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SaturdayJuly 30, 2011

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Catholic Constituents to Boehner: Follow Your Faith

Catholic Constituents to Boehner: Follow Your Faith

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The purpose of an elected official in a democracy is to represent the voice of his or her constituents. Today, Catholics from Representative John Boehner’s district in Ohio have let their voices be heard loud and clear, urging him as he works to solve the nation’s debt crisis to “seek a compromise that reflects the Catholic values of solidarity with the most vulnerable.”

One day after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voiced their opposition to Boehner’s debt plan, more than 70 Catholic leaders from Boehner’s district issued a statement imploring Boehner to follow his Catholic faith rather than pressure from Tea Party politicians when searching for a solution to the budget crisis. Among the signers were several people affiliated with Xavier University, Boehner’s alma mater.

“We stand with our Catholic bishops, Christian clergy and other religious leaders who have endorsed the Circle of Protection—a pledge to defend the most vulnerable as our elected leaders make fiscal choices that will impact millions of families,” the letter read. “Speaker Boehner, we urge you to honor the values of the Catholic Church you love and show the courage to do what is right as you face extraordinary political pressure.”

Full text of the statement can be found here.

This is not the first criticism Boehner has received from Catholics regarding his failure to act in accordance with moral teachings of Catholicism. In May, as Boehner prepared to deliver the commencement address at Catholic University, professors from Catholic University and other Catholic colleges around the nation criticized Boehner’s voting record on issues regarding the poor, claiming that his actions were not congruent with Catholic social teaching.

Some further updates regarding faith and the budget crisis:

This afternoon, eleven peaceful protestors were arrested inside the Capitol as they participated in an interfaith sit-in. The group was frustrated by the lack of response from Congress to their urging to not balance the budget at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.

And, Sojourners has introduced a new series of spiritually and politically challenging radio advertisements aimed at key congressional districts in Kentucky, Nevada, and Ohio to encourage people of faith to defend the poor. More than 150,000 emails from supporters have been sent to Congress regarding the budget talks.

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Beauty Queen Turned Actress Monica Spear To Star in Telenovela

Beauty Queen Turned Actress Monica Spear To Star in Telenovela

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Venezuelan actress Monica Spear is set to star in the telenovela “Flor Salvaje” (Wildflower), set to debut on Telemundo next week in primetime.

The 2004 Miss Venezuela turned actress grew up on a ranch in Maracaibo and is excited to star in a show that takes her back to her roots.

“I remember that before they offered me the project, I told my dad that I longed to be back on a ranch, in touch with nature and surrounded by animals. I needed that smell of wet grass after the rain and feeling that wild creature we have inside,” she told Efe in a telephone interview from Colombia, where the series is in production.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

El Diego, Leader of The Line-Captured in Shootout -HS News Blog Narco

El Diego, Leader of The Line-Captured in Shootout -HS News Blog Narco

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A large operation was carried out by the Federal Police in the colony groves, in the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

Authorities released information that they were going for a major leader of a cartel involved in drug trafficking. They have since confirmed the important capture of Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, better known in the world of drug trafficking as The Diego, who has been responsible for transporting drugs into the United States amongst other crimes. Federal Police arrived at the exclusive colony and were immediately confronted by a group of gunmen. There was a firefight for several hours. Eventually Federal agents surrounded the residence of El Diego and he was captured along with another person whose name is unknown.

El Diego is considered the head of The Line, the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel.

Many may recall the recent message sent to the DEA signed by El Diego in which he threatened dismemberment. Things have certainly turned with his capture.

The leader of the line is believed to be responsible for the car bomb that exploded last year, among other crimes. Officials from the Federal Police along with U.S. security individuals have transported El Diego to Mexico City.

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Latino Grandparent Caregivers Relieve the Foster Care System

Latino Grandparent Caregivers Relieve the Foster Care System

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An accident landed seven of Rosie Cardenas’ grandchildren on her doorstep—and she hasn’t looked back since.

Along with her husband, Jerry, Cardenas raised them when their daughter, a single mother, was seriously injured in a car accident. The Cardenases determined their daughter was unable to care for her children and officially adopted all but the oldest of the seven children.

“I never thought I’d be raising kids again. Everyone said are you sure you want to raise kids again?” Cardenas said. “I prayed on it. The lord sacrificed for us; why can’t I sacrifice for them? I couldn’t leave these kids.”

