Volume XXX Number 49 December 8, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Historic Holiday Tradition Continues with the Fifty-First Annual Las Posadas

A time for celebrating the holidays with an evening of tradition and song.

For the 51st year Las Posadas will be presented in Old Town San Diego on December 13. This tradition began half a century ago when Virginia Lucas, a teacher for 14 years at the Mason Street Schoolhouse in Old Town, read the book Pedro, the Angel of Olivera Street by Leo Politi to the adult class and those students decided that Old Town should have its very own celebration.

This all volunteer event now ranks as one of the oldest Las Posadas celebrations in the United States! It includes over 100 volunteers with three choirs, from the SDSU Adult religious studies group, Francis Parker School and the Mormon Battalion.

The Posada began in the 16th century as a liturgical event to celebrate the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, but has since evolved into an event in which people participate by asking for symbolic lodging. The public is invited to be a part of the procession and to join with the choir in singing traditional Mexican and American songs; a program with songs will be provided to all participants.

Luminarias light the way beginning at Heritage Park with opening ceremonies and singing at the Temple Beth Israel and continuing through Old Town into the State Park to the Plaza, which since the 1820s has served as the town’s place of gathering.

“The Posada is important for many reasons,” says Alana Coons, Events and Education Director for SOHO. “It brings together the community to celebrate their culture. These two things, community and culture, are important to the Old Town community and Las Posadas does both.”

As with any tradition, there are regional variations. Here, the pilgrims are accompanied by two people playing the role of Mary and Joseph, complete with donkey. Also, rather than lasting nine days, Old Town’s Las Posadas is celebrated in one day with nine different stops or “inns” in place of the traditional nine nights being visited by the procession of pilgrims, before ending at the Casa de Estudillo. At each stop the chant is the same and the answer is too. “¿Quién nos da posada?” or, “Who will give us lodging?” “No hay posada,” or, “There is no lodging,” is always the answer until finally lodging is found and the event culminates in celebration and the breaking of the piñata.

The public is invited to attend and be a part of this musical procession and traditional holiday caroling. Las Posadas takes place Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm beginning at Heritage Park at 2470 Heritage Park Row. This event is free to the public.



Mayor Sanders Supports the Minutemen Rick and Jerry, Ana and Jeff
By Mark R. Day
In recent weeks the embers of hate and intolerance against migrant workers near Rancho Penasqitos have sparked open hostilities between members of the anti-immigrant Minutemen (MM), the migrants themselves, and human rights workers. Much of this has followed on the heels of KNBC television series directed against the migrants as well as the appearance of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on a right wing talk show supporting the Minutemen.


Sale of Paradise Valley Hospital Seems Looming for Indigent
By Raymond R. Beltran
Not long after National City’s Paradise Valley Hospital was threatened to be stripped of government funding by health care officials, the staff was immediately floored by the announcement that the non-profit owners, Adventist Healthcare, are selling the 103 year old facility to the for-profit buyer, Prime Healthcare, for an approximate $35 million.


High (And Low) Expectations — Racist Assumptions Widen Achievement Gap
By Daffodil Altan
When my brother was a high school senior he quietly took the SATs and applied to college. When he received several acceptance letters and chose U.C. Davis because it was tough academically and he could play on its well-ranked football team, some of his teachers were shocked. He got into Davis? How? They wondered. They were surprised to find out that he had a good GPA. Surprised, it seemed, that a Latino boy like himself, who ran around getting into trouble and serenading the girls, had aspirations beyond high school.


Stories

New Tijuana cathedral honors Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
A few days before December 12, Tijuana’s “old” Cathedral, in the heart of Downtown, begins the celebration that will commemorate one of the most important events for Mexican Catholicism: The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego on December 12, 1531.


Nueva catedral de Tijuana honra a la Virgen de Guadalupe
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Unos días antes del 12 de diciembre, la antigua catedral de Tijuana, en el corazón del centro, inicia la celebración que conmemorará uno de los eventos más importantes para el catolicismo mexicano: la aparición de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles a San Juan Diego, el 12 de diciembre de 1531.


