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Friday, August 28, 2020



by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez

Sept 15, 2020


When you read the list here in the article of Raza killed since May 26, the day George Floyd was killed, the list has actually grown to at least 66. Here is the larger list.

Jose L Castillanos 5/26 Houston, TX
Jason J Gallegos 5/26 Lansing, Mich (w)
Modesto Reyes 5/27, Jefferson Co, LA
Robert Avitia 5/26 Los Angeles, CA
Rommel Mendoza 5/28 North Hollywood CA
Hector Hernandez 5/28 Fullerton CA
John Alvarado 6/1 Corpus Christi, TX
Jorge Gomez 6/1 Las Vegas, Nev
Sean Monterrosa 6/2 Vallejo, CA
Eric Galvan 6/4 Corpus Christi, TX
James Pharr “suicide by cop” 6/5 Socorro, TX (U)
Marcus J. Uribe 6/9 Edgewood, CO (w)
Erik Salgado 6/10 Oakland, CA
Gregorio Cruz Vanloo 6/11 DeKalb, Tenn (w)
Mason J. Lira 6/11 Paso Robles, CA (w)
Abel Rosiles 6/18 Round Lake Beach, ILL
Anthony A. Armenta 6/19 San Bernardino
Michael Torres 6/20, Lake Charles, LA (U)
Kevin Pulido 6/24 Pueblo, CO
Julie Colon 6/25 Plano TX (U)
Sandra Francis Guzman (plus 6 more) 6/25 EPT Migra chase
Martin H. S. Fregoso 6/26 Cobb County, GA
Nick Costales 6/29 Fresno, CA
Bonnie Figueroa Ortiz 7/16 Pasco, WA
Leonardo H. Ibarra 6/29 San Diego, CA
James P. Garcia 7/6 Phoenix AZ
Axel Perez 7/6 Jacksonville, FL
Carlos Baires 7/7 Fresno (U)
Name withheld by Calexico police 7/ 9, 2020
Antonio Mancinone 7/11 Monument CO (U)
Andres Guardado 7/11 Compton CA
Audon Ignacio Camarillo 7/12 McCallen, TX
Marcos Reyes 7/12 Chamblee, GA (U)
Julio Jaramillo 7/14 Deming NM
Jorge Gonzalez 7/15 Rio Grande Valley TX
Sean E. Ruis 7/15 Eaton Co, Michigan
Cristhian E. Ramos-Murrillo 7/14 Knoxville, Tenn
Abraham Rivera 7/17. Mesa, AZ
David Angulo 7/20 Chula Vista CA (U)
David Guillen 7/22 Aurora, CO (U)
Juan Carlos Ortega 7/27 Bronx NY
Julio C. Virula 7/27 Carmel Indiana
Ray A. Lara 7/28 EPT
Giovanni Cedano-Amaro 7/29 Las Vegas NM (U)
Gabriel Salinas 8/1 Mission TX
Roberto Hernandez Jr. 8/5 San Angelo TX
Ryan Shane Hinojo 8/9 EPT (U)
Americo Reyes 8/10 Grand Island, Neb (U)
Jose Vallejos 8/10 Albq, NM (U)
Fred JH Arcera 8/15 Oak Ridge, Tenn (w)
Ramon T. Lopez 8/17 Phoenix, AZ
Jose M Castro 8/17 Dos Palos, CA
Marco Antonio Sigala 8/17 Welasco TX
Santos A. Villegas 8/17 San Bernardino CA
Everardo G. Santana 8/17 Bakersfield CA
Jose Almanza 8/17 Chicago, ILL
Erik Jon Perez Bay 8/18 City TX
Derick Bonilla 8/18 Glendale AZ
Samuel Mata 8/19 San Benito, TX (U)

* (w) means they were listed as white and (U) means they were listed as Unknown.

To go to the entire Sept 15 issue of the Progressive Populist, go to:

50 Years Later: A State of War or a Permanent State of Insurrection?


50 Years Later: A State of War or a Permanent State of Insurrection?


(Vea la versión en español a continuación.)

In Chicano Manifesto (1971), Armando Rendon made the radical claim that the United States and Mexico were technically still in a state-of-war (1846-1848) because, aside from illegally seizing half of its territories, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo was violated even prior to its signing. This was done by altering Article IX and by outright deleting Article X, articles that guaranteed human rights and land rights, respectively.

While his premise is arguable, the observation remains relevant today because for decades after the war, land theft and lynchings against Mexican peoples were rampant, as was de jure and de facto discrimination. They were never or are today treated as fully human, nor with full corresponding human rights that are guaranteed to all, including by the treaty. The policies of this current administration have especially shined the light on their unwanted and unwelcome status today. For the rest of the column, go to and also see Spanish edition at:

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Police Abuse: Reform or Revolution?

Police Abuse: Reform or Revolution?
Aug 1, The Progressive Populist

Police reforms; if this is the end result of the primarily Black uprisings of the past five years, we might as well quit before we begin. Exhibit A is the President’s executive order on policing, which is, at best, misnamed. Exhibit B is that whatever Congress agrees to eventually has to be signed off by unrepentant bigots at the highest levels of government.

