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Journal of the American Latino Dream

Volume 9

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Progress in Race for the Cure

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From the editor Hope for the cure

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Minnesapolis’ Walker Art Center raises artistic stature of cat videos; plus, “Harold and Kumar Go to White House”

14 ALPremembrance journal of activist, Gustavo Gutierrez;

Future Majority Project supports Latinos running for office under GOP banner; will the Latino vote make Arizona a Democratic state by 2025?

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There are so many ways to help Arizona’s foster children

23 Unique Rincón del arte 51 Education challenges for Ballet Arizona costumers Several new double degrees for ASU Honors 39 Wells Movin’ up Fargo promotions; AzCADV Thrive awards;

Alvarez, new Arts Commission board member; Garcia garners five design awards; Flinn-Brown 2012 Civic Leadership Academy participants

43 Restauranteurs Entrepreneur serve up pizza and compassion

students; EYEPlay introduces drama as a teaching tool; AZ Science Center reaches out to home-schooled students; public transit design contest for third-graders; SMCC’s free October concert “under the stars”

55 Health Periodontitis: An insidious threat to oral health because you often don’t know you have it

60 Time out Gearing up for a fall weekend in the woods

16 Tony Vibe Bennett teams up with Latino artists on

45 Briefcase A statistical summary of Latino lives and

19 Latina still standing Jennie Flores faces up to daughter’s frightening

Columbus’ legacy is nothing to celebrate 49 Those who serve “Policing with a purpose” – mantra of Phoenix Police Chief, Daniel Garcia 66 My perspective ... on expanding access to health care/health

newest duet album; Latino animators part of Frankenweenie’s creative team; dual-memoir focuses on cross-cultural friendship; history of the bracero program, online and on the road

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October 2012 Publisher/CEO Ricardo Torres Executive Editor/COO Cecilia Rosales, Ph.D. Copy Editor Virginia Betz Art Director Jorge Quintero Contributing Writers Catherine Anaya, Diana Bejarano, Virginia Betz, Erica Cardenas, Dan Cortez, Ruben Hernandez, Kris Jacober, Ian Komenaka, M.D., Robrt L. Pela, Stella Pope Duarte, Joyce Rosenthal, D.D.S., Kurt Sheppard Director of Sales and Marketing Carlos Jose Cuervo Advertising Account Executives Grace Alvarez and Barry Farber Webmaster QBCS Inc.

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Hope for the cure By Cecilia Rosales, Ph.D.

As we prepared to go to press, the American Cancer Society released its

2012 “Cancer Facts and Figures for Hispanics/ Latinos.” The data reveal that cancer has surpassed heart disease, and is now the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States. Although cancer incidence and mortality rates are lower among Hispanics, the Cancer Society estimates that, this year alone, 112,800 Latinos will be diagnosed with the disease; 33,200 will die of it. But there are reasons to remain optimistic. On September 20, 2012, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center announced an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace at which scientific breakthroughs translate into clinical advances to reduce cancer deaths. This is no small feat. Worldwide, the disease affects more people than heart disease, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria – combined. An estimated 100 million people will die from cancer in this decade. Fittingly, M.D. Anderson has dubbed this formidable new endeavor, “The Moon Shots Program,” inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s determination to go to the moon in the 1960s, and the speech in which he declared, “that challenge is one that we are willing to accept; one we are unwilling to postpone; and one which we intend to win.” The inaugural “Moon Shots” program will initially target eight cancers, including acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, melanoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and triple-negative breast and ovarian cancers. Scientific and technological advances are rapidly changing the medical field and reshaping our understanding of many diseases. The same week “The Moon Shots Program” was announced, the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA, led by the National Cancer Institute, the National Human Research Institute, and researchers from around the world) published the results of the first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer. This study and a better understanding of the genetic causes of the most common forms of breast cancer are expected to impact clinical medicine and increase treatment options for breast cancer patients. Despite all these new developments, early detection continues to be of critical importance. That’s why Latino Perspectives Magazine is proud to partner, once again, with the Komen Phoenix Affiliate to get out the message (page 27). Talk to the women in your life about breast cancer, and join us on October 14, 2012, at the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure. Make sure to visit latinopm.com to access our digital edition, and share LPM with your amigos and comadres.

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Purrfect timing By Robrt Pela

Because, apparently, we are not

wasting enough time staring at cute kitty videos, a nationally acclaimed institution has taken a step toward legitimizing them. On the last day of August, Minneapolis’s prestigious Walker Art Center, one of the nation’s most prominent institutions of contemporary art, hosted the inaugural “Internet Cat Video Film Festival.” An estimated 10,000 people showed up. No, really. And why not? Isn’t half the known world already ooooh-ing and aaaah-ing over videos of Fluffy flushing the toilet and Boots and Mittens discovering their first ball of yarn? We are, and the folks at the Walker are on to us. In fact, much of the audience for the late summer event had already seen most of the clips being screened, having ogled them on YouTube while

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they were supposed to be working. No matter. It was only a matter of time before someone acknowledged that, in the great time-suck that is the Ethernet, the cat video rules supreme. In this case, it was Walker event programmer, Katie Hill, who originally pitched the festival as a kind of

joke. But her bosses saw the event as a good fit with its new, experimental, public programming venture, and shortly Hill found herself jurying a panel that viewed every one of the 10,000 videos submitted. She and the jury grouped the selected videos into categories, such as Foreign, Art House and Documentary, then narrowed the list even further. Finally, a festival was born – one featuring Snooky, the tabby, cathandling a metronome; another, a French long-hair bemoaning its very existence; and a slew of short “films” in which kittens rode on vacuum sweepers. Meow.

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The 2012 Republican National

Convention will likely always be remembered for Clint Eastwood’s rambling, more-thanslightly embarrassing chat with an empty chair. How to follow such thrilling theatrics? Call a couple of potheads, of course. In an attempt to top Eastwood’s silly screed, President Obama telephoned a pair of Hollywood icons to ask for their support – or at least he pretended to. In a video clip that aired at the Democratic National Convention (and quickly went viral), Obama was shown calling Kal Penn and John Cho, better known as their stoner counterparts, Harold and Kumar, to request their help with his campaign. The spot shows the President picking up the phone and dialing the stars of the Harold and Kumar movies; when Penn answers, Obama says, “Hey, this is Barack. Listen, I need to know if you’re on board. Okay, good,

because I’m counting on you. Everybody is. We have to get this right. There’s a lot at stake here.” After the call concludes, Cho and Penn go back to watching TV. It’s an unconventional convention promotion, one surely designed to appeal to Obama’s younger, more liberal supporters. This sort of nudge-and-wink courting of votes was popularized by Bill Clinton, who wailed on a saxophone during a 1992 Tonight Show appearance and made wisecracks to Oprah about having “tried” marijuana in college. The Kumar spot has been well received, much more so than Eastwood’s rambling, gravel-voiced conversation with an empty chair at the Republican Convention. Eastwood’s speech, in which he addressed the current president as if he were sitting in the empty chair beside Eastwood’s podium, has been criticized as a confusing

and potentially damaging launch for Mitt Romney’s campaign. “Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them?” the 82-year-old actor blathered. He then went on to discredit Obama’s promise to close the U.S. prison at Guantánamo, and to end the war in Iraq. His best moment may have been when he disparaged lawyers, and suggested it was a bad idea for them to become presidents. Mitt Romney, like President Obama, is a graduate of Harvard law school. Nice work, Dirty Harry.

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Sunday, October 7 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mini Tour: Pre-Colombian and Modern Mexico – Musical Traditions across Time and Space

Pianist and composer who connects the rhythms, melodies, and compositional structures of Panamanian folk with jazz, classical, and Latin American music Tickets: $32.50–$37.50

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The legacy of Gustavo Gutierrez; a plan to get more Latinos in elected office; Arizona – blue by 2025?

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Check out some sobering statistics about pediatric cancer

i say... Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time, we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives … Shakira, announcing that she and her 25-year-old beau(soccer player, Gerard Pique) are expecting their first child – and cancelling some concerts

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Craig Romney, Mitt Romney’s son, during the GOP convention in Florida

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Lady Gaga, after sharing with the media she gained “like” 25 pounds eating at her father’s new restaurant

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Julian Castro and the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center predict party inversion for Arizona in the very near future

Red to blue: Sooner rather than later? History was made last August when San Antonio’s Democratic mayor, Julian Castro, became the first Latino to give a keynote address at a national party convention. But it was Castro’s message rather than his history-making presence at the podium that convention attendees will likely recall (and which will almost certainly trouble the Future Majority Project; see below). Castro pledged that the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S., along with increased electoral participation by Latinos, will unbalance Republican control in Arizona, now “ground zero” for antiimmigration backlash. Castro stopped short of claiming that an increase in Latino voters would be enough for President Obama to carry Arizona in November, but explained that there are efforts afoot that will make Hispanics a more powerful force in both Arizona and Texas in coming years. It’s a daring promise. In the two years since Arizona passed its notorious Senate Bill 1070, Republican Governor Jan Brewer has made a name for herself as an Obama basher, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been 14

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slapped with a federal civil rights lawsuit over his treatment of Latinos; both continue to prevail, thanks to antiimmigration allies and conservative voters. According to a new report, this era will pass more quickly than Democrats had dare hope. Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center issued a latesummer report predicting that the state will go from red to blue in a little more than a decade. The projections point to a very high proportion of young Latino citizens who will come of age between now and 2025. By that time, the report surmises, Arizona will have gone Democrat on the basis of demographics alone, because the number of votingage Hispanics (who tend to vote Democratic) will rise from 25 percent to 35 percent. Castro made references to both Arpaio’s and Brewer’s backing of antiimmigration policies, saying, “I do think that, because of those policies, [the election] moves closer to being winnable by a Democrat. You have seen some backlash, and once these younger Latino folks start voting, I think that they’re going to keep up a habit of voting.”

