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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the tragic killing of the Honduran environmental and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres on March 2, 2016, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced legislation that would suspend U.S. funding to the Republic of Honduras for their police and military operations, including funds for equipment and training, until the Honduran government investigates credible reports indicating the police and military are violating citizens’ human rights.
The U.S. Department of Defense is sending the Honduran government $18 million in 2016 for security assistance.
The “Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” (H.R. 5474) would suspend those funds – and prohibit international loans providing for security assistance – from being dispersed unless Honduras makes serious inroads to addressing blatant human rights violations by police and military forces.
“We provide millions of dollars in security assistance to Honduras every year but these same forces have been found to attack and kill environmental, labor and human rights activists like Cáceres without any effective response from the Honduran authorities,” said Rep. Johnson. “It’s time for our government to send a stronger message by leveraging security assistance and multilateral loans in order to put real and lasting pressure on the Honduran government to protect its activists and pursue those responsible for these outrageous crimes.”
In March, Rep. Johnson and Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) penned a letter signed by more than 60 Congressional colleagues calling for an independent, international investigation into the murder of Cáceres with backing from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
The State Department, The New York Times, the Associated Press and numerous human rights groups have documented that the Honduran police and military are widely believed to be deeply corrupt and commit gross human rights abuses – including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder – with impunity.
The bill – cosponsored by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13), Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15) – requires investigations into a series of suspicious killings of human rights activists and demands the Honduran government protect the rights of trade unionists; journalists; human rights; defenders; Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous, small farmers and LGBTI activists; critics of the government and other civil society activists so they may operate without interference from the police or military.
“Like so many across the globe, I was deeply saddened to hear that beloved human rights activist Berta Cáceres became the latest victim of violence and impunity in Honduras earlier this year,” said Rep. Conyers. “I am proud to support this bill that will ensure that U.S. military and police aid is dispensed only when Honduran institutions have demonstrated a firm commitment to bring perpetrators of violence to justice.”
“Berta Cáceres willingly risked her life to fight for equality and justice in Honduras,” said Rep. Ellison. “In the wake of her death, and the continued violence against organizers, activists, and civilians, it is time to finally address human rights in Honduras. Members of Congress have written letters on this for years, but the situation continues to deteriorate. It’s time to take stronger action. This bill would suspend security aid to Honduras until human rights are protected, members of the Honduran security forces are held accountable, and justice is achieved for the victims.”
“There are rampant abuses of human rights in Honduras by security forces, and unanswered, enduring questions about the murder of Berta Cáceres and other activists,” said Rep. Kaptur. “As President Truman remarked, ‘Once a government is committed to the principal of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go.’ These abuses have led to a climate of fear and intimidation, and until law and order are restored, we have a moral obligation to suspend all police and military aid to Honduras.”
“I am proud to stand with Representative Hank Johnson in calling for a suspension of U.S. aid to Honduran military and police forces,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “The Honduran government has stood by while environmental activists like Berta Cáceres and trade unionists have been murdered for speaking up to protect workers, the environment and their country. It has allowed its law enforcement officials to violate the legal rights of its people and use violence in an attempt to intimidate activists into silence. U.S. taxpayers should not be asked to fund those anti-democratic actions. Until and unless the Honduran government puts an end to those practices and works with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation of past abuses, it does not deserve U.S. support.”
“A number of reports from credible human rights organizations establish the extent to which the Honduran police and military are engaging in corrupt practices and gross human rights abuses in Honduras,” said Rep. Serrano. “When these abuses occur, Hondurans often do not have access to a strong and fair judicial system. Impunity cannot and will not be tolerated. Cutting U.S. security assistance to Honduras will send a strong message, limit funding for institutions that are broken, and serve as leverage to force the Honduran government to investigate these crimes, tackle corruption, and restore law and order.”
MILWAUKEE – A new coalition of community groups in Milwaukee is expressing concerns about Milwaukee’s piping system that transfer fresh water to homes.
The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition – made up of nine organizations from the city’s north and south sides including NAACP Milwaukee and the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin – is calling on the Department of Public Works to suspend road construction until engineers can ensure the construction doesn’t negatively affect the pipes underground.
Residents near an area of construction are concerned that the activity may loosen lead in lateral pipes.
The construction at 13th Street, between Rogers and Becher streets, has those who live there worried for their health.
In a news conference last week, coalition members expressed concern that the vibrations from construction equipment would loosen protective layering around the lead pipes.
“The City of Milwaukee cannot be considered the ‘Fresh Water Capital’ if [city leaders] cannot provide lead-free drinking water to the people living in its own backyard,” Robert Miranda, a spokesperson for the coalition, “We need new testing of water immediately so we can see where we are for real.”
Dr. Pat McManus of the Black Health Coalition said lead exposure has tangible, negative health effects, ones she can see in young children.
“One of the clients that we’re working with, her son was diagnosed with having increased lead. And he was a part that actually makes him violent. People don’t talk about that. He’s only 9-years-old,” McManus said.
In a statement a spokesperson for the City of Milwaukee says, “Mayor Tom Barrett has made and continues to make this issue a priority, as he works closely with local, state and federal agencies to identify ways to address lead service lines in Milwaukee. We will share our progress and provide up-to-date information with the public as it becomes available – the safety of our fellow residents is of the highest importance.”
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 331 individuals during a monthlong operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in six Midwestern states.
This operation, which began May 9 and concluded last week, is the latest effort by ICE to arrest and remove convicted criminal aliens. The arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.
ERO officers arrested 39 individuals throughout Wisconsin. All 39 males have been convicted of crimes in the United States including: illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, battery, domestic abuse, 4th degree sexual assault, drugs, and drunken driving. Four of the 39 were previously deported from the United States and illegally re-entered.
