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TuesdayJuly 13, 2010

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Texas Gubernatorial Candidate addresses NCLR Annual Conference

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate addresses NCLR Annual Conference

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Texas Gubernatorial candidate, Bill White spoke to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in San Antonio. White, who is the Democratic challenger for Governor, promised to veto any similar Arizona type legislation he might be presented. He believes the Arizona law to be misguided.
“It would make our communities in Texas less safe, not more safe, if we took our local police officers and deputy sheriffs off the hard job of combating gangs and crime to do routine immigration work,” the former Houston mayor said.

Whites speech followed the groups mass texting campaign to let Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig that they support moving next year’s All-Star game from Arizona in protest of SB 1070, which goes into effect July 29.
Today is the last day of the four-day conference.

Read more at My SanAntonio News →

La Corte de Apelaciones en EE.UU. Considera Otorgar Asilo Político a las Mujeres de Guatemala

Es posible que todas las mujeres Guatemaltecas puedan tener derecho a asilo político en Estados Unidos debido a los altos indices de violencia en el país.

La Corte Federal de Apelaciones del Noveno Circuito en San Francisco revierte las órdenes redactadas de deportación a Lesly Yajayra Perdomo, y ordenó que los jueces de inmigración reconsideren otorgarle asilo.

Ademas, la Corte de Apelaciones ordenó a la Junta de Inmigración que determinen si todas las mujeres guatemaltecas califican para el asilo en base de el alto nivel de violencia en contra de la mujer en el país, más de 3,800 mujeres han sido asesinadas desde el 2000.

La decisión tomada por las corte en San Francisco es indice de lo violento que se ha vuelto el país desde la guerra civil en 1990.

“Esta será una herramienta muy importante para las mujeres que buscan escapar de la violencia en Guatemala”, dijo Kelsey Alford-Jones, de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala, con sede en Washington.

Read more at Univision →

Minority Business Ownership Increasing at Twice National Rate

The number of minority-owned businesses increased by 45.6 percent to 5.8 million between 2002 and 2007, more than twice the national rate of all U.S. businesses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, the number of women-owned businesses increased 20.1 percent during the same period. The total number of U.S. businesses increased between 2002 and 2007 by 18.0 percent to 27.1 million.

Increases in the number of minority-owned businesses ranged from 60.5 percent for black-owned businesses to 17.9 percent for American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses. Hispanic-owned businesses increased by 43.6 percent.

Receipts of minority-owned businesses rose 55.6 percent to $1.0 trillion between 2002 and 2007. Increases ranged from a high of 62.9 percent for Native Hawaiian- and Other Pacific Islander-owned businesses to 28.3 percent for American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses. Over the same period, receipts of Hispanic-owned and women-owned businesses increased by 55.5 percent and 27.0 percent respectively. Receipts of all U.S. businesses increased by 33.5 percent, to $30.2 trillion.

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses totaled 2.3 million with receipts of these businesses totaling $345.2billion.

Read more at U.S. Census Bureau →

ART vs. VIOLENCE: Colombia’s New Way to Urban Peace

Medellin, Colombia is betting that a cultural explosion will help combat the crime rates and win over those that commit the crimes.  City leaders and Mayor Alonso Salazar want to emphasize the importance of Medellin as a burgeoning South American cultural capital and invest in that happening. 

This month the city will launch several international-in-scope cultural events which include the Flower Festival, fashion shows and the International Poetry Festival.  “Cultural development is the sustenance of a democratic life” and the path away for a violence-prone city, stated the Mayor.  Medellin was once the murder capital of Colombia.

Leaders hope to accomplish societal transformation where the viewing, creating and participation in the arts; in cultural events will discourage violence.  Though a noble effort it is an uphill battle, the government is reporting 503 murders for the first part of the year in Medellin, a 54% increase from last year.

Read more at Colombia Reports →

Hate Crimes Against Hispanics Up in Staten Island

A series of violent hate crimes against Hispanics has put the issue on the front burner in Staten Island,  one of the five borough of New York City.  A group of community organizations and the Mexican Consul General have come together to publicly discuss the issue.

