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Produced & Edited by Isaac Mizrahi
Co-Producer Kathy Lo


Who is a Chicano?
Who is a Chicano?

Who is a Chicano?
As a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Ruben Salazar was a pioneer in Chicano history. He represented the idea that you could “make it” in an establishment institution, and still stay true to your roots and your profession. Until his accidental death at the hands of the LAPD, Ruben Salazar gave voice to many Mexican-Americans on issues of social justice, civil rights, and community empowerment.



Las Nannies
Las Nannies

Las Nannies
Latina nannies have allowed many women to experience achievements in the workforce unheard of a generation ago. But what of the nannies themselves? Mostly coming from Central America, and often fleeing poverty and war, nannies face new struggles in America as they seek to reconcile their past lives and families left behind, with the search for dignity in their adopted culture.



Jobs Not Jails
Jobs not Jails

Jobs not Jails
Getting out of jail often means freedom to flounder in a society that does not forgive gangs, does not understand tattoos, and that will not hire criminals. Homeboy Industries provides an alternative for young criminals and gangsters, and helps them to re-enter society and re-build their lives, starting with a job.



The Conquest of Mexico
The Conquest
of Mexico

The Conquest of Mexico
Yxta Maya Murray, a professor at Loyola Law School, relates the importance of knowing history for what it is — scraps of knowledge, left over from conquest, and interpreted by people in power. With an insatiable curiosity and a roaming imagination, Yxta Maya Murray mines the past and delivers unique perspectives on history, the Aztecs and the conquest of Mexico through her law and literature class, and also in her latest novel.



Botanica
Botanica

Botanica
At his botanica, Charles H. Guelperin sells candles, potions and other material for practicing faith, but what he really seeks is to heal wounded souls. Botanicas — familiar to many Latin American immigrants — have become cultural centers, providing spiritual support and counseling. The botanicas help people feel at home in a new country, and to find comfort when they are burdened.





 
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