Those arrested in Wisconsin are from the following countries: Mexico (37), Cuba (1), and El Salvador (1). The majority were arrested in Green Bay (12), Milwaukee (5) and Sturgeon Bay (5). Additional arrests took place in the following communities: Beloit, De Pere, Fond du Lac, Janesville, Jefferson, Kenosha, Madison, Manitowoc, New Franken, Pulaski, Racine, Seymour, Sheboygan, Unity, and Waunakee.
Immigrant rights group, Voces de la Frontera released a statement calling the action by ICE a continuing campaign to traumatize families, rob children of their parents and making immigrant community members afraid to cooperate with law enforcement.
“In these raids ICE arrested the son-in-law of one of our members, and the only offense on his record is a 10-year-old conviction for working with a made-up Social Security Number. He is not a threat to anyone. His crime was working to support his wife and 2 children, and he was only arrested because of a racist, Arizona-type workplace raid, where ICE went to the Star Packaging Factory in Whitewater in 2006 and racially profiled all the Latino workers. Contrary to what ICE claims, he is not a priority for deportation. He is a victim of civil rights violations and his case should be closed immediately”, said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera.
Following are two case examples of those arrested in Wisconsin during this operation:
· A 32-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for domestic abuse, criminal damage to property, and hit and run involving injury. He was arrested May 10 in Beloit and remains in ICE custody pending deportation proceedings.
· A previously deported 37-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for domestic abuse, theft, and 4th degree sexual assault. He was arrested May 10 in Green Bay and was removed to Mexico May 27.
“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.”
ICE received assistance during the Wisconsin operation from the following agencies: Green Bay Police Department’s Gang Task Force, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department.
Those arrested who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.
All of those apprehended during this operation were immigration enforcement priorities as outlined in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson’s 2014 memorandum.
MILWAUKEE _ Chancellor Mark Mone announced today that The Bernard Osher Foundation, a private foundation based in San Francisco, has awarded an additional $1 million to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a program of UWM’s School of Continuing Education. To date, the foundation has contributed nearly $3.7 million to the university, the majority of which has gone to the institute, which offers socially interactive, engaging and intellectually stimulating experiences for adults 50 and above.
“We are grateful to the foundation for their longtime support that has allowed us to offer this valuable program to the community,” Chancellor Mone said. “The institute at UWM has seen tremendous growth since receiving its initial funding in 2008, both in terms of doubling its membership and tripling its program offerings in recent years.”
Each year, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM provides its 1,400 members with more than 250 courses and programs that range from foreign language and literature to travel excursions, both local and abroad. For many mature learners, the institute offers a chance to explore something new that wasn’t part of their careers or daily lives.
“We salute the university’s leadership and staff as well as the institute’s remarkable volunteers for developing an outstanding program of great variety,” Osher Foundation president Mary Bitterman said. “The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM consistently provides older adults in the Milwaukee area with a broad array of meaningful and enriching educational opportunities. We are delighted to provide this additional support.”
The foundation supports 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes around the country, and each is connected to a prominent institution of higher education. While UW-Milwaukee’s is the only Osher program in Wisconsin, others in the region include those hosted by Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan.
UWM has been fortunate to receive multiple gifts from the foundation thanks to the success of its program. “We are grateful to Bernard Osher and the foundation for helping this program grow and meet a need in the community,” said Kim Beck, executive director of the institute. “The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM is a true gem in Milwaukee.”
Estados Unidos.- En el momento en que Omar Mateen dejó de disparar en el interior del club nocturno Pulse en la ciudad de Orlando, en Florida, en la madrugada de este domingo, una de cada tres personas que estaban allí había sido alcanzada por algún proyectil.
Horas después, las cifras subieron a niveles históricos: el violento ataque de Mateen había dejado 49 muertos y 53 heridos, en el que ya es el tiroteo masivo más mortífero en la historia reciente de EE.UU.
Las autoridades explicaron que el atacante llamó a una línea de emergencias para declarar su lealtad al grupo radical autodenominado Estado Islámico y que en sus conversaciones telefónicas con la policía el joven de 29 años se mostró “tranquilo y calmado”.
Pero, ¿qué tiene de distinto este ataque con respecto a los 372 que ocurrieron en suelo estadounidense durante 2015 o a los otros que acontecieron en años anteriores con las mismas características?
“La principal diferencia es que ocurrió en un recinto cerrado y ruidoso, lo que evitó que la gente se diera cuenta de lo que estaba ocurriendo. Y cuando lo notaron, no tenían un lugar hacia donde escapar”, le dijo a BBC Mundo el experto en seguridad antiterrorista Anthony C. Roman, de la empresa Roman and Associates, con sede en Nueva York.
Pero no es la única causa.
La duración del ataque en Pulse – más de tres horas- y el arma que utilizó Mateen -un fusil AR-15- fueron dos aspectos que también ayudaron a aumentar el número de víctimas fatales, de acuerdo a Roman y a otros analistas consultados por BBC Mundo.
“Aunque la respuesta de la policía fue inmediata, el atacante sólo fue neutralizado tres horas después de haber disparado por primera vez, lo que ayudó a que pudiera recargar su arma y tuviera tiempo de recorrer el lugar en busca de víctimas, a las que fue matando en etapas”, explicó Roman.
En BBC Mundo analizamos tres claves que hacen que el tiroteo en la discoteca gay de Orlando se inscriba en la historia como en peor en su género en Estados Unidos.
1. Lugar cerrado y ruidoso
El 13 de noviembre de 2015, tres atacantes ingresaron al teatro Bataclan, ubicado en el sur de París, Francia, y abrieron fuego contra las personas que asistían a un recital musical.
