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48 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#91 - Heroines and Heroes: Latina/o organizing during the 1980s-1990s HIV/AIDS Epidemic
In this segment of The Reality Dysfunction, Juan Carlos Vega and Alex Lozada take over the mic to talk with Memory Activist, Julián de Mayo about his incredible work documenting the AIDS crisis in the late 80s and early 90s, and specifically the work and stories of the Latina/o Caucus of ACT-UP New York. Julián explains the history of a not so inclusive movement and the efforts to record what has been mostly until now a forgotten chapter of the fight against AIDS. ACT-UP stands for AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and in order to have Spanish-speaking, Latinx, Latin American, trans, and other non-white voices, the ACT-UP Latina/o Caucus of New York emerged. We explore the relevance and importance that organizing and personal narratives from over 40 years ago bring to not just the current and persistent AIDS crisis among people of color in inner cities across the country but to the discussion on how to reduce health disparities among Latinx and other vulnerable populations. Related Resources & Articles: [ES]tatus: the Latino/a Caucus of ACT UP New York Exhibit video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5RnPIKGs5o&ab_channel=JuliandeMayo Latinos ACT UP: Transnational AIDS Activism in the 1990s: https://nacla.org/article/latinos-act-transnational-aids-activism-1990s Article with photos: https://www.latinxproject.nyu.edu/intervenxions/silenciomuerte-an-interview-with-julian-de-mayo-on-the-legacy-of-act-ups-latina/o-caucus Conversation between Latina/o Caucus member Alfredo Gonzalez and Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila on Cuba's HIV sanatoriums for NACLA: https://nacla.org/news/2017/11/29/cuba%E2%80%99s-hiv-sanatoriums-prisons-or-public-health-tool Julián’s Soundcloud with some interviews: https://soundcloud.com/julian-de-mayo For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter: @j_deMayo
41 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
#90 - Que Viva Chuy Negrete!
This week on The Reality Dysfunction, Dr. Ernesto and the crew talk about and remember Xicano super star Jesus "Chuy" Negrete. This LEGEND of the Xicano movement returned to the ancestors this month. We wanted to take a moment and pay tribute to the man who brought our songs and history to us for over 4 decades. CHUY NEGRETE PRESENTE!
28 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
#89 - Life after Covid
In this episode of The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto and crew talk about their vaccines, how and when will the Xicano Latino community go back to work, work expectations, what they plan on doing this summer, and how issues of pay have been impacted by the past year.
49 minutes | May 30, 2021
#88 - Jose Oliva and the HEAL Food Alliance fighting for workers rights
This segment of The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto talks with Jose Oliva of the HEAL Food Alliance based in Chicago, Il. Jose came to the United States, with his parents as a young man, in the 1980s fleeing governmental oppression in his home country of Guatemala. The work he is doing alongside workers in the food industry is vital not just to fairness and equity but to environmental sustainability an often overlooked aspect of workers rights. For more information about HEAL click the link below. https://healfoodalliance.org/
43 minutes | May 23, 2021
#87 - Partido Nacional de la Raza Unida 2021: It's time for a party!
In this episode of The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto speaks with Chair Pro Tem of the La Raza Unida Party Ernesto Ayala and James Ortega a Raza Unida member about the weekly study group, why it is a requirement for membership, and how important it is to develop the organic intellectual side of the Xicana/o/x movement. Click on the link below to get more information about the weekly study group. https://form.jotform.com/202060962074045
55 minutes | May 16, 2021
#84 The Reality Dysfunction: The Fight for Puerto Rican, Latinx, & Queer Studies
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received his BA from Harvard (1991) and his MA and Ph.D. from Columbia (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009), Keywords for Latina/o Studies and of several books of fiction. His most recent book Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2021) is part of the Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance series. Larry performs in drag as Lola von Miramar since 2010, and has appeared in several episodes of the YouTube series Cooking with Drag Queens. He is the former director of the Latina/o Studies Program at University of Michigan, his grandmother is originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and he goes by Larry. Today, we will discuss why Latinx/o/a, Puerto Rican, and Xicano Studies, as well as Queer and LGBTQ Studies are key to US culture and society, his futuros projects as author, artist, and activist, and Larry's new appointment (starting in July 2021) as Chair of the Department of American Culture at UofM-and why this is important in the fight to maintain and nurture Ethnic Studies across the USA. https://lsa.umich.edu/rll/people/faculty/lawrlafo.html https://lsa.umich.edu/ac/news-events/all-news/search-news/prof--lawrence-la-fountain-stokes-appointed-as-american-culture-.html http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lawrlafo/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_La_Fountain-Stokes https://www.press.umich.edu/11314788/translocas (30% discount code: UMS21) https://www.press.umich.edu/flyers/9780472074273.pdf
30 minutes | May 2, 2021
#83 -This is what we talk about when no one is listening.
