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There's no other way to say it: we've been betrayed. Numerous organizations and political leaders who purport to represent Latino communities, but in reality have taken millions of dollars from telecommunications corporations like AT&T, just told the Federal Communications Commission our communities can do without full protection for an open Internet.1

 

Latino communities can speak for themselves on Net Neutrality. 

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Call the CHC and tell them: Stand up for an open Internet. Sign Rep. Raúl Gijalva's letter to the FCC. 

 

This is about the future. Ensuring that the Internet is a level playing field means that any of our kids could start the next Netflix or Google. But these politicians and organizations, led by well-established front groups like the Hispanic Telecommunications and Technology Partnership (HTTP) and Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), would rather hand the keys to economic empowerment over to Verizon and its cohort.2

The FCC needs to know that telecom front groups don’t speak for Latinos and our allies. That makes it even more important that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus speaks up in favor of an open Internet by signing Rep. Raúl Grijalva's letter to the FCC.

Will you call CHC offices and ask that members publicly support Net Neutrality?

Click here for a quick sample script and the number to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ office.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva would classify broadband as we do other essential utilities like gas, water, and electricity. By doing so, it would ensure an open Internet to everyone, including Latino communities. Rep. Raúl Grijalva has the right idea. Let’s make sure the rest of Latinos in Congress get it right.

Call CHC offices and ask that members sign Representative Grijalva's letter supporting Net Neutrality.

Click here for a quick sample script and the number to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ office.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Mariana, Luis, Arturo, and the rest of the Presente.org Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:

1. Leading Civil Rights Groups Just Sold Out on Net Neutrality, Republic Report, July 24, 2014

2. Progressive Caucus Sends Letter to FCC Chairman Demanding Net Neutrality, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, May 14, 2014

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On Capitol Hill


Serrano Opposes Border Supplemental, Changes to DACA

Today, Congressman Serrano spoke out against Republican attempts to pass a woefully underfunded bill to address the humanitarian crisis on the border, and to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  

“Shame on the Republican Party for attempting to force through harmful changes to our immigration law instead of adequately addressing this humanitarian crisis,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.  “We need an urgent and comprehensive response to the crisis at the border, and the supplemental legislation fails in that regard. By cutting the President's request by more than $3 billion, this proposal ensures we will have to address these same problems just two months from now. 

"I am also particularly troubled by what the majority chose to remove from the funding bill. The bill does not provide the resources needed to house, care for, and provide assistance to the unaccompanied minors crossing our borders. For instance, within the Department of Justice, there is no funding in the bill to expand the Legal Orientation Program to help adults and guardians of children in the immigration system understand the adjudication process. Additionally, there is no funding to help provide legal representation to children in immigration proceedings, many of whom may have legitimate claims to stay in this country that they are currently unaware of. There are many more troubling omissions throughout this bill.

"Even worse, however, are the extremely harmful efforts to change our immigration laws during this emergency.  This includes an effort to roll back the successful and much needed DACA program, as well as an effort change a law meant to protect trafficking victims. It is astounding to me that instead of attempting to help immigrants, the Republicans are once again attempting to drive people who contribute so much to this country back into the shadows.  I would note that Republicans have spent most of the past two years avoiding any discussion of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) in the House of Representatives, and they are yet again avoiding the issue. Had we enacted CIR, we would already have the resources in place to address this crisis. Instead of a piecemeal debate of small, hurtful changes to our immigration law, the fact of the matter is that we need to address immigration reform in a comprehensive manner. This crisis just underscores that need."


Serrano Introduces Legislation to Reform USPS Sale of Historic Properties

Yesterday, Congressman Serrano introduced legislation that will reform the way the Postal Service goes about selling their properties, and implement expert recommendations to protect historic post offices that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

"The Postal Service currently sells their properties in a process that is not open, transparent, or consistent with their obligations under the law," said Congressman José E. Serrano.  "In some cases, their actions endanger historic artwork and buildings.  This legislation ends these problematic practices and creates protections that will ensure that the public is informed when the Postal Service attempts to sell property in their areas, and that historic public properties are protected if sold into the private sector." 

The legislation mandates several reforms to the way the Postal Service sells properties, including:

  • Requiring increased public notice of potential sales and closures, and new public meeting requirements. 
  • Giving federal, state, and local governments the right of first refusal on the sale of any postal property. 
  • Banning potential conflicts of interest in the sales process.
  • Putting a moratorium on the sale of historic post offices until the requirements of the bill are put in place.
  • Mandating that the Postal Service may not consider the sale, or enter into any agreement to sell, of a historic postal property without engaging in a Section 106 historic preservation analysis. 
  • Requiring that a federal preservation officer be consulted before any decisions to sell a historic postal facility are made.
  • Developing training procedures at the USPS to ensure that Postal Service employees are trained on the requirements that go along with the potential sale of historic postal facility.
  • Creating a USPS policy to allow leasing as an alternative to selling historic postal facilities.
  • Creating a model historic property covenant in order to ensure that historic facilities are protected if sold.
  • Rolling back a problematic rule that would allow the Postal Service to skirt NEPA regulations.  

"Just three months ago, the Postal Service received two reports that provided them with numerous common sense reforms to protect historic post offices.  Unfortunately, the Postal Service has summarily rejected many of these recommendations.  This bill will codify most of the suggested changes to USPS historic preservation policies, and ensure that no more historic buildings are sold unless they conform with these increased protections.  The Postal Service has a duty to act responsibly when they decide to sell postal properties, and unfortunately, we have seen far too many cases where they have not done so.  This bill will change that, and will make certain that the Postal Service operates in a transparent and accountable manner going forward."  


Serrano Votes to Improve Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano voted in favor of the conference report for H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act.  The bill puts in place many reforms to improve veterans' timely access to quality healthcare. The agreement allows veterans to obtain care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities if they live more than 40 miles away from a VA clinic or cannot get an appointment at a VA hospital within thirty days.  In addition, the agreement gives authority to the VA to hire more doctors and nurses in order to reduce wait times, and authorizes leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities. 

In addition to increasing access to healthcare, the agreement also increases accountability at the VA by authorizing the VA Secretary to fire or demote Senior Executive Service employees based on misconduct or unsatisfactory performance.  Finally, the agreement also provides $10 billion to pay for healthcare at non-VA facilities and $5 billion for the hiring of more doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The conference report passed the House by a 420-5 vote and the Senate by a 91-3 vote.


Serrano Meets with NYC Students 

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with high school students from New York City who are a part of the Close Up Foundation. The foundation works in collaboration with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) R2L NextGen Program to provide students with the opportunity to come to Washington, DC to learn about their federal government and meet Members of Congress. “It is always a pleasure to meet hard-working students from New York City,” said Congressman Serrano. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with these students and explain the work I do here in Congress. I am proud to have these students represent the Bronx and New York City.”

Serrano was pleased to welcome and congratulate a student from New York's 15th Congressional District, Kiara Rodriguez, who attends the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists.

Serrano with Nicolas Wulff, Hillary Rivero, Felix Hernandez, Kiara Rodriguez, Cesar Nuñez, and Enedina Maya

 

Grant Announcement


Fair Housing Initiative Program

Deadline: August 25, 2014

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) provides funding to fair housing organizations and other non-profits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Currently FHIP provides funds to eligible organizations through competitive grants under three initiatives to carry out enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. The Initiatives are: the Fair Housing Organization Initiative, Private Enforcement Initiative and the Education and Outreach Initiative. HUD will award grants/cooperative agreements under each of these program initiatives. 

Please follow this link for more information: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa14/fhip. For more information about federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov

 

On Social Media


Serrano Joins Instagram

Congressman Serrano has joined Instagram. Follow him at @RepJoseSerrano for behind-the-scenes pictures of him in the Bronx and on Capitol Hill. 

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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center programs

 

Community celebration of Dr. Steve Whitman's life at National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

 

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On Thursday July 25, more than 250 friends and family of Steve Whitman came together honor his life and legacy and to pay homage to his many contributions to the Puerto Rican community as well as to oppressed communities everywhere. The event, which was held at the NMRAC, was a powerful memorial to an incredible human being whose life touched so many in such profound ways. Steve was a scholar who was truly an organic intellectual, whose scientific and rigorous studies as well as commitment were always focused on serving the most marginalized population. His entire existence, as noted by many of the speakers, was dedicated to ending racism and colonialism. An entire gamut of speakers, spoke about how Steve had touched their lives. These included the following:  

 

1955

 

José López, Nancy Kurshan, Rosa Kurshan-Emmer, David Ansell, Jade Dell, Michael Deutsch, Jan Susler, John McKnight, Chela Sproles (SUHI), Alan Channing (Sinai), Lourdes Lugo reading poem by Dona Consuelo Lee Corretjer, Linda Murray, Gordy Schiff, John Stainthorpe reading statement by Flint Taylor, Rupa Shah read remarks from Bindu Desai, Lolita Lopez, Michael Rodriguez, Carolyn Lake sang Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Veronica Ocasio led the tree-planting ceremony.

 

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In his welcoming remarks, José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, pointed to the messages which Cong. Luis V. Gutierrez, State Rep Cynthia Soto and Ald. Roberto Maldonado had sent and were also published in the special edition of the La Voz de Paseo Boricua dedicated to Steve Whitman. (inlcde messages). The program included Puerto Rican dishes from Nellies Restaurant, where Steve spent a great deal of time. Poetry and song and ended with the collective planting of a peach tree in the garden of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture as a symbol of the communities remembrance of Steve's many contributions to its well being.

 

1950

 

A powerful message was delivered by his wife and partner for over 30 years, his soulmate, Nancy Kurshan, (see below) and a moving, funny message by his daughter, Rosa.

 

1953

 

PRCC partners with CPS on Safe Passage Initiative


The PRCC is now officially the CPS partner to implement the Safe Passage Initiative. Obviously, the Safe Passage Program seeks to engage parents and make Clemente's grounds a safe and inviting place to explore as well. 25 parents will be hired to work on this endeavor. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center's goals are to insure that the parents' work will also be able to work with the CPS Parent University and benefit from the Parent Peple xx Institute of the Community as a Campus. Clemente parents are invited to apply for these positions. Preferably, applicants should have a high school diploma or equivalent; pass a background check, and enjoy working with others and must demonstrate respect for our youth. For more information, please contact Juan Calderón at juanc@prcc-chgo.org

 

1961

 

Noche Jibara/ Guayabera Gala


On Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6pm, the PRCC will host it's Annual Noche Jíbara (Guayabera Gala to inaugurate the 21st Fiesta Boricua. It will take place at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. The event will honor our guests from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, representing "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos" and from the Bronx, New York, representing "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Barrios". It is a semi-formal Guayabera Gala. The costs of $50.00 per person includes a delicious Puerto Rican dinner, 2 complimentary drinks, and live music from San Lorenzo. For more information and tickets, contact Juan Calderón at juanc@prcc-chgo.org

 

Make this a huge success by helping us identify sponsors at one of the following 4 sponsorship levels: San Lorenzo Platinum Level ($5000), The Bronx Gold Level ($2500), Paseo Boricua Silver Level ($1250) or Noche Jibara Bronze Level ($625)

 

El Rescate Prepares Delicous Home Cooked Meals

 

Every Friday our living skills facilitators will prepare delicious freshly cooked meals to sell for lunch as a fundraising inititive. For orders/information, please contact Jackie Gonzalez at (773) 240-6893 or email her at jackieg@prcc-chgo.org.

 

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All funds go towards the daily needs of our residents at El Rescate. El Rescate is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth located on Paseo Boricua in Humboldt Park. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Hopefest!

 

1971

 

The Hope Fest was a success for the daycare Hope, Melliza and Yvette did a great job passing legos, information papers, coloring books and reading books and also informing and engaging people what the daily curriculum is for the daycare. Many people had a lot of questions about the computers and ipads that we include in the daily curriculum. We informed them they learn how to write/trace numbers and letters, how to read, and how to listen and follow instructions, etc. We passed and voiced a lot of information out and we are waiting for some calls and applications.

 

Save the Date September 20th!

Revel in the Revolution- 8th Day Center for Peace and Justice's 40th Birthday

 

On September 20th, 8th Day will gather friends and partners for our annual celebration, Revel in the Revolution. This gathering is a yearly reminder that, in the struggle for peace and justice, we must make time to stop and celebrate. This year's celebration is extra special because it is 8th Day's 40th birthday!

 

Our theme for this year's event is We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest. In our 40 year journey for peace and justice we recognize the wisdom in Ella Baker's famous words to the Civil Rights movement. Our experience tells us the belief in real freedom for all opens the door to radical love and dynamic change.

 

To honor the vision and passion embedded in Ella Baker's wisdom we will hear from two life long activists and educators whose lives embody Ella's vision.  Jose Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center,will be our guest speaker andRasmea Odeh from the Arab American Action Network will receive the 3rd Annual Mary Elsbernd OSF Award.

 

We hope you will be able to attend and we invite you to support the event by purchasing a program book ad  or greeting for your organization or community. Full details below.

 

Full Page Ad: $250

Half Page Ad: $125

1/4  Page Ad: $75

1/8  Page Ad: $35

Name Listing or 15 word greeting: $20

 

For more information please see the attachment or send an email to 8thdayprogrambook@gmail.com.

 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on September 20th!

 

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From Our Community Partners

 

Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

 

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On Friday, July 25th, , Staff, Business Owners and Friends celebrated 30 years of DSBDA's Community Service on Paseo Boricua. Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th) and Jose E. Lopez, Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Juan Antonio Corretjer, eloquently spoke of the history of DSBDA, its challenges when the national economic downturn impacted numerous local businesses, as well as of its many successes in promoting business and economic development on Paseo Boricua. A Proclamation was read from Mayor Rahm Emmanuel,  designating July 25th, 2014 , as DSBDA Day.

 

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This year's banquet was held at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. The dinner was catered by Nellie's Restaurant and Music was provided by Humboldt Parks very own "El Monstro". Bomba con Buya thrilled the crowd with a wonderful Bomba performance.

 

2nd Annual Paseo Boricua Classic Car and Bike Show

 

1964

 

Despite the threat of rain, this year's event was another success. Hundreds of cars and motorcycles lined both sides of Paseo Boricua between Western and California Avenues. As music filled the air, show participants  went about staging and polishing their cars and bikes. Restaurants and food vendors eagerly prepared for the busy day. No one was disappointed. The sunshine made its way through the clouds as hundreds of people came by to "check out" the cars and bikes, take pictures and just enjoy another day on Paseo Boricua.

 

1965

 

Experience the legend of Roberto Clemente
 

Experience the legend of Roberto Clemente. Beginning on the day of his death, this heartfelt musical tells the powerful tale of struggle and triumph for one of baseball's greatest players. Facing poverty at an early age, language barriers as a rookie and racism on the field, Clemente rose above it all to make a difference for generations to come. Driven by uplifting Afro-Caribbean beats, this musical celebrates the life of a man who helped so many and was a symbol of inspiration around the world. Baseball is just the beginning.

 

1970

 

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1962

 

Only one more R.A.W. (Real Aggressive Writing) series left! 

 

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Only one more R.A.W. (Real Aggressive Writing) series left! On Monday, August 11 at 7pm UrbanTheater Company (UTC) presents Carmen Rivera's "The Next Stop" directed by UTC co-founder Marilyn Camacho. For more information visit: www.UrbanTheaterChicago.org    

 

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Nuestra compañera Irma Rodríguez Morales está delicada de salud. Va a ser intervenida quirúrgicamente del corazón el día 18 de agosto por lo que requiere donaciones de sangre y plaquetas.


Puedes hacer las donaciones a nombre de Irma Rodríguez Morales (requieren identificación) en el BANCO DE SANGRE - Ave. Ponce de León #662 (Frente al Hospital Auxilio Mutuo) San Juan, PR Teléfono: (787) 751-6161
Para más información sobre la salud de Irma: (787) 402-4661

¡NUESTROS MEJORES DESEOS DE PRONTA RECUPERACIÓN, IRMA!

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Univision is the No. 1 Network for the Second Consecutive July Sweep Ahead of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC Among Both Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34

Univision stations in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix and Sacramento ranked #1 among Adults 18-49 in primetime outperforming ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC local stations 

Univision Communications Inc. today announced that the Univision Network ranked as the No. 1 network in primetime for the second consecutive year among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 during the 2014 July sweep.  Univision stations in Los Angeles and New York ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 most watched stations in the country, respectively, during primetime and total day among key demographics.

“The fact that our network was able to maintain the No. 1 position in primetime among these key demographics for two consecutive July sweeps as more networks air first-run shows validates our strong position in the industry amidst increased competition. It’s a top priority of ours to continue to deliver world-class, culturally-relevant content that our viewers crave – in all of the ways that they want it – and we’re confident that as long as we continue to do so, we’ll remain at the forefront,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc.

Univision also continued to attract the youngest viewers in all of network primetime television with a median age of 39, which was 17 years younger than the top 4 English-language broadcast networks’ average of 56. 

Univision had the most programs within the top 20 on all of television during the July sweep among Adults 18-34 compared to ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.

ADDITIONAL NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS:

Univision debuted “Mi Corazon Es Tuyo” (My Heart Is Yours) during the 2014 July sweep and is currently averaging 3.6 million Total Viewers 2+, 1.8 million Adults 18-49 and 831,000 Adults 18-34. Since its premiere, the novela has positioned Univision as the No.1 network during the Monday to Friday 8pm hour among both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49.

Additionally, Univision’s Monday to Friday 9 p.m. novela, “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo” (What Life Took From Me), delivered more Adult 18-49 viewers than many of the regularly-scheduled primetime programs on English-language television including:

  • ABC’s “Blackbox” “Mistresses,” “Motive,” “NY Med,” “Rising Star” and “Rookie Blue”
  • CBS’ “Extanct,” “Reckless” and “Unforgettable”
  • FOX’s “Gang Related,” “Hotel Hell” and “So You Think You Can Dance”
  • NBC’s “Crossbones,”  “Food Fighters,” “Night Shift,” “Taxi Brooklyn,” “Updateable,” “Welcome to Sweden” and “Working the Engels”

Source: The Nielsen Company. NPM (07/03/2014-07/30/2014) Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm/Sun 7pm-11pm, Live+SD. “Mi Corazon Es Tuyo” based on (07/21/2014-07/30/2014).

Local Market Highlights

During the July 2014 sweep period, KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles and WXTV Univision 41 in New York were the No. 1 and No. 2 most watched stations in the country, respectively, in primetime among Total Viewers 2+, Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, and in total day among Adults 18-49. Among Adults 18-34 in total day, Univision had the top three most watched stations in the country.  KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles was No. 1, WXTV Univision 41 in New York was No. 2 and KXLN Univision 45 in Houston was No. 3.

Additionally, WXTV Univision 41 in New York and KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles had the No. 1 and No. 2 most watched late local newscast in the country, respectively, among Adults 18-49.

Univision finished as the No. 1 broadcast station in the following dayparts and markets:

  • Primetime
    • Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix and Sacramento
    • Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Phoenix and Sacramento
    • Total Viewers in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston and Dallas
  • Total Day
    • Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Sacramento
    • Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Sacramento
    • Total Viewers in Los Angeles, Miami and Houston
  • Early Evening News
    • Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco and Phoenix
    • Adults 25-54  in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and San Francisco
  • Late News
    • Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Sacramento
    • Adults 25-54  in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas

Source: The Nielsen Company, NSI, July14 (07/03/14-07/30/14). Early evening local news is defined as a local newscasts with 6pm ET/PT start time; 5pm CT/MT start time.  Late Local News is defined as a local newscasts with 10/11pm ET/PT start time; 9/10pm CT/MT.  Includes regular newscasts only.  Primetime is defined as ABC/CBS/NBC/IND/UNI/UMA/TEL/AZA/MFZ/ETV Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm/Sun 7-11pm ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-10pm/Sun 6-10pm CT/MT) and FOX/CW Mon-Sat 8pm-10pm/Sun 7pm-10pm ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-9pm/Sun 6-9pm CT/MT).  Total day defined as Monday-Sunday 6am-2am .  Rankings based on average impressions.  Most watched station in the country based on average impressions across all LPM markets.   Live+SD.

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Nuestra realidad territorial.

Un día como el pasado viernes 25, hace 62 años, entró en vigor la Constitución de Puerto Rico. Este documento, digno de estudio y respeto, contiene lenguaje que confirma nuestra devoción a la democracia y nuestro compromiso con la igualdad. Refleja el hecho de que atesoramos nuestra identidad puertorriqueña y nuestra ciudadanía americana.

Y aunque es importante apreciar los muchos méritos de nuestra Constitución, es ilusorio pretender que es algo que no es. Existen líderes políticos en Puerto Rico, como el exgobernador Rafael Hernández Colón, que siguen diciendo que la Constitución cambió la condición política de Puerto Rico de un territorio no incorporado de Estados Unidos a un estatus único y mejor.

Esto es totalmente falso. Contrariamente a los argumentos de líderes políticos que buscan confundir al pueblo, Puerto Rico sigue siendo un territorio. El estatus territorial es antidemocrático. En Puerto Rico viven más ciudadanos americanos que en 21 estados, pero sus residentes no pueden votar por los líderes que aprueban las leyes federales.

El estatus territorial también es desigual. Tal y como lo reveló el reciente estudio del GAO, Puerto Rico y su gente dejan de recibir miles de millones de dólares cada año por ser tratados discriminatoriamente bajo muchos programas federales.   Finalmente, todo observador objetivo está claro en que el estatus territorial es la raíz de la crisis económica de Puerto Rico. Cada semana, alrededor de 1,000 puertorriqueños se mudan de la isla hacia los estados en busca de mayores derechos y oportunidades.

Al marcar el aniversario de nuestra Constitución, debemos reconocer la contradicción que existe en el corazón de este documento. La Constitución expresa devoción a los mismos principios de igualdad y democracia de los que Puerto Rico carece por ser un territorio.

El pueblo de Puerto Rico comprende la necesidad de un cambio. Una clara mayoría de nuestros votantes rechazaron el estatus territorial en el plebiscito de noviembre del 2012. Hay sólo dos caminos para seguir adelante. Puerto Rico se puede convertir en un estado a la par con los demás estados, o Puerto Rico puede convertirse en una nación soberana, ya sea totalmente independiente de Estados Unidos o con un pacto de libre asociación que cualquiera de ambas naciones pudiera dar por terminado. Si Puerto Rico se convierte en una nación soberana, las generaciones futuras de los residentes de la Isla no serían ciudadanos americanos y recibirían un apoyo federal reducido.

La estadidad y la soberanía nacional son opciones dignas y democráticas. Sin embargo, según confirmó el plebiscito del 2012, la estadidad tiene un apoyo contundente mientras que la soberanía nacional tiene poco apoyo. La gran mayoría de los puertorriqueños no quieren romper ni debilitar nuestra relación con Estados Unidos. Al contrario, quieren perfeccionar y asegurar nuestra unión.

Como comisionado residente he hecho lo posible por asegurar que el gobierno federal responda apropiadamente al histórico voto del 2012. Y a pesar de las tácticas obstruccionistas del gobernador Alejandro García Padilla y su partido, tuve éxito.

A petición mía, el presidente Barack Obama propuso —y el Congreso aprobó— una asignación de $2.5 millones para celebrar el primer plebiscito avalado por el gobierno federal en nuestra historia.

En los pasados días, el gobernador anunció su intención de utilizar esos fondos.  Yo he propuesto realizar una votación directa sobre la admisión de Puerto Rico como estado, igual que lo hicieron Alaska y Hawai. Esta propuesta tiene amplio aval congresional, habiendo conseguido el apoyo de 135 congresistas y senadores.

Que nadie se equivoque. Si hay una votación, los estadistas saldremos a votar en masa y prevaleceremos.

La Constitución de Puerto Rico es elocuente ante la importancia de la igualdad y de la democracia. Pronto estos principios no serán meras palabras en un documento.  Pronto serán una realidad.

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Contact Congress Now to Stop Legislation that Deports Refugee Children

Congress is Attempting to Deport Victims of Humanitarian Crisis

This week, Speaker John Boehner announced that the House of Representatives will push forward a bill to further expand enforcement and deportation operations on the U.S.-Mexico border. According to news sources, the bill will include language to amend an important 2008 trafficking law in an attempt to make it easier to deport the innocent Latino refugee children currently incarcerated in holding centers across the country.

This announcement is particularly disappointing as it was made on the heels of Monday's release of the final 2014 National Immigration Score Card which illustrates how each member in the House of Representatives failed on reform and also rejected immigrant communities. The score card, released by LULAC and national Latino, Asian American, and Pacific Islander groups, highlights Congress’ dismal record on immigration reform.

Your Action is Needed!

Contact your member of Congress today and tell them to reject legislation that attempts to deport Latino refugee children. Then, watch the video to learn how you can help with the humanitarian border crisis!

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Hermanos... repudiamos, y denunciamos con toda la fuerza el horrendo y criminal bombardeo de los sionistas de Israel contra el heroico pueblo palestino. Hoy se está cometiendo una afrenta no solo con palestina, también con toda la humanidad.
 
 
 
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San Juan, 28 jul (PL) Más de 30 mujeres periodistas reclamaron hoy la liberación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, durante una emotiva manifestación a la entrada de la isleta del Viejo San Juan.
 
 
Demostración del miércoles 16 de julio de 2014 en San Juan, Puerto Rico, de la Sociedad Islámica frente monumento del Holocausto detrás del Capitolio en apoyo al pueblo palestino. Más fotos: http://goo.gl/EurmDe
 
 
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“Adiós Rusty. Meet Rufo!” Growth in the Pet Industry Comes with an Upscale Latino Treat  [REPORT]

SSG analysis reveals that contrary to the myth that Hispanics are less likely to make pets full members of their families, Upscale Latinos are increasing pet ownership dramatically while other segments are nearly flat or declining.  The pet industry shift towards Hispanic consumers has implications for pet food manufactures, specialty stores, mass discounters, toys, animal hospitals, grooming spas, and other high-end services, etc.

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El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla hace entrega de la 'Canasta Básica de Materiales' del Departamento de Educación.


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El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla firma la Ley de Colegiación Integrada de la Abogacía.


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Three Hispanic veteran newscastersundoubtedly the best-known Hispanics in the Delaware Valleywill appear together on 6abcs Puerto Rican Panorama this coming Saturday, August 2, at 1 p.m. (with a rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 5).

This will be a unique and rare opportunity for viewers to get to know Walter Pérez, Dann Cuellar, and Ilia García up-close and personal (including insights about their ethnic background).

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Tres reporteros y anclas de noticieros localessin duda, las personalidades hispanas mejores conocidas en el Valle Delawareparticiparán juntos en el próximo Puerto Rican Panorama este sábado que viene, 2 de agosto, a la una de la tarde por el Canal 6.

Esto será una oportunidad rara y singular para los televidentes conocer más sobre las raíces étnicas y puntos personales de Walter Pérez, Dann Cuellar, e Ilia García.

Si se lo pierde el sábado, puede ver la retransmisión el domingo (3 de agosto) a las 5 p.m.

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DISH TO BE HONORED

AT HISPANIC TELEVISION SUMMIT

FOR SERVING HISPANIC VIEWERS

THROUGH ITS DISHLATINO BRAND

 

LEADERSHIP IN HISPANIC TELEVISION AWARD

TO BE PRESENTED

BY BROADCASTING & CABLE AND MULTICHANNEL NEWS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014

IN NEW YORK CITY

 

DISH Network, the satellite service provider, through its DishLATINO brand, will be honored with the Leadership in Hispanic Television Award within the provider/advertiser category during the Awards Luncheon ceremony at the 12th Annual Hispanic Television Summit on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis. This annual award is presented by leading business publications in the television industry, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.

The Hispanic Television Summit is the signature annual event for those in the business of video and television intended for Hispanic audiences. It attracts over 500 top executives in television distribution, programming, production, advertising, marketing, research, technology and finance from the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

Louis Hillelson, Vice-president and Group Publisher of the presenting publications said “DISH has been selected to receive the Leadership in Hispanic Television Award in recognition of the company’s DishLATINO brand which has a history for providing quality programming of interest to Latino viewers, and an impressive financial commitment to advertising and promoting their services to Hispanics consumers.”

Since its earliest days in the late 1990s, DISH has been among the first to offer the latest new channels of interest to Hispanic viewers. Today, DishLATINO provides a broad selection of programming networks in both Spanish and English for Hispanic audiences.   In recent years, DishLATINO has increased its investment in Hispanic advertising to promote its service to Hispanic consumers and is now one of the leading advertisers to U.S. Hispanics.

The Award for Leadership in Hispanic Television will be accepted on behalf of the management and employees of DISH by Alfredo Rodriguez, Vice-president of DishLATINO. Mr. Rodriguez leads DishLATINO’s overall strategy and a team responsible for the acquisition, retention and brand strategies of this leading Hispanic pay-TV provider.

This is the third time that this particular award, previously given to Comcast and Time Warner Cable, will be presented. It is one of three awards to be given out at the 2014 Awards Luncheon. The others are the Leadership Award in the programming category being presented to Major League Soccer and accepted by Don Garber, the league’s commissioner. The other, for which the recipient has not yet been announced, is the Award for Achievement in Hispanic Television, which acknowledges a single individual. Past recipients include on-air personalities Don Francisco and Cristina Saralegui; network news anchors Jorge Ramos, Maria Celeste Arraras, Maria Elena Salinas and Jose Diaz Balart; sports celebrity Oscar De La Hoya; soccer announcer Andres Cantor; and advertising executives Monica Gadsby of SMG and Edgar Sandoval of P&G.

The Hispanic Television Summit is produced by The Schramm Marketing Group, which is based in New York City.

To register now and save $50 (offer good through September 12, 2014), please visit: http://hispanictvsummit.com/ or contact Jennifer Ware at 917-281-4718 or jware@nbmedia.com

To inquire about speaking opportunities, contact Joseph Schramm at 212-983-0219 or jschramm@schrammnyc.com

To sponsor, contact Louis Hillelson at 917-281-4730 or lhillelsont@nbmedia.com

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Latino Converts to Islam

PBS (July 25, 2014)

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Border Crisis: 

Latino Media Not Presenting a Fair and Balanced Debate on Immigration

By Dr. Manny Alvarez

Fox News (July 23, 2014)

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¡Puerto Rico escogió ESTADIDAD!

 

En el Partido Nuevo Progresista estamos claros:

¡Puerto Rico escogió ESTADIDAD!

Marchemos por la Igualdad. Marchemos por la Estadidad.

Mañana 27 de julio, 11am, Puente Dos Hermanos.

¡Te Espero!

Pedro Pierluisi.

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Last week, nearly 5,000 people signed a petition to protect freedom and openness on the Internet. Presente members recognize how essential the Internet is as a tool to economic and political uplift for Latinos.

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Click here to automatically sign the petition to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which reads: "Stand up for an open Internet. Sign Rep. Grijalva's letter to the FCC."

Latinos are an increasingly powerful voice in American life, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will want to know how its proposal may affect our communities and other communities of color.

It's especially important that the FCC hear from Latino communities. Earlier this week, a consortium of powerful organizations who claim to represent the interests of Black and Brown folks — but in reality is heavily funded by the telecommunications industry — sent a letter to the FCC that makes it seem like an open Internet will actually harm our communities.1

So in order to preserve Internet freedom, the FCC needs to know that our communities demand an open Internet. There's no more powerful set of messengers than our political representatives in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). One of its members, Rep. Raul Grijalva, recently wrote a letter to the FCC making it clear that an open Internet is important, but so far only one of his CHC colleagues has endorsed the letter.2 That's unnacceptable. Every member of the CHC needs to sign it.

Will you make sure that the CHC signs onto Representative Grijalva's letter?

Click here to automatically sign the petition asking the CHC to sign Representative Grijalva's letter supporting Net Neutrality.

We'll send your signatures straight to Capitol Hill to ensure the Hispanic Caucus represents what's best for our communities: a free and open Internet that is a launching pad to success.

It’s impossible to overstate how important the Internet is for Latinos. Because of the openness and freedom of the platform, we can communicate with each other across political and geographic borders, politically organize, create media that truly represents our communities, and even start businesses. It's up to us to demand that our Representatives stand up to defend the Internet.

Click here to automatically sign the petition asking the CHC to sign Rep. Grijalva's letter supporting Net Neutrality.

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Mariana, Luis, Arturo, and the rest of the Presente.org Team

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1. Leading Civil Rights Groups Just Sold Out on Net Neutrality, Republic Report, July 24, 2014 

2. Progressive Caucus Sends Letter to FCC Chairman Demanding Net Neutrality, Congressman Raul Grijalva, May 14, 2014

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El Departamento de Estado y el Municipio Autónomo de Guayama te invitan a la Conmemoración del 62do Aniversario de la Constitución del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.

Si no puedes llegar a Guayama para disfrutar de la actividad, te invitamos a que sintonices la transmisión en vivo a partir de las 11:00 a.m.

Conéctate a www.fortaleza.pr.gov,
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Edgar DeJesus
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Leading Civil Rights Groups 

Just Sold Out on Net Neutrality

By Lee Fang

Republic Report (July 24, 2014)

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From New York to LA over a thousand supporters tell Congress: We’re ready to move in!

Nearly 1,100 attendees to the 2014 NCLR National Latino Family Expo in Los Angeles and LULAC National Convention in New York City joined the call on Congress to make the Arts & Industries Building in Washington, DC the future home of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.

Leaders, community advocates, friends and family convened by the two largest Latino civil rights organizations in America demonstrated their support for the creation of this long overdue museum by posing with their favorite Latino and Latina icons, books, and artwork. These selections represent the wide-ranging contributions American Latinos have made to this nation in support of civil rights, literature, athletics, and the arts that deserve a home on our National Mall.

 

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Join us in the campaign and show your support:

1. Click here to tell Congress you’re ready for a National Smithsonian American Latino Museum
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Revisiting 

The Young Lords' Way

 

CONTENTS

* "Young Lords Way (Video)" By Gerson Borrero, City&State TV (July 24, 2014)

* "Mickey Melendez on his "We took the Streets: Fighting for Latino Rights with the Young Lords," WBAI-99.5FM (2005)

* Invitation to Young Lords Way Street Naming

 

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City&State TV (July 24, 2014)

 

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On Saturday, the City Council will officially change the name of 111th Street and Lexington Avenue to Young Lords Way - a tribute to the group of activists who formed in the late 1960's and early 1970's advocating for better living conditions for residents of El Barrio.

 

City & State contributor Gerson Borrero sat down with two of the organizers of the Young Lords - Mickey Meléndez and Pablo Guzmán - and talked to them about the event happening this weekend, their memories of their famous occupation of the First Spanish Methodist Church - aka The People's Church - in December of 1969 and the legacy of their movement. 

 

Borrero also interviewed a woman with a different take on the Young Lords movement. Nancy Ayala was a member of the church who says the occupation scared her and many other members of the church.

 

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Host Howard Jordan inteviews Young Lords founder Mickey Melendez on his book, "We took the Streets: Fighting for Latino Rights with the Young Lords." Melendez  writes: "The Young Lords Party in Chicago and  New York, created our own political, educational, economic, and radically cultural impact on this society, still felt today." 

 

On July 26 at 1 pm the 45th Anniversary of the founding of this activist organization  a new street sign will be unveiled in East Harlem, "Young Lords Way" on the corner of 111th Street and Lexington Ave. This Jordna Journal Flashback is an an interview with Mickey Melendez, one of the founders of The Young Lords, on his book  While a bit old, it provides one view of this short-lived group that is a historical landmark on the timeline of the  U.S. Puerto Rican experience.

 

Congratulations to Mickey Melendez, Juan Gonzalez, Felipe Luciano, Iris Morales, Luis Garden Acosta, Panama Alba, Geraldo Rivera and our heart the beloved late Richie Perez.  It will be called the "Young Lords Way" and you guys and gals did it your way.

 

The Jordan Journal is usually heard Fridays from 3-5 p.m. on WBAI.   For comments write me at thejordanjournal@hotmail.com or tweet @hjordanWBAI   For past programs go to my website at howardjordan.net    To listen, go to http://bit.ly/WIAL7Z

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Vice targets Hispanic Millenials for AT&T

According to Advertising Age, AT&T gave creative responsibilities to Vice to reach Hispanic Millenials through a Spanglish "Mobile Movement" campaign.

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How Have Latin America's 

Political Leaders Responded 

to Israel's Siege on Gaza?

By Stephan Lefebvre         

CEPR (July 21, 2014)

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Radical Cities - Latin America's Revolutionary Housing Solutions

Justin McGuirk's fascinating study shows that Latin American cities have much to teach the world's architects

By Rowan Moore

The Guardian (July 19, 2014)

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La Coordinadora de las actividades del Cerro Maravilla dedicará los actos del 25 de julio a los presos políticos y a José Antonio Rivera Colón (Tony Mapeyé). Las actividades de conmemoración del Día de los Mártires se llevan a cabo en el Cerro Maravilla, en Villalba. 

A las 8:00 a.m. el licenciado Salvador Tió, dirigirá la ceremonia íntima ante las cruces de Carlos Soto Arriví y Arnaldo Darió Rosado, asesinados por la policía en 1978. Los actos continuarán a las 9:30 am con un mensaje especial sobre el problema de energía de Puerto Rico a cargo de Juan Rosario Maldonado. El mensaje principal lo hará el profesor Joaquín G. Chévere Rivera.

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El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla anuncia la disponibilidad de licencias de conducir para personas sin estatus migratorio oficial. 


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Latino Watchdogs Call for Strongest Net Neutrality as First FCC Open Internet Comment Deadline Expires

By Robert Schoon | r.schoon@latinpost.com

Latin Post (July 22, 2014)

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TELL CONGRESS NOT TO TARGET LOW-INCOME LATINO CHILDREN

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Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4935, legislation that would permanently expand eligibility for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to higher income families, while failing to extend a provision that allows working low-income families earning as little as $3,000 per year to access the CTC.

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I invite you to click here to share your thoughts with your Member of Congress on the importance of protecting this federal income tax credit which makes it possible for working parents to make ends meet.

Our National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) coalition of 37 of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations has already expressed its strong opposition to H.R. 4935, the so-called Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, in a press statement and a letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives noting that we will weigh their votes in NHLA's Score Card on the 113th Congress.

