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AR-140409722Washington-Tres inmigrantes apostados desde el sábado en las inmediaciones de la Casa Blanca anunciaron que se someterán desde hoy a una dieta líquida para presionar al presidente Barack Obama a suspender deportaciones vía administrativa.

La protesta, que los tres inmigrantes planean sostener de manera indefinida tras almorzar, coincide con un ayuno de 48 horas que 100 mujeres procedentes de todo el país iniciaron la víspera en la capital estadounidense, donde se reunirán con legisladores y funcionarios de la Casa Blanca.

Naira Zapata dijo que se someterá al ayuno por la liberación de su pareja, el jardinero Ardany González, para que pueda conocer a la niña de ocho meses que nació después de que él fuera detenido.

“Quiero hacer el ayuno para sentir lo que mi esposo y otros detenidos injustamente sienten. Ellos no pueden comer bien estando ahí adentro encerrados’’, indicó a AP la poblana de 19 años que reside desde 2006 en Arizona.

Zapata señaló que realizará el ayuno acompañada de sus dos hijos para que “la gente vea que están aquí apoyándome a mí a y a mi papá’’.

José Valdez y Cynthia Díaz acompañarán a Zapata en el ayuno.

Los tres permanecen apostados desde el sábado en las inmediaciones de la Casa Blanca, cuando participaron en las protestas convocadas en varias ciudades de la nación para protestar por los dos millones de personas que han sido deportadas durante el gobierno de Obama.

En otra protesta, seis personas fueron arrestadas el lunes por manifestarse en las oficinas de los congresistas demócratas Xavier Becerra y Loretta Sanchez, a quienes le pedían una postura más crítica sobre el promedio anual de 400 mil deportaciones ocurridas desde que Obama llegó al poder en 2009.

Obama ha reiterado su renuencia a suspender las deportaciones alegando que la única solución permanente es una reforma legislativa.

El Congreso mantiene en el limbo la reforma porque la mayoría republicana en la Cámara de Representantes se ha negado a debatir el proyecto aprobado en junio por el Senado, de mayoría demócrata.

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855770-NAustin — El Consejo Educativo de Texas está considerando agregar una clase electiva de estudios mexicoamericanos a nivel preparatoria en todo el estado, una iniciativa que según sus partidarios le dará a los estudiantes un entendimiento más profundo sobre su estado, donde los hispanosconforman la mayoría de los estudiantes en las escuelas públicas, tomando en cuenta que Texas fue una vez parte de México.

Sin embargo, los críticos desestimaron la iniciativa como un intento de inyectar una política progresista al sistema educativo.

Los 10 republicanos y 5 demócratas del consejo tendrán una junta pública hoy, luego votarán sobre la posibilidad de agregar nuevas clases durante el transcurso de la semana. Esta es la primera vez que Texas considera este tipo de cursos. Pero el tema no es nada nuevo en otros estados fronterizos, incluyendo California, donde una proyecto de ley presentado recientemente hará obligatorio el crear un modelo para un curso estandarizado de estudios étnicos a nivel estatal.

Inclusive si la clase de estudios mexicoamericanos de Texas es aprobada, el desarrollar un currículum estatal y hacer la apropiación de los libros de texto necesarios, significa que en realidad estaría lista para ser impartida en los salones de clase dentro de dos o tres años. Pero el debate seguramente desencadenará antiguas batallas ideológicas sobre lo que se debe incluir en los currículums de historia y lo que se enseña en el segundo estado más poblado de Estados Unidos.

“Quizá haga lo que hizo Cesar Chávez y lleve a cabo un boicot”, dijo David Bradley sobre la junta de hoy, un miembro republicano del consejo, originario de Beaumont, quien se opone a la propuesta, haciendo referencia a legendario líder laboral hispano que dirigió un masivo boicot para conseguir mejores salarios y condiciones de trabajo para los trabajadores agrícolas.

También es probable que las discusiones pronostiquen los debates a futuro sobre el contenido de los nuevos libros de texto de estudios sociales, de los cuales el consejo está por aprobar el uso de estos en los salones de clase de todo Texas este otoño. En el 2010, la entonces miembro demócrata del consejo, Mary Helen Berlanga, salió enfurecida de una reunión sobre el currículum de estudios sociales tras sus esfuerzos fallidos por incluir más temas que hablaran sobre los líderes hispanos, declarando que: Simplemente podemos simular que todo lo hicieron los anglosajones y que los hispanos no existen”.

