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MondayMarch 21, 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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NARCO BLOG: Musician Gerardo Ortiz Survives Attack, Driver and Rep. Killed (VIDEO)

NARCO BLOG: Musician Gerardo Ortiz Survives Attack, Driver and Rep. Killed  (VIDEO)

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It was reported in the early hours of Sunday that singer Gerardo Ortiz was attacked after finishing his presentation at the Palenque de Villa de Alvarez, Colima, The attackers killed Abel Valle Rosales who was his driver, and Ramiro Caro, his representative, a women in his car was also injured.

However, in the official communiqué issued by Authorities of Colima, nothing was known of the whereabouts of Gerardo and His Father. It was only reported that the two were gone from the site of the attack but that was all.

It was not until early this morning that the official Twitter account of Gerardo Ortiz issued several messages written by people who work for him, stating that the singer was not in a position to make statements about the incident.

Complete message here:

” Los Angeles, CA (March 20). - As you all know, early last Sunday 20 March the Family of Geraldo Ortiz was attacked.  Please be aware that GERARDO ORTIZ is okay physically, but devastated and shocked. For obvious reasons, he will not be giving interviews to any media. He wishes to express his gratitude for all the support provided by the general public, fans and media and asks that people respect their grief. Thank you all. “

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Mariachi Heritage Society Celebrates 20 Years in Latin Music Education

Mariachi Heritage Society Celebrates 20 Years in Latin Music Education

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Mariachi Heritage Society and Director Jose Hernandez welcome Mattel, Inc. as the title sponsor for this year’s event, Viva El Mariachi.

Live performances by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Latin Grammy-nominated songstress Shaila Durcal and a showcase featuring students from their mariachi program, will highlight the evening’s festivities. The annual concert and its guests serve to assist with projection costs for the continued education of the MHS.

Throughout Los Angeles County, Jose and his colleagues at The Mariachi Heritage Society have been teaching the art of the 200 year-old Mexican musical tradition known as mariachi. The MHS offers parents an affordable way for their children to become further educated in their Latin culture and a creative outlet for children to participate in giving back to their schools and community through music and positive self-awareness. The MHS believes strongly in giving children “roots to grow and wings to fly.”

In past MHS celebrations, all-star line-ups of musical talent have included some of the most influential icons in Latin entertainment such as Jose Feliciano, Arturo Sandoval, Ana Barbara, Vikki Carr, and April 2 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse will be no exception with platinum Spanish artist Shaila Durcal debuting new songs from her upcoming album.

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CENSUS: 42 States Info Released, Hispanic Population Accounts 54% of All Growth

CENSUS: 42 States Info Released, Hispanic Population Accounts 54% of All Growth

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Based on the aggregation of the population residing on the 42 states released thus far by Census:

o Hispanic population growth is exceeding the most recent Census estimates by 4.3 percent.
o More than 45 million Hispanics in the 42 states released as of 3-17-11.
o Hispanics contributed 54 percent of the overall population growth in those states.
o From Census 2000-2010, the Hispanic population in these states grew by 45 percent.
o Hispanics are growing four times faster than the total U.S. population.
o More than 14 million “new Hispanics” were added to the population of the 42 states released by Census, compared to 11.8 million “new non-Hispanics” added to the residents of the 42 states released by Census in 2000.

The Census 2010 figures are showing the Hispanic population is less concentrated than 10 years ago. In 2000, 56 percent of the Hispanic population residing in the 42 states released by Census resided either in California or Texas. By 2010, 52 percent of Hispanics reside either in Texas or California.

The latest figures released for Florida, Georgia, Montana, New Mexico, Kentucky, Alaska, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Tennessee show:

o Hispanics contributed nearly 55 percent of the population growth in Florida. The Hispanic population is growing six times faster than non-Hispanics in the state.

o The Hispanic population in Georgia grew 96 percent in the last decade. Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the state.

o In Montana, the Hispanic population is growing seven times faster than non-Hispanics in the state. In the last 10 years, the Hispanic population in the state grew 58 percent.

o Hispanics in New Mexico accounted for 78 percent of the growth.

o The Hispanic population in Kentucky more than doubled in the last decade.

o In Alaska, the Hispanic population grew about 52 percent since Census 2000. Among Hispanic population growth in the state, Adults 18 plus accounted for 66 percent of Hispanic growth in the state while Hispanics under 18 contributed the remaining 34 percent of the growth.

o In Minnesota, the Hispanic population grew nearly 75 percent since Census 2000.

o The Hispanic population in North Dakota grew 73 percent since Census 2000. 1 out of every 5 individuals added to the total population in the state is of Hispanic origin.

o In Tennessee, the Hispanic population more than doubled in the last decade.

