Volume XXXII Number 51 December 19, 2008

FrontPage Stories

La Posada at the border

After 15 years, possibly the last

By Mariana Martínez

Amongst the choppy sea and the subtle rain, a group of umbrella clad people are singing, their song rising above the old rusty border wall.

“In the name of heaven, I ask you for shelter…”

The Posada without Borders is celebrated for the 15th year in a row, in border field park in the US side, and the old lighthouse plaza in Tijuana.


Emi Sam, 19, laughs as she sings Christmas songs with Manuel Ocano Rodriguez, 27, at the U.S.-Mexico border fence during a Christmas posada held in honor of migrants. About 150 people showed up in spite of rain. Photo - David Maung

On both sides, about a hundred people stand divided only by the metal wall, to remember the true spirit of Christmas, in what could be the last of the posadas, due to the eminent construction of the second border wall which would stop all contact in this area.

But today, there’s no space for sadness, protected from the rain, people gather to listen to Art Cribbs, pastor from San Merino United Church of Christ, who was publicly apologizing to immigrants.

“I wish I had the authority to give a former apology to all those affected by our policies, to all of those who have not been allowed to fulfill their dream of a better life, as it is their human right” Cribbs said.

About a hundred yards from there, a pair of Minutemen where waving US flags and screaming, “Stop coming here, obey the law.”

Between them and the crowd, a few Border Patrol agents.



La Posada en la línea
Después de 15 años, tal vez la última
Por Mariana Martínez
Frente al mar picado y bajo una lluvia fina de diciembre, un grupo de personas con sombrillas canta por encima del muro oxidado de siempre.

The spirit of the holidays in present in our region
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
In these tough economic times, it might seem like every family has to look for itself and try to make ends meet for oneself.

El espíritu de la Navidad está presente en nuestra region
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
En estos tiempos económicos difíciles, pareciera que cada familia tiene que ver sólo por los suyos y tratar de sobrevivir.



Stories


Making the Internet safe for children
Campaign tries to stop online risks for minors
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
A national bilingual media campaign educates parents about the risks their children face online while at the same time warns potential online sexual predators that exploiting children online is a serious crime.

Haciendo el Internet seguro para los niños
Una campaña trata de eliminar los riesgos para los menores en línea
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Una campaña bilingüe nacional en los medios educa a los padres acerca de los riesgos que los niños enfrentan en el Internet mientras que al mismo tiempo advierte a los depredadores sexuales que explotar a los niños en Internet es un crimen muy serio.

Chicago Workers To Rest Of Country: “Don’t Let It Die!”
By David Bacon
When the day finally comes that Raul Flores loses his job, he will face a bitter search for another one. “I’ve got a family to support, so I’ve got to do whatever it takes,” he says. “It’s going to be hard. The economic situation is not good, but I can’t just wait for something to happen to me.”

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Sentándose para Levantarse
Hace 71 años y un par de meses, un grupo de trabajadores se apoderaron de una fábrica en Estados Unidos (literalmente “se sentaron”), en la ciudad de Flint, estado de Michigan, para ser exactos. La acción, llamémosla no completamente de acuerdo con lo que estipulan las leyes. Pero, como antes y como ahora y como en el futuro, las leyes no necesariamente coinciden con la realidad, y aún más importante, no coinciden con los intereses de los trabajadores.

La América de las vacas flacas
Por María Dolores Bolívar
Las primeras decisiones de Barack Obama en cuanto a su gabinete de seguridad nacional apuntan a grandes cambios. La senadora Hillary Clinton en el equivalente al ministerio del interior; Janet Napolitano, gobernadora de Arizona, a la agencia de seguridad interior (Homeland Security). Los cambios resultan más atractivos que en el pasado. Nos preguntamos si de verdad habremos dado con una de esas épocas en las que el entusiasmo se apareja con las estrellas y ambos con las crisis que motivan a los individuos a echarle imaginación al asunto. Y, bueno, para muchos, que convivimos con los inmigrantes, la lista de “to do’s” en el campo de la inmigración va en aumento. Ni siquiera una amnistía podría atender la problemática que por años ha ido echando sus raíces por todo el territorio. ¿Cómo asumir esa nueva realidad a la luz de una legalidad que urge reconceptualizar por el bien de prácticas que han urdido mundos paralelos como mundos aparte…?