Varios consejos escolares de Texas, incluyendo el de Houston, han presentado resoluciones para aprobar la clase de estudios mexicoamericanos en el estado. A parte de Rubén Cortez, de Brownsville, quien propuso la resolución estatal, no se sabe cuánto apoyo la propuesta recibió de parte de los miembros del consejo. Algunos han dicho que se inclinan más por incluir una clase de estudios multiculturales, en la que se hable de los logros de los mexicoamericanos, pero también de los texanos que pertenecen a otros grupos étnicos y raciales.

Aún así, los miembros del consejo, como Bradley, no están muy dispuestos para ir tan lejos.

“Todos somos estadounidenses. El sugerir otra cosa es hacer más evidentes la segregación y las divisiones dentro de nuestra comunidad”, dijo. “Pido disculpas si he decepcionado a algunas personas, pero esto parece ser racismo a la inversa”.

Debbie Ratcliffe, una portavoz  de la Agencia Educativa de Texas, dijo que los distritos escolares ya cuentan con la libertad de ofrecer sus propias clases de estudios mexicoamericanos en sus localidades —y que algunas escuelas han trabajado con las universidades en las comunidades cercanas para delinear este tipo de clases para los estudiantes de preparatoria.

Ratcliffe también dijo que los estudiantes deben cumplir con el requisito de estudiar la historia de Texas en el cuarto y séptimo grados, y se les enseña de todo, desde la vida del gigante, Héctor P. García, quien luchó por los derechos civiles de los mexicoamericanos, has los esfuerzos hechos por los tejanos que se remontan al siglo XVI.

“Una clase aparte sería la solución”, dijo Ratcliffe. “Pero no quiero que las personas piensen que no se está enseñando sin que exista una clase a parte, porque la verdad es que esos temas sí se enseñan en clase”.

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alejandraJEFFERSON CO.—The body found in a cornfield in the Town of Ixonia late in March has been identified as 23-year-old Alejandra Guzman-Flores of Milwaukee.

Alejandra was last seen by her family on October 5, 2013.

FOX6 News reports Alejandra’s body was found along a stretch of North Road — six-tenths of a mile south of County Trunk Highway CW.

The man who discovered the body didn’t want to talk with FOX6 News on camera. However he fianl say off camera that after spotting several crows hovering over an area of the field, he walked to where the crows flew around and spotted the body. Fox6 News reports that “there was no clothing on the body except for sandals”. They also report that the in identified man said “the body looked like it had been there for awhile”.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators, along with the Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Scene Unit are investigating at this time.

If anyone has information regarding Guzman-Flores’ death or had contact with her on or around October 5, 2013, you’re strongly urged to call Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tim Behselich at 920-674-7314.

You may also anonymously call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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DownloadedFile-1Milwaukee police arrested a man in connection with a homicide of a south side victim who was targeted for his tax refund.

Doneal Bell, 21, was charged with felony murder in the fatal shooting of Mario D. Towns, 23, on the 1600 block of S. 3rd St., according to a criminal complaint.

According a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report, “Bell and a man identified only as ‘Tone’ forced their way into a residence, where they held Towns and the occupants at gunpoint and demanded money and marijuana.”

During the home invasion the men were aware that Towns had recently received his tax refund and purchased a large amount of marijuana with the money he received.

Towns attempted to escape from the residence but was chased down and shot in the back of the head by Bell’s accomplice the Journal Sentinel reports.

Towns was pronounced dead at the scene. $3,640 was found in his pants pocket, according to the complaint.

Bell is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail on a $100,000.

Bell faces 55 years in prison for his part in the homicide.

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milw county board logoMilwaukee County voters overwhelmingly approved A referendum cutting Milwaukee County Board members’ salaries this week. 71 percent of voters moved the salary cut forward.

The referendum was opposed by most County Board members and supported by county executive Abele. the referendum was approved for a vote by the part state Legislature last year led by State Representative Joe Sanfillipo who sought limiting the board’s authority.

47,657 voters approved the referendum and 19,642 opposed it, according Fox 6 news.

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic stated that the results of the referendum were not surprising.  “The outcome was pre-determined when, almost one year ago, state Republicans introduced legislation to dilute the people’s representation.  As wealthy special interests subsequently raised money to campaign for the misleading referendum, weakening local representation was the goal”, said Dimitrijevic.

