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MondayJune 13, 2011

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Celebrate World Blood Donor Day, First Time Global Event Launched in Latin America

Celebrate World Blood Donor Day, First Time Global Event Launched in Latin America

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On June 14, 2011, countries worldwide will celebrate World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, “More blood. More life.” This theme reinforces the urgent need for more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

Every year, countries throughout every region of the world organize a huge variety of events and activities to celebrate the day, from football matches to free concerts, and from mobile blood donation clinics to monumental decorations.

WHO and partners are encouraging communities everywhere to join the World Blood Donor Day 2011 campaign and “Paint the world red”, whether by symbolically colouring, covering or lighting monuments, popular landmarks and buildings in red; staging artistic, cultural or musical events with a red-coloured theme; or forming a “human blood drop” in prominent public places.

This is the first time that the global World Blood Donor Day event will be hosted in Latin America and the Government of Argentina welcomes the challenge!

Members of the Local Organizing Committee are actively working to plan an engaging variety of activities related to the global World Blood Donor Day 2011 event in line with this year’s theme “Más sangre. Más vida.” For example, the Domino Project is a central campaign initiative that will build momentum towards the global celebration on 14 June by mobilizing, one after the other, all regions of Argentina (Buenos Aires, the Central Region, Cuyo, the North-East Littoral and the North-Western Region and Patagonia) and neighbouring countries. The blood banks are working with the civil society to raise awareness and to promote voluntary and 100% non-remunerated blood donation.

Argentina launched its 2011 campaign regionally at the II National Conference of Blood Donors Organizations, coinciding with the celebration of the National Voluntary Blood Donor Day on 9 November 2010. Representatives from the Argentina Ministry of Health and members of the National Blood Plan, National Blood Banks and Blood Donors Associations of Argentina, participated in the two-day meeting, to share positive insights on the current situation of blood donation promotion in Argentina and look ahead to the coming five years.

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The Mormon Church Issues Position Statement on Immigration

The Mormon Church Issues Position Statement on Immigration

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today issued the following official statement on immigration:

Around the world, debate on the immigration question has become intense.  That is especially so in the United States. Most Americans
agree that the federal government of the United States should secure its borders and sharply reduce or eliminate the flow of undocumented immigrants. Unchecked and unregulated, such a flow may destabilize society and ultimately become unsustainable.  As a matter of policy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discourages its members from entering any country without legal documentation, and from deliberately overstaying legal travel visas.

What to do with the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants now residing in various states within the United States is the
biggest challenge in the immigration debate.  The bedrock moral issue for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how we
treat each other as children of God. 

The history of mass expulsion or mistreatment of individuals or families is cause for concern especially where race, culture, or religion are involved.  This should give pause to any policy that contemplates targeting any one group, particularly if that group comes mostly from one heritage.

As those on all sides of the immigration debate in the United States have noted, this issue is one that must ultimately be resolved by the
federal government.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is concerned that any state legislation that only contains enforcement provisions is
likely to fall short of the high moral standard of treating each other as children of God.

The Church supports an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law and continue to
work without this necessarily leading to citizenship.

In furtherance of needed immigration reform in the United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports a balanced
and civil approach to a challenging problem, fully consistent with its tradition of compassion, its reverence for family, and its
commitment to law.

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Murders in the LGBT Community in Puerto Rico Continue as Officials Do Nothing

Murders in the LGBT Community in Puerto Rico Continue as Officials Do Nothing

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In just a year and a half, the LGBTQ community of Puerto Rico has been rocked by the deaths of 18 of its members, with three murdered in the last week alone.

Pedro Julio Serrano, communications manger for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said there has been a “spike in violence against the LGBT people since the ‘80s, when we had a serial killer who killed 27 gay men.”

In a press release, the task force identified those that lost their lives.

In the past week, three LGBT individuals have been killed. On Tuesday, Ramón Salgado was found dead along the side of a highway in Humacao; Karlota Gómez Sánchez, a transgender woman, was shot to death in Santurce on Monday; and Alejandro Torres Torres was stabbed to death in Ponce on Saturday.

