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Opinion: We transformed a gray water tank into the vibrant Centro Cultural de la Raza

E nrique es uno de los cofundadores originales de El Centro Cultural de la Raza. Ella vive en Encanto.
Cincuenta años de latidos del corazón. Todavía estamos aquí. Todavía estamos aquí después de 500 años. Está escrito.

“Una corriente importante del teatro chicano/a se ha preocupado por recuperar la historia de Aztlán”. — William B. Worthen.

“Los tiempos han cambiado, la tecnología ha cambiado, pero la gente sigue siendo gente… aún intentando determinar quiénes son no solo en esta sociedad sino como miembros de las comunidades internacionales en lucha”.

La lucha por sobrevivir es real. Chicano, Mexicano, Indígena, Latinx, todas las comunidades, levantaron la voz mientras la Guerra de Vietnam se desataba, el movimiento de derechos civiles presionaba, la lucha de los trabajadores agrícolas continuaba. Dentro de ese coro, artistas, actores, bailarines, escritores, poetas, músicos, educadores y activistas forman el cuerpo complejo del Movimiento Chicano. Teatristas y músicos crearon actos en caminos de tierra por vastos campos; los bailarines actuaron en un terreno baldío prometido como parque comunitario; los pintores pintaron y rociaron imágenes en callejones, alcantarillas y muros de barrios; los poetas recitaban en cualquier oportunidad.No había un lugar reconocido para practicar, enseñar y mostrar nuestra cultura con respeto, reconocimiento y autodeterminación.

Como después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la Guerra de Corea, todos los veteranos de Vietnam volvieron a la inequidad. Como canta Ramón “Chunky” Moroyoqui Sánchez, muchos optaron por “educar, no encarcelar”. La educación, formal y propia, es clave para nuestro crecimiento y expansión de experiencia. Se necesita estudiar, anotar, memorizar. Hacer sentir y actuar es un arte. Las coaliciones crecieron. Los Toltecas en Aztlán y el Ballet Folklórico en Aztlán, personas y apoyo comunitario nos unimos y validamos nuestros orígenes culturales respetando los lazos con esta tierra prestada por los pueblos originarios. Con esta energía colectiva entrelazada, hicimos oír nuestras voces.

La ciudad de San Diego no podía dejar de escuchar nuestra insistencia enfocada en un centro cultural. En última instancia, cedió un almacén, tiró el edificio Ford abandonado en Balboa Park solo para recuperarlo y, finalmente, entregó un tanque de agua vacío redondo de color gris cemento desnudo. Nuestro. Nosotros trabajamos. Difícil. Fregamos, limpiamos, pintamos, cocinamos, practicamos, actuamos, ensayamos y preparamos las paredes curvas para los murales.

Yermo Aranda concibió “La Dualidad” en la pared interior este, el primer mural permanente en San Diego por artistas chicanos. Muchos más crearon los murales en las paredes exteriores del Centro y todos participaron en los proyectos de murales para Chicano Park. Todos participamos en la celebración anual del Comité Directivo del Parque Chicano en ese terreno que alguna vez estuvo desnudo y ahora es un tesoro internacional. Teatro Mestizo creó actos, interpretó clásicos de Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino. La Familia Enrique, Ballet Folklórico en Aztlán enseñó, ensayó y actuó, diversificándose a artistas más jóvenes con Teatro Razita. La música trajo a un grupo ya establecido, El Trío Moreno, para dar clases y talleres. A medida que el Centro fue creciendo, se sumaron artistas y artesanos de todas las disciplinas. Todos regalando los frutos de su trabajo a la familia, los niños y la comunidad.

El Centro sirvió de encuentro, práctica, interpretación y perfeccionamiento, un lugar seguro para tantos. Fue el primer espacio de arte regional en albergar a danzantes aztecas y capitanes para actuar y enseñar. Arraigados en el Centro, se ramificaron para restablecer, afirmar y sembrar nuestra antigua herencia ceremonial en todas partes.
Alurista, fundador, poeta, activista. Juan Felipe Herrera, poeta laureado. Ethan van Thillo fomentando Cine Estudiantil en el Festival de Cine Latino de San Diego y el Media Arts Center San Diego. “Simplemente María, o El Sueño Americano: Una obra de teatro en un acto” parte del crecimiento de Josefina López a través del Centro. BAW/TAF, Taller de Arte Fronterizo/Taller De Arte Fronterizo.

 

Carlos Santoyo, integrante del Ballet Folklórico en Aztlán, veterano de Vietnam, estudiando en Nayarit, México, convirtiéndose en profe de folklórico. “Border Brujo” de Guillermo Gómez-Peña y arte de performance seminal. La gracia antropológica de Dora Arreola bañando de belleza etérea y brutal “Ambos/Both” de Samuel Valdez. Goyo Flores, veterano de Vietnam, se unió al Teatro Esperanza de Jorge Huerta, enseñó teatro en San Diego Mesa College, cofundó The Latino Ensemble con su compadre John Padilla y Victor Contreras.