La cifra de muertos fue de 83, la mayoría espectadores que no alcanzaron a escapar del teatro.
Comparando lo ocurrido en París con lo que se sabe sobre Orlando, parece que la embestida de Meteen puede ser considerada similar en el accionar: ingresó por la puerta principal y comenzó a disparar contra las personas que estaban dentro del establecimiento disfrutando de una fiesta.
Muchos de los testigos que lograron sobrevivir al ataque afirmaron que confundieron los disparos con el estrépito de la música por un buen rato.
“Pensé que era una canción de los Ying Yang Twins”, le dijo a la cadena radial NPR Christopher Hansen, uno de los presentes en el club.
La confusión ayudó a que Omar Mateen disparara durante casi un minuto sin que la música se apagara.
“Casi que comencé a bailar con el ritmo”, dijo. Pero cuando la música se detuvo y los disparos continuaron, la diversión se convirtió en terror.
“La mayoría de los tiroteos en Estados Unidos ocurren en espacios abiertos y los que se registran en lugares cerrados son siempre en colegios y universidades, donde hay rutas de escape más accesibles”, le dijo a BBC Mundo Natasha Esrow, especialista en temas de terrorismo y docente de la Universidad de Essex, en Reino Unido.
En el caso de Pulse, las únicas vías de salida fueron la puerta de acceso al patio y una puerta trasera. La salida principal estaba bloqueada por el atacante.
“Las personas quedaron dentro del club como un blanco fácil. En inglés tenemos una expresión, sittings ducks (patos sentados), para describir a una persona que no tiene ninguna protección ante la inminencia de un ataque armado”, señaló Ezrow.
2. El poder del arma
Tanto Esrow como Roman coinciden en que el factor principal detrás de la cantidad de muertos en Orlando es el poder de ataque del fusil de asalto tipo AR-15, el que utilizó Marteen.
“El AR-15 es una versión del M-16 que utilizan las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos. Es una arma semiautomática, que le permite al tirador dejar apretado el gatillo para aumentar su rango de ataque, sin tener que recargar”, explicó Ezrow.
De acuerdos a los reportes de la policía y el FBI, fusiles de asalto como el AR-15 fueron utilizados en las matanzas de los cines de Aurora, Colorado (el 20 de julio de 2012), la de la escuela de Sandy Hook en Newtown, Connecticut (14 de diciembre de 2012), y más recientemente en San Bernardino, California, donde murieron 14 personas el pasado 2 de diciembre.
La capacidad del arma le permitió a Marteen no solo ser más efectivo en su ataque, sino crear caos y pánico que él utilizó como protección.
“Es una arma que funciona con gran velocidad y el atacante aprovechó eso para crear una confusión tal que ninguna de las personas que estaba dentro del club se atrevió a neutralizarlo”, explicó el analista.
En el informe policial se afirma que uno de los efectivos de seguridad que estaba en el establecimiento logró reaccionar, pero Marteen repelió el ataque.
“Con todos estos antecedentes, un arma de semejante calibre debería tener restricciones, pero en el estado de la Florida está permitida su venta. Marteen la compró legalmente con su licencia para tenencia de armamento”, explicó la docente.
Y además, de acuerdo a la Asociación Nacional del Rifle (NRA, por sus siglas en inglés), la organización que aboga por el derecho a la posesión de armas en EE.UU., el AR-15 es el fusil “más popular “.
3. Tres largas horas de operativos
Según la policía de Orlando, el ataque comenzó en plena madrugada, a las 2:00 horas de este domingo. A esa hora Marteen le disparó al guardia de la entrada y comenzó su violenta incursión dentro del bar Pulse.
Y finalizó recién a las 5:00 am, tres horas después, con la muerte del atacante abatido por la policía.
“Es indudable que ese tiempo fue suficiente para causar el mayor daño posible, pero no se trató de una falta de respuesta de la policía, sino de la necesidad de manejar una difícil situación táctica”, explicó Roman.
A los dos minutos de iniciado el ataque, Marteen fue interceptado por un miembro de la policía y, después de un intercambio de disparos, el uniformado se vio obligado a salir del establecimiento.
El jefe de la policía local, John Mina, informó que sus fuerzas llegaron e ingresaron al establecimiento. Allí fue cuando Marteen se encerró en los baños y tomó a las personas que estaban allí como rehenes.
La policía aprovechó para sacar a los heridos y a los sobrevivientes que habían quedado en el salón principal.
“Fue un momento difícil: Marteen los amenazó no sólo con detonar una bomba que dijo llevar encima, sino que también les dijo que el lugar estaba lleno de explosivos. Tuvo que pasar un lapso de varios minutos hasta que se determinó que no había riesgo de explosión dentro del bar”, explicó Roman.
La policía intentó negociar con el atacante. A las 5:00 am, decidió utilizar el equipo SWAT para irrumpir en el bar y terminar con el ataque.
“Creo que cuando (el atacante) tomó a los rehenes la situación se tornó mucho más complicada. No creo que se hubiera podido terminar antes, la policía tiene como principio intentar salvar a la mayor cantidad de personas posibles. Y así lo hizo”, aclaró Roman.
Al final, muchos de los clientes del club pudieron escapar por un agujero que las fuerzas policiales realizaron con un vehículo blindado en una de las paredes del local.
Fue por ahí que también salió el atacante que fue abatido por la policía.
By Robert Miranda
Milwaukee – Major street construction is happening on 13th street in Milwaukee’s near Southside. From Historic Mitchell Street to Windlake Ave., heavy concrete busted up by equipment sits on the street. Residents in the area state that they can feel the shockwaves coming into their homes from the pounding being done to break apart the cement in front of thief house.
