Volume XXV Number 47 November 21, 2001

FrontPage Stories

City of Carlsbad Evicts Migrant Workers In Time for the Holidays

By Yvette tenBerge

This Thanksgiving holiday, many San Diegans will join America in celebrating their blessings. Clasping hands around the table, families will bow their heads in prayer before piling their plates high with thick slices of turkey, huge helpings of mashed potatoes and heaping spoonfuls of fresh fruits and vegetables.

What most of America will not do, though, is stop to give thanks to the migrant agricultural workers from Mexico and Central America whose labor provides us with the flowers that decorate our tables and the tomatoes, avocados, oranges and strawberries that fill our refrigerators.



A Carlsbad farmworker stands in a shack that he built. His home is similar to the ones torn down by the city on November 3rd and 4th.

While we sit safe and warm in our homes, these boys and men, some as young as 11 and others as old as 60, will finish a long day of work before hiking through the rattle snake and mosquito infested canyons of North County where their makeshift "homes" are constructed out of materials like cardboard, plastic trash bags and plywood. Or at least where their homes used to be, until, the City of Carlsbad "evicted" as many as 140 men from their shacks.

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The Trouble With Testing
By David Bacon
OAKLAND, CA
- Remember spring fever? The slow time at school, when sleepy students looked out the window after lunch, waiting for the bell?

Calling all Santa's!
By Lisa Marguet
Across the nation, "9-11" fundraisers such as the American Red-Cross and the Fire Department's "Fill the Boot Campaign" have effectively gained donator support. Many regular donators of San Diego fundraisers diverted their customary contributions to help out in New York. As a result, local organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are campaigning harder than ever to make up for their losses. Bea Estrada, San Diego Council LULAC President, is campaigning too. Like the fire-fighters who took to the streets to fill their yellow firefighter boots, she is "Calling all Santa's!" asking for donator aid to fill the stockings of the less fortunate.

Latino Leaders Set-Up Fund for Victims of Flight 587
This week, leaders from New York City's Latino community gathered outside the front of the Jacob Javits Center to announce the formation of a fund to aid the victims' families of American Airlines flight 587. They were joined in the announcement by representatives of Verizon and United Way of New York City.

Stories

Latino Attorney Honored by Farm Workers' Rights Group
San Diego Latino activist and civil rights attorney, Maurice Jourdane was recently recognized by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) for his work empowering farm workers and their families. The organization celebrated its 35th anniversary this year and says it wanted to recognize Jourdane because his legal work contributed so much to the Latino community.

Regents Approve Comprehensive Review in UC Freshman Admissions
The University of California Board of Regents today (Nov. 15) approved a modified selection process for freshman admissions that will lead to a more thorough and complete review of the qualifications a student presents when applying to one of UC's eight undergraduate campuses.

Sweetwater District's Class of 2007 is Second Generation to have Guaranteed SDSU Admission
With academic and scholarship support already in place for Sweetwater District eighth graders, the next generation of seventh graders now has financial assistance ready and waiting to help them go to San Diego State University -thanks to a scholarship fund established by Carol and William Stensrud of the Stensrud Foundation.

Fuente de Información Interactiva Sobre Asistencia Económica Para Hispanos "Regresa a la Escuela"
¿Una clase de literatura inglesa o una de conversación en español? ¿Fútbol americano o soccer? ¿Ingresar a la universidad o conseguir empleo? El comienzo de cada año académico representa decisiones importantes para los estudiantes de escuelas preparatorias. Con el propósito de ayudar a los estudiantes hispanos a tomar la decisión de incluir una educación universitaria en su futuro, las marcas Chrysler, Jeep y Dodge de Daimler Chrysler han actualizado su fuente de información anual sobre asistencia financiera, la cual incluye un sitio de Internet, www.HispanicScholarship.com, y una guía suplemental, "On the Road to Higher Education: Guide to Hispanic Financial Aid Opportunities" (Guía a Oportunidades de Asistencia Financiera para Estudiantes Hispanos).

CCFC Lanza Una Campaña Educativa Sin Precedentes Dirigida a los Padres y Personas que Cuidan de los
Niños Pequeños
La Comisión de Niños y Familias de California (CCFC) lanzó una campaña a nivel estatal sin precedentes para educar a los padres y personas que cuidan de los niños acerca del papel tan importante que tienen en el desarrollo intelectual y emocional de los niños pequeños y para proveer información acerca de los métodos de cómo querer y educar a los niños para alentar un desarrollo infantil positivo.

"Counseling and Treating People of Colour Conference: An International Perspective" Meets The Citizens
of San Diego to Spread the Word on Cultural Diversity in Health and Health Education
Chicago — Human Resources Development Institute Inc. (HRDI) and its co-sponsor the State University of New York at Stony Brook are proud to announce that for the first time in 15 years the internationally renown Counseling and Treating People of Colour Conference: An International Perspective will be presented in Mission Valley, San Diego California on November 28, 2001 — December 2, 2001 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.

