Volume XXXII Number 39 September 26, 2008

FrontPage Stories

North County Boys Fighting for a Better Education

Encuentros is Preparing Hispanic Youth to Further their Education

By Javier Tovar

What are forty Hispanic boys between the ages of 11 and 14 doing at 7 o’clock in the morning? It’s not easy to guess, but in North San Diego County we can bear witness that they are fighting. Although they are not fighting one another, they are battling for an adequate education in order to graduate from the university one day. The education these young students are getting is a result of a new class which just finished its first week. The course is being offered at Madison Middle School in Oceanside right at the limits with the city of Vista.

Young Hispanic men fighting for a better education.

This new class is part of the Encuentros Program, a community based non-profit organization. Encuentros is a curriculum designed to aid our Hispanic youth that drop-out during their high school years. This organization was founded in 2003 by a group of leaders within the North County San Diego community, which is helping and encouraging Hispanic boys to graduate from high school along with promoting post-secondary education.

Statistics show that for every 100 students of Hispanic decent, 53 will abandon their studies and drop-out of high school in North San Diego County. These statistics, according to Dr. Carlos von Son, are “...tragic and confirm that current curriculum is not designed for students of marginal groups”. The Encuentros class is providing these boys with proper extracurricular resources, through which they are learning the importance of their culture and education in order to have a promising future.

The title of the textbook used for the course is “Encuentros: Hombre a Hombre” written by Dr. Francisco Reveles, a professor at California State University in Sacramento. The book offers the students a vein of knowledge that has previously been ignored and provides students with the opportunity to discover more of their own culture in order to develop their self-esteem with actual knowledge instead of stereotypes.

Encuentros en un Curso de la Escuela Secundaria Madison para Preparar a Jóvenes Hispanos para Continuar con su Educación
Por Javier Tovar
¿Qué están haciendo cuarenta muchachos jóvenes hispanos entre 11 y 14 años de edad a las 7 de la mañana? No es fácil de adivinar, pero en el Condado Norte de San Diego podemos atestiguar que están luchando. No luchan uno contra el otro, sino luchan por una educación adecuada para un día poder graduarse de una universidad. Y esta educación es sobre un nuevo curso que acaba de acabar su primera semana emana de clases en la Secundaria de Madison Middle School en la ciudad de Oceanside pero en los límites con la ciudad de Vista.

Challenge to AB540 Threatens More Than Undocumented Students
By Annette Fuentes
Anti-immigrant activists celebrated September 15 when the Court of Appeal in Sacramento issued its ruling in a suit challenging a California law granting in-state tuition rates to students who are undocumented immigrants. Called AB540, the law was passed by the state legislature in 2001 to offer the lower tuition to students in all three state college and university systems. The difference in dollars is substantial: for the UC system, in-state tuition is about $18,000 less; for the state universities, it’s $8,000 less, and community colleges charge over $100 less per credit for the in-state rate.

The health effects of the border commute
Part 1
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Fernando Ruiz is getting anxious.



Cross-Border Activists Escalate Fight Against “The Wall of Death”
By Kent Paterson
A spirit of passion energized a U.S. Labor Day march against the border wall under construction by the Bush administration. Organized by human rights, religious, Chicano, student, and other activists from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, marchers set out from Fort Hancock, Texas, for a four-day trek to the border between Sunland Park, New Mexico, and Anapra, Mexico, on the northwestern edge of Ciudad Juarez. As the marchers passed through small towns, talking to residents, work proceeded on the new border barrier just up the road in El Paso.

Tijuana Prison Massacre
By Mariana Martinez
25 people are dead after two riots at the Tijuana State Penitentiary where 8,500 inmates are housed in a building well over 200% over its original capacity-.

A resident deported is a lesson for many
By Mariana Martínez
Originally from Jalisco, México, Rito Arellano had lived in East Los Angeles since 1968.

Residente deportado es una lección para muchos
Por Mariana Martínez
Originario Jalisco, México, Rito Arellano vivé desde 1968 en el Este de Los Ángeles.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Entre el Pinto y el Colorado
En realidad uno no es tan pinto y el otro no es tan colorado, pero uno de ellos usa el color rojo para identificarse. El otro usa el azul, de manera que el título de esta columna debía ser “el azul y el colorado”.

Latino educational leader in San Diego is recognized
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
A local parent and education organization will honor a leader in education for Latinos in San Diego County.

Congressman Filner Honors Angels in Adoption
Congressman Bob Filner announced that Julian and Lourdes Martinez of Chula Vista are his selection for the 2008 Angels in Adoption Award, sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Each year, the Coalition invites all Members of Congress to honor an individual, couple, or organization who make a difference in the lives of children through adoption and who deserve recognition.

For the Undocumented: Threats, More Repression
By Mark R. Day
The atmosphere of repression against immigrants is so strong now that it will be very difficult to turn it around, even if Barack Obama is elected president of the United States in November.

Pathbreaking Research Identifies Effective Strategies for Increasing Voter Turnout in Low-Income Communities
The James Irvine Foundation released a pathbreaking new report detailing best practices for increasing voter turnout in low-income and ethnic communities. The research documented in the report indicates that rather than the more-typical mailers and pre-recorded phone calls, quality personal contact is the key to reaching these underrepresented groups. The report, “New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization,” notes how the application of these successful tactics could result in even greater participation from underrepresented communities in November 2008.

NEW REPORTS: How McCain’s Policies Negatively Impact Black and Hispanic Americans
The Center for American Progress Action Fund released two important documents on minorities. The first report, “How John McCain’s Economic Plan Fails Black and Hispanic Americans,” details how the historic improvements in employment, wages, and poverty elimination made during the 1990s for communities of color have been dangerously eroded under the Bush administration and how McCain’s economic plan would continue this troubling trend. The second report, “The McCain Health Care Plan: Leaving Minorities Behind,” takes a closer look at how his health care plan would negatively affect people of color.

