About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I'm Chicano from southern Californian, a GenXer, and a fan of the Dodgers and Elvis. I am a husband, a father of three, and in my spare time I'm an asociate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College.
Category Archives: Politics
NBC has announced its fall 2013 line-up and it includes a show featuring a Latino family! The show–called “Welcome to the Family”–stars young up-and-comer Joseph Haro (who’s had roles on “Glee” and “Awkward”) and Ricardo Chavira (of “Desperate Housewives”). Normally, I would … Continue reading
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts. Generally regarded as one of the foundational events of the Chicano student movement, the walkouts represented one of the first mass actions of Chicano (Mexican American) youth in U.S. history. … Continue reading
I don’t want to say anything about today’s events. Not specifically, anyway. I feel about them much the same way that you do, and that others do as well. I do think its important for us to think about mental … Continue reading
A dozen years ago, historian and geographer Mike Davis wrote a thoughtful examination of the role of Latinos in the making and remaking of Los Angeles. Called Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. Big City, the book made an important … Continue reading
The President came out in favor of same-sex marriage today during an interview on ABC. His stance was measured and deliberate. “[A]t a certain point I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead … Continue reading
This Friday (April 20, 2012), the PBS affiliate in San Diego will air the latest episode of “Need to Know” featuring a report on the 2010 homicide of Anastacio Hernandez Rojas. The story will present never-before-seen video suggesting what many … Continue reading
Rick Santorum is catching hell for a 2008 speech in which he says that Satan is trying to conquer the United States. The speech is now making the rounds after being discovered by the “Radical Right” (Matt Drudge featured it … Continue reading
In the last 20 years of Presidential elections, the younger of the two major party candidates has won the national popular vote every single time. Of course, winning the national popular vote doesn’t necessarily translate into an electoral victory, as 2000′s … Continue reading
Here is a video from the group No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives along the US-Mexico border.