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ThursdaySeptember 15, 2011

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U.S. Latinos Split Over Obama Jobs Bill (VIDEOS)

U.S. Latinos Split Over Obama Jobs Bill (VIDEOS)

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President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill has the support of a number of the country’s Latinos, as he said it would “put people to work,” but Hispanic Republicans are not as quick to join their brothers in that support.

Republicans Rep. Francisco Canseco of San Antonio, TX says the president’s plan is just an attempt to “spend and borrow our way to economic prosperity.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, while liking aspects of the bill, said it “just won’t work.”

But Hispanics in support of the president’s bill appreciate that minorities, the disabled, and the young were taken into consideration.

President Obama’s bill includes tax cuts for the small business to help them grow and hire additional workers. Hispanic business owners often lead small businesses and would greatly benefit from such cuts.

During his speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday, the president reiterated that his jobs proposal would help with the high unemployment rate within the Latino community, and he pointed out

“At a time when countries like China are building high-speed rail lines and gleaming new airports, we’ve got over a million unemployed construction workers, many of them Latino, who could be doing the same thing right here in the United States. That’s not right. It’s time for us to fix it. That’s why Congress should pass this bill right away.”

This jobs bill includes tax cuts for small businesses; getting people back to work; improving education and hiring additional teachers; helping the unemployed by revamping the country’s unemployment insurance program and rewarding tax cuts to businesses that hire the previously unemployed for long-term work; and cutting payroll taxes, putting more money in workers’ pockets.


President Obama shares “The American Jobs Act” with Congress and that American people.

 

President Obama addresses Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s awards gala

 

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Latino Mom Fired for Taking Time Off to Donate Kidney to Son (VIDEO)

Latino Mom Fired for Taking Time Off to Donate Kidney to Son (VIDEO)

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It hasn’t been a good summer for Claudia Rendón. She used all the vacation time she had available from her job at an aircraft repair training company, to take care and eventually bury her mother; her father was diagnosed with leukemia, and soon after that bit of bad news, her son Alex’s kidneys, began to fail.

Claudia told her bosses she needed to take time off from July 19, to September 1st, in order to undergo surgery to give one of her kidneys to her son.

Her bosses were initially supportive, but the day before her leave, they made her find a document that said she acknowledged that her job might not be waiting for her when she came back. They told her she’d be abandoning her job and quitting, if she didn’t sign.

Claudia signed after a boss told her she was a valuable employee, but was emphatic in making clear to them she wasn’t abandoning her job, she was saving her son’s life.

About a month after the surgery, Claudia was still in a lot of pain. Her doctor wrote a letter, saying she would be able to go back to work on September 12.

But a week earlier, when she paid a visit to her colleagues, she find out her position had been filled, and she had been left without a job.

On Tuesday, pressured by the media hullabaloo garnered by the story put out by Philadelphia’s Fox29, Claudia’s bosses admitted they had made a mistake in letting her go.

Claudia’s supervisors said they would immediately begin paying her usual salary, and when a new position opens, she’ll be able to apply for it.

Claudia is skeptical that she’ll be hired again, and told interviewers she has retained a lawyer.

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Eva Longoria Opens up to Ellen About her Divorce (VIDEO)

Eva Longoria Opens up to Ellen About her Divorce (VIDEO)

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“I’m in a happy place,” said Longoria on the Ellen DeGeneres show, speaking about her separation from ex Tony Parker “I think divorce agrees with me”

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Watch Charlie Sheen Soaked Before You See Him Roasted (VIDEO)

Watch Charlie Sheen Soaked Before You See Him Roasted (VIDEO)

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Tune in to Comedy Central Next Monday for the winning Roast of Chuck Sheen. In the meantime, take a look at this hilarious promo!

 

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Rocket Launcher, C-4 Found in Bag Near U.S.-Mexico Border

Rocket Launcher, C-4 Found in Bag Near U.S.-Mexico Border

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Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents found several high-powered weapons, including a rocket launcher near the Rio Grande on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agents seized six assault rifles, one rocket launcher, a grenade launcher, and three packages of C-4 explosives.

The agents found the weapons and explosives, along with ammunition, in a bad spotted in a black bag in brush near Fronton.

“These deadly weapons could have had a devastating impact on communities on both sides of the border and to our agents or other law enforcement officers,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa in a release from CBP. “The vigilance of these agents potentially saved lives that would have been lost had these weapons ended up in the hands of violent criminals. Criminal activity in the Rio Grande Valley will not be tolerated and we will continue to disrupt the efforts of smuggling organizations.”

The weapons were turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives for further investigation.

