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When number 5 ranked LSU came to Lambeau Field to face off against unranked Wisconsin they figured they would have no problem running up the score before flying home. LSU was the team that was returning 18 starters from their 9-3 team a year ago; they were supposed to be one of the best teams in the nation, until they played Wisconsin. Wisconsin took care of business against Akron and Georgia State before taking the next step of their daunting schedule against Michigan State in Michigan. How does a 30-6 beat down of the number 8 ranked team sound? It sounds pretty good to me.

Wisconsin, now ranked number 8 in the nation will face off against number 4 ranked Michigan, again playing on their home turf in Ann Arbor. So after going 4-0 and defeating two top ten teams in the nation, the Badgers are 10.5 point underdogs against Michigan. Double-digit underdogs are something that the Badgers are used to being, but where is the respect from Vegas? What happens if they beat Michigan handily this weekend and then travel back to Wisconsin to face off against number 2 ranked Ohio State? Will Ohio State be double-digit favorites in that game as well? I would hope not since the game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium and Wisconsin will have three wins over top ten ranked teams if they can pull out the victory in Ann Arbor. Even more telling is the fact that two of the three wins will have come outside of the state of Wisconsin, and none at Camp Randall Stadium.

Alex Hornibrook, a redshirt freshman, took over for senior Bart Houston at quarterback last week against Michigan State and played better than anybody could have imagined. He went 16-26 for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The interception came at the end of the first half on a hail-mary play, so in reality Hornibrook avoided the drive-killing turnovers that plagued Houston. When Wisconsin plays a slow, methodical game based on clock control, turnovers are something that has to be avoided. Hornibrook continually proved that he should be the quarterback holding the ball for the rest of the season, and he did it against the stingy Michigan State defense.

Even better than Hornibrook has been the Badgers defense, led by senior Vince Biegel. The defense forced Michigan State into committing four turnovers, including three interceptions by lauded senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor. On the long fumble recovery, Leo Musso returned it for a 66 yard touchdown that would essentially put to end any doubts about who would win at the end.

Corey Clement continues to be the backbone of the Wisconsin offense though he has left much to be desired when being compared to Wisconsin running backs of old. He has averaged 3.9 yards per carry to go with 5 touchdowns in the three games he has played, but that number is inflated by his 5.3 yards per carry against Akron. In his two games against LSU and Michigan State he has averaged 4.1 yards and 2.3 yards per carry, respectively.

I expect Wisconsin to roll into the Big House and pick up the victory 23-17.

takingsideschangesMayor Tom Barrett once again is attempting to force Milwaukee property owners into paying for removing their side of lead water pipes. We say NO!

In 1872 Milwaukee code required that lead be used for water distribution in older homes. That practice continued for years. Most older homes built before 1950 have these toxic ticking lead pipe bombs. This is a City of Milwaukee created problem. Mayor Barrett has been in office for over 12 years.

He’s been receiving revenue from water fees and placed those revenues in his general fund instead of investing that money towards removing these lead pipes while he’s been in office. In fact, he’s been recently receiving $12 million dollars from fees collected by Milwaukee Water Works. What did he do with this money?

We can only guess. But one thing is for sure. He didn’t use this money to remove lead pipes poisoning our families and damaging our children’s growth and mental development. He’s known of this danger to our city’s health for years.

We cannot allow the Mayor and his allies to put the cost of removing these toxic pipes on the backs of the poor and families on fixed income. He fights for billionaires and he fights for a needless streetcar. But when it comes to fighting for the health of our city he expects fixed income people to come up with the money to save themselves.

We say NO! Call your Alderpersons and tell them to support removing the pipes and that cost must be absorbed by our government–be it city, state and feds.

City of Milwaukee Mayor And His Bureaucrats Not Doing Enough

“What I can definitely say is the water is safe,” declared Milwaukee Department of Health Commissioner Bevan Baker. “There’s no lead in the water that comes out of your tap. There’s no lead in Lake Michigan. But, we do know we have old infrastructure, not only in Milwaukee, but throughout the state. So, it’s our responsibility to take those lead pipes out of the ground. But, we know Milwaukee is doing all it can to make the community safe. Our water is safe. I drink it every day. So does my family.”

Milwaukee Department of Health Commissioner, Bevan Baker’s statement is completely wrong and once again illustrates the cavalier attitude these bureaucrats have had over the years about the danger lead pipes present to our drinking water. The science proves his statement to be wrong. Just because he doesn’t take the matter seriously and isn’t concerned about the health of his family, doesn’t mean we all should just turn a blind eye to the hazard these pipes present to the health of our children. 

In addition, before the creation of the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), Mayor Tom Barrett also tried to dismiss the fact that our water is poisoning our children.

The water is poisonous to our children’s health. It contributes to elevated crime in our streets, incarceration rates and school under achievement and drop out rates. This is scientifically proven. Lead leaches in our water every day! It is not safe.

More has to be done to stop the health harm being done against our community by these people who fought hardest to get billionaires millions of tax dollars for a basketball arena and a worthless streetcar. The Mayor’s lead lateral budget solution is no solution.

Last week I was invited to speak to a group in the Southside about lead water pipes. The meeting was well attended and became lively when several individuals began to challenge me about the costs to remove the pipes and questioned the danger these lead pipes present to the health of our community.

Arguing that the city’s corrosion control measures were adequate, as one individual argued; he said that the city should continue its orthophosphate treatment because it was working. I argued that the phosphate could not guarantee safe water and that the city could not guarantee that the water is safe to drink or cook even with the phosphate treatment. That having 70,000 lead pipes in the system is like Russian roulette.

Lead leaching in the water can happen at any moment of the day in any of these pipes and can poison an entire family without them even knowing they’re being harmed. I pointed out that arguing against removing the pipes is akin to arguing that because the zika virus is not in all mosquitos, the entire population has nothing to worry about. That implying some families are expendable is inhuman.

Then the issue of costs came up. $1 billion dollars over the next 25 years it will cost to remove these pipes another individual stated. This is true. But this should not be seen as a burden, but as an investment in our city’s future. Lead contributes to increased crime and low achievement in our schools.

Removing these pipes helps to reduce the crime and incarceration rates and will help improve school graduation rates and student achievement. The science proves these facts. To deny this science is akin to arguing against the science that proves our climate is changing. Our investment removing these pipes will pay off in the future.

El transatlántico MS St. Louis era un buque de pasajeros alemán cuya travesía más famosa pasó a conocerse como “El viaje de los condenados”. Era la primavera de 1939 y 908 refugiados alemanes judíos partieron con destino a Cuba escapando de los nazis. Sin embargo, solo se permitió desembarcar a 22 de los pasajeros judíos. Organizaciones de ayuda humanitaria solicitaron al entonces presidente de Estados Unidos, Franklin D. Roosevelt, y al Gobierno de Canadá que aceptaran a los refugiados. Ambos hicieron oídos sordos a la solicitud y el buque retornó a Europa. Cientos de los refugiados repatriados murieron en el Holocausto. La negativa del Gobierno estadounidense a aceptarlos sigue siendo una mancha oscura en nuestra historia. Lamentablemente, el actual accionar del Gobierno de Estados Unidos con relación al reasentamiento de refugiados sugiere que la historia se podría estar repitiendo.

