Rigoberta Menchú Talks with Indigenous Migrants in California – In recent days, the distinguished Guatemalan, Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize, spoke to indigenous organizers in Fresno, California, and their allies. Menchú spoke about recent triumphs and celebrated the beauty of indigenous languages, among other messages. Juana Gómez, host of La Hora Mixteca on Radio Bilingüe, interviewed the well-known defender of the rights of Native peoples.
The Story of a Father Deported Days Before Christmas – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, recently announced that in the last year, close to 370,000 people were deported from the U.S. Immigrant rights defenders decried the fact that the government continues to deport tens of thousands of people without criminal records each year, despite having announced that they would not be a priority. From Arizona, Valeria Fernández has the story of a father recently deported to Guatemala, who is still hopeful he can return to his family
Youth and Elders Revive Tradition of Filipino Lanterns – During Christmas in the Phillipines, star-shaped lanterns called parols light up streets and windows. In California, a group of Filipino immigrants in San Francisco has been making parol lanterns together for a little more than a decade, and community organizations have a contest to see who makes the best parol representing the theme of the year. This year, the theme was Enlightenment for All, in the context of gay marriage and the Typhoon Haiyan. Over the years, youth have been collaborating more and more with their elders, and both generations share ideas to innovate the tradition. Zaidee Stavely reports from San Francisco. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.