Alfredo MirandŽ, a sociology professor, Stanford Law graduate, and part-time pro bono attorney, represents clients who are rascuacheÑa Spanish word for ÒpoorÓ or even ÒwretchedÓÑand on the margins of society. For MirandŽ, however, rascuache means to be Òdown but not out,Ó an underdog who is still holding its ground. Rascuache Lawyer offers a unique perspective on providing legal services to poor, usually minority, folks who are often just one short step from jail. Not only a passionate argument for rascuache lawyering, it is also a thoughtful, practical attempt to apply and test critical race theoryÑparticularly Latino critical race theoryÑin day-to-day legal practice. Every chapter presents an actual case from MirandŽÕs experience (only the names and places have been changed). His clients have been charged with everything from carrying a concealed weapon, indecent exposure, and trespassing to attempted murder, domestic violence, and child abuse. Among them are recent Mexican immigrants, drug addicts, gang members, and the homeless. All of them are destitute, and many are victims of racial profiling. Some ÒpayÓ MirandŽ with bartered services such as painting, home repairs, or mechanical work on his car. And MirandŽ doesnÕt always win their cases. But, as he recounts, he certainly works tirelessly to pursue all legal remedies. Each case is presented as a letter to a fascinating (fictional) ÒSuper ChicanaÓ named Fermina Gabriel, who we are told is an accomplished lawyer, author, and singer. This narrative device allows the author to present his cases as if he were recounting them to a friend, drawing in the reader as a friend as well. Bookending the individual cases, MirandŽÕs introductions and conclusions offer a compelling vision of progressive legal practice grounded in rascuache lawyering.
Published by University of Arizona Press on 09/01/2011
Book details: 259 pages.
Presents lyrical, streetwise, frequently autobiographical poems, some in English and others in Spanish, including a new, never before published work.
Published by Anchor on 04/01/2004
Book details: 158 pages.
Emplumada is Lorna Dee Cervantes’s first book, a collection of poems remarkable for their surface clarity, precision of image, and emotional urgency. Rooted in her Chicana heritage, these poems illuminate the American experience of the last quarter century and, at a time when much of what is merely fashionable in American poetry is recondite and exclusive, Cervantes has the ability to speak to and for a large audience.
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press on 01/15/1982
Book details: 80 pages.
Mâaximo Madrigal, an expatriate of Sapogonia, the metaphorical homeland of all mestizos, confronts the difficult issues of identity and race.
Published by Anchor on 07/21/1994
Book details: 354 pages.
A series of letters focuses on the relationship between two strong and independent Latina women and traces the changes in their lives from their travels together in Mexico during their youth to their lives in the United States as they reach middle age
Published by Anchor on 07/21/1992
Book details: 138 pages.
"Church movies we saw were mostly westerns--old westerns, in black and white. Father Mueller drove to 'Los,' as we called Los Angeles, to pick up the films and assorted reels. He never explained why western movies were all he got; I figured he knew a cowboy." It's the 1940s. Little Mary Helen Ponce and her family live in Pacoima, a Mexican American barrio near Los Angeles. Unmindful of their poverty, Mary Helen and friends Beto, Concha, Virgie, la Nancy, and Mundo sneak into the circus, run wild at church bazaars, snitch apricots from the neighbor's tree, and poke fun at Father Mickey, the progressive priest who plays jazz on the church organ. Experience the shame of first-generation Americans examined at school for lice, and the desire of a little girl who longs for patent leather shoes instead of clunky oxfords. Share Mary Helen's joy as she savors the sun on her face during walnut-picking expeditions, and basks in her family's love all year long. "I am overjoyed to be invited into la casita on Hoyt Street. . . . Thank you, Mary Helen, for placing your house on the map, for inviting me to the intimacy of its rooms, allowing me the privilege to sit at the table and be nourished. In naming your own life history on Hoyt Street, you are also naming mine."--Sandra Cisneros
Published by UNM Press on 02/01/2006
Book details: 338 pages.