La cifra total de personas que se ven obligadas a desplazarse hoy en día es impactante. Se trata del mayor flujo de refugiados registrado desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Según la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR), existen en la actualidad 65,3 millones de desplazados por la fuerza en el mundo. A un tercio de ellos, 21,3 millones, se los considera refugiados y casi la mitad de ellos proviene de solo tres países: Somalia, Afganistán y Siria. Cinco millones de personas han huido de Siria y más de seis millones se han visto obligados a desplazarse dentro del país. Se estima que en estos cinco años de guerra civil en Siria han muerto más de 400.000 personas. Por otra parte, la destructiva guerra que se libra en Yemen ha obligado a más de tres millones de personas a huir de sus hogares. La ACNUR prevé que 2016 será el año en que se registrarán más muertes de migrantes que intentan cruzar el Mar Mediterráneo. Oxfam proporciona otra cifra estadística clave: “Los seis países más ricos del mundo [Estados Unidos, China, Japón, Alemania, Francia y Reino Unido], que representan más de la mitad de la economía mundial, reciben a menos del 9% de los refugiados del mundo, mientras que países y territorios más pobres asumen la mayor parte de esa responsabilidad”.

Es en este contexto que Naciones Unidas convocó a la primera cumbre de alto nivel sobre refugiados esta semana, en el marco de la Asamblea General anual de la ONU, celebrada en la ciudad de Nueva York. El presidente Barack Obama mantuvo posteriormente otra cumbre sobre el mismo tema. Antes del comienzo de la misma, se conoció la noticia de que había sido atacado un convoy de ayuda humanitaria que se dirigía a la arrasada ciudad de Alepo, Siria, donde se esperaba esa ayuda con desesperación. El convoy fue blanco de un ataque aéreo que Estados Unidos atribuye a Rusia, pero que Rusia niega haber llevado a cabo. Antes del ataque, el sábado, un frágil alto el fuego acordado en Ginebra la semana anterior se desplomó cuando Estados Unidos atacó y provocó la muerte de miembros de las fuerzas armadas sirias en un incidente al que el Pentágono calificó como un “error”.

Para sorpresa de muchos, Estados Unidos jugó el rol de saboteador en Naciones Unidas y logró que se modificara el texto de una declaración no vinculante que habría prohibido expresamente la detención de menores refugiados. En lugar de ello, el texto actual dice que los refugiados menores de edad serán enviados a prisión “solo como una medida de último recurso y por el menor período de tiempo posible”. Díganle eso a Estefany Adriana Méndez, de dieciséis años de edad, que se encuentra detenida en el Centro de Detención Familiar del Condado de Berks, una cárcel para familias inmigrantes ubicada en Pensilvania. La adolescente originaria de El Salvador dijo al ser entrevistada por “Democracy Now!”: “La verdad, a todos los que estamos acá, a todos los niños que estamos acá, e incluso a las madres, nos deja una experiencia horrible estar en detención, porque más de un año no es justo para un niño estar encarcelado sin haber cometido ningún delito”.

Mientras se desarrollaba la cumbre de la ONU sobre los refugiados, el hijo de Donald Trump, Donald Jr., publicó en Twitter: “Si tuviera un frasco lleno de caramelos Skittles y te dijera que solo tres de ellos te podrían matar, ¿tomarías un puñado? Así es nuestro problema con los refugiados sirios”. La compañía propietaria de Skittles, Wrigley, respondió: “Los Skittles son caramelos. Los refugiados son personas. Consideramos que la analogía no es apropiada”.

El sufrimiento de los refugiados no es broma para Manfred Lindenbaum, quien asistió a la cumbre de la ONU como observador. Lindenbaum, un octogenario lleno de vida, fue refugiado cuando tenía seis años de edad. Al igual que quienes realizaron el viaje de los condenados, era un alemán judío. En 1939, él y su hermano huyeron de Polonia a Inglaterra en uno de los famosos transportes de niños, días antes de la invasión nazi. Lindenbaum recordó en declaraciones para Democracy Now!: “Estados Unidos dijo en ese momento que no aceptaba a niños judíos. A último momento, cuando el Ejército alemán estaba a punto de invadir, algunos centenares de niños abordamos un buque de guerra polaco. Y así es como mi hermano y yo llegamos a Inglaterra. A mi hermana no le permitieron subir. Tenía catorce años de edad. Como consecuencia, fue asesinada junto al resto de mi familia”.

El filósofo George Santayana redactó hace más de 100 años: “Aquellos que no pueden recordar el pasado están condenados a repetirlo”. Entre el discurso plagado de odio de los Trump y las dañinas políticas sobre refugiados de Obama penden las vidas de millones de personas. Esperemos que la razón y la compasión prevalezcan ante la xenofobia y el odio.

Hola que tal amigo lector, soy Mariella Godinez-Munoz de tu programa “Hoy Wisconsin Today”, Les cuento que después del éxito del evento de Independencia Perú-Colombia Milwaukee. Es ahora es el turno del Día de la Independencia de América Central: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua y Costa Rica. Quienes celebraron su independencia este pasado 15 de septiembre. Esta celebración también coincide con la celebración del mes de la Hispanidad en los estados unidos.

092116howwisconsinpixPor primera vez en nuestra ciudad se realizara una cena de gala culturalConmemorando el 195 aniversario de estos cinco países hermanos, que se unen para celebrar con toda la comunidad latino americana de Wisconsin. El evento se realizara el jueves 29 de septiembre del 2016 en la famoso club de baile HOTWATER/WHEREEHOUSE, el cual está ubicado en 818 Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Iniciando con cash bar a las 6pm seguido de una cena y espectáculo a las 7:30pm.

Estos 5 países de América Central estarán compartiendo y presentándolomejor de su cultura: sus coloridosvestidos tradicionales, exquisitos platos típicos como; Las famosas Pupusas, El Bigoron, Natatamles, por mencionar algunos, habrá  bailes típicos, arte y belleza, y 5 señoritas que representaran a cada paísorgullosamente. 

Esa noche todos los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de  conocerse y compartir con otros todo sobre su cultura y tradiciones, además esto dará oportunidad para  poder conectarse entre si y apoyarse en un futuro.  Esa noche también se otorgara un reconocimiento llamado “Orgullo Centro Americano”  con el fin de reconocer a nuestros líderescentroamericanos, propietarios de negocios locales, hombres, mujer y jóvenes destacados de la zona sur de Milwaukee, Wisconsin y sus alrededores por hacer la diferencia en nuestra comunidad con su trabajo y colaboración. 

Usted tendrá la oportunidad de participar de forma activa y dinámicamente al hacer presencia en este evento, habrá rifas de premios y culminara con un baile en el cual Los DJ’S se encargara de tocar música tropical centro americana, como el famoso atol de elote, a mí me gustan la pupusa, punta y mucho más.

Usted tiene una invitación ya que esteevento le permitirá interactuar con líderes de la comunidad y el público, persona de cada país y aprender sobre nuevos mercados y para promocionar sus servicios. Si usted desea ser patrocinador todavía hay oportunidad de patrocinio, también puede comprar su boleto por adelantado a solo  $25.00  llamando a Ruby Lugo al 787-528-6904 o visite la página de Facebook; Festival-Gala Independencia centroamericana.   

Recuerde que los esperamos este próximo 29 de septiembre, a partir de las 6pm cash bar, 7:45pm la cena y presentación y el baile iniciara a las 930pm hasta 130am.

Para ver entrevista completa vea hoy Wisconsin por Canal 38.1 en antena, 807 time Warner cable y canal 38 por Directa TV, también visite nuestra página de  Facebook Hoy Wisconsin Today Y Mundo Max Wisconsin 38.tentcard-5.5inx8in-v

takingsideschangesWith the growing discussion regarding the question on what to do about the lead lateral pipes feeding contaminated water into over 70,000 Milwaukee homes, the idea of people buying filters to reduce the lead poisoning appears to be catching on with city bureaucrats, elected officials and some not well informed community talking heads.

The filters idea is being pushed because it’s the least expensive pseudo remedy for the city. Bureaucrats argue that Milwaukee’s water is generally lead free leaving the system’s treatment plant, but becomes contaminated as it approaches individual homes that have lead lateral pipes or internal plumbing made with lead.

