Volume XXIX Number 48 December 2, 2005

FrontPage Stories

San Diego pays tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Like every year, the Catholic community of San Diego pays tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe in an event that’s become a tradition in the county.

This year, The Guadalupana Confederation of San Diego will hold their annual Empress of the America’s parade paying tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 4. The procession will begin at 1 p.m. in Chicano Park and will end at the Convention Center.

“The purpose of the procession is to unite people and to promote love and devotion for Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Gilbert Chávez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego. “We know that all of us go through difficult times and that we all have great challenges as part of life, but with the love of Our Lady of Guadalupe we can overcome any challenge.”

This year’s special guest will be Mexicali’s Bishop José Isidro Guerrero Macias.

The electrifying parade is expected to attract hundreds of San Diego Catholic believers who will line the streets to pay tribute to the official patron saint of Mexico. Guadalupanas from San Diego Catholic churches have organized groups from their respected church diocese and par-ochial’s to participate in the parade extravaganza, which marks one of the most spectacular Mexican holidays of the year. The jubilant spirits of school bands, mariachis, and queens riding in allegoric cars will start the parade at Chicano Park passing through Cesar Chavez Parkway to end at the Convention Center, where there will be a Mass at 2 p.m.

At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held to honor the 25 parishes that are part of the Guadalupana Confederation. Also, 15 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding Hispanic students.

“The Guadalupana Confederation meets every two months to plan events that promote devotion for Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Bishop Chavez.

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Rights Advocates See Tough, Long Fight Over Immigration
By Rene Ciriz-Cruz
Debate over immigration, while currently heating up, may take a decade to resolve. Most officials today view immigration policy mainly through a national security lens.


Anticipan Larga Batalla Por Leyes de Migración
Por Rene Ciria-Cruz
Aunque la discusión sobre inmigración parece ir subiendo de tono, tardaría una década en resolverse. La mayoría de los políticos ven la legislación sobre inmigración como una parte de la seguridad nacional.


Mexicans distrust of political parties remains high
Presidency believed to be up for grabs
By José A. Álvarez
The Mexican peoples’ trust in their political parties was higher than normal during the 2000 presidential election when the opposition finally came into power. That faith had disappeared by the time the mid-term elections came around three years later. The electorate distrust, a 2004 survey showed, had shot up to the same levels as before the history-making election.



Stories

US Military: War fighters or Peace seekers?
By Luis Alonso Pérez
What is the roll of the United States Military? Are they simple war fighters ready to attack? Or are they working for true peace and conflict resolution?


La milicia Estadounidense: ¿combatientes de guerra o buscadores de paz?
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
¿Cuál es el papel de la milicia estadounidense? ¿Son simples combatientes listos para atacar? ¿O están trabajando para lograr la paz y la resolución de conflictos?


Crímenes Contra Mujeres
Por Carmen G. Kcomt
Los días 17 y 18 del reciente pasado mes de noviembre en la Universidad de San Diego, se llevó a cabo un evento muy interesante llamado “Corte Mundial de Responsabilidades – Audiencia Pública - Sobre Masivas Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres” fue organizado por el Instituto Peace and Justice y el Programa de Women Peacemakers del mismo instituto que funciona en la Universidad.


Child Medical Translators – At Grandpa’s Bedside, Trying to Find Words for ‘Defeat’
By Eugenia Chien
My grandfather always doted on me because I was his eldest grandchild. He’d call me his “shing gan,” literally his “heart and liver,” organs he could not live without. It was his liver that gave him the most trouble.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Flores-Hurley
Puerto Rico abre sus puertas al negocio internacional
La Red Hispana fue invitada a la Isla del Encanto para ser testigo directo de uno de los acontecimientos más grandes de los últimos años: la apertura e inauguración del Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico –hasta la fecha, el más grande del Caribe.


Southwestern College Recibe $600,000 Para Entrenamiento de Empleo Gratis y en Español
Donativo de HSIAC Incrementará Centros de Cuidado Infantil en National City; Sesiones Informativas Tendrán Lugar el 8 y 12 de Diciembre
CHULA VISTA – El Colegio Southwestern College (SWC) continúa consolidando su contribución a la ciudad de National City. Gracias a un donativo de $600,000 del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD) de los Estados Unidos, el Colegio mejorará el nivel de vida de los residentes de bajos recursos de esta comunidad.