In this episode of The Reality Dysfunction we trashed the political, and just talked about clothes, belt buckles, health and tattoos. In case anyone was wondering this is what we say to each other before the tape starts rolling.
41 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
#84 - Lori Lizaragga, Channel 9 in Denver and the fight for brown stories in the pitch room
This week we're back with a conversation on media, Latina reporters and how important it is to fight for responsible brown voices in our mass media. On March 27 of this year Lizarraga published a piece about her two year's working as a reporter at Denver's Channel 9 (an NBS affiliate) . The opinion piece, which unfortunately is more likely the rule to the exception starts like this, "It was during my second week as a new reporter in Denver that I remember first feeling concerned about discrimination in my newsroom." In this episode Dr. Ernesto and Alex Lozada talk with Lori about her experiences at Channel 9 and what has happened since then. You can read Lizarraga's opinion piece at the link below. https://www.westword.com/news/9news-latina-reporter-kusa-media-discrimination-diversity-11925702 Update on this situation "The fallout continues from former 9News reporter Lori Lizarraga's essay detailing the exit of three Latinx reporters from the station in a year — including her. Now, following a federal filing from a major investor in TEGNA, 9News's parent company, alleging "a broad pattern of bias and racially-insensitive behavior" at its outlets, TEGNA has issued guidance to news directors telling them to stop using the term "illegal immigrants" in their reporting." https://www.westword.com/news/9news-denver-tegna-illegal-immigrants-latinx-bias-update-11946253
50 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
#83 -Tales from Aztlantis - Kurly Tlapayawa and Ruben Arellano
In this segment of The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto talks with Mexica internet sensation Kurly Tlapoyawa and Dr. Ruben Arellano about their new podcast Tales from Aztlantis where they talk about their own experiences within the contemporary Mexica movement, and the need to question "tradition." They're smart, they're skeptical, they know what they are talking about, and they are down for their people. Please listen in to this very interesting conversation and definitely check out Tales from Aztlantis.
78 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
#82 - Aztlan Report 2021
Greetings Dysfunctionals, we're back with a special episode of The Reality Dysfunction. Today we have the first every Aztlan Report, a state of the Xicana/o/x union presentation from Xicana/o/x organizations around the country. This recording was made on March 31, 2021, an originally ran live on Facebook. This presentation was sponsored by Mexicanos 2070, Partido Nacional de la Raza Unida, La Mesa Brown Berets, Union del Barrio, Centro Community Service Organization/Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Servicios de la Raza and other community organizations. This presentation brought organizations throughout Aztlan and the diaspora together to report on the state of the nation, the state of resistance and as a call for unity. Speakers in order of appearance: Tonatzin Alfaro Maiz - Moderator Dr. Vanessa Bustamante (5:36) - La Raza Unida Party Maria Zavala Paredes (8:54) - La Raza Unida Party Rafael Avitia (16:10) - La Mesa Brown Berets Scott Russel Duncan Fernandez (21:05) - Mexicanos 2070 Ernesto Mireles (24:01) - Mexicanos 2070 Matt Sedillo (26:52) - Poet Marisol Marquez (33:20) - Centro Community Service Organization/Freedom Road Socialist Organization Lupe Carrasco Cardona (38:46) - Union Del Barrio/ Ethnic Studies Patrick McKenna (50:10) - Barrio Hollywood, Tucson Rudy Gonzalez (56:41)- Servicios de la Raza Tanya Villalobos (1:01:00) - LRUP Youth Representative Vanessa Mazon (1:08:04) - Poet Ernesto Ayala (1:11:27) - La Raza Unida Party Chair Pro Tem
19 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
#81- Among other things, Fuck Rush Limbaugh
This episode of The Reality Dysfunction is actually the second half of the How Do We Get Power discussion. But lets face it, Francisco Lopez's logic and passion won the day. So, the second half the conversation dealt with how the crew felt about Limbaugh's death (take a wild guess) and how the white trash hate mongering industry that walking piece of shit helped create has impacted the Xicano Latino community.
