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Why Did The U.S. Excluded The St. Patrick Battalion From Its History Books?

March 17, 2015

Long Live The Saint Patrick Battalion!

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How many Irish Americans know about the St. Patrick Battalion? Chances are very slim. If you were to ask kids in Mexico about the “Batallon de San Patricio,” or simply, “Los San Patricios,” during the U.S-Mexican War, chances are that the majority would know how to answer that question.

History is interpreted by who writes it. If one has a targeted audience but omits certain information then it will be difficult for that audience to fully understand the whole scope of that historical period.

It is interesting that the U.S. History books have omitted a special part of the U.S.-Mexico War. The Saint Patrick Batallion. Why is that? Could it be that the U.S. would not want Irish-Americans from knowing the real history? Is America embarrassed how they treated the Irish people for standing next to their Mexican brothers in an unjust war?

I believe that if the Saint Patrick…

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Herminda de la Victoria Siempre en Nuestra Memoria

March 16, 2015

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Victor Jara dedica esta cancion a la guagua(bebe)Herminda que fallecio por una bala disparada por los Carabineros.

Este en un excelente documental sobre La Poblacion Herminda de la Victoria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtkEcRCScs8

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Did You Know Edmund Pettus Bridge Is Named After a KKK Leader?

March 7, 2015

As the nation remembers the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, where demonstrators from Selma, Alabama march over Edmund Pettus Bridge and were met with deadly force by the racist police, did you know that Edmund Pettus was a Alabama KKK leader?

The best way to honor the victims who gave their lives for the right of many of us to vote, is by putting pressure to the city of Selma to change the name of the bridge. To reclaim our history is to change the bridge name. It is the right thing to do. One of the names that the bridge can change them name to is Jimmy Lee Jackson. Jimmy Jackson was the young man who got killed in the restaurant in movie, Selma.

I hope elected officials in Selma and the leaders of this nation will pay attention to the name of the bridge and really start thinking of erasing some of this countries trouble history.

Let us hope that one day, folks from Selma, Alabama will no longer be able to cross the bridge name after a kkk leader and will one day cross the bridge name after one of the leaders who lost their lives so that others can have the right to vote. I hope that one day will be soon. I hope that the bridge will one day be named Jimmy Lee Jackson Bridge.

#CHANGETHEBRIDGENAME #JIMMYLEEJACKSON #JIMMYLEEJACKSONBRIDGE

Jack Johnson Knocks Out Jefferies Sparking Race Riots

July 4, 2014

It was July 4, 1910 when Jack Johnson fought James J Jeffries in a Heavyweight Championship Title Fight in Reno, NV. A special outdoor arena was built for this fight called, The Fight of the Century.

The fight was scheduled for 45 3 minute rounds! Yes, 45 ROUNDS! Here is video leading to the fight with the fight itself.

What the video fails to capture is that with Johnson’s victory, a race riots erupted nationwide with some calling Jefferies, “betrayer of his race.” Throughout the country many African American men were killed and attacked for celebrating Johnson’s victory over James Jeffries.

For further information, check out my other blog post on Jack Johnson, which documents the fight before and after in the PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.

Unforgivable Blackness: Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

July 4, 2014

For those who love history, sports and boxing, here is one of the best documentaries ever made on Jack Johnson.


To read more about this great documentary by Ken Burns, check out this link where it has a lot of great information on Mr. Johnson and on the film.
http://www.pbs.org/unforgivableblackness/index.html

On a side note, it is time for President Obama to posthumous pardon Jack Johnson. It is such a disgrace that we are in 2014 and we haven’t pardon Mr. Johnson. The Mann Act was clearly the only way they could destroy Jack Johnson. Here is a link where you can read the letter that Senators Harry Reid and John McCain wrote to Pres. Obama last year in the 100th anniversary of being wrongfully convicted for breaking the Mann Act:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/13/1277316/-Senators-Reid-and-McCain-Ask-President-Obama-to-Pardon-Jack-Johnson#

Gran Discurso de Salvador Allende

June 25, 2014

Este es uno de los mejores discursos no solo de Salvador Allende sino de la historia. En el discurso uno ve a un Salvador Allende que no solo es Presidente sino se muestra su pensamiento de un Medico y lo mas importante, de un hombre humanista. Un Presidente que se preocupaba por la humanidad y que estaba comprometido con su querido pueblo.

Salvador Allende vive en las memorias de todos aquellos que luchan por construir un mundo mas justo y humano.

Allende Vive!!

Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez Pre Fight Analysis

June 7, 2014

The time has arrived! Tonight at the Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto will try to make history by becoming the first Boricua to win titles in four different weight classes. Standing in his way is Middleweight Champion, Sergio Martinez. This fight has the potential of becoming a Fight of the Year candidate. Let’s look at the keys to victory for both fighters:

Miguel Cotto is entering his second fight under Freddie Roach. Many in the Boxing community feel that Cotto took this fight because he feels he can capitalized on Martinez knee problems. Is this fight a little bit to late or is it happening just in time? As a fan, I give Cotto a lot of credit for trying to make history by fighting one of the best middleweights in Sergio Martinez. This is clearly a much difficult path than other boxers have used to make history. A case in point is Manny Pacquiao. When he won his “8th Division title,” he fought at a catch weight of 150lb vs Margarito, a belt that was practically given to Manny.

