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Kenosha- Gov. Scott Walker is being accused of putting politics ahead of jobs and economic development by lawmakers who represent the Kenosha and Racine area.  They say he’s delaying a decision on the Kenosha casino proposal in order to not negatively affect his reelection bid.

There is a February deadline to either approve or deny the Menominee Nation’s proposal to build a $800 million gaming complex in Kenosha, Walker has said that he will not weigh in on the matter until an independent study on gaming is brought to him, but lawmakers want him to make a decision now.

Walker said to the Kenosha News that he “wants to make sure his decision doesn’t violate the state’s compact with Native American tribes”.

“Several of those compacts have provisions that, if a new casino is built in Kenosha, they would blow up parts of that compact and potentially could put a major hole in the state’s budget,” Walker said.

In a meeting with Kenosha News editors and reporters this week, state Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha, Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, and Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, said the idea that a Kenosha casino would create a budget shortfall is wrong.

“The governor gave us campaign rhetoric instead of logic,” Wirch said. “He said we’re worried about punching a hole in the budget for next year. If he would have signed off on the casino, we would have had hundreds of construction workers paying taxes into the budget.”

A stake is a Menominee Nation pledge to pay $200 million to the state over five years if its casino proposal is approved.

“It’s hard to imagine there wouldn’t be a net plus on the budget rather than a negative,” Barca said. “(Walker) can assure that it is a net positive for the budget.”

securedownloadMILWAUKEE — As loved ones in Ferguson, MO said goodbye 18-year-old Michael Brown — shot and killed by a police officer in Missouri, a rally in support of Brown took place at the federal courthouse in Milwaukee this week.

The unarmed tenn victim, Michael Brown, 18, was laid to rest Monday.

Rally organizers in Milwaukee say they are calling upon the U.S. Department of Justice to begin a nationwide investigation of potentially systemic police brutality and harassment in minority communities.

Demonstrators outside the federal courthouse in downtown Milwaukee held a moment of silence for Michael Brown.

The incident involving Michael Brown has sparked a nationwide movement.

The rally at the federal courthouse began with about 20 people, including Ald. Milele Coggs, Ald. Russell Stamper II and County Supervisor David Bowen, lighting red and white candles and praying for Brown and others who have died in police incidents.

Before the march the crowd heard from speakers — including Alderwoman Milele Coggs.

The rallies in Milwaukee have focused not only on solidarity with the family of Brown, but also with families of those who have died in police custody in Milwaukee.

“The emphasis here is on law enforcement around the country to repair strained relationships with the community —  so we are looking at Milwaukee and the strained relationship here is pretty prevalent,” Mike Wilder said.

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45ab381b-2c55-43ef-8637-4ee95152e3e4-vm_mexicanfiesta_hires_jigsaw_0024Milwaukee – Mexican Fiesta brings the sound and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront and this past weekend thousands who experienced beautiful weather and a great fiesta were not disappointed.

The crowds were huge has people took in three days of fun, food, music, culture and fiesta for everyone.

“I am having so much fun!”, said Sandra Vargas. “The weather is really helping. Many of us don’t want to leave because it is so comfortable over here and the music is really making us feel good.”

For three days and nights tend of thousands of people paraded onto the Summerfest grounds sampling various foods and drinking domestic and Mexican beers.

As music pumped out from stages on the Summerfest grounds, many fiesta goers went into spontaneous dance and just had a great time.

“I’m feeling really good right now”, Luz Gonzalez said. “I have happy feet so I’m dancing all night”.

The success of Mexican Fiesta means that the Hispanic Scholarship Fund of Wisconsin (HSFW) will be able to continue to support Latino students who dream of attending a university.

Indeed, every year that Mexican Fiesta is successful, is a year HSFW can give out scholarships to Latino students to attend college and hopefully become doctors, teachers and business leaders ready to return to help build their community.

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Front Page bottom 8-20-14MILWAUKEE — Ferguson, MO has been the center of attention not only in the nation, but around the world as comments from world leaders point to the death of an unarmed Black teenager, who was shot and killed in Ferguson, MO by police.

Now Milwaukee citizens have joined in the protest in solidarity with that city.

Organizers are making a statement that they understand the frustration of Ferguson citizens pointing out that Black men in Milwaukee have died under similar circumstances.

