By Raymond R. Beltran
Unluckily for mothers, Cinco de Mayo drowns out Dia de la Madre festivities. Sort of like when those of you who were born near Christmas feared the one-celebration rule in the house, if that’s all your mother could afford.
But she made it through, wether it was your favorite dinner, a small piñata among your primos or a celophane-wrapped cupcake in your brown bag during lunch at school. She came through.
Return the favor. A U.S. Census Bureau statistic recently noted that there are 82.5 million mothers just in the United States, and with the growing number of Latinos on this side of the border, we’re not talking about how many are on el otro lado.
In sum, we weren’t hatched and we didn’t create ourselves. We’re here because a woman loved us enough to take nine months out of her life to dedicate to nurturing the eyes you see with, the mouth you speak with, the hands you work with, your lungs filled with air, and more importantly, the brain you use, which hopefully has enough memory in it (during this fast life) to remember that, no matter where you are or what you’ve done, you have a number one fan in the world.
Many cultures celebrate our mothers on different days. For America Latina, it’s May 10, this Thursday. So, don’t think because you work late, or your on the U.S. side of the border, that your mother will forget where you came from. If she remembers what age you stopped wetting the bed, chances are she’ll remember the 10th, and for sure she’ll remember that you’ll be crudo after the 5th. Hence, menudo!
We can never return a favor like being birthed, but we can definitely let them know how much we appreciate every second of life.
Mariachi Garibaldi will be performing at Southwestern College in honor of our mothers. Hailed as the first campus in the country to offer a bachelor's degree in the field of mariachi music, SWC’s band of students fill a great void in our culture, to teach coming generations about this historically enriching piece of Mexican culture … a position that would make any mother proud.
This event takes place on Thursday, May 10, at the Mayan Hall on Southwestern College campus (900 Otay Lakes Rd) in Chula Vista at 7:30 p.m. $10. For info, call 619-482-6367.
The Ollin Cartel presents a multimedia art exhibition by cinematographer Marcelo Charris called Clickaphoto. Voz Alta Arts Studio (1544 Broadway) in Downtown San Diego, featuring music by Quinteto Caballero. Charris’s reception is Friday, May 4, beginning at 8 p.m. For info, call 619-230-1869.
Enjoy an alcohol and tobacco free cinco de mayo at The South Bay Cinco de Mayo Orgullo Para La Familia Festival. Live entertainment, food, crafts, youth activities and family resources. Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kimball Park (12th and D Ave) in National City. Contact Jovita for more information, 517-2637.
Mar Vista Middle School (1267 Thermal Ave) in Chula Vista is hosting a free Sweetwater jazz festival called House of Guitars, featuring Mambo Orchestra. Come out and hear the future of the music scene for our South Bay junior high schools Saturday, May 5, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Ron Bolles at 619-691-5848.
Growing tensions in the struggle for immigration reform. Unrest over the war in Iraq. Violence in our neighborhoods. These and other issues challenge us to come up with new approaches at creating social change, peacefully. Join the Nonviolence Training for Youth Leaders and Activists this Saturday, May 5, at Mission San Luis Rey’s Retreat Center (4050 Mission Ave) in Oceanside. For info, call Erick Olson Fernandez at 858-202-2600.
Can “we the people” right corporate wrongs? Is peace possible for 3 billion people who live in poverty? How do we embrace human dignity and rights of all people? Join immigration attorney Lilia Vasquez and Women’s Equity Council Director Anne Hoiberg as they discuss Mobilizing The People to Create Another World at the World Social Forum 2007, being held at the La Jolla Library (7555 Draper Ave). Free. For info, call 619-223-8074.
UCSD will be hosting an evening of socially conscious flicks this Monday, May 7, in a Human Rights Film Festival. Screening will be The Shape of Water, a film about international women’s response to archaic tradition and independence. There will also be films about the U.S. media coverage of the Iraq War and the U.N.’s role in Iraq, the Congo and on global terrorism. Films begin at 5 p.m. in Price Center Theatre on campus (9500 Gilman Dr). For info, call 619-233-3970.
Every Thursday, new and exciting musicians walk through the doors of Voz Alta Arts Studio (1544 Broadway) in Downtown to jam with a solid Latin Jazz group led by San Diego’s own trumpeter, Bill Caballero. They aim to nurture musicians and entertain listeners. The sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call Bill at 619-628-8568.
Find out how you can confront racial injustice fueled by the anti-immigrant climate today with Activists San Diego’s Friends of Day Laborers. Meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Activist Center (4246 Wightman St). For info, call 619-528-8383.
San Diego muralista Berenice Badillo has been active in the Border Art Workshop, Chicano Park and has initiated several creative arts youth programs throughout San Diego. After serious hip replacement surgery, fellow artists are giving back to her by helping to pay hospital bills. Artists Helping Their Own, A Silent Art Auction Fundraiser for Berenice Badillo. Saturday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m. at the 24K Gallery (1616 National Ave) in Barrio Logan. Cover/Donations. Appetizers and entertainment.