Volume XXXIII Number 11 March 13, 2009

FrontPage Stories

A book “to heal a generation”

Vietnam veterans tell their story

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

When Rudy Razo was sent to Vietnam in 1965, he was an energetic 18 year old Chicano.

When he returned just one year later to his hometown of Guadalupe, in Santa Barbara County, he was a war veteran at 20 years old, one who had seen images that stayed with him forever. It was only a little more than a year, but that year changed his life.

Michael Ornelas, author of “The Sons of Guadalupe: Voices of the Vietnam Generation and Their Journey Home” and Chicana & Chicano Studies professor at San Diego Mesa College, at the Vietnam Memorial Statue, in Washington, D.C., summer of 2007.

“I was never the same that,” said Razo, who is now 62 years old. “I’ve been carrying guilt for 40 years. I was drunk or high every single day after the war for 18 years to hide the pain that I had. I was sick. I had to relive the turbulent experience, the adrenaline that I felt during the war. I just felt anger. Everybody would move too slow to my eyes.”

Razo’s story is featured in The Sons of Guadalupe: Voices of the Vietnam Generation and Their Journey Home, a book written by San Diego Mesa College Chicana and Chicano Studies Professor Michael Ornelas about the 200 young men from the rural small town of Guadalupe that were sent to Vietnam during the war.

What’s striking about this story is that Guadalupe, in northern Santa Barbara County, is a small rural community of only 2,500 residents, and some 200 young men served in the Vietnam war. The majority were of Mexican origin, but there were also Whites, Filipinos, and Japanese, most, if not all, from low-income families.

It seemed as if the future of Guadalupe went away with these young men.

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Why Labor Law Doesn’t Work for Workers
By David Bacon
After months of a media war supporting and condemning it, the Employee Free Choice Act was finally introduced into Congress again this week. The bill has been debated before, but with a larger Democratic majority, its chances of passage are much greater today, and President Obama has said he’ll sign it. Employers, therefore, are fighting it as never before.

The Pink, Bloodied & Reconstructed Walls of History
Dispatches from El Salvador on the verge ...
By Roberto Lovato
Saludos from El Salvador, land of my ancestors and of ghosts loving and hostile, a land that’s -again- on the verge of volcanic, platetechtonic shifts of consciousness - regardless of the outcome of this week’s historic elections. In the short time since landing last week, my own consciousness has been shaken by the central fact of Salvadoran life today: how absolutely and passionately people here are ready for change. Even small talk in this small country is full of big ideas -democracia, cambio, justicia-and other things we who are Border Walled-off from the insurgent continent can learn from. For those of you that don’t know me personally, intimately or otherwise, there would simple y sencillamente be no Of América without the people of El Salvador, their espiritu de lucha, mi espiritu de lucha.

Congressman Bob Filner recently honored the life of Jose Luis Rodriguez, a Lincoln Acres Library student worker who was killed in a random act of violence in Chula Vista. Pictured here with the Congressman are Jose’s parents, Efrain and Maria Magdalena Rodriguez. Congressman Filner is working with the family and the Chula Vista Police Department to facilitate the resolution of their son’s murder case.


In War on Drugs, Mexico’s Success Is Our Misfortune
By Louis E.V. Nevaer
MERIDA, Mexico – Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s decision to move troops into drug trafficking hot spots is making it impossible for the cartels to continue to operate in Mexico on a “business as usual” basis — and their only alternative is to move into the United States.

House panel asks DHS for solutions to U.S.-Mexican border violence
By Diana Murray Watts
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security has not been able to handle the violence stemming from drug cartels in Mexico, members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security told four high-level agency officials Tuesday.

Department of Justice to Investigate Sheriff Arpaio
New America Media
The Department of Justice notified Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday that it had opened an investigation into him for “alleged” patterns of discrimination because of national origin, among other things.

Hispanic Immigration: Facts versus Fallacies, Clarifying America’s Opportunity
Three Rawls College of Business professionals address the booming Hispanic population in the U.S. and its economic, political and social impacts.
By Leslie Cranford
As the Hispanic population in the United States booms, fallacies surrounding the economic and social impact of Hispanics on America thrive. Two Texas Tech University professors and an alumnus argue that there are opportunities within the challenges that many people do not see.

Father Allan Deck to Receive Award For Bringing a Hispanic Perspective to Ongoing Promotion of Vatican II Renewal
WASHINGTON — Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (http://www. usccb.org/scdc/) of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be honored with the 2009 Aggiornamento Award of the Catholic Library Association (CLA). The ceremony will take place April 14, during the CLA’s annual convention in Anaheim, California.

American Religious Identification Survey is Third in Landmark Series
The Catholic population of the United States has shifted away from the Northeast and towards the Southwest, while secularity continues to grow in strength in all regions of the country, according to a new study conducted by the Program on Public Values at Trinity College. “The decline of Catholicism in the Northeast is nothing short of stunning,” said Barry Kosmin, a principal investigator for the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). “Thanks to immigration and natural increase among Latinos, California now has a higher proportion of Catholics than New England.”

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Todos juntos por la prosperidad de las futuras generaciones
Siempre me resulta muy doloroso pensar en las graves consecuencias que sufre el planeta gracias a la irresponsabilidad humana, por eso, confieso, algunas veces prefiero voltear la mirada y negarme ante la evidencia de que la catástrofe ambiental que se avecina es real.

Women’s health advocates say reducing maternal deaths requires political attention
By Heather Lockwood
WASHINGTON - Maternal deaths in the world’s poorest countries haven’t decreased, despite a 20-year global initiative to improve maternal health.

