Volume XXXII Number 34 August 22, 2008

FrontPage Stories

The Lopez Kids Go to the Olympics

By Gustavo Rangel
La Raza Newspaper

Editor’s Note: The Lopez siblings say they hope to models for other young Latino kids. Gustavo Rangel reports for Chicago’s Spanish-language newspaper La Raza.

CHICAGO – When Steve, Mark and Diana Lopez throw their first kicks in the Tae Kwon Do competitions at the Beijing Olympic games, they will be making history.

They are the first trio of siblings to compete together in the same Olympic games since 1904. This is already an extraordinary feat, but in the Lopez family, just making to the Olympics is not enough.

For these children of Nicaraguan immigrants, the goal is to return from the games steeped in gold.


Steve, Diana, and Mark Lopez Tae Kwon Do family makes history.

The Lopez family lives in Sugar Land, Texas, a small town located about 40 minutes southwest of Houston. Through their achievement in Tae Kwon Do, the family has become the pride of Sugar Land’s 78,000 residents.

“This city used to be known for the sugar plant that operated here many years ago,” said Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson. “Today people know us as the home of the Lopez family.”

“Thanks to them, everyone will know where Sugar Land is after the Olympics because they will no doubt come back winners,” Thompson added during a going away party he organized for the Lopez kids July 12 in the Sugar Land Town Square.

The Early Years of the Olympic Dream

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What Have We Become?
Medical Neglect in Immigrant Prisons Reveals America at Its Worst
By Kyle de Beausset
ANALYSIS
On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, while Bush was preparing to express his “deep concerns” over China’s human rights record, Chinese immigrant Hiu Lui Ng was dying in the custody of our great nation’s own U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. For months, according to the New York Times, 33-year-old Mr. Ng had complained of excruciating back pain. Officials accused him of faking it.


Opción de Seguro Medico y Fondo de Retiro, Para Mexicanos que Trabajan en Estados Unidos
Por Marco A. Romero
Si lo desea, un mexicano que trabaja en Estados Unidos puede contratar una póliza de seguro médico en México por unos 120 dólares al año, para él y su familia. Si, además, en alguna ocasión estuvo afiliado al IMSS y cuenta con un número de Afore, puede continuar ahorrando para su retiro o para el caso de desempleo.

Steve Padilla
Progress!?
Some steps forward and some steps back. Progress it seems always comes about in this way, giving rise to hope and to frustration at the same time. For Latinos in the United States it is no different. This column has reported in recent months of the strides Latinos are making as a minority population in areas of education, building businesses and political clout. No doubt those trends continue and are important. But as the nation’s largest and fastest-growing “minority group” who make up 15% of the current U.S. population and projected to comprise 29% by 2050, we face on going challenges which must be overcome according to recent studies by the Pew Hispanic Center.



Stories


Immigration and Diaspora
By Rebecca Marcus and Alison Ecker
University of Oregon
(Editor’s Note: A University of Oregon class of 15 students, headed by Edward Olivos of San Diego, spent a week at the Tijuana/San Diego border for a week of hands-on training and understanding on the issue of immigration. During the week, students spent time on both sides of the border, helping with relief efforts and interacting with immigrants.
We invited the students to share with our readers their experience and their perspective on the immigration issue.)


La marcha por la seguridad empieza en el ojo propio
Por María Dolores Bolívar
En versión mínima de lo que acontece hoy en todo México (tal vez en todo América Latina), en mis tiempos de residente de la ciudad de México ocurrían fenómenos reprobables y criminales de los que todos dan fe y en que los más participan. Al acceder al estacionamiento de la UNAM, por ejemplo (por entonces mi sitio de trabajo), “los cuidadores” de autos te abordaban ofreciéndote sus servicios: “¿se lo lavo?” Al más mínimo interés seguía un “le saco el golpe” o “le pongo el espejo”. En actitud convenenciera los conductores aceptaban “los servicios” sabedores de que fomentaban esa política de la impunidad que empieza con lo personal, vía “el negocio” de autopartes. Y siguiendo la máxima de “no ver”, “no escuchar”, “no hablar”, compraban su parcelita de corrupción sin preguntarse el origen del retrovisor o del tapón que aquella oferta de servicios volvía mágicamente accesible “por nada”.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
¡Que pongan el Muro!
Chance y los lectores se extrañan por el título, pero dejen explicarlo: hace unos días supimos dos cosas que me iluminaron y me hicieron ponerme del lado de Sensenbrenner y el muro fronterizo.

