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SaturdayMarch 10, 2012

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Colombia to Spend $46 Million to Improve Educational Quality

Colombia to Spend $46 Million to Improve Educational Quality

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $46 million to reduce educational lags and inequities and improve coverage in Colombia.

The new program, which will be carried out by Colombia’s Ministry of Education, will modernize management of educational institutions, implement programs of citizenship skills in basic education, and modernize the provision of technical and technological education.

“With this program, the IDB is supporting the Colombian government in its efforts to improve both coverage and quality in education, with a strong emphasis on equity,” said Hugo Ñopo, IDB project team leader.

The project aims to help 4,200 educational institutions manage their resources using administrative and financial systems to improve operational efficiency. Through the program, more than a thousand educational institutions will improve the capacity of citizens to work more effectively in society. In addition, the program will provide some 60,000 new students with access to professional technical education and technology to help improve their employability.

The program will introduce mechanisms to make funds available to local jurisdictions on a competitive basis, focusing on municipalities identified by the Colombian government as having unmet basic needs.

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Mexico’s LatAm unveils first fleet of hybrid buses

Mexico’s LatAm unveils first fleet of hybrid buses

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The Mexico City government has unveiled a fleet of eight diesel-electric hybrid buses that will be the first to hit the roads in Latin America.

The new buses have a system that combines an internal combustion engine and an electric motor and are to be used on the Mexico City Metrobus system‘s new Line 4, which will link the capital’s downtown with the international airport, the government said in a statement.

Metrobus director Guillermo Calderon presented the buses this month at Mexico City’s Expo Foro 2012, an event in which manufacturers and distributors of buses and commercial vehicles showcased their latest innovations and exchanged information and experiences.

The hybrid propulsion system makes the buses more efficient, enabling them to use 30 percent less fuel and therefore emit fewer pollutants, the statement said.

Compared with buses currently in operation, these vehicles will emit 50 percent less carbon dioxide, 60 percent less nitrogen oxide and 80 percent less particulate matter, it added.

Line 4’s 46 non-hybrid buses, which have been awarded the highest environmental certifications on the market, will run on UBA (Ultra-Low-Sulfur) diesel.

The municipal government said the use of more environmentally friendly public-transport vehicles will reduce emissions of the pollutants that damage historical buildings and monuments.

The launch of Metrobus’ Line 4 also will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 110,000 tons annually, the statement said.

In another initiative to improve air quality in Mexico City, a highly polluted metropolis that is home to some 20 million people, the emblematic Volkswagen “Bug” taxis that have transported millions of people in the capital for decades will be taken off the roads later this year.

The popular Bugs, known as “vochos” in Mexico, “will be taken out of service for being highly polluting and because their lifespan has run out,” Mexico City’s taxi services director, Victor Ramirez, told Efe earlier this month.

He said over the past few years the iconic taxes have gradually been replaced by more modern vehicles and now just 3,500 VW Beetles need to be retired.

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Undocumented Migrants Will Change U.S., Mexican Priest Activists Says

Undocumented Migrants Will Change U.S., Mexican Priest Activists Says

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Undocumented immigrants will remake U.S. society and politics in the coming years, a Mexican priest who advocates on behalf of Central American migrants said.

“They are becoming a hidden, silent revolution that will re-build the United States and transform it into a true democracy,” the Rev. Alejandro Solalinde told Efe at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which is screening a documentary about the priest’s migrant shelter in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

U.S. authorities estimate the number of undocumented immigrants in the country at around 12 million.

The growing northbound flow of Central Americans fleeing poor economic prospects in their homelands “has demonstrated the failures” of public institutions in both Mexico and the United States, he said.

He also criticized the Catholic Church for what he described as indifference to the plight of the migrants.

Despite death threats from gangsters and harassment by authorities who would like to close the priest’s Casa del Migrante shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Solalinde said he has no fear of dying and that he has taken the legal steps “to leave everything in order” if he should be killed.

