Volume XXXII Number 46 November 14, 2008

FrontPage Stories

“Honor Them by Remembering”

Logan Heights veterans and soldiers will be recognized in future memorial site

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

When filmmaker Ken Burns’s 2007 PBS documentary The War failed to include the voices and testimonies of Mexican-American and Latino veterans, the Latino community raised its voice against being left out.

Burns didn’t take into account the thousands of Mexican-American veterans that fought so bravely for the freedoms we now enjoy in the United States.

Chicano Park Steering Committee Member Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, Logan Heights Veterans Memorial Committee Chairperson Felipe Pulido, and Father Richard Brown, break ground for the future Logan Heights Veterans Memorial.

But the veterans and soldiers of the Logan Heights area in San Diego have many people that will always be grateful for their contributions and sacrifices.

Last Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, the Logan Heights Veterans Memorial (LHVM) Committee in partnership with the Chicano Park Steering Committee broke ground during a ceremony where a future memorial will be built in the northeast side of Chicano Park to honor all the veterans and soldiers of the area.

“This memorial when completed will stand as a testament to the courage, valor, and sacrifices made by all,” said LHVM Committee spokesperson and master of ceremonies, John Crespin. “The monument will honor the veterans and soldiers of the very diverse community of Logan Heights and all of San Diego. It will be a place to pay homage, to reflect, and to remember. Our fallen heroes have certainly earned it and the community deserves it.”

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Lila Downs sings with the soul of two cultures
By Mariana Martinez
Lila Downs defines herself as a product of migration, a fortunate combination between voice and feeling that has captivated audiences from Greece to New York.

Lila Downs canta con el alma de dos culturas
Por Mariana Martinez
Lila Downs se define a sí misma como un producto de la emigración, una combinación afortunada entre la voz y el sentimiento que ha cautivado a su público desde Grecia hasta Nueva York.

1st Annual Latina Feminism Lecture at UCSD
By Olivia Puentes-Reynolds
The 1st Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Latina Feminism Lecture was presented at UCSD last week. It was attended by 80 students, faculty and community members and presented by UCSD’s Chicano/a-Latino/a Arts & Humanities (CLAH) Program, and co-sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and Women’s Center. It was held on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at the new Cross-Cultural Center. Funding for the event is from Gracia Molina de Pick’s Endowment to the CLAH Program, UCSD, to provide annual funding for similar lectures and events in perpetuity.


Immigration Reform in 2009?
Frontera NorteSur
Will Barack Obama’s historic election victory give new impetus to immigration reform in the United States? Analysts and political observers in the United States and Mexico have mixed assessments. Auguring against a quick fix are the economic crisis and the Iraq war, both of which the president-elect promises to prioritize early on his administration.

Push for Diversity in an Obama Administration
By Annette Fuentes
The election of the first African-American president has raised hopes–and some expectations–that Barack Obama’s administration will have more racial, ethnic and gender diversity than those of his predecessors. But the first round of names being floated in the news media for top cabinet and advisor posts are primarily familiar one - white males, many of whom served in the Clinton or Bush administrations.

Spanish-Language Media Decries Long Island Hate Crime
By Marcelo Ballvé
After a group of teenagers stabbed to death Marcelo Lucero, a 37-year-old Ecua-dorean, outside a Long Island commuter train station on Nov. 8, outraged Spanish-language media pointed to the attack as part of an ugly nationwide pattern in which a crackdown and tough rhetoric on illegal immigration contributes to anti-Latino violence.

Los tiempos de Obama y Miriam Makeba -Mamá Afrika, Mamá Tierra, Mamá Diáspora
Por María Dolores Bolívar, PhD
“Pata Pata” is the name of a dance... we do down Johannesburg way.
And everybody ... starts to move ... as soon as Pata Pata starts to play - hoo ...

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
De Postville a Nueva York
Postville, Iowa, tiene su capital en Nueva York. No, no el pueblo en sí, que es tan chiquito que no creo que alcance a tener capital geográfica en ningún lado, sino su capital de dinero.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Niños con Epilepsia: Una responsabilidad de todos
En Estados Unidos cerca de 3 millones de personas viven con epilepsia, entre ellos, más de 300 mil son menores de edad.

Get An Early Start in Preventing Diabetes
By Nelly Beltran
November is American Diabetes Month! This gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about one of the conditions that has affected 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005), diabetes is one of the top 5 leading causes of death in the Latino population. Nearly 1 in 5 Latino adults over the age of 50 have diabetes, which is the highest rate among all ethnic groups. In 2007, 186,300 children and adolescents under 20 were diagnosed with diabetes.

Health and Human Services Strengthens Initiative to Help Hispanic Seniors Manage Their Diabetes
Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an exciting collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Patient Education Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine to increase the number of diabetes self-management training programs (DSMT) in the United States.

Migrants at Risk: Citizenship in our Hemisphere
Eleanor Roosevelt and Thurgood Marshall colleges present a powerful and timely week-long symposium of free public events at UC San Diego on the interlocking themes of Human Rights and Global Citizenship, November 17, 20, 21, 2008 at UC San Diego.

The National Latina Business Women Association Hosts its Third Annual Helping Build the Latina Business Woman Conference
NLBWA marks its fifth anniversary as one of the leading organizations for the Latina business owner
The National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) will host its third annual conference, Helping Build the Latina Business Woman, on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego. NLBWA has lined up an impressive list of speakers and educational workshops for this year’s participants. The conference keynote speakers include: California Secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency, The Honorable Rosario Marin; Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AT&T, Patricia Diaz Dennis, and District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration for San Diego, Dr. Ruben Garcia.