28 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
#80 - How do we get power?
In this episode of The Reality Dysfunction the Dysfunctionals get jiggy with the question of how do we get power? They also get a little jiggy with each other over the issue of immigration and how Xicana/o/x's should pick the top political issues facing the Xicano Latino community. It is an interesting discussion.
49 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
# 79 - Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez "Who declared war on the word Xicano"
This week on The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto, Alex Lozada, and Juan Carlos Vega talk with Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez, the author of the seminal Xicano essay "Who Declared War on the Word Xicano" and "Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother" and "Yolqui: Testimonios of Violence" Dr. Cintli talks about his experiences writing his last books, what drives him to write and what brown folk can do to come together for a better world.
55 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
#78 - Dr. Javier Sanchez and why the Covid 19 vaccine is critical.
Everyone here on The Reality Dysfunction podcast hopes you are being safe as the world works to bring this pandemic under control. We're getting out shots and we truly hope that when you opportunity arises you will too! This special segment, the Dysfunctional Crew is pleased to present Dr. Javier Sánchez, who talks with us about why the Covid 19 vaccine is critical for the Xicano/Latino community. Dr. Sanchez is a family practice doctor for Southern California Kaiser Permanente and is an Associate professor at the University of California, Riverside Medical School. The crew talks with Dr. Sanchez about the COVID-19 vaccines, what we can expect from them and when we can expect to get back to ‘normal.’ Dr. Sanchez is also part the National Campaign #ThisIsOurShot which seeks to spread knowledge on the COVID-19 vaccines and how people can get it. You can check it out here: https://www.nam.org/thisisourshot/ https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
43 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
#77 - What is the future of the White supremacists movement and the Latino Community
And we are back! In the episode of The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto, Alex Lozada, and our guests Dr. Teofilo Reyes and Berte Reyes return to discuss the how the white supremacist movement is impacting the Latino community. Why do so many Latinos claim whiteness? Why are Latinos embracing the supremacist agenda of claiming whiteness? Below are two links for articles the panelists discussed. https://www.mic.com/articles/187062/with-the-rise-of-the-alt-right-latino-white-supremacy-may-not-be-a-contradiction-in-terms https://www.latinorebels.com/2021/01/19/latinovoterrecord/ #mexicanos2070,#Latino,#Latina,#Latinx,#Chicano,#Chicana,#Chicanx,#Xicano,#Xicana,#Xicanx,#controlthenarrative',#resistthedysfunction,#ColegioChicano,#Insurgent Aztlan,#ThisIsOurShot,#Prescott College,#resistthedysfunction,#controlthenarrative
41 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Fallout from the Coup - what are the ramifcations for the Xicano Latino community?
As the events of 2021 continue to unfold one thing is for certain. A certain segment of the Xicano Latino community is openly embracing white seperatism, white supremacy as their political ideology. As the protest ramp up around the country it is clear a group of us have bought into our own colonization to such a degree they actually believe their "rights" are threatened to such an extent they are compelled to defend the very system that has disenfranchised indigenous people from our history, culture and political self determination. Mass delusion - the foundation of any settler colonial society.
49 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Siege at the US Capitol - We told you all these people is crazy!
This segment of The Reality Dysfunction is a sound file of the live broadcast we did on Wednesday Feb. 6, 2021 as the US capitol was being ransacked and pillaged by bunch of American "patriots". As always The Dysfunctionals do the best they can to keep the focus on the Xicano/Latino community and what these unfolding events mean for us. #controlthenarrative #resistthedysfunction
24 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
In this final segment of The Reality Dysfunction the crew talks about their year, what they hope for the next year and how much we appreciate all of you being a part of this with us. We can't wait to do it again in the 2021. Para La Gente! #controlthenarrative #resistthedysfunction
58 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
Dysfunctionals! Forget the hater hype blasting the latest show about the iconic Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, you heard it here first. Selena ROCKS!
42 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
Opinons? We got'em all day. The RealityDysfunction on steriods.
Dysfunctionals, We're almost to the end in the true spirit of 2020 the crew is tackling all the topics from Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexican Independence and Mexicano Revolution, Indian armies, pan dulce, cultural appropriation, the Mandalorian, why we should boycott movies like Liam Neeson's The Marksmans and how California is selling stocks in water. Its a wild ride - don't miss it. #controlthenarrative #resist the dysfunction
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