Volume XXVII Number 08 February 21, 2003

FrontPage Stories

San Diego Community Rallys Against Impending War!!

Why We and Our Countries Oppose War in Iraq

By Emmanuelle Le Texier, Fulbright Fellow at U.C.S.D.;
and Dr. Thorsten Becker, Visiting Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

February 15th, 2003 -- The risk of war in Iraq has increased tensions between the U.S. and our respective home governments, in France and in Germany. It has come to a point where we feel compelled to express our concerns, both as European citizens, and as scholars invited to pursue our doctoral and post-doctoral research thanks to the generosity of our host country.

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By Sandy Close
SAN FRANCISCO--Critics on the East Coast, on both sides of the political spectrum, dismiss the current anti-war protests as a naïve political spasm in danger of being hijacked by hard-line sectarians (once called "outside agitators"). But something about the style of recent demonstrations here in San Francisco suggests the emergence of a new kind of civic participation -- one that is not definable as "left" or "right," but grounded in a distrust of political leaders and traditional "isms."

Time For Raza to Stand Up
Protest the looming war against Iraq
By Ralph de Unamuno
I know many people are busy and the whole Dame Edna thing has really caught up a lot of people. At least we see that the "digital divide" is not that big considering Vanity Fair gets 200 emails every 20 mins.

Vigilantes on the Rise at Mexico-U.S. Border
By: R.M. Arrieta
SOUTHERN ARIZONA - Migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are now prize prey for some groups in southern Arizona.

By David Bacon
MEXICO CITY - In the 1930s and 40s, General Lazaro Cardenas made nationalization of economic resources and land reform symbols of Mexican national sovereignty. Nationalist economic development, however, was overthrown as the bedrock of the country's economic strategy when technocrats took power in the former ruling Party of the Institutionalized Revolution in the 1970s.


In solidarity with the Poor
Erik Olson of the Invest-In Project, has joined the most dispossessed in San Diego by sleeping twelve straight nights and eating only one meal a day from February 1st to February 12th. He decided to sleep at the foot of the new ballpark downtown to protest a skewed San Diego and U.S. social structure : America has not honored its own creeds, refused to ratify core human rights treaties, and violated Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
By Emmanuelle Le Texier
Could you explain why you decided to start this action?

Compensation for defrauded Mexicans
By Mariana Martinez
Tuesday, February 11 was a day of celebration for Ignacio Valerio and Jaime Venegas, who after three years in court finally got their money back from a lawyer who defrauded them.

Indemnización para mexicanos defraudados
Por Mariana Martinez
Este martes 11 de febrero es un día para celebrar para Ignacio Valerio y Jaime Venegas, quiénes después de casi tres años de lucha contra el abuso lograron recuperar su dinero perdido.

Torres Disheartened Over Race Baiting by Republicans on UCLA Campus
LOS ANGELES — California Democrats were recently shocked to learn of Republican students’ overt race bating activities held on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, one of most diverse student bodies in the country.

By: Richard Rodriguez
A tiny rhinestone sparkled on the horizon of a dangerous world, and then was quickly extinguished.

Por Diego Alvarez
Jessica en nuestros corazones
Una historia dramática es la de Jessica Santillán, una joven mexicana quien, por un error médico, se encuentra luchando entre la vida y la muerte.

Editan un verdadero manual en Qué hacer cuando el diagnóstico es Cáncer
Por: Paco Zavala
La vida se pasa tranquilamente, pensando siempre en el futuro de la familia, en contraer matrimonio, en ser propietario de un negocio, en comprar una casa nueva, adquirir un automóvil nuevo, adquirir un pequeño rancho y tantos sueños e ilusiones que se adhieren al ser humano soñador y romántico.

Nationwide Study Puts Focus on Earliest Signs of Huntington’s Disease
Physicians at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are taking part in a nationwide study investigating the earliest symptoms that people with Huntington’s disease experience.

Fundación Provee Acceso Universal Para Todos
Por: W. Frank Newton
Dedicada a los principios de la igualdad digital, la Fundación Beaumont de América se ha unido a los esfuerzos de agencias gubernamentales, escuelas, comunidades sin fines de lucro, empresas y del sector filantrópico para proveer acceso universal para todos.

Community feedback sought for housing, economic development plan
The San Diego Housing Commission is encouraging San Diego city residents to attend upcoming public hearings to help decide how to best invest certain federal housing and economic development grants.

