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070115-fp-bottom-foldUCC Boxer Prepares To Take On The World

Milwaukee – Luis Feliciano boxing out of the United Community Center gym under the mentorship and TRAINING of  Israel “Shorty” Acosta is the reigning national amateur champion at 141 pounds and is ranked No. 1 by USA Boxing.

This month Feliciano finished second in a Pan Am Games qualifier in Tijuana, Mexico, beating boxers from varying Latin American countries before losing a close decision in the final to Joedison Teixeira de Jesus of Brazil.

This July in Toronto, Canada, Feliciano  is going to be representing the United States at the Pan American Games, boxing competition from July 18-25.

The 22 year-old Marquette University graduate has a DEGREE IN criminology and law studies.

Feliciano says that if he performs well at the Pan Am Games, he’ll prepare for the U.S. Olympic trials, with the personal goal to make the U.S. team for the 2016 Summer Games.

The Spanish Journal wishes Feliciano all the best and CONTINUED success.

070115-fp-middle-foldPuerto Rican Economy In Ruin Governor: “Island Unable To Pay Debt”

By Ed Morales 

Viewed during a drive along the northeast region of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean landscape, usually a festival of lush greenery, is dotted with trees withering from a month-long drought. Dust blown from the Sahara in northern Africa has dulled the bright sun with a haze that shrouds everything in uncharacteristic gray.

The darkening skies mirror the bleak outlook of an island that US law calls a unincorporated territory and others call one of the world’s last colonies. Puerto Rico is floundering under $73bn in debt and a rapidly deteriorating ability to pay.

The unemployment RATE is hovering at 14%. There has been a surge in violent crime. A health care crisis has seen doctors leave the island at a rate approaching 500 per year and the government is discussing an 11% cut to Medicare and Medicaid services in 2016. There has been a wave of school closures. No wonder, then, that upwards of 200,000 people have left in the last 10 years.

“What I see is a generalized feeling of stagnation,” said Universidad del Este politics professor Manuel Almeida, who struggles with how long he can afford to continue living on the island of his birth with his wife and child. “We don’t know where we’re going.”

More bad news seems to come every day to Puerto Rico, but in the US the drama is hardly acknowledged outside of the business press. This week government bonds fell to a seven-week low after David Chafey, chairman of the Puerto Rico-owned Government Development Bank, resigned for PERSONAL reasons, creating a power vacuum as concerns mount over whether the island’s electric power authority will be able to make a 1 July bond payment.

The current debt crisis is largely assumed to have resulted from years of irresponsible borrowing by the Puerto Rican government, as if it were a consumer using one CREDIT CARD to pay off another. But the US government deserves a considerable share of the blame. The Jones Act that gave Puerto Ricans US citizenship in 1917 in effect made Puerto Rico a US dependent. Puerto Rico’s government cannot make trade agreements with other countries. No trading ships can dock in its ports without flying the American flag.

The island’s economy began to falter with the recessions caused by the oil crisis of the 1970s. In response, the tax code was amended and US businesses were allowed to eliminate taxes on profits made in Puerto Rico. But in 1996 a 10-year phase-out of the tax break began. Its end signaled the beginning of a 2006 recession that island economists are now calling a depression.

The government had already begun borrowing in the 1970s and unemployment grew as multinationals left the island to pursue lower wages after the implementation of North America Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s, and a construction bubble driven by infrastructure spending in the early 2000s collapsed. The borrowing accelerated, and now the ratio of debt to Gross Domestic Product – the broadest measure of a country’s economy – is a little over 100%, making it unsustainable.

Wall Street firms have also played a part in exacerbating the crisis. Recent credit downgrades allowed Wall Street to demand hundreds of millions more in short-term lending fees, credit-default-swap termination fees, and higher INTEREST RATES. Between 2006 and 2013, Puerto Rico raised $62bn in bonds, generating $1.4bn in fees for Wall Street banks and lawyers, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. The island has more municipal debt per capita than any US state.

Puerto Rico’s territorial status has helped trigger the crisis in the sense that its bonds are triple-tax exempt, the case in all municipal bonds issued by US territories. This attracted hedge funds and the more sinister vulture fund speculators that specialize in high-risk bonds for a big payoff in the end.

But since Puerto Rico, as a territory, cannot declare bankruptcy, vulture funds, which own about 24% of the debt, have taken a hard line on any attempt by the government to restructure the debt.