The White House Office of Management and Budget also issued a statement opposing the bill, noting that with this bill:

  • A single parent with two children working full-time at minimum wage would lose their entire tax credit of $1,725 while a couple with two children with income of $150,000 would receive a Child Tax Credit $2,200 larger than today.
  • The Child Tax Credit would be immediately eliminated for millions of American children whose parents immigrated to this country, including U.S. citizen children and “Dreamers,” and would push many of these children into or deeper into poverty.

The bill would deny the refundable portion of the CTC to millions of low-income children – the majority of whom are U.S. citizens – by requiring that a parent file taxes using a Social Security number (SSN). Millions of working, taxpaying immigrants do not have a SSN and must file their taxes with an IRS-issued Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).

If this bill is not defeated, these families – approximately eighty percent of whom are Latino -- would be at risk of being unable to claim the Child Tax Credit, a proven lifeline which protects families from sinking into poverty.

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY -- and ask them to protect low-income children by voting NO on H.R. 4935.

This is time sensitive because the vote will be TOMORROW. You can also encourage your networks to contact Congress sharing the Facebook graphic here.

Sincerely,

Hector E. Sanchez

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Chair

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Executive Director

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Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
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   Development Chair

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Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
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Labor Reaction to

El Diario's Latino Community Outreach

The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 23, 2014)

 

 

News that El Diario newspaper had convened the first meeting of a Community Advisory Board to begin a process of Latino community outreach by the management was met with surprise and cynicism by the union representing the paper's laid off employees. In reaction, Newspaper Guild President Bill O'Meara, issued the following statement yesterday:

 

"Forming a Community Advisory Board isn't the same as investing in quality journalism, and it does nothing to rectify the illegal firings of veteran staff and reporters. It is good that the paper is finally meeting with Latino community leaders, but that is not enough. The Newspaper Guild is willing to work with El Diario management to help the paper flourish and meet the needs of the community, but only after they reinstate these workers, honor the Union contract, and produce a long term plan that lays out how the paper will continue to produce high-quality journalism for the Spanish-speaking community."

 

The union and El Diario workers were concerned that Latino community leaders, many of whom have strong ties with labor, would participate in such a meeting at El Diario while the paper was embroiled in a major labor dispute. Among those attending the meeting were John Gutierrez  (John Jay College), Julissa Gutierrez (NALEO Educational Fund), Eddie Silverio (Catholic Charities/Alianza Dominicana), Teresa Santiago (Comite Noviembre), Valeria Treves (NICE) and Alex Yepes. It was made clear to the participants that this first meeting was preliminary and the beginning of a process of establishing larger advsiry group and more longterm strategy for community outreach by the management.

 

The union and workers wondered if the plight of the illegally fired veteran staff and reporters was brought up at all at this meeting by the Latino community representatives. One explanation for its apparent absence as an issue at this meeting is that the community representatives are not yet fully aware of the details of the union's charges against the paper's management.

 

As we reported on Monday, the participants in the July 1st El Diario Community Advisory Board meeting, according tothose we were able to contact, were pleased with the tone and content of the session. While the challenges involved in their labor negotiations came up in the conversation, it appears that none of the Latino committee representatives directly raised the situation of the illegally fired employees as an issue. 

 

The most recent issue to arise with the laid off El Diario workers was with their severance pay  --- instead of providing it in a lump sum as is the custom, the former employees were surprised to be getting it in drips and drabs as regular payroll payments, similar to the way that the severance to El Diario's former Publisher, Rossana Rosado, is being handled. This is an indication that either the paper is experiencing serious cash-flow problems or, on the other hand for the more cynical, faking cash-flow problems.

 

The union charges that El Diario illegally laid off veteran staff claiming financial problems, but soon after hired new nonunion staff to do the exact same jobs with the goal of eliminating the union altogether. The paper's management was, it is claimed, also dragging its feet in failing to participate in the eleven arbitrations the union proposed, claiming financial hardship. Long recognized as one of the most profitable properties within impreMedia, the management is currently claiming that El Diario is experiencing serious financial problems.

 

The union indicates that they are planning a series of community outreach activities of their own to educate the Latino community about the illegal labor practices of El Diario. It will be interesting to see what type of support the El Diario workers will receive from Latino community and labor groups. Will El Diario management's strategy of reaching out to Latino leaders prove successful in getting community support or creating divisions within the Latino community? The controversy over El Diario's role in the Latino community, in other words, continues.

 

For further information

on the union's side, contact:

Raymond Rodriguez

BerlinRosen Public Affairs

(O): 646-200-5309

(C): 305-992-1809

raymond@berlinrosen.com

 

For further information

on El Diario's management side, contact:

Francisco Seghezzo

Chief Operating Officer

impreMedia

1  Metrotech Center, 18th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201

212 807 4722

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The NiLP Network on Latino Issues is an online information service provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visit our website, www.latinopolicy.org.

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Comparto contigo mis reflexiones sobre el nuevo proceso de discusión de status que se avecina para Puerto Rico y mi visión de como el Partido Popular debería abordar el mismo.

Hoy reafirmo mi compromiso con el ELA Soberano como el Gran Proyecto Puertorriqueño de nuestra generación y con la Asamblea de Status como el mecanismo idóneo para generar consensos y solucionar el problema de status político.

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Ayúdame a llevar este mensaje a más hermanos puertorriqueños. Te invito a compartir este correo con tus amigos y familiares. Súmate a los esfuerzos de orientación que se llevarán alrededor de la isla.

Espero saludarte este viernes en Guayama.

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Contested Elections Have LULAC In Turmoil

by Grace Flores-Hughes

VOXXI (July 22, 2014)

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The Reid Report

Gen to Gen: 

The future of Latinos in the US

MSNBC (first aired on July 16, 2014)

 

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 NHMC Responds to Lobbyist Martin Chavez, Questions HTTP's Corporate Ties

 

"If your organization, HTTP, is truly independent, then you have the power to put it on the right path," says NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales  

 

PASADENA, Calif. - Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) responded to a statement by Martin Chavez of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), which was posted to the organization's website on July 17, 2014.

 

The following statement can be attributed to Alex Nogales, president and CEO of NHMC:

 

"Last week, my friend Marty Chavez of the Ibarra Strategy Group and the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) responded to a statement I recently made highlighting his participation in a very unbalanced event hosted on July 9, 2014 by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and sponsored by Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, where he and others opposed strong Open Internet rules. In my statement, I questioned whether or not it is appropriate for him to simultaneously represent the interests of corporate clients while asserting that he is working on behalf of the Latino community.

 

"What is most interesting about Marty's statement is what it doesn't say. Notably, he did not address his employment with Ibarra Strategy Group, a lobbying firm whose clients include Verizon - the main opponent to strong and enforceable Open Internet rules. One would think that a person with such an egregious conflict of interest would, at least, disclose it in his public statements. Marty, unfortunately, does not.

 

"Regrettably, what Marty did say in his statement is just as deceptive as what he conveniently left out. Of the many fabrications, Marty said that 'most Latino organizations' oppose the FCC using the sound legal authority found in Title II of the Communications Act to restrict blocking or discrimination online. This is patently false. A number of highly respected Latino organizations have sided with the community and come out in favor of strong Open Internet rules based on Title II authority, including: the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), Presente.org, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Institute for Latino Policy, News Taco, Latino Rebels, and more.

 

"Today, I'm personally sending Marty and HTTP a copy of a letter that I recently sent to individuals and organizations that represent the Latino community - and asking him to join us in our fight to preserve the Internet as the open platform it has always been. Any group claiming to represent Latinos must recognize the important role that Internet openness has played in allowing us to tell our stories, participate in our democracy, and earn a living. It must oppose discrimination and paid prioritization online, recognizing that when anti-competitive deals are struck among large corporations at the expense of consumers and competitors, Latinos lose. It must realize that history has shown that if diverse and dissenting voices can be blocked, they will be. And finally, that it is a fact that the FCC cannot prevent these harmful practices without using the authority granted to it by Congress under Title II.

 

"I have a friend who often starts phone conversations by telling me that he is my conscience calling. Marty, consider this your conscience. If your organization, HTTP, is truly independent, then you have the power to put it on the right path. I urge you to join a list of millions of individuals, dozens of Latino leaders and organizations, Members of Congress, established technology companies, creatives, journalists, investors, educational organizations, start-ups, and more to make sure that our communities don't get the short end of the stick in this debate, as they surely will without strong protections grounded in Title II legal authority."

   

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18 meses puede parecer mucho tiempo para unos, poco tiempo para otros, para el Gobernador de Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla y todos los que integran el gobierno, ha sido TIEMPO DE LOGROS. 

Tiempo de luchas, de desvelos, de ocupaciones y de triunfos.

 

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De la pasada administración, no tan sólo heredamos un déficit financiero, sino que un déficit de esperanza. Entramos en el doloroso proceso de limpiar el camino de escombros para dar paso al Puerto Rico que hoy vemos resurgir.

Falta mucho por hacer y no es tiempo de detenernos. 18 meses no es suficiente para culminar la obra, pero sí lo son para darnos cuenta que hacemos lo correcto para que Puerto Rico siga brillando.
 
“Así me ayude Dios” oramos una vez.

 

Hoy decimos: “Hasta aquí nos trajiste con bien. Llévanos y guíanos hasta completar la jornada”.

 

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El Diario Finally Reaches Out

to the NYC Latino Community

The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 22, 2014)

 

The much-beleaguered management of El Diario newspaper has finally decided to engage the Latino community as part of its strategy to improve its content and circulation. They recently began forming a Community Advisory Board and are planning a series of community presentations around the city to discuss their plans to revive the paper. This is the result of mounting community and union pressure thast found the management to be disconnected to the Latino community it was designed to serve.

 

Following up on a community meeting they held in November that was chaired by former Executive Editor Erica Gonzalez, the current effort at community outreach, held the morning of July 1st, was led by El Diario's CEO Francisco Seghezzo, their VP for Content Juan Varela, Executive Editor , Metro Editor Claudio Remeseira and advisor Javier Gomez. Among those attending from the Latino community were John Gutierrez  (John Jay College), Julissa Gutierrez (NALEO Educational Fund), Eddie Silverio (Catholic Charities/Alianza Dominicana), Teresa Santiago (Comite Noviembre), Valeria Treves (NICE) and Alex Yepes.

 

El Diario, purchased two years ago as part of the acquisition of their parent company, impreMedia, by the politically conservative Argentinian newspaper, La Nacion, has been experiencing a major drop in circulation, that recent reports currently put at only 30,000. Moving to a more digital strategy, there have controversial changes in personnel, some of which are being contested by the journalists' union, the Newspaper Guild of New York, which held a picket recently in front of the paper's offices.

 

The National Institute for Latino Policy's President, Angelo Falcón, raised concerns about the future of the paper when it was sold to La Nacion in 2012. That and subsequent criticisms of the current management focused on the new owners lack of knowledge about Latino communities in the United States and their failure to effectively reach out to these communities. A statement attributed to Varela that the paper was no longer oriented  to the "ghetto" and their plans to cater to a more "upscale" readership raised questions about their commitment to the Puerto Rican and Dominican segments of the Latino market, which represents its majority.

 

The initial meeting of their newly-resurrected Community Advisory Board was praised by Latino community leaders present who felt that the management was being genuinely open in discussing their plans and the many challenges they face. The general feeling was that they were interested in building a partnership with the Latino community as they rebuild El Diario, in sharp contrast to developments in the last nine months that made their actions and statements appear to be elitist and arrogant.

 

The big question is whether or not this latest development may be "too little, too late." El Diario is clearly facing many challenges in climbing out of the hole it has created for itself over the years under the leadership of former Publisher/current "Publisher Emeritus" Rossana Rosado and the current management. The outreach to the community is a good first step, but it is something that everyone agrees they should have started long ago and maintained. Despite this, whether El Diario will survive as "El Campeon de los Hispanos" or at all remains an open question.  

 

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Fewer than 3 percent of 

nation's banks are minority institutions

But that's still a bigger percentage than a decade ago, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

By Becky Yerak

Chicago Tribune (July 21, 2014)

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El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla anuncia la creación de empleos en el sector aeroespacial.


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Actividad - 25 de julio

El MUS estará llevando a cabo una manifestación el 25 de julio en Guayama encontra del ELA colonial y en favor de la Soberania para Puerto Rico y la Asamblea Constitucional de Estatus. Estaremos repartiendo una literatura y desplegando una pancarta. Saldremos los del area de San Juan a las 7am, de las oficinas del MUS. El punto de encuentro en Guayama sera el primer semáforo que se encuentra una vez finaliza el expreso. Todos debemos ir identificados con la camisa del MUS. Te esperamos. Confirma tu asistencia

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Durante la semana del 13 al 19 de julio, el gobernador Alejandro Garcia Padilla asistió a la juramentación de la Lcda. Maite Oronoz y reafirmó su compromiso con las farmacias de comunidad y la Policía de Puerto Rico, mientras que la primera dama, Wilma Pastrana Jiménez, lideró la feria de servicios directos a la ciudadanía.


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LULAC Galvanizes to Help Refugee Children

The humanitarian crisis on the border has left thousands of refugee children in need of our help. Though there are long-term systemic solutions that need to be addressed, we as LULAC members are galvanizing to meet the short-term needs of the refugee children. Volunteer or donate today!

Learn More about the Humanitarian Crisis Today at 7 PM Eastern

The situation at the border has now simmered to a boiling point, as America slowly learns more about the reasons for which over 55,000 children - most from Central America - have been crossing the U.S. - Mexico border into the U.S.

We've learned of some of the leading causes for this migration to the border, but many questions remain about what has slowly become a humanitarian crisis of previously unimaginable proportions in a country that has traditionally been the self-proclaimed "Nation of Immigrants."

Join us today on Google Hangouts to discuss what the facts of this crisis at the border, what possible measures the U.S. can put in place to solve the crisis, and the initiatives being organized to help children and families going through the horrible situation:

  • Dolores Huerta, Labor and Civil Rights Leader and co-Founder of the Border Kids Relief Project;
  • Wendy Young, President of Kids In Need of Defense organization (KIND)
  • Elianne Ramos, CEO of Speak Hispanic
  • Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director at the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX

NULL, hoy los populares celebramos nuestro cumpleaños número 76. Comparte esta foto con todos los populares que conozcas. Un abrazo, AGP.

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Lunes 21 de julio, 5:00 pm, frente a la corte federal, en la Ave. Chardón en Hato Rey. 

 

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The Contested LULAC Elections:

A National Latino 

Organization in Turmoil

The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 21, 2014)

 

The election of Maggie Rivera and her slate at the July 12th election of officers by the membership of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at their annual convention in New York is being contested. 

 

As evidenced by the large turnout and the type of corporate and other support their 85th annual convention had, LULAC is a key player in national Latino politics. However, it is interesting that given that a major leadership change in the organization could have important implications for Latinos nationally, this controversial election received little media attention. At the same time, largely contradictory information about what happened and whether or not the organization has a new leadership has created much confusion in the Latino community.

 

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 12th, the last day of the LULAC Convention, the 1,623 certified delegates were assembled to vote for the organization's officers. The candidates for President were Roger Rocha of Texas and Maggie Rivera of Chicago. Rocha was representing what some refer to as the status quo "Machine" from Texas led by LULAC's current president, Margaret Moran, along with Luis Vera, Manuel Escobar and Rosa Rosales. The elections were to be overseen by Moran, Vera as the Election Judge, and Manuel Escobar as Legal Advisor..

 

In a move to prevent Moran and Escobar from utilizing technicalities to influence or postpone the election since it appeared that their slate of officers did not have the votes to be elected, Eduardo Laguerre, LULAC's New York State President and a Maggie Rivera supporter, obtained a temporary restraining order from a New York judge to stop them from interfering with the election. However, it was reported that Luis Vera, who was presiding over the meeting as Election Judge first delayed the election and when the delegates reassembled, he inaccurately presented the TRO to the body as a court order canceling the elections. Then, most accounts had the Rocha delegates leaving and the Maggie Rivera delegates remaining to carry on the elections.

 

Because the delegates wore white and yellow t-shirts indicating who they planned to vote for, it became evident that most of the delegates were dressed in yellow, indicating their support for Rivera. It was also widely acknowledge that the remaining delegates constituted a quorum and, on this basis, continued with the elections. The Rocha Texas group apparently underestimated Rivera's level of support and, according to their detractors, tried to "steal the election" with this maneuver going around the TRO that was directed at them. As of today, a press release by LULAC on their website dated July 12th provides the following account of the election:

 

On the final day of the convention, the elections were postponed due to a court order. While the organization vigorously disputes the plaintiff's tactic in obtaining such an order without prior notice to LULAC, the organization's leadership had no choice but to comply with the order and to pursue legal remedies moving forward.

 

However, on that same day, the LULAC chapter in Puerto Rico issued a press release in Spanish from Manuel Hernández-González announcing that Maggie Rivera was elected to be the new National President of LULAC. Another press release was issued announcing Rivera's election by the LULAC Aurora Council #5218 in Illinois, using the organization's national letterhead.        

 

At the first meeting of the LULAC National Board following the Convention, held on July 18th in Washington, DC, the old officers met since they didn't recognize that a legitimate election was held at the Convention. This also created the possible problem that four of its members --- Margaret Moran, Rosa Rosales, Manuel Rendon and Mickie Luna --- attended, some argue, in violation of the organization's by-laws limiting their terms to four years.

 

Luis Vera, upon returning to Texas from the Convention, filed a court complaint against Eduardo Laguerre, Magdalena, Rivera, Ralina Cordona, Enrique Dovalina, Baldomar Garza, Ray Mancera and other un-named Defendants "for committing law fraud, tortuous interference, declaratory judgment and civil conspiracy." The complaint asks the court to have the defendants "be preliminarily and permanently enjoined from engaging in the acts of officers of LULAC to which they believe they may have been elected on July 12, 2014" and ordering that "pending the court's decision on the issues in the complaint that all national officers of LULAC holding office prior to July 12, 2014 remain in the status quo as provided in Article VIII, Section 6, Paragraph b of the LULAC constitution, By-laws and Protocol." This resulted in a temporary restraining order barring Maggie Rivera and her slate from taking office until a determination is made at an August 1st court date.

 

As LULAC goes to court over the legitimacy of their elections, the leadership vacuum this creates will no doubt affect the group's effectiveness and the morale of its staff. Besides the obvious internal power struggle that is going on, largely focused on the control that the Texas contingent has had for a long time over the organization, there were other issues that have arisen as a result of this contested election. One is the role of statehood advocates from Puerto Rico who have, since the Puerto Rico Governor Rossello Administration in the early 1990s, have sought to influence LULAC on this status issue by creating a large number of LULAC Councils in Puerto Rico and within mostly the Northeast and Midwest, each one of which has a vote at their annual conventions. At one point allies of the Texas contingent, in this election they sided with the Maggie Rivera opposition.

 

There were also complaints about the role that the controversial Herbalife corporation played by sponsoring multiple LULAC Councils, ghost writing letters and op-eds for LULAC members to Congresspersons and the press, hiring the predecessor of LULAC's Executive Director to lobby LULAC members to overturn the LULAC National Board's position on this issue, passing out flyers and documents highly critical LULAC's director, Brent Wilkes, during their New York convention and taking out a full page add in the New York newspaper, El Diario. On the other hand, there were also concerns that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, the founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital who is promoting the destabilization of Herbalife, also funded a number of LULAC Councils from Puerto Rico and elsewhere to influence the vote.

 

Given the important role that LULAC plays in advocating on immigration and other issues affecting the Latino community nationally, one would expect better coverage of this election controversy by the media. The outcome could affect the group's agenda in significant ways that should be of deep concern to the Latino community since they purport to speak on this community's behalf in Washington, DC and elsewhere.

 

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José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

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Labor Group Stands Up 

To Catholic Church,Refuses 

To Cut Ties With LGBT Allies

By Jack Jenkins

Think Progress (July 17, 2014)

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25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
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Board of Directors
 
José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

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Herbalife Fires Back 

at Latino Activist

By Michelle Celarier

New York Post (July 18, 2014)

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UPTOWN BOUNCE:

Summer Nights at 104th and Fifth 

 

Wednesdays: July 30, August 6, August 13

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, FREE ADMISSION 

For more info, and to RSVP click here.

 

First-ever joint series between El Museo and the City Museum, featuring music, gallery talks, art-making workshops, breakdancing demos, DJs, festive summer drinks, local food vendors, and more. 

 

July 30: ROOTS - We kick things off with a cultural rewind to where it all began! El Museo will feature folklorist Elena Martinez from City Lore discussing the connectivity between art and music, with DJ D'Marquesina on deck. Video projections and sidewalk art by the Murcielagos Fumando Collective will be featured. At the City Museum, check out DJ Tony Touch, congas player Chico Cruz, and learn about the influence of graffiti on hip-hop.

 

August 6: THROWBACK - Join us as we go back in time to the 1980s in New York City! Perla de Leon will be discussing her work at El Museo, with DJ D'Marquesina spinning, as well as video projections and sidewalk art by the Murcielagos Fumando Collective. DJ Grand Master Caz will be spinning old school at the City Museum, and be sure to check out breakdancers, the NBS Crew. 

 

August 13: REMIX - Old school meets new school in the series finale! El Museo celebrates the birth of its founder Raphael Montañez Ortiz, in conversation with UCLA's Chon Noriega, and the smashing of a piñata. DJ D'Marquesina will be back with video projections and sidewalk art by the Murcielagos Fumando Collective. At the City Museum DJ Grand Master Caz will spin classic and current beats, with a performance by Kelly Peters and his Generation X Hip Hop Dancers. 

 

To RSVP and for more info, visit www.elmuseo.org  or www.mcny.org.

 

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    We just got the White House's attention.

    This afternoon, leaders from Presente and United We Dream interrupted Vice President Joe Biden's speech at one of the nation's biggest progressive political conference to send one very important message: don't deport our children.

    The situation is dire.

    This week the Obama Administration already started sending the first group of children back to Honduras — and the House and Senate are ramming through a bill, deceptively named the ‘HUMANE Act’, that would speed up deportations of Central American refugee children. If it passes, President Obama is likely to sign it — despite a pledge not to send kids back home to their deaths.1

    To stop the deportations, the media needs to hear the voices of folks like you: people who will stand up to any effort to throw families and innocent children back to extreme gang violence and poverty.

    Click here to sign the petition telling President Obama and the US Senate: Do not deport innocent children back to Central America. Do not pass the HUMANE Act.

    The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar (NM-28) in the House and Texas Republican Senator Cornyn in the Senate is anything but ‘humane’. It’s a dehumanizing — deportations-only approach.

    The bill would roll back key protections for children that were signed into law through the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. The law prohibits the immediate deportation of Central American children who are threatened by violence and abuse in their home countries.

    President Obama has expressed that he’s ready to sign the bill in exchange for a $3.7 billion emergency funding request that includes a mix of funding for more border militarization, detention facilities, and a media campaign to dissuade Central Americans from coming to the U.S.2

    More than ever, our message that it's immoral to further dehumanize families and children who are victims of violence and poverty needs to break through to the public debate on this issue. We need to treat the Central American refugee children with compassion by protecting them, not deporting them to their likely deaths.

     

    The HUMANE Act is inhumane and sends children to their death. Will you demand justice and reject hate? 

     

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    Tell the Senate and President Obama: Don’t send children back to their death. Do not pass and the sign the misleading HUMANE ACT.

    Thanks and ¡adelante!

    Mariana, Refugio, Arturo, Erick, Erica, Luis, and the rest of the Presente.org team

    P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

    Sources:

    1. This Bill Is Dubbed The HUMANE Act, But It Actually Hurts The Migrant Kids It Claims To Protect, Think Progress, July 17 2014

    2. The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster, Vox, July 15, 2014

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    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    NiLP Exposed! (Video)

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 18, 2014)

     

    Angelo Responds to Critics

    Following yesterday's article on NiLP's January 2013 Roast of Angelo Falcón, celebrating the organization's 30th anniversary, members of the NiLP Network asked for a further NiLP Flashback by bringing back the video of this event. We warn you, however, that it contains strong language and vivid imagery not recommended for the faint of heart.

     

    We provide this as a public service to NiLP's detractors who may desire additional ammunition by which to discredit our organization. Enjoy!

     

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    (51 minutes: 32 seconds), click here

     

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    We are talking about a refugee crisis that is a result of a US Foreign policy that has created this situation in Central America. #Nerdland

    — Juan Cartagena (@LJCartagena)
     

    Civil rights do not rest and neither do we. We shared this statement with the viewers on the Melissa Harris-Perry show this past weekend and are eager to share what we've been working on all summer. We will be watching the situation on the border closely and will continue to advocate for the rights of Latinos and refugees and immigrants all across the country. Want to get involved and help the migrant children that have arrived in New York? Sign up to help represent or translate with the Safe Passage Project from New York Law School.

    Watch Juan Cartagena on MHP Show on MSNBC.


    Upcoming Events

    The LJP Lideres are hosting an evening of networking and socializing with associates and partners from firms and corporations across NYC and for government lawyers and attorneys from the public sector. For information and/or to register, contact dmedina@LatinoJustice.org.



    Save the Date: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Annual Gala

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

    Dignity, Equality and Security

    Hilton New York- Midtown

    1335 Avenue of the Americas

    New York, NY 10019

    Honorees include: Ricardo Anzaldua, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MetLife, and American Express, represented by Paul Fabara, Executive Vice President, Global Credit Administration.

    To purchase tickets or sponsor a table contact dmedina@LatinoJustice.org, 212-739-7585.


    Congratulations Metro LALSA Graduates

    LatinoJustice PRLDEF congratulates all law students graduating in the Class of 2014! Pictured is the Metro LALSA class of 2014:

    Jon Irizarry, Touro Law School
    Javier Diaz, Seton Hall University School of Law
    Margo Chaly, Seton Hall University School of Law
    Jaclyn Quiles, Hofstra School of Law
    Edda Santiago, St. John's Law School
    Josie Cardozo-Rojo, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    Ellen Santos, Rutgers (Newark) Law School
    Renato Ronquillo, Seton Hall University School of Law



    Not pictured:
    Alexandra Espinosa, Fordham Law School
    Nate R. Torres, St. John's Law School
    Jessica Zamora, Seton Hall University School of Law

    We want to especially acknowledge our past Law Day volunteers: Edda Santiago, Margo Chaly and Jaclyn Quiles; and our LAWbound alumna: Ellen Santos! Felicidades!


    Meet our 2014 Summer Interns

    We have another great group of interns this summer in all of our departments and we want you to get to know them (hint, we have a few poets and talented cooks). Help us welcome them! Meet our awesome interns!


    Legal Updates

    Scott Greene, ex-Suffolk Police Sergeant Accused of Stealing from Latinos, Faces 60 more counts

    A former Suffolk County police sergeant facing hate crimes after being accused of stealing from a Latino motorist surrendered on a new indictment charging him with 60 more counts against 20 new victims based on the testimony of LJP clients. The new charges against Scott A. Greene, 50, of Shirley, who retired in April, include fourth-degree grand larceny as a hate crime, fourth-degree grand larceny and official misconduct, prosecutors said. District Attorney Thomas Spota credited the assistance of LatinoJustice PRLDEF and other Latino advocacy groups in helping the new victims to come forward and testify before a grand jury.

    Read more.


    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Election Protection

    June 24th was Primary Day for congressional candidates in New York, and LatinoJustice’s election protection efforts were in full swing, particularly in Congressional District 13. LJP once again partnered with the NALEO Educational Fund NY Northeast Office in organizing and staffing its VE Y VOTA (1-888-839-8682) election protection hotline from 6am to 9pm on primary day. In addition, LJP had several field teams of volunteers led by Senior Counsel Jackson Chin monitoring election poll sites in Manhattan and the Bronx from 7am to early evening to ensure that voting was safe, simple, and efficient. LJP & NALEO staff and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure Latino voters were able to exercise their constitutional right to vote and to ensure an avoidance of the problems encountered during the 2012 Congressional Primary when several last minute questionable and poorly communicated staffing changes by the NYC Board of Elections led to poll workers’ inability to locate voters on the rolls and inadequate number of interpreters.

    Prior to primary day, LatinoJustice and NALEO staff conducted several election protection voting rights trainings for community volunteers in LJP’s classroom and at La Fuente. A special thank you to Julissa Gutierrez, Ana Almanzar, and John Degliuomini from the NALEO Educational Fund’s NY Office for their continued partnership in this year’s non-partisan Congressional Primary voter protection effort.

    Field volunteers included attorney Zoraida Lira, and LJP summer interns Sara Estella, Stephanie Rivera, Lola Bovell, Jehan Laner, & Alan Magendzo. Hotline volunteers included LJP Senior Legal assistant Marisabel Kanioros, Legal Fellow Kyle Valenti, Jacky Trevino, and LJP Summer Interns Karol Ruiz, Gabriella Gonzalez, as well as Bovell and Laner who did double-duty! Many thanks to all our volunteers who made election protection possible!


    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Helps Advance Equal Opportunity in Film and TV Industry

    New York’s Film, TV and Cable industries which receive generous annual tax credits from the State and the City employ over 63,000 workers, paying over $5 billion in wages in 2008 alone making this market the second largest film industry in the nation after California. Unfortunately as is often the case, only a small fraction of the thousands of film /TV studio mechanics and production jobs in New York City are held by Latinos, blacks, and women.


    LatinoJustice’s catalytic legal advocacy on behalf of a client has helped shed light on the industry’s illegal “closed doors” entry barriers to those seeking entry into this highly lucrative profession, and greatly contributed to the NY State Attorney General’s announcement of a global settlement with the International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 52, that begins to reform the union’s BIASED admission practices which can best be described as discriminatory, unfair, and anchored by nepotism in an “old boy’s network.” The OAG’s settlement agreement will hopefully address the union membership’s long-standing lack of diversity and lead to immediate changes in new union membership.

    Read OAG settlement.


    LatinoJustice at 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer

    In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

    As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

    We are proud to announce, LatinoJustice PRLDEF Youth Leadership Network attended and presented at the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer in Jackson, Mississippi and Orlando, Florida. Our workshop included digital and movement making strategies to advance civil rights.

    Read more.


    Stay informed on on the latest developments, trainings and events by visiting the site and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
     
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
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    Puerto Rico's Governor Pledges 

    New Plebiscite By 2016 

    to Decide US Island's Political Status

    By The Associated Press 

    Greenfield Daily Reporter (July 16, 2014)

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    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
     
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
    Follow us on Twitter and
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    Obama on a High Wire 

    on Immigration Law Changes

    By Jim Kuhnhenn and Erica Werner

    The Associated Press (July 16, 2014)

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    Trabajo Comunitario para la Descolonización

    El próximo fin de semana 9 y 10 de agosto de 2014 estaremos celebrando el tan esperado Seminario-Taller sobre Trabajo Comunitario para la Descolonización en conjunto con el colectivo de compañeros responsables por la publicación "Trabajo Comunitario y Descolonización". El taller se celebrará en el Centro de Renovación y Desarrollo Humano Buen Pastor localizado en la Carretera #1 de San Juan a Caguas (la vieja de Caguas). Se proveerá un mapa.

    El seminario ofrecerá comida (desayuno, almuerzo y cena) y estadía de sábado a domingo en el mismo Centro para aquellos que lo deseen. El costo para aquellos que se hospeden será de $40 y para aquellos que no se hospeden será de $24. Todo este dinero es para el Centro Buen Pastor quien se encargará de preparar todas las comidas.

    Por razones de logística, es DE SUMA IMPORTANCIA el separar los espacios con tiempo de anticipación para poder coordinar con el Centro todo desde comidas, hasta estadías. Para añadirse en la lista y reservar su espacio, puede comunicarse con los siguientes contactos del Comité de Educación, quien está coordinando esta actividad. La fecha límite para reservar espacio será el 30 de julio. También por favor notificar aquellos con una dieta vegetariana para hacer ajustes.

    José Salvador De La Cruz: (787) 209-0438 / salva1249@gmail.com
    David J. Carrasquillo: (787) 410-5418 / djcarrasquillo@gmail.com


    Adjunto propuesta y descripción del seminario taller.

     

     

    Propuesta  Seminario Taller:                                                                        Trabajo Comunitario Para la Descolonización

    Descripción del Seminario Taller

    El taller se diseña para un período de dos días consecutivos de trabajo, distribuidos en cuatro segmentos diurnos. Tendremos una sesión por la mañana  y una sesión durante la tarde cada uno de los días del seminario taller.

    Nos encaminamos a elaborar  el Modelo de Trabajo Comunitario Transformador – Descolonizador, de acuerdo  con los postulados, principios y concepciones principales del MUS.  La referencia básica para estos procesos de elaboración y reconstrucción de la experiencia es  el Modelo  de Trabajo Comunitario Transformador en el Siglo XX1 propuesto en el Libro de Referencia: Trabajo Comunitario y Descolonización.

    ¿Cómo lo trabajamos? Mediante  procesos de estudio, reflexión y reconstrucción de contenido conceptual / práctico (de la experiencia de los participantes). Partimos  entonces de la experiencia y formación previa de los participantes de este seminario taller respecto al trabajo comunitario, tanto en nuestro contexto boricua, como en otros contextos afines.

    Presentación y Diálogo Introductorio  al inicio del  taller- Exploración : primera actividad del día

    1. Propósito del Seminario Taller: Ampliar el margen de posibilidades realizables extraídas de un modelo construido para afrontar los retos y desafíos que nos requiere el trabajo comunitario político anclado en un contexto colonial.

    2.  Meta: Concienciarnos sobre la necesidad e importancia de conocer y practicar trabajo comunitario liberador, democrático, descolonizador y transformador, que contribuya a forjar el país en que el verdadero poder social radique en los ciudadanos.

    ¿Qué es el poder social? cita ilustrada para estimular el el diálogo
    • El poder social son las capacidades que tiene por naturaleza, una nación, una provincia, un municipio, una comunidad […] lo único que el Estado hace es funcionar con funciones del poder social [...] Las ejerce el Estado en representación y por delegación de la sociedad. De este modo, cuando la sociedad no está contenta con sus delegados les retira sus poderes y ella reasume su soberanía, es decir, la suma total de sus poderes.” Eugenio María de Hostos
     
    3. Objetivos:
    • Crear una base común de conocimiento en torno a conceptos y prácticas medulares entre los participantes del seminario taller que se indican a continuación: entre los participantes del seminario taller
     
    1.  La Colonia : Referentes Teóricos Diversos
    (Perfil del Colonizado Contemporáneo)
    Construir el perfil en sub grupos de trabajo constituidos por un facilitador y dos co-. facilitadores del proceso en continua interacción.
     
    1. Comunidad y Trabajo Comunitario: Democracia
     
    3. Construcción de Ciudadanía Emancipada vs. Ciudadanía Sostenida
     Construir el perfil, conceptos y concepciones de trabajo comunitario, comunidad, y ciudadanía emancipada en oposición a ciudadanía sostenida o asistida.
     Formaremos un mínimo de tres grupos de trabajo. Estos son  constituidos por un facilitador y dos co-. facilitadores del proceso en continua interacción. Cada grupo seleccionará los relatores para intercambiar posteriormente los planteamientos y procesos básicos surgidos durante el diálogo.

    Metodología: Diálogo Horizontal Crítico Reflexivo (intercambio de saberes)  y  Síntesis de la Experiencia
     
    • Elaborar   el Modelo  de Trabajo Comunitario Transformador en el Siglo XX1 a partir de la experiencia, formación  y  de  las expectativas  de trabajo comunitario del colectivo auspiciador (MUS).
     
    Repaso del Contenido Básico del Modelo Propuesto
     
    1. Concepto de Modelo y Necesidad de Construir un  Modelo Boricua
    2. Aspectos Esenciales del Modelo
    3. Esquema del Modelo
    4. Secuencia
    5. Conceptos Esenciales
    6. Fundamentos
    • Ejemplos Específicos
    • Comunidad Mariana en Humacao-  rural
    • Fideicomiso de la Tierra Caño Martín Peña- urbano
    • Proyecto CAUCE- urbano(Universidad y Comunidad)
    • Otros ejemplos de trabajo comunitario en progreso
    Metodología: Taller Basado en la Guía de Referencia; El Modelo Propuesto, Resumen escrito en sub grupos: Fundamentos y Marcos Conceptuales: modelo como totalidad
    1. Ejemplos concretos para integración  de las partes que constituyen el modelo propuesto.
    2. Escritura de Metas, Objetivos, Estrategias y Tácticas de acuerdo con Proyectos Comunitarios Iniciados por la colectividad.
    3. Redacción de Proyecciones de Trabajo Comunitario Descolonizador en el Contexto del MUS
    1. Formulación de propuestas emergentes del modelo en conjunto con los cursos de acción a seguir (pertinentes para el grupo y la zona o área de trabajo).
     
    Aclaración Necesaria: La meta y los objetivos propuestos constituyen declaraciones de intención que se desarrollan gradual y sistemáticamente mediante  experiencias  diversas y acciones concertadas en los escenarios comunitarios.
    • Evaluación del Seminario Taller
    • Criterios  e Indicadores de Calidad (estándares)
    Libro de Referencia: Trabajo Comunitario y Descolonización
    Alejandro Cotté Morales
    Magda Orfila Barreto
    Doris Pizarro Claudio
    Wilfredo Quiñones Sierra
    Raquel M. Seda Rodríguez
    Luz A. Vega Rodríguez
                                                               
    Colectivo de Autores
                                                                            2012
     Comentarios  y Observaciones: Integrantes del Colectivo involucrado en los procesos de facilitar los procesos y reconstrucción de la experiencia durante el Seminario Taller.

    Se recomienda la lectura de algunas referencias ofrecidas en los segmentos que configuran el libro. Las mismas deben ser pertinentes para los asistentes al Seminario Taller.

    De ser necesario es viable continuar en la búsqueda de nuevas referencias para que sean integradas en el diálogo reflexivo crítico.

     

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    Chicago Latin Jazz Festival This Saturday!

     

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    A tribute to Victor Venegas, a native of Durango, Mexico, who became one of the great bassists in Latin music as a South Side Chicagoan, will highlight the 8th annual Chicago Latin Jazz Festival. Now in its second year as a two-day music and cultural arts and crafts attraction, the event will offer a full range of musical performances, instrument- and mask-making workshops and other activities.
     