Proponen inspección vehicular en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Se puede ver claramente durante las mañanas neblinosas. Una nube de gases oscuros mezclada con la humedad del ambiente forma una cortina de smog que se postra sobre el horizonte de Tijuana.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
¡Adiós Vicente!
Se fue, como dice la canción, para nunca volver. Atrás quedan las águilas mochas, las botas y las cabalgatas a caballo en México y en la Calle 26 en Chicago. También quedan atrás el Juan Hernández y sus “cajitas felices” con condones para repartirle a los paisanos que están a punto de cruzar la frontera, por aquello de que regresan a México con SIDA.


School Desegregation Cases Inspire Student Activism
By Hazel Trice Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Two Supreme Court cases jeopardizing the principles of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation in elementary and secondary public schools are set to be heard next week, drawing students from around the country who have organized protests to stake out the court during the Dec. 4 hearings.


First Person:
When guys get sick
By Al Carlos Hernandez
You know it is coming, you experience a weird kind of detachment almost everything crawls by in slow motion dream sequence, then the throat starts to itch and feel feverish, a foreboding sense of dread, major headache, irritated, aches, pains, then wanting nothing better than hit the sack under the covers for a week. Even my hair hurt.


Muerte, enfermedad, crisis: ¿Cómo reaccionan nuestra mente y nuestro cuerpo ante estas situaciones?
Parte 2
Por Doctora Luz
En el artículo pasado, nos enfocamos en las seis etapas emocionales que experimenta el individuo al vivir graves crisis. Todo tipo de pérdidas dolorosas ocasionan –o provocan– un ciclo de emociones: shock, negación, coraje, negociación, depresión, y aceptación.


Christmas spirit ready in Tijuana
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
The lightning and blessing of the Tradicional Nacimiento by Tijuana’s Archbishop Rafael Romo Muñoz, at Parque Morelos last December 6, officially kicks off the Holiday season in the city.


El espíritu de la Navidad ya despertó en Tijuana
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
El encendido y la bendición del Tradicional Nacimiento por el Arzobispo de Tijuana Mons. Rafael Romo Muñoz en el Parque Morelos el seis de diciembre, oficialmente dio inicio a la temporada navideña en la ciudad.

Green Holidays
By Javier Sierra
The best presents are those we give to others. Nothing can compare with the satisfaction we draw from seeing our loved ones’ faces when we give them something from the bottom of our heart.

Editorials

Editorial:
Mayor Sanders’ Feeling Pretty Good About His First Year as Mayor - Hispanic Community Has A Different Perspective
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is feeling pretty good about himself these days, so much so, that he held a press conference to tout his successes in his first year. The Hispanic community of San Diego is not getting the same feelings. In fact, the community, La Gente, is feeling rather uneasy.


Comentario:
El último capítulo II
Por José R. Uzal
Castro no participó de los festejos nacionales, hecho indicativo de que estamos en el penúltimo párrafo del último capítulo del castrismo. Lo que le suceda a Castro, de ahora en adelante, es irrelevante. Solo nos queda esperar por las noticias del funeral. El gobierno cubano se ha estado preparando para evitar un cambio drástico al salir Castro de la escena y asegurar una transición que mantenga el partido comunista en el poder.


Comentario:
Retorno de los Realistas
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Los naipes del Presidente George W. Bush sufrieron una barajada con serias consecuencias para sus planes a futuro en la contienda bélica en Irak. La carta que aparentemente iba a convertirse en su principal arma de juego, pasó a ser un heraldo de malas noticias. Su nominado a la Secretaría de Defensa, Robert M. Gates, en vez de ofrecerle el selló acostumbrado de camaradería, le presentó una carta de “independencia”.