La Globalización Sólo Funciona Cuado Todos Pueden Crecer, Dice El Cardenal George Sobre Mensaje Del Dí a Mundial De La Paz
“La globalización sólo funciona cuando todos pueden crecer”, dijo el Cardenal Francis George de Chicago, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos. “Debe abordarse la dimensión moral de la pobreza en el mundo si queremos lograr la paz mundial”.

Mexicans Stay in U.S. for Holidays
By Matin E. Martínez
SACRAMENTO — For the past 15 years, the Valencia family has lived in California, and every year they visit their relatives in México at Christmas time. This year, however, will be the first time the Valencias will not go south, due to the bad economy.

Obama sets record for top Hispanics
By: Mike Allen
President-elect Obama has already broken White House records for the number of top Hispanic officials.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Mónica Rodríguez
Evite tomar, prevenga accidentes
En estos tiempos de festividades y nostalgias, en los que el licor suele hacer presencia recurrentemente, es urgente recordar que los excesos pueden tener consecuencias lamentables y que conducir embriagado es una falta que la ley castiga severamente.

Medicare choices need to be made before Jan. 1
By Mayte Prida
This holiday season seniors have important choices to make about their healthcare. Medicare prescription drug plans may be making changes to premiums, cost sharing and coverage that will be effective January 1. If you or someone you care for is eligible for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, it’s critical that you review the changes being made by your current prescription drug plan and compare it to other plans to make sure it still meets your needs. You may change plans between now and December 31.

Decisiones de Medicare deben hacerse antes de Enero 1
Por Mayte Prida
Durante estas épocas festivas, las personas de la tercera edad tienen que tomar decisiones importantes relacionadas al cuidado de su salud. A partir del primero de Enero del 2009, los planes de Medicare que cubren medicamentos recetados podrían tener cambios en sus primas, costos compartidos y de cobertura. Si usted o alguien que usted conoce califica para los beneficios que proveen los planes que cubren medicamentos recetados de Medicare, es importante que revise los cambios de su plan de medicamentos recetados actual. De esa manera, podrá compararlo con otros planes asegurándose de que su plan cumple con sus necesidades. Recuerde que tiene hasta el 31 de Diciembre para cambiar de plan.

Southwestern Sun wins college Pulitzer Prize
Southwestern College’s student newspaper, The Sun, is a 2008 recipient of the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, the Pulitzer Prize of college media. The journalism program’s online publication, southwestern collegesun.com, also won the Pacemaker, the first in the college’s history. The newspaper has been honored four times in the past six years with the international award that recognizes the best publications in the English-speaking world. The newspaper and online publication both won Best of Show awards at the ACP’s fall convention in Kansas City.


“Sea of Support: Save the Chula Vista Nature Center” Campaign Kicks Off
The accredited museum is in danger of closing its doors due to the City of Chula Vista’s dire budget crisis. In an effort to draw public attention to the pending closure of the popular Chula Vista Nature Center, The Friends of the Chula Vista Nature Center have kicked off the “Sea of Support: Save the Chula Vista Nature Center” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise money for the ongoing operation of the Nature Center, promote awareness to the many educational, environmental and conservation services the Center provides and gives the community an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to keeping the Nature Center open for business.

SBUSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee call for Applicants
IMPERIAL BEACH — The South Bay Union School District (SBUSD) is currently seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving on its Independent Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee to oversee the expenditure of the recently approved Proposition X, a $59.4 million school safety and repair bond. This committee will communicate its findings to the Board and the public to ensure that school bond funds are invested as the voters intended, and that the construction projects are completed wisely and efficiently.

Community Notes:
Deadline for Planning Commission Applications – January 16
Are you interested in volunteering to serve your community? Mayor Cheryl Cox and the Chula Vista City Council urge residents to get involved in local government by serving on the City of Chula Vista’s Planning Commission.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Ben Hueso, City Council President, a significant day for San Diego’s Hispanics
San Diego City Councilperson Ben Hueso has been elected the coun-cil president which is a personal achievement for Hueso and is significant for the Hispanic community in general. Ben Hueso is now the second most powerful politician in the city and has elevated his constituency base beyond District 8 to now representing the whole city.

