Written by Jonathon Gonzalez and Maria Partida
To be a Chicano/a is something quite extraordinary. The definition of a Chicano is a person of a Mexican origin, but that means so much more to us. We take being a Chicano to a whole new meaning, we practice and celebrate traditions. We are proud of who we are. We are our best when we fully embrace it, as embracing our Chicano heritage helps us find who we are as a person. Being born in the United States is truly a blessing and there is no compassion when it comes to it.
Written by Alan Garcia
Growing up in the hot, desert-like North San Fernando Valley, there really aren’t a surplus of fun activities for teens. Most of the nearby community is made up of various factories, spaces that are so dense in pollution and toxic gases that it pushes away any sort of space that could be used for a social location. Students within Cesar Chavez Learning Academy know how scarce it is to find something fun to do. Located right in the middle of a large complex of factories, students acknowledge the lack of recreational space and share their thoughts on this deficiency of fun and safe free time.
Music itself has the power to culturally, morally, and emotionally influence society; especially the youth who gravitate towards these artists. Whether these artists be good or bad role models they have a great following of youth. Hip Hop in particular has completely changed its purpose which was originally to voice the political, social, and cultural struggles of the African American. Yet we see how many artists who have turned rap into a culture that glamorizes drugs, violence, and naked women.
Written by Tayla Rose
Dear Mr. President:
You are causing so much pain, so much sorrow and you continue to do so with the actions you take. You are on the path to destruction of what America was once known to be: a free land, a hopeful place where people can come to, from all over to try and live a better life. Yet that now seems almost impossible with the steps you have taken to keep certain people out.
Written by Serina Covarrubias-Garcia
.To be native to the city of San Fernando and daily see “Maclay” as the name of one of the main streets of your hometown- many people will never understand the resentment that we, the native people of San Fernando feel and see when sighting the street name of “Maclay.” The name Maclay reminds us of the pain and misery that the person in history, Charles Maclay, perpetrated on the first people of what we now call San Fernando
Written by guest Daisy Macias
I believe it was last week when I saw a video of people gathered in San Fernando with the mayor discussing changing the name of Maclay Avenue. I found that very shocking. I live on Maclay Avenue by the other businesses like the San Fernando Library and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream. I have lived there almost all my life. It wasn’t until San Fernando hosted an event where they closed Maclay all day in order to host a big block party where families could walk, ride their bikes, and see what other businesses had to offer. On Maclay there also resides the first two- storey house historic to San Fernando- that day opened to the public, with a presentation of the history of San Fernando. In the presentation, the guide mentioned Maclay being named after a man who we can now consider racist.