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FridaySeptember 23, 2011

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Residents in Tennessee Town Feel Intimidated by Immigration Officials

Residents of Shelbyville, TN describe a continuing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) presence in their community, after a weekend raid that struck fear in the hearts of community activists—the same people who just days before, spoke up at a public hearing about civil and human rights violations by state, local, and federal law enforcement.

And while ICE spokesman Temple Black said in an email yesterday that allegations the raids were retaliatory are “without merit,” community members in Shelbyville are skeptical.

“If that’s true,” says community leader and hearing organizer, Jose G., “why were they all over Shelbyville on Saturday with so many officers and so many cars?  Why have they continued to be here?  We’ve never seen anything like this before in Shelbyville.  My wife and I were scared when we walked out of the Lowes and saw several ICE officers in the parking lot—everyone else at Lowes was scared too.” Community members report that ICE has had a continuous presence in their community, showing up at busy, public areas without making any arrests since Saturday.

“ICE did not attend the meeting, track participants, or target supporters,” continued Temple Black. “Rather, wholly apart and distinct from the meeting, ICE identified and arrested three convicted criminals who were living at large in the community.”

If this is so, why did these enforcement actions happen just five days after the community delivered a report detailing various multiple civil and human rights violations, where DOJ and DHS officials were present.  And why is ICE still there?

If, as Black claims, ICE followed DHS guidelines and removed only “public safety threats,” why did the agents themselves break the very rules meant to protect the civil liberties of Shelbyville residents when they entered their homes? A community member who is currently in custody has reported ICE agents entering his home through an unlocked door early Saturday morning, September 17.  The man did not know law enforcement was in his home until they came into the bedroom where he was sleeping.  “The real problem with these sorts of violations,” says longtime Shelbyville resident and business owner, Bill Geissler, “is that everyone needs to follow the law.  If ICE is going after immigrants who they suspect have broken laws, why aren’t they following guidelines that are intended to protect the civil liberties of Shelbyville residents?”

“These are troubling signs that Nashville ICE Fugitive Operations is out of step not just with the enforcement priorities outlined by their national office.  They are also out of step with local law enforcement,” says Kasar Abdulla of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, who has worked intensively with local community leaders to create a safe and welcoming environment.  “We hope these drastic actions won’t undo all the work we have done together to make Shelbyville a more welcoming and inclusive community.”

Dr. Kent E. Lewis, Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Shelbyville, was a panelist at the Monday, September 12th hearings where community members shared stories of abusive practices of law enforcement.  Pastor Lewis was deeply concerned by the stories he heard, but continues to urge for a dialogue between community and local police. “I am convinced that Shelbyville can be a community we are all proud of,” says Pastor Lewis.  “We have the capacity to show a welcoming face to people who are not native to our town, a face that reflects the better side of our God-given natures. There are often fears that come up when rapid change occurs in our town, and it is my role as a pastor to assist in the work of reconciliation and remind us of the Jesus of the New Testament, who always welcomed the stranger. Local law enforcement needs to enter into a reconciling dialogue with community leaders and the immigrants who also want to be a part of our community.”

In response to the hearings last week, the raids last Saturday, and a continuous show of force by immigration agents since then, TIRRC and the Rights Working Group (RWG) have filed a formal letters with the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (to keep the DOJ abreast of the current situation) and DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (to request a formal investigation).  TIRRC will be meeting in person with DHS later this week.  Other national organizations are joining the outcry, “ICE’s actions are unconscionable. The raid was a clear tactic to intimidate the very communities who spoke out days earlier on ICE’s abuses to the Department of Justice and DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. We call upon the DOJ to investigate this retaliatory act. ICE is out control and it’s high time for the Administration to rein in a rogue, abusive force,” says Sarahi Uribe of the National Day Laborers Organizing Network.

“We hope that the combined voices of local and national leaders will bring resolution to the recent events in Shelbyville,” says Stephen Fotopulos, Executive Director, TIRRC.  “Certainly the residents of Shelbyville deserve justice, just as all Americans should be free to stand up for basic civil rights without fear of government retaliation.”