La plantación de Salvador “Queso” Torres de una llave de la ciudad después de años de lucha comunitaria colectiva floreció en la inauguración oficial en 1970 de El Centro Cultural de la Raza. Muchísimas gracias a todos. Demasiados para enumerar. Tantos que agradecer. Han pasado demasiados. Vosotros sois los cimientos sobre los que aún se levanta el Centro.

Para cualquier traspié, una ofrenda,
Las imágenes, las palabras, los sonidos, las sensaciones siempre importan.
Pensamientos, acciones, percepciones, intenciones siempre importan.

Transportes conscientes de emociones que siempre unen las vibraciones de la vida:
TODAS LAS MANERAS IMPORTAN.
El Centro Cultural de la Raza celebrará su 50 aniversario en facebook.com/centrocultural el sábado a las 4 pm La recepción virtual contará con personalidades del teatro, la radio local y el teatro y una presentación del archivo del Centro. Una recepción en persona seguirá el domingo al mediodía en 2004 Park Boulevard en San Diego. Envíe un correo electrónico a aac.ccdlr@gmail.com o visit para obtener más detalles.

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Editoriales, comentarios, reacciones de los lectores y un toque de Steve Breen todos los domingos.
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nzó la guerra en Ucrania, coloqué mi habitación de huéspedes en Airbnb para donarla a un refugiado, si fuera necesario.

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NFL Week 13 picks: Minnesota Vikings-New York Jets predictions | Can Mike White keep the offense rolling

N.Y. Jets practice before NFL Week 13 game in Minnesota
The Jets have been talking about playing meaningful games in December since the opening days of training camp. Well, December is here, and it doesn’t get much bigger than this: a six-game sprint to the finish to determine their playoff fate starting Sunday at the Vikings (9-2)
At 7-4, Robert Saleh’s young, still-growing team is in a position to do what few thought possible just mere months ago: end the franchise’s playoff drought at 11 consecutive seasons. But as the Jets arrive at one benchmark for this season, by putting themselves in the mix, the evolving expectations and challenges ahead of them are sure to test them in brand-new ways.
Getting into the hunt for a playoff spot means it’s going to hurt if they fall short. And if the Jets’ focus drifts to standings and scenarios, and away from the task and opponent immediately in front of them, falling short becomes a whole lot more likely.
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Saleh said that between his work obligations and an extremely full house, looking ahead isn’t something he has to worry about.
“Me, personally? Too much crap to do, man,” Saleh said with a laugh. “There’s a lot of tape to watch. And when I’m not watching tape, I’ve got seven blessings and a beautiful wife to deal with. So there’s not enough time to look at things you don’t have control over.
“It doesn’t mean that when you’re sitting there you don’t take a peek to see what’s ahead. … You acknowledge it, and it’s not like it’s an elephant in the room, it’s not like you’re not going to acknowledge it. But none of it matters at the end of the day. You’ve got to quickly refocus back to what’s important, and what’s important is this moment.”
It’s not always easy. Saleh admitted his family and friends are fully involved in projecting how the final six weeks will play out. But his message to the team has been consistent as the games get more important.
“Oh, the family? My kids? Yeah, they’re all – everyone’s excited and everyone should be excited,” Saleh said. “But it’s the hypotheticals and all the scenarios that are great talking points for the rest of the outside world. We just have to stay focused here.”
Andy Vasquez, Jets beat reporter: The Vikings’ defense is vulnerable, as the Patriots proved last week by scoring 26 points in Minnesota four days after the Jets kept them out of the end zone in New England. And Mike White looks confident and ready to build on his strong performance in his season debut last week. The Jets are 7-0 when they score at least 18 points this season, and 0-4 when they don’t. The Jets will need more this week (because as good as their defense is, shutting down Justin Jefferson is a lot to ask), and Garrett Wilson will help them get it with another command performance.
PICK: Jets 27, Vikings 24.
Darryl Slater, Giants beat reporter: Tall order for the Jets here, as they fight to stay ahead of the Patriots and in the AFC playoff race. This would be an absolutely massive win for Robert Saleh and Co., against a 9-2 team that has lost just once at home all season, two weeks ago in that dud against the Cowboys. But that was an outlier. The Justin Jefferson vs. Sauce Gardner matchup will be fascinating. Just as important: How will Mike White fare against a Vikings defense that is seventh in Pro Football Focus’ ratings? Not well enough, we think.
PICK: Vikings 27, Jets 24.
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Bob Brookover, Giants beat reporter: The Jets play at Minnesota and Buffalo the next two weeks and finish on the road against Seattle and Miami. Could they make their road to the playoffs any more difficult?
PICK: Vikings 23, Jets 20.
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Let privacy bring us together in the new Congress

 

As we head into the next Congress, we do so knowing that that millions of dollars have been spent sending negative campaign messages over our airwaves and to our phones and mailboxes, highlighting the things that divide us. There is no question that our national discourse has gotten more heated, more divisive, and more polarized. As we saw in the last Congress, when all we do is talk about things that tear the country apart, it is difficult to get anything done on a bipartisan basis.

