Volume XXIX Number 26 July 1, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Chula Vista Hosts Mariachi Conference and Concert for Rising Stars

By Perlita R. Dicochea

Strumming along to “Cascabel,” 10-year-old Eduardo García sat in the audience in his mariachi traje mesmerized by the musicianship of Sol de México who performed live during an intimate Sunday evening concert at Rancho Del Rey Middle School in Chula Vista.

The concert, sponsored and organized by the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, was the culminating treat for 250 mariachi students who, like Eduardo, participated in 4 days of workshops with some of the most talented mariachi musicians to date.


Jose Hernandez, artistic director of Mariach Sol de Mexico, stand in the center playing trumpet during the Sunday evening concert at Rancho del Rey Middle School.

“The workshops were really good,” Eduardo García, who took the trumpet workshops, said. “I want to play in a group when I’m older,” he added. Eduardo and his older sister Vanessa García, who attend middle school in National City, play with the group Mariachi Juvenil de National City.

Twelve-year-old Vanessa, who plays the guitar, also enjoyed the workshops. “They were fun and we learned a lot of new songs—my favorite is Las Alasanas—and we got to meet different people outside of our own school,” she said. Vanessa’s class of 20 included a few students from Texas and students from throughout San Diego County.

The workshop participants who were predominantly middle and high school students in addition to a few community members of all ages, received instruction from top mariachi artists including José Hernandez, director of Sol de México, and the legendary Miguel Martínez, who was the first trumpet player for Mariachi Vargas and was extremely influential in revolutionizing mariachi music as we know it today.

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Un verano para reflexionar: El programa muestra a estudiantes de todo el país la otra cara de la globalización
Fotos y texto por Luis Alonso Pérez
Para un grupo de 25 estudiantes de leyes, el verano del 2005 será difícil de olvidar, después de pasar tres semanas fuera del salón de clases, sumergidos en las distantes realidades de dos países vecinos, divididos por las desigualdades económicas y sociales.


Indigenous rights still a major problem
Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú in Tijuana
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
The Mixteco women’s situation in Tijuana is similar to that lived by Rigoberta Menchú in her native Guatemala: discrimination, racism, hunger, violence and poverty.


Los derechos indígenas son grave problema
La ganadora del Premio Nóbel de la Paz Rigoberta Menchú estuvo en Tijuana
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
La situación de las mujeres mixtecas en Tijuana es similar a la que vivió Rigoberta Menchú en su nativa Guatemala: discriminación, racismo, hambre, violencia y pobreza.


NAHJ: Network News Coverage of Latinos is Dismal
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is once again discouraged by the lack of coverage of Latinos on the network evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC. These networks are among the major sources of television news in the country.


Stories

Si Vistes Pobremente, eres Inmigrante
Los días 16 y 17 de mayo del 2005 se realizó en Ciudad de México la Audiencia Regional de la Comisión Mundial Sobre las Migraciones Internacionales (CMM), auspiciada por las Naciones Unidas. En ella participaron delegaciones nacionales, activistas de los derechos de los inmigrantes y migrantes de varios paises.
Como resultado de varias entrevistas, se presentarán cuatro partes de una serie que busca divulgar aspectos del fenómeno migratorio en Brasil, Ecuador, Perú y Colombia—y especialmente las enseñazas que esos migrantes quisieron compartir.
Por Eduardo Stanley
CIUDAD DE MEXICO—Cuando a principios de este año México empezó a exigir visas a los turistas brasileños, hubo preocupación por parte de autoridades del país sudamericano y activistas de los derechos de los inmigrantes, quienes estiman que México actúa bajo presión de Estados Unidos.


Mexican Forest Defenders Face Jail, Death
The Case of Felipe Arreaga Sanchez
By Kent Paterson
Clutching his three-year old granddaughter Dayra Itzel, Felipe Arreaga Sanchez speaks about the destruction of the environment in the noisy visitor’s courtyard of the Zihuatanejo jail. While an evangelical Christian group blares redemption songs and invokes brown-uniformed prisoners to praise the Lord through a sound-system that almost rattles the bars, Arreaga strains his words to recount episodes of the long-struggle against forest exploitation in the southern state of Guerrero which he says landed him behind bars on a murder charge.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El Voto Cósmico
Corría el año de 1925, cuando José Vasconcelos publicó un ensayo de nombre “La Raza Cósmica”. Era oaxaqueño, y fue Director de Preparatorias de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y preso político por criticar al presidente Venustiano Carranza. Alvaro Obregón lo nombró Secretario de Educación Pública, hueso que usó para que cada muralista comunista en México, empezando por Orozco, Rivera y Siqueiros, pintaran los muros de la Secretaría, y también tuvo la ocurrencia de imponerle a nuestra máxima casa de estudios ése de “Por mi Raza Hablará el Espíritu”.