Cardenas said she was concerned the children would end up in the foster care system had she not taken them in.

“If I didn’t take them in the court would’ve had to find people to foster them,” Cardenas said. “Why? When grandma and grandpa can take the kids right away.”

Child services and researchers said extended family usually takes over the role of raising children when a parent is unable to. Many times it’s grandparents.

Unsung Heroes

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2008 there were 6.4 million grandparents living in households with grandchildren under age 18, and 2.6 million of them had primary responsibility for parenting their grandchildren.

“Every child deserves a caring family; it’s important to keep family connections,” said Neil Zanville, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

“When it’s safe, that’s the paradox here. When it’s necessary we have to remove children, and frequently it’s the grandparents who contact the agency to report that parents aren’t doing an adequate job of raising their grandchildren.”

In fact, it was Cardenas who decided to take the children away from their mother, who was on drugs at the time of the accident.

The Los Angeles childrens and family department, Zanville said, serves about 35,000 children, of whom 7,600 are with relatives or nonrelative extended family members.

The numbers would be larger if it weren’t for grandparents taking over the role of raising their children’s children, said Madelyn Gordon, executive director of Grandparents as Parents.

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Honduran Authorities Recover 0ver $250 Million in Cocaine From Sub

Honduran Authorities Recover 0ver $250 Million in Cocaine From Sub

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A Honduran patrol boat has located a semi-submersible craft used by drug traffickers to carry cocaine. Five crewmembers have been detained.

Officials say the submarine-like vessel is floating about 15 meters (50 feet) under the surface of the Caribbean off the Honduran coast after the crew tried to sink it.

Defense Minister Marlon Pascua said Thursday it was the first time Honduran authorities have seized such a craft in their waters.

A coast guard patrol detected the craft Wednesday off the coast of the sparsely populated province of Gracias a Dios, near the Nicaraguan border.

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Nearly Half of Mexican Population Lives in Poverty

Nearly Half of Mexican Population Lives in Poverty

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In a report released yesterday, the number of Mexicans living in poverty grew by 3 million in the past two years to 52 million people. This represents 46.2 percent of the population living below the poverty line.

The report was produced by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy, an autonomous but federally financed agency, and represents the state’s most comprehensive study of poverty to date.

“Behind these figures are people with stories of injustice, dispossession, discrimination and insecurity,” Alberto Herrera, director of Amnesty International in Mexico, said in a statement. “Millions of people who live in poverty cannot continue to wait” for the government to take action.

The council defines poverty as a monthly earning in urban zones of less than 2,114 pesos, or about $180. Extreme poverty is below 978 pesos, or about $83.

11.7 Million people live in extreme poverty in Mexico.

Read more at Boston Herald →

One Year Later, States Draw Back from SB 1070 Legislation

One Year Later, States Draw Back from SB 1070 Legislation

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A year after SB 1070 took effect, states nationwide are turning away from similar bills, fearing the financial and political fallout seen in Arizona and the consequences that anti-immigrant legislation could have in their own backyards.

“Arizona was a wake up call for other states,” said Elena Lacayo, field coordinator with the Immigration Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest advocacy group for Hispanics.

Lacayo, who has followed the effects of SB 1070-type legislation in other states, said that despite the far reaching nature of some of the bills, it was the economic backlash in Arizona after SB 1070 that helped other states realize the costly consequences of anti-immigrant laws.

Latinos across the country have naturally come out against “the new Jim Crow laws,” she added, because they feel threatened. The response has been aggressive, she said.

To date, five states have passed anti-immigrant legislation modeled on SB 1070: Alabama, Indiana, Utah, South Carolina and Georgia. While such moves have encouraged groups opposed to undocumented immigration, like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the fact that 27 states opted against similar bills suggests a far greater reaction against it.

SB 1070 took partial effect in Arizona on July 29 after several controversial parts of the bill were enjoined by a federal judge, including provisions that would allow local police to check on the immigration status of individuals and requiring immigrants to carry their paperwork with them at all times.

Economic fallout

According to a report from the Center for American Progress, Arizona lost upwards of $140 million in revenue from conventions the state would have hosted due to a boycott against SB 1070. The state’s image abroad also took a serious hit, the report noted.

