Volume XXXI Number 36 September 7, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Activistas pro migrantes convocan a día nacional de movilización

Por Luis Alonso Pérez

Activistas pro migrantes anunciaron una serie de acciones que serán emprendidas el siguiente 12 de septiembre, como parte de lo que denominan un día nacional de acción en demanda a una reforma migratoria en estados unidos.

La deportación de Elvira Arellano ha reunido a un número importante de activistas estadounidenses y mexicanos, que desde sus diversas trincheras, han colaborado a favor de la causa migrante.


‘Todos somos Elvira Arellano. Todos somos Saúl’, será el lema en la próxima protesta pro migrante. Foto de David Maung.

Ahora, agrupaciones de Tijuana y California han decidido dar un paso importante en la lucha, y tomar las calles en protesta, de lo que denominan una guerra frontal de las autoridades migratorias estadounidenses, hacia la comunidad indocumentada y sus familias.

“Hay una guerra en contra de nuestro pueblo y de nuestros trabajadores”, declaró Javier Rodríguez, líder de la coalición 25 de Marzo, en referencia a las redadas y la represión policiaca en la ciudad de Los Angeles, donde 250 personas resultaron golpeadas en una manifestación del primero de mayo.

Rodríguez denunció la operación de 15 equipos especiales de agentes migratorios en la región angelina que se internan en los barrios de inmigrantes para ejecutar órdenes dedeportación, provocando terror en los habitantes y manteniéndolos cautivos en sus casas. Una estrategia que desalienta tremendamente la movilización social a favor de una nueva política inmigratoria.

“Eso hace el caso de Elvira ejemplar, ya que ella fue alejada violentamente de su hijo y echada de Estados Unidos en menos de 8 horas”, agregó Rodríguez.

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
By Steve Padilla
Ticket – buying football fans make the decision to spend considerable disposable income to enjoy what is now widely regarded as America’s sport. Those attending the occasional game or who have season tickets aren’t exactly your average American fans. They have the means to spend what can be hundreds of dollars for a small family outing to a game, or much more for seats at every home game.


Richard Rodriguez: Church Publishing Mother Teresa’s Letters is ‘Brilliant’
By Mary Ambrose
Editor’s Note by Sandip Roy: As a schoolboy in a Jesuit missionary school in Calcutta, I remember being taken to the orphanages and homes for the dying run by Mother Teresa’s missionaries of charity. She already seemed impossibly old, tiny and wrinkled and looked nothing like the blissful, radiant saints with perfect halos we saw in pictures at school. To us she was just this remarkable woman who allowed the poverty and disease that swirled around us to actually touch our lives. To the rest of the world she was a living saint. Now comes a new book of her letters, which reveals that for much of her life she was living in a world of spiritual darkness where she could not even feel the presence of God. Essayist and commentary Richard Rodriguez is working on a book on religion and he joined NAM Managing Editor Mary Ambrose to talk about what Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith means for those who still look up to her for spiritual substance.


Closing the Pesticide Loophole
By Lizeth Casares
Luis Medellin knows all too well the dangers of exposure to pesticides.


Stories

La identidad de los inmigrantes en las luchas sociales actuales
Por Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO — En los 60s, el movimiento de los derechos civiles, encabezado por los afroamericanos del sur del país, generó transformaciones sociales de gran importancia para todas las minorías étnicas del país.


De nuevo maestros bloquean garita internacional
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Miles de maestros llevaron a cabo el anunciado bloqueo de garitas el pasado viernes 31 de agosto, impidiendo la operación del cruce fronterizo más transitado del mundo por un lapso mayor a las dos horas sin incurrir en actos de violencia.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Golfos y golfistas
He de confesar que Estados Unidos no ha logrado asimilarme. De eso se quejan cantidad de gringos, de que los latinos, particularmente, seguimos siendo latinos aunque vivamos en un país supuestamente Anglo (supuestamente, porque a los irlandeses y a otros montones de inmigrantes y sus descendientes no les hace gracia esta descripción). Mantenemos nuestras costumbres, nuestra religión, nuestro lenguaje y nuestros tacos.


Many Latinos face foreclosure, due to high-cost loans
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Joaquina Abrego and her husband decided to refinance their National City home in August 2005, a home they were able to buy after many years of hard work.


Muchos latinos perderán sus hogares, debido a préstamos de alto costo
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Joaquina Abrego y su esposo decidieron refinanciar su casa en National City en agosto del 2005, una casa que pudieron comprar luego de muchos años de arduo trabajo.


