HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest
- HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest Sept. 1-6, 2003
COLUMNISTS, COMMENTARY & NEWS
California Latinos will not vote for Bustamante just because he is Latino -
By Patrick Osio, Jr.
Some Republicans are putting the word out to California Latinos - don't be
racist, don't vote for Bustamante just because he's Latino. Let's hope they
don't really think that's going to work. Kind of like in Massachusetts,
Irish-Americans or in New York, Italian-Americans, or Polish-Americans in Illinois don't
vote for their own. Of course not, everyone knows good citizens only vote for
the best candidate no matter what race, ethnicity, or even political party
he/she may represent.
By Carl J. Luna
Rest easy, my fellow Californians. Yes, I know, the rest of the country is
laughing at us. Where but in California, could you have a movie star, child TV
star and porn star on the same ballot? It makes even Floridian or Texan
politics seem the height of propriety by comparison. Do not lose heart, however. As
the frivolity of summer fades into autumn somberness , we will get beyond the
shock and awe of our Terminator candidacy and then, "once we get beyond this
circus," to quote Senator Dianne Feinstein, we will finally have an informed,
adult conversation about the issues and problems that threaten to turn the
Golden State into a lump of brass. Then the rest of the country will once again
respect California, the cradle of rational policy debate.
The Bustamante Bamba
By Fernando Oaxaca
HispanicVista.com "Para bailár la bamba, se necesita una poca de grácia!"
Those are the first few words of a world famous Mexican song. "To dance the
bamba, you need a little bit of grace!" Long before you ever heard of Cruz
Bustamante, they were playing and singing "La Bamba" in Veracruz, that beautiful port
city in southeastern Mexico.
Saving Immigrants with Water?
By Domenico Maceri
Several months ago 18 migrants died of suffocation in a trailer at a truck
stop in South Texas. The trailer was insulated for refrigeration but it was
either not turned on or it was not working. In all likelihood it was an accident…
No one wants to cause people to die. Yet, the vandals who destroyed a water
station on the Mexico-Arizona border could become responsible for people dying of
By Steven J. Ybarra JD
Once, a long time ago in a galaxy far away, I was in New Orleans doing civil
rights work. There was an old woman who told your future; it cost a buck.
Seemed pretty cheap for the reading, so I said, "Sure." She pulled out a bag of
chicken bones, tossed them up in the air, and watched as they fell to the
ground. I asked, "What do they say?" She hemmed and hawed around for a minute, gave
me my dollar back, and walked away.
Hispanics - take your pick: Arnold or Cruz
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
Almost one in five California voters eligible to vote in the October 7th
Recall Governor Davis election are Hispanic, mostly Mexican American. As of this
writing, over 52% of Hispanics most likely to vote are voting yes to recall the
COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez.
Drinking and the Moral Hangover Editor's note: This is a first-person column
by Patrisia Gonzales. My dad couldn't fight the disease of the drinking
spirits -- maybe an allergy to European grains in Indian blood. Why he drank was
another matter, part of the "smoking mirror" he could not face -- shell shock
from World War II and Korea, or maybe the stress of being a rebellious brown man
castrated by Jim Crow-era Texas. I was the one who stood up to Smoking Mirror.
Si...! There is more to Mexico's efforts to seduce its runaway children!
By Ricardo Castañón
In Mexico City newspapers, a note by Olga R. Rodriguez/Associated Press,
states the following: "Migrants from the Mexican state of Zacatecas living in the
US will be able to vote and run for election in their home state thanks to a
constitutional amendment recently approved by the state's congress. The new
electoral law lets migrants vote in state elections and eliminates the one-year
residency requirement for those who want to seek a position in state
government. The change also allows first-generation Zacatecans born in the US, to run
for office and vote. 'This law serves to recognize the political rights of
migrants.' said Zacatecas Gov. Ricardo Monreal who was in Mexico City to discuss
migration issues with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. The law allows migrants to
run for most state positions except the governor's office; two of thirty state
congress seats will be allotted to migrants, Monreal said."
Reading the news.
By Richard Baldwin
Once upon a time on Sunday mornings, there were radio programs in which the
comics were read for the young audience. Today, we are reviewing the news, but
not the funny papers. This is not for children.
A Mexican's Perspective
Finally a reasonable starting point to solving immigration issues.
By Carlos Luken
Not since the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001 has a realistic and enlightened
direction been introduced to guide the effort of attempting to solve what has been
a huge and irreconcilable predicament between the US and Mexico.
Texas A&M - 2 day conference on diversity in business and Government
organizations. National Latino Labor Youth Caucus conference September 11-13, 2003
"August 29" Live Community Theater in Boyle Heights (Los Angeles) August 29
through September 21, 2003 MAPA Special Endorsement Convention - California Recall
LETTERS TO EDITOR
Chismes De Mi Gallinero MEChA-Do About Nuthin!
By Julio C. Calderon
Hay Dios! This California Recall is getting really crazy now. The Ultra-Right
is going after Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante over his membership in the Movimiento
Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) during his two years at California
State University, Fresno. I am afraid that before this brief election is over,
Bustamante will also have to explain his membership in the Mexican American
Political Association (MAPA). After all, MAPA's creed is the increased
participation of Mexican Americans in the electoral process and the election of same to
public office. Is this also evidence of a Mexican takeover of the California?
Fair and Unbalanced Racism By: Rodolfo F. Acuna
Fox News and the O'Reilly factor have touched off a tempest in the proverbial
teapot by denouncing California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for not renouncing
his affiliation with a Chicano student organization of which he was a member in
the 1970s. These so-called journalists equate MEChA with the Klu Klux Klan
and violence, which at a time of general hysteria over terrorism is
Whose Civil Rights Movement? 40 Years after the Dream
By Steven Rosenfeld
As the nation knows, California politics can be odd. But nothing in this
recall-dominated season is stranger than the rhetoric-versus-reality of the other
question on the October 7th ballot, Proposition 54, which would ban the state
from collecting race-based statistics. Backers seek "a color-blind" society.
