Latino Voters Look Beyond Race-Gender Dichotomy by wuxiangyu

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Latino Voters Look Beyond Race-Gender Dichotomy
                                                            	 NAM	-	With	Su-                 Hispanic	American	experience	in	             cruits;	and	a	desperately	needed	im-
                                                            per	Tuesday	only	three	          terms	of	both	gender	and	race	is	not	        migration	reform	bill.
                                                            weeks	away,	speculation	         reducible	to	the	flattening	simpli-          	 Latinos	are	profoundly	affected	
                                                            on	how	Latino	voters	            fications	of	campaign	spin	and	su-           by	economic,	racial	and	gender	dis-
                                                            will	cast	their	ballots	         perficial	media	coverage.	In	today’s	        parities	in	almost	every	sphere.	We	
                                                            is	being	framed	in	the	          El	Diario/La	Prensa,	Latina	voters	          rank	high	among	the	uninsured	and	
                                                            English-language	media	          speak	openly	about	the	resonance	of	         under-insured	and	face	staggering	
                                                            around	a	false	dichoto-          both	race	and	gender	concerns	and	           high	school	drop	out	rates.	As	the	
                                                            my	–	race	versus	gender.         the	attractiveness	of	both	Senator	          media	focus	on	the	pregnancy	of	
                                                            Hispanic	voters	are	far	         Hillary	Clinton	and	Senator	Barack	          16-year-old	Jamie	Lynn	Spears,	it	ig-
                                                            more	complex.	The	               Obama	as	candidates.                         nores	a	high	teenage	pregnancy	rates	
                                                                                                    	 The	gender	versus	race	de-          for	Hispanic	and	other	girls.
                                                                                                    bate	makes	for	good	distrac-          	 Hispanic	voters	want	to	see	the	
                                                                                                    tion	but,	ultimately,	it’s	how	       next	president	push	through	eco-
                                                                                                    the	candidates	are	speaking	          nomic,	educational	and	healthcare	
                                                                                                    to—or	not	speaking	to—is-             solutions,	the	withdrawal	of	U.S.	
                                                                                                    sues	that	will	sway	voters.	          troops	from	Iraq,	and	a	path	to	le-
        Democratic Presidential
        candidates Barak Obama                                                                      And	in	the	case	of	Latinos,	          galization	for	undocumented	immi-
        and Hillary Clinton.                                                                         the	top	issues	are:	a	worsen-        grants.
                                                                                                     ing	economy	that	threatens	          	 The	politics	of	identity,	and	its	
                                                                                                     to	cast	working	families	into	       multiple,	nuanced	facets,	is	impor-
                                                                                                     poverty;	a	losing	war	in	Iraq	       tant.	But	it	should	not	cloud	the	fact	
                                                                                                     that	claims	more	casualties	         that	politics	is	lived	through	the	great	
                                                                                                     from	among	Hispanic	re-              challenges	and	issues	of	our	times.	


Para los votantes hispanos se trata de temas
	 NAM	-	Con	el	llamado	“Súper	               PRENSA,	los	votantes	latinos	hablan	            familias	trabajadoras	a	la	pobreza;	una	     para	los	hispanos,	los	medios	están	más	
Martes	Electoral”	a	tan	sólo	unos	días,	     abiertamente	sobre	la	resonancia	de	            guerra	que	se	está	perdiendo	en	Irak	y	      enfocados	en	Jamie	Lynn	Spears.	
la	especulación	sobre	por	quién	votarán	     ambas	preocupaciones	es	decir:	la	raza	y	       que	está	ocasionando	más	muertes	entre	      Los	votantes	hispanos	quieren	ver	al	
los	latinos	está	siendo	enmarcada	en	los	    género.	Ven	el	atractivo	de	ambos	can-          los	reclutas	hispanos	y	una	ley	de	re-       próximo	presidente	impulsar	solu-
medios	de	habla	inglesa	alrededor	de	la	     didatos	la	senadora	Hillary	Clinton	y	el	       forma	de	la	inmigración	que	se	necesita	     ciones	económicas,	educativas	y	de	
raza	y	el	género.	                           senador	Barack	Obama.	                          desesperadamente.	                           salud.	Exigen	el	retiro	de	las	tropas	
	 Sin	embargo,	los	votantes	hispanos	        	 El	debate	sobre	el	género	y	la	raza	es	       	 Los	latinos	se	ven	afectados	despro-       estadounidenses	de	Irak	y	una	vía	a	la	
son	mucho	más	complejos.	La	experi-          una	buena	distracción	pero	finalmente	          porcionadamente	por	las	disparidades	        legalización	para	los	inmigrantes	indoc-
encia	hispanoamericana	en	términos	          es	cómo	los	candidatos	hablan	“ó	no	            económicas,	raciales	y	de	género.	Nos	       umentados.	Las	políticas	de	identidad	
tanto	de	género	como	de	raza	es	pro-         hablan”	de	los	temas	importantes	lo	            encontramos	en	los	primeros	puestos	         y	sus	múltiples	matices	y	facetas	son	
funda	y	compleja	y	no	reducible	a	las	       que	influirá	en	los	votantes.	En	el	caso	       entre	los	no	tenemos	seguro	médico	y	        importantes.	Sin	embargo	no	deberían	
razas,	el	revuelo	de	la	campaña	y	la	        de	los	latinos,	los	temas	que	más	les	          enfrentamos	altas	tasas	de	abandono	es-      ocultar	el	hecho	de	que	esas	políticas	
cobertura	superficial	de	los	medios	de	      interesan	son:	el	empeoramiento	de	la	          colar.	Mientras	la	alta	tasa	de	embarazos	   se	viven	a	través	de	los	grandes	retos	y	
comunicación.	Según	EL	DIARIO/LA	            economía	que	amenaza	con	llevar	a	las	          en	adolescentes	hispanas	es	una	crisis	      temas	de	nuestro	tiempo.



John McCain’s Surge                                                                     identification	and	
                                                                                        sanctions	against	their	
                                                                                                                                                       	 Midway	through	last	
                                                                                                                                                       year,	pundits	declared	the	
	 NAM	-	While	the	Democrats	engage	 been	competing	to	appear	the	most	anti- employers	take	hold,	                                                      McCain	candidacy	dead	
in	their	historic	fight	for	the	nomination,	 immigrant.                                 he	said,	most	will	leave	                                      thanks	to	his	support	
the	Republicans	are	offering	their	own	      	 The	race	is	getting	more	interesting:	   voluntarily.                                                   for	immigration	reform.	
surprises.	                                  John	McCain	co-sponsored	the	Kennedy-      	 McCain	does	not	                                             Now	it	looks	like	the	sen-
	 It	is	beginning	to	look	good	for	John	     McCain	immigration	bill	that	was	debated	 represent	the	anti-im-                                          ator	from	Arizona	could	
McCain,	the	Arizona	senator	who	fought	 in	2006	and,	though	it	didn’t	go	anywhere,	     migrant	wing	of	the	                                           become	the	Republican	
in	Vietnam	and	was	subjected	to	torture	 it	laid	the	foundation	for	a	wider	discus-     Republican	Party,	                                             nominee,	although	the	
for	more	than	five	and	a	half	years	as	a	    sion	on	the	immigration	issue.	            which	is	not	so	much	                                          battle	is	not	yet	over.
prisoner	of	war.	                            	 Yet	McCain	has	since	stepped	back	       a	wing	as	it	is	now	the	                                       	 If	McCain	emerges	
	 Perhaps	because	of	that	experience,	 from	his	original	stance	on	immigration.	 entire	Republic	body.	                                                from	the	group	as	the	Re-
McCain,	a	staunch	backer	of	the	Iraq	        In	this	week’s	debate	on	the	nationally	   Only	a	few	extremities	                                        publican	candidate,	the	
War	–	though	he	has	been	a	critic	of	        televised	program	Meet	the	Press,	Mc-      stand	out	because	they	                                        fight	against	Democrats	
how	it	has	been	carried	out	since	the	       Cain	said	Congress	will	not	take	up	a	     refuse	to	join	the	xe-                    McCain               will	be	more	intense	this	
beginning	–	has	always	spoken	out	           bill	like	his	immigration	reform	proposal	 nophobic	chorus	of	those	who	insist,	like	 fall.	Especially	when	it	comes	to	what	is	
against	torture.                             again.	He	also	stressed,	however,	that	    former	California	Gov.	Pete	Wilson,	that	 referred	to	as	the	Latino	vote:	It	will	not	
	 He	also	has	gone	against	his	party	        undocumented	immigrants	who	have	          “we	are	not	anti-immigrant,	only	anti-         longer	be	so	easy	to	define	Republicans	
line	on	other	matters,	setting	himself	      not	committed	crimes	should	not	be	        illegals.”	Those	of	us	who	are	listening	
                                                                                                                                                                    See McCain page 7
apart	from	a	group	of	candidates	that	has	 deported.	Once	measures	like	biometric	 know	what	they	really	are.



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Five Hot Business Careers, No MBA Needed
	 Digg		-	MBA	doesn’t	stand	for	             author	Malcolm	Gladwell	termed	a	“con-           to	put	in	long	hours	in	exchange	for	that	     companies	to	design	and	maintain	
“Money	Boost	Assured.”	Sure,	the	degree	     necter”:	someone	who	knows	everybody	            expense	account.	Advertising	sales	agents	     Web	sites	that	effectively	convey	their	
can	help	you	land	a	higher	salaried	job	--	  and	for	whom	networking	comes	natural-           work	for	ad	agencies	and	typically	hold	a	     corporate	missions,	contact	informa-
but	it	may	pay	to	think	outside	the	MBA	     ly?	If	so,	a	career	in	public	relations	may	     bachelor’s	degree	in	a	related	field,	such	    tion,	latest	news,	and	more.	Web	de-
box,	say	some	experts.	                      be	your	path	to	success	sans	an	MBA.	PR	         as	communications	or	marketing.	They	          signers	must	be	well	versed	in	HTML	
	 “MBA	degrees	are	crutches,”	con-           professionals	draft	press	releases,	organize	    create	ad	campaigns	for	corporations,	and	     and	computer	graphics	programs	like	
tends	Penelope	Trunk,	author	of	“Brazen	     events,	and	contact	media	to	obtain	cov-         help	coordinate	the	efforts	of	copywriters,	   Dreamweaver,	Photoshop,	Illustrator	
Careerist:	The	New	Rules	for	Success”	       erage	for	the	organiza-                                                                         and	Flash,	which	are	often	taught	in	
(Business	Plus,	2007).	“The	more	you	        tions	and	products	                                                                             6-	to	12-month	certificate	programs.	
move	around	outside	of	the	Fortune	          they	represent.	They	                                                                           	 While	freelancers	can	work	out	of	
500,	the	less	you	need	an	MBA.”              tend	to	be	creative,	                                                                           a	home	office,	Web	designers	must	be	
	 Here’s	an	overview	of	five	promising	      resourceful,	and	have	                                                                          especially	attentive	of	deadlines	and	
careers	that	don’t	require	an	MBA	to	get	    superb	communica-                                                                               willing	to	make	last-minute	changes	
ahead.                                       tion	skills.                                                                                    beyond	5	p.m.	and	on	weekends.	The	
                                             	 Be	aware:	PR	as-                                                                              average	salary	is	just	under	$60,000	per	
1.	Event	Planning                            sociates	often	work	                                                                            year.
	 If	you	possess	organizational	skills,	     irregular	schedules,	
creativity,	and	a	sparkling	personality,	    and	unpaid	overtime	                                                                            5.	Search	Engine	Optimization
you	may	want	to	become	a	party	or	           is	common.	Although	                                                                            	 You’ve	no	doubt	heard	the	terms	
event	planner.	It’ll	be	your	job	to	make	    there	is	no	specific	                                                                           “search	engine	optimization,”	or	SEO.	
sure	that	Bar	Mitzvahs,	corporate	recep-     educational	require-                                                                            Professionals	in	this	field	help	increase	
tions,	and	weddings	take	place	without	a	    ment	necessary	to	                                                                              traffic	to	Web	sites.	There	are	cur-
hitch.	Attention	to	detail	is	a	must:	Party	 break	into	the	field,	                                                                          rently	more	jobs	than	skilled	marketers	
planners	are	in	charge	of	everything,	       taking	on	internships	                                                                          available	to	fill	them.	Salary	starts	at	
from	choosing	a	venue,	ordering	food,	       in	the	field	during	                                                                            $40,000,	but	a	proven	marketer	can	
proofing	invitations,	and	making	travel	     your	undergraduate	                                                                             earn	in	the	six	figures.	
arrangements.	                               studies	are	often	the	                                                                          	 When	it	comes	to	search	engine	op-
	 Lots	of	evening	and	weekend	work	          surest	ways	to	secur-                                                                           timization	--	a	very	new	field	--	degrees	
is	required,	but	the	rewards	are	many.	      ing	a	job.	The	median	                                                                          are	secondary	to	proven	experience,”	
While	event	planners	sometimes	earn	         salary	for	a	public	relations	specialist	was	    art	and	marketing	departments.	Travel	is	      says	Amanda	Vega,	owner	of	Amanda	
a	flat	fee	of	a	few	thousand	dollars	per	    $43,830,	according	to	2004	government	           part	and	parcel	of	most	ad	jobs.	The	me-       Vega	Consulting,	which	provides	Web	
event,	many	typically	charge	an	hourly	      stats,	although	experienced	PR	workers	          dian	salary	for	advertising	account	execu-     site	development,	marketing,	advertis-
rate	that	ranges	from	$20	to	$40.	The	       can	earn	upwards	of	$81,000	per	year.            tives	is	$40,300,	according	to	the	Bureau	     ing,	and	public	relations	services.	Vega	
more	complex	the	event	(think	of	a	post-                                                      of	Labor	Statistics.                           holds	an	MBA	from	Columbia	Univer-
Oscar	party!),	the	more	money	a	planner	 3.	Advertising                                                                                      sity	but	says	education	was	a	personal	
can	command.                                 	 Obsessed	with	the	new	TV	show	                 4.	Web	Designer                                goal,	not	merely	a	means	of	making	
                                             “Mad	Men”?	Though	times	have	changed,	           	 Thanks	to	the	Internet	boom,	                more	money.	“You	gain	advancement	
2.	Public	Relations	(PR)                     advertising	is	still	a	thriving	career	for	      trained	Web	designers	are	in	demand.	          both	in	title	and	salary	through	hard	
	 Are	you	what	“The	Tipping	Point”	          those	with	the	energy,	creativity,	and	drive	    These	creative	professionals	work	with	        work	and	experience.”