“Supervisors represent the working families of their districts and ensure the voices of our diverse community are heard when it comes to policy discussions of transit, income inequality, parks and public safety.  The Board remains dedicated to serving our constituents, and we will continue to provide taxpayers a balance against unchecked executive power”, Dimitrijevic continued.

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council voted this week on a proposal that would allow city employees to annually take March 31st as an optional holiday, in observance of the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers of America.

The vote to approve the resolution at the Common Council was 13-1. Alderman Joe Dudzik from the 11th Aldermanic District voted against the ordinance.

Alderman T. Anthony Zielinski was the lead sponsor of the bill.

The resolution was adopted by the Common Council after the Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee approved the resolution on Wednesday, March 26th by a unanimous vote.

Those co-sponsoring the resolution with Alderman Zielinski were Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Robert W. Puente.

Alderman Zielinski said during an interview that he believed the Chavez birthday holiday measure is an excellent way to honor the legacy “of a man who is a true hero to all working Americans.”

“It behooves us to set aside an optional employee holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez, who helped bring national attention to the unsafe and unfair working conditions of farm workers, and inspired millions of people of all races to join in the nonviolent movement for farm workers’ rights,” Alderman Zielinski.

The proposed legislation designates March 31st annually as “Cesar E. Chavez Day” in observance of the birthday of Cesar Chavez and establishes that day as an optional holiday for city employees.

MILWAUKEE – One of the most notorious sex offenders in the state is about to be set free after years of being confined.

However, residents in the area are directing their anger at a house on their block where two sex offenders have lived supervised by the state for the past year.

Shawn Schulpius, who is currently living in a southside neighborhood under a state supervised release program, is going to be placed unsupervised release, along with another offender who lives with him, causing a stir among their neighbors, most of whom are expressing anger, but their anger and fears isn’t forcing the state to change its plans.

“We would like to know what their schedule is, if they’re going to be allowed to walk around the neighborhood 5 times in a day,” says Lisa Breitarch during a televised interview with WTMJ 4 News.

Next month the state plans to make Schulpius and his roommate, Edwin West eligible for the next level of their freedom, including occasional unsupervised trips outside.

“This has already happened to you and your community and your property values and your safety are already taken from you,” explains Rob Reynolds, a neighbor. “And now you get to vent and nothing ever changes.”

“I hope we provided as many answers to the community that we could,” says Jason Cram, from the Department of Health Services to WTMJ 4 News.

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img-Ramp-road-closures-create-commuter-headaches-in-MilwaukeeMilwaukee – Beginning Thursday, March 27, the City of Milwaukee will reconstruct South 27th Street from West Howard Avenue to the Union Pacific Railroad bridge near West Dakota Street. Site preparation work began on March 17th with full reconstruction beginning on the 27th. The project completion date is expected to be November 15, 2014.

The project includes:

Replacing the existing pavement with a new concrete pavement

Widening each roadway by two (2) feet to provide a bicycle accommodation

New curbs and gutters, driveway approaches and sidewalks at most locations

Installing decorative crosswalks at West Howard, Morgan and Oklahoma avenues, and the Kinnickinnic

River Parkway

Rehabilitating the bridge over the Kinnickinnic River and the culvert under the West Loomis Roadintersection. West Loomis Rd. also will be reconstructed from S. 27th St. west for about 450 feet.

“Green” sustainable infrastructure improvements

“The South 27th Street project provides an excellent opportunity for the City of Milwaukee and the Department of Public Works to continue to implement several “green infrastructure” components in our street designs,” said DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban. “This project will include nine bio retention facilities, or bio swales, in the new boulevards as well as landscaping elements that help remove silt and pollution from storm water runoff.”

Korban also emphasized the City’s commitment to incorporate safety improvements along the S. 27th St. corridor, a high volume street that provides access to a thriving business district, St. Luke’s Hospital, schools, churches, and recreational areas. This project will include traffic signal and crosswalk improvements and upgrades to the turning lanes as recommended in a series of safety audits, said Korban,

Phase 1: March 27 through approximately July 14: Reconstruction work on the west side of S. 27th St (southbound lanes). Two-way traffic will continue to operate on the east side of the street, one lane in each direction. Pavement gaps will be provided at intervals to maintain access to properties located along the street.

Phase 2: Approximately July 14 through November 15: Reconstruction moves to the east side of S. 27th St. (northbound lanes). Two-way traffic – one lane in each direction – moves to the recently completed southbound lanes.

