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MondayDecember 13, 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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Ladies Unite: Let Your Unibrow Grow This Month To Support the Charity of Your Choice

Feministing.com has announced the beginning of ‘Decembrow’, a month long initiative that encourages participants to let their eyebrows become one long, bushy eyebrow a la Frida Kahlo for the charity of their choice. The Mexican artist, a woman libber before her time, would be so proud to be honored in such a meaningful way. 

Bizarre as it may be, the website has set a fashion trend for the month, and the idea has gone viral drawing both positive and negative commentary.

Decembrow,  is the female counterpart to Movember – a moustache-growing charity event held during November to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.

Below, our artistic input on the American female icons that we think should embrace the unibrow:


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Activist Dolores Huerta Joins in DREAM Act Protests in Front of Sen. McCain’s Office

Co-founder of National Farm Workers Association (which later became the Unit’s Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee) and former Cesar Chavez associate, Dolores Huerta, has joined a group of students outside Senator John McCain’s office in a fast to support the push for the DREAM Act’s passage.

With the Senate still to vote on the bill (it passed in the House 216 to 198), the fast is to draw attention to Republican Senators who are believed to be against or on the fence about the DREAM Act.

Huerta has penned a letter to McCain, urging him to support the bill and vote in its favor. As an advocate for farmworkers’ rights, Huerta has been arrested 22 times for her participation in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes.

Read more at El Paso Times →

Can a 45 year old Washed up Drug Using Snitch Tweet his Way Back to the Major League?

Former Cuban Major League Player, alleged wife beater and admitted steroid abuser José Canseco, is in Desperado mode, trying to get back to the MLB. 

The question is, who wants to hire a 45 year old snitch, who hasn’t played a single game since his fiasco of a season in 2001 when he was dropped by the Anaheim Angels, the Newark Bears and the Chicago White Sox?

Sure, Canseco did try to comeback in 2004, but didn’t make it past spring tryouts. His brief stints in martial arts and boxing, have been as sad, shameful and unprofitable as his film career. 

Yet here he is, almost seven years later whining through twitter, pledging for someone to let him play ball.  Is playing with his own [ball(s)] an option for him??? 

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Our suggestion? Go home and hit homers for Fidel.

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Mexican Film Producer Billy Rovzar Behind $66M Broadway Spectacle: Spiderman (VIDEO)

Mexican movie producer Billy Rovzar has gone Broadway with all the bells and whistles that $66 million can buy.  His Broadway debut is the much discussed and maligned Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  The play is expected to opening at the Foxwood Theatre in New York City.  This international debut, is considered the the most expensive musical ever.  The play is currently open as a preview and will officially open in January 11, 2011.

Rovzar has shown intense excitement over twitter, encouraging followers to check out the preview shows. He even twitted a photograph of the cast snapped by Anne Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine.

The filmmaker, married to Mexican soap opera star Sara Maldonado, had been wanting to make the production company he shares with his brother Fernando Rovzar “Lemon Producciones” a global effort and produce international projects. Billy and Fernando Rovzar are great-grandchildren of Televisa’s founder, Emilio Azcarraga V. and nephews of Televisa’s current Owner and CEO, Emilio Azcarraga Jean.

The first reviews to come out of the preview shows have been mixed, some praising the ambition, drive and visual magnificence of the musical, some criticizing it’s script, and the fact that several actors have been injured on set.  Big names such as Bono and The Edge wrote the music and songs featured in the production.

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Narco Blog- Mexicans March in Support of “ La Familia” Drug Cartel

In an unprecedented event, on Sunday citizens of the Apatzingan community expressed support for La Familia drug cartel by organizing a march.  In recent days life has become so dangerous in Apatzingan that people have had to remain locked in their homes and losing their freedom to come and go. The recent Government coordinated attack was on the La Familia Michoacana Drug Cartel.  One of the clashes resulted in the death of Nazario Moreno, considered the leader of La Familia Michoacana.

Nazario’s death has provoked reactions from members of the drug cartel that have led to retaliation on some of the Michoacan local authorities.  The community of Apatzingan organized a march to protest the violence and over 500 people participated. The message was clear, showing outrage against federal forces that “attacked “ the town in recent days, leaving 11 people dead, including innocent bystanders.