Many in Milwaukee expressed frustration that the police officer who killed Michael Brown has yet to be criminally charged.

The family of Dontre Hamilton and Corey Stingley stood in solidarity with other Milwaukee citizens to amplify that frustration. Nate Hamilton, brother of Dontre Hamilton, said, “It’s not just a black issue, it’s an American issue. it’s a justice issue, it’s a government issue, it’s a system issue, it’s a community issue.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says he’s paying close attention to the message. “It’s disturbing to see that level of breakdown, and to see that rift develop between the police and their communities and so all of us are watching,” says Flynn. “All of us are obviously looking to learn lessons.”

Flynn acknowledges there are problems. “No major city police department in an environment as complex and stressful as ours is going to avoid error or avoid controversy,” said Flynn.

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Fp middle 8-20-14The ice challenge cometh.

There are large numbers of people across the country stepping right up to douse themselves on camera as part of the Ice Bath Challenge to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease — a twist on traditional fund-raising donations.

The “challenge” is simple: Donate $100 to the ALS Association or get iced on video — and then call out three or more people via social media to repeat the “donate or douse” process. Giving raises money; getting drenched raises awareness.

The cold spell has gone viral: There are more than 50,000 ice-challenge videos on YouTube, and the hashtag #icebucketchallenge has been trending on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

All the talk of frigid water has resulted in a blizzard of donations: The ALS Association collected $1.35 million between July 29 and Monday morning — compared to the $22,000 the group raised during the same period last year.

Golf pro Greg Norman challenged friends Matt Lauer and Bill Clinton on July 14. Bubba has yet to accept, but Lauer let Samantha Guthrie douse him on the “Today” show a day later. Lauer then dared Martha Stewart — who then called on Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres and Blake Lively to do it next.

Locals are diving in, too.

In Wisconsin, several state leaders have joined in on the challenge. Governor Scott Walker, State Representative Jesse Rodriquez and Milwaukee County Supervisor Dianna Alexander all have taken part in the challenge.

The ALS Association says the social-media campaign is definitely making a difference.

“August is usually one of the slowest fund-raising months, but this is unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” says spokeswoman Carrie Munk. “Everybody knows someone with cancer in one form or another, but only about 50% of the public is even aware of what ALS is. Awareness is incredibly important.”

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Donovan recently announced that he will be challenging Barrett in the 2016 mayoral election.

During a press conference Donovan pledged to hire 150 more police officers. When asked how he would balance the city budget to pay for these officers, Donovan said he would find a way.

“If I had that control, it would get done,” Donovan said. “We would find the $15 million without a doubt.”

Police Chief Edward Flynn took exception to what Donovan said, Flynn did say he would not get into a “tactical argument with a candidate for mayor every time there’s a violent crime in Milwaukee,” and attacked Donovan by adding “over simplified statements require clarifying context and perspective.”

In August, Barrett said there would be an increased police presencein the city. But Donovan said he had been told by rank and file officers and members of the Milwaukee Police Association, which represents police officers, that there had been no increased patrols.

Donovan acknowledged he had not spoken with Flynn or chief of staff Joel Plant to check the accuracy of what he had heard from officers.

“We have and continue to use our overtime funds to fight crime with data-driven deployments in neighborhoods characterized as ‘hot spots,’” Flynn wrote. “All of our work — whether on overtime or straight time — is based on intelligence and data.”

“I’m sure that there are ‘police sources’ who are disappointed in the amount of overtime they’re able to earn this summer. This disappointment is a remnant of the way this department mismanaged its overtime budget prior to 2008,” Flynn wrote.

Barrett authorized the hiring of as many as 120 officers this year andrecently asked the Common Council to hire 15 more.

Tammy_Baldwin 8-13-14Washington D.C. – U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for bipartisan reform legislation to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to expand veterans’ access to timely and quality health care.

“Our brave men and women in uniform make great sacrifices on our behalf. I believe we have a shared responsibility to ensure that when they return home, they have access to the care they need and the benefits they’ve earned and deserve,” said Senator Baldwin. “Today we took bipartisan action to bring accountability to the VA and make needed improvements to the delivery of veterans’ health care.”

