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TuesdayJuly 27, 2010

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Peru’s Civil War Victims WAIT

It has been five years since Peru agreed to compensate victims and their families for losses suffered in the country’s 20-year civil war from 1980 to 2000 and to date nothing has been received. 

There are approximately 76,000 registered victims of the counterinsurgency war with the Maoist Shining Path guerillas.  Those victims and surviving families have been waiting for compensation from a $7.1Million reparations fund.  There have been numerous committees established to identify victims and determine the amount of compensation and as victims wait many are aging and dying.

Members of President Alan Garcia’s administration recently announced that payments would begin in 2011 for an unspecified amount, this announcement came as many victims starting protesting.  To the great disappointment of many the President shortly thereafter put the reparation payments in limbo saying payments would be made only if public funds were available and no longer committed to a payment date.

Read more at IPS →

Hispanics in Arizona Brace for Thursday

As Arizona prepares to be the first state in the country that makes being an undocumented immigrant a crime, the Hispanic community is being spurred into action. National and Local organizations are calling for statewide demonstrations with protests outside the capitol in Phoenix. Emotions spiked as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpai, whose jurisdiction includes Phoenix, released plans of his already completed special Cellblock 1070 for locking up undocumented aliens arrested under the new law.
The hopes and dreams of many immigrant families are hinging on word from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton. As she ponders the future of SB 1070 she has three options. She may allow the law to go into effect on Thursday, she may opt to stop certain parts from becoming effective, or she may deem it illegal in its entirety.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

Asesinan a Otro Sobrino del Gobernador Electo de Chihuahua

Alberto Porras Duarte, sobrino del gobernador electo de Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, fue ejecutado este martes en la ciudad de Parral, por sujetos que le dispararon en varias ocasiones.

De acuerdo con las primeras versiones, fueron dos personas las que a bordo de un vehículo Bora color rojo dispararon arteramente contra el prominente abogado Porras Duarte, en el exterior de su despacho en la intersección de la Avenida Constitución y Agustín Melgar.

El abogado sobrevivió inicialmente a los disparos y fue llevado aún con vida a la Clínica de Especialidades de Parral, pero falleció antes de ser intervenido quirúrgicamente.

Esta es la segunda ocasión que un sobrino del gobernador electo de Chihuahua es ejecutado a tiros, ya que apenas el pasado 15 de este mes, en la ciudad de Chihuahua fue acribillado a tiros Mario Humberto Medina Vela, aparentemente en un intento de secuestro por el cobro de “piso” o cuota por extorsión.

Read more at Excelsior Mexico →

Catching Up with Wilmer Valderrama

Some may recognize Wilmer Valderrama as the voice of Disney’s Handy Manny, Fez in ‘That 70’s Show’, or the host on MTV’s ‘Yo Momma’ but few know him as budding movie star. The star of Colombian-Venezuelan descent will be sharing the big screen with America Ferrera on the upcoming war movie ‘The Dry Land’. Valderrama enjoyed this project because it accurately captures how post-traumatic stress disorder affects the lives of soldiers. Valderrama explains, “The movie truly talks about the human behind the soldier and not the soldier behind the cause.”

“The movie truly talks about the human behind the soldier and not the soldier behind the cause.”

While portraying Raymond, the Latino soldier, in this movie the young actor depicts Latinos coming to this country and ready to fight on its behalf. Raymond’s role shines light on the complexity undocumented soldiers face in the military. There is a great scene in the movie with James, the main character, that exemplifies this best. James, tells Raymond “I wanted to become a soldier to be a hero” and Raymond responds, “I just wanted to become a soldier to get my citizenship”. Wilmer’s character Raymond, provides comic relief to a movie that touches upon some serious issues.

Aside from this upcoming film, Wilmer has his hands full with many other projects. The romantic dramedy ‘From Prada to Nada’ comes out in October, and he just finished up ‘Larry Crowne’ a romantic comedy written and directed by Tom Hanks, and starring Julia Roberts. He is also dabbling in the music world, “I’ve been singing and dancing since I was 6 years old and acting somehow took off before my singing,” but remains coy about the exact details or which of his pool of friends in the music world he is collaborating with. I guess we better stay tuned to see what this multi-talented actor is going to pull out next from his bag of tricks.

Read more at Celestrellas →

Suspected Mexican Car Bomber Captured

Carlos Vaquez Barragan, 39 years-old, a drug cartel leader and suspect in the car bombing in Cuidad Juarez has been captured announced Mexican federal police. Barragan allegedly is a top leader of La Linea gang that is an enforcement division of the violent Juarez drug cartel. He was taken into custody after a shoot out with 100 police officers, in Madera located in the state of Chihuahua, that left eight cartel members dead.  Police are not disclosing what evidence they have tying Barragan to the July 15 bombing that left three dead and was the first act of bombing terrorism to be used by cartels.