Deporting Parents of Dead Soldiers is ‘Excessive’ and ‘Harsh’ Punishment
By Domenico Maceri
Three years after U.S. Army Private Armando Soriano, 20, died fighting in Haditha, Iraq, his father is facing deportation. Soriano is now buried in Houston, Tex., his hometown, where his parents, undocumented workers from Mexico, are currently living.


UC San Diego School of Medicine Expands Class Size, Launches New Program in Health Disparities
His path has been long, winding, and many would have given up, but Emerick Gallegos is going to be a doctor. The former high school drop-out from rural Mexicali triumphed over lack of finances and family tragedy to join the incoming Class of 2011 at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.


Inicia la Semana de Derechos Laborales en el Consulado General de México en San Diego
En el ciclo de pláticas informativas participan organizaciones de abogados en derecho laboral y representantes de diversos sindicatos.


Hispanic Caucus Congratulates Smithsonian Latino Center on 10th Anniversary
Smithsonian Latino Center will celebrate their Annual Gala - ¡Smithsonian Con Sabor!
Washington, DC – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) released the following statement congratulating the Latino Smithsonian Center on its 10th Anniversary.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
The San Diego Chargers and the Community
The football season is now underway and expectations for the San Diego Chargers are at an all time high. A Super Bowl appearance is expected, losing a first round playoff game will be totally unacceptable. And for the die-hard Charger fan an undefeated season is not out of the question, they went 14-2 last year. The two Charger losses were last minute defeats, in games they could have and should have won. So a 16-0 season is not out of the question, or so we dream.


Commentary:
Iraq and Vietnam
by Sheldon Richman
President Bush, one of the two most famous pro-Vietnam War members of his generation to avoid fighting in that war, has finally accepted what he previously rejected: that there are parallels between the war he ducked out of and his violent occupation of Iraq. (The other best-known famous pro-war war avoider is Vice President Dick “I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service” Cheney.)


Commentary:
Not Close and No Cigar for Proponents of ACA 8
Small Businesses Denied Private Property Protections

By: John Kabateck
Two years ago, the City of San Diego used its power of eminent domain to demolish a popular cigar lounge. Sadly, the project was abandoned sometime later by the developer, and the former cigar lounge is today surrounded by a chain link fence that serves as a parking lot,at least until a new developer can be found.


Commentary:
The Politicization of the Department of Justice
By Elizabeth de la Vega
Amidst the jubilation, calls to reinstate the rule of law, and speculation about replacements that have flooded the media in response to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s recent resignation, I keep thinking of the old joke: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One ... but the light bulb has to want to change.


Comentario:
Nuevo Acercamiento para Mejorar Nuestras Escuelas
Por Israel Ortega
Pregunta – ¿Que tema es uno de los más importantes para la comunidad hispana según las últimas encuestas? Si respondiste temas de salud, inmigración o hasta Irak, te equivocas. ¿La respuesta? – la educación de nuestros niños.


Comentario:
El idioma nacional
Por José R. Uzal
En mayo del 2006, el Senado, al tener que elegir entre expulsarnos o explotarnos decidió hacer el inglés el idioma nacional. ¡Confusión al enemigo! Había que hacer algo para que el pueblo no se diera cuenta que ellos no tenían la menor idea como sellar las fronteras de forma efectiva o qué hacer con los alegados 12 millones de ilegales que el gobierno permitió entrar a trabajar. El mayor tráfico de seres humanos para ganancias económicas desde los tiempos de la esclavitud.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público...
SLEAZY GONE WILD?
It is unbelievable, but understandable that you as mayor (Ron Morrision of National City) along with your “rubber stamp” city council, will discuss and vote (approval is almost assured) as the anti-community, pro business Community Development Commission (CDC) to:



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


Fiestas Patrias in Tijuana: No comparison!
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Although there are going to be several events in San Diego that will celebrate Mexican Independence Day, there’s nothing better than celebrating that historic day in Tijuana.

Fiestas Patrias en Tijuana: ¡Sin comparación!
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Aunque en San Diego habrá varios eventos para celebrar el Día de la Independencia de México, no hay nada mejor que celebrar ese día histórico en Tijuana.


PBS Offers Special Programming For Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15
From comedian George Lopez to artists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Frida Kahlo, PBS will present a number of broadcast premieres and encore presentations that recognize the cultural, historical and societal impact of America’s growing Hispanic community. The programs air during Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated each year from September 15 – October 15.


