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FridaySeptember 9, 2011

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Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement on the Rise in US Since 9/11 (VIDEO)

Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement on the Rise in US Since 9/11 (VIDEO)

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Several federal initiatives — such as 287(g) and Secure Communities, which give local and state police authority to enforce federal immigration law — have intensified racial profiling of migrants and people assumed to be migrants.  Laws similar to Arizona’s SB1070, which would require Arizona residents to carry ID documents to prove their immigration status — and which lead to increased discrimination — are being passed in states around the country.

Early one morning, Maria—then nine months pregnant—and her family were stopped by the police for no discernible reason. A special breakfast outing became a nightmare—and at one of the most intimate moments of her life, Maria found a team of immigration agents—not her husband—by her side.

Maria’s chilling story is the centerpiece of “Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders,” a powerful new documentary that depicts the reality of post-9/11 racial profiling — as mandated by laws such as SB 1070 in Arizona, which are now being imitated and implemented nationwide — along with the new and strengthening alliances of diverse groups committed to racial justice.

Set in the U.S./Mexico border area near Tucson, Arizona, a region that sees more and more migrant deaths every year, the video explores the idea that the way to move forward is to find connections and build coalitions among between diverse groups of allies — including Muslim-, South Asian-, African-, and Latino-Americans; civil rights lawyers and media activists — that have identified with each other’s histories and united in the common goals of justice, equality, and respect for all.

“Checkpoint Nation?” was produced to complement the release of a new report and Week of Action around the 10th anniversary of September 11th spearheaded by Rights Working Group, a national coalition of more than 300 civil liberties, national security, immigrant rights and human rights organizations committed to restoring due process and human rights protections that have been eroded in the name of national security. The report, “Reclaiming Our Rights: Reflections on Racial Profiling in a Post-9/11 America,” will be released September 14th.

The groups that are featured in the video are ACLU of Arizona, Alliance for Educational Justice, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Derechos Humanos, DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), Funding Exchange, VAMOS Unidos

Denying fairness and justice to some puts all of our freedoms at risk. Ten years after September 11th, we must challenge ourselves to unite across our differences and reaffirm the real American values of pluralism, democracy, and dignity for all.

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Mexico Fighting Urban Poverty with $280 Million in International Financing

Mexico Fighting Urban Poverty with $280 Million in International Financing

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $280 million loan to help fight urban poverty in Mexico through a comprehensive approach that combines efforts targeting both physical needs —increased access to urban services and infrastructure— as well as social needs of people living in marginal areas.

Co-financed with counterpart funds from the Mexican government totaling $280 million, the program will improve urban infrastructure and access to basic services as well as strengthen social integration, benefiting at least 2.2 million homes a year. A special focus will be placed on populations suffering high poverty rates.

The loan will be used to pave roads, and improve water supply, sanitation, electrification and public lighting, waste collection and disposal, among other actions.

On the social side, the program will foster individual and collective skills and promote social inclusion and community participation and organization.

This strategy is complemented by a pilot scheme which seeks to expand and improve interventions in selected districts in order to reduce vulnerability to violence with the help of community-based interventions.

The program includes paving or repaving of 17 million square meters of road surface and the laying of 1,000 km of water pipes, 1,350 km of drainage and sewer pipes, and 168 km of electrical wiring. It also provides for the installation of 57,000 street lights, construction and improvement of a total of 300 centers for victims of violence, construction and / or equipping of 840 Community Development Centers.

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NM Gov. Martinez Pushes to Pass Anti-immigrant Law, Reveals Grandparents Were Undocumented

NM Gov. Martinez Pushes to Pass Anti-immigrant Law, Reveals Grandparents Were Undocumented

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Just as New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is pushing to pass legislation making it illegal for undocumented immigrants to attain a New Mexico driver’s license, Gov. Martinez has admitted that her own grandparents were undocumented immigrants.

Wednesday, Martinez told local Spanish-language TV station KLUZ that back when her grandparents came to the U.S. it was a different time with laws that were “very different.”

Her critics have since blasted the governor for the hypocrisy she promotes with anti-immigration legislation when her own family would have been at a disadvantage because of it had they arrived in the U.S. today, not to mention the fact that she herself would not have been here.

After receiving such criticism, Martinez’s office released a statement saying, “It’s unfortunate that some are choosing to personally attack the governor, but these tactics prove that supporters of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants have run out of legitimate defenses for a bad policy.”

And though Gov. Martinez’s defense maintains the world was a different place then, some say the only change is that those in her grandparents’ time were not much with such a hostility from those in power.

