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SaturdayApril 9, 2011

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Says Agreement on U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Pact Means Jobs

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Says Agreement on U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Pact Means Jobs

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded the announcement that an agreement has been reached to resolve outstanding issues on the long-pending U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and said that the passage of free trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea will help create jobs in South Florida and throughout the U.S.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Once it goes into effect, the long-overdue Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Colombia will help bring jobs and economic growth to South Florida and throughout the United States.

“Colombia is already Miami’s second largest trading partner globally and this agreement will open the door for further opportunities to spur economic growth.  As the gateway to the Americas, Florida is in a position to be one of the chief beneficiaries of the FTA, with thousands of new jobs likely being created and hundreds of millions of dollars more in exports to Colombia expected each year.

“It is unfortunate that this job-creating agreement has been on hold for more than four years as the Obama Administration raised one obstacle after another due to politically-driven opposition by partisan special interest groups.

“Colombia is also a steadfast ally in a volatile region where U.S. interests are under assault, and this agreement will enhance the vital partnership between our two nations.

“Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea must all be finalized as soon as possible in order to create exports, increase jobs, and spur on economic growth.”

BACKGROUND:  The original U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement was concluded by the Bush Administration in 2006, but the Obama Administration has refused to forward it to Congress for a vote, citing a need to revise provisions regarding labor and other issues.

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FedEx + Me Contest : Casa Brazil’s Pitch (VIDEO)

FedEx + Me Contest : Casa Brazil’s Pitch (VIDEO)

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The FedEx + Me program is conducting a search in Austin, Texas, for the Gen Y small business that best exemplifies the Austin small-business community’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial drive.

Austin entrepreneur Joel Shuler sources Brazilian coffee, directly compensates the farmers who grow it, then imports the coffee and roasts it in small batches in Austin.


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More Anti-LGBT Attacks, Abuse on the Spanish-Language Program “José Luis Sin Censura” (VIDEO)

More Anti-LGBT Attacks, Abuse on the Spanish-Language Program “José Luis Sin Censura” (VIDEO)

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More than 30 organizations have sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski, urging him to swiftly act on the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) complaint against Liberman Broadcasting and KRCA Los Angeles for broadcasting the program, José Luis Sin Censura.


The program often contains indecent, profane, and obscene material, offensive language, nudity, and on-air verbal and physical attacks against women as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  The letter filed today by organizations including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the United Church of Christ, calls on the FCC to enforce consequences for the violations described in the complaint.


Liberman Broadcasting has not responded to the complaint and has refused to clean up its programming, despite overwhelming community outcry about its violation of FCC rules and its likelihood to incite violence against women and LGBT people. A number of episodes that have aired since GLAAD and NHMC filed the complaint last month have contained similar and sometimes even more egregious violations.


Liberman Broadcasting has self-rated many of these episodes as TV-14, or suitable for fourteen-year-olds, making it impossible for even the most vigilant parents to block the program using the V-chip or similar technologies.  GLAAD and NHMC released an online video today documenting additional content that has aired since the filing. 


GLAAD and NHMC’s complaint was filed over one month ago and has generated an enormous outpouring of public support. Thousands participated in an online action to e-mail the FCC and support the complaint.  To participate please visit: www.nhmc.org/joseluissincensura. A video containing clips of the show has been viewed over 300 times per day, garnering over 10,000 views.


The original FCC complaint documented over twenty episodes that aired between June 18 and December 7, 2010. The program contained images and language of the nature that is never displayed or is bleeped out of pre-taped English-language programs of the same nature, including the words “pinche” (“f*cking” in English) and “culero” (“assf*cker”), anti-gay language, including epithets such as ““maricón,” “joto” and “puñal” (or “f*ggot”), and anti-Latino slurs, such as “mojado” (“wetback”).


The program frequently featured blatant nudity and female guests have been shown in violent fights. Hypersexualized images of women’s breasts and genitals while stripping for male guests and audience members also make up routine offerings. Guests and audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and even physical attacks, especially against people perceived to be LGBT. Many episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests.


“If this action has taught us one thing, it is that members of our communities have been outraged by this show for years.  And for years, they have attempted to get the ear of those with power to ask them to exercise their responsibility for protecting our children and our communities from this egregious content, not just in English but in Spanish as well.  What these passionate individuals lacked was a spotlight and a megaphone - and we intend to provide them with both,” said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of NHMC.

“This show serves no role except to fuel a climate of intolerance and violence against our community,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “The FCC has an obligation to stand up against this offensive program, which has no place on our airwaves.”

