Volume XXIX Number 27 July 8, 2005

FrontPage Stories

The Self-Help Graphics Crisis: Lessons From San Diego

By Sandra Peña-Sarmiento

Early Rumblings

The warning signs began early, slowly trickling in while I was Director of Programming for the 2004 San Diego Latino Film Festival. I had set up a deal to license the artwork of Los Angeles based artist/activist Alfredo de Batuc for the 2005 Festival. In March of 2005, while the festival was in full swing, De Batuc came down to promote his work. I showed him the local sights: the murals at Chicano Park, Chicano Perk Café and Adams Ave. We spoke of community art spaces, in particular, the situation at San Diego’s Centro Cultural de La Raza.


Community comes together for the Self-Help Graphics. Photo by Harry Gamboa Jr.

Five years after a new administration employed draconian measures that resulted in a rift between the Centro and the local community, the organization was largely absent from the local art scene. Both Alfredo and I had visited the site in its heyday, and we lamented its spiral downward.

De Batuc spoke of the problems of many organizations throughout the nation, all started 30+ years before, and facing the challenge of maintaining their viability without choking off the vision of its participating artists. Without the artists, the centers had no creative resources to fundraise with, no stellar shows to publicize, no audience base of adoring art patrons to provide a revenue base. He began to tell me about similar problems at Self-Help Graphics, that started after its founder, Sister Karen passed away. Her assistant, Tomas Benitez became the new Executive Director, even though it was not a title he had actively sought out. The role of ED at any institution in this age of budget cuts and lack of federal funding, was certainly a heavy one to bear.

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San Diego Chicanos and Chicanas opine on the city’s political crisis and Mayor Murphy
By Ricardo Raúl y Daniel Alberto Pozos y Garay
It seems like everyone these days has had his or her say regarding the City of San Diego’s financial and electoral crises. Last year, national news headlines dubbed San Diego “Enron by the Sea” for its swelling pension deficit, federal investigations into its retirement system and subsequent allegations of illegal accounting and public corruption. Last April, top-selling news magazine “Time”, dubbed mayor Dick Murphy, along with Detroit and Philadelphia mayors, as one of the current three worst big-city mayors in the United States.


Chicanos y chicanas opinan acerca del alcalde Murphy y la crisis política en San Diego
Por Ricardo Raúl y Daniel Alberto Pozos y Garay
Parece que a estas alturas el mundo entero ha opinado acerca de las crisis financieras y electorales que se viven actualmente en la ciudad de San Diego. El año anterior, en la primera plana a nivel nacional, en los titulares se apodó a San Diego “Enron junto al mar” a causa de su creciente déficit pensionista, investigaciones federales de su sistema de retiro y subsiguientes alegaciones de contabilidad ilícita y corrupción pública. En abril, la renombrada revista Time, otorgó al alcalde Dick Murphy, al igual que a los alcaldes de Detroit y Filadelfia, el título de “los peores alcaldes de ciudades grandes en EEUU.”


Francis Wants Outreach to Hispanic Business … but Focus is on Pension Crises
By E.A. Barrera
Mayoral candidate Steve Francis said the next mayor must reach out to the Hispanic community in San Diego, bringing Hispanic-owned companies into the process of doing business with the city.


The Kidnapping of a Newspaper
By Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO, Calif.—Since 2000, 16 journalists have been assassinated or “disappeared” in Mexico according to the organization Journalists Without Borders. Five of those cases have occurred this year. But on the morning of June 16, a new wave of aggression against the press took shape when a Oaxacan newspaper was violently taken over by a mob of people pretending to be striking workers from the paper.


LA OTRA EXPERIENCIA MIGRATORIA, parte 2 de 4
La Importancia de Estar Organizados
Durante la Audiencia Regional de la Comisión Mundial Sobre las Migraciones Inter-nacionales (CMM), auspiciada por las Naciones Unidas y realizada en la Ciudad de México los días 16 y 17 de mayo del 2005, activistas de los derechos de los inmigrantes y migrantes de varios países hicieron escuchar sus voces.
Esta es la segunda de cuatro partes de una serie que busca divulgar aspectos del fenómeno migratorio en Brasil, Ecuador, Perú y Colombia—y especialmente las enseñanzas que esos migrantes quisieron compartir.
Por Eduardo Stanley
CIUDAD DE MEXICO—Alrededor de los migrantes se generan innumerables negocios, desde gestorías (trámites de documentaciones) hasta ventas de boletos para viajes. Y también, claro, los de tipo ilegal, como los servicios de los llamados “coyotes” o la venta de documentación fraudulenta. Y una lista innumerable de abusos. Como por ejemplo, en Quito, Ecuador, donde miles de potenciales migrantes que visitan el consulado de España en búsqueda de visas, deben pagar $150 dólares si quieren evitar largas filas humanas. Este abuso es consecuencia de las trabas burocráticas impuestas por dicho consulado.