At a rally in Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, protesters held signs saying, ““Dear Susana. Do you know your history? Did you forget your roots?”

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Ferrari Seized From Colombian Drug Lord To Become Police Car

Ferrari Seized From Colombian Drug Lord To Become Police Car

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After some maintenance and a new paintjob, police will patrol the streets onboard a Ferrari that once belonged to drug lord Hernándo Gómez a.k.a. “Rasguño” (English translation is ‘scratch’). 

According to the Colombian news site “El Espectador,” a 1991 black Ferrari worth a quarter of a million dollars has been sent to the shop for a paint job, and the necessary maintenance to turn it into a police car.

The vehicle had been put up for auction by the police after they seized Gomez’ assets.  They failed to find a buyer so opted to use it in their fleet.

“Rasguño” was considered one of the most important leaders of the Cali cartel. He was arrested in Cuba in 2004 and then deported to Colombia, who in turn had him extradited to the U.S. in 2007. 

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Disgruntled Tennis Super Stars, including Nadel, Ready to Protest U.S. Open for Shoddy Management

Disgruntled Tennis Super Stars, including Nadel, Ready to Protest U.S. Open for Shoddy Management

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Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray have expressed their discontent with the American Tennis Professional (ATP) and the management of the current U.S. Open.

Tension and discontent have taken over the ATP World Tour this week as the tournament heads into the quarterfinals. Several of the sport’s biggest stars have been complaining about different problems, and Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick have taken matters into their own hands, Roddick even suggesting players to go on lockout, like the NFL and the NBA have done recently.

Problems with the tournament’s rescheduling of matches that were postponed because of bad weather, plus the terribly unbalanced distribution of income from circuit play have many players very disgruntled.

In spite of numerous rain delays and rain days, ATP officials are mandating players play their matches risking injury due to wet playing conditions. 

So far, eighteen players have withdrawn from the tournament, a record number, considering there are three more rounds of tennis to be played.

“We don’t want to play if it is raining” said Nadal to ESPN.  “If I have to go, I will, but I don’t think is fair with us. I understand the fans, that television needs tennis, the commercial aspect of all this, but the player’s health is important. We don’t feel protected by the tournament.”

Murray also spoke about the precarious conditions he was asked to play in “When we went out it was still raining, the back of the court was soaking wet and the balls were really wet as well. Everyone spoke to the umpire, and they said, ‘No, it’s fine’. But it doesn’t make sense to get out there for seven or eight minutes and I don’t think we will be doing that again today. The players want to play more than anyone [but] it’s dangerous, the lines especially get really, really slippery.”

Currently, the ATP shares 13% of the revenue with players, something many consider abusive and insulting, as the money difference is evidently not being used by the Association to fix circuit problems, like investing on roofs for stadiums, so players don’t get rained on.

“It’s always the same story with you,” said umpire Emmanuel Joseph to tournament general referee Brian Early “you only think about the money.”


 

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Colombian President Santos Receives The Shortest Man Alive (VIDEO)

Colombian President Santos Receives The Shortest Man Alive (VIDEO)

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Edward Niño, the World Shortest man was invited to the presidential palace after he said he voted twice for Santos, and would like to meet him.

Watch as President Santos picks up the 27-year-old Guinness Record holder, and sits him on his knees. Awkward to say the least. 

 

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Translate Button Could Soon be Added to Facebook

As Facebook continues its worldwide growth, people are able to communicate with others in numerous countries, but sometimes language difference create barriers when friends post to each other in another language. In response to the frustration of its users, the people at Facebook are said to be coming out with an official “Translate” button.

ImageMany pages on the internet now have translate buttons available, but the social media giant had yet to follow suit. The translation tool in being prepared for the comments section. (So no more, “What are they saying?” head scratching when reading comments your multi-lingual friends are posting.)

For about two months however, there has been an add-on that one could use on Facebook to translate comments, but the rumor now is that Facebook may be adding code to have the button appear without having to add a plug-in.

Currently, Facebook is still in the testing phase for this feature, but if all goes well, it could give users a better chance to communicate with their cross-world friends.

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Immigrant Family Members of Those Killed in 9/11 Still Waiting For Green Cards

Immigrant Family Members of Those Killed in 9/11 Still Waiting For Green Cards

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As the 10-year anniversary of he 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center approaches, immigrants who lost close relatives and did not have green cards at the time are still waiting to receive them.

Today, 12 of these immigrants, whose family members died while working at the Windows on the World restaurant in the ill-fated towers, are still fighting to stay in the country where their loved ones perished, but their lawyer says her clients fight should not be compared the greater immigration debate going on in the U.S.