Read more at CNN →

The “Sleeping Giant” in Texas Could Turn the Voting Tide

The voting outcome in Texas would be dramatically affected if the 24.8 million (37%) of the Latinos in the state voted. The “Sleeping Giant” as they are often referred to, puzzle politicians who election after election try and capture their vote without quite figuring out how to engage them politically. The Latino Vote would have a major impact if they went to the polls. Hispanics typically vote Democrat, and if they voted they could potentially turn the Republican state of Texas, to a Democrat state.

Many factors are attributed to the Sleeping Giant’s political inactivity. Their age is partly to blame, citing that 36 percent of the state’s 6.7 million Latinos were not of voting age a decade ago. But even if they are of age many in their 20s are just not engaged politically. In the last presidential election Latinos lagged behind other ethnic groups in voter turnout. Experts say Latinos face many different obstacles such as high poverty rates and low level of education. Many Latinos work long hours or multiple jobs to provide for their families, some are in survival mode, and political issues may not top their list.

The voting outcome in Texas would be dramatically affected if the 24.8 million (37%) of the Latinos in the state voted.

Hispanics have the power of the people without the voice to speak for them. The Democrats obtain the Latino vote without much effort, partly by default because the Republican Party is usually against issues that matter to the Latino public like immigration reform. Bob Stein, a political science professor at Rice University sums it up about right, “It’s not that Hispanics aren’t probably pro-life. It’s not that they aren’t pro-choice,” Stein says. “But those are not things that will motivate them to vote Republican when they are unemployed, don’t have health insurance and their schools are terrible.”

Read more at The Texas Tribune →

Alex Dejó Daños por Mil 282 MDP en Monterrey

La alcaldía de la ciudad de Monterrey estimó en mil 282 millones 811 mil pesos los daños que provocó el huracán Alex a la infraestructura urbana, entre los que sobre salen afectaciones a dos mil 694 hogares de familias regiomontanas.

El alcalde Fernando Larrazabal Bretón presentó el informe que será entregado este martes al Fondo Nacional de Desastres Naturales (Fonden).

“Los daños ocasionados por este fenómeno meteorológico a la infraestructura urbana serán subsanados en un plazo no mayor a ocho meses:, aseguró Larrazabal.

Sobre las viviendas que sufrieron daños por inundación, mil 535 de ellas se encontraban en predios irregulares, añadió el munícipe.

Agregó que mil 159 restantes estaban zonas de pobreza, y que 708 familias resultaron con pérdidas de sus enseres domésticos.

Larrazabal Bretón explicó que muchas de las familias afectadas podrían ingresar al programa de recuperación de enseres del gobierno federal.

Read more at El Universal México →

Hispanics on the Cusp of Replacing Baby Boomers in the Market

From a market perspective the robust Hispanic population is replacing the aging baby boomer population segment. The 2010 Census expects a remarkable 42% Hispanic population surge, compared to just 5% of the non-Hispanic population. They have become the nation’s second-largest consumer market after white non-Hispanics. They tend to be younger than the overall population in the country and resemble the culture of the Leave it to Beaver era of the 50s best. These unique factors make the Hispanic population segment ideal consumer targets for goods and services to the extent baby boomers once were during their youth.

Some interesting aspects of the Hispanic population that will keep marketers guessing as to their consumer behavior are their acculturation rate. The rather large U.S.-born population composed of children less than 18 years (34.3% of the total U.S. population) is assimilating to American culture at an unprecedented rate. When they reach adulthood marketers expect they will behave similar to their white non-Hispanic counterparts but their Hispanic culture will remain a strong component of their identity.

Another major difference between today’s immigrants and their predecessors is the effects of globalization that allows them to stay connected to the their homeland. The internet, TV stations with original content from countries of origin, and cheap air travel all enable Hispanics of today to have a strong connection to their countries a luxury immigrants in the past never had.

The globalization phenomenon Hispanics are experiencing will have a trickle up effect on American culture, explaining the Latino influence on American food, music, and sports.

Read more at Advertising Age →

ICE Program “Secure Communities” Could Deport More People Than SB 1070

The Federal government has been working to expand a program that identifies illegal immigrants by comparing fingerprints. The program calls for the fingerprints of anyone who is booked for any crime to be run against the FBI criminal history databases as well as Dept of Homeland Security records. This would determine if the individual was in the country illegally and if they had ever been arrested.
Since the program began three years ago, 467 jurisdictions in 26 states have joined. ICE plans to have “Secure Communities” implemented in every jail in the country by 2013.

