Rodolfo F. Acuña

rodolfo acunaRodolfo F. Acuña is the founding Chairperson of the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Northridge and author of Occupied America.

“Hearts and Minds” Forgotten

Hearts and Minds

nderstanding memory is vital to your health. An abundance of clichés such as the present is “the future and the past is the present” have been floated around. Karl Marx and Jacques Derrida added insights to the importance of memory and how it establishes a philosophy of liberation. Memories of injustice remind us what we […]

A Circular Argument on Impaction

CSUN Student Body

Rudy Acuña: My current dragon is Impaction, which is to limit the access of transfer and freshman admits over the next five years by 1 percent a year. That does not seem so severe, but for the fact that those most apt to be cut are Latinos and Blacks.

Mexico Exploding

Mexico Exploding

Rudy Acuña: Americans cannot afford to keep looking at the region as a commodity. Mexicans and Latin Americans are not objects and a source of profit.

The Zapatistas Were Right!

Zapatistas Protest

Rudy Acuña: In the case of NAFTA, the Zapatistas were right and the lambs were wrong. History will judge their silence. The mea culpas of the Bill Clinton as well as the remorse of the Robert McNamara after the Vietnam War will ring hollow.

Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories

Dying Communities

Rudy Acuna: A community allows us to build strategies for analysis, for action and for change. Examining political and economic factors from the concrete base of the community allows for development of more effective strategies for change.

The New Year: Corruption of the Norm?

Building a Communal Identity

Rudy Acuña: History tells us that as the norms shift right belief systems change and corruption is more acceptable, e.g., the Gilded Age, the 1920s, 1950s and the worst of times — today.