The documentary “El albergue” (The Shelter) shows Solalinde providing food, lodging and advice to Central American migrants who undertake the arduous journey across Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States and realizing the “American Dream.”

Casa del Migrante lies on key smuggling routes used by traffickers of drugs, guns and human beings, Solalinde told Efe, and the film illustrates the abuses migrants suffer at the hands of organized crime, often with the complicity of Mexican authorities.

The documentary also highlights the “double standards” of Mexico’s government, according to the film’s director, Alejandra Islas.

While Mexico demands respect for its citizens in the United States, it allows Central American migrants to be brutalized on its territory, she said.

At least 11,333 migrants, the majority of them from Central America, were kidnapped in Mexico between April and September 2010, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission said in a report released about a year ago.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans and 400,000 Mexicans undertake the dangerous trek across Mexico each year on their way to the United States

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50 year old remains of 167 bodies found in Mexican cave

50 year old remains of 167 bodies found in Mexican cave

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Mexican authorities have found 167 human skeletons from about 50 years ago in a cave in the southeastern state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, prosecutors said.

The Chiapas state Attorney General’s Office said in a communique that in some cases “the skulls are complete while in others they are fractured, but all are very fragile and break easily when touched.”

The cave is on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua ranch in the Frontera Comalapa municipality, some 350 kilometers (215 miles) from the Chiapas capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Experts “are doing studies to determine the sex, age and causes of death of each one,” the state AG’s office said.

Taking part in the work of removing the skeletons from the cave and investigating them are personnel from the federal Attorney General’s Office, the Public Safety Secretariat and the Mexican army.

The communique said that no hypothesis has yet been ruled out.

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9500 Liberty - Watch Award Winning Immigrant Documentary Now on Snagfilms.com

9500 Liberty - Watch Award Winning Immigrant Documentary Now on Snagfilms.com

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In an effort to protect immigrant rights, we want to bring your attention to an award-winning film that is now free to watch and share on SnagFilms.com.

9500 Liberty documents the first time in United States’ history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented. For eight weeks, Prince William County, Virginia adopted a law requiring the police to question people who appeared to be undocumented immigrants. When the local economy was hit hard by the sudden exodus of workers, consumers and business owners, even vocal supporters of the law began to reconsider the effectiveness of such a policy.

If this critical film is in line with the work you’re doing, I’d love to discuss the ways in which you can share it with your audience for free. Please help us inform the debate about immigration reform, especially as this election season heats up, and spread the word about the hard lessons learned in Prince William County, Virginia.

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Awards: 2009 Best Documentary, Charlotte Film Festival; 2009 Best Documentary, St. Louis International Film Festival; 2010 Breakthrough Filmmakers Award, Phoenix Film Festival

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Occupy Chicago Movement will join young immigrants in march

Occupy Chicago Movement will join young immigrants in march

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The ‘Occupy Chicago’ movement, in association with its sister organization ‘Occupy the Barrio’ announced its participation in the national march for young immigrants of America called ‘Out from the Shadows’.

The ‘Out from the Shadows’ march will start the campaign for an American dream for youth to step out from the shadows and stand in solidarity without fear of their immigration status according to recent reports.

The outraged Chicagoans will join the movement created by the Immigrant Youth League for Justice (IYLJ) in downtown Chicago two years ago in defense of the Dream Act

The IYLJ was founded and directed by Tania Unzueta, one of the first students who openly declared she was illegal. This year they carry the motto “without papers, without fear’.

Both groups are expected to have demonstrations outside the offices of Bank of America and Wells Fargo, who were accused of being investors in a company that manages ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Other youth will protest in Daley Plaza, and in other places of downtown Chicago throughout the week.

The movement has gained support in other states to further express the openness of immigrant youth declaring their status. Nicholas Gonzalez, a young immigrant from Chicago, is also planning a walk of eight months through a variety of cities as part of the campaign.

