Dear Primos, Friends, and Family:
The month of November, a wonderful reminder about what is important in
life: family and friends. If we are also enjoying good health, we are
This year, I have even more reasons to be grateful; an important west
coast heritage project has successfully come together and resulted in a
Unit of Study which will enlarge historic understanding of the
Spanish/Mexican colonizers in a more positive, inclusive manner.
Historically, the interrelationships between the early California native
tribes and the Spanish colonizers in California has not been presented
with respect for both sides.
Demeaning the natives and demonizing the Spanish clearly reinforced the
American Manifest Destiny perspective of California as an uncivilized
wilderness in need and deserving of invasion.
Debuting November 5th at an event at the Heritage Museum of Orange
County is a 4th Grade Unit of Study prepared by Santa Ana Unified School
District, CA, Common Core Curriculum specialists, Marta Moyer and
California Bilingual Constitution, 1849.
Big Idea (Enduring Understanding) : This is the goal . .
Native Californians, Californios, and newly arriving immigrants joined
together in giving structure and shape to California.
Essential Questions: Children will be discussing . . .
1. Prior to the 1850s, why did CA attract a diverse population?
2. How did internal and external factors affect the culture and
economics of CA?
3. How were the contributions of the Spanish and Mexican people
validated in the creation of the CA Constitution?
Among other discussions, the unit includes the traditional
Spanish/Mexican laws observing women’s legal and property, and
anti-slave laws which proceeded those of the United Sates.
As you know Somos Primos is divided by location and subject to
facilitate speed reading for busy readers. Although the Unit of Study,
California Bilingual Constitution, 1849 is about California history, the
its coastal location, and the presence of gold profoundly affected U.S.
the westward movement, California and its people need to be understood.
For too long the East Coast perspective of the building of our nation
has dominated the general sentiments. Our ancestor’s contributions have
been ignored. It is needful for their contributions to be honored. I
am thankful to be able to say that this Unit of Study moves in that
Read more about how the Unit was developed, who is responsible, and
about the November 5th meeting in California. If you have primos and
friends who live in Southern California, they may want to attend.
God bless America, and enjoy the activism of your primos.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Celebrating the Hispanic Legacy of Valor during Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrating California’s Birthdate, written and illustrated by Eddie
América Española by José Antonio López
To those Latinos who can’t speak Spanish by John Paul Brammer
Pew Spanish Language Future
What’s Wrong with this Picture? By Ray John de Aragon
La Leyenda Negra, Series 4, By Felipe de Ortego y Gasca
"That One May Smile and Smile and be a Villain [Still]"
Labor Day passed here without fanfare by Herman Sillas
LULAC and Orgullosa Celebrate Latina’s Contributions to American
Linda Mazon Gutierrez: 2015 Phoenix Advocate of the Year by LATINA Style
Audrey Esparza, newcomer to primetime
Mexican Animated, Un Gallo’ Con Muchos Huevos Racks Up Big in Box Office
The Latino Lens, National Association of Latino Independent Producers
Oscar Manuel Laurel from Laredo, Texas, distinguished career
Truth Bomb: Disastrous Economic "Recovery" By Jason W. Stevens
Latinas & Success: 14 inspiring professional Latinas share principles to
Three Rivers eager to whitewash civil rights watershed by Elaine Ayala
562 federally-recognized tribes
Juana, You Will Always Live . . .Author Paul. O. Briones
Newest educational initiative from the TSHA, WEBINARS
Past Forward, A Conference of the National Trust for Historic
New leadership at Presente.org.
Cuenta Conmigo Fundraising campaign
Japanese Surrender – Amazing Footage Sept 2, 1945.
