About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I am a Chicano, a husband, a father of three, and, in my spare time, an asociate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History at Pomona College.
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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
Today I begin my 30th semester as a teacher in higher education. With any luck, it will also be my last as an untenured, assistant professor. A new school year always brings with it a mix of emotions and stresses. … Continue reading
Forty-one years ago today, more than 20,000 Chicanos in East Los Angeles–women, men, and children–protested the war in Vietnam and violent effects it had begun to wield within their community. You see, though Chicanos represented only about 11% of the … Continue reading
I can’t tell you what a sublime and historic moment it is for the NY Times to have a full-length article on the Chicano artistic troupe “Asco.” Founded in 1972, in the era of the Chicano Youth Movement, Asco were … Continue reading
If you didn’t know any better, you would agree with the idiot who recently appeared on a late night show and described Cinco de Mayo as a holiday invented in the US “to celebrate our neighbors to the South, by … Continue reading
The US Census released the California population data from the 2010 Census today. Here are some of the more interesting figures: California’s total population is 37,253,957 About 37.6% of those people are Latino (14,013,719) Some 4.8 million Californians (13%) are … Continue reading
JFK spent his last night alive with a room full of Mexican Americans! The above photo was taken at the Rice Hotel, in Houston, on the evening of November 21, 1963. JFK and LBJ and their wives were the guests … Continue reading
On September 16, 1965, the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) voted to join a strike of grape pickers begun by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC). AWOC and the NFWA were distinct organizations–the constituency of the first were primarily Filipinos … Continue reading
Here’s a little Texas blues, Chicano style. Los Lonely Boys performing “Cottonfields & Crossroads” from their 2006 documentary and concert performance of the same name.