Local Holiday Drive Benefits Local Families
4th Annual Turkey, Toys and Other Joys Event Raises Funds for Unfunded Patient Healthcare
Escondido, CA — The Escondido Community Health Center kicks off the holiday season on December 6th with a special event designed to raise enough money to provide healthcare for more than 800 patients without health insurance. Dozens of beautiful wreaths donated by celebrities will be the main event at the auction and dinner.

South Bay Law Library Will Reduce Hours Starting November 30, 2001
The South Bay Branch of the San Diego County Public Law Library will reduce its hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, effective November 30, 2001. The branch is located at the South Bay Regional Center, 500 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA. This small change was necessary as part of the overall reduction of expenses that the San Diego County Public Law Library has had to initiate in response to its dwindling income.

Editorials

Editorial
We Thank You Lord For The Life You Gave Us!
The rhythm of our lives will once again stop to give us time to reflect upon the past and ponder the results of our actions and activities. What have we done to make us, as human beings, worthy of our existence on this earth? Have we made ourselves worthy of the love and trust that the Creator has imbued in our hearts and souls? Have we earned the right, through our deeds and actions, to be thankful for what occurred in the past year? Dare we have the sincerity to bend our knee in prayerful repose to thank our God for keeping the currents of our life active? Can we, with every fiber of our being, honestly say that we have lived this past year carrying out the prime directive of our Creator?

Perspective
Thank God For Religious Freedom This Thanksgiving Day!
By Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
The dramatic rescue last week of eight Christian humanitarian aid workers from the Taliban should remind us on Thanksgiving Day of the wonderful gift of religious freedom we possess in this nation. These Christians faced death in Afghanistan for preaching their faith!

Proposition BB Questions and Answers
(Editor's Note: Sweetwater Union High School District is completing the first phase of its modernization of the district's schools. During this phase the community started raising issues to La Prensa San Diego about how the monies were being spent. We posed the communities' questions and concerns to the Superintendent of Sweetwater, Edward Brand. The following are his responses.)
Question:
Proposition BB is a $187 million bond. How much of that total funding is available now?

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Controversial Colección de Poemas de Mariana Martinez
Por Pablo De Sainz
Mujer, joven y poeta.

Mariana Martinez' Controversial Collection of Poems
By Pablo De Sainz
Female, young, and a poet.

Udiarte the Godfather of Tijuana's Counterculture
By Pablo De Sainz
The poetry of Roberto Castillo Udiarte has a clear - and often difficult-objective: To reflect the spoken language of Tijuana.

Reseña
Excelente Documento Histórico es: "La Condición Hispánica"
Por: Paco Zavala
El autor de este estupendo texto de "La Condición Hispánica" es de Ilán Stavans, novelista y crítico nacido en México, actualmente representa a una de las plumas de América, más excitante, analítica y profunda en sus juicios escritos. Dueño de una educación mesurada y sobresaliente; escritor de más de una decena de libros, articulísta y reseñista de algunos famosos e indiscutibles rotativos, galardonado en 1992 con el Latino Literature Prize y el National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, se ha hecho gracias a su trabajo, estudio, dedicación y esmero acreedor a muchos premios más.

Bazaar del Mundo's "Festival of Lights" Illuminates the Onset of the Holiday Season
Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo will herald the holidays with its annual "festival of Lights" celebration, a free event from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 23.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
"Dear Sheldon"
America's First Lady of Laughter, Phyllis Diller will star in the world premiere of "Dear Sheldon," a new comedy opening at The California Center for the Arts Escondido, Friday, Nov. 23-25. Dear Sheldon tells in hilarious style the story of the twisted relationship between Doris Levine and her son Sheldon. Tickets range from $33.50 - $42.50 can be purchased by calling the box office at 1-800-98-TICKET, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La legendaria república de China presenta una exposición de fotografías en el Centro Cultural Tijuana, denominada "La Danza del Paisaje" El Patrimonio Mundial en China, esta exposición se presenta en la sala 2 y reúne el trabajo realizado por fotografos chinos, auspiciado por el Consulado General de la República Popular China en Tijuana.

Lions Host United Way Halftime Spectacular on Thanksgiving; Enrique Iglesias, The Winans and Mathew
Broderick Star in Halftime Salute to Heros
United Way of America, the National Football League and the Detroit Lions will host a halftime spectacular on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) at the Pontiac Silverdome. The 62nd annual Thanksgiving Day Game will feature the Lions against the Green Bay Packers. But, halftime will belong to United Way and entertainment personalities Enrique Iglesias, The Winans and Mathew Broderick. Singing the national anthem will be Warner Brothers recording artist Josh Groban.

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