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TuesdayAugust 17, 2010

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Mexican Drug Violence Spills into the Catholic Church

Monsignor Victor Rene Rodriguez and many other priests are reporting threats, extortion and abuse by drug dealers coming in from all over the nation. In response, the Mexican Catholic Church has adopted several new procedures to minimize the risk to both priests and parishioners. Some fellow bishops have opted to cancel evening masses so parishioners need not be on the street after dark. Priests are being asked to always wear clothing that identifies them as priests and to not travel into remote areas.

“They threaten us,” Monsignor Rodriguez states. “They accuse us of siding with La Linea [drug gang] or La Familia [rival gang]. They also tell us, ‘You have to cooperate with us or we will kill you.’”

Monsignor Rodriguez also says priests are forced to minister to drug traffickers.  “They give the orders,” he said. “They say, ‘We will pick you up. We need you to minister.’” There have been cases where a priest has been unable to perform a scheduled baptism or a first communion and church parishioners suffer the consequences.

Read more at CNN →

‘Disaster Migrants’ Helping Clean Up the Gulf

‘Disaster Migrants’ Helping Clean Up the Gulf

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As you walk the coastal shores of Louisiana and Florida you will see diligent work crews helping clean up the crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill.  What many do not know is that many clean up crews are predominantly Hispanic. 

There are Puerto Rican, Cuban, Honduran and Guatemalan clean up crews with Dominican’s making up the majority of immigrant laborers known as ‘disaster migrants.’  Most come from nearby immigrant communities in Louisiana that originally came to help rebuild after Katrina.  Others are professional disaster migrants that come to an area after a natural disaster to obtain clean up work.  For example, after an oil spill contractors typically go looking for day laborers at known locations such as churches and job centers.

It is tedious and danger work removing patches of oil underneath the sand, salvaging the top layers of sand in soaring heat.  Two workers have already died in the Gulf clean up from heat stroke.  Many don’t care about the risks because they will be paid an average of $13/hour and get temporary housing and a stipend for meals either living in rentals or pop-up tent cities. 

Read more at Feet in Two Worlds →

Avance Lento y Colapso de Caverna en Mina San José

Las labores de sondaje en la mina San José de Copiapó para alcanzar los refugios en que pueden estar los 33 mineros desaparecidos avanzan más lento de lo esperado pese al complemento tecnológico que llegó desde Estados Unidos y Australia.

La información en ese sentido la entregó el experto jefe de las labores de perforación, Andrés Sougarret, al complementar, pasado este mediodía, los dichos del ministro Laurence Golborne en que señalaba escasas novedades en la operación.  “Con las (sondas) motorizadas, estas que llegaron (el fin de semana), la verdad es que ha ido bastante más lento de lo que esperábamos (…) Esto necesitaba varios días para avanzar con precisión y por lo tanto quedan varios días”, indicó.

“Las sondas más avansadas que tenemos están en los 533 metros”, mientras las otras “están en 290, 410, 522, 90 y 290”, anotado que las motorizadas con la tecnología llegada desde el exterior son las que están en 533 metros y las que están en 410.

Read more at La Nacion Chile →

Is there Some Monkey Business in Mexico’s Telecommunication Sector?

In July, Televisa announced it would team up with Nextel Mexico to go into the mobile phone business and therefore submit a bid to provide mobile telecommunication services at Mexican airports. 

The $14 million bid immediately came under scrutiny for being so low and being the only bid submitted. Under Mexican law, other competitors were barred from bidding due to their other large wireless holdings.  Carlos Slim’s America Movil has paid close to $400 million for other blocks of mobile wireless services in Mexico raising eyebrows on the $14 million chump change bid. 

In a catch-22, such a low bid can succeed because it’s the only one but not before getting a lot of criticism.  This proposed transaction is reviving fears that the old days of cronyism and back room business deals Mexico has been known for are alive and well.  Televisa has a 70% television market share and is viewed by many as a monopoly that has always been favored by the Mexican political party in power trying to garner positive press.

Late last night Mexico’s regulatory agency, Cofetel,  approved the deal stating the bid was valid despite the low price.  It believes Televisa’s entry into mobile communications will promote competition in the sector. In a lone voice of opposition, one of the Cofetel commissioners refused to vote symbolically opposing the way Mexico’s licensing auctions work. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Representation of Minorities On Corporate Boards Still Lags –Hispanics Being the Least Represented

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Democratic Task Force and the lone Hispanic Senator, unveiled the results of his survey on women and minority representation among the senior management of Fortune 500 companies, as well as their use of minority and women-owned businesses in the contracting and procurement process. The survey found that women and minority representation on corporate boards continues to lag far behind the national population percentages. Menendez’s survey was one of the most successful of its kind, garnering input from 219 corporations on the Fortune 500 list and 71 on the Fortune 100 list.

The study found minorities to represent a total of 14.5% of directors on corporate boards and overall have less representation on executive teams than they do on corporate boards. Hispanics are least proportionately represented on boards and fared even worse on executive teams. They compromise about 3.28% of Board members, one-fifth of the 15% they represent in the U.S. population.  Hispanic/Latino-owned firms only represent 2.69% of total minority supplier purchases.