Allies and advocates on both the island and the mainland are working to urge the government to do something about the increasing violence against the LGBTQ community, but with government and religious officials using anti-gay rhetoric, Serrano says it’s hard to get law enforcement to do anything.

“Part of the problem is we have a government that’s been silent on these murders. The president of the Senate has called LGBT people ‘twisted’ and ‘mentally ill’ and that incites violence.” Adding, “also we have religious leaders that have been using language that also incites that violence, and we hold them accountable for these crimes as well.”

Even stars like Ricky Martin, who relatively recently came out as gay, have been asked to “not promote homosexuality.” This request for Martin came from Luis Aponte Martínez, Archbishop Emeritus of San Juan de Puerto Rico.

“Puerto Rico is a place of love, acceptance and inclusion and these few people with hateful rhetoric against LGBT individuals are killing us,” said Serrano. “Even though we are suffering and this is heart wrenching, the love of the families and the people and all the funerals have been filled with hundreds of people—that tells you where PR is, not where the leaders wants us to be.”

Read more at COLORLINES →

What’s Wrong With Selena?

What’s Wrong With Selena?

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What is wrong with Selena Gomez?  Some sources say food poisoning, some blood pressure issues. But is still not clear what sent the singer to the ER over the weekend.

Selena Gómez spent last weekend in a Los Angeles area hospital. Boyfriend Justin Bieber cancelled plans to attend the Stanley cup finals on Friday night (his home team, the Vancouver Canucks beat the Boston Bruins) to be with her.

She Twitted early Monday that she was feeling a lot better, after falling under the weather Thursday after her appearance in the Jay Leno Show.  She complained about nausea and severe headaches.

There is no clear or official statement about what was wrong with the young singer.

Us Weekly said Selena caved in as a result of food poisoning and fatigue, while TMZ claimed the singer had blood pressure issues.

A mystery indeed. The singer spent her sick weekend surrounded by her family and boyfriend, and received thousands of “get well soon” messages from fans and friends alike via the social networks.

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Students Take Over at Least 100 High Schools Throughout Chile

Students Take Over at Least 100 High Schools Throughout Chile

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According to Chilean news source “El Mercurio” at least 100 high schools have been taken over by disgruntled students.

Close to 45 schools in the Metropolitan Region of Chile, and close to 100 high schools countrywide have been taken over by students since this morning.

The Ministry of Education has not yet released an official number of institutions that are not currently operating following a call by the spokesperson of the Coordinating Assembly of Secondary Students, Mr. Alfredo Vielma, to “take over every educational institutions” as well as march on the streets and offer cultural meetings to inform particulars of the precarious state of the Chilean Education System.

The assembly has also called for a national march to take place on Wednesday, to demand for State sponsored education, free bus fare for students through the year, better attention and development of educational infrastructure, and to put an end to the “covert privatization of education” by large corporations that “donate” funds to re-construct schools damaged by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.

 

Read more at El Mercurio →

Despite Latino Population Surge, Number of Hispanics Working for Federal Gov’t Not Increasing

Despite Latino Population Surge, Number of Hispanics Working for Federal Gov’t Not Increasing

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The Hispanic population maybe the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population but that fact is not represented in the newest employment figures for the federal government.

Though the percentage of minorities working for the federal government has increased by 5 percent their hiring numbers for Hispanics have remained flat from year-to-year.  According to the 2010 Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment report there are 647,588 minority employees working for the federal government.

The majority or 66.2 percent of federal workers are white, followed by 18 percent African Americans, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian and 1.8 percent Native American.

Increases were seen in the number of black, Asian and Native Americans while there were less women in federal positions. Meanwhile the same number of Hispanics are working for the government.

The ‘widest disparity between the federal and national workforce is still among Hispanics’ said the Washington Post.  No reason is given why there is such a gap between the number of Hispanic federal workers and those in the national labor force.

