Volume XXVII Number 13 March 28, 2003

FrontPage Stories

A Growing Legacy

Commemorating César Chávez on the 10th anniversary of his passing

By: Andres F. Irlando

Almost a decade after his passing, César Chávez’s legacy continues to have a positive impact on our nation. This is evidenced by César Chávez Day of Service and Learning, an official holiday in five states and dozens of cities and counties throughout the nation; the recent unveiling of the César E. Chávez Commemorative Postage Stamp; the many parks, streets and schools named after César; photo exhibits chronicling his life; hundreds of murals depicting César and his work; and by the multitude of musicals, plays and movie scripts, all attempting to address the life of this humble man who made an indelible mark on contemporary American society.

From the fields of the Southwest to urban centers across the country César’s struggle for justice, dignity and equality resonate with Americans from all walks of life, inspiring them to make a difference in their own lives and in their communities through service to others. With each passing year the Foundation continues to experience more and more people taking up César’s call to service.

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El Grito, Summer 1968
THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN AND THE CHURCH
By: Cesar E. Chavez
This year we honor César Chávez through his own words. The following article was prepared by Chávez during his 25-day “spiritual fast” and was presented to a meeting on “Mexican-Americans and the Church” at the Second Annual Mexican Conference in Sacramento, California on March 8-10, 1968.

STATEMENT BY CESAR CHAVEZ ON THE CONCLUSION OF A 25 DAY FAST FOR NON-VIOLENCE
The following statement by Cesar Chavez was read to nearly 8,000 farm workers gathered in Delano on Sunday, March 10, 1968 to break bread with their leader thus to celebrate their unity and their determination to continue a militant but non-violent struggle for social justice.

Bush War Unravels U.S.-Latin American Ties
By: Andrew Reding
ANALYSIS
Much has been made of the split that has developed within the European Union over whether to join Washington in its war with Iraq. Almost unnoticed, though, is the rift that has developed in the Americas, leaving the United States virtually isolated in its own hemisphere.

Recuperar la nacionalidad mexicana : hasta el último día
Por Emmanuelle Le Texier
El día 20 de Marzo fue el último día tanto para los migrantes mexicanos que adoptaron la ciudadanía de los EEUU o de otros países antes de 1998 como para los niños nacidos en “el exterior” de padres mexicanos de recuperar la nacionalidad mexicana. Antes de la “Ley de la Doble Nacionalidad o de No Pérdida de la Nacionalidad Mexicana” aprobada por el Congreso mexicano el 12 de diciembre de 1996 y en vigor desde el 20 de marzo de 1998, todos los nacionales mexicanos perdían automáticamente su nacionalidad de origen al naturalizarse.

Sylvia Rios the First City of San Diego Hispanic Port Commissioner
Mayor Dick Murphy, on Thursday, announced the appointment of Sylvia C. Rios to the San Diego Unified Port District’s Board of Commissioners. She is the first Hispanic appointed to the Port Commission by the city of San Diego.

Stories

First Person:
For Families Under Fire, There’s No Such Thing As A Short War
By Mary Jo McConahay
On a day 20 years ago when I had been in El Salvador less than a week, a woman carrying twin babies approached me in the upscale neighborhood where I had found a room. She looked poor, out of place, and had two other children, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, a boy and a girl, clinging to her skirts. She pulled back the shawl so I could see the babies’ faces — they looked like newborns, but she said they were four weeks old. “Can you take them...together?” she asked.

Homenaje a Juárez Refleja El Crecimiento Oaxaqueño en el Valle Central
La inauguración de la estatua de Benito Juárez llena de orgullo a los miles de oaxaqueños que viven en el Valle Central de California
Por Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO, California — El lunes 24 de marzo fué inaugurada una estatua de Benito Juárez en el Parque de la Corte de Fresno. La estatua fué donada por el gobierno del estado de Oaxaca e instalada gracias al patrocinio de dos empresas comerciales locales. El proyecto fué iniciativa del Frente Indígena Oaxaqueño Binacional (FIOB), con sede en Fresno.

Due date is close, for Mexican “double citizenship” procedure
By: Marianna Martinez
March 20, 1998 a new law came in to force, through a constitutional amendment, establishing the fact that “No Mexican by birth can be deprived of his/her nationality”. Until then, Mexican legislature prohibited double nationality meaning that millions of people had to deny their Mexican citizenship in order to get their US citizenship, consequently loosing their rights as Mexican born.

Mirando hacia un mejor futuro
La sociedad puede ser considerada como la suma de los esfuerzos de individuos que se han dedicado a luchar por ella y los miembros que la incorporan. Las personas que sirven como instrumentos durante el proceso de mejoramiento, que muchas veces es largo y difícil, saben que el bienestar de su comunidad depende de las metas que se fijen, y de su perseverancia ante retos diversos para realizarlas.

César Chávez Celebration at UCSD
Celebrate, Educate, Serve is the theme of a month-long series of events during April at the University of California, San Diego celebrating the life and achievements of labor leader and champion of human rights César E. Chávez.