    Venegas, who died in 2006, helped introduce to America the charanga, the Cuban dance music he performed in the 1940's as a member of Orquesta Nuevo Ritmo de Cuba, led by Armando Sanchez. Their work inspired Charlie Palmieri and Johnny Pacheco - two of the many Latin jazz masters greats Venegas played with after moving to New York. He also played with such West Coast legends as Errol Garner, Cal Tjader, and Mongo Santamaria (he can be heard on "Watermelon Man"), and left his mark on salsa as well.
     
    Venegas' music will be performed Friday by a specially assembled group of leading players from Chicago called the Chicago Latin Jazz Collaborative. Led by Jose Porcayo, a much-admired bassist himself who leads the pop-influenced unit, La Nueva Corporación, the band will include trumpeter Victor Garcia, drummer Bobby Delgado, conga player Joe Rendon, pianist Joaquin Garcia and saxophonist Max Wassinger.
     
    "We've been wanting to honor Victor since he passed, especially because a lot of younger musicians are unaware of him and what he contributed to some of the music they're playing," said Carlos Flores, artistic director of the festival. "It will be great to hear the group perform pieces of his they themselves have chosen."
     
    Friday's concert also will feature the brilliant violinist James Sanders' Proyecto Libre, an improvisational band including bassist Joshua Abrams, Latin percussionist Jean-Christophe Leroy, drummer and wood flutist Avreeayl Ra - and, as special guest, tenor saxophone great Edward Wilkerson. Closing the show will be hard-hitting conguero Johnny Blas' Afro Libre Orchestra, known for its killer trombones.


    Saturday's musical bill will feature young percussionist and composer Juan Pastor'sChinchano, which innovatively applies Central and South American rhythms to jazz. The band includes rising trumpet star Marquis Hill, alto saxophonist Rich Moore, pianistStuart Mindeman and bassist Patrick Mulcahy. Also performing are Ruben Alvarez's Sun Sounds, led by the veteran percussionist (a longstanding member of Chévere De Chicago) and esteemed trombonist William Cepeda, whose Afro-Caribbean jazz brings a special emphasis to the music of his native Puerto Rico. His band will include a pair of celebrated Chicagoans, trumpeter Victor Garcia and tenor saxophonist Roy McGrath. Read on.

     

    San Lorenzo Representara "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos" en 21ra Fiesta Boricua, 30-31 agosto
     

    Durante una reunión/almuerzo realizada en la alcaldía de San Lorenzo, el alcalde de dicho municipio, José Román Abreu (Joe)se comprometió a hacer todo lo posible para presentar lo mejor de ese pueblo durante la 21ra Fiesta Boricua que se llevará a cabo durante el fin de semana del 29-31 de agosto de 2014.

     

    No obstante, el hecho de que este año estuvimos atrasados en términos de la logística de Fiesta Boricua, por razones más allá del control de los organizadores, el alcalde dijo que haría todo lo posible para que su municipio brillara durante esta magna celebración de arte, cultura, música y folklore Boricua.

     

    José E. López, director ejecutivo del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño, acompañado por Luis Rosa y por el Presidente de la Asociación de Alcaldes de Puerto Rico y alcalde de Comerío, Josean Santiago, se reunieron con el alcalde de San Lorenzo por más de dos horas. Se discutieron los pormenores de Fiesta Boricua, particularmente el concepto de "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos". Un tema que por los últimos años ha definido la celebración de Fiesta Boricua. Esta tema persigue enlazar a través de la cultura de hermandad puertorriqueña de los de aquí --y de los de allá-- la diáspora y la isla. Invitamos a todos los hijos e hijas ausentes de ese bello pueblo a que se unan al esfuerzo para darle una calurosa bienvenida a Chicago a sus hermanos compueblanos, como lo hicieron anteriormente los hijos ausentes de Comerío, Hormigueros y Jayuya.

     

    Centro Infantil Enjoys Park Play Day!

     

    1937

     

    Centro Infantil enjoyed a nice warm, sunny day at the park. Teachers Mari and Sandra were teaching the kids how to use the parachute. Showing them  how they had to move their arms up and down slow, then fast. To make the parachute more exciting for the kids, they put stuffed play balls to try and keep them in the middle so they do not fall out of the parachute. When the ball did happen to fall out, then one of the kids would throw the ball back inside and that made it more exciting and fun for them. 

     

    Misa Jíbara Inaugurá la 21ra Fiesta Boricua

     

    El padre Raúl Morales Berrios de la diócesis de Caguas celebrará el sexto año de  la ya legendaria misa jíbara. Este año, como el pasado, la misma inaugurará la Fiesta Boricua. Se espera que centenares se unan a esta máxima expresión de la espiritualidad puertorriqueña. Por primera vez, el grupo musical de su iglesia acompañará al Padre Raúl.

     

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    Este magnífico grupo realizó todo un magno esfuerzo para recaudar fondos para compartir con nuestra comunidad esta convivencia espiritual tan enraizada en nuestras tradiciones.

     

    Maritxa Vidal from Vida/SIDA is featured in the Windy City Times

     

    The first thing one notices about Maritxa Vidal, 57, is a warmth and openness that make you feel immediately at ease.

     

    Everyone on Division Street seems to know Vidal. "They call me the mayor or la princesa del paseo," Vidal joked. With a black flowy dress, impeccably styled short brown hair and a friendly face, passersby can't help but be drawn to her.

     

    1929

     

    Vidal was recently appointed the director of the health center of Vida/SIDA, a nonprofit that addresses HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Vidal absolutely loves the organization and is proud of the work they do for the community.

    However, things weren't always this perfect for her. As a transgender Latina in Chicago, Vidal had a long and difficult path to get to this point in her life.

     

    Vidal and her family immigrated from Havana, Cuba in 1966. Though her parents were very loving, she said, her childhood was challenging because her parents were so often living paycheck to paycheck. At the age of 15 she began working the second shift at a factory in Skokie with her father. In addition to the poverty she faced, she began to grapple with her gender identity.

     

    "I knew I was different," Vidal said. Her mother, brother, and sister accepted her immediately, but it took about a year for her father to come around. Although her mother loved her, Vidal said she was concerned because "she knew the road that was ahead."

     

    After Vidal transitioned in the 1970s, she was arrested numerous times simply for being who she was. "During that time, if you didn't use at least three articles of male clothing, you could be arrested," she said. "Just for trying to feel comfortable in my own skin." Keep reading.

     

    Women for PASEO on the March!
     
    (Promoting Actions that Support Recovery through Services) a project of Vida/SIDA 

     

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    Vida/SIDA has extensive experience serving people living with HIV and at highest-risk for HIV. HIV-related services include outreach, education, and distribution of harm reduction materials including condoms, counseling, testing, support groups and a variety of evidence-based prevention interventions. Vida/SIDA has also cultivated partnerships with HIV service providers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area in order to better serve clients.

     

    Our goal at Women for PASEO is to help Latina's and Black African American women and trans women, 18 years and older to reduce their risk to become HIV positive through case management services, treatment referrals and behavioral health interventions to help reduce mental health and substance abuse disparities among the population we serve. 

     

    1938

     

    Women need gender-specific behavioral health and other services. Gender-related drug abuse treatment needs to address biological differences and social and environmental factors. Each of these can influence the motivations for drug use and for seeking treatment, the place treatment is obtained, the treatments that are most effective, and the consequences of not receiving treatment. "Many life circumstances predominate in women as a group, which may require a specialized treatment approach.

     

    Our program provides FREE services that include counseling, testing and referrals for HIV and STIs, screen for substance abuse, mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Eligible women are refer to participate in our program and services.

     

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    Recent Events and Services through the Community:

     

    Women for PASEO has been active in the Chicago community reaching out for the women that are at high risk and do not have the means to receive health and treatment services.  In our efforts we have being visited women's shelters such as Sarah's Circle, AA & Substance abuse shelters, community organizations, and an intense outreach efforts through Humboldt Park Community and other areas of the City.

     

    On May 13,2014 the staff of Women for Paseo visited Clara's House in Englewood.   During our visit, the 15th Ward Democratic Committeeman Raymond Lopez, also visited Clara's House and we had the opportunity to discuss the issues that affect women in this area.

     

    On June 14, 2013 Women for Paseo participated in the 2nd Annual United Puerto Rican People's Parade with the residents of Humboldt Park. The Women for PASEO staff marched in the parade promoting our culture, pride and our dedication to help the women in Chicago.

     

    Women for PASEO is also providing services in the Hermosa Community, through FREE HIV/STIs testing at 4044 W. Armitage Ave. 2nd floor every Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Eligible women are referring to participate in our program.

     

    Women participants receive referrals for substance abuse treatment and mental health services through Rincón Family Services, Health Care Alternative System (HAS), and more recently a collaboration effort with UIC Integrated Health Care, a Primary Care Clinic specialized in women services in the Humboldt Park Community. 

     

    To reduce the risk to become an HIV positive the first step is to GET TESTED, come and benefit from our services.  Walk in are always welcomed at 2620 W. Division St, Chicago or contact us for more information at 773-904-8178.

     

    Help Support El Rescate's Fundraising Initiatives

     

    Stop by El Rescate's rummage sale every Monday thru Thursday from 2-5pm at 2703 W. Division Street. We have plenty of goodies at affordable prices all for a good cause.

     

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    Also, every Friday our living skills facilitators will prepare delicious freshly cooked meals to sell for lunch. For orders/information, please contact Jackie Gonzalez at (773) 240-6893 or email her at jackieg@prcc-chgo.org

     

    All funds go towards the daily needs of our residents at El Rescate. El Rescate is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth located on Paseo Boricua in Humboldt Park.

     

    From Our Community Partners

     

    Memorable día en Casa Pueblo

    Café Madre Isla

     

    Transcurieron unos 25 años, un cuarto de siglo, para que el proyecto de autosuficiencia económica de Casa Pueblo, Café Madre Isla, pudiese tener una tostadora.  Comenzamos a las 10:41 AM el lunes 7 de julio de 2014.  La dulce aroma llegó a la plaza y alrededores.  El especial momento me hizo viajar a la casa de Cindo en el barrio Tanamá cuando realizamos la primera tostando.

     

    1933

     

    Como toda historia tiene actores, fue Ariel Massol Deyá el protagonista principal acompañado de su mamá y papá que dio pie a esta autogestión.  Quemados por el calor de una tostadora antigua y llenos de hoyín en nariz, oídos y cara feliz así comenzó este orgulloso proyecto que le ha dado vida económica a la Casa que Tinti desde el principio lleva fiel contabilidad y recelo. 

     

    Empezamos utilizando un pequeño frasco de cristal con tapa de 3 onzas.  Nos inventamos un embudo donde se depositaba la harina molida llenando con un cucharon frasco por frasco en un día largo de trabajo.  A veces entre seis y nueve de la noche.  La jornada concluía con tanta alegría que nada empañaba la exitosa encomienda.

     

     

    1932

     

    La presentación inicial del proyecto se realizó en la obra de teatro, Golpes de Rejas por la excarcelación de Alejandrina Torres en Adjuntas.  El primer catador y colaborador fue nuestro inmortal Oscar Collazo.  La Patria bendijo el proyecto del Café Madre Isla.

     

    Después tostabamos en Utuado y moliamos en la Casa en un equipo antiquísmo que hacia un ruido infernal obligandonos a utilizar audifonos que siempre colaba el ruido de la máquina.  Como toda gestión comunitaria, paso a paso, ladrillo a ladrillo, al paso del tiempo adquirimos un molino moderno y diseñamos un sistema de llenado directo al frasco que facilitaba producir 5 quintales en 5 horas.  Olga, Papo, Aida y Confe y otros voluntarios han realizado la gestión honorable en esos años.

     

    1934

     

    Hoy doy gloria a Ariel por ser ejemplo de líder comunitario: nos enseñastes a ser perseverantes, innovadores, comprometidos, estar enfocados y en donde la adversidad se convertió en reto y victoria.  Doy gracias a los seguidores del proyecto y a los nuevos actores que comienzan a escribir la nueva historia del Café Madre Isla.

     

    En felicidad y tristeza,

     

    Alexis Massol González

     

    Help Us Purchase Solar Panels for Our Greenhouse

     

    Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School


    Support our solar panels project for energy sustainability,to  teach the students about green careers, enviromental responsibility, and energy efficiency. Through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation, the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School (PACHS) will install solar panels in the greenhouse. The grant will cover 90% of the installation cost and we need to raise 10%.  Thank you for your support! Donate here.

     

    1935

     

    Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera
    WRITE TO OSCAR LOPEZ, #87651-024
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    PO Box 33
    Terre Haute, IN, 
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    May 29th CHICAGO
    Biking in Oscar's Footsteps Video Now Available!

     

    Biking in Oscars Footsteps @YouTubeCom

     

    On May 29, 2014 over 60 bikers rode their bikes through Chicago in the footsteps of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a political prisoner currently serving his 33rd year in federal prison. Led by 33 women bikers, they embarked to the organizations Oscar was apart of founding as a community activist before his incarceration. This was one of 10 events across the US and Puerto Rico that took place in support of his excarcelation.

    For more information, visit www.boricuahumanrights.org

     

    José Rivera del Bronx, José López de Chicago y  Zulma Santiago de Puerto Rico se dan cita en Orlando para expandir la Campaña de Libertad para Oscar López Rivera

     

    1945

     

    El lunes, 14 de Julio, el asambleísta estatal del Bronx, José Rivera, el director ejecutivo del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño en Chicago y Zulma Santiago,  en representación de 32xOscar en Puerto Rico, se dieron cita en Orlando, Florida en pro de la campaña para liberar al patriota Oscar López Rivera. Este esfuerzo conllevó entrevistas radiales y en la televisión, como también reuniones con distintos sectores en esa arena.

     

    Se elaboró un plan que incluye publicar las cartas de Oscar a Karina en uno o dos periódicos locales, un esfuerzo más coordinado para mejor uso de los medios sociales; una coordinación para hacer vigente la figura de Oscar en eventos populares boricuas como festivales y desfiles, desarrollar una magna iniciativa para recaudar peticiones.

     

    Todos los puertorriqueños que formaron parte de las distintas conversaciones, estuvieron de acuerdo, incluso 30 activistas que se dieron cita en una iglesia en el Corazón de Orlando que provinieron de Tampa, Kissimee, y Orlando.

     

    Detroit Water Crisis

     

    By Raquelle Seda, Detroit National Boricua Human Rights Network
     
     
    1942
     
     

    Every Friday several organizations and residents gather to protest the actions by Governor Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevin Orr in what has come to be known as Freedom Fridays. Recently Freedom Fridays has been dedicated to highlighting EM's attempt to privatize the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department by holding their weekly protest in front of the water building. In a city plagued by blight, massive foreclosures, high unemployment rates and a poverty rate that has increased 40% in the last decade, water rates have steadily been increasing to more than double the rates of other cities.  This past June, Detroit City Council approved another increase of 8.9%. While the local news have been reporting that high water rates are due to outstanding residential accounts, it has failed to mention the delinquent commercial accounts that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars including those of Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena and even a $5 million water bill that the State of Michigan has failed to pay.

     

    1943

     

    Detroit's struggle against emergency management has intensified with the water department's campaign of massive shut offs to residents. The department is turning water off without a shut off notice, accounts only 1 month behind, and bills as low as $150.  Residents have also been shut off while disputing their bills after the city charged them for running water in neighboring abandoned houses. With recent international attention, including a United Nations panel calling the shut offs a violation of international human rights, Detroit residents have been joining local activists in mobilizing against the water department. The struggle intensified on the morning of July 10th with a civil disobedience action in front of the Homrich Wrecking Inc. facility where activists formed a human blockade in an attempt to prevent trucks from leaving the facility to shut off people's water.  A total of 10 activists were arrested with intentions of continuing this action on a weekly basis.

     

    Orlando NBHRN Attends Broad Meeting to Expand Campaign to Free Oscar

     

    On July 14th the Orlando Chapter of the NBHR Network co-sponsored a meeting in Orlando Florida for an update on the campaign to free Oscar Lopez Puerto Rican political  prisoner.  In attendace were Jose Lopez,  brother of Oscar Jose Rivera, Assemblyman from New York City Luis Rosa, ex-political prisoner and Zulma Santiago from 32xOscar in Puerto Rico. Thanks to their support the campaign message was extended to the public at the meeting but also thru radio and tv interviews. Its importance was based on President Obama to do the righteous thing and give Oscar an unconditional pardon and ultimate freedom.

     

    1944

     

    Viento en popa la lucha por excarcelar al prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera

    1931

     

    La lucha por excarcelar al prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera continúa ganando ímpetu y seguidores. A continuación presentamos algunas iniciativas de las últimas semanas.

    El bloguero, poeta y sociólogo Guillermo Rebollo Gil reaccionó a un editorial publicado en junio en el diario de más circulación en Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día, criticando la manera en que intentaba despolitizar la figura de Oscar, en un escrito para la revista digital 80 grados. El texto del editorial que Rebollo Gil encontró objetable fue el siguiente:

    Porque Oscar López Rivera, al margen de su ideología y de sus aspiraciones, es un ciudadano que dedicó dos años de su vida al servicio militar activo, en la guerra de Vietnam, y que se sacrificó duramente por el mismo Estados Unidos que ahora se empeña en mantenerlo aislado, tratando de acallar los reclamos para que lo excarcelen e intentando mantenerlo fuera del foco de la atención mundial.

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    El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla entrega tarjetas de AutoExpreso a miembros de la Policía.


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    Looking for Latinos Unfairly Denied Employment with Census Bureau

    Latino Justice PRLDEF (July 16, 2014)

     

    A recent decision to certify a class-action in the employment discrimination case, Hauser v. Pritzker goes to a critical issue in African-American and Latino communities:  the unlawful use of criminal background histories to deny employment to otherwise qualified job-seekers. 

     

    Some estimates state that over 65 million of the U.S. civilian labor market consists of persons with some form of criminal history.  But Hauser addressed employment discrimination claims against the hiring practices of the U.S. Census Bureau when it hired enumerators in the last decennial census of 2010.  Specifically, the Census Bureau disqualified hundreds of thousands of applicants because of the mere existence of a prior arrest, not even a conviction, in the person's background.  Of the millions of persons in the country arrested, over 35% never lead to prosecution - as any student of New York's Police practices and Stop & Frisk know very well.

     

    The Hauser case was brought on behalf of African-American, Latino and Native American job applicants.  LatinoJustice PRLDEF is part of the team of attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case.  The decision on July 1, 2014 allowed a certification of a class of African-American job seekers - and left the door open to certify a class of Latino job seekers upon identifying additional Latino applicants who applied for an enumerator job in the 2010 census, scored well on the written exam, but also indicated a prior arrest in their application.

     

    Specifically, if you know of any Latino applicants anywhere in the U.S. who applied for 2010 enumerator jobs through their Local Census Office, scored over 95 on their written exam, and indicated an arrest or conviction history on the job application, AND who were denied jobs, for further information and a confidential discussion about whether they qualify to participate in the litigation, please contact:

     

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    Declaración de Rubén Berríos ante postura del PPD en torno al tema de estatus

     

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 16 de julio de 2014- "En cuanto a la conferencia de prensa del Gobernador en torno al tema de estatus quiero decir antes que nada, que nunca había escuchado tantos disparates, mentiras, ambigüedades y contradicciones juntas. Lo único que queda claro es que los colonialistas dentro del liderato popular son "genio y figura hasta la sepultura".

     

    También está claro a dónde se dirige la mayoría colonialista dentro de la Junta. Se dirige hacia donde lo ha dictado Rafael Hernández Colón. Han decidido descartar la convocatoria a una Asamblea de Status utilizando como pretexto la burda mentira de que el presidente Obama cumplió con su compromiso de promover legislación o acción autoejecutable. Y se dirigen a repetir la farsa de 1967 con un plebiscito o consulta que incluya un ELA colonial; o se dirigen a hacer nada.

     

    Aunque al PIP en nada le sorprende que el PPD reniegue de su compromiso, a la luz de esta abdicación, tienen la palabra aquellos en ese partido que creen en un ELA no colonial y en la Asamblea de Status como el mecanismo para impulsarlo".

     

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    Dear NHMC Supporters,

     

    On the Internet, Latinos are telling our own stories, organizing against injustice, educating ourselves, engaging with our local communities, producing and monetizing content and applications, and running our small businesses. If Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to block or slow down access to websites or other online content, Latinos will lose when it comes to our free speech, activism, civic participation, educations and livelihoods.

     

    A court ruling in January 2014 struck down network neutrality rules that prevented ISPs from blocking or slowing down web traffic. Now the only way to prevent such predatory practices is for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt real network neutrality rules and reclassify ISPs as "common carriers." (Click here to learn more about reclassification and network neutrality).

     

    Please join a groundswell of Latino leaders in this 21st century struggle for equality, and support real network neutrality. E-mail the National Hispanic Media Coalition to join comments to the FCC, at info@nhmc.org. Current supporters include: National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), Presente.org, Latino Rebels, News Taco and more.

     

    Hold Latin@ members of Congress accountable by signing Presente.org's petition at http://presente.org/campaign/nnreps/.

     

    Click here to watch a New York Times op-doc on network neutrality featuring NHMC's executive vice president and general counsel Jessica J. González.

     

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    Hundreds of LULAC National Convention attendees send a message to Congress

    Over 450 attendees to the 2014 LULAC National Convention in New York City posed with their favorite Latino icons and let Congress know they are ready for these icons to have a home in the American Latino Museum. They stood in front of the Arts & Industries Building, which is the proposed building for the Smithsonian American Latino Museum in the legislation currently before Congress.

    Click here to find out how you can tell Congress you're ready for our Latino history to have a home!

    Click the image below to check out the photos from the LULAC Convention.

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    The campaign continues to Los Angeles for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference National Latino Family Expo from July 19th-21st where an expected 50,000 attendees will be able to show their support for the Smithsonian American Latino Museum. This event is open to the public and free! If you're in LA, come visit our booth!

    Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino · 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW · Washington, DC 20036 

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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       President

     

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    Save the Open Internet:

    A Call to Action to Latin@ Leaders

    National Hispanic Media Coalition (July 15, 2014)

     

    Dear Latin@ Leader:

     

    From protest songs, to news stories, to campaigns for social change, our community has long understood that the right and power to tell our own stories is critical in our fight for human dignity and equality. Network Neutrality rules, also known as open Internet protections, are critical to the fight for equal rights.  

    New rules proposed by the F.C.C. could divide the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes, 
    violating the central concept of "net neutrality." Video By Brian Knappenberger, 
    New York Times (July 9, 2014). Click on image to view video, 

     

    For too long, our community has faced disconnection and discrimination at the hands of mainstream media. The open Internet gives us a rare chance to bypass those harms and raise a powerful public voice for change.

     

    The open Internet has allowed Dream activists to explain and protest an unjust immigration system to a broad audience, has amplified the voices of fast food workers fighting for fair wages and working conditions, has been the bedrock of winning campaigns against anti-Latino and anti-immigrant hate speech in media, and so much more. Without the open Internet, these fights would rely on the mainstream newspaper, broadcast, and cable industries, where Latinos are often misrepresented or absent.

     

    Our ability to raise an equal voice online is under attack. As a Latin@ leader, your support for Network Neutrality protections is needed, now more than ever.

     

    Right now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is debating whether to adopt rules that would allow all voices to be heard equally online, or rules that would give the biggest companies the right to pay more for faster access to Internet users, leaving online speakers who cannot afford to pay in a digital slow lane.

     

    Network Neutrality is the basic principle that prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking access to websites or giving preferential treatment to websites and web content that can afford to pay more to go faster. Under this principle, Latino artists, small businesses, advocates, innovators, educators and ethnic media have been able to address the needs of their communities and reach their communities just as easily as their wealthy corporate counterparts.

     

    In January, when a federal court struck down the FCC's 2010 Network Neutrality rules, the court was explicit about two things: (1) broadband providers have every incentive to - and indeed Verizon conceded in court that it would - prioritize the traffic of big companies that can pay more for speed; and (2) the FCC cannot adopt open Internet rules that prevent blocking, discrimination and paid prioritization unless it reclassifies broadband providers under Title II of the Communications Act (see attached fact sheet).

     

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has an important decision to make that will impact the future of Latin@ voices for decades to come. Chairman Wheeler can either be the leader that passed landmark rules preventing online discrimination, or the lobbyist-turned-FCC-Chair that gave the Internet away to one of the biggest and most powerful industries in Washington.

     

    As a civil rights and Latin@ leader, your voice will help FCC Chairman Wheeler make the right choice and take action on Network neutrality that protects all of our voices online.

     

    Real Net Neutrality rules will:

    • Ban ISPs from blocking access to lawful websites on the Internet;
    • Ban ISPs from adopting a paid prioritization system that would create fast lanes for the wealthy and slow lanes for the rest of us;
    • Protect communities of color and low-income individuals who are more likely to use wireless connections to access the Internet, by enforcing these bans equally on wireless devices and fixed broadband connections;
    • Prevent ISP discrimination before it happens, and not after the fact; and
    • Regulate ISPs as utilities by reclassifying broadband as a Title II service, the only sure way that the FCC can sustain legal challenges to its authority.
    • Many civil rights and racial justice leaders have already raised powerful support for open Internet protections in town hall meetings, news coverage, in-district visits, and more. Rep. Keith Ellison co-authored a letter with Rep. Raul Grijalva to the FCC supporting reclassification, and it was signed by Reps. Barbara Lee, John Lewis, John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Charlie Rangel, Bobby Scott, Andre Carson, Jose Serrano and Mike Honda. More than three million people have commented to the FCC in support of strong Network Neutrality rules, along with hundreds of non-profit organizations.

    Please join us in this 21st century struggle for equality, and support real Network Neutrality. E-mail the National Hispanic Media Coalition to join comments to the FCC, at info@nhmc.org. There is so much at stake.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

    National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

    National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    Presente.org

    Latino Rebels

    Librotraficante Movement

    News Taco

    Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

    ALAC: Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center

    Ruth Livier, actress/writer/digital media pioneer

    Andrea Quijada, Media Literacy Project

    Edyael Casaperalta, Center for Rural Strategies

    amalia deloney, Center for Media Justice

    Steven Renderos, Center for Media Justice

    Maria Agui Carter, Iguana Films

    Alex Rivera, filmmaker

    Joseph Torres, media activist at Free Press/author

    Roberto Lovato, writer

    Iván Román, veteran journalist/communications consultant

    Vanessa Martinez Bell, writer/digital entrepreneur/blogger at DeSuMama.com

    Jim Mendiola, independent filmmaker/film programmer

     

    For further information

    Alex Nogales

    President & CEO

    National Hispanic Media Coalition

    (626) 792-6462 office

    anogales@nhmc.org

     

    Resource

    Network Neutrality And Reclassification - The Basics

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    Maria Rivera
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    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    Hispanic Women are This Summer's Most Avid Moviegoers (Exclusive Study)

    This series about the rise of Hispanic moviegoing examines the powerful role of female ticket buyers

    By Lucas Shaw

    The Wrap (July 14, 2014)

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    July 15, 2014

    CONTACT:
    Amanda Bosquez,
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    Former U.S. Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez Elected to Serve as 
    Treasurer of NALEO Educational Fund

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today announced the election of former U.S. Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez to serve as treasurer of the organization’s 15-member board.  Board Member Vasquez was elected at the organization’s board of directors meeting on June 29, 2014 in Coronado, Calif. 

    “We are honored to have former Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez serve on the NALEO Educational Fund Board of Directors in his new role as treasurer,” said Pauline Medrano, chair NALEO Educational Fund. “We know that he will excel as treasurer, because of his passion and commitment to furthering NALEO Educational Fund’s mission. We congratulate former Ambassador Vasquez, whose notable accomplishments and distinguished leadership makes him an invaluable addition to the officers of the board.”

    “I am honored to serve with a distinguished board of leaders and look forward to partnering with my colleagues in leading the extraordinary work of NALEO Educational Fund during a period of growth and influence for the organization and its membership,” said newly elected NALEO Educational Fund Treasurer Gaddi Vasquez.

    Ambassador Vasquez currently serves as senior vice president of Government Affairs at Edison International and Southern California Edison (SCE).  Prior to Edison International and SCE, Vasquez served as the 8th United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and permanent representative to United Nations Agencies based in Rome, Italy. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 2006. Vasquez was sworn into office on September 7, 2006, by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and served in the position until 2009. 

    Prior to his ambassadorial appointment, he served as the first Latino to head the United States Peace Corps where he led the international volunteer service organization with volunteers and staff serving in 78 countries. Early in his career, Vasquez served as an Orange County Supervisor, as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary to California Governor George Deukmejian, and began his public service career as a police officer for the City of Orange, Calif.

    Vasquez received a bachelor’s degree in Public Service Management from the University of Redlands and is the recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees.
     
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    Experian® and Univision Communications launch Spanish-language solution to meet the

    credit–related needs of America’s growing Hispanic population

     

    Crédito y Más is a resource that will help U.S. Hispanics better manage their credit and financial future

     

    Experian Consumer Services, the division of Experian that provides credit monitoring and identity protection products to consumers and co-branding opportunities to businesses, and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced the launch of a Spanish-language, credit-focused product and online financial resource center for the U.S. Hispanic community.

    Each organization has contributed its respective expertise creating Crédito y Más, a customized and culturally-relevant product to serve the approximately 55 million Hispanics in the U.S.[i] who are driving growth in the financial services sector. A 2012 Experian  Simmons study, “Consumer Payments in the U.S.: The Latino Market,” shows Hispanic credit cardholders increasing more than 20 percent and the number of Hispanics with debit/ATM cards more than doubling compared to non-Hispanics. A 2013 study also found that 82 percent of Hispanics believe that staying informed on one’s credit history is important [ii].

     “Univision is the most respected, go-to source for the Hispanic community,” said Allen Anderson, president, Experian Consumer Services. “We recognized tremendous synergy in joining together with their organization to bring credit education and products to the Hispanic market. It gives Experian a way to deliver a much-needed solution in the marketplace and develop a closer relationship with Hispanic consumers.”

     “As the gateway to the thriving Hispanic community in the U.S., Univision is pleased to join forces with Experian, a leading brand in the credit score and report space, to bring the Hispanic community a customized credit solution building on our efforts to provide access to innovative financial products and services,” said Kevin Conroy, president of Digital and Enterprise Development, Univision Communications Inc. “This partnership with Experian speaks to our mission-driven focus of informing, entertaining, providing access and empowering  the U.S. Hispanic community.”

     “As credit and debit card penetration among Hispanics grows by double digits we recognized there was a need to offer an in-language solution that will allow consumers to better manage their finances in their language of preference,” said Conroy.

     With Crédito y Más, consumers can check their credit score, receive a credit report, and have credit monitoring, among other benefits for a cost of $12.95 per month. The additional unique features include:

    • Bilingual Website - the consumer can select Spanish or English and toggle back and forth between languages
    • Access to VantageScore 3.0. - with scores ranging from 300 to 850, VantageScore 3.0 is a user-friendly credit score model developed by the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies, Experian®, TransUnion®, and Equifax®
    • Centro de Información - the website contains a robust resource center with educational content along with selectable user profile settings and information specific to lifestyles that affect credit such as being a family or a small business owner
    • Communication Preference Settings - the member can select to receive communications (email and SMS) in either Spanish or English
    • Instructional Guides - an interactive experience provides clarity in Spanish and English around how to read a credit report and the information found in each section of the website
    • Bilingual Agents - members will have access via phone to Experian Customer Service representatives and Fraud Resolution Agents for support that are fully bilingual
    • Identity Theft Insurance* - the $10,000 insurance policy can cover legal fees, lost wages and other costs resulting from identity theft

    For more information and to enroll in the product membership, consumers can visit www.creditoymas.com.

     

    About Experian and Univision Communications

    Experian and Univision Communications Inc. began their collaboration in 2013 to provide valuable credit and financial education and services to the U.S. Hispanic community. This association joins two leading companies in their respective industries. Experian is the leading global information services company that helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft, while Univision is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Each organization brings its expertise to provide the Hispanic consumer with Crédito y Más, a Spanish-language, credit-focused service and online financial resource center to help the Hispanic community become more knowledgeable and empowered regarding their credit and financial future. 

     

    Experian Consumer Services

    The Experian Consumer Services division provides credit monitoring and other information services, such as identity protection, to millions of consumers via the Internet. The organization enables consumers to monitor their credit reports online, check their credit scores and protect against identity theft. Its products include Experian Credit TrackerSM and ProtectMyID®. Experian Consumer Services has established integrated, co-branded relationships with leading online financial destinations that provide consumers with a broad range of comprehensive online financial products and information essential to managing one's financial life. For more information, visit www.experian.com.



    [i] US Census Bureau, 2012

    [ii] Experian Consumer Insights online survey, June 2013

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    July 15, 2014

    Contact: Jossie Flor Sapunar
    202-491-9388
    JSapunar@LULAC.org

    LULAC Calls on Obama Administration and DHS to Exercise Prosecutorial Discretion and Release Immigrant Advocate Jose Antonio Vargas

    National Latino Civil Rights Organization Also Expresses Concern Over the Mass Deportation of Young Children

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens released the following statement from Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, on news that Mr. Jose Antonio Vargas had been detained at the McAllen-Miller International Airport in South Texas.

    “Our organization is very concerned about the recent apprehension and detention of Mr. Jose Antonio Vargas at the McAllen-Miller International Airport in South Texas. Mr. Vargas is a renowned journalist and immigrant rights advocate who, like countless other aspiring Americans, is caught up in legal limbo as a result of our broken immigration system. Under the constant threat of deportation, Mr. Vargas has worked tirelessly to ensure that the American people hear the stories and voices of the immigrant community.

    Today, LULAC stands behind Mr. Vargas and calls on President Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to exercise prosecutorial discretion and release Mr. Vargas immediately.

    For weeks, news outlets have been reporting about scarce resources available for the border patrol, ICE, and other agencies trying to stave off criminals and drugs from entering our country. In light of this, it makes absolutely no sense to expend limited resources detaining and deporting people like Mr. Vargas and the countless other innocent migrant children.

    Mr. Vargas’ detention comes one day after a the Administration carried out a mass deportation of innocent women and children from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, arguably one of the most violent cities in the world according to the State Department.

    On behalf of the 135,000 members of the League of United Latin American Citizens, I urge President Obama to stop expending scarce resources apprehending people like Mr. Vargas, who is an exemplary model of an aspiring American, and put an end to any deportations of migrant children.”

    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

    LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX 

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    6abc WPVI-TV/DT

    4100 City Avenue

    Philadelphia, PA 19131-1610

    (215) 878-9700

    cyber6@abc.com

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    To whom it may concern:

     

    Re: The pre-emption of ABC/WPVI6/PUERTO RICAN Panorama on air every other weekend ????

     

    I remember when I was a youngster & discovered this particular program on a weekend a long time ago.  And, although at that age, the spoken content was at times beyond my comprehension, it didn't discourage me from wanting to see more.

     

    Over the years, I'm certain that the viewing audience of all ages has come to value the importance & significance of the show & what it has done for the growing Spanish communities in the area.

     

    There's never a moment where the endless amount of information hasn’t enriched its viewers with culture, self-esteem, pride, awareness, etc.

     

    Now that I'm much older, I continue to value PUERTO RICAN Panorama & even consider a weekend to not be complete without it.

     

    The disturbing news of PUERTO RICAN Panorama now being aired every other weekend discredits the importance & power of all of its viewers, especially the Hispanic communities.

     

    I strongly ask that 6abc re-consider whatever strategies it has in mind to push aside this historic show; and not bring anymore disruptions to the growing value (to say the least) of PUERTO RICAN Panorama.

     

    In closing, Dr. Diego A. Castellanos over the years has done a lot to bring 6abc & its viewers closely together & deserves the upmost recognition for this accomplishment—and not be phased out of the picture. . . if you know what I mean.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Sr. Ramón Jaime Conde Vélez

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    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    The Future of the Race 

    and Hispanic Questions in the US Census:

    A National Conference of Latino Stakeholders

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 14, 2014)

     

    This past week, the NALEO Education Fund hosted an invitation-only national conference in Washington, DC, "Ensuring an Accurate Count of the Nation's Population: The Future of the census Race and Hispanic Origin Questions," co-sponsored by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA). Attended by over 60 civil rights leaders, researchers, foundations and government officials, the focus was a discussion of the findings of Census Bureau's research to improve the reporting of race and ethnic identities for the 2020 Census.

     

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    The conference, held at the Washington, DC offices of Google, opened with an introduction by Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the NALEO Education Fund. He serves on the Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, and is Co-Chair, with Angelo Falcón of the Census Subcommittee of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. He was followed with remarks by Jenny Backus,

    Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Strategic Outreach & Engagement at Google, a corporate sponsor and host of the event.

     

    The first panel, "The Census Bureau's Research on Race and Ethnicity Questions: An Overview and Update" was moderated by Mark Hugo Lopez, Vice President of the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project. Staff of the Census Bureau's Alternative Questionnaire Experiment (AQE) research term discussed the methodology and findings of their research on improving the reporting of race and Hispanic identity for the 2020 Census. The presenters were Nicholas Jones, Director of Research and Outreach, and Roberto Ramirez, Chief, Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch, both of the U.S. Census Bureau.

     

    Also on the panel to discuss the role of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in this process was Brian Harris-Kojetin, Senior Statistican, Statistics and Science Policy, OMB.

     

    The second panel, "Latino Demographics, Culture and Identity: Lessons from Academic Research," moderated by Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), featured experts in the fields of education, sociology and political science who provided academic perspectives on the research relevant to the Census race and ethnicity questions. These were:

     

    Omar Eaton-Martinez, Interns and Fellows Program Manager, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History; and Deputy Chair of the Smithsonian Latino Working Committee

    Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Columbia University, and a former Director of the United States Bureau of the Census. He is the author of "What Is Your Race? The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans."

    Nancy López, Associate Professor, Director and Co-founder, Institute for Study of "Race" and Social Justice, University of New Mexico. She is the co-editor of "Mapping 'Race': Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research.

    Julie Dowling, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is the author of "Mexican Americans and the Question of Race."

     

    The third panel, "The Importance of Race and Ethnicity Statistics for Key Data Users" was moderated by Rosalind Gold, Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy, NALEO Educational Fund. This panel discussed the use of Census data for civil rights and voting rights enforcement; research and policy analysis on employment opportunities

     

    Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF.

    David Lopez, General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Nancy Trasande, Senior Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Her work focuses on civil rights litigation in the areas of voting and immigration rights.

