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SaturdayMay 14, 2011

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

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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2011 Hispanic Hero Honoree Announcement-  Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez

2011 Hispanic Hero Honoree Announcement-  Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez

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U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE) has begun to release the names of the honorees for the 5th Annual Hispanic Hero Gala. This exciting annual event honors local and national Hispanic leaders and will take place on June 16th at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Maryland. In addition, USHYEE will award five Maryland Hispanic high school seniors with the USHYEE/GenOn Educational Grant totaling $25,000. Since 2008 USHYEE has awarded $100,000 in USHYEE/GenOn educational grants to Hispanic youth.

USHYEE founder and President, Luis Borunda said today, “In light of this momentous week in our country’s history, it is only fitting that we begin these announcements with a military leader and one of Maryland’s finest, Brigadier General Alberto Jimenez.  This year marks our 5th Annual Hispanic Hero Award Gala and each of these Heroes is most deserving. These Heroes have given a life time of service to our state and our nation.” 

Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez is the former Maryland Army National Guard Commander, and current State Civilian Chief of Staff of the Maryland Military Department.  His military career spans more than 41 years of service.  He served at every level of command in positions ranging from company, battalion, through brigade commands, as well as serving in various staff assignments.

He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as an attack-helicopter pilot with over 700 hours of combat and non-combat hours in that conflict.  He is a leadership and honor graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Ga., where he started his officer career in May, 1978.  Later he was assigned to Deputy Chief for Operations, Army National Guard (ARNG)  in support of the largest ARNG mobilization ever for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as a myriad of major programs including Force protection and Physical Security across the entire ARNG. He became the Maryland Army Chief of Staff in his home state in May 2004. 

Major Honors:

Legion of Merit
Army Meritorious Medal
Army Commendation Medal (w/four Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal
Vietnam Service Ribbon
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
Army Service Ribbon

Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez is married to the former Maria Villamil and they have two older children, Kiara Ginnette and Fernando Jose.  The Jimenez’s reside in Churchville, Maryland for over 30 years.

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Glenn Beck Responds To Criticism For Vomiting At Meghan McCain’s Skin Cancer PSA

Glenn Beck Responds To Criticism For Vomiting At Meghan McCain’s Skin Cancer PSA

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Beck admits it was a juvenile bit but did not apologize.

Meghan McCain fired back at Glenn Beck, who mocked her for doing a PSA on skin cancer. Beck pretended to vomit at the thought of a naked McCain, who appeared in a strapless dress in the ad. McCain wrote in the Daily Beast, “As a person who is known for his hot body, you must find it easy to judge the weight fluctuations of others, especially young women,” reminding him that he has teen daughters of his own. She says his daughters “are probably dealing with the sexist, body-obsessed media environment that is difficult for all women. Is this really the legacy you want to be leaving for yourself?”

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James Tate Banned from Prom for Posting Giant Invite to Sonali Rodrigues in CN (VIDEO)

James Tate Banned from Prom for Posting Giant Invite to Sonali Rodrigues in CN (VIDEO)

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James Tate is being banned from Shelton High School’s prom after Headmaster Dr. Beth Smith found his creative date proposal to be a violation of school rules. So far, the public has only heard from Tate’s fellow students and thousands of Facebook supporters. Here are some of his noteworthy quotes from the James yesterday.

• “At first I thought [the administration] would congratulate my creativity or something and not really be as angry as they were.”
• “I was proud of what I did and I think Sonali liked it. But the one thing, again, is that my friends got in trouble. If I were to do it again I’d probably do it alone.”
• “It means a lot to me that people care this much.”
• “I feel like at this point reversing the decision wouldn’t mean much.”
• On if he thinks the punishment fits the crime: “Not at all.”


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2012 Primary Schedule- Latino’s Need to Be Ready- Spread the Word

2012 Primary Schedule- Latino’s Need to Be Ready- Spread the Word

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2012 Primary Schedule

Note: Some of these dates are tentative as some states are still messing with their primary dates to jockey for a superior position.

Monday, January 16, 2012: Iowa caucuses

Tuesday, January 24: New Hampshire

Saturday, January 28: Nevada caucuses, South Carolina

Tuesday, January 31: Florida

Tuesday, February 7 (Super Tuesday): Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Montana Republican caucuses, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah

Saturday, February 11: Louisiana
Tuesday, February 14: Maryland

Tuesday, February 21: Hawaii Republican caucuses, Wisconsin

Tuesday, February 28: Arizona, Michigan

Tuesday, March 6: Minnesota caucuses, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia

Tuesday, March 13: Mississippi

Tuesday, March 20: Colorado caucuses, Illinois

Tuesday, April 24: Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 8: Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia

Tuesday, May 15: Nebraska, Oregon

Tuesday, May 22: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 5: Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota

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Four Arizona State Lawmakers Call for Sheriff Joe Arpaio Resignation

Four Arizona State Lawmakers Call for Sheriff Joe Arpaio Resignation

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The Phoenix Democrats, representing the Latino Caucus, said revelations from Arpaio’s former chief financial officer that she warned the sheriff for years against diverting jail funds raises the stakes and the urgency for federal, state and local prosecutors to take action against him.