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U.S. Marine Explorers Ordered to Give $500 Millon in Recovered Sunken Treasure to Spain

U.S. Marine Explorers Ordered to Give $500 Millon in Recovered Sunken Treasure to Spain

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U.S. divers who found more than 17 tons of buried treasure have been ordered by a federal appeals court to give the findings to Spain.

The exploration team has stated that it plans to appeal the ruling after a three-judge panel ruled that the “finders keepers” rule does not apply to the treasure estimated to be worth about $500 million.

In 1804, the Nuestra Senor de las Mercedes was sunk by British warships in while sailing back form South America. In May 2007, Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration announced that it had recovered more than 500,000 silver coins and other artifacts from the sunken ship.

The Spanish government, upon hearing of he recovery, claimed that the artifacts and coins belong to them as the ship was Spanish, and because ownership of the ship and its cargo was never surrendered.

According to Fox News, Odyssey has argued that the wreck was never positively identified as the Nuestra Senora, and even if it were the ship, it had been on a commercial trade trip - not a sovereign mission - when it sank, meaning Spain would have no claim to the “treasure”.

Pedro Almodóvar Has No Kind Words for Silvio Berlusconi

Pedro Almodóvar Has No Kind Words for Silvio Berlusconi

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Legendary Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar said the Italian leader is a “Homophobe obsessed with women.”

Pedro Almodóvar believes that Berlusconi’s bunga-bunga scandal allowed the Prime Minister to “brag about his manhood,” and that as a media image, Berlusconi is an interesting figure.

“News about him [Berlusconi] are more about sex, than politics,” said the director, who was in Rome promoting his last movie “The Skin I Live In.”

At the persistence of the interviewer to pry Almodóvar’s opinions on Berlusconi, the filmmaker replied: “About your head of Government… I have more questions than answers”.

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Meet The Latino CNN Heroes, Vote for Them (VIDEO)

Meet The Latino CNN Heroes, Vote for Them (VIDEO)

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The 2011 CNN Hero Award Top Ten finalists are in, and there are two Latino’s aspiring for the recognition.  Elena Durón Miranda and Eddie Canales are the two Latinos you can vote for as the CNN Hero of the Year. 

First up is Elena Durón Miranda, a Mexican Psychologist that has spent the last decade at the helm of PETISOS (Prevención y Erradicación del Trabajo Infantil SOS or Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor SOS).  Her Argentine non-profit is dedicated to providing children with education and programs that are alternatives to child labor.

During a visit to Argentina eleven years ago, Elena was horrified to find children as young as her own 3 year old rummaging through Bariloche’s trash dumps for food, and valuables.

“I saw children collect green sausages, a bag of potato chip crumbs, a bag of noodles with cream, and recovered leftover yogurt next to a diaper […] the children began to gently clean the food—wiping each little noodle, each potato and peeling the sausage skin so methodically and accurately. It was as if they had done this same activity many times.”

Nowadays, over 200 children benefit from PETISOS, and their team of professionals and volunteers working with the children to ensure their growth.

“We carry out very personalized tracking of all the boys and girls we work with, […] we work with the families, we work with the schools, we work with the medical or health centers in order to ... get them out of the labor situation.”

The group is sustained by generous donations, and grant programs. As a result of Elena’s efforts, many children have gone on to graduate from high school and attend college.

Eddie Canales, the other Latino nominated for a CNN Hero Award had the two most life-changing moments of his last ten years, occur on a football field.

Almost ten years ago, on November of 2001 Canales was watching his high school senior boy play an above average game, sure to impress the three colleges offering him a spot on their teams.

With four minutes left in the game, Chris Canales made a touch-down saving tackle but something went very wrong and Chris was left paralyzed.

In the midst of battling depression at the one year anniversary of the accident, Eddie took his son to a high school football game. Little did the pair know that their lives would change again on that field.

As father and son watched the game from the stands, a player went down, and was left immobilized in the field. Both Eddie and Chris knew why.

“Chris turned to me and said, ‘Dad, we’ve got to go help him,’ ” Eddie recalled.

Eddie’s life took another 90 degree turn that day when he found his life’s purpose.

