"Is the capital of Latin America a small island at the mouth of the Hudson River? Will California soon hold the balance of power in Mexican national politics? Will Latinos reinvigorate the U.S. labor movement? These are some of the provocative questions that Mike Davis explores in this account of the Latinization of the American urban landscape. As he shows, this is a demographic and cultural revolution with extraordinary implications. Davis focuses on the great drama of how Latinos are attempting to translate their urban demographic ascendancy into effective social power. In Los Angeles and elsewhere, the militant struggles of Latino workers and students are reinventing the American left."--BOOK JACKET.