Volume XXXII Number 48 November 26, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Thank You For Reuniting Us with Our Children

By Donal Brown
New America Media

Editor’s Note: One of the few success stories that came out of the Hurricane Katrina disaster came from the work of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which helped reunite 1,286 children with their families.

As families give thanks for their loved ones during the holidays, the stories of parents and children who were separated – for up to six months – during the Hurricane Katrina disaster is a reminder to undertake proper disaster preparation at all times.

On Nov. 8, 2005 – nearly two and a half months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 – there were still 1,286 children yet to be united with family members. But by 2006, every single one of the children had been found – the last on March 16, 2006.


Father Finds Displaced Son in San Diego With Help of Child Services Worker

After Hurricane Katrina, Jamal’s father became concerned about his 13-year-old son, who lived in Gretna, Louisiana, with his grandmother. The tiny community was slammed by the storm and as an evacuee to the Convention Center in Houston himself, it was very difficult for Jamal’s father to find out if his son was okay. He talked to a child protective services worker who called NCMEC’s hotline to ask for help. Jamal’s grandmother was located at a church shelter, but she had also become separated from the boy and did not know where he was. After the search for Jamal was publicized, his mother phoned the NCMEC hotline to report he was safe with her in San Diego, where an apartment had been donated to the family.


Much of the credit for the remarkable accomplishment of locating these children goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). But Ernie Allen, CEO of NCMEC, said the media gave invaluable service to the cause.

“I think it was the media’s finest hour,” said Allen.

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Fence to Carve Up Fragile Border Preserve
By Enrique Gili
Another chapter in U.S.-Mexico border relations is about to close. In the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is completing construction of a 22-kilometre triple fence along the San Diego-Tijuana border.

Starving for Change
By Chris Hedges
Perspective
Elba Figueroa worked as a nurse’s aide until she got Parkinson’s disease. She lost her job. She lost her health care. She receives $703 a month in government assistance. Her rent alone costs $750. And so she borrows money from friends and neighbors every month to stay in her apartment. She laboriously negotiates her wheelchair up and down steps and along the frigid sidewalks of Trenton, N.J., to get to soup kitchens and food pantries to eat.


En riesgo estadounidenses debido a la violencia que experimenta México
Por Mariana Martinez
Hasta ahora, la violencia en Mexico ha sido vista por autoridades y ciudadanos norteamericanos como algo ajeno a la realidad inmediata, pero los recientes juicios, detenciones y decomisos de armas en la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos, ponen al descubierto un serio riesgo a la seguridad para autoridades norteamericanas, el verdadero poder de las pandillas en este país y la relación armasdroga que pocos parecen dispuestos asumir.



Stories


Reforma migratoria es parte de la economía
Si Barack Obama quiere arreglar la economía, entonces tendrá que considerar la inmigración
Por Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO — Los migrantes se movilizan en búsqueda de empleos que no encuentran en sus paises de origen, a pesar de que los mercados están regulados por las mismas leyes, como se puede apreciar en estos momentos, donde la crisis es también “global”.

Análisis
El accidente...
por Dagoberto Márquez
Juan Camilo Mouriño fue el secretario del gobierno federal más joven probablemente. Como la espuma y no obstante las sospechas que privaron en su contra, llegó y se mantuvo en la secretaría de Gobernación. Tal cosa lo condujo a la muerte. El accidente en que perdió la vida junto a José Luis Santiago Vasconcelos y más gente fue eso precisamente, un accidente que derivado de cómo fueron las cosas, este opinante no tiene porqué entrecomillar.

Fat Cows and Thin Cows
By Javier Sierra
Just like in the Bible, our country is coming out of a dream, or rather a nightmare, in which we saw seven thin cows eating seven fat cows. The biblical fable, which announces seven years of prosperity, could well be suggesting that the end of the nightmare has a date, Jan. 20, 2009.


Vacas Flacas y Vacas Gordas
Por Javier Sierra
Al igual que en la Biblia, nuestro país ha tenido un sueño, más bien una pesadilla, en la que ha visto siete vacas flacas comerse a siete vacas gordas. La fábula bíblica que anuncia años de prosperidad bien podría sugerirnos que el final de la pesadilla ya tiene fecha, el 20 de enero de 2009.

