A CALL TO CONTROL GUNS – The nation is in mourning, heartbroken by the horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragedy added numbers to a chilling piece of data: every day, 34 Americans are killed by guns. Advocates of gun control, including President Obama, are stepping up their calls, asking that the deaths of the 20 children in Sandy Hook Elementary not be in vain, and demanding regulations to avoid similar massacres in the future. José López Zamorano reports from Washington, D.C.
REFUGEE CHRISTMAS IN ARIZONA - Every winter in Arizona, a group of refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Mexican and Anglo-Saxon volunteers, organize a Christmas party for refugee children. In the past five years, more than 17,000 refugees have made the state of Arizona their home. For some Mexican-born volunteers, the party is an opportunity to foster a climate of acceptance in a state that has shown them prejudice and discrimination. Valeria Fernández was at the celebration in Phoenix and she has this story.
INDIGENOUS MIGRANTS SHARE TRADITIONS WITH NEW GENERATION - In the booming agricultural valley of Coachella, in Southern California, a growing population of indigenous Purépecha people have come to settle. Faithful to the traditions of their home state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purépecha groups organize a pilgrimage every year to a church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe in the town of Mecca. Accompanied by regional sones, or tunes, and the Danza de los Viejitos, or Dance of the Old Men, the migrants carry on a live tradition, involving their children, who were born and grew up far from their parents motherland. Our reporter Rubén Tapia witnessed the celebration this year. This story is part of our Raíces Series: Stories About Grassroots Artists.