The street repaving and sidewalk replacement project is being done by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The Spanish Journal canvassed the area from the 2100 block to 1700 block of south 13th street between Historic Mitchell Street to Windlake Ave. speaking with residents who live in homes that have lead water pipes connected to city water mains.
The homes having lead pipes were identified using City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) data obtained via open records.
Long-term exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, particularly in children under the age of six and to the fetus of expecting mothers. Lead is toxic to everyone, but unborn babies and young children are at greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning. Long-term symptoms include behavioral problems, adverse brain development, and anemia to name a few.
One resident the Spanish Journal spoke with, Silvia Ochoa stated, “we were alerted about the construction with a notice. We were also alerted to flush our water in that notice. But no one explained anything about the lead pipes or come to my house to test our water for lead”.
The Spanish Journal found that in the stretch of construction work being done on south 13th street, residents we spoke with had similar story as Silvia.
Residents on these blocks have stated that they were not provided any warnings to the potential dangers of spiking lead levels caused by all the construction taking place on their block.
Residents in the area also state that their has been no testing of the water since the construction has started.
The City of Milwaukee suspended water main replacement earlier this year in neighborhoods with large number of homes that have lead lateral water pipes connected to the water mains, because shaking the mains caused spiking of lead levels in the water of homes.
The Spanish Journal contacted the alderperson of this neighborhood via email, Jose Perez and the spokesperson for DPW, Susan Rusch Walton, to ask about the risk the construction work presented to the health of the residents.
Perez referred the matter to DPW, and the DPW spokesperson has not yet provide information to our inquiry, after informing us that she was checking into the matter and will get back to us. As of press time no information from DPW has been obtained.
The properties with these lead lateral pipes are clustered near this massive road repaving and sidewalk replacement project. The concern being raised is related to the vibrations caused by the heavy pounding by construction equipment busting up slabs of sidewalk cement, potentially shaking loose phosphates that coat the inner lining of the lead lateral water pipes that are intended to keep lead from leaching into these residents drinking water.
Is the street construction loosening the protection in the lead lateral pipes because of these vibrations?
Older homes with lead service connection lines, or lead lateral pipes, to the city’s water mains are particularly at risk.
The work goes on and and we wonder what the lead level readings in the water of these homes are today.
Caution is extremely warranted here for all of the families living in construction zones drinking the water.
TREVOR — Several fire departments responded to a large fire at Salem Business Center this week.
The fire engulfed a large warehouse which housed multiple businesses, including an auto body shop, storage facility and transmission repair service.
Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department units also responded as local fire departments with the help of Kansasville and Fox Lake, Ill., battled the blaze for more than four hours.
Heavy black smoke smothered the area, slowing traffic on nearby roads to a crawl and causing some people to seek temporary shelter.
Fire trucks transported thousands of gallons of water from a source miles away and dump it in plastic pools because there were no hydrants in the area. Firefighters used that water to subdue the flames.
No one was reported injured, according to sheriff’s deputies at the scene, and the cause of the blaze was not determined. An investigation is underway.
The metallic warehouse is considered a total loss, and a handful of vehicles inside the warehouse were destroyed.
Milwaukee – Freshwater City, Milwaukee, was identified as one of 33 American cities an investigative report by The Guardian found to be deliberately concealing potentially dangerous levels of lead in drinking water.
Milwaukee was identified as “cheating’, as are Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Columbus.
The United Kingdom-based publication says it launched its investigation after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
The Guardian combed through “thousands of documents detailing water testing practices over the past decade” and said the cities used testing methods that go against US EPA guidelines.
These altered testing methods may lower the amount of lead detected in households, the report went on to say.
In 21 cities, including Milwaukee, water testers were instructed to “pre-flush” pipes before testing for lead.
In 7 cities, testers were asked to remove aerators from their spouts before running the water, which can reduce lead content.
In 23 cities, including Milwaukee, testers were told to run water slowly. This can cause less lead to come out of the pipes.
The Guardian asked 81 of the largest US cities east of the Mississippi for their water-testing documents before publishing their findings.
Recently, WTMJ-4 reported that Milwaukee city officials refuted the findings of the Guardian stating that water testing protocols were followed by Milwaukee and that EPA guidelines were followed.
City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works spokesperson stated during the WTMJ-4 report that EPA guidelines changed in February 2016 and that up until a few months ago, Milwaukee tested the water following EPA guidelines before the change was made.
Spokesman for the group, Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), Robert Miranda stated that, “FLAC is concerned about the fact that Milwaukee is operating with water sample data collected under the guidelines before EPA changed them a few months ago. FLAC is seeking new data from the city giving lead water level reading based on the new EPA protocols, so that accurate water lead level data can be documented from homes with lead pipes”.
The FLAC coalition has meetings scheduled with the Commissioner of the Milwaukee Health Department, the president of the Milwaukee Common Council and is currently working on scheduling a meeting with Mayor Barrett.
Keene, Calif.—Helen Fabela Chavez, 88, who played a vital role helping her husband give birth to what became the first enduring farm workers union in U.S. history—and sustained Cesar Chavez during the 31 years he led the United Farm Workers of America—passed away Monday, June 6, at a Bakersfield hospital surrounded by many her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Helen, a humble girl from Delano, used her fierce determination to help change the lives of thousands of farm workers and millions of others who were inspired by La Causa. Born Helen Fabela on Jan. 21, 1928 in the Imperial Valley town of Brawley, her family lived into a converted horse barn outside McFarland before moving to Delano. She met Cesar in the mid-1940s, they were married in 1948 after his discharge from the U.S. Navy and they had eight children: Fernando, Sylvia, Linda, Eloise, Anna, Paul, Elizabeth and Anthony.