Southwestern College Receives $600,000 For Free Employment Training In Spanish
HSIAC Grant Will Increase Number of Home-Based Child Care Centers; Mandatory Information Sessions Will Take Place Dec. 8 and 12
CHULA VISTA – Southwestern College (SWC) continues to solidify its role in National City. Thanks to a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, SWC will be able to help improve the lives of more residents in this underserved community.


Importante el Premio Binacional de Novela Joven Frontera de Palabras/Border of Words
Por: Paco Zavala
Lanzan la convocatoria para la Emisión 2005, del Premio Binacional de Novela Joven Frontera de Palabras/Border of Words. Este evento se realizará a partir de la fecha, teniendo como fecha límite para la presentación y recepción de trabajos hasta el 24 de febrero de 2006.


Editorials

Editorial:
Time to make a decision on Patty Davis’ seat
The excused absence for Chula Vista City Councilperson, Patty Davis, is now reaching five months. Five months of no representation on the City Council. Ms Davis contracted Viral Encephalitis* and has been absent since August 2, 2005.


Commentary:
Timely Demise for Free Trade Area of the Americas
By Laura Carlsen
The stage was set for a showdown. When the Bush cabinet announced intentions to revive the moribund Free Trade Area of the Americas at the Fourth Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, the countries of the Southern Common Market closed ranks to prevent it. What followed was a diplomatic melee that reflects not so much divisions within Latin America, as a growing resistance to the current free trade model throughout the developing world.


Comentario:
El Plan Bush: Inmigración Bajo Control
Por Manuel R. Villacorta O.
En todo el mundo se han incrementado las migraciones humanas, factores como las guerras, falta de empleo o hambrunas, empujan a millones de seres humanos a dejar sus países para preservar la sobrevivencia. Hay naciones que por sus condiciones son promotoras de inmigración, mientras otras se constituyen en receptoras. Estados Unidos se incluye dentro de estas últimas.

Commentary:
Higher Education: Heading for Obesity?
by Neal McCluskey
American higher education is getting dangerously fat. Unfortunately, the federal govern-ment’s idea of a diet is to feed colleges more and cut back on their exercise.


Commentary:
Alito’s Dirty Secrets
By: David Bauer
After the Harriet Miers nomination debacle, President Bush realized his decision to look outside the “system” was a mistake, and a big one. Miers had been nominated because she had shown party loyalty and had no previous record to attack. She also showed a glaring lack of experience, which led to her demise. To avoid the same problem, President Bush tried the exact opposite strategy. He nominated Samuel A. Alito Jr., a justice with a long history of judicial rulings. The President is finding that an experienced nominee can be difficult to defend as well.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
What is the true sense of Christmas?
A favorite season for many has arrived. It is almost Christmas, the time of the year where I was told as a child is a good opportunity to rejoice, make wishes, forgive and give. It just seems to me that the giving part has been misinterpreted by all of us and used well by the huge retail industries’ publicity campaigns. People seem more anxious and desperate for lining up every morning after Thanksgiving Day to get the best “deals” in town. I have heard calling this need of buying, a tradition. This “tradition” has become one of the most important things to do for many people around the country. Buying, exchanging presents, and expecting a gift as a symbol of Christmas.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in history. Billions of dollars were donated as well as material goods to assist the citizens impacted by the hurricane. La Gente came together to support the relief effort. Well almost all. Assemblyman Juan Vargas, however, saw the distress as a political opportunity. According to the Barrio chisme, first, he paid Weldon Donaldson, a media consultant, $25,000 to promote his Katrina relief project. Then Vargas paid another $25,000 to advertise his Humanitarian efforts on local television. What a Guy!!!


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

Guillermo Gómez Peña: Cultural Exchange As Political Praxis At Sushi Performance and Visual Art
By Michael Klam
Critical artist and radical pedagogue, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, comes home to San Diego’s Sushi Performance and Visual Art for two nights only, Dec. 2nd and 3rd, at Saint Cecilia’s Playhouse.


Bulbo: De un programa de televisión a un proyecto de transmisión multimedia… y apenas van comenzando
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Para el equipo Galatea audio/visual, el 2005 ha sido un año muy importante, ya que han logrado llevar su proyecto Bulbo más allá de los medios tradicionales como radio, prensa o televisión, y crear su propio espacio de transmisión por Internet, sin alejarse del objetivo inicial: reflejar la realidad cotidiana de los habitantes de esta compleja región fronteriza.