Another political punt by the bean counting bureaucrats and the cash strapped politicians playing with band-aid solutions to a serious matter.

A couple of points need to addressed about using filters to eliminate lead from drinking water that Mayor Barrett and his cohorts are not willing to discuss.

1. There is no filter that removes all of the lead from drinking water in homes with lead lateral pipes; this is only good for removing some of the lead and is not a long term solution.

2. Children under the age of 6, and unborn children, are still at risk of lead poisoning.

3. The suggested water filters do not fit all faucet sizes.

4. The filters are supposed to be changed every six months, adding additional cost and burden to homeowners and renters.

5. Mayor Barrett is still passing the cost onto homeowners and renters and avoiding any city responsibility.

6. The only way to remove all of the lead from drinking water in the 70,000 homes with lead lateral pipes is to replace the lead lateral pipes, period. There is no getting around this fact!

Suggesting that homeowners and renters go out and buy filters as the panacea to lead poisoning is reckless and irresponsible and is, at best, a piss-poor attempt to appear to be addressing this critical public health crisis.

To say that this is akin to putting a band-aid on a bullet wound is being nice.

The EPA does not test water filters for removing lead, this is not a viable solution

Government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), don’t test water filters for effectiveness in removing lead from water.

Water filters are certified by NSF International, a private organization founded as the National Sanitation Foundation in 1944 that tests and certifies water filters. The American National Standards Institute, a non-profit organization, has accredited the NSF.

What the NSF looks for in a filter is whether or not the filter is capable of reducing contaminants, does not add harmful substances to water, is structurally sound, and uses consistent production and manufacturing standards. The filter selected should be checked for misleading claims, labeling or advertising.

Water industry leaders say that filters meeting NSF certification must demonstrate it is able to reduce lead from 15 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb or less.

These numbers may be good for adults, but it must be pointed out that for children under 6 years of age, no level of lead in the water is safe.

Putting filters in homes with lead laterals still leaves children and fetuses susceptible to lead poisoning

Children, especially fetuses and infants are the most vulnerable, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), because it takes very little lead exposure to damage a child compared with an adult. Low levels of lead exposure are linked to damage to a child’s blood cells and nervous system, as well as learning disabilities, poor hearing, impaired growth and more. In fact, the EPA calls lead poisoning the “number one environmental health threat in the U.S. for children ages six and younger.”

So removing the lead pipes then adding filters that effectively remove lead would be the ultimate way to free Milwaukee’s children from the hazard of lead.

So while the city floats the idea of filtering the water in those over 70,000 homes with lead laterals, extreme caution is in order, as not all filtering systems on the market block lead. The NSF lists ratings on three types: reverse osmosis, filter systems and distillation. It warns that many popular pitcher-type filters don’t meet today’s standards for lead reduction, although they may filter other contaminants.

Why are Mayor Barrett and his Bureaucrats reluctant to even develop a plan to remove lead laterals?

Money!

The bottom line is they prefer to spend city dollars and resources on a downtown streetcar, a downtown sports arena for New York billionaire sports franchise owners, downtown real estate developments and downtown’s tourism industry over ensuring that all children of Milwaukee are drinking clean, safe water free of harmful contaminants.

If they were to exert one-tenth of the energy they exhausted on getting the downtown streetcar or the Bucks arena financing deals done we would at least have a comprehensive strategic plan in place to help homeowners replace these toxic lead laterals. Instead we have nothing.

It says that Mayor Tom Barrett and his Bureaucrats could care less about the children of Milwaukee, especially poor children of color!

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El jueves pasado se emitió una orden de arresto bajo la cáratula “Dakota del Norte contra Amy Goodman”. La acusación remite al delito de violación de propiedad. ¿El delito que en realidad se cometió? Ejercer el periodismo. Fuimos a la Reserva Sioux de Standing Rock para dar cobertura a la creciente oposición que enfrenta el oleoducto Dakota Access.

Este movimiento de resistencia atrajo atención a nivel mundial después del fin de semana del Día del Trabajo, cuando guardias de seguridad del oleoducto soltaron perros de ataque y lanzaron gas pimienta contra manifestantes pertenecientes a pueblos originarios. Ese sábado, al menos seis palas excavadoras realizaron movimientos de tierra en la ruta por la que se proyecta pasará el oleoducto, en sitios arqueológicos sagrados descubiertos por la tribu. La compañía responsable del oleoducto Dakota Access había tomado conocimiento de la ubicación de dichos sitios el día anterior gracias a un escrito presentado ante la justicia por la tribu. Muchos consideran que la compañía arrasó la zona y destruyó los sitios antes de que se pudiera emitir una medida cautelar que lo impidiera a fin de estudiarlos.

Gran cantidad de personas, en su mayoría nativos americanos, se apresuraron hacia el lugar y reclamaron que la empresa retirara a las excavadoras de los sitios sagrados. Guardias de seguridad lanzaron gas pimienta, golpearon y empujaron a estos defensores de la tierra. También soltaron perros de ataque que mordieron a por lo menos seis personas y un caballo.

El equipo de Democracy Now! estaba ahí y pudimos filmar la violencia de los guardias. Cuando hicimos pública nuestra filmación del incidente, esta se difundió rápidamente y fue vista más de trece millones de veces solamente en Facebook. CNN, CBS, MSNBC y muchos otros medios de comunicación de todo el mundo emitieron nuestras imágenes, en las que se podía observar a uno de los perros con el hocico cubierto de sangre.

Cinco días después del ataque, Dakota del Norte emitió la orden de arresto. La agente especial de la Oficina de Investigación Penal de Dakota del Norte, Lindsey Wohl, se refirió al video de “Democracy Now!” en una declaración jurada. En el escrito afirmó: “En el video se puede observar a Amy Goodman identificándose a sí misma y preguntando a los manifestantes acerca de su participación en la manifestación”. Sí. Precisamente de eso se trata desarrollar la labor periodística amparada por la Constitución.

Delphine Halgand, la directora para Estados Unidos de la organización internacional de defensa de la libertad de prensa Reporteros Sin Fronteras, redactó: “Presentar cargos por violación de propiedad contra una periodista que está dando cobertura a un importante tema ambiental de significativo interés para la población constituye una amenaza directa a la libertad de prensa y resulta totalmente inaceptable en el país de la Primera Enmienda”. Por su parte, Carlos Lauria, del Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas, agregó: “Esta orden de arresto es un claro intento de intimidar a los periodistas para que no informen acerca de manifestaciones de protesta de interés significativo para la población. Las autoridades de Dakota del Norte deberían salir de esta embarazosa situación, retirar los cargos contra Amy Goodman y garantizar que todos los periodistas tengan la libertad de desarrollar su labor”.

Steve Andrist, director ejecutivo de la Asociación de Periódicos de Dakota del Norte, dijo al The Bismarck Tribune: “Resulta lamentable que las autoridades presenten cargos contra una periodista que solamente estaba haciendo su trabajo”. Y agregó: “Esto genera la impresión de que las autoridades intentan silenciar a una periodista para impedirle dar cuenta de una noticia importante”.

Se trata de un tema crucial para el destino del planeta. Se trata del cambio climático y de los derechos de los pueblos originarios frente al poder de las grandes empresas y los gobiernos.