Las increíbles aventuras de Memín Pinguín
Por Yhamel Catacora
Aunque los colores rojizos y marrones de la revista de Memín Pinguín, las primeras que vi hace más de 20 años, no eran las que típicamente atraen a un niño, no se puede negar que definitivamente, el travieso Memín, era uno de los personajes más queridos en nuestro hogar. Era gozo total y pícaro quedarse tendido en algún lugar, inmerso en las fascinantes aventuras del negrito querido.


Stories

UCSD School of Medicine and Partners to Establish Cross-Border HIV/AIDS Training Program
A program to improve the binational response to HIV/AIDS prevention in northwestern Mexico and surrounding regions, led by Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., Professor and Chief, Division of International Health and Cross Cultural Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has been selected for funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Chicanos with doctorates attend community colleges at higher rate than other ethnic groups
Nearly one-fourth of Chicanas and Chicanos with doctorates first attend a community college, more than two times the overall rate for all doctorates, according to a policy brief by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.


SHPE and La Prensa San Diego Join Other Community Partners In Reaching Out To Students Through UCSD Symposium
What does it take to succeed in the challenging fields of medicine and biosciences? More than 130 high school, community college and undergraduate students found out recently at the Second Annual Healing the Community Symposium hosted by the University of California, San Diego.


One Vision, One Voice in the Filipino Community
By Romeo P. Marquez
The parallelism is not lost as Maria Lourdes Fernandez Reyes, M.D., M.P.H., waded through the paperwork of research. Bounded by a common Spanish culture and heritage, it is evident that Filipinos and Hispanics share the same ultimate goal of unifying their communities into one potent force. For the Hispanics, specifically those of Mexican descent, that singular goal seemed to have been achieved.


History comes to life in Plaza del Pasado
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Now when you visit Old Town, you’ll be literary taking a tour through San Diego’s early history.

La historia vuelve a la vida en Plaza del Pasado
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Ahora cuando visiten Old Town, estarán tomando literal-mente un viaje por la historia temprana de San Diego.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Flores Hurley
Una Hora Diaria Salvará tu Vida
¡Ya llegó el verano! El sol radiante, las reuniones al aire libre, las vacaciones de los niños, los paseos a nuevos lugares… todo esto hace de esta estación del año, una época tan especial. Pero, ¡ah!, para muchos padres de familia, el verano no significa tiempo libre –por el contrario, hay que equilibrar nuestro trabajo con las vacaciones de nuestros hijos. Y es entonces cuando surge la pregunta de rigor: ¿en qué ocuparé el tiempo libre de mis  niños  este verano?


State Health Officials Warn Consumers Not to Eat Two Brands of Lead-Contaminated Candy From Mexico
Based on tests conducted by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), two candy products imported from Mexico may contain high levels of lead that could cause serious health problems, Interim State Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Backer warned today. Consumers, particularly infants, young children and pregnant women, should not eat Dulmex Rollito De Tamarindo, a tamarind candy, and Vero Vagabundo, a hard candy lollipop with a chili dipping powder.


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:
Terrorist Attack Upon London England Is Warning Signal for all Non-Muslim Nations!
The timing of the Terrorist Attack was cleverly set to coincide with the G8 Summit opening in Gleneagles, Scotland, at which Prime Minister Tony Blair would preside and a day after the English Citizens won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, which had been celebrated in the streets of London. At exactly 8:51 a.m., London time (3:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), terrorist left three bags, filled with explosive materials, on three subway trains, and one, explosive leaden package, on a Double-Decker Bus, filled with early morning rush hour traffic. Police stated at least 40 people were killed and more than 700 were injured!


Comentario:
La Intuición del Presidente Bush
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El reemplazo de Sandra Day O´Connor, magistrado de la Suprema Corte de Justicia, no será una tarea tan difícil para el presidente Bush si, desde un principio, mantiene una línea moderada. Una de las dos siguientes variables es imprescindible para que el proceso de confirmación en el Senado no tenga la molestosa disyuntiva del filibusterismo demócrata: Tiene que ser mujer o tiene que pertenecer a un grupo étnico minoritario, concretamente a raíces hispanas.