Since the drug war began in Mexico in 2006, more than 42,000 people have died, some by weapons believed to have been bought in the U.S.

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George And Jennifer López Seal Separate Television Deals

George And Jennifer López Seal Separate Television Deals

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While ION television bought the re-broadcasting rights of George López’s family comedy show, J Lo will be the executive producer of a new FOX show.

Apparently López and López are making comebacks to television.

A mere month after George López’s “López Tonight” was cancelled, the actor secured a deal with ION television to re-broadcast his 2002-2007 “George López Show,” formerly on ABC.

Re-runs will begin airing September 29th on a daily basis. You can catch Glo’s show from 1pm to 4pm every day, with two extra hours on Friday. On Sundays, the show will air an extra 5 hour block, from 10pm to 3am.

J Lo, on the other hand will be the executive producer of a family dramedy project still not named, working alongside “Ugly Betty” creator Silvio Horta.

The project spawned from an idea of Kevin Reilly, the president of Fox Entertainment; it revolves around three Latino sisters, and their intertwined daily lives.  The script will be written by Horta, and he and J Lo will produce it in conjunction with López’s producing partner at Nuyorican Productions, Simon Fields.

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WATCH 3-Year-Old Chilean Child Inside Claw-Crane Toy Machine (VIDEO)

WATCH 3-Year-Old Chilean Child Inside Claw-Crane Toy Machine (VIDEO)

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This resourceful ‘angelito’ wanted a plush toy so badly that rather than using the unruly claw he crawled into the machine. How? Good question.

By the time firefighters showed up to the Talcahuano mall, the store manager had already freed the toddler.

Apparently, this is the second time a child gets trapped inside one of those claw machines in Chile. The last time, the kid spent A WHOLE DAY inside, before he was freed.

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LISTEN Demi Lovato’s ‘All Night Long’ (VIDEO)

LISTEN Demi Lovato’s ‘All Night Long’ (VIDEO)

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Demi Lovato’s new song features the collaboration of Missy Elliot and Timbaland. Don’t miss her new album “Unbroken” in stores later this month.

 

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Ben Affleck Casts Himself as Latino CIA Agent in Upcoming “Argo” - Really, Ben? Latino?

Ben Affleck Casts Himself as Latino CIA Agent in Upcoming “Argo” - Really, Ben? Latino?

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As many watch in white-washing horror, Ben Affleck has cast himself as a Latino former CIA agent in the movie Argo, based on the real-life story of Antonio Mendez, and his plan to rescue six American embassy workers from Tehran, Iran in 1979 using a fake sci-fi movie project as a cover.

What has many worried is the fact that Affleck, who will be directing the film as well, is not the least bit Latino, and is known for being very proud of his Irish heritage.

With Affleck in this role, it really doesn’t allow the audience to experience a strong Latino actor in a role based on a real person.

Argo is named after the fake sci-fi flick Mendez claimed he and his team were location scouting for when they entered Iran.

As Racebending puts the Affleck-as-Mendez issue:

The cumulative impact of this kind of casting: In Hollywood, white actors depict minorities credited with reaching monumental, historic achievements. Actors of color cannot even expect to be cast in roles inspired by people from their own communities, and minorities remain invisible in their own stories.


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Criminal Charges Filed Against Latina Teen Who Faked Cancer

Criminal Charges Filed Against Latina Teen Who Faked Cancer

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Angie Gómez told everyone she had leukemia, and 6 months to live. She raised $17,000 in donations before it surfaced that she was lying.

Halfway through her senior year of High School, 18 year-old Angie Gómez told classmates and teachers at Horizon City High School she was suffering from an aggressive resurgence of leukemia, an illness she had already battled as a toddler and could kill her before graduation.

In a few months she garnered the sympathy of her entire community, who helped her create the “Achieve the Dream Foundation” to help families of children with leukemia; donations reached the $17,000 mark, on top of a “Dream Prom” for Angie, who said she missed her high school’s prom because she was receiving medical treatment.

Her courage and positive attitude soon became a symbol of inspiration, she was invited to speak in other schools, she was interviewed and media sources ran several pieces about her “story of hope”.

After she graduated High School, people became suspicious, she had said doctors gave her six months, but other than a few and far between fainting-like episodes, she looked fine.

Police investigated her claims for three months and found no medical records; nobody by her name had ever been treated at the hospitals she claimed she practically lived in as a toddler, it was all a lie.

State felony charges were filed against Gómez earlier this week; the district attorney’s office is reviewing the case before considering an arrest.

It is unclear how Gómez kept her foundation and six months worth of media and community attention from her parents.  She has not provided any comments after being caught in her lies; a sign posted in the window of her parents home says “No comment, call the detective.”