“He has lied. He has misspent funds,” Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said at a Capitol news conference. “He has tried to cover up those findings, and now he has been caught.”

Rep. Richard Miranda, D-Phoenix, called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Dennis Burke, U.S. attorney for Arizona, to step up ongoing investigations and tack on additional criminal allegations stemming from the CFO’s comments.

Since 2009, a federal grand jury has met to examine evidence for an abuse-of-power investigation into Arpaio and other current and former county employees. That investigation is ongoing.

Arpaio repeated Friday that he will not resign.

“They are all the open-borders people. The bottom line is they don’t want me to enforce illegal-immigration laws,” he said. “I don’t care what they say. My polls are very high. My public supports me.”

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Anti-Immigrant Laws Fuel Private Prison System (VIDEO)

Anti-Immigrant Laws Fuel Private Prison System (VIDEO)

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What’s really behind the recent wave of ugly anti-immigrant laws?  Cuentame believes it is the private prison system…

Immigrants are for sale in this country. Sold to private prison corporations who are locking them up for obscene profits!

Here are the top 3 things YOU need to know about the Private Prison money scheme:

The victims: Private prisons don’t care about who they lock up. At a rate of $200 per immigrant a night at their prisons, this is a money making scheme that destroys families and lives.

The players: CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), The Geo Group and Management and Training corporations—combined these private prisons currently profit more than $5 billion a year.

The money: These private prisons have spent over $20 million lobbying state legislators to make sure they get state anti-immigrant laws approved and ensure access to more immigrant inmates.

Video in Spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pIy06BN4hk

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Green Card Lottery Ruled Invalid After Thousand Notified of Selection

The US state department has ruled the green card lottery that ran on May 1st was invalid- after 22,000 people had been notified of their win.  A computer glitch is being blamed for the error.

The Diversity Visa Lottery is an annual draw that was set up by Congress in 1994. Over 15 million applicants apply for the 22,000 green cards.

The state department statement said: “We sincerely regret any inconvenience or disappointment this problem might have caused.”

The winners of the next visa lottery will be announced in mid-July.

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon Concludes Successful U.S. Visit

Mexican President Felipe Calderon Concludes Successful U.S. Visit

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President of Mexico Felipe Calderon completed a successful trip to the United States this week that focused on environmental sustainability in Mexico and the importance of bilateral relations with the United States.

On Tuesday, May 10, President Calderon was honored by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for his leadership in addressing climate change at both global and national levels. The UNEP awarded Calderon its 2011 Champions of the Earth prize for hosting the 2010 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancun, and for promoting the creation of a Green Climate Fund to help developing countries to adapt to climate change. Exclusive video and photographs of President Calderon’s UNEP award ceremony are being distributed by @MexicoToday via Twitter and Flickr.

On Wednesday, May 11, President Calderon delivered the keynote address at the 41st Annual Washington Conference of the Americas. The speech was delivered at the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Hall of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. The Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Chile President Sebastian Piñera orders Police with Clubs To Respond to Dam Protesters

Chile President Sebastian Piñera orders Police with Clubs To Respond to Dam Protesters

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President Sebastian Piñera ordered Police with Clubs to respond to thousands of demonstrators of the Patagonia dam project this week.

The controversial project was approved Monday evening in what some are calling a pre-determined vote.  The 12-member hand selected environmental review committee voted 11 in support of the project with one abstention.

The Police clubbed protesters in the peaceful protests that spread across the country in Santiago, Valparaiso, Valdivia and Temuco. Protests were lead by some of Chile’s leading environmentalists. Among these was environmental leader and former presidential candidate Sara Larraín, who spent the evening in jail.

The local judge reviewing the arrests in Santiago on Tuesday called the police action “excessive and way out of line.”

Sen. Antonio Horvath of the Aysén Region, a member of Piñera’s own Renovación Nacional party, called Tuesday for a massive protest against HidroAysén on May 21, the day the president gives his annual state of the union speech.

“Speaking politically, I think the Piñera administration just scored an own goal,” said Horvath, referring to police actions at Monday’s protests.

Hidroaysén is a project that contemplates the construction and operations of five hydroelectric power plants, two in Baker River and three in Pascua River, located in Aysén Region, south Chile.

