Saturday - Sep 22, 2018

Calendar & Tourism

  • Mexico — beautiful, beloved and broke –– except for Carlos Slim

    by Andy Porras

       México lindo y querido — beautiful and beloved, as the old ballad proclaims — is also a land of depressing disparity. It is, as a recent study sizes up, almost 50 percent dirt poor.

       Then, too, Mexico is the home of the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu. His family came to Mexico from Lebanon just before the 1911 Mexican Revolution.  

       Is there something wrong with this picture? Many Mexicans, rich or poor, think so.

  • Once again, GOP ignores its expanding ‘Hispanic deficit’

    by Raúl Reyes

       From César Chávez’s 1960s boycotts to the immigrants rights movements of today, Sí se puede has long been a stock phrase in Hispanic politics.  While it translates as “Yes, we can,” the real message has always been greater.  Sí se puede means we’ll fight the good fight, we’ll persevere, we’ll never give up.  

       These three words are routinely invoked everywhere from high school assemblies to presidential campaigns.  It’s the Latino call to action.

  • The other drug war

    by José de la Isla

    MEXICO CITY — Not everyone knows but perhaps they should. The New World people conquered Europe beginnin­g in the 16th century with their fresh fruits, vegetables, condiments and confections. Sugar was one of them.

    The other thing that most of us don’t think about too much is that sugar became as addictive as heroin. It went from a luxury to a necessity to a mind- and body-altering food. Over the last five centuries, sugar consumption has come to be virtually measured in terms of mountains instead of teaspoons.

  • After marathon meeting, ken burns, Latinos come to terms

    by José de la Isla

    In what some key advocates view as a major breakthrough in the Latino community’s confrontation with PBS over Ken Burns’ upcoming TV documentary on World War II, Burns has approved a five-point statement agreeing to add new material on Hispanic veterans within the body of the documentary, significantly changing his 14-hour film.

    The documentary, titled "The War," consists of seven two-hour segments. It is scheduled to air beginning Sept. 23.

  • The Mexican bar exam – Isabel’s choice

    by Adam Saytanides

    MEXICO CITY – Mexico has to clean up corruption before the nation can develop its economy, confront organized crime, and staunch the flow of immigrants north. But this won’t happen overnight.

    The practice of paying a mordida, or bribe, is just too deeply ingrained.

    In Mexico, it seems to seep into every aspect of life.

  • A chance to share in the American dream

    by Ricardo Sánchez

    Following massive demonstrations across the country in 2006 for comprehensive immigration reform, the most visible result has been militarization of the border, Congressional approval of a 700-mile fence between the United States and Mexico, and a more tentative, nervous U.S. Congress.

  • The day when government raiders took away Hailey Cristina’s mother

    by Antonio DaCruz

    Three generations of my family — my mother, my sister and my niece — celebrated Mother’s Day with mixed emotions: joy and relief at being together, but fearful about the future. We have not had peace of mind since my sister Sandra was detained after a workplace raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in New Bedford in March.

  • My conversation with 8-year-old international pawn

    ­by Esther J. Cepeda

    As Mother’s Day approached, I sat with eight-year-old Saúl in the courtyard of St. Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where he lives with his mother, Elvira Arellano, who has avoided the reach of U.S. immigration officials for nine months now.

    Away from a small group of other parishioners who were also enjoying a barbecue lunch, we engaged in some serious conversation.

  • ‘The war continues

    by Jorge Mariscal

    PBS and Ken Burns still don’t get it.

    After months of negotiations with Latino advocacy groups, academics, veterans and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the powers that be at PBS and their house director Ken Burns fail to understand the real issues at stake in Burns’ exclusion of the Latino experience in his World War II documentary “The War.”

    In an article published May 5 in The New York Times, Burns continued to make self-aggrandizing and ignorant statements.

  • Bernal Preschool unveils study on Preschool/Learning Center

    ­by Mauricio Vela

    Bernal Preschool Parents & Supporters Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by releasing seven month feasibility study for New Bernal Preschool/Learning Center.

    Over the past eight months, with the financial support provided Supervisor Ammiano’s office, the Bernal Preschool committee with participation and support of parents, community members, childcare experts, elected and appointed officials has examined three options to ensure that Bernal Preschool remains in our Community Hub.