“As the European Central Bank began bailing out Greece and other troubled economies, the vulture funds began to move to Puerto Rico,” said Hereiberto Martínez Otero, economic adviser to two House representatives. He said that their insistence on repayment in full is dubious considering they knew the bonds were high risk when they made the INVESTMENT.

A proposal by Puerto Rico’s Fundación Francisco Carvajal suggests that the Federal Reserve Act can allow the Fed to buy up many of these bonds in a way that would not be considered a bailout per se. “It would be a much-needed injection of liquidity. If they gave $85bn to AIG, why not $4bn to Puerto Rico?” said Juan Aponte, who helped author the just-published REPORT. Still, default is imminent by the fall, University of Puerto Rico economist Argeo Quiñones Pérez insists. “This is going to wind up in federal court,” he said.

Even in the best-case scenario, debt restructuring will most likely require further painful austerity, something ALREADY carried out through the recent passage of an 11.5% sales tax, higher than any state in the union, and further cuts in government jobs. “We have already seen that these austerity policies have had a worsening effect on peripheral economies,” said Martínez.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s middle-class experiment seems to be dying a SLOW, painful death, with depopulation and disinvestment leading to greater inequality and a vacuum for further privatization. A bustling café called Latte Que Latte in San Juan’s business district was started by local entrepreneurs who wanted to find a way to stay on the island by creating a niche business that serves artisanal coffee and pastries to millennials who, for the moment, feel compelled not to flee their homeland.

Yet one of the café workers, 57-year-old Jesús Santana, can trace his own history of circular migration, back and forth to the mainland, as a constant through generations. “I’ve been back and forth to the mainland three times already,” he said. “What’s different now is people who are leaving have no choice. People have lost their homes and CARS. I feel terrible about my friends having to leave, but I want to stay, and for the moment, I still can.”

Article by the Guardian.

070115-fp-top-fold-pix-2Two Men Drown In Kosciuszko Park Lagoon 

MILWAUKEE — This past weekend tragedy struck at Kosciuszko Park when two men had to be pulled out of the Kosciuszko Park lagoon.  One of the men died at the scene, another man was rushed to the hospital and died at the hospital several days later.  The victims are middle-aged men in their 40s or 50s.  Many residents in the area are shocked at what happened. Others who saw the men drowning rushed into the water in the hopes of saving the men’s lives.

Emanuel Vazquez and his brother Mike Vazquez jumped into the lagoon to HELP the men but couldn’t locate them. Aaron Leija and Melissa Freytes jumped into the water and located Concepción-Resto and pulled him to shore. He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital.  Aaron Leija went into the lagoon in the hopes of saving the men.  Leija says it was a divine call that had him swimming into the murky lagoon.

“God had told me, you know, right here — when I was standing here — ‘take off your shoes and do what you gotta do. You`re a good swimmer,’” Leija said.

Leija estimated the men were “Probably about 15 feet out” into the lagoon from shore.  The man Leija found was underwater, standing upright. His feet were stuck in the mud on the lagoon’s bottom, said Leija.  “I tried to move him and whatever, and he wouldn`t move, so I had to go up under him and release him from the mud,” Leija said.  “A lot of people were just yelling, and no one wanted to jump in for whatever reason,” Emanuel Vazquez said.

Before Leija jumped in, Vazquez says he jumped in with his brother, but they couldn’t find the missing man.

“Jumped in, swimming around, trying to find him but he was already too deep,” Vazquez said.  Milwaukee police identified the Victims as Alejandro Rodriguez-Estrella (54) Victor Concepción-Resto (53).   Concepción-Resto passed away on Monday in the hospital.   Several officers went into the lagoon as well and located Rodriguez-Estrella who was taken out of the lagoon, but died at the scene.

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062415-fp-bottom-fold-Undocumented Immigrant Families Protest Conditions 

WASHINGTON — Hoisting makeshift protest signs and chanting “Libertad,” hundreds of undocumented immigrant mothers and and their children protested their living conditions in a detention center in Dilley, Texas, during a tour of the facility Monday by members of Congress, according to CELL PHONE video obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The video, taken by one of the members of Congress, shows the women and children being held in the facility chanting as the delegation of lawmakers walks toward them. Demonstrators can also be seen holding up crudely written protest SIGNS MADE from pillowcases and bedsheets.

According to a source present at the protest, lawmakers — who were being taken on a tour of the facility — approached the demonstrators and discussed living conditions in the facility.

