Volume XXX Number 38 September 22, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Young Latinos Receive Gandhi Non-Violent Award

Tragic 1995 Incident Set the Stage for a Peace Movement

“I wanted to do something different ... I wanted people to take me seriously,” says Alejandro Villa, a Gandhi Non-Violence Awardee.

By Raymond R. Beltran

For eighteen year old Alejandro Villa, a Barrio Logan resident in a blue collar family, Point Loma High was already a school in racial animosity before immigration debates sparked student walkouts this year.

“If you want to see culture clash, come to Point Loma,” he says. “Hispanics don’t get along with the whites, and the other way around. We’re the bussed in kids.”


Alejandro Villa was awarded for initiating dialogue between teens during the height of this year’s student walkouts.

When congress introduced HR 4437, an anti immigration proposal that gained national attention in March, Alejandro noticed a split within his own diverse pool of friends at school. During the walkouts, trash talking ensued and instead of becoming a part in the tirade, he began his own student crusade, one that earned him the Tariq Khamisa Foundation’s Gandhi Non-Violence Award this last weekend.

“I wanted to do something different, because the media was showing Latinos as uninformed and rowdy,” Alejandro says. “I wanted people to take me seriously.”

On the Thursday of the week that the student walkouts began, he wrote a letter of intent to the principal, Barbara Samilson. The letter stated he was going to gather as many students as possible into the school auditorium where, in mediated dialogue, Latino students and whites would confront each other face to face. The turnout was “surprising” he says.

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San Ysidro Mural A Tribute to its Heroes, People, and Community Unity
“Learning from the Past, Living for the Future” Painted by Southwestern College Students
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
A group of Southwestern College students have completed a mural that depicts important aspects of the history of San Ysidro.


NAFTA’s Failures Fuel Mexican Illegal Immigration
By Louis Nevaer
Analysis
MEXICO CITY—In the impassioned demonstrations this summer in Mexico City in support of defeated presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are the faces of Mexicans most likely to risk their lives and emigrate illegally to the United States.


Hispanic lawmakers question absence of immigration in new Dem agenda
By Alexander Bolton
House Democratic leaders passed around to colleagues Tuesday a plan they would focus on if their party wins control of the lower chamber on Election Day, but although the document was drafted to achieve consensus, it has already angered Democratic Hispanic leaders.



Stories

OAXACA’S DANGEROUS TEACHERS
By David Bacon
At 8:30 AM on October 21, 2002, Oaxaca state police arrested a dangerous schoolteacher.


Encuentran helicóptero norteamericano perdido en Baja California desde 1992
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La mañana del 17 de abril de 1992 un helicóptero tripulado por el texano Lloyd Kolbe, un reconocido investigador del medio ambiente, realizaba un viaje de exploración por la Sierra de Calamajué acompañado por los mexicanos Gonzalo Medina González y Rafael Rebollar Bustos, ambos funcionarios Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Ecología.


Limpiando las playas de la frontera y del mundo
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Es un bello sábado por la mañana en la costa de Imperial Beach y Jorge Medina, junto con sus amigos de la preparatoria Otay Ranch disfrutan los rayos del sol y la brisa suave sobre la piel.


It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game
Second of a Six-Part Series: By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
Editor’s Note: Despite blacks’ declining political clout, organizers insist reports of rivalry with Latinos are exaggerated. This is the second of a six-part series on the role of longtime black and Latino community leaders in building interethnic tolerance in South Los Angeles, which has been suddenly transformed by the massive influx of Latinos.


¡Deja el teléfono y ponte a hacer la tarea!
Parte II
Por: Doctora Luz
En el artículo pasado nos enfocamos en identificar los dos factores más importantes para que nuestros hijos cumplan con su tarea: el hábito de estudiar y el sentido de responsabilidad sobre sus tareas. Los hábitos se forman a través de la constancia y el sentido de responsabilidad se forma a través de la interacción de los padres con los hijos.

Everyday Food Safety
By Ana Hernandez-Bravo
In light of the recent concern over the contamination of spinach with e-coli bacteria, it is important to remember that food safety is an issue that many individuals deal with on a daily basis.


Editorials

Editorial:
The Time for an American Election Revolution Has Come!
Forty-four days until Election Day and the drum beat we keep hearing in the Hispanic community is Registration, Registration, and Registration! This drum beat comes primarily from the Democratic Party! Democrats see the Hispanic vote as vital to this election and to future elections. But, they are in a quandary. Hispanics aren’t voting and too many are slipping over to the Republican side of the ledger. So the question they are asking themselves is, what do we do to get the Hispanics out to vote for us?!


Commentary:
The ‘Harder To Vote’ Act
By Wade Henderson
Just two months ago, the nation watched Congress, both House and Senate, overwhelmingly reaffirm a commitment to voting rights when it reauthorized the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law guarantees access to the voting booth for all Americans for the next 25 years.


An Open Letter to the Residents of National City
Our city (National City) is about to be turned, unnecessarily and needlessly, into an immigration battleground. Ours is a city that has done everything possible to work out any local immigration issues with all concerned parties. We have a policy to accept matricula consular cards for identification purposes and to keep any local involvement in immigration issues to the legal minimum. In spite of all of this Mayor Nick Inzunza has unilaterally decided to declare National City as an ‘Immigrant Sanctuary City” and have a ‘sanctuary rally.’


Commentary:
Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month
By Congressman Bob Filner
Hispanic values - faith, family, love of country - are American values. The Hispanic dream - the hope of a better future - is the American Dream. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the Hispanic community and pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions that Hispanics make to America year-round.


