Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
July 2nd | Listen to the program
'FAHRENHEIT-911' SUCCESS - Michael Moore's “Fahrenheit-911” became this week the most successful documentary in the country's history. The films is a political satire, where Moore presents what he thinks are the real reasons behind the war in Iraq. For some people, the film is only anti-Bush propaganda, others believe it shows why President Bush should be replaced during the upcoming presidential elections. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports from New York City.
POVERTY IN CALIFORNIA - For the first time in many years, Californians discuss how to eliminate poverty in the Golden State. In a well attended conference with legislators and activists, it was pointed out that although California is the fifth largest economy in the world, it still produces a growing number of poor people. After analyzing the roots of the problem, legislators and organizers promised to join efforts to find solutions to the problem. Rubén Tapia files the report.
DEMANDING PUBLIC SAFETY - This week, thousands of families took the streets of Mexico City to protest against the climate of insecurity in the country. The march was silent, and included men, women and children, who arrived, the same in limousines and walking, to demand a safe country, life sentences for kidnappers, and a stop to impunity. Our correspondent in Mexico City, Citlali Saenz, talk to some of the marchers and files this report.
July 9th | Listen to the program
KERRY & EDWARS: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES - This week, Sen. John Kerry chooses Sen. John Edwards, his toughest contender, as his vice-presidential running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket. The Democratic candidates have begun a tour to several U.S. cities seeking support for the Democratic ticket, which is now gathering new strength. Latino leaders salute Edwards’ labor origins, while the White House scurries to launch attacks. Patricia Guadalupe shares details from Washington, DC.
VENDORS INAUGURATE HELP CENTER - New York City street vendors open their first office, after years of operating illegally and suffering merchandise seizures from local police officers. The new office is the culmination of one year of work by Esperanza del Barrio, an organization made up of undocumented Mexican women seeking legitimate licenses to operate as street vendors. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports from New York City.
FOX SECRETARY RESIGNS - This week, Mexican President Vicente Fox’s influential personal secretary, Alfonso Durazo, resigned from his post. In his resignation letter, Durazo condemns President Fox’s alleged partiality towards his wife, Marta Sahagun, when it comes to presidential affairs, and the race for the presidential succession. As our Mexico City correspondent, Citlali Saenz reports, this resignation creates a political crisis in the cabinet.
July 16th | Listen to the program
MARRIAGE AMENDMENT REJECTED - The U.S Senate delivered a strong defeat to the constitutional amendment to banned same-sex marriage, proposed by President Bush and Republican leaders. Critics of the amendment said the measure was cheap politics meant only to distract voters' attention from other crucial issues. Patricia Guadalupe shares the details from Washington.
TIMELY DETECTION OF LEAD IN CHILDREN - Concerned by the high levels of lead in the blood of thousands of children in the State of New York, the State's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, has ordered to watch closely the performance of medical tests to detect the chemical in children's blood. Latino families welcome the measure, but say the landlords also have to do their part. Our correspondent in New York, Marco Vinicio González, has the details.
DETAINEE DIES UNDER BORDER PATROL'S CUSTODY - A Honduran immigrant dies at the Border Patrol's detention center in Temecula, California. Authorities say it was a suicide, but pro-immigrant groups have doubts, and ask for a thorough investigation. Ruben Tapia files this report from Los Angeles.
July 23rd | Listen to the program
DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN & IMMIGRATION - Democratic lawmakers and pro-immigrant activists released this week television ads and voter registration campaigns promoting immigration reforms. Its organizers accuse the Republican majority in Congress, of doing nothing to move forward pending legislation that could benefit millions of immigrants. Patricia Guadalupe shares the details from Washington.
VICTIMS OF PESTICIDE DRIFTS - At least 300 people have been poisoned with pesticides in California's Central Valley fields, in accidental drifts the last four years. The most recent massive intoxication cases occurred in Kern County, home of Senator Dean Florez. The legislator is now introducing a bill that extends professional health care for the victims of these pesticide drifts. Promoters say the biggest obstacle will be the creation of a medical fund to pay for the services.
WYNTON MARSALIS IN MEXICO - For many children in Mexico City's civic center, taking a music lesson with the well-known African American jazz musician Wynton Marsalis was an extraordinary experience. The event took place recently, and when Marsalis shared his music and his knowledge, he found an astonishing response, as Raul Silva describes in this report, from Mexico City.
July 30th | Listen to the program
CANDIDATES’ ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES - Democrats at the Boston convention confirmed senators, John Kerry and John Edwards for the party ticket to contend the White House this November. Marco Vincio Gonzalez was present at the convention floor and captured the acceptance speeches by both candidates. As expected, the Democratic candidates delivered a message of hope and unity among divided groups and distant allies.
CAPTURING THE LATINO VOTE - After the conclusion of the National Democratic Convention, Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards are now the official party candidates. The Democratic campaign now kicks off a two-week tour to several U.S. cities, including stops at the so-called “key states.” According to delegates and campaign advisors that attended the convention, capturing the Latino vote in the disputed states will be crucial. Our special envoy, Patricia Guadalupe reports from the headquarters of the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
CLINTON SPEECH AT DNC - The Democratic convention was kicked off with the stellar presence of former president Bill Clinton and his wife Sen. Hillary Clinton. During his upbeat speech, the charismatic former leader reminisced through better times and stressed his party’s optimism. Our correspondent, Marco Vinicio Gonzalez files the following report from Boston.
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