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SaturdayOctober 8, 2011

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In Mexico, October 12th is a National Holiday Known as Día de la Raza or Day of the Race

In Mexico, October 12th is a National Holiday Known as Día de la Raza or Day of the Race

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In Mexico, October 12th is a national holiday known as Día de la Raza or Day of the Race, this date is honored in other countries as Columbus Day.

In the fifteenth century, an obscure Italian seafarer named Christopher Columbus became convinced that it was possible to reach the East from Europe by sailing westward across the Atlantic and that this route would be shorter than traveling around Africa; he underestimated the size of the Earth and overestimated the size and eastward extension of Asia. After eight years of negotiations, he convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to support his enterprise. He finally set out in three small ships and, on October 12th, 1492, he landed on an island in the Bahamas inhabited by the Taino or Arawak tribe, thinking that it was India.

Less than 30 years later, in 1521, Hernán Cortés landed on the shores of Mexico. He was received with gifts, and he proceeded to conquer the vast Mexica empire which is Mexico today. Relations between the indigenous population and the conquerors of Mexico during the 300 year colonial period were complex. Spain sought riches in the new land, but also converts for Catholicism. Missionaries traveled with the soldiers. Some of them were greatly impressed by native cultures and are responsible for the preservation of many codices and documents regarding the period.

Columbus Day is the annual U.S. commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s landing in the New World (at San Salvador Island in the Bahamas) on October 12, 1492. Columbus was not the first European to successfully cross the Atlantic. Viking sailors may have established a short-lived settlement in Newfoundland sometime in the 11th century, and scholars have argued for a number of other possible pre-Columbian landings. Columbus, however, initiated the lasting encounter between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

A number of nations celebrate this encounter with annual holidays: Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Hispanic Day in Spain, and Dia de la Raza in much of Latin America.  In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday to occur on October 12 every year.  Then, in 1971, Congress moved the U.S. holiday from October 12 to the second Monday in October, to afford workers a long holiday weekend. U.S. federal government offices close on Columbus Day, as do most banks. Schools typically remain open, as do most American businesses.

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Man Sentenced to Jail for Racism Against Brazilian Indians

Man Sentenced to Jail for Racism Against Brazilian Indians

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A man has been sentenced to jail in Brazil for racism against indigenous people, having described them as ‘vagrants’ and ‘tramps’ in a newspaper article.

The article says of indigenous people, including the Guarani Indians, ‘They take possession of the land like true vandals’.

The writer, Brazilian lawyer Isaac Duarte de Barros Júnior, continues, ‘The preservation of traditions which contradict modernity is retrograde and must end’.

He has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and could also be forced to pay millions of US dollars in compensation for moral damages, pending further court hearings.

Racism against the Guarani Indians is rife, but this is one of the very few cases in Brazil of a person being jailed for it.

There are over 40,000 Guarani in Brazil. Like many other tribes, they have a deep connection to their land on which they rely for their well-being.

But much of the Guarani’s land has been stolen from them to make way for cattle ranches and soya and sugar cane plantations. This has left many communities living in overcrowded reserves or camped beside main roads with little access to food or clean water.

The Guarani’s demands for their ancestral lands to be returned to them and its occupants’ refusal to give way has created ethnic divisions in the area. Several Guarani have been killed after leading their communities to reoccupy their land.

Read about Survival’s Stamp it Out campaign and help combat racism against tribal peoples.

Read more at Survival International →

Just In: Gov. Jerry Brown signs California Dream Act

Just In: Gov. Jerry Brown signs California Dream Act

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the California Dream Act, AB 131, that allows undocumented immigrants attending California universities to receive state-funded financial aid.

Brown’s signature also makes undocumented immigrants attending these universities eligible for fee waivers.

“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a press release Saturday. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”

Prior to signing the bill Brown indicated support for the measure — which is the companion bill to the AB 130, a bill he signed into law earlier this year. AB 130 allowed undocumented college students access to privately-funded scholarships and grants that were not available to them before. Collectively the bills are known as the California Dream Act.

