Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
July 4th | Listen to the program
CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOPS - This holiday weekend, Congressional leaders host workshops to increase the number of legal residents that become naturalized U.S. citizens. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
BRACEROS - About 5000 former Braceros met in Mexico City to pressure political parties and federal officials to help them recover 10 percent of their savings funds earned between 1942 and 1964. The Mexican government has begun collecting documents that prove the participation of thousands of veteran workers in the Bracero program. Mexico plans to open offices to gather the survey forms in California and Texas. Raul Silva reports.
HEALTH CRISIS - According to experts and community leaders meeting in Los Angeles, cuts to California's budget have sharpened the health crisis among Latinos and other ethnic minorities. Democratic legislators, attending the forum, blame the Republicans. As Sara Shakir reports, these legislators also pointed out that public pressure is needed to achieve the necessary changes in Congress.
July 11th | Listen to the program
ELECTIONS IN MEXICO - Last Sunday, Mexican voters went to the polls to renew Congress and elect several governors and local officials. These mid-term elections were considered as a kind of referendum on President Vicente Fox's performance. However, the scarce voter participation is highlighting doubts about the mandate of the newly elected legislators.
MIGRANT HEALTH - Mexican Consulates in San Diego and Los Angeles have launched a pilot program known as La Ventanilla de Salud, or Health Window, that designates a consular employee to refer Mexican immigrants to various local medical services. The goal of La Ventanilla de Salud is to improve the precarious health condition of low-income immigrants, which frequently lack medical coverage. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
THE ACCORDION - San Francisco recently hosted the International Accordion Day. The annual event displays the diversity of rhythms that can be interpreted with this instrument. Silvia Parra spoke to several of the participants and captured this brief story of the accordion's migration around the world.
July 18th | Listen to the program
LIFTING THE EMBARGO - Legislators from both parties are sponsoring a measure to start lifting the embargo that the U.S. has maintained against Cuba for more than 40 years. The Congressional Cuba Working Group is currently focusing on eliminating restrictions that prevent U.S. citizens from traveling freely to the island. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
COOPERATIVE IN NYC - Restaurant workers that were left unemployed after the destruction of New York's Twin Towers will soon inaugurate a different type of restaurant. Many of these workers are immigrants and some were employed at Windows on the World, an elegant restaurant atop one of the Twin Towers. Now, as Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports, these workers are set to open a cooperative restaurant, seeking to prove that a business can work without turning to labor exploitation.
DRIVING SAFETY - The death of four farm workers in northern California several months ago, has shed light on the high number of road accidents in which Latinos lose their lives. As in numerous other cases recorded in Napa and Sonoma Counties, the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident, Luis Casillas, was under the influence of alcohol and did not have valid a driver's license. This is why, Araceli Martinez reports, now there are increased efforts to provide more information to farm workers on road safety norms.
July 25th | Listen to the program
HEARINGS DEBATE - The death of Saddam Hussein's two sons is considered a positive outcome for the White House. The news has allowed President Bush to offset controversy surrounding imprecise information used during a speech justifying war against Iraq. Democratic legislators are demanding hearings on the controversial topic, however, their Republican counterparts are accusing them of playing political games. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
MENTAL HEALTH - Many migrants are secretly suffering from sadness and anxiety. If their sorrows are shared, it is mainly with family and friends. Very few migrants visit clinics. As Guadalupe Carrasco reports, mental health professional in California seek to provide assistance to these needy patients.
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