Boxer Launches Webpage Celebrating César Chávez’s Birthday
In honor of the anniversary of Cesar Chavez’s birthday on March 31, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has launched a webpage honoring his life.

San Diego Trolley Station to be Renamed for César E. Chávez
The San Diego Trolley will be rededicating its 25th and Commercial Station to honor César E. Chávez. A ceremony will mark the occasion with a new station sign unveiling Friday March 28 at 10 am.

Fish or Meat?
Among Catholics there’s a tradition of not eating meat on Fridays during Lent. Many of them don’t know the meaning of this tradition
By: Pablo De Sainz
Like many Catholics in San Diego, Edith Barajas, 36, doesn’t eat red meats on Fridays during Lent.

¿Pescado o carne?
Entre los católicos existe la tradición de no comer carne los viernes durante la Cuaresma. Muchas personas desconocen el significado de esta tradición
Por: Pablo De Sainz
Como muchos católicos en San Diego, Edith Barajas, de 36 años, no come carnes rojas los viernes durante la Cuaresma.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
Cuando otros hablan por nosotros
A pocas cuadras se siente que el ambiente ha cambiado. El primer indicio proviene del olor equino que emite el transporte de la vigilancia de turno que ahora se encuentra resguardando el exterior de la gran mansión de la Avenida Pennsylvania, de la famosa Casa Blanca. En carros, en camiones y en enormes caballos, se pasean los frígidos policías que de rato en rato deben escuchar, a centímetros de distancia, los gritos lánguidos de uno que otro manifestante anti-guerra que hubiera osado topar con el margen impuesto por la democracia de un país acosado por el terrorismo y los enemigos externos.

Deadline Announced for Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership
Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Journalist Fellowship at USC

Southwestern College Invites Students and Residents to “Make the Career Connection”
Chula Vista—Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at National City (HEC) is inviting students and community residents to its first annual Career Day Fair taking place on April 3, 2003 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 701 National City Blvd. “Making the Career Connection” is free and open to the general public.
Editorials

Editorial
Mood Changing on the Iraqi War
As video images flash across America’s television screens, what people are seeing are scenes that somehow don’t mesh with what they are accustomed to seeing in the make-believe world of television or America’s movie screens, or on their supposed instant reality computer screens. The fear is beginning to enter their minds that the pronouncements made by the President and the puppeteers that surround him are not being seen on their television screens. There is a creeping fear that they have been lied to. The war was not going to end in a week or so. It would not be a war like Desert Storm . . .fast action, little opposition, in and out! What they were viewing was a reality show whose outcome is very much in doubt.

Commentary
Memories of Mexico City massacre resurface 35 years later
By: Yolanda Chávez Leyvá
A massacre 35 years ago still haunts Mexico, and is testing the country’s tolerance of free inquiry. On Oct. 2, 1968, 15,000 student protesters marched peacefully through the streets of Mexico City to the Plaza de Tres Culturas at Tlatelolco. They assembled in the hopes of calling attention to issues ranging from poverty to the lack of democratic process.

Commentary
Parents and Employees are Engaged in City Schools Budget Discussions
By: Ronne Froman
As San Diego City Schools, along with districts across the state, confronts one of the toughest budget crises in years, collaboration will become increasingly important to preserve and continue the gains we have made in improving student achievement.

Commentary
SDCS Payment to “Facilitator”—$10,000
By: Mike MacCarthy
Remember December 9, 2002, when more than 200 San Diego parents, grandparents, students, and community members staged a protest walkout from Johnson Elementary in Emerald Hills? Remember how San Diego City Schools bragged how there were going to be “talks”? The Johnson Elementary “Task Force” was supposed to be a group of concerned citizens who would meet and attempt to agree on solutions to the parents’ complaints. We now know the so-called “Facilitator” of this Task Force was paid $10,000 for her role. Once again San Diego City Schools unearths someone willing to do their dirty work for money—this time is was Dr. Shirley Weber. Small wonder those “talks” have been going so slowly. Small wonder concerned Johnson Elementary parents recently published an article about how “the task force has been used by the district to prevent action instead of producing action.”

Commentary
Blueprint to reduce youth gang violence
By: California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
More than 300 of California’s cities are infested with gangs. My office estimates that there are more than 300,000 gang members in our state. Gangs have been the driving force for homicide in many areas of California.

Commentary
The Other War
By: Javier Sierra
While the US armed forces are in the Middle East, public opinion speaks of nothing but that. The likely, many would say imminent, war in Iraq has almost completely absorbed national and international attention.

Comentario
La Otra Guerra
Por: Javier Sierra
Mientras las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos se encuentran en el Medio Oriente, la opinión pública no habla de otro tema. La inminente guerra en Irak ha absorbido la atención nacional y mundial casi por completo.

TEZEZOMOC SPEAKS
Barrio Dudes (del Sur), living temporarily at la Pinta de Solana (State Prison), complaining to El Jefito that prison officials del Palacio are “racial profiling” against Raza! Seems that when Homies from “el Norte” de Califas get into a berrinche against the Hommies from el Sur de Califas. All Raza at Solano, located at Vacaville, Ca., have been placed in lockdown for over 6 months. Every single Mexican from long timers to short timers, young vato locos to over the hill veteranos, the sick to the cripple... No importa...