The Canales’ visited the injured player and his family in the hospital, and in a matter of months, Gridiron Heroes begun.

Rather than raising money for medical research, Canales’ nonprofit Gridiron Heroes provides emotional support to injured players and their families.

“We try to provide information, inspiration and hope,” Eddie said. “We want to make sure they don’t feel alone. […] Someone injured on a professional level is going to be taken care of,” he said. “But on a high school level, it’s a totally different story.”

For more information, and for voting for this exemplar Latinos and the other CNN Hero of the Year nominees, visit the CNN Heroes Site


Read more at CNN →

Racial Profiling in Your Own E-Mails? How Google Profiles Users to Deliver Ads

Racial Profiling in Your Own E-Mails? How Google Profiles Users to Deliver Ads

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Racial profiling is a hot topic these days, especially in Arizona, where the passing of controversial immigration laws are the most talked about in years, but now it seems Google is racially profiling its users to determine what ads to present to the user.

Nathan Newman, writer of The Cost of Lost Privacy: How Google and Datamining Drive Economic Inequality in Our Nation, examined multiple ads and their relation to the certain names, some chosen because of their “ethnic sound.”

While studying Google’s e-mail service Gmail, he discovered that based on user name and what they were e-mailing about, certain ads would appear. He found that while Google tells advertisers that they offer “highly relevant advertising” through programs like AdWords and Adsense, Google actually creates digital profiles for users based of names, surnames, class, and geographical location.

For example, for someone with the “white name” Jake Yoder sending an e-mail with the words “Buying a car” in the subject line, ads for car websites (GMC, BMW, etc.). When the same test was done using the name “Malik Hakim” however, the ads were different, and included at least one for bad credit auto loans. Newman said the same thing occurred when he used two other “black names”.

Other experiments with so-called Hispanic, black, and white names were also done using “Education”, “Need A Job”, “Loan Modification”, and “Need Cash”.

Each time, it was obvious that the ads were different for each group of names.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was set to testify before the Senate on this week and Newman said he was “hoping the senator [would] raise questions on what kinds of contextual and behavioral targeting Google allows in its advertising and what steps it has taken to stop racial and economic profiling that harms such groups.”

Read more at COLORLINES →

Argentine Legend Diego Maradona Kicks Fan in Dubai (VIDEO)

Argentine Legend Diego Maradona Kicks Fan in Dubai (VIDEO)

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Short fuse Diego Maradona is the focus of yet another controversy, after kicking a fan in Dubai.

Check out the moment when Diego Maradona looses his cool and kicks a fan, a particularly offensive gesture in Arab culture, which considers feet as dirty. 


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Bo Derek To Talk Rainforest Protection With Rafael Correa (VIDEO)

Bo Derek To Talk Rainforest Protection With Rafael Correa (VIDEO)

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Bo Derek is in New York for the UN General Assembly gathering to ask for international support in saving Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.

Actress Bo Derek is trying to raise a hundred million dollars by the end of the year to support conservation of the Yasuní National Park in Ecuador.

Yasuní National Park was one of the few places in the world that did not freeze during the last ice-age, turning into a haven for thousands of species of amphibians, birds, mammals and flora, that eventually repopulated the Amazon.

The immense reserves of oil underneath the national park are the reason why Yasuní is in danger; Being that Ecuador earns more than half of its export revenue from crude oil, making it the country’s primary source of income, there is intense pressure to drill inYasuní.

President Rafael Correa came up with a plan to save Yasuní in In 2006, when the Yasuní oil fields were yielding an estimated $7.2 billion in profit.

Correa proposed that if the international community donated $3.6 billion, Ecuador would match the investment, and Yasuní would remain untouched.

Bo Derek’s efforts seek to raise 100 million by the end of the year; the actress will be at the United Nations this Evening where she’ll be speaking to President Rafael Correa and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a fund raiser for the conservation initiative.


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Watch Selena Gómez and Justin Bieber’s “Brangelina” Photo (VIDEO)

Watch Selena Gómez and Justin Bieber’s “Brangelina” Photo (VIDEO)

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Bieber uploaded a photo of himself with girlfriend Selena Gómez and six babies to the internet, with the caption “Brangelina 2.0 hahahahahaha”

Could the teen idol couple be heading toward settling down as a family?

