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WednesdaySeptember 1, 2010

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Chicago Police try New Tactic to Decrease Gang Violence

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is taking an unconventional approach to gang violence. Law enforcement is applying direct pressure to top gang leaders in an effort to decrease gang related violence.

There was a secret meeting with west side gang leaders, primarily from the Traveling Vice Lords gang at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  Weis and federal prosecutors told the leaders that they would be held accountable for violence committed by their members.

“They did not like the idea at all, because they realized something one of their colleagues may do could lead to a lot of pressure on them,” Weis said. “That’s what we tried to emphasize: This is group responsibility, group accountability. So you’re a leader, you’d better influence your guys to behave.” Criticism comes not from the message but from the method. Although Weis insisted the meeting did not constitute an effort to try to negotiate with gangs, having the meeting over snacks and beverages rubs many the wrong way.

Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he does not support the Chicago Police Superintendents efforts to meet privately with gang leaders.” In my opinion, I don’t think that’s the way to go,” Quinn said of last month’s meeting between Weis and a handful of gang leaders. “I think a better way to go is to take on the assault weapons used by gangs to terrorize neighborhoods.”

Yesterday Mayor Daley likened the idea to the negotiations between war combatants.
“It’s a good concept. You’ll sit down with anyone,” Daley said. “We’ll negotiate after the Second World War. We’ll negotiate with anyone to have peace. Even during the war. So you sit down with anyone. If you can save one life, if I can save your son’s life, you’d want me to sit down with them,” the mayor said.

Read more at The Chicago Tribune →

Sharp Decline in Number of Unauthorized Immigrants Coming or Living in the U.S.

BREAKING: President Barack Obama and his administration have just released a statement in reaction to Pew’s report on unauthorized immigration flow:  “This Administration’s unprecedented commitment of manpower, technology and infrastructure to the Southwest border has been a major factor in this dramatic drop in illegal crossings.  We are cracking down on employers who hire illegal labor, seizures of illicit goods are up across the board, criminal alien removals are at an all-time high, the Border Patrol is better staffed than at any time in its 85-year history, and the southwest border is more secure than ever before.”

  The annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the United States was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005, according to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center.  This sharp decline has contributed to an overall reduction of 8% in the number of unauthorized immigrants currently living in the U.S.-to 11.1 million in March 2009 from a peak of 12 million in March 2007, according to the estimates. The decrease represents the first significant reversal in the growth of this population over the past two decades.

These new Pew Hispanic Center estimates rely on data mainly from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and decennial census. The unauthorized immigrant population is estimated using the widely accepted residual method, in which a demographic estimate of the legal foreign-born population is subtracted from the total foreign-born population. The difference provides the basis for estimating the size and characteristics of the unauthorized immigrant population.

The Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis also finds that the most marked decline in the population of unauthorized immigrants has been among those who come from Latin American countries other than Mexico. From 2007 to 2009, the size of this group from the Caribbean, Central America and South America decreased 22%.  The recent decrease in the unauthorized population has been especially notable along the nation’s Southeast coast according to the new estimates. 

You can find a complete version of the Pew Study at HSN Library

Read more at Hispanic Ad/Pew Hispanic →

Hay un Segundo Sobreviviente de la Masacre en Tamaulipas

El gobierno mexicano confirmó hoy la existencia de “un segundo superviviente” de la masacre de 72 inmigrantes indocumentados ocurrida el mes pasado en San Fernando, estado de Tamaulipas, y que la nacionalidad del mismo es hondureña.

Fuentes gubernamentales confirmaron a Efe lo anterior horas después de que el presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, hiciera público que “Freddy”, el ecuatoriano que alertó a la Marina mexicana de la matanza, se lo revelara.

Minutos antes, el presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, anunció que un hondureño, al cual no identificó, sería el segundo sobreviviente de la masacre de inmigrantes perpetrada la semana pasada en Tamaulipas, México.  El hasta ahora único superviviente de la matanza de Tamaulipas,  un ecuatoriano afirmó que otra persona, a la que identificó como hondureño, también se salvó de la muerte, reveló el mandatario.

“Ya se encuentra seguro en el país, el único sobreviviente, en verdad nos cuenta que hubo otro sobreviviente, no queremos poner en riesgo, un hondureño”, dijo Correa en declaraciones publicadas hoy en varios medios.  Correa, que subrayó que la matanza de 72 inmigrantes descubierta la semana pasada en Tamaulipas “no tiene nombre”, hizo estas declaraciones anoche a su regreso de una visita oficial a Haití.

El superviviente ecuatoriano llegó el pasado lunes a su país tras ser trasladado desde México en el avión presidencial y se encuentra en un lugar secreto y protegido.

Read more at Excelsior de Mexico →

Bombing in Cancun Kills 8

Eight Mexicans died in an attack at a bar in Cancun Mexico. The attack occurred at a bar known as Castillo del Mar, about 3 miles from the city’s main tourism zone.
It has been reported that the owner of the bar refused to pay the Los Zetas drug cartel $40,000 in “protection money” several weeks back.