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Everyone’s an Expert on the Latino Vote, Except Latinos
	 NAM	-	The	most	interesting	devel-                us.	Understanding	the	electoral	needs	            Latino	editorial	staff	and	publishes	          Latino	electorate	illustrates	how	ill-
opment	out	of	this	weekend’s	Nevada	               of	casino,	hotel,	restaurant	and	other	           very	few	stories	a	year	about	the	coun-        equipped	the	news	organizations,	the	
caucus	votes	had	little	to	do	with	Hill-           workers	who	labor	in	a	new	economy	               try’s	46	million	Latinos,	the	magazine	        political	parties	and	the	society	as	a	
ary	Clinton	winning	a	large	percentage	            –	and	require	new	hours	for	voting	               showed	off	its	newfound	expertise	in	a	        whole	are	to	understand	and	deal	with	
of	the	Latino	vote	–	that	was	predict-             –	proved	very	difficult	for	many	in	the	          story	which	detailed	how	Latinos	are	          the	historic	political	shift	previewed	in	
able.	More	fascinating	was	the	sudden	             media	to	understand.                              Clinton’s	electoral	“firewall,”	thanks	        Nevada:	the	death	of	the	black-white	
and	exponential	surge	in	the	number	               	 It	was	no	less	difficult	having	to	             to	the	“lingering	tensions	between	the	        electorate.	Simplistic	talk	about	the	
of	experts	in	Latino	politics.                     watch	the	white,	and	some	African	                Hispanic	and	black	communities.”	              Latino	vote	provides	another	example	
	 It	was	tragicomic	to	watch	non-                  American,	political	commentators	on	              It’s	hard	to	know	how	they	know	this	          of	how	we	live	when	the	‘experts’	and	
Spanish	speaking	pundits	explain	                  MSNBC,	CNN	and	other	networks	                    when	only	one	serious	polling	organi-          their	organizations	are	increasingly	
the	‘reality’	of	the	Nevada	vote	while	            tell	us	that	the	Latino	vote	for	Clinton	         zation	in	the	country	conducts	polls	in	       out	of	touch	with	the	dynamism	and	
standing	in	the	artificial	light	of	the	           reflected	“Black-Latino	tensions.”	The	           a	language	other	than	English.                 complexity	of	the	electorate	and	the	
casinos	during	one	of	the	first	caucus	            New	York	Times	newspaper	had	earlier	             	 Yet	everybody,	it	seems,	has	some-           general	populace.
meetings	held	entirely	in	Spanish.	Re-             echoed	these	observations	in	a	story	             thing	to	say	about	Latino	politics.	Ev-        	 As	a	result,	the	growth	of	the	very	
porters	had	to	wait	for	translators	to	            that	caused	frustration	in	the	Latino	            erybody	that	is,	except	Latinos.               diverse	Latino	electorate	will	likely	
tell	them	what	campaign	workers	were	              blogosphere.	In	a	recent	issue	of	The	            	 The	awkwardness	and	simplicity	              force	the	revelation	of	more	inconve-
saying	before	they	could	report	it	to	             New	Yorker,	a	publication	that	has	no	            seen	and	heard	in	the	coverage	of	the	                                       See Expert page 7



Todos son Expertos en el Voto Latino, excepto los Latinos
	 Lo	más	interesante	en	las	primarias	de	          tender	las	necesidades	de	los	trabajadores	       licación	que	no	tiene	personal	latino	y	sin	   cidad	vista	y	oída	durante	las	trasmisiones	
Nevada	no	fueron	los	votos	hispanos	que	           de	casinos,	hoteles,	restaurantes	y	otros	        embargo	publica	algunos	artículos	al	año	      sobre	el	electorado	latino	demuestra	lo	
Hillary	Clinton	se	llevó	-	eso	era	de	esper-       trabajadores	que	trabajan	en	una	nueva	           acerca	de	esta	comunidad	que	ya	alcanza	       mal	equipadas	que	están	las	organizacio-
arse	-	Lo	más	fascinante	es	el	surgimiento	        economía	-	que	requiere	de	un	horario	            los	46	millones,	este	magazine	mostró	su	      nes	de	noticias,	los	partidos	políticos.	La	
de	un	gran	número	de	“expertos”	en	la	             especial	para	votar	-	fue	difícil	para	muchos	    “experiencia”	cuando	publicó	un	artículo	      sociedad	tiene	que	entender	y	aceptar	el	
política	Latina.                                   en	los	medios	de	comunicación.                    que	mencionaba	como	los	latinos	son	la	        cambio	histórico	que	en	lo	político	se	dio	
	 Hasta	cierto	punto	fue	cómico	ver	               	 Fue	un	poco	difícil	ver	los	comen-              “pared	de	fuego”	de	Clinton,	esto	gracias	a	   en	Nevada:	la	muerte	de	un	electorado	
como	personas	que	no	hablan	español	               taristas	políticos	“blancos”	y	algunos	afro-      las	“tensiones	entre	las	comunidades	Lati-     “únicamente	afroamericano	y	blanco”	Los	
trataban	de	“explicar”	lo	que	había	suce-          americanos	de	MSNBC,	CNN	y	otras	                 nas	y	afroamericanas”	Es	difícil	saber	cómo	   comentarios	simples	acerca	del	voto	Latino	
dido	bajo	las	luces	artificiales	de	los	casinos	   cadenas	de	televisión	decir	que	el	voto	          llegaron	a	esa	conclusión	cuando	sólo	una	     muestran	otro	ejemplo	de	cómo	vivimos	
durante	la	primera	elección	primaria	con-          Latino	para	Clinton	reflejaba	“tensiones	         organización	realiza	encuestas	en	todo	el	     cuando	los	llamados	“expertos”	y	sus	orga-
ducida	totalmente	en	español.	Los	report-          entre	las	dos	minorías”	El	New	York	Times	        país	en	un	lenguaje	diferente	al	inglés.       nizaciones	están	totalmente	fuera	de	la	re-
eros	tenían	que	esperar	a	que	traductores	         ya	había	publicado	un	artículo	sobre	esto	        	 Así	pues	parece	que	todo	mundo	tiene	        alidad	con	el	dinamismo	y	la	complejidad	
les	informaran	lo	que	los	trabajadores	de	         causando	frustración	entre	los	aficionados	       algo	que	decir	acerca	de	política	en	la	co-    del	electorado	y	la	población	en	general.
las	campañas	estaban	hablando	antes	de	            a	los	“blogs”	políticos.	En	un	número	re-         munidad	Latina.	Todo	mundo,	excepto	           Como	resultado,	el	crecimiento	de	la	di-
poder	reportarle	al	público	en	general.	En-        ciente	del	magazine	New	Yorker,	una	pub-          los	Latinos.	El	torpe	despertar	y	la	simpli-   versidad	del	electorado	Latino	va	a	mostrar	
                                                                                                                                                                        Expertos continúa en pág. 15
Feburary 2008                                                                        www.latinotimes.org                                                                                      




New Trend In ID Theft Targets Children
                                                                  has	either	been	lost	or	        2006	from	just	over	6,500	in	2003.	But	         can	help	parents	protect	their	children’s	
                                                                  stolen.	However,	adults	        experts	say	these	numbers	are	skewed	           future	as	well	as	their	identity:
                                                                  are	not	the	only	victims.       and	may	be	significantly	higher	because	        	 *	Don’t	ignore	junk	mail.	If	your	
                                                                  	In	a	disturbing	new	           they	only	represent	formal	complaints	-;	       child	suddenly	begins	receiving	credit	
                                                                  twist,	identity	thieves	are	    not	those	that	go	unreported.	Often,	a	         card	applications	or	other	solicitations	
                                                                  now	targeting	children	         child	victim	won’t	know	that	their	iden-        with	their	name	on	it,	it’s	a	red	flag.
                                                                  as	well.                        tity	has	been	stolen	until	they	apply	for	      	 *	Don’t	place	magazine	subscriptions	
                                                                  	According	to	the	Fed-          a	credit	card	or	driver’s	license,	get	their	   under	your	child’s	name.	While	it’s	nice	
                                                                  eral	Trade	Commission	          first	job	or	apply	for	an	apartment	lease.      for	a	child	to	receive	mail	with	their	
                                                                  (FTC),	identity	theft	has	      	 “Everyone	who	has	a	social	security	          name	on	it,	putting	a	subscription	in	
                                                                  been	the	fastest-growing	       number	needs	to	take	the	necessary	steps	       your	child’s	name	opens	the	floodgates	
                                                                  crime	in	America	for	the	       to	make	their	personal	information	use-         to	mass-marketing	mailing	lists.
                                                                  last	seven	years.               less	to	anyone	but	them,”	said	Todd	Da-         	 *	Do	monitor	your	children’s	online	
	 (NewsUSA)	-	Millions	of	American’s	                             	In	fact,	the	FTC	recent-       vis,	CEO	of	LifeLock,	an	Arizona-based	         activities.	Many	sites	ask	for	things	such	
are	all	too	familiar	with	how	vulnerable	        ly	reported	that	cases	of	ID	theft	for	peo-      theft-protection	company.                       as	last	names	and	addresses.	By	divulging	
their	personal	information	is	because	it	        ple	under	18	rose	to	almost	11,000	in	           	 The	following	list	of	do’s	and	don’ts	



