Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
November 5th | Listen to the program
BUSH IS REELECTED - Amidst the largest number of voters in the last forty years, George W. Bush was reelected to the nation's presidency. Republicans claim that the president was reelected due to a historic unprecedented popular vote. On the other hand, the opposition assures that more U.S. citizens voted against this president than any other in the nation's history. Patricia Guadalupe shares details from Washington, DC.
UNPRECEDENTED LATINO VOTE - Many attribute President Bush’s victory to a strong campaign from the evangelists right in favor of moral values. That appealed to voters in the rural areas of the central region of the country. On the other hand, Latinos voted in unprecedented numbers, the majority motivated by economic hardships, war and immigration reform. Despite this, President Bush maintained support among Latino voters, and some credit this factor to his victory. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
DEMOCRATS STAY FIRM IN CALIFORNIA - California, the highest populated state with the largest number of votes in the Electoral College, was in this election, as it has been traditionally, the Democratic base. And voted for John Kerry. Latino state representatives maintained their presence in the U.S. Congress and the Sacramento legislature. Ruben Tapia reports.
November 12th | Listen to the program
PROP 200 CHALLENGED IN ARIZONA - Immigrant families in Arizona are about to lose public assistance benefits. Proposition 200, approved during the November 2nd elections, is on the verge of becoming law and will force doctors, educators and police officers to deny services and denounce clients that they suspect may be undocumented. According to reports, this initiative is beginning to create panic. However, pro-immigrant groups assure that Proposition 200 will see the same end as California's 187, which was also approved by voters and defeated in federal courts. Elvia Diaz shares details from Phoenix.
LEGALIZATION STRATEGY - President Bush's reelection obstructs projects in favor of immigration reform, this is what pro-immigrant group leaders believe that met in Los Angeles several hours after the GOP victory. Despite being discouraged, activists from across the country agree to support President Bush's initiative for guest workers' work permits, and to continue promoting immigration reforms still pending in Congress. Ruben Tapia attended the meeting in Los Angeles, and files this report.
WAL-MART IN ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE - The building of a Wal-Mart store in Teotihuacan's archeological site has stirred heated debate nad protests at the ruins located near Mexico City. In an attempt to hinder the Wal-Mart opening, dozens of activists blocked zone access, arguing that the commercial super center threatens to destroy a cultural monument and a lifestyle. But the tie-up angered street sellers and business owners, which rushed protestors. Citlali Saenz was in Teotihuacan and shares details.
November 19th | Listen to the program
LATINO VOTE POLLS ARE CHALLENGED - Who did Latinos vote for during the past November elections? The main news networks say that the Latino electorate made a turn around and voted like never before in history for a Republican president. However, a group of Latino researchers question the opinion polls paid by the main networks and say that those studies are seriously flawed. Our correspondent Patricia Guadalupe shares details from Washington, DC.
WILL IT BE ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT HOUSING? - Thousands of farm workers begin to arrive to work the harvest-rich Carlsbad fields, an agricultural area north of San Diego. In the face of scarce housing for migrant workers, these farm workers anticipate a cold winter unsheltered, unless a group of activists finalize the building of a housing project for temporary workers. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez visited the agricultural fields near San Diego.
RECALLED GOVERNOR REFUSES TO LEAVE POST - The legislature from the Mexican state of Morelos voted to remove Governor Sergio Estrada Cajigal, accusing him of allowing organized crime in his government. The state police chief from this southern state is pointed out as an accomplice to mafias and drug traffickers. This is the second time in the state's recent history that a governor is recalled. The governor remains in his post awaiting a decision from the nation’s supreme court, this amidst a tense and unstable wait. Raul Silva shares details from Cuernavaca, Mexico.
November 26th | Listen to the program
CUBAN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR U.S. STUDENTS - Despite the Bush Administration’s polices of commercial boycott and isolation against Cuba, Fidel Castro’s government offers scholarships to low-income students in the U.S. so they can study to become medical doctors. The Cuban government says that this is its way of helping to alleviate the healthcare crisis in U.S.’s needy neighborhoods. Kent Patterson spoke to the family of a young scholarship recipient in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Maria Eraña narrates this report.
STATE OF THE ART HOUSING FOR FARM WORKERS - It is a multifamily complex, equipped with computer workshops and the latest technology. And it is not located in a large city, but in the heart of California’s agricultural fields. It is Villa de Guadalupe, a housing complex made by and for farm worker families. It is the big news in the small town of Cutler. Alma Martinez was there and spoke with the organized neighbors.
CONTAMINATED CORN HITS MEXICO - Mexico’s maize undergoes the grave danger of suffering irreparable contamination with transgenic grains, unless the Mexican government takes immediate measures. This is the recommendation of a recent report from NAFTA’s environmental cooperative commission. Raul Silva offers the following report on the efforts to protect this basic cereal of the Mesoamerican diet.
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