This picture Justin Bieber posted on his Instagram account suggests so; they look very comfy and blissful, surrounded by babies.

We offer further proof that Bieber is serious about his Selena: the Alpha Male moment Justin had with Simon Cowell after Selena sung “Love You Like a Love Song” on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, watch it at the end of the video below.


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Bringing a Little Positivity to Mexico, “Heroreports” Show the Good Occurring in Mexican Cities

Bringing a Little Positivity to Mexico, “Heroreports” Show the Good Occurring in Mexican Cities

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As Mexico continues its war on drugs amongst powerful cartels and corrupt law enforcement officials, it can be hard for the onlookers, especially Mexican residents, to see the good in their country, but for residents of certain Mexican cities, good news is being presented in a new way.

With help from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Civic Media, Mexican city officials have started a “positivism” campaign called, “Cronicas de Heroes/Hero Reports”. The reports share the communities’ acts of kindness to hopefully raise the morale of the Mexican residents.

Heroreports is non-profit project that using crowdsourcing to report acts of courage and positive social behavior, and maps out where the acts occurred.

The idea came about in 2009 when Christopher Csikszentmihályi, director of the Center for Future Civic Media visited Ciudad Juarez as part of a delegation that would suggest ideas for improving life in the city.

The reports are taking off in cities like Ciudad Juarez (one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities), Monterrey, Tijuana, and even San Diego, California.

According to Global Voices, The Heroreports websites are empowering individuals to speak up and focus on positive citizen behavior in densely-populated areas that suffer from conflict, and are becoming useful sources of comparative socio-geopolitical documentation.”

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LISTEN to Prince Royce’s First English Single “Addicted” (VIDEO)

LISTEN to Prince Royce’s First English Single “Addicted” (VIDEO)

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Check out Prince Royce’s first English single “Addicted”! and don’t miss him alongside Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Iglesias’ Euphoria Tour.

Liked “Addicted?” Buy the single in iTunes!

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WATCH Pan-American Wheel Chair Rugby Tournament in Bogotá (LIVE STREAM)

WATCH Pan-American Wheel Chair Rugby Tournament  in Bogotá (LIVE STREAM)

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Wednesday was the inauguration of the Pan-American Wheel Chair Rugby Tournament, in Bogotá. It ends September 24.

Participating in the tournament, are wheel chair rugby teams from the United States, Canda, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

The winner of the tournament will automatically be selected to participate in the Paralympics next year in London. 

For more information about wheel chair rugby, check out this page.

To watch live matches, take a look at the live stream below.



Live video from your iPhone using Ustream


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Fox News Republican Debate – What Did Latinos Learn?

Fox News Republican Debate – What Did Latinos Learn?

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Last night’s Republican debate hosted by Fox and Google was the most interactive debate ever with top voted viewer questions presented via YouTube and issues important to Latinos like jobs, immigration and Cuba were discussed.

The highest percentage of questions were around jobs and the economy and all candidates were uniform in dissing President Obama’s job package and except for Perry had specific plans around job creations.  All the candidates would not raise taxes on anyone but were willing to reform the tax code.  According to Impre/Latino decisions this is in stark contrast to polled Latinos that favor government intervention in job creation and the majority of Americans (according to Gallup) that favor some form of a tax increase to help with the deficit.

The issue of immigration was another heavily requested topic to discuss and was presented via text message from Tim Emerson of California.  The responses did not bring many surprises except that Perry continues to support his in-state tuition discount for children of the undocumented. 

Michele Bachmann felt like the other candidates that Obama failed the American people by not securing the border and that it was ‘reprehensible’ that Obama sued Arizona over SB 1070.  And she likes the other candidates, except for Perry, would build a fence on every inch of the southern border then provide additional troop and enforcement in the area.

Ron Paul, Bachmann and Romney emphasized cutting all the ‘benefits’ illegals get with being specifics about which benefits, then the incentive it provides to others wanting to cross the border would be eliminated.  Paul went as far as to advocate abolishing birth right citizenship.