Environmentalists who question the project argue it will dam around 6,000 hectares in the remote southern Chilean Patagonia. This will have a deep environmental impact in a place as pure as that. The Aysén region is the less populated region in Chile and is famous for its beauty and isolation. A growing ecotourism industry has been developing in the area lately, which would be damaged by the dams.

This will mean power cables and 5,000 towers of 50 meters tall, one every 400 meters, along 2,200km. The effect will be the deforestation of 23,000 hectares, and six national parks as well as 11 national reserves will be damaged.

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New Mass translation is ecumenically harmful, Anglican says

New Mass translation is ecumenically harmful, Anglican says

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Because the Roman Catholic Church was a driving force behind the development of a common English translation of basic prayers used by many Christian churches for 40 years, more recent Vatican rules for translating Mass prayers “came as a bombshell,” said an Anglican liturgist.

“I do not contest for a moment the prerogative of churches to change their liturgical texts,” said the Rev. David Holeton, a professor at Charles University in Prague.

But he said other Christians were “both stunned and dismayed” when the Vatican abandoned the English texts of prayers Catholics had developed with them since the Second Vatican Council and when the Vatican discouraged Catholics from consulting ecumenically on the new translations.

The Anglican liturgist spoke May 5 at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Rome’s Pontifical Liturgical Institute.

He quoted “Liturgiam Authenticam” (“The Authentic Liturgy”), the Vatican document on liturgical translations, which said: “Great caution is to be taken to avoid a wording or style that the Catholic faithful would confuse with the manner of speech of non-Catholic ecclesial communities or of other religions, so that such a factor will not cause them confusion or discomfort.”

Rev. Holeton asked if “slavish conformity” to the Vatican document on translations was a greater priority for the Catholic Church than its commitment to promoting Christian unity.

The use of common texts in English by dozens of Christian denominations around the world, as well as the way many of them reformed their liturgies, were inspired by the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council, he said.

“Liturgical reform and renewal have played a priceless role in paving the road toward Christian unity,” he said.

When English-speaking Christians have visited each other’s churches, even if the liturgies weren’t exactly the same, there was “a sense of familiarity” and a feeling that “they were not with strangers but among friends,” Rev. Holeton said. “Both the sense of being ‘at home’ and of being ‘among friends’ are foundational paving stones on the way to Christian unity and it is the liturgy, more than anything else, that has nurtured this sense of communality.”

Concern over the abandonment of common texts “is a very raw point at the moment and has created an atmosphere of ecumenical mistrust,” he said.

“We have seen the fruit that has been borne since the (Second Vatican) council, and we hope that the tree that bore it has just been badly pruned and not hewn down,” Rev. Holeton said.

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New Two-Hour Special to Air Nationally on PBS Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10PM (TRAILER)

New Two-Hour Special to Air Nationally on PBS Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10PM (TRAILER)

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THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO is a vibrant new two-hour PBS special that tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. Fueled by the Mexican people’s growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution produced two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th century history—Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa. At stake was Mexico’s ability to claim its own natural resources, establish long-term democracy, and re-define its identity. The legacy of the revolution included a new commitment to national education, as well as an explosion of indigenous arts, music, literature, and cinema.

Capturing the color, drama, intrigue, and tragedy of the era, THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO also explores how the Mexican Revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico, the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Narrated by actor and playwright Luis Valdez, directed by Raymond Telles and written and produced by Raymond Telles and Archivist Kenn Rabin, THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO will air nationally on PBS on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10 PM (check local listings.)

The Mexican Revolution was part of the first wave of worldwide political and social upheavals in the early part of the last century; nationalistic uprisings not only swept across Mexico, but also Russia, Iran, China and parts of the Third World. THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO explores the events that led to the revolution, influenced the course of the conflict, and determined its consequences. It also explores the role of memory and myth in shaping public perceptions about both the revolution and its legacy.

The Mexican Revolution was the first major revolution to be filmed. THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO incorporates photographs and motion pictures from these earliest days of cinema, many of which have never before been seen outside of Mexico.

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO unfolds in two parts. The first hour, The Tiger is Unleashed, charts the struggle by Francisco I. Madero and his followers to end the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, and traces the emergence of two remarkable rebel leaders: Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa. But the Revolution was not merely an internal affair; it was an international event profoundly influenced by U.S. and European foreign policy.

The second hour, The Legacy, examines international influence on the revolution, investigating the extraordinary German plan to seek Mexico’s support against the United States should it enter World War I. The second hour also explores how the Mexican Revolution fostered cultural as well as political transformation. Beginning in the 1920s, and continuing through and beyond the 1940s, Mexican artists burst onto the international stage and Mexico City became the nexus of an indigenous and muralist art movement. Against this flourishing cultural backdrop, the presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas in many ways fulfills the political promises of the revolution. But after Cárdenas’s extraordinary administration, politics regress, and in 1968, shortly before Mexico City is to host the Olympics, a new type of revolution explodes.