Read more at Washington Post →

Hispanic Population Jumps Ahead of African-American Causing Shift in Influence

Hispanic Population Jumps Ahead of African-American Causing Shift in Influence

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As the number of Hispanics in the U.S. continues to grow, the influence the community has is over shadowing that of another minority group, African-Americans.

In America’s third-largest city, Chicago, the black population dropped 17 percent (181,000 people) over the last decade, while the Hispanic population rose by 3.3 percent (about 25,000 people).

The shift in population in Chicago is only a snapshot of a nationwide trend as the U.S. black population dropped 12.6 percent, and the Hispanic population rose 16.3 percent. The average household income for Hispanics rose to $40,946 over the last decade, while it sits at $34,445 for the black community.

Bloomberg wrote:

Black lawmakers in Illinois and other states have managed to hold onto most legislative and congressional districts by giving up their supermajority numbers. The proportion of blacks in Davis’s district will drop to just more than 50 percent from 65 percent, according to a map approved by the Illinois General Assembly on May 31.

The mapmakers didn’t eliminate the growing tension between blacks and Hispanics, who are pushing for boundaries they say would better reflect their population gains.

Demographers and political analysts expected the past two rounds of redistricting to produce a “bloodbath” between blacks and Hispanics, said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the Los Angeles-based National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. That didn’t happen in part because the Hispanic population still has a higher percentage both of non- citizens and young people who aren’t old enough to vote, Vargas said.

“Our potential electorate is much smaller right now,” he said. “We don’t yet have the potential electorate to draw these lines.”

Read more at Bloomberg →

Spanish Police Make Arrests in Sony Hacking Case

Spanish Police Make Arrests in Sony Hacking Case

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Back in April, hackers managed to take down the Sony PlayStation Network, and were so successful that the gaming network is still down. However, three alleged hackers have been arrested in Spain in connection with the Sony hack and are also suspects in the cyber attacks against Spanish banks and other government websites.

Friday, Spanish national police said they arrested the three suspected leaders of “Anonymous in Spain” in Almeria, Barcelona, and Valencia, Spain, but warn that “Anonymous “ is a global threat and has “cells” in various countries.

At a press conference Friday, the chief of the Spanish police’s high-tech crime unit, Manuel Vazquez, said, “Anonymous will continue. We have simply dismantled the cupola of Anonymous in Spain.”

During the press conference, Vasquez held a mask made famous in the movie “V for Vendetta” which has become Anonymous’ symbol. The group’s supporters have said they will retaliate against Spain, and the Anonymous Twitter account has already stated, “V for Spain…We are Legion, so Expect Us.”

The group is said to have hacked Sony Corp., the Church of Scientology, Lockheed Martin Corp., Italian energy company Enel SpA, two Spanish banks, and the governments of Egypt, Iran, and Libya. They are also said to have been the ones behind the cyber assaults against the companies that tried to impede the document-sharing site WikiLeaks, which include MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. which stopped payments to the site.

News has also come out that Turkey police have arrested 32 people in connection with other international hackers said to be members of Anonymous.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal →

Massachusetts Rep. on Undocumented Immigrant Rape Victims: They Should be Afraid to Come Forward

Massachusetts Rep. on Undocumented Immigrant Rape Victims: They Should be Afraid to Come Forward

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A Massachusetts government official recently told a reporter that undocumented immigrant rape victims should be afraid to come forward, and speak with police after an attack.

Republican State Rep. Ryan Fattman was quoted by the Worchester Telegram & Gazette saying, “My thought is that if someone is here illegally, they should be afraid.”

Fattman goes on to say, “If you do it the right way (legally immigrate), you don’t have to be concerned about these things.”

His comments were made while he defended immigration legislation known as Secure Communities that many say will negatively effect the relationship between law enforcement and immigrant communities. The state’s Democratic governor, Deval Patrick has refused to join the program for this very reason.

“We run a serious risk of ethnic profiling and frankly fracturing incredibly important relationships in communities that are important for law enforcement,” Gov. Patrick told the Worchester Telegram & Gazette.