Comentario:
No Más Desayunos Con el Sr. Embajador: La Cambiante Política Exterior De Los EU En América Latina
Por Manuel R Villacorta O.
Es indiscutible que los embajadores de Estados Unidos han tenido un protagonismo determinante y en ocasiones extralimitado en América Latina. En momentos de alta tensión, cuando presidentes de la región se han enemistado con los altos representantes de la diplomacia estadounidense, es común que funcionarios públicos (ministros de estado e incluso vicepresidentes) opten por congraciarse con los segundos, porque tarde o temprano la línea de Washington termina imponiéndose. La historia lo confirma, siempre ha sido así.


Notas Politicas...
Another quick look at the Mayoral Elections, La Prensa San Diego, being a weekly, really doesn’t have too much time to dwell on the various candidates, aside from providing you with a capsule glance. Some, we know from past offices they have held. Others, we know through their political activities. And unfortunately, some we never heard of. This Friday we shall take a look at Shawn A. McMillan, Tom Knapp, Ed Kolker, Jeremy Ledford, and Jim Bell


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Mike Aguirre a breath of fresh air
I want to tell you that the best person San Diego could have is you!  I believe you have stood up for our rights; even though I might disagree with some of your precepts. 


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

The Illfonix show: Breaking down barriers through the airwaves
By Luis Alonso Pérez
Every Wednesday night at 11 pm turn your radio to Jazz 88.3 FM, because The Illfonix Show takes command over the airwaves, from LA to TJ. Filling your ears and expanding your conscious mind through a mix of music, poetry and spoken word.


Condensada la Panorámica Cultural de la Comunidad Regional Tijuanense
Por: Paco Zavala
Nuevamente pese a todos los barruntos de tormenta que se ciernen en las relaciones entre México y EE.UU. el pasado 4 de Julio, “Día de la Independencia de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica”, la ciudad de Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito, Ensenada y toda la franja playera del estado de Baja California, se vio abarrotada de visitantes provenientes del país del norte, a los que muy poco les importan éstas diferencias de opinión de países vecinos.


“Pollitas de Cuenta” Controversial Corrido de Roberto López “El Padrino”
Por: Paco Zavala
La riqueza artística y cultural de la nación mexicana fue, es y será por siempre muy rica en expresiones. Esta riqueza se manifiesta en sus tradiciones, en su orfebrería, en sus ruinas, en sus danzas, en sus etnias, en su música, en su canto y en su poesía por decir de algunas vertientes que la aportan.


MACUILXOCHITL'S KIVA
Arthur Hanlon a merging of a little bit of Irish with a little bit of Latin
Arthur Hanlon, whose smash hit single, La Gorda Linda, spent time as the #1 track on the tropical charts, will be the first pianist to participate in the National New York Puerto Rican Day Parade which is to take place on June 12, 2005. Hanlon will be playing his hit song on a gorgeous red piano on the adorned Univision float as it makes its way down 5th Avenue in New York City during one of the city’s most prominent cultural events. In making the announcement about his participation in the parade Hanlon said, I am honored to be back in New York City participating in this special parade and paying tribute to the great influence Puerto Ricans have had on the city.


VAMOS AL CINE
Cazando su vida en sus palabras
El escritor de origen cubano Rafael Yglesias tiene sólidas carreras como novelista y guionista.
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Poco a poco, con la paciencia que le otorga la larga visión de una historia contada en más de doscientas páginas, el escritor Rafael Yglesias se ha impuesto dentro de la narrativa norteamericana como un escritor capaz de entender el delicado balance en la sique femenina.


VAMOS AL CINE
La nueva cara del cine Latino en San Diego
El festival de cine latino de San Diego realiza proyecciones todos los meses de películas de calidad, hechas por latinos para latinos, y en español
Por Jose Daniel Bort

Fiel a su compromiso de presentar las nuevas voces del cine latino a la vibrante comunidad latina en San Diego, la organización del festival se ha encargado de asumir la conciencia pública y presentar las mejores selecciones del cine que se presentan en las carteleras en este momento. Esta semana le toca a la película chilena Machuca, distribuída independientemente a través de Menemsha Films.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
An Afternoon of Details in El Toreo de Tijuana
According to Tijuana correspondent Gary Sloan, Sunday, July 3, in “El Toreo de Tijuana”, was a beautiful, albeit windy, day, in which matadores Eulalio López “El Zotoluco,” Rafael Ortega, and José Luis Angelino faced six bulls from “Begoña.”

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