Volume XXVII Number 48 November 26, 2003

FrontPage Stories

THANKSGIVING: A Day of Mourning

By Roy Cook

Most school children are taught that Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and were invited to the first Thanksgiving feast. Young children’s conceptions of Native Americans often develop out of media portrayals and classroom role playing of the events of the First Thanksgiving. The conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is both inaccurate and potentially damaging to others. Therefore, most children do not know the following facts, which explain why many American Indians today call Thanksgiving a “Day of Mourning”.


Text of Plaque on Cole's Hill: "Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience."

Traditional hospitality and generosity have and continue to be constant Tribal virtues to be practiced at all times. One of a series of feasts reaching back into the group memory has been seized upon by the current modern society. The Wampanoag feast, called Nikkomosachmiawene, or Grand Sachem’s Council Feast. It was because of this feast in 1621 that the Wampanoags had amassed the food to help the Pilgrims thereby creating a new tradition European tradition known today as “Thanksgiving Day.” This Wampanog feast is marked by traditional food and games, telling of stories and legends, sacred ceremonies and councils on the affairs of the nation. Massasoit came with 90 Wampanog men and brought five deer, fish, all the food and Wampanog cooks.

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Thanksgiving Day, 2003
By The President of the United States of America
A PROCLAMATION
Each year on Thanksgiving, we gather with family and friends to thank God for the many blessings He has given us, and we ask God to continue to guide and watch over our country.

Discriminate & Deport, Did Police Have the Right?
By Raymond R. Beltrán
It’s been one and a half weeks since National City Police Officer Steve Shepard reported Alejandro Galeana and Narfelix Arzeta to Border Patrol agents. The issue surrounding the incident has been geared toward the use of matrícula consulares as means of identification. A more relevant issue for the Hispanic community is the role of local police endowed with the power to resolve immigration issues such as the case at JC Penny’s in Plaza Bonita?

Patrona de México y Emperatriz de las Américas: Guadalupe
“Confiamos a Santa María de Guadalupe Patrona de México y de todo el continente, el destino de los pueblos americanos y de su nueva evangelización”
Juan Pablo II, enero 1999

Stories

Refugees in San Diego: a silent community in need
By Emmanuelle Le Texier
Victims of war, civil conflicts, or political persecution, there are currently an estimated 14 million refugees worldwide. Refugees are people who have fled their native countries and cannot return due to a legitimate fear of persecution, based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinions (defined by the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugee Status).

Unions Losing Ground Over Health Care
By John Earl
Analysis

Rachel Walters is among 71,000 Southern California grocery workers who are either on strike or locked out at Albertson’s, Ralphs and Vons supermarkets as they fight to keep company-paid health care, the best and often only reason for putting up with erratic part-time hours and low wages.

Politica a la Mexicana
¿Patio Trasero?

Por Luz Aída Salomón
Ante la mentira o la media verdad sobre México en el exterior, la mejor respuesta es una respuesta mexicana, a partir del análisis riguroso, explicativo y honesto. De lo contrario, se provocan tormentas en un vaso de agua como sucedió en sólo diez días alrededor de las declaraciones del Embajador mexicano ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, quien –el 11 de noviembre- afirmó ante periodistas, académicos y estudiantes de la Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) en la capital Azteca que Estados Unidos ve a México como “patio trasero” y que la relación entre ambos países no es más que “un noviazgo de fin de semana”.

Hoover’s Long Shadow
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
When Attorney General John Ashcroft dumped the old 1970s guidelines that banned FBI spying on domestic organizations last year, he also publicly pledged that the FBI would not be back in the spy business. But a recently released memorandum sent by FBI officials to local police departments is proof that FBI agents, if not back in the spy business, are inching up on it.