“With the data for 42 states revealed, we have a real snapshot of the new face of our nation being driven by the explosive demographic growth of U.S. Hispanics,” said Elizabeth Ellers, executive vice president, Corporate Research, Univision Communications Inc.

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REPORT:  Increasing Violence Against Priests in Mexico

REPORT:  Increasing Violence Against Priests in Mexico

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Last year more than one thousand priests were victims of attempted extortions (for their “protection”, amounts ranging from ten thousand to two million Mexican pesos have been demanded). About 162 were threatened with death.

Two priests were kidnapped and killed. In the last six years, the most violent of all time, 12 men religious were killed. According to an analysis by Catholic Media Centre (CMC), criminals are seeking money in exchange for protection, while pastors are being threatened with arson against their churches.

Comparing the figures, during the administration of Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000) three priests were murdered. During the government of Vicente Fox (2000-2006) there were four assaults against priests, but under the present government of Felipe Calderón there has been the highest number of murders of priests: 12. The states with the highest incidence of crimes against priests and religious are the Federal District, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Michoacán, Hidalgo, Aguascalientes, Coahuila e Puebla.

The report prepared by the Research Centre of the CMC on violence against priests across the country, is divided into two parts, and goes back to 1993. This report not only presents the data collected, but it also gives a series of answers to the question: “Why are priests in Mexico persecuted and killed?”. The different responses outline a neo-persecution of priests for what they represent in the community. They try to intimidate, to harass or to limit their freedom because the priests, in the end, perform a public function that generally disturbs criminal acts.

Read more at Agenzia Fides →

The Obamas in Chile, 2nd Leg of Their Latin American Visit (PHOTOS)

The Obamas in Chile, 2nd Leg of Their Latin American Visit (PHOTOS)

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The Obama’s have arrived in Santiago de Chile, after a visit to Brazil. Chile is the second nation in President Obama’s 2011 Latin American tour.







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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Makes $15 Billion Weapons Purchase Worrying his Latin American Neighbors

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Makes $15 Billion Weapons Purchase Worrying his Latin American Neighbors

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While the Latin American region is basking in the glow of a U.S. Presidential visit and all of President Obama’s regional praise, there is also much worry about Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

Security experts are reporting that Chavez is expanding his military capability by spending $15 billion in weapons purchases that include tanks, helicopters, submarines and missile networks.  The country’s rate of armament is unprecedented in the region.

Other experts say he has actually spent $30 billion in armament and most of those funds are borrowed.  Chavez himself says he wants to modernize the country’s armed forces.

The Association for Citizen Control for the Security and Defense of Nation (a Venezuelan NGO) is reporting that most of the new military equipment is coming from Russia, China and Spain.  More alarming to Chavez’ Latin American neighbors are his plans to build weapon plants inclusive of a powder factory co-produced along with Iran.

The U.S. has recently expressed concern and displeasure with Russia about the massive amount of weapons it is selling to Chavez.

Read more at Miami Herald →

Taco Bell Tantrum. Man Angry Over Increased Burrito Prices Opens Fire

Taco Bell Tantrum. Man Angry Over Increased Burrito Prices Opens Fire

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A San Antonio man, upset over the end of a Taco Bell burrito promotion, was apparently angry enough to shoot the store manager with an air, flash an assault rifle, and partake in a shootout with police.

Ricardo Jones, 37, went through the Taco Bell drive-thru and ordered seven Beefy Crunch Burrito. He was then infuriated when he was told the 99 cent-promotion for them had ended and that they were now $1.49 each.

Unwilling to pay the extra $3.50 (plus tax), Jones shot a store manager Brian Tillerson with an air gun. “[The man] the man “pointed a gun at me, and he fired it. I leaned to the side and there was a pop but nothing happened.”

Jones then placed an assault rifle and handgun on his car’s roof. Customers, worried that he’d return, hid underneath tables as the manager called the police.