It’s a hope that Democrats have harbored for years – that Arizona’s growing Latino population will be motivated by anti-immigration policies to head for the polls. But detractors are quick to point out that Hispanic voter turnout is historically lower than that of other groups. Of those eligible to vote in 2008, only about half turned up to vote, compared to 65 percent of blacks and 66 percent of whites, according to numbers from the Brookings Institute. In his speech, Castro expressed the hope that the backlash against Arizona, Arpaio and Brewer (who recently backed a ban on ethnic studies at local universities and issued an executive order denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants) will be enough to bring Latino voters to the polls, and to make prognostications about a Democratic Arizona a reality.

R.I.P., Señor Gutierrez A pioneer of the Arizona Civil Rights Movement passed away on September 1 at the age of 80. In the 1960s, Gutierrez was the director of the Migrant Opportunity Program, which fought for better


LP journal conditions in field sanitation, as well as for protections against child labor and toxic pesticides. Inspired by César Chávez, he organized farm workers in Tolleson in 1968 and, along with Carolina Rosales and Mel Hewey, was a cofounder of the Arizona Farm Workers Organizing Committee. “We will always remember Gustavo’s sacrifices and hard work for the farm workers of Arizona,” Cesar Chavez Foundation president, Paul F. Chavez, said in a commemoration last month, “and his lifetime of community activism on behalf of Latino, labor and civil rights.” Gutierrez was also a founding member of Chicanos por la Causa (CPLC), which has since become one of the largest Hispanic community development organizations in the country. When the organization took off, Gutierrez launched the AFL-CIO Labor Union 383, and later served on the council of Tonatierra, a community organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of indigenous traditions. “Tata was a leader like we’ll never see again,” says Pertacio Silva, a friend of Gutierrez’s who ran with him in the Peace and Dignity Journeys, an intercontinental prayer run that Gutierrez founded in 1992 and is held every four years. Gutierrez died, ironically, from injuries sustained in an accident while participating in one of those Peace and Dignity Journeys in northern Arizona. “He served the needs of our community and passionately fought for the recognition of indigenous peoples until his last breath,” said José “Casper” Habre, a longtime CPLC board member. Que en paz descanse.

of a surge in Democratic Latino voters in that state. The Future Majority Project (FMP) is hoping to change that. Founded by veteran GOP strategist Ed Gillespie’s Republican State Leadership Committee, the project is an effort to create and support qualified Hispanic candidates for legislative and other seats in states across the nation. The greater agenda, according to Matt Walter, the political director of the Republican State Leadership Committee, is to appeal to, and win over, Hispanic voters. “There are certainly future Congress members, future attorneys general, future governors, future U.S. senators and maybe even a president in there,” Walter said in an Associated Press interview. “The goal of the Future Majority Project is to have a long-term, sustainable effort

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to grow the Republican family.” That family includes prominent Hispanics like Republican governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada. In August, nine recruits of the Future Majority Project from nine states gathered in Texas for a private summit that included meetings with Sandoval and others. Part of the agenda included assuring attendees, who participated in faked filming sessions and issue briefings, that FMP resources will be available to party candidates who run for office. The organization has allocated at least $3 million for the 2012 effort so far. “A lot of these folks are new to the political process,” Walter said, “and so, by just giving them the basics — the fundamentals — you can really go a long way to helping them be successful in their individual races.”

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Tony Bennett with sabor Latino The legendary performer, who commemorated his

86th birthday this past August, is celebrating the release of his latest CD, Tony Bennett: Viva Duets, on Columbia Records. Following the critical and commercial acclaim of Duets and Duets II, Viva Duets features Bennett performing his greatest hits mano a mano with Latino and Hispanic artists representing nine countries and three continents. The tracks include: The Best is Yet to Come –with Chayanne   For Once in My Life –with Marc Anthony   Who Can I Turn To –with Gloria Estefan Return to Me (Regresa a Mí) –with Vicente Fernández

Local filmmaker releases documentary The Immigration Paradox premiered in Phoenix this past September. Seven years in the making, the featurelength documentary is a testament to Lourdes Lee Vasquez’s tenacity. Despite lack of financial backing, the young Emmy Award-winning filmmaker set out to explore the root causes of mass, unauthorized migration. Searching for answers, she interviews people from all walks of life, as well as economists, sociologists, historians, activists and policy-makers with different ideological perspectives. Visit tipmovie.com to learn more about the documentary, the filmmaker and the production team. Get more Vibe at latinopm.com

Frankenweenie The latest cinematic iteration of Mary Shelley’s

Frankenstein hits the big screen this month – just in time for Halloween (and día de los muertos). Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s much anticipated, stopmotion animated film, was rendered in 3-D and filmed in black and white, inspired by early 20th century horror flicks. The family feature tells the story of Victor who, bereaved by the passing of his pet dog, resorts to science to bring him back from the dead. Among the many talented animators behind this project are Matias Liebrecht (Brazil), Cesar Diaz Melendez and Valin Marcos (Spain). The voice cast includes Martin Landau, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Winona Ryder. Check out the trailers and learn more about the production at disney.go.com/frankenweenie. Disney’s Frankenweenie premieres this month. Above, a young Victor experimenting on Sparky

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I can’t get the song out of my head.

Smithsonian educational posters feature the Bracero Program The Smithsonian Institution

Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) is shining a light on the oft forgotten, WWIIera Emergency Farm Worker Program and its place in American history with a series of educational posters. The bilingual series is aptly entitled, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964,” and is based on an eponymous exhibition that has been traveling the nation since 2010 (it was hosted locally by ChandlerGilbert Community College in 2011). The exhibit includes images, oral histories and interviews by Leonard Nadel; they depict the exploitation, as well as the opportunities, that came along with the program. It is estimated that by the mid-1960s, over 4 million Mexican braceros had come to the U.S. as part of this temporary guest-worker program. This fall, the free posters will be available to schools, museums and libraries across the country. A comprehensive companion website (sites.si.edu/bracero) includes an online exhibition, lesson plans and related materials aligned to state standards for 5th through 12th grades. Learn more at sites.si.edu.

It’s the words which so vividly bring to life the relationship between a little Valley boy and his mother, and her anguish at losing him to cancer. It’s the performance so achingly raw and heartfelt from such a young songwriter. Taylor Swift wrote the song, Ronan, after following his mom Maya’s heartbreaking blog about the untimely death of her three-year-old son, Ronan, to cancer, and then meeting Maya several months later backstage at one of her concerts. Like the song that immediately soared to the top of the iTunes charts, Ronan’s story has hit a heart-wrenching nerve among people all over the world. It has prompted many like me to hold our children that much closer at the terrifying thought of losing them. It’s also spotlighted some sobering statistics about childhood cancer. According to the Ronan Thompson Foundation website: 46 children a day are diagnosed with cancer Seven of them will die today Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children Pediatric cancer only receives 3.8 percent of all cancer research funding Years ago, I won my first Emmy Award for a multi-part story I did on a five-year-old little girl’s battle with leukemia. It was bittersweet recognition for a story that started out as a push to find a match for a bone marrow transplant. I never considered that little Ashley wouldn’t survive. I detailed her courageous fight and the physical and emotional toll it took on her parents.

My daughter was less than a year old at the time. The more attached I became to Ashley and her family’s plight, the more I realized how just how easily their tragedy could have been mine, yours, anyone’s. I don’t know Maya personally. But, through her blog, I have felt her grief. Through Swift’s song, I get a sense of what her boy was like; an innocent little being who shouldn’t have had to face such a terrifying disease. Both mothers are proving that even the smallest effort at change can lead to unimaginable results. I downloaded the song. I listen to it every day and have yet to do so without crying. I’ve shared it with my children and with my social media friends. I encourage you to listen to it as well, download it (proceeds go to cancer charities), visit Maya’s blog, RockstarRonan.com, donate to the Foundation and help keep Ronan and Ashley’s memories alive. Their heartache could very easily have been ours. Please join me in spreading the word about this global effort to prevent other children and parents from having to experience such devastating pain and loss. Catherine Anaya anchors CBS 5 News weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 10 pm. She is a mother of two, marathon runner and motivational speaker. Reach her at catherine.anaya@cbs5az.com, connect with her on Facebook, twitter and at CatherineAnaya.com.