Minutemen coming to California: Activist say they’ll be ready
By Mariana Martinez
San Diego musician and activist Catalina García remembers her encounter with the Minutemen, “I had the chance to be in Arizona, and what I saw was a group of vigilantes flaunting their guns right and left, ready to shoot. I saw the Border Patrol right alongside them, they say they don’t approve of them but they were right by their side: I refuse to let that to happen here¨.


Unstable childhood, family tragedies no hindrance to Grossmont College commencement speaker
Re-entry student now in classes at UCSD
EL CAJON – As Grossmont College graduate Dawn Monday drives to her classes at UCSD these days, passing the tony shops and elegant homes overlooking the pristine La Jolla shoreline, she can’t help but marvel how far removed she is from the life of her childhood years.

The Aztec Warrior Project for Peace will present the scholarships this 4th of July 2005
The Aztec Warrior Project for Peace was founded in memory of my son Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar Navarro who died on March 27, 2003 during the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq.


Outreaching to save lives
Minority participation in clinical trials is low. There are people who are trying to change this.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Julius Phillips stands in front of a room full of African-American men telling them about the risks of prostate cancer.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
La Epilepsia: La Verdad del “Mal Sagrado”
Desde el comienzo de los tiempos el ser humano le ha temido  a todo aquello que no conoce. La epilepsia: una condición quizás tan vieja como el mismo hombre, ha generado a lo largo de la historia, en todas las culturas y sociedades, un miedo que no se compagina con la realidad, ni con los avances médicos que, no sólo han logrado explicarla si no que han evolucionado prodigiosamente en su tratamiento.


Kids Bring Drug Awareness to the Community
‘Marshals’ observe the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking
Sunday, June 26th marked the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking. The Drug-Free Marshals, kids 10-16, took this opportunity to bring awareness about drugs, not only to their peers but the community at large.


Editorials

Editorial:
Fourth of July A Time to Celebrate Our Rights and Freedoms
This weekend, we will be celebrating the Fourth of July, with revelry and joy in the peace and freedom that is afforded us by living in the United States. As has been noted, since the start of the Iraq war, peace and freedom does not come cheaply.


National City Spotlight:
Supreme Trouble for Property Owners in National City
By Ted Godshalk
This weekend we celebrate the foremost patriotic holiday in this country. The Fourth of July is a celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In that year the American colonies, with a recently forged confederation, called out King George III of England for his oppressive tyranny, heavy-handed manipulation of colonial governing bodies, and unfair taxation. The Declaration’s eloquent author Thomas Jefferson and the other 55 patriots asserted their rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The war that followed lasted five years, was fought across the soil of the colonies, and cost many lives on both sides. On October 19, 1781 England surrendered and peace was negotiated. Six years later the Constitution was adopted, and ten years after that, the Bill of Rights was added.


Commentary
The Government Took Susette Kelo’s Home: Is Your Home Next?
By Nicole Schiereck
Last week, the US Supreme Court handed down a decision that gives local governments unlimited power to take homes and businesses and give the land to private developers for their own private profit. In Kelo v. City of New London, the Court allowed the city of New London, Connecticut to take the homes of Susette Kelo and several other city residents, and give their land to a private company to build a commercial center, even though the federal Constitution only allows government to condemn property for “public use.”


Commentary:
Latino population grows, as does political clout
By Janet Murguia
The rapid growth of the Latino community is good news. It strengthens the clout of working people, and it stresses the importance of broad-based coalitions.


Commentary:
Hell No Our Kids Will No Longer Go
By Ernie McCray
After all the pain and suffering, due to the many struggles for dignity our nation has endured, how did we evolve into a society of people who don’t seem to have a clue that making a democracy work is our responsibility? It’s like the critical section of our collective brain has just dropped out of our head and washed down the drain. I’ve never witnessed such apathy.

Comentario:
Desaciertos en la Suprema Corte de Justicia
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Con los recientes fallos jurídicos, la Suprema Corte de Justicia dio un paso hacia adelante y dos para atrás. Por una parte, censuró la exhibición de los diez mandamientos dentro de dos cortes judiciales del estado de Kentucky. Y por la otra, rectificó la legalidad jurídica de un monumento alusivo también a los diez mandamientos, aunque éste, a diferencia del primero, se encuentra ubicado en la parte externa del capitolio en Austin, Texas.

Commentary:
What We Can Do For Our Country
By Billy Colestock
In addition to parades, picnics, and fireworks, the Fourth of July is inevitably a time of soul-searching for us as a nation. Our soul-searching is even more important this year as various surveys yet again document that negative stereotypes of the United States still flourish around the world.


