Alto a las Deportaciones: Movimiento por Justicia dirigido por Indocumentadxs

Parker Asmann 2016-11-10
  La familia Alonzo. Foto: cortesía      Por un breve momento el miércoles por la tarde, el peso de la presidencia de Donald Trump y la amenaza que representa para tantas comunidades diferentes en este país no se llegó a sentir tan pesado. Claudia Lucero, Directora Ejecutiva de la Red de Liderazgo Religioso de América Latina de Chicago (CRLN, por sus siglas en inglés), estaba de pie detrás del podio mientras se dirigí...


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Stopping Deportations: Chicago’s Undocumented-Led Movement for Justice

Parker Asmann 2016-11-09
Annibal, OCAD member giving testimony at ICE raids press conference on August 9th, 2016. Photo Courtesy   For a brief moment on Wednesday afternoon, the weight of Donald Trump’s presidency and the threat that poses to so many different communities in this country didn’t feel so heavy. Claudia Lucero, the Executive Director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), stood tall behind the podium as she addressed the crowd with confidence and, above all,...


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I’m a Millennial and I Don’t Trust Hillary Clinton, but Here’s Why #I’mWithHer

Parker Asmann 2016-11-01
 Hillary Clinton. Next week the United States will be voting to decide who will become the nation’s 45th President. In 2008, my generation voted for the first time and elected our first African-American President. Since that time our nation has evolved, progressed and continued in a promising direction, despite still having a long way to go. While I don’t trust Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Clinton will be getting my vote to keep this country moving forward.  Over the ...


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‘Allá en San Fernando’ blurs the lines between life and death, violence and redemption

Parker Asmann 2016-10-14
 J. Rochel, L. Holguín and C. Escrich playing the roles of Salomé, Judith and María. Photo: Carolina Sánchez   Sometime in the summer of 2010, 72 migrants from Central and South America left their homes with the hopes of reaching the United States. Out of sheer necessity, they instilled their trust into coyotes to bring them to a better life, to regain the normalcy that had been stripped of them at no fault of their own. After a grueling journey throu...


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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center Celebrates 45 Years of Community Engagement

Parker Asmann 2016-10-02
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Photo: courtesy   When Omar Torres came to the United States in 2000 from Puerto Rico he had one friend in Chicago. Caught between adjusting to Chicago’s brutal winters alone and struggling to stay connected to his roots, time and time again he found himself traveling back to Puerto Rico to revive that connection to his heritage. That is until he found the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Established in 1971, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural...


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Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez: "I found my voice and regained my humanity and my dignity"

Parker Asmann 2016-09-26
Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez. Photo: Courtesy   Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez interrupting President Obama at a White House LGBT pride event last August was arguably one of the biggest moments for the LGBTQA community in 2015. As the one year anniversary approaches, the trans Latina activist has maintained the fight by traveling around the country to spread awareness of the inequalities and injustices that the trans, Latinx and undocumented communities still face. With symbolic victorie...


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They’re Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants

Parker Asmann 2016-09-02
For Donald Trump and many of his supporters, the issue of illegal immigration is black and white. With just over 11 million unauthorized people living in the United States, Trump’s plan is to deport them all and build a wall to keep them out. It’s simple, they’re unauthorized so they have to go. For Trump they’re illegal immigrants, but a closer look hints otherwise.  In 2014 tens of thousands of Central American women and children fled their homes and made the ho...


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Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump: A Future Without Hope

Parker Asmann 2016-09-01
This past Wednesday Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto held a joint press conference in Mexico City after meeting individually. As two of the most widely disliked politicians in the United States and Mexico, the pair fell short of improving their popularity.  At the beginning of his introduction, Peña Nieto stressed the importance of transparency and constantly revisiting the relationship between the two nations to ensure a positive f...


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El BeiSMan

Editorial Board 2016-06-26
Based in Pilsen, a Mexican community in Chicago, El BeiSMan is a non-profit collective of journalists and educators that produces a bilingual online monthly magazine and short documentaries. El BeiSMan also publishes books and sponsors workshops (reporting, blogging, photojournalism, documentaries). El BeiSMan produces the Latino Book and Humanities Fair, and the Pilsen Fest: a two-day outdoor event that promotes music, food, theatre, p...


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Why Oaxaca Matters

Parker Asmann 2016-06-21
 Police confront teachers in Oaxaca. Photo AP/Luis Alberto Cruz Hernández   Will American Teachers Stand By Their Mexican Colleagues During the Fight for Progressive Reform?   On June 19 when federal and state police in Oaxaca state opened fire upon nonviolent protesters in the municipality of Nochixtlán, eight people were left dead and more than 100 injured. The Mexican government responded by saying that agents involved in the operation were unarmed even as pho...


