Archive for April 15th, 2008

Casa De Maryland

Surviving arson and attacks, CASA de Maryland?s Center for Employment and Training in Shady Grove achieves outstanding benefits for County?s work force.

What: 1st Anniversary of CASA de Maryland?s Center for

Employment and Training at Shady Grove

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: 16642 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD20855

Who: CASA officials and workers, Donors, County Officials, Faith

and Labor Leaders

Silver Spring, MD ? CASA de Maryland will celebrate the first anniversary of the Center for Employment and Training at Shady Grove. Conceived as a joint effort of CASA de Maryland, Montgomery County, the faith community, and private founders, the Center has provided an enlightened solution for day laborers, the surrounding communities, employers, and county agencies by providing temporary and permanent employment, English classes, HIV prevention education, labor, civil and legal rights programs, and vocational trainings.

In one year, the center placed workers in over 6,240 day and temporary jobs, and moved 49 workers into permanent full-time jobs. The Center brought in 946 new employers, and had over 2,000 visits from returning employers. Furthering the mission of the center, workers distributed almost 23,000 fliers. The ESOL program registered 95 students. More than 500 day labors attended 14 presentation on labor and civil rights.

Support for the center arose out of community and worker concerns about an informal hiring site in nearby Gaithersburg. Neighbors sought to have the work-seeking activities moved to another location while workers were plagued by high levels of wage theft encouraged by an informal contracting process. Day laborers reported feeling targeted by actions including someone pouring old engine oil on the curb on which they sat, people hurling garbage and insults out their cars, and menacing surveillance by the Minutemen. Although the Shady Grove site has experienced in own spat of attacks, most particularly a still unresolved arson the night before the center opened, its operations have been largely peaceful. Literally born in flames, the Center for Employment and Training at Shady Grove has become a flagship of a well managed center that brings to the table the day laborers, employers, community members, advocacy groups and government, to deliver services and training with a high success rate.

?The Center for Employment and Training at Shady Grove is a great example of moving beyond the rhetoric to create partnership-based intelligent solutions? said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA de Maryland. ?We work with the surrounding community to create a stronger economic base for all the county?s residents? said Torres.

The center is a true public-private partnership, funded by Montgomery County, individual donors, congregations, and foundations. It?s administrated by CASA de Maryland, the largest Latino and immigrant service and advocacy group in Maryland, as well the administrator of the second largest ESOL program in Montgomery County. CASA de Maryland operates similar centers in Wheaton, Silver Spring, and Baltimore, and will be opening a new center i

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The Washington Post

PARIS (Reuters) - French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of “inciting racial hatred” over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers.

Prosecutors asked that the Paris court hand the 73-year-old former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her 15,000 euros ($23,760) for saying the Muslim community was “destroying our country and imposing its acts.”

Since retiring from the film industry in the 1970s, Bardot has become a prominent animal rights activist but she has also courted controversy by denouncing Muslim traditions and immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.

She has been fined four times for inciting racial hatred since 1997, at first 1,500 euros and most recently 5,000.

Prosecutor Anne de Fontette told the court she was seeking a tougher sentence than usual, adding: “I am a little tired of prosecuting Mrs Bardot.”

Bardot did not attend the trial because she said she was physically unable to. The verdict is expected in several weeks.

French anti-racist groups complained last year about comments Bardot made about the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha in a letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy that was later published by her foundation.

Muslims traditionally mark Eid al-Adha by slaughtering a sheep or another animal to commemorate the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s orders.

France is home to 5 million Muslims, Europe’s largest Muslim community, making up 8 percent of France’s population.

“I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts,” the star of ‘And God created woman’ and ‘Contempt’ said.

Bardot has previously said France is being invaded by sheep-slaughtering Muslims and published a book attacking gays, immigrants and the unemployed, in which she also lamented the “Islamisation of France.”

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The Washington Post

Of all the notable details in Montgomery County’s latest murder trial — a telltale sandwich left in a Chevy Chase refrigerator, a smoldering body 18 miles away, a delusional suspect who claimed that the slain man’s watch was about to explode — perhaps nothing stands out more than this: Detectives might not have cracked the case without the help of an immigrant day laborer they know only as Sam.

The case illustrates precisely the type of cooperation that might be diminished if police are asked to step up enforcement of immigration laws, some law enforcement officials said. The trial ended this month with the conviction of a Honduran immigrant in the slaying of a carpenter who had hired him.