La orden de arresto fue emitida el mismo día en que el gobernador de Dakota del Norte, Jack Dalrymple, convocó a la Guardia Nacional, anticipándose a un fallo judicial que se emitiría el día siguiente. El viernes, el juez se expidió contra la tribu y permitió que prosiguiera la construcción del oleoducto. Quince minutos después, en una medida sin precedentes, el Departamento de Justicia, el del Interior y el Ejército emitieron conjuntamente una carta en la que anunciaron que se negaría la autorización para la construcción del oleoducto en tierras controladas por el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército hasta que se realicen “consultas formales de gobierno a gobierno” con las tribus afectadas en relación con “la protección de tierras tribales, recursos y derechos establecidos en tratados”. La construcción y los bloqueos pacíficos continúan en tierras que no pertenecen al Gobierno federal a pesar de la solicitud del Gobierno de que Dakota Access detenga las obras de construcción de manera voluntaria.

Hay quienes dicen que el periodismo es el primer boceto de la historia. En los últimos veinte años, el sello distintivo de “Democracy Now!” ha sido la cobertura que realiza de los movimientos sociales, porque esos movimientos hacen historia. La resistencia en Standing Rock es una histórica confluencia de miles de personas pertenecientes a más de 200 tribus de Estados Unidos, Canadá y América Latina que se describen a sí mismas como “defensores, no manifestantes”. Representa la mayor congregación de tribus que ha tenido lugar en décadas.

Hasta el momento, no se han presentado cargos contra ninguno de los guardias de seguridad involucrados, a pesar de que en el video se puede observar claramente que agreden a los manifestantes con perros y gas pimienta. Actualmente, la Junta de Investigación y Seguridad Privadas de Dakota del Norte investiga el uso de la fuerza y de perros de ataque por parte de los guardias de seguridad del oleoducto.

Mientras tanto, vamos a hacerle frente a esta acusación penal. La libertad de prensa resulta esencial para el funcionamiento de una sociedad democrática. Autoridades de Dakota del Norte: amordacen a los perros, no a los periodistas.

takingsideschangesDuring his keynote speech at Marquette University, Dr. Edwards called the dangers posed by lead pipes a “government-made problem,” noting that cities including Milwaukee for many years required builders to use lead plumbing. There is no question! Property owners should not bear the cost to remove lead water lateral pipes from their property. Mayor Barrett is wrong.

Mayor Tom Barrett says it was after he spoke with Virginia Tech professor scientist, Marc Edwards about filters, he then realized he needed to make his support for filters public.

I guess if I wasn’t a critical thinker I would look at what I’m about to say as just being an asshole, but considering the fact that Milwaukee has been poisoning our children for decades without so much as a precautionary letter before 2016 addressing lead (that I know of), I’m just going to say what needs to be said and to blazes with how it appears.

So now the Mayor sees the need for filters. Why didn’t he come to that conclusion years ago since everyone at City Hall has known of the hazards of these lead water pipes?

During his presentation at Marquette University this past week, Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech pointed out that Milwaukee has had a sordid history covering up facts and not being transparent regarding matters related to water lead problems.

Currently, we filed an open records request with the city health department trying to obtain data from the Department of Public Health regarding lead blood levels of children living in Milwaukee homes with lead water pipes. The Department of Health is fighting against us having that data, which we believe will show these people have been knowing for years that they’ve been poisoning Milwaukee children.

Why did he have to wait for someone like Dr. Marc Edwards to tell him he needs filters? It’s not as if the Mayor did not have someone on his staff with national credentials and experience and who understands the hazard lead presented to our children’s water supply all these years to turn to and ask: “Should we call on our citizens to use filters?”

Ms. Carrie Lewis, Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent “was the first woman in Wisconsin to receive the award for leadership and contributions to the advancement of the water works practice. She is also the recipient of the Wisconsin Water Association Research Award (2001) and the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Woman of Influence” Award in the Public Policy category (2012).”

Lewis is a member of key and very influential national boards and is recognized as a leading voice regarding water utility issues and clean water.

Yet Mayor Barrett wants us to believe that Dr. Marc Edwards opened his eyes to the value of filters, something his water expert, Ms. Lewis, should have been telling him all these years. I’m supposed to believe filters wasn’t an idea to proceed with until only recently–and only after an outside expert said it is. Really! Is the Mayor inferring that he ignored his own inside expert to pursue the advice of an expert from outside of City Hall?

Not buying it buddy.

Lets be clear about something here. Mayor Barrett and his bureaucrats are trying to make it appear as if the dangers of lead pipes in Milwaukee is something new to them. The false sense of security they are pushing by calling for filters to be placed in the 70,000 homes with lead pipes is just that – false sense of security because it’s a short term band-aide effort. They should have done this years ago, had they planned to start removing those pipes.

The Mayor’s bureaucrats have witnessed a major lead pipe issue in 2003 when higher levels of lead were detected in the U.S. population, especially in children, in certain districts of Washington DC. Pipes at that time was an issue when it was found that when the city changed the disinfectant in the public water supply from chlorine to chloramine (chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia).

The rise of blood lead levels in the population then that used this water supply was caused by the leaching of lead from the interior of the lead pipes in Washington DC due to the change induced by chloramine that water utility decided to use.

So let’s stop playing games. The poisoning of Milwaukee families is on their hands. Because of their lack of concern for our health, thousands upon thousands of Milwaukee residents have been poisoned by lead water.

Mayor Barrett illustrates for us the perfect example of government gone corporate and politicians gone cheeky.

Barrett’s press conference was kabuki theater on steroids. First, stepping out of his office, he tells us instead of eating cake, we should buy filters to stop poisoning our families from the water the city is supplying us. No offer to help the poor.

Yet Mayor Barrett has plenty of help for billionaires wanting tax money to build an arena. Barrett on the other hand, is looking at every option possible not to spend money to remove these pipes, in order to protect Milwaukee families from lead water poisoning. SMDH

El Missouri es el río más largo de América del Norte. Durante miles de años ha provisto a los habitantes originarios de la zona del agua necesaria para la vida. Al día de hoy, millones de personas dependen del río Missouri para acceder a agua potable no contaminada. Pero actualmente se está construyendo un oleoducto, el Dakota Access Pipeline, que amenaza la salud del río. A fin de impedir la construcción del oleoducto se ha gestado un movimiento, encabezado por los pueblos originarios que han vivido a orillas del río Missouri desde tiempos inmemoriales. Integrantes de los pueblos Dakota y Lakota de la Reserva Sioux de Standing Rock instalaron un campamento en la confluencia de los ríos Missouri y Cannonball, a unos 80 kilómetros al sur de Bismarck, en Dakota del Norte. Han declarado que se consideran “protectores, no manifestantes” y así se llaman a sí mismos. El sábado pasado, cuando intentaban frenar el trabajo de enormes excavadoras en un cementerio ancestral, los guardias de seguridad del oleoducto atacaron a los protectores, en su mayoría nativos americanos, con perros y gas pimienta mientras que estos se resistían a la construcción del oleoducto de 3.800 millones de dólares en su lucha por el agua pura, la protección de sus tierras sagradas y el fin de la economía basada en los combustibles fósiles.

Los Sioux de Standing Rock instalaron el primer campamento de resistencia en el mes de abril y lo llamaron Piedra Sagrada. En este momento, hay cuatro campamentos con más de 1.000 personas acampando, la mayoría de ellas pertenecientes a pueblos originarios de Estados Unidos y Canadá. “El agua es vida” es la consigna de esta lucha pacífica contra el oleoducto que se construye para el transporte de crudo desde los yacimientos petroleros de Bakken, en Dakota del Norte, hasta Illinois.

El sábado fue un hermoso día de sol. Junto a Laura Gottesdiener y John Hamilton, de “Democracy Now!”, pasamos la mañana filmando entrevistas. Por la tarde, varias delegaciones realizaron una marcha desde el campamento hasta el lugar donde se proyecta que pasará el oleoducto, con el objetivo de colocar allí las banderas de sus respectivas tribus. Al llegar, se vieron sorprendidos por las enormes excavadoras, que realizaban movimientos de tierra incluso durante el fin de semana largo del Día del Trabajador.

