Volume XXX Number 33 August 18, 2006

FrontPage Stories

The Fruit that Anger Bears, Chican@ Art Magazine Released in San Diego

By Raymond R. Beltran

Angry? The artist Laura Molina? Maybe at a diluted entertainment industry she refers to as a “fascist patriarchal system” that doesn’t benefit Latino artists outside the traditional glitz and glam mold currently being nurtured by television, so, the magazine she created endeavors to introduce a market of Chican@ artists producing a more concealed art that represents a beneath-the-surface attitude, and which refuses to grovel for mainstream acceptance.

Molina’s Chican@ Art Magazine, the @ symbolizing the contemporary tech times and the gender impartiality employed within the pages, was released at Chicano Perk Café in National City last week, surprising a slew of contributing rebel writers and artists, as well as the magazine’s first consumer base of Latino art connoisseurs, with 48 pages of gloss, color, and quality.

“We only had the magazine for a few days before they were all sold,” said Chicano Perk co-owner Rene Guzman.

The Los Angeles-based magazine is the by-product of Molina’s love/ hate relationship with trying to survive as the artist-slash-rebel fighter that she is. The idea came to mind late last year when Molina was exhibiting her most prominent painting Amor Alien (sexy, green female extraterrestrial being embraced by a nude ex-boyfriend) at the L.A. County Fair. A passerby had queried why the provocative piece hadn’t been submitted to San Francisco’s Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine, an indy journal that Molina says you’d never catch displaying authentic Chicano pieces.

“Why should we be begging others to cover our work? Instead, someone should be covering what we’re doing,” she answers.

“This magazine will be dedicated to who we are now, and will rely upon the contribution of those artists and scholars that wish to declare and empower Chicano Art by their creative endeavors,” she writes in CAM’s introduction. “Just don’t tell us who we are, we will do that for you and ourselves.”

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The Growth and Reach of Immigration
New Census Bureau Data Underscore Importance of Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Force
By Rob Paral
New data from the 2005 American Community Survey (ACS), released by the Census Bureau on August 15, 2006, underscore the extent to which immigration continues to fuel the expansion of the U.S. labor force. The foreign-born population includes legal immigrants who come here on permanent and temporary visas for work, study, and family reunification, as well as an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants who come for the same reasons but are generally precluded from obtaining visas by shortcomings in the U.S. immigration system.

Lack of Accountability Equals Lack of Education for Some
By Raymond R. Beltran
Helix High graduate Victor Covarrubias will begin classes at San Diego State University a week from Monday having earned a Ryan James Simpson scholarship and state aid that will carry him through the next four years.

Incendios en las maquiladoras: Un peligro constante a la salud en la frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La mañana del miércoles 8 de agosto transcurría como cualquier otro día en la zona industrial de Otay: soleado y caluroso.

Simpatizantes de López Obrador bloquean cruce fronterizo
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Las movilizaciones nacionales en apoyo al candidato de la coalición Por el Bien de Todos, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, continúan realizándose en todo el país, exigiendo un recuento total de las boletas electorales de los comicios presidenciales del pasado 2 de julio.


Lowriding for education in the community
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
There’s no doubt that lowriders have had a bad reputation in the past.

Lowriders por la educación de la comunidad
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
No hay duda que los lowriders han tenido una mala reputación en el pasado.

Study Finds Widespread Segregation of California’s English Learners
A new study finds that California’s English learners–students who are not yet proficient in English–attend highly segregated schools, which hinders their educational opportunities. The study found that, at the elementary school level, more than half of California’s English learners attended just 21 percent of the state’s public schools, where they comprised more than 50 percent of the student body. The study also found that 80 schools in the state have English learners from more than 20 language backgrounds.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El Dirigente Colectivo
Solamente dos días y medio (porque a final de cuentas nadie tiene más tiempo de andar en estos rollos, especialmente los activistas de medio tiempo del movimiento inmigrante), más de 700 de los susodichos individuos se reunieron en un microsuburbio en las afueras de Chicago para planear como seguirle haciendo travesuras a Tom Tancredo, a George Bush, a Jim Sensenbrenner y corifeos que los acompañan.

