Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
October 4th | Listen to the program
CENTRAL AMERICAN ISSUES - While U.S. Congress holds debates on details of a resolution for a possible military intervention against Iraq, a bipartisan group of legislators announce the creation of a committee to address Central American issues. The main issues that this legislative group will handle are immigration affairs and a possible free trade agreement. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
JUAREZ AGAINST VIOLENCE - A few days ago, women group and Mexican officials created three inter-institutional task forces. These task forces were developed to stop the violence that has caused the deaths of more than 325 women in the border city of Juarez, and in the capital of the state of Chihuahua, since 1993. At the same time, women’s groups prepare to file claims against the Mexican government before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. Our correspondent, Kent Patterson sends this report from Ciudad Juarez.
ART OF “CHARRERIA” - The “charreria” art is a Mexican tradition that is expanding throughout the Southwest in the United States, where thousands of Mexican-Americans practice the passion of their ancestors. This is why, the Autry Museum for Western Heritage is presenting “The Art of the Charreria: A Mexican Tradition.” In this exhibition visitors can appreciate spectacular suits and dresses, as well as various traditional objects. Natalie Stawsky reports from Los Angeles.
October 11th | Listen to the program
ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATIONS - Congress approved this week a resolution giving President Bush powers to attack Iraq. Meanwhile, demonstrators around the county staged protests against the war. In San Diego, home to key military base, Mexican American academics and activists show their opposition, according to correspondent Marco Vinicio Gonzalez.
DISPLACED WORKERS - Thousands of workers are out of jobs after receiving letters from the Social Security Administration for checks of social security numbers that did not match federal records. Cities such as San Francisco and Chicago have begun initiatives to inform employers of alternatives to termination. Some workers are only lefts with hopes of acquiring new employment. Araceli Martinez reports.
MIGRANT HEALTH WEEK - Due to the rising costs of medical services, immigrant families are often forced to live without basic health care. In an effort to bridge the gap between these immigrants, community clinics and health care providers in the U.S. and Mexico have established Bi-national Health Week. Organizers of this event wish to provide free or low cost medical services for those who need it the most. Guadalupe Carrasco files a report.
October 18th | Listen to the program
BINATIONAL HEALTH - Seeking to improve healthcare access for thousands of migrants in California and Mexico, health professionals and volunteers joined together at the Second Bi National Health Week in Michoacan. Organizers developed this event to promote programs that benefit the underserved migrant communities on both sides of the border. Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Julio Frenk inaugurated in Indaparapeo, a small community in western Mexico. Maria Eraña files this special report.
MIXTECA LEADERS - Indigenous women often migrate north following their husbands or parents. Once arrived, many end up working and their lives begin to change. In California, a group of Mixteca women have joined efforts to end domestic violence and the harmful effects of pesticide use. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez attended a gathering of indigenous activists and academics in Santa Cruz, California.
LATIN FILMAKER’S CONFERENCE - Latino filmmakers meet in Washington, DC to get answers for professional concerns such as whether to use a traditional camera or a digital camcorder and how to break into the marquees of major theathers. Film professionals from around the continent attend the Latin American Film Festival. Maria Luisa Rossel spoke to some cinematographers.
October 25th | Listen to the program
HOMEOWNERSHIP GAP - Aiming to reduce the homeownership gap for minority households, the White House announces the “Blueprint for the American Dream.” Under this plan, nearly five and a half million households will receive help with down payment costs to be able to own their home. In this report, Housing Secretary, Mel Martinez details how the plan proposes to end barriers to investments. Also, U.S. Treasurer, Rosario Marin expresses hope that new homebuyers will revive the ailing economy.
OLD BARRIO - The historic Mexican barrio in Tucson was demolished more that 30 years ago to make room for urban development. Inspired by her childhood memories, Mexican author Patricia Mercado Martin narrates her stories while advocating for the preservation of what is left from Tucson’s historic downtown. Correspondent, Kent Patterson spoke with author Preciado Martin and offers this report narrated by Guadalupe Carrasco.
ACCESS TO HOSPICE CARE - Hospices gain ground in the U.S. spurred by a health rights movement that proposes making the last moments in the lives of terminally ill patients peaceful and pleasant. Assisted by Medicaid and Medicare, many families are beginning to benefit from Hospice care, advise and prescription drugs. Yet, very few of these beneficiaries are Latinos. Antonio and Graciela Martinez, immigrants from Central California, got word about this service and language was not a barrier for them to seek Hospice care. From San Francisco, Silva Parra narrates the experience of the Martinez family.
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