Cesar and Helen left a comfortable middle-class life in East Los Angeles in 1962, and moved back to Delano to begin organizing farm workers. Enduring greats hardship, Helen often had to raise the children by herself while Cesar was on the road. She returned to fieldwork while Cesar organized up and down California’s vast Central Valley; on weekends Cesar and some of the older children joined her.
Quiet and humble but fiercely determined and strong willed, Helen didn’t speak in public or talk with reporters, but she held deep convictions. In September 1965, while members of Cesar’s young Latino union debated whether or not to join a grape strike begun that month by members of a largely Filipino union, Helen in her quiet, no-nonsense way, settled the debate by asking, “Are we a union or not?”
Her consistent humility, selflessness, quiet heroism and fiery perseverance were at the heart of the movement she helped build.
For her part Zamarippa submitted her nomination papers to defend her seat in the up-coming August 9 Primary Election.
When Manriquez was asked why did she decide to run again she responded by saying that in the past three campaigns “I’ve had to deal with obstacles and tragedy”.
Manriquez said that In 2010, “my campaign was derailed by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS) report falsely identifying me for having state warrants against Me for back taxes. The false report clearly hurt my chance of winning the campaign that year. MJS recanted the story issued a correction and public apology to Manriquez for the false report.”
However, the damage to Manriquez’ reputation was done and there was no way to recover because the report was released weeks before the election.
In 2012, tragedy befell Manriquez when her son was tragically killed by a hit and run driver. “The loss of my dear son was more than I could bear that year”, said Manriquez. The campaign was suspended.
In 2014, despite having broken her ankle in three places, while working as a city forestry division trainee, Manriquez filed once again to run for the 8th Assembly seat. Walking around on crutches with a metal plate and screws affixed to her ankle and nursing a broken rib, Manriquez filed her nomination papers after collecting the required signatures to be placed on the ballot.
But once again tragedy struck. Walking down a flight of stairs Manriquez lost her balance and fell down 15 steps hitting her head causing a major concussion, swelling to her brain, hemorrhage and a blood clot to the brain. After two weeks in the hospital to be stabilized, Manriquez returned home unable to care for herself and function as individuals normally do, therefore the campaign was once again suspended. “I really wanted to be out there. Knocking on doors. Meeting with the voters. Surrounding myself with my community like I usually do. But I was unable to even care for myself”, said Manriquez
After almost two years of intensive therapy and determination, Manriquez has since recovered from her fall and today went to Madison, to submit her nominations papers signed by electors of the community. “I am so honored that my community is allowing me to be on the ballot to be voted for as their next State Representative of the 8th Assembly District” said Manriquez.
Zamarripa on the other hand is the incumbent and has been focusing much her efforts addressing matters of immigration and the LGBT community.
Zamarripa is currently standing opposed to Republican efforts to regulate the use of bathrooms in public schools.
Calling the bathroom bill an injustice, Zamarripa states that Republicans are seeking to come into the next session of the Assembly to focus on regulating ones right to use the bathroom according to the gender they identify with.
MILWAUKEE – In an interview that aired over the weekend on WISN’s UpFront with Mike Gousha, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele again reaffirmed his commitment to working with Milwaukee Public Schools to implement the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program in a way that is, “as pro-MPS as possible.”
Read WISN’s recap of the interview below, or view online at: http://www.wisn.com/politics/upfront/abele-wants-to-work-with-mps/39789152
Abele wants to work with MPS
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he wants to work with leaders of the Milwaukee Public Schools to turn around some struggling schools, as required by a new state law.
The Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program was written by state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield. It calls for a few struggling MPS schools to be placed under the control of the county executive, and his appointed commissioner. Abele chose the Mequon-Thiensville superintendent, Dr. Demond Means, to lead the Opportunity Schools program.
But so far, the program has received a chilly response from the leaders of Milwaukee schools.
Appearing Sunday on “UPFRONT with Mike Gousha,” Abele said he and Means have tried to address the district’s concerns about how the program would work.
Abele said the plan he and Means have proposed would allow teachers in the Opportunity Schools program to remain MPS teachers, stay in their union and keep their salaries and benefits. The program would also start with just one school, and eventually return it to MPS, Abele said.
“We have proposed a way of implementing it that is as pro-MPS as possible,” Abele said.
To date, MPS leaders have not agreed to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with the county for operation of an OSPP school, or even meet with Abele and Means, according to Abele’s office.
Abele said it is not an option to just ignore the law and hope the authors of it will go away.
“It is not the case, for anybody who is considering this issue right now, that we can simply say ‘We don’t want to do anything. Pass.’ That is not an option we have,” Abele said.
“We have to do something,” he said. “If we don’t do this, I think you might see something more heavy-handed and honestly, I’m concerned about that,” he said.
Kenosha – Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said a new law is needed to require anyone who leases a property to a sex offender be a resident of that county.
The Sheriff’s comments come after friends, neighbors, local business people and elected officials gathered in Wheatland to show their anger and concern over a registered sex offender placed in a home literally yards away from a family home with a young child.
The Sheriff’s proposal is an effort to stop business partnerships from forming with the sole intent of buying inexpensive homes around the state and renting them at a premium to the state Department of Human Services as locations to house sex offenders.
“This will help to control the actions of absentee landlords from several counties away who have no connection to the properties in our counties where sex offenders are placed,” Beth wrote in an opinion letter to fellow sheriffs in the state.
Things have gotten heated after Racine County Judge Allan Torhorst upheld the placement of Michael McGee, 53, in the house adjacent to a home with a small child.
Torhorst ordered McGee be placed in the home within 10 days.