The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley is one of several privately operated prisons being used by the Department of Homeland SECURITY to house the thousands of immigrant children and families that flooded the southern border last year.

Lawmakers on the trip included Reps. Joaquin Castro, Judy Chu, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Sheila Jackson Lee, Zoe Lofgren, and Lucille Roybal-Allard.

Human rights activists and attorneys representing immigrants detained at Dilley and similar facilities have complained not only about living conditions in the prisons, but also their often remote locations, which makes obtaining competent legal counsel extremely difficult.

Following a visit to a similar facility in Karnes, Texas, the lawmakers called for the closure of the family detention centers.

“What I saw today did nothing but CONFIRM my belief walking through the door that we should end the jailing of women and children in these proceedings. It is by its nature punitive, whether it is intended to be or not,” Lofgren said, the San Antonio Currant reported.

062415-fp-middle-foldKenosha Democrat Leader Barca “Shocked” About WEDC Loans 

MADISON – Assembly Democratic LeaderPeter Barca (D-Kenosha) released a statement regarding recent news reports regarding  the State of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) agency’s past loan activity.

Governor Scott Walker’s WEDC awarded almost $125 million dollars to 27 businesses without staff review or underwriter approval.

In one instance, “WEDC awarded millions of dollars in state tax credits based on promises of job creation to two companies, Plexus Corp. and Eaton Corp. Both of these companies then laid off Wisconsin workers and sent their jobs to other countries” said State Representative Robert Wirch.

Wirch went on to say that “after being granted up to $17 million in WEDC awards, Plexus laid off 116 workers at its Neenah facility and sent those jobs to a number of other countries.  Eaton was awarded up to $1 million in tax credits by WEDC, laid off 163 employees at a Pewaukee site and sent their jobs to Mexico, and then received an additional award of up to $1.36 million from WEDC.  News reports also revealed that executives with the two companies have donated nearly $20,000 to Walker’s political campaigns”.

“I am shocked to learn that under GovernorWalker’s leadership 26 loans totaling more than $124 million were approved by WEDC without so much as a staff review”, said State Representative Peter Barca.

Barca went on to say that he thought it was “outrageous that the Board of Directors is just learning for the first time the enormous liability we face due to the careless and irresponsible approach WEDC leadership has taken in carrying out their responsibilities”.

Barca continued by saying “This is yet another example of how senior WEDC officials have kept the board and Wisconsin taxpayers in the dark about serious problems surrounding the governor’s jobs agency”.

“As a board member, I will continue to push for full transparency and accountability at WEDC. The people of Wisconsin need to have assurances that their taxpayer money is not unnecessarily at risk and that waste, fraud and abuse are not going on at this agency”, said Barca.

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062415-fp-top-foldFederal Government Indicts Owners of Omega Burgers, El Fuego and El Beso 

MILWAUKEE — A 33-count indictment charging Paul Bouraxis and three members of his family with violating FEDERAL tax laws was handed down by a federal grand jury this week. The Bouraxis family owns the Omega Burger restaurant in Franklin, the El Fuego restaurant in Milwaukee and the El Beso restaurant in Greenfield.

The 65-year-old Paul Bouraxis, his wife, 60-year-old Freida Bouraxis, their son 38-year-old Andreas Bouraxis and their son-in-law 44-year-old Reiad “Ray” Awadallah — all of Franklin — were inducted for tax evasion by skimming of cash from the receipts of three restaurants they operated:

Omega Burger restaurant (S. 27th Street in Franklin)

El Fuego restaurant (W. Layton Avenue in Milwaukee)

El Beso restaurant (S. 74th Street, in Greenfield)

The indictment charges that the defendants paid restaurant employees in cash and failed to withhold or pay taxes on such wages.

Based on these charges and others, Paul Bouraxis faces up to 85 years in prison and fines of up to $3.75 million.

Freida Bouraxis faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Andreas Bouraxis faces up to 19 years in prison and fines of up to $4.75 million.

Reiad Awadallah faces up to 14 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.

The indictment also seeks to forfeit more than $1.7 million in currency and gold and silver COINS and bars previously seized by federal agents.

In addition, FOX NEWS reports that the federal government filed a plea agreement that had been reached with 45-year-old Scott Sherman, AN ACCOUNTANT residing in Sheboygan. “Under the terms of this plea agreement, Sherman will plead guilty to one count of filing a false federal income tax return. Sherman, who provided accounting and bookkeeping services to Paul Bouraxis and his businesses, failed to report all of the income he earned from his accounting practice during the years 2007-2011. As a result, Sherman underpaid his INCOME TAXES by more than $48,000.”

