Volume XXVI Number 13 March 29, 2002

FrontPage Stories

César Chávez Day 2002

By Paul F. Chávez

On April 1, California celebrates the second annual César Chávez Day of Service and Learning. Millions of people from across the state, in both urban and rural areas, will participate in service-learning projects to improve and empower themselves and their communities. In the spirit of my father’s legacy, these projects will promote non-violence, justice, equality, tolerance, environmental stewardship and respect for humanity-demonstrating the power and timelessness of his principles and his vision for a better world.

On this momentous day, it is important to reflect on who César E. Chávez was, so that our generation and generations to come can continue to carry on his legacy. Especially in the wake of recent events, my father’s life and work serve as a powerful reminder that how we respond to hatred and violence is a direct reflection of our nation’s character. His values provide everyone, particularly youth, with an example of how to overcome adversity and continue to work for justice, freedom and acceptance of all people.

A second-generation American, my father was born on March 31, 1927, on a small farm near Yuma, Arizona. As a child and young adult, he and his family migrated across the Southwest laboring in the fields, enduring the hardships and injustices of farm worker life.

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El Día de César Chávez 2002
por Paul F. Chávez
Este próximo 1ro. de abril, California celebra su Segundo Día Anual de César Chávez, día de Servicio y Aprendizaje. Millones de personas de todo el estado, en ambas áreas, urbanas y rurales, participarán en proyectos de servicio-aprendizaje para mejorar y dar más vitalidad a ellos mismos y a sus comunidades. En el espíritu del legado de mi padre, estos proyectos promoverán la no-violencia, justicia, igualdad, tolerancia, el cuidado del medio ambiente y el respeto por la humanidad demostrando el poder y lo perpetuo de sus principios, ademas de su visión por un mundo mejor.

Chicano Activists Risk Hijacking Cesar Chavez Legacy
By Gustavo Arellano
LOS ANGELES—As California observes Cesar Chavez Day for the first time April 1, let’s make sure the great man’s legacy isn’t hijacked for years to come by the very community fighting hardest to preserve his memory — Chicanos.

U.S. high court annuls labor laws, creates ‘permanent underclass of semi-slave laborers,’ sparks anti-GOP anger by Latinos
By eliminating back pay as a remedy when undocumented workers become victims of labor law violations by employers, the United States Supreme Court has effectively nullified California’s landmark farm labor law and created “a permanent underclass of easy-to-exploit semi-slave laborers,” declares United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez.

Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante to Help Retired Farmworkers Receive Pension Benefits Created by César Chávez
Sacramento - As Californians Commemorate the legacy of César Chávez this week, Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante will partner with the United Farm Workers (UFW) to notify former farm laborers of unclaimed pension benefits worth tens of thousands of dollars. The Juan de la Cruz Farm Workers Pension Plan, established in the 1970s by Chávez, is the nation’s first and only functioning pension plan for farmworkers. The plan benefits farmworkers who have worked under UFW contracts with growers. However, hundreds of farm laborers are not claiming their benefits because they are unaware of the pension plan.

Former Green Beret picked for surgeon general spot; radiologist for NIH chief
Carmona’s resume reads like a Hollywood script
WASHINGTON — President Bush on Tuesday nominated a Arizona trauma surgeon and real-life action hero as surgeon general and a Johns Hopkins University administrator to be director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Elias Zerhouni was nominated as director of NIH, which performs and funds medical research, and Dr. Richard Carmona to serve as the nation’s highest-ranking doctor — still must be confirmed by the Senate.

Stories

Scripps Ranch Business Community and Some Residents Baffled By SDUSD Mega-Middle School Plan
By Yvette tenBerge
On April 9, the San Diego Unified School board will make a decision on a pricey, Scripps Ranch building project that has the City of San Diego’s business community and many residents crying foul.

¡Aleluya, Cristo Ha Resucitado!
+Gilberto E. Chavez
Obispo Auxiliar

En estos días nos reunimos con la familia y amigos para festejar la vida, muerte y resurrección del Señor Jesús. Esta fiesta es de gran alegría pues nos da la esperanza y motivación para seguir adelante y conseguir nuestra victoria con Jesús.

