Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
June 7th | Listen to the program
HOMELAND SECURITY - This week President Bush proposed the creation of a new cabinet post to strengthen national security. This new department would combine the resources of more than one hundred government agencies to support the fight against terrorism. Pancho Kinney, Director of Policy and Planning in the Office of Homeland Security describes the functions that this new department will serve if approved by congress. Kinney also responds to Frank Sharry, president of the National Immigration Forum, who expressed concerns on the high toll immigrant rights are paying in the current climate of heightened security.
HEPATITIS A AMONG LATINO CHILDREN - A recent study showing high rates of Hepatitis A among Latino children in southern California sparked the development of a bill in Congress for the immunization of school children. The author of the study, Dr. David Hayes Bautista of UCLA and Dr. Elizabeth Valdez from the Concilio Latino de Salud in Phoenix comment on the various factors that contribute to the high incidence of Hepatitis A among Latino youth. Alejandro Glusman reports.
NUYORRICAN POET'S CAFE - The legendary Nuyorrican Poet's Café is a tradition among the cultural scene in New York. Founded in the 60's, the Café offers the city's Puerto Rican poets a creative space. Today, more than 30 years later, one of it's original founders Miguel Algarin, poet and former professor explains why it remains a cultural and artistic laboratory. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez shares the details.
June 14th | Listen to the program
BRACEROS SAVINGS FUND - This week a bill was proposed to Congress supporting braceros who worked in the U.S. fields more than 50 years ago. The bill prohibits the Department of Justice to use legal technicalities to block the law suit files by ex-braceros demanding payment of their retirement fund. Specifically, the government will not be able to argue that the time to appeal the case has expired or to claim sovereign immunity. Patricia Guadalupe attended the presentation of this bill and reports from Washington.
NY SCHOOL CONTROVERSY - The New York school board, the largest in the nation with more than one million students, is now under the total control of the mayor. The school board has an annual budget of nearly 12 billion dollars. Mayors that have served the city for the last twenty years see the State Assembly's decision as a victory. Critics consider that this measure violated the rights of students and parents. Marco Vinicio offers the details.
EX-PRESIDENT ACCUSED - Former student leaders in Mexico, formally accused ex-President Luis Echeverria of genocide for the events that occurred June 10th, 1971. Thirty-one years ago, paramilitary groups financed by Echeverria suppressed a student demonstration. Nearly thirty-one were killed. As correspondent Raul Silva explains, this is the first time that direct allegations are made against high ranking Mexican officials.
June 21st | Listen to the program
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS - Hundreds of indigenous municipalities in Mexico are appealing to the Supreme Court to invalidate an Indigenous rights and culture law approved by the nation's Congress. The indigenous governments argue that by failing to consult with their communities, Congress violated laws and accords by the International Labor Organization. Lawyers representing the indigenous governments recently finished presenting proof and a ruling is expected within the next two months. Correspondent Raul Silva has the details.
MENTAL HEALTH POST-9/11 - Nine months after Sept. 11th, life in New York seems to have returned to normal. However, many victims of this trauma continue to relive the images of that day's tragedy. Many among them are undocumented immigrants. With no employment, no money, and no legal residency papers, thousands of immigrant families still await the aid promised by the government. In New York, Marco Vinicio Gonzalez visited the Asociacion Tepeyac, one of the few non-government organizations offering psychological help to undocumented victims of 9/11.
WORLD CUP - Mexican soccer fans from both sides of the border are recuperating from the stunning and disappointing loss by their team against the United States in their World Cup match this week. According to sports commentators, the U.S. team didn't play better than Mexico. Yet, they managed to dash Mexican hopes by scoring the two winning goals, thereby giving the U.S. its biggest soccer triumph since 1930's World Cup. From Mexico, veteran journalist Francisco Paco Huerta comments on the disappointment felt by Mexican fans who, for the first time in many years, believed they finally had a winning team.
June 28th | Listen to the program
HOW TO DIVIDE INS - Tom Ridge, director of the White House Office for Homeland Security appeared before Congress suggesting to keep the INS as one entity under the new Department of Homeland Security. Nevertheless, Ridge added that the functions of the INS can de divided. His proposal was cause of concern for legislators from both parties. Patricia Guadalupe shares details.
NY ELECTION DILEMMA - The 2000 Census led to the creation of a new electoral district in New York. As a result, State Senate Democratic incumbent, Eric Schneiderman is now running against former City Council member, Guillermo Linares, this in the predominantly Dominican district of Upper Manhattan. The race is testing the loyalties of Latino voters. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
MEXICO RELEASES POLITICAL PRISONERS - The recent release of Erica Zamora and Efren Cortes, students who were imprisoned four years on charges of being guerrilla members, has strengthened the struggle to get amnesty for political prisoners in Mexico. Correspondent Raul Silva reports.
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