Volume XXVI Number 25 June 21, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Putting Kids First: Gage Elementary Teacher Wins District Award

By Yvette tenBerge

Shell-shocked second graders shuffled into their classroom at Gage Elementary, located at 6811 Bisby Lake Avenue, just days after the September 11 attacks on America. This ethnically diverse group of students - including a child whose family is still in Afghanistan and several others from the Middle East - were passed into the hands of Ernestine “Rae” Riner, a 34-year teacher who was just designated “Teacher of the Year” by San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).


Rae Riner and her second graders at Gage Elementary.

Ms. Riner, 58, recalls the parents’ initial hesitancy in dropping off their children. “The parents didn’t know me well, and their kids had these looks on their faces. We held hands and did an energy circle for a week,” says Ms. Riner, explaining that some children had been exposed to numerous television replays of the explosions, while others were not aware that anything out of the ordinary had happened. “We sent energy to New York, and we talked about the event and their feelings.”

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President Bush Calls for Expanding Opportunities to Homeownership
On Monday, President Bush announced a new goal to help increase the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million before the end of the decade. The President’s program includes, down payment assistance, increasing the supply of affordable homes, increasing support for self-help homeownership programs, and simplifying the home buying process and increasing education.

Health Coverage Disparities Among Californians
Latinos post lowest rate of job-based insurance, highest uninsured rate
Differences in employment, education and residency status combine to carve out wide disparities in health insurance coverage among California’s diverse ethnic populations, according to a study released June 20 by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

First Person
In Popular Mind, Will I Now Look Like a Terrorist?
By Melanie Feliciano
I didn’t really understand how an Arab-American might feel being racially profiled as a terrorist — until I woke up one recent morning and saw on television one of my own kind accused of the same crime.

Stories

‘No Quiero Taco Bell’ — Florida Farmworkers Take On A Giant
By David Bacon
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Yo Quiero Taco Bell? If a small union of Florida farm workers has its way, the nasal voice of the famous Chihuahua will be saying “No quiero Taco Bell” on college campuses nationwide.

The Battle for Latino Voters
By: Harry Pachon, Ph.D.
The rising importance of Latino voters is one of the most talked about trends in American politics, and with good reason.

Juan Pablo II Cancela Varias Actividades en México
En su visita a México el próximo mes de julio, el Papa Juan Pablo II suspendió varias de las actividades programadas por su estado de salud, entre ellas una cena con obispos mexicanos, informó la iglesia católica.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
Más vale tarde que nunca
La creación del Departamento de Seguridaddel Territorio Nacional es un hecho. Los trágicos eventos registrados el pasado 11 de septiembre demostraron la importancia de que Estados Unidos coordine y tenga una adecuada estrategia para proteger a la nación. Una nación supuestamente extremadamente vigilada por el FBI y la CIA.

Dr. Libia Gil Accepts Position With New American Schools Board of Education Appoints Dr. Lowell Billings to Superintendent Position
Dr. Libia S. Gil, Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, announced that effective October 1, 2002 she has accepted a position as Chief Academic Officer of New American Schools, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase student achievement through comprehensive school improvement strategies.

Jose Aponte Appointed to Prestigious Library Committee
Oceanside California Dep-uty City Manager Jose Aponte has received the distinction of being the only municipal official and the sole California representative appointed to serve on the advisory committee of the prestigious Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

Cal State San Marcos Psychology Professor Named Director of University’s National Latino Research Center
Gerardo González, professor of phychology, has been appointed director of the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos. His appointment will begin July 1, announced Pat Worden, interim associate vice president for research.

Los Hispanos Que Piensan en Forjar un Patrimonio Para Sus Familias, Analizan Cómo Mejorar Sus Estrategias Financieras
Los Hispano-Americanos tienen una tendencia mayor, en comparación con la población en general, para darle más importancia a sus familias cuando se trata de tomar decisiones importantes acerca del planeamiento de las finanzas y de las inversiones.

Two San Diego Tehachapi Prisoners Stabbed Prison Guard
By La Prensa Staff writer
Two inmates at the Tehachapi State Prison seriously stabbed Custody Officer Arthur Dessenberger on May 28, sending the 29 year-old guard to a Bakersfield hospital, which is 40 miles away from the town of Tehachapi. The stabbing occurred in an open area in one of the prisons maximum-security sections where inmates congregate during the day.

Relatos de los Veteranos Forman Parte de la Celebración del Aniversario del Día-D (D-Day) A Bordo del U.S.S. Intrepid
Cientos de veteranos de la región de Nueva York se unieron al llamado nacional para apoyar el Proyecto Veteranos en la Historia de la Biblioteca del Congreso, en un evento celebrado hoy a bordo del Museo U.S.S. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space. Con el apoyo de la AARP (Asociación Nacional Para Personas Retiradas), la Biblioteca del Congreso fue anfitrión de esta celebración en conmemoración del Día-D (D-Day), fecha en que se celebra la victoria de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, para exhortar a los norteamericanos a participar activamente de esta histórica iniciativa.