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Different worlds intersect in friendship By Ruben Hernandez

Reading Santana and Saúl: A Dual

Memoir is like peering into the windows of two houses at the opposite ends of town. The long-term friendship of Santana Acuña, a Chicano pachuco in California, and Saul Diskin, a New York-bred Jew living in Phoenix, offers hope for our turbulent times in which different cultures seem to be pitted against one another. Santana Acuña was born and raised in a poverty-stricken and violent barrio. Santana grew up amid the criminals who hung out in local cantinas, drinking, shooting heroin, maiming, and even murdering one another. He didn’t know any other life, and ended up spending many years in prisons. In the book, a young Santana describes his first time shooting up heroin: I was ready to go into a strange barrio and fight my way out. I was ready to steal, to fight, to stab, to shoot. I could work all day in the fields and drink all night and go to work the next morning. There was no danger I wasn’t ready to face. I held my arm out. He held it and, like a doctor, searched for the vein by tapping my forearm, and then punctured the vein with the point of the needle. In too short a time to measure, in a millionth of a second, a short sentence went through my brain … “This is me.” It was in prison that Santana experienced a spiritual conversion and became a born-again Christian. He is now pastor of his own congregation in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Saul Diskin, the co-author, lived a life diametrically opposed to Santana’s.

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Never underestimate a mother’s intuition By Diana Bejarano

Mothers are usually very protective

of their children, but there is something about a Latina mother protecting her niños y niñas. That is what Jennie Flores did when her little girl, Kailah, who was just 7 years old at the time, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), one of the most aggressive forms of leukemia. It started with very vague symptoms, like Kailah losing weight. Jennie thought, “Maybe it’s because she’s getting taller.” Then, she noticed her daughter was sleeping a little more than usual; but, again, she dismissed it. She also started noticing bruises on Kailah’s body about a month before the diagnosis. Then the bruises began appearing more frequently and Kailah started having stomach aches. Then, one day, she saw a bigger bruise on Kailah’s back near her spine. That’s when her mother’s intuition kicked in and told her something wasn’t right. She called her husband at work and said, “Come home now; I think something is really wrong with Kailah.” Leukemia came to Jennie’s mind. A year earlier, she had read the book and seen the movie, My Sister’s Keeper, about a little girl who had the illness. “I think Kailah could have leukemia,” she blurted out. She recognized the symptoms. Like any father would, he became highly upset, “No! My daughter doesn’t have leukemia.” They agreed that Jennie would take their daughter to the doctor, but, when

she got to the doctor’s office, something told her to take Kailah to the ER instead. She drove away and went straight to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Two hours later, the Flores were told their daughter had leukemia. Not the more treatable childhood leukemia, but the more aggressive form, acute myeloid leukemia. Kailah coped with the side-effects of five rounds of intense chemotherapy; she took it all in stride. To help her feel better, some of her cousins cut their hair short and donated it to Locks of Love. Her father shaved his head completely. Jennie considers herself blessed. She was born to a great strong family and to a father who had to overcome a lot of obstacles in his life; it was his model of strength that helped her get through this difficult time. Jennie fought against not listening to her gut and she fought for her daughter’s life. And with the help of her faith, family and friends, her daughter is alive and cancer-free! Kailah has been in remission since March, 2011. Now Jennie and her daughter spend a lot of their time volunteering, educating and advocating for this cause. Diana Bejarano is an Arizona native and a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Reach her at latinastillstanding@yahoo. com or latinastillstanding.blogspot.com

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He grew up in Brooklyn, the son of eastern European immigrants. In California, the two of them met and became immediate friends. Over the years they lost contact with

¡No te dejes! Sometimes you have to fight back,

no matter what the consequences may be. We all have a favorite story of how someone has given it back to the man, or even better, to a bully. That happened once to my oldest brother, Marcel, when he was only 8 years old, a time when he had to be the “little man” of the house because my father was out working long hours. He took his role seriously. This was also a time when we were living “in the shadows,” as an undocumented family, in one of several small houses owned by an unscrupulous landlord in the old part of Peoria. Those in our situation knew well to keep theirs noses to the grindstone, work hard and everything would be all right. The landlord had a son around my brother’s age who had discovered that he could bully his way around the neighborhood without much retribution. He had gamed the system and had even learned to say, “la migra,” as a way to satisfy his father. Marcel had to contend with the taunts and the punches, something my mom was unaware of, while my dad was away at work. Marcel didn’t let them know what was going on; he felt it was just part of his responsibility. My brother took instructions for not causing any waves that might jeopardize our situation seriously. La migra aside, we could be evicted at any time without notice. So, the landlord’s son thought it was fun to use my brother as a punching bag.

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Then one afternoon, it all changed. As my mom retells it, I like to play the scene in my mind as if it were a movie. At the end of an empty lot next to our house, Marcel, arms stretched out and gripping the chain link fence at his back, was taking his usual beating as an elderly couple watched helplessly from the other side of the fence. I picture my mom coming out of our small house carrying a metal tina filled with water she had rinsed dishes in and, as she begins to pour water on the ground to keep the dust from kicking up, she hears a commotion. As she looks up to see her son being attacked, her motherly instincts kick in, to hell with the consequences. “No te dejes!” She screams at the top her lungs, commanding her son to protect himself and to fight back. She tells me that before she even finished uttering the last word of her command, the bully was on the ground shielding himself from my brother. He fought back. The elderly couple cheered and said, “Way to go, m’ijo!” The kid ran off, but he wasn’t done. The next day he parked himself on our small patch of a front yard. Marcel told him to leave and, when he wouldn’t, my brother approached him and said, “Oh, you’re back for more?” And, for the second time in two days, the kid ran for cover. Marcel and my mom didn’t discuss the incident much after that. They didn’t even tell my dad. We weren’t evicted and didn’t even have la migra called on us. But things did change.

each other. In Phoenix, Saul became immersed in local civic activism, befriending Chicanos por la Causa executives, like Tommy Espinoza, and advocating with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. This just-published book covers important issues in vivid detail: the treatment of Mexican Americans, the brutality in prisons, drug addiction, barrio life and belief in God. Yet, at its core, Santana and Saúl is a tale of two sensitive men learning the rules of survival in two very different worlds, and how friendship can free us from our own societal prisons.

Santana and Saúl: A Dual Memoir By Saul Diskin and Santana Acuña Available at amazon.com Hardcover: $28.99; paperback: $15.96; Kindle version: $3.03


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Leonor Texidor, costume shop manager, Ballet Arizona Leonor was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She has been with Ballet Arizona since 2001. Joining her in the costume shop are: Luz Ruiz-Ortiz, costumer and tailor; Alejandra Sainz and Catalina Cano-Dominguez, seamstresses; Manuela Zavala, tailor; and Flor Arce, footwear artist – all of whom are from Mexico. The team is charged with sewing, creating, altering, dyeing, cutting and fitting all the costumes and toe shoes for each and every dancer, as well as arranging all the wigs and make-up for every Ballet Arizona production.

University of Puerto Rico; attended the University of Barcelona, Spain, through a student exchange program at New York University where I received my Master’s degree with a specialty in Textile and Costume Design; costuming for Puerto Rico’s PBS station for over 25 years; costume manager for all period-themed commercials filmed in Puerto Rico; costume manager for the Warner Brother’s movie, La Coquito; costume manager for Telemundo’s Angelica mi Vida, filmed in Miami, New York, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles.

Most challenging production: Ib Anderson’s Topia. The idea was to create the image of a Greek nymph; the goal was to bring out the naturalness of the body while making the dancers look sublime and ethereal. The reason it was so hard was because all the costumes had to be hand stitched, so that the draping on each female dancer was unique to their body. The men’s costumes were also tailored to each of their bodies in order to simulate nudity, while remaining elegant. Another challenge was that the costumes needed to look fragile and delicate to the audience, but strong enough to endure the rigorous dancing. Each costume had to be hand washed, carefully steamed and repaired after every performance.

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Standing, Luz Ruiz-Ortiz, Alejandra Sainz, Catalina Cano-Dominquez, Manuela Zavala (Mexico.) Seated: Irina Garreston (Russia) and Iris Weng (China.)

Your favorite Giselle costume? The Willis (vengeful female spirits who haunt the forest by night), because they are ethereal spirits that need to float and convey a sense of immateriality. This ballet is a fantastic trip that takes to you to a dimension somewhere between the real and the spiritual. Leonor Texidor

Tell us about the conceptualization and design process: First and foremost, you have to understand the vision of the artistic director or choreographer. The costumes are part of the toolkit that they utilize in order to transmit their interpretation to the public. Then, one has to take into account the movements and bodies of each dancer in order to make them feel and look comfortable when they dance. Lastly, one has to have extensive knowledge of the properties of textiles and colors.

Prima ballerina and proud Latina, Natalia Magnicaballi, stars in the role of Giselle. Performances: November 1–4 at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. Tickets start at $26 and are available at balletaz.org. latinopm.com

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DiA DE LoS MUeRTOS/PHX

Join us for CALA’s inaugural Día de los Muertos Festival

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CALA BOARD: CALA IS BACK!! On behalf of the CALA Alliance Board of Directors, I invite you to join us in celebrating one of Arizona’s dynamic and vibrant community and cultural assets - - our Latino heritage. In September 2011, CALA, Celebración Artística de

programming, such as the Scottsdale International

las Américas, launched its inaugural CALA Festival,

Film Festival’s Spotlight on Latin America, and

which was met with enthusiasm from across all

Scottsdale Center’s La Gran Fiesta, in celebration of

markets, including Arizona business and municipal

Arizona’s Latino cultural heritage.

leadership, arts & culture organizations, educators,

CALA has been instrumental in “changing the

the media, patrons and from Arizona’s burgeoning

conversation” from one of controversy and disunity, to

Latino population.

one of celebration and recognition of one of our most

This year, CALA is back with Encore – the 2012

distinctive and authentic assets: our Latino culture.