Kate del Castillo Tells ‘La Historia’ On The History Channel en Español During Hispanic Heritage Month
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo takes on a new role this fall as spokesperson for The History Channel en español in its Fall Programming Initiative. During Hispanic Heritage Month, the multi-talented television and film star will add the position of host to her repertoire, taking viewers on a journey through the rich history of the Latino experience. From mid-September through mid-October, del Castillo will join the network in a special tribute, highlighting Latin American history and some of its best known protagonists, introducing seven remarkable and diverse documentary films to the Spanish-speaking television audience.


Las Vegas Celebrates Mexican Independence Day With Best in Latin Music
Las Vegas is the most glamorous and most exciting entertainment destination in the world, which is why there is no better place to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. From September 14 through 16, the city turns up the heat and welcomes some of the biggest and most popular names in Latin music to mark this historic date with glitz and flair.

San Diego Latino Film Festival and Otay Ranch Town Center Proudly Present September Family Film Series “Que Viva! Cine Mexicano”
Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival and Otay Ranch Town Center bring the best of short and feature family films from Mexico for all ages to enjoy this September at Que Viva! Cine Mexicano 2007. In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexico’s Independence, once per week for the entire month of September, Otay Ranch Town Center shoppers and residents of San Diego County will experience great Latino art, live music, and a collection of Mexican family features and shorts. Screenings and events will take place Wed-nesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. September 12, 19 and 26.  All screenings, live music and art to take place at the Food Pavilion at Otay Ranch Town Center.


Reúnen en Catálogo Obra Gráfica Chicana
** Da cuenta de más de 500 obras producidas por artistas de Estados Unidos y México presentadas durante el Festival Internacional de la Raza 1984- 1994.


El Quinteto de Metal “Canadian Brass” en Concierto
Por: Paco Zavala
Música, pasión y gozo, música dorada es como parece ser y percibirse auditivamente el sonido de los instrumentos de metal, como la trompeta, trombón, trompa, tuba y toda la familia de estos instrumentos musicales, los que con el heroísmo que comunican por medio de su sonido transportan al melómano a sitios desconocidos y emocionantes.


Estrenaron CD el Trío Musical “Aroma, Tabaco y Son” en el Lugar del Nopal
Por: Paco Zavala
Tres jóvenes voces, músicos y señores de la composición se han reunido y se funden en una mezcla de sonidos diversos en los que son percibidos la unión de “dejos melancólicos” en el sonar de los tambores, tumbas y congas, en otro entorno escuchar el requintear y rasgueo de la guitarra bien ejecutada y la voz ardiente, melodiosa y sensual de una mujer.


Calendar of Community Events
Spring Valley Library Hosts Second Annual Fiesta
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Scheduled for Saturday, September 15
On Saturday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Spring Valley Branch of the San Diego County Library, 836 Kemp-ton St, will host its second annual Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta, featuring library and other community organizations and activities for the whole family, both inside the building and outside in the parking lot. Refreshments will be provided without charge.


Gomez Provides Veteran Leadership for Barons
By John Philip Wyllie
A recent trip to Maui turned out to be no Hawaiian holiday for the Bonita Vista Barons football team. On the wrong end of a 30-7 drubbing administered by their Hawaiian hosts, Maui Lah-ainaluna, the season didn’t begin the way that anyone in blue and gold was hoping that it would. Afterward, the players were reminded that it is not how you start that is important, but how you finish.


Powell Pounds the Ball for Mustangs
By John Philip Wyllie
Growing up with an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother Otay Ranch senior Brittany Powell takes pride in both branches of her family tree. Her outgoing, warm personality has earned her many friends that are Black, Mexican, White and Asian. Her multi-cultural background helps to make it easy for her to relate to people from all walks of life. And the athletic ability that she inherited from both sides of her family tree has helped to make her one of the South Bay’s dominant volleyball players. The Mustangs finished in second place in the Mesa League standings last season. This year they hope to challenge for a league title and advance deep into the CIF San Diego section tournament.


Anthony González, De Estrella Como buckeye A Primera Selección De Los Colts
La primera selección del sorteo universitario del 2007 de los Indianapolis Colts, Anthony González, construyó su propio nombre como un excelente receptor en Ohio State entrenando sin cesar – incluso mientras dormía.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Vick Case Plays Well For Animal Rightists
No matter how you may feel about the Michael Vick affair, its timing couldn’t have been more perfect for animal rightists who would like nothing better than to have bullfighting banned, throughout the world.


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