Volume XXV Number 45 November 09, 2001

FrontPage Stories

"Lessons of Liberty": National Veterans Awareness Week

November 11 has a special meaning on two fronts this year. November 11 is Veterans Day, and it also marks the two-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Thousands of our men and women in uniform are overseas helping to secure our freedom and bring to justice those responsible for attacking America on September 11. They are acting with the same courage and sense of purpose as the veterans we honor on Veterans Day.

One way to help the next generation of Americans better understand the values, commitment and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform is to bring them into direct contact with those who have served our nation in the past. The "Lessons of Liberty" initiative is designed to give the next generation of Americans a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from our nation's veterans.

Schools will have access to a multitude of resources for participating in the "Lessons of Liberty" initiative through the Department of Education. Schools, educators, parents and students can visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at: www.va.gov/vetsday to find classroom materials and curricula, ideas for activities, and resources for getting in touch with a veteran in their community. This site will also be accessible through the Department of Education website at: www.ed.gov.

Leading veterans organizations - including the veterans of foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Military Order of the World Wars - are supporting the effort and can be reached through these websites. These sites will bring together the efforts of many veterans organizations.

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Markets Ups and Downs Mirror Political Crises
By Franz Schurmann
It's time to break the old American taboo that markets and politics don't mix. In fact, the roller coaster gyrations of the market — bearish one day and bullish the next — offer the clearest signals that our two big crises, Afghanistan and the Holy Land, are now at critical turning points.

Splitting of INS proposed
By Sergio Bustos
, Nov. 7 — The embattled Immigration and Naturalization Service soon could be broken into two agencies with different missions.

New California Anti-Terrorism Information Center Launched
by California Attorney General Bill Locker
The September 11 attack on America stressed a critical need for better sharing of important intelligence information on terrorist activities. While the terrorist attacks focused on the East coast, we must be prepared to protect Californians and our communities from acts of both foreign and domestic terrorism.


Grossmont College Puts Heart Into Top-Notch Program
By Yvette tenBerge
It is 1:30 p.m. on October 22 and Grossmont College's Cardiovascular Technology lab is alive with activity. A group of first-year students consisting of two Brazilian doctors, a Ukrainian ballerina turned nurse and a Cuban-American who recently retired from the Navy pour over diagrams of the human body. A pair of second-year students sits in a darkened room to the right, working intently on high-tech medical equipment.

"Osama's Mama" — Corporate Hip-Hop Promotes U.S. War
By Kevin Weston
.—The night the United States began bombing Afghanistan, I was listening to a Bay Area hip-hop/R&B station, KMEL. KMEL is owned by Clear Channel, one of the largest radio conglomerates in the country.

Sara Martinez Tucker: Marca la Diferencia en la Vida de Estudiantes Latinos
El mejor consejo que una maestra pudo dar a Sara Martinez Tucker fue que debía entrar a un salón de clase con una actitud proactiva en lugar de pasiva. Tucker tomó este consejo muy en serio porque sintió que era la única manera de que una persona sobre-saliera en el salón de clases y también fuera de el.

ACCION Presta Más Atención en el Condado al Norte de San Diego
Cuando Héctor Parra trajo a su familia a San Diego desde México hace 12 años, no había oportunidades para poner un negocio. Héctor dice, "Mi idea principal era hacer tamales pero no tenía suficiente capital". Los primeros años Héctor y su familia se dedicaron a vender tamales a eventos y vecinos. Eventualmente, su esposa y él emprendieron su propio restaurante. Después de doce años, por fin, su familia está recogiendo los frutos. Lourdes, la esposa de Héctor y la encargada de todas las recetas, es la inspiración para el nombre del restaurante, Lourdes Mexican Food, especializado en mariscos y su famoso caldo de pollo.

MALDEF's California Redistricting Lawsuit Will Go to Trial After Three-Judge Court Finds Case Raises "Important and Substantial Questions"
Los Angeles — The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) will go to trial on its challenge to the 2001 California redistricting plan, after a three judge panel found that the claims raised "important and substantial questions" of law. The panel declined to postpone the March primary elections until June of 2002.