Robo de identidad alcanza a los niños                                                                                                             años	LifeLock	protegerá	su	información	
                                                                                                                                                  personal	y	lo	respalda	con	una	garantía	de	
	 Millones	de	personas	en	este	país	             representan	las	quejas	formales	interpuestas	    la	información	personal:                        un	millón	de	dólares.	LifeLock	requiere	
están	muy	familiarizados	con	lo	vulner-          por	los	afectados	y	no	incluye	los	casos	que	    	 No	ignore	el	correo	basura.	Si	su	hijo	       a	las	compañías	que	los	nombres	de	sus	
able	de	su	información	personal	y	esto	es	       no	se	reportan.	Frecuentemente,	un	niño	         repentinamente	empieza	a	recibir	apli-          clientes	sean	borrados	de	las	listas	de	tarje-
porque	o	le	ha	sido	robada	o	se	les	pierde.	     que	ha	sido	víctima	no	sabe	que	su	infor-        caciones	para	tarjeta	de	crédito	u	otras	       tas	de	crédito	y	correo	basura	ya	que	este	
Sin	embargo,	los	adultos	no	son	las	únicas	      mación	ha	sido	robada	hasta	que	aplican	         promociones	con	su	nombre	en	ellas,	eso	        es	uno	de		los	medios	más	comunes	por	
víctimas.	Ahora	los	ladrones	de	identidad	       para	una	tarjeta	de	crédito	o	una	licencia	      puede	significar	problemas.                     el	cual	su	identidad	es	robada.	Adicional-
están	haciendo	de	los	niños	su	blanco	pre-       de	manejo,	su	primer	trabajo	ó	la	renta	de	      	 No	contrate	suscripciones	de	maga-            mente,	la	compañía	hace	arreglos	con	los	
dilecto.                                         un	departamento.                                 zines	o	revistas	con	el	nombre	sus	hijos,	      buros	de	crédito	para	contar	con	alertas	
	 De	acuerdo	a	la	Comisión	Federal	de	           	 Todos	aquellos	que	tienen	un	número	           por	más	que	pueda	parecer	agradable	a	          contra	fraudes,	solicita	reportes	de	crédito	
Comercio	el	robo	de	identidad	ha	sido	el	        de	seguro	social	necesitan	tomar	precau-         su	hijo	recibir	correo	con	su	nombre	esto	      y	de	ser	necesario	contacta	cada	compañía	
delito	con	mayor	crecimiento	en	Estados	         ciones	para	que	la	información	personal	         le	abre	las	puertas	a	las	compañías	que	se	     de	tarjetas	de	crédito,	bancos	o	cualquier	
Unidos	durante	los	últimos	siete	años.	De	       no	pueda	ser	usada	por	cualquier	otra	per-       dedican	al	mercadeo.                            otra	compañía	que	expida	documentos	
hecho	la	FTC	por	sus	siglas	en	inglés	reci-      sona	que	no	sean	ellos	mismos.	Dice	Todd	        	 Monitoreé	las	actividades	de	su	hijo	         con	su	nombre	para	que	cancel	cualquier	
entemente	reportó	que	los	casos	de	robo	de	      Davis,	director	de	la	compañía	LifeLock	         en	el	internet.	Muchos	sitios	preguntan	        cuenta	no	autorizada	por	usted	y	toma	los	
identidad	de	personas	menores	de	18	años	        que	se	localiza	en	Arizona	y	se	dedica	a	la	     por	nombres	y	domicilios.	Dar	esta	infor-       pasos	necesarios	para	remplazar	documen-
alcanzó	la	cifra	de	11,000	casos	en	el	año	      protección	del	robo	de	identidad.	A	con-         mación	abre	las	puertas	para	el	robo	de	        tos	perdidos.	
2006	de	6,500	que	se	registraron	en	el	año	      tinuación	se	dan	unos	cuantos	consejos	          identidad	de	sus	hijos.                         	 Para	más	información	de	cómo	pro-
2003.	Los	expertos	creen	que	el	número	          que	pueden	ayudar	a	los	padres	de	familia	       Considere	la	ayuda	profesional.	Por	sólo	       teger	la	identidad	e	información	de	sus	
es	más	alto	ya	que	las	cifras	anteriores	sólo	   a	proteger	el	futuro	de	sus	hijos	así	como	      $2.50	al	mes	por	un	niño	menor	de	15	           niños	visite	www.lifelock.com
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“Hug Them Everyday, Kiss Them Everyday”
                                                                                                                                     with	cancer,	he	required	special	atten-
Family’s life changes overnight after finding out boy has cancer                                                                     tion	due	to	a	brain	formation	disorder	
                                                                                                                                      that	has	caused	his	mind	to	develop	at	a	
	 By	Rhashad	Pittman                          noon	on	Thanksgiving	everything	                                                        much	slower	pace	than	normal.	Some-
	 The	photos	say	it	all.	                     was	fine.	The	family	had	eaten	                                                         times	Joe	and	Inez	have	family	talks	
	 One	is	of	nine-year-old	Julian	Ortega	      dinner	early	and	were	sitting	                                                          with	their	14-year-old	daughter,	Macie,	
as	he	lay	in	a	hospital	bed	clutching	        around	relaxing,	their	bellies	full	                                                    and	16-year-old	son,	Chris,	to	discuss	
his	mother’s	hand.	Another	is	of	Inez	        of	food.	                                                                               Julian’s	condition.
Ortega	lying	in	bed	beside	her	son,	her	      	 Then,	Julian’s	nose	started	                                                          	 “Sometimes	you	have	good	days,”	
eyes	closed	from	exhaustion	while	father	     bleeding.	No	reason	to	panic,	                                                          Joe	said.	“Sometimes	you	have	bad	
and	husband	Joe	Ortega	lay	on	the	other	      Joe	thought.	But	then	the	blood	                                                        days.”	
side.	                                        kept	pouring	and	started	coming	                                                        	 Recent	blood	tests	show	Julian’s	
	 Then	there	is	the	photo	of	Julian	          out	of	his	mouth.	They	rushed	                                                          blood	is	free	from	cancer,	but	his	treat-
at	home	lying	under	a	blanket	on	the	         him	to	St.	Jospeph’s	Medical	                                                           ment	will	continue	for	the	next	three	
couch	after	undergoing	relentless	chemo-      Center,	where	he	was	diagnosed	                                                         years	as	a	precaution.	The	disease	can	
therapy.	His	head	is	hairless	and	his	eyes	   with	acute	lymphocyte	leukemia.	                                                        reappear	at	anytime,	although	it	has	an	
are	tired,	if	not	melancholy.	The	photos	     He	then	was	flown	to	Children’s	                                                        80	percent	cure	rate,	Joe	said.	
represent	different	stages	of	the	ordeal	     Hospital	in	Oakland	where	he	                                                           	 “He’s	in	good	spirits,”	Joe	said	of	his	
Julian	and	his	parents	have	undergone	        has	stayed	for	weeks	at	a	time	on	                                                      son.	“He’s	alert.	He	told	his	mom	he’s	
since	finding	out	their	son	had	leukemia	     three	different	occasions.                                                              ready	to	come	home.”
on	Thanksgiving	Day.	                         	 Since	then,	Joe	and	Inez	have	                                                        	 While	the	family	looks	forward	to	
	 “Just	like	that,	everything	changed	        alternated	overnight	stints	at	the	                                                     Julian	regaining	his	health,	the	Ortegas	
overnight,”	Joe	Ortega	said.	                 hospital,	sleeping	in	a	chair	or	          on	their	vehicles	from	making	the	hour-
                                                                                                                                     face	hospital	bills	that	so	far	total	nearly	
	 Joe	is	still	amazed	at	how	quickly	life	    in	the	hospital	bed	along	side	their	son.	 and-fifteen	minute	drive	back	and	forth	
                                                                                                                                     $400,000.	Joe,	who	is	a	parts	manager	
changed	that	day.	Just	earlier	that	after-    They’ve	already	put	a	few	thousand	miles	 to	Oakland.	
                                                                                         	 Even	before	Julian	was	diagnosed	                                         See Kiss page 7




“Abraselos y Beselos todos los días”
La vida familiar cambió al saber que el niño tenía cáncer                                                                            continuar	por	tres	años	más	como	una	
                                                                                                                                     precaución.	La	enfermedad	puede	reapa-
                                                                                                                                     recer	en	cualquier	momento,	aunque	la	
	 Las	fotos	lo	dicen	todo.                    cerrados	por	el	cansancio	mientras	que	 quimo-terapia.	A	este	punto	su	cabeza	
                                                                                                                                     tasa	de	curación	es	del	80%.	“Su	estado	
	 Una	de	ellas	es	la	de	Julián	Ortega,	       Joe	Ortega	padre	y	esposo	también	los	     no	tiene	pelo	y	sus	ojos	demuestran	        de	ánimo	es	bueno”	menciona	Joe.	“Esta	
de	nueve	años	de	edad	en	su	cama	             acompaña.                                  cansancio	y		melancolía.	Las	fotos	         alerta.	Le	dijo	a	su	mama	que	ya	está	
del	hospital	tomado	de	la	mano	de	su	         	 Otra	foto	nos	muestra	a	Julián	ya	en	 representan	las	diferentes	etapas	de	la	
                                                                                                                                     listo	para	venirse	a	casa”
madre.	Otra	es	de	Inez	Ortega,	recosta-       su	casa	bajo	una	cobija	en	el	mueble	de	 situación	por	la	que	Julián	y	sus	padres	
                                                                                                                                     	 Mientras	la	familia	ve	hacia	el	
da	a	un	lado	de	su	hijo,	con	sus	ojos	        la	sala	después	del	fuerte	tratamiento	de	 han	pasado	desde	que	le	fue	detectada	la	
                                                                                                                                     futuro	con	la	mejoría	de	Julián,	los	
                                                                                         leucemia	esto	sucedió	el	Día	de	Acción	 Ortega	enfrentan	la	cuenta	del	hospital	
                                                                                         de	Gracias.                                 que	hasta	el	momento	totalizan	casi	
                                                                                         	 “Así,	de	un	día	para	otro	todo	cam-       $400,000	dólares.	Joe,	quien	trabaja	
                                                                                         bió”	menciona	Joe	Ortega.                   como	manager	de	partes	en	una	com-
                                                                                         	 Joe	sigue	impresionado	como,	de	          pañía	de	forklifts	en	Manteca,	dice	que	
                                                                                         una	forma	tan	rápida	la	vida	les	cambio	 su	seguro	médico	cubrirá	la	mayor	parte	
                                                                                         ese	día.	Temprano	durante	la	tarde	del	     de	los	costos.	Aún	así	le	restan	miles	de	
                                                                                         Día	de	Acción	de	Gracias	todo	estaba	       dólares	en	facturas	que	los	van	a	tener	
                                                                                         bien.	La	familia	había	comido	temprano	 que	pagar	ellos.
                                                                                         y	estábamos	sentados	alrededor	de	la	       	 La	familia	ha	recibido	numerosos	
                                                                                         mesa	relajándonos	y	platicando	con	el	      regalos	y	dinero	de	amigos,	parientes	
                                                                                         estomago	lleno.                             y	extraños	que	han	escuchado	de	esta	
                                                                                         	 Entonces,	Julián	empezó	a	sangrar	        situación.	La	iglesia	a	la	que	asisten	
                                                                                         por	la	nariz.	Nada	de	qué	alarmarse,	       Fisrt	Baptist	Church	en	el	3535	N.	El	
                                                                                         pensó	Joe.	Pero	la	hemorragia	no	paró	y	 Dorado	St.	Está	organizando	un	evento	
                                                                                         la	sangre	le	empezó	a	salir	por	la	boca.	   de	donación	de	sangre	el	domingo	10	
                                                                                         Lo	llevaron	de	inmediato	al	Hospital	       de	febrero	de	9:00	a.m.	a	2:30	p.m.	con	
                                                                                         San	Jose,	en	donde	le	diagnosticaron	       la	intención	de	juntar	dinero	para	la	fa-
                                                                                         leucemia	linfática.	Por	aire	lo	traslada-   milia.	Por	cada	persona	que	done	sangre	
                                                                                         ron	al	Hospital	para	Niños	en	Oakland	 Delta	Blood	Bank	va	a	donar	10	dólares	
                                                                                         en	donde	ha	permanecido	por	semanas	 que	se	abonaran	a	la	cuenta	de	la	familia	
                                                                                         en	tres	diferentes	ocasiones.	              en	el	hospital	para	niños	de	Oakland.	
                                                                                         	 Desde	entonces,	Joe	e	Inez		se	alter- San	Joaquin	Delta	College	va	a	tener	
                                                                                         nan	por	las	noches,	durmiendo	en	una	       otro	evento	de	donación	de	sangre	el	día	
                                                                                         silla	ó	en	la	cama	del	hospital	al	lado	de	 siguiente	es	decir	el	lunes	11.
                                                                                         su	hijo.	Los	carros	han	acumulado	miles	 Joe	comenta	que	ha	aprendido	dos	valio-
                                                                                         de	millas	haciendo	el	viaje	de	cuatro	      sas	lecciones	de	esta	situación:	poner	
                                                                                         horas	y	quince	minutos	manejando	ida	 atención	a	los	problemas	de	salud	tales	
                                                                                         y	vuelta	a	Oakland.                         como	dolores	de	cabeza,	dolor	de	estom-
                                                                                         	 Aún	antes	de	que	Julián	fuera	di-         ago	y	fiebres	y	la	segunda	es	apreciar	lo	
                                                                                         agnosticado	con	cáncer	ya	requería	de	      mas	importante	en	la	vida	–la	familia.
                                                                                         atención	especial	debido	a	una	malfor-      	 “Abráselos	y	béselos	todos	los	días”	
                                                                                         mación	del	cerebro	que	ha	causado	que	 dice.	“Porque	uno	no	sabe	que	va	a	
                                                                                         este	se	desarrolle	en	forma	más	lenta	      pasar	el	día	siguiente”
                                                                                         a	lo	normal.	En	ocasiones	Joe	e	Inez	       	 Para	más	información	de	los	even-
                                                                                         tienen	pláticas	familiares	con	su	hija	     tos	de	donación	de	sangre	ó	para	donar	
                                                                                         Macie	de	14	años	y	su	hijo	Chris	de	16	 sangre	llame	a	Delta	Blood	Bank	(209)	
                                                                                         años	comentando	sobre	la	situación	de	 943-3830.	Para	hacer	una	contribución	
                                                                                         Julián.                                     monetaria	llama	a	Adeline	Mendez	al	
                                                                                         “A	veces	tenemos	buenos	días”,	men-         (209)	957-3630	ó	al	(209)	922-9618	ó	
                                                                                         ciona	Joe.	“A	veces	malos	días.”            pase	a	cualquier	sucursal	de	Washington	
                                                                                         	 Análisis	de	sangre	recientes	muestran	 Mutual	Bank	y	haga	la	donación	a	nom-
                                                                                         que	la	sangre	de	Julián	está	libre	de	      bre	de	Julián	e	Inez	Ortega.
                                                                                         cáncer,	pero	el	tratamiento	deberá	de	
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 Expert
                                                                                           Never	mind	about	the	political	amne-        of-center	Clintons	and	the	left-of-cen-
                                                                                           sia	about	how	the	country’s	last	black	     ter	Jackson,	who	the	Illinois	senator	
                                                                     continued from page 4 candidate	of	national	stature	–	Jesse	      did	not	ask	to	campaign	for	him,	raises	
                                                                                           Jackson-	defied	the	prevailing	racial	      questions	about	Mr.	Obama’s	politi-
nient	truths.	Principle	among	them	is	      er	in	Nevada	and	across	the	country	           logic	during	the	Presidential	primaries	    cal	operation	and	his	political	agenda.	
the	media’s	conclusion	that	anti-black	 is	pushing	up	against	people’s	fraying	            of	1988,	when	his	Rainbow	Coalition	        Time	will	tell	us	what	was	behind	the	
racism	among	Latinos	explains	why	          sense	of	nationhood	and	citizenship.	          secured	almost	50	percent	of	the	La-        Latino	support	for	Clinton	in	Nevada.	
they	voted	Clinton	and	not	Obama	in	 Latino	citizens	and	voters,	not	undoc-                tino	vote	in	Latino-heavy	New	Mexico	       And	who	knows,	maybe	the	experts	
Nevada.	Story	after	story	tries	to	fit	the	 umented	immigrants,	are	the	targets	of	 counties	like	Santa	Fe	and	San	Miguel	             telling	us	about	Obama,	Clinton	and	
Latino	vote	into	the	procrustean	bed	       many	liberals.	These	liberals	long	for	        and	36	percent	of	the	Latino	vote	in	       other	candidates’	fortunes	in	upcoming	
of	old-school,	black	v.	white	politics.     the	simpler	days	of	a	black-white	elec-        the	largest	Latino	state	in	the	country:	   primaries	will	do	so	without	the	black	
	 Typical	of	these	conclusions	are	         torate,	a	less-globalized	country.	Like	       California.                                 and	white	lens	that	has	proven	obsolete	
statements	by	the	liberal	New	Repub-        Clinton,	Obama	and	all	Republican	             	 The	Latino	experience	of	the	right-       in	the	face	of	a	new	country.
lic’s	John	Judis.	He	explained	Latino	      candidates,	they	support	the	political	
support	for	Clinton	this	way:	“Latino	      and	racial	equivalents	of	the	anti-im-
immigrants	hold	negative	stereotypical	 migrant,	anti-Latino	border	wall.
views	of	blacks	and	feel	that	they	have	 	 So	instead	of	considering	that	Lati-
more	in	common	with	whites	than	            nos	reflect	the	new	complexities	of	our	
with	blacks.”	Judis	backed	his	claims	      political	age,	we	should,	experts	tell	us,	
with	a	modicum	of	academic	serious-         simply	swallow	the	black-white	politi-
ness	as	he	quoted	“experts”	like	Duke	      cal	logic	of	the	previous	era,	like	the	
University	political	scientist	Paula	       half-moon	cookies	our	grandmothers	
D.	McClain.	McClain	told	me	in	an	          made.	Ignore	whatever	you	think	of	
interview	that	she	neither	speaks	Span- the	Clintons	-	they	have	more	than	15	
ish	nor	watches	the	primary	source	of	      years	of	relationships,	name-recogni-
Latino	news	and	political	information,	 tion	and	history	in	the	Latino	elector-
saying:	“I	don’t	watch	Univision.”	         ate.	Outside	of	Chicago,	Obama	has	
Quoting	her	makes	little	practical	         less	than	two	years.	Never	mind	that	
sense.	                                     Latinos	may	still	be	wondering	about	
	 It	only	makes	sense	when	we	con-          why	Obama	did	not,	until	recently,	se-
sider	how	ever-expanding	Latino	pow- cure	the	support	of	most	black	voters.	


