Volume XXVIII Number 11 March 19, 2004

FrontPage Stories

Elementary Schools Celebrate The 9th Annual César Chávez March

Photo By Raymond R. Beltrán

In honor of legendary farmworker hero César Chávez, students joined together at César Chávez Elementary School on Wednesday, March 16, to celebrate the man who led a labor union in the 1960s and 1970s to forever change the way we perceive the hardships of our raza forefathers who struggle to work under extreme hardships in agricultural fields across America, past and present. Students arrived from St. Judes Academy, Sunset View Elementary and the César E. Chávez Service Club to raise banners with the words Education, Raza Culture, Knowledge, and Peace, while chanting the Chicano Movement’s most prestigious mantra, “Si Se Puede.” National City community residents came out of their homes to wave to the children dressed in straw hats and pink bandanas with the black and red farmworker union labels hanging from their shoulders, a scene that truly represented the lengths to which the previous Chicano generation went to in order to attain a sense of humanity and self-determination. Before the march began, there was a performance by the dance group from Otay Ranch High, Grupo Tecapayán. The march proceeded from César Chávez Elementary, up 38th Street, crossing over to Epsilon Street and back down 40th Street to the school.

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The JC Penney Incident Lingers On To No Avail
By Raymond R. Beltrán
In an interview Tuesday, Antonio Flores Noyola reflected on what his family has endured since shopping at JC Penney at Plaza Bonita late last year, an incident that led to the deportation of two of his six-member family.


Latinos, Cowboys, and Samuel P. Huntington: A Community Responds to ‘The Hispanic Challenge’
By Mary Jo McConahay
SAN FRANCISCO - Is America losing its traditional values and character in the face of a tidal wave of Latino immigrants? Some Latinos say they don’t know whether to laugh or to cry at the eruption of debate over Samuel P. Huntington’s new argument, which is the talk of campuses, chat rooms and business offices.

Through These Trees, I see Haiti’s Murderous Army Reborn
By Jean Charles Moise
CAP HAITIAN, Haiti—I am the mayor of Milo, a district of about 50,000 people near Cap Haitian. When I was elected nine years ago, at the age of 28, I was the youngest to serve in that office in Haiti’s modern history. I’ve traveled in the United States on speaking tours, telling Americans about how we were building democracy in Haiti under the Aristide government. In late February, my district came under attack by anti-Aristide forces and I fled for my life. From where I am now — hiding in the woods — I see the old Haitian army is back.

TERRORISMO: LA MASACRE DE MADRID
Por Antonio García Fuentes
El terrible atentado criminal, perpetrado por terroristas no identificados al día en que escribo y realizado en Madrid el 11 de Marzo de 2004, tres días antes de unas elecciones generales, coincidentes con las autonómicas de Andalucía; es algo que aparte de conmocionarnos a todos, menos a los canallas que lo han realizado e igualmente a quienes en la sombra los han dirigido; ha producido unos hechos que hay que vivirlos para contarlos o ser un buen observador para hacer un relato que diga algo, sobre lo que no tiene explicación en sus consecuencias finales; o sea, en el repudio de un gobierno que es considerado (yo así lo considero) como el mejor de todos cuantos ha tenido España, desde la muerte del dictador Franco... y es que, a consecuencia de esa tragedia, que deja más de doscientos muertos en Madrid (pero de 11 nacionalidades diferentes), otros varios cientos hospitalizados, donde desde la situación crítica, grave en varios grados, hasta los que serán dados de alta en breve, han sido mil quinientos más; muchos de los cuales van a quedar con secuelas para toda su vida... y no hablemos de sus familiares y allegados.

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Stories

Hispanos Explotando a Hispanos
Vuelven los grandes supermercados a hacer de las suyas

Por : Erika Montes de Oca
El pasado 15 de Marzo, en las Instalaciones del Consulado General de México en San Diego se llevó a cabo una rueda de prensa con algunos abogados de MALDEF, representantes del Sindicato Internacional de Empleados de Servicio y miembros de Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, con el objetivo de difundir a toda la población información sobre una demanda conocida como Acción de Clase, en contra de la cadena multimillonaria de los supermercados: Vons, Pavilions, Safeway, Albertson’s y agencias subcontratistas, por las explotaciones laborales que se han venido realizando a trabajadores de limpieza.