FOX NEWS reports that Sherman faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In return for the plea agreement, Sherman will make full restitution to the IRS for the unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, which are presently estimated to be approximately $93,000. In addition, Sherman agreed to cooperate with the government in its investigation and prosecution of this and related matters, according to FOX NEWS.

SpecialAgents from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated these cases and the prosecution of this cases will be handled by the Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Jacobs and Richard Frohling.

“This indictment should serve as a warning to those who choose to actively engage in illegal schemes to evade their income and PAYROLL tax obligations, “said Shea Jones, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation’s St. Paul Field Office. “Using cash in an attempt to conceal illegal activity will not deter IRS Criminal Investigation’s Special Agents from vigorously pursuing those who threaten the integrity of our nation’s tax system.”

The future of these restaurants is unknown at this time.

061715-fp-middle-foldRacine County 70 Miles Per Hour

Speed limit signs are changing across the state as the limit is going up to 70 miles an hour. In Racine County the signs have all been changed from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

The change hasn’t happened everywhere so there are some things you’ll need to know. If the sign still says 65, even though the law has changed, you need to follow the posted speed limit.

Racine County Sheriff’s Deputies are out patrolling the road, and they want to remind people that even though the speed limit has increased they still need to SLOW down through construction zones.

Deputies say they typically pull people over who are going 15 miles an hour over. They say with the law change there could be less TICKETS.

Deputy Edward Drewitz, Racine Sheriffs Department says, “It may impact us a little bit it may slow speeding citations down a little bit, we may not get as many 15 over initially but as people get comfortable driving in the 70 mile an hour zone their speeds are going to increase and we’re not going to have any problem FINDING PEOPLE going 15 or more over.”

If you’re heading through urban areas will not see the speed limit change so be careful for that.

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061715-fp-middle-fold-pix-2Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will unveil a new plan to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County with Mayor Tom Barrett at the site of the new Thurgood Marshall Apartments on Tuesday, June 9. Through a mix of increased funding and strategic service placements, the plan will end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County in three years.

“Although the County has been involved in addressing homelessness for years, we decided that incremental progress was no longer good enough for our community,” County Executive Chris Abele said. “We are ending chronic homelessness. And we are doing it in three years. I want to thank Mayor Tom Barrett for his support of this initiative and the City’s role, and I especially want to thank CDBG Director Steve Mahan and HOUSING AUTHORITY Executive Director Tony Perez. They are two great leaders for the City who, when we approached them with our plan, were incredibly supportive and have been fantastic partners throughout.”

A chronically homeless individual is someone who has experienced homelessness for one year or longer, or who has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years and has a DISABILITY. Instead of the traditional approach of providing short-term subsistence through the provision of shelter beds, this plan empowers the chronically homeless by providing housing that is permanent. Permanent housing is demonstrated to yield better outcomes for the chronically homeless and the community at-large.

“This initiative is a creative and cost-effective extension of the City/County HOUSING AUTHORITY partnership that, since 2008, has provided nearly 500 new permanent supportive housing units for individuals and families at risk of homelessness,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “Now, we are collaborating to ADDRESS the needs of the most challenging segment of the homeless population in our community.”

Through this innovative partnership, approximately $1.8 million will be devoted annually to ending chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County. These funds include case management and other related service dollars from Milwaukee County and rental assistance from the City of Milwaukee and the HOUSING AUTHORITY of the City of Milwaukee. Throughout their time in the program, participants will receive wraparound case management services from the Milwaukee County Housing Division to help address other needs that participants may have, including mental health and substance abuse issues. Case managers will also assess job readiness and help program participants find stable work.

This approach will fund a significant expansion of the Housing First model, which is based on the approach that, despite often having many needs, a homeless individual or household’s first and primary need is to obtain stable, affordable, quality housing.

“By implementing the Housing First model in our community, we will be able to immediately place homeless individuals directly into permanent housing,” said Jim Mathy, Milwaukee County Housing Division Administrator. “Not only will this be a life-changing event for those that are experiencing homelessness, but national data shows that implementing Housing First also results in savings from reduced public service costs.”

Studies show that providing quality housing offers participants the sort of stability in their lives that leads to increases in positive activities like working and keeping families together while decreasing negative activities like involvement in the criminal justice system and trips to the emergency room. Not only will this benefit the individuals and their families, minimizing unnecessary involvement in the justice system will also save significant taxpayer dollars and improve public safety.