Cientos de personas, en su mayoría nativos americanos, se congregaron en la entrada del predio, pidiendo a gritos que detuvieran la destrucción. Un grupo de mujeres comenzó a agitar el cerco de la propiedad, que cayó sin mayor esfuerzo. Los protectores de la tierra comenzaron a inundar el lugar. Varios hombres jóvenes llegaron desde el campamento a caballo.

Las excavadoras se retiraron, pero los guardias de seguridad intentaron detener a los protectores soltando al menos media docena de perros feroces que mordieron a la gente y a los caballos. Uno de los perros tenía el hocico cubierto de sangre. Sin dudar, la persona que dirigía al perro continuó incitándolo a avanzar contra la multitud. Los guardias rociaron con gas pimienta a los manifestantes, los golpearon y los empujaron. Perros feroces como los mastines se han utilizado para atacar a los pueblos originarios de América desde los tiempos de Cristóbal Colón y los conquistadores españoles que le siguieron. Finalmente, los violentos guardias del Dakota Access se vieron obligados a retroceder.

Este tramo del oleoducto atraviesa sitios arqueológicos, entre ellos, cementerios Lakota y Dakota. La tribu había proporcionado la ubicación de los sitios en un escrito presentado ante la justicia el día anterior a la manifestación en procura de que se detuviera provisoriamente la construcción hasta que se llevara a cabo una completa investigación de los mismos. Con la ubicación de esos sitios en mano, el personal del oleoducto Dakota Acces arrasó literalmente con ellos. El jefe de la tribu sioux de Standing Rock, David Archambault, afirmó en el programa “Democracy Now!”: “Usaron a los perros como armas mortales. Todo esto fue premeditado. Sabían que algo iba a pasar cuando se abalanzaron sobre 25 kilómetros de tierras intactas para destruir nuestros sitios sagrados. Sabían que algo iba a pasar y por eso estaban preparados. Contrataron a una compañía de seguridad con perros guardianes y luego fueron y esperaron. Y sucedió. Cuando vimos lo que estaba pasando ya era demasiado tarde. Habían destrozado todo. Profanaron nuestras tumbas ancestrales. Simplemente destruyeron nuestros sitios de oración”.

En el campamento, entrevistamos a Winona LaDuke, una líder Ojibwe de la nación White Earth del norte de Minnesota. Recientemente lideró una campaña que tuvo éxito a la hora de impedir la construcción de otro ducto que amenazaba territorio del pueblo White Earth. LaDuke realizó comentarios acerca del apoyo del gobernador de Dakota del Norte, Jack Dalrymple, a la represión de las manifestaciones en Standing Rock: “Usted no es George Wallace y esto no es Alabama. Estamos en el año 2016 y no tratarán a los indígenas como lo han hecho durante los últimos cientos de años. Estamos hartos”.

La batalla contra el oleoducto Dakota Access se libra como una renovada afirmación de los derechos y la soberanía de los pueblos originarios, como una lucha para proteger el agua, pero sobre todo, como parte de la lucha mundial contra el cambio climático y para romper con nuestra dependencia de los combustibles fósiles. En Piedra Sagrada, Guerrero Rojo y otros campamentos instalados en la confluencia de los ríos Missouri y Cannonball, los protectores han llegado para quedarse y son cada día más.

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Von — long the leading voice of black talk radio in Milwaukee — died of an apparent heart attack.

Von, whose full name was Eric Von Boardley, was 58.

Von was a WNOV radio host. His show ran from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. Before that, he had worked for years as director of operations and a radio show host for WMCS-AM (1290) before the station changed its format in 2013.

Several years ago, he was the co-host “It’s Your Vote,” a weekly show that aired on WISN-TV.

News reports confirm that Von had passed away while on his back porch with his dog shortly before 9 p.m. His body was discovered by his wife, Faithe Colas.

The Spanish Journal sends our condolence to his family and prayers. RIP Eric.

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El fuego de la antorcha olímpica se ha extinguido en Río de Janeiro y la atención mundial ha abandonado Brasil. A la sombra de los juegos, se desarrollaba un suceso singular que los medios de comunicación estadounidenses ignoraron casi por completo: un golpe de estado contra la presidenta democráticamente electa de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff. Brasil ocupa el quinto lugar entre los países con mayor población del mundo y es una de las principales economías mundiales. Como muchos países latinoamericanos, sufrió una dictadura militar que se extendió durante décadas y emergió con una joven democracia hace solo 30 años. El golpe de esta semana no fue llevado a cabo por militares, sino por el Senado brasileño. El efecto es básicamente el mismo: la presidenta fue destituida y asumió la presidencia Michel Temer, un opositor político que cuenta con escaso respaldo popular y que representa a las elites acaudaladas del país.

En 1964, el Ejército brasileño llevó a cabo un golpe de estado contra otro presidente democráticamente electo. Tras el golpe, una joven Dilma Rousseff se unió a una organización armada para luchar contra la dictadura militar. Fue arrestada en 1970 y torturada en repetidas oportunidades durante sus más de dos años de reclusión. Después de su liberación, continuó políticamente activa pero fuera de las organizaciones de resistencia armada. Finalmente, la dictadura cesó en 1985 con el retorno de un gobierno electo.

Años después, en 2014, el vicepresidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, durante una visita a Brasil en ocasión de la Copa Mundial de Fútbol, entregó personalmente 43 documentos del Gobierno de Estados Unidos que detallan el profundo conocimiento que tenían las autoridades estadounidenses de las numerosas torturas y ejecuciones contra la población brasileña llevadas a cabo por aquella dictadura. Sin embargo, el Gobierno de Estados Unidos continuó apoyando la dictadura de Brasil, al igual que lo hizo con la de Argentina y las de otros países latinoamericanos.

En 2003, el pueblo de Brasil eligió como presidente a Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, miembro de un partido de izquierda, el Partido de los Trabajadores. Lula ocupó el cargo durante dos mandatos y fue sucedido por su favorita, la primera mujer que ha ocupado la presidencia de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff. El Partido de los Trabajadores, durante los mandatos de ambos presidentes, implementó significativos y eficaces programas sociales para contribuir a aliviar la pobreza y la desigualdad sistémicas que se viven en Brasil. Es esta confluencia de gasto en programas sociales y desaceleración de la economía lo que ha llevado a Dilma a lo que se describe como un “golpe parlamentario”.

El periodista ganador del Premio Pulitzer Glenn Greenwald es un agudo observador de la política brasileña. Greenwald vive en Río de Janeiro y afirmó durante el programa de “Democracy Now!”:

“La acusación formal contra ella que están utilizando para justificar su destitución se llama en portugués ‘pedaladas’, que significa pedalear. Refiere a una maniobra política por la que el gobierno pide dinero prestado a un banco estatal y luego demora en devolverlo para que parezca que el gobierno tiene más dinero en su haber. Por lo que, básicamente, la acusan de recurrir a trucos presupuestarios para hacer que la situación presupuestal del gobierno parezca mejor a fin de ganar la reelección. Algo que, al hablarlo con europeos o estadounidenses, genera perplejidad porque no se entiende que algo así pueda justificar la remoción del cargo de una presidenta democráticamente electa, dado que es extremadamente común que los líderes políticos del mundo lo hagan, y, de hecho, otros presidentes de Brasil han usado ese método en el pasado”.