Among minority groups, African Americans have the highest representation on boards compared to their population but are in line with Hispanics only getting 2.6% of minority supplier purchases.

Read more at United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce →

México Podría Impedir el Acceso de Camiones de EEUU al País Por un Conflicto de Transportistas

El Gobierno mexicano podría llegar a establecer nuevas sanciones e incluso cerrar la frontera a los camiones de carga estadounidenses si ese país mantiene su negativa a que los transportistas mexicanos ingresen a EE.UU., afirmó hoy el secretario (ministro) de Economía, Bruno Ferrari.

“Nosotros tenemos que llevar esto a sus últimas consecuencias porque (...) estamos buscando una certidumbre en el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), que ya la hemos tenido en todas las otras partes del tratado”, indicó Ferrari en declaraciones a la emisora MVS.

El TLCAN, en vigor desde enero de 1994, estipula que Estados Unidos debe permitir la libre circulación de camiones mexicanos en todo su territorio, lo que no se ha cumplido a la fecha. Debido a presiones de grupos ecológicos y el sindicato de trabajadores de transporte de EE.UU. “Teamsters”, el Congreso estadounidense canceló los fondos para un programa piloto con el que los camiones mexicanos podían transitar en Estados Unidos más allá de una franja en la frontera común.

El ministro Ferrari estimó que la negativa a abrir la frontera común a los transportistas mexicanos genera en México pérdidas de unos 2.500 millones de dólares anuales, ya que alrededor del 80 por ciento del comercio entre los dos países se mueve por vía terrestre.  El Gobierno mexicano renovó ayer la queja en la que aduce que la cancelación del programa piloto, que duró 18 meses, no se debió a problemas de seguridad de los camiones sino al “proteccionismo” de EE.UU.

La Secretaría de Economía presentó una nueva lista con 99 productos, diez más de los que había en la anterior, a los que impondrá aranceles por la disputa bilateral y recordó que los acuerdos del TLCAN en materia de transporte “tienen que cumplirse”.

Read more at EFE News Service →

US Farmers Need Undocumented to Fill Jobs Americans Don’t Want

With harvest time approaching, US Farmers must depend on undocumented immigrants to bring in the crops. Farm workers have a very long day, beginning at dawn and working all day in the hot sun. Of the estimated one million farm workers nationwide, the majority are immigrants with up to half of them being illegal.

With US unemployment near 10%, many argue that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. The Farm Workers Union recently launched a campaign to fill farm jobs with the unemployed, three people accepted out of thousands of inquiries.

Union president Arturo Rodriguez says most were not interested due to the difficult working conditions.

 

 

 

“They really don’t have any idea what it is to work in agriculture today,” he says.  “We’ve just gotten so far away from that type of society that people have forgotten.”

One Farmer, who asked to remain anonymous, describes the guest worker program as a bureaucratic nightmare.

“Every farmer I know would gladly use the program and be legal,” he says. “Every Hispanic would love to be legal. But the program is so onerous, it’s so hard to use, and so expensive…. And you don’t necessarily get your people. [If] the crop is ready, [and] the people are not here, boom, it’s a loss. Most growers will not take that chance.”

He says he’s tried to hire Americans, but he simply can’t find enough able and willing do the work.

“The truth is, nobody is raising their kids to be farm workers,” he says.

While legislation to reform the immigration system stalls in Congress, Farmers grow increasingly concerned about their crops. Simply put, without a workforce to bring in the fruits and vegetables, both the fruit and the farms will wither away.

 

Read more at The Voice of America →

Campaign for More Adoptions Underway in Hispanic Christian Churches

The Call to Conscience recently partnered with The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) to help mobilize Hispanic Christians around the issue of abortion.

The new effort, led by Lou Engle, founder of The Call to Conscience, will work with the NHCLC’s more than 25,000 churches to educate Hispanic Americans on traditional moral issues.  Each church will provide the resources and training for at least two adoptions in the next year, saving more than 50,000 infants.  The Call to Conscience, founded by leading pro-life, pro-family voice Lou Engle, is an organization created to educate and inform Americans - especially young adults - about pressing social issues and advocate for policies that are consistent with the Bible and core Christian principles.

“We will protect countless lives, ignite the youth of America in a righteousness and justice movement and mobilize the Hispanic Community in prayer and fasting in an unprecedented manner,” said NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.  “The Call to Conscience has always been committed to advancing efforts that will affirm life,” said Mr. Engle.  “That is why we are thrilled to be partnering with the largest Hispanic Christian organization to help provide the tools and information that promote adoption as an alternative to the destruction of abortion.”

“Hispanics will play a critical role in the upcoming midterm elections and beyond, and an overwhelming majority of them are pro-family and pro-life.  We want to harness their energy in order to ensure that the life issue remains at the forefront.”  “Planned Parenthood has grown itself into abooming business that targets poor and minority Americans, especially Hispanics.  Planned Parenthood’s massive abortion facility on Gulf Freeway in Houston is truly unprecedented and will lead to countless innocent deaths and make late-term abortions more convenient and accessible.”

Read more at USHCC →



TuesdayAugust 17, 2010