Volume XXVIII Number 7 February 20, 2004

FrontPage Stories

Purépechas Mantienen Sus Tradiciones en el Valle

Familias Purépechas hacen esfuerzos por conservar sus tradiciones y pasárselas a las nuevas generaciones

Por Eduardo Stanley
Pacific News Service

MADERA, CA — El pasado 15 de febrero, en una casa particular, unas 150 personas participaron de una emotiva ceremonia. Se trata del “levantamiento del Niño”, que se realiza tradicionalmente el Día de la Candelaria, o sea el 2 de febrero (27 días después del 6 de enero, Día de los Reyes Magos).


Los jóvenes participan de los bailes tradicionales.

Estas celebraciones católicas fueron en principio festividades paganas. El Día de Reyes tiene su origen posiblemente en Egipto y Arabia ‹donde se celebraba el solsticio, festejando al sol victorioso. Se dice que los festejantes murmuraban “la virgen ha dado a luz, la luz crece” y la celebración se llamaba Hagia Phota (“La santa luz”). La fecha coincidía con el lento proceso del alargamiento de los días invernales. La iglesia católica, estableciendo una técnica que usará luego permanentemente, sustituirá esta celebración pagana por la de los Reyes Magos a fin de atraer devotos.

El Día de la Candelaria conmemora el día en que el Niño Jesús fue presentado en el Templo por sus padres, según la costumbre Judía. Es cuando se realiza el “levantamiento del Niño Jesús”, el cual consiste en llevar la figura del Niño Jesús a bendecir a la iglesia. Antiguamente, en muchos lugares del mundo  este día marcaba el principio del año, por lo cual en muchos pueblos los indígenas tienen la costumbre de llevar a bendecir las mazorcas que servirán de semillas en la próxima siembra. También se bendicen las velas o candelas, de ahí el nombre de “Candelaria”, estas velas son consideradas como buenas para apartar el mal, la enfermedad y los temblores.

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Is this another anti-Latino election year – or just an immigration issue?
By Patrick Osio, Jr.
What may have otherwise been an obscure footnote to this year’s elections, has suddenly gained newsworthy attention from the media, for now at least at the California state level. The tidbit comes about by one Republican attacking another Republican, both competing for the party’s nomination for an open Congressional seat. The attack by State Sen. Rico Oller against Dan Lungren, a former five-term Congressman and more recently the state’s Attorney General. The attack mailer is vividly reminiscent of the Pete Wilson campaign against Latinos during his quest for a second term as governor in 1994.


First Person:
California’s War on Youth
By Russell Morse
When Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor, I didn’t really care. I was like, “Whatever. This is gonna be funny.” Like a lot of Californians, I let the recall election unfold in front of me like a hilarious episode of “Elimidate.” But now, a few months into his term, Schwarzenegger has made plans to systematically dismantle every public program that ever benefited me.


La Prensa Holds Candidate Forum
By Raymond Beltran
Candidates running for the Chula Vista City Council Seat 4 and candidates running to be representative of the San Diego Assembly District 78 met together at a community forum Wednesday evening to discuss their campaign and current political issues with Chula Vista residents. The event took place at the Chula Vista Library and was organized by La Prensa San Diego.

California Mixtecs Glimpse Their Past In Ancient Manuscripts
By Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO, CA — When the Spanish arrived in Latin America, part of their conquest campaign involved destroying the culture of indigenous people. One aspect of this cultural holocaust in Mexico was the burning thousands of ancient books called “codices,” in which indigenous people recorded their history, myths, ceremonies, economic systems and daily life.

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Stories

Secretary Paige Announces New Policies to Help English Language Learners
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced two new policies that will help students who are new to this country and the English language while also giving states and local school districts greater flexibility to help these students and still meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform law. Secretary Paige made the announcement at a press conference accompanied by Latino singer Jon Secada, who came to the United States from Cuba and attended school in Miami as a new immigrant. Also in attendance were current English language learners, their parents and teachers.


Congressional Hispanic Conference Applauds New No Child Left Behind Provisions for Limited English Profieciency Students
Washington, DC -The Congressional Hispanic Conference (CHC) today applauds the new provisions for No Child Left Behind aimed at helping students with limited English Proficiency (LEP). This new policy announced by Secretary of Education Rod Paige provides flexibility for schools while ensuring accountability for LEP students.


From the Break Room to the Boardroom - Hispanics in Corporate America
By Congressman Joe Baca
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Corporate America Task Force, which I chair, was created by CHC Chair, Ciro D. Rodriguez in the beginning of the 108th Congress. This task force was specifically established to voice the need for Hispanic involvement in all aspects of corporate America - from the break room to the boardroom.