La Cámara Baja del Congreso aprobó iniciar el juicio político contra Dilma el pasado mes de abril y a partir de ese momento el Senado dio inicio al procedimiento formal. Dilma Rousseff fue suspendida durante las deliberaciones y sustituida por Michel Temer en calidad de presidente interino. Glenn Greenwald resaltó: “Durante los Juegos Olímpicos, el Sr. Temer rompió con el protocolo al exigir que su nombre no se pronunciara durante la ceremonia de apertura, dado que temía ser abucheado por la multitud. Es impopular y odiado a ese punto. De todos modos, cuando la gente lo vio en las pantallas, aún sin haber sido anunciado, lo abuchearon con bastante saña”.

El miércoles 31 de agosto, el Senado de Brasil aprobó formalmente, por 61 votos a favor y 20 en contra, destituir a Dilma Rousseff. Sorprendentemente, la mayoría de los senadores que votaron a favor de su destitución están siendo investigados por corrupción. Como lo confirma una conversación grabada en secreto, probablemente la razón por la que el Senado quería destituir a Dilma era terminar con las investigaciones por corrupción que se desarrollan contra actuales senadores e integrantes del Congreso.

Dilma Rousseff salió con decisión y, rodeada por sus seguidores, denunció el proceso: “Es el segundo golpe de Estado que enfrento en la vida. El primero, el golpe militar apoyado en la truculencia de las armas, de la represión y de la tortura, me encontró cuando era una joven militante. El segundo, el golpe parlamentario, concluido hoy por medio de una farsa jurídica, me saca del cargo para el cual fui elegida por el pueblo”.

Brasil es un país extraordinario, con una población de más de 200 millones de habitantes, una cultura vibrante y una gigantesca economía. Con la mayor parte de la amenazada selva amazónica dentro de sus fronteras cumple un papel de vital importancia a la hora de luchar contra el cambio climático provocado por la actividad humana. Con todos los desafíos que enfrenta, el pueblo brasileño merece el inmediato repudio de este golpe por parte de todos los gobiernos y más aún, por parte del presidente Barack Obama y de los candidatos presidenciales que aspiran a a sucederlo.

takingsideschangesThousands of Milwaukee’s residents may be drinking water that is contaminated with dangerous doses of lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows it; state and local governments know it; Milwaukee Water Works know it. The only people who usually don’t know it are those who are actually drinking the toxic water.

The problem stems from two common practices in which lead water pipes are disturbed because of street construction and a practice Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) does called “partial lead service line replacement”, in which MWW replaces sections of deteriorating lead service lines rather than the entire lines. It is a course of action that can do more harm than good.

It’s scary and the magnitude of this problem is huge.

Since the 1970s, lead has emerged as the most dangerous neurotoxin known to man, potentially damaging the developing brain and nervous system, causing life-long learning disabilities and other serious problems. It has been taken out of gasoline, removed from paint and banned from children’s toys. Yet practices developed to keep lead out of water, under an EPA rule, have backfired and can actually increase the hazard.

The Letter below is seeking from the city to stop partial lead service line replacements.
September 6, 2016

Honorable Tom Barrett
Mayor, City of Milwaukee
City Hall
200 East Wells
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Ref: Request for Moratorium of Partial Lead Service Line Removal – City of Milwaukee

Dear Honorable Mayor Barrett:

The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) is requesting that partial lead service line removal currently being conducted by the Milwaukee Department of Public Works and the Milwaukee Water Works cease immediately.

FLAC is requesting that your office enact a moratorium on all partial lead service line removals in the City of Milwaukee based on the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) view the practice of partial lead service line removal to be dangerous and linked to higher blood lead levels in children.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study reporting direct evidence that partial lead service line replacements may cause elevated lead levels — not just in drinking water, but also in the bodies of children under 6 years of age.

According to the CDC study, “compared with children who had never had a lead service line, children having had a partial lead pipe replacement were at increased risk for increased (blood lead levels).”

The authors concluded that “the practice of partially replacing lead service lines as a method to comply (with the Lead and Copper Rule) should be reconsidered.”
To see study click link: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/other/su6104.pdf

In 2011, the EPA asked the agency’s Scientific Advisory Board (“SAB”) to examine the available scientific data regarding the effectiveness of partial replacement, instructing the Board to center its inquiry around five issues: associations between partial replacement and blood lead levels in children; water sampling data at the tap before and after partial replacement; comparisons between partial and full LSL replacements; partial replacement techniques; and the impact of galvanic corrosion.

The SAB submitted its findings in a September 2011 report. Regarding those five issues, the SAB found:

1. As evidenced by blood lead levels in affected children, there was “no demonstrable benefit” in having a partial replacement compared to having an intact LSL, and there is “suggestive evidence of potential harm” from partial replacements.

2. Partial replacements often cause significant increases in water lead levels at the tap for “days to weeks, or even several months,” and there is substantial evidence that the physical disturbance partial replacement entails results in the release of lead particles.

3. While full replacement of LSLs is a generally effective means of reducing lead levels in drinking water, “[partial replacements] have not been shown to be reliably effective” in reducing water lead levels.

4. There is a lack of evidence as to which procedures and techniques might make partial replacement more effective.

5. There is strong evidence that galvanic corrosion (described below) associated with partial replacement poses a risk of increased lead levels in tap water.

Overall, the SAB concluded,

Partial pipe replacements can physically shake loose lead fragments that have built up and laid dormant inside the pipe, pushing them into the water, and spiking the lead levels, even where they previously were not high.
See link to review study: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/sab_evaluation_partial_lead_service_lines_epa-sab-11-015.pdf

FLAC calls upon your office to direct DPW/MWW to cease partial lead service line replacements immediately, unless the city is removing all lead service lines from the curb to the home, the work of partial lead service line replacement should stop immediately.

Thank you for your attention to the matter.

Sincerely,

Freshwater for Life Action Coalition members:
Mr. Robert Miranda
Rev. Willie Brisco
Dr. Patricia McManus
Mr. Fred Royal
Ms. Laura Manriquez
Mr. Chris Johnson
Ms. Brenda Bell White
Min. William Muhammed
Mr. Bob Graf
Mr. Rodney Washington
Mr. Jesse Torres

cc:
Mr. Ashanti Hamilton, Milwaukee Common Council President

takingsideschangesWe have a problem not unique to Milwaukee, but a problem nevertheless. Milwaukee tap water is not entirely safe, especially for children and pregnant women.

We have a lead problem. Milwaukee’s older stock homes are affixed with a pipe known as lead service lines (LSL). These LSL bring water into Milwaukee homes that were built before 1951.

Anyone who lives in a home with lead pipes is at risk. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded in a study that higher levels of lead in the water of these homes have higher levels of lead in them than previously thought.  Since Milwaukee has over 70,000 lead service lines before they were banned, lead is potentially leaching into the drinking water of thousands of children.

“There is no way you can consider water to be safe if you have a lead pipe and you have pregnant women or children under age 6 living in your home,” says Marc Edwards, a professor of environmental and civil engineering at Virginia Tech.

Edwards is the 2008 MacArthur genius grant winner who spent a decade uncovering massive spike lead levels in tap water in Washington, D.C., which was linked to possibly thousands of children being poisoned and the miscarriage rate rising substantially and exposed the tragic lead contamination that caused thousands of residents in Flint, MI to become sick.

What does lead do?

Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can cause permanent brain damage in children, leading to learning difficulties, aggression and high blood pressure. Lead poisoning often goes unnoticed because there are no symptoms, and problems often don’t appear until years after a child was exposed.

“Lead poisoning is one of those silent epidemics,” says Dr. Jeffrey Griffiths, professor of public health at Tufts University in Boston, who has advised the EPA on water quality for some time. “If you’re a young child, there’s no particular reason that you would know you’re being poisoned.”

A problem known for decades

Homes built before 1951 have lead service lines–lead pipes leading from the water main to the home, supplying the tap water. These pipes can rust and degrade, leaching lead into the water supply.

