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WednesdayOctober 20, 2010

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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ELECTION:  Latinos Poised to Shape Political Landscape this November

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is projecting 6.5 million Latinos will vote this mid-term election season, an increase of nearly one million voters from the 2006 midterm elections, a 17 percent jump.  Further, Hispanics in some states will make up a significant portion of the electorate and therefore will determine the outcome of those races. 

In addition, the number of Latino candidates running for state Senate and state Houses nationwide are expected to make gains; nine seats in the state upper chambers (from 65 to 74) and five in the state lower chambers (from 179 to 184). Latinos are running for top positions in 41 states throughout the nation – which shows political progress in both the traditional Latino population centers, and in regions with emerging Latino communities. In this year’s election—both as candidates and as voters—Latinos are poised to play a key role in shaping the nation’s political landscape.

Read more at NALEO →

U.S. Hispanic Congressmen Told “Go Back to Mexico” by Tea Party

U.S. Texas Congressman Ruben Hinojosa in speaking to constituents has disclosed that he and fellow Congressman Silvestre Reyes were told by Tea Party members “to go back to Mexico” as they were preparing to vote on education legislation in Washington D.C.

Hinojosa and Reyes are both of Hispanic descent and big proponents of education funding for the Latino community.  They were recently in D.C. trying to secure passage of education legislation to encourage more Hispanic students to pursue graduate degrees.  Several Tea Party members were in the Congressional House building and angrily approached both men and told them “Why don’t you go back to Mexico?”

Hinojosa went on to explain that many Republicans are not aware of the needs of the Hispanic community or, at worse, indifferent.  Many also demand that any legislation not be printed in Spanish.

Read more at Rio Grande Guardian →

Hispanic Studies Being Banned in Tucson Schools

This week, eleven teachers in Tucson, Arizona sued the state board of education and superintendent for an impending ban on Mexican-American studies.

In a state already embroiled in controversy, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne defended a new law allowing superintendents to stop any ethnic studies classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government ... promote resentment toward a race or class of people ... (or) advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.”

The law, which takes effect December 31st, allows the state to withhold 10 percent of monthly aid ($3 million) for Tucson Unified School District No. 1.

Horne objects to the Mexican-American studies program, formerly known as “raza studies”, because he says its textbook, “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos” negatively emphasizes the world “occupied” when pointing to the fact that the American Southwest once belonged to Mexico. Horne said he doesn’t oppose history lessons about the Southwestern states, but claims the Tucson district was teaching that history in an objectionable manner.

“They teach them that this is occupied territory that should be given back,” Horne said.

When a reporter asked students if they believed any of the Southwestern states should be returned to Mexico, not a single student raised their hand. When asked if they believed the region belonged to the U.S., every student raised their hand.

Instructors likened the Mexican-American program to that of African-American and Middle Eastern studies programs, which are not in jeopardy. They point out that the new law does not take issue with other courses required under federal law for Native American pupils or other genocides or historical oppression against a group of people based on class, ethnicity, or race.

The teachers’ lawsuit says the law ‘was enacted by the legislature of the state of Arizona and signed into law by (Gov. Jan) Brewer as a result of racial bias and anti-Hispanic beliefs and sentiments.’

Read more at CNN →

Wintering Texans Still Plan to Visit Mexico Averaging 6 Trips per Season

As the weather turns cold in Texas the ‘snowbirds’ also known as wintering Texans, most of whom are retirees, get ready to head down south to the Rio Grande Valley border region.

The wintering Texans are a big boost to the border region economy as well as to Mexico’s border economy.  In spite of the violence and tension in Mexico, 97 percent of wintering Texans are returning, according to a recent study by the University of Texas-Pan American. 

Historically the wintering Texans visit Mexico 6.4 times a season which is expected to decline slightly to 5.8 trips per season.  In addition, Mexican tourist hotspots remain well visited for day trips due to inexpensive prices and bargains.

Read more at The Monitor →

Chilean Official Says Operators Ignored Miner’s Warning Before Collapse

Rescued Miner Juan Illanes has said that operators refused his request to leave the mine three hours before the tragic collapse of August 5th.  Illanes says he heard loud sounds and worried a collapse was possible. “I want you to know that three hours before the accident, at 11 in the morning, we heard loud and unusual noises inside the mine,” the miner told officials.

A Chilean legislative commission is investigating these reports that operators ignored danger warnings.

“It’s simply incredible that even in the face of the miners’ warnings, measures were not taken to prevent the accident, and to ensure that they were not in the mine when the collapse occurred,” said Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter.

A lawyer acting for the mining company, Hernan Tuane, told the BBC that the accusations were completely false.

Another worker, Gino Cortez, lost his leg in a smaller collapse inside the San Jose Mine in July.
The mining company’s owners and supervisors of the mining operation are under investigation in connection with the earlier accident.

Read more at Merco Press →

Nearly 2.0 Million Faithful in Mexico Participate in Our Lady of Zapopan Procession (VIDEO)

Nearly 2.0 million faithful 2 million according to the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, gathered from beginning in the early morning hours in the main streets of Guadalajara to attend the procession of the Virgin of Zapopan, the second largest religious procession in Mexico.