Pueden Obtener Indemnización Económica Trabajadores de Limpieza Mexicanos
* Aquellos que hubieran prestado sus servicios entre enero 1984 y enero del 2003, en los supermercados Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs, Safeway o Pavillions, pueden sumarse a un reclamo legal.


CAFA is working to help kids with Asthma
Angela, a fourth grade student, missed school three times this month. Her mother left work to take her to the doctor to treat her asthma, an illness that she has had for a long time. Angela is an energetic girl and says her favorite part of school is recess. Angela’s mother, however, says that her daughter’s illness is hard because she has to stop work for it.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Germán Velasco C.

De la vida y las oportunidades
Quizá no exista fórmula para estar siempre en el lugar correcto en el momento oportuno, pero existe una forma de vivir la vida que nos acerca más a esa oportunidad que cambie nuestro camino para mejor.


A New Learning Center is Opening in North County
The new learning center will improve health services for women in residential treatment
Escondido – In order to improve the quality of women health services, North County Serenity House today announced the opening of a brand new 1500 sq. ft. Learning Center.

UCSD Joins With Community in Sponsoring Essay Contest for Students: Entry Deadline March 1
The University of California, San Diego is joining with the San Diego César E. Chávez Commemoration Committee in sponsoring the Fifth Annual César E. Chávez Essay Contest for high school students in San Diego and Imperial Counties to honor the life and achievements of the late civil rights and labor leader. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2004.

YMCA Youth & Family Services’ Celebrate “Arte Flamenco”
Benefiting YMCA Balboa Community Youth Center
Enjoy an evening of food, dancing and fun with YMCA Youth & Family Services’ Arte Flamenco. This unique fund-raiser will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in Old Town, Friday, March 5th, from 6 –11pm. A savory Latin dinner, casino fun, silent auction and flamenco performances are all included with the price of admission. Bid on bull fighting lessons, exciting trips, or many of the exciting gift baskets.

Scholarship/Grant Opportunities
The Lagrant Foundation is Accepting Applications for $50,000 in Scholarships For Students Studying Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
The Lagrant Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2004/2005 academic year for minority undergraduate students pursuing a degree in advertising, marketing or public relations.

Corrections:
Corrections for February 13, 2004 article, “Pilar Arballo Says She’s Nobody’s Girl” by Raymond R. Beltran

Editorials

Editorial:
City School Board Races Offer A Chance for Change
It is not clear exactly when the San Diego Unified School District made the commitment to a radical change in the way it taught its students, but a decision was made and the program that was implemented became known as the Blueprint for Student Success. To implement this program, it took a major re-make of the district from top to bottom. The re-make started with the hiring of Alan Bersin as Superintendent.


Comentario
López Portillo en Pocas Palabras
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
José López Portillo acaba de fallecer en México. Se fue el último presidente del periodo revolucionario. Que en paz descanse (QPD). Los mexicanos recuerdan a López Portillo por la bonanza petrolera que produjo su gobierno y las suculentas ganancias que generó para algunos sectores productivos a mediados de su sexenio. Ese convite petrolero, sin embargo, duró poco, cayó como llegó, súbitamente. También se le recuerda por la Nacionalización de la Banca, medida que cambiara para siempre a México y su gente.


Comentario
La reforma de la inmigración lleva a cabo gran oportunidad
Por Eliseo Medina
Mi padre fue un bracero, quien llegó a este país, desde México, durante los años 50 en busca de trabajo. Él trabajó en los campos calientes del Valle Central de California. Braceros como mi papá enfrentaron condiciones de trabajo brutales y sueldos de pobreza sin ninguna clase de prestaciones. El nos contaba del mal trato que enfrentaban y de vivir bajo la amenaza de la deportacion si protestaban. Al terminar el programa bracero regresó a los Estados Unidos en calidad de indocumentado, sufriendo el mismo trato y, peor aún, viviendo ahora en las sombras por su falta de documentos. 


Commentary
Bonds Mean Bondage for Taxpayers
By Jon Coupal
To vote intelligently, voters need to know the difference between state and local bonds.


Opinion
The 78th State Assembly Candidates and Same-Sex Marriage
By Romeo P. Marquez
This Primary Election on March 2 among candidates for the 78th Assembly District has caught my attention because of one outstanding issue that impacts our Filipino culture and our Catholic religion we share with our Hispanic neighbors. I refer to that ticklish question of same-sex marriage, which is to say, the matrimonial union of man with man and woman with woman.