Thanksgiving or Thanks-taking?
The true roots behind Turkey Day

By Ralph de Unamuno
“Thanksgiving” day for many of us will be going home to our families to devour a dinner (which could probably feed an entire village of Mayan refugee of the US/ Mexico “Low-Intensity” war in Chiapas) of turkey (or tamales), stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Today’s Youth Want to Travel
Youth Exchange
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club’s International Director, Delta M. Collins, is the Chair of Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program. This program helps makes it possible for young people to visit another country. YE offers one of the least expensive international exchange programs for high school and middle school aged students. They do not have to be related to Rotarians. Rotary will send about 7,000 students to see the world the way it is best seen—from the inside out. Any 15-18 year old is invited to apply.

Art Exhibit Promotes Homeless Children’s Work
By Paola Hornbuckle
In the face of adversity, what do you do? You paint. Gallery on Broadway has teamed up with the respected Monarch School to bring San Diegans a taste of tomorrow’s artistic talent. The exhibit took place on Friday, November 21 and was well attended. The Monarch School was founded in 1988 to serve the needs of homeless children. Originally called P.L.A.C.E., and staffed by one teacher, it has grown into a 10,000-square foot facility serving 150 students. Staffed by dedicated teachers and eager students, the school strives to give each student every opportunity available to succeed in life.

Latino Nursing Students Receive Scholarships
BRAVO Foundation Helps Students Accomplish Their Dreams

Chula Vista—As a child, Shady Villalobos loved to play nurse. As an adult, the Southwestern College (SWC) student is well on her way to accomplishing her dream, a job made easier thanks to a nursing scholarship she recently received from the BRAVO Foundation.

Group names good, bad toys for holiday season
By Ruxandra Giura
WASHINGTON – The Hulk plush toy is marketed to 3-year-olds, and the box reads: “Try me, squeeze my tummy.”

Impulsan Dinámicamente la Novísima Técnica de la Terapia Sistémica y las Constelaciones Familiares en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Tuvimos la grata oportunidad de asistir a presenciar la aplicación de la terapia curativa del alma de las Constelaciones Familiares, en el domicilio de los Terapeutas Mario Trejo Rubio y de su señora esposa, Rosa Ofelia Serna Cureño.

Editorials

Editorial:
A Thanksgiving Message
2003 has been a tough year. Fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters are dying overseas. Scandals continue to rock the nation. And politics are, well politics are what they have always been … topsy-turvy. The economy is in the porcelain fixture. We worry and struggle to hang onto our jobs, and the immediate future of our country does not look bright. With this said, there is still much to be thankful for.

Commentary:
Extending immigration benefits to American soldiers without citizenship
By Hon. Robert Menendez and Hon. James E. Clyburn
Throughout American history, non-citizens have fought and died for this country. Long-standing Democratic efforts to provide citizenship and family protections to immigrant soldiers have finally come to fruition. Language in the recently passed Department of Defense Authorization Conference Report (H.R. 1588) extends immigration benefits specifically targeted to those who have served in the United States military. At long last, those who have defended this great country without being able to call it home now have a process specifically designed for them so that they can enjoy the freedoms they fought to defend.

Comentario:
Extendiendo los beneficios de inmigración para los soldados americanos sin ciudadanía
Por Hon. Robert Menendez y Hon. James E. Clyburn
  Hay una larga tradición de soldados inmigrantes quienes han defendido y muerto por los Estados Unidos.  Según el Departamento de Defensa, actualmente hay 37.000 residentes permanentes legales en el servicio militar. También hay 13.000 residentes permanentes en las reservas. 3.000 residentes permanentes han luchado en Irak, con por lo menos 14 haciendo el último sacrificio. Las enmiendas de la ley les indican a estos valientes hombres y mujeres que los Estados Unidos agradecen su servicio por medio de presentar una trayectoria clara a la ciudadanía.

Commentary:
Thank you to those who keep us safe and secure
by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
At Thanksgiving, we are grateful for family, friends, food and shelter, and for living in a state and nation blessed with more freedom, opportunities and natural resources than anywhere in the world. It is also a time to be grateful for those we might too often take for granted:  the many of our fellow Californians who keep our families, homes and neighborhoods safe and secure.