     

    The conference then held a general discussion moderated by Arturo Vargas where conference participants had the opportunity to share their perspectives on the issues addressed during the panels. During the discussion, participants presented issues where more research is needed and also discussed the process for future communication with the Census Bureau about its research and assessment activities and the Office of Management and Budget.

     

    The conference closed with a summary of the proceedings by a Laura Maristany, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs of NALEO's Washington, DC Office, who explained that NALEO will be publishing a summary of the proceedings. In closing remarks on next steps, Arturo Vargas explained that this conference was held in preparation for a roundtable of a broader group of stakeholders  on the Census, "Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Ensuring Useful Data for Civil Rights Purposes," being held in Washington, DC on July 31st,  co-sponsored by the Leadership Conference, NALEO and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

     

    This NALEO Census conference received funding and other support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, California Community Foundation, Google and The James Irvine Foundation.

     

    For further information

    Doris Parfaite-Claude

    Legislative Assistant

    NALEO Educational Fund

    600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Suite 230

    Washington, D.C. 20003

    Tel: (202) 546-2536

    Fax: (202) 546-4121

    dparfaiteclaude@naleo.org

     

    Resources

    AQE Press Conference Site

    AQE Final Report

    Hispanic Origin Brief: 2010 Census

    Census blog entry titled Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2010 Census

    Working Paper: 'Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2020 Census

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    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    US Census Bureau 

    Hiring Discrimination Case:

    Federal District Court 

    Decides to Certify Class

    The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (July 11, 2014)

     

    To view class certification order, click here

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Electoral Rumble 

    at the LULAC Convention

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 13, 2014)

     

    Maggie Rivera 
    Newly-elected 
    LULAC President

    After what everyone agreed was a wildly successful 85th annual convention in New York City, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) found itself in a major controversy on its final day during its election of new officers. The convention elected a new president, Maggie Rivera of Chicago, currently the LULAC VP for the Midwest, and officers, but under a cloud of a potential legal challenge by her opponents.

     

    The 1,625 certified delegates were set to vote yesterday, Saturday afternoon, at the New York Hilton at noon, when the organization's Election Judge, Luis Vera of Texas, unexpectedly recessed the convention until 2:30pm. One report has it that a New York state court issued an injunction prohibiting the National President, Margaret Moran of Texas, and the Legal Advisor from issuing any legal opinions during the course of the assembly. Before the delegates returned, Vera announced that the Convention of the Assembly was cancelled.

     

    It appeared that the Maggie Rivera supporters were in the majority and supporters of her opponent, Roger Rocha of Texas and current LULAC Treasurer, at that point didn't return to the assembly. However, Rivera's supporters returned and, since they had a quorum, continued with the elections. One insider points out that the strategy of the Rocha supporters and the Texas contingent was to kill the election so that the current Executive Committee would continue to function until next year's convention.

     

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    Maggie Rivera was elected the new President of LULAC by those returning to the assembly. Her election makes her the first person from the Midwest to hold this office, which has been controlled by the Texas contingent for a number of years.

     

    Some viewed the Rocha faction's tactic of postponing the election to the following year as their attempt to steal the election. On the other hand, supporters of the new President, Rivera, see this as a major turning point for the organization that will result in many needed reforms.

     

    Rivera's coalition included broad representation from outside of Texas, with New York and Puerto Rico being important components of her victory. However, it is not clear if her election will meet with a legal challenge from the Texas contingent.

     

    It is also not clear what this change in administration will mean for the future of the organization's well-known Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. As the highly successful annual convention demonstrated, he is an able administrator, but if the election results indicate a desire for major changes in the way LULAC conducts its business, it is possible that this could result in leadership changes in its national administrative office in Washington, DC. as well.

     

    Here are the newly-elected officers and 2017 convention site of LULAC:

     

    National President - Maggie Rivera

    VP for Women - Elsie Valdes

    VP for Southwest - Baldomero "Baldo" Garza

    Treasurer - Juan Carlos Lizardi

    VP for Elderly - Lucy Arce

    VP for Young Adults - Stanley de la Cruz

    VP for Youth - Anna Estrada

    VP for the Midwest - Daryl Morin

    VP for the Far West - Benigno "Benny" Diaz

    VP for the Southeast - Evan Quinones

    VP for the Northeast - Ralina Cardona

    VP for the Northwest - No election - no councils

     

    2017 Convention Site - San Juan, Puerto Rico

     

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    "Si Puerto Rico va a tener éxito, debe ser tratado con igualdad. Y, para que sea igual, debe convertirse en un estado".

     

    Pierluisi ante audiencia nacional en Nueva York:

    "LA ESTADIDAD ES LA SOLUCIÓN A LA CRISIS EN PUERTO RICO"

     

    Ciudad de Nueva York, Nueva York-- El Comisionado Residente en Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, enfatizó hoy la importancia del status político de la Isla dentro de su desalentador panorama financiero, y apuntó a la igualdad que sólo se logra con la estadidad como el paso correcto para superar la crisis.

    “Nadie ha prosperado económicamente mientras se le priva de derechos políticos y civiles básicos. Si Puerto Rico va a tener éxito, debe ser tratado con igualdad.  Y, para que sea igual, debe convertirse en un estado”, dijo Pierluisi.

    El Comisionado Residente se encuentra en Nueva York participando de la 85va Convención Anual de la Liga Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC, por sus siglas en inglés). Además de presentar el cuadro sobre la situación de Puerto Rico y las soluciones que propone, fue el orador invitado a la Cena Presidencial.

    “Mientras Puerto Rico siga siendo un territorio, desprovisto de igualdad de trato bajo programas federales, obligado a endeudarse fuertemente para compensar la diferencia y sin el derecho de votar por el Presidente y por miembros del Congreso que hacen nuestras leyes nacionales, la isla estará en una posición meramente para manejar, más que superar, sus problemas económicos”, expresó Pierluisi.

    “Esta es la única conclusión razonable a décadas de evidencia empírica, incluyendo un reciente informe de Oficina de la Contraloría General de Estados Unidos que confirma que, al ser un territorio, Puerto Rico pierde hasta $10 billones al año en fondos federales”, agregó.

    Durante su mensaje, Pierluisi dejó establecido el panorama financiero desalentador por el que atraviesa la Isla, con su deuda de más de $70 billones de dólares; la degradación a chatarra de los bonos de casi todas las 17 entidades de Puerto Rico; la pérdida de 38,000 empleos desde que la actual administración asumió el poder en enero de 2013; una tasa de desempleo de casi 14 por ciento; un éxodo sin precedentes, donde cerca de 1,000 puertorriqueños emigran semanalmente a los Estados en busca de mejores oportunidades, y donde el ingreso promedio familiar es de aproximadamente $40,000 al año para los puertorriqueños viviendo allá, en comparación con los aproximados $19,000 anuales de la Isla.

    “La mayoría de los puertorriqueños entienden que el estatus de la Isla es la causa de los problemas económicos, y por eso votaron para rechazar el estatus actual en un referéndum celebrado en 2012, donde hubo una fuerte preferencia por la estadidad por encima de cualquiera de las otras alternativas. El Presidente y los miembros del Congreso de ambos partidos reconocen esto también, por lo que  promulgaron legislación este año que incluye $2.5 millones para llevar a cabo la primera votación de status patrocinada por el gobierno federal, con el propósito de resolver el asunto del status territorial”, dijo.

    “Por mi parte, he presentado legislación para que la votación autorizada por el gobierno federal se estructure como una votación sobre si Puerto Rico debe ser admitido como estado y que requiera una acción federal si una mayoría de votantes favorece la admisión. Este proyecto de ley cuenta con el apoyo de 131 de mis colegas en la Cámara de Representantes federal, y un proyecto de ley idéntico se ha presentado en el Senado”, enfatizó Pierluisi, añadiendo que para llevar a cabo dicha votación, solo falta que el Gobernador y la Asamblea Legislativa le pongan una fecha.

    El Comisionado Residente también hizo referencia a la Ley para el Cumplimento con las Deudas y para la Recuperación de las Corporaciones Públicas, mejor conocida como la “Ley de Quiebra Criolla” promulgada el mes pasado por el Gobierno, que permitiría a ciertas corporaciones estatales reestructurar su deuda, lo que desencadenó otra ronda de reducción de las calificaciones, así como un desafío constitucional presentada en una corte federal.

    “Como Presidente del principal partido de oposición en Puerto Rico, que favorece la estadidad para la isla, me he opuesto a muchas de las decisiones de política hechas por el actual gobernador y el partido de mayoría en la Asamblea legislativa, que prefieren el statu quo territorial sobre la estadidad o la independencia. Creo que sus acciones, en conjunto, han empeorado, no mejorado una situación difícil. Creo que las decisiones del gobierno local y su proceso de toma de decisiones, ha causado que el público, la comunidad de inversiones y las agencias acreditadoras cuestionen la capacidad, la coherencia y la credibilidad del gobierno”, expresó Pierluisi.

    Yo apoyo la estadidad por muchas razones, pero una de las razones principales es que creo que es la mejor opción de estatus para fortalecer nuestra economía y crear empleos, mejorar el clima de negocios, permitir a nuestro gobierno superar sus problemas fiscales y revertir la tendencia actual de la migración. También creo que Puerto Rico, un estado fuerte y estable, sería de interés nacional a los Estados Unidos, un punto reforzado por el análisis que figura en el reciente informe de la Oficina de la Contraloría General de Estados Unidos que he citado anteriormente”, puntalizó el Comisionado Residente.

     

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    NEWS AND UPDATES FROM THE LULAC NATIONAL CONVENTION


    LULAC National Concludes Successful Convention in New York City

    New York, N.Y. – The League of United Latin American Citizens concluded a very successful convention in New York City this week with unprecedented attendance and star power. The organization drew over 20,000 people and featured First Lady Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez as speakers.

    The expo hall, workshops and special events were at capacity and the organization addressed key issues impacting the Latino community including the humanitarian border crisis. LULAC leaders announced plans to partner with other organizations, corporations and federal agencies to provide emergency material assistance to the innocent child refugees being held in facilities throughout the United States.

    On the final day of the convention, the elections were postponed due to a court order. While the organization vigorously disputes the plaintiff’s tactic in obtaining such an order without prior notice to LULAC, the organization’s leadership had no choice but to comply with the order and to pursue legal remedies moving forward.

    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

    LULAC in the News

    LULAC on Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste: Jennifer López y Michelle Obama encendieron el inicio de la convención para latinos más importante en EEUU "LULAC", celebrada en Nueva York

    LULAC on CNN: La organización lanza campaña para inscribir nuevos votantes

    LULAC on Latin Post: LULAC 2014: Puerto Ricans Consider Statehood, Economic Future

    LULAC on Brietbart: Michelle Obama to Latinos: We Can't Wait for Congress to Fix Immigration

    LULAC on PBS News Hour: PHOTO: Immigrants take oath of allegiance in U.S. naturalization ceremony

    LULAC on La Opinion: Prometen más acceso para latinos a empleos federales

    LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX

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    July 2014 Update

     

    Tune In to the LACC Radio Show Latin Beat, every Sunday at 6 pm on WDEL 1150 AM News Talk Radio.

    Comcast Newsmakers in Spanish with host Carlos de los Ramos.  Guest interviews include: 

    ·         Manena Contreras: http://comcastnewsmakers.com/video/venezuela-concerts/

    ·         Heidi Roux: http://comcastnewsmakers.com/video/lacc-family-services/   

    ·         Caroly Peterson: http://comcastnewsmakers.com/video/prestige-academy/

    ·         Virginia Esteban-Somalo: http://comcastnewsmakers.com/video/spanish-media/ 

    Congratulations to Abner Santiago, LPCMH, who has accepted the position of Vice President of Life Empowerment at the LACC. He will provide leadership to the departments of Prevention and Advocacy, Family Support Services and Mental Health. Mr. Santiago was formerly the director of the LACC Mental Health Program. 

    ArtAddiction 2014 The LACC hosted the ArtAddiction competition June 11, 2014, at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA). Now in its sixth year, Art Addiction was developed by the LACC Prevention Promoters team to use art as a medium for educating the public about substance abuse and recovery. Works of art will be on display from September 15 to September 29, 2014, at the Grand opera House and will be part of the Wilmington Art Loop.

    2014 Art Addiction competition winners in the advanced category are: 1st Place The Lightworker by David Izaguirre Jr.; 2nd Place The Wire by Brett Witte; 3rd Place Sueño de una Alucinación by Eduardo Carrera. Winners in the beginners category are: 1st Place Llenando el Vacio by Monica Lopez; 2nd Place Vision 360 by Daniela Artiaga-Rosas; 3rd Place Angeles de luz by Johanna Reinert.

    Many thanks to ArtAddiction supporters and judges, which include ARGO: a Division of Aquila of Delaware; Creative Vision Factory; Delaware Art Museum; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware Division of the Arts, Delaware Hispanic Commission, Grand Opera House, Jerry’s Artarama, Del. Office of Highway Safety; and Del. Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. For more information on the event, visit http://www.eltiempohispano.com/especiales/artaddiction-2014 or contact Anthony Collins, Email: acollins@thelatincenter.org

     

    Summer Leadership Academy With support from United Way of Delaware, the second annual Summer Leadership Academy is underway. In partnership with Teach for America, the Academy offers youth in 7th through 10th grade a curriculum that focuses on topics such as leadership development, community service and problem solving, with a special emphasis on IM40 Developmental Assets. IM40 is a partnership between AstraZeneca and United Way to promote positive youth development in Delaware.

    A parent whose 14 year old son attends the Academy told the LACC: ‘Before we enrolled our son in the leadership academy, he was extremely shy and had trouble connecting and communicating with youth his own age. We knew that the academy would be good for him, but were concerned that he would have trouble making friends. Well we were wrong!  We are watching him blossom into a secure, confident leader who is not only admired by his peers, but has reached hero status. We believe that the positive re-enforcement that the program provides is perfect for him. It will be a sad day for us when the program ends, knowing that he will miss his new friends and the staff. But, we will also be happy because he learned and grew because of this program, and he will take that experience with him to his new high school. Thank you LACC!” 

    Also thank you to Wilmington University Graduate Center for providing space for the Summer Leadership Academy, and to Outward Bound of Philadelphia for hosting the Academy youth for a team building Insight Day on June 19, 2014. For information, contact Melissa Browne, Email: mbrowne@thelatincenter.org

     

    STEAM Camp Youth in grades K-6 studied roller coasters the week of July 7, 2014, in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Dorney Park. On their trip to the Brandywine River Museum, youth created abstract collages featuring roller coasters. Back at the LACC, youth studied the math and science behind roller coasters, and made models from paper plates. Contact Gisele Torres, Email: gtorres@thelatincenter.org

     

    Project P.A.C.T. (Preventing Alcohol Consumption in My Teens) hosted an alternative trip to the Philadelphia Zoo on June 27, 2014.  The 13 teens who participated in the trip discussed animals that would serve as their power symbol for personal empowerment. To view photos and some of their chosen power symbols, visit the Latin American Community Center Facebook page. For information about Project P.A.C.T., contact (302) 655-7338, ext. 7713 or 7721.

     

    Westside Family Healthcare is collecting personal hygiene items to distribute to migrant and seasonal farm workers who are served by Westside’s mobile healthcare van in Kent and Sussex counties. Items needed include towels, washcloths, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Contact Krystal Martinez, Email: krystal.martinez@westsidehealth.org

     

    Faithful Friends Pit Bull Program will vaccinate and neuter pit bulls for free.  Contact: (302) 427-8514, ext. 102, Email: pitstop@faithfulfriends.us

     

    Mark your Calendar

    Wilmington Hispanic Festival Friday through Sunday, August 22-24, 2014, at the Wilmington Riverfront. Visit Nuestras Raices Delaware on Facebook.

    LACC Open House and Latino Luncheon Friday September 5, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Sindy Rodriguez, 302-655-7338, ext. 7702, Email: srodriguez@thelatincenter.org

    LACC 45th Anniversary Grand Ball Noche de Maria: A Night in Puerto Rico, Saturday, October 11, 2014, Chase Center on the Riverfront. Contact Carlos de los Ramos, 302-655-7338, ext. 7707, Email; cdlosramos@thelatincenter.org.

     

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    What does soccer and social media have in common?

    Social Media Day is an international celebration popularized by Mashable, the world’s leading social media publication. MCG Latino, on behalf of Ford Motor Company, socialized with 500 top influencers, speakers and enthusiasts from South Florida during Miami’s Social Media Day.

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    Serrano Meets with NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye

    On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with the head of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Shola Olatoye to discuss housing priorities in New York’s 15th Congressional District.  Serrano and Chair Olatoye discussed the Section 8 program, which provides assistance to tenants and landlords; Rental Assistance Demonstration, which provides financing for at-risk public and assisted housing developments; city-wide measures to decrease homelessness;  NYCHA's recently-announced security initiative; and keeping residents in their neighborhoods.  


    Serrano Votes for Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization

    On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano supported the passage of H.R. 803,  the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  WIOA reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act, legislation that was originally passed in 1998  to provide a national workforce preparation and employment system.  WIOA maintains the existing workforce system, while also providing necessary reforms. It includes provisions that support state workforce development programs in providing critical services for adults, dislocated workers and youth through state grant programs.  WIOA also supports programs for disconnected youth and provides employment and training for Native Americans, migrant and seasonal farm workers. This reauthorization also strengthens vocational rehabilitation programs to assist in putting individuals with disabilities to work in competitive, integrated employment.  WIOA also expands the eligible pool of young people for Job Corps, raising the maximum age for those eligible from 21 to 24.  H.R. 803 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 415-6. It has passed the Senate and is awaiting President Obama’s signature.


    Serrano Attends Press Conference on Unaccompanied Minors Humanitarian Crisis 

    Today, Congressman Serrano, along with other Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called for quick action to address the humanitarian crisis involving unaccompanied minors entering the United States. 

    “This is a humanitarian crisis that is placing further stress on our dysfunctional immigration system,” said Congressman Serrano.  “It is a heartbreaking situation that this Congress must address immediately by passing the President’s supplemental appropriations request.  I would note that this crisis is just one more reason to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which would have given us the resources to meet the needs of these children and to treat them with respect under our laws.” 


    Grant Announcement


    Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Grant

    Deadline: August 13, 2014. 

    The National Endowment for the Humanities is publicizing competitive planning and implementation grants tosupport museum, libraries, historic places, or other organizations in their activities.  Grants support the following formats:  exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; and book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues. Proposed projects might include complementary components that deepen an audiences understanding of a subject: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation. Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public. 

    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement: http://www.neh.gov/grants/mlco.  For more information about other federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov

     

    On Social Media


    Serrano Joins Instagram

    Congressman Serrano has joined Instagram. Follow him at @RepJoseSerrano for behind-the-scenes pictures of him in the Bronx and on Capitol Hill. 

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    Investigation Urged After Latino Caucus Rejects Republican Lawmaker

    Investigation urged after Latino caucus rejects Republican lawmaker

    GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez says he should be allowed to join the Latino caucus

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    Greetings Borinqueneers CGM Alliance Members and Contributors,

     

    Tomorrow will mark one month since President Obama signed H.R. 1726, the 65th Infantry Regiment "Borinqueneers" Congressional Gold Medal Act on June 10, 2014. (See attached pictures).

     

    Just as the signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4th was a rallying cry in the infancy of America's war for independence, the signing of the Borinqueneers CGM legislation will serve as a "rallying cry" to spotlight other veterans and Latino initiatives in the years to come.

     

    This was a momentous and historic achievement for the 65th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico, Latinos and all veterans.

     

    We overcame overwhelming odds and challenges but needless to say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

     

    Here is a great article and video interview of me recapping the 65th Infantry Regiment CGM endeavor by the follABC News:

     

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/06/a-soldiers-mission-to-honor-segregated-65th-regiment-borinqueneers/

     

    This will probably be one my last few broadcasted emails relating to the Borinquneers Congressional Gold Medal initiative.

     

    With that comes a lot of mixed emotions but first and foremost, I feel honored and privileged to have served as your National Chair for the Borinqueneers CGM Alliance.

     

    I'm proud of all of your hard work and contributions and wish each of you continued success in whatever you choose to do and wherever your community, volunteer, veterans service takes you.  

     

    I'm eternally grateful to serve with so many great people from around the country that made meaningful contributions to this cause. The names are countless for me to mention here.

     

    In all, it was the collective and cumulative contributions of many individuals around the country regardless of race, ethnicity which made this vision become a reality. I have learned a lot and I have truly enjoyed your mentorship.

     

    However, in particular I want to thank the following:

     

    -The Almighty God who made this tumultuous and challenging crusade possible.

     

    -Borinqueneers CGM Alliance national volunteer group for their steadfast tenacity in contributing to a landmark accomplishment.

     

    -Our executive sponsor, You Are Strong! Center on Veterans on Health and Human Services, for making our cause possible.

     

    -All of our endorsing, supporting organizations (both veterans, civic, media organizations)

     

    -The organizations/individuals who significantly financially sponsored the 65th Infantry CGM journey and the White House Presidential Signing event:

     

    For the recommended information on the way ahead for the Borinqueneers CGM future events, we encourage you to read the information posted in our website:

     

    www.65thCGM.org/faq

     

    If you know of any LIVING 65th Infantry Regiment veterans, please have their family members fill out our 65th Infantry Regiment census here:

     

    www.65thCGM.org/census

     

    We are not the proponent/responsible organization for the 65th Infantry Regiment CGM future operations and events.

     

    However, we will do our best to keep our supporters and the 65th Infantry Regiment community apprised and informed on the latest and greatest on the CGM journey.

     

    We highly encourage you to follow us on our FaceBook page to receive any relevant updates. (www.facebook.com\BorinqueneersCGMAlliance)

     

    I only hope that the 65th Infantry Regiment CGM achievement paves the way in recognizing and highlighting other overlooked and equally notable predominately Hispanic and even other veteran groups/individuals of other races/ethnicities such as:

     

    - the only two 4-star Latino officers in the US Armed Forces [General (retired) Richard Cavazos (Mexican-American and member of the 65th Infantry Regiment, still living) and Admiral Horacio Rivero (Puerto Rican, US Naval Academy graduate)]

    - Escuadron 201 (Mexican Fighter Squadron which fought in WWII with US Forces)

    - Men of Company E (Mexican-American segregated company of the Texas 141st Infantry Regiment, National Guard)

    - Guy Gabaldon (Captured over 1000 POW's in WWII single-handedly)

    - Capt. Manuel John "Pete" Fernandez (the third-leading American ace in the Korean War)

    - "Bushmasters" of Arizona 158th Infantry Regiment, National Guard

    - "Hero Street", Silvis, USA (the city square block with the most young men deployed to war in the whole nation)

    - 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) Regiment (Out of New Mexico, instrumental in providing air defenses in key areas of the Philippines during WWII)

    - AND MANY MORE!!!!!

     

    Paraphrasing the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur lauding the 65th Infantry, "[WE] wrote a brilliant record in heroism..." for our legacy and culture....

     

    Thank you again and please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Hasta luego y vaya con Dios!

     

    Saludos,

     

     

    Frank Medina

    National Chair

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    First Lady Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez to Address LULAC Unity Luncheon Today

    Due to enhanced security, guests should arrive early to the luncheon, between 10:30 am and 11:00 am.

    First Lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote address and international superstar Jennifer Lopez will speak and introduce the First Lady at the Unity Luncheon of the LULAC National Convention.

    The Unity luncheon will also feature recent GRAMMY winners La Santa Cecilia who will give a special performance while unveiling a new video of "Strawberry Fields Forever" supporting Latino agricultural workers, followed by a rendition of the National Anthem by acclaimed group vocalist La Marisoul.

    Teresa Rodriguez of Univision Communications, Inc. will emcee the event and LULAC will present awards to Past LULAC National President William Bonilla; ADL National Director Abe Foxman and Rudy Beserra, Vice President of Latin Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company. The Mexican government will present Mickie Solorio Luna, National Vice President for the Far West, with the Ohtli Award.

    Immediately following the luncheon, Lopez will host a private screening of her upcoming Nuvo TV Series Los Jets. Los Jets is a documentary series following a high school soccer team composed primarily of Latino immigrants in a small southern town who defy odds, face adversity, experience defeat and taste victory, on and off the field.

    Due to enhanced security for this event, Unity Luncheon attendees should plan to arrive between 10:30 am and 11:00 am. No one will be admitted into the luncheon after 12 pm. At this time the event is sold out, and no further tickets will be sold at registration.

    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

    LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX

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    Beyond Best Practices: Engaging Hispanics With Social Media

    Clearly, the Internet presents a strong opportunity to convey ad messages to Hispanics. More importantly, brands using social media to create conversational forums for Hispanic consumers to converse with the brand – and like-minded consumers – are the ones really connecting with this important group.

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    NYC Council Fiscal Year 2015

    Discretionary Funding 

    of Latino Organizations

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 10, 2014)

     

    When the New York Council announced their allocations for their Discretionary Fund as part of the city's approved budget, the controversy over the Hispanic Federation's questionable relationship to a politically-connected lobbyist, Luis Miranda and his MirRam Group, as well as concerns about the appropriateness of member items, obscured the gains that Latino organizations made in funding from this source. In fiscal year 2013 under Council Speaker Christine Quinn,we estimated that Latinos received a total of  $1,527,189 in member items, representing only 3 percent of the total. In this current fiscal year 2015, we estimate that Latino organizations received a significantly increased amount from this source under Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras, $6,638,110.

     

    According to our analysis of the Latino recipients of NYC Council discretionary funding, we identified 134 Latino community organizations and programs who received the $6.6 million. The majority, 62 percent, went to organizations that provide social services, 30 percent went to two academic research centers, 8 percent to cultural organizations and less than 1 percent to business groups.

     

    In the table below we list those Latino organizations receiving member items this year, and compare it to allocations made from this same source last year under Speaker Quinn: 

     

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    With the election of Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Latino organizations received a much fairer share of discretionary funding than ever before.  The adoption of a new initiative, the 2.5 million  Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund, represented a major increase for the Hispanic Federation that became controversial because of questionable  political ties between them and Luis Miranda and his MirRam Group, of which Speaker Mark-Viverito is a client. However, this represents a major infusion of resources for Latino and other nonprofits of color that have historically been under-financed.

     

    There are also a large number of Council initiatives under discretionary funding that have yet to be allocated and require monitoring by the Latino community. Some of these are specifically geared to communities of color, such as: the Coalition of Theaters of Color ($1 million) and Cultural Immigrant Initiative ($1.5 million) under the Department of Cultural Affairs; the MWBE Leadership Associations ($0.598 million)' and the NYC Digital Inclusion and Literacy Initiative ($0.75 million), to name a few.

     

    It is also notable that close to a third of the discretionary funding going to Latino organizations has been allocated to two academic research programs in the City University of New York --- the Dominican Studies Institute at City College and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Whether such a large portion of this discretionary funding should go to non-teaching academic programs and not to the many community-based organizations providing vital direct services to Latino communities throughout the city is a question that should require further discussion within the Latino community.

     

    The wide range of discretionary funding allocations with the remaining Latino organizations, ranging from $3,500 to $950,000, raises questions about the rationality of the distribution of these grants. Are these allocations primarily the result of a serious assessment of needs or simply the result of political connections. Some larger groups are able to afford lobbyists while smaller ones cannot. Is the result of this "reformed" system simply another source replicating the broader income inequality that Mayor de Blasio campaigned to address once elected? Does this system encourage corruption by Councilmembers and should a less member-driven process be adopted? Should the Latino community continue to press for further reforms of the member item system or join the Mayor in calling for its elimination?

     

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues is an online information service provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visit our website at www.latinopolicy.org

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    LULAC Announces Relief Initiative to Provide Assistance to Child Refugees in Midst of Humanitarian Crisis

    Coalition of committed non-profit and business partners to assist vulnerable migrant children

    NEW YORK CITY – After First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the 85th Annual LULAC National Convention today about the vital role education plays in the future of young Latinos, LULAC announced its intent to collaborate with potential partners like Univision to provide aid for thousands of migrant children currently in limbo at the border.

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    LULAC strongly supports the President’s request for emergency funds to respond to the historic numbers of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence, poverty and crime in Central America. However, the organization is concerned that Congressional partisan politics may prevent the aid from arriving in time. The oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the nation is forming a coalition of corporations, non-profit organizations, and concerned citizens that will provide financial and material resources for the thousands of children currently held in overcrowded conditions.

    LULAC’s members have expressed concern for the thousands of children fleeing gang violence in their homeland to seek protection in the United States.

    “These children, desperately seeking safety in the U.S.deserve to be treated humanely,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “If Congress won’t act, we will.”

    Recent news from outlets such as the Los Angeles Times illustrate the severely overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in detention centers. Such centers are in desperate need of essential resources such as diapers, blankets, cots and soap.

    LULAC recognizes the need to act quickly to address the humanitarian crisis, particularly in light of the possibility that Congress will not act quickly enough to prevent a humanitarian disaster from occurring on our watch.

    “This is a humanitarian crisis,” continued Moran. “The innocent children under DHS custody are fleeing horrible conditions and should be treated as refugees. It is fitting that here in New York City, under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, that we call on our community to ensure that America remains the land that welcomes the Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe Free.

    This announcement coincided with a visit by the First Lady where she addressed thousands of Latino leaders at LULAC’s annual convention. As the largest gathering of its 135,000 civic-minded members, the LULAC national convention served as a perfect backdrop to announce this latest effort.

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    Centro Expands Services in Areas Of Research, Art and Electronic Capabilities

    With the continued growth of the Puerto Rican and other Latino communities and the resultant economic, political and social changes, Centro is expanding into new areas of research and cultural engagement, enriching our current services to better serve the needs of our community at this time of great change.

    “For 40 years, since the Center for Puerto Rican Studies was established in the political turmoil of the 1970s, we have evolved by responding to the dynamic needs of our community,” said Centro Director Edwin Meléndez. “We are currently in a position to harness opportunities of enhancing Centro’s traditional concerns, such as by expanding our already renowned Library and Archives and devising new programs for supporting Puerto Rican artists and showing their work, upgrading our technical online capabilities and delving into new areas of research.”

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    World Cup Zeal Reveals Miami's New Latino Appeal

    By Adam R Jacobson

    If you've had sporadic communication with some of your South Florida-based peers and clients since June 12, you're likely not alone.

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    En estos próximos días habrán 2 actividades en el area noreste:

    1. Este próximo domingo, 20 de julio de 2014 a las 9:00am estaremos visitando el Corredor Ecológico del Noreste. El recorrido será dirigido por miembros de la Coalisión Pro Corredor Ecológico del Noreste.

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    2. La acogida de la Academia Soberanista en el noreste a sobrepasado nuestras expectativas y antes de abrir la matrícula al público en general agradeceríamos nos confirmes tu intención de asistir o no a la misma. Te exhortamos a que te comuniques en o antes de este viernes 11 de julio. 

    El próximo sábado 12 de julio, de 1 pm a 3 pm,  todos los interesados nos reuniremos en el Recinto de Río Grande del National University College (PR #3 Km. 22.1).  Allí contestaremos todas las preguntas y evaluaremos las necesidades particulares para esta sesión.

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    The Hispanic Federation-

    Luis Miranda Connection:

    Undermining the Agenda 

    of a Latino Community Institution

    By Angelo Falcón (June 10, 2014)

     

    "I have spent my entire career developing and nurturing Hispanic institutions and leaders . . . To suggest I would jeopardize this goal for financial gain is hurting, insulting, and factually wrong."

    ---Luis Miranda, Letter to the Village Voice (Nov 26-Dec 2, 2003), page 48

     

    When the New York City Council announced their distribution of their Discretionary Funding ("Member Items") last week, there was a storm of controversy about their funding of over $1.3 million to the Hispanic Federation. The issue was not that Latino nonprofits deserved significantly increased funding but, rather, the organization's ties to a politically-connected lobbying firm. The subject of an extensive article in Crain's New York Business and an editorial in the New York Post, the Hispanic Federation's longtime connection to lobbyist Luis Miranda's MirRam Group was seen as full of serious conflicts of interest that included the role of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a MirRam client, in making the discretionary grant.

     

    The $1.3 million allocation to the Hispanic Federation from the Council's new Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund was a major increase over the $150,000 they received from the City Council last year. The big question was how much of this money would be going to the MirRam Group, which Crain's revealed were getting at least an $8,000 a month retainer.

     

    José Calderon, the current President of the Hispanic Federation, was, as a result, characterized by me as a "witless 'bag man'" for MirRam. While his supporters argue that he is a good guy and honest, he has presided over what many see as a corrupt relationship between his organization and MirRam in the two years he has been the Federation's head. Insiders know that Calderon was not the choice of Miranda and Roberto Ramirez to head the organization, which unsuccessfully pushed the candidacy of Cathy Torres, a MirRam executive and former Chief of Staff to then-Assemblyman Roberto Ramirez. Despite this, he maintained and even defended to me Miranda and MirRam's continuing relationship with the Federation. Is he consciously involved in supporting this inappropriate relationship or has been basically witless about it? The jury is out on this one.

     

    In an hour-long telephone conversation I had with Calderon in March 2012 just weeks before he was made President of the Federation, we had a spirited discussion over my suggestion to him that he needed to have the Hispanic Federation sever ties with Miranda and MirRam. I was telling him that t was not a good mix given the overly political nature of MirRam to have them as the Federation's lobbyist and that this relationship was giving his organization a negative image in the community, despite whatever good work he was doing. Calderon's position at the time was that the Federation had a good reputation and that Miranda's role in the development of the organization has been an important one. He saw no need to change that relationship.  

     

    Despite the fact that it is the Hispanic Federation's inappropriate relationship with Luis Miranda and MirRam that brought his Council funding such negative publicity, it is interesting that Calderon has decided to mount a personal campaign against me! Instead of addressing the legitimate issues being raised in the media, especially the report in Crain's, he has sought to misdirect the discussion by inaccurately arguing that I am working against increased funding for Latino nonprofits! In the process, he is also mobilizing some colleagues in the Washington, DC-based National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and Hispanic Federation member organizations to sign letters condemning me and even trying to revoke our membership in this national coalition. While Calderon spends time on these pointless defensive moves, he avoids addressing the real issues facing his organization, which certainly donot revolve around me or the National Institute for Latino Policy. 

     

    The problem, some argue, is not with Calderon but the Hispanic Federation Board of Directors (see list of Board members at end of this article). The Federation was largely modeled after the United Way, but a review of the composition of the Federation's Board reveals that even by United Way standards, it is overly corporate-dominated. Most of the Federation Board members are middle-management-level people and disconnected from the day-to-day struggles of the Latino community. While the Hispanic Federation counts 97 Latino community-based organization's among its members, some among the largest in our community, not one of these community-based organizations serves on the Federation Board nor does the Board include community people outside of corporate circles. Most nonprofits have boards made up of people that have some connection to the communities they serve and strive to have a diverse membership that includes civic as well as corporate and philanthropic representatives, but not the Hispanic Federation.

     

    The Hispanic Federation Board is largely made up of managers from the following companies (of which at least two are clients of MirRam): Aetna, Banco Espirito Santo, Comcast Corporation, ESPN Deportes, GE Capital, Hess Corporation, Huron Healthcare, Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications, LLC, MamasLatinas.com, Nielsen, One World Sports, Santiago ROI, Telemundo 47, The Baeza Group, LLC, UBS Financial Services Inc., Univision Television Group, Verizon and Wells Fargo. The only non-corporate member is the City University of New York. Some are clients of Miranda's, and some have been involved in practices that have been harmful to the Latino community.  

     

    Most nonprofits have created separate corporate advisory boards that assist them in fundraising. These are usually apart from the actual board that makes decisions about the mission and goals of the organization because it is understood that corporations have their own priorities and culture that may not be compatible with community empowerment. Having a board, as the Hispanic Federation does, made up overwhelmingly of people whose main goal is to treat the Latino community as a commodity to be marketed to and used for personal upward mobility, is not a healthy development. One result is that they are mostly anonymous players in larger corporate entities and are not very visible in or interact much with the grassroots Latino community.

     

    Those supportive of Calderon point out that this corporate-dominated board has, in fact, been taking power away from him. They point out that while before, funding proposals were presented to the staff for evaluation, they now have to be presented directly to the board. Given the composition of the board and their support of the unhealthy relationship with the MirRam Group, this is a troubling new development.

     

    But, one might ask, what's the problem with Luis Miranda and the MirRam Group's role with the Hispanic Federation? Larger nonprofits hire lobbyists and, according to this year's Council Discretionary Funding, they seem to be delivering for the Hispanic Federation. The problems, however, started with Miranda's appointment as the Federation's first President in 1990. The Hispanic Federation came about as a result of long struggles with the United Way over their serious underfunding of the Latino community. In 1985, NiLP (known then as the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy [IPR]) conducted the very first study in the country on the lack if United Way funding to Latino organizations. In 1987, the Institute joined Luis Alvarez, a trustee of the then United Way of Tri-State, in organizing the Latino Commission on the United Way to pressure them to increase their funding of Latino nonprofits. One result of this was the first comprehensive regional study of the Latino community published in 19888, for which the Institute served as an unpaid consultant, that documented Latino community needs. As a result of this pressure, the United Way decided to create the Hispanic Federation, to which it gave in 1989 a $300,000 start-up grant.

     

    While, in current accounts of the Hispanic Federation, Luis Miranda is described as its founder, he was not but was its first President. It is important to note, as well that his appointment was quite controversial. It turned out that he was placed in this position through the direct intervention of then NYC Mayor Ed Koch. Miranda had served as Koch's Hispanic Advisor, a position that brought him much criticism from the Puerto Rican community that found Koch's neoconservative policies antithetical to its interests.

     

    With the election of Rudolf Giuliani as NYC Mayor in 1983, Miranda once again made a connection with a mayor who was very unpopular with the Latino community. Despite the objections of many, while president of the Hispanic Federation he agreed in 1993 to also serve as Chair of Giuliani's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). He eventually resigned from that position in 1995 when Giuliani's support of Medicaid cuts put Miranda and the Hispanic Federation in a politically awkward position. Instead of fighting the cuts and defying Giuliani, Miranda was criticized for simply walking away to avoid taking a position. The Federation Board had passively allowed Miranda to serve in the Giuliani Administration while remaining as President of the Federation, a move that proved problematic.