Kenosha County officials had claimed that McGee’s offender profile includes children as potential targets. McGee was convicted of burglary and second-degree sexual assault of a woman in 1987. After his release, McGee reportedly had his parole revoked as a result of an alleged incident involving a 10-year-old boy to whom he is related.
The placement in Kenosha County of an offender from Racine County came about because there are reportedly no available homes or facilities in Racine or Milwaukee counties.
A change in a state law loosened requirements that released offenders must be placed in the county of their arrest.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Students were moved from Pleasant Prairie Elementary School in Kenosha County this week after someone called in with a bomb threat, officials said. There were similar threats made to schools across the state of Wisconsin and the country. Most of the threats were made from “robocalls” which are computer-generated calls.
Pleasant Prairie police say the school received a voicemail message at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23rd indicating there was a bomb in the school.
The students were transported to Mahone Middle School, where parents picked up their children or the kids took the bus home at the end of the school day, according to a Kenosha Unified School District spokeswoman
In the end, no credible threat was found. The school was deemed safe and students returned to class the next day.
This was one of several bomb threats to occur in the state of Wisconsin and across the country on this week.
Threats were also received this week at schools in Green Bay, Appleton and Port Washington; and at schools near Madison, Oshkosh and Kenosha. The threats resulted in evacuations and lockdowns. Some closed for the day, while classes resumed at others the next day.
Crickets can be heard around City Hall regarding the 70,000 homes in Milwaukee that still use lead pipes contaminating the water flowing into the houses of many residents, specifically Milwaukee’s Black, low-income whites and Latino communities.
Aside from a Milwaukee Water Works notice to many of these homes (alerting residents about the hazard and informing them to flush out their water for 3 to 5 minutes before using the water), and the Mayor and his bureaucrats making a few comments about how safe the water is in the media, there is still no effort to creat a comprehensive strategic plan to work with property owners to remove these toxic ticking lead pipe bombs.
Can the silence by our elected representatives and government bureaucrats continue? Especially, in light of the fact that new research is coming to light showing the correlation between violent behavior and murders are rising due to lead in our water leaching from lead pipes.
The brain-destroying power of lead, it appears, is not being taken seriously by the Mayor. There is no urgency coming from City Hall to remove these lead pipes.
Maybe that sense of urgency will come from the Mayor’s office now that there is new research which links American cities that still have lead water pipes have higher violent crimes and murder rates than cities without lead water pipes.
James J. Feigenbaum of Harvard and Christopher Muller of the University of California, Berkeley, report that on average, “cities that used lead water pipes had homicide rates that were twenty-four percent higher than cities that did not.”
The research is significant because it carries the credentials of two of our nations prestigious research universities. The study builds on a explosion of new research now being published after the Flint, Michigan crisis. The authors of the study link lead exposure to various criminal behaviors in the United States over the past several decades.
The Huffington Post reports that “Feigenbaum and Muller compiled historical information on pipe materials in 545 cities from 1921 to 1936, and after controlling for a variety of demographic factors, found that “cities that used lead pipes had between 14 and 36 percent higher homicide rates than cities that did not.” The study will be published in the journal Explorations in Economic History, according to the Huffington Post.
In the past decades most research focused on lead exposure from air pollution caused by leaded gasoline, paint chips and dust, but not much research was done regarding water.
But the water crisis in Flint, Michigan changed all that and in doing so has brought national spotlight to the fact that homes receiving water from lead pipes contribute significantly to higher blood lead levels in kids.
News reports published about Flint, Michigan point out that state officials insisted that high blood lead levels in kids were caused by paint chips and dust, a similar theme Milwaukee public health bureaucrats say is the main source of lead exposure in Milwaukee children.
Researchers say that because this argument is compelling and based on fact, it nevertheless detracted from public scrutiny the concerns that lead in the water is equally hazardous.
Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. fight tooth and nail denying their citizens ingested lead water, in fact, even to this day, according to the Huffington Post, “water utility officials in Washington, D.C. refuse to admit anyone might have ingested dangerous levels of lead from the water during a lead crisis in the early 2000s, even after peer-reviewed research said they had.” It seems admitting that the water is toxic makes for bad politics. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es802789w
The research by Feigenbaum and Muller uses “city-to-city variations in water chemistry”, which gave them the confirmation they needed to make the link between lead pipes and higher murder rates. The researchers point out that in cities where lead pipes are being used, water with higher acidic levels show the “homicide rates rise accordingly.”
The U.S. government banned lead water pipes in 1986, according to a 2013 report by the United States Department of the Interior, in which the department raised concerns about Chloramine being used in water and its affects on minerals that are supposed to coat pipes to prevent lead leaching into the water.
Nevertheless, it must be stressed that Feigenbaum and Muller have not conclusively proven, “once and for all, that lead causes crime — and that even if it does, it’s one cause among many”. They do point out however that anything short of removing lead pipes is unacceptable public health policy.
“Even if lead removal will not reduce crime, it will remove a dangerous toxin from the environment,” the paper says. “Other strategies to reduce crime may not have similarly positive side effects.”
Ciudad de México.- Los menores de edad que escapan de la violencia y la pobreza en América Central e intentan emigrar no acompañados a Estados Unidos se encuentran en México en una situación compleja.
Pese a que en muchos casos corren riesgo de vida en caso de volver a sus países de origen, menos del 1% de los detenidos por la autoridad migratoria mexicana son reconocidos como refugiados o reciben algún tipo de protección formal en el país.
El gobierno mexicano asegura que son pocos quienes solicitan la condición de refugiado porque su interés es llegar a EE.UU. y no quedarse en México.
Pero, en la práctica, eso significa que decenas de miles de menores de edad cada año se ven expuestos a la realidad de tener que volver al lugar de donde, en muchos casos, huyeron por temor a morir.