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Gunman Robs Doctors Mid-Surgery at Venezuelan Hospital Making Off With $, Watches and Phones

Gunman Robs Doctors Mid-Surgery at Venezuelan Hospital Making Off  With $, Watches and Phones

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An individual robbed a surgeon and his staff at gunpoint during a procedure being performed in the operating theater of a hospital in the central Venezuelan city of Maracay, making off with watches, cell phones and money, officials at the institution said.

The robber, pretending to be a patient, broke into the operating theater Thursday at Red Cross headquarters in Aragua, the head of the institution in that state, Juan Mario Gualano, told Efe.

“He (the robber) suddenly took out a gun, burst into the operating room and demanded the submission of the medical staff doing surgery on a patient,” Gualano said, describing the incident as “a really crazy thing.”

The assailant grabbed cell phones, watches and cash from the operating theater staff, who never interrupted the surgery.

“The patient is in stable condition, but imagine the crisis it put our medical personnel in, having to continue operating while being assaulted,” the official said.

Gualano added that, according to patients’ accounts, the individual talked on the phone with another person just before pulling out his gun, with which he also threatened patients in the ward and their relatives in the waiting room.

He said the assailant got away on a motorcycle and regretted that this was the second such incident here, after the one last year when his own son was hit with four bullets during an assault.

“Crime is out of control,” Gualano said.

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Grenade attack in Monterrey, Mexico leaves 2 dead

Grenade attack in Monterrey, Mexico leaves 2 dead

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On Friday gunmen attacked a local bar with a grenade near the area west of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, leaving two people dead according to recent reports from the police and the press.

That attack was said to have occurred at 7:30 p.m. at the bar named ‘Woman”, which is located on Lincoln Avenue near the intersection with Calle Rangel. Two people died and one was wounded at the site of the attack after a grenade was thrown into the entertainment center of the bar.

State Public safety as well as ministerial and military agents set up a operation to further investigate the violent incident. A number of the cities staff also supported by diverting the traffic on Lincoln Avenue away from the site.

Soon after, staff from the Monterrey Green cross arrived and moved the injured victim to the hospital in town, and there has yet to be news on his condition. The dead persons were said to be a waiter of the bar and a customer. The incident might have been linked to the growing narco violence in Monterrey, but there is no news update of supposed suspects

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‘Lost’ Showrunner Carlton Cuse to Work on A&E’s ‘Psycho’ Prequel ‘Bates Motel’

‘Lost’ Showrunner Carlton Cuse to Work on A&E’s ‘Psycho’ Prequel ‘Bates Motel’

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Carlton Cuse, best known as the showrunner for ABC’s hit series Lost with Damon Lindelof, has been hired to work on The Bates Motel, a series under development for A&E that will act as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cuse will act as an executive producer and will oversee writing and production. Friday Night Light’s Kerry Ehrin will co-executive produce and write on the series.

Collider reports that A&E’s initial plan for the series includes a six-episode run as an “event” series. If those episodes are as successful as A&E hopes, the six episodes will lead to full seasons. A&E is describing the series as an attempt to tell the story of how young Norman Bates, who was played by Anthony Perkins in Psycho, was twisted by his deranged mother and lover, “...eventually turning him into a serial killer.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that A&E sees it as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.

This is the second project in the works that is based on Hitchcock’s classic horror film. Last week, it was reported that Fox Searchlight is working on a film about the making of Psycho, which will star Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Scarlett Johansson as actress Janet Leigh.

While Lindelo has gone on to co-write films like Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens and Prometheus since Lost ended, Cuse’s projects have remained under wraps. He is working on other television and film projects, including an untitled Hugh Jackman film that Shawn Levy is directing.

A&E first talked about The Bates Motel at the Television Critics Association press event in January.

Carlton Cuse was born in Mexico City, Mexico on March 22, 1959.

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“I’m Getting Arrested” App Aims to Help the Undocumented

“I’m Getting Arrested” App Aims to Help the Undocumented

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A group of pro-immigrant rights activists in Arizona aim to develop a smartphone application that would help immigrants notify friends, family and their attorney if they are detained and arrested during a traffic stop.