The demonstration showed the support for La Familia Michoacana, in the Central Plaza by carrying signs that read messages like “Viva La Familia Michoacana”, “Nazario lives in our hearts” and “Get Out PFP.”
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Six Million Celebrate in Mexico City ‘Virgen de Guadalupe’

They celebrated everywhere were the Virgin of Guadalupe is revered but no where else like Mexico City where her basilica and relics are housed.  Over six million pilgrims came many on their knees to pray and sign the traditional Mexican birthday ‘mañanitas’ (birthday).  It is considered and for good reason the largest Catholic event of its kind throughout the Americas.  Many pilgrims started arriving the day before pitching tents to camp overnight.  Image


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Travel tips for Sun Bowl Football Game in Border City of El Paso

The city of El Paso is expecting to host a large number of college football fans from around the country who will be in town to attend the annual Sun Bowl football game Dec. 31.  Historically some college football fans visit neighboring Juarez, Mexico during their time in El Paso.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami Hurricanes fan base that there are a number of border crossing requirements they need to be aware before venturing across the international boundary.

U.S. citizens returning at an international land border crossing like El Paso must present a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document to enter the United States.

CBP is also reminding out of town visitors that there are a number of items available in Mexico which are prohibited in the U.S.  There are also import limits on legal items like alcohol and tobacco.

Fans should also note that the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning in September to inform citizens of the risks in travel to Mexico.  Noting that more than half of all Americans killed in Mexico in 2009 whose deaths were reported to the U.S. Embassy were killed in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.

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Hispanic Organizations Issue Joint Statement in Support of Internet Openness

Over the past year, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and various groups comprising Latinos for Internet Freedom, whose leadership team includes National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Presente.org, Center for Media Justice and Free Press, have debated the merits of network neutrality. 

As the FCC closes in on a final decision on December 21, 2010, members from both organizations issue this joint statement:

“Although we disagree on some of the components of the proposed network neutrality regulations, there is one point on which we are in lock step: the FCC’s network neutrality rules must apply equally to wireline and wireless internet access.  Of course we understand that what is ‘reasonable network management’ may be slightly different over different types of connections.  Cost is the primary barrier to broadband adoption, and Latinos are turning to their mobile phones as their only onramp to the internet.  We are committed to finding ways to lower broadband costs by increasing competition through wireless access and other means.  It is therefore essential that the FCC ensures that users of wireless and wireline services are protected by its openness rules.”

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Health Care Law Ruled Unconstitutional in Virginia

A Federal Judge in Virginia has just ruled that the provision in the Health Care Bill that requires Americans to buy insurance is unconstitutional. This decision is critical as it sets the stage for the Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of a mandated health insurance program. Virginia is the first court to invalidate the keystone provision of the Obama health care.

In a 42-page opinion issued in Richmond, Va., Judge Hudson wrote that the law’s central requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The insurance mandate is central to the law’s mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured because insurers argue that only by requiring healthy people to have policies can they afford to treat those with expensive chronic conditions.

The two provisions that have been enacted on the Health Bill, primarily no pre-existing conditions and children being insured until 26, will not be effected immediately. The part of the bill ruled unconstitutional was to take effect in 2014. The entire bill is considered to be on significantly less stable footing, as the funding provision is an essential component to all the other pieces.

Lawyers on both sides said the appellate process could last another two years before the Supreme Court settles the dispute.

I should be noted that the insurance requirement does not even take effect until 2014, when the Supreme Court presumably will have ruled.

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STUDY: Majority of Americans Oppose Automatic Citizenship to Children Born to an Undocumented Parent

Voters are evenly divided over whether young people brought to this country illegally by their parents should be viewed as breaking the law. Making a distinction between illegal immigrants and their children is at the heart of the so-called DREAM Act that some in Congress are hoping to pass before the end of the lame duck session.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters say young people brought here illegally by their parents should be considered lawbreakers. Forty-four percent (44%) disagree and say they not be viewed as breaking the law. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)  When it comes to adults, however, voters’ views are much clearer. Seventy-six percent (76%) say adults who enter the United States illegally should be considered lawbreakers. Just 12% disagree, and another 12% are not sure.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans oppose automatic citizenship for a child born in this country to an illegal immigrant.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on December 9-10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports.

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Chipotle’s “Mass Firing” of Latino Employees - Bah Humbug!

After nearly 50 immigrant workers were fired from various Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota, a immigrant rights group is questioning the reasoning.

Amidst rumors of an I-9 audit by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Minnesota Immigration Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) believes the restaurant fired the workers to avoid penalties from ICE.

“It appears to be a statewide attack on immigrant workers who are longtime employees, most of them [had] been working there for years,” said MIRAC member Brad Sigal. “It is an I-9 audit. They check the paperwork and fire anyone who can’t immediately prove they have the right to work. An action like this on a mass scale before the holidays is not consistent with the image they have cultivated.”

Chipotle gave the following statement:

“We are fully cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Minnesota in connection with a document request they have made.”

Denver-based Chipotle prides itself on using “food with integrity [with] commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” Though MIRAC is asking, what about its immigrant work force?

