Volume XXVIII Number 28 July 16, 2004

FrontPage Stories

Friends of Scott a Service to Latina Families of the Ronald McDonald House

By Perlita R. Dicochea

In contemporary American society there are many layers of silence wrapped around cancer, not only because the disease itself is frightening and we have trouble with issues of death and dying in our culture, but also because it is too frightening to contemplate the huge investment of money, power, and emotional capital in toxifying the environment and ourselves in the way we do now.Jim Tarter (2002), “Some Live More Down Stream Than Others.”

Last week I sat down with nine-year-old Andrew Penna, well into his second month of chemotheraphy for Hodgkins, and watched him offer his little sister help as she reached to open a donated can of soda. We sat in a spacious dining area of the Ronald McDonald House, where families of up to four are allowed to live rent-free while their child undergoes cancer treatment. That evening predominantly Latina/o families were treated to a special Mexican meal, chicken rolled tacos with all the fixings and Mexican rice, prepared by Friends of Scott.


RMH resident Brenda Velasquez with son Anthony Gonzalez.Photo by Perlita Dicochea

Friends of Scott is a non-profit founded by Carmen Delgadillo, or Señora Carmen, as many Spanish-speaking parents refer to her. Delgadillo began the organization in the name of her son, Scott Delgadillo, who died of lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. All of her volunteers that night were from Patrick Henry High School, the high school that Scott would have attended.

“Friends of Scott are wonderful,” RMH House Manager Nina Brown said. “They always bring a craft, they do spring cleaning, and they play with the kids. They have really helped our organization a lot,” Brown said. She continued, “The more often Friends of Scott can come to our house, the better.” The RMH is especially in need of food donations and volunteer meal preparations during the summer months, when help from other non-profit groups slows down.

Collision Coming Over Farm Worker Legalization
By David Bacon
ANALYSIS
SOLEDAD, CA — Farm worker unions and the Bush administration are heading rapidly towards confrontation over immigration. After three years of arm-twisting, unions like the United Farm Workers, Oregon’s Union de Pineros and the Ohio-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee finally have a bill in Congress that would legalize half a million agricultural workers living without visas in the United States. But the administration, despite a proclaimed interest in Latino votes, killed its own bill restricting class action lawsuits when the farm worker legalization proposal was attached to it.


TV Soap Opera on Ciudad Juarez Murders Infuriates Victims’ Families
By Greg Bloom
A new soap-opera style show about the Ciudad Juárez serial killings being broadcast across Mexico has infuriated many victims’ families and made Televisión Azteca the target of families’ anger. The show, “Tan infinito como el desierto” (As Infinite as the Desert), has also drawn criticism from the Ciudad Juárez lawyers’ bar and the Chihuahua attorney general. 


En Vez De Ver Pasar La Muerte, Decidimos Producir
En Argentina, decenas de empresas cerraron sus puertas dejando a miles de trabajadores desempleados. Hoy, estos trabajadores son quienes están reactivando las fábricas y la economía nacional. En esta segunda parte, como actuaron algunos trabajadores.
Por Eduardo Stanley
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Ante la situación de crisis social y la quiebra masiva de empresas, los trabajadores deciden tomar la iniciativa. Ya en enero de 2002, el peso argentino fue devaluado y el gobierno provisional de Eduardo Duhalde llamó a elecciones, que finalmente gano Néstor Kirchner en 2003. Ambas medidas contribuyeron a sanear el ambiente económico y político de un país sumido en el caos y la parálisis.



Stories

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica
John, John y Juan
Sonó por fin el despertador del “gigante dormido”, o por lo menos eso dice Héctor Flores, Presidente de LULAC, la Liga Unida de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos. Su organización le dio espacio a George Bush y a John Kerry, (los dos en vivo vía satélite), para decir qué le proponen a la comunidad méxico-americana de Estados Unidos. Para escuchar a Bush había que pagar 65 dólares, y para Kerry la entrada era gratis.