Other organizations signing the letter include: Asian American Justice Center; Bienestar; Center for Media Justice; Center for New Community; Council for Hispanic Ministries, United Church of Christ; Equality California; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); HONOR Fund; Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE); The Hispanic Federation; Human Rights Campaign (HRC); The Latino Equality Alliance; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Maria Luna, Democratic District Leader 71 A.D. New York; Media Alliance; Media Justice League; Media Literacy Project; National Center for Lesbian Rights; The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc.; Nosotros; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Puerto Rico Para Tod@s; Southern Poverty Law Center; The Trevor Project; UNID@S; United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc.; United States Hispanic Leadership Institute; Sue Wilson, Broadcast Blues; and Women’s Media Center.


José Luis Sin Censura airs twice daily, Monday - Friday, in thirty-seven markets throughout the country. The show is produced and distributed by Burbank, CA-based LBI, Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. and airs on Liberman’s EstrellaTV network.

To view the change.org petition or the video cited in this press release, please use the following links:

www.glaad.org/jlsc

www.nhmc.org/joseluissincensura


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7 Year Old is a Hero as He Saves 4 year Old Brother During Dog Attack (VIDEO)

7 Year Old is a Hero as He Saves 4 year Old Brother During Dog Attack (VIDEO)

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A 7-year-old Florida boy proved that you’re never too young to be a hero when he protected his 4-year-old younger brother and his friend from a dog attack.

Police said the dog found its way into the backyard where the children were playing.

“A 7-year-old grabbed his 4-year-old little brother and another 4-year-old friend and basically threw them underneath a car, protecting them. The child threw himself on the 4-year-old, basically shielding them from the dog. The dog began to maul the 7-year-old,” Fernando Morales with the Homestead police said.

That’s when the 7-year-old’s father grabbed a shovel from his work truck and hit the dog, making it run away.

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How Are Border Agents Corrupted? (VIDEO)

How Are Border Agents Corrupted? (VIDEO)

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Retired DEA supervisor Tony Coulson explains how and why agents fall prey to the Mexican Drug Cartels.

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When is Tax Freedom Day? The Day We Stop Working for the Gov and Begin Earning for Our Families?

When is Tax Freedom Day? The Day We Stop Working for the Gov and Begin Earning for Our Families?

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This year, Tax Freedom Day will come four days later than last year in Illinois – now falling ironically on April 15.  This year, Tax Freedom Day will come four days later than last year in Illinois – now falling ironically on April 15. This year, Tax Freedom Day will come four days later than last year in Illinois – now falling ironically on April 15.

According to the non-profit, non-partisan Tax Foundation, most U.S. taxpayers will reach Tax Freedom Day on April 12.

Illinois taxpayers will need to work three more days compared to other Americans before their Tax Freedom Day.  This year’s tax freedom event also is four days later than last year when Illinois Tax Freedom Day came on April 11, 2010.  Illinois citizens must now work longer for the government before providing for their families due to the recent 66% increase in the individual state income-tax rate.

Tax Day Basics: Taxes Cost More Than Food, Clothing, and Shelter Combined

The Foundation calculates Tax Freedom Day annually by measuring the number of days Americans need to work to pay for all their federal, state and local taxes.  While most U.S. residents will need to work 102 days to pay all their taxes, Illinois residents have to work 105 days, giving Illinois the ninth latest Tax Freedom Day in the nation.  Mississippi had the nation’s earliest “Tax Freedom Day” on March 26th and Connecticut will have the latest on May 2nd.

Despite federal tax reductions, the Foundation said Americans will pay more in taxes in 2011 than they will spend on groceries, clothing and shelter combined. 

Overall, the Foundation said that taxes amount to 27.68 percent of all U.S. income, which is the same percentage of the year that the 102 days from Jan. 1 to April 12 represents, the report said.

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2 Detained in Rio School Shooting

2 Detained in Rio School Shooting

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Two men have been detained and questioned for allegedly helping provide a gun to a man who entered a Rio de Janeiro school, opened fire and killed at least 12 children before taking his own life, a police official said Saturday.

There are fears the death toll from the shooting may rise. Three other children shot at the school are in grave condition and on life support, the Rio state health department said.

On April 7, 2011, ten girls and two boys ages 12 to 15 were gunned down inside the Tasso da Silveira public school. Most of the children were lined up along a wall and shot in the head at point-blank range. The shooter, identified as a former student of the school, 23-year-old Wellington Oliveira, killed himself with one of his pistols after being confronted by police. At least 12 other students were wounded.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center Reports on Female Immigrants Sexual Abuse in the US Food Industry

The Southern Poverty Law Center Reports on Female Immigrants Sexual Abuse in the US Food Industry

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Many of the women who suffer groping, harassment and even rape are undocumented and feel powerless to do anything about their situation, said Monica Ramirez, who is overseeing the awareness campaign.

