Volume XXVII Number 39 September 26, 2003

FrontPage Stories

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 ~ October 15

Manuel Rivas (left) visits the Wall to make copies of names for other people. Rivas visits the Wall every year in March with the Veterans of Foreign War.

Armando Gonzales (upper left) at a Memorial Service held at the Raoul Morin Memorial Square in Los Angeles. He stands in front of the Veteran’s of Mexican Descent Monument.

La Prensa San Diego Publisher, Daniel L. Muñoz (upper right) fought in three wars, WWII, Korean War, and at Vietnam.

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project, University of Texas at Austin.




Recordemos a Nuestros Héroes Militares
Por: Ruben González Fierro
La Medalla Congresional de Honor es el homenaje militar más alto dado por el gobierno estadounidense a miembros de las fuerzas armadas, ya sea sobrevivientes o fallecidos, que se distinguieron por sus acciones heróicas en el campo de batalla. Recordando años pasados, se puede contar con certeza  que no se va a elogiar a héroes hispanos en años venideros en el Día de Conmemoración de los Muertos en Guerras (Memorial Day) en ceremonias públicas o en programas de televisión. Jorge Mariscal  ha escrito extensamente sobre este tema en La Prensa y en la Internet. ¿A qué se debe? Podríamos generalizar la razón y culpar al racismo que ha existido desde tiempo inmemorial en contra de la gente hispana, incluyendo a nativos americanos y probablemente le pegaríamos al blanco.

The other soldiers
Little-remembered treaty sent 300,000 sons of Mexico to the United States during WWII; their weapons were their labor-hardy bodies

By Violeta Dominguez
The battlefield wasn’t the only place where Mexicans lent their services during World War II.

A Legacy of Service:
Mexican-American Defenders of California

By Jennifer C. Vo and John P. Schmal
The state of California is a very special place for many people. Millions have come here from other parts of the United States and from around the world to live, work, and prosper. And many of these people embrace their new lives in this western state. As the world’s fifth largest economy, California has a great deal to offer the many people who make their way to the Golden State in search of a better life.

Rumsfeld Praises Contributions of Hispanic Americans
By Donna Miles
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2003 — Vowing to continue working to increase Hispanic representation throughout his department, Secretary of Defense praised the contributions of Hispanic Americans in a speech at the Pentagon.

Proponen Iniciativa que Legalizaría a Cerca de 500 Mil Inmigrantes del Campo
Por Paco Zavala
En una propuesta unificada de representantes y senadores de los partidos republicano y demócrata, presentaron un Nuevo Proyecto de Ley que benficiaría de ser aprobado por el Congreso, acerca de 500 mil trabajadores inmigrantes que prestan sus servicios en el campo, en unión de sus familias.

New Poll Shows Racial, Ethnic Splits Among California Voters on Recall, Replacement Ballot, Proposition 54, Race Relations
LOS ANGELES – The California electorate is sharply split along racial and ethnic lines with Latino, African American, Asian American and white voters expressing distinctly different views of the recall, of Gov. Gray Davis’ performance in office, of the candidates seeking to replace him and of the racial classification initiative (Proposition 54).

Stories

155 Years Later, Mexican-American War Still Debated
By Raul Vasquez
Some say it was an unjust war that exacted “one of the most punishing peace treaties in history.” Others say it was the work of “pent-up forces of the developing national spirit in the United States,” and the fulfillment of a “Manifest Destiny.”

La arena estaba de bote en bote….
Un domingo en las luchas

Por Mariana Martinez
Como parte de las celebraciones del mes patrio, la delegación de Playas de Tijuana organizó este domingo un espectáculo de luchas en los terrenos del Cortijo San José.

Democrats & Republicans In House and Senate Put Forth Historic Farmworker Immigration Legislation
Washington, DC – Bipartisan, bicameral legislation was announced in Washington by Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Chris Cannon (R-UT) that will help address the lack of legal immigration status pervasive in the agricultural sector of the economy. 

Politica a la Mexicana
Rumbo al 2006

Por Luz Aída Salomón
La futurología política, aunque ociosa, es una costumbre política mexicana heredada del monopolio del poder ejercido por el Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) durante setenta y un años. En el 2000, con el triunfo del opositor Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) que llevó a Vicente Fox a la Presidencia, la práctica de predecir quién lo sucederá en este cargo empieza a cambiar las reglas al interior de los tres principales partidos políticos que contenderán por la Presidencia de México en el 2006.