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                                                                       continued from page 6

at	a	forklift	company	in	Manteca,	said	       	 Joe	said	he	has	learned	two	valu-
his	job’s	insurance	will	cover	most	of	the	   able	lessons	from	this	experience:	
healthcare	costs.	Yet	thousands	of	dollars	   pay	attention	to	early	signs	of	health	
in	bills	remain	for	the	couple.	              problems,	such	as	random	headaches,	
	 The	family	has	received	numerous	           stomach	pains	and	fevers,	and	to	ap-
gifts	and	money	from	friends,	rela-           preciate	the	most	important	thing	in	
tives	and	strangers	who	heard	of	their	       life	–	family.
ordeal.	The	couple’s	church,	First	           	 “Hug	them	everyday,	kiss	them	
Baptist	Church,	at	3535	N.	El	Do-             everyday,”	he	said.	“Because	you	don’t	
rado	St.,	will	have	a	blood	drive	from	       know	what	the	next	day	will	bring.”		
9	a.m.	to	2:30	p.m.	on	Sunday,	Feb.	          	 For more information about the blood
10	to	raise	money	for	the	family.	For	        drives or to donate blood, contact Delta
every	blood	donation,	Delta	Blood	            Blood Bank at (209) 943-3830. To make
Bank	will	donate	$10	to	the	family’s	         a monetary donation, call Adeline Men-
account	at	Children’s	Hospital	in	            dez at (209) 957-3630 or (209) 922-
Oakland.	San	Joaquin	Delta	College	           9618 or drop in any Washington Mutual
will	also	hold	a	blood	drive	on	Mon-          bank and make a donation in the name
day,	Feb.	11.		                               of Julian and Inez Ortega.

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as	anti-immigrants	if	their	frontrunner	      States.	Of	course,	immigration	is	not	
co-sponsored	an	immigration	reform	           everything:	Latinos	also	worry	about	the	
bill.	                                        war,	education,	and	all	of	the	other	issues	
	 In	effect,	McCain	could	help	save	          that	affect	us.	In	any	case,	it	seems	that	
Republicans	from	themselves,	and	from	        the	campaign	will	not	center	on	attacks	
the	damage	that	they	have	done	in	the	        against	immigrants	–	as	this	will	not	
fastest-growing	population	in	the	United	     benefit	either	party.


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Economy Blamed As Day Laborers Crowd Soup Kitchens
	 NAM	-	OAKLAND,	Calif.	–	For	                    to	find	more	and	more	people	soming	in,”	         work	since	the	start	of	the	new	year.	Not	       streets	of	Oakland’s	Foothill	Boulevard	in	
someone	who’s	been	living	under	the	aw-           Boyer	predicts.                                   one	job	has	come	his	way.	“The	corners	are	      January.	They’ve	been	keeping	a	low	profile	
nings	of	a	church	for	the	past	month,	Angel	      	 According	to	data	from	the	Construc-            very	crowded,”	Gonzalez	observes.	“I’ve	         during	the	day,	he	says,	because	of	the	lack	
Gonzalez,	a	day	laborer	from	Mexico,	looks	       tion	Industry	Research	Board,	the	number	         been	doing	this	work	since	1989,	and	it	         of	work,	but	they	come	out	of	the	shadows	
amazingly	dapper.	On	most	mornings,	              of	building	permits	issued	in	California	         wasn’t	this	way	before.”                         at	night.
a	man	lets	him	into	the	church	to	take	a	         this	past	November	was	down	45	percent	           	 Another	pressure	is	the	rising	cost	of	        	 Many	homeless	workers	have	taken	to	
shower,	and	then	he	heads	over	to	the	Street	     from	the	same	period	the	previous	year.	          rental	housing.	Jose	Ventura,	a	day	laborer	     arming	themselves	at	night,	with	knives	
Level	Health	Project	office	on	a	gritty	block	    Immigrant	day	laborers,	whose	very	sur-           from	Mexico,	says	he	was	forced	to	share	        and	screwdrivers	to	guard	against	muggers,	
of	International	Boulevard	for	a	steaming	        vival	depends	on	the	availability	of	con-         his	one-bedroom	apartment	with	two	oth-          Gonzalez	said.
cup	of	coffee	and	a	bowl	of	hot	food.             struction	and	landscaping	work,	were	hit	         ers,	and	that	he	knows	others	who	live	six	      	 Shelters	are	not	an	option	because	
	 Hunger	and	homelessness	among	day	              first	and	hit	the	hardest	by	the	decline	in	      men	to	a	one	bedroom	apartment.	                 many	of	them	charge	$2	to	3	a	night,	says	
laborers	have	always	been	cyclical	in	na-         housing.                                          	 This	month,	Ventura	lost	his	apartment	        Maria	Vigil,	a	staffer	at	Street	Level.	It’s	
ture,	says	Meghan	Woods,	a	case	manager	          	 Laura	Perez,	executive	director	of	the	         because	he	couldn’t	meet	his	$100	rent.	Last	    money	that	many	don’t	have	or	can’t	afford	
for	the	Oakland	Street	Level	Project,	a	          Street	Level	Project,	thinks	that	the	threat	     year,	around	this	same	time,	he	also	spent	      to	spend.
nonprofit	agency	that	provides	food	and	          of	deportation	may	also	have	a	role	to	play	      two	months	on	the	streets.	The	past	two	         	 For	nourishment,	there	are	few	op-
medical	care	for	day	laborers.	But	this	          in	the	uptick	of	homelessness.	“Guys	dis-         years,	Ventura	says,	have	been	the	worst	of	     tions	for	Oakland’s	homeless	day	laborers.	
winter,	the	number,	and	the	desperation,	         appeared	last	year	from	the	corners,”	she	        the	eight	years	he	has	lived	in	the	U.S.         Around	50	men,	more	than	ever	before,	
of	the	homeless	has	exceeded	expectations.	       says,	referring	to	the	aggressive	U.S.	Im-        	 By	December	last	year,	Gonzalez	was	           have	been	coming	by	Street	Level	each	day	
Many	speculate	that	it	is	a	harbinger	of	         migration	and	Customs	Enforcement	raids	          broke.	His	landlord	kicked	him	out	of	his	       in	search	of	food.	“It’s	the	only	place	to	get	
hard	times	to	come.	“One	family	drove	all	        conducted	throughout	2007.	The	threat	            apartment	when	he	failed	to	make	rent.	          food,”	says	Alfredo	Flores,	a	Mexican	day	
the	way	from	Seattle	to	see	us,	and	we’ve	        of	raids	gradually	faded	in	Oakland,	but	         Many	of	his	friends	found	themselves	            laborer	who	has	been	homeless	these	past	
seen	lots	of	workers	who	live	on	the	rail-        many	immigrant	day	laborers	discovered	           in	the	same	position	at	the	time,	so	they	       two	months,	for	the	first	time	in	his	six	
road	tracks,”	Woods	notes.                        they’d	lost	the	nerve	to	go	back	on	the	          pooled	their	money	together	to	rent	a	stor-      years	in	the	U.S.
	 Head	25	miles	northwest	to	the	                 streets	looking	for	work.                         age	space	in	which	they	could	keep	their	        	 The	men	say	Street	Level	is	attrac-
smaller	city	of	San	Rafael,	and	the	situa-        	 For	Angel	Gonzalez,	this	winter	marks	          meager	belongings,	and	moved	temporar-           tive	because	it’s	walking	distance	from	the	
tion	is	much	the	same.	The	St.	Vincent	           the	second	time	in	his	nearly	20	years	in	the	    ily	to	the	streets.                              places	they	sleep	at	night	(none	of	them	
de	Paul	Society	runs	a	soup	kitchen	there,	       U.S.	that	he’s	been	homeless.	The	first	time	     	 “Me	and	my	friends,	we	each	pitched	           own	cars),	and	it	provides	Mexican	food	
just	a	few	miles	away	from	the	Canal	dis-         was	the	previous	Christmas,	in	2006.	“We’re	      in	$10	for	one	month’s	storage,”	he	says.	       and	information	in	Spanish.	
trict,	where	70	percent	of	the	population	        good	guys,”	he	says.	“We	stay	away	from	          “Now	we	are	all	living	by	the	church,	and	       	 Local	churches	also	dole	out	food	to	
is	Latino	and	most	work	on	the	day	labor	         drugs,	drinking,	and	we’ve	been	working	          we	have	one	month	to	find	work	and	get	a	        homeless	day	laborers,	but	many	prefer	to	
market.	More	day	laborers	and	“working	           hard	for	a	long	time.	But	now	it’s	become	        new	place,	or	else	they’ll	throw	out	all	our	    go	to	secular	organizations.	“The	churches,	
poor”	are	showing	up,	which	Steve	Boyer	          very	hard	to	find	work	on	the	corners.”           things.”                                         they	always	want	to	talk	to	us	about	reli-
–	the	organization’s	executive	director	          	 He	and	his	friends	have	been	waiting	           	 “It	is	the	American	Dream!”	he	says,	          gion,”	Gonzalez	says	with	a	chuckle.	“I	am	
–	attributes	to	the	recent	downturn	in	the	       at	their	usual	corner	in	Oakland	--	29th	         with	a	loud	guffaw.                              Catholic,	but	I	am	not	religious.	The	only	
housing	market.	“If	the	economy	contin-           Avenue	and	International	Boulevard	--	            	 Gonzalez	estimates	that	200	young	             time	in	my	life	I	have	gone	to	church	is	for	
ues	to	head	down	this	path,	we’ll	continue	       from	8	a.m.	to	8	p.m.	each	day,	hoping	for	       Mexican	laborers	started	living	on	the	side	     sleeping.”



