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MondayJanuary 17, 2011

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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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Vatican Moves 13 Candidates Closer to Beatification, One from Spain and Another from Brazil

Vatican Moves 13 Candidates Closer to Beatification, One from Spain and Another from Brazil

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With a series of nine decrees, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has advanced the causes of 13 candidates for canonization or beatification.

At a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation, on January 14, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the release of the decrees, which authenticated three miracles, recognized five martyrs, and attested to the “heroic virtue” of five candidates for beatification.

In addition to recognizing the authenticity of a miracle through the intercession of Venerable John Paul II (1920-2005), the Vatican declared the validity of miracles attributed to the intercession of Faustino Perez-Manglano Magro (1946-63) a Spanish student and postulant of the Marianist Fathers and Francisca de Paula de Jesus (1810-95) a Brazilian laywoman who devoted all her time and effort to the construction of a church dedicated to Mary. 

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HBO Star, Paz de la Huerta, Too Drunk to Get Into Globe Party but Not to Flash her Globes (VIDEO)

HBO star of Boardwalk Empire, Paz de La Huerta, really must of wanted to enjoy the show’s Golden Globe win that she got tanked.

She got so tanked that she was denied entrance to the Golden Globes after party at the Chateau Marmont.  TMZ captured it all on video.  After being convinced that she would not be allowed to come in the party, she finally left but not before falling in front of the hotel and having her boob fall out for all to see.

However, Paz is not all crass she did stop to sign autographs for fans.  Her gentlemen escort, who basically was holding her up, was too busy doing that to hold up her dress and she continued to flash booby while signing an autograph.  She plays Lucy Danziger on the HBO series.


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NARCO BLOG: Terror at Casino Royale in Monterrey

NARCO BLOG: Terror at Casino Royale in Monterrey

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At dawn on Sunday the Casino Royale ,in the exclusive area of San Jeronimo Monterrey, was crowded with gamblers when terror and panic arose.

Suddenly armed commandos entered the casino and opened fire. Customers in the Casino began to cry, and many dropped to the floor to avoid the bullets.

The gunmen were looking for two men.

Meanwhile, the gunshots did not stop, people tried to escape from the casino and once the door was opened a stampede ensued.

The men being sought by the gunman escaped to the parking lot but the gunman were in hot pursuit. The men were captured by the gunman outside.

The security personal of the casino locked the doors of the casino. They did not let the people leave for a considerable time.  The people began to cry for help as they were locked in the casino.

The local media in Nuevo Leon did not disclose the facts, but hundreds of witnesses say that the gun shooting was a terrible experience but then it was made worse by being forcibly locked in the Casino Royale
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Native Americans Protest Over Excavation of Ancestors’ Burial Site for Mexican Cultural Center

Just outside the Los Angeles construction site of what was intended to be a Mexican cultural center, at least 50 Native Americans protested the excavation of what they believe to the grave sites of many of their ancestors.

Saturday morning, local members of the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians said they have ancestors buried at the construction site, located on the grounds of La Placita church, and were not notified when workers dug up human remains in October. They was protesting and praying alongside other Southern California tribes, as well as descendants of Spanish settlers who were also buried there.

The La Placita church was Los Angeles’ first Catholic church, and many of those in attendance on Saturday held documents they said proved their family members were buried at the site.

The Native Americans are asking that the area be preserved as a cemetery and their ancestors remains be “respectfully handled.”

In October, when human bone fragments were initially discovered, the workers stopped the excavation, but continued after La Plaza officials said they contacted the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the coroner’s office. As the excavation continued, workers began removing full skeletons, coffins and other artifacts, though the Archdiocese says they were never informed of the discovery of full graves, and according to Catholic records, the cemetery attached to the church was relocated in 1844. Those records are incorrect, and records at the Huntington Library in San Marino describe multiple Indian burials at the site.

When the archdiocese and Native Americans laid on the pressure, the president and CEO of La Plaza, Miguel Angel Corzo, said work in the area was halted “indefinitely’ once human remains were found, but protestors said they saw crews working Saturday morning.

Katie Dunham, the La Plaza spokesperson said workers have been working on the western part of the area, where no remains were found.

“My sixth grandfather, Pedro, is buried here along with some of his family,” Tim Poyorena-Miguel, a Luise o Indian and archivist for the Montebello Historical Society said. “I don’t want them dug up.”

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U.S. Sued for $25Million for Killing Mexican Teen at Border

The parents of Mexican teen Sergio Hernandez Guereca are suing the U.S. government for the death of their 15-year-old son at the hands of U.S. Border patrol agents last June.