“Without the cooperation of that day laborer, that murder goes unsolved,” Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy said. “It’s that pure and simple.”

Many officials say that if police increase enforcement of immigration laws, it will boost public safety overall. But law enforcement leaders in Montgomery and parts of Northern Virginia aren’t so sure, fearing that it might intimidate witnesses and victims. The departments are attempting to assure immigrants that cooperating with police will not lead to deportation.

A recent public-service announcement on cable television in Montgomery featured Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and Jaime Moreno, a native of Bolivia who plays for Washington’s professional soccer team, D.C. United.

“Don’t be afraid to call police!” they say in unison.

In Prince William County, an ordinance that took effect last month requires police to check the residency status of crime suspects, even those detained for traffic offenses, if officers think they might be in the country illegally.

Anecdotally, the policy appears to be making police work more challenging, said 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn, a county police spokeswoman. Several days ago, she said, officers had trouble identifying a body found in the woods because the dead man’s family would not cooperate, Chinn said.

Police Chief Charlie T. Deane, who last year warned that such a policy could have “a potential chilling effect,” has been speaking to community groups and through Spanish-language media, telling them that victims and witnesses will be protected regardless of their status.

Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Board of County Supervisors and a leading proponent of increasing police enforcement of immigration laws, acknowledged that some witnesses or victims might be hesitant to cooperate.

“It’s complicated and difficult,” he said, “but the benefits to public safety far outweigh the drawbacks. . . . Not all illegal immigrants come here just to work.”

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National Review
by Heather Mac Donald

Those of us who have documented the growing underclass culture among second- and third-generation Hispanic Americans have grown accustomed to being called bigoted ?xenophobes? by open-borders conservatives. For some reason, these same conservatives don?t object to anyone decrying the consequences of black illegitimacy rates, or the toll of black gang culture on community life. But point out the high Hispanic illegitimacy and school drop-out rates, or the march of ever-younger Hispanics into gangs, and you can be sure of being accused of ?anti-Hispanic cant? by people who work overtime to maintain the myth of the redemptive Hispanic.

The list of bigots just got longer. Add the Economist magazine to the group of entities and individuals who need scourging for their anti-Hispanic bias. In the March 19 issue, the magazine reports the ?bad news from California: The vaunted Latino family is coming to resemble the black family.? The magazine has the temerity to offer facts that are fighting words in some precincts of the right: ?Half of all Hispanic children were born out of wedlock last year.? ?The birth rate among unmarried Latinas is now much higher than the rate among black or white women.? ?In 1995 the unmarried teenage birth rate for Latinas was 20% lower than the rate for blacks. It is now 12% higher.? ?More than half of all young Hispanic children in families headed by a single mother are living below the federal poverty line, compared with 21% being raised by a married couple.?

I have invited my critics to leave their think tanks and actually do some field research in heavily Hispanic schools. Were they to do so, they would discover that the stigma around teen pregnancy and single parenting has all but disappeared. The apologists for the Hispanic family would have to add to their growing list of anti-Hispanic bigots teens like Liliana, an American-born senior at Manual Arts High School near downtown Los Angeles. ?This year was the worst for pregnancies,? she told me in 2004. ?A lot of girls got abortions; some dropped out.? There?s no stigma attached to getting pregnant, Liliana reported. The myth-makers might also talk to teachers, who say that for many Hispanic male students, being a ?player? now includes fathering children out-of-wedlock.

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SignOnSanDiego

SAN DIEGO ? A Vista High School student was diagnosed with tuberculosis, prompting county health officials Monday to notify classmates, faculty and staff who may have been exposed.

School officials have notified about 120 students, teachers and staff that were potentially exposed to the disease between March 1-28, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

?Tuberculosis is in our community,? said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. ?Fortunately, it is curable. We want the public to be informed about TB, in hopes of keeping the disease from spreading.?

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss, according to the HHSA. Most people who are exposed to tuberculosis do not develop the disease.

There were 280 cases of tuberculosis reported in San Diego County in 2007, according to the HHSA. So far, there have been 46 cases of the disease reported locally this year.

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WRAL

Four Oaks, N.C. ? Police said a unlicensed driver was drunk and operating a stolen car when he struck and critically injured a 7-year-old boy in Johnston County Saturday evening.

