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    HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest for Oct. 17-23, 2003 COLUMNISTS & COMMENTARY SECTION HISPANICVISTA COLUMNISTS Use Goals to Guide By Michael G. Santos
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 21, 2003
      HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest for Oct. 17-23, 2003
      Use Goals to Guide
      By Michael G. Santos
      In last week's article I described recidivists as those people who return to
      prison after their release from a previous period of confinement. Statistics
      vary on precise definitions, but it is generally understood that at least six
      out of every ten people who serve time return to confinement for some reason or
      other after their initial release. The new arrest may come within days after
      release, or perhaps not for several years. The point is that too many
      prisoners waste their time in prison. When they do, they simultaneously condition
      themselves to fail in society. I know, because not only have I lived as federal
      prisoner since 1987, I also have studied and written about it extensively.

      Minorities and the Media
      By Erika Robles
      Our perceptions of people from different nationalities and races have often
      been formed by images from the media: films, music, newspapers, magazines -but
      mostly from TV news. The same way overseas media often portrays
      White-Americans as fat, ignorant about what's happening outside the US, naïve, and loud, the
      US media portrays African-Americans as "criminals," Hispanic Americans as
      "illegal aliens," Arab Americans as "terrorists" and Native Americans as "lazy."

      Latino Dreams: An American Story
      By Manuel Hernández/HispanicVista.com
      Several thousand years ago, there was a young man who had a dream. He was the
      youngest of eleven brothers and the dearest and beloved of his parents. His
      brothers worked outdoors attending the flock while he stayed indoors
      safeguarded by his parents. One day, he dreamed that his family would reverence him and
      that through divine knowledge, he would save the world from famine and
      disaster. His father scolded him, and his brothers plotted to kill him. As a
      consequence, he was sold by his brothers as a slave and sent to a far and distant

      The Mayor's Road Show
      By Richard Baldwin/HispanicVista.com
      A while back, the Mayor of Ectapec, a suburb of Mexico (City), discovered
      that his predecessor was making $540,000 USD per year as the mayor of that gritty
      suburb. The new mayor cut his salary down to a more reasonable $108,000 USD.
      He was listening to his people who had voted out the previous political party

      By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez --- In Defense of the Earth, Sun
      and Moon
      Editor's note: This is a first-person column by Roberto Rodriguez.
      It's long been said that all's fair in love and war. Maybe so. However,
      during California's recent recall love-fest, a great disservice by the nation's
      media was unfairly visited upon the national student organization MEChA, or
      Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan. During the recall, Lt. Gov. Cruz
      Bustamante was excoriated by both politicians and the media because he refused to
      denounce MEChA, an organization he was part of in the 1970s. For a decade MEChA
      has raised the ire of extremist organizations such as Voice of Citizens
      Together/American Patrol. That they would label MEChA as racist or separatist, yet
      find themselves listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, should
      have ended this discussion. But it didn't.

      California: Going Republican?
      By Domenico Maceri
      Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as governor of California looks like a good
      omen for George Bush's chances of carrying California in 2004. When you add
      Tom McClintock and Schwarzenegger's votes, the two Republican candidates for
      governor, you come up with a total of 62% (13% and 49% respectively) of all the
      ballots cast by Californians in the recent recall election. With a Republican
      governor in Sacramento, will Bush win the Golden State's 55 electoral votes in
      the next presidential election?

      Bill Lockyer Is Out of the Closet!
      By Steven J. Ybarra JD
      My Pop went paws up a couple of years ago; but before he did, he made me take
      him down to the county registrar so he could vote in the 2000 United States
      Presidential Primary. After his death, when I went through his stuff, just
      behind his driver's license and the card that tells you who to call when you go
      paws up, I found his Democratic National Committee membership card.

      The University's Ivory Tower Crumbles
      By Raoul Lowery Contreras
      The image of a university administrator insolently barking at the Chairman of
      the University of California Board of Regents reveals beyond anything written
      here how arrogant the University of California is and how it needs reform.