Sin un lugar donde vivir y en búsqueda de comida
	 Oakland,	CA	–	Para	ser	alguien	que	ha	          de	permisos	de	construcción	autorizados	          la	esperanza	de	trabajar.	“A	pesar	de	esto	no	  calles.	Mis	amigos	y	yo	pusimos	$10.00	
estado	viviendo	por	un	mes	bajo	la	marque-        en	California	durante	noviembre	del	año	          hemos	agarrado	ni	un	trabajo.	Las	esquinas	     dólares	cada	uno	para	pagar	la	renta	del	
sina	de		una	iglesia,	Angel		Gonzalez,	origi-     pasado	fue	45%	menor	al	del	año	previo	           están	llenas	de	trabajadores	“comenta	Gon-      “storage”	menciona.	“Ahora	todos	vivimos	
nario	de	México	y	trabajador	que	se	gana	la	      (2006).	Los	trabajadores	que	buscan	trabajo	      zalez.	He	venido	trabajando	así	desde	1989	     junto	a	la	iglesia	y	tenemos	un	mes	para	
vida	cuando	lo	contratan	en	las	esquinas,	su	     diario	y	cuya	supervivencia	depende	de	la	        y	nunca	había	estado	así	de	malo.               encontrar	trabajo	o	nos	van	a	echar	nuestras	
imagen	es	pulcra.	Por	las	mañanas	alguien	le	     construcción	y	la	                                                                                pertenencias	a	la	calle.”
permite	entrar	a	la	iglesia	y	bañarse,	después	   jardinería	fueron	                                                                                	 “Es	el	sueño	americano”	dice	con	un	
se	dirige	a	las	oficinas	de	un	programa	de	       los	primeros	que	                                                                                 dejo	de	tristeza.
ayuda	en	International	Boulevard		donde	le	       resintieron	y	los	                                                                                	 Gonzalez	estima	que	alrededor	de	200	
regalan	una	humeante	taza	de	café	y	algo	de	      que	más	sufrieron	                                                                                jóvenes	mexicanos	empezaron	a	vivir	en	
comida.                                           por	la	situación	de	                                                                              las	calles	del	área	de	Foothill	Boulevard	en	
	 “El	hambre	y	la	falta	de	un	lugar	donde	        la	construcción.                                                                                  Enero.	Han	preferido	guarda	un	perfil	bajo	
vivir	entre	este	tipo	de	trabajadores	que	        	 Laura	Perez,	                                                                                   durante	el	día	por	la	falta	de	trabajo	pero	
buscan	trabajo	día	a	día	en	las	esquinas	es	      directora	executiva	                                                                              en	la	noche	es	cuando	todos	empiezan	a	
algo	común”	comenta	Meghan	Woods,	                del	programa	Level	                                                                               salir.	Muchos	de	ellos	cargan	armas	por	las	
empleada	del	Oakland	Street	Level	Project,	       Project,	piensa	                                                                                  noches	tales	como	navajas	y	desarmadores	
una	agencia	comunitaria	sin	fines	de	lucro	       que	la	amenaza	de	                                                                                para	protegerse	de	ladrones,	comenta	Gon-
que	les	ofrece	comida	y	atención	medica.	         deportación	pu-                                                                                   zalez.	Los	refugios	no	son	una	buena	opción	
Lamentablemente	este	invierno	el	número	          ede	incidir	en	el	                                                                                porque	muchos	de	ellos	cargan	de	$2	a	$3	
de	personas	sin	casa	y	en	la	desesperación	       crecimiento	de	                                                                                   dólares	por	noche	comenta	María	Vigil,	
ha	excedido	todas	nuestras	expectativas.	         desamparados.	                                                                                    trabajadora	de	Street	Level.	Ese	es	dinero	
Muchos	piensan	que	esto	es	solo	una	mues-         “Muchos	de	ellos	                                                                                 que	no	tienen	o	no	se	pueden	dar	el	lujo	de	
tra	de	lo	que	está	por	venir.	Tenemos	el	caso	    desaparecieron	de	las	esquina”	refiriéndose	      	 Un	problemas	mas	es	el	costo	de	la	renta	 gastarlo.
de	“una	familia	que	viajó	desde	Seattle	sólo	     a	la	agresividad	con	que	se	han	realizado	las	    que	se	ha	venido	incrementando.	Jose	Ven-       	 Para	conseguir	comida	hay	pocas	op-
para	estar	aquí	con	nosotros”	y	hemos	visto	      redadas	por	el	ICE	durante	el	año	2007.	          tura,	otro	trabajador	de	origen	mexicano	se	 ciones	en	Oakland	para	estos	trabajadores.	
muchos	trabajadores	que	viven		en	los	patios	     La	amenaza	de	las	redadas	disminuyó	pro-          vio	forzado	a	compartir	su	departamento	de	 Cerca	de	50	personas	vienen	como	nunca	
del	ferrocarril”	resalta	Woods.                   gresivamente	en	Oakland,	pero	el	temor	a	         una	recamara	con	otras	dos	personas	y	que	      en	búsqueda	de	comida.	Es	el	único	lugar	
	 Veinticinco	millas	al	norte	en	la	              la	deportación	impide	que	muchos	de	ellos	        sabe	de	casos	en	los	viven	hasta	seis	personas	 que	regala	comida.	Dice	Alfredo	Flores,	
pequeña	ciudad	de	San	Rafael,	la	situación	       vuelvan	a	la	calle	en	búsqueda	de	trabajo.        en	un	departamento	de	una	recamara.	Este	 también	trabajado	y	viviendo	en	la	calle	por	
es	prácticamente	la	misma.	La	sociedad	           	 Para	Angel	Gonzalez,	este	invierno	es	          mes,	Ventura	se	quedo	sin	casa,	porque	no	      los	pasados	seis	meses	durante	sus	primero	
St.	Vicent	de	Paul,	tiene	una	cocina	allá	a	      la	segunda	vez	que	en	20	años	de	vivir	en	        pudo	conseguir	los	$100.00	dólares	que	le	      seis	años	de	vivir	en	los	Estados	Unidos.
unas	cuantas	millas	del	área	conocida	como	       Estados	Unidos	se	queda	sin	un	lugar	donde	       toca	pagar.	El	año	pasado	más	o	menos	en	       	 Los	trabajadores	dicen	que	Street	Level	
“El	Canal”	donde	70%	de	la	población	es	          vivir.	La	primera	ocasión	fue	en	la	Navidad	      este	tiempo	estuvo	dos	meses	en	la	calle.	Los	 es	atractivo	porque	esta	a	una	distancia	
Latina	y	la	mayoría	son	de	los	que	buscan	        del	2006.”Somos	buenas	gentes	dice.	“No	          dos	años	pasados	han	sido	los	más	difíciles	    relativamente	corta	del	lugar	donde	dormi-
trabajo	por	día.	Más	y	más	de	estas	personas	     usamos	drogas,	no	tomamos	alcohol	y	              de	los	ocho	que	llevo	viviendo	en	los	Esta-     mos	(ninguno	de	ellos	tiene	carro)	y	provee	
así	como	los	llamados	con	“trabajo	y	pobres”	     hemos	trabajado	duro	por	mucho	tiempo.”	          dos	Unidos,	comenta	finalmente.                 comida	mexicana	e	información	en	español.	
siguen	llegando	por	ayuda,	esto	se	atribuye	a	    Pero	ahora	se	ha	vuelto	más	difícil	conseguir	    	 Por	diciembre	del	año	pasado	Gonzalez	 Otras	iglesias	locales	también	ofrecen	comi-
las	condiciones	del	mercado	de	real	estate	“si	   trabajo	en	las	esquinas.                          se	quedó	sin	dinero.	El	dueño	del	departa-      da	sin	embargo	los	trabajadores	prefieren	ir	a	
la	situación	sigue	así	el	número	de	gente	que	    	 El	y	sus	amigos	han	estado	esperando	en	        mento	lo	echo	a	la	calle	al	no	pagar	la	renta.	 organizaciones	seculares.	“Las	iglesias	siem-
viene	va	aumentar”	comenta	Steve	Boyer,	          su	esquina	de	Oakland	localizada	en	la	Ave-       Muchos	de	sus	amigos	están	en	la	misma	         pre	quieren	hablarnos		de	religión,	Gonzalez	
director	executivo	de	la	organización.            nida	29	e	International	Boulevard.	Desde	         situación,	lo	que	hicieron	fue	juntarse	entre	 dice	“Soy	católico	pero	no	muy	religioso.	La	
	 De	acuerdo	a	información	de	Construc-           las	8	de	la	mañana	hasta	las	8	de	la	noche	       todos	rentar	un	espacio	para	guardar	sus	       única	vez	que	estado	en	una	iglesia	es	para	
tion	Industry	Research	Board	el	número	           todos	los	días,	desde	principios	del	año	con	     pertenencias	y	vivir	temporalmente	en	las	      dormir”
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Students and
Parents Prepare
for College
	 By	Mary	Ann	Gomez
		 More	than	1000	people	sat	patiently	in	the	
Alex	G.	Spanos	Center	at	the	annual	Latino	Fi-
nancial	Aid	Workshop	to	listen	to	speakers	from	
the	San	Joaquin	County	Hispanic	Chamber	of	
Commerce,	Stockton	City	Council,	Stockton	
Unified	School	District	and	the	University	of	the	
Pacific	guide	students	and	parents	through	the	
financial	aid	process.
	 Completing	paperwork	for	financial	aid	to	
attend	a	two-year	or	four-year	university	is	a	
daunting	task.	Information	on	the	famous	FAFSA	
forms	require	details	of	the	parents	previous	year’s	                                                                                                                        Photo by Mary Ann Gomez
income	and	much	more	information	that	students	
and	parents	get	so	frustrated	before	they	even	get	
half	way	through	the	forms.
	 Keynote	speaker,	Melinda	Guzman,	a	Califor-
                                                        Estudiantes y Padres de Familia preparándose para la Universidad
nia	State	University	Trustee	and	Attorney	at	Law,	      	 Más	de	1000	personas	perman-           por	un	periodo	de	dos	o	de	cuatro	años	             estén	ahí	con	sus	hijos	para	aprender	el	pro-
encouraged	the	predominantly	Latino	students	           ecen	sentadas	pacientemente	en	el	       es	una	tarea	agotadora.	La	información	             ceso.	En	una	ocasión	Guzman	como	una	
and	their	parents	to	not	hold	back	from	attending	      Centro	Alex	G.	Spanos	durante	el	        que	se	pide	en	las	famosas	formas	FAFSA,	           forma	de	motivación	le	dio	a	un	estudiante	
college	because	of	the	cost.		She	encouraged	stu-       “Taller	Latino	de	Ayuda	Financiera”	     requiere	de	muchos	detalles	como	lo	es	los	         de	escuela	primaria	un	billete	de	$10.00	
dents	to	ask	questions	during	the	day’s	workshops	      para	escuchar	a	representantes	de	la	    ingresos	económicos	del	año	anterior	de	los	        dólares	para	que	iniciara	su	fondo	escolar.
and	applauded	parents	for	being	there	with	their	       Cámara	de	Comercio	Hispana,	del	         padres	y	mucha	más	información	que	tan-             	 Los	talleres	están	adaptados	para	los	
children	to	learn	about	the	process.	Ms.	Guzman	        Consejo	de	la	ciudad	de	Stockton,	       to	los	estudiantes	como	sus	padres	muchas	          diferentes	niveles	escolares	de	los	estu-
even	gave	a	young	elementary	school	student	a	          del	Departamento	Escolar	Unifica-        veces	se	frustran	inclusive	antes	de	llegar	a	      diantes	es	decir	de	cualquier	grado.	Los	
$10	bill	to	start	his	college	fund.                     do	de	Stockton	y	de	la	Universidad	      la	mitad	del	llenado	de	las	formas.                 estudiantes	atienden	el	taller	junto	con	
	 Workshops	were	customized	for	each	student’s	         del	Pacifico	mismos	que	habrán	de	       	 La	invitada	principal,	Melinda	Guzman	            sus	padres.	Muchos	de	los	padres	atienden	
grade	level.	Each	grade	level	and	their	parents	at-     guiar	y	ayudar	a	los	estudiantes	y	a	    regente	de	CSU	y	abogada,	ánima	a	los	              los	talleres	que	se	realizan	en	español	y	los	
tended	the	workshops	together.		Many	parents	           padres	de	familia	a	comprender	me-       estudiantes	predominantemente	de	origen	            niños	que	cursan	la	escuela	primaria	(her-
attended	the	workshop	in	Spanish	and	elementary	        jor	el	proceso	de	ayuda	financiera.      Latino	y	a	sus	padres	a	no	dejar	de	asistir	a	la	   manitos	y	hermanitas	que	acompañan	a	
school	age	children	(the	younger	brothers	and	          	 El	completar	el	papeleo	para	          universidad		por	el	costo	que	esta	tiene.	Ella	     sus	hermanos	mayores)	atienden	un	taller	
sisters)	attended	a	special	workshop	to	get	them	       obtener	ayuda	financiera	con	la	         motiva	a	los	estudiantes	a	hacer	preguntas	         especial	para	que	se	vayan	preparando	an-
started	before	getting	to	high	school.                  intención	de	atender	la	universidad	     durante	los	talleres	y	aplaude	que	los	padres	      tes	de	entrar	a	la	escuela	preparatoria.				




