Fighting Immigrant Backlash KEVIN BAXTER, B y the time of the Great Depression, Los Angeles was home to many Mexican immigrants. Some had sought safety from the Mexican Revolution, others stayed after being invited when American workers went off to fight in World War I. But as the economy worsened, Mexican workers became scapegoats and thousands were forcibly repatriated. and In response, a dozen community leaders joined with the Mexican consul
in 1931 to form El Comite de Beneficencia Mexicana. Jose Diaz, 91, the lone surviving founder of that committee, sees a similarity between that time and the growing sentiment against immigrants of all nationalities that has accompanied the current economic stagnation. Diaz, a retired dentist, shared these views with Kevin Baxter.
Community College's New Course : CAROLYN G. WILLIAMS MARY HELEN BERG, Carolyn G. Williams, 52, became president of Los Angeles Southwest College in August after serving 23 years in the Detroit community college system. When she arrived, Southwest faced a $1.6-million deficit, a 13% decline in student enrollment and the demolition of two campus structures built on an earthquake fault. The campus, at 1600 W. Imperial Highway, is in the heart of a community recovering from last spring's riots. She was interviewed by Mary Helen Berg.
IN THE Name of God : The dark side of Religion Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty, a professor of religion at the University of Chicago, is senior editor of the Christian Century. He is the director of the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-editor of "Fundamentalisms Observed" (University of Chicago Press)