Por Yhamel Catacora
En la guerra bacteriológica: Evitando la histeria colectiva
Los escombros de Nueva York y Washington D.C., alertaron de inmediato sobre la posibilidad de "una segunda ola de ataques terroristas", como lo habría expresado el Presidente George W. Bush, en uno de sus comunicados tras el atentado del 11 de septiembre.

Las Ligas Mayores de Beisbol Anuncian Una Nueva Fase del Programa de Socios Comerciales Diversos
Las Ligas Mayores de Béisbol han anunciado una nueva y ambiciosa fase pública de su programa de Socios Comerciales Diversos (DBP, por sus iniciales en inglés), una iniciativa comercial de impulso económico que se estableció para cultivar sociedades tanto nuevas como las ya existentes con negocios de propiedad de minorías y de mujeres.

Major League Baseball Announces New Phase of Diverse Business Partners Program
Major League Baseball announced t recently an aggressive new public phase of its Diverse Business Partners (DBP) Program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

Son of San Diego Couple Serves on Board USNS Comfort
By Wendy Bodetka
New York, N.Y. — During our nation's recent tragedy at the Pentagon and in New York City, many Americans pulled together to work amid the chaos and destruction and, in doing so, reinstated our unity and pride. New York's finest, the FDNY, NYPD, Red Cross volunteers and many other rescue workers, continue to dig through tons of rubble that was once the World Trade Center to recover their fallen comrades and identify those still missing.

NEA and NALEO Join Forces on Behalf of Hispanic Students
Washington, D.C. — The National Education Association (NEA) and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today established a formal collaboration to help close the academic achievement gap among the nation's Hispanic students.

Grossmont College Nursing Department gets grant for weekend/evening program
Grossmont College's nursing department has been awarded a $78,000 grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District to start a weekend and evening training program that seeks to shorten the 1 ½-year waiting period to get into the college's program and also, to address the region's chronic registered nursing shortage.

Parent Education Workshops
In a creative partnership between National City Middle school and UCSD's Center for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CReaTe), parent education workshops are being offered to the National City Community, workshops that provide parents with hands-on information on college preparation, and the college-going process.

Urban Housing Corporation to Transform Blighted Inner City Site Into Beautiful Row Homes For
First-Time Buyers
Ground will be broken at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 on a site in the Encanto area of San Diego to build beautiful, safe and affordable housing for 26 low- and moderate-income, first-time home buyers.

Community Notes...
La Segunda Conferencia Anual de Familias Latinas
EJE Excelencia y Justicia en Educación, es una organización formada por padres de familia, estudiantes, educadores y comunidad en general comprometida en lograr la excelencia y justicia en la educación.

La Jolla Country Day open house set for Nov. 10
La Jolla Country Day School, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will host an open house on Saturday, November 10, on the school's campus at 9490 Genesee Avenue. A special session will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. for those interested in the nursery and pre-kindergarten programs (for three- and four-year-olds). Those interested in kindergarten through grade 12 will register and enjoy refreshments from 10:30 to 11 a.m. A short program will begin at 11:00, followed by classroom visits and question-and-answer sessions with current Country Day students. The open house will end at 1 p.m.

Southwest Voter Registration Education Project to Celebrate San Diego Latino Vote 2001 Banquet
Over 200 elected officials, corporate, labor, and community leaders will gather for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) Latino Vote 2001 Banquet

Las Torres Gemelas y Los Salmos de David
Por Sergio Noguez
La destrucción de las Torres Gemelas ha ocasionado la muerte de muchos seres humanos; El panorama que se puede observar nos muestra un valle de sombra de muerte, pero ante esta situación no debemos de albergar ningún temor porque Dios está con nosotros como nos dice el siguiente pasaje biblico: "Aunque ande en valle de sombra de muerte, no temeré mal alguno, porque tu estarás conmigo..." (Salmo 23:4)


Corporate Foundations Attempt Usurpation of Our Constitutional Rights!
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have offered to give the San Diego City School District $22.5 million over a period of five years under one condition: Superintendent Alan Bersin and Chancellor of Instruction Anthony Alvarado must be employed during this period. This constitutes an assault upon our democratic institutions. It is the use of money to intimidate and coerce a political institution established lawfully by a vote of the electoral. The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees are responsible to the voters and the state for the operation of their school district. They and only they have the legal power to hire or fire the staff of this district.