Guereca was killed on the Mexican side of the border, by bullets fired by a border patrol agent on U.S. soil, in response to his pelting the agents with rocks.  The family asserts their son was killed in cold blood and that videotape that has aired on Univision shows their son wasn’t even throwing rocks.

The lawsuit was filed in El Paso and names Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security as defendants.  The FBI has claimed Guereca was an immigrant smuggler and was throwing rocks to distract the agents.  Many Mexicans claim shooting him to death is an exaggerated response to rock throwing, if in fact he was throwing rocks.

The U.S. has never identified the name of the agent that shot the teen or whether they are investigating the matter. 

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Modern Family’s Manny and his Sister Start a Clothing Line for Plus Sized Youngsters

He plays Manny in Modern Family and she, is his sister, who just landed a role in the film “Prom.”  Together, Rico and Raini Rodriguez have started RAR-IT Fitz Fashions.

Rico announced it via Twitter: “This is something new to us and we have been learning everyday,” Rodriguez writes. “We hope y’all enjoy the clothes and wear them loud and proud! smile

The Mexican-American pair’s fashion venture is named RAR after the two siblings (Rico and Rani) and its slogan ‘it fitz’ reflects their idea of creating a clothes line for full figured kids and adults.

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Florida Rep. Rivera’s “thank you” Expenditures Under Investigation

Florida  Rep. Rivera’s “thank you” Expenditures Under Investigation

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David Rivera dropped out of the Florida state Senate race last year when he decided to run for Congress. When this happens, the funds raised for the Senate race need to be separated and need to follow very specific state campaign rules for expenditures.

Rivera’s state Senate campaign had $379,000 in unspent donations and campaign finance rules do not allow for the transferring of the funds into a federal race.

Politicians are allowed to expense campaign funds on “Thank You “ advertising, so they may thank their supporters.

David Rivera was very grateful indeed for support of a race that he dropped out of.
$75,000 went to a company called ACH, incorporated the day following the first donation and dissolved on Dec 23,2010. Records have not been supplied although requested.

From 2004 to 2010, Rivera spent almost $243,000 in campaign donations on ``thank you’’ expenses—far more than any other state candidate, and accounting for almost one-quarter of all the thank-you money spent in Florida during that period, a Miami Herald analysis of state campaign data found.

 

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Spanish Composer of “Penélope” and “Tómbola”  Dies in Málaga, Spain

Spanish Composer of “Penélope” and “Tómbola”  Dies in Málaga, Spain

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Spanish composer, arranger and orchestra director Augusto Alguero passed away on Sunday at his home Málaga, in the southern coast of Spain. He was 76 years old.

Algueró was born in Barcelona on Feb. 23, 1934. Alguero double majored in college, combining his musical studies at the Municipal Conservatory with the study of medicine.

He began his musical career in the early 1950s at age 16.

“Music is the most universal language that exists and I have devoted my entire life to it,” Algueró said a while back.

Algueró was famous for composing some of the most important musical pieces that now are regarded as classic jems, including “Penelope” (Juan Manuel Serrat), “Noelia” (Nino Bravo), “Tombola” (Marisol) and “La chica ye-ye” (Concha Velasco).

Algueró also wrote the musical scores for a number of films, including “El ruiseñor de las cumbres,” with Joselito, and “Zampo y yo,” with Ana Belén.

It is estimated that in his lifetime,  Algueró wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for movies and television.

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Virginia Delegate Looking to Ban Undocumented from Public Universities

In 2008, Virginia’s Republican state Delegate Christopher Peace attempting to pass a bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from attending public university. The bill was not passed, but now he’s trying again.

When presented to the Virginia House in 2008, Peace’s original bill passed, but it did not make it through the Senate. He says this year’s bill will be along the same lines as his previous one, but says this one is more about dealing with issues he says the federal government refuses to handle.

Peace reportedly told a newspaper, “The federal government has continued to not act in these areas, and as a result, the states are having to look across the board to limit the incentives for people to be here” illegally.

If this bill is passed, Virginia will become the fourth state in the country to ban undocumented students from enrolling in public universities and colleges. So far, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina prohibit undocumented students from attending public higher education institutions.

Undocumented students are eligible for neither public funded student grants nor federal financial aid.

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New Countries Added to Participate in the U.S. Foreign Visa Program, New to List Barbados

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, has identified 53 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year.

The H-2A program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs; the H-2B program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States for temporary nonagricultural jobs.

USCIS, with limited exception, approves petitions only for nationals of countries designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security as eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs.

Effective Jan. 18, 2011, nationals from the following countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs:  Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Nauru, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vanuatu. 