Although San Francisco requested not to participate in the program it was implemented June 8. Eileen Hirst, the chief of staff for San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey, said it happened “without our input or approval.” The San Francisco Sheriff is opposed to the program because he believes it not only goes against their sanctuary city policy of only reporting foreign born suspects of felonies but would cause immigration status confirmation on someone who misses a court date for a traffic stop. “ Now, we’re reporting every single individual who comes into our custody and gets fingerprinted,” Hirst said.

Washington DC has decided not to implement the program because of a bill that would prohibit authorities from sharing information with ICE out of concern for immigrants civil rights has been introduced in the city council.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is currently deciding “ how or if to move forward” with the Secure Communities program.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Cultural Visa’s To and From Cuba on the Rise

If you were fortunate to attend this year’s Latino Theatre festivals in Miami and Chicago you might have noticed something unusual: Cuban theater groups performing.  If you saw Cuban, Silvio Rodriguez perform at Carnegie Hall last month and wondered when was the last time he performed on U.S. soil, it was thirty years ago.  In Havana, a Cuban-America production of “Blind Mouth Singing” is held in front of a very receptive audience.  These artists, as well as other actors, playwrights, musicians and academics, are expanding their audience as more cultural visa’s to and from Cuba are issued.

Under the Bush Administration cultural exchanges between the countries were restricted and fewer visas were issues.  These restrictions were part of an enforcement of the 49 year old embargo with Cuba.  Under President Obama visas for cultural purposes are flowing again.  The restrictions have been eased as the Senate prepares to vote on eliminating travel restrictions for Americans to Cuba.  Currently Cuban-Americans families are allowed to travel freely to visit family on the island.

Read more at The New York Times →

UPDATE: Freemont Nebraska Votes to Suspend Anti-Immigration Ban

UPDATE: Tuesday night the Fremont Nebraska City Council voted unanimously to suspend the ban on renting to or hiring undocumented immigrants. The action is seen as temporary while the city takes a step back to see if the courts support the ban’s legality during several court challenges.

Fremont Nebraska passed a ban last month on hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The city will vote on suspending the ban tonight, before they are due to defend it in court tomorrow. It is estimated that the cost of implementing the ban could cost the town as much as one million dollars a year.

The Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund as well has the American Civil Liberties Union have filed lawsuits against the city. The council’s president, Scott Gretzchman said, “It just boils down to the fact that the restraining order and injunction is imminent. And as a city of Fremont, we’re looking at ways of reducing costs.”
Legal director of ACLU Nebraska, Amy Miller, thinks that suspending the law would help to protect her clients and begin to heal some of the divide this ban has caused in the town.

“If the City Council decides to stop the law from going into effect themselves, that would be a step in the right direction,” Miller said.

Like Arizona’s SB 1070, this ban was due to go into effect this Thursday, July 29.

Read more at CBS News →

A Great Divide in American Sentiment

This week on July 29, 2010, Arizona’s controversial SB1070 will go in effect if no court injunction interferes.  Most media outlets and pundits report that the majority of American’s are in favor of the legislation and hope to see it enacted in their state.  Some reports also claim that Hispanic American’s favor the legislation, Bill O’Reilly, J.D. Hayworth and others have stated so publicly.  Russell Pearce, Arizona legislator and author of the bill has been quoted as saying “They’re on our side”;  they will “benefit the most”.  Promoting the existence of Hispanic-American support for SB1070 allows legislators to feel they are acting on behalf of all Americans.

Though it would be nice to believe all American’s are on the same page of this contentious issue, they are not.  This issue is polarizing American’s and Hispanic American’s due to opposing sentiment on the issue.  Historically if most American’s support an issue, withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan for example, Hispanic American’s can be counted amongst that support base. 

Numerous polls show just how far the two groups are on the issue and that non-Hispanic American’s recognize Hispanic American’s will be discriminated against deeming it an acceptable price to pay for having SB1070 legislation.

• 51% of American’s in favor of SB 1070
• 50% of American’s agree it will lead to police profiling and detaining certain ethnic groups
• 55% of American’s feel it will keep immigrants from reporting crimes
• 35% of American’s feel it will actually reduce crime

• 65% of American’s in favor of SB 1070

• 48% of American’s want their state to pass legislation similar to SB1070
• 45% of American’s recognize it would lead to discrimination of Hispanic’s

• 70% of Latinos voters “strongly oppose”

• 69% of Hispanic Arizona’s oppose SB1070

Read more by HS News Staff →

TuesdayJuly 27, 2010