Crossing the Line


The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on legislation that forces police to scrutinize Latinos, both immigrants and citizens. President Barack Obama has deported 1.5 million people. And 41 states are attempting to limit the voting rights of young people and minorities.

In "Crossing the Line," Village Voice Media offers a short collection of viewpoints and artwork to honor the passing of the American dream.

In "Arizona Senate Bill 1070 criminalizes Mexicans," Village Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey writes that a hostile Supreme Court and a feckless Obama administration show that America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.

In "Voter ID is the new Jim Crow," Miami New Times editor-in-chief Chuck Strouse reports on new voting laws in dozens of states that could take out Barack Obama this fall.

¡Ask a Mexican! columnist and OC Weekly editor-in-chief Gustavo Arellano contributes "Racists with tacos," about America's love-hate relationship with Mexicans and their food.

Phoenix New Times staff writer Stephen Lemons reports on the need for civil disobedience in "The revolution won't be deported."

The final part of our Crossing the Line special report is the work of the Xico artists, commissioned by Village Voice Media. The Phoenix-based cultural collective produced a series of covers for Village Voice Media papers -- each unique to its city.

Here are those images, along with additional artwork

and biographical information on the artists.

Founded in 1975, Xico is a nonprofit organization that promotes Chicano, Latino and Native American heritage through the arts. Its programing includes arts classes and workshops for underserved youth, community exhibitions, artist education, printmaking workshops, the valley's oldest Dia de los Muertos/A Celebration of Life festival and small-venue performances. To find out more, visit

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