 

 

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Lamar Smith’s “Jobs” Plan: A Massive Guest Worker Program With No Labor Protections

Lamar Smith’s “Jobs” Plan: A Massive Guest Worker Program With No Labor Protections

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“Smith is Putting Anti-Immigrant Ideology Ahead of What’s Good for Workers, Economy”

Rep. Lamar Smith, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is also the self-appointed jobs czar for the GOP.  He’s holding a mark-up of his two-part jobs package this Thursday, September 15th.  [Tuesday, America’s Voice] explained why Smith’s mandatory E-Verify bill kills jobs for Americans and is opposed by organized labor.  [Wednesday, America’s Voice] explained why his companion bill—the “American Specialty Agriculture Act” (H.R.2847)—also puts American workers last.  That’s some “jobs” plan. 

Smith’s latest bill creates a new program to bring in hundreds of thousands of guest workers to work in agriculture every year.  All summer, agribusiness leaders have been sounding the alarm bell about what mandatory E-Verify would do to their industry.  After Georgia’s legislature passed an E-Verify mandate, the state experienced a crisis in the fields: workers scared to come to work, crops rotting in the fields, and growers struggling to stay alive.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11,000 farm jobs went unfilled this summer in Georgia because of mandatory E-Verify. 

But instead of backing off from his destructive E-Verify plan, Smith is charging forward and adding a new guest worker plan to the mix in a blatant attempt to buy off the industry.

Smith wants to replace seasoned, experienced farm hands with a new class of 500,000 vulnerable foreign workers beholden to their employers.  The workers can only stay for ten months.  Then, all 500,000 will be shipped back to their home countries and replaced by a new crew.

Instead of putting American workers first, Smith’s guest worker plan promotes a race to the bottom and jeopardizes the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Americans working in agriculture today.  History has shown us that employers would rather hire guest workers willing to accept sub-par wages and working conditions over legal workers and citizens more likely to assert their labor rights.

Even the Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial page questioned his move, albeit for different reasons: “It’s good to see Republicans conceding the economic benefits of immigration, but we might already have an expanded guest-worker program if Mr. Smith hadn’t worked so hard to kill it. “I think it’s a bad idea,” he said when Congress last considered the idea. In a 2005 letter to the Journal, he argued that “cheap foreign labor displaces American workers” and “will not solve the illegal immigration problem.  He even added that it might represent “an open invitation to potential terrorists” who could “use the program as cover.” Apparently the terrorist threat from fruit pickers has receded in the last six years.”

America’s Voice Education Fund Executive Director Frank Sharry said, “It’s hard to outdo Lamar Smith’s hypocrisy here.  Smith used to say guest worker programs are about importing ‘cheap labor’ and an invitation to ‘potential terrorists.’  But now, with the agriculture industry opposed to his E-Verify plan, he’s singing a much different tune. I’m all for politicians evolving on the issue of immigration, when they evolve toward a more enlightened, practical approach.  If Smith really cared about the agriculture industry, he would throw his support behind the common sense labor-management compromise bill known as AgJOBS. Instead, he’s pushing an E-Verify plan that is a self-inflicted wound on American agriculture, then putting a guest worker ‘band-aid’ on top of it.  That’s legislative malpractice.”

“Let’s be honest.  Rep. Smith doesn’t really care about American workers.  He cares about removing 11 million undocumented immigrants from the country by any means possible.  And, if that means job losses for Americans, expanded bureaucracy, reduced labor standards, and economic ruin for agriculture, so be it.  The question this week on Capitol Hill is whether anyone can – or will – stop him,” said Sharry.

For more information on the Smith E-Verify bill and guest worker plan, see:

  * Summary of Smith’s E-Verify Bill (National Immigration Law Center)

  * Summary of Smith’s Guest Worker Bill, Other Resources (Farmworker Justice)

  * Costs of E-Verify (Center for American Progress)

  * Small Business Opposition to E-Verify (quotes compiled by National Immigration Law Center)

  * Labor Perspective on E-Verify (Service Employees International Union)

  * Conservative Perspective on E-Verify (National Foundation for American Policy)

  * Farmworker Justice Report on Abuses in the H-2A Guest Worker Program

  * America’s Voice Report on the Impacts of this Plan on California

  * America’s Voice Education Fund Report on How Smith and Other Rs Rate on U.S. Worker Issues

  * America’s Voice Education Fund Report on the Real Motivations Behind Smith’s Immigration Plan

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

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‘You Lied’ Says Cuba to Former Governor Bill Richardson

‘You Lied’ Says Cuba to Former Governor Bill Richardson

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To hear former New Mexican Governor Bill Richardson tell it, he was invited to Cuba by the Raul Castro government to discuss the Alan Gross matter.