“They are starting to realize that when you create an inhospitable environment (for immigrants), there’s a ripple effect,” said Angela Kelley, vice president for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress, a non-partisan think-tank based in Washington, D.C.

Kelley cited the example of Kentucky, which reversed efforts to pass its own version of SB 1070 after reviewing a fiscal-impact study that estimated it would cost $89 million per year to enforce.

In Arizona, Senate Republicans recently defeated five new anti-immigrant pieces of legislation, some aimed at denying birthright citizenship, after they received a letter from 60 CEOs in the business community cautioning them about an already harmful boycott.

Even in states like Georgia, which passed a law that, among other things, requires employers to verify the immigration status of prospective employees via the federal E-Verify system, groups like the Georgia Farm Bureau argue the law will lead to a shortage of agricultural workers.

“I really think [SB 1070] pushed the debate to another level, given how extreme it is,” said Lacayo with NCLR. “It pushed a lot of folks that never speak out about immigration to come out of the woodwork,” she added.

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Progress Can Kill – Peru’s New Government Warned

Progress Can Kill – Peru’s New Government Warned

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Peru’s new government will take office this week having received a stark warning of the imminent dangers faced by its country’s indigenous population.

Survival has sent copies of two booklets entitled ‘Progress Can Kill’ and ‘There You Go!’ to President Ollanta Humala and key members of his cabinet.
Progress Can Kill details the damaging repercussions of enforced development on tribal peoples; There You Go! is a satirical cartoon book that follows the devastation of a tribe’s land at the hands of foreign developers.

Over the past few years, Peruvian Indians’ lands have come under increasing pressure for oil and gas exploration, road construction, mining, logging and other projects.

Much of the so-called development is implemented without consultation and often against the will of indigenous inhabitants.

Peru’s ombudsman predicts that well over half of the country’s conflicts are sparked by socio-environmental unrest.

In 2009, 33 people were killed in clashes between indigenous protesters and police in the Amazon town of Bagua after the government failed to consult with Indians over new legislation that would affect their land rights.’Image

Enforced development is nearly always disastrous. Indigenous peoples across the world who have lost their lands suffer from disproportionate rates of malnutrition, disease, depression and addiction.

Those who stand to lose the most are Peru’s estimated 15 uncontacted tribes. Apart from their vulnerability to contact with outsiders, the loss of their lands would mean the loss of their homes, livelihood, and, ultimately, their lives.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘Let’s hope that the new Peruvian administration will fulfill its earlier promise to act in the interest of its Indian citizens. Whether the uncontacted tribes survive or not rests in their hands. They certainly won’t if the government bows to corporate pressure to open up tribal peoples’ land for exploitation.

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Futbol Club Barcelona and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Team Up to End Polio

Futbol Club Barcelona and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Team Up to End Polio

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Futbol Club (FC) Barcelona, FC Barcelona Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation kicked off a three-year partnership today to energize the global fight to end polio and draw attention to the promise of life-saving vaccines.  Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell and Manager Josep Guardiola, announced the partnership at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  They were joined by players Andres Iniesta and Seydou Keita. 

The first year of the partnership will focus on polio eradication.  Polio has been reduced globally by 99 percent and is one of the best examples of the value of life-saving vaccines.  The disease once crippled children worldwide, but there are now just four countries—Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan—where polio transmission has never been stopped.

“We have the chance to score a big win against polio, but we need loud and passionate voices to join the fight,” said Gates.  “FC Barcelona’s commitment to using sport for social good will help us rally support for vaccines and end polio once and for all.” 

FC Barcelona – with 18 million Facebook fans and multiple Twitter channels with millions of followers – will engage its followers through social media.  In-stadium advertisements and announcements during matches will highlight the tremendous opportunity the world has to end polio and save millions of lives through childhood vaccination. Fans will be encouraged to join the team in the effort to eradicate only the second disease in history. The partnership will use the tagline “More than a Goal. End Polio,” a play on FC Barcelona’s tagline, “More than a Club.” 

“Sport is an effective way to reach children and youth, and we have found that it can be used to benefit the health of people worldwide,” said Rosell. “Our partnership with the Gates Foundation underscores our long-standing commitment to making the world a better place.”