César Chávez Calendar of Events:
Actor & Activist, Ed Begley Jr., Announced as Master of Ceremonies for Annual Chávez Breakfast
The César E Chávez Commemorative committee announces that Ed Begley Jr. will be the Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming annual César E. Chávez breakfast to be held April 9th at the San Diego Convention Center. The breakfast will be the climax of a month full of activities in honor of the great civil rights activist César E. Chávez (1927-1993) as there will also be a parade April 3rd, essay and media contests.


Community Notes:
Parent Volunteers Honored by Sweetwater Board President
Consuelo Castro and Jacklyn Zavala are recognized for service to Southwest Middle
Two parent volunteers at Southwest Middle School were honored recently by Board President Pearl Quiñones for their outstanding contributions to the school and community.


Nuyorican Obituary
El Reverendo Pedro Pietri, 59,
Served The People
By Raymond R. Beltrán
Nuyorican icon, Pedro Pietri, died twice last week at the age of 59. Having been born three times prior, his companions and family members continue to hold onto one life he left behind.


Seeking help for an overweight child or adolescent
By Karla Rodas
American children are tipping the scales according to the Centers for Disease Control 1999-2000 data. Children ages 6 to 19 make up 15 percent of the overweight population.

Y-ME San Diego Ofrece un Nuevo Proyecto de Cáncer del Seno para las Mujeres Hispanas en el Condado de San Diego
Y-ME San Diego ha recibido fondos de Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization y AVON Foundation Inc., para un proyecto de dos años sobre Cáncer del Seno en el Condado San Diego. El Proyecto, Un Día Para Tí, está dedicado a ayudar a las mujeres hispanas que no tienen aseguranza y que residen en el condado de San Diego.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Rafael Ponce de León
Los videojuegos, ¿entretenimiento o fomento de la violencia?
Seguramente usted ha visto a sus hijos sentados durante horas frente a una pantalla jugando a un videojuego. Nunca pensó que esta forma de entretenimiento difiere de los videos juegos de antes, como los Picapiedras, el conejo Buggs o más cerca en el tiempo, los Simpsons. En realidad la diferencia es que en estos juegos lo único que se impone es la violencia.

Boxer Campaign Kick-Off
United States Senator Barbara Boxer kicked off her re-election campaign in San Diego on Tuesday, March 16 as part of her three-day statewide kick-off tour.

Two Sisters and the “Saint”
The Love Story behind Old Town’s Casa de Aguirre

By Albert Simonson
The trouble with daughters is that you want so much to hug and cuddle and protect them, but before you know it they start dating total jerks and what if they go and marry one? What then?


Boxer Features California Missions on Senate Website
Highlights missions’ history, contributions to state

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced today that she has launched a special webpage highlighting Cali-fornia’s 21 missions. The webpage will be a permanent addition to her online office.

CORRECTION.
In the story titled: “There is Hope for Hispanic Women When It Comes to Domestic Violence” published March 12, 2004, Altria Corp., which funds the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, was misspelled. The grant was provided by Altria Group, parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris International. The grant was awarded as part of the company's longstanding Doors of Hope program, which provides a variety of direct services to victims of domestic violence.

Editorials

Editorial:
The Iraq War – One Year Later
March 20th marks the one year an-niversary of the Iraq War. More than anything else, this war has changed the way the United States bases its decision on going to war. The rule of thumb used to be that war was an action of last resort, confirmed by Congress. On March 20th, war for the United States became a pre-emptive tool, enacted solely by the President. As such, America went to war based on beliefs and a political agenda.


Commentary
Spain, EU and U.S.: War on Terror or War on Liberties?
By Marjorie Cohn
Once again, the eyes of the world are focused on a brutal and devastating terrorist attack on innocent civilians, this time in Spain. But instead of demanding tougher anti-terrorism laws, the Spaniards on Sunday voted out the center-right government that supported the Iraq war. The Spanish people, who had overwhelmingly opposed the war, were evidently moved by Al Qaeda’s statement that the attack was “a response to your collaboration with the criminals Bush and his allies.”


