Volume XXV Number 50 December 14, 2001

FrontPage Stories

La Virgen de Guadalupe Unites People of All Ages and Ethnicities:

Parade Celebrates Heritage and Culture

By Yvette tenBerge

As many as 4,000 members of San Diego County's diverse Hispanic and Native American communities met at the San Diego City College parking lot, located at 16th Avenue and B Street, Sunday, December 9, before embarking on a procession to honor their "Patroness of the Americas," La Virgen de Guadalupe.

Young and old participated in a 30 minute-long march, which began shortly after 1:00 p.m. and culminated in an elaborate Catholic mass at the Community Concourse's Golden Hall at 3rd Avenue and B Street.

Police officers stopped traffic to make way for costumed children who smiled from atop decorated floats, young women in crowns and velvet capes who waved from convertible cars, groups of vibrantly dressed dancers who balanced baskets of flowers on their heads while swishing their long skirts, Native American drummers who chanted while beating their instruments and groups of mothers, fathers and grandparents who marched and sang while holding framed pictures of La Virgen high in the air.

Parish float reenacts events of December 12, 1531.

Although it is rare for people of different ages and ethnic groups to find a cause to celebrate and worship together, an informal survey of this diverse group of San Diegan's proved that everyone present was, indeed, marching to the beat of the same drum.

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U.S. Recession Fallout - Mexico's Border Workers Rebel
By David Bacon
— The U.S. recession is wreaking havoc in Mexico, especially along the border, where the struggle for survival in the face of job loss and low wages may be fueling a labor war.

U.S.-Mexico Border Enforcement Policies Need Reform, Catholic Humanitarian Groups Assert
- A report released by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) describes the impact of U.S. border enforcement, immigration and labor policies on migrants and residents in border communities. The report, Chaos on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Report on Migrant Crossing Deaths, Immigrant Families and Subsistence-Level Laborers, addresses migrant crossing deaths, civil rights abuses, U.S.-funded enforcement activities outside the nation's territorial limits, and the exploitation of subsistence-level laborers. Sponsored in part by Catholic Relief Services, it is the fifth in a series on at-risk immigrants in the United States.

Border Security in the Wake of September 11th
by Jason Ackleson, PhD
The events of September 11th portend both short and potentially far-reaching implications for U.S. frontiers with Canada and Mexico. This brief and preliminary review will look at some of the main issues and changes emerging in U.S. border security and immigration policy in the wake of the terrorist attacks on America.

Expendable labor, Expendable Lives - Juarez Serial Murders Continue
by Kent Paterson
—Just across the U.S. border, in the gritty factory town of Juarez, Mexico, women — including many who work for U.S. companies — vanish in broad daylight.


National Latino Media Council Petitions FCC to Deny Approval of Proposed NBC-Telemundo Merger
Washington, D.C. — Members of the National Latino Media Council, a coalition of Latino civil rights and media organizations, today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny approval of the pending NBC-Telemundo merger. Members of the Council include the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC), the Mexican American Grocers Association (MAGA), NOSOTROS, and the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

Immigrants: A Real Estate Bulwark in the Recession
By: Joel Kotkin
At a time when American concern about foreigners may be reaching a historic high, real estate professionals may have their own reasons for monitoring the flow of immigration. With recessionary forces driving occupancies and rents downward, the presence of large numbers of newcomers-who, including their children, now account for over 60 million Americans-could prove an important, even critical, counter-cyclical force.

Por Diego Alvarez
Soldados Hispanos en la línea de fuego
Los líderes americanos aprovechan cada oportunidad para decirle a todo el planeta por qué Estados Unidos está librando una batalla contra el terrorismo mundial. El presidente Bush le solicitó al mundo entero que se uniera y demostrara que comprenden por qué hay que manifestarse en contra de ese flagelo. El presidente pidió a las diferentes naciones que tocaran su respectivo himno nacional el 11 de diciembre, a la hora exacta en que el primer avión secuestrado chocó contra la primera torre del World Trade Center en Nueva York, a las 8:46 de la mañana.

The Story of Chanukah
HANUKKAH - The Festival of Lights
25th of Kislev
The festival of Chanukah celebrates the Jewish peoples' struggle for religious freedom. The festival has been observed, in Israel and the Diaspora, sometimes even at the risk of life. The story behind the holiday, of how the menorah in the Holy Temple miraculously stayed lit for eight days, with very little oil, is recounted each year as we light the Chanukah candles.

Hi-Noon Rotary Club host a Children's Holiday Party
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club member Pat Landis, PhD., of Encinitas, spearheaded a Holiday dinner and gift giving party at Coco's Restaurant for a dozen mostly Latin American children from Buena Vista Elementary School, in Carlsbad.

San Diego County Ford Dealers to Offer $250,000 in Scholarships
The San Diego County Ford Dealers are offering 250 $1,000.00 scholarships to San Diego County high school seniors through the San Diego County Salute to Education program. In addition, one scholarship recipient will also win a brand new Ford vehicle.

Water Authority Receives $300,000 Grant From CALFED Funds support Authority's high-efficiency clothes
washer voucher program
The San Diego County Water Authority, in conjunction with its member agencies, received a $300,000 grant from Patrick Wright, Executive Director of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, along with an update on CALFED issues at the December board meeting today at the Water Authority headquarters in Kearny Mesa. The grant supports the Water Authority's residential high-efficiency clothes washer voucher program, which is available to customers in 21 participating water districts from Otay Mesa to Oceanside. Over 500 of the vouchers are still available for qualified customers. Eligible residents using this program can receive a $125 discount if they present the voucher at the time of purchase of a high-efficiency washer. Vouchers are treated like coupons by the more than 50 participating retailers located throughout San Diego County. This guarantees customers an immediate discount when qualifying washers are purchased.