Of these countries, the following were designated for the first time this year:  Barbados, Estonia, Fiji, Hungary, Kiribati, Latvia, Macedonia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

After considering a number of relevant factors under the governing regulations, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have determined that Indonesia currently does not warrant a renewed designation as a participating country in the H-2A and H-2B programs for 2011.

This new list does not affect the status of individuals who currently hold valid H-2A or H-2B visas or status.

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JLo Releases her New Video “Good Hit.” Do JLo and Lots of Blowdryers Make A ‘Good Hit’? (VIDEO)

Jlo has released the video for her new single “Good Hit.” With it, López presented her cover of the ‘70s Shoking Blue hit “Venus.” Watch them both here.

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BREAKING NEWS Israel’s Embassy in Chile Evacuated

Police in Santiago de Chile have evacuated the embassy of Israel, after it received an envelope with a white powder inside.

Police have said the substance is not explosive, and turned the envelope over to the Metropolitan Health Service Authority for analysis. The young courier who delivered the envelope, Diego Droguett (28) has been detained, and is being questioned by authorities.

Alejandro Quintanilla, an embassy janitor said “It was an american envelope, like an invitation. It was evident to me that the person that brought [in the envelope] has a psychiatric problem, I thought he was a foreigner, so I called security.”

 

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Experts Say Sinking of Mexico City is Getting Worse

Experts Say Sinking of Mexico City is Getting Worse

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Mexico City is sinking. While this fact has been known for some time, over the last century, the sinking has gotten far worse.

It is estimated that in the last one hundred years or so, areas of the world’s third largest metropolis have sunk up to 42 feet (13 meters). As parts of the city sink, fissures and cracks occur, and they have caused a number of accidents in residential areas and immense damage to buildings, highways, roads and public infrastructure, including sewer lines that are now so slanted that they actually run backwards. The damage can easily be been seen in buildings’ uneven foundations and lopsided balconies.

In the 1300s, the city was founded on an island in the middle of Lake Texcoco. As the city outgrew the small original island, more artificial islands were created, and a network of canals was built, with the main roads built on the causeways between the mainland and the islands. When Spain gained control of Mexico City in the 1500s, they drained most of the water from the lake due to flooding problems. Today, due to the draining, about 70 percent of the city’s supply now comes from water pumped from aquifers under the city, which are part of the original lake. However, the water is being siphoned faster than it can be replaced by natural resources (i.e. rainfall), and the city’s foundation, now just a mud-like lakebed, is not strong enough to hold it up.

Scholars from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) say the city’s fissures “are generating alarm among the population and even cause significant damage to buildings and (affecting provision of) public services.

Due to the angled, sinking city most of its wastewater can no longer flow out of the city naturally. It has to be forced out by a number of pumps to get it over the rise known as Sierra de Guadalupe.

Landmarks all over the city that are fastened to the bedrock and are not sinking with the rest of the city have had to have steps added over the years so visitors can reach them. Built on underground pylons in 1970, the Insurgentes Traffic Circle is now 12 feet higher than the streets leading to it.

Engineers say the only way to stop the city from sinking any farther is to stop siphoning water from the aquifers or inject water back into the lakebed. However, it is unlikely that returning water from the lakebed will reinflate it.

“You can’t raise the city again,” said hydraulic engineer Ramón Domínguez. “The only hope is to stop it from sinking further.”

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200 Dead Cows In Wisconsin, 7000 in Vietnam, Mass Animal Die-Offs Continuing.  Why?

A Stockton, Wisconsin farmer was shocked to find 200 of his cows dead in his field over the weekend when they were reportedly fine days before.  The farmer believes a virus might have killed the cattle but the incident is under investigation.

Also making news are 7000 dead buffalo and cows from Vietnam many are attributing the deaths to the cold.  However, the Cao Bang province reported 700 deaths in one day a couple of days ago.  The Vietnamese government is urging farmers to protect their livestock – no further investigation is expected. 

The cow deaths are the latest in mass animal deaths in the country and across the globe, starting with thousands of black birds falling from the sky in Arkansas to welcome in the New Year.

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Robert De Niro Jokes About Immigration at the Golden Globes (VIDEO)

2011 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Robert de Niro slipped several immigration joke into his acceptance speech. Hear our reaction below.

We also felt it necessary to comment on De Niro’s full body scan jokes about Megan Fox…. below,  our reaction:

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President of Ecuadorian Soccer Team Gunned Down in Manta, Ecuador (VIDEO)

The president of Delfin Sporting Club soccer team in Ecuador was murdered down, and his female companion wounded in a vicious gun attack in the coastal city of Manta, local press is reporting.

