Volume XXVI Number 50 December 13, 2002

FrontPage Stories

On December 12th the Mexican communities celebrate their Patron Saint, La Virgen de Guadalupe, with Mass, parades, and food. In San Diego the Guadalupana’s of the local Hispanic Diocese plan, organize and select their queens for their annual parade, held on December 8 this year, in honor of La Virgen. Photographer Mariajulia Urias spent the day at the parade, taking these pictures that we are sharing with you today. Pictured is Heidi Graciel as the Virgen of Guadalupe.

The Latest Phase of the La Paz Agreement Faces a Daunting Future
By Victor Menaldo
The U.S.-Mexico border region extends more than 2,000 miles; it stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. The border region covers 62.5 miles on each side of the dividing line and its ecological endowments include large deserts, several mountain ranges, shared rivers, wetlands, large estuaries and aquifers. Needless to say, the border region is a majestic place – one of the most diverse regions in the world. Yet despite its beauty and ecological variety, it faces many problems.  

GATS Attack — Little-Known Trade Agreement Threatens Democracy
By Diane Solomon
Working behind closed doors and with little attention from U.S. media, multinational corporations have started a new power-grab in the lucrative service economy.

Students Fight for Their Rights
by Raymond R. Beltran
“They’re supposed to make us feel safe, but instead they’re harassing us. They’re always there,” says Denisse Montano about the presence of police officers on her school’s campus. “Basically, they discipline students of color. Instead of making us feel like we’re attending school, it’s like we’re in prison. They’re always around when people get out of school, just looking for trouble makers, and waiting for us to make some kind of mistake.”

Stories

Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos: Huelga de Hambre en la Frontera
Por Emmanuelle Le Texier
La huelga de hambre que empezaron los miembros de varias organizaciones sociales de Tijuana y San Diego, como una manera de celebrar en el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, es una llamada de alerta para que reaccione la comunidad internacional, y para que se detenga el ciclo de muertes en la frontera México-Estados Unidos.

Día de Carreras y Fiesta familiar del Programa Escolar ELLI en Oceanside
Por América Barceló Feldman
El pasado sábado 7 de Diciembre estudiantes del programa Intensivo Literario en de Inglés ELLI (English Language Literacy Intensive Program) de los alumnos de secundaria del distrito escolar de Oceanside, tuvó su acostumbrado evento denominado Día de Carreras y Fiesta Familiar, donde cerca de 200 personas hispanas acudieron al Centro Cívico de esta ciudad de la costa del norte del Condado.

La Economia y Calles Hostiles Amenazan a Jornaleros
Por Marcelo Ballve
SAN FRANCISCO—Antes del 11 de septiembre del 2001, podían verse en todos lados—con sombreros de seguridad en lugares de construcción, integrando grupos de jardineros o arreglando las fachadas de casas en ciudades y pueblos.

Governor Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts
Cuts at UC Target Administration, Other Non-Instructional Areas; Regents to Consider $135 Spring Student Fee Increase to Prevent Deeper Cuts

La Navidad como teatro popular:
La tradición de las pastorelas

Por Pablo De Sainz
El Diccionario Larousse define pastorela como “música y canto sencillos y alegres”. Sin embargo, en México esta definición se queda corta. En México las pastorelas son representaciones teatrales del nacimiento de Jesús, de la lucha entre el bien y el mal, de las tentaciones que pone el “Diablo” a los pastorcillos.

¡Entren santos peregrinos!:
Tiempo de posadas en Tijuana y en todo México
Por Pablo De Sainz
“En el nombre del cielo, os pido posada...” ¿Recuerdan esta canción que se canta durante todo diciembre para celebrar la Navidad en México?

GGGXXLa reducción del costo de los planes de salud discrimina
Análisis de crisis de salud de California demuestra alto riesgo de Hispanos
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Un informe dado a conocer hoy por la Fundación de la Coalición Latina demuestra que para los californianos, el costo creciente de los cuidados de salud significa pagos más altos y menos opciones.

Prestigious Scholars Program Brings Latino College Students to Washington, DC to Experience Federal Legislative Process
WASHINGTON, DC — How does federal health policy affect health care in Latino communities? What steps can federal policymakers take to better meet the health care needs of Latinos and other traditionally underserved populations? How can federal health policy improve minority communities’ access to quality health care? This summer, 13 minority college students and recent graduates will learn the answers to these questions and much more as Barbara Jordan health Policy Scholars.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
Información gratis sobre la lactancia
De acuerdo con los expertos, la lactancia es la mejor opción tanto para el bebé como para la madre.

Generous Hands Aid Project Concern’s Annual Fundraising Efforts
Project Concern International (PCI) raised more than $235,000 at their recent 12th Annual “Hands Across the Border” Dinner and Auction which took place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Proceeds from the fundraiser are applied towards improving community health conditions, such as basic medical care and supplies, immunizations for children, and to provide nutritious meals and clean water supplies along the San Diego/Mexico border.

