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 "Bordering on Revolution," 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 "Welcome Back, 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 "Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner," 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 "Latino activists prepare for the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's SB 1070."

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 www.xicoinc.org.

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