     

    Under Miranda, the Hispanic Federation also competed with its member organizations, as the Latino Commission on AIDS, for funding. One especially grievous example, as the late Dennis De Leon explained to me, was his use of AIDS funding to pay for a Hispanic community opinion survey that inexplicably asked a lot of political questions. It turns out in retrospect thatMiranda used what became an annual political survey funded by the Federation to establish his credibility as a political pollster, a skill that would later prove useful as he left the Federation to establish his now defunct political consulting firm and precursor to MirRam, Miranda y Más.

     

    Upon leaving the Federation, Miranda was able to install his people as president. First there was then Assemblyman Ramirez's Chief of Staff Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez (now an executive with AARP and Board Chair of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade), followed by Lillian Lopez-Rodriguez, Cortes-Vazquez' second in command (who seemed to sever ties with Miranda towards the end of her tenure in 2012). Then when Lopez-Rodriguez went on to be Hispanic Affairs Director for Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Miranda and Ramirez were pushing their person, Cathy Torres, but longtime Hispanic Federation staffer, Calderon, was selected instead.

     

    The association with Miranda and his MirRam Group has had a negative impact on the Hispanic Federation's image. For example, Miranda was a paid consultant to the Nielsen company that measures the audiences of television stations. There was a major controversy over whether their "people meter" methodology was continuing seriously to undercount Latinos and Black audiences, with Miranda hired by them to counter these charges. Miranda in this case took on a client whose practices were undermining Latino interests. Last October, Miranda got the Hispanic Federation to co-sponsor with Nielsen what amounted to a self-serving marketing report on Latinos, which I criticized as inappropriate for the Federation as a social service organization who should be looking into community needs rather than corporate interests on how best to exploit Latinos as consumers.

     

    Then there was a major negative coverage in the New York Times of the Hispanic Federation's campaign against the practices of the Herbalife company. Again, it was Miranda who brought the interests of one of his clients who is interested in buying out Herbalife in a plot to destabilize the company. Miranda was delivering the support of the Hispanic Federation for this hedge fund investor's controversial strategy,"Wolf of Wall Street" style. Miranda's shady dealings resulted in bad national press for the Hispanic Federation in a major respected national newspaper.

     

    There was also the Hispanic Federation's opposition to Mayor Bloomberg's soda ban. While one could reasonably be for or against this now unsuccessful policy, here again, was a situation where Miranda brought the interests of another of his clients, Coca-Cola, to be taken up by the Hispanic Federation. It should also be noted that the Hispanic Federationhead that Calderon replaced as we already pointed out, was Lillian Lopez-Rodriguez, who was then and continues to be the Hispanic Affairs Director of Coca-Cola.

     

    In all three examples, Nielsen, Herbalife and the soda ban, Miranda's influence on the Hispanic Federation's agenda in instances where he is making a profit is perhaps technically legal but ultimately unethical. What in these instances is driving the Federation's agenda, Latino communityneeds or Miranda's financial gains?  

     

    As one reviews this history, it becomes clear that Luis Miranda has been a dominate player throughout the life of the Federation with considerable control overits agenda. A tribute to this power is that, although Calderon was not Miranda's preferred candidate, his business relationship with the Federation nonetheless remained intact. This also highlights the poor role that the Federation's Board has played over time in steering the organization into the political conflicts of interests that dominate so much of its history.

     

    These issues are widely known within the Latino community and have created a major cynicism about the Hispanic Federation. It is seen as being way too political, as an ATM for Miranda and his MirRam Group, and as an ineffective advocate on Latino issues in the city. That is why despite the increased allocation to the Federation in the Council's Discretionary Funding, it was the negative news that predominated. In light of Council Speaker Mark-Viverito's relationship as a client of the MirRam Group, she is seen as being complicit in this political scheming by the Hispanic Federation instead of being applauded for bringing greater resources to the Latino community and promoting a progressive agenda in championing measures to assure the political independence of the Hispanic Federation.

     

    Miranda and his MirRam Group have every right to make a living as political consultants and lobbyists. Although some have a problem with the manner in which they conduct themselves, my point is simply that the Hispanic Federation as a nonprofit should not have such a close financial and conflict-ridden relationship with what is a partisan political operation that Miranda and the MirRam Group represent. This is an unhealthy relationship that has brought much negative press to the Federation and has engendered tremendous cynicism about its operations throughout the city's Latino community. Some have pointed out that the egregious nature of this relationship could even be the subject of investigations by the New York State Attorney General or one of the United States Attorneys. Our community needs none of this.

     

    Despite all these problems, José Calderon has decided to expend his energies on attacking me as a way to defend what he perceives as an affront to his honor. Perhaps he should be spending more time constructively addressing the many conflicts of interest that may well wind up undermining whatever good he is doing. At the same time, as I listened over the years to the whining of the Hispanic Federation member organizations about these problems and an unresponsive Federation Board, they should finally shut up, put up and organize to make needed and long-overdue changes in the governance and practices of the Hispanic Federation. After all, isn't the Federation supposed to be representing the community's best interests, and not that of Luis Miranda and his associates? In the absence of efforts to make such changes, José Calderon, whether witless or not, will continue to be seen as a "bag man" for this purely political operation. Personalizing the issues by trying to change the subject and to attack me won't change that.

     

    Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

     

    Hispanic Federation

    Board of Directors           

     

    CHAIR

    Ramon J. Pineda

    Senior Vice President and General Manager

    Univision Television Group 

     

    VICE CHAIR

    Lucia Ballas-Traynor

    Co-Founder and EVP

    MamasLatinas.com

     

    TREASURER

    Ricardo A. Venegas

    Chief Financial Officer

    One World Sports

     

    SECRETARY

    Lino Garcia

    General Manager

    ESPN Deportes

     

    ASSISTANT SECRETARY

    Indrani M. Franchini

    Chief Compliance Officer & Vice President

    Hess Corporation

     

    Jose Calderon

    President

    Hispanic Federation, Inc.

     

    Mario L. Baeza

    Chairman and CEO

    The Baeza Group, LLC

    Founder and Executive Chairman

    V-Me Media, Inc.

     

    Miguel Centeno

    Managing Director, Community Relations

    Aetna

     

    Sara Erichson

    Executive Vice President, Client Services

    Nielsen

     

    Arminda Figueroa

    Founder & President

    Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications, LLC

     

    Emilio Gonzalez

    Exectuive Director for Strategic Alliances and Public Policy

    Verizon

     

    Jay Hershenson

    Senior Vice Chancellor

    The City University of New York

     

    Delphine Mendez de Leon

    Managing Director

    Huron Healthcare

     

    Carlos M. Morales

    Chief Compliance Executive

    Banco Espirito Santo

     

    Juan Otero

    Sr. Director, External Affairs & Public Policy

    Comcast Corporation

     

    Martha C. Poulter

    Vice President & Chief Information Officer

    GE Capital

     

    Jose M. Rivera

    Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor

    UBS Financial Services Inc.

     

    Jose Rivera Alers

    Senior Community Development Officer

    Wells Fargo

     

    Carlos L. Santiago

    President & Chief Strategist

    Santiago ROI

     

    Cristina Schwarz

    President - General Manager

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    July 9, 2014

    CONTACT:
    Amanda Bosquez,
     abosquez@naleo.org                     
    (202) 546-2536 ext. 112, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

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     pvalle@naleo.org
    (213) 747-7606 ext. 4414, (323) 253-6431 (cell)
      
    NALEO Congratulates Julian Castro on Confirmation to Serve as
     U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

     
    Castro will be the third Latino to hold a cabinet position in President Obama’s second term

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) today congratulated Julian Castro on confirmation to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:

    “We congratulate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on his confirmation to serve as the nation’s next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and third Latino member of President Obama’s second-term cabinet.  A third-term mayor of the nation’s seventh largest city, Castro will bring bold leadership and a wealth of economic expansion and community development experience to this critical position.

    “During his three terms in office, Mayor Castro has implemented groundbreaking initiatives to attract higher paying 21st century jobs and spur urban core revitalization within the City of San Antonio.  As part of these efforts, Mayor Castro worked to attract businesses and residents back to the city’s center through a campaign known as the “Decade of Downtown”.  Two years after Mayor Castro launched the initiative, more than 2,400 housing units representing a total investment of $349.8 million have been slated for construction by the end of 2014 in San Antonio's center city.

    “A rising star within the nation’s deep bench of talented Latino elected officials on both sides of the aisle, Mayor Castro has built an extraordinary record of accomplishment in the five short years he has led the City of San Antonio.  Under his leadership, the City of San Antonio was named one of seven “enterprising cities” in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its success in building a culture of business (2013), as well as the honor of being one of only five cities nationwide to receive a federal Promise Zone grant to help spark community revitalization in the area. 

    “As the next U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Mayor Castro will bring his ‘can do’ attitude and visionary leadership to Washington D.C. for the benefit of the President and all Americans.  Our organization stands ready to work side-by-side with Mayor Castro on issues of importance to the Latino community in this new position and to help identify other qualified Latino candidates with the unique talent and expertise required to serve the nation at all levels of the Administration.”

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    About NALEO 
    The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.  
     

     

    Our mailing address is:

    NALEO Educational Fund
    1122 W. Washington Blvd., Third Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    It’s impossible to overstate how important the Internet is for Latinos. Because of the openness and freedom of the platform, we can communicate with each other across political borders, politically organize, create media that truly represents our communities, and even start businesses.

    In short, the Internet is the single most important tool of political and economic uplift available to Latino communities — but not for long. Big corporations like AT&T and Comcast are poised to rob the Internet of its incredible potential.

    The Internet is the most important tool of political and economic uplift available to Latinos — and it's under attack. 

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    Tell Latino elected officials: Hands off our Internet!

    Unfortunately, Democratic Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D- CA 46), Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28), and Albio Sires (D-NJ 08), have signed a letter penned by Rep. Gene Green — one of AT&T’s best friends in Congress — opposing the one thing guaranteed to stop the corporate dismemberment of the free and open Internet: regulating it like electricity, water, and other essential utilities.1 

    The letter makes it sound like their position is meant to protect Latinos. The truth is that it would only disadvantage our communities while lining the pockets of the telecommunication giants that have donated tens of thousands of dollars to these representatives’ campaign funds.

    This is completely unacceptable. Click here to demand that Latino elected officials remove their names from the Green letter!

    The Internet has been a great equalizer, allowing Latinos and other minority communities to take on powerful corporate interests and win. When Presente took on CNN's Lou Dobbs, we were able to use the Internet to promote our campaign despite CNN's best efforts to shut down the discussion. We couldn't have beaten Dobbs in a world without Net Neutrality. Time Warner, which owns CNN, could have actually censored our message — and any others they don't like — reducing the campaign's reach and effectiveness.

    It’s not the first time we've had to defend Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees a free and open Internet. In 2010, Representative Green went to bat for his friends in the telecommunications industry by getting 70 of his colleagues to sign a letter to the FCC making many of the arguments he's making today.2

    Representative Green's letter to the Federal Communications Commission is based on the same big lie he told back in 2010: that if the telecommunication industry could make more money by scrapping Net Neutrality, they'll invest in more and cheaper Internet access for Latinos and other minority communities. History shows, however, that telecom profits have risen, but investment simply has not kept pace.3 

    This isn't new information. But three Latino elected officials have unthinkingly swallowed this misleading argument — even as they received thousands of dollars of campaign cash from telecom interests. In fact, the House members who initially lobbied the FCC to drop Net Neutrality received, on average, almost two and a half times the contributions from telecommunication companies as the rest of their colleagues.4

    Latino elected officials were raised, nourished, and elected by our communities, not telecom corporations. Tell Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Henry Cuellar, and Albio Sires that our communities have done so much more for them and we deserve the Internet access necessary for our future success.

    Click here to demand that Latino elected officials retract their signatures from Rep. Gene Green's letter.

    Thanks and ¡adelante!

    Mariana, Refugio, Luis, and the rest of the Presente.org Team

    Sources:

    1. Green Leads Letter to FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality, Guidry NewsMay 14, 2014

    2. Rep. Gene Green Leads Letter to FCC, Congressman Gene Green, May 24, 2010

    3. Finding The Bottom Line: The Truth About Network Neutrality & Investment, Free Press, October 2009

    4. Bankrolled by broadband donors, lawmakers lobby FCC on net neutrality, Ars Technica, May 16, 2014

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    Compatriota,
     
    ¡Llegó nuestra Convención! 
     
    El próximo sábado, 19 de Julio de 2014, quiero compartir contigo personalmente junto a nuestro Presidente y Gobernador Alejandro García Padilla. Este día celebraremos la gran Gala Anual del Partido Popular Democrático y quiero que juntos celebremos con orgullo los 62 años del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.

    El evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 19 de julio de 2014 a las 7:00p.m. en el “Ballroom del Hotel Sheraton Convention Center” de San Juan. Allí, estaremos todos los populares de corazón y tu no puedes faltar.

    Por ello, te pido que te comuniques con nosotros para que formes parte del grupo organizador del evento y confirmes tu asistencia.  Tendremos una gran oportunidad para compartir y celebrar la hermandad y fraternidad que nos une. 

    Será para mi un gran honor poder saludarte personalmente. ¡Cuento contigo! 
    Un abrazo fuerte, 

    Jorge Suárez
    Secretario General

    Pd: ¡Llama ahora y únete!

    Contactos:


    939-241-4300
    787-613-2025
    787-646-0158
    787-413-8726

     

    Partido Popular Democrático · 403 Ave. Constitución San Juan · San Juan, Puerto Rico 00906 · USA

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    Durante la semana del 30 de junio al 4 de julio, el gobernador Alejandro Garcia Padilla continuó impulsando la creación de empleos con el anuncio de 55,305 nuevos empleos ya creados y un modelo económico diversificado que impulsará la meta de 90,000 empleos. Además, la primera dama, Wilma Pastrana Jiménez y el Gobernador, celebraron los éxitos de nuestra juventud en varios actos de graduación y el reconocimiento a los miembros del regimiento 65 de Infantería.

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
     
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
    Follow us on Twitter and
    Angelo's Facebook Page

     

    Note: As the crisis of the unaccompanied youth at the US border continues to unfold, a number of Latino leaders have proposed actions that the President should be taking to address this problem. We recently published a leaked memo from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and below we present a plan proposed by US Seator Bob Menendez and others last month.

     

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    Sens. Menendez, Durbin, Hirono, and Reps. Gutierrez and Roybal-Allard Discuss Humanitarian and Refugee Children Crisis at the Border

    Office of US Senator Robert Melendez (June 19, 2014)

     

    For a copy of the full plan being proposed, click here

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
     
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
    Follow us on Twitter and
    Angelo's Facebook Page

     

    Koch-backed Latino outreach group spends big in Miami House race

    by Stan Oklobdzija

    Sunlight Foundation (July 7, 2014)

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    Tony nominee Anthony Chisholm plays Richard Pryor
    at the Nuyo in August; Tony winner Sarah Jones announces 10 more performances of her new play; the hit solo shows Brownsville Bred and Call Me Crazy
     return; 
    Ntozake Shange joins us on 7/23; the Nuyo curates a Summerstage concert on 8/17; and Nat and Alex Wolff play the Nuyo on 10/11!
     
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    Tony Nominee Anthony Chisholm plays Richard Pryor!

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe presents the world premiere of Wesley Brown's play Dark Meat on a Funny Mind, which stars Tony nominee Anthony Chisholm as legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Brown's play uses original stand-up and storytelling material to reveal the mercurial, hilarious and painful dimensions of the famed comedian's life. Anthony Chisholm received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in August Wilson's Radio Golf and co-starred in the HBO series Oz. Dark Meat on a Funny Mind runs from July 31 through August 24. Read Broadway World's article about the show or click here for tickets. 

     

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    Tony Winner / Slam Champion Sarah Jones
      

    Tony winner Sarah Jones launches a 10-performance run this fall!

     

    After two sold-out shows in May, Tony-Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones will return to the Nuyo in September and October for 10 performances of her newest play, Sell/Buy/Date. Come spend an evening with her characters, old and new! Sarah is a former Nuyorican Poets Cafe grand slam champion; she won a Tony Award for her multi-character show Bridge & Tunnel. The New York Times calls her "a master of the genre." Check out Sarah's TED talk! For tickets to Sell/Buy/Date, click here.

      

    Ntozake Shange at the Cafe on 7/23   

     

    Legendary poet and playwright Ntozake Shange visits the Nuyo on July 23rd for a poetry reading and discussion. Shange is the author of For Colored Girls... and has received the Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The reading will also feature poet Hermine Pinson and dancers Aziza and Laceine Wedderburn. For tickets, click here.  

         

     return to the Nuyo!

     

    Elaine del Valle's award-winning solo show Brownsville Bred returns to the venue where it began! The New York Times calls del Valle's show "A Triumph", and audiences around the country agree!  Performances take place every Monday night in July and August. Click here for tickets.

     

    And Helena D. Lewis brings her tour-de-force solo show Call Me Crazy to the Nuyo for 11 shows in July. A social worker and renowned poet, Lewis recalls her true-life experiences working with prostitutes, drug addicts and prisoners; she plays 25 different characters, including pimps and menopausal women. Performances run July 10-27; click here for tickets. 

     

    The Nuyo plays Summerstage on August 17! 

     

    Join us on August 17 for an outdoor celebration of poetry and jazz when NYC's Summerstage series features the Nuyo. The lineup includes sensational poets Mayda Del Valle, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Caroline Rothstein, Jive Poetic and Tre G, as well as group performances by our recent slam teams and sizzling latin jazz tunes. Check out the New York Times' article about Summerstage 2014, which gives us a shout-out.

     

    Nat and Alex Wolff return to the Nuyo on 10/11!

     

    The hugely popular singer-songwriter duo Nat and Alex Wolff (stars of the Nickelodeon TV show The Naked Brothers Band) perform live at the Nuyo on Saturday, October 11 at 8PM! Their last two concerts sold out far in advance, so get your tickets early!

     

    Make a tax-deductible donation

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a charitable non-profit organization. Help us continue to provide affordable cultural programming and to serve students from low-income communities by making a tax-deductible donation.
     
     
     
     
        

    Tickets and information for most shows are available at www.nuyorican.org or by calling 212-780-9386. 
     
    Our programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, the Fund for the City of New York, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Manhattan Borough President.

     

     
     
     
    Need the perfect present for a poet or a fan of the downtown arts scene? A year-long
    Nuyorican Poets Cafe membership is only $60 (or $30 for students). Nuyo members receive discounts on admission to all events, as well as several free tickets and invites to special members-only events!

    *****
    Don't miss our regular weekly events: Open Mic Mondays (every Monday at 9pm, all art forms welcome); the Slam Open (a competitive poetry open mic, every Wednesday at 9pm except the first Wednesday of the month); the Thursday Night Latin Jazz Jam (every Thursday at 9pm) and our Friday Night Poetry Slam (10pm every Friday).

    Follow the Nuyo on Facebook or Twitter for event updates, news about our artists, submission opportunities and more. Further information about all of our shows can be found at www.nuyorican.org.
     
    Contact Information

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe

    236 E 3rd Street

    between Avenue B and C

    New York, NY 10009

    www.nuyorican.org

    Info 212.505.8183

    Fax 212.475.6541

     

     
     
     

    The Cafe serves beer, wine, coffee, tea  and soft drinks but no food. All ages are welcome at events, but you must be over 21 w/ valid ID to drink.

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    Out of respect for our artists, there is NO video or audio recording of events without prior written permission from Cafe management.

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    The Cafe is wheelchair accessible, but we recommend that persons needing assistance call in advance so that we can be ready to assist you when you arrive

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
     
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
    Follow us on Twitter and
    Angelo's Facebook Page

     

    Wall Street Waits While 

    Statehood Debate Handcuffs 

    Puerto Rico Decision Makers

    By Maryellen Tighe and Ellie Ismailidou

    Forbes (July 7, 2014)

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
     
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
    Follow us on Twitter and

     

    Latinos and Immigration:

    Key Issue But Far From the Only One

    By Arnoldo S. Torres (July 7, 2014)

     

    The April 22 column by Angelo Falcón of the National Institute for Latino Policy, "Immigration Reform and the Latino Civil Rights Movement: Are They Now in Conflict?" suggests immigration may be crowding out the multitude of civil rights issues that have long impacted Latino communities in this country. I have shared this opinion for many years, especially over the last six years, and respect the arguments made by those who contend immigration is now the "new civil rights issue".

     

    But this perspective raises the many questions that Falcón rightfully asks: How does this focus on immigration as the single most important issue facing the Latino community help or distort the Latino agenda? Do Latino activists and leaders need to assess immigration's place on their community's agenda vis-à-vis other issues? Is it even appropriate to raise such questions at such a sensitive time for comprehensive immigration reform in the Congress?

     

    Before I answer these very important and legitimate questions I would like to share some background that will give context to my responses.

     

    I served as the Congressional Liaison and National Executive Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1985. I also testified more than 50 times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on this country's most comprehensive immigration reform legislation, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).

     

    I advocated ardently for the Latino community with many colleagues, and was able to successfully negotiate many recommendations that improved the humanity and administration of this historical reform bill. Our efforts resulted in the legalization of approximately 2.9 million undocumented individuals, and the inclusion of civil rights protections for immigrants and non-immigrants who were increasingly experiencing discrimination based on immigration status.

     

    While immigration undoubtedly received more Congressional attention than other issues during my tenure with LULAC, we did address key issues that extended beyond immigration. For example, we worked diligently with others to extend the Voting Rights Act, to re-authorize the federal Bilingual Education Act, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the federal Fair Housing Act; and to maintain or improve vital federal laws protecting the precarious role of Hispanics in U.S. society.

     

    We also battled the "voodoo economic" policies of the Reagan administration that began the demise of America's middle-class and caused unprecedented havoc for working poor and entry-level middle class Latinos. We also expanded our advocacy to cover U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and beyond.

     

    My experiences during the last two decades of the last millennium underscore the challenges that Latinos faced (as well as other ethnic groups) and the inappropriateness of advocates to act as "single-issue" activists. The current conditions of the Latino community, especially the last 10 years, demonstrate that virtually the same challenges remain and a civil rights agenda is needed to go beyond immigration.

     

    Since the great recession of 2006, Latinos throughout the nation have lost their only possession of real wealth-their homes. The educational system from kindergarten to college has not made any real advancements that improve the future of Latinos. Greater access to health care has been created but substantial obstacles to better health for Latinos, not just the undocumented, remain. Racial profiling continues regardless of our legal status, and opportunities for realizing the "American Dream" are trickled down by "the man."

     

    In other words, yesterday's "civil rights" struggles are still with us today. They may be more subtle, more complex and, at times, not manifested in the same crude manner. But we also see their staying power and reluctance to go away as we witnessed in the 2012 Presidential campaign with Republicans and have seen this past week along the border. Perhaps the greatest testament to their existence is the growing gap between the poor and wealthy, with the added surprise that many non-Latinos and non-Blacks have joined our ranks.

     

    Now that I have given some context, let me answer some of the questions Mr. Falcón has raised.

     

    How does this focus on immigration as the single most important issue facing the Latino community help or distort the Latino agenda?

     

    First of all, I do not believe that there has ever been a Latino agenda, certainly not one that has been crafted collectively. While Latino groups and individuals have advocated over the many years, and decades, on "traditional Latino civil rights" we have primarily done this based on our regional and community experiences. We have not always agreed with the solutions advanced but we have shared the same poor experiences.

     

    I do believe the focus on immigration has significantly distorted advocacy on other issues and portrays the collective Latino community as being only concerned about one issue. Clearly, this has inflicted major damage.

     

    It has allowed both political parties, all the media, the liberal left and conservative right, national Spanish language media TV radio, and local Spanish language radio to discuss immigration and to ignore all other issues. As long as these institutions are addressing immigration along the lines of the rhetoric being expressed from our community, they do not have to address any other issues.

     

    How else do you explain the poor response of Democrats and Republicans during the economic recession and millions of Latino families who lost their homes? Neither party helped Latinos concretely keep their homes or get their homes back. Obama programs were not utilized and they came on-line very late. Republicans could only defend the status quo and blame poor people.

     

    A good example involves a state legislator in California voted against bill to place a warning label on all sugary drinks that was being sought because of the phenomenal human and governmental costs associated with diabetes and obesity in the Latino community. California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez not only voted against SB 1000 but worked to convince other Latino and Black members to vote against the bill. She took this position despite the hard data that diabetes in the Latino community throughout the U.S. and California, and in her county and Assembly district, is overwhelmingly causing great harm to children and families.

     

    Paradoxically, an article appeared in the LA Times one week after the vote that spoke to how Latino legislators are "...moving to reverse decades of anti-immigrant legislation (the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 state initiative). The article reported that Gonzalez acknowledged that revisiting some of these battles gets her generation of lawmakers "in trouble sometimes" but to not take up those issues now that they're in the Capitol? Oh no, she said. "We've been fighting for this for way too long."

     

    To me this was "el colmo"! This elected official gets quoted in the most prestigious newspaper in California as if she is a defender of the Latino community while she voted to allow the greatest silent killer in the Latino community go unattended. But because she has presented herself as a fighter against the anti-immigrant forces of yesterday and today she is given a free pass.

     

    On the issue of education it's even worse. Latino elected officials at all levels of government and school administration have largely not been at the forefront of reforming public education in many states with high concentrations of Latinos in public schools. While they have one set of comments during campaigns and when they need to be "down with Latinos" they cite the poor performance of many K-12 schools in our neighborhoods. They talk about the importance of education for our children and future. However, they are not proposing major reform legislation, holding the current system accountable, changing and creating more options for parents and children, nor empowering parents to understand and access the educational system for improving their children's chances for a reasonable future.

     

    I see this in virtually every state in the nation. While most state legislators take little or no initiative or leadership on what Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project continues to find in polls of Latinos --- that education and health are the first two issues of major importance to Latino voters; they are hitting the Republicans and Mr. Obama hard on deportations and lack of action on immigration reform legislation. Those that support Obama because of their strong ties to the Democratic Party have a good wiping boy in Republicans, who always find a way to be even more offensive and take no action than Democrats. In Texas, Latino Democrats in the state house spend more time talking about how bad Republicans are on immigration and their anti-immigrant rants while the majority do not engage in finding solutions to a public education system that has failed Latinos for three generations.

     

    On these two issues, as well as other issues, Latino elected officials and Latino immigrant groups are seldom on the front lines fighting for change---unless it can be traced directly to undocumented communities. Yes, there are exceptions to this scenario but I have not found many in most Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast states.

     

    Also contributing to this dynamic is how the media covers issues impacting Latinos. It too often appears that a whole new group of journalists have cropped up and have become advocates on Latino immigration issues. We have journalist now playing the role of advocates when they never have to suffer the consequences of their own advocacy. They know little about policy and most of what they have come to understand is not firsthand knowledge. Yet, their coverage of policy issues in the Latino community revolves largely around immigration and appears to be taken with the intent of changing complex immigration laws and policies.

     

    Another key contributor to the focus on immigration has been left leaning philanthropic foundations. They will generally fund immigrant right community organizations, which is very important. However, they do not fund educational empowerment efforts in Latino communities. In comparison to the millions of dollars that these foundations have invested in immigration over the last ten years, similar efforts have never been made on education, health or economic policy over the last 30 years.

     

    All of these dynamics have contributed to the ill-placed focus on immigration.

     

    Do Latino activists and leaders need to reassess immigration's place on their community's agenda via-a-vis other issues?

     

    ABSOLUTELY! It should not take what has been going on for Latino activists and leaders to reassess what is done on the political and policy front for the community. With the constant demographic growth of Latinos, the political obstacles we face and the increase in Latino elected officials, we should be stepping back and taking time to reflect on at least three questions---where have we been? Where do we want to go? How do we want to get there?

     

    Reflection and constructive critiques of our "so-called Latino agenda" requires constant review and questioning. We have not effectively resolved the issues that were with us in the 1960s but we continue to be confronted since the 1970s by the realities of immigrant flows from countries primarily south of the U.S. We must recognize that U.S. foreign political and economic policies have served as major "push factors" from these countries yet we have failed to insist that this be incorporated in immigration reform policy. This makes it an imperative that we reflect and re-examine what we do as a community. The new leaders in the immigrant communities know little of the past battles fought on civil rights and those who have fought those battles need to know more of the current complexities of immigrant flows.

     

    Are we satisfied with our elected officials? Is their real agreement on what the key issues are given the diversity of Latinos residing in the U.S.? Should we change tactics? Should we begin a dialogue amongst the various generations of Latinos who are voters and non-voters? Should we develop a stronger commitment to holding elected officials, Latino and non-Latino, accountable?

     

    These are but a few of the issues we should reassess on a continuing basis. We must sharpen our thinking to be more independent thinkers and not Democrats or Republicans first. We must recognize that we must develop the solutions and not depend on political parties and other institutions to come up with the answers. If we have been suffering from these problems for so long, shouldn't this provide us with the ability to develop viable solutions?

     

    Is it even appropriate to raise such questions at such a sensitive time for comprehensive immigration reform in the Congress?

     

    ABSOLUTELY! As a community we have failed to raise such questions about reassessing our efforts up to now. As a consequence this has made what's on the table even more difficult and complex to deal with.

     

    While timing is always a sensitive matter in the political arena, immigration reform cannot be attempted by the Latino community until we reach general consensus on key reform principles and are organized. History has demonstrated that effective participation by impoverished groups in the world's most influential political system cannot be achieved otherwise.

     

    The longer we wait to assess our situation and define our solution, the more sure that others outside of our community will do it for us, while providing their own analysis based on ignorance, stereotypes, or their knowledge of what's in our best interests.

     

    I thank Angelo Falcón for opening the door for all of us to discuss our past, present and future of Latinos in the U.S. We would do well to recognize that we have many issues that trouble us and require our collective attention and resolution. We have the talent, energy, ideas, and strength to improve on many of the issues that plague us but we must understand that the solution begins with us; in addition, we must not be afraid to admit that we too have become part of the problem.

     

    Arnoldo S. Torres is a journalist, consultant, partner in the Sacramento, California based public policy consulting firm Torres & Torres, and the executive director for the California Hispanic Health Care Association. He can be reached at arnoldots@yahoo.com.

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    Turning away children at the U.S. border who are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America is cruel

    The border children are persecuted people whose lives are in danger and who deserve all the rights and protections afforded to refugees and asylum seekers

    By Albor Ruiz

    New York Daily News (July 6, 2014)

    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

     

    Internacional Socialista crea Grupo de Trabajo Especial  para impulsar descolonización de Puerto Rico    

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 7 de julio de 2014. - El presidente del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) y presidente honorario de la Internacional Socialista (IS), Rubén Berríos Martínez, dio a conocer hoy la Declaración adoptada por el Consejo de la IS en su más reciente reunión celebrada en México la semana pasada, mediante la cual se designó por primera vez un Grupo Especial de Trabajo para impulsar la descolonización de Puerto Rico.


    "Éste es un paso de gran importancia en nuestra lucha por la descolonización e independencia. No es una mera declaración de principios. Esta es la primera vez que se crea un mecanismo para impulsar el que se eleve el caso colonial de Puerto Rico a la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas y forzar a los Estados Unidos a enfrentar su responsabilidad descolonizadora respecto a Puerto Rico. Ahí radica su trascendencia", señaló Berríos Martínez.


    "Debo recordar que la IS es el organismo que agrupa a partidos políticos más grande y antiguo del mundo, y está compuesta por más de 150 partidos, de los cuales más de medio centenar están actualmente en gobierno en sus respectivos países, y la gran mayoría son aliados de los Estados Unidos", puntualizó el líder independentista.


    El Grupo Especial de Trabajo de la IS sobre Puerto Rico estará encabezado por Rubén Berríos y compuesto por representantes del Partido Revolucionario Institucional y Partido de la Revolución Democrática de México, la Unión Cívica Radical y Partido Socialista de Argentina, y el Frente Sandinista de Nicaragua.


    La Resolución adoptada solicita también al Presidente Obama "que ponga en libertad al patriota independentista Oscar López, quien lleva 33 años encarcelado por el gobierno de Estados Unidos".


    "Muy pronto reuniré el Grupo de Trabajo para delinear el plan de acción a seguir", concluyó Berríos Martínez. 

     

    Declaración Sobre Puerto Rico Intenacional Socialista

     

    Para ver la conferencia:

     

    http://youtu.be/r2UTxqieClM

     

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    Contacto: Calixto Negrón Aponte

    787-447-0058

     

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    Edgar DeJesus
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    Latino Voices

    Reclaiming 'USA!, USA! USA!' 

    from the Bigots in Murrieta

    By Janet Murguía

    Huffington Post (July 4, 2014)

    This was first posted to the NCLR Blog.

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    Tyson Foods and LULAC Donate 30,000 Pounds of Chicken to Food Bank For New York City

    1 in 5 New York City Residents Struggles to Afford Food

    SPRINGDALE, Ark.—July 7, 2014—Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined forces today to donate 30,000 pounds of chicken to Food Bank For New York City the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. The announcement of the donation was held at the New York Hilton Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, where LULAC is holding its 85th National Convention and Exposition this week.

    "I am thrilled to accept this important donation from Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens on behalf of the 1.5 million New York City residents who rely on Food Bank For New York City and our network of charities across the 5 boroughs,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “Nationally, 26 percent of Hispanic households struggle to afford enough food for their families. This donation will have a wonderful impact on the communities we serve.”

    LULAC and Tyson Foods have jointly donated 1 million pounds of protein to food banks across the country and Puerto Rico since 2009. In the past 14 years, Tyson Foods has donated more than 96 million pounds of protein in the United States.

    “We are grateful on our 85th anniversary our partners join us in remembering the at-risk communities," said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “This generous donation will add protein to the table for many families and seniors struggling with hunger in a city with high rate of food insecurity.”

    Tyson Foods’ current “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company also partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, and Feeding America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.

    About Tyson Foods
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

    About League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC)
    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.lulac.org.

    About Food Bank For New York City
    Food Bank For New York City recognizes 31 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.

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    In preparation for the LULAC National Convention, which officially launches on Tuesday, LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes welcomes the attendees to New York City.

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    As part of Tyson Foods' KNOW Hunger campaign, 30,000 pounds of chicken were donated to the Food Bank For New York City.

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    Food Bank For New York City CEO and President Margarette Purvis said that though a person may hold a full-time job, his/her family could still go hungry in America. In fact, 26 percent of Hispanic households struggle to find enough food for their families.

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    LULAC National President Margaret Moran stated, "This donation marks one million pounds of protein that LULAC and Tyson Foods have donated since 2009. As LULAC convenes this week to celebrate its 85th anniversary, we will reflect on our legacy of community service and advocacy. We look forward to creating new milestones with our partners in 2014 and beyond."

    LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX

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    Le invitamos a la ceremonia de otorgación de la medalla Dr. Gilberto Concepción de Gracia a María de Lourdes Santiago-Negrón el miércoles, 9 de julio de 2014 a las 7:00 p.m. en el Colegio de Abogados en Miramar.

     

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    Obama's Chickens 

    Coming Home to Roost

    By Nativo Vigil Lopez | nativolopez@gmail.com (July 1, 2014)

     

    James Russell Lowell wrote in 1870, "All our mistakes sooner or later surely come home to roost." The older fuller form was curses are like chickens; they always come home to roost, meaning that your offensive words or actions are likely at some point to rebound on you.  And, the offensive actions of President Barack Obama over the past six years in terms of mass deportations, prolonged incarcerations, streamlined removals, and border and interior immigration enforcement, have certainly come back to haunt him, his administration, and the U.S. Congress. 

     

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    The current humanitarian crisis of the explosive number of unaccompanied minors on the U.S. southern border, at last count 52,000, but increasing daily, is no mere accident.  Over the past two years the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tracked the incremental increase of minors attempting to cross the border, over two-thirds from Central American countries and the remaining one-third from Mexico.  For example, DHS was aware that more than 25,000 minors arrived unaccompanied at the U.S. border seeking entry in 2013.  Aside from doing nothing to address the underlying causes of this refugee exodus - failing states and collapsing economies in a region where the U.S. has historically meddled economically and militarily - it is a crisis that could easily have been anticipated and prepared for and not presented by the corporate media and the administration to the public as a sudden unexpected occurrence.  And, yet, without seeming insensitive to the plight of tens of thousands of children and youngsters, this situation is symptomatic of a deeper systematic catastrophe.

     

    Record deportations, now exceeding 2 million, have resulted in devastating and near unprecedented separation of families; twenty-five percent of the deported are reported to have U.S.-born children; and an estimated 500,000 U.S. citizen minors find themselves in Mexico as undocumented Americans obliged to accompany their deported undocumented Mexican parents.  In effect, these children find themselves exiled from their birthright to a land foreign to them.  The number of similarly exiled youngsters to Central American countries are unavailable, but undoubtedly also large.  Additionally, 36,000 privatized jail beds are permanently filled by the migrant adult wards of the state because they are arbitrarily budgeted to be so by Congress with the complicity of the president.

     

    The mutual acrimonious rhetoric and foot-dragging between the Democrats and Republicans related to "comprehensive immigration reform" has come to naught as the country moves closer to November's mid-term elections.  Even the proposed legislation passed by the Senate last year, numbered S.744, is primarily enforcement laden and defers preferentially to the cheap labor demands of industry and agriculture.  The brokered provisional legal status offered to the 11 million undocumented looks nothing like the generous amnesty signed into law by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1986.  Reputable legal experts estimate that less than 60 percent of the potential applicants would qualify for the tenuous status.  Minimum wage earning female heads of household with children, for example, would not qualify and therefore be held deportable.

     

    In effect, America's immigration system is in structural and social crisis as policy-makers and legislators seek to transition away from family reunification in deference to a labor skills- based point system to legally immigrate to the U.S.  Under such an immigration regime most Mexicans and Central Americans would not pass muster, although they make up the bulk of today's undocumented population.

     

    But, back to the unaccompanied minors - President Obama's press conference this past Monday sought to allay fears about his capacity to deal with the challenge, demonstrate his commitment to secure the border, declare another ultimatum to Republican House members to pass immigration reform by the end of summer, and threaten use of executive action to address the system's inadequacies in absence of legislation.   He will request $2 billion from Congress immediately upon their return from the Fourth of July break to further militarize the border. 

     

    Perhaps most important is what Obama did not share with the public.  He feigned to his political left with yet another promise for executive action in a placating maneuver and once again delayed the moment to walk the walk.  But, he steadfastly moved to the political right with his proposed emergency allocation to secure the border and his intention to seek expedited removal of the children refugees to their countries of origin, notwithstanding the 2008 bipartisan legislation approved under his predecessor, George W., to codify due process protections of unaccompanied minors - except for Mexicans and Canadians.