Desk jockeys
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I think I may have found the key to happiness. Lower your goals so they are easier to attain. Hang on to what you got, until you get what you want, stop all that sniveling, everyone is smarter than their boss.


Local film screened at a New York festival premiers in North County
Por Martha Sarabia
What started as a project to transform a story into a play for a local event celebrating the Day of the Dead turned into a film that could not only be shown locally but that was also selected to participate in the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.


Filme local proyectado en festival neoyorquino se presenta al norte del condado
Por Martha Sarabia
Lo que empezó como un proyecto para transformar un cuento en una obra de teatro para un evento local de día de los muertos terminó convirtiéndose en una película que no solamente se puede presentar localmente pero que también fue aceptada para participar en el Festival Internacional Neoyorquino de Filmes y Videos Independientes.


VAMOS AL CINE
Tengo planes hasta el 2009
Usher defiende su participación en la película “In the Mix”

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Los ejecutivos de más de veinte compañías de música se reunieron este año en Los Ángeles para hablar sobre los próximos talentos en el panorama de la industria. Prácticamente la mayoría coincidieron en dos nombres, como los más atractivos en este momento: Alicia Keys y Usher.

Media Arts Center San Diego Announces Call For Entries for 13th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 9-19, 2006)
Media Arts Center San Diego’s prestigious and internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival, soars into 2006 with an impressive and exhilarating schedule of activities, special events and initiatives. The 13th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries for the 2006 festival. SDLFF will take place March 9-19, 2006 at the UltraStar Theaters Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California.


RAZA SPOKEN HERE
Calaca Press, the Red CalacArts Collective and Chicano Perk presents the poetry of Ariel Robello and Angela Cervantes plus the Red CalacArts Collective’s own Sara Durán Garibay, Saturday Dec 3, 2005 at 7:00pm., Chicano Perk, 129 25th St. San Diego. The event is Free!


Holiday Calendar of Events


Teatro Máscara Mágica’s Delightful Nativity Play, La Pastorela Noel, Lights Up Globe’s Cassius Carter State
The Old Globe present’s Teatro Máscara Mágica’s acclaimed production of La Pastorela Noel by Max Branscomb, directed by William Virchis, playing in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage December 6 – 23.

Balboa Park December Nights’ 28 Years of Holiday Magic
Balboa Park December Nights, San Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 28th consecutive year on Friday, December 2, 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, 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.

EL MUNDO
On Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. the San Diego Early Music Society will present El Mundo: “Villancicos y Cantadas de Navidad” Christmas in Old Spain and Latin America

Canasta de Cuentos de Navidad con Ursula Tania en el Balboa Park
Por: Paco Zavala
Las convergentes corrientes artísticas que se gestan en Tijuana, ciudad de multiples contrastes ideológicos, políticos, religiosos, económicos, sociales, artísticos y culturales, día con día que transcurre en este contorno de tierras mexicanas, se vislumbran nuevos horizontes firmemente vinculados con la afición por las bellas artes y la cultura.




Patience Pays Off for Sacred Heart’s Arciaga
By John Philip Wyllie
Following his record-setting high school career as a quarterback, 2001 Bonita Vista graduate Tyler Arciaga, anticipated fulfilling his dream of competing on the collegiate level as a scholarship athlete at UNLV. It didn’t happen. Arciaga earned his scholarship to the Las Vegas University, but found himself buried for three and a half years in the Runnin’ Rebels depth chart. He was literally left holding the clipboard as he watched other players get the opportunity that he craved. Most players would have given up after several consecutive years of frustration, but not Arciaga.

Smith Carrying on a Family Tradition at Eastlake
By John Philip Wyllie
As the younger sister to two former Eastlake High School soccer stars, a lot was expected from forward Andrea Smith when she arrived on the Titans South Bay campus two years ago. Smith, the daughter of Mexican-born parents, has more than lived up to those lofty expectations.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Monumental Scandal Involves Empresario of La Plaza Mexico
Perhaps, the biggest financial scandal in Mexican bullfight history has rocked the planet of the bulls in Mexico.