Notas Politicas
De España
a strange request came to have an interview with “El Jefito”. They wanted an Entrevista. “Entrevista Mundo Hispano, Radio City FM 97.5”, based in Spain made the call. Really, Gente, all La Prensa asked was: “Can’t the Spanish King have a confab with the Arab Caliphs and see if they can’t stop the “Martyrs for Islam”? After all there isn’t a single Spaniard that doesn’t have some Arabic blood after over 800 years of occupation by the Arab Caliphs.! Though they did want to know what “our mission was and our Objectives. We told them!

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


Celebraciones en el CXVI Aniversario de la Fundación de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Se acerca el mes de julio y con el arriban a la comunidad tijuanense la celebración de algunas fechas importantes, que la historia de la ciudad ha definido como tales. Una de ellas es la construcción del edificio de la Casa de la Cultura, el que antiguamente albergada a la escuela primaria “Alvaro Obregón” y otra fecha también muy importante es la fundación de la ciudad de Tijuana, acaecida el 11 de Julio de 1889, de acuerdo con investigaciones realizadas y comprobadas.


Panorama Cultural de Tijuana
Invitan a los niños y jóvenes a participar en la Promoción Nacional de Verano”
Por: Paco Zavala
En una invitación girada a los niños y jóvenes de la comunidad tijuanense a participar en la “Promoción Nacional de Verano 2005 Reflejarte: Museos, espejos mágicos en el tiempo”, del 10 de julio al 14 de agosto, de martes a domingo de 10:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m, el lunes se tomará como día de descanso.


Lolita, la de pocas palabras
La hija de la Faraona presenta un disco homenaje a su madre
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Sus respuestas son tan concretas que muchas veces se encierran en una frase o en una palabra. Lolita quiere que la conozcan más allá de sus fronteras, y para eso ha creado una colección de canciones que fueron siempre la marca de otra gran mujer, la inigualable Lola Flores.


AZTLAN BLVD
The Sounds of LA tomorrow in SD today courtesy of DJ Backspin
By Ricardo Raúl Pozos y Garay
Joseph Balistreri, better known to the San Diego hip hop-loving masses as “DJ Backspin”, leads the pack of monster DJs propagating the modern day hip hop movement. In the immense sea of talented DJs that currently exist in the turntablist scene around the world, it is difficult to make a name and identity for yourself. Committed to breaking new artists and serving up genius mixes, DJ Backspin has done far more than just a make a name for himself, he has forever changed the sound of radio in San Diego.


AZTLAN BLVD.
Los sonidos de Los Ángeles de mañana en San Diego hoy cortesía de DJ Backspin
Por By Ricardo Raúl Pozos y Garay
Joseph Balistreri, popularmente conocido en San Diego, entre las masas de amantes del hip hop, como “DJ Backspin,” encabeza la manada de DJs fenomenales actualmente propagando el movimiento contemporáneo del hip hop. Hoy en día existe un sinnúmero de DJs talentosos por todo el mundo, destacados por su destreza respecto a las tornamesas, que resulta bastante difícil sobresalir y establecerse. Dedicado a la promulgación de nuevos artistas y mezclas geniales, DJ Backspin no nada más ha logrado sobresalir como DJ sino que también ha logrado cambiar para siempre el sonido de la radio en San Diego.


Third Time a Charm for Padres Seanez
By John Philip Wyllie
Relief pitcher Rudy Seanez didn’t know quite what to expect when he was acquired during the off-season for his third tour of duty with the Padres from the dreadful Kansas City Royals. At 36 and with a lifetime E.R.A. of 4.37 there was no reason to believe that the stocky reliever would be any more than a marginal contributor. As it turns out, Seanez is having a banner year. He led all major league relievers in strikeouts throughout June with 53 and he whittled his E.R.A. down to an impressive 2.43. His presence has made an already good bullpen that much stronger. As a unit the Padres bullpen leads the majors in strikeouts with 218. Its strength has helped to keep them atop of the NL West.


Discovery Channel’s Team For The ’05 Tour
By Dan Osipow
When Lance Armstrong begins the final race of his professional career on July 2 at the 92nd Tour de France, the six-time Tour winner’s teammates will include most of the squad that assisted him to his win last summer and two newcomers to the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team.


Sharkie’s Machine
By Frank Gonzalez Jr.
The Jr. Welterweight Division Gets All Shook Up
It was hard watching Arturo Gatti lose his thunder (and his WBC Title) to the mastery that is Floyd Mayweather Jr. I was shocked at the short sighted-ness of Vivian Harris’ performance against Carlos Maussa. June has been a big month for the Jr. Welter division. A couple of weeks ago, Ricky Hatton dethroned the mighty Kostya Tszyu and Miguel Cotto quietly but efficiently defended his WBO Title for a third time just two weeks ago.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

A Big Bullfight Weekend in Tijuana and Pamplona
Bullfight aficionados will be celebrating a big weekend, beginning Friday, July 10, in Plaza El Toreo de Tijuana. Not only are the toreros big time names, but the bulls are from first rate ranches. The whole affair will be in accord with the 116th anniversary of the city.

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