“Just as football is a universal sport with the power to transform lives, vaccines are a universal tool with the power to save lives. Fans know that FC Barcelona is more than a club, and ending polio is more than a goal. When fans yell ‘Finish it!’, it can be very powerful.  We’d like to take that same energy and help finish polio once and for all,” said Guardiola.

The partnership allows the Gates Foundation to use images and video of the FC Barcelona team to support awareness efforts. The two parties will use their own financial resources to fund marketing and promotional activities and will not be compensated for their partnership efforts. 

FC Barcelona is widely known as the most socially committed club in the world, transmitting on-the-field excellence to off-the-field social projects. It uses the power of sports to reach children and youth with messages about health. It has been committed to social issues for more than 100 years, working with numerous partners to help improve the lives of children worldwide. For example, FC Barcelona provides 0.7% of its revenue to its foundation and has a global alliance with UNICEF. 

Fans are encouraged to join the conversation at www.facebook.com/morethanagoal or by searching for #morethanagoal on Twitter. 

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MegaTV and ESPN Deportes Secure Multimedia Agreement

MegaTV and ESPN Deportes Secure Multimedia Agreement

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MegaTV, part of Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS-NASDAQ: SBSAD) and ESPN Deportes, the leading multimedia, Spanish-language sports brand dedicated to providing the widest variety of sports to the U.S. Hispanic sports fan via television, radio, online, print, and wireless, announced today a strategic alliance that will complement their shared commitment to connect and serve the U.S. Hispanic audience across multiple platforms. The alliance between the networks will be highlighted with the launch of four hours of original programming under the new sports block, “Clasicos de ESPN Deportes,” exclusively on MegaTV.

The alliance rolled out last weekend on MegaTV, airing unparalleled sports content from ESPN Deportes, including World Class Boxing Cards, X-Games, Action Sports, Perfiles - investigative Anthologies of the great names in sports, and Mixed Martial Arts. “Clasicos de ESPN Deportes” airs on MegaTV, Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

In addition, ESPN Deportes will produce two daily one minute briefs featuring culturally relevant sports news that will air across all SBS Radio Stations in Miami, New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico. SBS Interactive and SBS Entertainment divisions will also be a key component in the new affiliation inter-changing sports information for our 21 entertainment web sites, as well as, a number of high-profile concerts throughout the year, where sports personalities and celebrities can also participate.

“Within the critical mass of U.S. Hispanics, there is a deep enthusiasm and loyalty to entertainment & sports. This compelling opportunity is the driving force behind an ambitious alliance that will compliment that cultural passion across television, radio, online, and out-of-home events. With the 2010 U.S. Census Report as a compass, an SBS-MegaTV and ESPN Deportes affiliation makes smart, tactical sense for growth. We’re thrilled,” stated Albert Rodriguez, Chief Revenue Officer of SBS’s consolidated operations, Executive Vice President and General Manager of MegaTV.
“We are pleased to join forces with Spanish Broadcasting System,” said Lino Garcia, General Manager, ESPN Deportes. “This agreement is a unique opportunity to connect with more fans while reinforcing our common commitment with SBS: serving the growing Spanish-language audience across platforms.”

“The launch of ‘Clasicos de ESPN Deportes’ on MegaTV marks the first Spanish-language entertainment television network to designate a programming block dedicated exclusively to quality sports programming for Hispanic sports fans, reinforcing Mega’s commitment to bring their viewers the highest quality programming in every genre,” added Jose R. Perez, VP of Programming for SBS MegaTV.

Today, July 30th “Clasicos de ESPN Deportes” will feature the 10th Edition of “Billabong Big Wave Challenge” from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m., followed by “ESPN Perfiles: Gabriela Sabatini”, and “ESPN Perfiles: Ronaldihno Gaucho” from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m., and later “Big Fights: Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Gene Fulmer” and “Big Fights: Joe Frazier vs. Oscar Bonavena” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where to find MegaTV
MegaTV: channel 22 in Miami, channel 57 West Palm Beach, channel 33.2 Fresno, CA, channel 48.2 in New York, NY, Channel 23 Salt Lake City, UT, channel 405 DIRECTV in the main cities in the USA and Puerto Rico, and channel 3008 on AT&T U-verse in the main cities in the USA.