Gross has been sitting in a Cuban jail close to two years, charged and convicted of being a U.S. spy for bringing in illegal communication equipment.  Meanwhile Gross insists he was simply a government contractor there working with USAID on a democracy building project.

Richardson who has visited Cuba numerous times and on behalf of other jailed individuals was expecting a warm reception. 

Cuba apparently was not happy that Richardson’s visit was leaked and that Richardson was making disparaging statements calling Gross a “hostage” of the government.  They also didn’t like that Richardson was giving the impression the Cuban government was considering releasing him.  For their part the U.S. said Richardson was going there on a personal capacity.  Richardson left Cuba yesterday saying he is an “ex-friend” of the country.

A Cuban government spokesman noted: “We explained to Mr. Richardson that Cuba is a sovereign country which does not accept blackmail, pressure or posturing.”

As a result Richardson did not secure Gross’ release he never even got to visit him in jail.  Was Richardson grandstanding or was the Cuban government just being the Cuban government?

The obvious result is that Gross will not be released any time soon but the longer term effect is that Cuba has lost one of its staunchest U.S. based defenders in Richardson. 

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HS-News Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

HS-News Celebrates  Hispanic Heritage Month

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Take a look at this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month poster, and learn some important facts about Latinos and their month.

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¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 190th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 190th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  Thirty-two years after Columbus come to the Americas, Guatemala’s population went from 800,000 to 100,000.  Independence came in 1821 when Guatemala declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Guatemala, once the site of the Mayan civilization, has endured and preserved through military dictatorships and protracted civil wars where many died and many others suffered human rights abuses.  Its indigenous groups are beginning to play a leading part in shaping the destiny of the country and one of its most notable indigenous citizens, Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. 

Today the country’s estimated 13 million residents will celebrate its independence with many Mayan traditions.  The whole country embraces this day with dances, fireworks and parades and in the city of Quetzaltenango you can find the largest independence day celebration. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulatory remarks to the people of Guatemala:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Guatemala on the 190th anniversary of your independence this September 15.

As Guatemalans the world over celebrate this special day and honor the heroes of Guatemala’s independence, we stand with you in celebration. Americans have long enjoyed the beauty of Guatemala – from the ancient ruins of Tikal to the stunning volcanoes that surround Lake Atitlan – as well as the warmth and hospitality of the Guatemalan people. Your rich culture, diversity of languages, and traditions steeped in history are a special part of our region.

During my visit last June for the Central American security conference, President Colom and I renewed our commitment to building strong democratic institutions, promoting the rule of law, and expanding economic growth and opportunity to our nations’ citizens.

On this historic day, I send best wishes to all Guatemalans – in Guatemala, the United States, and around the globe. We look forward to deepening the ties between our two countries as we work to build a safer, more prosperous and democratic future for our peoples.

 

 

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¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 190th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 190th Year of Independence

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Today, all of El Salvador is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  The fight for independence started in 1811 with numerous uprisings against Spanish rule and concluded in 1821 when El Salvador declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America with a proud history of struggle and success.  After numerous military regimes, coups and a civil war in 1980 the country is moving forward with economic reforms and democratically held elections. 

Today the country’s estimated 7 million residents start to celebrate early and at 7:00 am students and their teachers march all around the capital city singing folk songs and dancing traditional dances.  Independence heroes such as Father Jose Matias Delgado and Manuel Jose Arce are honored with patriotic parades and festivities.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton send their regards to the people of El Salvador:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of El Salvador as you celebrate the 190th anniversary of your independence this September 15.

From the towering Izalco volcano and inspiring Mayan ruins to the beaches of the Pacific coast, El Salvador is a dynamic country with a rich history. As Salvadorans around the globe gather in honor of your independence day, we join in celebrating your proud heritage and our shared traditions.

The United States and El Salvador share a strong commitment to democracy, rule of law, and inclusive economic development. Our ties are further enriched by the more than 2.5 million Salvadorans who call the United States home. El Salvador is a key partner in our efforts to dampen the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations and gangs. Through our Partnership for Growth, we are committed to working closely to boost economic prosperity and create a safer, more prosperous, and more democratic future for all our citizens.

As you celebrate this special day with loved ones and friends, please accept my heartfelt “Felicidades!” to all Salvadorans around the world.

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¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 190th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 190th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the country with smallpox.  The fight for independence started in 1821 when it declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Costa Rica was the first Central American country to begin exporting coffee helping to develop the first middle class in the region.  Another first for the country is the election of its first female President Laura Chinchilla, who took office last February. The country also has bragging rights as having the highest life satisfaction anywhere in the world and being one of the greenest countries in the world. 