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Honduras Government Bans Children under 15 from Ricky Martin Concert

Honduras Government Bans Children under 15 from Ricky Martin Concert

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The Honduran government has authorized the upcoming October 16 Ricky Martin concert.

Earlier this month some religious leaders wanted to prevent the show from happening because they deemed Ricky a bad example for being a gay parent and claiming the show has “erotic content”.

The government indicated that banning the event would be “a highly reprehensible act of intolerance.”

But they did put the restriction that concertgoers must be older than 15 years to see Ricky’s performance “to protect the mental health of Honduran youth.”

A government official said that they placed an age restriction due to the bisexual content and the erotic and sexual scenes of the concert.

Read more at Fox News →

Call of Duty, Killzone 3 Take Over The First-Ever MTV Game Awards Latin America

Call of Duty, Killzone 3  Take Over The First-Ever MTV Game Awards Latin America

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Fans chose their favorites for the first-ever edition of the MTV Game Awards (#MTVGameAwards). With more than 375 thousand votes registered, first-person shooter games far surpassed the competition and crowned themselves victorious in the night’s most anticipated categories. Call of Duty: Black Ops was the big winner, taking home three awards, including: “Most Realistic Game”, “Best Game for Pulling the Trigger” and “Best Latino Participation in a Game” specifically for an appearance by actor Dany Trejo. Killzone 3 took home the coveted “Game of the Year” award while Little Big Planet won “Best Game for Sharing Your World”, Sports Champions was voted “Best Game to Shake Your Body To” and Linkin Park earned “Best Song in a Videogame” for their single “Blackout” which was featured on FIFA Soccer 11. The first-ever MTV Game Awards, hosted by Alfonso Herrera with co-host Mikki Lusardi of MTV Guik, will air on MTV Latin America, Sunday November 27, 2011 at 6pm in Mexico, Argentina and Colombia and on Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas in the US on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10pm, (EST).

The show kicked off its string of musical performances with Belenova, who took fans by surprise with an ultra-pop performance of their single “Mariposas”. Among the night’s most exciting moments was Mexican rock legend Alex Lora presenting video game legend Shingo “Seabass” Takasuka, creator of Pro Evolution Soccer with the “Legend Award”. The game has grown into one of the most popular video game franchises in history, spawning more than 11 editions, in 15 languages across 48 countries and registering more than 70 million units sold around the world.

Popular Colombian rock band, Don Tetto, made their Mexican debut performance with the single “Mi Error” from their latest album Mienteme-Prometeme. The “PlayStation® Most Unexpected Player Award” celebrates that “anyone can be a player.” In this category, fans nominated themselves and their friends by uploading videos to www.mtvla.com. Finalists were invited to attend the show, with Aaron Martinez Rivera, a player just 3 years old, taking home the award.

Instrumental alternative rock band, Austin TV surprised fans by taking the stage with Pato Machete for a rendition of “El Hombre Panico” from their album Los Caballeros del Albedrio. One of the most voted-on categories was “Classic of Classics” where FIFA Soccer 11 went head-to-head with Pro Evolution Soccer 2011. Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez, who appears on the cover of FIFA Soccer 12, accepted the award on behalf of FIFA.

The first four Awards of the night were presented on the awards’ unique “pixel carpet” by MTV’s Diego Alfaro, and will air exclusively on MTV Guik, Friday, November 25th at 8pm (Mex/Arg/Col) in Latin America. Leonel Messi earned the “Best Weapon of Mass Destruction Award” for his crushing performance in Pro Evolution Soccer 2011. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare3 took home the “Most Anticipated game Award” and Call of Duty: Black Ops was victorious in two categories: “Best Game for Pulling the Trigger” and “Most Realistic Game”.

MTV closed the show with a very rockin’ performance by British band The Horrors, who brought down the Salon Vive Cuervo venue with their explosive version of “I Can See Through You.”