Four-way traffic access will continue at the intersections of S. 27th St. and W. Howard, Morgan, and Oklahoma avenues.

Businesses and agencies along the construction corridor will be open as usual. DPW’s Support for Business program is providing signage throughout the area to help direct motorists and pedestrians to their destinations.

The Milwaukee County Transit System will maintain its current bus service on S. 27th St., with bus stops moving to the medians when construction prevents stopping at the curb.

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fbwc2014-300dpi_CropPor Miguel Ignacio Acabal

Milwaukee – La “League of United Latin American Citizens” (LULAC) inaugurará mañana la Conferencia Nacional de Mujeres, en el Hotel Hyatt, localizado en la 139 E. Kilbourn, informó el vicepresidente de esta organización del Medio Oeste, Daryl Morin.

Este acontecimiento tendrá como objetivo de potenciar la capacidad de la mujer en el amplio sentido de la palabra, y, para ello, se le deben proporcionar las herramientas para su desarrollo en el campo laboral, ya que es parte activa de todo el engranaje de la actividad social, desde dirigir un negocio, trabajar en una oficina, participar en las diferentes actividades sociales y culturales y, la política, tampoco le es ajena, según los organizadores.

Por consiguiente, se le debe capacitar para que pueda afrontar esos compromisos y, para ello, se ha organizado esta actividad, señaló Morin.

“Lo que se busca es que la mujer ocupe cargos en los aparatos de gobiernos estatales y federales”, enfatizó el vicepresidente de LULAC del Medio Oeste estadounidense, tras apuntar que “la mujer debe ser tomada más en cuenta en las decisiones políticas porque a estas alturas son relativamente muy pocas las que han encontrado un espacio en esas decisiones políticas”, reiteró.

De hecho las actividades iniciarán esta noche, cuando los dirigentes de LULAC tendrán una recepción en el referido hotel, donde recibirán a algunas autoridades de esta localidad, entre ellas el alcalde Tom Barret, quien será recibido por la presidenta de esta organización, Margaret Morán, y la vicepresidenta de Mujeres, Elsie Valdés, y demás directivos locales.

Y la apertura de dicha conferencia se efectuará con un desayuno con líderes políticos y congresistas, entre ellos la representante demócrata del Distrito 12, JoCasta Zamarripa, la republicana Jessie Rodríguez, la Congresista demócrata Gwen Moore y el alcalde de Racine, John Dickert, quienes pronunciarán sus discursos en alusión al evento, indicó Morin.

A la hora del almuerzo el alcalde estará presente de nuevo y, esta vez, estará acompañado por Rachel Campos Duffy, Caridad Pierluisi, Nancy Negrón, entre otros, detalló.

Morin manifestó que para poder alcanzar el propósito de LULAC en cuanto a impulsar el papel de la mujer en la vida cotidiana, se desarrollarán diferentes talleres relacionados con la mujer; incluso se le orientará acerca del programa de salud conocido como “Obamacare” y para eso han venido expertos de Washington, DC, para impartir dicho taller.

Habrá además un reconocimiento a 10 mujeres de diferentes Estados del país y, en Milwaukee, Yolanda Santos será una de las mujeres premiadas en esta ocasión; Morin manifestó que el premio obedece a su trayectoria de cooperación y trabajo en beneficio de la comunidad, de esa manera ha puesto el nombre de LULAC en alto.

Paul-Ryan_0By Scott Keyes

RACINE, Wisconsin — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been one of the primary architects of the GOP’s ongoing crusade to repeal and replace Obamacare. Most recently, the Budget Chairman has indicated that Republicans will attempt to pass individual reforms to roll back the health law’s provisions piece by piece.

But not all of Ryan’s constituents agree with his position. On Wednesday, the Republican congressman was confronted by one such voter at a town hall in southeast Wisconsin.

“ACA subsidies are a good thing,” Michael Martincic, 64, of Oak Creek told Ryan, criticizing his Party’s repeated attempts to get rid of the health reform law.

Martincic works as a roofer and is currently paying $700 for his health insurance through his union. However, upon browsing Healthcare.gov — “it was so easy to get on the site; the whole thing only took 15 minutes,” Martincic told ThinkProgress afterward — he found that he qualified for subsidies and could be paying as little as $200 for coverage.

Martincic also told Ryan about others who had been helped by Obamacare as well, including a friend with leukemia whose out-of-pocket expenses had been cut in half. At several points, the crowd clapped and cheered for him.