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Chicana Latina Scholarship Fund awards merit-based scholarhsips
	 The	Chicana	Latina	Scholarship	Fund	            ern	California	Counties.	Undergraduate	
awards	merit-based	scholarhsips	valued	at	        Chicana/Latina	students	must	be	enrolled	
$1,500.                                           as	a	full-time	college	student,	have	com-
	 Purpose	The	purpose	of	the	Chicana/             pleted	a	minimum	of	15	college	semester	
LatinaFoundation	Scholarship	Fund	is	to	          units	after	high	school	graduation,	and	
assist	Latina	students	in	completing	their        have	at	least	a	2.5	GPA.	
undergraduate	and	graduate	college	edu-           	 Graduate	students	must	provide	
cation.	These	scholarships	are	available	on	      verification	of	acceptance	to	a	graduate	
a	competitive	basis	to	continuing	under-          school.	All	candidates	must	have	demon-
graduate	and	graduate	female	collegestu-          strated	leadership	and	civic/community	
dents	of	Latino	background.                       involvement.	Applicants	must	agree,	
	 Eligibility	All	points	must	apply	for           if		awarded	a	scholarship,	to	volunteer	a	
eligibility	Chicana/Latina	women	of	the	          minimum	of	10	hours	in	the	next	year	in	
Northern	California	Counties	Chicana/             support	of	the	Chicana/Latina	Founda-
Latina	women	who	are	enrolled	in	accred-          tion.	Applicants	who	received	a	Chicana/
ited	colleges,	universities	and	community	        Latina	Foundation	scholarship	within	the	
colleges	in	the	one	of	the	listed	Northern	       past	four	(4)	years	are	not	eligible	to	apply	
California	Counties.	Chicana/Latina	              for	a	scholarship.	All	scholarship	recipi-
women	who	have	been	a	resident	for	at	            ents	are	required	to	attend	the	Leadership	
least	two	years	in	one	of	the	listed	North-       Institute.

Fundación Chicano/Latina para Becas Escolares
                                                                                                    iento	en	actividades	de	la		comunidad.	        escolar	de	la	fundación	Chicana/Latina	en	
                                                                                                    •	 Aplicantes	deberán	de	aceptar,	si	se	les	   los	últimos	(4)	años	no	son	elegibles	para	
                                                                                                    otorga	la	beca,	ser	voluntarias	por	un	míni-   aplicar.
	 Fecha	Límite	de	Aplicación:	Marzo	17,	          dos	dentro	de	los	condados	del	Norte	de	          mo	de	10	horas	al	año	siguiente	en	apoyo	a	    Todas	las	aplicantes	deberán	atender	el	taller	
del	2008.	                                        California.                                       la	Fundación	Chicana/Latina.                   de	Liderazgo
	 La	beca	escolar	es	basada	en	meritos	y	         •	 Las	estudiantes	Chicano/Latinas	deben	         •	 	Aplicantes	que	recibieron	una	beca	
tiene	un	valor	de	$1,500.00	dólares.              de	tener	por	lo	menos	dos	años	de	residen-
Propósito:	el	propósito	de	la	fundación	Chi-      cia	en	los	condados	enlistados	del	Norte	de	
cano/Latina	para	Becas	Escolares	es	el	asistir	   California.
a	estudiantes	Latinas	en	la	terminación	de	       •	 Las	estudiantes	Chicano/Latinas	con	
sus	estudios	universitarios.	Estas	becas	se	      estudios	“undergraduated”	deberán	de	estu-
otorgan	en	meritos	y	se	compite	por	ellas.	       diar	tiempo	completo	y	por	lo	menos	haber	
	 Elegibilidad:	todos	los	puntos	aplicaban	       completado	un	mínimo	de	15	unidades	por	
para	elegibilidad	                                semestre	después	de	haber	egresado	de	High	
•	 Las	estudiantes	Chicanas/Latinas	deben	        School	y	tener	un	promedio	de	2.5	GPA.
de	residir	en	los	condados	del	Norte	de	Cali-     •	 Estudiantes	“Graduate”	deberán	de	
fornia                                            entregar	verificación	de	aceptación	de	su	
•	 Las	estudiantes	Chicano/Latinas	verán	         universidad.	
estar	inscritas	en	colegios	acreditados,	uni-     •	 Todas	las	aplicantes		deberán	de	dem-
versidades	y	colegios	comunitarios	localiza-      ostrar	actividades	de	liderazgo	y	envolvim-
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Pregnancy 101: What Every Woman Should Know
	 By	Gonzalo	Garretón,	MD,	FACOG               What are my options if I am pregnant?                any	pressure	to	report	undocumented	per-             drinking	during	pregnancy.		Smoking	and	
	 Everyone	has	a	story	about	a	friend’s	       Every	woman	reacts	differently.		One	patient	        sons.		You	may	not	be	eligible	for	state-run	        alcohol	have	the	same	basic	effect	on	the	
difficult	labor.	It’s	essential	that	you	remem-of	mine	decided	it	was	a	sign	that	she	should	       programs,	but	there	are	many	community	              fetus	–	they	inhibit	its	development.	Alcohol	
ber	that	pregnancy	is	a	natural	process.		     get	healthy.	She	signed	up	to	train	for	a	mara-      groups	that	have	programs	to	help	you	get	           causes	physical,	mental	and	behavioral	prob-
Ninety-eight	percent	of	pregnancies	result	in	 thon!		Although	that	was	not	the	right	choice	       the	care	you	need.                                   lems,	while	smoking	decreases	blood	supply	
a	healthy	baby	and	a	healthy	mother.		The	     of	exercise	for	that	period	in	her	life,	her	im-                                                          to	the	baby.
best	way	to	dissipate	your	fears	about	having	 pulse	to	get	healthy	was	right.	                     Does being pregnant mean I can eat any-
a	baby	is	to	talk	to	your	doctor,	midwife	or	  	 For	those	who	want	to	end	the	preg-                thing I want?                                        I’ve heard horror stories about morning
nurse	practitioner.	                           nancy,	in	the	state	of	California	you	have	that	     I	tell	every	one	of	my	patients	to	eat	more	         sickness. Will I be sick for nine months?
	 Here	are	some	common	questions	ex-           right,	no	questions	asked.		Planned	Parent-          fruits	and	vegetables.	It’s	easy	to	forget	the	      Morning	sickness	is	the	term	for	symptoms	
pectant	mothers	ask	me	every	day:              hood	is	often	the	most	accessible.	However,	         fat	content	in	butter,	cheese,	whole	milk,	ice	      many	women	feel	in	the	first	trimester	of	
                                               most	clinics,	both	public	and	private,	can	          cream	and	fried	foods.		Avoid	excessive	sugars	      pregnancy.	Here	are	tips	to	lessen	your	dis-
What can I do if I think I’m pregnant?         provide	these	services.		Adoption	is	also	an	        and	sweets.                                          comfort:
Set	up	an	appointment	with	your	doctor	        option.                                              	 By	getting	eight	hours	of	sleep	a	night	           •	 If	you’re	nauseated,	don’t	drink	fluids.		
rightaway.	Not	only	is	this	important	for	the	 	 Prenatal	care	is	essential	to	having	a	            and	walking	30	to	60	minutes	daily,	you	can	         Try	to	eat	something	dry	in	small	amounts,	
health	of	you	and	your	baby,	but	talking	with	 healthy	pregnancy.		If	you	don’t	have	health	        reduce	many	of	the	uncomfortable	side	ef-            like	dry	cereal,	toast	or	a	hard-boiled	egg.		
your	doctor	can	also	help	you	emotionally.		   insurance,	there	are	many	public	clinics	and	        fects	of	pregnancy.                                  •	 When	the	nausea	quiets	down,	drink	
It’s	important	to	refrain	from	drinking,	smok- non-profits	that	offer	it	for	free.	Don’t	worry	                                                          fluids	only	by	the	teaspoon.
ing	or	taking	other	drugs	even	before	you	     if	you	are	not	a	legal	U.S.	resident.	Physicians	    Will one beer or one cigarette really affect         •	 Try	dividing	meals	into	smaller	meals,	
know	for	sure	if	you	are	pregnant.             are	not	required	by	law	to	report	any	patient’s	     the baby?                                            from	three	to	six	servings	a	day.
                                               legal	status,	and	doctors	have	long	resisted	        There	is	no	safe	amount	of	smoking	or	


Embarazo 101: Lo que toda mujer debe saber
	 Por	el	Gonzalo	Garretón,	MD,	                   ¿Qué puedo hacer si pienso que estoy              rente.	Una	de	mis	pacientes	decidió	que	
FACOG                                             embarazada?                                       ello	era	una	muestra	de	que	debía	ponerse	
	 Todos	tienen	una	historia	sobre	al-             Haga	una	cita	con	su	médico	lo	más	               en	forma,	y	¡se	inscribió	para	entrenar	y	
guna	amiga	que	tuvo	un	parto	difícil.	            pronto	posible.	Hacer	esto	no	sólo	es	            participar	en	una	maratón!	Un	embarazo	
Es	importante	recordar	que	el	embarazo	           importante	para	su	salud	y	la	de	su	bebé;	        no	es	el	momento	de	poner	su	cuerpo	por	
es	un	proceso	natural.	Noventa	y	ocho	            hablar	con	su	médico	puede	ayudarle	              el	estrés	de	entrenar	para	una	maratón,	
por	ciento	de	los	embarazos	tienen	como	          emocionalmente.	Es	importante	que	                pero	su	idea	e	impulso	para	ponerse	en	
resultado	un	bebé	y	una	mamá	sanos.	              deje	de	tomar	alcohol,	fumar	o	usar	otras	        forma	fue	correcto.
La	mejor	manera	de	disipar	sus	dudas	             drogas	incluso	antes	de	confirmar	si	está	        	 Para	las	mujeres	que	no	quieran	con-
acerca	de	tener	un	bebé	es	hablar	con	su	         embarazada.	                                      tinuar	con	su	embarazo,	en	el	estado	de	
médico,	madrona	o	enfermera.                                                                        California	usted	tiene	el	derecho	de	termi-
	 Aquí	hay	algunas	de	las	muchas	pre-             ¿Cuáles son mis opciones si estoy em-             narlo,	sin	más	preguntas.	Planned	Parent-
guntas	que	las	mujeres	embarazadas	me	            barazada?                                         hood	(Planificación	Familiar)	es	a	menudo	
hacen	cada	día:                                   	 Cada	mujer	tiene	una	reacción	dife-             el	servicio	más	accesible,	pero	la	mayoría	
                                                                                                                         Embarazo continúa en pág. 16




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Needy Family to receive home with help of Marathon Fund-raiser
	 By	Rhashad	Pittman                               has	participated	in	23	home	building	proj-
	 As	families	across	the	country	lose	their	       ects	with	the	organization.	“The	change	
homes	to	foreclosure,	one	local	family	will	       and	the	improvement	of	the	quality	of	life	
soon	receive	one	due	to	the	generosity	of	         it	has	on	the	mother,	the	father	and	the	rest	
others.                                            of	the	family	is	significant.”
	 On	Jan.	19,	hundreds	of	runners	                 	 This	was	the	14th	year	of	the	annual	
showed	up	for	a	Guaranty	Bank-sponsored	           marathon	and	the	first	time	Guaranty	Bank	
marathon	in	Hemet	designed	to	help	raise	          sponsored	the	event.	All	together,	1,400	
money	for	needy	families.	The	event	gener-         runners,	volunteers	and	onlookers	were	in	
ated	$25,000.	The	money	will	go	to	Habi-           attendance.	The	runners	ran	distances	of	
tat	for	Humanity,	a	nonprofit	organization	        either	5k,	13.1	miles	or	26.2	miles.	
that	builds	homes	for	families	in	dire	need	       	 The	money	raised	will	help	cover	the	
of	one.	The	houses	are	constructed	or	             cost	of	building	a	home	for	one	of	six	
renovated	using	as	much	volunteer	labor	           homes	planned	in	the	Hemet	area.	The	
and	donated	materials	as	possible.	                family	has	not	been	selected	yet,	Ayala	said.	
		 The	new	homes	have	a	profound	                  Typically,	a	Habitat	for	Humanity	home	
impact	on	the	families,	said	Alfred	Ayala,	        costs	$70,000	to	build.	Donations	and	
                                                                                                    build	the	house,	including	digging	holes,	      start	construction	by	either	late	March	or	
banking	center	manager	for	Guaranty	               discounts	the	organization	received	from	
                                                                                                    painting	and	putting	in	installation	and	       early	April.	
Bank’s	Hemet-East	office.	                         corporations	will	help	make	up	the	differ-
                                                                                                    sheet	rock.	The	electrical	and	plumbing	        	 So	far,	the	Hemet/San	Jacinto	branch	
	 “I’ve	seen	families	living	in	a	converted	       ence,	he	said.
                                                                                                    work	will	be	done	by	professional	volun-        of	Habitat	for	Humanity	has	built	thirteen	
chicken	coup	to	going	on	and	living	in	a	          	 Guaranty	Bank	volunteers	and	the	
                                                                                                    teers,	Ayala	said.	The	organization	plans	to	   houses	locally.	
home	they	helped	build,”	said	Ayala,	who	          family	who	receive	the	home	will	help	