The American civil war, then and now
La vuelta a España de Cuba, Puerto Rico y Filipinas
September 29th, 1856 — First Polish Church in American Consecrated
October 1st, 1837 — General Texas Land Office opens
Session Recordings from 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Conference
Celebrations of the 500 years Fundación Puerta de América
Louise Ano Nuevo Kerr, Pioneer Chicana Historian 1938-2015
Latino Muralist ‘Antonio Ramos’ 1988-2015
Alex Nieto, Native American Activist 1977 – 2015
Yolie Hernandez, una Comadre October 7, 2015
Larry Kirkpatrick, Texas Historian and Researcher 1943 – 2015
Worn Out Flags and Eyesore for Vetsy Dianne de Guzman
Tortillas in Vietnam, all in 1968 by Luis Ramirez
Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance
EARLY LATINO PATRIOTS
Order of Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez in Washington, D.C.
Heritage Project: Bernardo de Gálvez Statue Plaza.
Spanish Adelantados, not Conquistadores
Descendents of Governor Juan Bautista Elguezabal
Los Sánchez Navarro
Los Ponce de León
DNA from 4,500-year-old Ethiopian reveals surprise about ancestry of
Establish cyberspace communication with town where heritage originates
Genealogy by Barry, October 9, 2015
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2015 Academic Leadership Awards
Ethnic Studies for All
White House selects Latino Scholarship Directory as Education Bright
Common Core Principles
A Breakthrough: The Mexican American Digital History Project
Sergio Hernandez discusses his art as an instrument of Chicano activism.
Leticia Lebron aka LAK6, the latest superhero from Darryl Makes Comics
How Native Speakers Ruined Spanish for Everyone Else by Jonathan
“Political Salsa y Más” blog
BOOKS AND PRINT MEDIA
ISLA, The International Society of Latino Authors
NNPA and NAHP Join Forces to Create National Advertising Task Force
New America Media
Luis Guzman to receive NALIP Latino Lens Legacy Award
A Landmark Tejana Thesis
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Nov 5th: Remembering California’s Bilingual Constitution
Nov 7th: San Juan Capistrano Celebration of Life
Nov 7th: 2015 LULAC Orange County Eight Hispanic Women of the Year
Nov 14th: SHHAR: Margie de la Torre Aguirre, Origins of LULAC, Initial
Cause for Involvement in Orange County & LULAC’s Relevance Today
Photo from SHHAR October meeting
Film: "On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam."
What is the Grand Jury?
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
The House of Aragon by Michael S. Perez, Chapter 12: A Candle Lit, a
October 29th: Raul Anguiano’s Centennial VIP Reception
Maria Guirado de Downey, 7th First Lady of California
Fort Moore gets a special visitor by Marilyn Mills
Chicano Moratorium Panel was Held October 20
L.A. River Habitat Restoration by Lucy Guanuna
History of Olvera Street grapevines
Nov 4 and Nov 10: Paul Espinosa Film Series
Nov 9: Spain, Our Forgotten Ally in the American Revolutionary War
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Fernando Javier de Rivera y Moncada
The Californios: In the Face of Conquest
Garcia-Romero Family Outing
Return to Delano: 50th Anniversary of Delano Grape Strike by Maria E.
Del Día de la Raza y el mes de la Hispanidad, San Diego
The Plan de Santa Bárbara and the take-over of Chicano Park, San Diego
Mike Acosta and Others’ Childhood Memories, through the Southwest,
Alma L. Pond Mormon – Mexican Missionary
Trailblazers – Faustino Gracia Almaguer 1880-19??