César Chávez Calendar of Events
Lincoln Park Community Members to Convene 2nd Annual Birthday Tribute to Cesar Chavez
On Saturday, March 30, 2002, members of the beautiful community of Lincoln Park will host its second annual birthday tribute to Cesar Chavez, the venerable labor leader and founder of the United Farm Workers. Called “one of the heroic figures of our time” by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Cesar’s four decade legacy was one of justice, courage and sacrifice, as well as significant social justice achievements such as the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which protects farm workers right to organize, providing them with the opportunity to demand and receive fair wages medical coverage pension benefits.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora

El mundo adulto de los niños traductores
Para quienes hemos vivido a partir de nuestra niñez en este país, no será extraño recordar algún momento en que mamá, en el supermercado nos preguntaba, ¿Qué dice? Refiriéndose a alguna explicación del tendero. Inclusive cuando ni siquiera podíamos alcanzar el mostrador de la tienda, nos concentrábamos, a veces de mala gana y sin el mínimo interés, en traducirle al español la respuesta que mamá buscaba.

Oscar Door Opens — But Only A Crack
By Sherod Thaxton
Hollywood is already looking to next year’s Oscars. But some of us African American movie goers are still working out mixed feelings about Denzel Washington and Halle Berry winning this year’s Academy Awards for best actor and actress.

Radio Effort Will Urge Hispanics To Enter Tech Fields
When Juan Castillo looks around his computer and engineering classes at California State University, Fresno, he sees students of Anglo, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern descent. But not many Hispanics.

Eligibility in the Local Context Boosts Enrollment at the University of California
The University of California’s two-year-old Eligibility in the Local Context program boosted enrollment in 2001 and provided opportunities to a greater number of deserving students in the program’s second year, according to a new university report. Approximately 2,065 new applications were received as a direct result of ELC in its first year.

El Programa de Elegibilidad en el Contexto Local (ELC) Incrementa la Matrícula en la Universidad de California
El Programa de Elegibilidad en el Contexto Local (ELC por sus siglas en inglés) que entró en vigor en la Universidad de California hace dos años, in-crementó la matrícula de estudiantes en el 2001, proveyendo así nuevas oportunidades para un número mayor de alumnos de alto rendimiento académico, según un nuevo estudio de la universidad. Se calcula que aproximadamente 2,065 nuevas solicitudes fueron recibidas como resultado directo del primer año del programa.

Pneumatically Powered Bicycle Wins 1st Place for City College Students at the Los Angeles WESTEC 2002 Manufacturing Challenge
Seventeen San Diego City College students won first prize for the design and machining of a prototype pneumatic drive for a bicycle at the WESTEC 2002 Manufacturing Trade Show Challenge. Awarded at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, March 18th, the City College Student Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has won this prestigious award in the Community College Division for the second consecutive year.

América y la Responsabilidad Histórica de los EEUU
Por Manuel R. Villacorta O.
A nadie sorprende que a Estados Unidos se le denomine ahora, el “Nuevo Imperio Mundial”. Aseveración ésta que tiene dos manifestaciones: para los políticos, empresarios e incluso, la mayoría de los estadounidenses, este calificativo genera satisfacción y sentimiento de triunfo. Para muchos otros, extranjeros en particular, la hegemonía de Estados Unidos motiva recelo, preocupación e incluso, rechazo.

Programa Piloto Para Proveer Teléfono a Trabajadores del Campo
DAVIS - (UC) - Cientos de miles de trabajadores agrícolas inmigrantes compran tarjetas prepagadas de servicio telefónico para comunicarse con sus familias. Pero la gran mayoría pagan demasiado y piensan que son estafados por las compañías que venden este tipo de servicio, según un estudio de la Universidad de California en Davis.

Community Notes:
Tenth Anniversary For Adelante Mujer Conference
CARLSBAD – The North County Latinas Association (NCLA) will hold its 10th Anniversary Adelante Mujer Conference on April 6th, 2002 at Palomar College in San Marcos. The conference targets 12 to 18 year old Latinas from North San Diego County. This year’s theme is: “Latinas ... communicating & educating, moving forward and taking action.”

