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SaturdayOctober 23, 2010

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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Ciudad Juarez Massacre Leaves 13 Young Partygoers Dead

Late Friday 13 young partygoers were killed and 15 injured when two vehicles pulled up to them in a residential neighbor in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and opened fire.  This attack comes on the heals of a similar attack on October 17 in the same town that left 7 dead.

After the still unidentified vehicles pulled up and began randomly shooting they stormed two homes where a party was being held.  The police assume the assailants to be drug gangs since the evidence left behind points to weapons they typically use.

All victims ranged in age from 16 to 25 years old, though there are some reports identifying the youngest victim was a 9-year old boy.  All the assailants escaped.  Ciudad Juarez is considered one of the deadliest in the world as the Sinaloa and Juarez cartel battle for drug trafficking routes. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

Chilean Miners Set to Offer Mass of Thanks for Their Rescue

This Monday, October 25th, the 33 rescued Chilean miners will gather once again this time to offer a mass of Thanksgiving presided over by the president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic.

The liturgy will take place at the National Shrine of Maipu in Santiago with the President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, in attendance.  The Catholic Church pronounced this as an opportunity to show “gratitude to the Lord for the happy end to Operation San Lorenzo.”

The 33 miners were rescued last week, from the San Jose mine after spending 69 days trapped when the mine collapsed. 

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Another Mexican Grupero Musician Executed in Mexico (VIDEO)

Well known Mexican Grupero musician, Fabian Ortega Piñon was killed in Chihuahua, Mexico in the town of Guerrero.  The 28 year-old singer’s body was found with two other unidentified bodies and were bullet-ridden.

Piñon, also known as the “Falcon of the Sierra”, had recorded over 40 albums that included several ‘narcocorridos’, ballads about the drug traffickers life and ways.  He himself had been implicated with drug traffickers back in 2009 when he was arrested for possession of crystal meth and assault rifles in the company of drug cartel chief Teodoro Simental.

One of his best known songs “Puros huevos y frijoles” (Only scrambled eggs and beans) is a narcocorrido explaining why the poor choose a life of drug trafficking as a means to a better life and to gain respect. 

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Jennifer Lopez and Her Twins Star in Gucci’s New Ad Campaign

Jennifer Lopez and Her Twins Star in Gucci’s New Ad Campaign

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Ending weeks of speculation,  J.Lo will star alongside her twins in Gucci’s latest campaign.

Jennifer Lopez and her two-year-old twins are the stars of Gucci’s campaign for its new childrens collection. Shot in Malibu by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the family-friendly ads show mama J.Lo rocking tousled beach waves and some glam printed tunics while daughter Emme and son Max play on the beach in their Gucci gear.

“It’s the first time I have worked with my kids in that way,” Lopez tells Us Weekly . “It was a totally special experience.”

The too-cute campaign is set to launch the new line that will hit the stores in spring 2011.

Read more at People →

ELECTION:  Democrats Spending $1 Million on Spanish Language Ads (VIDEO)

This week Democrats announced they are spending $1 million on Spanish language ads featuring President Barack Obama in this last critical week before mid-term elections.  This Spanish language ad buy is the largest one made by the Democrats thus far.

The ad buys would include Spanish language television, radio and online advertisements.  The message will be simple and to the point: Stick With Us the other guy (Republics) are worse. Let’s not go back to what we had before “No Regresemos”.

The Democratic National Party Chairman Tim Kaine recognized that many key seats in Congress and Senate hinge on the Hispanic vote.  “Hispanic voters are not only critically important to Democrats’ success this fall, but also to our country’s future.”

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ELECTION:  Latino Electoral Influence Holding Both Parties Accountable

Whether Latino voter turnout is high or low, their influence will register in the 2010 midterms because this time, attention is squarely focused on whether they vote, rather than for whom they vote. It is all but a foregone conclusion that the vast majority of Latino voters will support Democrats. After years of escalating and egregious political scapegoating, few Latinos consider the GOP a viable option.

Sharp evidence of this very point emerged in Nevada where Republican operatives launched a campaign encouraging Latinos not to vote. Republican strategists decided they would rather invest $80,000 to suppress Latino votes instead of winning them. Tens of thousands of dollars spent to make sure Spanish speaking Latinos (Univision audience) especially see the “keep out” sign and know their votes are not wanted. Interestingly, the “Latinos Don’t Vote” effort surfaced despite well-reported predictions for depressed Latino turnout rates relative to November 2008.

Republicans and Democrats have a stake in Latino participatory decisions; their influence can manifest in various ways and is now a permanent part of the electoral environment. As others here have noted the Latino electorate is best poised to defy low expectations in competitive races, some including co-ethnics are on the ballot. This election cycle presents a unique opportunity for the Latino electorate to hold parties accountable for responsiveness, inaction or antipathy to group-specific issues and priorities. During the 2008 election season, Democrats courted Latino voters with specific commitments on immigration reform legislation. Republicans also made an issue of immigration, but did so in a manner that repelled the Latino electorate.

Read more at Latino Decision →

U.S. State Department Prepares for Diplomatic Trip to Colombia and Mexico

The U.S. State Department will begin an official visit to Colombia and Mexico on Monday, October 25.

The Deputy Secretary, James Steinberg, will travel with a high-level delegation to Bogotá, Colombia, to launch the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue.. The two governments will formally launch discussions in three areas: human rights, democracy and technology. The Deputy Secretary will also meet with President Santos, Vice President Garzon, and with representatives from human rights organizations. He will then review U.S.-funded development projects.

Deputy Secretary Steinberg will then travel to Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.  In Mexico City he will meet with Foreign Minister Espinosa, Mexican senators, civil society leaders, and journalists. In Monterrey he will meet with Mexican law enforcement counterparts, and business leaders. He is there to reinforce U.S.-Mexico cooperation on a wide range of issues including human rights, judicial reform and climate change.

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A Challenge to Our Nation - Improving the Economic Well-Being of Latino Kids

Hispanic children are tomorrow’s workers and taxpayers. Investing in their education and well-being is investing in America’s future. The Census’s most recent data, however, reveal that of all racial and ethnic groups, Latinos experienced the largest one-year increase in poverty in 2009. The number of Hispanic families with children in poverty has been exacerbated by the current recession and disproportionately high unemployment among Latino workers who are concentrated in the hard-hit industries, such as construction.Image

Poverty in the Latino community has been a significant issue for many decades. But recently released Census data reveal that in 2009 poverty was at its highest level for Latino children since 1997. Job creation is one of the most important strategies to reverse these statistics but America’s system of work supports also has a role to play in lifting America’s children out of deep poverty.

At the same time, this safety net has shown weakness in reaching Hispanic families and children facing tough economic times. A number of factors contribute to this: high concentrations of Latino adults in low-wage jobs without benefits; barriers to access and eligibility for immigrant workers; and cultural and linguistic differences. As a result, Latino children and families are less likely to have the supports they need to help them through economic difficulties. The safety net’s ability to reach all families and children, therefore, should be strengthened.

This brief will provide background on Latino child poverty, including important demographic information that underscores how Latino poverty is similar to and different from poverty experienced by other groups. It will then discuss stateby- state differences in the data, and policy solutions to reduce poverty and close racial and ethnic disparities.

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SaturdayOctober 23, 2010