Rep. Fattman, also told the GlobeIf they’re here illegally, they have committed a crime,” and also said that all undocumented immigrants should be deported, with the same going for their children who were brought to the U.S. by their parents and family members.

Read more at Worchester Telegram & Gazette →

Silvio Horta Signs Deal With Sony Pictures Television

Silvio Horta Signs Deal With Sony Pictures Television

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The “Ugly Betty” Executive Producer is already developing a new TV show about a Latino Family in Miami.

Following a short break after his 4 season-long adaptation of the Colombian production “Yo soy Betty La Fea,” Horta has decided to “work with a place that was independent like Sony” during the upcoming development and pre-production season; “it seemed to be the right fit, ” he said. 

The new project still has no name, but it is a “dramedy” about the interweaving love lives of four Cuban sisters living in Miami; Sony and Fox are negotiating the details.

If the project goes forward, J-lo could become an executive producer through her Nuyorican Productions.

 

Read more at Variety →

Another Trailer Truck in Mexico Found with Migrants Crammed Inside, 213 This Time

Another Trailer Truck in Mexico Found with Migrants Crammed Inside, 213 This Time

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This weekend Mexican authorities stopped a trailer truck near Vera Cruz that contained over 200 migrants crammed inside.  The incident comes on the heels of the May, 2011 incident were 513 migrants were found in two trailers in the same area.

The discovery was made on Sunday at a routine security check point in the southern state of Mexico.  The migrants, mostly from Central and South America, were so packed inside the truck they could only stand upright.  They had not eaten in 24 hours and therefore were very hungry and dehydrated.

All 213 of the migrants had entered Mexico illegally presumably heading toward the U.S. and now will be deported to their homeland.  Most of the migrants were from Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador and one from India. 

Authorities believe the migrants had paid a ‘coyote’ smuggler $3,000 to take them from Guatemala to the U.S.  It is not known what the migrants paid to get from their native homeland to Guatemala. 

Read more at CS Monitor →

Latinos the Target Audience for L.A. Anti-Abortion Billboards

Latinos the Target Audience for L.A. Anti-Abortion Billboards

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In Los Angeles, California, anti-abortion billboards targeting Latinos will soon be going up, as pro-choice advocates say Latinos are far more likely to end their pregnancies than their white counterparts.

Alfonso Aguilar, executive director the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, the group behind the billboards, told The Daily Caller, “It’s clear that Latinos are being targeted by organizations that promote abortion like Planned Parenthood. Many of their clinics are in Latino neighborhoods and communities.”

ImageThe Guttmacher Institute says that while Latinas – primarily Mexican women – have higher rates of unintended pregnancy, they have a lower rate of abortion than African-American women, but a higher rate than white women.

The billboards are part of a campaign that was meant to kick off Sunday’s pro-life event “Unidos por la Vida” (United for Life) sponsored by the Latino anti-abortion group Manto de Guadalupe.

The L.A. ads read, “El lugar mas peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre/The most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, 22 percent of abortions done in the U.S. are performed on Latinas. Which, according to that data, makes Latinas 2.7 times more likely to have an abortion that non-Hispanic whites.

Read more at The Daily Caller →

Ozzie Guillén Calls Sean Penn a Clown

Ozzie Guillén Calls Sean Penn a Clown

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After Penn published a pro-Chávez editorial in the Huffington Post, Ozzie called him a clown!

“Sean Penn if you love Venezuela please move to Venezuela for a year.” Tweeted Guillén after Penn criticized the US government for labeling Hugo Chávez as a dictator.  “But rent a house in Guarenas or Guatire to see how long you last, clown.” 

Ozzie Guillen is the long-time manager of the Chicago White Sox and was born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela.  He is the first Latin American manager in major league history to have won a World Series.  Guillen has never been one to be shy or reserved about his opinion and he has a lot of opinions.  Most recently he ranted against Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 law. 

