Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
June 4th | Listen to the program
LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESTIGIOUS HOTEL - Five Mexican hotel cleaning employees filed a lawsuit against New York's upscale Broadway Plaza Hotel, claiming degrading treatment because they were women. The influential non-profit legal group, American Civil Liberties Union, took on this case of basic civil rights. Our collaborator, Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
BUSH GUILTY OF LOSSES IN IRAQ - Fernando Suarez del Solar, father of Jesus, a young soldier killed during the first days of the U.S. occupation in Iraq, has become one of the most outspoken war critics. In an interview with Samuel Orozco, Suarez holds President Bush responsible for the death of his son and for the losses that the conflict is causing to civilians and troops.
PROSECUTION AGAINST MEXICAN GOVERNOR - Sergio Estrada Cajigal Ramírez, governor of the central Mexican state of Morelos, may be recalled in the first political trial in the country's history. The local congress is currently examining accusations against Estrada for alleged links to drug trafficking and human rights violations. Raul Silvia shares details from Mexico City.
June 11th | Listen to the program
BITTERSWEET FAREWELL TO REAGAN - Former President Ronald Reagan passed away last weekend at age 93 and Washington paid him homage in the first national funeral in 30 years. Our correspondent Patricia Guadalupe attended the ceremony at the Capitol and captured mixed reactions among Latinos on the political legacy of the now-deceased President.
NEGLIGENT OFFICIALS IN JUAREZ - There are no serial crimes against women in Juarez. However, dozens of officials may be judged and condemned for negligence in carrying out investigations on those homicides. Special prosecutor Maria Lopez Urbina has reached these conclusions after studying the cases of 50 murdered women. Mothers of the victims question federal recommendations to achieve justice for their young daughters. Correspondent Kent Patterson and Mexico’s Radio Educacion contributed to this report.
UNDOCUMENTED GRADUATES - Once again, it’s graduation season. Out of the thousands of students that complete their high school education, some will see the dream of attending a university cut short due to the lack of documentation. Our collaborator in Los Angeles, Ruben Tapia, spoke to some of these youths that sum their hopes of higher education in the approval of the Dream Act, which is currently been debated in Congress.
June 18th | Listen to the program
LATINO VOTE UNDECIDED - According to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 40 million Latinos in the U.S. The fastest population growth is reported in the South and Mid Western regions of the country, where some of the most disputed states for the upcoming November presidential race are located. The two main presidential campaigns are prioritizing these states and investing millions of dollars to attract the Latino vote, which is expected to be a key player. Patricia Guadalupe visited Michigan, one of the disputed states, and spoke to several voters.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ON TRIAL - Mexico’s Congress considers a move to try and recall Mexico City's Mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Federal authorities accuse Lopez Obrador of disobeying a judge in a clause that would protect a private owner of being expropriated by the city's government. However, Lopez Obrador argues that claim has no basis and it is simply part of a plot to take him out of the 2006 presidential race. According to Citlali Saenz, most citizens agree with Lopez Obrador.
COLON CANCER FREE ZONE - Santa Clara County, home to the large city of San Jose, has declared itself a colon cancer-free zone. In a resolution, California’s Santa Clara County accepts to take on a national leadership role to eradicate the illness. Though some view the measure with skepticism due to the high costs of preventive exams, others believe that the campaign will save many lives.
June 25th | Listen to the program
LATINO VOTERS CONCERNS - Latino leaders seek to insert the concerns of voters in their communities on the day to day agendas of the main electoral campaigns. Thus the National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials, NALEO, sponsored town hall meetings with Latino voters in several cities across the country. Latino officials comment on the results of these meetings in their national conference this weekend in Washington. Patricia Guadalupe reports.
LAND RIGHTS VICTORY - Nine Mexican American families from the town of San Luis, in the state of Colorado, celebrate a historical legal victory. After a decade of litigation, a federal judge recognized their rights to use extensive land territories that were colonized by their ancestors more than 150 years ago. Observers foresee that the outcome may have repercussions on similar claims throughout the Southwest. Adam Saytanides has followed this case for several years, and reports from San Luis, Colorado.
LATINO PARENTS REDEFINE MACHISMO - Almost twice the number of deaths caused by diabetes and heart disease pertain to Latinos. Some people think that aside from poverty, this is due to mistaken machismo beliefs. These activists believe that the Latino man’s health would improve if they would just follow their grandfathers’ teachings on the Noble Man. Ruben Tapia reports from the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute’s convention in Los Angeles.
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