Volume XXXI Number 39 September 28, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Honoring a Chicana elder, founder of Chicano Studies

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Social activist and educator Gracia Molina de Pick founded the Chicano Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College in 1969.

As part of the college’s 2007 Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration “A Legacy of Chicana/Latina Leadership,” the Chicano Studies Department will pay homage to Molina de Pick for her contributions to the field of Chicano Studies and social activism in the Mexican communities of San Diego County at an event on October 3, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the San Diego Mesa College Library.

“We’re paying tribute to her legacy in education,” said Cesar Lopez, assistant professor of Chicano Studies at San Diego Mesa College. “She’s our founder and she’s been a leader in terms of education and grass-roots activism. She’s also been a leader in terms of fighting for women’s rights.”

The event, which will include testimonies from Molina de Pick and others that helped found Chicano Studies in the college, will highlight the struggles of the community to have a presence in higher education.

“We want students and the community to know what was it like in the beginnings of the Chicano Studies Department,” Lopez said. “We want to look back and understand some of the struggles that Gracia and other leaders faced in order to establish Chicano Studies in higher education. It’s also a way to celebrate the fact that we’re still here and going strong.”

Molina de Pick, who’s 77, said that Chicano Studies was born as a result of the Chicano Movement and Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The goal of the department was to encourage Mexicans and Chicanos to take pride in their past.

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Honrando a una anciana chicana, fundadora de Estudios Chicanos
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La activista social y educadora Gracia Molina de Pick fundó el Departamento de Estudios Chicanos en San Diego Mesa College en 1969.

Saving Private Ramos: Ken Burns’ World War II Documentary Continues to Incite Latino Protest
By Roberto Lovato
Eighty-seven year-old Carlos Alvarez remembers his first experience of war, when he dodged the bullets of Japanese gunners and airplanes in the Philippine jungles during World War II. Now, 60-plus years later, he’s on the front lines of a media war pitting grassroots Latino groups against the multimillion-dollar guns of PBS, its corporate sponsors and legendary filmmaker, Ken Burns.

La Juventud y los Derechos Humanos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Desde el nacimiento, todos los seres humanos tenemos derechos, los cuales no pueden ser negados por ninguna autoridad, independientemente de la condición social, económica o de género.


Recrudece violencia en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La madrugada del sábado 22 de septiembre un comando armado ingresó violentamente a la casa del policía estatal Carlos Horacio Morales Méndez. Los sicarios lo sacaron a la calle y lo mataron a balazos frente a su familia.

SCHIP deadline, veto loom
By Justin Thompson
WASHINGTON — Backers of the Children’s Health Insurance Program gathered in the Capitol Monday to defend the proposed legislation and step up the pressure on President Bush to sign the bill.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias

Una de cal…
  La realidad real es una cosa medio chistosa. Le da por no coincidir exactamente con la otra realidad, la de la política.

Latino Leaders From Across America Convene For Second Annual National Latino Congreso
War, Immigration, Education, Climate Change, Health Care among Top Issues
LOS ANGELES – Building on last year’s enormously successful effort to develop a united Latino agenda, Latino leaders announced that organizations, elected officials and community leaders from throughout the country will once again convene for the Second Annual National Latino Congreso, to be held at the Sheraton Los Angeles downtown, October 5th through the 9th. The comprehensive gathering of more than 10 convening organizations and an additional half a dozen co-convening organizations represent one of the largest gatherings of Latino leaders from throughout the country.

Por Patricia Guadalupe
El mes de la herencia hispana: ¿Por qué se celebra?
Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, el país se une para conmemorar las contribuciones del creciente número de personas latinas en Estados Unidos.

Hispanic Heritage and San Diego County:
Indian Villages and Ranches of 1821
By Albert Simonson 
Records of California’s Franciscan missions are concentrated at the Santa Barbara Mission Archives Library. In its vault is an expedition diary stamped “Archivum Provinciae.” Thirteen sheets penned in a challenging hand style that grants us a glimpse of San Diego’s broad pastoral unfenced uplands dotted with cattle and rancherias of natives at widely scattered springs.