Out of the park, Ozzie… Out of the park.
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Highlighting One of Honduras’ Major Social Ills – Child Labour

Highlighting One of Honduras’ Major Social Ills – Child Labour

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The National Institute for Professional Training in Honduras carried out various activities for the World Day Against Child Labour, held on Sunday, June 12.

According to the survey on families carried out by the National Institute of Statistics, 377,182 children work in Honduras, and most of them do not attend school. Many work in dangerous activities which put them in a risky situation and limit their opportunities for development. There are dangerous jobs by nature, which can directly cause damage to children and adolescents. Among these types of jobs are: deep sea fishing, diving and in the mining sector, mining, production of fireworks and other jobs involving the use of gun powder, construction and similar.

Other jobs are dangerous due to the conditions in which they take place: even if the work is not dangerous in itself, it is the context in which it develops that makes them unsafe, that is to say for hygiene, safety and working environment, as exposure to chemical, biological, mechanical, psychosocial agents.

Child labor has a number of consequences for the educational process because the majority of children and adolescents who work do not attend school or more often drop out, or often have to repeat the school year or have low academic performance that discourage them.

Read more at Agenzia Fides →

Racial Profiling is Alleged to Be Happening at a U.S. Airport Targeting Hispanic Passengers

Racial Profiling is Alleged to Be Happening at a U.S. Airport Targeting Hispanic Passengers

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An internal federal report has just concluded that TSA officers and their managers working security at the Newark International Airport were acting like “Mexican hunters” targeting Hispanic flyers for extra security screenings.

The behavior detection officers, as they are officially known are to be on the look out for erratic and nervous behavior amongst the flying public and then request additional screening from them.  Instead these detectives focused solely on Mexican, Dominican and other Hispanic looking passengers checking to make sure they had all their documents in place.

It appears they were racially profiling these Hispanic flyers with the knowledge of their managers.  They were so obvious that their co-workers called them the “Mexican Hunters”. 

The apparent motive for this illegal behavior was so that the detectives report numbers would like they were busy.  The official response on the other hand insists that TSA employees don’t racially profile:

“TSA does not profile passengers on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion,” TSA spokesman Lisa Farbstein said. “The SPOT Program (Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique) was specifically designed to use behavioral criteria indicative of an individual possibly engaged in criminal and/or terrorist activity — race, ethnicity or religion are not considered.”

Read more at NJ News →

Colombia Commended for New Legislation Compensating Victims of Human Rights Abuses

Colombia Commended for New Legislation Compensating Victims of Human Rights Abuses

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended Colombia for enacting a law that seeks to compensate victims of human rights violations, injustice and deprivation in the South American country, saying the legislation is a fundamental step towards resolving the conflicts that Colombians have endured for decades.

The Victims’’ Rights and Land Restitution Law focuses on the rights of victims, rather than on how to deal with perpetrators and seeks to overcome obstacles that could have resulted in discrimination, Mr. Ban said when he attended the signing of the legislation into law by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón in the country’‘s capital, Bogota, yesterday.

The law reinforces the right to remedy for lands seized illegally and recognizes the different needs of different victims, especially women, children and displaced people. It lays the foundation for justice for some 3
5 million displaced people and estimated 500,000 victims of human rights abuse.

“This ambitious, complex piece of legislation has taken Colombia closer to realizing the rights of victims.
But let us not overlook where it can be strengthened. I urge you to send a powerful message that under no circumstances will human rights violations be tolerated,” said the Secretary-General.

Mr. Ban stressed that no one who had been subjected to human rights violations should be excluded from the benefits of the law, including members of illegal armed groups, and especially those who were recruited as children.

The effectiveness of the land programme will also depend on adopting comprehensive protection measures.

“The proper and timely implementation of this law will determine whether expectations raised are met,” said Mr. Ban.

“The United Nations in Colombia stands ready to support your Government and civil society in this challenging task. It will be important for the Government to maintain
close dialogue with victims and their representatives,” he added.

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MondayJune 13, 2011