Volume XXVI Number 26 June 28, 2002

FrontPage Stories

El Penitente

EDITOR’S NOTE: Normally in presenting the news to you, the readers, we try to stay topical. But this week, in what was a coincidence, two stories were presented to us, from different perspectives dealing with the same issue, Holy Week. We are delighted to bring to you “El Penitente” and “The Deer Dancers of Mexico.” Stories about our Mexican heritage and culture. El Penitente was not written by a professional writer, but by a Mexican-American wishing to share his story. The Deer Dancers was written by David Bacon a regular contributor to La Prensa San Diego. We hope you enjoy them both.

by Johnny D. Marquez &
Christopher Maestas


Tucumcari, New Mexico -- The following is an excerpt from the book “El Algodonero” (The Cotton Picker) by Christopher Maestas. The following excerpt is a first hand account of the life of “Un Penitente” in Nuevo Mexico during the last century. Written by Marcos Maestas in the 1970’s, it was handed down to his son Christopher Maestas in hopes that it would one day be published.

The book “El Algodonero” is the story of a poor Chicano in Eastern Nuevo Mexico rising to become a teacher and influential City Commissioner in a small New Mexico town. From the cotton fields to surviving discrimination, “El Algodonero” shows that anyone can achieve their goals if they put their minds and soul on the line:

Chapter 9

(Keep Away Strangers)

For the complete story please follow this link:

The Deer Dancers of Mexico
by David Bacon
For four days at the end of March, Rancho Camargo, one of five villages in the heartland of the indigenous Mayo in Sonora, Mexico, celebrates Easter.

Coping With a Copa Mundial Loss
Is there any doubt that Mexican Americans should have cheered on la patria?
By Daniel Hernandez
The scene at my cousin’s apartment was so somber last Sunday (June 16) that any visitor might have thought someone close to the family, like a fluffy pet dog, had died.

Politicians to face the ‘Challenge’
Candidates’ stance on issues focus of plan
By Lori Rodriguez
Leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens meeting in Houston on Tuesday announced a systematic plan to find out where major political candidates stand on issues critical to their fast-growing but socially lagging community.

Analysis
Scrap the Pledge and Discuss Liberty, Justice with Students

By Donal Brown
SAN FRANCISCO — The decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the Pledge of Allegiance did not go far enough. I say that as someone who spent 35 years teaching in California public schools.

Stories

Tomboctou Brings Latin American Folk Art to San Diego
By Yvette tenBerge
Stepping through the bougainvillea-covered doorway of Back From Tomboctou, a retail shop and wholesale warehouse that specializes in Latin and Central American folk art, is like stepping into the shoes of the village artists who carved, painted or sculpted the colorful crafts that decorate its shelves.

LULAC Supporting and Inspiring Students to Succeed
The banquet room at the Handlery Hotel, this past Saturday afternoon, was overflowing with excited students, and some very proud parents, who were there to receive scholarship and incentive awards from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). This annual event not only recognizes the successful student but also recognizes those students who have overcome personal obstacles and have shown growth and are on the path to success.

Declaración del presidente de la Universidad de California Richard C. Atkinson sobre el voto del College Board para modificar el SAT I
Me alegra la decisión que tomó el College Board de modificar el examen SAT I. Esta decisión marca un acontecimiento de gran importancia en la historia de los exámenes estandarizados de admisión a la universidad. El College Board y su presidente Gaston Caperton merecen gran mérito por la visión que han demostrado en impulsar estos cambios y por su sincero compromiso de mejorar los logros educativos en nuestro país. Su decisión sienta las bases para un nuevo examen que beneficiará a nuestros estudiantes y a nuestros colegios.

Maestra Latina de Matemáticas Rompe Barreras Culturales y Se Esfuerza Por Ser Un Ejemplo Para Sus Estudiantes
Para muchas mujeres latinas con frecuencia resulta difícil romper con el papel tradicional de ama de casa. Eso le sucedió a Soledad Villanueva. De no haber sido por un papá moderno, quien la animó para que realizara sus sueños, hoy no sería maestra.