Nonetheless, Ryan defended his party’s repeal votes — 51 in total — noting that some of them only aimed to chip away at particular parts of Obamacare. “We didn’t have 51 votes to repeal it altogether 51 times,” Ryan said. “That’s sort of this urban legend…there are many pieces of this law that we went after.”

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Ryan’s own plan to replace Obamacare, the Patients’ Choice Act, was unveiled back in 2009. Although that plan lacks some of the consumer protections in Obamacare, it also incorporates some of the same provisions that made it into the health law. Ryan admitted last year that Obamacare does include some ideas that Republicans “have always been talking about.” But that hasn’t stopped him from repeatedly introducing budget proposals to repeal the law.

Martincic said he and his wife are still deciding whether to go through with the insurance switch, but he’s grateful to have the option. When ThinkProgress asked him whether he thinks Ryan sees the people like himself, who could benefit from Obamacare, Martincic shook his head. “He misses it.”

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olympia brown elementaryCALEDONIA — A teenage student from Racine has been issued multiple criminal charges ranging from first-degree sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, two counts of felony intimidation of a victim and child enticement.

The alleged assault happened at REAL School — which shares a building with Olympia Brown Elementary School in the Village of Caledonia.

Talon Mascaretti is alleged to have committed the assault on Thursday, March 6th. The Police report states that  Mascaretti ran into the alleged victim in the hallway on the first floor of the school where he allegedly offered the victim a Xanax pill. the female victim told police “that Mascaretti had been smoking “weed”.

The police complaint states that Mascaretti then dragged the girl into the boiler room of the school and then proceeded to assault her.  The girl told police “she tried to scream, but the machines in the room ‘were super loud.’” She also indicated “she stayed in the boiler room until after school was over.”

The complaint says the next morning, Mascaretti called the girl seven times — and allegedly threatened to hurt the girl and her family.

If convicted on the charges, Mascaretti faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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zoniaPor Miguel Ignacio Acabal

Milwaukee – Con el anhelo de que “los líderes latinos que existen tanto en Milwaukee como en todo los Estados Unidos, deben unirse en beneficio de la comunidad latina para ser más fuerte en todo el sentido de la palabra”, opinó la empresaria Zonia López.

Durante una entrevista efectuada esta semana con la propietaria de Flylda Travel, señaló que “hasta el momento los dirigentes hispanos en Milwaukee luchan cada quien por su lado, lo que ha hecho durante todo este tiempo es que se han creado espacios que propician una vulnerabilidad dentro de la misma comunidad”.

De acuerdo con la entrevistada, la “vulnerabilidad” consiste en que, si bien es cierto que se han alcanzado algunos logros en beneficio del sector latino, también es cierto que falta mucho por hacer, tener una influencia directa y fuerte en las decisiones políticas, económicas y sociales en la sociedad anglosajona, por ejemplo.

Indicó que se deben aprovechar las ventajas que proporciona el mismo gobierno, no obstante, al parecer estas ventajas no son aprovechadas al máximo por los miembros de la comunidad hispana, según López.

Y trajo a colación el caso de los jóvenes de la acción diferida, a quienes el presidente Barack Obama aprobó unilateralmente un “acuerdo gubernativo” que les dio el “status” legal de permanecer en el país y puedan estudiar y trabajar de forma legal; sin embargo, muchos de esos muchachos no han aprovechado las oportunidades, afirmó.

López señaló que alrededor de cinco millones de estos jóvenes en todo el país “no han sacado ventajas” de su condición de personas con documentos en orden.

Es exactamente lo que pasa con la comunidad latina, hay oportunidades que se dejan escapar y que por lo tanto no son absorbidas por las personas de esta comunidad y, con necesidades –de acuerdo con la óptica de Zonia López-, tras agregar que los líderes latinos deben sostener diálogos constantes para aportar ideas y aprovecharlas en beneficio de la misma comunidad.

Manifestó su admiración por las personas que trabajan en beneficio de su vecindario y lo hacen en “silencio” que, muchas veces, son pocas las oportunidades o quizás nunca son reconocidas; toda esa gente debe ser tomada en cuenta por los dirigentes de las organizaciones e integrarla como equipo para hacer una fuerza que se traduzca en crecimiento y progreso cualitativos del propio sector hispano y, al mismo tiempo, en un futuro inmediato repercuta en las decisiones que tomen los políticos.

