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#82 - Aztlan Report 2021



Greetings Dysfunctionals, we're back with a special episode of The Reality Dysfunction. Today we have the first every Aztlan Report, a state of the Xicana/o/x union presentation from Xicana/o/x organizations around the country. This recording was made on March 31, 2021, an originally ran live on Facebook. This presentation was sponsored by Mexicanos 2070, Partido Nacional de la Raza Unida, La Mesa Brown Berets, Union del Barrio, Centro Community Service Organization/Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Servicios de la Raza and other community organizations. This presentation brought organizations throughout Aztlan and the diaspora together to report on the state of the nation, the state of resistance and as a call for unity. 

Speakers in order of appearance: 

Tonatzin Alfaro Maiz - Moderator

Dr. Vanessa Bustamante (5:36) - La Raza Unida Party

Maria Zavala Paredes (8:54) - La Raza Unida Party

Rafael Avitia (16:10) - La Mesa Brown Berets

Scott Russel Duncan Fernandez (21:05) - Mexicanos 2070

Ernesto Mireles (24:01) - Mexicanos 2070 

Matt Sedillo (26:52) - Poet

Marisol Marquez (33:20) - Centro Community Service Organization/Freedom Road Socialist Organization

Lupe Carrasco Cardona (38:46) - Union Del Barrio/ Ethnic Studies

Patrick McKenna (50:10) - Barrio Hollywood, Tucson

Rudy Gonzalez (56:41)- Servicios de la Raza

Tanya Villalobos (1:01:00) - LRUP Youth Representative

Vanessa Mazon (1:08:04) - Poet

Ernesto Ayala (1:11:27) - La Raza Unida Party Chair Pro Tem


#81- Among other things, Fuck Rush Limbaugh

This episode of The Reality Dysfunction is actually the second half of the How Do We Get Power discussion. But lets face it, Francisco Lopez's logic and passion won the day. So, the second half the conversation dealt with how the crew felt about Limbaugh's death (take a wild guess) and how the white trash hate mongering industry that walking piece of shit helped create has impacted the Xicano Latino community. 

#80 - How do we get power?

In this episode of The Reality Dysfunction the Dysfunctionals get jiggy with the question of how do we get power?  They also get a little jiggy with each other over the issue of immigration and how Xicana/o/x's should pick the top political issues facing the Xicano Latino community. It is an interesting discussion. 

# 79 - Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez “Who declared war on the word Xicano”

This week on The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto, Alex Lozada, and Juan Carlos Vega talk with Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez, the author of the seminal Xicano essay "Who Declared War on the Word Xicano" and "Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother" and "Yolqui: Testimonios of Violence"

Dr. Cintli talks about his experiences writing his last books, what drives him to write and what brown folk can do to come together for a better world. 

#78 - Dr. Javier Sanchez and why the Covid 19 vaccine is critical.

Everyone here on The Reality Dysfunction podcast hopes you are being safe as the world works to bring this pandemic under control. We're getting out shots and we truly hope that when you opportunity arises you will too!

This special segment, the Dysfunctional Crew is pleased to present Dr. Javier Sánchez, who talks with us about why the Covid 19 vaccine is critical for the Xicano/Latino community. Dr. Sanchez is a family practice doctor for Southern California Kaiser Permanente and is an Associate professor at the University of California, Riverside Medical School. The crew talks with Dr. Sanchez about the COVID-19 vaccines, what we can expect from them and when we can expect to get back to ‘normal.’ Dr. Sanchez is also part the National Campaign #ThisIsOurShot which seeks to spread knowledge on the COVID-19 vaccines and how people can get it.


You can check it out here:

#77 - What is the future of the White supremacists movement and the Latino Community

And we are back!

In the episode of The Reality Dysfunction Dr. Ernesto, Alex Lozada, and our guests Dr. Teofilo Reyes and Berte Reyes return to discuss the how the white supremacist movement is impacting the Latino community. Why do so many Latinos claim whiteness? Why are Latinos embracing the supremacist agenda of claiming whiteness? 


Below are two links for articles the panelists discussed.  


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#76 - Fallout from the Coup - what are the ramifcations for the Xicano Latino community?

