coffee shop.

With that in mind, a group Latin Americans set out to create Escalalatina, an image bank, which aims to provide a way for Latin American architects to fill their renders with images of “real Latinos,” so that next time you see a model of, say, a shopping mall, instead of seeing a very white person, you could actually insert a masked wrestler, Emiliano Zapata or even Cuauhtémoc Blanco (notwithstanding the whiteness of his name) because you know you always bump into those people in the mall.

Heck, you can even go for this AWESOME ice-cream vendor:

heladosvia: Arch Daily

 

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You Guys! New Mexico Dedicates a Fighter Jet to ‘The TACOS’

Oh… never mind. I just realized the TACOS in this story were some kind of U.S. Air Guard for New Mexico during World War II and not the delicious ones that consist of yummy stuff wrapped in a tortilla.

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But still… Go, TACOS!

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Someone Had a Blast in Mexico…

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I am just going to leave this here.

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So It’s Columbia AND Colombia? … Now They’re Just Screwing with my Head

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As it turns out, it’s Columbia *and* Colombia.

Photo: Laura Martínez, Columbia (or Colombia) University, NYC

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Eva Longoria to Produce TV Drama About the Castro Brothers

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No… unfortunately not the ones pictured above, but the other Castro brothers.

(To think I was already getting excited about the versatility of my favorite, retro-acculturated Latina)

Sniff, sniff.

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