La empresaria expresó que los líderes políticos y sociales de esta localidad deben aprovechar a la vez el crecimiento de la población latina, pues sólo en Milwaukee hay un poco más de 230 mil latinos, de acuerdo con el censo del 2010.

Zonia López, quien  además de ser propietaria de la agencia Flylda Travel, dirige un programa radial en el cual se abordan temas diferente índole: desde salud, economía, temas laborales, legales, migración, etc.

Senator tim carpenterMadison — Media networks around the state are reporting on a heated debate between Democrats and Republicans during a Senate session on election bills, which resulted in a charge of racism by Sen. Tim Carpenter who said that Republican Senator Mary Lazich “hates blacks and Latinos.”

Carpenter made the accusation after several elections bills Lazich has sponsored will, in his opinion, limit voting in Milwaukee and other urban areas where many minority voters live.

Lazich responded by objecting vehemently to Carpenter’s charge. The Republican lawmaker said that the bills she is supporting are needed to uphold a fair and accurate elections system.

GOP leaders immediately stood to defend Lazich and demanded an apology from Senator Carpenter for his   “rude and reprehensive” comments.

No response from Carpenter as of press time.

Manny PerezBy Manny Perez

General Manager, Esperanza Unida & Former Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development. 

An important issue affecting the Milwaukee South Side and Esperanza Unida is the lack of economic development, urban planning, and seriously deteriorated conditions along 5th and 6th Street. This makes it difficult for Esperanza Unida to attract and retain tenants at the correct rental rates and hence it negatively affects Esperanza Unida’s ability to generate needed revenue to pay the City taxes; including the tax arrears. While there is enough blame to go around as Esperanza Unida did not make the proper filings on time in years past contesting the assessment rates, it is also true that 5th and 6th Street urgently need improvement and economic development by the City, County, and State.

The time has come to aggressively support Mayor Barrett, Alderman Perez, the business owners on 5th and 6th Street, the Spanish Council, the Walker Point Association, and Esperanza Unida to bring to reality needed development projects to re-energize this area without partisan politics derailing these initiatives. Since my arrival in March 2013, I have been and continue to be adamant supporter of this initiative without partisan politics and with strong commitment to results. A visionary, catalytic concept already exists as we have been jointly working together with the Walker Point Association, Spanish Council, Alderman Perez and City Development in its conceptualization.

We urge the City of Milwaukee Development Office, the Office of the Mayor, Governor Scott Walker and all businesses and civic leaders to unite above partisan politics and past failed attempts, and express their commitment, political and economic support to drive economic development along 6th and 5th Street and to align the resources at State, County and City levels to make this project a reality. Politically and financially supporting this, will help everybody –including Esperanza Unida- and it will strongly add to the City of Milwaukee, County, and State of Wisconsin Tax base and employment goals outlined by Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, and Governor Scott Walker.

In 2013, under my leadership, Esperanza Unida completed the design of a new SAGE accounting system, paid the tax arrears with the Department of Revenue, continues to make payments to DWD Unemployment Tax Arrears, is restructuring the IRS debt and seek to structure payments to the City of Milwaukee taxes as well as meeting payroll each month and making payments to debtors each time possible despite current economic conditions. We are re-launching 9 programs and events all aimed at training, well-being, and bringing prosperity to the Milwaukee South Side as well as supporting entrepreneurs.

Therefore, let’s unite and drive economic development at 5th and 6th Streets and National Avenue!

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tom amentMILWAUKEE – Former Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament died this week.

A spokesperson for the Milwaukee County Board said Ament died Monday. He was 76 years old.

In 1968 Ament was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors where he was selected to be board chairman in 1976.  He went on to become county executive in 1992 and resigned in 2002 amidst a scandal over the county’s pension system.

Ament resigned from his position after the scandal broke. Nevertheless, after he resigned he was eligible for a $2 million payout and qualified for a six-figure annual pension.

Ament refused to take the lump sum payout.

County Supervisor Mark Borkowski said Ament should be remembered for more than the scandal that brought down his career.

“I think his legacy later will prove that he was an outstanding county executive. Right now, the whole pension thing is rather recent, and he’s been vilified for that,” Borkowski said.

Ament also played a role in the Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, the building of Miller Park and the Bradley Center.

Gov. Scott Walker said, “I wouldn’t have been county executive. I didn’t have interest in that. I ran at the time because I felt somebody needed to step up and do that,” Walker said. “I certainly send my sympathy out to his family on his passing.”