Officers found Jones at an intersection just a few miles away. Jones apparently opened fire on the officers who returned fire. No one was hit. Jones then fled to a nearby motel and locked himself inside for over three hours. Police finally released tear gas, and Jones was apprehended. Police found a BB on him, and it is suspected it was for the air gun.

It was said that Jones was to be charged with three counts of attempted murder, but he was only charge with two counts of aggravated assault. Police did not explain the lesser charges.

No, he never did get his burritos.

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Watch Ricky Martin and New Boyfriend at GLAAD Media Awards (VIDEO)

Watch Ricky Martin and New Boyfriend at GLAAD Media Awards (VIDEO)

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Ricky Martin was honored at the New York Marriott Marquis on Saturday (March 19) in New York City with a GLAAD Media Award.

“I’ve been through an intense spiritual process for the last five years, especially the last two years,” the 39-year-old Musica+Alma+Sexo singer said. “I needed to share it with the world.”

Martin was honored with the Vito Russo Award, which celebrates openly gay and lesbian entertainers. “I’m walking today with my head up high, and to be here? To be receiving an award? I’ve only started,” said the Puerto Rican singer at the ceremony that he attended with his new love, Carlos González Abella.


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Bill Gates Acquires 14.7% Stake in Mexico’s FEMSA, Latin America’s Largest Coca-Cola Bottler

Mexico’s FEMSA has announced U.S. billionaire, Bill Gates, has acquired a 14.7% stake in the company.  The company was forced to make the announcement before it was ready when market rumors were spreading that Gates bought all the shares available.

Founded in 1890 in Monterrey, Mexico, FEMSA is comprised of two complementary business units: Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest public bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world in terms of sales volume, and FEMSA Comercio, the largest and fastest growing convenience store operator in Mexico by number of stores.

The Mexican company see the investment as an affirmation of its business, its business model and growth prospects.  Currently the company operates in 9 Latin American countries and has 31 bottling plants throughout the region. 

In 2010 the company reported revenues of $13.7 billion and net income of $3.2 billion and employs close to 100,000 people. 

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Oh, Carlos. Charlie Sheen Reportedly in Talks with CBS to Return to “Two and a Half Men”

Oh, Carlos. Charlie Sheen Reportedly in Talks with CBS to Return to “Two and a Half Men”

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Crazy Carlos aka Charlie Sheen is reportedly in talks with CBS about the possibility of rejoining the cast of “Two and a Half Men,” the hit show he was fired from just to weeks ago, after he ripped series creator Chuck Lorre in a number of radio and television interviews.

Sheen, whose antics pushed his former network over the edge shortly after he went through “rehab” after being hospitalized following a suspected drug-filled party weekend at his home.

NBC’s Jeff Rossen, via Twitter, is reporting that “sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back. Discussions ongoing. Not a done deal.”

Rossen did not name the source, but if any reporter would know the actor’s plans it would be Rossen, who Sheen praised him after their two-part NBC interview.

Hollywoodlife.com is also reporting the possibility of Sheen’s return, and said a show-insider told them, “The rumors are true – CBS wants Charlie back. They saw how popular his tour has become, how it has been selling out, and when word spread that he started talking to Fox about a late-night show, some decision-makers got a little antsy.”

The site’s also-unnamed source said there is an 80 percent chance that Sheen will return, and if that is the case, it will be a complete turnaround from both CBS and Charlie.

It is especially odd, considering Sheen, after being fired from the show, sued for $100 million.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan Gives First Lesson to Beast, Mark Zuckerberg’s Poodle

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan Gives First Lesson to Beast, Mark Zuckerberg’s Poodle

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Facebook Creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s dog gets his schooling from no one but the Dog Whisperer himself: César Millán.  Millán who came to this country illegally and worked as an undocumented immigrant before becoming the renown Dog Whisperer is use to handling some rough creatures yet appears unfazed by Zuckerberg’s ‘Beast’ - that’s the dogs real name.

Take a look at the pictures, as well as some ridiculously adorable pictures of Beast’s first bath on the dog’s own Facebook page.


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E-Verify Self Check Launches Today

Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of E-Verify Self Check—an innovative service that allows individuals in the United States to check their employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment.

E-Verify Self Check is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job seekers. This voluntary, free, fast and secure service was developed through a partnership between DHS and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

E-Verify Self Check gives individuals in the United States access to their employment eligibility status and gives them an opportunity to submit corrections to their DHS and SSA records, if necessary, before applying for jobs.

