Chicagoan Carlos Cortez is one of the U.S.A.'s leading Chicano artists and poets. In this new collection of poems and scratch board drawings, Cortez shares his love and concern for the land of his mestizo and Yaqui ancestors. Cortez's art and words help us see with "bicultural eyes" the history of California (Califas) with a landscape alive with condors, cougars, tall saquaros, and even giant cloud formations. Cortez's poems speak in the persona of Koyokuikatl (Coyote Song), who places his strong clear verse in defense of its threatened inhabitants, In addition, he embodies the nostalgic traveler who is capable of "Beat" haikus or the wisdom of the Chicano working-class.
<p>Arts, education and activism in Chicago. This issue focuses on "solidarities" and the ways communities work together, both internally and with other communities.</p><p>Contributors continued: Josh MacPhee, Joel Waneck, John Brady, Jacques-Jean M. Tiziou, Dakota Brown.</p><p>Keywords continued: "New" Students for a Democratic Society Conference, University of Chicago, Keith Jackson, School Without Walls, Southwest Youth Collaboration, Access Living, Chicago Freedom Summer 2006, The Kenwood-Okaland Community Organization, Mteropolitan Area Group Igniting Civilization, Community Justice for Youth Institute, Jonathan Peck, Chicago Freedom Movement, second-generation incarceration, Girls Best Friend Foundation, civil rights, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Mariame Kaba, Steans Family Foundations, Young Woman's Action Team, Rogers Park, Jobi Peterson, Blocks Togethers, Chicago Girls' Coalition, Alternatives, Inc., Women and Girls Collective Action Network, Housing Action Illinois, Afterschool Matters, Amate Housing, Uhlich Children's Advantage Network, The African Presence in Mexico, race, racism, direct action, street theatre, sexuality, gender, National Women's Caucus Action, Cook County Hospital, lesbian, gay, queer, identity, American Medical Association, police brutality, Michael Piazza, doulas, Pilsen Open Studios, Woodlawn, University of Chicago, Kimbark Tenants Association, New Communities Program, Rainbow Coalition, Puerto Rican Young Lords, Young Patriots Organization, Black Panthers, Bobby Lee, Cuentos Foundation, environmentalism, South Austin Community Coaliition Council, Northwest Austin Council, Chicago Recylcing Coalition, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Center for Urban Transformation, urban agriculture, Stearns Quarry, Northwest Incinerator, Federation of Michoacán Clubs of Illinois, Chicago Artists Month, Tom Hansen, IWW, Marxism, International Workers of the World, National Independent Contractors Association, Wobblies, <br /></p>