Political Notes:
Southwestern College Hosts Candidate Forum
Forum Takes Place on Tuesday, September 30th at 6 p.m.

Por José López Zamorano
Nuestra participación política también celebra nuestra herencia
Si un dato refleja la creciente madurez de la comunidad hispana de Estados Unidos, ha sido sin duda el alto nivel de participación de los latinos a lo largo del maratónico proceso electoral del 2008, algo que es digno de mención especial y de orgullo al celebrar el mes de la hispanidad.

Editorial and Commentary

City Attorney race: Mike Aguirre has delivered on his promise to the voters
This election year is about Change! Change from failed policies. Change from incompetent leadership. Change in the way the political system has been working for you - the voter! In 2008, the call for change has been magnified by the failed economy and the Iraq war. For the City of San Diego, the call for change began before the 2004 election and resulted in the election of Mike Aguirre as City Attorney.

Rafael Peralta, United States Marine
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
United States Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta, 25, a Mexican citizen the day he died, was shot during a firefight inside a house during the second battle of Fallujah. He has been awarded the second highest American medal for bravery, the Navy Cross, for what he did that day.

Capitalismo nacionalista
Por José R Uzal
El Congreso, por ser la entidad que de acuerdo a la Constitución controla el dinero en Estados Unidos, esta comenzando a considerar los planes presentados por el Departamento del Tesoro y la Reserva Federal para salvar a los prestamistas y a los compradores internacionales de hipotecas sub-estándar. La profundidad del problema que las hipotecas sub-estándar están causando en los mercados de valores mundiales y en la economía de EE.UU. es evidente.

Gaining Health Care Coverage Without Losing Freedom
By Israel Ortega
Americans are anxious about the future of our health care system — and rightly so. They’re looking for a sensible way to extend coverage to the tens of millions of Americans who lack health insurance.

700.000 millones
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El rescate de los grupos financieros de Wall Street es un hecho. Lo único que falta definir ahora es cómo, cuándo, en qué forma y a quiénes va a favorecer el paquete voluminoso de 700.000 millones de dólares.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: What is an anchor baby? I am a 45-year-old male born in the U.S.A. My mother was born in ex-Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and my father was also born in ex-Yugoslavia (now Croatia). My father arrived to this country via a green card about four years before I was born and my mother arrived 16 months before I was born after being petitioned to enter the United States by my father. I was the very first person in my entire family on both my mother’s and father’s side to be born in the U.S. When I was born, my father told my mother that now they will never be deported because they have an American-born son. Many years later, both of my parents became citizens. Today, I wonder: WAS I an anchor baby? I speak good English, Spanish and some limited Serbian. I don’t look Hispanic, but what do I tell my Hispanic friends?

Roberto Orci puts pen away to produce ‘Eagle Eye’
By Kiko Martinez
When you’re named to the Hollywood Reporter’s list of Top 50 Most Powerful Latinos in the film industry, chances are you’re probably doing something right in your career.

Reabren la Biblioteca “Luis Donaldo Colosio” en la Colonia Lomas Taurinas de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
Excelente noticia la de reabrir un nuevo espacio para que la ciudadanía participe y se ilustre por medio de la investigación y la lectura, además de obtener una herramienta para que la juventud pueda ser sustraída de la letal sombra de la vagancia, prostitución y drogadicción.

Finalmente Regia Inauguración de “El Cubo” Nuevo Espacio para las Artes
Por: Paco Zavala
Bien dice el dicho mexicano: “No hay víspera que no se llegue, ni fecha que no se cumpla”; finalmente el próximo sábado 27 de septiembre a las 5:00 pm., se llevará a efecto la regia inauguración del nuevo espacio para las artes “El Cubo”, el cual se localiza incrustado y formando parte integral de las instalaciones pertenecientes al Centro Cultural Tijuana, en la Zona del Río de Tijuana, área que aumenta la belleza y el espacio de estas instalaciones dedicadas a crear, promover y proyectar las artes y la cultura en esta zona fronteriza, considerándose los espacios más importantes del noroeste del país azteca, instituídos hace más de veinticinco años para este fín.

45th Annual Cabrillo Festival
Cultures come together and history comes alive at the 45th Annual Cabrillo Festival, one of the oldest cultural events in San Diego. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2008.

For Mosley and Mayorga, “It’s a Tijuana state of mind”
By El Gran Campeon
“Sugar” Shane Mosley, (44-5-37 KOs) and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-6-23 KOs) will collide in battle tomorrow night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California; in a match that both combatants agree will not last very long. Physically, they will engage in a battle of will’s, with both men doing whatever is necessary to get a win, and keep their names from fading away. Mentally, they know that a win will keep their name in the limelight, and give them the opportunity to boost their already illustrious careers by fighting current WBA welterweight champion, “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito.

Idaho Vandals Provide Aztecs a Golden Opportunity
By John Philip Wyllie
Winless in their first three attempts, the San Diego State Aztecs find themselves teetering on the brink of the abyss as the current football season moves toward its second month. The Aztecs need a victory more than a tribe of nomadic Bedouins need their water. The good news is that they have an excellent chance of getting one on Saturday night.

Rodriguez Running Ahead of His Competition
By John Philip Wyllie
Two years ago, Eric Avila became the first Bonita Vista High athlete in 16 years to win a CIF cross country championship. He went on to place third in the California state competition and to gain a spot in the western regionals. He finished well enough there to go all the way to the nationals. Avila ended up with a scholarship to Northern Arizona University and has continued to excel in college.

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