Cotto to come victorious tonight has to make it a rough fight. Cotto is gonna have to try to box from the inside and pound the body using his vicious left hook to the body. He cannot allow Martinez to get into a rhythm earlier in the fight. A fighter like Martinez, one is going to have to cut the ring, and work the body. The ability to cut the ring and slow your opponent down by pounding the body will show its results towards the later rounds. 

Another interesting point to look into is Cotto’s conditioning. Cotto has been known to get tired during the late rounds. Will his condition and the extra weight hold on or will it be too much for Cotto?

I expect Cotto to start strong and make this fight an aggressive fight. Working inside, trying to pound the body and putting pressure on Martinez to test his knees. If Cotto can let his hands go and attack the body and make Martinez uncomfortable in the beginning rounds, then Puerto Ricans will have something to celebrate way before the Puerto Rican Parade.

For Martinez to become victorious, he has to be very smart and use his ring IQ. His style of fighting with his hands low, I don’t know if that is going to work with Cotto. He has to keep his hands up and box from the outside. Martinez needs to establish control from the beginning and make Cotto uncomfortable. He cannot allow Cotto to work inside and attack his body. 

Martinez needs to use his quick jabs and box Cotto around. If we see the Martinez that fought Chavez for 11 rounds and out boxed him then Cotto will have a long night. If Martinez knee is fully healed and does not present any problems then one can expect Martinez to get comfortable in the ring and try to outbox Cotto. 

Roach has predicted a knock out in 4 rounds. Martinez has predicted a knock out in 9 rounds. If a knock out comes, I see it happening between round 7-11 for either boxer but most likely by Martinez.

My prediction is that the first couple of rounds will be interesting with the second half seeing Martinez make adjustments and winning via decision. Let us hope that the judges don’t steal the spotlight and give the fight to the winner via a questionable scoring. I would hate to see a judge score the fight for Cotto or Martinez simply because of their name and not necessarily because of the work they did inside the ring. So let’s enjoy a great night of Boxing and hope there is no robbery and may the best fighter win.

Why Did The U.S. Excluded The St. Patrick Battalion From Its History Books?

March 17, 2014

How many Irish Americans know about the St. Patrick Battalion? Chances are very slim. If you were to ask kids in Mexico about the “Batallon de San Patricio,” or simply, “Los San Patricios,” during the U.S-Mexican War, chances are that the majority would know how to answer that question.

History is interpreted by who writes it. If one has a targeted audience but omits certain information then it will be difficult for that audience to fully understand the whole scope of that historical period.

It is interesting that the U.S. History books have omitted a special part of the U.S.-Mexico War. The Saint Patrick Batallion. Why is that? Could it be that the U.S. would not want Irish-Americans from knowing the real history? Is America embarrassed how they treated the Irish people for standing next to their Mexican brothers in an unjust war?

I believe that if the Saint Patrick Battalion would be included in the U.S. History books, many Irish Americans would be proud of their captain John Riley. They would not see him as Americans referred to him, “traitor.” I think many would referred to him as a hero for standing up to what he believed.

Mexicans on March 17th don’t need to drink and party to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. They will continue to celebrate Los San Patricios as they have always done, with respect to Captain John Riley and all the Irish brothers who fought alongside Mexico in the unjust U.S.-Mexico War. They continue to be heroes in the eyes of Mexico.

I pay tribute to my Irish brothers with this beautiful song by David Rovics. For those who want to know more about the St. Patrick’s Batallion, check out this video and pay attention to the lyrics of this great song.

ERIN GO BRAGH!
LONG LIVE IRELAND!
VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!

Why I think Malala Yousafzai will win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2013

It was a year ago today that Malala, a 15 year old back then was shot in the head by the Taliban. This amazing Pakistani girl was advocating for girls to have equal access to education.

Her speedy recovery is truly a miracle. More importantly, Malala has used her life experience and has inspired millions of people throughout the world.

Tomorrow, the world will find out who is this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner. I have a feeling that Malala will not only be the Nobel Peace winner but will also make history (or should I say herstory) as the youngest ever recipient to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She definitely deserves it.

Here is her amazing speech at the United Nations. Her speech gave me the chills.

Long Live Mahatma Gandhi

October 2, 2013

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Today is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. It is also International Day of Non-Violence. I can’t think of a better way to honor Gandhi than to continue dedicating myself to the non violent struggle for a better world.
Here are some of my favorite quotes by Gandhi taken from the book, Quotes of Gandhi, compile by Shalu Bhalla.

1. My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
2. Democracy must in essence, therefore, mean the art and science of mobilising the entire physical, economic and spiritual resources of all the various sections of the people in the service of the common good of all.
3. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
4. Ill-digested principles are, if anything, worse than ill-digested food, for the latter harms the body and there is cure for it, whereas the former ruins the soul and there is no cure for it.
5. To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse than starving the body, it is starvation of the soul the dweller in the body.
6. The greater the institution, the greater the chances of abuse. Democracy is a great institution and therefore is is liable to be greatly abused. The remedy therefore is not avoidance of democracy but reduction of the possibility of abuse to a minimum.
7. Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds, not in words.
8. Non-violence and cowardice are contradictory terms. Non-violence is the greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice. Non-violence springs from love, cowardice from hate. Non-violence always suffers, cowardice would always inflict suffering. Perfect non-violence is the highest bravery. Non-violent conduct is never demoralising, cowardice always is.
9. Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.
10. Non-cooperation is directed not against men but against measures. It is not directed against the Governors, but against the system they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lie not in hatred but in justice, if not in love.

Mahatma Gandhi…PRESENTE!!
AHORA…Y…SIEMPRE!!!