Inician programa de salud para comunidades migrantes
Morelia, Mich.- Con el propósito de atender a las comunidades con mayor afluencia migratoria, la Secretaría del Migrante, a través de la doctora Sonia Mendoza Villalobos, asesora en Salud, inició el programa de Salud en Comunidades Marginadas con Alta Afluencia Migratoria que consiste en brindar consultas gratuitas, donar botiquines de auxilio, fomentar la higiene para evitar enfermedades y brindar información sobre enfermedades de transmisión sexual.

Prevención: La clave para estar saludable en el 2009
Por Mayte Prida
Benjamin Franklin utilizó en uno de sus discursos la siguiente frase celebre, “Vale más una onza de prevención que una libra de remedios”. Aunque estos fueron consejos en tiempos de guerra, más de 200 años después estas palabras vuelven a cobrar sentido cuando hablamos de mantenernos saludables.

County Gets $5.1 Million to Ease Foreclosure Crisis
Money Will be Used to Help Find Buyers for Foreclosed Homes
Some local communities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis may soon see fewer “for sale” signs in their neighborhoods.

Editorial and Commentary

Guest Editorial:
Bitter Truth About the GOP
By Robert Fleming
“Michael Steele, you are head of the RNC; you are not head of the Republican Party”
Rush Limbaugh, talk host
It has been about a month after the first Republican Party’s first African-American chairman Michael Steele took his first initial victory lap around America’s major media outlets, proclaiming the rebirth of the party of Lincoln.

Misplaced Priorities in California State Budget Saga (Again)
By Willie L. Pelote, Sr.
A new study by the Pew Center on the States has found that a record-high seven million Americans is either in prison or on probation or parole. That’s one out of every thirty-one adults. This finding highlights how our society has been dramatically transformed over the last twenty-five years, as prison spending has surpassed funding for public education, transportation, and social services. When these facts are seen within the context of the various state budget crises that have wracked California over the same time period, it is easy to see that the root of our budget problems in the Golden State comes down to a misplaced sense of priorities as well as a lack of revenue.

El futuro
Por José R Uzal
Dentro de la cacofonía del diálogo nacional hay frase que resaltan por ser obviamente usadas para propaganda. Durante la administración de Clinton oíamos una y otra vez que EE.UU. estaba hipotecando el futuro de nuestros hijos. La deuda era tan grande que el pagarla sería obligación de nuestros hijos. Súbitamente, Clinton redujo el déficit y le dejó a Bush un superávit. Nuestros nietos ya no tendrían que preocuparse de la deuda nacional.

For International Women’s Day, we should get paid parental leave and paid sick leave
By Sangita Nayak
March 8 is International Women’s Day, and it’s shameful that women in the United States are lagging behind in some crucial areas, like work policies.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Last week, March 6, 2009, La Prensa San Diego published “The Williamson Affair: Has Pope Benedict XVI Lost His Credibility? By Patricio Rice, which caused a lot of reaction and letters. Below are two letters that exmplified the letters received. Most of the letters were in support of Bishop Williamson.

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

2009 Latino Film Festival is a quick trip around the world
By Jose Guzman
Look at the list of countries screening movies in this year’s annual San Diego Latino Film Festival and you might get jet lag: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Peru, Spain, Venezuela, and even the U.S.

Bless Me Ultima: Set for Box Office Failure?
Carl Franklin to write and direct adaptation of classic novel by Rudolfo Anaya
By Bel Hernandez
Here we go again! The next Latino novel to be turned into a film and die a quick death at the box office will be Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima.

Gran Temporada Teatral de la Compañía del Sótano Presentando su Espectáculo “A Improjuanear se ha dicho”
Por: Paco Zavala
La Compañía de Teatro del Sótano, se ha caracterizado por presentar sus logros y su trabajo en la escena, presentando espectáculos por largas temporadas, con duración de un año o más en cartelera, desde hace aproximadamente 15 años. Promocionando siempre en sus propuestas y montajes teatrales, su tendencia encaminada a aproximar el arte y la cultura a la comunidad y, a buscar la infiltración en el mercado con la creación de nuevos públicos.

SWC Celebrates Women’s History Month
Southwestern College to host a series of events to recognize its 17th Annual Celebration of Women’s History Month. The events that are scheduled to take place during the month include a presentation by local author Patricia Santana and a modern day slavery presentation by author E. Benjamin Skinner. Additional events include a documentary viewing and discussion with producer, Laura Castaneda. The month long celebration will conclude with the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet Colloquium Luncheon.

Castro Contributing to Aztec Baseball in Many Ways
By John Philip Wyllie
The San Diego State Aztecs Baseball Team gained a much needed credibility boost and local bragging rights last week by defeating the highly touted University of San Diego Toreros in their four-game series three games to one. Had not the Aztecs gift wrapped the five-error finale of that series, they might have enjoyed a clean sweep over the nation’s 11th ranked team. Sweep or not, the Aztecs hope that the confidence gained in taking a series off of one of the nation’s elite teams will help propel them to a Mountain West Conference championship and earn them a spot in the NCAA postseason tournament.

Representantes De U.S. Soccer Federation Recorren El CAR
Tijuana— Representantes de la Federación Estadounidense de Fútbol Soccer (US Soccer Federation), realizaron una visita por las instalaciones del Centro de Alto Rendimiento, a fin de conocer el equipamiento y adelantos con los que cuenta el inmueble.

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