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SundaySeptember 19, 2010

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Undocumented Students Rally in support the DREAM Act (VIDEO)

After being introduced 9 years ago, the DREAM Act is being resurrected this week.

The Dream Act would give conditional, legal status to the children of illegal immigrations after they complete two years of college or military service.

Harry Reid who is locked in a tight re-election campaign in his home state of Nevada is leading the effort to bring the DREAM Act to the floor this week. Some Republicans have criticized Reid by calling the move a ploy to gain the Latino vote. For many Latinos though, the DREAM act is about giving new hope to students. Hope to attend school and hope for a route to citizenship. Students rallied Saturday at the Centro Civico Mexicano in downtown Salt Lake City.

Tony Yapias of Proyecto Latino de Utah said, “Right now we have a high dropout rate. Over 45% of our youth don’t graduate. They have no hope beyond High School.” Yapias points out for many of these students, America is the only country they’ve ever known. “Many of the kids that came to this country came through no fault of their own,” he explained. “Parents brought them here. They didn’t have a choice whether to come here legally or not. They just came here to follow their parents.”

The Obama Administration is supporting the DREAM Act and Senator Reid plans to attach it as an amendment to a military reauthorization bill this week.

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MillerCoors Recognizes Twelve Latino Leaders Making a Difference in their Communities

MillerCoors today recognized 12 Hispanic leaders who are helping to advance Latino communities across the country. One leader will be chosen as the MillerCoors Lider of the Year and receive a $25,000 grant for a community leadership project.

The MillerCoors Lider of the Year will be chosen through an online public voting campaign, hosted on www.MillerCoorsLideres.com from September 15 - October 29. The 12 leaders will be featured in a national marketing campaign sponsored by MillerCoors and will participate in an extensive social media program.

“The 2010 MillerCoors Lideres are a diverse group of respected community leaders who serve as an inspiration and an example of what one person’s dedication can accomplish,” said Joedis Avila, multicultural relations manager, MillerCoors. “We are proud to highlight their achievements and support Latino community leaders who serve as role models for future generations.”

As part of the criteria for nomination, the 2010 MillerCoors Lideres have demonstrated an ability to give back and serve as an inspiration for the next generation of Latino leaders. They come from across the United States and Puerto Rico and represent a variety of fields such as education, crime prevention, and government.

The 2010 MillerCoors Lideres are:

  • — Michael Aguilar, National Latino Peace Officers Association, Los
    — Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr., Latino Justice (formerly PRLDEF), New York
    — Reynaldo Decerega, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI),
        Washington, DC
    — Aurelia Flores, National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), San
    — Rodrigo Garcia, Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, Chicago
    — Raul Magdaleno, Parents Step Ahead / Padres un Paso Adelante, Dallas
    — Lina Maldonado, The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
    — Romy Portuondo Remior, Cuban American National Council (CNC), Miami
    — Gina Amaro Rudan, ASPIRA New York, Miami
    — Dean J. Sanchez, The Mile Hi Chapter of the American GI Forum, Denver
    — Claudia V. Sloan, NSHMBA, Phoenix
    — LCDR Mark A. Venzor, MANA - A National Latina Organization, El Paso

  • The MillerCoors Lider of the Year will use the $25,000 funds provided by MillerCoors to implement a community leadership project in partnership with his/her non-profit organization. Lizette Jenness Olmos, National Communications Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the 2009 MillerCoors Lider of the Year is using her winnings for a nationwide program focused on leadership for young adults through a workshop with elected officials and LULAC national board members December 3rd and 4th.  “Being chosen as the 2009 MillerCoors Lider of the Year was a great honor for me,” said Lizette “The fact that MillerCoors spotlights the important work that Hispanic leaders carry out in our communities is inspiring and truly validates our mission.”

    Since 2006, MillerCoors Lideres has raised awareness and highlighted the achievements of national and local leaders within the Hispanic community through an online public voting program and a national advertising campaign. The program offers up-and-coming Latino professionals leadership tools, counsel and the opportunity to network through www.MillerCoorsLideres.com, Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Read more by HS News Staff →

    ‘One Nation Working Together’ Getting Ready to March on Washington D.C. for Jobs

    Hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds, faiths, heritage, identities and hues from across America are putting aside their differences and coming together as a united voice for jobs, justice and education. Committed to Putting America Back to Work and Pulling America Back Together, One Nation Working Together supporters will march on Washington Saturday, October 2 at noon at the Lincoln Memorial to refocus national priorities on investments in Americas people.