The country has lived in relative peace since its declaration of independence abolishing its army in 1949 and living in the words of Jose Maria Zeledon Brenes: “Vivian siempre el trabajo y la paz.”

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulations to the people of Costa Rica today:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Costa Rica on the occasion of your 190th Independence Day this September 15.

As the Freedom Torch arrives in Cartago and Costa Ricans across the country reflect with pride on your country’s strong traditions of protecting democracy, preserving the environment, and respecting human rights, know that the American people stand with you. Costa Rica’s commitment to creating a bright future for your nation’s youth is an inspiration and provides the foundation for our common values and strong partnership.

Whether you participate in the “lantern parades” or you celebrate over dinner with family and friends, I wish all Costa Ricans a happy independence day and reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the bonds of friendship between our countries.

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¡Felicidades! Honduras on Your 190th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Honduras on Your 190th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Honduras is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. Independence came in 1821 when Honduras declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

All of the countries schools and colleges are closed today so that everyone can celebrate in a three day celebration of independence.  The kindergartener parade was on the 13th and today high schools host festive parades throughout the country. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their regards to the people of Hondruas: 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Honduras as you celebrate 190 years of independence this September 15.

The United States and Honduras enjoy a strong relationship based on shared values and close economic ties, deepened by the nearly one million residents of Honduran descent in the United States who enrich our culture and bring our nations even closer together. It is my hope that these bonds will strengthen even more as Honduras continues on its path toward greater growth and prosperity.

The United States looks forward to strengthening and deepening our already strong relationship with the Honduran government and people to ensure that all Hondurans are able to live up to their full potential. Please accept my warmest wishes for a safe and happy independence day.

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¡Felicidades! Nicaragua on Your 190th Year of Independence!

¡Felicidades! Nicaragua on Your 190th Year of Independence!

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Today, all of Nicaragua is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  Independence came in 1821 when Nicaragua declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Nicaragua the largest Central American country in terms of land mass has a proud history of struggle and success.  After years of military regimes, coups and wars the country is looking to become an eco-tourist center with its abundant natural beauty as the back drop.  Today the Act of Independence of Central America is read in all state schools honoring the battle of San Jacinto with the Festival Nacional de Bandas Ritimicas as the highlight of independence day events. 

The U.S. government sent their congratulations to the people of Nicaragua:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Nicaragua on the 190th anniversary of your independence this September 15.

This is an opportunity to reflect upon Nicaragua’s rich cultural heritage and the bonds between our two countries. As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of People of African Descent, we are reminded of Afro-descendants throughout Nicaragua’s history who have contributed in ways large and small to the fabric of your society.

As you celebrate this special day with family and friends, know that the United States is your partner and we look forward to continuing our history of cooperation and respect. I am delighted to send best wishes to all Nicaraguans everywhere for continued peace and prosperity in this year and the years to come.

 

 

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Largest Christian Hispanic Organization Partners with Puerto Rico’s Pentecostal Community

Largest Christian Hispanic Organization Partners with Puerto Rico’s Pentecostal Community

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The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, has announced that Dr. William Hernandez and the Puerto Rico Pentecostal Association, FRAPE, has become an official partner of the NHCLC.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals unifying, serving and representing the Hispanic Born Again Community via 34,200 member churches and 20 million constituents.

Dr. Hernandez, said, “We are more than delighted to be part of NHCLC and collaborate as one to bring God back to the center of our Nation’s life. In a culture that is beginning to disintegrate due to the decline in moral and ethical standards, it’s our responsibility to follow a truth expressed by Jesus in his prayer to the Father in John 17:21 which says, ‘I also want them to be one with us. Then people of this world will believe that you sent me.’ To make an impact on the people of this world, as the body of Christ we must be united in our quest for righteousness and Justice.”

FRAPE stands for Fraternidad de Pastores Pentecostales—the Fraternity of Pentecostal Pastors—and the name is a reflection of the intention to create a network of pastors and their local churches to be a voice in the Puerto Rican society for God and for righteousness, the organization said.

The main function of FRAPE is to promote the Pentecostal movement in Puerto Rico through social work, church networking, public policy and evangelism; to foment the unit of the evangelical Pentecostal churches in Puerto Rico; and to help promote social work through the evangelical Pentecostal local churches.

FRAPE’s primary message and goal is to demonstrate and present, through social work, networking and social activism, that Jesus is the only solution to the crisis in society.

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ThursdaySeptember 15, 2011