The goal of this initiative is to move individuals away from a dependence on government services and toward a support network that empowers them toward independence. The move to Housing First advances individuals toward independence by helping to address root level causes of social issues for this population and by shifting governmental strategy on homelessness from short-term fixes to long-term solutions. In doing so, the ripple effect of this initiative will lead to a community-wide benefit that touches all county residents.

“In the last four years, we took the difficult STEPS of improving our fiscal condition and reducing our debt and borrowing costs at the County,” said County Executive Abele. “The reason we took those steps was to create the capacity to tackle Milwaukee’s big issues in a substantive way. I’m proud to say that the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County does just that.”

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ICE Arrest Hundreds – 34 Foreign Nationals Included  061715-fp-top-fold
MILWAUKEE — Two hundred-eighty convicted criminal aliens were arrested in six Midwestern states during a monthlong initiative which ended Saturday and was conducted by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

This enforcement surge, which began May 18 and concluded June 13, is the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens.  The arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri. The 272 men and eight women arrested are from 22 countries.

All 280 individuals arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States and fall within ICE’s enforcement priorities for deportation. Overall, their convictions include: aggravated robbery, armed robbery, drug possession, burglary, aggravated drunken driving, illegal possessing a weapon by a felon, battery, hit-and-run, and drug trafficking.

ICE officers arrested 34 males in Wisconsin during the initiative. All are Mexican nationals, except for one Ecuadorian national who was also arrested. Arrests occurred in the following Wisconsin communities: Arcadia (2), Deerfield (1), Franksville (1), Gillette (1), Green Bay (4), Hilbert (1), Humbird (1), Janesville (1), Kenosha (4), Kewaunee (1), Madison (7), Manitowoc (1), Milwaukee (3), Princeton (1), Racine (4), and Wautoma (1).

Following are two case examples of individuals arrested in Wisconsin:

A previously deported 31-year-old Mexican national with a prior burglary conviction. He illegally re-entered the United States after being deported in 2012. He was arrested June 11 in Madison and remains in ICE custody pending deportation.

A previously deported 28-year-old Mexican national with multiple prior convictions for possessing a weapon, possessing cocaine, possessing stolen property, and larceny. He illegally re-entered the United States after being deported in 2009. He was arrested May 21 in Milwaukee and is in LOCAL custody pending drug charges. Once those charges are resolved he will be turned over to ICE for deportation.

“Our dedicated officers strive to make our communities safer by arresting convicted criminal aliens and removing them from the United States,” said Ricardo Wong, field officer director for ERO Chicago. “By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety.”

In fiscal year 2014, ICE conducted 315,943 removals nationwide. Eighty-five percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.

061015fpbottomWisconsin is Serving up Free Fun this Summer with Gotta Getaway Giveaway

MADISON – It’s time to plan your summer vacation…or you could win yours for free with the Great Gotta Getaway Giveaway, presented by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Thirteen luxurious vacation packages are up for grabs! You could be jammin’ to your favorite songs, splashing in a waterpark, or rejuvenating at a spa. Tune in to your favorite urban and gospel radio stations for your chance to win.

Enjoy luxurious hotels, relaxing spas, scenic golf, delicious dining and splashtastic waterparks!

Travelers will find this promotion is bursting with fun, with packages from some of Wisconsin’s premier destinations, including: The American Club and Inn on Woodlake in Kohler, Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, the Hyatt Regency hotel in Milwaukee, the Kalahari Resort and Wilderness Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells, the Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge Water Park in Lake Geneva, the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake and last but certainly not least – two tickets to the Stevie Wonder concert at Summerfest.

Who will be the lucky winners?

Tune in to these popular urban and gospel stations in Chicago: WLEY, WGCI, V103, WGRB and Milwaukee: WJMR, WKKV, WNOV, and WDDW for a chance to win. A quick visit to the stations’ websites will provide the Secret Word of the Day, then call the station at the appropriate time, and give the secret word to the win the prize!

Timing is Everything!

Be sure to tune in to these stations all month long (promotion ends on Thursday, July 9) to win your Wisconsin getaway

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Left to right : John Antaramian, Rob Zerban

Antaramian, Zerban Thinking of Running for Mayor

Kenosha – Now that Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman announced that he would step down at the end of his term, two well-known politicians from the confirmed they are considering running for the office.