They want "government to treat all citizens equally and without regard to
race." They say the state should set the first example. They quote President John
F. Kennedy: "Race has no place in America"; Thurgood Marshall, who called
racial classifications "odious" as the NAACP's lawyer in Brown v. Board of
Education; and Dr. Martin Luther King, who hoped people 'would not be judged by the
color of their skin but by the content of their character."
In his words: October 1997 Keep Big Brother's hands off the Internet
By Senator John Ashcroft
Republican, Missouri - Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on
Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce and Tourism
The Internet provides a great opportunity to our country, in part by
representing the most inviting form of communication ever developed. It draws people
together from all corners of the globe to share and communicate on an
unprecedented level, and brings all branches of government closer to the public that
Parents Should Know That Lactose-Free Milk - Is Available in Schools for
Lactose Intolerant Children
By Sandra Bernardo
These days, parents not only have to think about the quality of education
their children are receiving in school but also the quality of meals as the topic
of school lunches is being heavily debated. With studies showing that more
and more children are overweight, school lunches have come under scrutiny for
their high fat content and low nutritional benefits. Also under debate are
alternative beverage options. Milk is one of the best beverage choices for children
because it is a great source of calcium and provides other nutrients.
However, some children, including Hispanic children, are not able to enjoy this
healthy drink at school. Why?
Affirmative Action From Inside the Classroom
By Saba Bireda
I can't process big thoughts anymore. Since becoming a seventh-grade English
teacher a year ago, my thoughts have been limited to things like the most
exciting ways to present subject-verb agreement to my classes. I woke up in a cold
sweat one night wondering if my "Preposition Song" was too corny for my kids
in Southeast Washington, D.C. The least of my worries have been macro-level
policy decisions that seem worlds away from my students even though they are
made down the street. Lately The New York Times has paled in interest to me as
compared to what's happening on That's So Raven.
Blackboard Bungle Insane and Racist
By Steve Dunleavy
New York Post
When a principal of a school pleads with you not to identify him, you might
think you're in Saddam Hussein's back yard and not here in the garden of
democracy. "The [teachers] union could not only stop curriculum here, but they could
make me irrelevant and, in the end, get me ousted," the principal said.
USA Today - Op-Ed
Give ex-prisoners a voice
Numbers released this month by the Justice Department document that 5.6
million Americans a full 2.7% of the population have been in prison at some point.
Black men have a one in three chance of serving time, twice the rate for
Hispanic men and nearly six times the rate for white males. (new) -
CB - a deadly decease is killing me.
By Erika Robles
I can see her walking up and down the room, while I lie uncomfortably on the
hospital bed. She looks anxious, worried, and irritated. It's hard to tell if
she's in this state because of me or because she knows she will miss her
Tupperware party this evening. My eyes follow all her movements, as there's nothing
else to do in this all white room. I can see there's a TV set and wonder if
she plans to turn it on soon. Doctors come every hour or so; they inspect me
with instruments hard to name or even describe; write down instructions on the
chart and leave.
Bringing up baby bilingual - As the world grows smaller, many parents want
their children to learn a second language or to retain the family's ancestral
Tell us your language lessons
Baltimore schools fail MSA standards - District also misses mark in
Exams reveal racial divide, math troubles - Black students trailing whites in
Balto. County; Middle school scores decline - scoring no better than limited
English skill classmates
Foreign students get help with transition to Broward schools
Bustamante accepts UFW support at site where Robert Kennedy embraced Cesar
Chavez in 1968 - Arnold on wrong side of farm worker battle
Davis and Recall Candidates Rip Schwarzenegger
LULAC Orange County Defends California Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante and MEChA
Labor leaders vow help to Davis - Arnold stomps with much fanfare
Hollywood celebrities eerily quiet on support of opposition to Arnold
Hispanic voters grow to 16 percent of voters in California, could hold the
key to election.
Citizenship and Voting
Bush creates post to nurture needs of manufacturing sector in states crucial
to his reelection.
Minority buying power expected to rise
Data Report on Status of Children in Puerto Rico Points to Opportunities and
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President, George Herrera, Honored
With Mickey Leland Award
North American Development Bank signs $4 million loan for air quality project
in Agua Prieta, Sonora
After Supreme Court decision, U. of Michigan adopts new admission policy, but
retains race as factor.
In Houston 'Conexion Latina' TV program to Promote Technology Resources to
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America: Family Day,
September 22, 2003
Ford Health on Wheels Program - expands van donation program to Hispanic
healthcare centers in the US
Cancer of the lips, cheek, palate and tongue can be fatal - look for the signs
Cleaning tropical fish tank could lead to bacterial skin infection
Mexicans in US send more money home than foreign investment or the country's
State of the Nation speech: Mexico's Fox Acknowledges 'Huge' Hurdles
Twenty Percent of Detained Tijuana Motorists Offer Bribes to Police
Mexico City zero tolerance campaign, cracks down on Beetle cabs notorious
passenger crime traps
Zero Tolerance Comes to Mexico City, Courtesy of Rudy Giuliani When Cops Are
Mexican Border Killings Going South
Suffolk County declares September 15 Central American Day
Three charged in immigrant fraud case
100 suspicious visa applications lead to one of nation's largest immigration
Man could pay up to $6.25M for alien worker fraud
Ten sets of bodies exhumed from military base grounds in Guatemala
Guatemala Public Announcement
Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International 28 August
2003 - Peru: Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report -- an essential step
towards truth, justice and reconciliation
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