Honorio Cevallos (45) was at a restaurant called “Telmo” speaking with Colombian coach Juan Carlos Bedolla after lunch on Saturday, when a man shot him at least eight times, and fled in a black motorcycle with one accomplice.

Cevallos was taken to the San Gregorio clinic, but died while doctors worked on him. Bedolla was unharmed, and there is an assumption that Cevallos was the intended target. 

A women, identified as Gina Saldarriaga, was shot thrice and is hospitalized, her current state is unknown, but it is believed not to be life threatening, as bullets hit her in the left leg and lower back.

Police investigators have revealed files indicating that Cevallos was involved in a drug trafficking case in 2000, and there was a warrant out for his arrest. Cevallos fled the country, and only returned after the warrant had expired.

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From Afghanistan Sen. Marco Rubio, Days into New Job, Opposes Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan

From Afghanistan Sen. Marco Rubio, Days into New Job, Opposes Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan

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Florida Republican Senator, Marco Rubio, days into his Senatorial job is on a five-day visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He is traveling with other Republican senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

This fact-finding mission is one of the first officials acts of the high profile Hispanic senator from Florida.  The stated purpose of the trip was to see firsthand what the U.S. involvement in the region is and whether things are heading in the right direction.

Rubio commented to Florida press, speaking in both English and Spanish, that he would prefer to avoid the artifical time line for withdrawal as President Obama has suggested.  He is opposed to setting any dates for withdrawal and wants to see withdrawal benchmarks based on the progress of the Afghan military and government.

Rubio did not discuss how the country would continue to finance a longer military presence in Afghanistan in light of the deficit he pledged to reduce. 

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Smoking Ban Trend Now Hits Perú

The Latin American nation of Peru has banned smoking in all public buildings and in the workplace.

President Alan García signed an official order that modifies eight regulations of the current laws on tobacco, including more severe punishment for offenders.  Selling tobacco to the underage population could result in the cancellation of the seller’s commercial license, or the closure of the establishment.

Offenders who are caught smoking in the work place, could be fired, or be asked to pay a severe fine.

Areas to be regarded as part of the workplace, include cafeterias, hallways, staircases, elevators and work vehicles.

Posters must be displayed on public buildings, reminding patrons that “smoking in public places is forbidden.”

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Hispanic Health Paradox: Hispanic Border Residents Living Longer than Most other Texans or Americans

A recent study by the University of Washington Institute for Health has uncovered a Hispanic health paradox:  the longest lives in Texas are being lived by Hispanic residents in border cities that exist with low income, lack of insurance and chronic illness.

The predominantly Hispanic residents of border counties are living to be 80 years old, which is two years more than the average American or Texan in general.  The study points out that though this population segment is living longer it is not necessarily living well.  The region is plagued with high rates of obesity, diabetes and kidney disease.

Residents and local health care providers at border counties attribute the low-cost, low-fat Mexican food like pinto beans, roasted chicken and chilies.  Many grow their own food to save money and most are employed in physically demanding jobs like farm work, construction and grounds keeping.

Then there is the cultural attributes the border residents share that do not put their elderly in nursing homes which many believe prolongs their life and a life steeped in church and faith based activities.

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California: Suspected White Supremacists Charged with Hate Crime Against Latino Man

California: Suspected White Supremacists Charged with Hate Crime Against Latino Man

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Police officers have brought up two men on hate crime charges after witnesses say they attacked a Latino man inside a bar in Sunnyvale, California. As officers took their photos, one of the men, not at all phased by the arrest, through his right arm out in a Nazi salute, said the police report.

Prosecutors for Santa Clara County have charged, Andrew Lane, 23, and Justin Cash 29 with a hate crime that occurred on the night of November 15th, 2010.

Upon entering Sporty’s Bikini Bar in Sunnyvale, Lane and Cash, already drunk, spotted the Latino man talking to a waitress. In what witnesses say was an unprovoked attack, the two men attacked the Latino man. Three witnesses say they saw Cash hit the victim in the head with a cue ball, as that he and Lane shouted racial slurs at the man. The witnesses also said they heard Cash yell, “How’s it feel to be hit by a white boy?”

Chief assistant district attorney Jay Boyarsky said, “Hate crimes are the most un-American of crimes. They are an attack on our core fundamental American values. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

According to state records, Lane was a licensed security guard from 2007 to 2009, and has “WHITE BOY” tattooed across his back. When police searched Lane’s home, they found a number of confederate flags and a copy of “American History X,” a movie from 1998 in which Edward Norton plays a former neo-azi skinhead, who after going to prison for killing two black men, tries to keep his brother from the same dark path.