The incidents started earlier this year with the violent baseball bat beating of Rodulfo Olmedo, which left him hospitalized in critical condition.  Just last week another two Hispanic man were attacked walking, in separate incidents, in Staten Island and berated with racial slurs.  Alejandro Galindo, a Mexican day laborer was brutally attacked last month as was a 18-year old Puerto Rican the same day; the attack left the unidentified youth in a coma. 

The pervading fear amongst Mexican nationals and Hispanics in general is prompting the community activism and public outcry.  The well-known Reverend Al Sharpton has not been spared, receiving death threats for his opposition to Arizona SB1070.

Read more at ABC Local TV →

Major Arrests Announced in Mexico’s War on Drugs

Mexico’s Federal Department of Public Safety announced the capture and arrest of nine presumed assassins of the Sinaloa Cartel to the Mexican press.  The individuals have been linked to the homicide of two Federal Policemen and a multiple of other crimes.

The coordinator of Regional Security of the Federal Police, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, stated that the detained were captured in Nayarit after a confrontation with Federal Police claiming the lives of two officers.  Among the detainees is Jorge Antonio Arias Flores, “El Guacho”, 29, leader of the cell who is linked to kidnappings and distribution of drugs.

The group operates under the direct orders of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, considered the famed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The others that were captured were in charge of logistics, distributing drugs in their respective terrorties, implementing kidnapping operations, carrying out assassinations, as well as overseeing hostages during their captivity.

For the Mexican authorities this capture represents a major victory in their war with the cartels.  They are very cognizant of the enormous loss of life and confidence with drug violence dominating the news in Mexico and aboard. The Sinaloa cartel has lost an important tentacle of the organization that executes and implements the crimes they commit.  Mexican authorities are hopeful this major arrest will provide an insight into the cartels operations.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Obreros Panameños y el Gobierno Logran un Acuerdo en Huelga

ULTIMA HORA—El portavoz del gobierno, Judy Meana, anunció que “Se llegó a un acuerdo positivo en la noche del domingo.” La ley laboral que inicio esta huelga—quita la obligación a las empresas de pagar la cuota sindical y permite sustituir a los empleados en caso de huelga—se va a posponer por 90 días en los cuales se abrirá un diálogo nacional en lo cual participarán los sindicatos, gobierno y otras organizaciones para revisar la reforma laboral.

El gobierno se comprometió ha arreglar los problemas asociados con la huelga en términos de ayuda social, indemnizaciones, pensiones, y gastos funerarios de las víctimas. Ademas el gobierno libero a todos los trabajadores presos por los disturbios sin llevarlos a juicio.
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Una semana de huelga por los obreros del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Industria del Banano en Bocas del Torro, una provincia occidental de Panama, se convirtió en un disturbio violento este jueves que la policía provincial esta tratando de contener.

Por ahora se ha reportado un muerto, Antonio Smith, dirigente de las bananeras, varios heridos de gravedad, y tres policías están retenidos en una finca bananera. Los heridos graves fueron trasladados vía aérea hacia otros hospitales. Por su parte los policías están reprimiendo con punta de balas y gases lacrimógenos en un esfuerzo de reprimir a los manifestantes en lo que se ha vuelto una anarquía total.

Las protestas comenzaron por el rechazo de un ley aprobada hace un mes que reforma normas laborales, ambientales, aviación comercial y policía, entre otros. Los obreros bananeros sostienen que la ley esta dirigida en contra del derecho de huelga y los sindicatos.

El gobierno ha respondido con realizar un Consejo de Gabinete extraordinario y enviar al ministro de la Presidencia Jimmy Papadimitriu a la region para comenzar un diálogo.

Read more at Yahoo Noticias! →

Argentina and China’s Billion-Dollar Friendship

The government of Argentina and China are expected to announce later today that they have signed an unprecedented $10Billion trade and investment agreement further linking the unlikely amigos together.  The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández is in China to ink the deal whereby China is providing the credit for the purchase of Chinese goods and in turn China will continue to buy soya oil and other natural resources from Argentina.  Last year the country’s had a trade agreement with a total value of $4Billion, with Argentina running a trade deficit with China. 