Celebration, building on the momentum and success

CALA’s ability to attract Latino and mainstream

of the 2011 CALA Festival. More locally focused, the

audiences together has been tremendous, and has

Encore Celebration’s anchor event is its inaugural Día

been met with enthusiasm by all arts & cultural

de los Muertos Festival in downtown Phoenix. CALA

organizations seeking new audiences.

is also proud to be able to work with local arts & cultural organizations to promote their Latino

We welcome you to join us to dance, eat, listen, learn, create and celebrate – CALA!

FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: • See Aztec Dancers, Las Calaquitas, El Paseo, La Mascarada & Las Coronas • Participate in an artist mask-making workshop led by award-winning Zarco Guerrero • March in a colorful procession with 8 foot tall animated puppets, Las Flacas • Shop at the artists’ Mercado, listen to live music, enjoy children’s craft activities, food, and much, much more

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“Cancer Treatment Centers of America® has changed my life completely.” Jenny Vargas Cancer Patient

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n a victory for women throughout the state, a woman’s location at the time of her breast or cervical cancer diagnosis is no longer a factor in determining whether or not she receives treatment from Arizona’s Medicaid program, thanks to a policy change that removes barriers and dedicates more funding for treatment services. Up until August 2, when the Fiscal Year 2013 budget package and policy changes went into effect, coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment in Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), was only available to uninsured women who were diagnosed through Arizona’s Well Woman HealthCheck Program (WWHP). But now, women in Arizona will receive Medicaid services regardless of where they were originally screened, as long as they meet other eligibility requirements. The new policy also opens up a dedicated $2 million from Arizona and a federal match of $6 million for women in need to access treatment services. The change was initiated by House Bill 2472, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Kate Brophy McGee (R-Phoenix) and Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson). The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN) and the Arizona

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Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure collaborated to support the effort. “Enhancing access to care will help save more lives from cancer,” said Brian Hummell, director of government relations for ACS-CAN. “We’ve made great progress in screening and detecting cancer, the next step to help save more lives from the disease is to provide easy and affordable access to treatment. Removing barriers, and in this case opening doors, is a step in the right direction.” According to the “American Cancer Society 2012 Facts and Figures,” 4,470 women in Arizona are expected to be newly diagnosed with breast cancer and 250 diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012. It is estimated that hundreds of Arizona women have been negatively affected by the state’s restrictions. “With this change, access to treatment is awarded to Arizona’s most vulnerable population – women who are productive members of our community yet earn low incomes, are uninsured, and do not otherwise qualify for AHCCCS,” said Beverly Kruse, executive director of the Komen Phoenix Affiliate. “This is an incredible testament to the positive change that can be made when we work together.”

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I taught my three children to never give up. After my breast cancer diagnosis I followed my own advice and got a second opinion. There’s always hope. My answer was Mayo Clinic. Kim Loving

Like Kim, thousands of patients come to Mayo Clinic every year for cancer treatment, diagnosis or a second opinion. Our team approach to care means you have a compassionate group of specialists - all working together for you. We work with many insurance companies and are an in-network provider for many people, most of whom don’t need a physician’s referral. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit mayoclinic.org.


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Komen funding strengthens Well Woman HealthCheck Program safety net While the expansion of treatment services and funding for Arizona women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer will make a difference to hundreds of Arizona women, there are still those who might not meet all of the eligibility restrictions. An additional $75,000 in funding from the Komen Phoenix Affiliate ensures that these women do not fall through the cracks. The Maricopa County Well Woman HealthCheck Program (WWHP) is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCED), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administered through the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The program

offers breast and cervical cancer screening services performed by licensed health care providers throughout Maricopa County. To be eligible for a WWHP exam, women must meet several criteria, including: be a Maricopa County resident; be at least 40 years of age (or any age if symptomatic); have a household income of 110 to 250 percent of the federal poverty line; and be uninsured or underinsured. This means, for example, that a 38-yearold woman without insurance would not qualify, so, that’s where the Komen funds come in. During the 2012-2013 cycle, the contribution from Komen Phoenix, part of the Affiliate’s annual Community Grants

Programs, will cover the cost of more than 500 screening mammograms and from 75 to 130 treatment services – such as chemotherapy, radiation, lumpectomy and mastectomy – for women who are ineligible for the WWHP and would otherwise go without cancer care. “While the Well Woman HealthCheck Program provides a safety net for thousands of Arizona women each year, the additional funds provided by Komen Phoenix help strengthen that safety net,” says Frank Nagy, Komen Phoenix Grants and Community Resource Manager. “They provide hope and reassurance to those women who have exhausted other resources and have nowhere else to turn.” latinopm.com

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So, she formed “Hispanic Nurses Go Pink,” a Race for the Cure team made up of NAHN members and their families. The group’s first team, organized in 2009, was made up of about 50 members wearing custom pink T-shirts and walking alongside the approximately 30,000 other Race participants. Lorenza hopes that their 2012 team will have an equally strong showing. “The mission of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses is to educate the community about our health needs. By participating in the Race for the Cure, we’re able to show the community that this is something we feel strongly about and are committed to,” says Lorenza. The NAHN team exemplifies the theme of the th 20 Anniversary Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure: “Together, we promise.” This year, the event will be held on Sunday, October 14, in downtown Phoenix. Since the event was initiated in 1993, it has raised and granted more than $17 million to support life-saving breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in central and northern Arizona, and $5 million to Komen’s international research efforts. One hundred percent of funds raised through the Race support the Komen mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. To register for the event or to donate, visit: komenphoenix.org.

women, they are more likely to be diagnosed later, when the cancer is more advanced and harder to treat. A member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses® (NAHN), Valle del Sol chapter, Lorenza was inspired by fellow member, Anabell Castro Thompson, who had recently joined the board of directors of the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Lorenza decided that the organization’s annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure®, held each October to raise awareness of, and funds for, breast cancer, was something that the nursing group needed to be part of. 30

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“Together, we promise” 20th Anniversary Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® Sunday, October 14 6 – 11 a.m. (event start times vary) Wesley Bolin Plaza, Downtown Phoenix komenphoenix.org


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ecovery from a major surgery is never easy. But recovery from a single or double mastectomy – the surgical removal of one or both breasts – carries additional emotional stress. If you, or someone you know, will be undergoing a mastectomy, the following tips will help make the experience a little easier for all involved.

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Be prepared by asking a lot of questions about the surgery and the recovery process. Pick up pain prescriptions ahead of time and get educated about surgical drains. Give yourself time to rest and recover. While this is often difficult for women, a mastectomy is a major surgery and should be treated as such. Repetitive motions and lifting are detrimental to the recovery process and could interfere with proper healing. “As women, it’s hard to take time for ourselves. But, if ever there was a time to do that, it’s following your mastectomy,” says Paulla Miller, breast cancer survivor and Community Outreach and Patient Resource Coordinator at the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. Let people help you. When friends and family offer to help, take them up on it – and don’t be afraid to be specific in your needs. Let others pick the kids up from the school, do the grocery shopping and do the laundry. Invest in a heating pad to help alleviate sore back muscles post-surgery. Know that the first time you see the results of your mastectomy – whether or not you’ve had reconstructive surgery – can be jarring. Paulla recommends looking at pictures of your surgeon’s work ahead of time and then waiting to look until you feel ready – as long as it takes. “It can be a drastic change and it affects everyone differently, but the more prepared you are ahead of time, the better,” adds Paulla. Join a support group. If the group setting isn’t for you, find at least one person who’s been there and can become part of your support system.

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Take detailed notes from the surgeon and nurses regarding post-operative care. Chris Miller, Paulla’s husband, emphasizes the importance of knowing how to change the surgical drains that are inserted to help drain accumulated fluid. Help the patient stay on top of her pain by keeping a strict schedule, at least initially. Provide emotional support, in addition to physical caregiving. Says Chris, “Reassure her that she’s beautiful. Be there to listen to her concerns and to provide a shoulder to cry on.” Don’t feel shy asking for help from others. Round-theclock caregiving can take a physical and emotional toll, so don’t forget to take care of yourself and let someone else step in from time to time. If you have children at home, find ways to get them involved according to everyone’s comfort level. Remember that the mastectomy is often only the first step in the treatment process. Continue to be there for the patient during her follow-up appointments and treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.