“These families are a part of our history,” said lawyer Debra Steinberg.“This is the right thing to do for these families.”

As of 2008, the immigrants have been in the country with special temporary status, which meant they had to reapply every year. Last year, they were given a two-year reprieve from having t reapply, but lawyers have been fighting for ten years to pass bills granting them green cards, so far to no avail.

While the families were compensated by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, they were not presented with a path to citizen.

Read more at NY Daily News →

Family Photo Album of the Bardem-Cruz’s in Bosnia

Family Photo Album of the Bardem-Cruz’s in Bosnia

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Javier Bardem and baby Leo traveled to Bosnia to hang out with Penélope Cruz on the set of “Venuto al Mondo.”

Spanish Actress Penélope Cruz is in Sarajevo, ready to begin production of “Venuto al Mondo” next Monday.

The couple and the baby are staying at “Bosmal City Center,” a luxury home complex, currently surrounded by heavy security personnel instructed to protect the intimacy of the family.

Cruz is playing the role of Gemma, a single mom that travels with her son to Sarajevo, the hometown of the teenager’s father, killed during the Bosnian war.

The film is an adaptation of a book by the same title written by Margaret Mazzantini, the wife of the director of the film, Sergio Castellitto.

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Latino Fashion Week Organization Hosts Model Search

Latino Fashion Week Organization Hosts Model Search

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Macy’s to Launch Quinceanera Line at Latino Fashion Week

The windy city once again will be the backdrop for the most anticipated fashion event in Chicago: Latino Fashion Week.  Celebrating its fifth year as the only Latino Fashion Week in the United States, the Latino Fashion Week (LFW) organization and Arquette & Associates LLC Talent Agency will be hosting a model search on Saturday, September 10, 2011.  LFW will also be looking for the new fresh face for Macy’s quinceanera line, created by celebrity designer Jorge Perez De La Habana, which will premiere at the Latino Fashion Week in November.

Model Search

The model search will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the studios of Display Chicago, 657 W. Lake Street.  Open call hours will be from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and agency models will be seen from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  Previous casting calls have led local Latino/a models to be picked up by popular modeling agencies.  For more information, please call 773-733-7152 or visit the LFW website for requirements at www.latinofashionwk.com.

About Latino Fashion Week

Latino Fashion Week is the premier Chicago Fashion Week event showcasing Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the United States.  LFW features a three-day consumer trade show and experiential lounge open to the public.  LFW will showcase sponsors and exhibitors to over 15,000-plus local, national and international attendees as well as thousands of potential customers.

Latino Fashion Week features unrivaled events such as Red Carpet Chicago Designers Media Day, Student Designers Competition, Teen/Family Day, Diversity Unity Day, International Designers Day and networking and business development opportunities.

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Argentina’s Cast of Rodin’s Famous ‘The Thinker’ is Vandalized and Maybe Permanently Damaged

Argentina’s Cast of Rodin’s Famous ‘The Thinker’ is Vandalized and Maybe Permanently Damaged

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While the original of Auguste Rodin ‘The Thinker’ sits at the artists museum in Paris 22 original casts are displayed around the world.  Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, is host to the third cast of this iconic and classic piece of art.

Argentina’s statue has sat proudly in front of the national congress building for decades and has now been vandalized, spray painted in green, pink and black.  When the government proceeded to have the statue cleaned more bad than good might of resulted.

Art experts say the cleaning process of water blasting apparently damaged the natural aged patina of blue-green on the statue.  Vandals had spray painted The Thinker in pink, gave him green hair and a black tattoo.

Argentina is known as the Paris of Latin America and the Rodin sculpture is one of Buenos Aires leading tourist attractions.  No one has claimed responsibility for the vandalism that appeared several days ago.  The statue will more than likely be relocated indoors to a more secure area.

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Rio de Janiero’s Water Needs to be Cleaned Up Before 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janiero’s Water Needs to be Cleaned Up Before 2016 Olympics

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With the Olympics set to take place in Rio de Janeeiro, Brazil in 2016, environmental experts are warning the city that their water pollution is a serious issue.

Sailing events are likely to occur in Guanabara Bay, but oceanographer Vinicius Palermo says the water, as it currently is, is unacceptable, in large part due to the amount of wastewater dumped into the water without being treated. In Rio, only about 33 percent of the water is treated before being released.

If the sailing competition were to happen today, those monitoring the water’s condition say it would make for very poor sailing conditions that could ultimately embarrass both the city and the country if a boat were become tangled in the debris-filled water.