     

    Obama, the much heralded constitutional law professor and first black president of the U.S., will first have to attack the due process rights of children refugees and undo current legal protections and procedures put into place to safeguard their well-being, even if only temporarily, in order to expedite their deportation.  This is the equivalent of Mexicanizing the Central American minors in that Mexican minors, being from a contiguous country, do not enjoy the same protections under the 2008 statute.

     

    The public little acknowledges that the U.S. Constitution, especially all of the inherent protections against government abuse and overreach, applies equally to the unaccompanied minors immediately upon setting foot on American soil, as it does to the most red-bloodied American amongst us.

     

    Shamefully, Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas (28th District) and Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, both Democrats, are working feverishly behind the scenes to clear the legislative path for President Obama to meet the humanitarian crisis with more stick and not much carrot.  Removal of the Bush-era due process rights and protections is the task they have accepted.  However, undermining the rights of these minors has ominous implications for the rights of all U.S. citizens.  It is a fatal and futile attempt to plug the proverbial dam with a finger, which will only lead to greater crises. Yes, curses are like chickens; they always come home to roost.

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    Opinion

    Children may define 

    Republican insensitivity

    By Daniel Cortez

    Stafford County Sun (July 2, 2014)

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    85th National LULAC Convention Comes to New York: The Power of Latino Unity

    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) (June 2, 2014)

     

    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will host its national convention July 8 through July 12, 2014 at the New York Hilton hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

     

    WHO/WHAT:

    An estimated 20,000 people will attend LULAC's 85th Annual National Convention in the city that opened its arms to immigrants, saying, "Give me your tired, your poor." Immigration reform will be one of the key focus areas, along with civil rights for all.

     

    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future.

     

    WHEN:     

    Tuesday-Saturday, July 8-12, 2014   

     

    WHERE:          

    New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 10019

     

    Sample Media Opportunities

     

    Monday, 1 p.m.:

    Pre-conference press conference in Morgan Room. Tyson's to donate more than 30,000 pounds of protein.

     

    Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.:

    Opening Press Conference in Morgan Room to unveil LULAC Convention highlights and expectations

    Remarks from

    • LULAC Executive Director, Brent Wilkes
    • LULAC President Margaret Moran
    • Jose Calderon, President of Hispanic Federation and
    • Hector Sanchez, President of National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA).
    • JW Cortes, an award-winning Marine-combat veteran-turned actor, singer, filmmaker and activist, to sing National Anthem.

    Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m.:

    Opening Reception in Mercury Ballroom with 

    • Mayor Bill di Blasio and 
    • Katherine Archuleta, first Latina Director of Office of Personnel Management. 

    Reception includes a salute to the armed forces.

     

    Wed., 10:00 a.m.:

    Press Conference on Diversity Drives Growth in Morgan room.

    • LULAC's Director of Federal Affairs, Sara Clemente
    • Katherine Archuleta, first Latina Director of the Office of Personnel Management and
    • Lorena Carrasco, LULAC

    Federal Training Institute Graduate and director of diversity and inclusion at Commodity Futures Training Group discuss diversity in the workplace and LULAC's 30 years of hosting Federal Training Institutes.

     

    Wed., 11:00 a.m.:

    Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony and Voter Registration with Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, in Gramercy West. Just after Independence Day, 75 new citizens from across the globe are expected to make their pledge to the U.S. at the LULAC Convention.

     

    Wed., 12-1:45 p.m.:

    Partnership Luncheon with

    • Ralph de la Vega, president of AT&T Mobility, and
    • Carolyn Colvin, acting commissioner, Social Security Administration
    • in Grand Ballroom (third floor).

    Thursday, 10 a.m.:

    Ribbon Cutting at America's Hall with

    • Gail Brewer, Manhattan Bureau President and
    • top executives from Pepsico, Toyota and Time Warner Cable.

    Thursday, 10:30 a.m. 

    Workshop:

    • Deportation Nation in Sutton South conference room.
    • Panelists include a representative from Teach for America that guides DACA children to become teachers, Hector Sanchez, chairman of NHLA,
    • Pamela Denzer of Immigration Equality and
    • Enrique Lucero, USCIS field office director.

     

    Thursday, 12-1:45 p.m:

    Unity Luncheon in Grand Ballroom (third floor). Honored guest speakers include featuring

    • Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
    • Emcee: Teresa Rodriguez, Emmy® Award winning journalist, anchor of Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" and best-selling author.

    Friday 10:00 a.m.:

    Press Conference on Educational Equity in Morgan room.

    Remarks by 

    • LULAC Policy Director, Luis Torres and 
    • representatives of LULAC chapters from across the country. 

    Highlights of new STEM white paper to be announced, and Ford Driving Dreams Scholarships to be awarded.

     

    Friday, 10:30 a.m.:

    Workshop: Puerto Rico in Crisis, Nassau Room

     

    Friday, 12-1:45 p.m.:

    Women's Luncheon featuring

    • Rita Moreno and
    • SBA's Maria Contreras Sweet, in Grand Ballroom (third floor) 

    Friday, 7-10:00 p.m.:

    Presidential Awards Banquet in Grand Ballroom, with award winning actress Gina Rodriguez as emcee.

     

    Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m.:

    Free concert:

    • Voces Unidas por America featuring salsero king Tito Nieves,
    • Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Winners Ritchie Ray and Bobby Cruz and
    • legendary rock band Malo

    in the Grand Ballroom (third floor).

     

    For credentialing visit http://www.LULAC.org/pressrsvp.

    For full agenda, visit http://www.LULAC.org/convention.

    All events, except meal functions, are free and open to the public. Phone-ins available upon request.

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    Es La Hora:

    All About Hispanic Media

    Breaking Bad in Spanish, The "Hispanic Walter Cronkite", and More

    On the Media (First aired on July 4, 2014)

    To Listen, click here 

      

    An exploration of Hispanic media today, including the remaking of popular American shows into Spanish, a conversation with Hispanic TV's star newscaster, and a challenge to Bob and Brooke to discuss it all without sucking.

     

    Es La Hora: 

    Hispanic Media In English

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    An overview of the Hispanic media landscape, including a list of rules for how to discuss Hispanics without sucking (#NoMames). Bob and Brooke speak with Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, and Julio Ricardo Varela from the website Latino Rebels. You can find Latino Rebels' collection of #NoMames fails here.

     

    Hispanic TV's Star Newscaster

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    Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has been dubbed "Star newscaster of Hispanic TV." In addition to his role as news anchor on the Spanish-language network, Ramos now hosts "America with Jorge Ramos", an English-language program on the recently launched Fusion network. Brooke speaks with Ramos about how his new job is exposing him to a wider media audience.

     

    Spanish AP Style Guide

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    While an estimated 450 million people use Spanish, they don't all use it the same way. So in 2012, the Associated Press created a Spanish-language style book in the hopes of creating consistency among journalists across the US and Latin America. Bob speaks with Alejandro Manrique, director of the AP Spanish service and one of the style book's editors.

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    Walter Blanco

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    "Metastasis" is an almost scene-by-scene Spanish-language remake of the hit show "Breaking Bad." In it, Walter White is replaced by Walter Blanco, played by Colombian actor Diego Trujillo--who has also worked on remakes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy." Brooke speaks with Trujillo about remaking popular American shows in Spanish.

     

    Radio Ambulante

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    "Radio Ambulante" is a Spanish-language radio program that's been called "This Latin American Life". Bob speaks with the show's host and executive producer Daniel Alarcón about the program and its goal of telling uniquely Latin American stories. Alarcón is also a novelist. You can find out more about his books here.

     

    Did We Suck?

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    After hearing the rest of this special hour, Latino Rebels co-founder Julio Ricardo Varela returns to tell Brooke if we accomplished our goal to "not suck" in our exploration of Hispanic media. He tells Brooke why we didn't do as well as we'd hoped, despite our best intentions.

     

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    GUESTS: Julio Ricardo Varela

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    From Puerto Rican Cultural Center programs

     

    Publicado en La Raza
    Puertorriqueños son parte del corazón de Chicago
    Boricuas en Chicago se preparan para celebrar en 2014 las Fiestas Puertorriqueñas, que por 32 años han festejado, y hablan sobre su aporte en la Ciudad de los Vientos.

    Por: BELHÚ SANABRIA/La Raza /Belhu.sanabria@laraza.com
    PUBLICADO: JUN, 13, 2014

     

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    Chicago.- Para quienes no conocen la Isla del Encanto hay un pedacito de Puerto Rico que vale la pena conocer cuando se visita la Ciudad de los Vientos. Se trata del barrio de Humboldt Park, que cuenta con un Paseo Boricua en el que convergen arte, cultura, tradición e historia, además de desarrollo y progreso entre sus habitantes.  

     

    Según el historiador puertorriqueño José López, director del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño en Chicago, la presencia de los boricuas en esta ciudad data de la década de 1940 y principios de la de 1950 "y este barrio de Humboldt Park ha sido el lugar donde se ha mantenido la vigencia de esa comunidad".

     

    El Paseo Boricua tiene dos imponentes banderas puertorriqueñas hechas de acero, la primera se encuentra en la calle Division St. con la Western Ave., y la otra en la Division St. con California Ave., en Humboldt Park.

    "El área está prácticamente en un espacio encuadrado donde están las dos banderas más grandes del mundo que fueron erigidas en 1995", indicó López, hermano del preso político Oscar López Rivera.

     

    El Paseo Boricua es un espacio que tiene restaurantes puertorriqueños en un mismo trecho comercial, allí se celebran distintas festividades entre las que se incluyen el  desfile puertorriqueño, la fiesta boricua y el Día de los Reyes Magos.

     

    Los boricuas muestran su cultura a través de espacios como el Museo Nacional Puertorriqueño de Arte y Cultura y de espacios de baile folklórico como la bomba y plena y la salsa. "Así que se congregan un montón de factores, culturales, sociales que demuestran esa presencia de los boricuas en Chicago", señaló López, de 64 años.

     

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    American Heart Association Support's Parade Efforts! 

     

    On June 13th, the PRCC received a donation of 25 cases of water from Fil Mendez Guipoco (Health Equity Director) and Lyzeth M. Mondragon (Administrative Associate) from the American Heart Association to assist in this year's Puerto Rican People's Day Parade & Festival. Because of their support, we were able to provide bottled water to 600 partakers, volunteers, and community residence that participated in the parade. The Puerto Rican People's Day Parade was a huge success, in part due to their help. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center appreciates the contribution that was made and would like to thank Fil Mendez Guipoco and Lyzeth M. Mondragon for their generosity.

     

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    From the Fine Books and Collections blog
    Bright Young Librarians: John Vincler
    Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with John Vincler, Head of Reader Services at the Morgan Library & Museum.

    As a student at the University of Illinois, John Vincler had the opportunity to work as a Librarian-Activist on Paseo Boricua for over a year. During that time, John spearheaded a collaboration between the Pedro Albizu Campos High School and the famed Newberry Library. For the first time in its history, youth were allowed to go beyond a visit to the Newberry... way beyond. The PACHS students curated the Newberry's very first exhibit on Puerto Rico, called "500 Years of Puerto Rican History through the Eyes of Others." The students learned to think critically about how their history was represented in treasured cultural institutions. Moreover, they learned that their voices could be heard in such places. And they caught a glimpse--through John--of passion and power inherent in librarianship today and a taste of what a career in libraries could mean. The Newberry, on the other hand, learned about the intelligence and potential of Puerto Rican youth in Chicago. In the following interview, part of the "Bright Young Librarians" series, John discusses the impact of Paseo Boricua on his education and gives further insights into the idea of community as intellectual space. By Dr. Ann P. Bishop, PRCC Board of Directors

     

    How did you get started in rare books?

     

    I owe my career to the Newberry Library in Chicago and in particular to mentor librarians and curators there, especially Paul Gehl, Mary Wyly (long-retired and probably completely unaware of her influence), and Jo Ellen McKillop Dickie. I wandered into the profession from a rather counter-intuitive route. After receiving an undergraduate degree in English literature with a minor in philosophy, I found myself in Chicago working on a long-running independent literary magazine and working at what was then a start-up non-profit called the Electronic Literature Organization, which sought--in the heady days of the dot-com boom before the inevitable bust--to chart and promote how literature was migrating into new media with special attention to emerging forms like hypertext fiction and kinetic poetry. We had funding from dot-com CEOs and a literary board with literary heavyweights like Barney Rosset, George Plimpton, and Robert Coover. When the bubble burst, I was out of a job (the organization was taken in by UCLA) and I found my way into a fundraising job at the Newberry. My experience working at the ELO sparked an interest in the role of form, materiality, and technology in literature.  I became interested in the experiments of the OULIPO in France (the acronym in English translates roughly to "the workshop of potential literature") and then began a gradual slide into history culminating in an ongoing interest in the incunable period. I ended up working at the Newberry Library for about five years on and off, eventually working in a paraprofessional position in Special Collections. During this time I earned two master's degrees one in the History of the Book through the University of London and a library degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I don't know if there is a better place to begin a career than at the Newberry Library, a fantastic collection, overseen by knowledgeable, lovely, and generous people, and in a livable yet cosmopolitan city where you can financially survive as a culture-worker in training.  

     

    Could you say a bit more about where you earned your MLS degree?

     

    While I officially graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the "where" is a bit more complicated.  My work at the Newberry was more important to my training than anything I did in the classroom at UIUC, but I really do think that the University of Illinois is regularly ranked as the best library program for a reason. It's rigorous, practical, research-focused, and innovative. Thanks to a visionary professor, Dr. Ann Bishop, who was then at Illinois, I did the most significant work of my library degree at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. In library school, my focus was on rare books and special collections librarianship and also "community informatics," which is essentially how information can be used to create knowledge and to empower communities to action.  The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) was an intensely intellectual place at the center of a very well organized and activist community. The PRCC has its own library (with some interesting rare books and maps), publishes its own newspaper, and has a youth-operated internet radio station and theater space. It also organizes public health efforts ranging from an HIV AIDS center to a farmers' market. I took classes online, intensive summer classes at Urbana-Champaign, and then also with Dr. Bishop in a classroom at the PRCC. 

     

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    Channel 7 Interviews José E. López, 
    Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center

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    FATHER FORGIVE ME FOR I HAVE SINNED TRAVELS TO CHICAGO!

    José Roldan is heading to Chicago! "Father Forgive me For I Have Sinned" was invited to partake in the Culture Creators Monthly Series Pop-up Store in Humboldt Park, In Chicago Illinois! The show 

    will be showcased for three nights only on June 26th, June 27 and June 28th 2014. 

     

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.reyespoetry.com/culture-creators or at the door. 

     

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    Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned, is an Multi-Award winning auto-biographical coming of the age  story. The story centers a young Latino boy, who grew up in the South Bronx of New York City in the 

    80's/90's. José shows us just how he tries to identify himself in a world of stereotypes. He introduces you to the most memorable members of his family, from the freestyle queen of the Bronx to his Bruja Tia who has discovered the secret in keeping a man. Jose takes you from the mean streets of the Bronx and the living room of his family's apartment to moments of his self-acceptance. Written and  Performed by José Roldan Jr and Directed by Dante Albertie. 

     

    Here are some video clips of show. 

     

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    If you would like more information about the show, or to schedule an interview with José Roldan, 

    Please send an email to Info@father-forgive-me.com

     

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    Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera
    WRITE TO OSCAR LOPEZ, #87651-024
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    Case of Oscar Lopez Rivera to South Africa
     
    Clarisa Lopez, daughter of Oscar Lopez Rivera has been invited to participate in an international conference Small Actions- Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence, 1-9 July 2014. The conference is being held in Cape Town, South Africa, and is co-hosted by South African NGO The Ceasefire Campaign, a non-governmental organization committed to non-violence, peace, and arms reduction, together with War Resisters' International, an international pacifist network. In addition to speaking a working on the campaign to free her father, her visit will include travel to the notorious Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his 27 years behind bars; Mandela friend and compatriot Ahmed Kathrada, who spent those years in jail with him, will serve as the conference closing speaker.  

    Invitación a encuentro por la libertad del preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera

     

    El Comité Dominicano de los Derechos Humanos convoca a un importante encuentro a todos los medios de comunicación e información de masas para participar en el "Encuentro por la libertad de Òscar López Rivera", un ciudadano boricua que guarda prisión injustamente en Norteamérica, desde hace 33 anos.

     

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    Oscar López Rivera es un famoso luchador por la causa independentista y nacionalista del pueblo de Puerto Rico. Veterano de la guerra de Vietnam -por cuyo valor en el frente de batalla fue debidamente condecorado- posteriormente abrazó los elevados ideales del patriota puertorriqueño, Ramón Emeterio Betances, por lo que se dedicó en cuerpo y alma a luchar desde el corazón de los Estados Unidos de América por la independización de Puerto Rico.

     

    Su activismo por un "Puerto Rico Libre" a la postre lo llevó a ser acusado junto a otros de conspiración para derrocar al gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos y condenado a 70 años de prisión. Actualmente es el único preso político del hemisferio occidental.

     

    La actividad en apoyo a la libertad de Òscar López Rivera será realizada este viernes 27 de junio de 2014 a partir de las 4:00 de la tarde en el auditorio principal de la Biblioteca Pedro Mir, de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD).

     

    "Todoa los dominicanos que se sientan solidarios con esta causa están invitados este encuentro por la libertad de Lopez Rivera", dice la nota enviada a Ultimas Noticias.

     

    Speakers Call on the United States to 'End Subjugation'& Release Political Prisoners!

    By Ana Lopez, NYC Coordinadora to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

     

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    On June 23rd, 2014 during the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization, the call for the immediate release of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera reigned.  Sixteen (16) petitioners demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Oscar López Rivera.  A few asked for a pause in deliberations for 33 seconds, in honor of Mr. López Rivera's 33-year struggle for justice. Oscar send a special message read by Ana M. Lopez at the United Nations calling for the creation of "a united front to create a decolonization project to resolve the status question of Puerto Rico" ( See full text below). Many petitioners and friends during lunch intermission from 1-3pm took to the 8 hour vigil and rally outside the United Nations sponsored by NY Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera and United Comrades to Decolonize Puerto Rico. The people that took turns and did 33 minutes in the "imagined prison cell" in solidarity with Oscar Lopez Rivera  were : Iris Colón (La Coordinadora) , Jesus Mangual ( La Fundacion Andres Figueroa Cordero) , Ana M. López ( La Coordinadora),  Jose López Sierra (Companeros Unidos por Descolonizacion de Puerto Rico) , Lourdes Garcia ( 33 mujeres X Oscar), Fernando Ponce Laspina ( la coordinadora & El Maestro), Camilo Matos (la Coordinadora & Partido Nacionalista), Richard Lopez, Vivian Natal (community activist), Elspeth Meyer (la Coordinadora & Resistance in Brooklyn) , Roberto Mercado (photographer),  Carmen Morales, Julio Rolón ( community activist), Miguel Antonio Reyes, Evaristo Silva Cintrón,  Jose L. Nieves, Ismael Muller Vazquez (Frente Socialista), Juan G. Pedrosa (familia de Evelino Gonzalez Claudio) and others.   The rally from 1:45-3:00 pm was spirited and counted with the participation of groups that did go together in the "cell" were folks like Sonia Santiago, Dilma, Madres Contra la Guerra, Olga Sanabria, Digna Sanchez ( Comité de PR en ONU), Eduardo Villanueva ( Comité de Derechos Humanos de PR), Jerry Segarra, Wilson Soto ( Partido Nacionalista de PR), Eric Ramos (PIP), Maria de Lourdes Guzman (MUS),  Jan Susler  (Oscar's lawyer) Martin Koppel (SWP) and  many others.Spirited chants like "this is year 33, Oscar López Rivera must be free" were echoed.   Many passerby signed petition from different countries. The rally was covered by the local press and TeleSur TV.

     

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    The resolution was very specific: The Special Committee on Decolonization on June 23rd called on the United States to again expedite a process that would allow the people of Puerto Rico to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, as well as take decisions, in a sovereign manner, to address their economic and social needs.

     

    By a resolution approved by consensus, the Committee would have the General Assembly urge the United States to complete the return of occupied land and installations on Vieques Island and in Ceiba to Puerto Rico, respect fundamental human rights and cover the costs of decontaminating areas previously used in military exercises.

    Also by the text, the Special Committee - formally known as the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples - would have the Assembly reiterate its request to release Oscar López Rivera and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio.  Both individuals were political prisoners serving sentences in the United States for cases relating to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.  The text also expressed concern about the actions carried out against Puerto Rican independence fighters and encouraged an investigation of those actions.

     

    The Assembly, by other terms, would reaffirm the inalienable right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence, and reiterate that the Puerto Rican people constituted a Latin American and Caribbean nation with its own unequivocal national identity.

     

    Costa Rica introduced the resolution of CELAC reiterating Puerto Rico's Latin American and Caribbean nature.  This was echoed by Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador.

     

    The Special Committee suspended hearings of petitioners and moved to statements from Committee members regarding the resolution presented by the representative of Cuba. These are summaries of each country that spectators and petitioners gave rounds of applauses:  (text taken directly from the resolution)


    GHOLAMHOSSEIN DEHGHANI (Iran), speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, expressed support for the right of Puerto Ricans to self-determination and independence on the basis of General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV).  That colonial question had been under consideration by the Special Committee for more than 39 years, with 32 resolutions or decisions already adopted by the Committee.  While welcoming the consensus adoption of those texts over the last decade, the Movement called on the United States to expedite a process that would allow Puerto Ricans to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence and return the occupied land and installations of Vieques Island and at the Roosevelt Road Naval Station to the Puerto Rican people.

     

    JAIME HERMIDA CASTILLO (Nicaragua), associating himself with the Non-Aligned Movement and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), said the death penalty should not apply to Puerto Rican freedom fighters imprisoned in the United States.  Efforts should continue until Puerto Rico became a member of CELAC and the United Nations.  Thirty-two resolutions and decisions had been adopted, with many by consensus.   He expressed solidarity within the Latin and Caribbean region, which should become one free of colonialism, as it was now the third international decade of eradicating colonialism.  With 25 July marking the 116th anniversary of intervention by the United States, it was time to put an end to rooting natural resources and other exploitations.

     

    SAMUEL MONCADA (Venezuela), noting that five decades had passed since the adoption of resolution 1514 (XV), said colonialism had prevented Puerto Rico from building a free society.  At the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit in Havana, Cuba, Venezuela had promoted Puerto Rico's participation as an observer.  The outcome document from that summit emphasized that Puerto Ricans had their own national identity, and that the General Assembly should examine all aspects of the question of Puerto Rico. Latin America and the Caribbean should be free from colonialism.  Venezuela supported the release of Oscar López Rivera, who had been held for 33 years, and was pleased to co-sponsor the resolution.

     

    IHAB HAMED (Syria) said 25 July would mark the anniversary of United States intervention in Puerto Rico.  Numerous resolutions had reaffirmed Puerto Ricans' right to self-determination, in line with resolution 1514 (XV). The United States must accelerate the process whereby Puerto Ricans could exercise their inalienable right to independence and self-determination.  Those who had spoken out had faced violence, intimidation and arrest.  Recalling that Syria had always supported the position of the Non-Aligned Movement on the matter, he urged the United States to abide by today's resolution, create conditions conducive to the exercise of Puerto Ricans' inalienable rights, and release the detainees for defending those rights.

     

    LUIS MAURICIO ARANCIBIA FERNÁNDEZ (Bolivia) stressed the importance of strengthening multilateralism in the context of Puerto Rico's right to self-determination and independence.  He also noted a series of resolutions of the General Assembly's Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) on implementing the 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples as well as the outcome of the second Summit of CELAC Heads of State.  He urged the United States Government to assume its responsibility to expedite a process that would allow Puerto Ricans to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence and return the occupied land and facilities to the Puerto Rican people.   

     

    JOSÉ EDUARDO PROAÑO (Ecuador) said the second Summit by Heads of CELAC in Havana had recognized the Latin and Caribbean nature of Puerto Rico and reaffirmed its commitment to become a region without any colony.  The United States Government should comply with General Assembly resolution 1514 and accelerate a process that would allow Puerto Ricans to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.  He also called for the immediate release of political prisoners, including Oscar López Rivera.

     

    CAROL VIVIANA ARCE ECHEVERRÍA (Costa Rica), speaking for CELAC, said the Latin American and Caribbean character of Puerto Rico was highlighted in January at the organization's summit in Havana.  The Community was committed to working in the context of international law, particularly resolution 1514 (XV), to free the region from colonialism.

     

    Cuba demands the End of Puerto Rico's Colonial Status
     

    Havana, Cuba, Jun 24.- Cuba reiterated at the United Nations on Monday its demand for the end of the colonial status of Puerto Rico, which translates into the materialization of that nation's right to self-determination and independence.

    Cuban ambassador Rodolfo Reyes presented the new document on the issue at the UN Decolonization Committee by stressing that such prerogative has been recognized by the United Nations since 1960, when the international community proclaimed the need to put an end to colonialism in all its forms and manifestations.
     
    The committee has adopted 32 resolutions and decisions urging Washington to assume its historic responsibility to favor a process that allows Puerto Ricans to enjoy their rights.
     
    The initiative presented by Cuba and baked by Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, ratifies the Latin American and Caribbean nature of Puerto Rico and it demands the end of repression against Puerto Rican independence activists and the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio.(acn) Keep reading.

     

    ONU reafirmó derecho de Puerto Rico a su independencia
     

    La Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó este lunes la trigésima tercera resolución que ratifica el derecho que tiene Puerto Rico a la libre autodeterminación e independencia, tras cinco siglos de colonimismo bajo el dominio de los Estados Unidos.

     

    En el documento aprobado por el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU, se destaca a la región como una "nación con identidad propia e inconfundible". También se insta al gobierno de Estados Unidos a que devuelva las tierras usurpadas, libere a los presos políticos y promueva un proceso en el que los puertorriqueños puedan desarrollar sus derechos.

     

    El texto también refleja el respeto al rechazo mayoritario de los puertorriqueños a su actual estatus de subordinación política, el cual impide tomar decisiones soberanas para atender sus necesidades y desafíos, entre ellos los graves problemas económicos y sociales de la isla.

     

    Además esta iniciativa presentada por Cuba, con el patrocinio de Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador y Bolivia, ratifica el carácter latinoamericano y caribeño de Puerto Rico, cuestión que la copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), Wilma Reverón Collazo, consideró que neutraliza el discurso norteamericano de calificar el tema de un asunto doméstico.

     

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     El gobernador Alejandro El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla anunció la radicación ante la Asamblea Legislativa del proyecto titulado "Ley para el Cumplimiento con las Deudas y para la Recuperación de las Corporaciones Públicas”.  La medida tiene el propósito principal de crear un marco legal para que las corporaciones públicas que están experimentando dificultades financieras superen las mismas a través de un proceso estatutario ordenado que les permita atender de manera justa y equitativa sus deudas.

     

     Esta ley no incluye la deuda del Estado Libre Asociado (ELA) ni otras entidades gubernamentales expresamente excluidas en el proyecto. En la misma se dispone un proceso mediante el cual una corporación pública puede alcanzar la autosuficiencia financiera con el fin de garantizar su capacidad de proveer servicios esenciales al pueblo de Puerto Rico, de manera continua y a largo plazo.

    Lo que motiva la medida es la protección de los intereses del pueblo de Puerto Rico y de la deuda de obligación general (GOs, por sus siglas en inglés) y ciertos créditos relacionados, como COFINA.  Esto es posible pues dicho estatuto otorgaría a ciertas corporaciones públicas la oportunidad de atender sus retos financieros de una vez por todas, liberando así al Fondo General.  Igualmente, protege los intereses de todas las partes afectadas, ya que brinda a las corporaciones públicas un mecanismo para negociar con sus acreedores, lo que crea un futuro más prometedor para sus negocios.

    Proceso estatutario ordenado
    El Capítulo 2 del proyecto dispone un mecanismo voluntario diseñado para devolverle a las corporaciones públicas su solvencia y capacidad crediticia mediante el aplazamiento o la reducción del servicio a la deuda con el consentimiento de una súper mayoría de sus acreedores como parte de un programa de recuperación aprobado por las partes.  Además, si el mecanismo voluntario fracasara el Capítulo 3 dispone un proceso mediante una solución judicial.

    Según se explica en el proyecto, no todas las corporaciones públicas serán elegibles para acogerse a la Ley de Recuperación.  Entre las entidades expresamente excluidas están el Estado Libre Asociado, los 78 municipios, el Banco Gubernamental de Fomento (BGF), sus subsidiarias, afiliadas y entidades adscritas, el Fideicomiso de los Niños, la Administración de los Sistemas de Retiro, el Sistema de Retiro de la Judicatura, la Agencia de Financiamiento Municipal, la Corporación de Financiamiento Municipal, la Compañía de Fomento Industrial, la Autoridad de Puerto Rico para el Financiamiento de Facilidades Industriales, Turísticas, Educativas, Médicas y de Control Ambiental (AFICA), la Autoridad para el Financiamiento de la Infraestructura (AFI), la Corporación del Fondo de Interés Apremiante (COFINA), el Sistema de Retiro para Maestros y la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

    Deudas de las corporaciones públicas
    Durante el pasado año, el BGF ha reiterado que la deuda pública del Estado Libre Asociado no debe verse como la suma total de la deuda de un solo deudor, sino créditos individuales respaldados por distintas fuentes de recaudos e ingresos, con ciertas prioridades establecidas por ley o por contrato. 

    El mensaje del BGF al mercado ha sido consecuente en el sentido de que ni el Estado Libre Asociado ni el BGF están en la posición de subsidiar o rescatar financieramente a las corporaciones públicas y que éstas tienen que llegar a ser autosuficientes.

    Desde enero de 2013 esta administración ha implantado de manera rápida, decidida y sin precedente, múltiples medidas para estabilizar la situación fiscal de Puerto Rico, fomentar el crecimiento económico, salvaguardar y fortalecer el crédito del ELA. 

    El gobierno está próximo a tener un presupuesto balanceado para el año fiscal 2014-2015 que elimina un déficit recurrente que llegó a alcanzar los $2,213 millones en enero de 2013.  Igual destacó que su gobierno aprobó la más abarcadora reforma de los Sistema de Retiro de los empleados del gobierno e importantes medidas para fortalecer las operaciones de las corporaciones públicas de Puerto Rico.

    “Esta Administración continúa demostrando que está preparada para tomar decisiones difíciles y necesarias para asegurar la sustentabilidad a largo plazo del gobierno de Puerto Rico.  Este proyecto nada tiene que ver con las obligaciones generales del ELA.  Nosotros seguiremos honrando un largo historial de cumplir con las obligaciones con nuestros acreedores.  Eso va a seguir intacto.  La ley que hoy proponemos, impide que se use para reestructurar la deuda del estado.  Estamos enfocados en que Puerto Rico recupere su crecimiento económico y no cejaremos en ese empeño”, concluyó el Primer Ejecutivo.

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    Univision Deportes Network Ranks as the No. 1 Spanish-Language Sports Network in 2014, Setting Record Ratings and Topping ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes  


    Last week, UDN out-delivered NBC Sports Network, MLB Network, and Fox Sports 1 in total day and primetime among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

    • In total day, UDN averaged 175,000 Total Viewers and 98,000 Adults 18-49, out-delivering MLB Network by +80% and +197%, respectively, Fox Sports 1 by +99% and +197%, respectively, and besting NBC Sports Network by +154% and +263%, respectively.
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    UDN ranks as the fastest-growing cable network in 2014 to-date, regardless of language, in total day among both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, and in primetime among Adults 18-49:

    • UDN is up +109% with Total Viewers and +112% with Adults 18-49 in primetime vs. prior year.
    • UDN is up +142% with Total Viewers and +155% with Adults 18-49 in total day vs. prior year.

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    • UDN had the most-viewed week ever among all Spanish-language sports networks in total day across all demos.
    • In total day, UDN bested ESPN Deportes by +35% and FOX Deportes by +24% among Total Viewers, and by +33% and +17%, respectively, among Adults 18-49.
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    Univision Deportes Futbol Club, UDN’s all-soccer news, analysis, and debate destination, set a record ratings high for the show, having its most-viewed week ever.

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    About 30 visitors attended a curators’ talk June 23 at an outdoor art show featuring some of the vast Centro Archives Poster Collection representing Puerto Rican social, political and cultural interests from the tumultuous 1960s through the 1990s.The exhibit is running through the summer at First Street Green Park on the Lower East Side.

    Curators Miguel Trelles and Juan Fernando Morales-Nazario were joined by Centro’s chief archivist Pedro Juan Hernandez for the Curators’ Talk event to discuss the Posters On the Wall: Our Nuyorican Story exhibit in the park, which is on Houston Street between First and Second Avenues. The curators noted that it is significant that the posters are being displayed on the streets, much in the same way as they were originally displayed.

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    In just about a year-and-a -half, Dr. Consuelo Martínez-Reyes researched writers Pedro Pietri, Jack Agüeros, Tato Laviera and Victor Fragoso; was instrumental in helping Centro obtain Fragoso’s papers for the Centro Archives; published two articles and is looking forward to publishing a short story in Centro’s e-magazine Voices; analyzed literary, theatrical and TV representations developed by Puerto Rican authors of Puerto Ricans growing up in New York City; presented at conferences and as a Centro staffer shared works in progress before submitting articles to potential publishers.

    As Centro’s postdoctoral research assistant, Martínez-Reyes certainly has kept busy. Reflecting on her postdoctoral appointment, which recently ended, she described her time here as a “great experience.” She leaves Centro and the United States this summer for Australia with her family to serve as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU).
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    El Diario Workers Picket;

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    El Diario Workers Picket Newspaper

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (June 27, 2014)

     

    As part of the ongoing crisis at El Diario, the journalists laid off by the paper held a picket outside El Diario's offices in downtown Brooklyn to protest the firings and promote quality journalism for the Latino community. Organized by members of the Newspaper Guild of New York, this action had the support of the New York City Central Labor Council, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the National Institute for Latino Policy, the Communications Workers of America an the New York Chapter of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. 

     

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    The picket was preceded by a meeting between union representatives and impreMedia CEO, Francisco Seghezzo. The Guild accuses impreMedia of not only illegally retaliating against eight Guild members, but also of violating their

    seniority rights and other contractual provisions related to staff cuts. While impreMedia has claimed that financial conditions caused the layoffs, which also affected 12 nonunion employees, it has continued to hire other nonunion employees, including in the newsroom. The union is asking El Diario to open its books and requested that the laid off employees be reinstated while their grievances are being considered. Seghezzo reportedly refused to reinstate the employees.

     

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    The union (#ElDiarioNYGuild) is asking its supporters to contact impreMedia's CEO Seghezzo for the rehiring of the fired workers and make El Diario more responsive to its readers. Others are calling for the firing of their abusive management, in particular VP for Content Juan Varela (see profile below) and Metro Editor Claudio Remeseira. Others are calling on imreMedia to publicly apologiez to the Latino community for racist comments made by El Diario's management about "ghetto" journalism and plans to go after a more upscale readership than in Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican and other Latino communities.

     

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    Far from the soccer stadiums in Brazil, fourth grade students from the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens worked alongside El Museo artist educators to paint a community field mural. They called it The Ordinary is Extraordinary, in celebration of how the people, places, and things we see everyday make life special. 

    El Museo del Barrio's School and Educator programs ensure a more in-depth and intimate arts experience. Through their love and creativity, these 26 students inspire us as a museum to: 
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    the Rangel-Espaillat Primary:

    A Preliminary Post-Mortem

    By Angelo Falcón (June 29, 2014)

     

    The reelection of incumbent Charlie Rangel to the US House of Representatives in the June 24, 2014 Democratic Primary in New York's 13th Congressional District has been the subject of much speculation about the reasons for his win over NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, Rev. Michael Walrond and Bronx activist Yolanda Garcia. This rematch since 2012 between Rangel and Espaillat raised questions about Black-Latino relations in new ways that pointed to the growing complexities of "minority" politics today and the role of race. What follows is a very broad-stroke  overview with the purpose of promoting further discussion of the issues involved.

     

    The NY-13th CD's Diversity. New York's 13th Congressional District has been primarily Latino in population for more than twenty years. In the 2012 redistricting its voting age population became 53 percent Latino, 27 percent Black, 14 percent White and 5 percent Other. But in terms of eligible voters who were US citizens, the Latino percentage drops to 46 percent, while that of Blacks increases to 34 percent and Whites to 17 percent.

     

    In addition, the district's Latino population is close to two-thirds Dominican, 24 percent is Puerto Rican and 8 percent Mexican. Those who are foreign born and born in Puerto Rico make up 42 percent of the district's population. The major differences in terms of voter eligibility is between Puerto Ricans, all of whom arrive automatically as US citizens, and large portions of Dominicans and other Latinos who are undocumented. The citizenship status of Dominicans in the district could reduce their share of eligible voters to one-third, depending on turnout and other factors.

     

    2014 Mirrors 2012. The patterns of the results of the June 24th primary were similar to those in 2012. The one major difference was Espaillat's 47 to 45 percent loss to Rangel in the 71st Assembly District represented by Herman Farrell. In 2012, Espaillat won that district over Rangel, 47 to 40 percent. That district's voting age population is 48 percent Latino, 29 percent Black and 18 percent White.

     

    Rangel won readily in four of the 5 Assembly Districts in Manhattan and lost in four of the 5 Assembly Districts in The Bronx. The Bronx votes, however, only represented 14 percent of total votes cast in the district and 12 percent of the total votes cast for Rangel. 

     

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    In Manhattan, Espaillat won handily in the 72nd Assembly District (which he used to represent and is 75 percent Latino, mostly Dominican). However, Espaillat suffered his largest loss in the largely Puerto Rican 68th Assembly District (East Harlem), where Rangel attracted 64 percent to Espaillat's 26 percent of the vote. The other difference between the two Assembly Districts was turnout: while in the 72nd AD it was 17 percent, in the 68th AD it was only 11 percent.

     

    In a small slice of the largely White 69th Assembly District covering the southernmost part of the Congressional district, the 69th AD represented by Daniel O'Donnell, Rangel increased his share of the vote over 2012 from 53 to 57 percent.

