Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
March 5th | Listen to the program
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - This week, Massachusetts Senator, John Kerry has virtually become the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Kerry won 9 out of the 10 disputed primaries. With lower than expected voter participation in California and New York, analysts predict much less interest in the remaining primaries. According to Antonio Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, President Bush’s reelection campaign will take advantage of this to capture public attention. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez shares the details.
LATINO ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS - Claiming that the Senate Majority Republicans are not addressing minorities’ issues such as education, immigration and unemployment, Democratic legislators and Latino leaders are putting pressure on Washington. These leaders say that the problem has now become more serious. Due to the presidential elections, the legislative session will be reduced, and issues that are not dealt with early will remain unresolved. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
DAY LABORER CENTERS - Day laborers from all over the country will meet in New York to promote a measure that seeks to create job centers that assist these workers in finding employment. These centers, financed with private and government funds, will also offer occupational training. This year, many large cities are keeping a watchful eye on this initiative in New York.
March 12th | Listen to the program
MEXICAN VOTE ABROAD - Mexico’s President, Vicente Fox announced that he will introduce a proposal before congress to grant voting rights for emigrants. President Fox classifies the vote of Mexican nationals abroad as high priority, as correspondent Citlali Sánez reports from Mexico City.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - Four months after the wild fires devastated Southern California, many have rebuilt their homes with support from federal emergency aid. And even though this assistance has been denied to undocumented victims, thankfully, many of these families have been able to find new lodging from private charities and the Catholic Church. Marco Vinicio González paid a visit to several victims’ new mobile homes and files this report from San Diego, California.
DENTAL HYGIENE - It is well known that dental cavities, gum infections and other dental illnesses damage organs in the body and may also affect human relations. This is even more so among children. However, recent studies find that dental problems among Latino children are so widespread that they have become an epidemic. Thus, dentists recommend that parents instill hygiene habits in their children. Raul Silva reports.
March 19th | Listen to the program
WAR IN IRAQ - One year after the beginning of the war in Iraq, critics insist that the Bush Administration has still not proven that the war was necessary, and they assure that the president is driving the country towards bankruptcy. However, Bush supporters stress that the country and the world are now safer. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
SALVADORIAN ELECTIONS - This Sunday, presidential elections will take place in El Salvador. And even though Salvadorians are not allowed to vote while living abroad, activists in Los Angeles are seeking to influence voters through family members living in the U.S. This is the case of members of the leftist, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, which according to analysts has possibilities of winning the elections for the first time. Ruben Tapia reports.
LOS COJOLITES - The Mexican group, Los Cojolites has achieved international recognition and at the same time continues to share their knowledge and inspiration with the people of their native, Jaltipán, Veracruz. In this report, Raul Silva speaks to members of Los Cojolites about their peculiar son jarocho style.
March 26th | Listen to the program
LATINOS & KERRY - Sen. John Kerry, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, has devoted himself to close ranks in his political party. A few days ago, he met with Latino congressional leaders that had initially backed his contenders. Patricia Guadalupe reports on the outcome of this meeting.
WORKERS COMP - California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has called upon the Democratic majority in the legislature to design a workers compensation reform that will be less costly and more benevolent to employers. However, attorneys and farm worker groups assure that the reform, as proposed by the Republican governor, would threaten compensation benefits for workers that are injured on the job. Ruben Tapia reports.
VIDEO SCANDAL - In Mexico, the scandalous video recordings showing a prominent businessman allegedly bribing top public officials show no signs of subsiding. Intense media coverage has resulted in resignations and fall of prestigious political figures. However, some analysts question the media’s sudden interest to take their investigation too far and become the judge.
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