A DREAM Deferred: Immigration Solutions Again Put On Hold
Senate Leaders Table The DREAM Act for Now, Pledge to Address It Before Thanksgiving
Washington, DC – Last night, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the DREAM Act will not be debated as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill this week. The DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a legal path for certain young undocumented immigrants already in the country if they attend school or join the military, will be tabled until mid-November when the Majority Leader intends to set aside time for its debate. Opposition from Republican Senators to the legislation and/or the vehicle to which it was being attached seems to be responsible for this delay. The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington.

Sens. Salazar y Menéndez Luchan por Asignar Fondos para Importante Programa de Alfabetización de Niños para Familias de Bajos Ingresos
Los Senadores Ken Salazar (D-CO) y Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), co-presidentes del Grupo de Trabajo Hispano Demócrata del Senado, se unieron al Consejo Nacional de La Raza (CNLR) junto con padres y educadores para recabar el apoyo del Congreso para continuar asignando fondos al Programa “Even Start”. Actualmente, el proyecto de Asignaciones del Senado no ha destinado fondos para este programa crítico, el cual es uno de los únicos programas ofrecidos por el Departamento de Educación que atiende niños desde el nacimiento hasta tres años de edad y reconoce la importancia de la participación de los padres en el desarrollo educativo de los niños. Sens. Salazar y Menéndez escribieron una carta al Comité de Asignaciones del Senado, pidiendo que se destinen $99 millones al programa “Even Start” en el proyecto final de Asignaciones.

Five Steps to Surviving Your First Year in College
A student’s freshmen year in college represents a crucial period of adjustment in terms of her/his academic load, social life, and emotional development. As thousands of students begin college this fall in San Diego, Dr. Danny Singley, a staff psychologist at UCSD and principle investigator in research, describes several important steps new students should take to survive the transition. His advice is based upon results from the ongoing Goals in Action research program, or GIA, which he helped initiate with UCSD Student Educational Advancement and Student Health Service. Singley has conducted GIA over the past two years with UCSD undergraduate students at risk for academic dismissal. He recommends that students:

4th Annual Encuentros Education and Career Exploration Conference, “Your Future Begins Now”
When: Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Doctor’s Corner
By Dr. Eduardo Grunvald, M.D.
Birth and death are two experiences that we share with everyone else in the world . . . past, present, and future.
Most would agree that the natural process of birth has been enhanced for both moth-er and baby by modern medical advances. But just as we all need help entering this world, we need assistance leaving it. There now exists a field in modern medicine known as hospice that enhances the care of the terminally ill and assists their family members.

Esquina del Doctor
Por Dr. Eduardo Grunvald
El nacimiento y la muerte son dos experiencias que compartimos con todos los demás en el mundo... en el pasado, presente, y futuro
La mayoría de personas estarían de acuerdo que el proceso natural del nacimiento ha sido mejorado, tanto para la madre como para el bebé, por avances modernos de la medicina. Pero, así como necesitamos ayuda para llegar a este mundo, también la necesitamos para irnos. Ahora existe un campo de la medicina moderna conocido como el hospicio que mejora el cuidado de pacientes con enfermedades terminales y asiste a sus familiares.

Community Notes * * * * * * *
Volunteers Needed for 5th Annual Beautify Chula Vista Day
Mark your calendars for this year’s Beautify Chula Vista Day and join hundreds of Chula Vista residents working to keep their city clean! In its 5th year, the community cleanup will be held on Saturday October 6th from 8am to noon at Harbor-side Park. The City of Chula Vista and I Love A Clean San Diego are again working in collaboration to bring you the most comprehensive cleanup in the region!

Editorial and Commentary

Guest Editorial:
No Time to Lose Focus of the True Meaning of the Iraq Debate
By Sen. Robert Menendez
Last week on Capitol Hill was par-ticularly unsettling. As another 15 sons and daughters of America died in the crossfire in Iraq, as 130,000 American troops over there still saw no light at the end of the tunnel, as Osama bin Laden continued to control his own safe zone, and as the United States Senate debated a change of course, the news coverage and the political dialog zeroed in on... a newspaper ad.

