Volume XXXIII Number 14 April 3, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Protest and vigil at community college in North County

Palomar College students celebrate Cesar Chavez following their own legacy to fight for the Dream Act

By America Barcelo-Feldman


Dream Act Vigil, students, professors and activists.

SAN MARCOS — With a 24 hour fast, a quiet protest, and an all night vigil, Palomar College students commemorated and honored the farm workers’ leader Cesar Chavez.

Formed in the community college of north San Diego County, the recently founded “United Students for the Dream Act Coalition” (U.S.D.A) initiated the celebration for the labor leader with an example of union and sacrifice in support of thousands of undocumented students.

“We want to follow Chavez’ example, and this holiday is a perfect day to launch our movement for the DREAM Act. To honor the memory of this leader we will raise awareness and support to motivate other students to fight in favor of thousands of young people like us who are not documented. The high costs of universities prevent them to finish their education,” founder of the coalition USDA Viviana Gonzalez said.

On Monday, March 30th, the college students started a 24-hour fast, a night vigil with candles followed by a prayer at 10 p.m. to pass the midnight under the campus tower clock where they remained all night.

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Protesta y vigilia en colegio comunitario del Norte del Condado
Celebran estudiantes de Palomar College a César Chávez siguiendo su legado de lucha en favor de legalización de estudiantes universitarios
Por América Barceló-Feldman
SAN MARCOS
— Con un ayuno de 24 horas, una protesta silenciosa y una vigilia, los estudiantes velaron toda la noche en el Colegio Palomar en San Marcos. La vigilia y el ayuno terminaron con una conmemoración de la lucha del líder de campesinos César Chávez.


Why Immigrant Workers Will Fill the Streets This May Day
By David Bacon
In a little over a month, hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of people will fill the streets in city after city, town after town, across the US. This year these May Day marches of immigrant workers will make an important demand on the Obama administration: End the draconian enforcement policies of the Bush administration. Establish a new immigration policy based on human rights and recognition of the crucial economic and social contributions of immigrants to US society.

Éxito sin Precedentes en la Organización de la V Feria Tijuana en la Historia
“Participaron más de 40 secundarias, 448 trabajos y 1794 alumnos”
Por: Paco Zavala
Dicen: que cuando las cosas o los asuntos importantes se planean, programan, organizan y se ejecutan bien, el resultado es óptimo; este resultado es el que se obtuvo en la realización de la V Feria Tijuana en la Historia, que se presentó del jueves 26 al domingo 29 del pasado mes de marzo, en las instalaciones del Centro Cultural Tijuana.



Don Diego Ladies Auxiliary contributing to the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association

“Don Diego Ladies Auxiliary contributing to the San Diego Alzeimer’s Association”: From left Alzeimer’s Chairman, Alicia Ketcham, Alzheimer’s Exec. Dir. Lisa Bruner (accepting Check).

Chaplain Olivia J. Solomon (presenting check) and Co-Chairman, Linda Vasquez A Benefit Dinner Dance was held in honor of Auxiliary Charter member Ruth H. Romero and Charter member, Emma Rubalcava whom we lost to this terrible disease. A Pledge of $2,600 was raised. The event was a great success not to mention the committee that made it all possible, sisters, Mercy Gastelum, Marcella Smith, Lorene Diaz and Socorro Willis. Our Auxiliary will continue to benefit and contribute to many charitable organizations and debilitating causes. Our Ladies Auxiliary was founded in 1958 and we continue to strive in humanitarian and helping our Soldiers and veteran of Wars. “God Bless America.” Submitted by: Olivia Jean Solomon/Chaplain.


Stories


Napolitano visits the border, community express concerns
By Mariana Martinez
It is not random that Department of Homeland Security Secretary, decided to start her border tour in the Tijuana/San Diego region, as it isn’t random that she is talking about very hot items such as border security, drug traffic and US tourism to Mexico.

El retorno del Sindicato de Campesinos
Alianza de la UFW con organizaciones indígenas podría cambiar el panorama sindical del campo californiano
Por Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO — La fuerza laboral campesina de Estados Unidos ha cambiado de rostro en la última década. En los surcos de cultivo de estados como California, ya no se escucha tanto el español. Ahora, los trabajadores se comunican en otros idiomas, sea Mixteco, Zapoteco, Purepecha o Triqui.

Análisis
Colosio...
Por Dagoberto Márquez
El 23 de los corrientes se cumplieron quince años de su asesinato, de su supresión física. Sí, quince largos años de ocurrida aquella tragedia. Fue la tarde del miércoles 23 de marzo de 1994 en Tijuana, BC cuando al asistir a un mitin, en un enclave de colonias populares, fue directo a una emboscada. Fue en la colonia “Lomas Taurinas” para ser exactos. Sin que él lo supiera, el asesino y sus cómplices lo esperaban.

Un Asunto de Conciencia
Por Maribel Hastings
Más allá de seguir las maniobras políticas que dan vida o entierran las posibilidades de una salida humana y justa a nuestro disfuncional sistema migratorio, a veces es mejor escuchar a quienes día con día sufren la incertidumbre y el terror de no saber si serán los próximos en ser deportados; de desconocer si hoy será el día en que su padre, su madre o un hijo no regresará a la hora acostumbrada; de no saber cuándo volverán a ver a sus detenidos o a sus deportados.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
¿Qué tal un dinerito extra?
El próximo 15 de abril se cierra la temporada de im-puestos. Si no has hecho tu declaración aun estás a tiempo y tal vez reúnes los requisitos para recibir un dinerito extra a través del Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo o EITC, por sus siglas en inglés. Un dinero que es tuyo y que mereces recibir.

