Volume XXIX Number 43 October 28, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Día de los Muertos is alive

Tradition of celebrating the dead lives on

By José A. Álvarez

The more details Yvette adds to her sugar skull, the more memories that keep coming to her head. She begins to remember her dead grandmother; the memory of her two miscarriages gets her teary-eyed.

“I’ve lost a couple babies. It’s a form of healing in a way,” said Yvette, who, together with her husband, Michael, spent a recent Saturday afternoon decorating sugar skulls in honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. I wanted to show my husband a little more of our traditions. Plus, I thought it would be something fun for us to do together.”

Irene Marquez and Sierra Kriss decorating a sugar skull.

For the past four years, Maribel Siman-DeLucca and her husband, Claudio, have been organizing sugar skull and paper mache decorating workshops at Back from Tomboctou, their retail and wholesale warehouse where they sell Latin American folk art.

“People come to the workshops for different reasons,” said Siman-DeLucca, as she taught 18 adults, teenagers, and children how to make and decorate the traditional sugar skulls. “It’s a fun ritual and some people use it as an opportunity to share our traditions with other people.”

Día de los Muertos began as an Aztec celebration and originally took place in August. Skeletons and skulls were used as symbols for death and rebirth. Instead of fearing death, the Aztecs embraced it and considered it a passage to a higher level of consciousness. When the Spaniards came and Christianized the Aztecs, they incorporated the symbols of the crucifix and devil into the celebration, which the Spaniards moved to November 1st and 2nd to coincide with the Dia de Todos los Santos (All Hallows Eve). 

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Edward Roybal Was a Pioneer
A Tribute
By John P. Schmal
Congressman Edward Roybal was a pioneer. Ed Roybal had the unique and tenacious qualities that most of us wish we had. In some ways, it was not surprising that he was a pioneer, Roybal belonged to the “Greatest Generation.” Like many other men in his age bracket, he had served in World War II and came back with new and grandiose ideas about the way things should be.

  • Hispanic Caucus Mourns Passing of Caucus Co-Founder
    Rep. Edward Ross Roybal
    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) mourns the passing of a great man, the Honorable Edward Ross Roybal — one of the CHC’s founding members, it first chair and a tough champion of the Latino community. Rep. Roybal, who in 1963 became the first Latino from California to serve in Congress since 1879 and whose total dedication and vision carved a wide path of advocacy for Hispanics in the U.S.

  • Statement by Speaker Fabian Nuñez on the Passing of Former Congressman Ed Roybal
    Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez made the following statement regarding the passing of former Congressman Ed Roybal:

El archivo móvil de InSite visita la Junta de Conciliación y Arbitraje de Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El archivo móvil transfronterizo del proyecto artístico InSite realizó una parada el pasado martes 18 de octubre frente el edificio de la Junta Federal de Conciliación y Arbitraje (JFCyA) instancia que está llevando a cabo el juicio laboral de los empleados de la maquiladora Industria Fronteriza despedidos injustificadamente hace más de tres años.


South Bay school district faces budget reductions –again
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Located in the southwestern corner of the United States, the South Bay Union School District has a unique position in San Diego’s educational panorama.

Distrito escolar de South Bay enfrenta reducciones en el presupuesto –una vez más
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Ubicado en la parte suroeste de Estados Unidos, el Distrito Escolar South Bay Union tiene una posición única en el panorama educativo de San Diego.

School Matters – Legal Settlement Gives California Parents A Chance To Reform School
By Adrian Angulo, Roslyn Broadnax, Earlene Elzy, Naomi Haywood and Hekima Jaliwa
LOS ANGELES—It’s been just over a year since California state legislators finalized key provisions for the settlement of Williams v. California, a lawsuit brought forth to hold the state accountable for schools that failed to provide qualified teachers, sufficient instructional materials and safe, uncrowded classrooms, particularly to low-income students of color.

Graduate degree is closer than you think
Project 1000 helps underrepresented students with the application process.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Mercedes Cepeda-Lorenzo is eager to go into graduate school.