Arizona was the first state to pass a law to make it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant (SB 1070), leading to an increased crackdown and climate of fear among immigrants. A recent Department of Justice investigation on racial profiling of Latinos by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office found that Latinos were four to nine times more likely to be pulled over in a traffic stop than non-Latinos.

“When someone gets pulled over the first thing to worry about is the family,” said Lydia Guzman, the president of the nonprofit Respect/Respeto.

For years, the nonprofit’s emergency hotline has monitored cases of possible civil rights violations against Latinos by local law enforcement, provided information about rights, and tracked down missing family members in immigration custody after undocumented drivers are detained.

“It’s difficult. We try to get all of this information from them to reach their family, while at the same time we’re trying to advise them about their rights,” she said.

It was Guzman’s experience with Respect/Respeto and the increased crackdown on undocumented immigrants by local police using state laws that inspired her friend Todd Landfried, a spokesperson for Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, to come up with an idea for a smartphone app that could do what the group does and more.

The app will allow users to notify family, friends, attorneys and even their consulate when they get pulled over by law enforcement or when they are facing an emergency situation that puts their safety or civil rights at risk.

With the touch of a button, Landfried says, the “Emergency Alert and Personal Protection” app will send a pre-set list of people information about the person’s location using GPS technology and date and time of the incident. The app will also have an option to record audio and video, which is a common function on most mobile phones, but it will take it a step further by sending the audio and video to a “web interface” where the data can be stored and accessed by lawyers, for example.

It will also inform them, in English and Spanish, of their civil rights if they are arrested during a traffic stop; for example, reminding them that they have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present during questioning.

Guzman says the app could help people make split-second decisions at a crucial moment about who to call and how to get help. She says it would also provide immigrant advocates a starting point to search for undocumented immigrants once they are in the detention system – a search that can sometimes take days.

In order to take the app from idea to reality, Landfried and Guzman recently launched a 30-day crowdfunding campaign to support the development of the app. If they reach their goal of raising $225,000, they will work with a software developer to have the app ready by July. Donors would get the app, which will cost about $2, for free.

The app is similar to the “I’m Getting Arrested” app that launched in response to the arrests of protestors involved in the Occupy movement. Landfried and Guzman say their app would be designed to specifically address the situation of undocumented immigrants pulled over in traffic stops. They say it would consolidate functions on the phone to allow users to document, store and send photos, audio and video to web interface that can be used to document racial profiling or violations of civil liberties.

Landfried says he believes Latinos are well-positioned to make use of such an app based on recent trends of Latinos’ usage of smartphones.

According to a 2010 Nielsen Company report, 45 percent of Hispanic mobile users have a smartphone compared to just over a quarter of white mobile users.

Landfried and Guzman say they hope the app can be a tool for tracking statistics of potential instances of racial profiling.

“Keeping in mind you have to protect the attorney-client privilege,” Landfried said. “If data was made anonymous, we can track how many times people hit the button for traffic stops and they can fill in later what the outcome was.”

“This is about protecting people. Everybody has rights, whether you like it or not,” he said.

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Prince Harry is Brazil’s Prince of Sports

Prince Harry is Brazil’s Prince of Sports

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In his tour of Central and South America, Prince Harry has attracted the attention of many of the locals in the popular party city of Rio de Janeiro.

Harry has been involved in a lot of sports since arriving on the beaches of Flamengo Beach where he was seen playing some volleyball and touch rugby with the locals. He also took part in a foot race where he wore a paper mask that had his brother Prince William’s face printed on it.

Harry has been in Brazil for total of three days to help in encouraging the country to do business with Great Britain. While Harry has been involved in a lot of sport related activities, he has yet to show off his dance moves.

Harry, however, said in a statement to the press “Everything about Rio make you want to dance”.

