by David Safier
I've gotten to know author Jeff Biggers through our mutual concern about Mexican American Studies. We've emailed, facebooked and phoned. I even read his enlightening book, "Reckoning at Eagle Creek," about the devastation caused by coal mining in Southern Illinois. But I've never met the guy. I plan to correct that Friday when I attend the kickoff of his new book, "State Out of the Union: AZ and the Final Showdown over the American Dream."
It's at the Rialto Theater (318 E Congress) this Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8pm. The event is free, though there's a $5 suggested donation for the Raza Defense Fund. There will be music by Salvador Duran, The Jons, Carlos Arzate and Mariachi Nueva Melodia.
You can read an excerpt from the book on Salon, about how Randy Parraz galvanized the successful movement to recall Russell Pearce.