Programas graduados más cerca de lo que piensa
Project 1000 asiste a personas minoritarias en el proceso
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Mercedes Cepeda-Lorenzo tiene muchos deseos de entrar a un programa graduado.

La Academia Fiesta Mexicana de San Ysidro Celebrará un Aniversario Más de su Fundación
Por: Paco Zavala
La Academia de Música y Canto “Fiesta Mexicana”, con domicilio en San Ysidro, en la Smythe Elementary School está organizando un evento para celebrar un año más de su fundación y de prestar servicios educativos musicales a la comunidad sanisidrense.

Mexico del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
El voto único
Hace años, la revista catalana Nueva Dimensión, dedicada a publicar buenas obras de Ciencia Ficción, sacó una historia donde las estadísticas estaban tan desarrolladas, que se eliminaba la elección popular del presidente de Estados Unidos. Gracias a la magia del promedio, la Junta Electoral podía encontrar a un solo ciudadano que representaba exactamente la opinión y el sentir de absolutamente toda la ciudadanía, y con que él solo depositara su voto, se sabía inmediatamente quien debía ser presidente, y todo el mundo estaban de acuerdo.

Border Round-up/Political News
Felipe’s the PAN’s Man
The battle for the presidential nomination of Mexican President Vicente Fox’s National Action Party (PAN) is over. In the third round of primary voting on Sunday, October 23, partisans of the center-right party chose former Fox cabinet official Felipe Calderon as their presidential standard-bearer for 2006. Winning about 58 percent of the vote, Calderon trounced rivals Santiago Creel and Alberto Cardenas, whose “dark horse” campaign failed to rally. One-time favorite Creel chalked up only about 24 percent of the vote, while Cardenas came in just shy of 18 percent of the ballots.

Operation Gobble Alert
Since 1992, I have led successful efforts to provide for struggling California families during the holiday season. The success of the Operation Gobble program can be attributed to the many generous, energetic and caring people across the state who have come forward to share their time and resources. However, far too many families still go hungry during what should be a time of sharing. Therefore, I welcome your involvement in Operation Gobble 2005, our 13th year of feeding the hungry.


The Hispanic Choice for Mayor of San Diego
For the Hispanic, Latino, Chicano, Mexican American voters, the choice for the next mayor of San Diego, you would presume, would be a no brainer. So why do we feel so uncomfortable with the choices on the ballot? Of the two candidates, Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders, Councilwoman Frye would seem to be the logical choice in that there is a sense that she is more aligned with the Hispanic liberal voter. Former Police Chief Sanders comes with heavy baggage. He is aligned with ultra Conservative Right -Wing Republicans who have made a shambles out of San Diego.

El Candidato Hispano Para Alcalde de San Diego
Para los votantes Hispanos, Latinos, Chicanos, Mexicanoamericanos, el candidato a ser el próximo alcalde de San Diego, uno se imaginaría que fuera muy fácil. ¿Entonces por qué nos sentimos tan a desagusto con los candidatos en la balota? De los dos candidatos, Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders, Concejal Frye sería la candidata lógica ya que hay un sentido que es más alineada al votante liberal Hispano. El antiguo Jefe de Policía Sanders viene con equipaje. Está alineado como un Republicano con-servador de hueso colorado, quien ya la ha regado en San Diego.

The Triumph and Tradegy of Rosa Parks
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
There were two defining moments in Rosa Parks’ life. One was monumental and heroic, and the world honors and cherishes her for it. That of course, was her refusal to budge from her seat in the white section of a Montgomery bus in 1955. The other moment was tragic, a day in 1994 when a drugged-out young black man beat her in her Detroit home and stole $53.