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1,000 Mexican Artworks Digitally Documented in Germany, Austria

1,000 Mexican Artworks Digitally Documented in Germany, Austria

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More than 1,000 Mexican artworks, some dating from pre-Columbian times and which were sent to Germany and Austria over the last four centuries, have been documented for the first time in a digital catalogue.

The compilation includes the Dresden Mayan Codex, acquired in the 17th century in Vienna, as well as various objects of feather-art, among them a purported plumed headdress of Moctezuma that “has absolutely no connection with the Aztec emperor,” researcher Miguel Gleason, who created the catalogue, told Efe.

The treasure of documented pieces extends from before the arrival of the Spanish up to the 19th century, and also includes works of modern and contemporary art, such as 116 copies of works by Frida Kahlo.

No place in the world has 126 works by Kahlo, which means these are replicas made in China that a German enthusiast acquired to open a museum in Baden-Baden where Frida Kahlo’s father was born, Gleason said.

“Obviously they’re all replicas, but of course seeing the oil paintings there is much better than not seeing anything at all or settling for seeing them in books,” he said.

The digital catalogue also includes a series of videos with interviews of specialists and people interested in the presence of Mexico in Austria and Germany.

Gleason, with the support of cultural authorities in Mexico, has carried out since 2003 an exhaustive search for Mexican artworks in Europe, and to date has found them in France, Britain, Italy, the Vatican, Germany and Austria.

In September of this year he will present a digital inventory called Mexico-Europe, which will comprise a total of 9,000 Mexican objects found by Gleason in the course of his 12 years of research.

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Miami Archdiocese Adds Charter Flights to Cuba for Papal Visit March 26-28

Miami Archdiocese Adds Charter Flights to Cuba for Papal Visit March 26-28

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Miami announced Friday that it has arranged for additional flights to Cuba for pilgrims who want to see Pope Benedict XVI during his March 26-28 visit to the island.

“Organized by Airline Brokers, additional flights are now available departing from Fort Lauderdale on March 24, and from Miami on March 25 and 27,” the archdiocese said in a news release.

The archdiocese expressed satisfaction last month after receiving 1,000 requests to reserve seats on flights to Cuba for the papal visit.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but we are happy with the positive response from the people, not only from the Cuban community, but from other Latino communities of Catholics from throughout the United States,” a spokesperson for the archdiocese told Efe.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski will depart from Miami for Santiago de Cuba on March 26, accompanied by more than 300 other pilgrims.

The 84-year-old pope is to arrive in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on March 26 and his visit coincides with the 2012 Jubilee Year to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image of the Virgin of Charity, the island’s patron saint.

Benedict XVI is scheduled to offer outdoor Masses in both Santiago and Havana

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Who is Behind the Lucha Libre Mask?  A Lawyer and a Computer Expert of Course!

Who is Behind the Lucha Libre  Mask?  A Lawyer and a Computer Expert of Course!

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A lawyer and an expert in computer systems are behind the masks of famous wrestlers who participate in a national tour that will allow immigrants to enjoy their sport idols, the legends born in Mexico .

“Masked Warriors Live” is the tour that will travel to more than a dozen major cities in the U.S. Fifteen fighters, 90 percent of them Mexicans, will rise to the ring proudly displaying the masks that characterize the sport, that was born at home 75 years ago.

Some of the best known fighters, Blue Demon , Lizmark Latin Lover, among others, will travel from Mexico, to participate in the tour, which according to “USA Wrestling”  is the first of this magnitude since the creation of the company, which promotes the kind of Mexican wrestling.

The list includes other well-known Mexican Super Nova, Little Halloween, The Oriental, Chavo Guerrero and LA Park, who for generations have been dedicated to wrestling.

The tour will begin on March 23 in Reno, Nevada, where he will move to California and Texas, and in every city will feature local fighters as guests, said Alex Abrahantes, USA Wrestling.
“70 percent of Latino families are attending, with parents, children and grandparents. It’s like a religion in Mexico and here in America we are bringing this tradition,” he said.
“The remaining 30% of fans are Americans who know the names and style of wrestling in Mexico,” he said, adding that the wrestling program that is transmitted through Tr3s MTV2 has many followers and is very popular in social networks.