The bipartisan VA reform bill, authored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), includes the following provisions, among others:

· Provides authority to the VA to quickly remove and replace officials found to have been involved in any mishandling of veteran medical care or exhibiting poor job performance.

· Allows veterans to see private doctors outside of the VA system if they experience long wait times or live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility.

· Improves the delivery of care to veterans who experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military.

· Allows all veterans to qualify for in-state tuition under the Post 9/11 GI bill.

· Extends a program, which is about to expire, that provides housing for veterans who are struggling with traumatic brain injury.

A provision modeled after Senator Baldwin’s bill to help address the serious physician shortage within VA has been included in the legislation. Baldwin’s bill, the Veterans Affairs Health Workforce Enhancement Act,addresses the serious physician shortage within the VA that keeps veterans waiting far too long for care. Specifically, Baldwin’s bill increases the number of VA Graduate Medical Education (GME) positions in needed specialties, including primary care and mental health.

“I offered legislation to strengthen our VA health care workforce by increasing residency positions. So I am pleased that a provision modeled after my legislation has been included in the bipartisan compromise that has passed both the House and the Senate,” said Baldwin.

The bipartisan VA reform legislation that passed the House and Senate this week increases GME residents by not less than 1,500, allocating the positions among the five occupations of health care providers with the largest staffing shortages as determined by the VA Office of Inspector General. This strengthens the VA health care system by enhancing the capacity of the VA to train more physicians and helps increase the number of physicians with experience in veteran care, which would help retain and recruit post-residency physicians to practice in the VA.

 

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For the first time since the 1700′s Puerto Rico’s population has seen a historic drop as more islanders have left for the U.S. mainland than any time since the end of World War II. As of 2013, about a third of all people born in the island now live on the mainland, according to a Pew Research report.

“I would say it’s the first time we’ve seen a sustained population decline in the island even as far back as before Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory,” said Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at Pew Hispanic and one of the study’s authors, adding that the decline is projected to continue. Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory in 1898.

The Pew Hispanic Research Center study highlights the fact that Puerto Ricans have left the financially troubled island for the U.S. mainland this decade in their largest numbers since the Great Migration after World War II, citing job-related reasons above all others.

In 2006, Congress decided to end corporate tax breaks to American companies which invested in Puerto Rico, resulting in the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs as companies cut back on employment. The resulting budget deficit led to steep government layoffs and sales taxes which impacted lower and middle income earners.

According to the Pew Study “U.S. Census Bureau data show that 144,000 more people left the island for the mainland than the other way around from mid-2010 to 2013, a larger gap between emigrants and migrants than during the entire decades of the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s. This escalated loss of migrants fueled the island’s first sustained population decline in its history as a U.S. territory, even as the stateside Puerto Rican population grew briskly.”

The search for economic opportunity is the most commonly given explanation for moving by island-born Puerto Ricans who relocated to the mainland from 2006 to 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. A plurality (42%) gave job-related reasons for moving stateside, compared with 38% who gave family-related reasons. Among all immigrants from foreign countries who migrated over the same time period, a similar share gave job-related reasons (41%), while 29% said they migrated for family reasons. Mexican-born immigrants were even more likely to cite job-related reasons (62%), while 25% cited family reasons.

The Pew Center reports that “the departures of island-born Puerto Ricans have contributed to an uptick in the number of island-born Puerto Ricans living stateside, to 1.4 million in 2012, up from 1.3 million in 2000. The island born, however, are a smaller group than the faster-growing mainland-born Puerto Ricans, who numbered 3.4 million in 2012, up from 2 million in 2000.”

As the island population has dwindled and the mainland population has grown, the number of stateside Puerto Ricans reached a record 4.9 million in 2012, and since at least 2006 has exceeded the number of Puerto Ricans on the island (3.5 million in 2012). Meanwhile, the overall population in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, including both Hispanics and non-Hispanics, declined to 3.6 million in 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.

Mary BurkeMADISON  — Mary Burke has easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary for governor  With Tuesday’s win, Burke advances to face off against Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.  Hulsey was never a serious threat to Burke, raising next-to-no money for the race, hiring no staff and largely being shunned by Democratic Party leaders.

Democrats had hoped that Burke’s entry into the race in October would clear the field, but Hulsey surprised them by announcing his candidacy in April instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.  Burke had all but ignored Hulsey throughout the campaign, including refusing to debate.