For more information about mastectomies, including interactive tools, videos and questions to ask your doctor, visit komen.org. latinopm.com

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‘Sometimes I don’t think God knows where I am’ There are many ways to help give Arizona’s foster children a better life

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hree-year-old Sharon and five-year-old Marcella came to our home with the clothes on their backs. When they left after six months to return to the care of their mom, they had two suitcases full of clothes and a trunk full of toys. When they returned to our home five months later, they came in their underwear and T-shirts. Everything else was gone. They lived with us for another 12 months, until they went to live with a family in Tucson. One night before little Marcella left, we were saying bedtime prayers and she told me that she didn’t think that “God knew where she was.” Desiree came to our home on the day after Thanksgiving. We were already fostering her two-year-old brother and she had another brother living with a different foster family. When the police removed her from her home, they told her to bring her most important “things.” What 13-year-old Desiree brought was a can of hairspray with her hairbrush attached to it by a rubber band. She was wearing her school uniform and slippers. Most children who come into foster care come with nothing. They start down the path to a scary future where they have no voice about where or with whom they live, nor when they will find the permanency they deserve. It’s not that there aren’t foster families; kinship

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caregivers and group home providers care for children every day and try to give them the childhood they deserve. The problem is that the system is overloaded and there is no end in sight. There are more than 13,000 children in foster care in Arizona today. Last year at this time, there were 11,000, a number that was then considered unimaginable. In the last six months, Child Protective Services reported that 4,968 children came into foster care in Arizona for the period ending March 31, 2012. That’s an average of 27 children removed from their home every day. They are taken from the only family they may have ever known and dropped off at the homes of strangers, or at a shelter or group home.


What you can do The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (affcf.org) makes awards to Some go to live with family members they may or may not know. These children didn’t do anything wrong, except be born into families who would not, or could not, take care of them. The bad news is that children in foster care are vulnerable and voiceless and at the mercy of a system that is too overloaded to give them the attention and consideration they deserve. The good news is that they are living in a community of individuals and organizations who care about the future and well-being of children in foster care. I have been a foster parent for more than ten years and, during that time, I’ve witnessed amazing individuals, churches, companies, organizations and others move mountains to support children in foster care and their caregivers. If you are already involved, thank you for your help and support. Kris Jacober has been a foster parent for 11 years and, during that time, she and her family have cared for 15 children. She is the executive director of the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and president of the Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents.

An average of 27 children are removed from their home every day

children in foster care for the educational, social and athletic activities that give them the childhood they deserve. Over the past 29 years, AFFCF has granted the individual requests of more than 23,000 children in foster care at a cost of more than $3 million. In its history, AFFCF has never turned down one request from a child that fell within agency guidelines. In the words of one recent recipient of an award for singing lessons, “Living in foster care ain’t easy, but you made it a whole lot easier. Once again, thank you.” Become a Foster Care Review Board (azcourts.gov/fcrb/) volunteer and advise the juvenile court on progress toward achieving a permanent home for a child involved in a dependency action or outof-home placement. Each volunteer is assigned to one review board, which meets for approximately eight hours one weekday, a maximum of 12 times per year (some rural boards meet less). Additionally, volunteers must be able to commit approximately five hours at home studying case information in preparation for the case review. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA (azcourts.gov) volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. Your primary responsibilities include gathering information, providing written reports at court hearings, ensuring that children and families are receiving appropriate services and keeping the court informed. Support Hope and a Future (azhope.com) by volunteering at Royal Family Kids Camp, Teen Reach Adventure Camp, Life

360, the Arizona Princess Program, and the Annual Christmas Celebration for children in foster care. Donate a bicycle (recycleyourbicycleaz. com) and then volunteer to repair a few more bikes for the Recycle Your Bicycle initiative to provide bikes to children in foster care this holiday season. The clothing allowance for children in foster care is $150 a year. Support the organizations that provide new and gently used items to children in foster care.

Jose’s Closet (josescloset.org ) in the Apache Junction/Queen Creek area, KIDZ to KIDZ (Kidz2Kidz@cox.net) in west Phoenix,

Clothes for Keeps (clothesforkeeps.org) in

northeast Phoenix, and Helen’s Hope Chest (mesaunitedway.org) in Mesa are looking for volunteers to help sort and give away clothing and the funds to help keep the doors open and the lights on.

The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents (azafap.org) supports the loving families who foster and adopt Arizona’s vulnerable children. Help us help them with your financial and volunteer support.

OCJ Kids (ocjkids.org) connects businesses, the faith community and individuals with children in foster care living in group homes by bridging the two communities together in efforts to provide these young people with the tools to achieve success in every area of life. Help a youth (age 5 through 17) or young adult (age 18 through 21) develop self-esteem and learn to take on life’s challenges through the AASK (aask-az.org) mentor program.

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Glory Perez, who until recently served as Arizona regional marketing consultant, is the new Wells Fargo marketing program manager for Greater Houston. In this capacity, she will support regional sales, marketing and diversity programs, as well as the management of philanthropic and community events. Perez is a graduate of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute. Misha Patel-Terrazas has been named area president

Glory Perez has been named Wells Fargo’s marketing program manager for Greater Houston

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for Wells Fargo in the Metro East area of the Valley of the Sun. She is now responsible for 878 team members and 65 banking stores with $3.1 billion in deposits. Prior to this appointment, PatelTerrazas was area president for Southern Arizona.

in celebration of domestic violence survivors and the individuals who work tirelessly for their promising futures. Kathy Gomez-Lee (CPLC De Colores Domestic Violence Shelter) will receive the Cliff Rose Award, which honors an individual for ensuring that underserved populations in Arizona have access to domestic violence services.

Jacklyn Angel joins Friendly House

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Galindo-Elvira honored by AFP Carlos Galindo-Elvira, vice president for philanthropic and community relations at Valle del Sol, received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Arizona Chapter. The AFP will recognize the work of the Valley’s finest fundraisers, volunteers and philanthropists during its 28th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner, to be held in November, 2012, at the Sheraton in Downtown Phoenix.

Jacklyn Angel has been hired as special projects coordinator by Friendly House, a non-profit, social services organization. Until recently, the ASU graduate worked as services technician for the Phoenix College ACE Program.

Flinn-Brown Academy selects participants The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership announced the fall 2012 class of its Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. Kristina Gomez (Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission), Eric Gudiño (Arizona State University) and Susan Trujillo (Quarles and Brady) are among the nonpartisan academy’s participants. The nonpartisan, Civic Leadership Training Program is intended to help prepare and support Arizona’s future civic leaders.

AzCADV presents awards The Arizona Coalition against Domestic Violence (AzCADV) presented its 2012 Thrive Awards this past September

process to participate in the nonprofit’s Leadership Institute. Over the next ten months, the cohort will receive executive leadership training developed by the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The following individuals are among the program’s participants: Cynthia Aguilar (City of Phoenix), Israel Barajas (Helios Education Foundation), Sandra Cardenas (Radio Campesina), Lisette Flores (City of Phoenix), Thea Garcia (St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance), Angela Ortiz (City of Phoenix Police Department), Jennifer Sanchez (Urias Communications) and Wendy Villa (City of Phoenix).

Valley Leadership announces Class 34 Fifty community leaders were selected through a competitive

Ruben Alvarez

Alvarez appointed to arts board Governor Brewer recently appointed Ruben Alvarez to serve on the board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The agency is charged with creating opportunities for all Arizonans to participate in, and experience, the arts. Alvarez is a founding partner of Molera Alvarez, a government and public affairs

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Nachie Marquez

Marquez appointed to national board Nachie Marquez, City of Chandler communications director, was recently named to the board of directors of the International Hispanic Network (IHN), the leading support organization for Hispanic local-government professionals. The IHN was established by the International City-County Management Association in 1991.

Garcia receives ASID awards The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Arizona North Chapter selected Ernesto Garcia (Ernesto Garcia Design, LLC) as the recipient of five of its coveted awards: first place design for residences under 3,500 sq. ft., one award for bathroom design, two awards for furniture design, and one award for fixture design.


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Pie-men join Komen cause Tim Valencia, co-owner and director of operations, Humble Pie, Pizza, Wine & Spirits Founded: January 17, 2008 Career highlights: I was born and raised in Chula Vista, California, and moved to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona. I joined the Humble Pie family in 2007 before the first location opened. Being a part of the growth of Humble Pie has been an amazing journey. The highlight was opening the second location; it was really exciting to have customers believe in the concept, products and service we offered. It also confirmed that opening multiple locations was possible. We love using local purveyors and constantly focus on quality, which we believe has contributed to the restaurants’ success. What makes your business great?

Important business milestone: Being awarded two locations in Terminal Four at Sky Harbor Airport is truly a dream come true for all of us. These locations are set to open in 2013.

Why did you decide to help raise awareness about breast cancer? On October 11, 1991, my mom, at only 47 years old, died in my arms. At that moment, I vowed to keep her memory alive and do whatever I could to raise awareness about breast cancer. I’ve walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure-Phoenix from year one and with a heavy heart. All of the owners of Humble Pie are guys. I wasn’t sure how they would react when I brought up the idea of making it a company effort to support the annual Komen Phoenix event beyond walking, but the partners were 100 percent on board. They rallied around the idea of participating as a Susan G. Komen third

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The menu. Ours features a medley of savory starters, delicious artisan pizzas with fresh ingredients, sandwiches, hamburgers, salads and desserts. The food is complemented by an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. The polished, yet unpretentious, environment and high-quality dishes continue to earn Humble Pie its reputation as a neighborhood favorite. Tim Valencia and Tony Eden

party affiliate. The number of walkers has grown each year; employees wear “Walk with Us” T-shirts, and we donate a portion of the proceeds from our special Pink Menu to the cause. Our plan is to stay involved in this cause long term.