¡No Se Deje!
Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo
Lotería de Visas de Estados Unidos
Las leyes de inmigración de Estados Unidos proveen 50,000 visas de residencia permanente (green cards) a ser emitidas a personas cuyas solicitudes son seleccionadas al azar por computadoras. Al Programa de Visas por Diversidad (en inglés Diversity Visa Program), establecido en 1990, generalmente se le refiere como la “Lotería de Visas ó Green Card”. Como otros procedimientos legítimos de inmigración, éste también ha sido utilizado para defraudar a inocentes inmigrantes. Como el procedimiento de Asilo Político, solamente puede ser usado por inmigrantes calificados pero NO ESTA DISPONIBLE PARA CIERTOS INMIGRANTES.


Read Books, Eat Pizza
Local Pizza Hut Rewards Students
Since 1985, Pizza Hut Restaurants has used the incentive program ‘Book It’ to encourage students to read and now reaches 22 million children each year through their program with more than 200 million pizzas given away.

Noted Filipino and Chicano Farm Labor Scholar to Make April 13 Cesar Chavez Celebration Presentation at UC San Diego
A multimedia presentation on Filipinos in the Fields: Conflicts and Coalitions by Joan May Cordova, Ph.D., director of Drexel University’s Multi-cultural Collaborative, will be featured at a Cesar Chavez Celebration program at noon April 13 in the Cross Cultural Center, University of California, San Diego.



Editorial and Commentary

Guest Editorial:
We shouldn’t militarize the U.S.-Mexico border
By Yolanda Chávez Leyva
We should not send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, despite the drug-related violence on the Mexican side.


An Open Letter to Janet Napolitano,
Secretary of Homeland Security,
Regarding One of the Top Candidates for CBP
Dear Secretary Napolitano:
I write this letter because Alan Bersin is rumored to be on a short list of people who seek to run the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. If I didn’t say anything against the possibility of him rising to such a position I would feel as though I was letting my fellow citizens down, especially in light of the faith that so many, like me, have placed in President Barack Obama.

Commentary:
Rush Limbaugh Is a Joke
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
Rush Limbaugh made the stupidest comment I have heard him say since he reported that President Clinton’s Counsel, Vince Foster, was murdered in the White House in 1993. He made the statement on the day Foster’s body was discovered. He read the statement from a fax sent to him without any corroboration by any law enforcement or news agency. His charge was never proven.

Comentario:
El desequilibrio
Por José Uzal
La historia de Estados Unidos ha sido una historia de excesos y correcciones. Los fundadores de esta gran nación crearon un documento de sólo 7,000 palabras que cambió al mundo y estableció un sistema de gobierno basado en el balance de los poderes del estado. Desde 1776 ese balance se ha movido de acuerdo a los eventos que han afectado al país a través de los siglos.

Comentario:
Fin del libre mercado
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
¿Por qué [el gobierno] no imprime más dinero para resolver el problema económico que tiene el país? Esta pregunta me la hizo mi niña de 12 años y es muy probable que mucha gente –chicos y grandes— también han tenido la curiosidad de saber si este mecanismo nos sacaría de la crisis o nos llevaría a otro calvario económico.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Bea Estrada tribute appreciated
What a beautiful tribute to Bea Estrada in your Editorial : Bea Estrada a hero amongst us, dated March 20, 2009.



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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Why are Mexicans so proud of the brutality of their police force? They seem to glamorize it in all their music and telenovelas.


The Return of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
By James Klein
New York (KPRENSA) – Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are back. The new album of the Argentinian band, “The light of the rhythm,” has been published in the US, where they will also tour in April.

El Regreso de Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Por James Klein
Nueva York (KPRENSA) – Los Fabulosos Cadillacs han regresado. El nuevo álbum de la banda argentina, “La luz del ritmo”, ha sido lanzado en Estados Unidos, a donde también llevarán su gira en abril.

Calendar of Events:
Rare Spanish Songs Go Online
More than 41,000 Spanish-language songs that go back to the early 1900s were placed online this week by the Chicano Studies Center, a research unit at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Barrera Brings Both Bat & Glove to Titans Lineup
By John Philip Wyllie
Years of playing on both sides of the border has given Eastlake senior Joshua Barrera a pretty good understanding of the game of baseball. This season, he is putting that knowledge to use as a first baseman, pitcher and hitter for one of the county’s traditional powerhouses. While the Titans are off to an uncharacteristically slow start, Barrera and his teammates believe that when Mesa League title is on the line the Titans will be in the hunt to claim it.

Naranjo Shooting for EHS Track Record
By John Philip Wyllie
It takes an exceptional athlete to earn a collegiate athletic scholarship, but gaining two scholarships in different sports is very rare feat indeed. When she enrolls at Stanislaus State University in the fall, Eastlake High senior, Rachel Naranjo, will arrive with both soccer and track scholarships in her duffle bag. While there, she hopes to study in the field of health care. Her athletic achievements will help to make pursuing that dream possible and affordable.


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