Commentary:
State Budget Crisis Proves Painful to Latinos
By Vince Vasquez
New number crunching from state finance officials has revealed that California now faces a staggering $41.8 billion shortfall across this year and next year’s General Fund budget. Exactly how Sacramento lawmakers will close this massive gap is unclear, but a key opinion survey and new developments in the state capitol reveal that Latino residents should play closer attention to how the budget crisis will affect their families in the coming months.

Comentario:
Política económica alternativa
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
De acuerdo a los recientes datos oficiales, el desempleo en California está a más de 7% y el nacional está por el 9%. A pesar de toda la información que nos brinda las agencias estadísticas, difícilmente podemos saber el efecto real de la crisis económica, especial-mente si consideramos que los datos oficiales no consideran a las personas desempleadas que no se han registrado y a la población de trabajadores indocumentados.


Commentary:
Don’t Let Them Destroy Our Union
By Frank Hammer
As the fate of the Detroit auto industry is being debated, the arguments and positions are becoming crystal clear. There is now a chorus of right wing ideologues who are pushing to let GM go into bankruptcy. No argument here about “too big to fail.” No regard for consequences like we heard when the Congress approved the $700 billion stash for the banking and financial industries. The Detroit Three are accused of mismanagement at a crescendo much louder than the financial giants we had to save. Why the double standard?


Comentario:
Las burbujas
Por José R. Uzal
Por muchos años a los excesos del capitalismo se le llamaban ciclos. Los economistas establecieron teorías sobre al duración y causa de cada ciclo. Típicamente la economía crecía hasta cierto punto y de pronto comenzaba a bajar. Los que estaban en el fondo de la actividad económica, casi siempre los inmigrantes, eran los primeros en sufrir los estragos. Despido de los empleos, perdida de pequeños negocios, eliminación de los ahorros y divorcios.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
SPECIAL NAVIDAD SHOPPING GUIDE EDITION
Dear Readers: A couple of columnas ago, I published a short list of my favorite books regarding Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and urged ustedes to submit better choices so that gabachos can have a Christmas shopping list for their favorite Mexicans, or to understand nosotros better. Muchos responded, and below is a list of the most-recommended tomes, along with my brief descriptions. But before empezamos, let’s start with a surprise—the only author or publisher to have recommended their own book. What’s wrong with the rest of you wab authors? Humility won’t get you anything in the publishing world other than water.

First Person:
This time it’s Tejas, Chicano legend Johnny Hernandez goes home
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Tex-Mex music superstar singer Johnny Hernandez and I go way back to 1983 when I produced Little Joe, Johnny y La Famila’s first album for Warner Brothers International, entitled No Quiero Mas Amar. It is ironic for me to have a long talk with an old friend about No Quiero Mas LA.


Having it All: Living the American Dream
I never dreamed it would be possible...
By Bobbi Miller-Moro
If you would have told me that 10 years into the future I would be writing a book about empowering women and mothers of all races, of all cultures and inspiring women to HAVE IT ALL, I would have laughed. And that would have been when I was 25 years old. I was just married to my second husband, after having a very messy divorce with the father of my three older children, whom I was married to for seven years, marrying at 18 years old. I had already put myself through boot camp as a single mother, working nights for Brinks, and was a Reserve Officer for San Bernardino Police Dept.

Apoyarán 25 Proyectos Culturales a Realizarse el Próximo Año 2009
Por: Paco Zavala
Pese a la crísis financiera y a los embates de una receción económica mundial que ya está causando estragos en algunos sectores productivos, el gobierno federal de México, cumple fielmente en lo que cabe, las promesas hechas por el ejecutivo, de paliar la crisis con inversiones en infraestructura y el sector cultural también está contemplado, como se confirma a continuación.

Se presentó el Ensamble de Música Contemporánea de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Por: Paco Zavala
Sabemos por tradición, sobre todo para la grey católica romana que el mes de diciembre está lleno de fechas memorables, tales como la celebración de la Inmaculada Concepción el día 8 de diciembre, el día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, el 12 del mes y las posadas que inician el día 16 hasta el 24, día de la Noche Buena, el 25 la Navidad y el día último la espera del año nuevo.


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