Volume XXV Number 11 March 16, 2001

FrontPage Stories

North County Women Unite to Push Young Latinas Forward

By Yvette tenBerge

Just a few of the young women presented scholarships by NCLA. Pictured clockwise, upper left: Adrianna Gomez, Anabel Gonzalez, Clara Hernandez, Damaris Garcia, Eva Llamas, and Lucia Rodriguez.

The Barrio Museum, a one-room building on the corner of Roosevelt Street and Walnut Avenue in Carlsbad, is alive with the chatter of voices and the hum of space heaters. The slow-warming air is filled with the aroma of homemade beans, rice and chicken fajitas, food that has been carried over from Lola's Market across the street. Fifteen women, some wearing sharp business suits and others wearing broken-in jeans and sweatshirts, pull their paper plates and their fold-out chairs up to tables arranged in the shape of a large "U."

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Experts Stunned as Hispanics Near 40 Million
Population Surpasses That of Blacks Following 60% Growth in Last Decade
By Cynthia L. Orosco
Census 2000 figures released March 6 reveal the U.S. Latino population grew 60% over the last decade — up from 22.4 million in 1990 to 35.3 million last year. Latinos now comprise 12.6% -- excluding Puerto Rico-- of the U.S. mainland population. The new figures revealed there are nearly 3 million more Latinos than the U.S. Census Bureau had predicted last year.

Inn trouble
Unions shape new immigrant strategy
— When Maria Sanchez got a job at Palm Springs' luxurious Palm Canyon residential resort in 1997, her wages came nowhere near the affluence of the establishment and its guests. She and her co-workers cleaned five complete apartments each day for $4.75 an hour.

The Main Act of the Zapatour Blocked by the Two Major TV Stations
By Enrique Davis-Mazlum
On January 1, 1994 the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) rose in arms against the Mexican Government and the Mexican Army, since that day the EZLN has been a controversial topic. Since 1824 Chiapas has been in political, economic and social instability. With a population of approximate 4,056,000 and 118 Municipios (Municipal Districts) Chiapas is one of the richest states in Mexico in natural resources and at the same time one of the poorest (highest percentage of poverty among all the states).

Noticias de México...
Miente: Pro-Vida
MÉXICO, D.F. — El Comité Nacional Pro-Vida acusó a Paulina, quien fue violada y quedó embarazada como consecuencia de ello, de haber mentido acerca de la identidad del "padre" del niño producto de esa agresión.


The Women's Movement:
San Diego Latinas Continue Carrying the Torch

By Yvette tenBerge
In looking at the opportunities available to women in the United States today, it is obvious that things have come a long way since the days when a male-dominated society did not permit women do anything but serve their husbands and raise a family. San Diego has been abuzz these past two weeks with exhibits, conferences and other events in honor of Women's History Month and the 153rd anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention. In acknowledgment of the importance of this event, we at La Prensa would like to outline the history of Women's Rights for our readers. We have also asked Latina women within the San Diego community to comment on their experiences and on the progress of the women's movement.

Gracia Molina de Pick Selected as District 76 Woman of the Year
Assemblymember Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has announced Gracia Molina de Pick as her selection for the District 76 Woman of the Year.

Doing Business Her Way
A Women's Conference to Energize Your Business

An exceptional event for women in businesses, the 3rd Annual Women's Business Conference—Doing Business HER Way, is being presented by SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, on Thursday, March 22, 2001.

Working Women Left Out of Bush Tax Cut
One third of the savings under the Bush tax proposal would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers, while one third of taxpayers would receive less than $200 in tax relief. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to calculate that the average working woman is getting virtually no tax cut while Bush's wealthiest friends will get the majority of the proposed $1.6 trillion cut," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

San Diego High School Teams Design Cars of the Future
By Yvette tenBerge
Teams from four San Diego area high schools presented their designs for automobiles of the future before a panel of judges at San Diego State University on Tuesday in DaimlerChrysler's annual "Build Your Dream Vehicle" regional competition.

"Nuevas Ideas, Nuevas Actitudes" La Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
By Greg Bloom
Shortly after Dr. Felipe Fornelli Lafón took over as rector (head) of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) on October 10, 2000, the university began a period of regrouping and improvement that it presented in a media campaign as "nuevas ideas, nuevas actitudes" — "new ideas, new attitudes." To people inside the university and to the people of Cd. Juárez the campaign was intended to mark a break with the previous administration of Rubén Lau Rojo.

Eastin Encourages Californians to Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day
Sacramento — California has established an official state holiday to honor Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez, born on March 31, 1927. Cesar Chavez Day is intended to promote service to the communities of California in honor of Chavez's life and work. It will be celebrated on March 31, or the appropriate Monday or Friday following or preceding that date. This year's celebration occurs on Friday, March 30.