De casi 19.000 niños migrantes no acompañados interceptados en su territorio en 2015, México sólo proporcionó protección internacional a 52.
Esa falta de protección es el elemento central de un informe reciente de la organización de derechos humanos Human Rights Watch (HRW) que cuestiona el accionar de las autoridades.
Pero el gobierno mexicano desestima las acusaciones.
En entrevista con BBC Mundo, el comisionado del Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), Ardelio Vargas Fosado, asegura que México cumple con la ley y protege a los menores migrantes.
“No hay un interés en la protección”
En su informe de 165 páginas “Puertas cerradas: el fracaso de México a la hora de proteger a niños refugiados y migrantes de América Central”, HRW “documenta grandes contradicciones entre la legislación mexicana y su puesta en práctica”.
“No hay un interés en la protección correspondiente, aunque sabemos que muchos de estos niños, hasta la mitad, puedan tener buenos casos para ser refugiados”, le dice a BBC Mundo Michael Bochenek García, asesor jurídico principal de la División de Derechos del Niño de HRW.
La ONG entrevistó en México a 61 niños y más de 100 adultos provenientes de El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras, de donde proviene el 92% de los migrantes detenidos por el INM.
HRW también habló con funcionarios del gobierno mexicano y representantes del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (Acnur).
Pero tras diez intentos no pudo reunirse con altos funcionarios de la Dirección General de Control y Verificación del INM, que tiene como tareas el control migratorio, incluyendo la aprehensión y detención de migrantes.
“Fue para nosotros una decepción y para el fin de una mejor protección de los derechos humanos, una situación bastante lamentable”, señala Bochenek García sobre la imposibilidad de reunirse con el INM.
La organización también revisó archivos de casos y datos recopilados por las agencias de inmigración y protección de refugiados de México.
El resultado es contundente.
“Hay una actitud de impedir y disuadir que niños y adolescentes apliquen (a algún tipo de protección) en vez de una afirmación de sus derechos”, afirma Bochenek.
Pero el comisionado Vargas Fosado asegura que en México al migrante no se lo trata como un “delincuente” y que en realidad lo que está haciendo el gobierno es proteger a estos menores.
“Nosotros les damos todas las facilidades. Es más, cuando hay un grupo de migrantes ante la autoridad migratoria tú le explicas sus derechos”, le dice el comisionado del INM a BBC Mundo.
El funcionario cuenta que cuando un migrante llega a una estación migratoria se le da una hoja donde se hace un inventario de sus pertenencias que en el reverso detalla sus derechos, entre ellas la posibilidad de pedir refugio, e incluso narra lo que le suelen decir.
“Entro con ellos y les digo, ‘Mira, ya te explicaron que el refugio así, así y así’, y me dicen: ‘Oye, ¿el refugio me sirve para llegar a Estados Unidos?’. ‘No, maestro, el refugio es porque vienes perseguido de tu país y México, bajo el paraguas del gobierno federal, te podemos dar la condición de refugio, te puedes quedar en México’. ‘Si no me sirve para entrar a Estados Unidos, no me interesa. Regrésame y nos vemos dentro de ocho días’. Eso me lo dicen de muchas maneras”.
“La gran cantidad de gente que transita irregularmente por México que calculamos son más de 400.000, el propósito no es quedarse en México entonces te puedes explicar por qué la situación de refugio no”, agrega.
El drama centroamericano
Esto se da en un escenario regional abrumador.
Los tres países centroamericanos más afectados por la violencia y la pobreza, El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras, no dejan de vivir una sangría de gente. Y los números asustan.
La autoridad migratoria mexicana detuvo a 127.000 migrantes en 2014 y a más de 200.000 el año pasado, la inmensa mayoría provenientes de estos tres países.
El número de menores indocumentados también ha ido en aumento.
El año pasado aprehendieron a 37.000, casi un 55% más que en 2014 y un 270% más que en 2013.
De ellos, la mitad viaja no acompañado y un 38% es menor de 11 años.
Muchos de ellos, de acuerdo a testimonios recogidos por HRW, dijeron que fueron presionados para sumarse a las pandillas y otros relataron cómo fueron extorsionados o secuestrados a cambio de un rescate.
La oficina para refugiados de Naciones Unidas estima que la mitad de los que emigran lo hacen por un temor fundado sobre su vida y su seguridad y podrían estar en condiciones de recibir protección en México.
“No todos los que podrían necesitar la protección si quiera está presentando su solicitud”, le dice a BBC Mundo Mariana Echandi, portavoz de Acnur en México.
Ya no se puede ver al centroamericano como un “migrante de tránsito que solamente está buscando mejorar su situación económica y que no pasa nada si regresa a su país”, resalta.
Al verse obligados a huir de pandillas y del crimen organizado, se trata de una migración forzada y “por estar huyendo de estas situaciones son refugiados”, añade.
El año pasado no sólo se incrementaron las solicitudes de refugio de hondureños, salvadoreños y guatemaltecos en México (77%), sino también en Belice (767%), Costa Rica (137%) y Estados Unidos (92%).
“Las razones que están generando la salida de estas personas no son las mismas que la de hace años y la protección que requieren no es la misma que la de otra población en tránsito”, explica Echandi.
Sin embargo, aunque los números reales de las solicitudes se han incrementado, son bajos con respecto a la cantidad que organismos y organizaciones internacionales consideran podrían recibir algún tipo de protección del Estado mexicano.
Fueron 3.423 las solicitudes de refugio presentadas en México en 2015, de las cuales 2.392 fueron concluidas.