The University of California, San Diego is joining with the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee in sponsoring the Fourth Annual Cesar E. Chavez Essay Contest for students in San Diego and Imperial Counties to honor the life and achievements of the late civil rights and labor leader. The deadline for entries is March 7, 2003.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation (HHAF) announced the launch of their annual search for the top Hispanic high school Seniors in 12 major cities throughout the US, with applications now online at www.HispanicHeritageAwards.org

La Prensa Persa
Count Down to Fiesta!
Norooz”, The “Persian New Year”!
Like other Iranian families around the world, Iranian-Americans in San Diego are getting busy with their preparations for “Norooz”, the Iranian New Year. In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year starts on the first day of spring. Here in San Diego, like other Iranian-Americans elsewhere, we start our gift giving and celebrations early on and carry them on for over two weeks! It is Fiesta Time!


The Mexican Aguila tangles with The American Eagle
El Presidente Vicente Fox de Mexico is caught in the proverbial political dilemma: He is caught between “a Yankee fire and a blazing Mexican frying pan.” Either way he jumps, he is bound to get his pantalones burnt off! Señor Fox ignored the lessons of the past and made the mistake of catering to the insatiable power lust of the Norte Americanos. Mexican history should have taught him that Texans have never forgotten General Lopez de Santa Anna who may have lost his leg at the Alamo but massacred everyone in sight! President George W. Bush is a Texan and he remembers the Alamo! He now has President Fox between the barrel sights of his colt 45 and has the trigger cocked.

Community getting squeezed out in school budget talks
School Districts are in the midst of an agonizing process of planning where and how to slash millions of dollars from their budgets. This process takes the whole community, administrators, teachers, parents, and the Board of Trustees, to come to a meeting of the minds on what is, or is not, most important to each school and district.

The Meaning of Lent
The Lenten Season is observed for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and extending to midnight on the day before Easter, omitting Sundays. The first Sunday of Lent is called Passion Sunday and the Last Sunday is Palm Sunday. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Kingpin Reinforces Negative Stereotypes of Latinos
I wish to share my opinion about my great disappointment with NBC’s Decision to air a new program called the Kingpin which consists of six episodes.

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Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents the World Premiere Production of “Nuevo California”
By: Poala Hornbuckle
The San Diego Repertory Theatre is currently presenting its most ambitious and complex artistic project in the history of its Calafia Inititative, a visually dazzling new play called “Nuevo California” by playwrights Bernardo Solano and Allan Havis. Calafia is a commissioning initiative born six years ago, which forges partnerships between artists and citizens to provoke new works of interdisciplinary performance that deal with the future of “our bi-national region.”

Versatile Olmeda Performs at Lestat’s
By John Philip Wyllie
San Diego is gaining a reputation as a cultural spawning ground for talented young musicians, but Hispanic artists appear to be under-represented within its flourishing community of singer-song-writers. Multi-talented Puerto Rican born Carlos Olmeda bucks that trend however, and stands out among the city’s best.

El Grupo de Teatro Infantil de Cuba “La Colmenita” en Gira Por California
Por: Paco Zavala
El orgullo nacional de Cuba. estará de visita, realizando una gira de trabajo teatral artístico por varias ciudades del estado de California. Esta es una gira de intercambio cultural que se verificará del día 7 de marzo al 21 del mismo mes del presente año.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Iniciemos esta charla en la que comentaremos detalles sobre los movimientos que involucran las corrientes artísticas y culturales que se dan en la ciudad de Tijuana.

Existe un Programa que Apoya a los Artistas, Creadores y Promotores Culturales de Baja California
Por: Paco Zavala
En Tijuana promueven un programa de apoyo a la promoción artística y cultural que se títula Cecut 2003. Con apego a los lineamientos que se establecen en el Programa Nacional de Cultura 2001-2006, el Centro Cultural Tijuana crea este programa. Uno de los propósitos de la cultura es estimular la creación artística y cultural, bajo las premisas de participación, equidad de oportunidades y paridad en la selección de proyectos.

15th Annual Grossmont College Powwow February 22 in Memory of Florence Shipek
EL CAJON — The 15th Annual Grossmont College powwow will feature head staff of more than 20 dancers and drummers, including the Red Tipi Singers and the Whitecloud Singers beginning at noon in the Grossmont College Student Center. Viejas Tribal Official Anthony Pico is scheduled to speak.

Latin Tennis Stars Scheduled to Compete at 2003 Pacific Life Open
By J. Fred Sidhu
Latin tennis stars will be well represented at the upcoming Pacific Life Open, the largest professional tennis event on the West Coast. 

Rafael Marquez Makes History For Mexico
By Fiona Manning
Rafael Marquez made history on Saturday night in Las Vegas by stopping IBF bantamweight champion Tim Austin to become world champion within two weeks of his brother Juan Manuel Marquez becoming the featherweight champion for the same sanctioning body.

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