Carlsbad High School Student Awarded Scholarship
San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) awarded a senior Carlsbad High School student, Karanne Tucker, a $500 CALA Scholarship at the third annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Mission Valley Hilton Hotel on Friday, June 7th. Congressman Darrell Issa authorized a Congressional Certificate of Recognition to be presented to Karanne Tucker in honor of her second place winning essay on “Does Lawsuit Abuse Undermine Principles of Individual Responsibility?.” In addition, Ms. Tucker received certificates of Special Recognition from State Senator Jim Battin, Bill Morrow, and Assemblyman Mark Wyland.

Líderes del Congreso y Estado se Reunirán el 1ro de Julio Para Enterarse Cómo los 12 Programas de California Abordan la Crisis de Atención de la Salud y Ofrecen Seguro Médico y Atención de Calidad a Millones de Hispanos
LOS ÁNGELES
– Líderes del Congreso y del estado se reunirán en el Biltmore Hotel el 1ro de julio para escuchar testimonios sobre cómo los innovadores programas de California para hispanos, incluso aquellos que carecen de seguro médico, ofrecen estrategias que pueden adoptarse en el resto del país.

Congressional, State Leaders Will Meet July 1 to Learn How 12 California Programs Are Addressing a Crisis in Health Care and Bringing Health Insurance and Quality Care to Millions of Hispanics
LOS ANGELES – Congressional and state leaders will meet at the Biltmore Hotel July 1 to hear testimony on how California’s innovative programs for Hispanics, including those who lack health insurance, provide strategies that the rest of the nation can follow.

Bronze Triangle CDC Hosts Community Charrette to Bring Residents of Three Blighted Urban San Diego Neighborhoods Together With San Diego Real Estate Experts
The Bronze Triangle, CDC, a resident-led community development corporation encompassing the three urban San Diego neighborhoods of Grant Hill, Logan Heights and Stockton, is hosting a community “charrete” (a charrette is a collaborative effort by a group to work together, solve problems and generate ideas with the outcome being a creative, tangle action plan), on Saturday June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King Elementary School. The charrette will bring together residents of these three neighborhoods with San Diego real estate experts including architects, builders, planners and lenders.

Community Notes:
La CDC de Bronce del Triángulo Patrocina Reunión de la Comunidad
La CDC de Bronce del Triángulo, una corporación de desarrollo de la comunidad que representa las áreas de Grant Hill, Logan y Stockton, está llevando a cabo un charrette* para los residentes de la comunidad el sábado, 29 de junio de las 8:30 a.m. a la 1:00 p.m.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Señales de humo
El Internet tiene a mucha gente preocupada, y lo entiendo. Están preocupados especialmente por material de muy mal gusto que aparece, comúnmente sin ser solicitado, en la pantalla de las computadoras de muchos hogares. Mucho de ese material es pornográfico, y tiene una forma de arruinar todo lo que toca. Me gustaría que nuestros legisladores pudieran acabar con esta clase de desperdicios, pero sus esfuerzos no han sido suficientes. Y quien dude de ésto sólo tiene que mirar esos títulos en la pantalla para entender el problema.

Editorials
Editorial
El Obispo de San Diego Obtruye a los Medios de Comunicación y a los Feligreses
El Consejo Nacional de Estados Unidos de Obispos Católicos se reunieron en Dallas, Texas, del 13 al 15 de Junio para tratar y traer cambios a la Iglesia Católica de Estados Unidos que resolvería el problema de abuso sexual cometido por la jerarquía de la iglesia.

Commentary
AB 982 Will Help Health Access for the Latino Community
By James S Grisolía, MD
I´m a neurologist, but once I was called to see a man about a rash. He had long been treated for epilepsy in Mexico, and since crossing the border had not gotten his usual medicine. This landed him in the hospital ER with several seizures. The ER doctor loaded him with Dilantin, a medicine to stop the seizures, but I was called to switch his medicine when he blossomed forth with fever and a total body rash from the Dilantin.

Comentario
AB 982 Mejorará el Acceso al Cuidado Médico Para la Comunidad Latina
Por James Santiago Grisolía, MD
Soy neurólogo, pero una vez me llamaron para ver un señor por sus ronchas. Tenía él una larga historia de epilepsia tratada en México, pero desde cruzar a los Estados Unidos no tenía medicina. Debido a eso, llegó en Urgencias con varias convulsiones. El médico de Urgencias le dio una fuerte dósis de Dilantin, un anticonvulsivo. Posteriormente me llamaron para cambiar su régimen cuando se le presentód fiebre, ronchas y comezón en el cuerpo entero.