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Annual “Festival of Lights” Celebrates, and Welcomes Holiday Season
Attendees Will Receive Free Tamale in Exchange for Tecate Orphanage Toy Donation
Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo will be transformed with thousands of twinkling lights, life-size Nativity, a jolly Santa Clause, special international music and dance performances, and the spirit of giving during the 8th annual “Festival of Lights” celebration on Friday, November 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

La Pastorela
ESCONDIDO, CA – Gracias a la generosidad de Escondido Disposal, Inc. (EDI), La Pastorela vuelve por tercer año consecutivo y por demanda popular al Centro de las Artes de Escondido. La obra, dirigida por Dora Arreola y escrita por la escritora Tijuanense Ursula Tania, está basada en la tradicional historia navideña mexicana.
Organizan Atractivo Concurso de Piñatas
Por: Paco Zavala
Los mexicanos gozamos del esplendor de disfrutar plenamente de diversas festividades, sobre todo de carácter familiar, religioso y tradicional. Y para ornar cada una de estas festividades siempre hacemos uso de la piñata. Por ejemplo en el cumpleaños del niño (a), en el periodo de posadas en el mes de diciembre, en kermeses, en fiestas escolares, etc.
Southwestern College CSEA Hosts 17th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
All Proceeds to Benefit SWC Students
CHULA VISTA – Don’t know what to get your relative, friend, or significant other for the holidays? Southwestern College’s 17th Annual Holiday Craft Fair might have that special present you’re looking for.

Local Chicano press to celebrate release of new title: La Calaca Review
Calaca Press anthology features established and up and coming bilingual writers
La Calaca Review Book Release Pachanga by Calaca Press and the Red CalacArts Collective on Saturday December 6, 2003, 7pm at ICE Gallery, 3417 30th St. (near Upas), San Diego, CA 92104

El hombre del año
Andy García recibe el premio más distinguido de la gala de los “hermanos mayores”

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Pareciera que no ha cambiado un ápice desde sus inicios en el cine. Uno de los galanes más codiciados de la camada de actores que salieron a principios de los noventa es también un hombre motivado hacia la caridad. Y es por eso que la asociación “Big Brothers and Big Sisters” lo ha seleccionado como el “Hombre del Año”.

¡Mamá, a Santa le sale espuma por la boca!
El cinismo se comió a la tradición en “Bad Santa”.
Por Jose Daniel Bort
¿Cuántas veces no lo ha pensado? Me refiero a la oportunidad de mandar todas las fiestas decembrinas “pa’l carrizo viejo”. Usted se imaginará: “Este cretino santa lo único que me hace es gastar todos los ahorros del año, para dárselo a una cuerda de sobrinos malolientes ingratos que ni siquiera se acuerdan de mi nombre y me ven solamente por estas fechas. Y ni hablar del espíritu de buena voluntad y los deseos, ojalá se puedan materializar para lanzarlos al toilet y decirles adiós con otros cuantos amigos. Ahora, ¿dónde estaba la botella de ron que tenía en la mano? Para algo deben servir las fiestas, asi que vamos a beber el doble, no el triple de lo que acostumbramos”...

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Festividades, son festividades y cuando son de carácter tradicional y nacionalista tienen más arraigo. La Festividad de Thanksgiving Day, reúne estas características y por tal razón, todas las familias en los EE.UU. se preparan de tal manera que hasta el más mínimo detalle cuidan con esmero con el fín de que el último jueves de cada mes de noviembre todo esté listo para recibir el gran día y disfrutar la tradicional cena.

Calendar of Events
By Berenice Cisneros
**Spanish Village Art Center’s “December Nights” celebration will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, from 5p.m. to 9 p.m. Spanish Village is home to over 37 Artist’s studios, guilds and associations with a wonderful addition of guest patio artists for this event. A first time feature this year will be the Monument to Sugar Display, a giant, incredible tree complete with live photo opportunity with Santa.

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