As the events of 2021 continue to unfold one thing is for certain. A certain segment of the Xicano Latino community is openly embracing white seperatism, white supremacy as their political ideology. As the protest ramp up around the country it is clear a group of us have bought into our own colonization to such a degree they actually believe their "rights" are threatened to such an extent they are compelled to defend the very system that has disenfranchised indigenous people from our history, culture and political self determination. Mass delusion - the foundation of any settler colonial society.  

#75 - Siege at the US Capitol - We told you all these people is crazy!

This segment of The Reality Dysfunction is a sound file of the live broadcast we did on Wednesday Feb. 6, 2021 as the US capitol was being ransacked and pillaged by bunch of American "patriots". 

As always, The Dysfunctionals do the best they can to keep the focus on the Xicano/Latino community and what these unfolding events mean for us. 




2020 Sucked!

In this final segment of The Reality Dysfunction the crew talks about their year, what they hope for the next year and how much we appreciate all of you being a part of this with us. We can't wait to do it again in the 2021.


Para La Gente!





Dysfunctionals! Forget the hater hype blasting the latest show about the iconic Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, you heard it here first. Selena ROCKS!

Opinons? We got’em all day. The RealityDysfunction on steriods.

Dysfunctionals, We're almost to the end in the true spirit of 2020 the crew is tackling all the topics from Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexican Independence and Mexicano Revolution, Indian armies, pan dulce, cultural appropriation, the Mandalorian, why we should boycott movies like Liam Neeson's The Marksmans and how California is selling stocks in water. Its a wild ride - don't miss it. 



#resist the dysfunction 

Radio KDNA - The History of Xicano Radio

This special presentation from Mexicanos 2070 presents the history of Radio KDNA in Seattle, Washington. Here is a description of the segment and some of the people talking. 

KDNA, also known as Radio Cadena, La Voz del Campesino, has served The Yakima Valley in western Washington for 40 years, facilitating not only information and entertainment but community development as well. For the last four decades KDNA has created specialized programs for the Chicano audience and motivated community organizations and campaigns related to the AIDS and COVID pandemics, the census and electoral politics. Its program, MIGRA WATCH, inspired United Farmworkers Union co-founder César Chávez, who in 1979 visited KDNA-FM and marveled at the radio station’s farmworker-oriented operations, which in 1983 developed KUFW Radio Campesina, equally convinced that radio was the most efficient means of reaching farmworkers toiling in the fields.
Rosa Ramon is the only female co-founder of KDNA and served as the station manager from 1979 to 1984. She represents the radio station’s historical significance as a producer but specifically as a Chicana feminist. Ramon’s contribution to the foundation of KDNA reveals the important and central role women thought played in the founding and development of this station, particularly in its focus on programming for, by, and about women.
Gilberto Alaniz runs the Northwest Community Education Center which houses KDNA. As the station’s special projects director, he sees expanding the building to provide more services to the community through KDNA. He focuses on needs of the population they serve and require more “pesticide research, scholarships for adult education, English as a second language classes, and to learn how businesses are managed in the United States.
Monica De La Torre is an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. De La Torre’s interdisciplinary research and teaching practices bridge Chicana feminist theory, Latinx feminist media studies, radio and sound studies, and women’s and gender studies. A former community radio producer and member of the Los Angeles based radio collective Soul Rebel Radio,

Medical care for the incarcerated: The story of Joaquin Ramos

Joaquin Ramos is currently incarcerated by the Michigan Department of Corrections. He is Xicano revolutionary nationalist, a former Brown Beret from Detroit, Michigan. Joaquin and I have been close friends for the past 23 years. I believe this brother is dying from lack of adequate medical care from the staff of Duane Waters Medical Correctional Facility. Please take a moment and listen to this short interview. Below are links that will take you to the MDOC website,4551,7-119-68921-269692--,00.html

Please take a moment and call 517-335-2252 and leave a message for Marti Kay Sherry who is the administrator for the MDOC Bureau of Health Care Services which according to the MDOC website coordinates and monitors health care services for prisoners. Please be respectful but let MDOC know in no uncertain terms people are watching, concerned and willing to act. 

Part Three - The struggle for Ethnic Studies in California

Third and final part of a conversation with leaders of the Xicano Studies/Ethnic Studies movement in California. Sean Arce, Lupe Carrasco Cardona and Elias Serna give their final opinions on the state of the movement and the necessity of gente from across the country to engage in local mobilization and national activism. 