The first-ever edition of the MTV Game Awards featured appearances by: Hanna and Ashley of Ha*Ash, Dulce Maria, Danna Paola, Ana Serradilla, Jesse & Joy, Pepe Madero of Pxndx, Ricardo Flores “El Abulon”, Gilberto and CarlosofKinky, Habacuc, Omar Chaparro, Rodrigo and Billy of Motel, Los Claxons, Lino Nava, Alfonso Dosal, Le Baron, Luis Lauro, the band Lilyput, Naty Botero, Rey Pila, Hello Seahorse!, LosBunkers, Adanowsky, MTV Latin America’s Diego Alfaro, Yurem, General Director of Guerrilla Games and creator of the popular game series Killzone, Hermen Hulst and Christian Phillips, Director of SCE San Diego Studio, developers of titles such as the NBA and MLB game series, and “youtubers” Werevertumorro, Benshorts, La Galatzia, amongst others. Mexican band Vicente Gayo were the house DJs, filling the night with tunes in their peculiar “circuit bending” style, which creates music through a mash-up of electronic sounds, guitar effects, toys, synthesizers and circuits from videogame consoles.

Below is a complete list of winners at the 2011 MTV Game Awards:

Game of the Year
KillZone 3  

Best Game for Sharing Your World
Little Big Planet 2  

Best Game to Shake Your Body To  
Sports Champions

Best Rivalry  
Mortal Kombat

Best Latino Participation in a Game
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Best Song in a Game    
FIFA Soccer 11

Classic of Classics  
FIFA Soccer 2011    

Most Realistic Game  
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Best Game for Pulling the Trigger  
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Most Anticipated Game  
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3    

Best Weapon of Mass Destruction  
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Playstation® Most Unexpected Player Award
Aaron Martinez Rivera (Mexico) – 3 years old

Legend Award
Shingo “Seabass” Takatsuka, Creator de PRO Evolution Soccer

The first-ever MTV Game Awards in Latin America is a unique and exciting event that fuses a gamers’ conference with an awards show. Since its launch, MTV has created musical events and awards shows that have established new standards across various industries. Currently, the brand produces a total of 19 local productions each year around the world including: Germany, India, the United States, Mexico, Japan, and Russia, amongst others.

The MTV Game Awards will air on MTV Latin America
Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 6pm Mex/Arg/Col
And in the US on Tr3s, December 2, 2011 at 10pm (EST)

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Leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White in Intensive Care

Leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White in Intensive Care

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The founder of a Cuban dissident group, the Ladies in White, was hospitalized for acute respiratory problems and was in intensive care Saturday, her associates said.

Laura Pollan went to a hospital Friday and was in serious but stable condition the following morning, said Bertha Soler, another member of the group.

The 63-year-old founder began her group in 2003 with 75 family members and friends of leaders who were arrested that year and sentenced to long prison terms. Among those arrested was Pollan’s husband, Hector Maseda, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The last of those jailed in the 2003 crackdown have been released over the past year under a deal brokered by the Roman Catholic Church, but the Ladies in White have continued to raise awareness of lesser-known prisoners.

Read more at CBS News →

On Train Ride North, Hungry Migrants Grab Sustenance From Mexican Women

On Train Ride North, Hungry Migrants Grab Sustenance From Mexican Women

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The horn sounds and the ground rumbles, setting off a mad dash by a group of women armed with food and drink for the hundreds of hungry migrants riding atop “the train of the flies.”

Once at the nearby railway line, the women and several helpers assume positions along the tracks, holding out sacks containing lunches and bottles of soft drinks tied to long strings to reach the migrants’ outstretched arms as the train passes in a blur.

The scene plays out daily in La Patrona, where a group of 14 women have fed an ever-growing number of hungry Central American migrants for more than a decade, despite scant resources, trouble with the authorities and negative local attitudes.

The women never take a day off—“Not even for Christmas,” says Norma Romero, coordinator of the group known as Las Patronas. The name is drawn from their community of cane and coffee farmers in Veracruz state and refers to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Las Patronas worked for years in anonymity but have gained international attention, reflecting an awareness of the hardships faced by northbound migrants transiting Mexico who have been kidnapped and preyed upon in large numbers over the past four years.

Romero downplays the attention.

“The migrants are the famous people. They’re confronting the obstacles,” she said. “We’re here to accompany them.”

Las Patronas work with the Mexican bishops’ human mobility ministry and sometimes accompany migrants by more than just providing food—such as helping those who fall from the trains and lose limbs.