México: Se Abren Archivos Sobre la “Guerra Sucia”
El gobierno del presidente mexicano Vicente Fox liberó el 18 de junio alrededor de 80 millones de fichas y 60 mil expedientes que revelan presuntos abusos de derechos humanos en México contra grupos de izquierda, desde 1952.

Women’s Intercultural Center Being Built with Used Tires
by Greg Bloom
Old tires sitting in fields: they probably scar most communities throughout the US and Mexico but their numbers are a particular problem along the poor US-Mexico border. Not only are the tires ugly but they are also a health threat as they partially fill with water during summer rains and can become the breading grounds for encephalitis-carrying mosquitos.

Community Notes:
Ganadores del “Tercer Concurso de Composiciones Sobre la Historia de las Californias”
El Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, a través del Centro Cultural Tijuana, y el Museo de las Californias, dan a conocer al público en general los resultados del Tercer Concurso de Composiciones Sobre la Historia de las Californias.

Editorials
Editorial
San Diego Bishop Stonewalls Media & Parishioners
The U.S. National Catholic Bishops Council met in Dallas, Texas June 13-15 to try and bring changes to the U.S. Catholic Church that would solve the problem of sexual abuses committed by the hierarchy of the church.

Comentario
Sr. Bush, Derrumbe La Muralla
Por José R. Uzal
Los Estados Unidos no pueden seguir dándose el lujo de usar la inmigración como un tema para manipular la opinión publica. Nuestra nación debe establecer una política migratoria basada en nuestras necesidades y no en el color de los ojos de los inmigrantes o como reacción a la demagogia de candidatos presidenciales.

Commentary
When it comes to the budget, we’re not getting our money’s worth
By Shirley Horton
The $24 billion budget crisis is a direct result of overspending by California’s politicians, not the under-taxation of California’s Latino families. Based on this truth two major principles must be adhered to during state budget negotiations. First, new taxes on California’s already overburdened Latino families are unacceptable. Second, budget solutions must address the long-term structural deficit.

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

El Romance Popular “Mariana Pineda” de Federico García Lorca se Pondrá en Escena en el Mes de Julio
Por: Paco Zavala
Existe en nuestro contorno vivencial diario la sed, el hambre, la avidez por conocer, saber, aprender lo que el género humano ha hecho al correr del tiempo para el género humano. Su arte, su cultura, sus inquietudes, sus deseos, sus frustraciones; en algunos casos con ansiedad de locura, en otros con pasividad contemplativa, los hay también con mesura y detenimiento de observación, en fín existen de miles maneras.

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Hosts Festival of Chicano Theater Classics
A new generation of actors will perform Chicana/o theater classics and the plays’ original directors and actors will discuss their pioneering work during the Festival of Chicano Theater Classics at UCLA June 25–30.

Cabrillo National Monument Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Launch Exhibit, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo and the Age of Exploration, on the 460th Anniversary of the Launching of the Historic Cabrillo Expedition
Superintendent Terry M. DiMattio of the National Park Service (NPS) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch its new exhibit, Juan Rodríguez and the Age of Exploration, on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 10:30 AM at Cabrillo National Monument.

Gipsyland: Arte
Por Pablo De Sainz
El Flamenco es la música que refleja la diversidad y la riqueza de la cultura gitana en el mundo, pero especialmente en España y Francia. Las guitarras acusticas, las castañuelas, las sencillas pero fuertes letras interpretadas al estilo cantejondo, han hecho del Flamenco, sin ninguna duda, todo un arte.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
En el ser humano siempre ha existido la inquietud por indagar de donde proviene, en donde está el misterio de la vida, hay vida en otros mundos, algunos se preguntan en donde está Dios y dentro de todo este marasmo de preguntas sin respuesta existe hoy día el misterio de los “Ovnis”. Pues bien, en Tijuana en el cuadrante 1270 AM de la radio existe un programa los días martes y jueves de las 22:00 a las 23:00 horas.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
ExploraZone 3
Spin, shimmer and flash, a world of mind-boggling science is waiting for you at Explora-Zone 3, which opened June 15th at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. More than thirty innovative, hands-on exhibits designed to combine fun and excitement with science, math and technology compose the newest ExploraZone Exhibition.

Día de la Independencia de Venezuela
El domingo, 30 de junio del 2002, la Casa de Venezuela, ubicada en San Diego, California, patrocinará por novena vez consecutiva las celebraciones con motivo del Día de la Independencia de Venezuela.

Who is the best featherweight in the world?
Now that the circus of the Tyson-Lewis heavyweight mismatch is now history, boxing fans can now turn their attention to a real championship fight when Marco Antonio Barrera and Erick Morales square-off Saturday June 22.

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