Diesel Smuggling Network Alleged
In a series of articles this month, Ciudad Juarez’s Norte daily contended a large-scale, diesel smuggling network was thriving in the border region.


Big Foot vs. Climate Change
For a region that’s grabbed growing press attention during the past three years, the US-Mexico border was largely absent from the mainstream US media in recent days. Especially noticeable was the minimal coverage devoted to the annual Border Governor’s Conference, an event that draws governors and other high-ranking officials from both sides of the border who discuss policy issues vital to US-Mexico relations.

Engineers Without Borders working to make drinking water safe for La Paz
Por Mariana Martínez
The Baja California Peninsula is a little unexplored region, where arid, rough, hot terrain melts over incredible beaches and an amazingly unique marine wildlife. Here, thousands of families live in far apart, ranch houses or little fishing towns, where poverty and distance gets in the way of one of the most basic human rights: access to clean drinkable water.


Intensas Jornadas de Trabajo Realizó la Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología
“Pre-Alas 2008 y La Frontera Interrogada: Pensar la Identidad Latinoamericana”
Por: Paco Zavala
Con una impresionante ceremonia de inauguración “Pre-Alas 2008” realizó intensas jornadas de trabajo en las instalaciones del Club Campestre de Tijuana y en la Sala de Usos Múltiples de la Universidad de Tijuana (CUT), en un evento sin precedentes denominado “La Frontera Interrogada: Pensar la Identidad Latinoamericana”.

Something is Rotten at the EPA
By Javier Sierra
Should the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) change its name to the Cronyism Protection Agency? It wouldn’t be a bad idea considering the string of scandals that are shaking an entity that determines the well-being on an entire nation.


Por la Cabeza Se Pudre el Pez
Por Javier Sierra
¿Debería la Agencia de Protección Medioambiental (EPA) cambiarse el nombre? ¿Debería llamarse la Agencia de Protección del Compadreo? No sería mala idea, a juzgar por los escándalos que continúan sacudiendo a una entidad de la que depende el bienestar de todo un país.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
Regreso a clases: La buena nutrición clave para la educación
En esta época del año muchos padres latinos están preparando a sus hijos para el regreso a clases. Y a la hora de pensar en los útiles escolares, no se puede descuidar la nutrición.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
“Attempt to postpone Greg Sandoval resignation smacks of smoke filled “BACK ROOM” deal making
There is an old say that states, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and squawks like a duke it usually is a duck! This saying can be applied to the recent agenda item maneuvering that was witnessed last week at the Southwestern Community College District Board. The agenda item maneuvering acted like a deal, smelled like a deal, which usually means that a back room deal was attempted. That is the situation that surrounded the last minute addition of an agenda item to postpone the resignation of Greg Sandoval.


Comentario:
¿Todos somos Marcos, o todos somos narcos?
Por Dagoberto Márquez
No, no es broma. Parece y hasta tiene ironía pero no, no lo es. ¿O acaso es broma la espeluznante matanza que semana a semana continúa en este país nuestro? No, verdad. Ojalá lo fuera pero no lo es. Comento esto porque anoche, viendo el “noticiero” de López Dóriga recordé que ya tiene cierto tiempo que dejé de ver de manera sistemática dicho informativo en razón de que ya parece periódico de nota roja solamente. Obviamente tal informativo maneja y presenta más información pero a veces tiende a ser escasa, insulsa incluso. Cosa muy distinta al informativo que conducía Jacobo Zabludovsky hace tiempo. Jacobo llegó a pedir disculpas incluso cuando en los últimos años de transmisión de su programa, de repente abundaban las notas relacionadas con violencia, con violencia doméstica aquí en México. Pedía disculpas explícitamente.