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The Clone Wars Are Over
NAM	-	Six	years	ago	on	the	evening	              by	the	fear	of	the	past	or,	to	fudge	a	
of	the	2002	State	of	the	Union	ad-               magnificent	phrase	from	Art	Spiegel-
dress,	I	was	loopy	and	baffled,	look-            man:	this	means	that	we	don’t	have	
ing	to	the	president	for	some	guid-              to	cower	in	the	Shadow	of	No	Towers	
ance	and	some	answers.	I	was	glued	              anymore.	
to	the	screen,	exhausted	by	the	still-           	 I	don’t	have	to	waste	key	strokes	
smoldering	rubble	in	Manhattan,	                 here	explaining	the	significance	of	
Virginia	and	most	recently,	Afghani-             Ted	Kennedy’s	monumental	en-
stan.	Every	word	that	shot	from	his	             dorsement	of	Barack	Obama	earlier	
stifled	smirk	mattered,	whether	I	               yesterday.	It’s	marvelous—and	in-
shouted	at	the	screen	in	defiance	               dicative—that	the	announcement	
or	half-nodded	at	words	and	con-                 trumps	the	president’s	address	as	the	
cepts	that	were	new	to	me.	The	Axis	             leading	political	news	of	the	day.	I	
of	Evil	was	introduced	that	night.	              have	to	say,	though,	that	I	can’t	pre-
Phrases	like	War	on	Terror	still	                tend	to	place	Obama	in	the	lineage	
had	some	mystique	and	luster.	Last	              of	Bobby,	Jack	and	Dr.	King	because	
night,	the	same	ideas	sounded	more	              I	never	knew	those	men.	By	the	                   the	hall,	they	looked	like	.	.	.	clones.	        time	around.	The	optimist	would	
like	predictable	punch	lines	to	an	              time	they	got	to	me,	they	were	gone	              Not	that	a	Star	Wars	reference	is	nec-           ask,	“What	are	the	odds	that	the	
old,	off-color	joke.	This	year’s	State	          and	canonized.	I	recognize	them	                  essary	here,	but	it’s	good	to	remem-             same	state	that	made	the	electoral	
of	the	Union	address	commanded	                  only	as	saintly	icons,	painted	on	                ber	that	the	clones	may	have	won	                blunder	of	the	century	could	do	it	
as	much	attention	as	something	I’d	              velvet	at	my	friend’s	grandmother’s	              the	Clone	Wars	but	their	demise	was	             again?”	And	I’m	with	the	optimist	
play	in	the	background	while	fold-               house.	No	one	in	my	generation	has	               quickly	hastened	by	something	called	            on	this	one,	except	that	it’s	hard	
ing	my	laundry	and	talking	to	my	                ever	heard	a	politician	(or	anyone	of	            A	New	Hope,	also	known	as	Luke	                  to	say	what	a	blunder	would	look	
mom	on	the	phone.                                note,	really)	speak	to	us	about	hope	             Skywalker.                                       like	this	time.	There	is	no	George	
	 This	is	a	round-about	way	of	say-              and	optimism	and	a	new	tomorrow	                  	 The	tired	partisan	clone	image	                W.	Bush	in	this	race,	just	confused	
ing	that	the	heaping	neapolitan	sun-             with	the	earnestness	and	enthusi-                 was	not	helped	by	Hillary	Clinton,	              sums	of	his	whole:	an	evangelical,	a	
dae	of	optimism	that’s	dripping	all	             asm	that	Obama	is	speaking	to	us.	                who	sat	fuming	the	whole	night	                  businessman,	a	war	hawk.
over	this	election	season	has	earned	            This	is	all	brand	new	to	the	army	of	             in	her	blazing	red	Imperial	Guard	               	 It’s	exciting,	though,	to	think	of	
another	scoop:	the	president	is	final-           awoken	giants	in	the	youth	voting	                dress	with	its	pointy	collar,	wishing	           John	McCain	taking	Florida,	if	only	
ly,	officially	and	obviously	irrelevant.	        demographic.                                      she	could	shoot	lightning	bolts	out	             because	he’s	appearing	on	stage	with	
But	it’s	not	just	the	president	that	            	 There	were	also	clues	buried	in	                of	her	hands.	It	must	be	infinitely	             the	“independent”	Joe	Lieberman	
doesn’t	matter	anymore.	The	whole	               the	fanfare	of	the	State	of	the	Union	            frustrating	to	be	on	the	losing	side	            and	that	his	brilliantly	scatalogical	
school	of	bleak	and	terrifying	politics	         that	tired,	dour	partisanship	is	losing	          of	hope	and	optimism.	Not	that	I’m	              senatorial	career	drives	people	like	
is	going	down	with	him.	The	same	                its	relevance.	One	of	my	personal	fa-             counting	Clinton	out	at	this	point,	             Mitt	Romney	up	the	wall.	With	this	
day	of	the	address,	Rudy	Giuliani,	              vorites	was	when	the	president	vowed	             but	it’s	an	understatement	to	say	that	          president	no	longer	relevant,	a	race	
the	“Mayor	of	September	11”	looks	               not	to	support	funding	for	cloning.               yesterday	was	a	rough	day	for	her.               between	Barack	Obama	and	John	
to	be	laying	his	campaign	upon	its	              	 The	point	itself	is	debatable,	but	             	 So	now,	with	no	time	to	breathe	               McCain	would	blow	partisanship	
death	bed.	He’s	learned	the	hard	way	            as	he	said	it,	one	half	of	the	room	              or	analyze,	our	collective	attention	            out	of	the	water,	create	new,	living	
that	you	can’t	get	by	on	terror	any-             stood	up	clapping	and	the	other	half	             turns	to	Florida,	which	might	prove	             heroes	and	effectively	end	the	clone	
more.	Americans	can’t	just	be	milked	            sat	on	their	hands.	In	a	long	shot	of	            to	be	the	Republican	kingmaker	this	             wars.	A	New	Hope	indeed.

Visionary Home Builders to Host Housing Counseling Conference Expertos
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                                                                                                   forzadamente	otras	“verdades	inconvenien-        gración	y	la	barda	anti-latina	de	la	frontera.
                                                                                                   tes”.	Principalmente	entre	algunas	otras	es	     	 Así	que	en	vez	de	considerar	que	los	
                                                                                                   la	conclusión	de	que	existe	racismo	entre	       Latinos	reflejan	las	nuevas	complejidades	
                                                                                                   la	comunidad	Latina	hacia	los	afroameri-         de	nuestra	era	política,	nosotros	deberíamos	
                                                                                                   canos	y	que	esa	es	la	razón	por	la	cual	vo-      dicen	los	expertos	“simplemente	aceptar	la	
                                                                                                   taron	a	favor	de	Clinton	y	no	por	Obama	         lógica	del	pasado:	afroamericanos	y	blan-
                                                                                                   en	Nevada.	Comentario	tras	comentario	           cos”.	Ignoren	lo	que	piensen	de	los	Clinton	
                                                                                                   pretenden	y	tratan	de	comparar	esto	con	         -con	sus	más	de	15	años	de	relaciones,	
                                                                                                   las	tensiones	del	pasado	entre	blancos	y	        reconocimiento	de	nombre	y	su	historia	en	
                                                                                                   afroamericanos.	                                 el	electorado	Latino.	Obana	sólo	lleva	dos	
                                                                                                   	 Típico	de	estas	conclusiones	son	las	          años	fuera	de	Chicago.	Olviden	si	los		La-
                                                                             Exclusive Photography declaraciones	de	John	Judis,	un	republi-         tino	siguen	preguntándose	porqué	Obana	
	 (Stockton,	CA)		Visionary	Home	Build- tion,	and	the	legal	aspects	of	foreclosure.                cano	liberal,	el	explica	el	apoyo	a	Clinton	     aseguró	los	votos	afroamericanos	reciente-
ers	has	been	selected	as	the	local	host	agency	 	 Formore	information	please	contact	              de	la	siguiente	manera:	“Los	inmigrantes	        mente.	No	importa	la	amnesia	política	
for	the	quarterly	meeting	of	the	Northern	      Visionary	Home	Builders	at	209-466-6811	 Latinos	sostienen	vistas	estéreo	típicas	de	los	           acerca	del	último	candidato	afroamericano	
California	Housing	Counseling	Agency	           or	go	the	HUD	website,	http://www.hud.             afroamericanos	y	sienten	que	tiene	más	en	       de	estatura	nacional	-Jesse	Jackson-	quien	
Network	it	was	recently	announced.		The	        gov/apps/calendar/event.		The	event	is	free	       común	con	los	blancos	que	con	la	comuni-         desafío	la	lógica	racial	durante	las	primarias	
meeting	will	take	place	on	Thursday,	January	 to	those	pre-registered.		Lunch	will	be	pro-         dad	afroamericana”	Judis	respalda	este	co-       de	1988,	con	su	“Coalición	del	Arco	Iris”	
31,	at	the	Stockton	Grand	Hotel	and	will	run	 vided.	                                              mentario	apoyado	en	cuestiones	académicas	       aseguró		casi	un	50	%	del	voto	Latino	en	
from	9	am	–	3	pm.		The	event	is	co-spon-        	 Visionary	Home	Builders	of	California,	 cuando	dice	“expertos”	en	ciencias	políticas	             estados	como	Nuevo	Mexico	especialmente	
sored	by	Visionary	Home	Builders,	Washing- is	a	nonprofit	housing	developer	and	hous-              como	Paula	D.	McClaim	de	la	Universidad	         los	condados	como	Santa	Fe	y	San	Miguel	
ton	Mutual	and	HUD	Sacramento.                  ing	counseling	agency	based	in	Stockton,	          de	Duke.	Comenta	“McCain	me	dijo	en	una	         que	son	altamente	hispanos	y	el	36%	del	
	 “Visionary	Home	Builders	is	proud	            California.		It	is	the	leading	agency	of	its	      entrevista	que	no	habla	español	tampoco	le	      voto	latino	en	el	estado	con	mayor	po-
to	host	this	conference	at	a	time	when	it	      kind	in	the	area,	having	developed	900	            da	seguimiento	a	las	fuentes	de	información	     blación	hispana:	California.
is	sorely	needed,”	stated	Carol	J.	Ornelas,	    multi-family	units	and	300	single-family	          de	noticias	ó	información	política	latinas.	     La	experiencia	latina		de	centro-derecha	
CEO	of	VHB.		“We	plan	on	addressing	the	 homes	equating	to	over	$150	million	dol-                  Dice	que	ella	mencionó:	“No	veo	Univision”	      con	los	Clinton	y	centro-izquierda	de	Jack-
foreclosure	issue	and	placing	it	front	and	     lars	of	affordable	housing	in	its	communi-         aclara	que	no	tiene	sentido	para	ella.           son	a	quien	por	cierto	el	senador	Obama,	
center.		This	conference	is	designed	to	prop- ties.		In	addition	to	development,	Visionary	 	 Esto	sólo	hace	sentido	cuando	se	con-                 no	le	pidió	ayuda	para	hacer	su	campaña,	
erly	train	and	inform	local	agencies	to	better	 Home	Builders	has	counseled	over	2000	             sidera	el	poder	latino	que	crece	sin	parar	en	   esto	hace	pensar	cuál	es	la	operación	y	la	
help	our	communities	and	find	answers	that	 families	through	credit	counseling,	budget	            Nevada	y	en	todo	el	país	y	reta	el	sentido	      agenda	política	de	Obama.	El	tiempo	nos	
will	help	families	through	this	very	difficult	 counseling,	and	homebuyers	education	              de	nacionalismo	y	ciudadanía	de	muchos	          va	a	decir	que	fue		lo	estuvo	detrás	del	
time.”		The	conference	will	include	an	up-      classes.		Under	the	former	name	ACLC,	Vi- liberales.	Los	electores	latinos	(no	los	inmi-            apoyo	que	los	latinos	dieron	a	Clinton	en	
date	on	State	and	Federal	foreclosure	legisla- sionary	Home	Builders	received	the	national	 grantes	indocumentados),	son	el	blanco	de	              Nevada.	Posiblemente	los	“expertos”	nos	
tion,	funding	available	for	foreclosing	coun- “Best	Rural/Farm	Worker	Project”	award	              muchos	liberales.	Estos	liberales	añoran	los	    digan	sobre	Obama.	Clinton	y	otros	can-
seling,	round	table	discussions,	to	name	just	 from	Affordable	Housing	Finance	Magazine	 días	simples	del	electorado	afroamericano	                 didatos	republicanos	nos	dirán	eso	sin	la	
a	few.		The	final	presentation	will	feature	a	  for	its	Valle	del	Sol	development	in	Stock-        y	blanco	y	un	país	menos	globalizado.	           miopía	de	que	el	electorado	sigue	siendo	
panel	discussion	to	include	the	San	Joaquin	 ton.		For	more	information	contact	the	of-            Al	igual	que	Clinton,	Obana	y	todos	los	         solo	“afroamericano	y	blanco”	que	ha	pro-
County	District	Attorney’s	office	loan	fraud	 fice	at	(209)	466-6811	or	visit	the	website	at	 candidatos	republicanos,	ellos	apoyan	los	            bado	ser	ya	obsoleto	en	la	cara	de	un	nuevo	
unit,	San	Joaquin	County	Rental	Associa-        www.visionaryhomebuilders.org.		                   equivalentes	anti-	raciales	de	la	anti-emi-      país.
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 Embarazo 101                                                                                        lados	y	los	alimentos	fritos.	También	evite	     	 He	oído	historias	terribles	acerca	de	las	
                                                                                                     el	alto	consumo	de	azucar	y	dulces.              náuseas	matinales.	¿Voy	a	estar	sientién-
                                                                             continúa en pág. 13     	 Usted	puede	reducir	muchos	de	los	             dome	enferma	por	nueve	meses?	
                                                                                                     incómodos	efectos	secundarios	del	embara-        Las	náuseas	matinales	se	refieren	a	los	sín-
de	las	clínicas,	públicas	y	privadas,	pueden	    a	cualquier	presión	para	reportar	a	perso-          zo	manteniendo	una	forma	de	vida	sana.	          tomas	que	muchas	mujeres	sienten	en	el	
proporcionar	esos	servicios.	La	adopción	es	     nas	indocumentadas.	Puede	que	usted	no	             Duerma	ocho	horas	cada	noche,	y	camine	          primer	trimestre	del	embarazo.	Aquí	hay	
también	una	opción.	                             califique	para	recibir	ayuda	de	programas	          entre	30	minutos	y	una	hora	cada	día.	           algunos	consejos	para	disminuir	su	mal-
	 l	cuidado	prenatal	es	esencial	para	           estatales,	pero	hay	muchos	grupos	comuni-                                                            estar:	
asegurarse	de	que	el	embarazo	esté	sano.	Si	     tarios	que	tienen	programas	para	ayudarle	          ¿Realmente afectará al bebé tomar una
usted	no	tiene	seguro	médico,	hay	muchas	        a	obtener	el	cuidado	que	necesita.	                 cerveza o fumar un cigarrillo ?                  •	 Si	siente	náuseas,	no	tome	líquidos.	
clínicas	públicas	y	organizaciones	sin	fines	                                                        No	existe	dosis	de	alcohol	o	cigarrillo	que	     Intente	comer	algo	seco	en	cantidades	
de	lucro	y	de	caridad	que	ofrecen	cuidado	       ¿Estar embarazada significa que puedo               no	afecte	al	embarazo.	El	fumar	y	el	al-         pequeñas,	como	cereal,	tostadas	o	huevo	
prenatal	gratis.	Si	usted	no	es	residente	le-    comer lo que se me antoje?                          cohol	tienen	el	mismo	efecto	básico	en	el	       duro.	
gal	de	los	Estados	Unidos,	no	se	preocupe.	      Yo	le	digo	lo	mismo	a	cada	una	de	mis	              feto:	inhiben	el	desarrollo	de	su	bebé.	El	      •	 Cuando	pase	o	disminuya	la	náusea,	
La	ley	no	obliga	a	los	médicos	a	divulgar	       pacientes:	¡coma	más	frutas	y	vegetales!	Es	        alcohol	le	causa	defectos	físicos,	mentales	y	   tome	líquidos	solamente	a	cucharaditas.
el	estado	legal	de	ningún	paciente,	y	los	       fácil	olvidarse	del	alto	contenido	de	grasas	       de	comportamiento	al	bebé.	El	fumar	dis-         •	 Divida	sus	comidas	en	porciones	más	
médicos	se	han	opuesto	por	mucho	tiempo	         en	la	mantequilla,	el	queso,	la	leche,	los	he-      minuye	el	flujo	de	sangre	al	bebé.               pequeñas,	entre	tres	y	seis	comidas	al	día.	


