Let’s talk about it…Immigrants

My brother and I had a conversation that raised a great point. I told him my son was joining the Coast Guard. I am so thankful because he has been working since he was 16. His first job was at an art gallery which I was so happy about because this exposed him to the Arts. After that he worked for me doing construction. Then he got a job as a pipe layer. My point in having him work construction was so that he could see how hard it was, and in hopes that he would want to get an education so he wouldn’t have to do hard labor in the future. Instead, he found another labor job.

I was worried that he had chosen this for his career. There is absolutely no shame in labored work, but I just wanted my kids not to have to work so hard if they didn’t have to. That is when my brother said,” you are like most Americans; you don’t want your kids to do hard labor work so you send them to school to educate themselves and become lawyers, doctors, to get business degrees, go into the medical field, or join the military.” He continues, “that’s good but who does the grunt work that you don’t want your children to do?” We have these immigrants who come over, some legally, some illegally, who would consider it a blessing to do the work that I would dread my own children to do. Mexico, the United States and Canada signed a free trade agreement in 1994 that reduced trade barriers between the three countries. Though money was allowed to cross borders more freely, people were not. Millions of Mexican farm Let’s talk about it…workers lost their jobs as cheap U.S. imports put Mexican farms out of business. Many of those migrants eventually wound up in the United States. Many Americans think that Latinos leave their countries of origin in order to pursue the American dream. In fact, economic policies that dry up Latin American jobs drive illegal immigration more than the “American Dream“ that they know very little about. So, my question is, how important are immigrants to our country? Weren’t we all immigrants to this country? Let’s talk about it…

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Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 By R Eguia . Last month, scholars, community members and students gathered at the Southwest School of Art Coates Chapel to hear a conversation by the San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at UTSA, William Dupont, called A Resilient Heritage: Designing San Antonio’s Future to Preserve Our Past. The talk introduced Cultural Sustainability as the continuity of cultural systems of human existence. People have heritage identities and values that bind them to places and communities are essential for full sustainability. “Design with respect for Heritage,” was a key theme as Dupont...

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Mariachi Girl Stars Lucero Garcia at the Magik Theatre

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 1 Many women have made their mark in the performance arts. In San Antonio, girls go to places like the Magik theatre to begin their journey. Like 14-year-old San Antonio actress, Lucero Garcia. She began acting at the age of 7 during The Magik Theatre’s summer camps and classes. She plays the role of Carmencita in the new show called Mariachi girl at the Magik Theatre. “I fell in love with musical theatre. All I could think about was being on stage singing and dancing and performing for people and making them...

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Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 By Melinda Gonzalez There is a renewed energy in the air and the culmination of efforts to re-establish the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) as the beacon of Chicano Art is paying off. Founded in 1980 and located in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Westside, the nonprofit organization serves over 100,000 people each year on a local, national and international scale through artistic, educational, and community programming. Jorge Piña who is a native San Antonian is back and fulfills a key leadership position for the GCAC after resigning from the...

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