¿Es conveniente o no que nuestras hijas adolescentes tengan novio?
Por Doctora Luz
Una de las etapas más difíciles con la que se enfrentan los padres, es la adolescencia, sobre todo cuando nuestras hijas quieren iniciar un noviazgo. En los últimos tres años, he impartido pláticas dirigidas a mujeres adolescentes y a sus madres, acerca de si es necesario tener novio durante la etapa de la adolescencia. Una de las mayores experiencias para las madres, es darse cuenta de que muchas de las hijas reconocen de qué forma negativa puede afectar el noviazgo en sus vidas; pero más interesante es cuando las adolescentes platican el por qué desean tener novio.

Intercambiando conocimiento sobre la salud de los migrantes
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La mayor parte de la población migrante mexicana en Estados Unidos no cuenta con acceso a servicios de salud, y en estados como California, donde existe una gran población inmigrante de origen mexicano, se ha vuelto imperativo desarrollar proyectos de promoción de la salud entre los gobiernos de ambos países.

El Oficial de Salud Estatal Recuerda a Los Padres de Familia de la Importancia de Vacunar a sus Hijos Para el Regreso a la Escuela
Con el año escolar acercándose rápido para algunos estudiantes, el Dr. Mark Horton, oficial estatal de salud publica, incitó hoy a padres de familia de cerciorarse de que sus hijos hayan recibido todas sus vacunas antes de que las clases empiecen.

Robotics classes at Cuyamaca College engineered for fun and learning
The way Cuyamaca College instructor Duncan McGehee sees it, engineering isn’t just mind-bending computations – it’s also the magic of imagination and the sheer fun of invention.

March 10, 1936 – June 30, 2006


Guest Opinion
Political Action Needed in Struggle for Immigrant Rights
By H. Nelson Goodson, El Conquistador Newspaper, Milwaukee
It’s time to change strategy, and focus on financially supporting and electing a candidate who supports a pathway for citizenship for millions of immigrants. Yes, we have marched twice. The first one was on March 23, and more than 30,000 people marched making world wide news and we gained support from throughout the different ethnic groups in the city. Why? Because, we united as a Latino community in historical proportions against congressional bill HR 4437, which criminalizes everyone who knows and renders aid to an undocumented immigrant.

Minutemen: a trip back to the 60s
Dear Community Members:
If anyone would like to see what it was like in Mississippi or Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960, they should volunteer as human rights observers at a Home Depot. For the past two Saturdays, several people, but not enough, have monitored the obscene display of racial hatred put on by the Minutemen at the Home Depot on Imperial Avenue. There, you can experience a flag carrying patriot scream obscenities in your face and watch these same “heroes” deprive the most vulnerable of people—day workers—from making enough money to eat. It really is “just like the 60’s.” You can watch the Minutemen chat up the police and the armed guards from Home Depot and watch as they do nothing to restrain these people from chasing cars and potential employers all over this “private property” parking lot. If you are a human rights observer, though, you will be relegated to a distant strip of sidewalk.

Polarization Needed
by Sheldon Richman
When Sen. Joseph Lieberman lost his Connecticut Democratic primary to an anti-war candidate, he used his concession speech to decry the politics of polarization. This was hypocritical because the war hawks, Lieberman included, have gone far in suggesting that criticism of the war policy is tantamount to assisting terrorists.

The Cuban Mirage: Self-Deception in Miami and Washington
By Emily Kirksey
For many of the anti-Castro exiles dancing along Miami’s Calle Ocho on Monday, July 31, the announcement of a temporary transfer of power by aging revolutionary Fidel Castro to his younger brother Raúl, marked the happiest of moments as well as the end of a troubled epoch in their lives. While Cuba awaits Fidel’s recovery from gastrointestinal surgery, the rest of the world is left contemplating what will occur if he fails to recuperate, or if he decides not to return to his position as the maximum leader. As Cuba’s closest neighbor and the world’s professed patron of democratization, the United States would seem to be the most likely candidate to aid in the island nation’s transition into its post-Castro era.

A popular figure in National City has decided to put down her curling iron and run for public office — Barbara Avalos. Avalos is a long time Beautician in National City. She has decided she is School Board material and has decided to run for the National School Board. This decision has us scratching our head. Avalos is known more for being a Socialite! We have to wonder where this new found interest in school issues comes from. We wonder when was the last time she even attended a school board meeting. We have a nagging suspicion that somehow the Inzunzas have something to do with her decision.