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Jorge Mena: Undocumented and unafraid, Chicago Latinxs battle Trump

Parker Asmann 2016-06-01
Jorge Mena. Photo: Courtesy  Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Donald Trump and his racist, hateful speech has been drilled into our reality like a railroad spike. Mainstream and local media outlets paint his picture across television and computer screens every hour, spreading his rhetoric and misguided agenda. Try as he will to tag the Muslim community, build a wall around the Latino community or beat down the black community, Trump’s opposition is working tirelessly to shut ...


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Consumers, poultry worker’s last line of defense against exploitation and inhumanity

Parker Asmann 2016-05-31
(Part III/III)     Now that the national media has picked up on the grave injustices plaguing poultry industry workers in the United States, there’s one last line of defense for these workers that needs to organize now that worker’s rights organizations and other non-profits have reached the public.  As we previously reported this month, the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center produced a report in February detailing extreme labor exploitation and human...


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Corporate control in Arkansas poultry industry helps to silence opposition

Parker Asmann 2016-05-10
(Part II) Photo: John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer Large corporations often have staggering control over the industries and regions they work in. In Arkansas, multinational corporations like Walmart and Tyson Foods have long had a sizeable influence on the way their respective industries operate. However, such far reaching control has the ability to hide issues within the industry such as wage cutting, discrimination and human rights abuses.  Multinational corporations can have a p...


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Arkansas poultry plant exploitation sheds light on national concern

Parker Asmann 2016-05-01
 Poultry workers in Arkansas.   Throughout the month of May El BeiSMan’s Editorial Board will be investigating the labor movement in the United States. This is the first part of a three-part series of articles focusing on labor exploitation and the corporate hold on the industry.   ∴   Global meat consumption has been a hot button issue recently with regard to the industry’s negative impact on the environment. In particular, growing meat consumpt...


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Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art debuts new exhibitions

Parker Asmann 2016-03-29
Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter [this is an installation of works by one of Chgo’s rising stars, Maria Gaspar].    Maria Gaspar slowly made her way around the Kraft Gallery greeting friends and family just before the room started to fill. Before long, onlookers took note that Gaspar was in attendance and anxiously waited to share a word as they enjoyed the opening night of her new exhibition, ‘Brown Brilliance Darkness Matters.’ A small crowd eagerly awaited ...


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RIMEL, Chicago’s own battles the patriarchy

Parker Asmann 2016-03-06
RIMEL: Tita, Shely, Melen and Letty. Photo: José Guzmán   Letty was always the musical one. Singing at family events and bonding with her father over the norteño style of music that they had grown up with in Chihuahua in northwestern México. Then, one day out of the blue Letty’s father took her and her two sisters to the music store to pick out some instruments. After being tempted with the accordion, Letty settled on the guitar, Shelly with the accordion...


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The hills have weavers, the Zapotec way of life

Parker Asmann 2016-03-01
The Cloud People. Photo: Parker Asmann     The streets are narrow, steep. In every direction the Sierra Madre mountain range stretches for miles and miles. Down in the valley is where the city sits, where commerce booms and the wealth is centralized. Today we’re traveling east along highway 190 towards Teotitlán del Valle. As we emerge from the city’s grip, tiny villages dot the foothills of the mountains, now the Sierra Juárez mountains. Dust clouds our vi...


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Sabor a Cafe transcends borders with a globally inclusive focus

Parker Asmann 2016-02-06
Jaime Garza e Ishto Juevez en Sabor a Café. Foto: Parker Asmann   For months Elio Erraez remained committed to his vision. Once, sometimes twice a week he would wake up before the light emerged on the horizon and begin the trek. Still cold from the briskness of the morning with a tall cup of coffee against his icy hands, he headed west on I-90 to a small town just outside of Rockford, Illinois. With his small, short bed pickup truck he meticulously chose and piled all of the reclai...


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Eliades Ochoa y Barbarito Torres en el Old Town School of Folk Music

Parker Asmann 2016-02-01
Eliades Ochoa, Barbarito Torres y compañía musical en Chicago. Foto: Parker Asman    Pasaron 15 años desde la última vez que Eliades Ochoa y Barbarito Torres tocaron en el Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music, en Chicago. Ahora regresaron y tuvieron que hacer un par de presentaciones pues la noche del sábado se vendió completamente con anticipación. Y para la presentación del domingo, sí llegó a haber boletos disp...


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Latin@ millennials to be difference maker in 2016

Parker Asmann 2016-02-01
  In 2015 the Latin@ community and all citizens in Chicago had the chance to shift the city’s political course from a long line of corruption and dirty bidding towards a more progressive and compassionate track. However, even with a runoff election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus ‘Chuy’ García, voter turnout was at 32.7 percent and as low as 22.3 percent in some wards. With the 2016 presidential race starting to come full swing, Latin@ millennials w...