They also give talks in private universities, which now take up collections to provide staples such as rice, beans and cooking oil.

The speaking trips into big centers such as Puebla and Mexico City are bit much for some of the ladies.

“We’re simple farm folk,” Romero said, but she added, “We’re making people more conscious of migration.”

Las Patronas began helping migrants in 1995, when several of Romero’s sisters provided milk and bread to hungry migrants asking for assistance.

They had spotted migrants riding atop the trains rolling through La Patrona, 185 miles southeast of Mexico City. But Romero says most people thought the migrants were just joyriders, hopping the trains on a lark.

“I didn’t know a thing about Central America or what’s below us,” Romero said.

Las Patronas learned soon enough about the migrants and began preparing bagged lunches for those riding the rails. Soon enough, word spread. The trains would slow sometimes slow while passing La Patrona. Migrants, meanwhile, were told by those going before them to watch for the nearby sugar mill.

Finding food for the migrants was difficult at times, Norma said. The ladies even picked mangos when resources were scant. They knocked on doors, asking for donations.

Equally difficult were the authorities: Romero says Las Patronas began working at a time when helping migrants was a crime. She recalled a local doctor refusing care to a sick migrant, saying he would be breaking the law.

Mexico has since approved a new migration law, decriminalizing actions in support of those in the country without the legal documents.

Confronting local attitudes presented another challenge. Las Patronas once had nearly 25 members, but many women quit because their husbands disapproved.

“Why are feeding these scoundrels,” Bernarda Romero, Norma’s sister, recalled some locals saying.

But a core group of ladies persisted, despite the opposition and lack of resources.

“We decided we’re going to do what we can, with what little we have,” Bernarda Romero said.

Las Patronas now have some resources, which come through donations, but they still dedicate much of their time to preparing meals for migrants.

They begin each day early with a run to fetch baked goods donated by a local supermarket in the nearby city of Cordoba. Meanwhile, some begin cooking big pots of rice and beans over an open flame on a property owned by Romero’s family, close to the rail line. Other items prepared for the migrants include eggs cooked with vegetables.

The women say sometimes the meals are the only nourishment many receive while riding a lengthy northbound leg of their journey between Tierra Blanca in southern Veracruz state and Lecheria, a rail yard on the north side of Mexico City.

During a recent visit, the train came early, meaning Las Patronas gave away bags full of pastries and bread, along with a wheelbarrow full of soft drinks.

After returning from the tracks, the women began preparing for the next the next train’s arrival, when the beans, rice and eggs would be given away.

Being able to offer such a bounty was unthinkable 15 years ago, said Bernarda Romero.

“When we started, we never thought it would become like this,” she said. “Thanks to God, the seed we planted is beginning to grow.”

Read more at Catholic News Service →

Mexico Now Dominated by Two Powerful Cartels

Mexico Now Dominated by Two Powerful Cartels

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Five years and more than 35,000 deaths into Mexico’s bloody drug war, two cartels have emerged as the dominant force in narcotics and the two are poised to slug it out in a dangerous battle for control; the Mexican governmen’s crackdown on the drug cartels has left many gangs splintered and operationally less effective without their leaders; in the ensuing power vacuum, the Zetas and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel have stepped up as the two leading gangs.

“Sinaloa has done well by flying under the radar. They’re comparatively less violent, though they’re no saints,” said Andrew Selee, director of the Washington-based Mexico Institute. “The Zetas have certainly gotten bigger since they split with the Gulf, but whether that will amount to a long-term ability to control and defend the territories where they have a presence is a little less clear. In reality, they’re much thinner, where Sinaloa is hierarchical and compact.”

Read more at Homeland Security Newswire →

Latin America has Highest Rates of Intentional Homicide, Reports UNDOC

Latin America has Highest Rates of Intentional Homicide, Reports UNDOC

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UNODC ( United nations Office on Drugs and Crimes) has released its first Global Study on Homicide, which shows that young men, particularly in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, are at greatest risk of falling victim to intentional homicide but that women are at greatest risk of murder owing to domestic violence. There is evidence of rising homicide rates in Central America and the Caribbean, which are “near crisis point”, according to the Study.

