Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
October 5th | Listen to the program
BRACERO LAWSUIT PROGRESSES IN SAN FRANCISCO COURT - There are currently various lawsuits in place looking to recover the retirement funds of thousands of former braceros who worked in the U.S. beginning in the 1940s. The main lawsuit is being heard in a federal court in San Francisco, where the other lawsuits may soon be consolidated. Representatives for the former braceros are encouraged by the progress of the case, which will get another legal hearing on October 12th. Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco has the details.
WRITER RUBEN MARTINEZ ON HIS DECISION TO SHAVE HIS BEARD - Following the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, there has been an attitude of vigilance and suspicion against immigrants, especially those who look Middle Eastern. One example is the case of writer and journalist Ruben Martinez, visiting artist at Harvard University. Martinez, who is from Los Angeles, and whose beard and dark eyes arose suspicion, was reported to police by his neighbors and questioned by federal agents while attending an academic meeting days after September 11th. Ruben Martinez shared his experience with correspondent Marco Vinicio Gonzalez in New York.
MEXICO'S INDIAN COMMUNITIES SEEK REVIEW OF INDIGENOUS LAW - For the first time in Mexico's history, a law previously approved by Congress is being questioned before the Supreme Court. The matter in question is the constitutional reform of the law recognizing indigenous rights and culture, rejected by many indigenous communities throughout the nation and by two states. Correspondent Raul Silva has this report from Mexico.
October 12th | Listen to the program
BINATIONAL MIGRANT HEALTH WEEK KICK OFF - Seven Mexican states and seven California counties will take part in the Binational Migrant Health Week, which begins October 12th. This week's activities will kick off a partnership among community-based organizations, philanthropic foundations and government agencies to tackle health problems afflicting Mexican migrants in California. Noticiero Latino director Samuel Orozco spoke with Mexican Health Secretary Julio Frenk about the challenges facing this ambitious project on either side of the border.
LATINO PRIESTS PONDER EFFECTS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ON IMMIGRANTS - Catholic priests from the U.S. and from around the world met recently in Atlanta for the twelfth annual convention of the National Association of Latino Priests. Not surprisingly, the meeting served as an opportunity to reflect on the events of last September 11th and its repercussions. Noticiero Latino contributor Patricia Ramos has the details.
CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION CHANNELS AID TO UNDOCUMENTED VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS - An estimated five hundred to one thousand immigrants in New York City have yet to report family members missing since last month's World Trade Center attacks, unaware of the public and private funds set up to aid those left unemployed. Correspondent Marco Vinicio Gonzalez spoke with attorney Mayra Peters-Quintero, of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, about her organization's efforts to channel aid to immigrants regardless of their legal status.
October 19th | Listen to the program
LATINO BUSINESS LEADERS ENCOURAGE LATINOS TO INVEST - A group of wealthy entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 business executives and prominent corporate heads came together recently in a summit of Latino and Wall Street leaders. The goal of the summit, a project of the New America Alliance, was to introduce the Latino market to Wall Street investors. Noticiero Latino contributor Michelle Garcia spoke with one of the co-founders of the Alliance, former Secretary of Housing Henry Cisneros, and business leader Norma Orci, one of its organizers, about encouraging Latino investment in business.
BINATIONAL MIGRANT HEALTH WEEK COMES TO A CLOSE - Mexican and California officials this week launched an unprecedented effort to bring medical attention to millions of Mexican migrants living in this border state. Government agencies, community clinics, philanthropic foundations and universities joined forces this week to fight tuberculosis, AIDS, mental illness, and sexually transmitted diseases. During the week, health centers opened their doors to the uninsured for free or low cost vaccinations and health screenings. Alejandro Glusman was at the kick off of Binational Migrant Health Week at a clinic in the agricultural town of Parlier and has this report.
PALESTINIAN PACIFIST COMMENTS ON THE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST - Vengeance and reprisals will not accomplish justice or freedom in the Middle East, according Jean Zaru, a Palestinian pacifist and member of the World Council of Churches. Zaru is touring universities in the U.S. and Mexico to offer her views on the turmoil in the Middle East. Correspondent Raul Silva spoke with Zaru during her stop in Mexico City.
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