Milwaukee bureaucrats and the Mayor insist that  the water is safe. In fact, Carrie Lewis, Superintendent of Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) and the Mayor state that MWW puts chemical compounds and additives in the water in order to reduce the corrosive effects of water on lead pipes.

However, one of those chemicals is proving to be a detriment to the fail safe treatment the city adds to the water to prevent leaching of lead from the lead pipes.

Chloramines is a combination of chlorine and ammonia and is used to provide increased protection from bacterial contamination.  It is a cheap chemical and the easiest of the options available to water utilities around the nation to do the job. MWW uses it because chloramine is stable and will last longer in the water system. Yet even though the use of chloramine is convenient, it is proving to be a chemical that contributes to unsafe water.

Studies indicate chloramine causes more rapid deterioration of the municipal infrastructure and degradation of valves and fittings. In Milwaukee water the use of chloramine is detrimental to lead pipes or components, causing lead and other metals to leach into drinking water. So because this chemical may not cost much, effective and stable, we can’t afford the consequences it produces.

Milwaukee Water Works Can’t Guarantee Safe Water

Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, a civil engineer at Virginia Tech and founder of Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives, a group that’s been working to reduce lead levels in D.C. and a colleague of Dr. Marc Edwards states, “The assurances that you have been receiving from your water utility that say that your water meets or exceeds all federal safety standards–these assurances in no way should be interpreted as your water is safe to drink.”

That’s because in a July 2012 study from U.S. EPA showed that the way the water is being tested may be missing the high levels of lead that are actually there.

Up until February 2016, MWW followed EPA standards to the letter when testing water in the home. However, the testing MWW employed before the EPA updated testing standards in February of this year, ignored the fact that in homes with a lead service lines lead can be leaching into the water fairly consistently.

Dr. Marc Edwards notes that testing water in one instance may result in low levels of lead, but can in another instance suddenly spike because a small piece of lead rust falls off the pipe, causing lead level to rise in a blink of an eye without any warning.

Study author Miguel Del Toral, regulations manager for EPA region 5 based in Chicago states, “the public might be exposed to some very high lead levels and they don’t know it because [the way we’re sampling] is masking that.”

So even if your home’s water supply consistently tests low for lead, that can change in an instant, according to experts.

“You can collect 10, 20 samples of your water that show pretty low levels of lead–6 or 7 parts per billion, but then you might collect another sample where you’ve got 3,000 parts per billion lead,” said Dr. Edwards.

MWW states that flushing until your water is very cold will reduce the problem, but the EPA and Dr. Edwards say it will not eliminate lead from leaving. That’s because the infiltration of lead particles can be random and sudden, according to Dr. Edwards who also says flushing is neither practical nor safe.

“If I had a lead pipe, I would never trust the water in terms of lead just because of these particles that fall off,” Dr. Edwards says. “Drinking the water is like a game of Russian roulette.”

mariella-bannerSe corona Nuevamente campeón Luis Cuba Arias 16-0!  y estará con nostros en MexicanFiesta!

El pasado sábado 20 de Agosto se dieron cita, Medios de comunicación, familiares, amigos y seguidores de la carrera del boxeador Luis “Cuba’ Arias, Nativo de Milwaukee en el Midwest Convention center del centro de la ciudad, donde el evento principal de la noche era la pelea de nuestro orgullo latino de Wisconsin, el cual tenido el placer de conocer desde los inicios de su carrera.

Antes de la pelea anticipada se realizaron otras en la cuales se definía el campeón de cada una de ellas, las cuales estuvieron llenas de emoción y golpes, realmente es impactante tener de cerca a los boxeadores en el ring luchando por su record.   

Cuando llego el turno de Luis ‘Cuba” cerca de las 11 de la noche, No pasó demasiado tiempo, para darse cuenta que nuestro campeón llevaba el control de la pelea. “Cuba” se enfrentó a Darryl Cunningham, quien desde el primer round estaba tratandode sobrevivir. Todos nos dimos cuenta que Cunningham abrazaba al campeónpara cansarlo, y cometía varias faltas, hasta el árbitro pidió a su entrenador que le dijeran que siguiera las reglas; fue entonces cuando el público lo empezó aabuchear a Darryl Cunningham y todosempezaron a gritar “cuba” “cuba” como muestra apoyo.

Verdaderamente fue emociónate ver como nuestro campeón le daba golpes fuertes round por round a su contrincante y fueron varias veces que se le veía rendirse, fue en el cuarto round cuando se definió la pelea tan esperada, cantado Victoria para “Cuba”.

Luis “ Cuba “ Arias defendió su récord profesional invicto, su carrera quedo intacta contra DarrylCunningham, ganado por knock out.

Esta es la segunda Pelea en su ciudad natal de Milwaukee,  en frente de una multitud que lo apoyo fuertemente, Arias domino a Darryl Cunninghamdesde la campana inicial y aseguró la victoria por TKO en la cuarto round. Con la victoria, Arias mejoro su record a 16-0 en su carrera profesional, se adjudicó el título de peso medio USBA y se convirtió en el campeón del CMB USNBN.

Usted podrá ver el reportaje completo por Hoy Wisconsin Today, Mundomaxcanal 38.1 todos los sábados a las 830am, También les hago una invitación para conocer a nuestro  campeón que  estará firmado autógrafos en nuestra mesa de MUNDOMAX el Viernes y sábado de 3pm a 5pm de la tarde, en Mexican Fiestavenga y tómese fotos con el campeón.

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What a month for WWE, with the company first getting dedicated mainstream coverage with the launch of their own page on ESPN, crescendoing with a full-fledged commitment to the “new era” by having Finn Balor win the new WWE Universal championship and AJ Styles earn a win over the “face that runs the place” John Cena, only to have Balor have to relinquish the title 24 hours later. A roller coaster would be putting it lightly, but lets try to pick through the Summerslam event and the ramifications afterward.

Finn Balor wrestled for over a decade as Prince Devitt before coming over to WWE as one of their newly signed “Indy darlings”. Balor had honed his craft in Europe and Japan and had earned a reputation as one of the best workers in the business. He has an integral part of the famed “Bullet Club” in Japan, eventually passing the torch to AJ Styles so that he could begin his arduous journey into the hierarchy of the WWE. He spent years in the “developmental” brand NXT, but not because he needed the time to master his technique, but because WWE was waiting for the perfect time to call him up while also letting NXT have a signature star that would bring fans to their ever growing live event schedule. Fans clamored to see Balor on the main roster, even as similarly big stars, including AJ Styles, spent little or no time in developmental prior to their WWE debut.

The audience fell in love with his “demon” character and his entrance was always a sight to see, yet he remained in NXT until just a few weeks ago, when he finally debuted as the number one contender for the newly released Universal championship. After defeating two of the company’s biggest stars in Rusev and Roman Reigns, Balor would be allowed the opportunity to face Seth Rollins for the new championship at Summerslam. The quick rise was punctuated by the surprising win at Summerslam, proving that WWE is committed to pushing the new influx of stars who made their names on the indy circuit.

All of Balor’s dreams would come crashing down, though, as he was forced to give up the championship less than 24 hours into his reign. WWE’s first Universal champion will likely be its shortest tenured for a long time to come. During the match with Rollins, Balor took a toss powerbomb into the guardrail and the impact forced his shoulder out of socket. He was able to immediately pop it back into the socket and finish the match but when he was shown in a sling the next morning it was obvious that something was very wrong. Balor had torn his labrum and would be out for 4-6 months.

