E.J. Montini, Take a Powder; Richard Ruelas, Take His Place, Please
|from Ernesto Yerena|
|Ernesto Yerena: The agit-prop Delacroix of the anti-Joe, pro-immigration reform movement|
If the editors over at Phoenix's daily fishwrap had half a brain, they'd relegate their star columnist E.J. "Milksop" Montini to checking typos in the classifieds, and make Richard Ruelas his replacement.
Ruelas used to have his own column in the Rep back in the day, but apparently he had a tad too much edge for the corporate soft-soap sellers. So they've exiled him, for the most part, to the "Arizona Living" section. You know, journalism's version of the back of the bus.
Once in a blue moon, they ease up on the leash and let him do something cool, like his profile in Thursday's paper of Ernesto Yerena, the artist who created the pro-immigration reform, anti-Joe Arpaio "We Are Human" poster with the help of Shepard Fairey, the graphic genius best known for his Obama "Hope" image and his never-ending Obey Giant campaign.
As I've featured Yerena's work several times in this blog and in my column, I was thrilled to see him get a little shine in our normally staid paper of record.
I was also pleased to see the piece spotlight Yerena's poster image of Orlando Arenas, a member of Sal Reza's Puente Movement, and frequent fixture in the daily protests outside Phoenix's Wells Fargo Building, where Arpaio keeps two floors of pricey executive office space.