Volume XXXII Number 36 September 5, 2008

FrontPage Stories

“Children of the Dump” document their life on film

By Mariana Martínez

“We see how they bring the cars in, dismantle them and then take the leftover aluminum carcass over the edge of a cliff near my house”, that is the description made by 11 year old Luis Adán Ramírez Hernández, a reality he documents with a camera and it is now part of an exhibit at the No Name gallery in Tijuana.

Luis Adán just turned 11 but he is still in third grade - when he should be in 5th grade. Along with his family, he lives in an illegal settlement that until a few years ago grew on the skirts of the Tijuana city dump.


Filmmaker John Sheedy talks with families in Colonia Fausto Gonzalez while on a visit to the community to produce a documentary film about the lives of families who make a living by recycling from the city garbage dump. Photo - David Maung

Named Colonia Fausto González, its residents are mainly “pepenadores”; people who make a living by gathering metal, plastic and glass out of the dump, they then take them to recycling plants in exchange for cash.

Luis Adán’s parents gather empty plastic gallons they turn into plastic sheets they sell for 30 dollars each; other residents use them to protect their homes from rain and humidity or to make some shade while selling goods on the street.

Luis Adán, his siblings and cousins are all involved in learning photographic skills, in a workshop created by John Sheedy, award winning film director of the movie “El Inmigrante”.

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“Niños del Basurero” documentan su vida en fotos
Por Mariana Martínez
“Vemos como traen los carros, los desmantelan y luego tiran la lámina del carro por el barranco que está cerca de mi casa”, así describe Luis Adán Ramírez Hernández su entorno, que se dedica a documentar con la cámara y ahora estrena con una exposición colectiva de fotografía realizada en la galería Sin Nombre, en Tijuana.

Palin Has No Record on Diversity or Civil Rights
ANALYSIS
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
There’s no record that Alaska Governor and Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin uttered anything more than the obligatory complimentary congratulations to the woman that beat her out for the Miss Alaska title in 1984. The winner was Maryline Blackburn, an African-American. A ritual congratulatory wish from Palin would have been about the only public acknow-ledgement to date from her in an instance, in this case a beauty contest, where Palin was confronted with the issue of diversity in the person of a competitor.

Latin American Media See Mexico as New Drug King
By Teo Ballvé
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Drug-related violence that has wracked some Latin American countries for decades is now lapping at the U.S. shores of the Rio Grande. In response to a government crackdown, rival Mexican drug cartels that have been engaged in internecine bloody turf wars for years have now ruthlessly turned their guns on Mexican government security forces.


Stories


México… ¿país peligroso?
Por María Dolores Bolívar
Desde la frontera leemos aterrados acerca de la realidad del México que muchos amamos y que vemos deteriorarse semana a semana. Tiroteos, secuestros, más tiroteos. Los últimos focos rojos se encendieron cuando leí el reporte titulado Libertad de Prensa en México: La sombra de la impunidad y la violencia. Su inicio escueto, llano, obliga a la reflexión:

“Acapulco-ization”: The Final Stage of Tourism?
Kent Paterson
Acapulco’s old Costera tourist drag projects a surprising new vibrancy. Glitzy bars and restaurants, gaming establishments, and retail outlets splash an upscale coating on an otherwise gritty resort that hovered on the abyss of oblivion not long ago.

Baja Housing Developments, Bust and Boom
In an unsurprising development, Baja California’s once-vaunted, US-oriented residential real estate market has ground to a virtual halt, according to a high-ranking Mexican official.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Disparándose en las Patas
“Nosotros no tenemos que ser políticamente correctos. Somos Republicanos”. Esta frase, que debía convertirse en histórica, viene de una tal Sandra McDade, delegada a la Convención Nacional Republicana por el estado de Louisiana, y se dio en una de las tantas sesiones de discusión previas al circo en que el John McCain aceptó la candidatura de su partido para la presidencia de Estados Unidos.

Wishes and Hopes from Having Been a Black Child
By Ernie McCray
I’ve been asked to help organize a conference locally that will address the enormous problems facing black children.