La Prensa Persa
Peace Mission Accomplished: Sep.11 , 2003
By Kathy Hadizadeh
September 11th 2003 came by and passed. Reza Baluchi, the Iranian runner for peace from Los Angeles to NY* finally reached the NY right on the day. However we did not see much coverage of his presence and his indeed humanitarian action in the general media.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Karina Flores
Una Amenaza Silenciosa
El vivir en una época de constante riesgo, nos obliga a recordar el concepto de seguridad. Seguridad al conducir, seguridad al caminar, seguridad al... comer. ¡Así es!, Aunque no nos demos cuenta, los alimentos pueden estar contaminados y convertirse en una amenaza invisible y silenciosa para nuestra salud.

FilAm Seminar Aims to Close Health Gap
UCSD’s auditorium in Hillcrest will be the venue of a seminar on cultural awareness and strategies in addressing the health problems the Filipino Americans face locally and nationwide.

NAMI San Diego Upholds the Goals & Recommendations of New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and Take’s Action
Advocates for better mental health care in San Diego are working together with hundreds of thousands of Americans during Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 5-11, to change the failing mental health care system, according to Karen Gurneck, president of NAMI San Diego, an affiliate of NAMI, The Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness.

Phone Customers Get Help
Foundation Funds Statewide Consumer Education and Protection Campaign
If you ever had questions or complaints about your phone bill and did not know what to do about it, imagine what it’s like if you speak little or no English.

Editorials

Editorial:
Time to take a stand on the recall

Once again the recall election is set for October 7, 2003. Yet as we pre-pare for the final week we can’t help but ask the question: what is this recall really all about?

Editorial
Bustamante is our choice if the recall succeeds
This recall election is shaped in such a manner that the public can vote no, yes, or not vote on the recall at all and still vote for a candidate to replace the governor if indeed he is recalled. In looking at the candidates who are running for governor we are left with one choice.

Commentary
The Car Tax is the Squeaky Wheel
By Jon Coupal and Trevor Grimm
Each month a new ripple of anger sweeps across our state as one-twelfth of California car owners open their bills from the Department of Motor Vehicles and find that their car tax has been tripled.

Commentary:
Children Keeping Hope Alive
By Ernie McCray
INTRODUCTION:  AARP is commemorating the civil rights movement on the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision by gathering firsthand accounts from that era. Oh, I could write a book, but they wanted but a few words, so in 500 words or less I sent them the following.

Opinion
Congress Can’t Afford Not to Invest in Diversity in Medical Schools
By Dr. Elena Rios
WASHINGTON, DC – Thousands of students entered medical school this fall and found that absent from their classrooms was the face of a diverse student body as defined by a recent Supreme Court decision. In its place was a growing discussion of diversity in higher education, and in particular, our nation’s medical schools.

El Congreso No Puede Darse el Lujo de No Invertir en la Diversidad en las Facultades Médicas
Por la Dra. Elena Ríos
WASHINGTON, DC – Miles de estudiantes ingresaron a las facultades de medicina este otoño y notaron que entre sus compañeros de aula no existía suficiente diversidad, tal como lo define un fallo reciente de la Corte Suprema. En vez, se debatía más la diversidad en la educación superior, particularmente en las facultades de medicina de nuestra nación.

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

Se Cumplen Ciento Cincuenta Años de Larousse
Por: Paco Zavala
Hace ya muchos años cuando cursaba los estudios secundarios en una pequeña ciudad del estado de San Luis Potosí, mi maestro de literatura el Prof. Raymundo Hernández, nos decía: consulten a Larousse, es un buen consejero, nunca falla. Esto sucedía cuando teníamos problemas de entendimiento de algunos términos.

Marcada Indiferencia Cultural Aumenta la Problemática Estudiantil
Por: Paco Zavala
La educación pública en México desde tiempos inmemoriales se ha caracterizado de una problemática que afecta a los actores que en ella intervienen.

Dedos que bailan y ríen
Conciertos de gala de una pianista Italiana, para apoyar a La Filarmónica de las Californias

Por Mariana Martinez
El sábado 20 y domingo 21 la ciudad se vistió de gala para disfrutar los conciertos de la joven pianista italiana Mariangela Vacatello. La serie de conciertos fueron organizados para obtener parte de los fondos necesarios para el proyecto de La Filarmónica de las Californias, un proyecto ambicioso ideado por el director artístico Pablo Varela, que busca enriquecer la escena musical de la ciudad de Tijuana y darle presencia a nivel mundial, atrayendo a músicos talentosos de todas partes del mundo. “Las grandes ciudades del mundo tienen una Filarmónica; los habitantes de estas ciudades las consideran parte importante de su cultura y las defienden”, dijo Varela.