Website: humblepieusa.com Locations: 2333 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 602-229-1289 6149 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-556-9900 6501 E Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, 480-998-2199 15703 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623-334-2700 21050 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480-502-2121 3890 W. Happy Valley Rd., Glendale (Opening December 2012) Terminal Four at Sky Harbor Airport (Opening 2013)

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Let’s go over the numbers What demographic data suggest about the political and economic future of Latinos

The Pew Hispanic Center reports that, according to tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community

Survey, nearly half (45 percent) of the country’s Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas. Phoenix, ranks 8th on that list, with a Hispanic population of 1,136,000, or a 29 percent share of its general population; 68.3 percent of Phoenix’ Hispanic residents are U.S. born and 89.7 percent trace their origin to Mexico. Furthermore, 43.3 percent of Phoenix residents under the age of 18 are Hispanic. Tucson and Yuma rank 30th and 58th, respectively, on the list of “Top 60 Hispanic Metropolitan Areas.” What about nationally? In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), the U.S. Census Bureau compiles a collection of statistics drawn from several sources within its demographic and economic data sets to help set the backdrop, and provide context, for the celebration. Here are some select facts and figures.

Population 52 million

50.5 million

The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 16.7 percent of the nation’s total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

The number of Hispanics counted during the 2010 Census. This was about a 43 percent increase from the Hispanic population reported in the 2000 Census, which was 35.3 million. Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

Source: 2011 Population Estimates

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Number of Hispanics added to the nation’s population between July 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011. This number is more than half of the approximately 2.3 million added to the nation’s overall population during this period. Source: 2011 Population Estimates: National Characteristics: Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin

2.5%

Percentage increase in the Hispanic population between 2010 and 2011. Source: 2011 Population Estimates National Characteristics: Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin

132.8 million  

The projected Hispanic population of the United States by July 1, 2050. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 30 percent of the nation’s population by that date.

Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide, as of 2010. Only Mexico (112 million) had a larger Hispanic population than the United States (50.5 million). Source: International Data Base

Source: Population Projections

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The number of states that have a population of one million or more Hispanic residents — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Source: 2011 Population Estimates: State Characteristics: Population by Race and Hispanic Origin

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The estimated population for those of Hispanic origin in California as of July 1, 2011.

The percent of the U.S. Hispanic population that live in California, Florida and Texas as of July 1, 2011.

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4.7 million

The Hispanic population of Los Angeles County, California, in 2010. This is the highest of any county in the U.S. Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

Proportion of the population of East Los Angeles, California, that was Hispanic as of 2010. This is the highest proportion for any place outside the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico with 100,000 or more total population. Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

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Source for statements in this section: Statistics for All U.S. Firms by Industry, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race for the U.S., States, Metro Areas, Counties, and Places: 2007; Table SB0700CSA01

23.7%

The percentage of businesses in New Mexico in 2007 that were Hispanic owned, leading all states. Florida (22.4 percent) and Texas (20.7 percent) were runners-up.

$350.7 billion

Receipts generated by Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 58 percent from 2002.

2.3 million The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 43.6 percent from 2002.


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The amount of U.S. counties in which Hispanics doubled their population since 2000.

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Number of the nation’s 3,143 counties that had Hispanic population majorities.

Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

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Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

147.9%

The percentage increase in the Hispanic population in South Carolina between April 1, 2000, and April 1, 2010 – the highest of any state. Alabama had the second highest increase, with 144.8 percent. Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

Florida                                 46.7%  

The percentage of New Mexico’s population that was Hispanic as of July 1, 2011 – the highest of any state. Source: 2011 Population Estimates: State Characteristics: Population by Race and Hispanic Origin

The state with the highest median age, 34, for the Hispanic population.

Source: 2011 Population Estimates: State Characteristics: Median Age by Race and Hispanic Origin

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Number of states in which Hispanics were the largest minority group. These states were Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

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Percentage of Hispanics or Latinos 16 years old and above who were in the U.S. civilian labor force in 2010. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey; Table S0201 (Hispanic)

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The percentage of civilian-employed Hispanics or Latinos 16 years old and above who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in the U.S. in 2010. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey; Table S0201 (Hispanic)

The number of Hispanic surnames ranked among the 15 most common in 2000. It was the first time that a Hispanic surname reached the top 15 during a census. Garcia was the most common Hispanic surname, occurring 858,289 times and placing eighth on the list, up from 18th place in 1990. Rodriguez (ninth), Martinez (11th) and Hernandez (15th) were the next most common Hispanic surnames.

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The nobility of policing Daniel V. Garcia, Chief of Police, City of Phoenix Years of service:

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Career highlights: Runner-up for Rookie of the Year (1978), Dallas Police Department; appointed Deputy Chief in Dallas in 1993; appointed Assistant Chief of Police in Dallas in 2004; appointed Chief of Police for Phoenix in May, 2012 Duties: Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the U.S.

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with a population of 1.4 million. As Chief of Police, I oversee the work of 3,048 officers and around 1,500 civilians, as well as an operating budget of $543 million.

Inherent dangers you face: Policing is rewarding, but involves dangerous encounters with criminals. Every day.I worry about the men and women who serve Phoenix and pray for their safety. Proudest moment: I am very proud to have been chosen Phoenix’ Chief of Police. With this appointment, I reached a personal goal of being the chief of police in a major city and leader of a great law enforcement agency. It is an honor to lead the Phoenix Police Department. Valuable learning experience: As a young man, I was a member of my junior high school’s marching band and had to audition for lead trumpet player on a weekly basis. I hated the auditions and the constant pressure of weekly accountability. Today my favorite saying is: “Every day’s an audition; things change.” I have now come to appreciate and understand the value of the challenges I faced as a young man and how they prepared me for facing bigger challenges in life. Why did you decide to pursue this career? I chose law enforcement because I have always believed in protecting those who need help protecting themselves. I believe in “justice for all.” These words, recited daily in pledging allegiance to our country,

have stayed with me from childhood and still guide me in planning for crime suppression in our communities.

Next Professional Goal: I want the Phoenix Police Department to be recognized across the country as the best law enforcement agency in the U.S. Final word: I believe that those considering the law enforcement profession need to recognize the following five principles of “Policing with a Purpose”: Ensuring and nurturing democracy; justice; spirit of service; fundamental fairness; and protecting others from harm. Furthermore, I believe that dignity and respect are the ethical foundations of law enforcement. The nobility of policing demands that, if you are going to be part of the profession, you have to be able to live up to the highest standards of conduct and accountability.

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The ultimate degree program for honors students? W. P. Carey School offers four new choices at ASU’s campuses By Erica Cardenas

improve their economies by creating and filling more highincome, desirable jobs, Arizona State University (ASU) is introducing a special degree program aimed at attracting and keeping some of the region’s best and brightest, future job candidates. The new program allows top students to get two degrees – one from the W. P. Carey School of Business and one from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering – at the same time. “The Business and Engineering Scholars Program, which just started this fall, utilizes two of the highest-ranked schools at ASU to produce extremely qualified graduates in both business and engineering in just four years,” says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean, Robert Mittelstaedt. “This is the dream program for many honors students, who want to be prepared for a high-impact career.” The concurrent degrees program features the opportunity to earn dual degrees in areas like economics, industrial engineering, engineering management and even supply chain management, a field in which the W. P. Carey School consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation. The program is offered at ASU’s Tempe campus and is one of four new undergraduate offerings from the W. P. Carey School this fall. The other three new options are part of the W. P. Carey School’s popular Bachelor of Arts in Business program that combines traditional, high-caliber business degrees with concentrations from other ASU schools. The new concentrations are in technology, statistics and global leadership. “For example, the business-and-technology degree can please both the parents, who want their kids to get a highquality business degree, and the students, who want to develop video games or be involved in digital media or social

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entrepreneurship,” says Tim Desch, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Admissions at the W. P. Carey School. The technology concentration is offered at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, in conjunction with the College of Technology and Innovation. The other two new concentrations are being offered at ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix, in coordination with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “The field of statistics offers relatively high salaries and a growing number of jobs right now,” says Kay Faris, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for the W. P. Carey School of Business. “If you want to be a financial analyst, an actuary or a market researcher, among other occupations, this degree latinopm.com

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Home. Work. should really help. Those who take the global leadership concentration will get a great background in international politics and cultures, including a Spanish course specifically for business use,” adds Faris. The four new degree programs bring the total number of undergraduate offerings from the W. P. Carey School of Business to 21. Students can focus on everything from traditional areas like marketing, finance or management, to combination business degrees with concentrations in areas such as sustainability or legal studies. The school will soon begin taking applications for fall, 2013, when two more innovative offerings will be introduced, pending university approval. They will be bachelor’s degrees in business with concentrations in either human resources or sports and media studies. The latter degree will be offered in conjunction with ASU’s prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The W. P. Carey School’s undergraduate business program is currently ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Childsplay awarded grant for new program Childsplay Theatre in Tempe has

been awarded a $347,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation to support the “Early Years Educators at Play” program (EYEPlay), launched last month. The EYEPlay program promotes literacy and language acquisition for children 3 to 5 years old, and is an outgrowth of Childsplay’s U.S. Department of Education-funded Drama Frames initiative in which teaching artists trained elementary school teachers about how to incorporate drama in writing instruction. This new grant will allow full implementation of the EYEPlay program in 32

pre-school classrooms across the Phoenix area. Each participating teacher will receive 18 months of drama and literacybased professional development with Childsplay teaching artists. Using a peer-coaching model, the Childsplay teaching artists will be working directly with teachers in their own classrooms in a one-on-one relationship developing lesson plans and strategies. The EYEPlay program will continue into 2015. For more information, visit childsplayaz.org