Though Sunnyvale, in the Bay Area, is rather diverse and has a low instance of hate crimes, associate director for the Anti-Defamation League in San Francisco Nancy Appel says that this attack proves that even diversity-rich areas are not immune from hate crimes. However, she adds that if anything good can be taken from the incident it is that people are willing to stand up and say that hate will not be allowed. The three witnesses who stepped up in the victim’s defense were of African-American and Indian ancestry.

“These people came to his defense,” said Appel. “Now, the target knows that other people are thinking, ‘We got your back.’ Otherwise, the target thinks that no one cares, and that sort of degrades the cohesion of the entire community.”

Both Lane and Cash posted their $25,000 bond on the night of their arrest and were released. They are scheduled to appear in court on February 18th to enter a plea.

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‘Carlos” Only Latino Winner at the 2011 Golden Globes

The TV Mini-Series that tells the story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was the big Latino winner of the 2011 Golden Globes.

Despite not being able to take home a Golden Globe,  Sofía Vergara, Eva Longoria, Christina Aguilera and Jenniffer Lopez, were dressed to win.

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The tweet of the night went to Sofía Vergara:

After she lost the Best Supporting Actress award to Jane Lynch, Vergara sprung out of her seat to hug and congratulate Lynch; Sofía then sat back down, and pulled her phone to tweet:

“Me robaron la corona otra veeeez!!!!!!!!!!!!” she tweeted. (“I was robbed of my crown agaaaaaaaaain!!!!!!!!!)Image

And follows it up with, “I don’t care!!! I already have my Golden Globes!!!!!!!!hahhahha. Brilliant.

Image‘Carlos,’  from award-winning filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours), made its U.S. premiere on Sundance Channel on October 11, 2010 and is the story of Carlos the Jackal, the revolutionary that masterminded a wave of terror attacks in Europe and The Middle East in the ’70s and ’80s and founded the worldwide terrorist organization that raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. It is the first Sundance Channel production to ever win a Golden Globe. Image

‘Carlos’ is produced by Studio Canal in association with Film En Stock, Egoli Tossell Film and Sundance Channel.  Sundance Channel will re-air CARLOS on Thursday, January 20th at 8pm ET/PT and the mini-series will be available on Sundance Channel on Demand beginning Wednesday, February 2nd

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Sending Michelle Obama Las Mañanitas on Her 47th Birthday (VIDEO)

HS News and the rest of country are sending Birthday wishes to the First Lady of the United States on her 47th birthday.  And in true Mexican tradition we are sending Las Mañanitas to serenade Michelle on her special day.


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Chicago City Council Passes Unanimous Resolution Calling for Federal Government to Stop Deportations

In what is mostly a symbolic gesture, the City of Chicago passed a unanimous resolution urging the federal government to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants in the city of Chicago.

Under President Obama over one thousand individuals have been deported in Chicago, which is double the rate under the Bush administration.  The resolution calls for the President to stop deportations in the city if those undocumented individuals have a family member who is a citizen or if they are parents to a child born in the U.S.

The issue of immigration is under the auspices of Homeland Security and Immigration Control agents, thereby making the enforcement of immigration law a federal issue.  No one on the City Council spoke up in opposition to the resolution.

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Martin Luther King Jr and the Power of Non-Violent Social Activism

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the perfect time to reflect on the power of nonviolent social activism motivated by love and a sense of justice.

So many of Dr. King’s quotes are as relevant today as they were when King first said them.
Here are three favorites from literally hundreds of compelling quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One can’t help but think how relevant these words are today as society deals with immigration, equality in education and our dreams of a more just nation.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
I Have a Dream, 1963.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958

 

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There will be No Florida Crackdown on Undocumented Workers- They are too Valuable

There will be No Florida Crackdown on Undocumented Workers- They are too Valuable

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Now that the campaigns are over, and reality has set in, Florida’s economy is too dependent on illegal workers to survive any serious immigration crackdown. It is hard to find anyone who supports a crackdown in any serious manner.

Not the police, not businesses, not the Republican strategists, not the Hispanic members of Congress, not the Legislature. Even Jeb Bush, who co-chaired the Hispanic Leadership Network conference last week, has been very clear on the detrimental effects a crackdown would have on the Florida economy.

The Republican who introduced the Arizona style bill in the state Senate, Mike Bennett of Bradenton, says he “might not even vote for it myself.’‘

Furthermore. Governor Scott has backed off a proposal to require private employers to use E-Verify.

The reason is simple: It would hit the tourism, construction and service industries very hard. And it would shut down agriculture. Any farm that enforced E-Verify would see its labor force dry up and its crops rot in the field. Read more of Mike Thomas’s Commentary at The Orlando Sentinel.

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