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

The Huicholes at the Border
An essay by Heriberto Escamilla
Part 2
Tonight we are trying to extend his permit so that he can stay longer. Even though our guest already has a valid passport and visa, which are almost impossible to secure these days, we have to return back across the border into Mexico and then come back into the United States for a permit. This is actually our second attempt. A few minutes earlier we had taken a friend’s advice and tried to access the permit office by car. We made the U-turn that comes up right before crossing into Mexico. As we came to the stop before entering the secondary inspection area, a uniformed INS agent emerged from a one-person kiosk. With what appeared to be the flashlight he carried in his hand, he motioned for us to turn left and continue back into the States. I rolled the window down and tried to explain our objective. He wasn’t interested and simply repeated his command the second time with more conviction. We had no choice but to turn back.

El artista José Hugo Sánchez estrena mural Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
“Las flores de la conciencia del quinto sol” es el nombre del recientemente inaugurado mural del artista gráfico tijuanense José Hugo Sánchez, una pieza de arte público llena de símbolos encontrados que se relacionan con el caos y la violencia de la vida cotidiana en la frontera.

Inauguraron la Versión Tapete 02 en la Sala de Arte de la UABC Campus Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, en su Sala de Arte, alberga desde el pasado jueves 10 de agosto, la muestra “Tapete 02”, un proyecto del Colectivo Martes. Esta demostración cultural es un esfuerzo conjunto de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California y el Colectivo Martes, en colaboración con el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, a través del Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Writer Viramonts to Receive Luis Leal Literature Award
Helena María Viramontes, a writer and professor of English at Cornell University, is the recipient of this year’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature, given annually by the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival and Santa Barbara City College.

Presentó Regio Recital “Rosalía” la Gran Guitarrista Española
Por: Paco Zavala
La guitarra es un instrumento con muchas variaciones en su forma. Es un instrumento de cuerda que se ejecuta punteado, rasgueado, glisado y arpegiado, de forma física oval, con depresiones redondeadas en sus flancos y achatada en las formas de mayor superficie.

Sub-culture to Mainstream
An interview with Fussible of the Nortec Collective
By CaraLuna
During a recent interview with Fussible (Pepe Mogt) of the Nortec Collective, he shared that the Nortec sound began in 1999 as they began experimenting by fusing old Sinaloense bands, Norteñas and other beats. They began filtering the sounds of this type of music through a series of synthesizers, creating something altogether different.

CD Reviews
By Francisco Ciriza

Considering the sounds on this, his second solo effort, perhaps Café Tacvba guitarist Joselo Rangel has been listening to sixties garage rock. Sounding more like a Los Angeles alt-pop freak than a member of Rock en Español’s elite old guard, Joselo takes listeners on a ride from the inevitable and obvious Lennon and McCartney references of the title track (backwards guitar leads a la ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ ) to a more refined, albeit quirky perspective, as on “Religión.”

Alejandra esta “aceptada”
La nueva actriz latina pasa de conejita de Playboy a actriz de comedias
Por Jose Daniel Bort
En la vida de los artistas del espectáculo, generalmente llega un momento definitorio que decide el resto de su carrera. Para los actores, generalmente es cuando alguien en una posición de influencia cree en ti y te da una oportunidad. Para la modelo y actriz Alejandra Gutiérrez, el momento definitorio de su carrera vino de la forma más inesperada.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
The Boots of the Virgin
According to Bowker’s Guide to Books, as of 1998, 48 English language bullfight books were available. Collectively, the titles have generated 880,000 sales, an average of 26,190 per title. Some, such as Barnaby Conrad’s Death of Manolete, have become classics. The Manolete book became a Playhouse 90’s television special that was truly terrible. Imagine Jack Palance, as Manolete! It was tantamount to Yogi Bera, reciting Shakespeare.

Israel Vazquez Ready for Anything
LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Israel Vazquez, winner of eight in a row, can hardly wait to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title against WBC bantamweight champion Johnny Gonzalez Sept. 16.