An Open Letter
Latinos Come Out and Vote
The Latino vote is in silence and hurt by the current political process. Latinos today are now realizing that they have a right to choose who represents them. Latinos are no longer looking to the democrats for a voice. Increasingly, they are switching to other parties to have a voice in the electoral process. The democratic party has lost its appeal to the Latino vote.

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

Don’t Mess With Texas Music Latino Initiative
In celebration of musical talent from the Lone Star State and the continued campaign for Texas music education, the Texas Music Project (TMP), a statewide nonprofit initiative working to strengthen and restore music education in public schools throughout Texas, names Clint Black, Flaco Jimenez and the Knowles family (including Beyonce, Solange, and parents Mathew and Tina) as the 2004 honorary chairpersons for the “Don’t Mess with Texas Music” public awareness campaign, launched in 2003.


El Psicólogo Harald Hohnen Realizará el 3er Taller de Constelaciones Familiares y Empresariales en la Universidad de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
El hombre en el enfrentamiento diario con la vida, tropieza tantas veces que es imposible contarlas, pero ¿Por qué? Y la respuesta comúnmente es la misma: mala suerte, ya me tocaba, el culpable es esto, es lo otro y se presentan una serie de circunstancias desequilibrantes y que no tienen respuesta, casi en ninguna de las veces. Bueno, pues la respuesta en un porcentaje muy alto, el mismo individuo la tiene.


MACUILXOCHITL'S KIVA
Los Lonely Boys – it’s all about the music
San Angelo, Texas’ Los Lonely Boys presented themselves before a sold out audience at Winston’s in Ocean Beach on February 6th. From approximately 10:55 – 12:35 p.m. the band made the first stop on their latest tour a memorable one for the eclectic and multi-aged crowd playing songs primarily from their 2003 self-titled release on Or Music.


VAMOS AL CINE
Jackie Kallen, en ficción y realidad
Meg Ryan lleva a la pantalla la vida de la promotora de Boxeo

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Meg y Jackie entran en el salón de entrevistas. Una entra con la cabeza bien en alto, orgullosa y feliz de estar ahí. La otra entra con la cabeza gacha, sonriendo sin muchas ganas y con la energía de una pereza a las tres de la tarde.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Todas las culturas del mundo, desde tiempos inmemoriales han trascendido en la historia por su riqueza educativa, cultural, artística, política y religiosa y para lograr que esto sea así, instituyeron el aprendizaje en sus templos o escuelas y de esta manera nos enteramos hoy día, el porque tal cultura nos aportó conocimientos que nos siguen siendo de utilidad.


Segunda Celebración del Día Internacional de la Lengua Madre
Tijuana, B. C. — El Gobierno del Estado conjuntamente con el Instituto de Cultura de Baja California (ICBC), el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) a través de la Unidad Regional de Culturas Populares e Indígenas y la Comisión Nacional de los Pueblos Indios, en su carácter de instituciones interesadas en apoyar los procesos culturales de los pueblos indios se unen a la propuesta que las organizaciones indias realizan para celebrar el “Día Internacional de la Lengua Madre”, el próximo sábado 21 de febrero de 2004 en las instalaciones del Multiforo del Instituto de Cultura de Baja California.


Calendar of Events .....
By Berenice Cisneros
REP Presents Women Who Steal
** Women Who Steal is a comedy loaded with wit and wisdom about a wild mid-life joy ride of revenge and renewal in search of the truth about love and marriage. Performances began January 24 and are continuing through February 22 at the Lyceum Stage in Horton Plaza. Tickets are available by calling (619) 544-1000 or online www.sandiego.rep.com.


AeroMexico Day Set For March 14 at Pacific Life Open Tennis Tournament
By J. Fred Sidhu
The Pacific Life Open will honor and recognize five individuals who are actively working to improve or enhance Hispanic youth athletics in the greater Southern California region during AeroMexico Day, Sunday, March 14, at the Pacific Life Open according to Tournament Director Charlie Pasarell.


Eastlake’s Frausto Eyes Return to State Tournament
By John Philip Wyllie
With an overall record of 30-4, Marlon Frausto an Eastlake High School junior has emerged as one of the leaders on the Titans well respected wrestling team. Selected as the MVP of both the Scripps Ranch and La Costa Canyon Tournaments, he also finished on top in his weight class in the Mar Vista Battle by the Beach Tournament. Frausto’s biggest goal however, qualifying for the state tournament for the second consecutive year, will require an extraordinary effort.

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