      A Mexican's Perspective
      Considerations on the art of communicating with Mexico.
      By Carlos Luken
      One of the dictionary's definitions of communication is: "The interchange of
      thoughts and information," consequently to communicate one needs to give and
      interchange data. In this explanation there is a clear and implicit connection
      in which the parties, both communicators and audience, are active members in a
      system along with information, opinion and concepts.

      Si! ...it is only a matter of Time!
      By Ricardo Castañón
      A school teacher is trying to explain to her fifth graders the concept of
      time. She juggles the images of a sundial, an hourglass, the rotation of the
      planets in the Solar system, etceteras. She is very eloquent; she captures the
      total attention of her class. The mental energy buildup is so intense the
      blackboard becomes a vacuuming vortex. Her hair is drawn to it, then her scarf,
      pencils, papers, and even books start flying towards the spinning tornado in
      reverse. The children are not afraid or scared at all, they are saying - yeah! yeah!
      (A Four Part Series: Exposing the Dark Side of Immigration Reform groups)
      PART I: CAPS & the Southern Poverty Law Center.
      Anti-immigration: Hate in CAPS & Gowns/ By Chavez
      You may have noticed some of the many recent TV and radio ads from
      "Californians for Population Stabilization" (CAPS), some of which feature a young boy
      precociously pondering the root causes of grave problems in California:
      population expansion, sub-par and over-crowded school facilities, and automobile
      traffic (he left out universal health care and world peace). Any guesses about
      which group(s) CAPS targets as primary causes and primary contributors to these
      and other problems (health, environment, crime, energy scarcity and costs, water
      supply, taxes, and national security viz. terrorism)? Is it Al-Qaeda? Is it
      Sadaam Hussein and his Bathists? Is it radical Near Eastern Jihadist Moslems?
      Wrong - the scapegoats and prey are "immigrants", particularly and especially
      Hispanics, in Californian and the U.S.A. as a whole.

      Chismes de Mi Gallinero:
      (Gossip From My Chicken Coop)
      California Recall: The Aftermath Or What Now for California?
      By Julio C. Calderon
      What Democrats thought was there -- was not, and what Republicans thought
      wasn¹t there -- was… Democrats said the recall election was an act against
      democracy. They turned blind eyes and deaf ears to what the very citizens of the
      Republic of California were saying no were shouting at them.

      Latinos and the Recall
      By Raul Damas
      As has been the case in most recent elections, Latinos were the most-watched
      voting group of California's recall election. In its aftermath, both parties
      would do well to examine how Latinos voted and how these results should inform
      Republican and Democrats' future efforts to attract Hispanic voters.

      Immigration Delays Could Cost Bush Latino Votes in 2004
      By Morton M. Kondracke
      If the 2004 election is another squeaker, President Bush could lose it by
      failing to follow through on his promise to help undocumented Hispanic immigrants
      gain legal status. Polls indicate that Latino voters regard immigration as a
      litmus test issue - the way blacks do civil rights, one expert said - and Bush
      shows signs of losing once-promising support. Meantime, Democratic
      presidential candidates and Members of Congress - with some assistance from Republicans
      - are moving to seize the immigration issue that Bush so far has dropped. Bush
      can recoup - and some GOP strategists say he must - by showing renewed
      interest (or even taking leadership) in helping illegal immigrants become legalized
      and securing U.S. borders at the same time.

      An Italian who fought in Mexico for the Mexican downtrodden: Giuseppe
      "Peppino" Garibaldi
      Much can be said about Italians fighting for the oppressed, unlike the Sons
      of Italy, New Generation and Tom Tancredo who choose to be oppressors of the
      indigenous. Everyone is familiar with Giuseppe Garibaldi and his building of the
      new and present Italy. But little is known of his namesake son "Peppino"
      Garibaldi. He fought alongside the oppressed during the Mexican revolution, on the
      side of the "Colorados," who carried a blood red flag as they attacked the
      federalist troops to over throw Porfirio Diaz of Mexico between 1910 and 1920.
      The "Colorados" were fighting years of oppression, poverty, and the trampled
      pride of the common people of Mexico. "Peppino" Garibaldi fought with them to
      improve their working conditions and wages. When foreigners control and wanted
      to take their land away, Garibaldi was there to help the oppressed.

