Volume XXXI Number 10 March 9, 2007

FrontPage Stories

“Ozomatli Enters the Dragon

By Sandra Torres

Their music is as diverse as the members of the band, their lyrics inspire and educate, and their rhythm just makes you get up and dance. They’re Ozomatli the ten piece multi-ethnic, multi-cultural band that has been vocalizing their message of peace and understanding to fans world wide.
Los Angeles based Ozomatli combines an array of different musical styles including Latin, hip-hop, salsa, and funk, and blends them together making their unique trademark sound. The Grammy winning artists are getting ready to release their seventh album “Enter the Dragon” on April 3rd. This album has been in the works since 2005, and this time around the band had a unique experience developing and writing their songs.

All ten band members set up camp at LA’s Latino Art Gallery Tropico de Nopal. Each musician was given a space in the gallery to decorate and basically live there for two weeks. Here they created, developed and wrote songs. They also preformed and opened it up to the public. “It was a great to expose ourselves and demonstrate our diversity to show individuality and how we make music, to show our individual side and what makes us unique,” says Raul, lead vocals and guitar. The band credited this experience with giving birth to the songs on “Enter the Dragon”.

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Hard Work and A Lot of Money
Gang Intervention Part II
By Raymond R. Beltran

Two months ago, a young Latino male staggered into Glad iator School of Boxing in South Crest after having been beaten up at the local park. He bled on the canvas in the ring because of a stab wound in the back. Gym patrons called 911 and then gave the young man a cellular phone to call his mother.

Citizenship Fee Hike Smells of Politics
By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
Is the Bush administration trying to slow down the surge in potential new Democratic voters by tightening access to U.S. citizenship through drastically higher application fees?

SD-TJ time difference will affect thousands of commuters
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
When the new daylight savings time springs forward this Sunday, March 11, there will be a one hour difference between Tijuana and San Diego, with the first being one hour behind for three weeks.

Diferencia de horarios entre SD-TJ afectará a miles
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando el horario se adelante una hora este domingo 11 de marzo, habrá una hora de diferencia entre Tijuana y San Diego. Tijuana estará “atrasada” una hora por tres semanas.


Latinos represent the fastest growing business community in the US
Focus On Community
By Patty Chavez
Do you know that: Latinos represent the fastest growing business community in the United States? We are over 2 million strong and generate more than $300 billion in annual gross receipts. And in small businesses, one in every 10 is owned by a Hispanic entrepreneur. And Latina entrepreneurs – yes watch out gentlemen – start businesses at a rate that is fully six times that of the national average. I had to admit that this week was the first I had ever come across such statistics.

A redada limpia
México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias

Hace semana y media, cuando la mayoría de los activistas en Chicago estaban a media jornada electoral municipal, los teléfonos comenzaron a sonar. No se trataba de decirle a nadie que se moviera de casilla ni de que sacara a más gente a votar, sino para advertir de una redada que la Migra estaba llevando a cabo en un suburbio medio lejano de Chicago, en una empacadora.

Programa Escuela Segura llega a Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Alejar a los niños de las drogas y garantizar que llegarán seguros de la escuela a sus casas son los objetivos centrales del programa nacional de vigilancia comunitaria “Escuela Segura”, que dio inicio el pasado 20 de febrero en mil 175 planteles de los 11 municipios más inseguros del país, entre ellos Tijuana.

Celebrarán en México el LXIX Aniversario de la Expropiación Petrolera
Por: Paco Zavala

Antes de la expropiación petrolera en México los trabaja-dores mexicanos que prestaban sus servicios a la industria lucharon por sus derechos laborales sin ser escuchados, en tanto que los propietarios de las compañías desoían estos cla-mores, dedicándose únicamente a engrosar sus bolsas con las ganancias que las compañías establecidas generaban, y que además no eran de poca monta.

Writing for young people is like writing with fire
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Chicano writer Juan Felipe Herrera remembers that the San Diego-Tijuana region was very different when he was growing up here during the 1950’s.

Escribir para jóvenes es escribir con fuego
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
El escritor chicano Juan Felipe Herrera recuerda que la región de San Diego y Tijuana era muy diferente cuando él estaba creciendo aquí durante la década de los 1950.

Adelante Mujer Conference Attracts 1,000 Latinas Strong
“They want to do more,” says scholarship recipient
By Raymond R. Beltran

Literally a thousand Latina students, from middle to high school ages, took advantage of the 14th Annual Adelante Mujer Conference last Saturday, a seminar designed to introduce college and career opportunities to young Latina students.