Traditionally, wrestlers wear masks to hide their true face to create expectations among the public, including the legendary Blue Demon, who turns 27 this year.
“The mask is the most precious possession of a fighter, in that we base our mystique and our magic. People always want to know who is behind that mask,” which in one case is a computer systems specialist, a businessman who promotes Figure Blue Demon and philanthropist through his Blue Foundation, the famous wrestler told Efe who says he wears the mask 90% of the time.

“With the mask I am an anti-hero who fights for social welfare, for the triumph of the people who can not speak, I speak for them, but I’m a normal person with family obligations, which must contribute to their children,” he added.

Blue Demon, who inherited the blue and silver mask of his legendary father, was pleased to be part of an event that will allow many Mexicans and other Latinos whose legal status does not allow travel to their home countries, a chance to enjoy their favorite sport .

“It is aimed at all immigrants legal or not because I think the dream is pursued everywhere. What the person wants to see is something of their roots left behind, which they grew up with and want their children to know.  Something to share with his family and pass on the values, “said the 210 pound world champion.
He also said he is pleased with the growing support of the sport in the U.S.

“The United States invaded Mexico, and now we are invading this country with wrestling and although the audience we are addressing are Latinos, we have seen that they are not all are Hispanic,” which he attributes to “the school of Mexican wrestling has special charisma that appeals to many different cultures. “
Another professional behind the mask is Lizmark son, who graduated as a lawyer but has not practiced the profession.

“I am a second generation wrestler who has spent his life with his Dad and enjoying the sport. ” recalled Lizmark 38, who is devoted to wrestling and also wears a mask ‘that you inherit from your father and wear proudly. “

On this tour the wrestler will defend his title of heavyweight champion.
“I have great expectations of defending my championship,” he said and recalled that his father wanted him to go to college and not be dedicated to wrestling.
“I ended my legal career because wrestling has given me to live well. Also, I like fighting almost daily battles and traveling a lot,” he said.

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Protesters of Transmilenio Bus Network in Colombia Bring Traffic to a Stand-Still

Protesters of Transmilenio Bus Network in Colombia Bring Traffic to a Stand-Still

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Windows were shattered, traffic disrupted and some 30 people arrested here Friday amid protests by thousands of riders of the Colombian capital’s Transmilenio bus network.

“What began as a peaceful protest, with speeches and placards against the deficiencies that occur in Transmilenio, transformed little by little into acts of vandalism and a blockade against the system,” the Bogota city government said in a statement.

The demonstrations began during the morning rush hour, when hundreds of riders - mainly students - occupied bus stations and prevented the vehicles from leaving.

Disgruntled Transmilenio users went on to block several main thoroughfares in the capital.

Protesters complained of buses habitually running late at the busiest times of day, that fares are too high and the routes too limited and of the lack of alternative forms of mass transit.

Police said the situation was exploited by “misfits” who vandalized Transmilenio stations, stealing security cameras and money from the tills.

Around 1,200 police were deployed across Bogota to deal with the disturbances, officials said.

The city’s mayor, Gustavo Petro, said it is necessary “to renegotiate the conditions” of the service offered by Transmilenio, but criticized the people blockading stations for impeding that process.

To facilitate transport, Petro suspended Bogota’s alternate-day restrictions on driving for private vehicles.

In an incident possible related to the transit protests, a man was arrested after detonating two small explosive devices near Congress and the presidential palace.

The blasts caused no casualties or damage.