La falsedad
Por José R. Uzal
No tiene sentido que nuestra nación ponga la inmigración ilegal en el centro del dialogo nacional habiendo suficientes leyes vigentes para resolver un problema que nunca debió llegar a las presentes proporciones.

Minority Media Ownership Ensuring a Diversity of Voices in the Media Marketplace
By Senator Robert Menendez
On September 20, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a hearing on new rules that may impact media ownership, especially female and minority media ownership. Unfortunately, the lack of diversity in our nation’s radio and television media ownership is a far cry from the reality in which we live.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
After the great migration of Jews to this nation, a question was posed: “How long does it take a Jew to go from being a street sweeper to becoming a corporate attorney?” The answer given was, “One generation.” Not so for Mexicans. Most Mexicans seem to recoil from education like the fictional Dracula recoils from a wooden cross.

Latino Veterans of World War II Stories of Service Orientation
As the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, and America celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, San Diego Public Library (SDPL), KPBS, Media Arts Center San Diego, and Digital Clubhouse Network (DNC) are proud to pay tribute to Latinos who were members of America’s Greatest Generation.

Latina Conductor Brings Music to the Masses
By Fabio Banegas
LOS ANGELES – Northeast Los Angeles is the epicenter of an unparalleled cultural revolution – and its leader is a Latina woman.

Celebración del IX Aniversario de la Apertura de Casa de Cultura Playas Cortijo San José
Por: Paco Zavala
Con un magno evento realizado en las instalaciones de la Casa de Cultura Playas Cortijo San José, se celebró el IX Aniversario de la apertura de las funciones de esta institución dedicada a promover e impulsar las corrientes artísticas y culturales en la comunidad, los que hasta la fecha se han sostenido, pese a los cambios de administración pública a los que ha estado sujeta durante este lapso de tiempo.

44th Annual Cabrillo Festival Brings History to Life
Cultures come together and history comes alive at the 44th Annual Cabrillo Festival, one of the oldest cultural events in San Diego. Cabrillo National Monument Acting Superintendent Wendy Janssen, Cabrillo Festival, Inc. President Mary Correia and Naval Base Point Loma Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Patton, announced today that the festival will take place on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.

Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . .
Celebrating Michoacan Cultural Week
On September 30th 2007, the Third Annual Semana Cultural Michoacana (Mich-oacan Cultural Week) will officially kick off with a celebration at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park at 2125 Park Boulevard from 12:00pm to 4:30pm. This event will include a fashion show of traditional Michoacan clothing, an exposition of traditional food and a sale of high quality artisan work from Michoa-can, renowned for its artesanias. From Saturday, September 29th to Monday, October 1st a children’s workshop in poetry, story and essay writing and art work will be given by a teacher from Michoacan at the Centro Toribio Romo at 3119 Imperial Avenue from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday and 3:30pm - 5:30pm on Monday.

Swain has Field Day for Victorious Aztecs
By John Philip Wyllie
Following two predictable losses against heavily favored PAC-10 opponents the San Diego State Aztec Football Team exploded for a huge 52-17 victory Saturday night against the Portland State Vikings.

Banales and Zendejas Have a Singular Purpose for the Mustangs
By John Philip Wyllie
Otay Ranch senior Chloe Banales patrols the midfield for the rapidly improving Mustangs field hockey team. She is a primary playmaker, a tireless runner, a ball-winner and a leader for the 2-2 Mustangs. Back from a serious leg injury, forward Courtney Zendejas, who will also graduate in June, has six goals so far making her the team’s leading goal scorer. When Banales gains control of the ball and sends it up the field, she often looks for Zendejas.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
The Miracle of El Pilar
While Mexico prepares to open its big season in the interiors, that of Spain is winding down. Only one big fair, La Feria del Pilar, in Zaragoza, remains on the schedule and gets underway Oct. 10.

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