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Cue the music, beats battle words for unity

Parker Asmann 2016-01-29
Los Vicios de Papá. Photo Parker Asmann   It starts with a beat, often slow at first but then eventually reaching a crescendo that bursts into the air hanging over the audience. Tempos rise and fall, building an excitement among those looking on. Often times words and languages don’t matter as the careful play of instruments paints a vibrant picture that somehow everyone can connect with. It has the power to unite communities amidst a political climate that wants to different...


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Carmen Aristegui in Chicago: Democracy and Freedoms in México

Parker Asmann 2016-01-28
 Carmen Aristegui at University of Chicago. Photo: José Guzmán     The air was heavy. Not the kind that bogged you down, but the kind that snapped you to attention and forced you to be present in the moment. There was a stir amongst those seated in the auditorium as one or two empty seats barely dotted the mass of people. Black and white portraits of the faces of the 43 disappeared from Ayotzinapa outlined a banner draped across the back wall of the room. Bold, re...


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Mass deportation, a betrayal of American values

Parker Asmann 2016-01-06
  I am a white, privileged male apart of a society that has done everything it can to benefit me. Despite that, my true roots lie hidden underneath the privilege that clouds the vision of many people who occupy the majority. My roots extend far beyond the borders of the United States, though. Where I am at today was made possible by the chance my grandparents took to travel across the Atlantic from Europe with the hopes of a better life. All they needed was a chance and to be welcomed wi...


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‘El anarquismo en México’ gives modern anarchist new identity

Parker Asmann 2016-01-05
Olivia Domínguez Prieto and Juan Mora-Torres at the book presentation at La Catrina Cafe in Chicago. Foto: El BeiSMan   The cold seemed to have finally embedded itself in Chicago, planting roots and making plans to stay. Ice layered on top of the city sidewalks, offering up only a tiny sliver of concrete to walk on. Heading west on 18th Street just past the abandoned railroad tracks, a faint light could be seen penetrating a wood-framed door. As the clock inched towards 6:00 p.m. p...


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Donald Trump and la ‘campaña del miedo’

Parker Asmann 2016-01-01
 Protesta contra el racismo de Donald Trump. Foto: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images   El día en que Estados Unidos se convierta en una nación donde la mayoría de sus habitantes no sea de raza blanca se está acercando antes de lo que muchos pueden imaginarlo. Creo que ese día se está acercando con las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, un candidato que se siente en el lado correcto de la historia estadounidense y su plataforma política pro...


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El Reino de las Sombras y el olvido de los desaparecidos en México

Parker Asmann 2015-12-18
  Su reino se encuentra en las sombras donde nadie conoce sus nombres verdaderos, solo los apodos que se han asignado entre ellos por alguna razón sangrienta u otra menos sanguinolenta. Nadie puede tocar este reino, salvo el gobierno que camina de la mano con los narcos. Y cada día este reino, la Tierra del narco, va ganando adeptos, va retomando impulso.  Bernardo Ruiz —director de Reino de las sombras— ha identificado a tres personas y se ha dado cuenta ...


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Dos Santos closes out Global Dance Party series in Cumbia style

Parker Asmann 2015-12-15
 Dos Santos Anti Beat Orquesta. Photo Parker Asmann   It’s not every day that you get to take dance lessons before seeing a world music show, but the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Global Dance Party is not your typical event. Wavy lights of blue and pink dimly silhouetted on the hardwood floor invited those in attendance into a large ballroom where an unconventional concert going experience was about to unfold. Chicago’s own Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta returned...


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‘Spotlight’ illuminates harsh realities of journalism, Catholic Church

Parker Asmann 2015-12-09
  A journalist’s’ job is not heroic, nor is a journalist your knight in shining armor whose arrived to save the day. Journalism is tedious, it’s crucial and critical to the well being of society. Much like the recent events that have unfolded in Chicago, Spotlight portrays journalists simply doing their job of informing the people regardless of the context of the story. Adhering to the commitment and responsibility they gave to the people when they chose to pursue a car...


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‘Alegrías y lágrimas’ breathes hope for immigrants, refugees

Parker Asmann 2015-12-03
Alegrías y lágrimas. Photo: Courtesy   Imagine having to flee everything you’ve ever known because of poverty, violence or extreme oppression. To arrive at the Rio Grande high on the hopes of a better life only to be stripped of all your dignity and deemed an illegal alien, as if you now embodied some foreign body the U.S. hadn’t yet acknowledged. Broken down to a bunch of fragmented pieces that once resembled someone complete and full of confidence, stuck betwee...


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Sixteen shots and 400 days later: CPD’s attempted cover up

Parker Asmann 2015-11-30
Demonstrators hold hands to block an intersection while a line of police keeps watch during protests in Chicago, November 24, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/Jim Young   The Editorial Board at El BeiSMan has decided not to share the dash cam video because we do not promote the sharing of violence against bodies of any color.   ◊ It’s been more than 400 days since 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times and brutally murdered by former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. Thi...


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