A Crash Course on Mormon Cursing
The Lady in Blue, Sor Maria Jesus de Agreda
Billy the Kid and Family Memories by Ray John de Aragon
A Little California History . . . Big Surprise ending
Some Early Mora, New Mexico History: Chapters 10-12 by Louis F. Serna
Memorial Crosses Along Tijuana-San Diego Border
The Deportation of Innocence
The Refusal of Carmelita Torres
Chihuahua: King of NAFTA Chile
36th TX State Hispanic Genealogical & Historical Conference
Oct 2nd, 1835 – Texas Revolution begins at Gonzales
Oct 13th, 1845 — Voters overwhelmingly approve annexation
Some History of the Gutierrez Family in Cameron County
and Later Harlingen Compiled by Norman Rozeff
Sembradores de Aztlan Oral History Project
Henri Castro: Empresario colonization of the Republic of Texas
Foot and Wagon Bridge, Laredo, Texas, 1899
Guerrero Viejo (Tamaulipas) in the 1980s and 1990s by Gilberto Quezada
Preserving Early Texas History, September 23, Lardo Rotary Club
First Families, Lest We Forget
Oklahoma Black board from 100 years ago…
Girl breaks security barrier, hands Pope Francis letter
The 40th Anniversary National Meeting of the Granaderos y Damas de
held in Washington D.C. Oct -9/10th
September 8, 1565 founding of the San Agustín de la Florida.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at Galvez Portrait
Tristan De Luna In Florida, New World History
Rag Radio Podcast: Michael Hurd on Black History in Texas
Our Prison Debate Team Beat Harvard’s, Here’s How We Did It
1759, Indians defeat Spanish force on Red River
1844, Sam Houston and the widow of Ben-Ash
Mexican site yields new details of sacrifice of Spaniards
Legends & Myths of the Popol-Vuh by Carlotta Giangualano
Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee
Blood? The history of a myth by Gregory D. Smithers
Michael S. Perez and his new Yamaka, SHHAR
Jewish Roots of the Colonial Spanish Southwest
Rediscover your Hebrew roots with the Illuminated Torah:
Read God’s Word in Hebrew and English
Israel’s memorial to 9/11
Sephardic Hispanic Heritage: 13 Facts About ‘Latino Jews’
Portugal Granting Citizenship to Exiled Sephardic Jews
Sephardic Jews in Galitzian Poland and Environs
The End of Yemen’s Jews
Shanghai Jewish Ghetto
Vast replica recreates prehistoric Chauvet cave
Colonial church emerges from falling Mexican reservoir
Antonio Guerrero Aguilar Presentation, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas
Spain is no longer the center of the Spanish culture
Networking & outreach: Sociedad Genealógica y de Historia Familiar de
Tree murals in Colonial Mexican Art
The Tiled Churches of Puebla: San Francisco
169th Aniversario de la Batalla de Monterrey de 1846
Al santo de la paz y la alegría: San Francisco de Asís
Sabina Loghin: Romanian immigrant to hybrid artist by Luisa Muniz
Matrimonio del Peninsular Don Julio Carabaza y Doña Cristina Ruby
Families of Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Volume Five
Bautismo de María Luisa Saturnina
Hidalgo Y Los Insurgentes en la Provincia de Coahuila
El matrimonio de Valentín E. Wynter y Clotilde González
Acta de defunción del General Francisco Villa
El Dr. Brooks
II Coloquio, Genealogía e Historia de la Familia efectuado en
On the Bacon Trail, Fighting for an Education by Rodolfo F. Acuña
Las Raíces de la Conquista de México
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupting
La India Catalina: Indian Princess, caught between two cultures.
Flora Tristán boarded Le Mexicain on April 7, 1833
Two Indigenous Solar Engineers Changed Their Village in Chile By
Gender Equality, Part 2: by Eddie AAA Calderón, Ph.D.
Employment Opportunity in the World, the Case of Filipino Nurses By
Eddie AAA Calderón, Ph.D.
Joseph L. Bautista
US to Protect Child Farmworkers From Pesticides
La historia en el cine
El Mirador Espagnol
Orígenes de la Leyenda Negra
Fuente: "El Arcón de la Historia de España"
El Mirador Espagnol
Orígenes de la Leyenda Negra
Fuente: "El Arcón de la Historia de España"
El monolito de las cabezas cortadas de Dingle
El secreto catalán de Moctezuma:
El linaje de Moctezuma por Jordi Soler
Christians being attacked in German’s Sharia Refugee Shelters by Soeren
The 43: Story of How UK Jews Fought a Wave of Post-War Anti-Semitism by
The "Islamic Inquisition" and the Blasphemy Police
Chamorro, native language of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands.
Exploraciones ibericas Publicaciones de la Hakluyt Society de Londres