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Painting of the historic Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, depicting the bravery of the Mexican forces against French troops

Contrary to what many Americans believe, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. May 5 is a date that commemorates the military victory of the Battle of Puebla, where Mexican troops held off invading French forces in 1862. It was a surprising victory because the French were one of the most powerful armies in the world, so their forces were much more formidable. That’s why the Battle of Puebla has become a powerful underdog story of triumph over adversity and it made a big difference, especially for Mexicans living in California.

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vibrant graphic design featuring two female wrestlers in action

Picture this: the grand arena hums with the electricity of expectation and the clamor of a thousand voices, all waiting for the spectacle of the age-old Mexican tradition of Lucha Libre, a wrestling style born in the heart of Mexico in the early 20th century.

The combatants aren’t mere wrestlers; they are luchadores, artists of acrobatics and theatricality, their faces hidden behind vibrant masks that carry stories older than the very sport they represent, stories rooted in the legacy of the ancient Aztecs.

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L.A. County Sheriffs forcibly remove Aurora Vargas from her home
USC Libraries. Los Angeles Examiner Collection, 1920-1961

A new bill introduced in the California Legislature aims to address a historical injustice by seeking reparations for families who were forcibly displaced from their homes in Los Angeles in the 1950s to make way for what is now the Dodger Stadium. The proposed legislation, named the “Chavez Ravine Accountability Act”, represents a significant step toward acknowledging and rectifying the harm done to the Mexican American community.

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