Clarke Remains Sheriff

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In a closer race for Milwaukee County Sheriff, Sheriff David Clarke squeezed  out a victory over challenger Chris Moews.  Since there is no Republican in the race, Clarke will walk into a new term in November.  The margin of victory was less than 5,000 votes and just four percentage points. A crushing defeat for Moews, who lost for a second straight time.

Zamarripa Showing Not Impressive

Incumbent representative Zamarripa, with all the major endorsements, union backing, special interest cash and support of networks like Voces de la Frontera only received 61% of the vote to move on to the general election to face off against a Republican challenger.

According to Zamarripa’s financial statement she spent $13,396.09 for this primary campaign. Zamarripa reports that she collected a total of $21,407.70 for this campaign.

Not a very good showing for an incumbent who was challenged by Laura Manriquez who received 39%.   Manriquez spent a total of $118.52.   Zamarripa on average spent $20.00 per vote, while her challenger Manriquez spent less than a penny for each vote she received.  Manriquez had no cash, no endorsements, no website and is recovering from serious ankle and head injury, but was still able to get the support of real grass roots community people.

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securedownloadMilwaukee – Milwaukee, WI – Several groups came together to rally in support of Palestinian resistance and to call an end to the killing of children in GAZA.

Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, which began July 17, continues and unannounced to the people of the United States, the government has provided Israel with $225 million in military hardware to continue its assault against GAZA. The Milwaukee Palestine Solidarity Coalition, who organized the rally, said the rally was organized to continue to denounce Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians.

Despite the criticism, American media has been complicit in painting the humanitarian crisis as a two-sided conflict reflecting the strong bias of America’s Pro-Israel lobby. Israel is the largest recipient of foreign aid, receiving more than $3.1 Billion annually in military aid from the United States government.

This spending continues at a time when 38 American municipalities have filed for bankruptcy (source, GoverningData.com), thousands of refugee children languish in detention on our own border, and public opinion is turning against US-backed foreign conflicts.

“There is no question that the incessant bombing of non-combatant men, women and children are war crimes”, stated coalition member Student Minister William Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque #3, referring to the Israeli “Dahiya Doctrine” of indiscriminate attacks on Palestinian targets.

The coalition is calling for local leaders to debate the issue of US support for this aggression given the economic crisis in our own cities; divestment from companies doing business in the US that support Israeli aggression, reminiscent of the Anti-Apartheid movement; and to expose the Pro-Israel bias of the American media to influence government policy and public opinion.

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girl2RACINE — A Racine family mourns the death of their little girl, after an accident involving a vehicle struck her.

A teenager was driving the vehicle when he struck five-year-old Naomi Gurrero as she stood  in a driveway. The five-year-old girl is dead, and police say it was a tragic accident.

According to Racine police a van being driven by the teenage bot was backing out of a driveway on First Ave. when he struck the five-year old. That child later died from her injuries.

Officials say the girl had just arrived to attend a party in the neighborhood.

Witnesses told officers that the child was standing at the end of a driveway facing the street. that’s when officials say the 16-year-old Racine boy began backing his family’s van out of the driveway. The five-year-old was struck by the passenger side corner of the van and knocked to the ground. Officials say she was then run over by the passenger side rear wheel.

The driver told officers he did not know that he had struck anything. The driver went on to say that he heard people yelling and shouting when at that point, the driver pulled the van forward in the driveway and run over the five-year-old a second time.

The five-year-old was conscious when officers and rescue arrived. The victim was transported to Wheaton Franciscan Emergency Room for treatment — where she later died from her injuries.

The five-year-old girl is identified as Naomi Guerrero.

“My baby was smart, full of life. Going into kindergarten to grammar school,” Naomi’s mother, Esmeralda Guerrero told FOX6 News.

“At this time, we believe it to be just a tragic accident. The 16-year-old wasn`t able to see the child where she was, and we just feel horrible for the family,” Racine Police Sgt. Jessie Metoyer said.

The family however is unwilling to accept that explanation.

“He punched it with my baby all the way up his driveway. This is not an accident,” the child’s mother, Esmeralda Guerrero told FOX6 News.