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

Ella quiere un ANILLO ¡Y yo no quiero cambiar nada!
Por: Paco Zavala
Al ser humano siempre le acompañan fobias muy características, acentuadas en la actualidad. Ejemplo: Fobia a la obesidad, fobia al trabajo, fobia al dolor, fobia al ejercicio, fobia a la comida, fobia a contraer compromisos, fobia a la pobreza, etc, etc.

Macuilxochitl's Kiva
Molotov Cuts In With Latest Release, Dance And Dense Denso
by Francisco H. Ciriza
Molotov, the loudmouthed, sometimes quirky, and most always edgy attention-grabbing foursome based in Mexico City has returned, escaping its own demise into the rock star lie and mentality to offer their third full-length album, Dance and Danse Denso, on Universal Music Latino and Surco Records.

Se presentará la V Muestra de Danza Contemporánea/Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
En un evento sin precedentes el Centro Cultural Tijuana; el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, organizó durante el transcurso del mes de marzo una serie de eventos alternativos “Rumbo a la V Muestra de Danza Contemporánea 2003/ Cuerpos en Tránsito” que incluye varios talleres, conferencias, exhibición de películas comentadas por especialistas en esta disciplina y el estreno de la película STOMP, en el cine Omnimax.

Reseña Crítica
Cartas de Amor, el gran fiasco
Por Claudia Hernández
El pasado viernes 21 de marzo, el Teatro Spreckels se vio acompañado por la cándida presencia representativa de la comunidad Latina. Debido a, las presentaciones que los actores Kate del Castillo y Saúl Lisazo ofrecieron a través de la puesta titulada Cartas de Amor.

Noelia shows herself naturally with her newest production
By: Pablo De Sainz
The new album from young Boricua Noelia is causing sensation among U.S. Spanish-language radio stations that play romantic and contemporary music.

Calendar of Events.....
By Berenice Cisneros
Celebrating Life and Works of an Activist
The WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park welcomes everyone to an evening of poetry, politics and film to celebrate the life and works of activist, poet, teacher and feminist Audre Lorde. Saturday, March 28, 6-9PM. Event is free but donations are accepted. For more information call (619) 230-1190.

UCSD Chávez Celebration, Voz Alta Project to Present Urban World Poetry Series
The César E. Chávez Celebration at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with the Voz Alta Project of San Diego, will present an Urban Word Poetry Series April 4, 18, and 25 in the Cross-Cultural Center on the UCSD campus.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Pudimos percibir por medio de transmisiones de las diversas cadenas de televisión las imágenes de unos cuadros patéticos, desgarradores, inhumanos, al mostrarnos en sus transmisiones, restos de cuerpos humanos de soldados norteamericanos caídos en el campo de batalla en la zona persa de Irak.

Reseña Crítica
Todo lo Bello es Mío, Sones de Jesús Chávez
Por Claudia Hernández
Jesús “Chuy” Chávez, tal como el mismo se nombra, nos presenta su nueva producción discográfica la cual, consta de diez piezas musicales acompañadas por el Mariachi Moya, factor que en el pasado hubiera representado un sueño hoy Chávez pudo ver realizado en su mas reciente disco.

Cuba, Cine y Revolución un Proyecto Original Que No Se Dio
Por Arnoldo Varona
Hacia ya bastante tiempo que no se veían rodar por las calles de La Habana aquellos viejos camiones azules del Instituto Nacional de la Industria Cinematográfica Cubana (ICAIC), recuerdo de aquella aventura sovietica ya dispersa, cargando sus pesados equipos de filmación.

Film Premiere Explores Cultural Conflicts
Mira Mesa – Join writer/producer Maria Gee and meet members of the Chinese families featured in an enlightening new film that deals with the cultural conflict between traditional values and new American ones as Miramar College’s Evening with the Experts presents “Adrift Without Roots” on Friday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall I-101.

Corona Celebrates Return to Aztecs With Two Home Runs
By John Philip Wyllie
The San Diego State Aztecs feasted on some suspect Air Force pitching last weekend to improve their record to 12-16. The Aztecs routed the Falcons in a three-game home stand 10-3, 18-4 and 19-2. The series marked the return of Aztec slugger Chad Corona. Corona, a local product out of Santa Fe Christian, smacked home runs on Saturday and Sunday demonstrating that he is rounding into shape following injuries that had sidelined him for most of the last month.

Hollywood Film-Maker Shines A Light On “Uncrowned Welterweight Champion” Randy Shields

By Fiona Manning

Sugar Ray Leonard once said, “Fighting Randy Shields is like fighting a shadow. You think he’s there but he’s not.”

Teaching Kids Water Conservation
By Luis Generoso
For many children water is the ultimate playground. From swimming pools to the ocean, kids have an innate love for playing in the water. But do your kids also understand the importance of water in everyday life? One way to teach them to value and respect water is to encourage them to conserve it.

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