Rio is not the only Olympic host town under scrutiny. London is also under fire for its poor air quality

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Gloria Estefan To Release New Album “Miss Little Havana” (VIDEO)

Gloria Estefan To Release New Album “Miss Little Havana” (VIDEO)

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Check out Gloria Estefan’s new single, and let her tell you her oddest job experience. It involves the border, a nun, and illegal salami…!

Gloria Estefan has finished her first English-Language album since 2003; it is called ‘Little Miss Havana’, and will be released on September 27th.  The digital version will only be available on iTunes, while the physical album will only be available at Target stores nationwide and includes four extra songs and access to downloadable material.

While promoting her new album, Estefan stopped by Chelsea Handler’s late night show.  Check out the interview where she talks about some of the oddest things she saw back in the day when she worked as an interpreter for Customs and Border Patrol.


 

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Coked Up Clams Found in Luggage of El Salvadoran Man at Dulles Airport

Customs and Border Protection at the Washington Dulles International Airport call it “one of the oddest we’ve seen” referring to coked up clams found in a passengers luggage.

When El Salvadoran, David Pocasangre (which translates in English to ‘no blood’) Vaquiz arrived on a flight from Panama border officials found 15 clams were stuffed with cocaine.  The coked up clams have a street value of $10,000.

Officials found 80 clams in black plastic bags of which 15 had the cocaine in them.  The coked up clams were closed and had apparently been resealed with glue once the coke was stuffed in them.

Pocasangre Vaquiz will be detained in the U.S. until his preliminary hearing on October 5th. 

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Watch Brazilian Fútboler Marcello Matrone Doing the Waka-Waka (VIDEO)

Watch Brazilian Fútboler Marcello Matrone Doing the Waka-Waka (VIDEO)

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Every time Marcello Matrone scores, he and his mates run to the sidelines for wigs, hats and other props to celebrate parodying pop music choreographies.

Matrone, a Brazilian native, plays for the soccer club in Finland, where he has become very popular because of his unusual celebrations.

Check out our choice for the top three Matrone videos down below, and join us in our forums section for the discussion!

 

 

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Power Restored to Most of of AZ, California and Mexico After Major Blackout

Power Restored to Most of of AZ, California and Mexico After Major Blackout

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Almost 24-hours after a massive electrical outage blacked out large portions of California, Arizona and Mexico, effecting almost 6 million people, power is being restored.

The San Diego area was hit the hardest by the black out with almost 1.4 million customers losing power, closing schools, spilling sewage and cancelling flights.  As of a half hour ago power has been restored to most of this area.

In Mexico, over 1 million customers lost power which has now been restored.  The power outage in Arizona was centered in Yuma where the outage is thought to have started.

Apparently an Arizona utility worker doing some maintenance work on a high-voltage power line that links Arizona and San Diego triggered the outage.  It is unclear why the power outage wasn’t isolated to Yuma but rather spread throughout the power grid. 

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Senator Marco Rubio to Deliver Keynote Address at U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention

Senator Marco Rubio to Deliver Keynote Address at U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will deliver the keynote speech at the International Opening Ceremony for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo.  The International Opening Ceremony, taking place September 18 at the Sparkle Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, will kick off the 2011 Convention. Over 3,000 people are expected at this annual event honoring Hispanic entrepreneurship in America.

“We are pleased to announce Senator Rubio as the keynote for our opening event. His leadership and perspective on issues that affect commerce and enterprise will be a great addition to the outstanding convention program we have slated for this year,” says Nina Vaca-Humrichouse, Chairman of the USHCC.

Senator Rubio is the junior Senator from Florida, having been elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2010 after years of service in the Florida legislature, ending his tenure as Speaker of the Florida State House.  A Miami native, Senator Rubio will be welcoming the Convention attendees and touching upon the exploration of new markets to increase business opportunities for Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) across the country.

Also addressing the gathering are Minority Business Development Agency Director David Hinson, who will speak about Administration initiatives to increase opportunities for minority business owners internationally and Robert Jones, Counselor for Commercial Affairs for the Caribbean Region from the U.S. Commercial Service. Mr. Jones will speak about the vast opportunities open to American entrepreneurs through near-shore export promotion to the Caribbean.

“This year’s Convention will address several key topics affecting the business landscape, including Free Trade and the expansion of new markets.  Miami is a city with tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and is known as the Gateway to the Americas. The International Opening Ceremony will pay tribute to our host city while setting the tone for the rest of Convention that focuses on the growth of Hispanic enterprise in the U.S.,” says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President & CEO.

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FridaySeptember 9, 2011