Comentario:
Depender De Las Remesas, Un Error Fatal
Por Manuel R. Villacorta O.
Donald Terry, gerente del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones del BID, al presentar un informe sobre los fondos enviados por los emigrantes, expresó que: “en tan sólo un sexenio, América Latina y el Caribe pasó de ser uno de los mercados de remesas más caros del mundo a ser uno de los más accesibles”. América Latina dijo: “recibió en 2005 un total de 53,600 millones de dólares de remesas, de los cuales casi tres cuartas partes llegaron de Estados Unidos”.


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


First Person:
The moustache got to go
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Latinos come from a tradition that when as soon as you can grow a moustache you do; it is a sign of manhood or for women, over active glands. Ladies, if you aren’t going to wax it off, or spring for electrolysis, at least you can line it up.

¡ASK A MEXICAN!
I am awestruck by the lack of anger from Mexicans for the Mexican government. Mexican leaders have forced Mexicans from their land.

Reseña:
Disfrutaron Fastuosa Noche de Cuadros Operísticos
Por: Paco Zavala
El pasado viernes a las 8.10 pm. dio inició la que se anunciaba una gran noche de presentación de ensambles y arias de ópera en la gran sala teatral del Centro Cultural Tijuana, en un evento promovido con antelación por la compañía independiente Opera de Tijuana y el Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Entrevista:
Intitula “Paloma Viajera” la Nueva Producción Musical de Lencho Guzmán
Por: Paco Zavala
No cabe la menor duda, el talento es una bendición, que todos disfrutamos en unión de nuestra humanidad, rica o humilde, grande o pequeña; este se manifiesta de mil formas, algunos lo descubrimos de manera ocasional, a otros nos ayudan y apoyan a descubrirlo y a cultivarlo, también sabemos que éste se manifiesta de mil formas, no nada más artísticamente.


De la frontera sur al norte: Los “Trazos de Unión” de Emmanuel Cruz y Edgar Cano
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Desde el sureste mexicano hasta la esquina noroeste del país, dos jóvenes pintores, Emmanuel Cruz y Edgar Cano, dejaron su natal Veracruz en busca de nuevos horizontes artísticos con su recientemente inaugurada exposición “Trazos de Unión: Frontera norte-sur”, al mismo tiempo que buscan expandir su realidad al empaparse en lo que Eduardo Galeano denomina el “Laboratorio cultural de la post-modernidad”.

En Gira el Teatro de Marionetas de Salzburgo
Por: Paco Zavala
Pero, ¿Qué niño no ha disfrutado alguna vez en su vida, de la gracia, el colorido y el dominio escénico de los títeres?. En Tijuana, cada año cuando menos una vez arriban a la ciudad este tipo de espectáculos, provenientes de la capital del país o en gira nacional. El Parque Morelos, permanentemente cuenta con una sección, en la que se encuentra un pequeño teatro de títeres o marionetas para gozo y regocijo de los niños y adultos visitantes.


Dominguez Greene: Using Fame in Support of the Women of Juarez
By Francisco Ciriza
Michele Dominguez Greene is most likely best recognized from her recurring roles on CBS’s popular drama “The Unit” and on the ground-breaking legal drama “L.A. Law,” which earned her an Emmy Award nomination. However, Dominguez Greene’s artistic expression is not limited to sixty-minute weekly blocks on television screens across America. The Mexican/Nicaraguan and Irish artist has also recently written a novel for teens, Chasing the Jaguar, and this past August released her sophomore CD, “Luna Roja” on Requinto Records.

Marc Anthony y Jennifer López desbordan su pasión en cámara
Los cantantes y actores se lucen con su trabajo en “El Cantante”
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Sabían que era un reto para ambos y por eso no descansaron hasta que lo tuvieron hecho. Nunca habíamos visto a Jennifer López en un reto actoral de este calibre. Tampoco a su esposo Marc Anthony, quien sencillamente brilla con luz propia como actor.


Un Yankee latino
Jake T. Austin es el héroe de todos.
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Si estuviese en las manos de este chico de apenas once años oriundo de Nueva York los problemas del mundo se acabarían mañana. Tal es la vitalidad y la seguridad en si mismo que tiene el hijo de padres puertorriqueños que llama a la isla su segundo hogar.


¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
The monthly Chicano Park Steering Committee meeting is Sunday, Sept 24 at 3 p.m. under the kiosko in Chicano Park. This 36 year-old committee is a grassroots organization comprised of volunteers who work towards the development and expansion of Chicano Park and the park’s annual celebration. If you’re down for this historic piece of nuestra tierra, come see how you can play a role in its survival. Meetings are every last Sunday of the month.

Aztecs Face Utah at the “Q”
By John Philip Wyllie
Thus far in this young football season the San Diego State Aztecs have again been victims of their own misguided scheduling practices. And things don’t look to get a whole lot better any time soon. While the Chargers schedule features more cream puffs than a French bakery, the San Diego State Aztecs schedule (at least so far) appears as if it was designed by the Marquis de Sade. It’s an Aztec tradition. No wonder they haven’t won a bowl game since the early days of the Nixon administration.

Barrera stifles Juarez - methodically retains title
Mexican legend dishes out boxing lesson, as promised
By Mike Indri
LAS VEGAS - Leading up to this highly anticipated rematch both fighters made promises of victory.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Gutierrez Retires, Zotoluco Triumphs in Tijuana Corrida

History was recorded, Sept. 17, in Pepe López Hurtado’s “Beautiful Bullring by the Sea”, when famed Mexican matador Jorge Gutierrez performed his final Tijuana performance, and El Zotoluco turned in a spectacular performance.