Milwaukee – Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest participants will make their way to Milwaukee Irish Fest on Saturday, August 20, 2016 to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation strives to make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories. Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest brings together the community to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, and is a great way to experience the power of giving back to your community.
Local honorees will share their inspiring stories of living with arthritis during the Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest. Adult Champion Jenny Washburn is a 41 year old, mother of two, a wife, business owner and a wellness advocate; she also has arthritis. Jenny was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age 29. When she was first diagnosed, she let RA define her life. Her pain was intense and unpredictable, so she stopped doing things she loved in fear of damaging her joints and the pain. The daily tasks that most people take for granted became an uphill battle for Jenny.
Although there are still days Jenny suffers from RA and depression, she uses those days as a lesson. “I listen to my body and give it what it needs to be able to live the life I want and deserve,” says Jenny, “My mission is to give hope, courage and strength to those that feel like their disease controls them. There is a better life waiting for you!”
In the United States alone, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. Costing the U.S. economy $156 billion dollars a year, arthritis affects one in five Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest will help those living with arthritis by supporting programs, research and advocacy initiatives as well as fund crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.
Medical Champion Dr. Donald Zoltan has been involved with the prevention and treatment of arthritis his entire medical career. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, S.C. and after many years treating arthritis patients, he knows the true effects of arthritis.
“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” says Medical Champion Dr. Donald Zoltan. “When you support the Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of victories while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest is a great way to experience the power of standing together in the fight for a cure.”
To register for the Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest or to learn more about the event, visit 2016runtoirishfest.kintera.org or contact Molly Breitbach at 414-239-6181. To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation’s quest to cure arthritis, visit arthritis.org
Milwaukee – Out of the first 9 cities mentioned as the most Drunkest cities in America, Wisconsin has 6 cities out of 9 .
Wisconsin made a splash this past week after a report released by 24/7 Wall Street, listed 6 out of the top 9 drunkest cities in America are located in Wisconsin.
24/7 Wall Street ranked both the drunkest and driest cities in America. The Badger state not only took 6 of the top 9 positions listed in the report, Wisconsin cities took all honors by being listed as the state were 12 of the top 20 cities were the drunkest in the nation.
The top 20 most inebriated cities in America, according to the report are:
3. Green Bay
5. Fargo, North
6. Fond du Lac
7. La Cross – Onalaska
8. Ames, Iowa
9. Eau Claire
14. Grand Forks,
17. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
18. Lincoln, Nebraska
19. Iowa City, Iowa
20. Corvallis, Oregon
The report lists four metrics for each of the cities, studied. They include:
– Percent of adults drinking to excess
– Percent of driving deaths involving alcohol
– Premature death rate
– Median household income
The data was collected using these indicators, according to the report.
“To identify the drunkest and least drunk cities in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed self-reported binge and heavy drinking rates among adults in U.S. metro areas from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.
Excessive drinking can take the form of binge drinking or heavy drinking. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single sitting. Heavy drinking is defined as some 15 or more drinks consumed per week for men and eight or more drinks for women.”
Of particular concern for many Wisconsin cities is the high rate of drunk driving:
Drunk driving accounts for 31.0% of roadway fatalities nationwide. In Green Bay, Wisconsin, a city where over a quarter of adults drink excessively, 47.5% of fatal car accidents involve alcohol, the seventh highest in the country.
Another interesting matter of concern is information from the report pointing out that Wisconsin has a larger than normal number of bars per capita.
There are an average of 1.6 bars for every 10,000 residents across the metro areas examined. With the exception of Corvallis, Oregon, each of the 20 cities with the highest excessive drinking rates has at least that many bars per capita.
Ron Schneider, the owner of Leon’s, says his policy has been around for years, and it doesn’t appear that it is hurting his business.
Leon’s is located near 27th and Oklahoma on Milwaukee’s south side.
Schneider told FOX6 News his employees can only speak English on the job.
“Hey, c`mon! It is America. We`ve spoken English for a long, long time,” Schneider said.
The issue came to a head when a Leon’s customer placed an order in Spanish.
The Leon’s employee whispered in Spanish, “I`m not allowed to speak Spanish to you”.
Another customer heard the conversation and placed placed his order in Spanish. The Leon’s employee gave him the same response.
The incident took on a life of its when when the incident was reported over social media with many attacking the policy and many others applauding Leon’s.
However, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is one group that is not applauding Leon’s and is calling for a federal investigation into Leon’s Frozen Custard’s English only policy.
Schneider however stands by the policy and ratcheted up the rhetoric by saying:
“If you don’t want to be on the same page, you must continue to watch the country erode and descend into third world status,” said Schneider, during an interview with TODAY’S TMJ4.
Mundomax Wisconsin spoke with Schneider who informed Mundomax that he only has two employees that speak Spanish.
The policy is something that LULAC says is in violation of federal law.
“We learned of their language policy, which is in clear violation of federal labor law. Upon reviewing the statements made by management in a video interview detailing Leon’s policy, we are requesting an investigation of this policy by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,” LULAC officials said in a written statement.
LULAC is an organization with a mission to “advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States,” the release states.
Below is a statement from LULAC of Wisconsin State Director Dr. Arturo Martinez:
“In the last 24 hours, LULAC of Wisconsin has received numerous requests to investigate the issue of workplace policy as it pertains to language at Leon’s Frozen Custard located at 3131 S. 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While many of us consider this as a community institution, it was surprising when we learned of their language policy, which is in clear violation of federal labor law. Upon reviewing the statements made by management in a video interview detailing Leon’s policy, we are requesting an investigation of this policy by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The law is clear on this issue and offers few exceptions. In the meantime, we encourage management to review their current employment policies with counsel to bring them into compliance. We are confident that in doing so, it will lead to a stronger business and a stronger community.”