For four months, the religious image of the Madonna visited the main churches in Guadalajara and returned October 12 to her basilica accompanied by a grand procession which each year attracts Catholics in this state and across the country, coinciding with the commemoration of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

For five miles the Virgin of Zapopan, was accompanied by 23,000 dancers dressed in traditional indigenous Indian costumes, who with their native dances and songs recalled the first procession of the eighteenth century. Thousands of faithful of all ages made the journey barefoot, to reaffirm their religious fervor and to thank the Virgin of Zapopan for the miracles received.

Like every year, thousands of people spent the night sleeping outdoors near the Cathedral and in public parks and city squares located along the procession route, to reserve a spot closer to where the image passes by.

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Secretary Janet Napolitano Met with Brazilian Officials to Discuss Global Aviation

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano met yesterday with Brazilian Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim to reaffirm the shared commitment of the U.S. and Brazil to strengthening the global aviation system. The U.S. and Brazil signed a Joint Statement of Intent on aviation security between DHS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária (INFRAERO), a state-owned company which operates under the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.

During today’s meeting, Secretary Napolitano and Minister Jobim highlighted their mutual commitment to strengthening aviation security through enhanced employee training and continued collaboration by both nations to develop and implement best practices regarding screening, equipment testing and certification and airport security standards.

Secretary Napolitano also applauded Brazil’s support for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recent adoption of a historic Declaration on Aviation Security—forging a new foundation for aviation security that will better protect the entire global aviation system from evolving terrorist threats.

“Together, the international community is forging a 21st century international aviation security framework that will make air travel safer and more secure than ever before,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I look forward to working closely my Brazilian counterparts to continue our unprecedented collaboration to better protect the international aviation system.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Foreign-Born Population in U.S. Tops 37 Million

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 36.7 million of the nation’s population (12 percent) were foreign-born, and another 33 million (11 percent) were native-born with at least one foreign-born parent in 2009, making one in five people either first or second generation U.S. residents.

The second generation were more likely than the foreign born to be better educated and have higher earnings and less likely to be in poverty. In 2009, 59 percent of the native-born 25 and older with at least one foreign-born parent had some college education and 33 percent had a bachelor’s degree. That compares with 45 percent of the foreign-born who had some college and 29 percent who had a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally, second generation Americans were less likely than the foreign born to have less than a high school degree; 12 percent of the second generation had less than a high school degree compared with 31 percent of the foreign-born population.  These findings are from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement’s Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2009, which provides a range of social and economic characteristics for the foreign-born population. This is the only Census Bureau data source that provides profiles of the foreign-born by generation.

The foreign-born population represented 11 percent of the total population in 2000 and 12 percent in 2009, according to the Current Population Survey.

Among the foreign-born more than half were born in Latin America, and almost one-third were born in Mexico and more than half were not citizens, approximately 58 percent.

Read more at U.S. Census →

LULAC and NALEO Condemn Latino Voter Suppression Efforts for November

The League of United Latin American Citizens, Statement- A cynical ad funded by the conservative group Latinos for Reform is running a new Spanish language ad in Nevada and California encouraging Latinos not to vote in the upcoming elections. LULAC and other Latino organizations are outraged over these ads and applaud Univision for declining to run the ad.  See the Ad Here

“This is overt voter suppression, and it’s ugly,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.  “It is precisely because of this latest voter suppression tactic that Latino voters should vote.”
According to a Univision spokesperson, “Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting. It is also important to clarify that while Mr. Robert de Posada has on occasion provided political commentary on Univision, representing one of various points of views, he is not in any way affiliated with Univision. Univision prides itself on promoting civic engagement and our extensive national campaigns encourage Hispanics to vote.”

The organization Latinos for Reform is an Alexandria, VA based organization with direct ties to Republican politics. The head of the organization is Roberto De Posada, a former RNC Director of Hispanic Affairs. The ad says, “Don’t vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message. You can no longer take us for granted.”  Latinos must not listen to these negative ads, which pit our community as single-issue. If Latinos do not vote, then politicians will not continue to advocates for all our issues. Not voting shows that we do not care. We must fight to make sure that the political system listens to our concerns. It is the height of cynicism to encourage voters to make themselves irrelevant by not exercising their right to be heard. This was seen earlier this year at having Latinos boycott the U.S. Census. It did not work then and it will not work now.
Outside groups also aired immigration ads targeting the Presidential contest, and their tone was overwhelmingly negative. Outside organizations—National Rifle Association, National Republican Trust PAC, and Latinos for Reform—sponsored a total of four ads on immigration in the Presidential race. Each of these ads attacked Obama on the issue—three from a harsh, anti-immigration position. FactCheck.org called the NRA and Latinos for Reform ads “false” and “misleading,” and said that the National Republican Trust PAC ad on driver’s licenses was “one of the sleaziest false TV ads of the campaign.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

WednesdayOctober 20, 2010