“The firings come a couple of weeks before Christmas, which means they won’t be getting the usual Christmas bonuses. There’s a real Scrooge element here,” said Sigel.

ICE declined to give a statement regarding a possible I-9 audit of the chain.

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Is the Next ‘WikiLeaks’ Website Going to Come out of Latin America? (VIDEO)

Vice president of Bolivia, Alvaro García Linera has made available through his website every cable leaked by Wiki Leaks that pertains to the Andean nation. Linera justified this ‘mirror’ site saying he wants people to know “the barbarities and insults of Washington’s interventionist infiltration.”  It is not known if the Bolivian site will be the direct recipient of WikiLeaks leaks or government leaks they procure from other sources. 

A ‘mirror’ site is a site that duplicates and publishes fully or partially information available in another site; several sympathetic ‘mirror’ sites have been turning up since WikiLeaks.org was shut down.

García is not the first Latin American politician to show sympathy towards WikiLeaks. Ecuadorian officials have praised the cause of the whistle-blowing organization. Several Latin American cities ahve hosted rallies and peaceful demonstrations to protest the incarceration of Julian Assange, and the closing of WikiLeaks.org.

TRANSLATION: The empire, in the name of diplomacy, is committing third-class espionage—lamentable for a serious country, and lamentable and decadent for an empire.  The reason [for making the WikiLeaks cables available] is to show the public the quality of an empire which—there’s no doubt about it—is entering into a gradual, but increasingly rapid, political decline.

 

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Immigration Scholars Hosting Teleconference Today on DREAM Act Issues

Today, noted immigration scholars will host a teleconference to discuss research on children who have grown-up and been educated in the United States without immigration status. They will also re-issue a letter signed by 250 scholars from across the United States. Their decades of research shows that by punishing the children of undocumented immigrants, this country is creating a disenfranchised
group of young people cut off from the very mechanisms that would allow them to contribute to our economy and society.

You can join immigration scholars to discuss what’s at stake for these young people and the impact national legislation, known as the DREAM Act, will have on them.

WHO:
* Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D., University of Washington School of Social Work
* Douglas S. Massey, Ph.D., Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs
* Rubén G. Rumbaut Ph.D., University of California Irvine School of Social Sciences
* Carola Suarez-Orozco, Ph.D., New York UniversitySteinhardt School of Culture,
Education, and Human Development.
*  Michele Waslin, Ph.D., Immigration Policy Center (Moderator)

WHEN: Today, Monday, December 13, 3:00-4:00 pm EST.

WHERE: *Call in 800-862-9098, Conference ID: 7SCHOLARS*

RSVP:  Space is limited, at wsefsaf@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7524.

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Latin America Protests over Imprisonment of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

Latin Americans all over are showing their support to the WikiLeaks cause, and rally peacefully to demand transparency, justice, and the liberation of Julian Assange.

The Spanish-Language website “Free WikiLeaks” reported several rallies to protest the incarceration of Assange, as well as for “the re-establishment of the WikiLeaks (wikileaks.org) Internet domain,” and the restoration of Visa and MasterCard credit card services to enable the “freedom to move money” because no one has “proved Assange’s guilt,” or charged WikiLeaks with any crime.

Peaceful demonstrations took place in the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville, as well as Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Lima and Sao Paulo.

Assange is being held in a UK jail while waiting for a hearing next week, where he plans to fight a request by Sweden to extradite him to face sex-crime accusations there.

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Leaders of Colombian Drug Trade Found Guilty in U.S. Court

Christian Fernando Borda and Alvaro Alvaran-Velez, two narcotics traffickers aligned with the Autodefenses Unidas de Colombia (AUC), were found guilty late last week in U.S. District Court of conspiring to import ton-quantities of cocaine into the United States. The AUC is a Colombian paramilitary group designated by the U.S. Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization.

The guilty verdicts returned follow a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in the District of Columbia. Borda, 46, and Alvaran-Velez, 56, who are Colombian nationals, were extradited from Colombia to the United States in 2009, and trial began with jury selection on Oct. 2010. Following two days of deliberations, the jury found Borda and Alvaran-Velez guilty of one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine with the knowledge and intent that it would be imported into the United States.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, between February 2005 and March 16, 2007, Borda and Alvaran-Velez were members of a major narcotics trafficking organization based in Colombia that transported multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia to the United States via Mexico.

According to court documents and trial evidence, one of their shipments of cocaine in 2005 involved approximately 1,500 kilograms of cocaine that was smuggled in drums of palm oil on a ship departing from the north coast of Colombia. Additional cocaine shipments in 2005 and 2006 involved quantities of more than 3,000 kilograms per shipment.

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MondayDecember 13, 2010