UCI launches nation’s first medical education program focused on Latino culture
Through ‘PRIME-LC,’ future physician-leaders will serve Latinos’ distinct health care needs
Irvine, CA — Sarah Lopez wants to improve health care for the large Latino community in her California hometown. Gabriel Rivera plans to advance medical research to help Mexican American immigrants across the country. And Gabriela Diaz seeks to break down the cultural barriers limiting health care access for America’s migrant farm workers.


More Than 7 Out Of 10 Latinos Live In Polluted Communities
A new report issued by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), with the support of Clear the Air, found that more than 7 out of 10 Hispanic Americans are breathing air that violates federal pollution standards. Hispanic Americans face a threat 16 percent greater than the overall population.


WIC trabaja para ayudar a las familias Latinas
Muchas familias califican pero aún no reciben la ayuda que necesitan
Las familias Latinas que se preocupan por una buena nutrición para sus niños, tienen un aliado listo para ayudarles. El programa de Nutrición Especial Suplementario para Mujeres, Bebés, y Niños de la Cruz Roja Americana (WIC) ayuda a familias con niños menores de cinco años de edad, mujeres embarazadas y mujeres que dan pecho, o una mujer que tuvo un bebé recientemente.


WIC Working to Help Latino Families
Many families qualify but still aren’t getting help they need for their children
Latino families worried about good nutrition for their children have a partner in the community ready to help them. The American Red Cross Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assists families that include children under the age of five, pregnant and breastfeeding women, or a woman who has recently had a baby.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Jose Cortez
Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2.  Paso a Paso
Cerca de dos millones de hispanos y latinos en este país tienen diabetes.


Buscando Consejos sobre la Salud: Cuidado Usuario del Internet
Por Kate Christensen, M.D.
Como un médico, me dá gusto cuando los pacientes se hacen activos en su propia salud, pero me preocupa más y más la cantidad de información incorrecta sobre la salud que existe en el Internet. Cuando están consultando al Internet, todos los buscadores de información necesitan ser escépticos y escrutar cuidosamente los sitios del web que presentan información sobre la salud. Mientras muchos sitios del web parecen legítimos, esto es un caso de “Cuidado usuarios del Internet”. Sólo un cuarto de los “buscadores de la salud” averigüan cuidosamente la fuente y la fecha de información sobre la salud que encuentran en el Internet. La mitad de los buscadores de salud averigüan la credibilidad de los sitios del Internet que enfocan en la salud “sólo a veces”, “casi nunca”, o “nunca”.


Cluninary/Food Page:
Weekly food recipes/themes & Recipe archieves -- Enjoy


Editorials

Editorial:
Mayor and Cronies Attempt End-Run on San Diego Residents
It is amazing that a lame-duck Mayor, who in all probabilities will not be reelected, and a seriously flawed City Council, which has three of its members under investigation for “conduct unbecoming” i.e. allegedly taking bribes from a Strip Club owner, are attempting to change how the City of San Diego is governed. San Diego is a charter city of the State of California. In order to change how the city is governed, an Amendment to change to the City Charter must be submitted to the voters in accordance with State law.


Editorial:
The Buck Stops. . .
This past week the U.S. Senate put the official stamp on what most of us had known for sometime; there was absolutely no reason for us to go to war against Iraq! Like dominos, each and every reason originally provided has fallen, one by one. With each reason for war debunked, the President kept shifting his reasons for going to war on Iraq.


Comentario
Restricciones a los Derechos Individuales
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph. D
Supongamos un caso no tan hipotético. En una biblioteca pública una persona lee cotidianamente libros sobre temas del Medio Oriente, terrorismo, del sub comandante Marcos, e incluso libros religiosos del antiguo testamento. De repente, dicha persona es acosada por el FBI, instigado, e inculpado por terrosismo, a pesar de que nunca había tenido algún nexo con grupos subversivos, sólo un interés informativo en esos temas.


Commentary:
Backstabbers Galore
By Andrés Lozano
In the never ending Mexican political telenovela, president’s Fox chief of staff and press secretary resigned his posts on July 6, 2004. His letter of resignation is nineteen-pages-long. More than a letter of resignation is one from denunciation against his former boss, charging him of trying to impose his wife as his successor. Go figure.