¿Por qué un día Internacional de la Mujer?
El Soporte Informativo Para Millones de Hispanos
Por Claudia Campos
MHS De manera lenta pero con fuerza, aquellas mujeres que desde tiempo remotos han inspirado la letra de poemas y canciones y han dado vida a la obra de muchos autores, fueron trazando un espacio en la historia y reclamando sus derechos. Luchas que comenzaron a dar sus frutos en el siglo XX cuando se inicia la revolución liberadora del sexo femenino, y que se ve consolidada en 1975 fecha exacta en la que la Asamblea de las Naciones Unidas reconoce el 8 de marzo como Día Internacional de la Mujer.

Más vale una gota de sangre que un pedazo de carne
Por Doctora Luz

“Mamá, ¿me das permiso de salir con mi novio?”. Ella me respondía: “Más vale una gota de sangre que un pedazo de carne”.


Changing the date of the State’s Presidential Primary is about Term Limits
On Tuesday, the California State Legislators passed a proposal that would move the Presidential Primary from June to February 5. The stated motivation behind this move: to have a greater influence on picking the next presidential candidate. The Governor is expected to sign this bill.

Communities Not Represented in South County Education
By Ed Herrera
Former United States President James Garfield once said, “[I]t is a weak point in the theory of representative government as now organized and administered, that a large portion of the voting people are permanently disenfranchised.” This was said in 1881, but in 2007, little progress has been made at the local levels of our school districts in South Bay San Diego.

The Fraud Of Voter ID Laws
By Michael Slater and Nathan Henderson-James

Given the deep interest in ensuring free and fair elections after the controversies in 2000 and 2004, it is little wonder that voter identification requirements have garnered widespread support from Americans, even from pro-gressives, who have traditionally supported increased access to the ballot. After all, who can be against safeguarding the integrity of the voter rolls with such a seemingly simple solution?

A Meaningless Trip
By Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Finally President George W. Bush has decided to go on a trip to Latin America, and coincidently right when the ship is about to sink.

Viaje sin Motivo
Por Humberto Caspa
Finalmente el Presidente George W. Bush decidió dar otra vuelta por América Latina; justo cuando los panes están a punto de quemarse.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Commemorating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I have a major crush on a worker with the Mexican Consulate aquí en Tucson. But I fear that, like two star-crossed lovers, we’re destined for doom. I’m a gabacha yaktivist and against governments in general. He represents the PAN or PRD or PRI or whatever Mexican political party happens to have more influence at the moment. That’s why I don’t think he’d ever give me the time of day. How can I find my way into his inherently corrupt heart?

Laughing at the wrong time again
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Now I know I’m wrong, but there is something inside of me and no doubt many of you, that makes you laugh when someone trips and falls down. It’s not that I don’t have any empathy or are concerned if they are truly injured, I am, but the indignity of it all shows me that the universe has a sense of humor. Most accidents happen when folks are distracted, drunk, wearing brand new shoes, or all of the above.

Ojos de Brujo: Conjuring the Spirit of the Gypsies with “Techarí”
By James Klein
Breathtakingly innovative and yet faithful to their most ancient roots, Ojos de Brujo stands out as one of the truly original groups of the new millenium. They hail from the thriving sonic melting pot of Barcelona, and yet exist in a class of their own; between their vibrant, bewitching musicality, radical, contemporary edge.

Tortilla Heaven, una Comedia Religiosa que Destaca en el Festival de Cine Latino en San Diego
Los ojos del mundo latino estarán esta semana en nuestra ciudad gracias a la fantástica recopilación de películas que el festival de cine latino de San Diego ha compilado en su décima cuarta edición. A su vez, las figuras mas importantes de nuestra filmografía se harán presentes para compartir con sus audiencias y mostrar los trabajos que los traen aquí.

‘El Muerto’ goes from Print to Screen at San Diego Latino Film Festival
El Muerto, the cult Latino comic book by Javier Hernandez follows the film industry’s fascination with comic book heroes, and is a live action feature film that will be presented during the 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival March 8-18. The film El Muerto fuses imagery from the rich mythology of ancient Mexico with the U.S. Latin-influenced culture of today, creating a unique contemporary superhero unlike anything you’ve seen before.

¡Tic Tac Tiempo!.......
Testimonies, Pistolas and Rebozos at City College
By Victor Payan
Since its inception at the beginning of the 20th Century, International Women’s Day has been a marker for honoring the heroic victories of women around the world in fighting injustice, challenging unjust governments and securing fundamental rights for themselves and their families.

Variedad de Actividades en el Centro Cultural Independiente “El Nopal”
Por: Paco Zavala
El Centro Cultural Independiente “El Nopal”, con su dinámica permanente y la renovación de sus actividades culturales, artísticas, de lectura y de talleres, representa un atractivo muy importante para la comunidad tijuanense, sobre todo para la juventud que asiste con asiduidad a sus conciertos, sobre todo de guitarra.

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