Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
MEXICAN MIGRANT ANDRES BERMUDEZ RETURNS HOME AS MAYOR - Andres Bermudez entered the U.S. hidden in the trunk of a car to work in the fields of California. Almost thirty years later, Bermudez is back home as mayor of the city of Jerez, in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. With this triumph, Andres Bermudez becomes the first U.S. resident elected to office in his native country. Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco spoke with Bermudez after his election on July 1st.
MUMIA ABU JAMAL'S DEATH SENTENCE CONTINUES TO STIR CONTROVERSY - On July 3, 1982, a Philadelphia jury sentenced journalist Mumia Abu Jamal to death for the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner. The Mumia case has since attracted nearly global attention, especially due to the irregularities that Mumia's advocates say plagued his trial. Activists compare Mumia's case with that of many Latino political prisoners, as Noticiero Latino contributor Carli Bracuto reports.
NEW STRATEGIES IN THE WAR AGAINST AIDS - In Mexico and Central America, a group of researchers is working to come up with new strategies to prevent the spread of AIDS among migrants. Correspondent Raul Silva spoke with one of the specialists in this group about some of the first conclusions they have reached.
July 13th | Listen to the program
IRS TO START MAILING TAX REBATES BY LATE JULY - The U.S. Treasury is preparing to mail refund checks to millions of taxpayers. This rebate is the result of a new tax cut bill signed into law by President Bush in hopes of kick starting the economy. Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco spoke with Rebecca Villalobos, public affairs officer for the IRS Center in Fresno, California, about who will receive these rebates and when.
GEORGIA LAWYER RECOGNIZED BY THE NEA - The National Education Association recently presented lawyer Erin Mitchell with the George I. Sanchez Memorial Award, a recognition given to those that promote quality education for Mexican Americans. Although Mitchell is not a teacher, he organized the Georgia Project, through which he has gotten schools and local businesses to work together to redesign the education offered to Latino children. Guadalupe Carrasco has the details.
SHORTFALLS OF MEXICO'S INDIGENOUS LAW - The law recognizing indigenous rights and culture recently approved by Mexico's Congress is now before the Congresses of each state. While the law has the support of President Vicente Fox, business leaders, and representatives of the Institutional Revolution (PRI)National Action (PAN) parties, the law is opposed by many state legislatures, intelectuals, and, above all, indigenous peoples. Writer Carlos Montemayor spoke with correspondent Raul Silva about the reasons he considers this law to be a mistake.
July 20th | Listen to the program
PRESIDENT FOX ASKS FOR MORE VISAS AND DRIVERS LICENSES FOR MEXICANS IN THE U.S. - Mexican President Vicente Fox visited Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee this week on his third trip to the United States. During a press conference he gave in Chicago, Fox spoke about, among other things, the need for general amnesty for undocumented immigrants, one of the greatest needs expressed to him by Mexicans in the U.S. Maria Eraña has the details.
PUEBLA-PANAMA PLAN PROMISES DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN MEXICO, BUT MANY SEE ONLY RISKS - Mexico and the countries of Central America are promoting a plan which they hope will combat poverty in the region as well as one of its conseques--the continued migration of its residents. The Puebla-Panama Plan has the support of the World Bank and seeks to attract greater foreign investment for the development of the region's businesses and infrastructure. However, many already warn that the Plan could result in the plundering of resources and in a greater tax burden. Correspondent Raul Silva reports.
LATINOS IN SOUTH L.A. ORGANIZE TO PREVENT MORE ASTHMA CASES DUE TO AIR POLLUTION - The number of asthma cases among Latino children and teens who live in polluted areas of South Los Angeles has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. This problem, as Ruben Tapia explains, not only has many doctors worried, but has driven many residents of these neighborhoods to organize to protect their environment.
July 27th | Listen to the program
PEACE CARAVAN HELD BY COLOMBIANS IN ATLANTA - To mark Colombia's Day of Independence, celebrated on July 20th, a group of Atlanta activists and business leaders organized a "Peace Caravan" that traveled along one of the most important thoroughfares in the city. Patricia Ramos has the details.
COSTCO PROJECT TO BUILD STORE IN SITE THAT HAS HISTORICAL MURALS HALTED - The transnational corporation COSTCO began work on the construction of a new store on a site in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico that holds architectural works and murals by renowned Mexican artists. The site of the old Casino de la Selva hotel was left partially destroyed, but further construction has been halted due to an intense debate between businessmen, city officials, and a nascent civic organization seeking to reclaim the site and turn it into a cultural center. Correspondent Raul Silva reports.
ACTOR PEDRO ARMENDARIZ, JR. ON THE INCREASING PRESENCE OF LATIN AMERICAN FILMS IN THE U.S. - This week, the city of Los Angeles hosts the fifth annual Latino International Film Festival. On this occasion, aside from the presentation of dozens of films and film shorts from all over Latina America, the festival paid homage to the late Anthony Quinn, one of the great Latino actors. Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco spoke with Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, Jr. about his role as a member of the jury in this year's festival and about the increasing presence of Latin American cinema in the U.S.
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