September 10, 2001
Drawing on culture
cartoonist and author Lalo Alcaraz - who unabashedly promotes
the need for more Latino visibility in the media - will speak
at California State University, Sacramento at noon, Monday,
The lecture, "Political and Social Commentary: A Latino
Perspective," will be in the University Union Redwood
Room and is part of the University's Hispanic Heritage Month,
Sept. 15 through Oct. 15
A Los Angeles-based cartoonist whose syndicated work for Universal
Press has appeared in such periodicals as the New York Times,
the Los Angeles Times and the Village Voice, Alcaraz isn't
counting his Latino peers by the numbers, but by their impact.
''Maybe there's not the numbers there could be, but we we're
always here,'' said Alcaraz in a recent interview with the
Today, Alcaraz is one of only three Latino political cartoonists
signed to major syndicates. Best known for his "La Cucaracha"
comic strip, Alcaraz advocates for Latino causes in his artwork.
you do editorial cartoons, you have to take on important issues
and some people just don't like it. Some people just don't
get that is what editorial cartoons are all about - dealing
with important issues," he says.
Alcaraz sketches edgy cartoons that capture the essence of
the country's changing cultural landscape. In a recent published
cartoon, he attacked the Immigration and Naturalization Service's
premium processing program with a drawing of the Statue of
Liberty saying, ''Give me your $1,000 surcharge, your huddled
entertainers, athletes, scientists and business executives
yearning to gain your work visas and you can jump ahead of
the tired, the hungry and the wretched refuse.''
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