This is the third major crisis to rock Cancun this year. In May the Mayor of Cancun; Gregorio Sanchez was arrested by federal police for alleged money laundering and ties to the drug cartels.

Last May in the U.S., former Governor of the Quintana Roo state, which includes Cancun Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, was charged with conspiring to send cocaine and laundering almost $19 million through accounts with Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. He pled not guilty in federal court in New York.

Cancun is scheduled to host the next major United Nations Meeting in November to include talks on carbon emissions and global warming.

Read more at Bloomberg →

Vme Launches Spanish Language Channel for Preschoolers (VIDEO)

Hispanic TV broadcast network Vme is strengthening its commitment to Latino families with the launch of a new channel for preschoolers – Vme Kids, a 24/7 channel to focus specifically on preschoolers for whom Spanish is the home language.

From the magical gifts of Dibo (the Dinosaur), to the vivid imagination of Los Difraces de Dougie (Dougie in Disguise) and the creative introductions of colors, numbers and reading from shows like Los Supernúmeros (Numberjacks), Bruno y los amigos Banana (Bruno & the Banana Bunch) and Cinco Minutos Más (Five Minutes More), Vme Kids offers a vibrant and diverse lineup to capture the attention of a young audience. The Vme Kids schedule will also feature hits including LazyTown, Jim de la Luna, Musti, 7 Pets, Pororo and Connie la Vaquita (Connie the Cow), among others.

Vme Kids launched on AT&T U-verseÒ channel 3058 today with additional distributors to be announced.  Since the successful launch of its broadcast network in 2007, Vme has built a large library of educational Spanish kids programming in the U.S.  In addition to the launch of Vme Kids, Vme continues to offer the only daily broadcast block of kids programming on its main network. 

In the development of Vme and Vme Kids programming, the network has consulted with leading policy makers, researchers and educators who share a unified concern about helping Hispanic preschool children overcome a widening language and literacy gap. Several research studies show that a strong early grounding in the language of the home – in this case, Spanish – builds fundamental language skills that facilitate and accelerate learning English. Plus Vme Kids will offer programs that help kids transfer Spanish language skills and vocabulary to English – strengthening their understanding, and even their parents understanding, of both languages.

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Read more at Portada →

SB 1070 - Governor Brewer =1, Tucson Police Officer=0

The Federal Court today has dismissed a challenge to SB 1070 that was filed by Tucson Police Officer Martin Escobar.

Escobar ‘s suit claimed that SB 1070 violates numerous constitutional rights and would also interfere with the Polices ability to enforce the laws in predominantly Hispanic Communities.

In today’s order, Judge Susan Bolton agreed with Governor Jan Brewer’s argument that Officer Martin Escobar lacks the necessary standing to bring the suit and furthermore rejected every one of the suits arguments.

“I am pleased with today’s decision,” stated Governor Brewer. “I strongly believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail in all of these legal challenges. My defense of the rule of law will continue,” said Governor Brewer.

Read more at KVOA.com →

Mexico’s Most Beloved Artists Frida and Diego Reunite (VIDEO)

Move over Ignacio Zaragoza, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are moving in.

Monday, The Bank of Mexico announced Kahlo and Rivera would be the new faces on the 500-peso bill, formally occupied by the face of Zaragoza, hero at the Battle of Pueblo. 

Located on opposite sides of the bill, the faces of the Mexican artists are accompanied by reproductions of their work along with six anti-fraud features.

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Read more at LA Times →

Open Letter from Eva Longoria-Parker on National Museum of the American Latino

Dear Friends,

As we near Hispanic Heritage Month and prepare to honor Latinos across our community, both locally and nationally, I invite you to join me in a historic effort to memorialize the role of Latinos in the U.S. by supporting the work of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.

Latinos are woven into the fabric of America and all Americans benefit from a greater understanding of Latino contributions throughout our history. We’ll be submitting a report to Congress and the President on our efforts and we need to hear your voices. Tell us if you support this museum and its placement on the National Mall.

The National Museum of the American Latino Commission has heard from thousands of Americans. Now we want to hear from you.

Here are three things you can do right now to show your support:

1. Become a Fan on Facebook. It’s easy, all you have to do is click here and go to our Facebook page and click the like button.

2. Tell 5 friends. It is important this message gets out to as many people as possible. Forward this email to 5 friends today or click here to send them an email just like this one from me.

3. Tell Us What You Think. Fill out the survey and tell us why you think this is so critically important to you.

Thank you for signing up and spreading the word to your friends and loved ones.

Eva Longoria-Parker

Read more at Democria Ahora →

A Proud First: U.S. and Argentina To Hold Bilateral Meeting on Science and Technology

The Governments of the United States of America and the Argentine Republic will hold the first bilateral Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation at the National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Science in Buenos Aires on September 2-3, 2010. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space and Health Lawrence Gumbiner from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs will lead the U.S. delegation and Secretary Alejandro Ceccato from the Ministry of Scientific and Technological Coordination will head the Argentine delegation.