La “LatinoAmericanización” de Estados Unidos
Por: Manuel R. Villacorta O.
El economista jesuita Xavier Gorostiaga, ex rector de la Universidad de Centro América (UCA) de Nicaragua, se ha caracterizado por exponer con radicalidad sus criterios referentes a la situación social y económica del mundo, enfatizando y condenando siempre la realidad social de América Latina. Fuerte crítico de las políticas económicas impulsadas por los países desarrollados y los organismos financieros internacionales. Una de sus varias hipótesis -que presentó hace más de dos décadas- exponía que Estados Unidos se transformaría cada vez más en un país influenciado por la cultura latinoamericana.

Hispanic Caucus Urges President to Embrace Latino Supreme Court Nomination
With the announcement that Harriet Miers has withdrawn from the Supreme Court judicial nomination process, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) called on President Bush to make the American people a priority above special interests and personal loyalty. The CHC once again called on him to consider a qualified Latino dedicated to equal justice and a fair judicial system. With Hispanics representing 14 percent of the total U.S. population, the CHC reiterates the importance of having the highest court in the land reflect the growing diversity of the nation.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Provisions Needed in the Patriot Act
As conference committees meet to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization and the Defense Department Appropriations bills, I urge you to push for the inclusion of key provisions of the Senate bills in their final versions.

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

Event honors San Diego Presidio
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When we think about the American Revolution, most of the time we think about the 13 original colonies.

Your One-Stop Shopping Place for Día de los Muertos
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
If this Día de los Muertos you want to honor your ancestors or those loved ones who have died, at Mercado Municipal, on Calle Segunda, in Downtown Tijuana, you’ll be able to find all the materials you need to build an altar where you pay tribute on November 2.

Encuentre todo para el Día de los Muertos en este mercado
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Si este Día de Muertos usted quiere honrar a sus antepasados o seres queridos que han fallecido, en el Mercado Municipal, en la Calle Segunda, en el centro de Tijuana, usted podrá encontrar todos los materiales que se necesitan para construir un altar donde se rinda tributo este 2 de noviembre.

Where Halloween came from
By Ana Hernandez-Bravo
The candy has been bought, separated and in a bowl ready to hand out, the costumes are ready down to their last detail, the haunted houses are ready to deliver their last big scare. The Halloween celebrations seem to put an end to summer and officially welcome the cool crisp fall season.

El legendario bajista cubano Cachao visita la frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El incomparable maestro de la música cubana Israel López “Cachao”, visitó la ciudad de San Diego para realizar concierto a beneficio de la organización nolucrativa MHS la noche del viernes 21 de octubre y para una presentación especial como en el Centro Cultural Tijuana el sábado 22, como parte de su Festival de Otoño.

El final está cerca
‘Doom’ es una gran apuesta para las películas basadas en video juegos
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Se puede preguntar a los principales realizadores de Hollywood cual es el futuro del cine y la gran mayoría vendrán con una sola respuesta: los video juegos. Esta voraz industria, la de mayor crecimiento en el área de entretenimiento en los últimos años parece estar dando la hora en lo que se refiere al arte y estilo del comienzo del siglo XXI.

Saw II más grande, sangrienta y gorica
La segunda parte puede llegar a niveles de repugnancia entre el publico
Por Jose Daniel Bort
El año pasado, Saw fue la pequeña película que pudo. Concebida por un par de casi desconocidos Australianos y por apenas un millón de dólares, la cinta de horror llegó a hacer más de cien millones de dólares globalmente. Por supuesto, la distribuidora Lions Gate comisiono la segunda parte al día siguiente de ver sus retornos en las arcas.

Star Wars Episode III. The Revenge of the Sith.
Latino Press Services
Después de un increíble record de taquilla y mostrando un excelente final de la trilogía, “La Guerra de las Galaxias” se termina de destacar con este increíble DVD que estará disponible al publico a partir de Noviembre Primero por $29.98

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Bullfighting: The Most Misunderstood and Controversial Performing Art
You sit in the stands, waiting. Suddenly, a shrill trumpet sends a shiver of excitement down your spine. Then, a half ton of horned fury explodes into the arena and attempts to destroy everything in sight. For the next couple of hours, you will witness a pageant of life and death that has existed, in one form or another, more than 2,000 years.

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