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Teatro Luna, Chicago’s first and only all-Latina theater, has been telling the life stories and family histories of Latina women since June of 2000. The original ten ensemble members came together upon realizing that the experiences of latina women are often stereotyped, undervalued, or altogether ignored, not only on the Chicago stage, but beyond. Many ensemble members, like many actors of color, found themselves being type-casted for stereotypical and often offensive, one-dimensional roles of pregnant gangbangers, spicy sexpots, “illegal” immigrants, voiceless maids, and the like. Ensemble members also found the roles they were cast in often being highly influenced by their skin color or by their fluency (or lack thereof) in Spanish.

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Win Magazine, vol 25, Spring/Summer 2008

It’s scary how easy it can be to forget that there is a war going on. Even when it’s a war many of us are paying for through our tax dollars on a daily basis, there always seems to be something there to distract us from the elephant in the room.

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When The Prisoners Ran Walpole: A True Story In The Movement For Prison Abolition
By Jamie Bissionette with Ralph Hamm, Robert Dellelo, and Edward Rodman, South End Press, 2008

One thing the movement for prison abolition seems to lack is a good sense of its own history. This includes not only the past thirty-five years of unchecked prison expansion, but also the particular moments when ending the legal slavery (that incarcerations comprise) has been a true possibility.

Bissionette offers us a window into this past through a keen analysis of the rise and fall of the National Prisoners’ Reform Association (NPRA) – an organization that sought to address prisoners’ needs through a labor rights framework – in Massachusetts Correctional Institution Walpole during the early 1970s.

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Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop The War
Directed by Beca Lafore, Helia Rasti, and Jonathan Stribling-Uss
2008

March 20, 2003 was the day that left me with my knees pulled tight into my chest, rocking myself back and forth on the sidewalk as the sun fell beyond the mountains. I felt defeated and angry. It felt like my friends and I had spent months trying to mobilize our town against the war, but the big day had come and it seemed all we had to show for it was a lot of bruised and battered friends in jail. This was back home in North Carolina, and it was the day after the current Iraq war began.

It was then that a friend came up to comfort me with some good news: “San Francisco was shut down today.

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Keeping The Promise: The Debate Over Charter Schools
By Leigh Dingerson, Barbara Minner, Bob Peterson, Stephanie Waters, Eds.
Rethinking Schools Ltd, 2008

In public education, few topics are as hotly debated as charter schools. Do they provide better school options for families or do they open the door to privatization? Keeping the Promise is a new concise volume which explores these questions in a series of essays written by activists and educators.