PartTwo - The Struggle for Ethnic Studies in California

This second part continues the conversation with California Xicano Studies educators Sean Arce, Lupe Carrasco Cardona and Elias Serna. In this part of the conversation the group turns toward the preservation of Xicano studies and the role it plays in educating our community for self determination. 

Part One - The Struggle for Ethnic Studies in California

In this segment of The Reality Dysfunction we talk with Sean Arce, Lupe Carrasco Cardona and Elias Serna. Three leaders in the struggle for Xicano Studies in California K12 schools. Arce was also a leader in the struggle for Mexican American Studies in Tucson after the state of Arizona passed HB 2281 outlawing the teaching of MAS in public schools. Please listen to the first part of this conversation as these three layout the recent history of struggle for Xicano studies and the issues surrounding the fight in Califas. 

Environmental Justice - NACCS Rene Nunez Political Action/COMPAS

The Reality Dysfunction presents the first in a series of collaborations between TRD and the Rene Nunez Political Action Committee of the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies. This first discussion is a presentation moderated by Professor Karleen Pendleton Jimenez (Trent University) the national chair of NACCS. The information on environmental justice is presented by Professor Devon Pena (University of Washington) with Professors Reynaldo Macias (University of California Los Angeles), Manuel Hernandez (Arizona State Univesity) and Raoul Contreras (Indiana University Northwest) responding and discussing. This segment was originally produced by Professor Ernesto Mireles and the Youtube  video can be found here.

We hope you enjoy this intellectual and provocative conversation. This exciting collaboration is part of an ongoing effort by War of the Flea Media to bring a Chicana/o/x Studies perspective to the mainstream. 

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Xicano/Latino Representation in film - rebuilding normal is resistance.

The question of normalization is important in terms of how we want to see ourselves on the big screen and the little screen. That question, as several of our crew puts forward, is, do we mean normalize brownness within white society, an action, which has a multitude of implications around assimilation and the perpetuation of a colonialism or normalized within a pro-indigenous decolonial frame where Xicanos and other Latinos take creative control of the storytelling process and make stories by us for us.


According to Dan Soza here are the top ten brown shows on Netflix:

  1. Como Caido del Cielo
  2. I’m no longer here
  3. 1994
  4. Lorena -light footed woman
  5. Rosario Tijeras
  6. You’ve got this
  7. Si mi amor
  8. Los tigres del Norte at Folsom prison
  9. Narcos
  10. Mr Iglesias

You be the judge. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.


500 Years of Indigenous Resistance - Daniel Osuna

The Reality Dysfunction presents the classic lecture of the 1990s by Daniel Osuna the intenational secretary for the Raza Unida Party. This recording october 19, 1992 at Michigan State Univeristy. Produced by Beatrice Peters (Tsimphean/Nicola Anishinawbe) and Brian Sorbo. The video was produced at WELM Public Access Television. Music is by Antawara. The video which can be found here


The copyright is El Partido Nacional de la Raza Undia.


What Do We Know About COVID-19 Infections and Death Among Latinos

The Reality Dysfunction is pleased to invite you to listen to a special presentation by Dr. Rogelio Saenz, a professor of demography at UT San Antonio, who has done remarkable work reporting on data that reveals the inordinate impact on Mexican Americans from the coronavirus pandemic.
"More than 100,000 Americans have officially died of coronavirus complications. Researchers believe that number could be higher. AMP Research Labs show that the numbers of COVID-19-related fatalities among Black Americans is 2.4 times higher than that of white Americans. The same research shows the number of Latino fatalities is slightly greater than that of whites. Dr. Saenz examined COBID-19 data dashboards of 38 states and said these questions surrounding race result in scattered and incomplete information about Latinos. "So Latinos, a high proportion identify racially as white, so their infections and their deaths are included in the white population," said Dr. Saenz. "So, that becomes extremely difficult to compare, for example, whites and Latinos because Latinos are double counted." (written by Norma Martinez and Lauren Terraza for Texas Public Radio) Read Dr. Rogelio Saenz's report: What do we know about COVID-19 infections and deaths among Latinos?"
Also presenting is Dr. Julian Perez, with Sea Mar Community Health Centers, has accepted our invitation to speak and present along with Dr. Saenz. Dr. Perez is on the ground working daily with patients with COVID-19. He has been an excellent spokesman for Sea Mar Health Services on the topic of COVID-19 and its effect on the Latino population.
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