John Antaramian, Kenosha’s longest-serving mayor, said he is considering running again. And Rob Zerban — known as the recent Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan — is also thinking of seeking the office.

Neither have stated when they would give an answer regarding their decision to run, however odds are that Zerban will announce soon.

061015fptopImmigrants Held in Unsanitary Cells File Lawsuit

Washington D.C.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a group of legal organizations allege in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday. The class-action suit, which was filed on behalf of two people detained in the Tucson Border Patrol Station as well as a Tucson man detained multiple times in that facility, describes Border Patrol limiting or denying access to beds, soap, showers, adequate meals and water, medical care, and lawyers, in violation of constitutional standards and Border Patrol’s own policies.

The American Immigration Council, National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed the suit after interviewing the plaintiffs, as well as more than 75 former detainees. Both current and former detainees consistently recount being subjected to days of mistreatment, abuse, and neglect.

“Our plaintiffs were detained for civil matters, but there is nothing civil about being deprived of water, provided inadequate or expired food, and being subjected to sleep deprivation,” said Nora Preciado, staff attorney with the National Immigration Law Center. “We filed this lawsuit because the federal government has systemically failed to adhere to its own meager standards and constitutional requirements and thousands of people have suffered as a result.”

Former and current detainees described being packed into crowded cells with only concrete benches or the floor for a “bed.” They were stripped of warm clothing and provided with only flimsy aluminum sheets that do not protect against the frigid temperatures. In most cases, the lights are left on 24 hours a day, making sleep difficult, if not impossible. Immigrants have no soap or water to wash after using the restroom and before meals, and do not have access to showers.

“Thousands of people are subjected to these inhumane and intolerable conditions every year,” said Mary Kenney, senior staff attorney with the American Immigration Council. “Our investigation revealed that these filthy, overcrowded and punitive conditions are the norm in all eight Border Patrol stations within the Tucson Sector.”

The government’s own standards state that people should be detained in holding cells like those in the Tucson Border Patrol facility for no more than 12 hours, but all of the plaintiffs were held for much longer. In fact, Border Patrol’s own records show that, during a six month period in 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained over 58,000 people for 24 hours or longer in holding cells within the Tucson Sector; more than 24,000 of these individuals were held for 48 hours or longer.

“Border Patrol seems to think these brutal conditions, and the human suffering that results, will deter immigration, but the fact is that many of these people are fleeing persecution and violence, reuniting with family, or are themselves U.S. citizens,” said James Duff Lyall, an attorney with ACLU of Arizona. “These policies and practices serve no legitimate purpose, violate the U.S. Constitution, and offend basic American values.”

Children traveling with their mothers are subjected to similar abuse. Several declarants described their children crying through the night from hunger and cold. One declarant reported that she did not receive clean diapers for her two-year-old for the duration of her 28 hours in detention. The woman’s declaration reports that she was finally forced to remove her two-year-old daughter’s soiled diaper—with nowhere to dispose of it and no replacement available.

“All detainees should receive basic medical care in these facilities,” said Travis Silva, Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. “CBP routinely confiscates medication from detainees, even those carrying a valid prescription. This behavior endangers lives and inflicts unnecessary suffering.”

CBP fails to screen detainees for health conditions and does not provide adequate medical attention even in extreme cases. One woman who survived sexual assault during her journey reported heavy vaginal bleeding and failed to receive any medical attention at the facility. Agents confiscated another woman’s pain medication; she was eight months pregnant and her ankle was broken. Agents told her not to cry because she “was just going to be deported,” she said.

“It is important to break through the secrecy that surrounds these holding facilities,” said Colette Reiner Mayer, Palo Alto partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. “No American would accept how the government treats people whose only crime is wanting a better life.”

Obama: reforma de la NSA protege las libertades y la seguridad nacional
 Fort Meade –  El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, celebró el martes la aprobación de una reforma de los programas de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA), al considerar que el texto resguarda las libertades individuales y al mismo tiempo la seguridad nacional.
“Feliz de que el Senado haya finalmente aprobado la USA Freedom Act”, indicó Obama en su cuenta de Twitter (@POTUS), en un mensaje que anticipa su voluntad de promulgar el texto.
La Casa Blanca había instado a una rápida aprobación de las medidas, que frenan la potestad de la NSA de recolectar y almacenar números de teléfono, fechas, horas de llamadas y otros datos.
Funcionarios de alto rango criticaron duramente al Congreso, controlado por los republicanos, por poner la seguridad nacional en riesgo al permitir que programas de vigilancia y seguridad caducaran desde la noche del domingo.
Políticamente, el voto representa una victoria para Obama.
El largo proceso de votación mostró las divisiones entre republicanos y demócratas y se convirtió en una inusual oportunidad de presionar a los republicanos sobre el tema de la seguridad nacional.