Home School Connections The Arizona Science Center is offering a variety of learning opportunities

for home-schooled students as part of their “Home School Connections” series. Students can take part in classes entitled “The Ups and Downs of Roller Coasters,” “Build a Bug” and many more. Classes are held on-site at the Arizona Science Center located in downtown Phoenix, as well as off-site at Usery Mountain Park in Mesa. Pricing is $15 for Science Center Members for one child and one parent; nonmembers pay $20 for one child and one parent and $5 for each additional child from the same family. For a schedule of classes and more information, contact Mary Campbell at campbellm@azscience.org


Calling all third-grade artists! The eighth annual Cool Transit

STUFF contest is open to all third-graders in Maricopa County that love to draw city busses or trains. With the theme, “Valley Metro Brings the Community Together!,” Valley Metro is encouraging students to consider how taking a bus or train ties a community together. The objective of the contest is to promote excitement about public transportation. Participants must be in third grade during the 2012/2013 school year and entries will be accepted through Friday, October 5, 2012. Participants are to use the reverse side of the entry form on which to draw a picture that focuses on one of the following three subjects: Going Fun Places on Valley Metro: Go far without a car; riding transit brings people in our community together. Staying Safe on Transit: Riding transit is one of the safest ways to get around our community. Going Green for My Community: Transit helps protect planet Earth; stop pollution and ride a solution: Valley Metro!

Artists are to include images of city busses and light rail, family and community in their design. Entry forms are available at valleymetro.org/transit_ education/bus_contest. Thirteen artists will be selected and will have their art published in a calendar that will be distributed to Valley leaders and the general public. Winners will also receive a variety of prizes. For complete contest rules, visit valleymetro.org/transit_education/ bus_contest. Transit education is a major initiative provided by Valley Metro that includes school classroom presentations, bus and light rail field trips, and community event participation.

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“Music under the Stars” The South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Music Program will

spotlight its talented students, as well as community performers, in “Music under the Stars,” an outdoor concert set for Friday evening, October 26. Led by Performing Arts Division Chair, Dr. Jerome Garrison, the groups performing will include the SMCC Community Concert Band, the SMCC Day Jazz Band, the SMCC Latin Jazz Band and the SMCC Montaña del Sur Mariachi. Special guest performers from the community are expected as well. Open seating for the free concert will be on the lawn of the college’s Performing Arts Center Amphitheatre. Spectators are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and picnic in the shade of the SMCC Performance Hall. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. The SMCC Performance Hall Amphitheatre is located on the east side of the Main Campus, at 7050 S. 24th Street in Phoenix, just north of Baseline Road. For more information, visit southmountain.edu or call 602-243-8353.

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Face the risk of periodontal disease head on The early stages of gum disease often go unnoticed By Joyce Rosenthal, D.D.S.

It’s a regular occurrence: a Patient visits the

dentist after putting it off for years and is shocked to find out they have a mouthful of problems. So, the next time their bi-annual visit approaches, they put it off, not wanting to deal with any more potential problems. The unfortunate reality is that this scenario is more the norm than the exception. While I could write a book about the importance of keeping your regular dentist visits, I want to take this opportunity to highlight what is commonly called “gum disease.” Recent research demonstrates a strong link between periodontal disease and a person’s overall health and well-being. However, most people are unaware of the likelihood of their developing periodontal disease, commonly known, in its mildest form, as gingivitis. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria causes inflammation of the gums, which affects the longterm health of the teeth and bones in the mouth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and permanent damage to gum and bone tissue. The important news is that periodontal disease is preventable and very treatable. Although it can be difficult to detect in its early stages, symptoms may include red and swollen gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, receding gum lines, pain while chewing, loose or separating teeth and/or a change in the way teeth fit together when biting. Your dentist is the best person to determine whether you have, or are at risk for, periodontal disease. Several risk factors are associated with periodontal disease, one of which is genetic susceptibility. Many immigrants may be at higher risk for the disease because of a lack of resistance to oral bacteria and their dietary

history. Studies have shown that individuals of Mexican American descent are at higher risk for developing periodontitis than people of European descent. While the exact reasons are still unclear, a recent study suggests that different inflammatory responses may be to blame for the higher number of immigrants who have periodontal disease. If you are a person at higher risk, then take control of your oral hygiene and ask your dentist about what you can do to combat this disease. In short, if regular dental visits are skipped and a dental problem worsens, there latinopm.com

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Always visit the dentist regularly. Most people have check-ups every six months. Sometimes, individuals with this disease do not experience any pain before they are diagnosed. Regular dental visits give the dentist the opportunity to identify the disease sooner rather than later.

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Know your family history. Family history is important in determining if you will be at higher risk for periodontal disease.

Be aware of what goes in your mouth. Whether it be a medication or drinking sugary beverages, it is important to be mindful that these substances can contribute to periodontal disease. Drinks with high sugar content coat the teeth and contribute to increased

Frequently asked quest Is periodontal disease contagious? Research has shown that periodontal disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease is not technically considered contagious. However, the bacteria causing the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva. This means that if one of your family members has periodontal disease, it’s a good idea to avoid contact with their saliva by not sharing eating utensils and never sharing a toothbrush.


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bacteria in the mouth. If you are one of the millions of people taking regular medication, then check with your doctor, dentist and pharmacist to understand how it may impact your oral health. Xerostomia, commonly called “dry mouth,” can result in decreased saliva in your mouth, a serious concern that can lead to increased dental problems. Talk to your dentist during a regular checkup about your diet and medications. Despite applying the best dental hygiene habits, some individuals will still develop periodontal disease because of their family history. The American Academy of Periodontology’s treatment guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved by the least invasive, non-surgical treatment and most costeffective manner – a reassuring fact for individuals who have been recently diagnosed. These approaches may include laser treatment, scaling and root planing (which is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus), and follow-up care. Don’t be discouraged if you are at risk for periodontal disease, rather, be aware of

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Can children be at risk for developing periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is rarely found in children, and only sometimes diagnosed in adolescents. However, children should still learn the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy in order to prevent periodontal disease in the future. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily. If children learn how to floss at an early age, they will be more likely to make it a lifetime habit. These two simple acts will help protect their teeth and gums from periodontal disease.

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Cox Honors Arizona Latino Leaders

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his year marks the 8th year that Cox Communications Arizona honors outstanding Latino leaders in our community during Hispanic Heritage Month. The honorees are featured in a series of 30-second public service announcements that are rotating on Cox channels from mid-September through mid-October. Their profile story was also part of a Su Vida show segment that aired in September, and they were recognized on the field during the Arizona Diamondbacks game on September 16th. “We are delighted to honor these individuals whose commitment, hard work and dedication to their communities have made a difference� said Steve Rizley, vice president and region manager, Cox Communications.

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Daniel Valenzuela, City of Phoenix Councilman

Councilman Daniel Valenzuela began his four-year term of office for the Phoenix City Council on Jan. 3, 2012. He proudly represents District 5, which includes west and central Phoenix. Daniel is committed to working with community leaders and his colleagues on the Council to make Phoenix an even better place to live. He has dedicated his entire life to public service. He currently is a special operations firefighter with the city of Glendale and serves as the public information officer for the Glendale Fire Department.

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Patricia Garcia Duarte,

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Patricia Garcia Duarte is President and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Maricopa County neighborhoods by providing a full range of programs and services that encourage, create and support affordable home ownership. She is also the Chair of the Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, dedicated to a common goal of keeping homeowners from foreclosure.


During Hispanic Heritage Month salute the 2012 honorees:

Hugo Medina,

Ixchel del Castillo,

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Hugo Medina immigrated to New York as a child, where his architect father fostered his interest in art. He received his BFA from C.W Post/ Long Island University in 1998 and a Masters in Education from University of Phoenix in 2006. Medina taught art at Squaw Peak School in Phoenix, where he founded an after school art program to extend the arts beyond the classroom as well as to reach out to the community. He also developed a community garden that was built through donations from the community and grants, which now has an international peace pole – one of the 180 in the world.

Ixchel Del Castillo serves as the Multicultural Marketing Specialist for Cox Communications in Arizona. In addition to her professional success at Cox helping to better serve Hispanics, Ixchel also dedicates part of her off-work time to educate others about Hispanic culture, values and contributions. She has served as a guest writer for “Being Latino,” a national communication online platform designed to educate, entertain and connect all peoples across the global Latino spectrum.