Colectan 73 Mil Kilos De Basura en Playas de Acapulco
Por Sergio Flores Hernandez
ACAPULCO, México — Unas 73 toneladas de basura fueron recolectadas en unos 5 kilómetros de Playa Diamante en Acapulco tras la convocatoria de la organización ambiental COSTASALVAjE y la participación del equipo Diageo comprometido con el Medio Ambiente, instancias gubernamentales, durante la Cruzada Nacional de Limpieza de Playas, Ríos y Lagos 2008.


Californians Would Pay for Real Education Reform
By Steven A. Rosell and Isabella Furth
Six weeks after legislators passed a state budget patched together with accounting tricks, one-time revenue boosts and crossed fingers, California is back in the hole. The future looks grim, and more cuts are coming. Significant education reform seems impossible. But don’t underestimate Californians’ willingness to back significant, long-term reforms to California’s K-12 school system. They are ready to make difficult choices and real sacrifices to get a system that works.

Los jóvenes, algo más que una gigantesca fuerza laboral de reserva
Por María Dolores Bolívar
Veo a los jóvenes llenos de entusiasmo. Quizás se den cuenta, ellos mejor que nadie, qué tan deteriorada está la economía. Están cansados de trabajar a deshoras y de estudiar con la desesperación que les impone el saber que no hay cuerpo que aguante toda una vida de trabajos de nueve a diez dólares por hora. Su única esperanza es estudiar para salir de pobres. Ellos saben que tienen que hacerlo a costa de lo que sea. También los trabajos de 12 dólares la hora se acaban o emigran cual golondrinas arrogantes. El outsourcing –versión contemporánea de aquella realidad que nombraba a los capitales huidizos “capitales golondrinos”- ha dado a las corporaciones la ecuación perfecta: trabajos en países lejanos sin prestaciones y a menos de la mitad de lo que exigen los salarios mínimos en Estados Unidos. ¡Vaya una ganga para las corporaciones!

Depression on the Rise Due to Poor Economy, Pre-Holiday Angst
By Jackie Jones
Ho, ho, ho, hum.
The holiday season seems to start earlier and end later nowadays, and with the economy in the tank, the unemployment rate climbing and investments and retirement funds being battered, it’s hard to look at Thanksgiving next week and find a whole lot to be thankful for.

How To Beat The Holiday Blues
Health and Human Services Agency Offers Advice on Dealing with Loneliness, Anxiety and Depression
The holiday season should be a time of joy, cheer, parties, and gatherings with family and friends. However, many people experience feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Furthermore, stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, financial constraints, and the inability to be with loved ones and family can cause the “holiday blues.”


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Mónica Rodríguez
Preparémonos con alegría para las fiestas navideñas
Faltan ya pocos días para que finalice éste año y entramos en una etapa muy familiar que inicia con el día de acción de gracias y termina con las fiestas de la natividad. Aunque estos últimos meses han sido críticos a nivel económico para todos, también se ha generado una gran expectativa para el 2009, con la llegada del nuevo Presidente Barack Obama.


AIDS Quilt Displayed at UC San Diego in Recognition of World AIDS Day
The 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day will be recognized by the University of California, San Diego with a number of events and programs, including a public viewing of portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Price Center East Ballroom from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, December 1. The event is free and open to the public.

BIENSTAR San Diego Celebrates Unidos en Esperanza
A day of remembrance of those who died of AIDS
BIENSTAR San Diego celebrates Unidos en Esperanza, the first annual Latino community/family event on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2008. Bringing the message back to the community, the event, which will take place at the Sherman Heights Community Center, will include free HIV test scheduling, food, candlelight vigil, altar celebration, and testimonials of HIV/AIDS infected and affected individual.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
We are thankful for our family, friends, and readers!
Thanksgiving is a day that family and friends come together and share in the bounty that we have. It is a day of laughter, good cheer, and good food. It is a day to be thankful for all that we have.


