In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.
Peyote tourism and cartels put indigenous Mexican culture on the brink.
— VICE (@VICE) June 18, 2017
Mexico’s Wixárika population has long depended on peyote for religious purposes. However, their peyote supply has recently been put jeopardy by cartels, who murdered two Wixárika activists, and tourists, who are looking for a new kind of high, creating competition for the limited supply. As Aukwe Mijarez told Vice, “We’re upset that people come here and steal peyote because for us it’s a deity, not a drug. It’s part of our identity and we respect it.”
He couldn’t speak English, so Miami fined him $250.
Just a heads up, if you work for a ride-share service in Miami-Dade and you don’t speak English, it could cost you a fair amount of coin. Uber driver Carmen Hechavarria was given a $250 ticket after he failed to demonstrate to officers a grasp of the English language. Unfortunately for Hechavarria, the ordinance requiring ride-share employees to speak English, which went into effect last year, will be pulled from the books on July 1st, making violations like this a thing of the past. In just the last year, 40 drivers in Miami-Dade, where around 60 percent of the population speaks Spanish, have been warned or cited for violation of this temporary ordinance.
In Mexico, there are things scarier than the Predator.
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The movie “Predator” turns 30 years old this summer and several of the actors sat down to describe their experience filming in Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta jungle. As you might have guessed, the summer conditions were harsh, as was the wildlife in the area. Actor Richard Chaves, who played Poncho, told The Hollywood Reporter that he not only had to pull countless ticks off his own scrotum, but he was also bitten 100 times on both arms by red ants.
Thank god its Frida.
Eyebrow arch: DMA seeks to set Frida Kahlo look-alike record https://t.co/lt36X3Mspm
— Dallas Museum of Art (@DallasMuseumArt) June 22, 2017
Frida Kahlo enthusiasts have their eyes (and eyebrows) set on a breaking a record this July 6th at 8 p.m. On what would have been the artist’s 110th birthday, the Dallas Museum of Art will team up with The Latino Center for Leadership Development to break the record for the world’s largest gathering of Frida Kahlo look-a-likes. Those interested in attending the July 6th event can check out the details here.
When the going gets tough, the tough get rolling.
— Tony Diaz (@Librotraficante) June 23, 2017
When an Arizona state law effectively put an end to Tucson school district’s Mexican-American studies program, Tony Diaz decided to do something about it. As a form of protest, Diaz created the Librotraficante Caravan, which began trafficking into Tucson the very books banned by the law. In just five years, Diaz’s promotion of ethnic studies has gained nationwide attention and is helping ensure that Latinos are being represented even when laws stand in their way.