     

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    The Role of Race. While Espaillat has gotten the most criticism for injecting race into the primary by touting his Dominican background and the historic nature of potentially being the first Dominican-American to serve in the US Congress, all of the candidates were involved in invoking race during their campaigns in one way, or another. Rangel famously called out Espaillat in a WABC-TV June 8th debate when he pointed out that, "Just what the heck has he done besides saying he's a Dominican?" Then there was the campaign of the Rev. Michael Walrond, which while verbally broad in his appeal was largely focused, according to him, on preserving the seat as an African-American one as he reached out mainly to African-American professionals. Finally, Yolanda Garcia's candidacy was totally geared to attracting Dominican voters in that she did not campaign, letting her name do all the work, and was running although she admitted not being able to speak English!

     

    The Puerto Rican Factor. The pivotal role that the Puerto Rican vote of East Harlem seemed to play in helping to determine the outcome reveals how limited and misleading analyses that simply focus on Latinos or Hispanics as if they were politically homogeneous can be. This is a problem that also extends to the opinion polling of the electorate, where polls like that of NY1 News/Siena aggregated Latinos and in the process misrepresented the diversity of this segment of the electorate.

     

    The relatively late  discovery by the media of the Puerto Rican factor in this primary hid a number of important political developments that provided important clues to the reasons for the result. For example, while many thought that Espaillat would automatically receive the Hispanic vote, it is clear that one of his major failures was not being able to cultivate a strong Dominican-Puerto Rican electoral coalition. His attempt to do so through the endorsements of prominent Puerto Rican elected officials such as NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, both representing East Harlem, proved to be a seriously flawed strategy. Both were unable to deliver their own district. While Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and other Bronx elected officials were able to deliver for Espaillat, some see it at the cost of Black-Puerto Rican relations, especially in the dealings with a reelected Congressman Rangel and his allies.

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    The results of this hotly-contest primary will have a number of important consequences for politics in northern Manhattan and its relation to The Bronx. These include:

     

    Dominican Politics. The loss of two primaries in a row by Espaillat in his quest for a Congressional seat could weaken the political machine he has established through his Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change and other vehicles, which includes Councilmember Ydanis Rodrguez, Assemblyman Mark Levine, and district leaders Marisol Alcantara, Maria Morillo, Manny De Los Santos and, until this past week, Gabriela Rosa. In this he will be almost immediately tested in his Democratic primary reelection in September for his NYS Senate seat. Although during his run for Congress he reassured everyone that he had no plans to run again for the State Senate (as he did in 2012), it appears that he plans to run for that seat once again. Already, former NYC Councilmember Robert Jackson, an African-American, has announced that he plans to run for that seat, and the word is circulating that former Assemblymember and Espaillat rival Guillermo Linares is circulating petitions for that post.

     

    The Gabriela Rosa Conviction. Another factor that could affect Espaillat's political fortunes is the conviction of his close ally, Gabriela Rosa, who in less than a week following the Rangel-Espaillat, was convicted of marriage fraud and other charges. She  was forced to give up her position representing the 72nd Assembly, a position in which she replaced Espaillat when he was elected to the State Senate. This vacancy leaves a hole in the Espallait machine and, given his close political relationship to Rosa, can taint him by association given the toxic nature of the nation's immigration debate and the ongoing political corruption cases of state and local officials. 

     

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    The Rosa conviction raises questions about the broader Espaillat associations. There are the cases of corruption as well of his former chief of staff and former state Assemblyman, Nelson Castro, and his once protégé, former Councilmember Miguel Martinez. Espaillat's constant reference to himself during the Congressional primary as having come to New York as an undocumented immigrant will no doubt allow his detractors to make a connection to the Rosa case. On the other hand, Ms. Rosa's use of marriage fraud to secure US citizenship is not completely uncommon among the documented and may be seen with sympathy in the Dominican community.

     

    Espaillat's Political Fortunes? It is possible that Espaillat, despite having come so close to unseating Rangel twice, might survive politically and continue to be influential in Northern Manhattan politics. A starting point would be his reelection to the state Senate. An important clue to his political standing now will be whether those who endorsed him for Congress will also endorse or abandon him in his reelection bid for the State Senate. Will Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Assemblyman Roberto Rodriguez, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the Working Families Party, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU), Communications Workers of America District 1 (CWA), Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC) and the Democratic Club of El Barrio & East Harlem, among others, support his reelection?

     

    Dominican Destiny. Many have also speculated that given the district's demographics that the election of a Dominican to represent it in Congress is just a matter of time. Since the 2001 and 2011-12 redistricting, groups like the Latino Voting Rights Network and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now called LatinoJustice PRLDEF), have been advocating a third majority-Latino Congressional district in northern Manhattan. This has been a long-term agenda shared by Dominican and Puerto Rican leaders for a district that would allow Dominicans to elect a Congressperson of their choosing.

     

    2009

     

    One question in this regard is whether it would be Espaillat or someone else. Can Espaillat remain the standard-bearer for the Dominican community for this post, having already lost twice? Or will new players emerge in the Dominican community to  challenge him and provide new leadership. The possible reemergence and fate of his old rival, Guillermo Linares, will be one important indicator, as well as the rise of new voices.

     

    Beyond Washington Heights. It should also be noted that Dominican politics in New York is no longer simply identified with Manhattan's Washington Heights. There are now more Dominicans living in The Bronx than in Manhattan. There are also Dominicans in elected and significant appointed offices in the other Boroughs. In the Bronx,   In Queens there is a Dominican Councilmember who chair's the Council's powerful Finance Committee, and there is a Dominican State Senator. In Manhattan and Brooklyn, Dominicans serve as Deputy Borough Presidents. As the political influence continues to growth across the city, it will be interesting to see how it affects the influence of Espaillat and his Washington Heights-Inwood political machine.

     

    Puerto Rican-Dominican Relations. Because Puerto Ricans and Dominicans voted differently in this Congressional primary, this has generated some commentary about the relations between these two communities. The general take of the media has been that this illustrates that there exists much tension between Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Some have pointed out that since Puerto Ricans are automatically US citizens because of Puerto Rico's political status, that they have no interest in the immigration issue that is so important to Dominicans and other immigrant groups. These facile observations, unfortunately, reveal a deep ignorance of the history of nature of Latino inter group relations in New York.

     

    The Latino experience in New York, spanning more than a century and a half, has been defined by a diversity of Latino national-origins throughout. The level of support that Espaillat received from Puerto Rican elected officials was well-known during the primary but apparently ignored to promote an exaggerated Puerto Rican-Dominican competition. On the immigration issue, Puerto Ricans in New York have been in the forefront of that issue since at least the 1970s before it became fashionable, and today the most progressive advocates of immigration reform in Congress are Puerto Ricans like Chicago's US Representative Luis Gutierrez, who is probably the best known national advocate on this issue. The relationship between these two communities has not been without its tensions, but these have not taken a serious political form to date. It is disturbing that given the size of the city's Latino population and its long history in New York that the general public and clattering class seem to know so little about it.

     

    The Political Aftermath. However, given the demographic diversity of the district's electorate this is not necessarily guaranteed to be a Dominican seat. There is still the considerable influence of the district's Black political players. Rangel will no doubt play an important role in selecting his successor, which could include the likes of former Governor David Paterson, Assemblyman Keith Wright and others. who are influential in the state;s Democratic Party. There is also the Reverend Al Sharpton camp, which includes the likes of Rev. Michael Walrond and Clyde Williams, as well as Sharpton himself. There are others waiting in the wings, like former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell and Assemblyman Mark Levine, among others.

     

    A Latino Political Realignment? In New York City's Latino politics, the election of Bill de Blasio as Mayor has resulted in a realignment of sorts. The traditionally largely male power brokers in Puerto Rican and Dominican communities have been displaced by newer players characterized by a more open identification with a progressive labor and gay agenda with a strong focus on immigrant and low-wage worker rights. This was, in part, the result of the traditional Latino political players not only backing a loser in the mayoral race, but also not being able to deliver the Latino vote for their preferred candidate, Bill Thompson. The ascendency of Melissa Mark Viverito, as well as the election to the Council of Ritchie Torres, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, can be largely traced to this shifting in the city's power relations, which will help frame the nature of the aftermath of the Rangel reelection in northern Manhattan and beyond.

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    A careful analysis of the results of and dynamics in the Democratic primary in New York's 13th Congressional District provides rich insights to the nature of the broader New York City political process. The rise of new immigrant Latino and Asian communities, the political challenges of a declining Black population, the impact of White and Black gentrification, the role of a new progressive mayoral regime in an increasingly majority-minority city, and the nature and future of the beginnings of a Latino political realignment are just some of the issues requiring further analysis in helping us to understand the future of New York City and, in the process, urban America as a whole.

     

    Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

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     11:30 a.m. - Ofrenda floral en el Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de     Pazzis Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

     

    7:00 p.m. - Colegio de Abogados. Entrega de la medalla Gilberto Concepción de Gracia a María de Lourdes SantiagNegrón, vicepresidenta del PIP,  por la Comisión Centenario Gilberto  Concepción de Gracia.

     

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    ¡EL PNP FISCALIZANDO!

     

    Semana del 16-22 de junio del 2014

     

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    El gobierno no ha aprendido de su error

     

    Se han realizado varias uniones realizaron manifestaciones como presagio de la aprobación de la mal llamada Ley de Sostenibilidad Fiscal, que no fue otra cosa que un ejercicio atropellado, improvisado y carente de bases reales e información sobre la cual se pudieran tomar decisiones certeras.

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    ¡Ni un Impuesto más!

     

    El problema principal del presupuesto bajo consideración es que la administración actual continúa intentando lograr el balance requerido a base de aumentos en contribuciones e impuestos en vez de eliminación de gastos innecesarios.

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    Tony Soto insiste en eliminación de la Patente Nacional

     

    Para el representante del Partido Nuevo Progresista, Antonio “Tony” Soto Torres, el que se apruebe el proyecto que elimina la llamada Patente Nacional es un importante paso para crear un clima de reactivación económica y ayudaría a estabilizar los recaudos del gobierno.

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    Dramática reducción en la fuerza laboral en tan solo un mes

     

    El portavoz de la delegación del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) en el Senado, Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez reaccionó a la  reducción de casi 11 mil personas en la fuerza laboral y de más de cinco mil empleos en Puerto Rico en tan solo un mes, esto según las estadísticas de empleos publicadas hoy por el Federal Bureau of Statistics, United States Department of Labor (BLS, por sus siglas en inglés). Además sostuvo que se han perdido 40 mil empleos durante este gobierno lo que es devastador para la Isla y un claro panorama de que la economía no tiene signos de recuperación.

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    Piden que legisladora retire proyecto del refrescazo

     

    Ante las alegaciones sobre un posible conflicto de interés que ahora rodean el proyecto que coloca un impuesto de 14 centavos por cada litro de bebidas azucaradas y carbonatadas, el representante del Partido Nuevo Progresista, Waldemar Quiles Rodríguez, exhortó a su autora, le legisladora de mayoría Luisa ‘Piti’ Gándara, a retirar el mismo inmediatamente.

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    La Delegación del PNP en la Cámara le votará en contra al presupuesto desbalanceado

     

    “El Presupuesto a aprobarse hoy no está balanceado y contiene financiamiento, déficit y cascada de impuestos. Este gobierno habla de que está balanceado, pero presentan un presupuesto con un refinanciamiento de deuda de $269.8 millones, más $75 millones en deudas con el Banco Gubernamental de Fomento (BGF) que no van a pagar, con una brecha entre ingresos y gastos de más de $100 millones y con un sobreestimados de recaudos de más de $500 millones”, así resumió la portavoz de la Delegación del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) en la Cámara de Representantes, Jenniffer González Colón, el déficit del Presupuesto del Año Fiscal 2014-2015 que se discute hoy y al que la Delegación del PNP le votará en contra.

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    El Jet Fuel Tax y el Refrescazo Parte II encarecen el costo de vida en Puerto Rico

     

    Representantes del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) arremetieron contra 2 piezas legislativas que una vez más tocan el bolsillo del consumidor, en esta ocasión el proyecto que busca establecer un impuesto de 14 centavos por litro a los refrescos, bebidas y jugos (Proyecto de la Cámara 1844) y la medida que aumentaría de 2 a 3 centavos el impuesto al galón de combustible que se usa en el transporte aéreo (Proyecto de la Cámara 2005).

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    Pedro Pierluisi reacciona al anuncio de proyecto que hace posible las quiebras de las corporaciones públicas

     

    “García Padilla y el liderato del PPD han tenido 18 meses para elaborar, considerar e implantar medidas para atender la situación fiscal de las corporaciones públicas. En cambio, a sólo horas de vencer el término para aprobar proyectos de ley en la Asamblea Legislativa, presentan y pretenden aprobar un voluminoso proyecto de ley que hace posible la quiebra de las corporaciones públicas y que ha sido elaborado a espaldas del Pueblo.

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    Pierluisi emplaza a García Padilla a hablarle claro al pueblo sobre situación fiscal de la AEE

     

    El Presidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), Pedro R. Pierluisi, aseguró que el gobernador de Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, tiene que expresarse y hablarle claro al pueblo, referente a la crítica situación por la que atraviesa la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE).

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    Pierluisi defiende la Estadidad ante la ONU

     

    El gobierno actual en Puerto Rico es controlado por un partido que ha perfeccionado el arte de hablar mucho sobre lo importante que es resolver el problema de estatus de Puerto Rico y, a la misma vez, hacer nada al respecto.

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    Juego inmoral con préstamo de Lufthansa

     

    La recién aprobada legislación que autoriza a la Autoridad de Puertos a tomar prestado la friolera de $41.4 millones para la construcción de instalaciones que permitan a la empresa Lufthansa Technik establecer operaciones en Aguadilla, podría convertirse, tan pronto como esta tarde, en un préstamo moroso debido a la intención del Gobierno en permitir que las corporaciones públicas con graves situaciones fiscales se declaren en quiebra.

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    Entravision Communications Corporation, (NYSE: EVC), a leading diversified Spanish-language media company, today announced that its television and radio broadcasts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have generated strong ratings to date across its platform of television, radio and digital properties. This year Entravision is in the unique position of providing World Cup fans with live match broadcasts on its television and radio stations and providing extensive digital and mobile coverage through real-time updates, news and special soccer programming content.  The success of Entravision's extensive coverage is reflected in its ratings performance, which in part highlights the significant cultural relevance of soccer, and particularly "la Copa Mundial" to the U.S. Latino community.

    "The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, the culmination of two years of international matches and a true passion for Latinos.  The coverage to date of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been a huge success on a cross-platform basis with our  television, radio and digital properties and we look forward to having that momentum continue through the remainder of the tournament," said Mario M. Carrera, Entravision's Chief Revenue Officer. "Soccer is an integral part of Latino culture, and the World Cup is one of the most recognized celebrations of sport, diplomacy and international cooperation. We are pleased to provide extensive coverage of this premier global event to the communities we serve and connect advertisers with the World Cup's passionate fans."

    Entravision's radio stations will bring more than 50 2014 World Cup matches to Spanish-language listeners and initial ratings have been strong.  Over a half million adults in Los Angeles tuned into the June 17th Mexico-Brazil match on KLYY-FM/KDLD-FM.  The match got a 31 share of all Hispanic Adults 18-49 and a 39 share of all Hispanic Men 18-49.

    Among all Adults 18-49 regardless of ethnicity, the match got a 19 share of total listening, which jumps to a 26 share among all Men 18-49 listening to radio at the time.  In other PPM (portable people meter) markets, audience shares were similarly high for the match.  KJMN-FM/Denver's shares of listeners were 32 among Hispanic Persons 18-49 and 34 among Hispanic Persons 25-54.  KJMN's broadcast of the match reached 22% of all Hispanic Men 25-54 in the Denver metro area, meaning nearly one in four Hispanic Men 25-54 tuned in at some point to the match.

    In Phoenix, over 50,000 total adult listeners tuned in for some portion of the match airing on KVVA-FM/Jose and KBMB-AM/ESPN Deportes.  Among Hispanic Adults 18-49 and 25-54, the match scored a 28 share.  These shares increase to 37 among Hispanic Men 18-49 and 38 among Hispanic Men 25-54.

    Sacramento's KXSE-FM/Jose delivered over 22,000 listeners with this one match who tuned in for some portion.  KXSE got an 18 share among Hispanic Persons 18-49 and a 30 share among Hispanic Men 18-49 listening to radio.

    Entravision's television audiences for the 2014 World Cup have been a huge success, delivering double digit growth versus the 2010 World Cup.  Through Monday, June 23rd Entravision's ratings highlights among Adults 18-49 in LPM markets include:  Boston, WUNI-TV up 71%, Orlando's WVEN-TV up 79%, Tampa's WVEA-TV up 45% and Washington, DC's, WFDC-TV up 119%.

    Among TV Households in meter markets, the tournament is also up over 2010's first round matches in each market, including: Albuquerque's KLUZ-TV up 18%, Hartford's WUVN-TV up 41%, Las Vegas's KINC-TV up 5% and San Diego's KBNT-TV up 36%.

    Entravision's television performance was equally impressive for the Mexico national team's matches.  Notable match highlights for Entravision's television broadcasts include: the Mexico vs. Cameroon match on June 13, during which Entravision was the highest rated broadcast station among Adults 18-49 in Boston, Denver, Tampa and Washington, D.C. and among TV Households in San Diego; the Mexico vs. Brazil match on June 17, during which Entravision was the highest rated broadcast station among Adults 18-49 in Boston, Denver, Orlando, Tampa and Washington, D.C. and among TV Households in Las Vegas and San Diego; and the Mexico vs. Croatia match on June 23, during which Entravision was the highest-rated broadcast station among Adults 18-49 in Denver, Tampa and Washington, D.C. and among TV Households in Albuquerque, Las Vegas and San Diego.

    Entravision has also been able to connect with fans via their digital platforms reaching over 19 million people through their social media fan pages and special activities through WildFire, Google's content management system. On the mobile front, Entravision has reached half a million of our mobile subscribers with custom World Cup updates and alerts.

    Entravision continues its coverage for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which includes more than 50 matches in total, to be broadcast in tandem with its high quality, Spanish-language programming.

    SOURCE: NIELSEN preliminary portable people meter (PPM) data for radio, NIELSEN Live+SD overnight ratings for TV

    About Entravision Communications Corporation

    Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified Spanish-language media company utilizing a combination of television, radio and digital operations to reach Latino consumers across the United States, as well as the border markets of Mexico. Entravision is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision's UniMas network, with television stations in 19 of the nation's top 50 Latino markets. The company also operates one of the nation's largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 49 owned and operated radio stations. Additionally, Entravision has a variety of cross-platform digital content and sales offerings designed to capitalize on the company's leadership position within the Latino broadcasting community. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

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    Race at NPR and 

    the End of 'Tell Me More'

    by Edward Schumacher-Matos

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    Serrano Fights for Democratic Priorities During Financial Services Appropriations Markup

    On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015.  Serrano, the lead Democrat on the subcommittee that drafted the bill, led the opposition to the legislation and offered several amendments to improve the bill. 

    “This bill inadequately funds a number of agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Election Assistance Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service,” said Serrano. “But the biggest impediment to compromise on this bill are the large number of partisan riders that continue to be attached to this bill.  Adding riders preventing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act or limiting the IRS’s ability to reform itself may sound good to the Republican caucus, but to most Americans, this is exactly what makes them cynical about their federal government.  Rather than attempting to work together, the other side has chosen to pack this legislation with a laundry list of partisan priorities.  This is irresponsible governing at best.”   

    Serrano offered an amendment to increase funding of the SEC, saying that we need strong a strong cop on the beat “to protect people on Main Street from abuses on Wall Street.”  The amendment was rejected by Republicans on a party-line vote.  Serrano also offered an amendment on the Postal Service’s six day delivery standard (see below).  Other Democrats also attempted to improve the bill, but their efforts were rejected as well.

    The bill now moves on to the full House of Representatives for their consideration.


    Serrano Passes Amendment Restoring Six Day Delivery Requirement

    On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano succeeded in restoring language to the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill requiring the United States Postal Service to maintain six day delivery.  The bipartisan amendment, which Congressman Serrano sponsored with Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), passed and was added to the legislation.

    “This is an important victory for the millions of Americans who depend upon six day delivery to receive vital services in a timely manner," said Congressman José E. Serrano.  "The six day delivery requirement has been in appropriations legislation since 1983, and removing it now would have allowed the USPS to make life more difficult for these many small businesses and individuals.

    "Eliminating Saturday mail delivery would be penny wise and pound foolish.  There is no indication that getting rid of 6 day delivery will somehow allow the Postal Service to return to sustainability.  In fact, previous estimates indicate that getting rid of  six day delivery would actually result in a loss of revenue that outweighs projected savings.

    "That is why Congressman Latham and I introduced this amendment.  I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting it."

    The amendment passed by voice vote.  The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for their consideration.


    Serrano Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winner to D.C.

    On Thursday, Congressman Serrano welcomed the 15th Congressional District’s winner for the 33nd Annual Congressional Art Competition, Shailene Segura.   Since 1982, Members of Congress have held this national annual art competition to allow high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability.  All winning pieces will be on display in an eleven month exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol.  Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC.  Shailene is a rising junior at Millennium Art Academy, and her acrylic painting is entitled “Confined or Free.”

    Congressman Serrano with Shailene Segura, Art Competition winner


    Serrano Cosponsors Voting Rights Amendment Act

    On Wednesday, Congressman José E. Serrano marked the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Shelby v. Holder decision by signing on as a cosponsor to the Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R. 3799) and calling for immediate action on the legislation.  The decision last year struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which provided the coverage formula for the preclearance requirements of the VRA.

    “One year ago today, the Supreme Court gravely erred in striking down an important section of the Voting Rights Act, and it is time for Congress to take action to protect millions of voters,” said Congressman Serrano.  “For almost half a century, the Voting Rights Act has been instrumental in protecting the voting rights of minority voters facing discrimination at the polls. In the absence of the full protection of the law, many states have attempted to create significant barriers to voting that will harm minority voters.  The Voting Rights Amendment Act will reinstate a preclearance coverage formula that will protect voters, and will give the Department of Justice the full set of tools to prevent discrimination in state and local voting laws, election requirements, and redistricting efforts.

    “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, as well as the historic ‘Freedom Summer,’ it would be remiss for this Congress to ignore the need to reinstate this important section of Voting Rights Act.”  


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    Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators Program Grant

    Deadline: August 18, 2014. 

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made funding available for groups to hire and maintain service coordinators who will assess the needs of residents of conventional Public Housing or Indian housing and coordinate supportive services and other activities designed to help such residents attain economic and housing self-sufficiency. This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program with public and private resources, for supportive services and resident empowerment activities.  Public housing agencies (PHAs), tribes/Tribally-designated housing entities (TDHEs), Resident Associations (RAs), and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations (including grassroots, faith-based and other community-based organizations) are encouraged to apply.

    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail.  For more information about other federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov.

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    MONICA GADSBY, LEADING HISPANIC MEDIA SPECIALIST,

    IS OPENING KEYNOTE AT HISPANIC TV SUMMIT

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, IN NEW YORK CITY

     

    ANNUAL SUMMIT IS SIGNATURE CONFERENCE FOR

    BUSINESS OF TV AND VIDEO FOR HISPANIC VIEWERS

     

    monica-gadsby-2009_preferred.jpgMonica Gadsby, CEO of leading media company Starcom MediaVest Group’s US Multicultural & Latin America divisions, will be the opening keynote interview guest at the 12th Annual Hispanic Television Summit to be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis on Thursday, October 2, 2014 by leading television business publications Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.  

    “As a leading media specialist, Ms. Gadsby is known as one of the most influential executives in the Hispanic television business,” said Louis Hillelson, Vice President/Group Publisher of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. “She was presented with the Achievement in Hispanic Television Award at the 2011 Hispanic Television Summit, so it’s an extra honor to have her return this year.”

    Over the past 11 years, the Hispanic Television Summit has developed an outstanding reputation as the signature annual conference for those in the business of TV and video intended for Hispanic viewers. This year, it is anticipated that nearly 600 executives will attend from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. They represent broadcasters, pay TV providers, over-the-top digital providers, programming networks, production companies, advertisers, ad agencies, technology suppliers, research firms and more.

    hts1.jpgThe Summit includes several other keynote presentations as well as a series of five roundtable discussions focused on topics like advertising, marketing & promotion, distribution, programming and a genre-specific discussion on sports telecasts. There is also an Awards Presentation Luncheon at which the annual Award for Achievement in Hispanic Television is presented. In addition to Monica Gadsby, other previous recipients of this award include on-air personalities Don Francisco, Andres Cantor, and Cristina Saralegui; network news anchors Jorge Ramos, Maria Celeste Arraras, Maria Elena Salinas and Jose Diaz Balart; and sports celebrity Oscar De La Hoya and advertising executive Edgar Sandoval of P&G.

    The Summit is produced for the presenting publications by The Schramm Marketing Group, based in New York City.

    To inquire about speaking opportunities, contact Joseph Schramm at 212-983-0219 or jschramm@schrammnyc.com

    To register, contact Jennifer Ware at 917-281-4718 or jware@nbmedia.com

    To sponsor, contact Jason Greenblatt at 917-281-4726 or jgreenblatt@nbmedia.com

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    Oscar López Rivera: testimonio de una vida al servicio de la independencia de su patria
    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH

     

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    Ponencia presentada el pasado 28 de junio de 2014 en la Biblioteca Pedro Mir de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. La actividad, dedicada a Oscar López Rivera, se efectuó auspiciada por el Comité de Derechos Humanos.

     

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    LEY NÚM. 66: un nuevo paso hacia la política neoliberal en Puerto Rico
    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH   

     

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    El Premio Nobel en Economía Milton Friedman, de quien se ha dicho que es uno de los padres del neoliberalismo que hoy conocemos, en su libro ¨Capitalism and Freedom¨ (1962), resume su doctrina de la siguiente manera:

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    Ponencia por Oscar del Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico ante el Comité de Descolonización
    Escrito por Eduardo Villanueva Muñoz

     

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    Ponencia por la libertad de Oscar López Rivera presentada por el Lcdo. Eduardo Villanueva Muñoz, portavoz del Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico ante el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU el 23 de junio de 2014.

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    Intervención del Compañero Jaime Hermida Castillo, Embajador, Representante Permanente Alterno de Nicaragua en las Naciones Unidas ante el Comité Especial de Descolonización: Tema de Puerto Rico.

     

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    Philadelphia Awarded $30 Million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Grant
    Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha will play major role in the relocation process and social services provided to residents
     
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    Philadelphia, PA – Mayor Michael Nutter , Senator Bob Casey and HUD Assistant Secretary to Urban and Indian Affairs Jemine Bryon announced that Philadelphia has been awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Grant.  This is a $30 million grant from the United States Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is targeted to help transform North Central Philadelphia.
     
    “This is an exciting day for the residents of the North Central neighborhood and the entire City of Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter.  “This grant is critical to our comprehensive revitalization strategy – it will help us to address many of the serious challenges facing this community: poverty, unemployment, poor educational attainment and decreased opportunities for residents. I know that HUD’s investment will help us transform this community and acting as a lightning rod for even more investment from local, state and private sources.  I am looking forward to seeing the impact this grant will have for North Central and our entire City and I want to thank all of our partners for their commitment to this project.”
     
    The Choice Neighborhoods program was created to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing with the group effort of local leaders, residents, and stakeholders coming together to create a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing.
     
    “Providing quality social services and community economic development is vital to change a community,” said Nilda Ruiz, President and CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM).  “This grant gives the opportunity for the private and public sectors to work together to positively influence the quality of life for current residents and future generations.”
     
    In the coming months, APM will convene a community meeting with all Norris Homes residents to explain the relocation process. Each family will meet with an APM Case Manager to create a relocation plan that meets their individual needs, and connecting them to a comprehensive array of services and coordinating partners in a client driven model.  APM will remain with the tenant throughout the life the grant and beyond.
     
    APM has a comprehensive “one-family, one plan” model to meet Choice Neighborhood goals:
    1. Children, youth, and adults are physically and mentally healthy
    2. Children enter Kindergarten ready to learn
    3. Norris Apartments Children are proficient in Core Academic Subjects
    4. Youth graduate high school college and career-ready
    5. Households are economically stable and self-sufficient
    6. Youth are engaged in positive youth development programming that will decrease youth violence in the community
     
    More than forty public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders came together to develop a resident-driven plan to revitalize the neighborhood.
     
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    The Immigration Reform Stalemate:

    The Need for Presidential Executive Action

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (June 30, 3014)

     

    President Obama today waved a white flag in the immigration reform debate, citing Republican Party obstructionism as the cause. Following House Speaker Boehner's informing the President last week that a House vote on comprehensive immigration reform would not be forthcoming this session, Obama requested $2 billion from Congress for increased border enforcement. He also has instructed Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to present him by the end of the summer with executive actions he can take without congressional approval.

     

    Chicago Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez reacted:

     

    "The antidote for do-nothingism is doing something and the President is doing for the American people what the Republican-controlled Congress refused to do.  This is the President I voted for.  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has already submitted a list of actions he can take under current law to add some rationality to our irrational immigration system and I look forward to working with him to vet those ideas and others he can take to help the American people."

     

    But on behalf of Making the Road New York, Irania Sanchez, a U.S. Citizen whose brother has an order of deportation despite being in this country for 25 years, pointed out that,

     

    "All we heard . . . from President Obama was about securing an already heavily militarized border and placing more blame on House Republicans for their lack of action on immigration. This happens while he continues to deport immigrants and separate families every day. Our community does not need another investigation into the President's executive powers; we need bold action to stop separating our families. The President said he would use his powers to fix what parts of the immigration system he can. He should start by stopping the separation of the very families he hopes to help."

     

    According to an April 3rd memo to DHS Secretary Johnson by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which was leaked to The NiLP Network by a reliable source that asked to remain anonymous, the Caucus made the following recommendations to the President (to view the full text with detailed recommendations, click here):

    1. DACA should be expanded to undocumented immigrants who are low-priority American workers and families who benefitted from the Senate's immigration reform bill (S.744).
    2. Extend Parole in Place (PIP) to other undocumented immigrants.
    3. Permit Adjustment of Status for DACA and TPS recipients granted advance parole.
    4. Expand Humanitarian Parole to parents and siblings of DACA recipients and immediate relatives of uses or LPRs outside of the United States.
    5. parated by deportations.
    6. Allow DACA recipients, TPS, Asylees, and Refugees to enlist in the military.

    Recommendations on Enforcement Reforms

    1. Clarify the extreme hardship waiver and expand the provisional waiver process.
    2. Review Civil Enforcement Priorities and refining Prosecutorial Discretion.
    3. Limit deportations without hearings.
    4. Restrict detainers to highest priority cases.
    5. End 287(g} and Secure Communities.
    6. Improve short term custody.

    This failure to adopt comprehensive immigration reform legislation by the Congress this year was anticipated by some, however. Last year, in a commentary, "The Fork on the Path to Immigration Reform," NiLP's Angelo Falcón pointed out that "the best timing for the consideration of comprehensive immigration reform would be following the 2014 midterm elections." He went on to observe that,

     

    . . . following what some call an "incremental" approach, it is possible through legislation or executive action by the President, to temporarily legalize the status of those immigrants already in the federal immigration system, such as those with visas and agricultural workers. This could be done following the model that President Obama created with his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order for the DREAMers that could result in millions achieving temporary legalized status. This would allow them to work in this country and travel back home.

     

    The current debate on immigration reform within the Latino community has been largely defined by politicians like Senators Schumer and McCain, with Latinos increasingly on the sidelines working on the defensive to minimize the more punitive aspects of this reform. The fact is that beyond the general call for what some generically call 'comprehensive immigration reform,' most Latinos have no idea what is in the legislation currently being promoted in the Congress, and politicians like the President and others have been conveying much inaccurate information about what the legislation will accomplish. As our advocates are hard at work in Washington, DC fighting the good fight for comprehensive immigration reform, the current gridlock in the federal government perhaps affords us the opportunity to more critically debate whether this current reform debate would be taking us in a more humane direction or not.

     

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues is an online information services provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visit our website, www.latinopolicy.org.

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    NALEO Deeply Dismayed U.S. House of Representatives 
    Will Not Act on Immigration Reform; Anticipates President Obama’s
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s statement that comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives is dead and that he will take Executive Action:

    “NALEO is deeply dismayed that the House of Representatives will not act on comprehensive immigration reform this year.  Only legislation can provide a permanent fix to our broken immigration system.  Passing a commonsense immigration reform bill would integrate immigrants into our nation’s civic life and provide a pathway to citizenship, unite families and strengthen our borders, grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades.  

    “With the absence of legislative action, NALEO looks forward to learning what actions the President determines he can take within his legal authority to provide interim relief to our broken immigration system.  

    “Given the enormous economic and civic benefits at stake for our nation and millions of immigrants, the time has never been more important to bring our immigration system into the 21st century. We call on Congress and the President to work together to make immigration reform a reality.”


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    The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.  
     
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    Edgar DeJesus
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    Israel Colon
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    Maria Rivera
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    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
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    Obama's Immigration Dilemma

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    The Hill (June 28, 2014)

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    MALDEF official urges 

    Dallas Latino attorneys 

    to remain vigilant on civil rights

    Nina Perales of MALDEF talked with reporters outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case involving constitutionality of an Arizona law requiring applicants to prove their citizenship before registering to vote under the federal National Voter Registration Act.

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    LULAC Supports President Obama’s Intent to Use Executive Action

    The Organization Continues to Insist on Congressional Action Before Time Runs Out

    Washington, D.C. – LULAC applauds President Obama’s announcement expressing his intent to use executive action to address the current immigration situation and provide relief to immigrant families. The President’s announcement comes in light of news reports indicating that House leadership is refusing to schedule a vote on the current immigration reform bill this year.

    LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes issued the following statement:

    “While LULAC continues to believe that passing bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform is the most optimal approach, time is running out.

    “It is time to provide relief to our immigrant brothers and sisters who are caught in legal limbo, and we support the President’s decision to exercise his authority under the Constitution to use executive action to provide relief in the broadest way possible.

    “Close to two million people have been deported, thousands of young, innocent children are locked up in detention centers along the border, and the political bickering does not seem to stop.

    “Our system is broken, and it needs to be fixed. We need action now.

    “We are looking to Congress for leadership, but absent congressional action, we are hopeful that the President will come through. While we understand that there are limitations to executive action, the American people widely agree that immigrants need to be brought out of the shadows and placed on a path to citizenship. It is the right thing to do, and LULAC will keep educating our membership about the need to continue engaging our members of Congress on the urgency of immigration reform.”

    Over the past several years, LULAC has engaged and educated the community on the importance of passing immigration reform, and its members have engaged public leaders on this important conversation in over 100 immigration reform town halls. LULAC, along with a coalition national Latino and AAPI organizations, has also released preliminary results of a 2014 National Immigration Score Card and will release a final report late this month offering Congress ample opportunity to act before time runs out.

    About LULAC: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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    Conducting Hispanic Research via the Web  [INSIGHT]

    BY Peter Roslow - President, Roslow Research Group / Adjunct Asst. Professor, Hofstra University

    A number of research studies - from Pew and others - have confirmed that the incidence of use and frequency of use of the Web among U.S. Latinos rivals - and sometimes even surpasses - the levels of other Americans.  Yet survey research data collection via the Web continues to pose challenges when the target is Hispanics.  Especially if the survey target includes Spanish-dominant and/or less-acculturated Hispanics, building adequate samples has historically been problematic.  

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    The Bilingual Brain  [INSIGHT & REPORT]

    Hispanics and Millennials are two of the fastest growing and increasingly important consumer groups in the U.S. So it's no surprise that marketers are eager to understand how to connect with these populations. But to engage with those who fall in both groups, Hispanic Millennials, it is imperative to understand the impact of language in order to optimize messaging for this demographic that increasingly identifies as bilingual.

     

    Hispanic Businesses Profit With Mobile Technology  [REPORT]

    A new report released, “Hispanic Business Growth and the Mobile Future” details how mobile connectivity is fueling the thriving and dynamic Hispanic small business community. The report points to mobile technology’s fundamental role in the management, productivity and growth of Hispanic-owned firms. Hispanic entrepreneurs own more than 3.2 million businesses that together contributed over $468 billion to the American economy last year. 

     

    Marginal Latino Presence Across U.S. Mainstream Media  [REPORT]

    The new study, The Latino Media Gap: The State of Latinos in U.S. Media, was released today by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. The study was created in collaboration with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and the National Latino Arts, Education and Media Institute (NLAEMI).

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    Accents, hesitation put Hispanics at a disadvantage when questioned

    Non-native English-speaking Hispanics may be viewed as lying more often when being questioned than native-speakers, according to a study by Florida International University psychologist Jacqueline R. Evans.

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    “Multicultural America” guarantees solid ROI for FIFA World Cup U.S. marketers.

    The so called “American Exceptionalism” is still alive and well. The United States continues to live to the beat of its own and unique drumbeat. The belief in the “American Dream” and its meritocracy continues to be strong. Millions of people around the world still desperately want to come to “the land of opportunity,” the country that continuously advocates and supports democracy, freedom and liberty around the world.   By Carlos G Giron

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    Immigration and 

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    Census Bureau Considers 

    How to Measure a More Diverse America

    By Tanzina Vega

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    Note: When in the news about the NYC Council's distribution of member items ("pork") it came to light that among NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito's redirection of these funds, she and her colleagues forked over the largest allocation to the Hispanic Federation, well, it raised a lot of eyebrows in the Latino community. Bronx activist attorney and Green Party candidate for NYS Attorney General Ramon Jimenez had this reaction on his June 30th Facebook page:

     

    . . . Very sad to hear that speaker Viverito tripled the allocation given to the Hispanic Federation controlled by her political consultant Luis Miranda. How convenient that Miranda's consulting firm was paid to lobby for more funds for the federation. This obvious conflict of interests will only be the beginning if Viverito keeps on listening to the advice of Miranda/Ramirez. They will continue to advise her to please their clients whether these clients deserve the funds or not. Viverito may go the way of many MirRam clients . . .  discredited for following the advice of two men who will do anything to enrich themselves. I have respected some of the early steps of Viverito but this is a misstep that may cost her dearly.