Firearms are behind rising murder rates in those regions, where almost three quarters of all homicides are committed with guns, compared to 21 per cent in Europe. Men face a much higher risk of violent death (11.9 per 100,000 persons) than women (2.6 per 100,000 persons), although there are variations between countries and regions. In countries with high murder rates, especially involving firearms, such as in Central America, 2 per cent of males aged 20 will be killed before they reach the age of 31 - a rate several hundred times higher than that in some parts of Asia.

Worldwide, 468,000 homicides occurred in 2010. Some 36 per cent of all homicides take place Africa, 31 per cent in the Americas, 27 per cent in Asia, 5 per cent in Europe and 1 per cent in Oceania.

Link Between Crime And Development

The Study also establishes a clear link between crime and development: countries with wide income disparities are four times more likely to be afflicted by violent crime than more equitable societies. Conversely, economic growth seems to stem that tide, as the past 15 years in South America have shown.
High levels of crime are both a major cause and a result of poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment. Crime drives away business, erodes human capital and destabilizes society. Targeted actions are needed. “To achieve the Millennium Development Goals, crime prevention policies should be combined with economic and social development and democratic governance based on the rule of law,” says UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

According to the Study, sudden dips in the economy can drive up homicide rates. In selected countries, more murders occurred during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, coinciding with declining gross domestic product (GDP), a higher consumer price index and greater unemployment.

Firearms, Youth Crime And Organized Crime

In 2010, 42 per cent of homicides were committed using firearms (74 per cent in the Americas and 21 per cent in Europe). Gun crime is driving violent crime in Central America and the Caribbean, the only region where the evidence points to rising homicide rates. “It is crucial that measures to prevent crime should include policies aimed at the ratification and implementation of the Firearms Protocol”, said Mr. Fedotov, referring to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. He added that adoption of the Protocol’s provisions could help to prevent the diversion of firearms, which fuels violence and increases the number of homicides.
Organized crime, especially drug trafficking, accounted for a quarter of deaths caused by firearms in the Americas, but only some 5 per cent of homicides in Asia and Europe (based on available data). That does not mean, however, that organized crime groups are not active in those two regions, but rather that they may be operating in ways that do not involve lethal violence to the same extent.

Crime and violence are strongly associated with large youth populations, especially in developing countries. While 6.9 persons per 100,000 are killed globally each year, the rate among young males is three times higher (21.1 per 100,000 persons). Young men are more likely to own weapons, engage in street crime, take part in gang warfare and commit drug-related offences. The number of homicides committed in cities may be three times higher than in less populated areas.

Gender Dimensions Of Violent Crime

Globally, some 80 per cent of victims and perpetrators of homicide are men. However, whereas men are likelier to be killed in a public place, female victims are murdered mainly at home, as is the case in Europe, where half of all female victims were killed by a family member. The overwhelming majority of victims of violence committed by partners and family members are women. In Europe, for example, women accounted for almost 80 per cent of the total number of persons killed by a current or former partner in 2008.

Additional information:
Full report: Global Study on Homicide

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Bullfighter Survives Horrific Face Gorging- (VIDEO)

Bullfighter Survives Horrific Face Gorging- (VIDEO)

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Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla is recovering from a five-hour operation to repair his face after a terrifying goring in the northeastern city of Zaragoza, the hospital that treated him said Saturday.

This afternoon at the Fiestas del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain, matador Juan José Padilla went up against a bull named Marquis. Padilla loses his footing, and while prone, Marquis gores him under the left ear, with the tip of the horn emerging from Padilla’s eye socket.

Surgeons used titanium plates and mesh to reconstruct parts of Padilla’s facial bone structure and eye socket, doctors Simon Sanz and Nadal Cristobal said in a very detailed, signed statement.