Comentario:
El Día de Acción de Gracia
Por José Uzal
El Día de Acción de Gracia es un feriado netamente norteamericano. Un día dedicado a dar gracias por las bendiciones recibidas durante el año. Es el único feriado en el calendario que no se ha comercializado, que no tiene raíces paganas y el cual lo pueden celebrar todas las religiones que conviven es ta gran nación.


Comentario:
Día de dar gracias
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Desde que llegué a este país dos décadas atrás, uno de los días festivos que siempre me ha gustado es el Thanksgiving. El colectivismo natural que incita esta festividad es una verdadera contradicción al individualismo que se practica en nuestra sociedad.

Commentary:
Supreme Court decision a victory for labor rights
By Premilla Nadasen
The U.S. Supreme Court just made a good decision by not making a decision. It declined to hear a case brought by Agriprocessors, the Kosher meatpacking company. By so doing, it has assured undocumented workers the right to organize.


Commentary:
Expect “Rule of Law” to Rule Immigration Policy
By Tom Barry
What does the likely nomination of Gov. Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security signal for immigration policy?



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I hear all the time that 12 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. Is that true? Who counted them? How did they do it? Is there a turnstile at the border tallying up illegals and stamping their hands with neon glowing cartoon characters so they can go back and visit their familias?


First Person:
Falling Asleep Counting My Blessings
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I am sick and tired of them spinning the news. On-line is bad. Radio is worse, and TV is abysmal. They want you to get scared so you will stay tuned for the next commercial. Ironically it is the renegade and rampant commercialism that got this country in trouble in the first place. The culture of greed based on the cult of personality has to change. We need to get back to a more spiritual and soulful America, remembering that we are the land of the free and home of the brave, not the home of the broke.

You’re a Generous One, Mr. Grinch
Imperial Beach Students Are Treated To Dr. Seuss Holiday Classic
By Pete Salisbury
Second graders from Imperial Beach Oneonta Elementary School were treated to the holiday classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” courtesy of The Grinch Children’s Initiatives as The Old Globe Theatre presents its annual holiday production now in its 11th year.

Reseña:
Crí Crí “El Grillito Cantor” Recibió Sensible Homenaje de Regina Orozco
“Amenizó la Orquesta de Baja California dirigida por Eduardo García Barrios”
Por: Paco Zavala
Da gusto en una tarde templada, ver a tantas familias reunidas en torno a un evento musical que se realizó el pasado domingo 23 de noviembre, a las 3:00 pm. en la Explanada del Centro Cultural Tijuana, evento en el que la reconocida actriz y soprano mexicana Regina Orozco, le rindió un sensible homenaje a Crí Crí, el famoso “Grillito Cantor”, personaje creado por Francisco Gabilondo Soler, para solaz esparcimiento y diversión de los niños y también de algunos adultos.


Alazraqui builds reputation as voice of the animated
By Kiko Martinez
You’ve probably heard his voice before, but never the same way twice.

El Grupo Teatral “OJO” Representará la Pastorela “El Portal del Belén”
Por: Paco Zavala
El popular género teatral de la pastorela, que año tras año es renovado por el mes de diciembre, rememorando la venida de Jesús, incluyendo todos los vericuetos y enredos creativos del autor, terminando siempre en un final feliz, en el que prevalece la bondad sobre la maldad. Este año 2008, no pasará desapercibido porque el grupo teatral “OJO”, tiene montada y lista para representar la Pastorela “El Portal de Belén” y la ofrece a quien desee presentarla en su espacio, escuelas, iglesias, templos, teatros y en donde se desee.


Christmas at the California Center for the Arts
Christmas comes early at the California Center for the Arts with snow for kids to play in, carolers, Santa, a tree lighting and four family-friendly performances featuring directionally-challenged pirates in Yo Ho Ho A Pirate’s Christmas all on the first weekend of December. Other performances at the Center include musical rock group GrooveLily telling story-filled ballads and a classic rendition of Handel’s Messiah paired with a multimedia presentation of classic art.


Holiday Calendar of Events:
December Nights
Annual Event Features New Activities and Traditional Favorites
Balboa Park December Nights, San Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 31st consecutive year on Friday, December 5, 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, noon-10:00 p.m. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. both evenings. The beloved San Diego event features sparkling lights, theatrical and musical entertainment, and food, food and more food throughout the Park. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors.


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