Community Notes:
Nominess Needed for 2009 Martin Luther King Jr., Civic Award
The City of Oceanside is seeking nominees for the 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Award. This annual award honors residents of the City who have made a significant contribution of time and energy to improve community life, promote positive community development and enhance the lives of individuals and neighborhoods in the City. The award especially recognizes volunteer work and activity done by persons outside of a work setting and over a long period of time.

Latino New Americans Establish Surprising Political Presence in New States
Latinos weren’t the only group that flexed its muscles this past Election Day. New Americans—naturalized citizens and the U.S.-born children of immigrants who were born during the current era of immigration that began in 1965—make up another important demographic group that demonstrated its ability to swing an election. While complete data on New Americans is not yet available, exit polling among Latinos and Latino immigrants tell two important stories.

Editorial and Commentary

Hispanic voters were the key to this and future elections!
With the conclusion of this election the number crunching started. For political junkies, Party leaders, and academia they will all take a look at the numbers to see how and where they won, lost, and, more importantly, with an eye toward the future. They will look at who, the why, and voting trends all of which will be the beginning of the planning for the next election.

Targeting Economic Recovery Efforts in Latino San Diego
By Vince Vasquez
On Election Day, the citizens of Chula Vista, National City and San Diego voted in new City Council members, which will have to be prepared to rapidly respond to our challenging economic times once they are officially sworn into office. Taking a closer look at recent unemployment trends reveals that job creation in Latino neighborhoods should be high on their priority action list.

Porque Todos Triunfamos en el 4 de Noviembre
Por Israel Ortega
¿Que hacer; de esta elección épica que acabamos de vivir? ¿Será como algunos contienden que nuestro país esta dividido en «rojo» y «azul?» ¿Será que habrá lugares más patrióticos que otros? Un acercamiento de nuestra historia nos revela algo distinto.

Why We’re All Winners
By Israel Ortega
What are we to make of this epic election? Are we really, as some contend, a country torn between “red” and “blue” America. Are there truly “patriotic” and “unpatriotic” quarters? A closer look at our country’s history reveals otherwise.

Si al Dream Act; no a las redadas
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El electorado latino ha sido crucial para la victoria de Barack Obama en las recientes elecciones presidenciales. Sin nuestro apoyo, difícilmente hubiese podido lograr una victoria en algunos estados considerados claves, como Colorado, Miami, Nevada y Nuevo México.

The Defeat of National City’s Prop. “M”
“A Victory For Carpetbaggers”
By Herman Baca, President,
National City (NC), California, the poorest city (65% Mexican American) in San Diego County, with a median income of under $40,000, a 12% unemployment rate voted (5,154 NO to 3846 YES) to retain Prop “M,” one of the highest sales (8.75%) tax rates.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that “their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in the southwest U.S., and guess what.” I’d appreciate it if you shed a little light on this statement. This is the mythical state of Aztlán your referring to, right? What are its “borders”? How many Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Central Americans, and indigenous peoples know and/or believe in this? Is there a movement to take over these lands? And how similar is this to the (incorrect) Jews’ claim to the holy land of Israel?

First Person:
Electronic Voting Vato Loco
By Al Carlos Hernandez
This is the first year I used an electronic voting machine and it was frustrating. Spin the dial one way then turn, scroll down then push. It was too early, and this election too serious for me to roll stupid at the last minute. Should have stuck to the old school paper ballot. I’m a low tech homie in a high tech homeland, and the electorate endorsed this as true.

Niños Tijuanenses Presentan en Exposición Más de 50 Trabajos de Artes Plásticas
Por: Paco Zavala
El gran tesoro de la humanidad, dividido en la actualidad por la propia humanidad por: niños aristócratas, niños potentados, niños ricos, niños pobres, niños más pobres y niños paupérrimos, porque hay niños que se hartan, niños que comen bien, niños que comen, niños que medio comen y niños que no comen, nada más hay que enterarse de la historia actual de la humanidad y verán que esto es cierto.

A Celebrar Dos Historias, Dos Acontecimientos, Dos Fechas Memorables
Por: Paco Zavala
Bien dicen que el tiempo corre impertérrito, que nada lo detiene a pesar de las circunstancias y de los acontecimientos, este camina, camina sin cesar nunca, esclaviza a todo cuanto se atraviesa en su camino y hay de aquel que no lo crea.

Joaquin Cosio plays classic villain in ‘Quantum of Solace’
By Kiko Martinez
It was 1962 when the first James Bond film, “Dr. No,” featuring a young Sean Connery as a British secret agent traveling the globe to fight deadly assassins and rendezvous with femme fatales, made an impact on audiences everywhere.

Sweetwater Students Make the Most of Their Opportunity
By John Philip Wyllie
There was a quiet stillness in the air over the soccer fields at Bonita Vista High early on the morning of November 6. Charleen Love, the school’s adaptive P.E. teacher knew it wouldn’t last long. One by one staff members began arriving hours before their designated start time in order to set up the fields for a Sweetwater Union High School District tradition.

Aztecs’ Yarbrough Not Ready to Raise the White Flag
By John Philip Wyllie
In the midst of suffering through what could be the worst season in the history of San Diego State football one would expect that by now the players would be completely demoralized and ready to mail it in. Not only do they have just one win to show for their last nine games, this season produced the most one-sided defeat (70-7) in Aztec history when they were humiliated on October 18 by the University of New Mexico. With undefeated eighth-ranked Utah invading the “Q” Saturday night, the potential for another embarrassing blow-out seems almost like a foregone conclusion.

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