In spite of this polarization, there is one issue that does bring millions of Americans of all political persuasions together: the need for stronger privacy and security protections for our personal information.

Republicans and Democrats, Senators and House members, and a wide-ranging coalition of business, consumer, civil rights, and privacy groups — including my organization, the National Consumers League — came together this year to craft a comprehensive national privacy bill.

The version of the ADPPA that passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this summer didn’t include everything that all of us wanted. However, it did represent hundreds of hours of communication, compromise, and careful work. This bill stands as an important symbol of what can be achieved if elected officials stay focused on helping consumers.

There are many reasons why the leaders of the 118th Congress — both returning and newly elected — need to make 2023 the year of national privacy reform.

First, unlike many other issues that come before Congress, the American people actually want their elected officials to fix this problem. Americans of all political persuasions .

that online privacy and security are their top concerns when it comes to tech issues. Privacy and security threats do not just come from your computer or your smartphone anymore; they come from your refrigerator, your finances, your car, your kid’s toys. Bad actors are getting more sophisticated. The lack of a comprehensive data protection law has left Americans at the mercy of criminal hackers who are making.

Knowing how to secure your personal information and understanding privacy policies shouldn’t require an advanced legal degree or microscope to read the fine print. Consumers should understand their rights, know they are protected, and have readily available recourse should something go wrong.

Second, the hard work of crafting a bipartisan, comprehensive privacy bill that protects all Americans has already been done. Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of elected officials and bipartisan staff in both the House and the Senate, we have a good framework that has significant buy-in from stakeholders across the political spectrum. Congress should build something on this framework in January and make this one of the top five things the new Congress does in the first quarter of the year.

Third, if we don’t act soon, America’s privacy rights will be at the mercy of other global actors. The U.S. is the leader of the world when it comes to technology and innovation. Yet, we are among a small subset of countries that do not have a federal privacy protection law. Other countries are getting more aggressive about privacy. As a result, the U.S. is falling behind and reacting to them instead of leading the way and setting the goal posts.

 

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A Mini Castle in Upstate New York Lists for Nearly $1.75 Million

A miniature castle in Irvington, New York—once home to actors Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy—has hit the market for $1.749 million.

Known as Villa Keen, the 3,502-square-foot stone abode features two turrets, a Mediterranean-style terracotta tiled roof and ornate stained-glass windows fit for modern royalty, according to last week’s listing with Ryan Paige and Adam Blankfort of Corcoran Baer & McIntosh.

“This is a one-of-a-kind find,” Mr. Blankfort said. “I’ve never seen a property with this proximity to New York City where you have your own courtyard.”

Built in 1929, it’s the type of house that can never be duplicated, Mr. Paige added.

“You just would never build something with this layout and this kind of character,” he said. “Financially, it just wouldn’t make sense for a lot of people. … It’s also on a really nice lot and you’re only about five minutes from the train station. You can be at Grand Central [Terminal] within 30 minutes.”

Far from a drafty old castle, the residence feels “really warm when you’re inside it. It’s definitely a nice place where I think families can gather for the holidays,” Mr. Paige explained.

Indeed, the current owners, Susan and Arnold Gunther, have made it their family home for the last 28 years, according to property records. Mansion Global could not determine how much they paid for the property.

“We, the Gunther family, have enjoyed the neighborhood activities: block parties, screened movies at the Hudson River, the Easter egg candy hunt. We love the history of the area,” Ms. Gunther said in an email, name checking former residents writer Washington Irving and glass artist Louis Tiffany. “The people are interesting people, and there’s always something to do.”

Over the years, a slate of notable names have also lived in the home, and the Gunthers “have been visited by all the former owners’ children or grandchildren through the years.”

Academy award-winning actress Shirley Jones, Tony Award-winning actor Jack Cassidy and their children—one of whom grew up to be musician and television producer Shaun Cassidy—rented the home in the late 1960s when they were both starring in the Broadway musical “Maggie Flynn.” At the time, Robert Wright, an associate producer of “The Carol Burnett Show,” was their landlord, according to 1968

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