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RICHARD E. CHAVEZ: Memorial Services for Iconic United Farm Worker Leader

RICHARD E. CHAVEZ: Memorial Services for Iconic United Farm Worker Leader

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It is with a heavy heart that many will say goodbye to a longtime friend, colleague, mentor, loved one and iconic United Farm Worker leader - Richard E. Chavez, farmworker justice advocate and civil rights hero.

On Sunday, July 31, 2011, friends will gather with family members and loved ones for a memorial service in honor of Richard Chavez.

A mass and reception will be held on the morning of Monday, August 1.

Richard Estrada Chavez was born on November 12, 1929 in Yuma, Arizona to Juana Estrada and Librado Chavez.

He passed away on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011. He was 81 years old.

He was younger brother to Cesar Chavez, and is survived by his brother Librado Chavez, and sisters Rita Medina and Eduviges Chavez-Lastra.

He is also survived by his first wife Sally Chavez and their children: Federico Chavez, Dorothy Velazquez, Becky Chavez, Susana Chavez, and Lupe Chavez-Gilbreath; and his long-time partner, Dolores Huerta (labor activist and organizer) and their children: Juana Chavez-Thomas, Maria Elena Chavez, Ricky Chavez, and Camila Chavez. He has 17 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

“He was Cesar’s brother and best friend. He was a builder, not only with the buildings he built, but building the foundation for the movement. He will be sorely missed” said Dolores Huerta.

“He taught us social justice through his example, he took us to picket lines, we helped build the Forty Acres. We were raised in the movement and by the movement” said daughter Becky Chavez.

“Whether he was organizing, cooking a gourmet meal, or building something with his hands, he was meticulous and took great pride in his work. He was a true craftsman” said his daughter Juana Chavez-Thomas.

“The family unit was extremely important to my father. In October of 2010 utilizing only a telephone, handwritten letters, a few trips to Chihuahua Mexico and on a wing and a prayer he managed to carry out extensive family research and organize the first ever Chavez family reunion. During birthday and fathers day celebrations he declined presents and insisted instead that he be surrounded by his children and family in what usually ended up being a simple bar-b-que at his home in Keene, CA. During major family holidays he never failed to send out greeting cards to family and loved ones. If there’s one thing I learned from him it is that without family you have nothing.” said his daughter Maria Elena Chavez.

“I remember my brother Richard teaching me to speak English and to ride my bike. He was always ready with a good joke. We had a lot of good times together and I miss him dearly” said sister Eduviges Chavez-Lastra.

Sunday, July 31, 2011
7:00pm - Candle light procession from the Agbayani Village (10701 Mettler Avenue, Delano, CA) to the 40 Acres (31072 Garces Hwy, Delano, CA) , followed by an all night vigil.

Monday, August 1, 2011
9:00am - 11:00am - Mass at 40 acres (31072 Garces Hwy, Delano, CA)
11:00am - 3:00pm Reception
Dolores Huerta Foundation (661) 322-3033
or Camila Chavez (415) 377-4184
Flowers can be sent to:
Delano Mortuary, 707 Browning Rd., Delano, CA 93215 (661) 725-0330

Donations for funeral services can be made to Richard Chavez Memorial Fund
(Account # 70975) Community Trust Credit Union, 2100 H Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Dancing With The Ponch!

Dancing With The Ponch!

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Television is about to get a lot cheesier thanks to Erik Estrada being the first “star” confirmed for Univision’s hit reality show “Mira Quien Baila” (Look Who’s Dancing).

The announcement was made this week during the network’s “El Gordo y La Flaca” entertainment show.

Dubbed by the show’s co-host Lili Estefan, as “the most successful reality show in all of Hispanic television,” the Dancing With the Stars knockoff features well known B-listers shaking their nalgas for their charity of choice.

Saying he’s doing it because his mom is a big fan of the show, the 62-year-old telenovela legend got visibly choked up during an interview and in his pocho best, summed up his dancefloor expectations:Image

“Ojalá que if I suck, they don’t kick me out.”

Ojalá, indeed.

For a sneak peek into what audiences are in for, check out this vintage CHiPS clip (ladies, you might want to line up and extra pair of chones before clicking just in case):

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DREAM ON this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

DREAM ON this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

Juan Laverde, Latin American Natural Wonder

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SaturdayJuly 30, 2011