The driver, Pollo Hernandez Rodriquez, appeared before a judge Monday, while doctors at Duke University Hospital declared Marcus Lassiter, 7, brain dead.

Rodriquez faces charges of felony hit and run, driving while impaired, driving without a license, driving a stolen car and causing serious injury with a motor vehicle.

“I think he was less than a human,” Marcus’ aunt, Mary Ann Cooley, said. “I think he should get the maximum punishment.”

Through an interpreter, the judge and an assistant district attorney spent explained the charges to Rodriquez. The judge kept the defendant’s bond at $1 million.

Relatives said Marcus? leg was broken, and he had brain damage. He was not breathing on his own Monday and remained on life support as doctors continued to perform tests, said family members, who remained at Marcus’ bedside.

If the boy dies, state troopers said they would bring more serious charges against Rodriquez. Authorities were working to determine his immigration status.

The arrest and charges against Rodriquez, though, has brought little comfort to the family grieving for Marcus, relatives said.

“He’s just a very sweet little, happy boy, full of energy,” Cooley said.

State troopers said Marcus was standing on the shoulder of Heath Road when he was struck. An adult had been watching Marcus and another young child play in the yard, his aunt said.

“He was on the edge of the yard, and the car came by going 60 in a 45, and the man was drunk,” Cooley said. “And he hit him, and he got out of the car, looked at everybody and ran.”

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SomoSunPueblo

EQUAL RESPECT / EQUAL PAY FOR EVERY WORKER
Legalization for All NOW !
Second Chance for All NOW !
Defend the Right to Organize
Fight for a Living Wage
Legalization for Elvira Arellano and Flor Crisostomo

PEACE BY JUSTICE, SECURITY BY RESPECT
End the War in Iraq, bring the Troops Home
Respect for the Self-Determination of Nations
Clean Up for Vieques
Replace Globalization with Nobilization

KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER
Stop the Separation of Families
Stop the Hate, Stop the Violence,
Stop the Guns, Stop the Drugs
Health Care for Every Family
Equal, Quality, Respectful Education
A Moratorium on Mortgage Foreclosures
Naturalize Foreign-Born Spouses of LGBT Couples
Refugee Rights for LGBT People Fleeing Persecution

FAIR TRADE MAKES FAIR BORDER,
Renegotiate NAFTA
Good Jobs on Both Sides of the Border

VOTE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT VOTE
Vote for the Children
Vote for those without papers
Vote for those in and out of prison

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AP

WASHINGTON - President Bush stepped up pressure Monday on Congress to approve a controversial free-trade pact with Colombia, saying the deal is “dead” unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi schedules a vote.

“This free trade agreement is in our national interests,” Bush said. “Yet that bill is dead unless the speaker schedules a definite vote. This was an unprecedented move. It’s not in our country’s interests that we stiff an ally like Colombia and that we don’t encourage our goods and services to be sold overseas.”

The administration insisted the deal would be good for the United States economically because it would eliminate high barriers that U.S. exports to Colombia now face, while most Colombian products are already entering the United States duty-free under existing trade preference laws.

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KTAR

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A Mexican man has been arrested in the deaths of two illegal immigrants who were killed when the vehicle they were in rolled over in southern Arizona.

Francisco Javier Morquecho-Valdez, 19, was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol shortly after authorities say he fled the scene of the Sunday crash.

Authorities say Morquecho admitted he was the driver of a pickup truck carrying 11 illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Some of the immigrants said they crossed into the U.S. near Naco, Ariz. on Sunday, walked north through the desert and were picked up by Morquecho.

One man said he was to pay $2,500 as a smuggling fee with the final destination of New York.

Morquecho faces a charge of transporting illegal aliens for profit resulting in death and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both if convicted.

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El Solde Tijuana

An aspiring illegal immigrant lost his life after being killed by a jet turbine after being told by a smuggler that after jumping the wall he would be in the U.S.

The incident took place on Sunday night at 2:45 a.m.. “Apparently this in not the first time that migrants have been told that jumping the Airport’s wall will lead them into the United States” said Enrique Valle Alvarez, the Airport Manager.

It looks like the jet air pushed the migrant into the air killing him on impact.

The Tijuana Airport has 12.5 Kilometers (aprox. 8 miles) or perimter walls placed there to prevent people from entering.

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