The E-Verify Self Check process consists of four steps:

o Users enter identifying information online (such as name, date of birth and address).
o Users confirm their identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity assurance service.
o Users enter work eligibility information such as a Social Security number and, depending on citizenship status, an Alien Registration number.
o E-Verify Self Check checks users’ information against relevant SSA and DHS databases and returns information on users’ employment eligibility status.

As of March 21, 2011, E-Verify Self Check is available to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia or the District of Columbia.

To check your eligibility status click here

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Alexandra Wallace Drops Out of UCLA Following the Brouhaha From Racist Video Rants (VIDEO)

Alexandra Wallace Drops Out of UCLA Following the Brouhaha From Racist Video Rants (VIDEO)

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Remember Alexandra Wallace’s crazy rant against Asian people ‘talking too loud in the campus library? It spawned so many responses, parodies and death threats, the blonde political science student decided to drop out of UCLA!

Below, some of the most memorable videos inspired by Wallace’s internet faux-pas.







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Trailer for New Pirates of The Caribbean Film Released (VIDEO)

Trailer for New Pirates of The Caribbean Film Released (VIDEO)

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The new Pirates of The Caribbean Film “On Stranger Tides” will premiere May 20 2011, featuring Penélope Cruz as the new addition to the cast.

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Presidential Agenda in Chile Today

After President Obama and the First Family arrived in Santiago, Chile at 12:30 EST, he has a busy day and evening chalked full of activities planned:

12:50 PM: The President and The First Lady participate in an arrival ceremony

1:00 PM: The President and President Sebastian Piñera of Chile take an official photo

1:05 PM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Piñera

1:25 PM: The President holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Piñera

2:05 PM: The President and President Piñera hold a joint press conference

3:20 PM: The President delivers a speech

4:30 PM: The President and the First Lady attend a U.S. Embassy meet and greet

7:15 PM: The President and the First Lady arrive at La Moneda Palace

7:25 PM: The President and the First Lady attend an official dinner hosted by President Piñera

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Mexican Fisherman Cross into U.S. Waters Daily in Search of Shark Fins

Mexican Fisherman Cross into U.S. Waters Daily in Search of Shark Fins

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The U.S. Coast Guard stationed in our southern waters have been on the look out for dangerous pirates lately, but even more recently, they have been attempting to stop Mexican fisherman who have been illegally crossing the border to catch sharks.

At night, boats from Mexico can often be found in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Texas’ coast, but while some carry drugs or immigrants, more often than not, they’re carrying fishermen looking for sharks. Globally, the shark fin trade is worth over a billion dollars.

It is estimated that this fishing results in more than 50,000 sharks being caught illegally by these fisherman.

“They have GPS devices. They know where they are in the gulf and what they’re doing. They are violating the sovereignty of American waters,” said Lt. Mickey Laler.

Though Lt. Laler and others in the coast guard give chase, the Mexican fishermen often make it back over to Mexican waters with their catch.

Just south of the border, Eric Carillo’s family runs a small shark fishing business in Playa Bagdad. Each month, they bring in $5,000 to $10,000, with most of that money coming from fin sales, but some also coming from the shark meat sold to markets in Mexico City. “It’s the same game every day. They chase us, sometimes seizing our boats. And the next day we do it again.”

Ecologists have begun to worry that these fishermen are lowering the shark population too much, and are damaging the ecosystems

“Because these guys fly under the radar, they could be catching a lot more sharks than we think,” said shark biologist Robert Hueter of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Hueter has studied the impact of shark fishing near the border, and said, “The fact that much of their fishing might be unaccounted for — that’s the big concern.”

The reasoning for all the illegal fishing in U.S. waters is likely due to unregulated fishing on the Mexico side that has resulted in a diminished shark population.

Because most of the laws in place were in regards to immigration and drug trafficking, the illegal fishing has continued, and the Coast is not sure what more they can do. They confiscate boats and equipment, but as Carillo said, “the next day we do it again.”

The Coast Guard has seen another increase in the number of fishermen they come across, and say pursuits tend to be with the same people time and time again.

“I’ve lost more than 13 boats to the patrol in the last 10 years. We’ve lost thousands of dollars in equipment,” Carillo said. “But we’ve made four times more money fishing across the border than we would have made otherwise. It’s worth the risk.”