Declaración de Gephard Sobre Medicare y la Comunidad Hispana
"Hay un punto en el debate sobre el presupuesto y los recortes de impuestos que el Presidente Bush y los Republicanos en el Congreso parecen haber perdido de vista: el gobierno proporciona servicios importantes que tienen un efecto significativo en las vidas de la gente. Como dijo ayer el columnista de The New York Times Tom Friedman: "el gobierno proporciona servicios esenciales en nuestras vidas... como norteamericanos somos afortunados de tener los servicios que tenemos, y... necesitamos reinvertir constantemente en ellos porque tenemos una responsabilidad colectiva hacia el futuro de nuestros hijos y con los menos afortunados, de asegurar que el gobierno siempre tenga los recursos para ayudarlos'.

Atención Médica Accesible — Un Regalo de Bienvenida Para los Padres
Año tras año, los padres dedican incontables horas para garantizar la salud, seguridad y felicidad de sus niños. Trabajan sin descanso para darles los medios que necesitan para convertirse en adultos exitosos. Lamentablemente, aunque muchos padres trabajan mucho, no pueden darles a sus niños la cobertura de salud que necesitan para crecer sanos. Ahora el estado de California tiene dos programas que pueden ayudarlos: Healthy Families de bajo costo y Medi-Cal for Children sin costo.

The Foundation Consortium and Lt. Governor's Commission for One California to
Examine Health Care Disparities for Children and Families

Sacramento — The Foundation Consortium, in partnership with the Lt. Governor's Commission for One California, will examine the disparities many of the state's children and families face in gaining access to health care at its 3rd annual California Policymakers Institute (CPI), March 22-23 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica.

SBA Seeks Business Owners For Trade Mission, Exporting Opportunities
In Mexico

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is looking for small American companies to take part in a trade and investment mission to Mexico (the second largest market for U.S. manufactured goods and services) to avail themselves of trade opportunities for U.S. small businesses and expand U.S./Mexican commercial ties.

Community Notes:
North County Health Forum to Discuss Healthcare Access Issues
The public is invited to participate in a free forum on improving access to healthcare in North San Diego County. The event will be held at the Escondido City Hall Council Chambers on Friday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Alternate Public Defender and Casey Family Programs Are Currently Seeking
Family Advocate Volunteers

The Alternate Public Defender represents parents in San Diego in Juvenile Court child dependency matters. To better serve parents and families, we have established the Strategic Options after Rehabilitation and Reunification Program.


On Saint Patrick's Day We Honor the Brave Men of the San Patricio Battalion

Every March 17th we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We wear the Green and join our Irish friends at the local pub for some mutual bonding. We take pride in being called their "smoke-Irish" friends.

Tate Case Shows There's Nothing Blind About Criminal Justice System

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The sobs of 14-year-old Lionel Tate and the anguished wails of his relatives echoed through the courtroom when Broward County Judge Joel Lazarus sentenced Tate to life without parole.

We Should Encourage Girls to Play Sports

by Juleyka Lantigua
Marion Jones runs like a girl. Venus and Serena Williams serve, receive and volley like girls. And these women earn gold medals and millions of dollars.

La Politica...
The Census 2000 figures confirmed that Hispanics (Latinos) have surpassed African-Americans as the nation's fastest growing, largest minority! Not letting any grass grow under his feet, the not-so Reverent Jessie Jackson lost no time in moving to form an allegiance with a Hispanic group: "Latino Initiatives For The Next Century"(LINC). The group is based in Chicago. Not surprisingly, this is the same place that the scandal-plagued Rainbow/PUSH Coalitions is based.

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

Desde Gérmenes Microscópicos Hasta Mantas Gigantes se Presentan en el
Expandido Museo de Historia Natural de San Diego

El estreno de "Epidemic! The Natural History of Disease" (Epidemia, la Historia Natural de las Enfermedades) en la costa oeste y el debut de la película en pantalla gigante "Ocean Oasis" en California, son los eventos más destacados del nuevamente expandido San Diego Natural History Museum, (Museo de Historia Natural de San Diego), el segundo museo más antiguo de California y el séptimo de los Estados Unidos.

En Escenarios
Por Arnoldo Varona
* * * * * Hasta hace apenas dos años Luciana Giménez Morad era una modelo brasileña solo conocida en los círculos nacionales por sus hermosas dimensiones corporales; es cuando conoce a Mick Jagger el estelar cantante de los Rolling Stones (entonces casado en ceremonia Hindu en Bali con Jerry Hall) y ambos comienzan un romance que termina en el nacimiento de Lucas Morad Jagger, producto de estas relaciones.

Calendar of Events...
School House Rock Live!
Based on the 1970's ABC-TV educational animated series, School House Rock, Tom, a young teacher, is on the schoolhouse playground, nervously preparing for his first day on the job. Suddenly, five people appear from School House Rock, they have gather to give Tom the confidence he needs and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.

Spirit Open Training Camp with High Hopes
By John Philip Wyllie
With the first game of their inaugural season little more than a month away, the San Diego Spirit, like the other seven franchises in the new women's professional soccer league, are hard at work attempting to build a winner.

The Scorecard
Ringside Notes

Homeward Bound: On May 5 former IBF jr. middleweight champion Fernando Vargas (20-1, 18 KO's) returns to the ring to battle Wilfredo Rivera (32-4-1, 20 KO's) in a 10 round bout in El Paso, TX.

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