ZAPATISTA WOMENâ€™S FIGHT FOR
RIGHTS - January first will mark the 19th anniversary of the Zapatista National
Liberation Army insurgency in the Southern mountains of Mexico. Indigenous
women affiliated with the Zapatista movement have already left an indelible
footprint on the universal struggle for the most basic rights for women,
according to the social researcher Sylvia Marcos. Our correspondent in Mexico,
RaÃºl Silva, prepared the following story based on a conversation with Marcos
about her book
HMONG FAMILIES CELEBRATE THE
NEW YEAR - The city of Fresno, in Californiaâ€™s Central Valley, has the largest
Hmong population in the United States. To celebrate the New Year, entire
families living in and outside the U.S. gather in the county fairgrounds. The
colorful celebration includes dancing, music and traditional dishes in the best
style of their towns of origin, in the highlands of Southeast Asia. This annual
event attracts over 100,000 people, and is here to stay as a new tradition in
California. Juan Santiago RamÃrez brings us the story. This report is part of
our RaÃces Series: Stories About Grassroots Artists.
NOTABLE FORECLOSURE ACTIVIST
DIES - Ana Casas knew first-hand about challenges her entire life. She was born
with cerebral palsy and grew up confined to a wheel chair. Still, she graduated
as a social worker and dedicated her life to helping others. But suddenly she
faced greater challenges. She got cancer, which pushed her into financial ruin.
The bank foreclosed her home and she was victimized by fraudulent consultants.
Ana died of cancer at the age of 50. Ruben Tapia spoke with Ana Casas months
before her death and reports on her battle against foreclosure.