Latinos face danger on the job

By Linda Chavez-Thompson
The price of coming to America should not be death in a dangerous workplace.

Enseñando Los Valores Que Hacen A América Fuerte
Por Bob Chase
La respuesta nacional en los salones de clase de los Estados Unidos a la destrucción y las pérdidas resultantes de los ataques terroristas no ha sido menos que magnífica. La celebración este año de la Semana Nacional de la Educación en los Estados Unidos (del 11 al 17 de noviembre) debe comenzar con un reconocimiento especial a los maestros y personal de las escuelas de Nueva York que arriesgaron la vida por guiar a los niños a lugares seguros, y al papel crítico que desempeñan otros educadores al rescatar el espíritu de la nación.

Giving Real Meaning to Veterans Day
Honoring our past soldiers requires that we ask our future ones not to sacrifice their values, but to uphold
By Edwin A. Locke
Veterans Day arouses three emotions in most Americans: solemnity, because it celebrates the veterans who have defended our great country; sadness, because so many have lost their lives in the process; and pride, because they have fought so well.

Una mexicana en el gabinete de Bush
Por Julio Cesar Aragón
Cuando alguien le dice que no, Rosario Marín piensa "bueno, no ahorita y no por ti, pero alguien más me dirá que sí", y sigue luchando. Cuando no tenía dinero para ir a la universidad, trabajó de noche para poder estudiar de día. Hoy es una de las mujeres —de origen mexicano—, con uno de los mejores puestos en el gabinete del presidente George W. Bush.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Vote of Confidence
Bringing in this "tainted" money is a shameless and transparent attempt to blackmail San Diego voters into forfeiting their voice in local government. The real shame is that our leaders cannot stand on their own merits and when faced with public scrutiny, arrogantly wave big money in our faces.

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

Estupendo y Excelente es "Trece Sentidos"

Por: Paco Zavala
¡Que libro! desde que inician sus primeros párrafos, se queda uno petrificado, que excelente manera de escribir, Victor Villaseñor ha escrito una de las historias novelisadas más fascinantes de que se tenga memoria, sobre todo en el idioma español, nuestro idioma.

Bay Area's Los Mocosos To Headline Local "Escena Alterlatina" Concert
By Francisco H. Ciriza
San Francisco's Los Mocosos, a band that unabashedly waves its barrio banner will be in San Diego next week. The band, which has most recently has released the CD, Shades of Brown, on Six Degrees Records, is to perform its brand of high-energy Latin funk and ska sounds as part of a mini-tour supporting the Ark 21/Universal compilation CD, Escena Alterlatina: The Future Sound of Espanol, released earlier this year.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana.
Por: Paco Zavala.
En el Instituto Cultural de Baja California, (ICBC) continúa con éxito inusitado su Primer Festival Cultural Sor Juana, con la presentación de las actividades anunciadas "viento en popa". Ojalá que todo salga como está planeado sin ningún contratiempo.

Rafa Saavedra -- writing is like making tacos!
By Pablo De Sainz
I only knew Rafa Saavedra, better known as Rafa Dro, through his writing and a photograph of him I found on the Internet. The picture I saw matched the way I imagined this writer based on his short stories (are they really short stories?): Saavedra is wearing a Kaliman suit, the popular Mexican comic strip super-hero of the `60's.

" Cosidos" de Irma Sofía y "Retrospectiva" de Chema Madoz en el CECUT
Por: Paco Zavala.
El Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes a través del Centro Cultural Tijuana, dentro de sus actividades institucionales y de acuerdo con las políticas culturales de esta H. Institución una de sus más grandes pretenciones es la de apoyar y fomentar el intercambio cultural entre México y otros países del orbe.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
An Opera Odyssey
SDSU's Opera Theater presents "2001: An Opera Odyssey", the world premiere workshop of scenes from new opera/music theater works on November 9 & 10 @ 7 PM, and Nov. 11 @ 2 PM, at the Recital Hall in the School of Music & Dance. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 students/seniors.

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