Comentario:
Desleales a puños
Por Andrés Lozano
En la continua telenovela política mexicana, Alfonso Durazo, secretario particular y jefe de prensa del presidente Vicente Fox, renunció a sus puestos el seis de julio del 2004. La renuncia ocupa ‘diecinueve’ cuartillas. De hecho es un «Yo Acuso» al presidente por sus pretensiones de ‘imponer a su esposa’ como candidata a la presidencia de México.


Commentary:
The Mexican American General and Abu Ghraib
By Jorge Mariscal
In its December 2003 cover story Hispanic magazine featured an article about Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez titled “Soldier of Fortune: Far from Home, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez Leads the Effort to Stabilize Postwar Iraq.” Sanchez was the top U.S. commander in Iraq during the first year of the occupation.


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

La Esquina
arte de la comunidad
Mexican Artist Inspired by Asian Men
By Geneva Gamez
If you’re Asian or of Asian resemblance, you best look out ‘cause someone’s out to paint you.


Baja Buggs Set to Open 10th Annual Beatle Fair
By John Philip Wyllie
One of the earliest memories Hector Penalosa has of growing up across the border in Tecate, is that of spending his Saturday mornings in front of the TV watching Beatles cartoons. Forty years ago that weekend ritual ignited a fire in Penalosa and in many other musicians. It has never been extinguished.


Se Intercambian Residencias Artísticas
Por: Paco Zavala
Los gobiernos de México con los gobiernos de Canadá, Colombia, Venezuela, EE.UU., Francia y España, realizan un intercambio de residencias artísticas.


MACUILXOCHITL KIVA
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Alejandro Fernandez To Release New CD in September
Alejandro Fernandez has just finished recording his first new CD. The yet to be titled album is scheduled for a September 7th release. Fernandez worked with Grammy winning producer Kike Santander (David Bisbal, Jennifer Lopez, Ricardo Montaner) and popular Mexican producer Aureo Baqueiro (Natalia Lafourcade, Sin Bandera) at the Sony Studios in New York all this month to complete the recording.


Exterminando conceptos
Los hermanos Corona presentan su tercera “Parranda con el diablo”

Por Jose Daniel Bort
No le tienen miedo a ningún concepto karmático. El grupo “Los exterminadores”, formados por los hermanos Juan, José, Bernardo y Jesús Corona junto a Gustavo Pardo, descubrieron que al público le gustaban los narcocorridos fuertes, chuscos, y sin vacilar invocaron al mismísimo belcebú en su producción “De parranda con el diablo”.


VAMOS AL CINE
Will Smith en contra de todos
El actor despliega sex appeal en I, Robot

Por Jose Daniel Bort
La nueva película del actor afro americano Will Smith esta diseñada para venderlo como si fuera un muñequito de GI Joe. Smith ha mantenido su musculatura desde que hizo “Ali” (donde ganó más de 40 libras) y ahora exuda confianza en si mismo cuando se quita la camisa en I, Robot.


Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
¿Le gusta a Ud. estudiar para enseñar o transmitir sus conocimientos adquiridos? ¿es amante de la lectura, teatro, música, canto, ballet, danzas folklóricas, pintura, escultura, literatura, etc. etc.? Bueno, si has descubierto que tu vocación es la de educar, no te preocupes, en el estado de Baja California, desde el año de 1992 existe la facultad Internacional de Ciencias de la Educación (FICED), la cual es una institución especializada en la formación de docentes (Profesores).


Diego Corrales’ Tough Day In Paradise
By Fiona Manning
It was high noon at the Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys, CA. The mood was friendly, fun and joking on this balmy Monday in July as three top world contenders shook out, preparing to spar round-robin style.


Dallas Cowboys to train on California’s Strawberry Coast
Oxnard, CA — Oxnard, the seaside city nestled along California’s Central Coast, offers fans and visitors the chance to see professional football up close and personal as the Dallas Cowboys make their way to Oxnard to train for their upcoming season.


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