Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
April 2001April 6th | Listen to the program
GROWING LATINO POPULATION IN GEORGIA - According to recent Census 2000 results, Georgia is one of the states with the greatest increase in Latino population in the nation. But not everyone has welcomed these new residents. This week, a white supremacist organization filed a lawsuit against the government of Georgia for allowing Latinos to settle indiscriminately in the northern part of the state. The lawsuit was followed by a public demonstration. Noticiero Latino contributor Patricia Ramos has the details.
INCREASED LATINO SEGREGATION IN THE UNITED STATES - After analyzing the preliminary results of Census 2000, various experts conclude that the growing Latino population in the United States is more segregated than even ten years ago. Angela Arboleda, civil rights policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, the principal Latino organization in the nation, speaks with Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco about some of the measures that must be taken to end this segregation which is harmful not only to Latinos but to the population in general.
WRITER JOSE SARAMAGO TOURS LATIN AMERICA - One of the great writers of the 20th century, Portugal's Jose Saramago, recently toured Latin America to present his new novel, La Caverna (The Cavern). On his stop in Mexico, and in an exclusive interview for Noticiero Latino, Saramago decried the consumerism that has overtaken modern man. The way to salvation, according to the veteran writer, is to go back to working for the benefit of the community. Correspondent Raul Silva has this report from Mexico.
April 13th | Listen to the program
VILLARAIGOSA AND HAHN SQUARE OFF IN L.A. - Of fifteen candidates in last Tuesday's mayoral election in Los Angeles, only two made it to the June 5th run-off. Former speaker of the State Assembly and East L.A. native Antonio Villaraigosa surged to first place with 30% of the vote. L.A. attorney James Hahn captured 25% of the vote, giving him a second place finish. To gain the lead, Villaraigosa benefited from a significant increase in voting among Latinos, the majority of whom supported him. But Villaraigosa also gained support beyond the Latino community, especially from a growing union movement, as correspondent Ruben Tapia explains.
MEXICO DEBATES PRESIDENT FOX'S BUDGET PROPOSAL - Controversy continues in Mexico over President Vicente Fox's proposal to implement a tax of up to 15% on the purchase of food and medicine. According to the Fox administration, this is the only way to manage the debt accrued by the bank bailout decreed by the previous administration. But, as correspondent Lenica Avila reports from Mexico City, many are unconvinced by the president's arguments.
TRADITIONAL REPRESENTATION OF THE VIACRUCIS INSPIRES WORK OF YOUNG MEXICAN COMPOSER - Carlos Sandoval is one of the young composers of Mexico's new classical music. Recently, Sandoval premiered a work that begins with the sounds captured during a popular Holy Week recreation of the Viacrucis, Jesus' final procession before his crucifixion, in Iztapalapa, near Mexico City. The piece is entitled The Passion According to the People. In this report, correspondent Raul Silva takes a closer look at this peculiar musical work.
April 20th | Listen to the program
DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS - States across the country are considering proposals to modify laws requiring a visa or social security number in order to apply for a driver's license. This has met with serious opposition by those that consider having a license a privilege that should not be extended to undocumented immigrants. But some lawmakers and immigrant advocacy organizations insist that the most important consideration when granting licenses should be simply to ensure that the applicant is a good driver. Guadalupe Carrasco reports on the progress of these efforts in Illinois, Texas and California.
PROTESTS AT THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS IN QUEBEC - The leaders of thirty-four American nations are participating this weekend in the so-called Summit of the Americas in Quebec. One of the main objectives of this summit is to advance negotiations to create a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas. At the same time, thousands of protesters are taking part in the Peoples' Summit, also in Quebec, to denounce the continued ignorance of workers' rights by many governments. One of those protesters is Martha Ojeda, executive director of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, based on the U.S.-Mexico border.
CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS REJECTS PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PLAN - The Hispanic Congressional Caucus has come out against President Bush's budget proposal. In this interview with Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco, Congressman and Hispanic Caucus Chairman Silvestre Reyes explains the reasons for their opposition to this plan.
April 27th | Listen to the program
INTERVIEW WITH IMPRISONED GENERAL GALLARDO - Amnesty International has sent a letter to Mexican President Vicente Fox asking for the immediate and unconditional freedom of imprisoned General Jose Francisco Gallardo. Human rights organizations consider the general a prisoner of conscience. The army's highest ranks accuse General Gallardo of misusing military property, but the general is convinced he has been held prisoner for the last seven years for proposing military reforms that would safeguard human rights, both of soldiers as well as of all Mexicans. On Monday, General Gallardo gave an exclusive interview to Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco.
HIV INCIDENCE STILL ON THE RISE AMONG LATINOS - The number of people infected with the AIDS virus has gotten smaller in the United States. However, these numbers have not improved among Latinos. Facing the risk of infection, many Latinas are taking precautions to protect themselves. However, as Noticiero Latino contributor Natalie Stawsky reports from Philadelphia, the battle against AIDS continues to be plagued by problems such as the shortage of funds and the lack of bilingual counselors.
MANY PROPOSALS, FEW SOLUTIONS TO CALIFORNIA'S ENERGY CRISIS - Summer approaches in California, along with the threat of continuing rolling blackouts and rising energy bills. But the threats also loom large for politicians such as Gov. Gray Davis, who could lose points in his bid for reelection. Contributor Armando Botello recounts the efforts to find a definitive solution to California's energy woes before the economic and political costs spiral out of control.
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