Commentary:
Nuclear Power – One of Humankind’s Biggest Mistakes
By Jim Bell
Nuclear Power was a mistake and remains a mistake. If the human family survives it, our descendants will wonder what we were thinking to justify leaving them nuclear power’s toxic legacy — a legacy they will be dealing with for hundreds if not thousands of generations.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Community Groups May Be In Danger of Losing CDBG Funds
You might already know that the Community Develop Block Grant (CDBG) monies are divided into two large pots. One pot is allocated by the Council as a whole for city-wide projects. The other is given to Council districts based on the proportion of families in each district who have moderate incomes or less. Council members decide the allocation of CDBG funds for their individual districts.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
Que Paso Con Chicano Perk: Chicano Perk moved to National City a year or so ago and now is gone. National City homeboys just couldn’t bring themselves to paying $2 per cup of coffee. The Perk made a name for themselves in Sherman but just couldn’t recapture the same vide in OTNC.


Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Dear Mexican: It seems that whenever Chicano professors want to show off their mexicanidad, they wear a guayabera. In fact, I saw a picture of you in the Los Angeles Times donning the shirt, along with Dickies pants and Converse All Stars. How trite and bourgeois! You go to a café or bar in any university town in Mexico, and the students will think you’re totally naco. I stopped wearing the guayabera when a friend said I looked like a waiter in a Mexican restaurant. Do certain clothes determine your Mexicaness?

Exhiben en Tecate “Requiem para un Trotamundos - 86 Años de Viaje”
Por: Paco Zavala
La famosa exposición “Requiem Para un Trotamundos - 86 Años de Viaje”, excelente obra plástica de la artista multidisciplinaria Laura Castañedo, estará en exhibición a partir del próximo jueves 14 de diciembre en la ciudad fronteriza de Tecate, Baja California, México, en la Galería de la Ciudad del Instituto de Cultura de Baja California (ICBC), el que proporcionará el espacio en el cual esta exposición tendrá lugar, la cual consta de varias piezas de instalación, ensamble y fotografía.

Estrenarán Habana Blues de Benito Zambrano
Por: Paco Zavala
Ahora en día en que la ciudad de La Habana, Cuba, está de moda por tanta noticia fresca que proviene de la isla, ejemplo de esto es la intervención quirúrgica a la que fue sometido el gran jefe Castro Ruz, también lo son una multitud de cintas realizadas en la isla. También podemos considerar como novedad el estreno del cortometraje ganador de premios internacionales“Silencio Profundo”, que se proyectó en días pasados por un canal de televisión, ahora, esperamos que en Tijuana se estrene el largometraje “Habana Blues”, largometraje escrito y dirigido por Benito Zambrano.


La Apocalipsis del Xenófobo
Mel Gibson expone su versión de la cultura Maya con Apocalypto

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Desde hace mucho tiempo se sabe que a Mel Gibson no le gustan mucho las personas que no son como él. Este año se puso de manifiesto cuando en pleno de una borrachera, Gibson dijo los comentarios más insólitos sobre los judíos, ratificando lo que su película “La Pasión de Cristo” enseñaba a gritos y uniendo así a previos comentarios sobre homosexuales que había dicho.

¡ Tic Tac Tiempo !
Tijuana-based poetry collective Acanto y Laurel presents Poesía Para Todos at Bar El Dandy del Sur in Tijuana on Calle Sexto between Calles Revolucion and Madera. Poets featured will be Elizabeth Cazessus, Julieta Gonzalez, Francisco Morales, Amaranta Caballero, Isaac Sereno y many más. The reading takes place tonight, Dec 8, at 8 p.m. For more information, email aimetijuana@hotmail.com, or call 661-316-9962.

Young Toros Tackling the Nationals This Week
By Raymond R. Beltran
Looks like San Diego football is making a national name for itself this week. No Tomlinson, Rivers, or Merriman on this field, in fact, the star players here are a pack of hundred pound preteens called Los Toros, but don’t misinterpret pure strategy and commitment as a lack of collision power: these youngsters hit like grown men.


IS BULLFIGHTING CRUEL?
Bullfight World
by Lyn Sherwood
The late matador from Philadelphia, John Fulton, described bullfight aficionados as “people who know about La Fiesta, but like it, anyway”.

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