The proposed reforms, particularly as a result of the killing of George Floyd, are akin to taking water guns to a forest fire. The proposed reforms also mask the fundamental problem in this society that cannot be fixed with reforms; in this society – which began as a slave nation-state on Indian lands and has subsequently always had the racial character of an apartheid state – people of color are treated by all of its institutions as unwanted enemy others and subjected to a system of control. FOR THE REST OF THE COLUMN, GO TO

To go to the Aug 1 issue of the Progressive Populist, please go to:

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The End of Truth; The Triumph of Lying

The End of Truth; The Triumph of Lying


MARCH 1, 2020

The legacy of the impeachment saga will not be whether senators ignored or accepted the evidence, but rather something even much bigger; that truth indeed no longer appears to matter, inside or outside of the courtroom. This is bigger than whether a corrupt conman stays in office or whether he is elected to a second term or even an unconstitutional third term or if he illegally seizes power for life.

No. What is even bigger, or what goes hand-in-hand with these developments, is that the erosion of the concept of the truth has arguably rendered a free and independent press irrelevant and has left Congress virtually impotent, but has also actually brought us to the brink of the collapse of democracy itself. That’s how much the truth matters.

This erosion of the importance of truth has not happened overnight. It has eroded by carving out exceptions and conveniently looking the other way. For instance, one lie from one president is actually considered greater and more offensive than the thousands of lies and counting by another president. This has been playing out in real time before our very eyes and ears these past few years. For instance, while in office, former President Bill Clinton lied before the Grand Jury and was impeached as a result. Conversely, the current occupant of the White House has told the public more than 16,000-plus lies while in office, with hardly a whimper. Aside from his corruption and insults against Mexicans, Muslims, migrants, African Americans, women, the disabled, the LGBT community, etc., common decency would have dictated that his serial lying alone during his campaign should have disqualified him from being able to run for office. But here we are now. FOR THE REST OF THE COLUMN, GO TO:

Friday, June 19, 2020



June 1 The Progressive Populist

I spent 29 years as a writer before returning to school to get a Ph.D. I remember the first thing I was taught in working on my dissertation was to focus like a laser beam on the topic I had chosen to study.

In my case, it was the role of maiz in the development of culture(s) in what is today the Americas. Way too broad, I was told, though I stuck to my machetes and ended up creating a dissertation that spanned the 7,000-year history of maiz on this hemisphere.

For 29 years, I had already been doing precisely that, always examining the bigger picture in my attempt to comprehend the nature of social justice. This same idea has come to mind in the middle of the coronavirus crises, in which most of this nation’s citizens appear not to be able to see the forest for the trees.

While we as a nation are attempting to solve this crisis, one of the things that we have learned is that the American Indian and Black and Brown communities of this nation are being especially hit hard by this pandemic. This should come as no surprise to anyone. Also, not to be forgotten is that Asians also are being subjected to unprecedented levels of hate crimes, compliments of the president’s scapegoating of China. THE REST OF THE COLUMN CAN BE FOUND IN THE JUNE 1 ISSUE OF THE PROGRESSIVE POPULIST AT:

The C-19 Apocalypse: Beyond a Sci-Fi Reality

The C-19 Apocalypse: Beyond a Sci-Fi Reality
Thirty-seven years ago, I wrote a sci-fi story called nuclear dreams. It was about the aftermath of nuclear destruction, something that eerily resembles today’s reality.

I’ve always been athletic and so I always have a need to be outdoors. Today is no different. I cycle daily because it’s either that or my laptop, TV and Bad News.

That’s not to say that I’m not cautious. Quite the opposite. When I bike, I wear a bandana-covered surgical mask and gloves when I need them, and I always keep a safe distance from everyone, whether I’m biking, walking and especially sitting (I do this because I noticed weeks ago that when people without masks approach me, they usually cough. Cabrones!). FOR THE REST IOF THE COLUMN, GO TO: FOR THE JUNE 15 ISSUE OF THE PROGRESSIVE POPULIST, GO TO:

Will We Be Able to Breathe in 2021? BILINGUAL/BILINGUE

Will We Be Able to Breathe in 2021?
The Progressive Populist, July 1-15, 2020
By ROBERTO Dr. CINTLI Roberto Cintli Rodriguez
To describe the current administration as an unmitigated disaster – as a result of the pandemic, the George Floyd-inspired uprisings and the erratic and undemocratic nature of everything the current president does – is now cliché.
He came into office as a narcissistic conman and failed businessman, with totalitarian tendencies. For those that admired that in a new US president, he has not disappointed. And precisely because of his erratic and abhorrent nature, no one can predict his ‘strongman’ antics two weeks from now, nor what kind of country we will be living in, the next several months.
But if we were to jump ahead, say one year from now, and ask what the state of police brutality will be in this country, regardless of who is living in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we should be able to answer that question easily.
If the current president is still in office, things will not be very different than they are right now (bad), though most likely, worse. While this insurrection was initially triggered by the police murder of Floyd in Minneapolis — which highlights the historic brutality against the African American community — an actual breakdown of statistics will also show that the red and brown communities of this nation/continent have also always been subjected to this similar brutality, regardless of who has been in power.