So a new tournament is being held to determine who will be the next WWE Universal champion, but unless it is a big surprise there will be no replicating the reaction from the Brooklyn crowd at Summerslam. Balor had earned that title from his endless work before WWE and in developmental, but he was forced to go to the back of the line and will likely have to wait his turn while he proves to WWE that he can stay healthy. The worst case scenario might be a comparable to the other championship match at Summerslam, where Dean Ambrose was facing Dolph Ziggler. Zigger had gotten a push as the Heavyweight champion years ago, but the week after his victory he received a stiff kick to the head and suffered a concussion. He promptly lost the championship and after receiving a few more concussions, he was forced down the card and had to occupy a filler role for years as he proved that he could stay healthy. Finally, Ziggler got a push again this year, though his attempt to recoup the title proved futile and he followed up the pay-per-view loss with another loss to the new number one contender AJ Styles on Smackdown.

Hopefully Balor can come back from this injury and WWE management will see his injury as a one time thing. Balor has not been injury prone prior to coming to WWE, so hopefully his deserved push continues where it left off once his shoulder is healed.

takingsidesContrary to public assertions, impoverished, politically enfeebled communities are hardly in a position to refuse water from private water companies’ monopoly because of poor service or bad water.

There can be no talk of privatization during this time of crisis. The focus of conversation by our elected officials and bureaucrats at City Hall must be on the complete and total removal of 70,000 lead water pipes supplying drinking water to Milwaukee homes.

takingsidesThe non-profit group, Public Citizen spearheading the Water for All Campaign, outlines the following arguments why privatizing water is not the direction governments entrusted with protecting public resources should turn to privatizing as a solution.

The removal of lead water pipes has provided reason for private water companies to stand poised to capitalize on the issue. Many of these companies are multinational corporations whose tentacles are probing the planet for opportunities to capitalize on issues such as lead service line removal as a way to profit.

Instead of protecting existing supplies, enhancing conservation efforts, helping vulnerable populations, curbing pollution and raising public awareness, more and more government officials throughout the country are turning to privatization; transferring the control of this precious resource from the public sector to the private sector.

To relinquish public control of our water utility is no underestimation to say that the very survival of our community could rest on decisions being made – largely behind closed doors – in corporate boardrooms and government offices loaded with profiteers concerned about keeping their investors happy instead of serving the public. With each drop of water that falls into the hands of private interests, any sustainable solution moves further and further from the public’s grasp.

Private sector water companies use rate hikes to maximize profits, which, by definition, is impacts their bottom line. This bottom line often comes at the expense of water quality and customer service, but not at the expense of maintaining inflated executive salaries. For the profiteers, handling water as a marketable commodity, rather than a basic human right and a natural resource, harms the poor who are often negatively impacted by corporate profit seeking decision makers.

The corporate agenda is driven by profit rather than the public good. In addition, privatization usually results in the compromising of environmental standards. Lobbyists who represent organizations like the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), which represents the U.S. private water industry, intensively and perennially lobbies Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from adopting higher water quality standards. The NAWC also persistently requests that all federal regulations be based on sound cost-benefit analysis, which once again means that public health is compromised for the sake of higher profits.

Corporations that run water utilities cut deals with governments guaranteeing exclusive water distribution rights for decades, effectively making them a monopoly. Once they have secured the contract companies are under little pressure to respond to customer concerns. A basic reality of how a monopoly works. Milwaukee already has a mammoth monopolistic company already, do we need more?

The very structures of privatization encourage corruption. Checks and balances that could prevent corruption, such as accountability and transparency, are missing at every step of the process, from bidding on a contract to delivering water. Contracts are usually worked out behind closed doors with the details often still kept secret after the contract is signed, even though it is the public that will be directly affected by the conditions of the contract. This situation opens itself up to bribery, which, if recent scandals throughout the world are any indication, is not an uncommon occurrence.

When water services are privatized, very little can be done to ensure that the company – be it domestic, foreign or transnational – will work in the best interest of the community. Furthermore, if a community is dissatisfied with the performance of the company, buying back the water rights is a very difficult and costly proposition. Again, the prime directive of the water companies is to maximize profits, not protect consumers.

There is a false perception that when water services are privatized, the financial burden will shift from the public to the private sector, which will save taxpayer money by assuming the costs of repairing, upgrading and maintaining infrastructure. In reality, taxpayers simply wind up paying for these projects through their monthly bills.

Massive layoffs often follow in the wake of privatization, as companies try to minimize costs and increase profits. At times, service and water quality are put at risk due to understaffing. As a result, layoffs can be devastating not only to the workers and their families, but to water consumers and local economies as well.

Once a government agency hands over its water system to a private company, withdrawing from the agreement borders on the impossible. Proving breach of contract is a difficult and costly ordeal. And multinational trade agreements provide corporations with powerful legal recourse.

takingsidesThe Milwaukee Water Works is a leader in the United States and recognized around the world as providing high quality and healthful drinking water. Our water works is a publicly owned utility of the City of Milwaukee; policy is set by the Mayor and Common Council. The utility is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for facilities, operations, and water quality; and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC), for rates and accounting.

The Milwaukee Water Works employs hundreds of individuals paying wages that adequately support families. It tests for unregulated pollutants and compounds required by law and while the testing results have always shown that Milwaukee meets or exceeds federal and local water quality regulations, it still must improve on its testing efforts by creating policy that makes the utility go beyond what the EPA recommends. The problem with our water is not Milwaukee Water Works; the problem with our water presents itself when clean water is delivered through lead water pipes, some of which are over one hundred years old.

Rather than reintroduce the idea of privatization our local government officials should resist such option and not fall prey to the false narratives of private water advocates. It is important that all levels of our government continue to provide funding for water infrastructure so that everyone in Milwaukee and Wisconsin can have access to locally-managed, affordable, safe and clean drinking water service.

Private ownership of our water does not necessarily translate into improved efficiency. Private sector managers will adopt profit-making strategies or corporate practices that enhance bottom line schemes that will make services and affordability to the struggling families of Milwaukee difficult.

takingsidesThere have been subtle whispers emitting from City Hall about raising the prospect of privatizing Milwaukee drinking water as an idea to addressing the removal of the 70,000 lead water pipes contaminating the drinking water of Milwaukee citizens. Such talk is counter-productive and will be opposed if any city bureaucrat or elected official introduces privatization of Milwaukee water as a solution for addressing the removal of lead service lines.

Milwaukee visited such an idea once before in 2009 when City Comptroller Wally Morics, with the support of the Milwaukee Common Council, considered whether a long-term lease of the Milwaukee Water Works is one of the answers to the city’s budget nightmare.

At the time Morics argued that revenue “raised by a long-term lease, if invested in an endowment fund, would generate an estimated $30 million annually, which could be used to partially close a looming $90-$100 million yearly budget shortfall caused in large part by a cut in state shared revenues.”

Note that Morics did not mention removing lead service lines, he was more concerned with finding money for the city instead of addressing the removal of tens of thousands of ticking toxic water pipe bombs poisoning the children of Milwaukee.

Privatization is not the answer.

Given the fact that Milwaukee city leaders have known for decades that Milwaukee has a lead water pipe issue, it is of grave concern that city leaders and bureaucrats are once again whispering about the idea of privatization.

Let me be clear, water is essential for life. But increasingly, this vital resource for human survival is being viewed as a source of windfall profits by privateers working in government. This is unacceptable; access to clean water should not be based on who can pay for it. Water is a human right.

Therefore, standing in opposition to the commoditization of water in all forms is and will be part of our efforts to have these 70,000 lead water pipes removed from our drinking water system.

Corporations like Veolia or Suez – and their subsidiaries around the world, including in the United States – are seeking to profit off of managing local water systems that provide our drinking water and sewerage services. This is a recipe for disaster. Profits should not be the priority when it comes to providing water services to people, but that’s exactly what happens when private companies take over local systems.