Republicans to block budget Because of Bucks

Madison – The legislature still has not taken up the funding for the Bucks as part of the Wisconsin budget.
This week sources told CBS 58 that at least two Republican senators are prepared to become part of the roadblock to a Bucks arena funding plan. CBS 58 says “many legislators are upset a Bucks arena plan is included in the state budget, and want it to be removed so it can be taken up as a bill of its own”.
CBS 58 says as many as five Republican senators are prepared to vote against the entire state budget if a Bucks arena plan is included.
Republicans currently control the State Senate 19-14. All 14 Democrats are expected to vote against the budget. If three or more Republicans join them, then the budget would not pass the Senate.
Sources say legislators outside of Milwaukee simply don’t care if the Bucks get a new arena, and are facing pressure from constituents to oppose it.
The Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President of Communications, Jake Suski, responded to those statements through an email saying, “Our conversations with legislators have been very positive. They understand that this public-private partnership is about more than basketball. While we’re extremely proud of the progress we’re making to build a championship-caliber franchise on and off the court and our energetic, growing fan base, there’s a lot more at stake. The new sports and entertainment district would protect and enhance important revenue sources for the state. It would avoid the millions in state costs that arise from doing nothing. And it would be an economic catalyst and job creator for the region.”
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s office wrote in an email to CBS 58 stating, “We continue to monitor the situation in Madison and we are confident that a deal to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee has legislative support.”

 

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers

Second Annual Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Brewers ALL STAR Carlos Gomez will once again lead off the Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship Fund in collaboration with Wisconsin LULAC Council 333.

The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc./Mexican Fiesta is proud to support the Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which was created by Wisconsin LULAC Council 333 to raise scholarship funds to help Wisconsin Hispanic students pursue a college degree.  On June 14, 2015, Gomez and LULAC Council 333 will be presenting over 25 scholarships to Hispanic youth to pursue their college degrees.

Several Milwaukee Brewers players have donated autographed memorabilia, including; Francisco Rodriguez, Martin Maldonado, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Wily Peralta, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Braun, and Khris Davis. These items will be available for live and silent auction or as raffled items at the event.  Attendees at the event will include Carlos Gomez, Martin Maldonado, Wily Peralta, Gerardo Parra, Khris Davis, and Jean Segura.  **Time of player appearance is subject to change in case of extra innings.

Wisconsin LULAC Council 333 is offering VIP tables, 8 seats per table for $500*.   VIP tables will receive:

·        One signed authentic Milwaukee Brewers autographed baseball

·        Two Milwaukee Brewers Tickets per seat

·        Meet and Greet session with Milwaukee Brewer players

·        Complimentary meal of Usinger’s brats, hot dogs, chips, and a beverage

For VIP table reservation contact Giovanna Doll at 414-810-6038 or emaildollg@matc.edu

A Kenosha man faces two felony counts of injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle after reportedly crashing into a motorcycle resulting in serious injuries.

Michael D. Valeri was believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove a Mazda 3 into the side of a stalled Harley-Davidson at about 9 p.m. at the intersection of 56th Street and Sheridan Road, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

Arland D. Thompson, 64, of Racine, told police the clutch malfunctioned, causing the engine to stop as the light turned green. A witness said Thompson attempted to walk the motorcycle forward when Valeri slammed into it.

Thompson sustained a fractured right tibula and significant blood loss, according to the police report.

Deborah Stone, 50, of Racine, was a passenger on the motorcycle. Police said she suffered multiple broken bones, a collapsed lung and a degloved right foot. Police said Stone appeared to be missing her toes and the tip of her boot.

Both were taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa on Friday and were scheduled for surgery on Monday.

Authorities said Valeri remained at the scene and appeared to be heavily impaired, struggling to keep his eyes open and his head up. Valeri was also disruptive and was instructed multiple times to keep his distance from evidence, police said. He was also threatened with arrest for obstruction, according to police.

Valeri was administered a sobriety test shortly after the crash and refused to have blood drawn. He was taken to Kenosha Medical Center, and a warrant was obtained to take a blood sample.

Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner David Berman issued a $2,000 cash bond with numerous conditions. Valeri is due back in court on June 12 for a preliminary hearing.

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MILWAUKEE – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced that Milwaukee ¿Qué tengo que hacer para trabajar en los Estados Unidos?

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Si su escuela autoriza que trabaje en o fuera del campus, y cumple los requisitos del Seguro Social descritos en la próxima sección, puede obtener un número de Seguro Social. County is one of 20 jurisdictions selected to receive a $150,000 grant to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system. The grant is a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Milwaukee County will use the support to ensure that appropriate evidence based risk assessments drive decisions about who is detained in its local jails.

Milwaukee was chosen following a highly competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions from 45 states. The Safety and Justice Challenge competition supports jurisdictions across the country seeking to create more just and effective local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money, and yield better outcomes. The 20 jurisdictions selected will work with expert consultants to develop a plan for local justice system improvement. In 2016, as many as 10 of these jurisdictions will receive a second round of funding – between $500,000 to $2 million annually – to implement their plans over two years.

“Nearly 200 diverse jurisdictions responded to our challenge, reflecting nationwide interest in reducing over-incarceration,” said Julia Stasch, President of the MacArthur Foundation. “Each of the sites selected has demonstrated the motivation, collaboration, and commitment needed to make real change in their local justice systems. We hope their local efforts will model effective and safe alternatives to the incarceration status quo for the rest of the country.”

“The mission of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council is to work collaboratively to promote public safety and offender accountability while making best use of limited and expensive community resources,” said Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers. “We believe this grant will greatly assist our efforts to ensure that we are using evidence based practices at key decision points in our criminal justice system to protect the public and detain those individuals who are dangerous as opposed to those who can be safely monitored or rehabilitated in a community based setting.”

Despite growing national attention to the large number of Americans confined in state and federal prisons, significantly less attention has been paid to local justice systems, where the criminal justice system primarily operates and where over-incarceration begins. Jail populations have more than tripled since the 1980s, as have cumulative expenditures related to building and running them. According to recent research from the Vera Institute of Justice, nearly 75 percent of the population of both sentenced offenders and pretrial detainees are in jail for nonviolent offenses such as traffic, property, drug, or public order violations. Further, low-income individuals and communities of color disproportionately experience the negative consequences of incarceration.

Wisconsin has the highest incarceration rate for black men in the country. In Milwaukee, the poverty rate for blacks is four times greater than for whites, a racial disparity that is second worst in the country. One goal of Milwaukee’s participation in the Safety and Justice Challenge is to develop a better understanding of these issues, and to take the steps necessary to ensure detention decisions at any point in the criminal justice system are risk and need based, while being race, gender, and economic status neutral. Participation in the initiative will also assist Milwaukee in developing strategies to ensure that dangerous individuals are detained while non-violent individuals are safely managed in the community.

Over the last several years, the Milwaukee Community Justice Council has expanded the use of risk based assessment tools both in pretrial release determinations and at sentencing. Through its Early Intervention program, the Justice Council has increased the number of diversions and deferred prosecution agreements utilized. It has started a drug treatment court as well as a veterans court. All of these initiatives are designed to improve Milwaukee’s criminal justice system, and this grant will allow the Justice Council to deepen those efforts.

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052715-fp-top-foldWAUKESHA —La Casa de Esperanza, Inc. will host Fiesta Waukesha, a three day music festival-fundraiser celebrating the Hispanic culture.

This year’s Fiesta Waukesha fundraising event, underwritten by Waukesha State Bank, will include Guatemalan artists and La Casa’s youth artists, who will be displaying their talents.

A highlight of the festival will be City of Waukesha Mayor Reilly and his famous barbeque. The Mayor’s well-known travelling smoker trailer was painted by La Casa’s youth artists earlier this year. This project is part of the Youth Arts Initiative made possible by the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Youth range in age of 12-18 years old and are all from the city of Waukesha. Art classes are held at La Casa several times a week after school. All proceeds from the Mayor’s barbeque ribs and chicken sale will benefit La Casa de Esperanza’s Charter School.

Fiesta Waukesha is FREE to the public offering a wide variety of Hispanic music entertainment, historic Mexican artifacts display, amusement rides with wristband specials Saturday and Sunday, a free Children’s Area, 50/50 raffle, community information booths, and Latin American & other cuisines for the community to enjoy!

•Opening Ceremony is held at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12 featuring dignitaries and a reception. México Indígena will perform prior to the Opening Ceremony.