Commentary:
FAMILIA SIN FRONTERAS
Por Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick
Nosotras las mujeres latinas de la frontera como esposas, madres, hijas, abuelas, hermanas no vamos a permanecer calladas y al margen del drama que hoy acosa tan despiadadamente a toda nuestra comunidad. El que se no haya adjudicado el papel de chivo expiatorio nacional y culpable de todo lo que aqueja al pais es pagar un alto costo que vemos reflejado en la indiferencia u hostilidad de la sociedad en general. La violacion de nuestros derechos humanos y civiles se ignora y los abusos que sufrimos pasan desapercibidos y son tacimente aceptados por la sociedad.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
ONE PARENT’S CRY: Why does the current educational product produce so many job applicants that cannot write a letter, or, perform simple math tasks??



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I am the proud uncle of five Mexican-redneck kids who recently moved to Wausau with their mamá wisconsiana after living in la Capirucha all their lives. I’ve talked to them on the phone several times a week since they left for la tierra de los sueños materializados, and I’ve noticed slight changes in the way they talk.


First Person:
Don’t Gyp the Food Server on the Tip
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Like many of my “all about me because I grew up poor generation” compatriots, I can never remember a time when our family went out to a restaurant. My Dad’s philosophy was, if we had food at home, why go anywhere else to eat, especially since most restaurants didn’t specialize in pork and beans, spam, eggs and rice.


Planea Cover Ismeño Fronterizo PACIFICA Realizar una Caminata por la Paz en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Con el apoyo del Gobierno del Estado de Baja California, el Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, Baja Narts y Cover Ismeño La Curtiduría de Oaxaca, realizarán una caminata por la Paz.

Calendar of Events:
Public Library Screens “Calavera Highway”
San Diego Public Library and The San Diego Latino Film Festival invite you to a film screening and discussion of Calavera Highway. Calavera Highway is the new production by the filmmaking team of and Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?, My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha) and Evangeline Griego (Sir! No Sir!, Chevolution, God Willing), who recently collaborated with editor Johanna Demetrakas (Amand-la!) on “The Mexico Story” of the acclaimed PBS series, The New Americans. This free event takes place at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego.


Will De La Hoya be remembered as a “Chicken?”
By El Gran Campeon
When the clock strikes midnight on December 6th 2008, it will mark the end of the career of one of boxing’s most celebrated fighters of all time. Oscar De La will hang up the gloves, capping off a 16 year illustrious career. A career that has seen him accomplish great feats such as his gold medal victory in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, as well as defeating more than a dozen world champions, and winning six world titles. Oscar will be remembered as many things, a “Golden Boy”, a charismatic champion, a record breaker but in the eyes of many Mexican boxing fans, Oscar will be seen as nothing more than a chicken.


SWC Male Athlete of the Year Focuses on 2012 Olympics
Curtis Mitchell a State, National and World Winner
The Male Athlete of the Year at Southwestern College (SWC) has all the characteristics you need in a champion athlete. Curtis Mitchell has had a short but memorable career at the College. Mitchell is a talented young track star originally from Daytona Beach, Florida who won numerous awards and honors while attending SWC.

Lucido Arranque Del Campeonato De Judo Baja 2008
TIJUANA — La Cancha de Usos Múltiples del Centro de Alto Rendimiento se convirtió en el escenario perfecto para reunir a judokas de dos estados de la República Mexicana y uno de la Unión Americana con la realización del Campeonato “Baja 2008”.

Mougey Optimistic About Aztec Football
By John Philip Wyllie
It has been ten years since the San Diego State Aztec Football Team posted a winning record and went to a bowl game, but lanky senior wide out Darren Mougey thinks that draught is about to end. Mougey and his teammates were out on the field working hard long after the sun had set on Monday evening preparing for their August 30 home opener against Cal Poly.

U.S. Reaches Olympic Soccer Finals
By John Philip Wyllie
The injury-riddled U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team didn’t exactly get off to a great start when it fell to Norway 2-0 in their tournament opener, but following that embarrassing loss, the red white and blue managed to pull themselves together. Successive victories against, Japan, New Zealand and Canada set the stage for a second meeting with Japan, this time with everything on the line. Monday’s come-from-behind 4-2 semifinal victory over Japan earned the U.S. at least a Silver Medal in China and a shot at the Gold. The U.S. took on powerful Brazil in yesterday’s final, but the results of that one were not known at press time.


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