      Immigrant Success or Stagnation?: Confronting the Claim of Latino
      By Walter A. Ewing, Ph.D. and Benjamin Johnson.
      A question that arises repeatedly in the immigration debate is whether or not
      the children and grandchildren of modern-day immigrants from Latin America
      are moving up the socioeconomic ladder like the descendants of European
      immigrants who came to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries…

      Mr. Bolivian President - Resign!
      By Larry Birns
      Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
      President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is under no obligation to resign from
      office, but he would be performing an act of great service to the welfare of his
      fellow Bolivians should he be wise enough to do so. First and foremost, the
      prospect of an unconstitutional coup d'etat in Bolivia is intolerable and would
      represent a dangerous blow to democracy in Latin America. --- (Note: as the
      issue was going to 'press' Sanchez de Lozada resigned in Bolivia)

      Bolivians against Bolivians
      Op-Ed from New York Post
      No one asks to be born in a poor country with a history of tyranny and
      instability. But there are times when Third World peoples are truly their own worst
      enemy. And right now in Bolivia - the poorest country in all of Latin America
      - there are people fighting to remain poor…Over the last month anti-government
      demonstrators have turned the capital La Paz into a war zone in an effort to
      stop a $5 billion gas pipeline to Chile, and secondarily to bring down
      President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.

      Bush's Cuban quandary
      By John Hughes
      While President Bush has been focused on troublesome problems in far-off
      Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, he is paying new attention to Cuba,
      which could cause election-year problems in his own backyard…Bush's new interest
      in Cuba comes at a time when there is evidence of a policy split between Fidel
      Castro and his hard-line supporters on the one hand, and, on the other, a
      group of well-placed officials and military men who favor a softer line at home
      and a warmer relationship with the US.

      Editorial excerpt from:
      Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, Sweden, on Cuba:
      About 3,000 people born in Cuba live in Sweden, but despite its name, the
      Swedish-Cuban Association is an association without Cubans.

      What's The Big Idea?
      By Patrick Doherty
      The Oct. 11 article from The New York Times Magazine, "Notion Building,"
      described the crux of the debate within the Democratic Party: big idea or
      precision messaging. So far the candidates have universally failed to generate any big
      idea, instead combining a jumble of little ideas with tactical messaging.
      Now, the New York Times confirms that six months away from the general elections,
      John Podesta's "best and brightest" at the new Center for American Progress
      are likewise scratching their heads.

      Death Penalty: Cases and developments 2003
      International Secretariat of Amnesty
      International Thousands of men and women are on death rows around the world,
      waiting to be executed by the state. Amnesty Internationals members are
      constantly writing to governments raising theirs concerns, calling for the prisoners
      death sentences to be commuted. Here follows a few of these cases.

      (Commentary from a monolingual American who doesn't like Mexican food, and
      resents immigrants couldn't speak English)
      Looking for America in Chicago
      By Herbert Londo
      n Recently I was asked to give a speech at the Midwest Conference Center in
      the Melrose Park section of Chicago. What I experienced, however, had little to
      do with the Midwest and a lot to do with Mexico.

      Remarks by Condoleezza Rice - Assistant to the President for National
      Security Affairs -To the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
      (sic)…We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September
      11th attacks. Yet the possibility remained that he might use his weapons of
      mass destruction or that terrorists might acquire such weapons from his regime,
      to mount a future attack far beyond the scale of 9/11. This terrible prospect
      could not be ignored or wished away. President Bush put it this way: "Some have
      said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists
      and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before
      they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all
      actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the
      sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an
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