The former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had an interesting take on E-verify.  He felt it should be outsourced to American Express to eliminate government fraud but he like all the other candidates felt it should be mandated nationwide.  This position is not only in opposition to most Latino advocacy groups stance but also against the Tea Party stance that sees it as an infringement on civil liberties.  Gingrich finished his immigration comments by advocating that English be the official language of the Government. 

During the debate Perry came off as the ‘softest’ on immigration for his in-state tuition discount program.  He continued too defend his position as the humane and right thing saying “Don’t you have a heart”.  He noted that only 4 Texas legislators opposed the measure out of 180.  He did say that he supports Arizona SB 1070 while remaining opposed to building a fence on the border saying it is not physically feasible.

Only two of the candidates answered a question about Cuba, Bachmann and the unknown Gary Johnson, former Governor to New Mexico who is new to the debate circuit.  While Johnson supports travel to Cuba, Bachmann reminded everyone that they are designated a terror nation and wants no contact with the Cuban nation.

Interesting side notes to the debate:  During the first commercial break the Fox Network aired an anti-immigration commercial hosted by the rabid group Numbers USA and that Herman Cain insists on calling Chile (Chill-e), Chill-lay.

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47 Charged in Puerto Rico for Operating Major Heroin, Crack, Oxycodone & Xanax Ring

47 Charged in Puerto Rico for Operating Major Heroin, Crack, Oxycodone & Xanax Ring

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On September 21, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted 47 individuals as a result of an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD)-Bayamón Strike Force, announced the United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. 

The defendants are charged in a six-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, “crack” (cocaine base,) cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone (commonly known as “Percocet”), and Alprazolam (commonly known as “Xanax”).  Count six charges 36 defendants with using and carrying firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

According to the indictment, Luis Agosto-López, aka “Tutin,” became the main leader of the drug trafficking organization upon the death of Gamalier Rosado-Serrano, aka “Gamma,” on or about May 9, 2004.  The object of the conspiracy was to distribute controlled substances at the Enrique Landron Public Housing Project, located in the Municipality of Corozal, Puerto Rico, for significant financial gain.

It was further part of the manner and means of the conspiracy that some of the defendants and their co-conspirators would provide payments to an undisclosed source in exchange for sensitive law enforcement information, as to dates and times of prospective interventions by the Police of Puerto Rico at the Enrique Landron Public Housing Project and/or police protection and escort to members of the conspiracy during the transportation of narcotics from different housing projects located within the Municipalities of San Juan and Bayamón to the Enrique Landron Public Housing Project.

The defendants and their co-conspirators would purchase wholesale quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, and Percocet in order to distribute the same in street quantity amounts at their drug distribution points. The 47 co-conspirators had many roles in order to further the goals of the conspiracy, including: seven leaders/drug point owners, one supplier, three enforcers, five runners, 24 sellers, one drug processor, three look-outs, and three facilitators.

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Supreme Court Will Decide If Catholic Church Can Continue to be Exempt from Anti-Discrimination Laws

Supreme Court Will Decide If Catholic Church Can Continue to be Exempt from Anti-Discrimination Laws

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On Oct. 5, 2011, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could help determine how much latitude religious organizations have in making employment decisions about clergy and others who perform religious duties. The case centers on a legal doctrine known as the “ministerial exception.”

The Supreme Court has never expressly ruled on the doctrine, but judges in lower federal courts have used it to exempt religious organizations from anti-discrimination laws and other statutes that regulate how employers treat their workers.

These decisions have emphasized that courts should not intervene in employment matters when doing so would require them to evaluate the qualifications or performance of employees who carry out religious functions, such as preaching or leading worship. In Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, the Supreme Court will decide whether a teacher who devoted part of her day to religion duties should be considered a ministerial employee in a wrongful dismissal suit.

The outcome of the case could have an affect on lawsuits brought by women who claim they are discriminated against by the church since they are not allowed to be priests.  The lawsuit can also open the door for gay males to file suit for being barred from getting employment in religious education.  Overall any person or persons who feels they are being discriminated against by the church would be able to sue them for damages and mandate they change their practices.

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FridaySeptember 23, 2011