Commentary
Haiti Overthrown Again
by Nico Pitney
The coup d’etat that toppled Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s democratically elected government two weeks ago is hardly a novelty in the grimly impoverished countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, nor is the nature of our own government’s involvement in the overthrow. There are numerous correlates in Haiti’s own history.


Commentary
Added Insult to Injury Destroying California’s Economy
By: Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
As California families struggle to make ends meet, none should have to face the dual nightmare of the breadwinner becoming injured on the job and then being failed by the workers compensation system.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
The Passion Draws Receives Rave Reviews
(“The Passion of Chirst is not about Anti-Semitism, it’s about love!” published March 5, 2004, by Jose Ortiz drew huge response from readers. Below are just some of the remarks.)


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Chispas, Mayor Murphy speaks with forked tongue! All through the campaign he promises his administration will be an open administration N0 MORE SECRETE CLOSED DOOR HEARINGS with rest of the CHANGOS in the city council!!

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

MACUILXOCHITL KIVA
Saludos, Kiva faithful…an update for you all:

by Francisco H. Ciriza
It seems Media Arts Center San Diego’s Eleventh Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, which has a couple evenings of proceedings left, tonight and tomorrow, has been quite the event. This year’s attendees were able to meet some of the hottest and most talented Latino actors and filmmakers around today.


VAMOS AL CINE
Más allá de los Zombies
Setenta años del subgénero del terror
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Aunque a primera vista pareciera una estratagema de inescrupulosos productores de películas baratas y sin sentido, las historias de Zombies han atrapado la imaginación de muchos cinéfilos y cineastas, que disfrutan de los “no muertos” con fervor empedernido.


VAMOS AL CINE:
Eterno brillo de sol en la mente inmaculada
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Las películas de Charlie Kaufman que quedan peor las dirige Michel Gondry; las mejores las hace con Spike Jonze. A la prueba me remito: Con Jonze hizo Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. Con Gondry Human Nature, y ahora está Eternal Sunshine for the spotless mind. Podemos decir que la que hizo con George Clooney, Confessions of a dangerous mind está entre las dos, en calidad se refiere.


Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
El mundo hispano se encuentra de luto por los atentados que sufrieron las vías ferroviarias en la Madre Patria, España. El horror de la inhumanidad, de la destrucción, de la falta de respeto a las instituciones establecidas y a las personas ha sido rota una vez más. Hasta cuando entenderemos que debemos amarnos y de respetarnos. Quien haya realizado este lamentable y bochornoso atentado, si puede dornir bien, será una bestia y si no lo puede hacer, lo sentirá toda su vida. Lamentamos y nos unimos al pueblo español en el dolor de llorar la perdida de tantas vidas humanas inocentes.


La Primavera arribará el próximo domingo
Por: Paco Zavala
La primera estación que inicia en el año es la primavera. Esta estación proviene del latin: primum: primera y Ver: veris, que traducido al español actual se define como la primavera.


United in Memory: 9-11 Victims Memorial Quilt Comes to Cuyamaca College
EL CAJON – A 16,000-square-foot quilt memorializing the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will make its only stop in San Diego County March 25-28 at Cuyamaca College’s gymnasium in a free exhibition open to the public.


Calendar of Events....
By Berenice Cisneros
The Boy Who Fell Into A Book
“The Boy Who Fell Into A Book” is playing through March 21 at the South Bay’s Playhouse located at 500 Plaza Boulevard in National City. This is a story about Kevin when he falls asleep while reading a page- turner of a book, he awakes to find himself in the thick of the story’s action. His only way home is to pass along the bookshelf back towards his bed. For tickets call 437-0600.


Peden Bombs Campbell
By Fiona Manning
In one of the most bizarre fight endings ever seen on Californian soil, Nate Campbell, who was rapidly on his way to a KO victory over Robbie “The Bomber” Peden in a hard-fought battle, suddenly stopped fighting.

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