Las escuelas de San Ysidro votarán en noviembre
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
En noviembre 4, habrá elecciones para elegir a dos miembros de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar de San Ysidro. Los candidatos por los dos puestos son los actuales miembros Raquel Márquez y Paul Randolph, y un nuevo candidato, Anthony Rodríguez.

San Ysidro schools vote this November
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
This November 4, there will be elections to choose two members of the San Ysidro School District Governing Board. The candidates for the two seats are the incumbents Raquel Marquez and Paul Randolph, and a new candidate Anthony Rodriguez.

Labor Day Provided Little to Celebrate for U.S. Latinos
By Haider Rizvi
A vast majority of Latino workers in the United States are forced to work for long hours and low wages with no health care or any other benefits, says a new study published this week.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Rebeca Logan
Los ojos son claves para la educación
En esta época de regreso a clases, millones de padres en todo el país hacen fila para comprar los libros y útiles escolares indispensables para el éxito educativo de sus hijos.

Summer Back to School Conference and Festival Helps Thousands of Kids Prepare for School
Just in time for the new school year, thousands of children received free backpacks containing essential school supplies at the New ERAA (Everybody Recommitting to Academic Achievement) 2008 Back 2 School Conference and Festival.

Hogares Sin Humo
El derecho de tener apartamentos y condominios libres de humo del cigarro puede ser de benéfico tanto para propietarios como para inquilinos. Estos beneficios abarcan desde mejoras en la salud de los inquilinos californianos hasta beneficios económicos para los propietarios. Aun mejor, la implementación de políticas que aseguren hogares libres de humo es muy posible ya que no existen bases legales para que se menosprecie este esfuerzo en salud pública.

Political Notes:
Diversity Highlight Standing Room Only for Barrack/Block Event
CHULA VISTA -- While many things have happened since this event, it is still worth noting that the Obama Speech Watching Party, hosted by Marty Block for Assembly, attracted a record number of South Bay residents and elected officials and highlighted the diversity of the 78th Assembly District. Locals from Chula Vista and other parts of South Bay began arriving at 5:00pm, and continued almost non-stop until 7:00pm, the time scheduled for Barrack Obama’s historic Democratic Presidential Acceptance Speech.


Editorial and Commentary

Guest Editorial:
It can be done... We shall see
By Gracia Molina de Pick
As a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, I went with the goal to feel the pulse of the Democratic Party and its official candidate, Barack Obama, regarding the Latino agenda.

Editorial de la Huésped
Se Puede…..Vamos a Ver
Por Gracia Molina de Pick
Asistimos a la Convencion Nacional Democrata que tuvo lugar en Denver la semana pasada con el fin de sentir el pulso del Partido Democrata y de su candidato oficial Barack Obama respecto a la Agenda Latina.


Commentary:
Republican Convention: I am snow blind
By Rudy Acuña
I have watching the Republican Convention for the past three days. Sometimes that is what you do when you get old — you waste your time. A few acquaintances tell me that I should have an open mind since, according to them, the Republicans have changed and they have a bigger tent these days.


Commentary:
Did a Mississippi Raid Protect Rightwing Politicians?
By: David Bacon
Laurel, Mississippi - On August 25, immigration agents swooped down on Howard Industries, a Mississippi electrical equipment factory, taking 481 workers to a privately-run detention center in Jena, Louisiana. A hundred and six women were also arrested at the plant, and released wearing electronic monitoring devices on their ankles if they had children, or without them if they were pregnant. Eight workers were taken to Federal court in Hattiesburg, where they were charged with aggravated identity theft.

Comentario:
NAFTA
Por José R. Uzal
La consolidación social, política y económica de Norteamérica continúa callada e inexorablemente. El Tratado de Libre Comercio de Norteamérica (TLCAN) (NAFTA por sus siglas en Inglés) estableció en 1994, entre otras cosas, que los camiones mexicanos y estadounidenses podrían viajar libremente por el territorio de cualquiera de sus países miembros. Desde 1971, décadas antes del TLCAN, las leyes federales establecen que los conductores de vehículos comerciales deben leer y hablar en inglés “lo suficiente como para comprender las señales de tránsito de las carreteras y las indicaciones que se les den en inglés, y para responder a investigaciones oficiales”.