HP Offers Grants to Help Underserved, Low Income Communities
The Hewlett-Packard Company is offering grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 to give underserved and low income communities access to digital technology and to more actively participate in the Internet economy. (Plus other opportunities, Budweiser conservation scholarship and a Qualcomm offer)

Honor a Great Woman in Your Life!
Nominations Are Now Being Accepted For The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame
The 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony of 5 women in to the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at UCSD. Nominations for women who have contributed to the history and culture of San Diego County are requested. The 2003 inductees will be selected through an OPEN nomination process - any resident (current or former) of San Diego is eligible.

Ninth Annual Posada Planned Dec. 14
The Ninth Annual La Posada Sin Fronteras is planned from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Border Field State Park in Imperial Beach Methodist Bishop Maryann Swenson will preside at the event, which commemorates Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter on Christmas Eve.

Editorials

Editorial
Water to the Imperial Valley is Vital to their existence
Water to the farmers of the Imperial Valley is the lifeblood of their existence. Without it the crops will not grow. Without it, the life-giving element of their existence is gone. Water, to the hundreds of thousands of hardworking Mexicans who daily toil in the searing heat of the Imperial Valley to harvest the lettuce, carrots, melons, and other crops, is the difference between life and death for their families. Water is what transforms a virtual barren desert into a bountiful garden that sustains the lifeblood for millions of people in our country. Without it, America will no longer be the food basket that helps sustain life throughout the continent and in many barren countries throughout the world.

Tezozomoc Speaks
Hola gente, 11 días before Christmas! All the signs of Xmas are blooming to wit: LULAC is having their Christmas Members Christmas at the Handlery Hotel; Ofie de Carlsbad is having her Mexican Holiday Meal for Barrio Casrlsbad; Helen Chavez, is celebrating the annual Birthday party for her “Amor de su Vida,” Carl, at the Eagles Hall in San Diego. Pobre Carl he doesn’t get to many birthday gifts having been born so close to the Birthday of “Jesucristo’s” Birthday! Maria, Berenice, Erika y Paco are turning La Prensa offices into a miniature Christmas pageant. Si gente, Christmas also comes to La Prensa San Diego and the Merry sounds of Christmas can be heard throughout the building!

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

Se Realiza “Olimpo” Curso de Escultura Monumental
Por: Paco Zavala
¡Sensacional! Se realiza un extraordinario curso de escultura monumental en los salones de la Casa de la Cultura Altamira, iniciando acciones el próximo lunes 16 de diciembre.

Reseña Crítica
Por el amor de Pedro Infante
Por Claudia Hernández.
Novela que fuese publicada originalmente en el año 2000 bajo el título de Loving Pedro Infante, la cual es ahora por primera vez lanzada en su versión en español es objeto hoy de nuestro interés.

Fiestas, una celebración cultural
Por Claudia Hernandez
Fiestas, es el nuevo disco y libro que ha publicado el conocido educador José Luis Orozco, quien nació en la Ciudad de México y desde pequeño se mostró aficionado de la música y el arte.

Entrevista a José Luis Orozco, un canto por los niños
Por Claudia Hernández
José Luis Orozco, educador, graduado en Berkeley, quien ha llevado a las aulas de todos los Estados Unidos un proyecto educativo impartido a través de la compilación de rondas infantiles publicadas de manera bilingüe de forma literaria y sonora.

MACUILXOCHITL KIVA
Music Reviews and Updates
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Colombianos Aterciopelados Release Greatest Hits CD

Carolina, talento y presencia
Por: Paco Zavala
Abordaremos rapidamente esta reseña. Escuchando la anterior producción de Carolina “Dulce Veneno” encontramos que ella demuestra un talento vocal maravilloso, los arreglos musicales de esta producción son excelentes.

Baja Buggs Rock Pasadena
By John Philip Wyllie
With the Beatles enormous impact still felt nearly 40 years after they first burst upon the American music scene, a market has developed for bands that can faithfully reproduce what is perhaps the finest pop music ever written. Tribute bands have sprung up just about everywhere including several in San Diego. Among the most unique is a quartet of South Bay musicians known collectively as the Baja Buggs.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Oficialmente el próximo lunes 16 de diciembre se inician las posadas navideñas de acuerdo con la tradición. Ya algunas organizaciones y empresas iniciaron sus festividades navideñas, con el fín de tener contacto con sus trabajadores y colaboradores en un festejo en el que comúnmente prevalece la convivencia y la cordialidad, también se aprovecha la oportunidad para apuntalar algunas ideas y acciones que se realizarán el próximo año y dentro de este entorno algunos empleados y colaboradores mejorarán sus condiciones de trabajo y de vida, además de entregar los fondos correspondientes a sus aguinaldos, bonos navideños, intercambio de regalos, etc,etc.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Christmas Holiday Schedule
“Messiah”
This humble expression of faith has transcended religion and cultures to become the most beloved oratorio in history. San Diego Symphony is proud to present this holiday masterpiece December 13, 14 & 15 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, downtown San Diego. Maestro Julian Wachner returns to San Diego to conduct the program. To purchase your tickets call the Symphony Ticket Office at 619-235-0804.

Holiday in the Park 2002 at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host its fourteenth annual Holiday in The Park celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 2002, from 5:30-9:00 p.m. The event focuses on how San Diegans celebrated the holidays during the late Mexican to early American periods, 1840’s and 50’s. The park will be adorned with luminarias and other historical holiday decorations.

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