     

    And then today, the New York Post issued an editorial it called, "Honest Graft," about this Hispanic Federation boondoggle. When Mark Viverito was elected Council Speaker, the expectation was that she would be joining Mayor de Blasio in ushering a new progressive era in New York, but this relationship she has with this small circle of wannabe Latino power brokers is disturbing. To make these relationships more explicit, we have put together this little diagram:

     

     

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    Mark Viverito is a client of the MirRam Group, who are political consultants; the MirRam Group was an advisor to Adriano Espalliat in his run for Congress against Charlie Rangel, and probably influenced Mark-Viverito ill-advised move to drop Rangel and support Espaillat. Mark Viverito was instrumental in placing the influential AARP executive Lorraine Cortez Vazquez as Chair of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which allowed her and Espaillat to illegally do election campaigning during the Parade; Cortes-Vazquez was at one point the director of the Hispanic Federation and Chief of Staff for then Assemblyman Roberto Ramirez; and she was the person who swore Mark Viverito in as Speaker in the Bronx ceremony. José Calderon, who currently heads the Hispanic Federation, is described by many as a witless "bag man" for Luis Miranda and company, using the Federation to essentially "launder" nonprofit funds for a political operation. This intricate web has resulted in, over the years, conflicts of interests and backroom dealings that have robbed the Latino community of a much-needed independent advocacy capacity.

     

    As the Post editorial points out, there is nothing illegal about any of this (as far as we know), but it all smells awfully fishy. It also raises serious questions about what the progressivism that Mark Viverito represents is really all about.

     

    ---Angelo Falcón      

     

    Editorial

    Honest Graft

    By Post Editorial Board

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    In the newly renovated second floor gallery of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, on Friday June, 27th the Puerto Rican Cultural Center presented a conversatorio with the Puerto Rican historian and rappers Luis Diaz from "Intifada" and filmmaker Tito Roman. They each shared their experiences in terms of their work to more then 70 people that attended the monthly Puerto Rican Cultural Centers meeting. They also discussed a project, which they are creating jointly entitled "El Fuego De Chicago" about the life and work of the patriot Oscar Lopez Rivera. Tito Roman also talked about his newly developed film "El Antillano".

     

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    Tuesday, July 1, Sen. Durbin honored the Borinqueneers at IPRAC. A roomful of community leaders and organizations were there to witness the Senator and Billy Ocasio, Executive Director of the host organization pay homage to the "Borinqueneers."  Over 30 community leaders and residents turned out. On June 10th, president Obama signed into law a bill that Senator Durbin co- sponsored awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 6th infantry regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor our nation can bestow. It is awarded as a national expression of gratitude to men and women who perform outstanding acts of service that advance the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States of America.

     

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    Laura Ruth Johnson, Associate Professor in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University, has received Grinnell College's Joseph W. Wall Alumni Service Award, named after Joe Wall, a professor of history at Grinnell who inspired an ideal of social responsibility in his Grinnell students. The $25,000 grant will be used to expand the Lolita Lebron Family Learning Center's Proyecto Atabey, an intergenerational mentoring program for mothers at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School. The grant will fund the provision of training and stipends for mentors, who will include graduates of the FLC, as well as enable the expansion of support services for young parents at the school so as to promote their educational, personal, and professional success.

     

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    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH  

     

    Ponencia presentada el pasado 28 de junio de 2014 en la Biblioteca Pedro Mir de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. La actividad, dedicada a Oscar López Rivera, se efectuó auspiciada por el Comité de Derechos Humanos.

     

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    Se sumó a la convocatoria el Vicerrector de Extensión de la USAD y la Comisión de Derechos Humanos. LA diferencia entre la Comisión y el Comité es que el último es una estructura no gubernamental que tiene como base la población de los barrios y la comunidades. De la actividad surgió la fundación de un Comité para la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera donde los convocantes formarán parte. A la actividad concurrieron  107 personas representantes de los organismos convocantes.

     

    El pasado 2 de mayo de 2014 tuvimos la oportunidad, junto a la compañera Wilma Reverón Collazo, sobrina de nuestro héroe nacional Oscar Collazo y copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano del cual ambos formamos parte de su dirección, de visitar en la prisión de Terre Haute al preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera. Aún palpita en nuestro corazón la emoción de aquel primer abrazo a quien durante los pasados 33 años, por voluntad propia y tomando la expresión de sus propias reflexiones, ha hecho el sacrificio personal de tan largo cautiverio con el único propósito de inspirar la resistencia de nuestro pueblo.

     

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    Charity Tied to Council Speaker Quadruples Its Funding

    A charity founded and represented by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's campaign consultant got a major funding increase this year.

    By Chris Bragg

    Crain's New York Business (June 30, 2014)

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    NALEO Reelects President Alex Padilla, Board Leadership and 
    Welcomes New Board Member

     
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) announced today the reelection of its president, California State Senator Alex Padilla, officers and board members. The president and board leadership were elected at the organization’s board of directors meeting on June 29, 2014 in San Diego, Calif., following the group’s 31st Annual Conference. 

    “I am humbled and honored that the NALEO Board has called on me once again me to lead this organization into an important year ahead,” said NALEO President Alex Padilla. “The coming months will offer the Latino community the opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot box and become active participants in our nation’s political system. I look forward to continuing to work with the board and the rest of our membership to further our mission and ensure the policy priorities of Latinos are addressed.” 

    The NALEO Board of Directors reelected California State Senator Alex Padilla to serve for a third term as president of the organization. Other board officers reelected during the meeting include City of Aventura (Fla.) Commissioner Luz Weinberg as vice president; Gila (Ariz.) Regional Partnership Council member Fernando Shipley as treasurer; and Edinburg (Texas) School Board Member Robert Pena as secretary.

    Board members elected to a second term include: City of Santa Fe (N.M.) Councilor Carmichael Dominguez; City of New York (N.Y.) Councilmember Julissa Ferreras; Arizona State Representative Catherine Miranda; Village of Freeport (N.Y.) Deputy Mayor Carmen Julia Pineyro; and City of Arlington (Texas) Councilmember Robert Rivera.  
        
    In addition, the board elected State Farm Multicultural Business Development Group (MBDG) Director and NALEO Member Adriana Comellas-Macretti as its newest addition to the NALEO Board of Directors during its meeting in San Diego. Adriana Comellas-Macretti has served as an appointed member of a number of municipal and county Commissions. She currently serves on the Citizen’s Review Panel-Human Services Advisory Board of Orange County, Fla., chairs the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO), is a Statewide Board Member of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) and is part of The Children’s Movement in Orlando. 

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    On Friday, July 11th, 2014, Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas (Raíces) will hold a special July Tertulia as part of the Conociéndote Project by Taller Puertorriqueño . Conociéndote is Taller's 2013 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Arts Challenge award-winning project, bridging Philadelphia's audience divide with events and exhibitions in May, July, and September. Latinas in the Arts: Stories of Heritage and Inspiration will feature the lives and artwork of Latina artists living in our community and how their heritage and personal history live on through their work. 


    WHEN: Friday, July 11th, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    WHERE: 1417 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA (on 2nd St. between 
                   Master and Jefferson)
    COST: $10 Suggested Donation, $5 Suggested Student Donation 

    Special Guest Presenter
    Yolanda Alcorta, Co-Founder of Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. Yolanda will be accompanied by a weaver from Concepcion Chiquirichapa, Guatemala.
     
     
     
    Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and the Leeway Foundation for an art and change grant session! 

     

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    Have you ever thought about applying for the Art and Change Grant or the Transformation Award but have been too intimidated or unsure?

     

    Leeway Foundation presents a special bilingual (Spanish-English) information session on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas (1417 North 2nd Street, First Floor Annex).

     

    Join past recipients as they share their experience of applying. Leeway staff members will also share tips and best practices on how to prepare your application.

     

    For questions call Leeway 215-545-4078 or to RSVP send an email to rsvp@leeway.org

     

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    La Fundación Leeway Foundation presentará una sesión informativa bilingüe conducida por dos de nuestras subvencionadas pasadas, el lunes 14 de julio del 2014 de 6:00pm a 8:00pm en Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas (1417 North 2nd Street, 1st Floor Annex, Philadelphia, PA 19122).

    Si tiene preguntas llame al 215-545-4078, o para reservar, enviar un correo electrónico a rsvp@leeway.org.
     
     
     
     
    Save the Date: Feria del Barrio
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    Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, Taller Puertorriqueño, HACE, and Congreso as we present the 2014 Annual Feria del Barrio, the 30th Feria (Festival)  celebration. Since 1979 La Feria del Barrio has helped celebrate Latino culture, family, and the economic and educational aspirations of the people of North Philadelphia with:
    • Live Latin music and dancing,
    • Latino food delicacies
    • Art and crafts
    • Much, much more
    WHEN: Sunday, September 21st, 2014 ~ 12:30 - 5:00 pm 
    WHERE:
    North 5th Street between Cambria and Lehigh

    See you then!
     
     
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    Contact Raíces if you're interested in having a performance at your school, private event, or work function.
     
     
    Special thanks to our new and ongoing funding partners
     

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    Hispanic Federation Response to

    "NYC Council Speaker

    Melissa Mark Viverito's 'Honest Graft'"

    By José Calderon

    Hispanic Federation (July 2, 20140

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    Turmoil at El Diario and financial problems plague impreMedia

    By Veronica Villafañe

    Media Moves (June 27, 2014)

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    Puerto Rico logra la primera meta de su recuperación económica y continúa en camino hacia una verdadera transformación de su economía.
     

    Con un plan de desarrollo económico en marcha y utilizando como herramientas principales los incentivos para las industrias de Agricultura, Manufactura, Servicio, Turismo y PyMEs; el acceso a financiamiento y la agilidad en los permisos hemos creado empleos nuevos, diversificado nuestra economía y construido las bases para volver a insertar a Puerto Rico en la economía global.

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    Note: This article is based on a leaked memo first made public by NiLP in our June 30th post, "The Immigration Reform Stalemate."
     

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    Leaked Memo Shows What Democrats Want From Obama On Deportations

    The jockeying to influence President Obama's administrative actions on deportations has already begun.

    By Adrian Carrasquillo

    BuzzFeed (July 2, 2014)

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    Note: The protest this week to block the busloads of Latino unaccompanied children eerily reminded me of the September 4, 1957 crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the state's National Guard was used to block the entrance of Black children into what was to be a desegregated Central High. At the time, children of color were being denied entrance into a school, today they are being denied entrance to our country, despite their humanitarian needs and rights under US law. 

     
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    Protesters In Murrieta Block Detainees' Buses In Tense Standoff

    By Matt Hansen and Mark Boster

    Los Angeles Times (July 1, 2014)

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    A CELEBRAR EL 4 DE JULIO

     

    ¡Progresista!

    Mañana a partir de las 10:00am acompaña a nuestro Presidente, Pedro Pierluisi, junto al alcalde de Fajardo, Aníbal Meléndez, a celebrar el 4 de julio en el Balneario Seven Seas en la Ciudad de los Cariduros.

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    As reported in the San Antonio Express News (y en el artículo, "Latinos cansados de esperar confirmación en el Senado," en AL DÍA News), our National Hispanic Leadership Agenda coalition of 37 national Latino organizations recently issued a press statement and letter urging the U.S. Senate to work on a bipartisan basis to advance several Latinos (listed here) who are awaiting confirmation to presidential appointments.

     

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    Although some nominees have been waiting nearly 1,200 days to advance in their confirmation process, NHLA is pleased to see that the U.S. Senate recently voted to confirm:

    • Gustavo Velasquez as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). See Senators' final votes -- 52 Yays (50 Democrats, 2 Independents,) and 44 Nays (43 Republicans, 1 Democrat, 3 not voting) -- here.
    • Leon Rodriguez as Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security. See Senators' final votes -- 52 Yays (50 Democrats, 2 Independents,) and 44 Nays (43 Republicans, 1 Democrat, 3 not voting) -- here.

    The Senate Banking Committee also voted to advance Julián Castro's nomination to serve as HUD Secretary. This bipartisan committee vote -- 16 Yays (12 Democrats, 4 Republicans) and 6 Nays (6 Republicans) -- can be viewed here.

    When Senators return to D.C. after the 4th of July they are expected to cast their final votes on Julián Castro's nomination to become HUD Secretary...

    Will you help us make sure he gets the Senate votes he deserves?

    1. RSVP HERE to join our conference call this Tuesday, July 8th at 10 a.m. PDT | Noon CDT | 1 p.m. ET and learn more about how you can support the confirmation vote .
    2. ORGANIZATIONS: Click here to co-sign our group letter supporting Castro that will be sent to the U.S. Senate.
    3. INDIVIDUALS: Click here to email or call your Senators and ask them to vote YES on Castro's confirmation.
    4. EVERYBODY: Visit and share nationalhispanicleadership.org/confirmjulian, our online action page where you can find additional background information and sample social media posts. We also invite you to join @NHLAgenda in using #Castro4HUD in supportive Twitter posts.

    San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is a proven leader with a great track record for implementing housing and economic development programs to revitalize his city and for addressing the priorities and needs of working class communities. For example, under Mayor Castro's leadership:

    • San Antonio was named one of seven “enterprising cities” in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2013) and was ranked best-performing local economy in the U.S. by the Milken Institute (2011).
    • San Antonio’s East Side became the only neighborhood in America to have received each of the Promise Grant, Choice Grant and Promise Zone designations -- demonstrating the mayor's commitment to improving housing and educational opportunities for all.
    • San Antonio has made great strides in workforce development, job creation, education, energy policy, and residents’ health.

    As NHLA noted in our letter of support for Mayor Castro, we are confident that Julián Castro would bring his practical, on-the-ground success to scale at the federal level if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    We are also proud to know that he would come become the third Latino to serve in a Cabinet-level post in the President's second-term Administration -- and the third Latino to serve as HUD Secretary since the first designation of a HUD Secretary some 48 years ago, in 1966.

    We hope you'll join us in urging your Senators to vote YES to confirm Mr. Castro as well as the other highly qualified Latina and Latino nominees awaiting action in the U.S. Senate.

    Sincerely,

    Melody Gonzales

    National Hispanic Leadership Agenda | Appointment Program Director | latinoappointments.org | @NHLAgenda | @MelGDC | NHLA LinkedIn Group

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    Centro Research Finds Dramatic Changes
    In Demographic and Socio-Economic Status
    Of Puerto Ricans in U.S.


    Over the last decade, with a combination of emigration and mainland U.S. births, the Puerto Rican population living in the United States outnumbers that on the island. There has been a concomitant change in population distribution, with Puerto Ricans dispersing across state lines. According to the new book of research, Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, published by the Centro for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) this profile is dramatically different from what it was at the turn of the century.

    The fast-growing Puerto Rican population in the South, West and Midwest is expected to outnumber Puerto Ricans in the Northeast. “When (not if) this event happens, it will mark a significant shift in the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States,” according to an essay in Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, published by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College.

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    Mensaje en ocasión del 50 aniversario de Unión do Povo Galego
    Escrito por Wilma E. Reverón Collazo / Copresidenta del MINH  

     

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    El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (Puerto Rico) saluda solidariamente a los y las compañeros y compañeras del Unión do Povo Galego (UPG) en su 50 aniversario de lucha y resistencia.

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    Carta de agradecimiento del Comité Pro Derechos Humanos por éxito de la caminata 33 en 33 por Oscar 

     

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    El Comité Pro Derechos Humanos expresa por este medio su agradecimiento a todas las personas y organizaciones políticas y sociales que de una u otra forma contribuyeron a la realización y el éxito de la caminata 33 en 33 por Oscar, 33 días a través de 33 pueblos de Puerto Rico por la libertad de Oscar López Rivera.

     

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    Conéctate en directo por  www.fortaleza.pr.gov 


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    Kids Aren't Political Fodder

    By Maria Chavez

    Tacoma News Tribune (July 3, 2014)

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    En el día de hoy, 4 de julio, escucharemos al liderato del Partido Nuevo Progresista reclamar a los cuatro vientos, que la Estadidad es el “derecho a la igualdad” como ciudadanos americanos. Dicho reclamo según los nuevoprogresistas está basado en los derechos civiles que emanan de la Constitución Federal. Esta estrategia de los anexionistas se une a los estribillos y reclamos que por los pasados 47 años han elaborado para vender la Estadidad a los puertorriqueños. Desde la Estadidad Jíbara a la Estadidad para los pobres, el liderato del PNP ha engañado al país en su intento de anexionar a la isla a los Estados Unidos.

    La Estadidad Jíbara ya no existe.

    En el Congreso, una y otra vez el debate del idioma ha sido asunto de discusión y de exigencia. Un estado puertorriqueño no será en nuestro idioma, el español. Sobre la Estadidad para los Pobres, lo que han hecho es destruir cada vez que asumen el poder las bases económicas y fiscales del Estado Libre Asociado para empobrecer al país. Recordemos entre otros la entrega de las 936, la venta de los activos del sistema de salud o la venta de la telefónica. Su estrategia es sencilla, a falta del poder del convencimiento, destruyo al país y sus riquezas económicas, elimino la clase media y creo un pueblo pobre, así el reclamo a la estadidad no es por convencimiento sino por necesidad.

    Referente a la última estrategia, la cual definen a la estadidad como un derecho constitucional, he leído una y otra vez la Constitución Federal, todavía no encuentro tal derecho.

    Sin embargo, no podemos descansar en que el país no les crea. La realidad electoral es que la estadidad mantiene una aceptación de un poco menos de la mitad del electorado puertorriqueño.

    Mediante un proceso viciado y orquestrado desde los tiempos de Romero y Young, lograron celebrar en Puerto Rico, en el 2012, una consulta diseñada para darle a la Estadidad una mayoría artificial. No lo pudieron aprobar en los noventas, gracias al trabajo del entonces Presidente de nuestro partido, Aníbal Acevedo Vila, como tampoco pudieron en el año 2010 cuando yo presidía el partido. Así, aunque rechazado por el Congreso, utilizaron el esquema para eliminar al ELA y ellos luego reclamar mayoría.

    Gran parte del gobierno federal reconoce la artimaña y no le da legitimidad al resultado. Sin embargo, SI HAY funcionarios electos y no electos que le dan validez al mismo.

    No podemos permitir eso.

    Por tal razón, vuelvo a reiterar mi posición referente a una consulta de ESTADIDAD SI O NO. Es momento que los estadolibristas entendamos que mientras exista una probabilidad, por más mínima que sea, de que la Estadidad es viable, el desarrollo del ELA seguirá recibiendo ataques por todos los sectores en contra de nosotros. Al mantenernos a la defensiva por los pasados 25 años, hemos permitido un desgaste en nuestras filas, mientras que los adversarios políticos se alimentan de nosotros.

    Derrotar a la Estadidad es nuestra meta ideológica. Solo lo conseguiremos enfrentándonos a ella.

    Héctor Ferrer Ríos
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    New Poll and Report Shed Light on Obama's Options for Immigration

    By News Staff

    Business & Heritage (July 2, 2014)

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  • Three New Archival Collections Feature
    Former Congressman and Two Artists


    Three of the newest collections at the Centro Archives that are now open to the public for viewing are those of Robert García, the former congressman of the Bronx; Carlos Ortiz, a photographer and filmmaker who documented the Bronx and Latin jazz; and Ray Ramos, a composer, sonero, performer and bandleader with over 40 years in the music business.

    You are welcome to explore the finding aids for these collections, which provide historical and biographical information as well as a description and detailed listing of the content. The finding aids are located on the Centro web site. The collections are held at the Centro Archives housed at the Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem.
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    El Diario Turmoil Continues 

    As Paper Tries To Go Upscale

    By Keith J. Kelly

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    New Report

    Latino Underrepresentation

    In the NYC Municipal Workforce:

    Mayor de Blasio's Diversity Challenge

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (June 20, 2014)

     

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    A new report by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) documents that the long-term institutional problem of Latino underrepresentation in the New York City workforce continues without any serious strategy by the new administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Despite being 29 percent of the city's population, Latinos make up only 20 percent of the general municipal workforce and 15 percent (at last count) of Mayor de Blasio's publicly-announced appointments. No change can be expected unless the Administration takes immediate steps to address this problem beginning with a comprehensive review to understand the failure of its diversity employment efforts to reach out to the Latino community. This would require an initial systematic reassessment of the role of the city's lead diversity employment agency, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), as well as its Commission on Human Rights and Equal Employment Practices Commission.

     

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    The de Blasio Administration's failure to address the inequality faced by Latinos, close to a third of the city's population, has broader implications for his agenda to address the city's growing income inequality. Besides having fair Latino representation in city government meaning the Latinos will be that the table in different city agencies when decisions are being made, it is also an important to the community's economic development and support of a strong middle class. In addition, by having Latinos involved in city government at all levels, this also has an important impact of the development of Latino community leadership in general. The exclusion of Latinos from playing a significant policymaking role in city government over the last twenty years of the Giulini-Bloomberg Administrations has taken a major toll in all of these areas. The progressive agenda of a Mayor de Blasio's offers the hope that this can change now in dramatic ways.

     

    The National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) has been monitoring the de Blasio Latino appointments record since last year and found it wanting, even in terms of his advisory Transition Team and Inaugural Committee. This report is a compilation of our analyses since then and covering our most recent assessment of the de Blasio Latino appointments.  We have written since last year to the Mayor on a number of occasions and never received any response. On April 8th this year, we held a citywide community briefing on this issue and this began to elicit a response from the Administration in terms of generating some meetings with Latino leaders, but they still never officially or unoffciailly responded at that point to NiLP's letters to the Mayor or email messages to the First Deputy Mayor.

     

    In April, the Mayor's Office of Appointments held its first meeting with the Latino members of the Mayor's Transition team to discuss the appointments issue. This was followed by a meeting with a broader group of Latino community representatives on May13th. Most recently, First Deputy Anthony Shorris finally contacted NiLP on June 6th and convened a larger meeting on June 18th at City Hall. Also in response to our efforts, the Mayor's Office of Appointments hired a senior Latino staff member in early June.

     

    As a result of NiLP's citywide briefing on April 8th, a Working Group for Fair Latino Representation was created. The group decided that they needed to call a meeting directly with Mayor de Blasio to discuss our community's concerns. They developed a series of recommendations for the Mayor on how to make the appointments process and the general municipal workforce diversity efforts more responsive to the Latino community. The request for a meeting with the Mayor and a memo with our recommendations were sent to First Deputy Mayor Shorris on May 19th, resent a week later followed by a call to his office. He got back to us on June 6th.

     

    At the June 18th City Hall meeting of Latino representatives convened by the First Deputy Mayor they focused, as we suggested, on the appointments process and the problem of Latino underrepresentation in the general municipal workforce. Despite our request that the Administration consider conducting a systematic reassessment of their diversity efforts as they affect Latinos, no new initiatives were presented by the Administration at this meeting. In presenting the usual EEO diversity talk, they failed to seriously address the recommendations we made, reducing the discussion to the First Deputy Mayor's conclusion that "We can do better."

     

    The de Blasio Administration has ignored our efforts to bring the problem of Latino underrepresentation to their attention since last year. Four months into their first year in office, they finally held their first meeting with the Latino members of the Mayor's Transition Team. Five months in, they held a broader meeting with Latino community representatives, and this month they held a larger Latino meeting. But a concrete strategy for address the underrepresentation of Latinos in this Administration has yet to be developed.

     

    Based on the Administration's response at its June 18th meeting with Latino representatives, it was distressing to see the conceit of being a "progressive Administration" papering over a lack of real action to address this problem. Their references to obstacles to change, such as the limitations imposed by civil service exams, their inability to provide lists of board and commissions with vacancies that could be filled by Latinos, and holding out as an entry for Latinos into city government the expected retirement of current employees, did not sound very progressive or creative, selling the Latino community on a continuing illusion of inclusion.

     

    The lack of a concrete plan of action by the de Blasio Administration on this issue prompted us to compile our analyses on the subject since last year in order to provide an empirical basis for better specifying the problem and pointing to concrete solutions. The result of our wor in this area has already resulted in some changes, but it is clear that much more needs to be done and the Administration needs to be forthcoming in admitting that it has a problem that requires greater support for the value of diversity in its workforce.

     

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    Why 90,000 Children Flooding Our Border Is Not an Immigration Story

    Virtual cities of children are fleeing their homes. This is a lot bigger than U.S. border control, a United Nations protection officer explains.

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    Hillary Clinton Defends 

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    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 20 de junio de 2014. - El Secretario General del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Lcdo. Juan Dalmau Ramírez, anunció hoy que su partido continúa este fin de semana un ambicioso plan de visitas para comprometer el voto independentista tocando las puertas de 10 mil hogares en Bayamón. El plan, titulado "Casa a casa por la independencia", inició hace varios meses y le ha permitido contacto directo con decenas de miles de personas en Caguas, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Arecibo, Ponce y una veintena de pueblos adicionales.


    "La militancia del PIP saldrá nuevamente a la calle para llevar el mensaje de la independencia, identificar a los electores independentistas y recoger toda la información necesaria para renovar y mantener un registro de electores que apoyan al PIP y fortalecer las vías de comunicación con éstos", expuso el también Comisionado Electoral del PIP.

    Además, añadió el ex candidato a la gobernación, "a aquellos electores que no son independentistas se les entrega hojas informativas sobre propuestas específicas del PIP para enfrentar efectivamente la crisis económica y la importancia de convocar una Asamblea de Estatus para superar nuestra condición colonial".

    Dalmau hizo hincapié en que esta actividad forma parte de otras acciones coordinadas por la colectividad para fortalecer sus instrumentos internos de organización política, así como de otros esfuerzos en los Estados Unidos y a nivel internacional.

    El líder independentista también informó que el domingo sale junto al presidente ejecutivo, Fernando Martín, rumbo a Nueva York, en donde tendrán una importante reunión en la noche con miembros del comité del PIP de dicha ciudad. Luego, el lunes, comparecerá ante el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU.

    "Este año las vistas sobre Puerto Rico en la ONU toman una particular relevancia porque por primera vez se incorporará a la resolución la reciente expresión a favor de nuestra descolonización e independencia de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC). CELAC es un organismo que representa y agrupa a todos los gobiernos que componen la América Latina y el Caribe y en la que participan sus 33 Jefes de Estado.

    Dalmau destacó que este nuevo apoyo se suma a las expresiones de otros organismos internacionales de los que participa el PIP, como la Conferencia Permanente de los Partidos Políticos de América Latina y el Caribe (COPPPAL) y la Internacional Socialista (IS).

    "Todos han expresado la urgente necesidad de la descolonización e Independencia de Puerto Rico junto a la excarcelación de nuestros presos políticos, entre ellos, Oscar López Rivera. Esto representa un impulso extraordinario para el reclamo de nuestra independencia Patria", concluyó Juan Dalmau.

     

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    The Latino Media Gap:

    Marginal Latino Presence 

    Across U.S. Mainstream Media, 

    Despite Growing Population

    By Frances Negrón-Muntaner

    Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (June 20, 2014)

      

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    On Capitol Hill


    Serrano: No to Military Intervention in Iraq

    After spending much of the decade urging an exit from Iraq, Congressman Serrano on Wednesday said he is deeply skeptical and concerned about growing calls from hawks to re-involve ourselves in the fighting there.

    "While I agree that the situation in Iraq is quite troubling, and seems to be spiraling out of control, I do not favor American involvement in the conflict," said Congressman José E. Serrano. "We had an election in 2008 that revolved around disentangling ourselves from the mess we had created there, and the candidate who promised to get us out won. President Obama stayed true to his word, and our forces are out. The idea that we would reenter the fighting there is an idea that has very little merit.

    “Throughout our time in Iraq, I claimed that our presence there would have very little lasting effect on the longstanding conflict between the various groups in that country. Our withdrawal and the current state of affairs, bears out that sentiment, and leads to the logical conclusion that we cannot now fix their affairs by renewing our military involvement. We certainly cannot fix it with bombs.

    “I urge President Obama to resist the predictable and irresponsible calls for our nation to re-involve itself militarily in the Iraqi situation. Only political solutions will end the bloodshed. Violence will only beget more violence.

    President Obama must remember that our nation has repeatedly signaled its desire to disentangle from Iraq’s ongoing violence. Now is not the time to override those wishes and reengage militarily.”


    Serrano, Clarke Lead Congressional Letter on Africa Immigration Issues

    This week, Representatives Serrano and Yvette Clarke sent a letter to the White House along with 35 of their fellow Members of Congress urging the President to add immigration topics to the agenda of the upcoming U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit. The full text of the letter and a link to the list of the signatories is below:

    June 16, 2014

    The Honorable Barack Obama
    President of the United States
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear President Obama,

    We would like to applaud you for taking the step to host the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. on August 5 and 6, 2014. Strengthening the partnership between Africa and the United States is of the utmost importance to the future prosperity and security of our peoples. The proactive steps your Administration continues to take in the name of cooperation and mutual development deserves the full support of Americans and their elected officials in Congress.

    This summit is an important opportunity to bring diverse constituencies together to discuss policy issues and to better develop ties between the United States and the 47 African nations invited to the conference. Unfortunately, we have been saddened to learn that the summit does not intend to spend significant time focusing on an issue that we believe is vital to our policies in Africa: immigration reform. We believe that inclusion of this topic for discussion at the summit will strengthen the ties between all the parties involved, and will help bring to light the need for comprehensive immigration reform across a wide number of constituencies.

    According to the most recent census, foreign-born African immigrants represent over 1.6 million individuals residing in the United States. Throughout our history, immigrants from Africa have played an important role in revitalizing neighborhoods, starting small businesses, and improving local economies. The African community is an indispensable element of American culture and society, and continues to contribute to the prosperity of our nation.

    However, our current immigration policies have had a negative effect on immigrants from African nations. Family immigrant visa backlogs, problems in asylum and refugee processes, student visa issues, and our ongoing deportation policies have created great difficulties for African immigrant communities. These concerns have serious financial and familial consequences for all involved— whether here in the United States or in the countries invited to the conference.

    Many of your previous meetings with leaders of other nations have included a discussion of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. We believe that such a discussion at the U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit will help better coordinate policies and improve relationships between all of the parties involved. We urge you to include and prioritize the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the upcoming summit.

    We appreciate your consideration of our request, and sincerely hope that your administration will allow for a sincere conversation regarding immigration reform during the upcoming summit.

    Sincerely,

    The full list of signers can be found here.


    Serrano Speaks at FCC Conference on Smartphone Theft

    On Thursday morning, Congressman Serrano joined Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and Senator Amy Klobuchar to speak at a conference about the epidemic of smartphone theft. Smartphone theft is one of the nation’s fastest growing crimes, and companies are not doing enough to help protect consumers. Congressman Serrano spoke about his bill, the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, which would require cell phone manufacturers and service providers to include a ‘kill-switch’ on all smartphones. This feature would allow consumers to render their device useless if it is taken from them, and prevent anyone but the phone’s owner from turning the phone back on.  Installing and use of kill-switches will create a huge disincentive to steal smartphones in the first place, and will help consumers protect themselves and their personal information.

     

    Serrano Speaks at the Smartphone Theft Conference

     

    In the Bronx


    Serrano Announces $4.4 million for Starlight Park Storm Resiliency Project

    On Monday, Congressman Serrano announced that $4.4 million in federal funds would be directed to Starlight Park in the Bronx for shoreline restoration and storm protection. The Interior Department project would “re-naturalize armored waterfront, improve habitat and flood storage, create new wetland, remove contaminated soils, and enhance stormwater management along eleven acres.”

    "I am gratified to see a worthy Bronx environmental project receiving substantial federal funding, which will both strengthen our community against future storms and continue the environmental restoration we have carried out over the years," said Congressman José E. Serrano, who sits on the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees Department of Interior funding. "We have long argued that our restoration of the Bronx River was more than just a project to reclaim our waterway, but also a project to enhance our community. This project shows that the federal government recognizes that our environmental restoration also protects against storms and flooding.”

    The funding came from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program, which “supports projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife.”

    “I applaud the Department of Interior for being forward-thinking and looking for innovative projects to ensure that the Hurricane Sandy restoration funding that we provided is used to build our communities back safer and better. I’m gratified that they believe that environmental restoration is a key part of the equation.

    “The Bronx River restoration has provided so many benefits to our community—both tangible and intangible. This new project will do both as we see the new wetlands and wildlife, and also feel safer with the knowledge that in the event of the next flood or storm, we will be better protected from intense damage.”

     


    Serrano Presents Award to Arbor House Developers

    On Wednesday June 11th, Congressman Serrano presented Blue Sea Development with the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition’s Green Housing Award for their work in developing Arbor House.  Arbor House is a 124-unit, energy efficient, LEED platinum-certified affordable housing development in the Bronx.  Arbor House is home to a hydroponic farm, which sends 40% of its crops to local schools and hospitals and features artworks by both local children and accomplished local artists.  Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) provided $12.8 million of the total property development cost.  Congressman Serrano has been a long-time supporter of the LIHTC, which is a federal subsidy used to finance the development of affordable rental housing for low-income households.  

    Serrano with Blue Sea Development


    Grant Announcement


    Promoting Preventative Health Services for Women 

    Deadline: July 21, 2014. 

    The Department of Health and Human Services has made funding available for groups to develop and promote strategies that focus on the importance of preventative health services among women. The DHHS hopes to fund organizations who work to to enhance the number of insured women and to augment existing preventative clinical services available, among other things. Public and private entities, including community-based organizations and faith-based groups, are all encouraged to apply.

    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258077.  For more information about other federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov.

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    El Diario Crisis 

    Comes to a Head

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (June 22, 2014)

     

    With the laying off of 12 of its employees, eight of whom are union members, on what has become known as "The Friday the 13th Massacre," labor relations at El Diario-La Prensa have reached a new low. This action by management as finally gotten the Newspaper Guild of New York doing some organizing and the issue has begun to get some traction with Latino community leaders.

     

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    El Diario's City Hall Reporter, Marlene Peralta, in solidarity with fired  co-workers

     

    "ImpreMedia's new management says El Diario was 'ghetto journalism' before they got there. They want to get rid of the veteran journalists who know our neighborhoods and the issues facing our communities, and replace real journalism with a cheaper product," said Oscar Hernandez, El Diarios union Unit Chair. "That's not what our readers want, and that's not what the Spanish-speaking community needs." Capital New York's Nicole Levy reports that "The tabloid newspaper's circulation has been declining for years, and over the six-month period ending in March, average weekday circulation fell 12 percent to 30,955, according to the Alliance for Audited Media." This is in a city with more than 2.4 million Latinos.

     

    The Guild has brought charges of anti-union violations in the form of 11 grievances to the National Labor Relations Board. During Friday's edition of WBAI radio's The Jordan Journal, union representative Nastaran Mohit announced that El Diario workers planned a picket against the paper this Thursday. There was also talk that the union was recruiting the support of Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito. However, some El Diario staffers are concerned about Viverito's role because of Erica Gonzalez', the paper's former Executive Editor, current position as a senior advisor to the Speaker. Many feel that Gonzalez betrayed the staff when she cut a deal to leave El Diario to go to work for the Speaker, making it difficult for them to believe that she will now be an ally.

     

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    El Diario staff supporting union demands

     

    El Diario's employees have denounced the hostile work environment and abusive behavior specifically of two of the paper's managers, the Vice President of Content Juan Varela and Metro Editor Claudio Remeiseira. Varela is a Spaniard and Remeseira an Argentinian, who have reportedly continually harassed and made life miserable for the paper's remaining staff. Both are widely viewed as arrogant elitist managers who are out of touch with the city's Latino community.

     

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    El Diario's HR Dept.

     

    At the same time, the newspaper's "Publisher Emertus," Rossana Rosado, is credited by some as paving the way for the weakening of the union and putting the employees at risk as she negotiated a deal that put her in her current no-show job with the paper. Some are wondering if, as "Publisher Emeritus," she will be playing an active role now in coming to the defense of the paper's management despite widespread Latino community and union opposition. Many have not forgotten that during the investigation of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Rosado as the then actual Publisher she wrote and published  a major defense of the then corrupt Parade leadership.  

     

    In addition, in the process of attacking the union, El Diario's Varela also made what many consider racist statements about Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. The union charges that he told staff that he wanted to make sure that El Diario was no longer covering "the ghetto" and was making changes to go after a more upscale readership. It has been noted that since the purchase of El Diario's parent company, impreMedia, by the rightwing Argentinian newspaper, La Nación, in 2012, El Diario has fallen under the control of a tiny Argentinian-Spanish clique that has forced out specifically Puerto Rican, as well as other Latino staff members.

     

    At a staff meeting called this Friday afternoon by the paper's CEO, Francisco Seghezzo, to answer their questions over the controversy, he denied that they violated the union contract and called on the cooperation of the remaining staff in making the paper successful. He explained the problems faced by the paper and the pressure they are under to be profitable by their investors. A staff member suggested that the paper publish a response to the union's charges, and there was some talk about publishing an editorial on the paper's position, but it was not clear if this would occur.

     

    The management's racist remarks and actions have prompted Latino leaders to denounce them. NYS Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is calling for a possible picket in front of El Diario next Thursday by a group of evangelical ministers and Latino elected officials. He told a reporter, "We cannot just cross our arms and permit this type of insult and disparagement of our community."

     

    And, as already mentioned, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito has also expressed interest in intervening on behalf of the union. They will be meeting with her sometime this week.

     

    Some are wondering where Latino media advocacy groups like the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association o Hispanic Publications, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition stand on the situation at El Diario and impreMedia in general. ImpreMedia also owns La Opinion in Los Angeles and other publications throughout the United States.

     

    While the union will be working to restore the jobs of those employees that they argue were laid off illegally, others are calling for the firing of what they consider racist managers like Varela and Remesiera. But even if these issues are resolved, will El Diario survive as a viable publication? Some in the Latino community even feel that at this point it would be a plus for the community if El Diario, after 100 years of publication, would finally simply close down.

     

    Only a couple of weeks ago, El Diario announced its redesign in an effort to cut costs and make it more online-friendly. While the new design seemed uninspired (its masthead now uses a tired stenciled type), it makes the newspaper look more like a "penny saver" publication that is just an excuse for ads. The articles in the paper are getting shorter and shorter, are being dumbed down and politically may be increasingly under the editorial control of their parent conservative paper, La Nación, back in Argentina. Regardless if there is a settlement with the union or it closes down or not, this is the end of El Diario-La Prensa as we knew it, whether they ultimately make it fit in a smart phone or not.

     

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    The End of El Diario?

     

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