Commentary
Straight Talk on the Governor’s Budget
By Assemblymember Charlene Zettel
It seems to me that if Government does anything or the people of California, it should work to provide a balanced state budget that ensures the protection and safety of the citizens of the state. For all of us, family budgeting is a very basic principle that is practiced in every household. We budget because we care about our families’ security, future and quality of life. Unfortunately Governor Davis’ budget is a political gimmick that requires additional borrowing and more debt - jeopardizing our financial security, our futures and our quality of life.

Commentary
Congress Raising the Debt Ceiling
By Robert H. Linnell
The dam has been breached. Total Public Debt Outstanding has now exceeded the $6 trillion level for the first time ($6.019 trillion on 05/31/02). We have now hit the debt ceiling, imposed by Congress, of $5.95 trillion (these numbers are different by about $34 billion, small by Federal standards, since this amount is excluded from the debt ceiling because of technical factors).

Commentary
A Free and Independent People
Fourth of July is a day to recommit ourselves to Declaration of Independence
By Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy
With all the fireworks and barbecues, it is easy to look on the Fourth of July as simply a pleasant mid-summer holiday. It is much more than that. It is Independence Day, a celebration not only of our nation’s birthday but also of our national character. Americans are an independent people, free and self-reliant.

Tezozomoc Speaks
¡Q-Vo mi gente! ¡Lo siento! But El Soccer FUTBOOOOOLLL has kept me up todas las noches. No time for nada, pero nada! Pos, you know that once you have “El Nopal” engraved in your corazon you have to pray for Mexico to win!

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

Roberto Castillo: Elamoroso Guaguaguá
Por Pablo Sainz
El lenguaje hablado en Tijuana es un lenguaje bien acá, machín, rápido, cantadito, de volada, inventado, mezclado, callejero, pero sobre todo, intraducible: o lo aprendes y lo usas y lo entiendas, o de plano no vas a captar del todo lo que te están diciendo.

Se Promueven Cursos de Verano en la Casa de la Cultura.
Por: Paco Zavala
Una de las instituciones que se encarga de promover y apoyar la introducción al arte y la cultura es la Casa de la Cultura, institución que hoy día atinadamente dirige la Sra. Profra. Silvia Jaimes y que con su equipo de colaboradores está prestando una valiosísima aportación de acerbo y conocimientos a los residentes de Tijuana y regiones aledañas.

Reseña
Excelente Novela “Las Sabias Mujeres de la Habana”
Por: Paco Zavala
Esta enternecedora, conmovedora y apasionada novela narra la historia de dos perso-najes que se ubican en el paradisíaco y exótico mundo de La Habana allá por el año de 1937. Alrededor de estos dos personajes se desenvuelven otros personajes, todos de importancia vital para lograr un contorno adecuado que circunde y redondée la intención del autor José Raúl Bernardo.

Presentan “De Acá, de este Lado” Obra de Sergio Alanís, Actores de la A.N.D.A.
Por: Paco Zavala
La Asociación Nacional de Actores en su Sección Cuarta, se encuentra siempre muy activa, trabajando arduamente con el fín de mejorar las condiciones laborales de sus asociados.

Slowrider: Nacimiento
By Pablo de Sainz
Slowrider is part of the new wave of Chicano bands coming out from Los Angeles. These bands —including Ozomatli and Quetza— tend to blend several genres to create a unique sound: Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms with rock, hip-hop, and rap; English, Spanish, Spanglish, and everything in between; and regional Mexican music with a political and social consciousness.

Slowrider: Nacimiento
Por Pablo de Sainz
Slowrider es parte de la nueva ola de bandas Chicanas que está saliendo del Este de Los Angeles. Estas bandas —incluyendo Ozomatli y Quetzal— mezclan varios géneros para crear un sonido único: rítmos caribeños y brasileños con rock, hip-hop y rap; inglés, español y todo lo de en medio; y música regional mexicana con una conciencia política y social.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
La ciudad de Tijuana el próximo mes de Julio celebra un aniversario más de su fun-dación, así que los preparativos para esta celebración se aceleran a tambor batiente.

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