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Weekend in the woods The simple life can get complicated if you don’t plan ahead By Virginia Betz

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy type, you must occasionally feel that you ought to take advantage of Arizona’s

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scenic beauty.Why not give yourself and your family a break from the relentless sterility of the urban desert by sleeping in a tent and cooking over an open fire? Besides the opportunity to take in lungsful of fresh air and eyesful of greenery, a camping trip can be a very economical mini-vacation, especially for family groups. You can even convince your kids that chores, like hauling water and collecting trash, are actually forms of entertainment. This Time out is for those readers who have thought about camping as a weekend getaway, but aren’t sure what they’d be getting themselves into. Living without all the comforts of home does involve, as the scouts say, being prepared. LPM offers some recommendations for the relatively inexperienced camper to ensure that your weekend in the woods is stress-reducing rather than stress-inducing.

Arizona maple leaves show their color near Dane Ridge on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.

Where to go? Choosing an appropriate campsite is the decision that most profoundly affects the quality of your camping experience. Campgrounds on public lands (national and state parks/forests) cannot be surpassed for the vastness of the natural ambience they provide. Also, they are wellmaintained, economical and offer many support services. One such service is the detailed, up-to-date information available online for all developed campgrounds. By visiting recreation.gov, you can enter the name of a town or recreational area and get a listing of all the campgrounds. Descriptions of the facilities, seasons the site is open, fees, vegetation and weather data, nearby attractions and how to get there are included. Reservations can be made on-line, although a few campgrounds operate on a first-come-firstserved basis. The cost is usually between $15-$20 per day. The character of a “developed” campsite is fairly uniform in national parks and forests: most are accessed 60

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by paved roads and have graveled areas for parking your vehicle; most have lavatories (vault-type toilets), showers (cold water only) and water spigots; most have cleared areas for tents and RVs but no gas or electrical hook-ups; most have prepared fire-rings for campfires, but also metal grills and picnic tables. In the fall, campgrounds start to close, especially those at higher elevations. Nearer the Valley are several open all year round. Novice campers might best enjoy small, tentonly campgrounds, at an easy driving distance from the metro area, with marked hiking trails nearby, as well as other sight-seeing opportunities. Two that fit this bill are: Manazanita Campground, Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest, part of the Oak Creek Canyon Recreation Area, has space for 18 tents. At five miles from Sedona, the site is close to Slide Rock State Park and the Palutki and Honanki archaeological sites, featuring cliff


What to bring? When it comes to provisions, sleeping and eating are the major camping concerns. If you are transporting your gear by car (and not schlepping it around in a giant backpack), there is no reason to purchase a lot of specialized equipment; you can probably supply most things on the accompanying packing list [see graphic] from among your household possessions. Tents and sleeping bags are the big ticket items that you may not already own. Short trips in areas with temperate weather conditions mean that you can purchase a perfectly serviceable leak-proof tent on the low end of the price scale. A new 4-person tent can be gotten in the $125-150 range and a 6-person tent in the low $200s. Modern tent designs are remarkably easy to assemble, and very compact when disassembled. If you own the “slumber party”-type sleeping bags, you’ll probably need to bring along extra blankets. Bags made from light, high-tech fabrics that are sufficient for subfreezing temperatures are costly. Also, it is desirable to have some extra cushioning under the bag. Renting is an alternative to buying. At REI (a recreational equipment co-op with stores nation-wide) in Tempe, you can get a 4-person tent for a weekend trip (3 days/2 nights) for about $42 or a 6-person tent for about $62. A sleeping bag for the same period runs around $24. Prices cited here are for REI members; the non-member prices (20-30 percent higher per item) are hardly worth mentioning since a one-time fee of $20 gets you a lifetime membership at REI. Check out all the benefits of membership at rei.com/membership.html Bring along foodstuffs that require minimal or no refrigeration and are simple to prepare. Many food items can just be wrapped in aluminum foil and put under a campfire to bake (albeit at lower temperatures than your home oven).

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dwellings and rock art. [info/reservations: 1-877-444-6777; fs.usda.gov/coconino] General Hitchcock Campground, South Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 25 miles east of Tucson, is a heavily wooded campsite that accommodates 10 tents. The campground is convenient for visits to the Saguaro National Park, Colossal Cave and hiking the Green Mountain Trail. [info: fs.usda.gov/recarea/Coronado] Dispersed, or “on-your-own” camping,” is an option for those who really crave solitude. You can camp almost anywhere on public lands. Nonetheless, there are areas, or corridors, that forest personnel recommend. On-your-owners eschew the modest amenities of developed campgrounds, but are still subject to park/forest regulations. Among them is a prohibition on building campfires, so that other means of cooking and illumination are needed. Go to the fs.usda,gov website and search for “dispersed camping guidelines.”

The rising sun shines through mist in the trees near the Mogollon Rim off Lake Mary Road.

Websites, such as dirtygourmet.com and tasteofhome.com/campingrecipes, among many others, are full of practical suggestions. Making your own fire is de rigueur for tent camping, but be sure to familiarize yourself with the protocols for safely doing so at smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp. Never leave food or trash outside overnight or when you’re absent from the campsite; lock everything in your car. Laundry facilities are unlikely to be available on-site, so bring enough clean clothes for the entire trip. Don’t go overboard, but do consider that it might be colder or wetter than anticipated. You can always find uses for extra flat, plastic tarps.

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Proscribing Columbus Day By Stella Pope Duarte

“Columbus sailed the ocean blue

in fourteen hundred and ninety-two.” It was in our history books, and our classroom teacher took special care every October to teach us the one-line chant. I never missed the question about Columbus when it came up on school tests; I had memorized the line. I had also colored a picture, always staying in the lines, of Columbus’ three ships and took it home. Mom and Dad never said a word; they weren’t Italian and didn’t care what Columbus had done. Yet Columbus’ name and his deeds have lived on for over 500 years, and, every October, we take a close look at this Italian seafarer and wonder about his origins, his thoughts, and learn of the loss of favor he suffered in his later years when the Spanish royalty turned on him, took his governorship away and stripped him of landholdings that were promised to his descendants. Born in Genoa, Italy, sometime before October 31, 1451, Columbus earned a reputation as a maritime explorer for the Crown of Castile, after convincing King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that he could find a short route to Asia that would eliminate rounding the southern coast of Africa. With a blessing from the royal

couple and a mandate to accomplish what he had pledged to do, he set sail. Life took an astonishing turn of events for Columbus when he anchored in what is now the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. His three ships, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María, arrived on the shores of an island he named San Salvador. Later he would explore Hispañola (today the Dominican Republic and Haiti) and other nearby islands in the Caribbean. He noted that the Indian tribes he encountered were “kind and gentle,” yet this did not stop him from beginning a campaign of domination and enslavement, which would be the undoing of the so-called “savages” who inhabited the regions he claimed for Spain. Had the native Taino Indians known that their civilization would be destroyed by the newcomers, they might have taken up arms and vanquished Columbus and his sailors before they got off their ships, but, they did not know their own dark future. By 1836, the gloriousness of Columbus’ exploration of the New World was challenged by Oaxacan historian, Don Carlos María de Bustamante, and he declared that October 12, 1492, was the most villainous day in history, as it established slavery in America. However, in 1892, 400 years after the

landing of Columbus, Mexico was still celebrating Columbus’ achievements, rejoicing in the discovery of America and the advancement of European culture westward. Twenty-six years later, in 1918, Antonio Caso also took a less sanguine view of the Columbian experience; instead of praising European domination, he turned his attention to the people who had risen from the epoch of subjugation: La Raza, the people of mixed indigenous and European blood. In 1928, Mexico officially declared the Día de la Raza as a national holiday. José Vasconcelos, Mexican philosopher and politician, expanded the concept of La Raza to that of a universal race encompassing all ethnicities: La Raza cósmica. In recent decades, the questioning of Columbus’ stature as the “discoverer” of the new continent has been supported by the realization that other explorers had preceded him in the Americas, such as the Norsemen of Scandinavia. Mexican Americans, Latinos and Chicanos have all joined forces in downplaying the importance of Columbus Day, and now prefer to celebrate Día de la Raza.

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or falls under the uncompensated health care category. As a result, health care costs and insurance premiums increase. Having access to health insurance will eliminate these individuals’ need to visit emergency rooms, which tends to be costlier than being served by a primary care physician. People living at or below the poverty level tend to get a lot of so-called “sick care.” Many cannot afford preventive care, so they wait until they are ill before seeking treatment. If they have health insurance, they can proactively focus on prevention, which will save money. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This situation is even truer for people with behavioral health issues and living in poverty, who unfortunately die 20 to 25 years younger, because they are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases. Sadly, statistics for Latinos are not any better. For example, Latinos who have diabetes are more apt to suffer from kidney disease and require foot amputations. And, twice as many Latinas get cervical cancer than non-Latina white women. These startling statistics underscore the need for preventive health care. Increasing the number of Latinos who have health insurance will have a positive impact on our state, because it would also bring both money and jobs to Arizona. Additionally, other segments of the economy will reap the financial benefits of supporting the infrastructure and staff that are providing health care services. By allowing more people to have this access, Latinos can begin to think proactively about their health and get proper care along the way, not just when a costly medical crisis takes place. It’s a good decision for our people and for our state. Kurt Sheppard is Valle del Sol’s Chief Executive Officer. Kurt served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Organizational Management and finished the Global Leadership Certificate Program at Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in 2002. In 2008, he graduated from the Executive Program in Corporate Strategy at the University of Chicago. Kurt is a Virginia P. Piper Fellow and his Air Force decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.


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