    In recent weeks, local coalitions from Boston to the Bay Area have been hosting events and mobilizing residents to march on Washington and to pledge support for One Nation Working Together. Examples of local efforts include a blog mobile that will depart California around September 24 driving across the country to the march on Washington, staffed by citizen bloggers who will capture stories of real people working together for more jobs, justice and quality public education; jobs fairs in Texas that attracted thousands of people, affordable housing rallies, a Wall Street rally with 200 people, parades, and dozens of news conferences and special events held at venues such as community colleges, organizing meetings, town hall meetings, tailgate and house parties, prayer breakfasts, voter registration drives and news conferences, to name a few.

    One Nation Working Together supporters demand from political, business and civic leaders A Plan for A New Economy based on secure jobs, justice and quality public education. This plan includes at least one million new jobs now including green jobs, extended unemployment support, paid sick days and family leave for all workers, fixing the broken immigration system, extending civil and human rights protections to all, ending racial profiling, curbing re-segregation attempts, completing the promise of health care reform with the public option, and ensuring that all people have access to affordable, high quality public education from pre-school through college.

    Some of One Nation Working Together partners are the National Council of La Raza, American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.


    Read more at One Nation Working Together →

    Teen Pregnancy’s in Peru Starting at 12-years Old

    According to official figures released by the Ministry of Health, 13.7% of teenagers in Peru are already a mother or currently pregnant, and the average age to start sexual activity is 12 years old.

    Carlos Acosta, an officer from the Directorate of People’s Health, explained that these rate have slightly increased compared to the 2004-2006 period, when it was 12.2%.

    Acosta also says that the highest rates of teen pregnancies take place in the regions of San Martín, Loreto, Ucayali, Cajamarca and Apurímac, while in Lima, 10 out of 1,000 teenagers get pregnant between ages 12 and 14.  Also, the Ministry of Health estimates that 87.7% of the teenagers do not use birth control methods.

    Acosta states that the Peruvian society “is conservative” and does not help youngsters to access this kind of information, so the Ministry of Health is analyzing strategies along with the Ministry of Education.  The fact that girls usually are taken out of school if they become pregnant also is a cause for concern.  They are denied their right to education because the community considers them a poor example to the others.

    Read more at Living in Peru →

    Los Chismorreos Podrían Hacerle Bien a los Chismosos

    Chismorrear podría ser beneficio de algunas formas, al menos para los que hablan de los demás, sugiere un nuevo estudio británico.

    Las personas que hablan de los demás se sienten más apoyadas, y los chismorreos positivos (cuando se alaba a otra persona) podrían aumentar la autoestima de quien chismorrea a corto plazo, señalaron los investigadores de la Universidad de Staffordshire en Reino Unido.

    En el estudio, Jennifer Cole y Hannah Scrivener analizaron las respuestas de 160 participantes que completaron cuestionarios que indagaban sobre la tendencia a chismorrear, la autoestima, el apoyo social y la satisfacción con la vida. Los altos niveles de chismorreos se asociaron con sentimientos de mayor apoyo, pero no con la autoestima ni satisfacción con la vida.  Luego, los investigadores pidieron a 140 personas que hablaran de manera negativa o positiva de una persona ficticia. Los que hablaron de manera positiva sintieron una mayor autoestima que los que comentaron cosas negativas.

    “Chismorrear es visto normalmente como algo malo. Nuestros hallazgos sugieren que algunas formas de chismorrear, sobre todo el tipo de chismorreo que ensalza a otras personas, podrían relacionarse con algunos resultados deseables para la persona que chismorrea a pesar de que los chismosos no suelen estar aprobados en general”, dijo Cole en un comunicado de prensa de la British Psychological Society.

    Read more at HealthDay →

    Latin America Must Budget More for Education to Advance: UN Report

    Latin American countries must increase their annual education budgets if they are to reach the goals they have set for improving their national education systems, according to a new United Nations report released today.

    The report, prepared jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Organization of Iberoamerican States for Education, Science and Culture, called for each country in the region to boost its education spending by 0.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) as of 2013.  In April last year Latin American countries set a target date of 2021 for creating what they described as a solid foundation for sustained economic, social and cultural development, along with stronger democracy and social citizenship.

    In that process, carried out with the participation of the countries, it became clear that some States would need additional sources of funding, both domestic and external, to reach their target. External measures could include establishing funds that would contribute between 20 and 40 per cent of the requirements of those in need.  If education funding is not increased as recommended, the annual deficit in education programs in Latin America as a whole during the period 2011-2021 will average nearly $1.1 billion in 2005 figures, the study declared.

    Read more at United Nations →

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