San Ysidro Under Economic Duress!
The San Diego community of San Ysidro finds itself trapped in an economic predicament not of its own making. When San Diego acquired the community of San Ysidro by attaching itself to the area by a bit of political shenanigans that made a mockery of our democratic political system, it was a political rape of the people who lived within the boundaries of the independent community of San Ysidro.

Hispanic consumers will benefit when Pacific Bell is allowed to offer long distance service
by Manny Aguilar
There is little doubt that the world in general is getting smaller, and with continued advancements in the telecommunications industry this phenomenon is sure to continue. Families who once found themselves separated by thousands of miles, or even across the globe from one another, can now simply pick up the phone or jump on the Internet and get re-connected.

"Is Freedom Really Free?"
(Editors Note: Vincenzo Ruffino is an 8th grade student at Rancho del Rey Middle School in Chula Vista. Ruffino reflects on the meaning of Veterans Day.)
By Vincenzo P. Ruffino
"...O'er the land of the free..." this is what our National Anthem says, but is it true? Is our freedom really free? In a sense it is and it isn't. It is free for the journalists who have a right to write about what ever they want. It is free for all of us that practice any religion we want or have the freedom of speech. But, all of this freedom isn't free! Because some American had to fight and die to give us our freedom. Our freedom has made America strong, rich, fearsome, and the land of opportunity. That is why no one wants t escape from America, but instead, large numbers of people everyday line up at our border to come to America.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Reader disappointed in story
I recently read your article in La Prensa San Diego titled, "Will Mexican Americans Be Cannon Fodder in the War on Terror?" by Jorge Mariscal (published December 7, 2001).

Tezezomoc Speaks
El Jefe dice no politics until El Nuevo Año! Pero some of this stuff is too good to wait till then. Let me lite up mi Pipa & smoke a little Mota....

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

Rare Collection of Goya Prints Given to USD
Works by Spanish Master on Exhibit Dec. 14 and 15 and Early Next Year
Carlsbad businessman Robert Hoehn and his wife, Karen, have given a set of rare prints by Francisco Goya to the University of San Diego.

Poet Elizabeth Cazessús, a woman living in a man's world returns to her roots
By Pablo De Sainz
A few years ago, Tijuana poet Elizabeth Cazessús went out on a quest with Indigenous groups in southern Mexico.

La Poeta Elizabeth Cazessús Emprendió Su Búsqueda Entre los Grupos Indígenas de México
Por Pablo De Sainz
Hace varios años, la poeta Elizabeth Cazessús emprendió una búsqueda con grupos indígenas al sur de México.

Se Convoca al Premio Binacional de Novela Joven 2001 "Frontera de Palabras/ Border of Words"
Por: Paco Zavala
Termina un año, este 2001, que deja a su paso una cauda de acontecimientos diversos, en nuestra controversial Tijuana, la actividad cultural sigue su curso, se tiene hambre, se tiene la necesidad de activar, de incrementar esta vertiente tan importante para lograr salir adelante y así debatir de alguna manera las necesidades perentorias que se presentan diariamente.

Estupenda investigación en: " Narcocorrido"
" Un viaje al mundo de la música de las drogas, armas y Guerrilleros"

Por: Paco Zavala.
En las 333 páginas del contenido de esta edición del libro intitulado "Narcocorrido" que compendió y escribió el galardonado músico y periodista Elijah Wald y, que editó Rayo, una rama de la compañía editorial HarperCollins Publishers, nos encontramos con una investigación asombrosamente bien documentada sobre la existencia del corrido; ésta expresión musical del pueblo mexicano que los compositores que se dedican a la composición de este género, lo enriquecen de mil maneras posibles y lo dan a conocer haciendo uso de los medios que mejor convengan a sus condiciones.

de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana

Por: Paco Zavala.
En un mundo en el que vivimos en la actualidad, invadido por las acciones equivocadas de nosostros, los propios seres humanos, dizque el animal pensante, más bien se entendería, el animal menos pensante, porque somos clasificados de tres formas que para nada dislocan o desclasifican nuestra imperfección física, pués somos: animalescos, humanoides y seres humanos, esta clasificación se realiza en cuanto a nuestros razonamientos, nuestra actitud tomada en diversos actos, a la determinación que tomamos en los diferentes hechos en los que diariamente nos vemos involucrados.

Los Tigres del Norte Revolutionize Norteña music
By Pablo De Sainz
During the `90s, the division between two genres of Mexican music, rock en español and norteña music, was obvious. They would never mix.

Los Tigres del Norte Revolucionaron la Música Norteña
Por Pablo De Sainz
Durante los noventa, la división entre dos géneros de la música mexicana, el rock en español y la música norteña, era obvia. Nunca se mezclaban.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
Alpha Project
AFSI invites you to an evening of socially conscious art, dance / theatre production, a silent auction, food, and drink to raise funds for Alpha Project, Creative Arts Consortium and AFSI's programs. This is a program made up of students and local artists collaborating each semester to create art depicting social issues. This semester's issue: Mental Illness. To purchase your tickets please call 619-615-8949 or visit www.afsi.org.

Rimando and Bocanegra Vie for World Cup Berths
by John Philip Wyllie
Among those competing for the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Cup this summer are a pair of highly regarded Mexican-American MLS stars, Nick Rimando and Carlos Bocanegra.

Padres Enter Working Relationship With Mexico City Red Devils
The San Diego Padres today announced a five-year working relationship with the famed Mexico City Red Devils of the Mexican Summer League, opening a new pipeline for the acquisition of top Mexican players as part of a cooperative effort between the clubs in the areas of scouting and player development. Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers made the announcement.


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