Editorials

Editorial
“Peace Be With You” He Said
On this Easter Sunday, all believers in the Christian Faith, will pray on bended knees and once again reconfirm their faith in God and recall the Passion” play of Jesus Christ... his birth, death and resurrection. That drama has been the focal point of all Christendom. It is the emotional centerpiece of our belief system.

Editorial
Supreme Court Rules Against Human Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, March 27 that undocumented immi grants who are wrongly terminated may not collect back wages from their former employers. Justice William H. Rehnquist was joined in this decision by Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. Dissenting were four liberals: Justice Stephen G. Breyer, John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter and Ruth Ginsburg.

Commentary
Government’s Racial/Ethnic Profiling Extends to the Post Office:
Hispanic Discrimination Revealed in Packaging
By Glenn Gutmacher

Are you concerned about possible racial and ethnic profiling by police, in stores and elsewhere? It’s more pervasive than you think: it also extends in a subtle way right to the U.S. Postal Service.

Commentary
President’s Plan Strengthens Small Business and Fuels Economy
By Administrator Hector V. Barreto
President Bush has put a spotlight on America’s small businesses and the important role they play in the health of our economy. In appreciation of that role, the President has unveiled an ambitious agenda to ensure their long term growth and vitality.

Comentario
El Plan del Presidente Fortalece a la Pequeña Empresa y Estimula la Economía
Por Héctor V. Barreto
El Presidente Bush ha enfocado la atención en la pequeña empresa de los Estados Unidos y el papel importante que desempeña en la economía. En consideración a ese papel, el Presidente ha presentado una ambiciosa agenda para asegurar su crecimiento y vitalidad.

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

Se Rinde Homenaje a la Eximia Gran Diva “María Callas”
Por Paco Zavalla
La más famosa Diva de la Opera del siglo XX, de acuerdo con la opinión de algunos conocedores del tema, involucrados de alguna manera en la vida de esta fabulosa artista un poderoso magnate naviero y la más fascinante dama norteamericana en un triangulo amoroso y con una electrizante carga de desdicha e infortunio.

El Verismo Musical de “Tosca”
Por: Paco Zavala
Los compositores de las operas veristas y las obras de Puccini muy especialmente, hacen un uso constante y consistente de los temas musicales alusivos a personajes y situaciones de la acción que narran musicalmente. Sin embargo suele acontecer que extrañamente los comentaristas pasan por alto esta situación, para quienes solo es importante el “leitmotiv” wagneriano para quien deciden otorgarle explicaciones detalladas.

Don Florencio “Lencho” Guzman Recibe Honroso Saludo y Felicitación de la Casa Blanca
Por: Paco Zavala
El trabajo fecundo y creador siempre rinde frutos y excelentes buenos frutos. Todo aquel que no ceja en su empeño de que por medio del trabajo se logra llegar a la meta, tarde o temprano lo consigue, recibe el premio a sus esfuerzos y a su dedicación.

Juarez Fine Tunes Spirit for Opener
By John Philip Wyllie
Despite the 4-1 drubbing the San Diego Spirit received on March 23 in their second preseason clash with the WUSA champion San Jose CyberRays, coach Carlos Juarez is not overly concerned. With a little fine tuning, Juarez believes, this year’s San Diego Spirit will be better than the 2001 edition that finished 7-7-7 last season in USD’s Torero Stadium.

Lewis vs. Tyson Ya Va!
El Campeón Mundial Peso Completo Lennox Lewis Defenderá Sus Títulos Peso Completo Ante El Indiscutible Tyson
La pelea será el 8 de junio. Lewis vs. Tyson, la pelea que el mundo ha estado esperando ver, ya va. La espera se acabará cuando el tres veces campeón mundial peso completo Lennox Lewis defienda su corona ante el ex-campeón indiscutible peso completo Mike Tyson en vivo por pago por ver, el sábado 8 de junio desde el Pyramid Arena, en Memphis, Tennessee.

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