The dramatic story of the revolution is told through interviews with a wide range of distinguished scholars from the disciplines of history, economics, literature, political science, women’s studies, and art history, as well as several veterans of the Revolution who were each over 100 years old at the time of filming.  Ten years in the making, THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO is the definitive exploration of one of the most fascinating eras in modern history.

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO is co-production of Paradigm Productions, Inc. and the Independent Television Services (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). Major funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and The San Francisco Foundation.

TRAILER - The Storm That Swept Mexico from Paradigm Productions on Vimeo.

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On Dream Act: Rubio Out of Step with Florida Hispanics

On Dream Act: Rubio Out of Step with Florida Hispanics

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Only a week after Florida Hispanics rose-up to defeat an Arizona-like immigration bill in the Florida legislature, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has decided to cast aside the large Florida Hispanic community in favor of the national GOP anti-immigrant platform. Rubio told Telemundo that he would vote against the DREAM Act, which has been introduced on a bi-partisan basis in Congress, notably championed by Florida’s own Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “Marco Rubio has a chance to be a genuine bridge between the anti-immigrant image of the GOP and Latino voters in Florida, and across the nation. Sadly, Marco has bucked his own Florida colleagues and the entire state by opting out of supporting the DREAM Act – one of the most common sense pieces of legislation that would benefit tens of thousands of Florida youth yearning to fight for their country and get an education. Marco Rubio is now a bridge to nowhere.”         

In his 2010 election, Rubio won 62% of the Latino vote – with 78% Cuban Latinos and only 40% non-Cuban Latino vote – yet Rubio’s opponents failed to make his anti-immigration stance a liability despite the staunchly pro-immigrant stance of Florida Hispanic voters.  Now, especially after a recent contentious state legislative battle over anti-immigrant legislation that rallied the Hispanic community against the bill, Rubio is not likely to get a similar pass if he balks at such a sensible piece of legislation as the DREAM Act.  In the lame duck session last year, before Rubio was in Congress, the Senate fell five votes short of passing the DREAM Act.

With 88% of Latino voters thinking it is important for Congress to pass DREAM, it will be hard for Rubio to keep his strong favorability ratings while voting against opportunities for young people.  The DREAM Act has received bipartisan support in the past, enjoys the support of approximately 70 percent of voters overall, and has been championed by religious, business, education and civil rights leaders, as well as military leaders and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, all of whom recognize the benefits of talented young people who want to serve their communities and their country. 

America’s Voice—Harnessing the power of American voices and American values to win common sense immigration reform.

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LET LOOSE this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

LET LOOSE this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?


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GLAHR Condemns Governor Nathan Deal’s Signature of HB-87

GLAHR Condemns Governor Nathan Deal’s Signature of HB-87

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The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the state’s leading grass roots immigrant rights organization, condemns Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to sign HB 87 into law.

This action is not only an insult to the Latino community and other immigrants, but is also an exercise in cheap political pandering that will cost our state dearly.

GLAHR is advising the Latino community not to panic. This is not the end of the battle, only the beginning of a new stage. This law can and must be fought; and it can and will be defeated.

State and local laws in the immigration field are routinely struck down by the courts if they deviate from what the federal government has decided because only the federal government is empowered to set policy in this field.

In the case of Arizona, the main provisions of last year’s notorious SB-1070 were enjoined by a federal judge pending disposition of the lawsuit charging that the law is unconstitutional. That injunction was recently upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

GLAHR will coordinate with other civil and human rights organizations to make sure that HB 87 is challenged in court. We cannot be certain that the judge who hears this case will grant a preliminary injunction against HB 87, but we think it is likely.

We do not know whether the Federal Government will join in challenging the law in court, but President Obama has criticized the bill for overstepping the limits of Georgia’s law-making powers.

And in addition to the lawsuits, GLAHR is launching the Georgia Human Rights Summer. Organizers will fan out to Latino communities throughout the state in a campaign of education, community organizing and mobilizations. And the Human Rights Summer will continue whatever the fate of HB 87 in the courts, because the defeat of HB 87 is not our only goal.

Another immediate target is the federal government’s “secure communities” program, which instead of deporting dangerous criminals as was promised, is breaking up families all over the country with the deportation of people who have very minor offenses, even just traffic violations or no criminal record at all.

And we will continue to fight for our main goal, a comprehensive immigration reform that legalizes millions of people whose only crime has been to flee from hunger and misery hoping to find a better life for themselves and their children.

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SaturdayMay 14, 2011