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The Latino/a Perspective on Our Reproductive Rights Sunday, March 11, 2012 4:30pm-6:00pm

The Latino/a Perspective on Our Reproductive Rights Sunday, March 11, 2012 4:30pm-6:00pm

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To RSVP, click here

To join webcast on March 11 at 4:30pm, click here

Webcast Panelists:

Amy Allina, National Women’s Health Network-
Sarah Audelo, Advocates for Youth
Kimberly Inez McGuire, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Lucy Panza, Center for American Progress
Meghan Smith, Catholics For Choice

Via Spreecast-video, conference participants will have the opportunity to interact with speakers face-to face to ask questions, provide their commentary and share their experience. Others can watch, chat, tweet, comment and participate by submitting questions to those on screen. Spreecasts will be recorded and accessible on the New Latino Movement website.

New Latino Voices (NLV), a project of the New Latino Movement, aims to provide Latinos with a platform to express our voices, opinions and commentaries on local and national issues. The New Latino Movement (NLM) mission as a volunteer-based network is to engage, train, empower and connect progressive Latinos through online and on-the-ground strategies. Our network spans over 30 states and includes an outreach of nearly 5,000 people.


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Latino Group Joins Re-Enactment of Selma to Montgomery March

Latino Group Joins Re-Enactment of Selma to Montgomery March

Photo: Juan Velasquez, 24, came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old and recently graduated from Georgetown University. He, along with fellow members of LCLAA, will participate in the Selma to Montgomery March this week. (Salvador Guerrero/SHFWire)

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Thousands of people gather in Alabama each year to re-enact the Selma to Montgomery March that took place 47 years ago. This year protesters will have not just a memory but a new cause as they march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge.

Representatives from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Hispanic Federation, League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Council of La Raza held a rally here Wednesday to announce they would join the re-enactment of the civil rights march. They left after the rally for the 14-hour bus ride to Selma, Ala., to take part in the final two days of the Selma to Montgomery March re-enactment that started Sunday.

The 1965 march for voting rights ended in violence when peaceful protesters were attacked by local law enforcement using tear gas and clubs.

The Hispanic groups will march alongside civil rights leaders to demand the repeal of Alabama’s HB 56, an anti-illegal immigration bill.

“We’re fighting for the same issue that our brothers and sisters were fighting 47 years ago,” Hector Sanchez, executive director of LCLAA, said.

Juan Velasquez, 24, a recent foreign service and international politics graduate of Georgetown University and an intern for LCLAA, said joining the re-enactment of the march is a necessity to lend a voice to the workers who are affected by the law.

“This is really close to me because I am a DREAMer,” Velasquez said.” “It is important because it will highlight the plight of a segment of the population, that not only has been marginalized, but now it is demonized.”

The DREAM Act, which was defeated in Congress in 2010, would have allowed some immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to start a path to citizenship.

Brent A. Wilkes, left, LULAC; Roxana Olivas, D.C. Office of Latino Affairs; Hector Sanchez, of LCLAA; Margaret Moran, LULAC; Janet Murguia, NCLR, and Jose Calderon, Hispanic Federation, announce they will join the Selma to Montgomery March. (SHFWire photo)
Velasquez and his family came to the United States from Columbia when he was 14 years old. He recently was granted a deferment on deportation, which will allow him to stay in the United States for a limited time.

“Civil rights today means pushing back on laws like HB-56. It is important for us to recognize that the civil rights community has embraced our immigrant brothers and sisters,” Janet Murguia, NCLR president, said. “They have understood that this represents a fundamental setback for all Americans.”

Murguia joined civil rights leaders the Rev. Al Sharpton, Ethel Kennedy, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and many others Sunday as they took part in the first day of the re-enactment.

Murguia said it was an important day in the fight against inequality.

“It shows the intersection of injustice,” Velasquez, said. “It brings the community together, and it links the African American community with the Latino community to show that we’re battling the same oppression.”

Rene Dominguez, 22, of Mexico, is in the U.S. on a visa that allows him to intern temporarily for LULAC, said he has a certain understanding of the situation undocumented immigrants are going through.

“A lot of our brothers and family are living in the U.S., and I think the Latin American community should fight for the rights of people living here,” he said. “They have to be respected in their rights and in their opportunity.”

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SaturdayMarch 10, 2012