Read more at The Washington Post →

One-Third of Latinos Polled Say They’d NEVER Vote for a Republican

One-Third of Latinos Polled Say They’d NEVER Vote for a Republican

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A recent survey of 400 California Latinos revealed that what many have long assumed. The majority of Latino voters do not think too highly of the GOP.

The poll stated that 62 percent of Latinos surveyed had a favorable view of Democrats, while only 26 percent had the same view of Republicans. Only 22 percent of Latinos voters agreed that Republicans “stick to core values and nominate true Conservatives,” and about one-third of the total said they would never for a Republican.

Overall, the poll showed that Latino voters hold “widely negative” views of Republican.

When those polled were asked who they trusted to reform immigration laws, 57 percent of voters chose Democrats, only 21 percent said Republicans. Also, 67 percent were in favor of a path to citizenship.

The poll was commissioned by Republican strategist Marty Wilson, who managed the failed California Senate campaign of Carly Fiorina. Wilson worked with pollster and fellow Republican Bob Moore who admitted that there was a lot of “work to be done to convince California Latinos that the Republican Party and its candidates can effectively represent them.”

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Watch Pictures of the Super Moon Around The World! (VIDEO)

Take a look at these stunning pictures of the Super Moon from around the world!

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Conservative Chile Will Begin Teaching Sex Education in Schools

Conservative Chile Will Begin Teaching Sex Education in Schools

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One of South America’s most conservative countries has made the surprising decision to teach sex education in all public schools beginning next year.

Chile has long aligned its views and policies on sex with that of the Catholic Church, including outlawing all forms of abortion, so the choice to teach sex education is a drastic departure.

On Monday, the country’s Education Minister Joaquín Lavín, along with the National Women’s Service (SERNAM) Minster Carolina Schmidt presented seven variations of sex education programs for the public schools.

Right now, only secondary schools have any kind of sex education. It is taught as part of biology and a natural science classes, and does not include any information about the emotional aspects of sex or birth control.

Beginning in 2012, Lavín says first through fourth grade students will go through a basic kind of sexual education, more along the lines of acceptable behavior.

“Children must be educated in the first place about affection, how to respect your body and other peoples’ bodies, not letting anyone approach you or touch you if you do not want it or in a way you do not want.”

Subsequent classes will follow the earlier “acceptable behavior” course, and as they get older, the students will learn more and more about pregnancy, contraception, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse, and homosexuality, but all seven programs presented Monday encourage delaying any sexual activity.

It is estimated that it will cost between $47 a $413 to educate each teacher, and will include as many as 70 hours of training. Each school must find ways to finance their new sexual education programs, but a grant from a $620,000 fund created by the Ministry of Education can be applied for.

According to SERNAM’s Schmidt, “More than 41,000 young people now see their future determined by a pregnancy at an early age,” with more than 12,300 pregnant girls or mothers registered by the school system last year.

While he understands the need for the courses, the president of Chile’s private school organization Conacep, Rodrigo Bosch said he finds it hard to get behind one plan when it seems to change often.

Although this plan is very welcome, we receive news of different sex education plans every two years, so it is difficult to see the credibility in this one. We hope that the government gives schools the adequate resources for their programs.” Bosch added that “$620,000 does not sound sufficient for the high expectations this initiative has generated, taking into account that there are about 10,000 schools involved.”

Currently, 90 percent of Chile’s schools are public and many already have trouble affording their curriculum.

In related news, U.S. President Barack Obama and his family are on their way to Chile today. This will be the second stop on their Latin America trip, following Brazil, and preceding El Salvador.

Read more at Santiago Times →

Hispanic Support for Current Health Care Law Appears to be Waning

As the debate about repealing the Affordable Care Act is swirling around Washington, Hispanics majority support for it appears waning and indicates they may support an appeal.

While a near majority (46%) of Americans, at of the beginning of the year, wanted their Congressmen to repeal the health care law almost an equal percentage (49%) of Hispanics wanted the bill to remain in place.

However a recent survey by impreMedia-Latino Decisions is indicating Latino’s support for the health care legislation is waning.  The survey points to several factors for the decline in support of health care reform as it currently is. 

There has been poor to little Latino outreach to garner support for keeping the legislation is cited as one reason.  And the current health care law, that was voted on last March, did not include several preferences desired by a majority of Latinos:  insurance for undocumented immigrants and inclusion of a public option.