“These women feel extremely scared and vulnerable,” said Ramirez, who co-wrote a 2010 report on immigrant women in the U.S. food industry that surveyed 150 workers.

Attackers are “telling them that if they don’t give in to their sexual demands, then they’ll turn them, their family members and people in their social networks over to immigration,” even if the women are in the country legally, Ramirez said.


 

 

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2010 Naturalizations Down From 2009

2010 Naturalizations Down From 2009

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Total Naturalizations in 2010 are down 17% from 2009. Naturalizations among the Mexico-born decreased 40 percent compared to 2009 and fell 70 percent compared to 2008. Among the Indian-born naturalizations increased 16 percent compared to 2009.

Mexico-born individuals still account for the largest share of those who naturalize at 10.8 percent, those from India are a close second, accounting for 9.9 percent.


2010 Highlights:

Total naturalizations - 619,913

Mexico-born naturalizations : 67,062 (10.8%)
India-born - 61,142 (9.9%)
Philippines- born -35,465 (5.7%)
China- born - 33,969 (5.5%)
Vietnam- born - 19,313 (3.1%)
Columbia-born - 18,417 (3%)
Dominican Republic-born - 15,451 (2.5%)
Cuba-born - 14,050 (2.3%)
Haiti-born - 12,291 (2%)
Jamaica-born - 12,070 (1.9%)
Pakistan-born - 11,601 (1.9%)
South Korea-born - 11,170 (1.8%)

For the full report: U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services

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No Government Shutdown, Congress and White House Cheer Deal

No Government Shutdown, Congress and White House Cheer Deal

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A last minute budget deal has averted and embarrassing government shutdown. The new agreement agrees to pay for federal spending through September while trimming 38.5 billion in spending.

“Today Americans of different beliefs came together again,” President Barack Obama said from the White House Blue Room, a setting chosen to offer a clear view of the Washington Monument over his right shoulder.

At the end of the day, all sides claimed victory — Republicans for the sheer size of the spending cuts and Obama and Reid for jettisoning Republican policy initiatives that would have blocked certain environmental regulations and made changes in a federal program that provides family planning services.

This accomplishment has set the stage for tougher confrontations to come. The Treasury has told Congress it must vote to raise the debt limit by summer — a request that Republicans hope to use to force Obama to accept long-term deficit-reduction measures.

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LET ALL WORRIES GO this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

LET ALL WORRIES GO this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder Guess What and Where this is?

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Seven Undocumented Youth Protest, Risk Deportation in Georgia

Seven Undocumented Youth Protest, Risk Deportation in Georgia

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This week seven undocumented youth were arrested in an act of civil disobedience in Atlanta during a protest. The students oppose a change proposed by the Georgia Board of Regents who want to ban on undocumented students from the state’s top five public colleges and universities. All seven students are currently in jail and are scheduled to appear in court today. They all risk of deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Georgia voters recently voted down a ban of undocumented students in all colleges and universities in the state, but the regents, who have governing authority of public colleges, approved a measure banning undocumented students from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia College & State University, and the Medical College of Georgia that will go into effect in the fall.

The protest targeted the administration of Georgia State, demanding that the university “refuse the ban” and continue to allow undocumented immigrants—who already pay out-of-state tuition in Georgia—to enroll there.

The seven students outed themselves as undocumented then entered the Georgia State admissions office to deliver a letter demanding the university not follow the Board of Regent’s directive. After a march through campus to the state capitol, the seven students sat down to block traffic around a large banner that read, “We Will No Longer Remain in the Shadows.”


A number of civil rights movement veterans supported the undocumented students’ cause, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who compared the students’ actions to his own record of civil disobedience against Jim Crow in the South. “I got arrested … 40 times. I was beaten, left bloody, but I didn’t give up. And you must not give up.” 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Georgia Board of Regents spokesperson John Millsaps, who said that the point of the legislation was to ensure that qualified Georgia residents would not lose access to the state’s public universities due to enrollment of undocumented students.

Georgina Perez, who was one of the eight who came out as undocumented, called this argument out in a statement posted on TheDreamIsComing.com Tuesday.

“This policy, like many other enacted and proposed laws, have nothing to do with the rule of law. Rather, it is clear they are about hate, racism, and the creation of second class of citizens, which is morally wrong and politically influenced,” she said in the statement.

Perez, like the other undocumented students who were arrested, posted an emotional video on YouTube explaining why she was willing to be arrested. In the clip, she calls her parents’ decision to immigrate to the United States without documents “heroic.”

 

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