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fP bottom 3-5-14A number of the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) busiest programs will travel to a Milwaukee neighborhood.  An Integrated Mobile Monday will be held on Monday, March 17th at the COA Goldin Center located at 2320 W. Burleigh Street.

The daylong event will begin at 9:00 am and run until 3:00 pm.  Residents of the Amani Neighborhood will be able to get their state and federal taxes filled out and filed at no charge, apply for Energy Assistance, and learn more about the agency’s Lead Hazard Reduction Assistance program that makes homes safer for children.  There will also be enrollment assistance on sitefor the Affordable Care Act.

​The Integrated Mobile Monday at the COA Goldin Center is the latest in a series of events where SDC takes its programs to a neighborhood. It is an effort to make those services more easily available for residents.

​To apply for Energy Assistance, an appointment is needed. To set up an appointment, call 414-906-2800 and indicate it is for the COA Goldin Center on March 17th.

FP middle 3-5-14MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Republicans dismissed Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer from his leadership post unanimously this week.

Republicans voted in a secret ballot after discussing the matter behind closed doors for an hour and a half.

Kramer checked into a treatment facility last Saturday, amid reports that he groped a female staffer following a GOP fundraiser in Washington last Wednesday. The Waukesha lawmaker was also accused of making lewd remarks to a female lobbyist on a plane ride home the next day.

Medford, Wisconsin Republican Mary Williams made the motion to remove Kramer as the majority leader. She said he has lost the trust and confidence of Assembly Republicans.

There have also been calls for Kramer to resign from his Assembly seat.

Assembly Republicans have elected West Bend Representative Pat Strachota as their majority leaders in the assembly.

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IMG_2511Por Miguel Ignacio Acabal

Milwaukee – Organizaciones simpatizantes del régimen venezolano en Wisconsin efectuaron, el lunes por la tarde (en un ambiente de temperaturas bajas), una manifestación en la calle Locus y Humbold bulevar, en apoyo al gobierno de Venezuela.

Dirigentes de los grupos organizados como Peace Action, FRSO, Milwaukee Antiwar, Youth Empowerd, entre otros, protestaron en la referida área para manifestar su respaldo al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro, ante las convulsiones sociales que se viven en aquel país sudamericano; y, clamaron, porque la calma y la paz vuelvan al pueblo venezolano.

Uno de los miembros de la Youth Empowerd, quien no quiso proporcionar su nombre, expresó que “hemos venido a manifestar nuestro a poyo al presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, porque tanto él como el propio pueblo están viviendo un momento crítico en la vida política y social de su país y, sabemos, que se ha organizado un complot en su contra para desprestigiar su gobierno, y ese complot es encabezado por la CIA (Agencia Central de Inteligencia –por sus siglas en inglés-) que siempre tiene sus narices metidas en todo lo que pasa con los países de América Latina”.

“Recordemos que en el 2002 el entonces presidente Hugo Chávez Frías sufrió un golpe de Estado y ese golpe de Estado lo abanderó precisamente la CIA”, reiteró el entrevistado, tras añadir que “es exactamente lo que está sucediendo ahorita con Nicolás Maduro para socavar su gobierno y hacer creer al mundo que está equivocado con la continuidad de la política bolivariana que había iniciado Hugo Chávez”, fustigó.

Los manifestantes que se encontraban en la dicha arteria gritaban consignas a favor del gobierno de Venezuela, y pedían que cese la violencia en aquel país que era a la vez incitado por el poder económico venezolano con la injerencia de altos funcionarios de la Agencia Central de Inteligencia estadounidense.

Ese mismo día, el gobernador del Estado de la Florida, el republicano Rick Scott, pidió públicamente que a los funcionarios de la alta esfera gubernamental de Venezuela, entre ellos el presidente Nicolás Maduro, se les congelen sus cuentas bancarias y se les retiren la visa para ya no poder ingresar en territorio norteamericano.

Rick Scott vituperó con rudeza al gobierno de Venezuela por la convulsión social que ocurre en estos momentos en dicha nación; y, a consecuencia de ello, pidió a las autoridades competentes de su país a que se adopten las sugerencias hechas por él.

De  la misma manera se pronunció el senador Marco Rubio, también del Partido Republicano, quien señaló que con los acontecimientos en Venezuela, ese país se encamina hacia un sistema como el cubano, donde se violan los derechos más elementales del hombre, por lo que se exige la pronta reinstalación de la paz en la sociedad venezolana.