It appears Latinos see a repeal of health care reform as a means to start over and advocate for a health care bill that would include items that weren’t mandated before.

Read more at Latino Decisions →

Feliz Cumpleaños - Happy Birthday 205th Benito Juarez!

Feliz Cumpleaños - Happy Birthday 205th Benito Juarez!

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HS-News invites you to celebrate the 205th Birthday of Benito Juárez, the Mexican leader known as the Abe Lincoln of México.

Benito Juárez was born a full–blooded Indian in Oaxaca, on March 21 1806. Despite still being illiterate at age 13, by the time he was 30, he was an accomplished lawyer, jurist and politician.

Juárez’s interest in law and government, and specially his ideas on indigenous rights were the basis of the liberal Mexican constitution of 1857.  An eternal liberal, Juárez led a Mexican government in exile from New Orleans, forced to leave as a result of conservative revolts.

Juarez was responsible for establishing the constitutional separation of Church and State in Mexico. The period of his leadership is known in Mexican history as La Reforma (the reform), and represented the triumph of Mexico’s liberal, federalist, anti-clerical, and pro-capitalist forces over the conservative, centralist, corporatist, and theocratic groups, seeking to reconstitute a locally-run version of the old colonial system. It replaced a semi-feudal social system with a more market-driven one.

Juárez can be compared to a mix of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Madison: a strong statesman, with a brilliant legal mind and a secular sensibility.

Feliz Cumpleaños - Happy 205th, Don Benito!

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Creating Digital Leaders in Hispanic Media

A new course by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will equip a corps of U.S. Spanish-speaking journalists with the skills needed to be multimedia trainers in their newsrooms. The first phase is a four-week online course in Spanish training 57 journalists to use emerging technologies, social media, visual storytelling and other multimedia tools to better connect with their audiences.

Participating journalists work at prominent news organizations across the country, including NPR, CNN, CBS News, Univision, Telemundo, the Sun-Sentinel in Florida and Hoy in Chicago.

As part of the online course, each participant will develop a proposal for a multimedia project that aims to strengthen and inform his or her community. Through online forums and live chats, participants will interact with the instructors and each other on their project ideas.

After evaluating proposals, ICFJ will select 26 participants for a three-day, in-person boot camp on backpack journalism in either Los Angeles or Chicago. Out of that pool, eight finalists will receive training to become Spanish-language digital media trainers. Experienced, Spanish-fluent digital experts will work with the eight participants to conduct training sessions in their newsrooms and at national journalism conferences.

The training program, called “Líderes Digitales: Creating a New Generation of Spanish-Language Multimedia Trainers,” is a two-year project sponsored by the McCormick Foundation.

The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.

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New Mexico’s Driver’s License Law for Illegal Immigrants Remains in Effect

Republican Governor Susana Martinez campaigned on repealing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, one of only three states to have such a law – she failed.

The initiative that would of barred undocumented immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses was passed in the State House and then when it came to the Senate it was modified to appease opponents.

The New Mexico Senate version would have required illegal aliens with driver’s licenses to be finger printed and license renewal would be required every two years – that modification also failed to pass.  Back in February the Republican sponsor version that was more stringent failed to pass as well. 

Finally yesterday morning after a lot of committee meetings the measure was declared dead without any hope of passing. 

Governor Martinez retorted that issuing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants was weakening the border and threatening national security.

New Mexico is the only state in the U.S. where Hispanics are the majority. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

Mexico Offers Payment to Rural Communities that Preserve Forests and Fresh Water Supplies

Mexico Offers Payment to Rural Communities that Preserve Forests and Fresh Water Supplies

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This week the Environment Secretary of Mexico announced a unique program whereby rural communities would be compensated for guarding, protecting and conserving forest land that produces water.

The government conservation fund of 10 million pesos ($840,000) was announced by Secretary Juan Rafal Elvira Quesada in Michoacan where a nature preserve of 6,296 acres was identified.

Communities in the Meseta Purepecha region that can protect forests that help recharge the aquifer supplying water to 13 cities will be the initial beneficiaries of this government initiative.

“Under the agreement, the communities will maintain the forest cover and engage in practices that conserve the natural ecosystems. In exchange, they will receive fixed compensation from the fund per hectare for five years,” the secretariat said.

Read more at Latino Fox News →

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