U.S. and Argentine participants will affirm the significant role science and technology plays to enhance and complement each country’s political, economic and commercial infrastructure. Delegates will discuss potential collaborative activities that will enhance the development of professional and scientific networks, build capacity, strengthen institutional links, expand joint research, advance science knowledge and technology for innovation, and seek collaborative opportunities for civil safety and global security.

In particular, participants will examine scientific and technological cooperative activities currently underway between the two countries’ agencies, research centers, and academic institutions in the fields of innovation, basic science and astronomy, climate change, energy, earth science, forensic science, agriculture and food safety, and health. Delegates will explore several priority areas where bilateral collaboration could be further advanced including nanotechnology, atmospheric and space research, alternative energy research, and biotechnology.

The Joint Commission Meetings follow Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman’s bilateral discussions in Washington, DC, last month. The meetings will take place under the auspices of the Agreement related to Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Argentine Republic, which was signed on April 7, 1972, and entered into force on April 11, 1972. The Joint Commission Meetings will include delegates representing ministries, technical agencies, and academic institutions from both countries related to science and technology.

Read more at U.S. State Department →

Mexicos Tourism Prospers Despite Violence

On August 27, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning, advising Americans to delay unnecessary travel to Mexico’s Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila.  Despite the State Department’s warning, American and international vacationers are still scheduling trips to Mexico.  In fact, according to the Mexico Tourism Board, this June, there was a 35 percent increase in travel (by plane) to Mexican tourist locations.

‘Two of the reasons Mexico remains popular are value and convenience,’ said Genevieve Shaw Brown of Travelocity. ‘There are direct flights to Mexico’s major tourist destinations from nearly every major city in the U.S. That competition among airlines helps to keep pricing down. Average international airfare from the U.S. this fall is $769 round trip as compared to airfare from the U.S. to Mexico at $443 round trip.”

So despite incidences like last week’s grenade explosion in Puerto Vallarta, in which 16 people were injured, Mexico’s tourism seems to be steady if not booming.

Read more at Fox News →

Colgate-Palmolive Partners with Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Kick Off ‘Haz La U’

Colgate-Palmolive will celebrate September’s Hispanic Heritage Month with the kick-off of this year’s “Haz la U” (“Make the U”) scholarship program. In partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Colgate’s “Haz la U” will award educational grants to eligible Hispanic-American students pursuing higher education.

The educational achievement gap facing Hispanic-American children remains a significant issue. One of every three Hispanic-American students fails to complete high school and, according to recent U.S. Census estimates, only about 9 percent of Hispanics have bachelor’s degrees.

“We’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund,” said David Cardona, Marketing Director, Multicultural Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive. “Colgate has long been active in supporting the Latino community and this initiative aims to encourage rising generations to pursue high education. With the support of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, our ‘Haz la U’ program provides scholarship opportunities and educational outreach support to Hispanic-American students.”

From now until December 31, 2010, high school seniors can apply to Colgate’s “Haz la U” scholarship program by visiting Colgate. One grand prize winner will be awarded a one-time, $15,000 educational grant and 10 applicants will be honored with a one-time $2,500 educational grant. Eligible candidates must demonstrate strong academic performance and community commitment. All entries must comply with the program rules and guidelines.

“A lack of understanding about college requirements and limited finances are often barriers to attending college for Hispanic families,” said Frank Alvarez, President and CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “Our mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic-Americans. We’re proud to continue this mission by partnering with Colgate on “Haz la U”, which provides scholarship opportunities to young Latinos aspiring to achieve higher education goals.”

Read more at Colgate America →

Justice Comes in 1973 Torture Death of Chilean Catholic Priest

Arrested September 18,1973 in his home on Cerro Placeres , 10 days after the military coup in Chile. Miguel Woodward was taken first to the cargo ship the Lebu and then to the Navy cadet ship Esmeralda. Witnesses confirm that he was brutally tortured and died in an ambulance en route to the Navy Hospital. Miguel Woodward Iriberri lived as a Catholic Priest intensely committed to the poor people of his diocese.

This case is the first time the Pinochet government is being charged with Genocide for religious motives as well as the first ever charge of State terrorism. The family of Miguel Woodward has relentlessly pursued the investigation of their loved ones death.

Chilean Justice indicted on Friday fourteen former members of Carabineros (militarized police and Navy) for the kidnapping and killing of Anglo-Chilean Catholic priest Miguel Woodward. There were a total of 33 indictments included in the case.

“It is with great satisfaction that we have been informed of the indictment which is now completed and closes this line of investigation that has been on-going for years”, said Karina Fernández, solicitor from the Ministry of Interior Human Rights Program which acted as plaintiff.

The Pinochet government installed a brutal dictatorship with the 1973 coup that lasted until 1990 in Chile.

Read more at Merco Press →

WednesdaySeptember 1, 2010