New phone system connects residents
to bilingual operators, vital services
	 By	Rhashad	Pittman                             quickly	and	easily	for	a	variety	of	services,	
	 Residents	throughout	Stanislaus	               including	job	training,	shelters,	healthcare	
County	now	only	have	to	make	one	phone	          and	legal	assistance.	
call	to	find	the	services	they	need,	from	       	 “Statistics	show	that	in	counties	that	
employment	and	healthcare	to	basic	needs.	       don’t	have	a	2-1-1	system,	residents	make	
	 United	Way	of	Stanislaus	County	re-            on	average	eight	to	10	calls	before	they’re	
cently	installed	a	free	telephone	system	that	   connected	to	the	right	agency,”	Smith	said.	
connects	callers	to	bilingual	operators	who	     “Here	they	just	need	to	make	one	call.”
have	access	to	a	vast	database.	By	dialing	      	 The	Stanislaus	computerized	phone	
2-1-1,	county	residents	can	retrieve	contact	    system	can	translate	calls	from	58	lan-
information	from	2,100	agencies	and	orga-        guages	into	English,	Smith	said.	Calls	are	
nizations	throughout	the	county.	                answered	24	hours	a	day,	seven	days	per	
	 “It’s	a	pretty	incredible	system,”	said	       week.	To	date,	the	call	center	averages	350	
Steve	Smith,	chief	marketing	officer	of	         calls	per	month	since	it	opened	in	October.	
United	Way	of	Stanislaus	County.                 Residents	can	also	go	online	to	get	the	
		 The	2-1-1	system	is	available	across	         same	information	by	clicking	on	the	2-1-1	
the	country	with	nearly	200	million	             icon	at	www.uwaystan.org.
people	having	access	to	local	call	centers.	     	 The	system	is	funded	by	Stanislaus	
Stanislaus	is	the	first	county	in	the	Central	
Valley	and	the	11th	county	in	California	
                                                 county	and	city	governments,	private	agen-          FASHION SHOW TO BENEFIT HOSPICE OF SAN JOAQUIN’S HOSPICE HOUSE
                                                 cies	and	nonprofit	organizations.	
to	offer	the	system	to	its	residents.	United	    	 During	a	crisis,	the	system	can	serve	as	         	 The	fourth	annual	Spring	Into	fashion	         cruise	wear	fashions	for	all.
Way	offices	in	Merced	and	San	Joaquin	           an	alternative	to	911	for	non-emergency	            benefiting	Hospice	of	San	Joaquin’s	Hospice	     	 Tickets	are	$40.00	per	person.		Send	
counties	are	exploring	the	system	too.	          calls,	Smith	said.	In	case	of	a	major	disaster	     House,	a	residence	for	terminally	patients,	     check	payable	to	“Spring	Into	Fashion	
	 The	system	was	designed	to	help	resi-          such	as	a	fire,	flood	or	earthquake,	911	op-        will	take	place	at	beautiful	Brookside	Coun-     2008”	to:		4719	Quail	Lakes	Drive	Ste.	
dents	shift	through	the	endless	number	          erators	would	redirect	all	non-emergency	           try	Club	Saturday	March	15,	2008.		Guests	       G,	PMB	288,	Stockton,	CA	95207.		For	
of	agencies	and	organizations	that	have	         calls	to	the	2-1-1	operators.	                      will	enjoy	welcome	champagne;	a	gourmet	         more	information			contact	Hospice	San	
increased	dramatically	over	the	past	few	        	 “It’s	designed	to	take	the	pressure	off,”	        luncheon	prepared	by	Chef	Chris	Isert	vot-       Joaquin	Event	Line	at	(209)	922-0242	or	
years.		Now	residents	can	get	information	       Smith	said.	                                        ed	number	one	chef	in	San	Joaquin	County,	       event	organizer	Susan	Leonard	at	(209)	
                                                                                                     and	a	fashion	show	presenting	an	array	of	       483-3600.
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Voto Latino Uses Social Networking, Celebrity to Tap Latino Youth Vote
	    NAM	-	It’s	your	country	…	Represent!”	      website	Craigslist.	Newmark,	who	sits	on	
	 This	is	the	message	being	spread	in	           the	advisory	board	of	Voto	Latino,	says	he	
full	force	by	Latino	celebrities	and	music	      supports	the	work	being	done	by	the	orga-
artists	such	as	John	Leguizamo,	Zoe	             nization	because:	“Enfranchising	Latinos	
                                                 reflects	basic	American	values.”
Saldana,	Pitbull,	Mal	Verde,	and	Dad-
                                                 	 Newmark	recently	joined	an	all	star	
dyYankee	–	all	of	whom	are	supporting	
                                                 cast	including	Rosario	Dawson,	Wilmer	
Voto	Latino	in	their	effort	to	get	Latino	       Valderrama	and	Tony	Plana	for	the	filming	
youth	registered	to	vote.                        of	public	service	announcements	sponsored	
	 Combning	Latino	pop	culture	with	              by	Voto	Latino	and	Declare	Yourself,	which	
new	technologies,	Voto	Latino	is	re-             will	promote	voter	registration	in	the	form	
minding	young	Latinos	across	the	coun-           of	mock	telenovelas.
try	that	they	hold	the	power	to	influence	       	 The	four-part	series	of	public	service	
the	elections	in	2008.	                          announcements	premiered	on	MySpace,	
	 Maria	Teresa	Petersen,	executive	              where	the	organization	has	been	carrying	
director	of	Voto	Latino,	believes	that	          out	one	of	their	biggest	and	most	success-
                                                 ful	registration	campaigns.	Petersen	says	
the	political	power	of	the	Latino	
                                                 that	the	benefit	of	utilizing	online	social	
youth	has	not	been	recognized	by	the	
                                                 networks	is	that	it	allows	the	youth	them-
political	arena	and	says	that	this	can	          selves	to	promote	election	participation	in	
be	seen	by	the	fact	that	none	of	the	            their	social	communities,	and	notes	that	
presidential	candidates	have	made	at-            600	people	registered	to	vote	in	one	day	
tempts	to	engage	young	Latino	voters	                                                                be	major	players	in	this	presidential	election,	   calls	“	real	people	terms,”	and	even	comedy	
                                                 when	they	appeared	on	the	website	Face-
in	the	election	process.	                                                                            and	it	is	about	time,”	says	Edgar	“ShoBoy”	        to	talk	about	the	issues.
                                                 book.
                                                                                                     Sotelo,	DJ	of	popular	La	Kalle	Radio	based	        	 He	says	his	audience	has	been	recep-
	 She	points	out	that	50,000	Latinos	            	 One	Voto	Latino	member,	who	goes	
                                                                                                     in	San	Francisco.	He	feels	strongly	that	Lati-     tive	to	the	discussion	of	the	elections	and	
turn	18	every	month	in	the	United	               by	the	profile	name	“BoricuaPosse”	from	
                                                                                                     nos	should	start	flexing	their	power	by	vot-       explains	that	ever	since	the	movement	of	
States,	of	which	92	percent	are	eligible	        New	York,	posted	a	message	stating:	“He	is	
                                                                                                     ing	during	the	presidential	primaries,	which	      the	pro-immigration	marches	in	2006,	the	
to	vote.	Plus,	68	percent	of	all	new	            Committed	to	making	a	difference!”	and	
                                                                                                     will	decide	our	final	candidates.                  Latino	community	has	become	more	aware	
                                                 that	“Together,	the	possibilities	are	end-
youth	voters	are	Latino.                                                                             	 “This	is	the	most	exciting	primary	elec-         of	the	politics	being	played	in	the	United	
                                                 less!”	His	MySpace	page,	which	is	adorned	
	 In	an	effort	to	engage	the	young	                                                                  tion	ever,”	he	says.	“You	don’t	know	what	is	      States	and	that	they	[Latinos]	want	to	do	
                                                 with	Puerto	Rican	flags	and	photos	of	
Latino	demographic,	ages	18-34,	the	                                                                 going	to	happen	and,	for	the	first	time,	Cal-      something	about	it.	
                                                 Puerto	Rican	celebrities	like	Tito	Puente,	
organization	has	teamed	up	with	the	top	         Rosie	Perez,	and	Ricky	Martin,	shows	Voto	
                                                                                                     ifornia’s	electoral	votes	could	turn	around	       	 He	reminds	his	listeners,	“You	don’t	
Latino	websites,	magazines	and	televi-                                                               the	race.”	                                        need	a	radio	show	to	make	a	difference.	
                                                 Latino	as	one	of	his	top	friends.
sion	networks	to	create	innovative	regis-                                                            	 “ShoBoy”	has	partnered	with	Voto	La-             Simply	take	the	message	that	every	vote	
                                                 	 Another	member,	21-year-old	“Thali-
tration	campaigns,	which	is	designed	to	                                                             tino	to	host	monthly	registration	drives	at	       counts	to	your	circle	of	friends	and	show	
                                                 aBoy”	from	Illinois,	writes	“Washington	
                                                                                                     concerts,	colleges	and	malls	across	the	Bay	       them	the	different	ways	you	can	register	to	
generate	dialogue	around	election	issues.        D.C:	GET	READY	CAUSE	WE	LATI-
                                                                                                     Area.	He	has	already	been	using	his	bilin-         vote.”
	 “The	country	can	only	become	stron-            NOS	ARE	GOING	TO	BE	HEARD	
                                                                                                     gual	radio	show	to	discuss	what	happening	         	 Only	then	he	says	will	we	show	society	
ger	by	giving	everyone	a	voice,”	says	Craig	     LOUD	AND	CLEAR!”
                                                                                                     with	the	presidential	races,	using	what	he	        that,	“We	[Latinos]	are	American!”
Newmark,	founder	of	San	Francisco-based	         	 “It	is	no	doubt	that	young	Latinos	can	



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	 Residentes	del	condado	de	Stanislaus	
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para	encontrar	los	servicios	que	necesitan	
desde	empleo,	servicios	médicos	y	necesi-
dades	básicas.	United	Way	del	condado	de	
Stanislaus,	recientemente,	instaló	un	sistema	
telefónico		que	conecta	a	las	personas	que	
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mercadotecnia	de	United	Way	en	el	con-           de	58	diferentes	lenguajes	diferentes	al	
dado	de	Stanislaus.	El	sistema	2-1-1	está	       inglés.	El	servicio	se	presta	las	24	horas	del	
disponible	en	todo	el	país	y	son	cerca	200	      día	los	siete	días	de	la	semana.	“A	la	fecha	se	
millones	de	personas	las	que	tienen	acceso	      reciben	un	promedio	de	350	llamadas	por	                                                          Refreshing Premium
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