Recently China has entered into various trade agreements and strengthened its ties to Latin American countries.  China appears willing to provide affordable financing to these countries especially if they are rich in natural resources, which China is not.  China is the largest buyer of soya oil and Argentina the largest exporter.

Read more at Financial Times →

Hallan 5 Cuerpos Ejecutados en Monterrey

El lunes los cuerpos de 5 individuos fueron encontrados en un vehículo abandonado en la zona sur de Monterrey. Cinco personas fueron ejecutadas, una de ellas decapitada.

Una de las víctimas fue encontrada con un mensaje en que se amenaza, “a los que apoyen a un grupo de la delincuencia organizada”, sin identificar concretamente que grupo.

La violencia en Monterrey ha aumentado en los últimos meses por la disputa entre el cártel del Golfo y sus ex-aliados Los Zetas.

Read more at La Jornada →

Castro Speaks and Warns of Nuclear War

After keeping a low profile even in his own country Castro has made two public appearances this week.  First he was seen at a scientific conference where pictures of the visits were posted on the internet.  Yesterday he gave participated in a round table discussion on Cuban TV.

He used the rare public appearance to discuss his favorite subject: the U.S. and all their failings.  This time he warned that a nuclear war was imminent and the fault of the U.S. for provoking the wrath of Iran and North Korea.  He appeared lucid and engaged but pausing during his discussion.

Fortunately for his audience he has surrendered his eponymous guerrilla outfit and now dons an age appropriate senior citizen blue track suit. 

Read more at Yahoo News →

Many States Want AZ Immigration Law Only Three Will Probably Get It: Oklahoma, South Carolina & Utah

Even though there are over 17 states that have are introducing bills similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 only three states are likely to pass such initiatives due to receptive State Houses and Republican governors.

Oklahoma , South Carolina and Utah according to the Washington Post are likely to create legislation in 2011 giving them federal-like powers on the issue of immigration.  All states will be looking out to see what happens with the Department of Justice lawsuit against the Arizona law but nonetheless each has started their own path to disavowing their state from undocumented immigrants.

Oklahoma led the path in 2007 when it made it a felon to transport or shelter undocumented individuals and has also blocked them from getting drivers licenses and state tuition.

Utah’s current laws prohibit the hiring of undocumented workers and the next step is to have legislation that mirrors Arizona’s SB 1070

South Carolina has had strict illegal immigration laws on the books since 2008 which mandates business verify legal status and makes it a crime to transport and harbor them.  They are now working on an Arizona like bill but watching out to see what happens there.

 

Read more at New Patriot Journal →

Obama’s “Silent Raids” lead to Thousands of Firings but No Job Takers

The Obama administrations quieter immigration enforcement tactic is to search through employee records for illegal immigrant workers. More than 2900 companies resulting in a record 3 million dollars in fines have been audited this year. It is estimated that thousands of workers have been fired but in most cases they are not deported.

The audits though do force employers to immediately fire those suspected of being illegal.
Gebbers Farm, an orchard in Washington, was audited and 500 of its workers, mostly immigrants from Mexico were found to be in the country illegally. These firings shocked the little village of 2100 in eastern Washington.  The Gebbers Farm had a reputation of always treating their employees fairly.  It was a sad day for everyone when ICE auditors concluded their I-9 examination and the workers were fired. Employees who were renting homes on the orchard were given three months to move. Many of the immigrants purchased new illegal documents and went in search of new employment. But there were few takers for the now vacant 500 jobs.

“Show me one American —just one — climbing a picker’s ladder,” said Maria Cervantes, 33, a former Gebbers Farms worker from Mexico who gave her name because she was recently approved as a legal immigrant.

After being unable to fill the positions, Gebbers Farms has had to work with the federal guest workers program find new employees. They hired 1200 legal temporary workers, most from Mexico who can stay in the US for up to six months.

Many wonder, what has been accomplished?

 

Read more at New York Times →



TuesdayJuly 13, 2010