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AL Immigration Law Backers Dismiss Toll on State, Push for AL “Solution” Nationwide

AL Immigration Law Backers Dismiss Toll on State, Push for AL “Solution” Nationwide

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As news continues to highlight the devastation incurred by Alabama in the wake of its “Arizona on steroids” anti-immigration law, new comments by a leading anti-immigration advocate underscore an important point.  In their obsession with “illegal” immigration, the anti-immigrant forces and the mostly Republican backers of laws advancing their mass-deportation agenda are well-aware and seem quite comfortable with the range of negative effects wrought by such measures.  As we’re seeing this week, these negative effects extend far beyond the targeted undocumented immigrant population and reach young school children, business owners and farmers, state taxpayers, legal immigrants, and the state’s reputation.

In a post on National Review’s blog, “The Corner,” Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reacted to a story in the New York Times that highlighted the devastation this law is already having on one Alabama town by exclaiming “that’s the point.”  Wrote Krikorian, “It’s obviously presented as a terrible thing, but this is exactly the point of such measures — attrition through enforcement.”

As we’ve noted in the past, “attrition through enforcement” is just another way of saying “mass-deportation,” or, “kick ‘em all out.”

As a new Associated Press piece highlights, but Krikorian and others fail to admit, laws designed to kick out undocumented immigrants don’t end there.  They also drive out legal immigrants who no longer feel welcome in the state, destroy agriculture and other labor-intensive industries, and harm a state’s reputation.  As the AP piece notes, the new law in Alabama “may be backfiring.  Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away many legal immigrant workers who work in construction and on farms doing backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won’t.  The vacancies have created a void that will surely deal a blow to the state’s economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.  Employers believe they can carry on because of the dismal economy, but when things do turn around, they worry there won’t be anyone around to hire. Many legal Hispanic workers are fleeing the state because their family and friends don’t have the proper papers and they fear they will be jailed.”

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: “Anti-immigration activists applauding the devastation and turmoil that Latino families in Alabama are experiencing today due to the state’s anti-immigration law have no shame.  We’re talking about school children and fathers and mothers who are just trying to make a living.  We’re talking about farmers who are just trying to get their crops picked.  This law is Armageddon on Alabama communities, and restrictionists like Mark Krikorian are cheering its effects.  They’re also pushing to bring their dark vision for America to all fifty states.  America has to stand up to their restrictionist vision for immigration policy; we are better than this.” 

Read more at Americas Voice Online →

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on September Employment Numbers

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on September Employment Numbers

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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement on the September 2011 Employment Situation report released today:

“Our nation’s labor market posted growth in the month of September. Nonfarm payroll employment added 137,000 private sector jobs, exceeding expectations, and total nonfarm payroll jobs grew by 103,000. Additionally, the reported July and August jobs numbers were revised significantly upward, meaning that we added 99,000 more jobs during those two months than previously was reported. The unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent.

“I am encouraged by much of the recent data we’re seeing, but we know more must be done to speed our recovery. Second quarter gross domestic product growth was revised up, building permits were up, industrial production was up, export growth was up, consumer confidence was up, and personal spending was up. What this shows is that our economy responds positively when Washington curtails the public bickering and pledges to work together to solve the jobs crisis. If we want these trends to continue, our lawmakers must now match their words with votes.

“We’ve now created 2.6 million jobs over 19 consecutive months of private sector growth. The policies this administration has pursued have added jobs back into the economy, but we need them to work faster and on an even bigger scale. We know what works: cutting payroll taxes for workers and businesses, extending unemployment insurance benefits and making smart investments in the American worker. Now is not the time to abandon these proven pro-growth policies.

“In September, we saw 34,000 local government workers lose their jobs, including 24,000 teachers and other education professionals. The American Jobs Act will stop these losses and give municipalities the support they need to put our educators back in the classroom. Giving our youth a first-class education is critical to our long-term success in the global economy.

“Independent forecasters estimate that the American Jobs Act will create as many as 1.9 million jobs and increase economic growth by as much as two percentage points, if enacted. That’s more than 150,000 additional jobs a month. It’s crucial that this bill gets an up-or-down vote in both the House and Senate. If leaders in Congress refuse to put the bill to a vote, respected forecasters believe we will see lackluster GDP and job growth in 2012.  Inaction is not a responsible option for any lawmaker who is serious about putting this country back to work.”

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov.  The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. 

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