Dancing Hands
Italian pianist plays to support the creation of The Californias Philharmonic Orchestra

By Mariana Martinez
The young Italian pianist Mariangela Vacatello visited Tijuana to perform in a series of concerts Saturday and Sunday. Her visit was part of an effort to obtain funds for “The Californias Philharmonic Orchestra Project,” an ambitious plan by orchestra director Pablo Varela, to strengthen the classical music scene in Tijuana and give the city a name by bringing talented musicians from around the world to perform in the area.

40th Annual Cabrillo Festival Commemorates San Diego’s Rich Cultural History
San Diego’s longest-running cultural festival takes center stage when the 40th Annual Cabrillo Festival returns to commemorate the historic voyage to San Diego by Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. On Sunday, September 28th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cabrillo Festival will be held at Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive atop Point Loma. The event is free and open to the public.

Encantadores Profesionales
The Rock y Rosario Dawson destacan en The Rundown

Por Jose Daniel Bort
En una de las primeras escenas de la película “The Rundown”, otrora superestrella de los films de accion Arnold Schwarzenegger (quien podría hacer Terminator 4, si sus aspiraciones gubernamentales fracasan) hace la “pasada de la antorcha” a Dwayne Douglas Johnson, mejor conocido como “The Rock”. Es un gesto simbólico que significó mucho para el también atleta convertido en actor.

Crueldad almacenada
Duplex de Danny deVito funciona a más de una escala

Por Jose Daniel Bort
El trabajo de Danny de Vito como director se ha concentrado en un género en específico: la comedia cruel. Este prolífico director, actor y productor parece tener un morbo especial, cuando se pone al control de un rodaje, por la crueldad a gotitas, diseccionando la bondad de las personas y analizando concienzudamente que los hace convertirse en déspotas. En su última comedia: Duplex, protagonizada por Drew Barrymore y Ben Stiller, por lo general lo logra.

“American Family” Returns to PBS This Fall
PBS President and CEO Pat Mitchell announced today the production of 13 new episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series “American Family,” directed by Gregory Nava, which broke new ground as the first Latino drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. The return of the series represents major commitments from original corporate sponsor Johnson & Johnson and The American Legacy Foundation, a first-time sponsor of a PBS series. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) also provided major funding for the project along with PBS.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Indudablemente que en cualquier sitio, región o país, habrá cosas, hechos, personajes, parajes, panoramas interesantes dignos de asistir a ellos y efectuar un reportaje que seguramente sorprenderá al mundo, incluídos en muchas ocasiones hasta los propios lugareños.

Calendar of Events...
By Berenice Cisneros
Films & Exhibits
**”La Charreada,” The Mexican Rodeo will be on display September 26 through November 22 at The Photographer’s Gallery at North County Camera located at 830 West Valley Parkway in Escondido. Photographs taken by David Shaw were taken as he followed for several years the men and women who compete in rodeo events that are both wild and precise. These photographs eloquently describe the exciting action, family moments and competitive spirit that celebrate a rapidly disappearing way of life. Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs 9-6, Friday 9-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5.

Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez - Destination: History
By Fiona Manning
International Boxing Federation 130 pound champ Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez has the weight of Central America’s hopes on his shoulders when he steps into the ring at Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 4.

Jaguars Travel to San Bernardino and Win Conference Opener
Southwestern College overcomes seven turnovers, starts to come together
Usually when a team turns the ball over seven times, and has six penalties for 55 yards, that team ends up on the losing end of the contest – usually.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Big Afternoon For Zotoluco and Gutierrez in Tijuana

As Gary Sloan, our Tijuana correspondent, didn’t send his review in time for publication, this week’s Bullfight World edition consists of notes.

Foudy has Eye on WWC Title, Preserving WUSA
By John Philip Wyllie
A trio of former San Diego Spirit players played a major role for the United States in Sunday’s impressive Women’s World Cup opening game victory over fifth ranked Sweden at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium. Shannon Boxx, the national team’s newest member, scored the game-sealing goal in the 78th minute and savvy veterans Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett, playing in their fourth and probably last Women’s World Cup, made a number of key plays.

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