Commentary:
Time to Stuff the Bag Tax
By Jon Coupal
It’s the biggest tax hike you’ve never heard of. In a last ditch effort, California grocers, retailers and environmental groups are attempting to resurrect a fiscally reckless bill to impose a 25-cent tax on all paper and plastic bags Californians get at the grocery store. This bill could cost grocery shoppers billions a year — and come on top of already skyrocketing food, gasoline and energy prices.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
No Respect, No Vote!
I was never too keen on Obama. Pero este fue el final. I don’t know about you, but I will not be humiliated, ignored and kicked in the rear without a good fight or saying something that the other party may not want to hear. Somos uno fuerza politica tremenda. 


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I’m an illegal alien. Got here on a tourist visa and stayed for a job. My gabacho employer knows about it and doesn’t give a crap. I don’t apologize about it, as ever since I can remember, the U.S.A has meddled around other countries’ business like it owns the world. That, at least in my mind, gives me the right to be here and do a decent, reasonable man’s labor with muchos huevos, labor that nobody else will do. Why won’t gabachos? A myriad of reasons, from snobbism to plain old laziness to greed, none of them to be discussed here. I don’t get in trouble, I work my culo off and get good money for it.


La Bella Actriz Mexicana Ofelia Medina Dió Lectura a Textos Literarios
Por: Paco Zavala
Con la belleza de su melodiosa voz, la actriz mexicana Ofelia Medina dió lectura a textos literarios de las poetisas mexicanas Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz y Rosario Castellanos, en el marco del programa de lectura Leo….luego existo, el pasado jueves 21 de agosto en la Sala de Usos Múltiples del Centro Cultural Tijuana, un evento realizado en colaboración con el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Una Noche de Gala con el Ballet Folklórico Ticuán
“En el marco de las festividades septembrinas”
Por: Paco Zavala
Indudablemente que las manifestaciones artísticas del folklor mexicano, son de lo más grandioso, rico y maravilloso del mundo. Cada estado, cada región geográfica, cuenta con su legítimo entorno, su música, sus bailes, danzas y vestidos; bien podemos hablar de más de un centenar de expresiones que dibujan y pintan la policromía del paisaje mexicano.

Hispanic animator helps create new ‘Star Wars’ universe
By Kiko Martinez
He might have been too young to understand everything that was going on when the original “Star Wars” movie hit theaters in 1977, but now animator Sergio Paez can call himself more than just an avid fan of the fantasy adventure.

Library to Show Series of Award Winning Independent Films
The Chula Vista Library’s Independent Film series debuts Sunday, September 7, at 2 p.m. with three remarkable films — La Gran Final (The Great Match), Viva Cuba, and Madeinusa.

Court Duo Delivers the Hits for Trojans
By John Philip Wyllie
Tamara Miranda grew up with volleyball. Her mother played it in her youth while she was growing up in Tijuana. By the time she reached the fifth grade her mother was working with her on the court and teaching her the nuances of the game.


Juan Diaz: Making all the “right” decisions, no bull
By El Gran Campeon
Upon hearing about the tragic death that took the life of former San Diego Chargers strong safety, Terrence Kiel on July 4th, there was only one thought going through my head, “So much wasted talent.” Here was a young man, 27 years old, who at one point in his career was one game away from playing on the biggest stage in sports, “The Super Bowl.”

Sesma Anchors Trojan Line
By John Philip Wyllie
Like his brother before him Jesus Sesma is out to make a name for himself on the Castle Park High School Football Team, but the younger of the Sesma brothers is doing it in a very different way. Brother Julian, excelled in the glamorous role of quarterback and went on to a scholarship at Georgetown University. Jesus toils in the trenches. The compact 5’10” 241 pounder is the team’s center and the foundation of the Trojans offensive line.

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