Entries by Michael Reyes

Response to Daily Bruin’s Apology

The UCLA Daily Bruin’s “Editor’s Note: Apology to our readers” Tues. Oct. 28th came after a culturally insensitive Mojo blog post, originally titled “The Seven Easiest Costumes Ever that will Get You $3 Chipotle on Halloween.” The post included a Día de los Muertos costume as one of the seven, and included a GIF that […]

My takeaway from The Great Wall of L.A. tour: Ethnic Studies now!

The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a half-mile mural in the Tujunga Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley that reveals the underrepresented histories of ethnic California. Though the mural shows moments between the Pre-Historic Era and the 1950s—years beyond my birth date—its message remains relevant to me: Ethnic peoples’ voices matter. The […]

La Gente Newsmagazine

  La Gente Newsmagazine is for el estudiante interested in Latina/o issues. We represent the diversity of our culture and cultivate pride within our community. We’re a forum for conversation, dedicated to inspiring readers to get involved and get their voices heard.     La Gente’s first issue was released February 16, 1971 under the […]

Gentistas share experiences with microaggressions

  Microaggressions: brief verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative insults. Typically, microaggressions are associated with subtle forms of racism, but they do go beyond race. For instance, “You throw like a girl,” is a verbal microaggression, and the action of a White individual clutching his/her bag […]

“Ghost Rapes” haunt colony in Bolivia

In 2009 nine men were convicted for raping more than 100 women and girls in a Mennonite community in Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. The men used a powerful sedative adapted from cow tranquilizers to drug entire households before carrying out the attacks. Initially, the colony did not believe the victims, who would have no recollection of […]

Student-led benefit inspired by classmate’s illness

Raymond Ortega, 17, at the finish line of the ”Drive 4 Life.”    LA CAUSA students gathered Monday Nov. 11th despite a day off from classes for a fellow classmate who suffers from Aplastic Anemia, which is a blood cell deficiency due to a failure in bone marrow development. “Ive been fighting it for about […]

The lucha libre culture that is Latino mental health

Editor’s Note: The Latina students asked us not to use their names. But, they wanted to share their stories of how social determinants of mental health in the Latino community influenced how they wrestled with their conditions.   Think of it like lucha libre. The wrestling ring is like our house. Los luchadores enmascarados—the masked fighters—brawling […]

Support for hunger strikers at Corcoran prison

Saturday July 13th I was at Corcoran State Prison, participating in a California statewide mobilization to support the ongoing prisoner hunger strike, which began July 8th with about 30,000 prisoners statewide refusing meals. This strike is to ultimately influence Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to improve California prison […]