The family is unable to make any further comment on the matter under advisement of their lawyer.

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mexicanfiesta_fullsize_story1Milwaukee – Mexican Fiesta,  hosted by the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc., (WHSF) has called Henry Maier Festival Park home almost as long as Summerfest has. Starting on the south side in 1973, the fiesta moved to the Maier grounds in 1977.

The WHSF provides a cultural and educational environment to enhance and improve academic success of the Hispanic Community, while promoting a better understanding of the arts, history, literature and the perpetuation of Hispanic culture. To date, WHSF has provided over $1,250,000 in college scholarships.

Mexican Fiesta brings the sound, culture, and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront this coming August 22, 23 & 24, 2014. The longstanding event is rooted in pillars of community, education, Mexican heritage, and cultural advancement.

Mexican Fiesta is more than just a celebration; it is a vigorous declaration of community spirit at its best.

Education is the key to the future, and though scholarship awards, the festival becomes the gateway to young Hispanics taking their rightful place in society by continuing education.

Mexican Fiesta is a cultural foundation concentrating on providing education and cultural events for the growing Hispanic community. The festival honors culture, tradition and family. Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share the beauty of Latin Countries’ history, art, music, and food.

The attractive Cultural Pavilion will display an extraordinary show and exhibition of the  Mexican arts & crafts from more than 100 artisans coming directly from different states of México. Where the past and the present come alive through the crafts, folkloric dances music and craft workshops. Also, you can enjoy the traditional freshly baked bread “Pan de Feria” by master baker Carlos Roldan from the State of Hidalgo, México.

As a tradition, Mexican Fiesta will continue with the presence of Our Lady of Zapopan, coming directly from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The sanctuary honoring  Our Lady of Zapopan will be open for the three days of the festival from noon to midnight. Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. On Sunday, join us in the lakefront procession at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass.

Plenty of different activities will be hosted during Mexican Fiesta 2014 for the entire family, Soccer Tournaments, Contest, Midway Rides, Children’s Area & Stage, Rock en Español Stage, Commercial Expo, Community & Health Fair Pavilion, Hotwheelz 2014 – Car & Motorcycle show, Art Gallery, Science Expo, Genealogy Exhibit and Much More.

Enjoy all these activities for an affordable price by purchasing your tickets ahead of time at El Rey Grocery Stores and Mi Super Mercados for only $13 per adult (9yrs old +), children 8 years old and under enter FREE with an adult.

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The man tells FOX6 News he was cleaning up his backyard after a weekend barbecue when a group of teens walking by started making trouble his way.

It was two weeks ago when police say six teens — apparently not happy with Chiappetta’s dogs, did some barking of their own.

“They started using hard language, and threatening like they were going to kill my dogs,” Chiappetta said.

In just moments, the verbal fight turned physical.

“I called my dogs back, and it was basically — ‘get off my property.’ This thing went from zero to 100 like that,” Chiappetta said.

Chiappetta says he was jumped , punched, and kicked by multiple teens.

Now, Racine police are asking for help in bringing Chiappetta’s attackers to justice.

Chiappetta tells FOX6 News he was told the teens likely came from a huge group, broken up by police minutes earlier a couple blocks away.

“There was one girl in the group.  God bless her.  She was trying to call these guys off,” Chiappetta said.

Those with a tip leading to an arrest could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 — and can remain anonymous.

 

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1383189244cargill_logoMilwaukee – Cargill Corp. is closing its beef slaughterhouse in Milwaukee, resulting in the loss of about 600 jobs effective this week.

With approximately 900 employees, Milwaukee has been home to Cargill Beef since 2001. Located in the Menomonee Valley, the plant is one of ten U.S. Cargill Beef plants and processes about 1,300 head of cattle per day.

“Closing our Milwaukee beef plant is taking place only after we conducted an 18-month-long analysis of the region’s cattle supply and examined all other possible options,” John Keating, president of Cargill Beef, based in Wichita, Kan., said in a statement.

“It is unfortunate that we must close any beef plant because of the impact to good people, their families and the community. The harsh reality is that the U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, with any significant herd expansion being years away.”

A ground beef plant at the site will remain open, employing about 200 people, the company said.

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b99320226z.1_20140729224350_000_gp377o7t.1-1Milwaukee - The race for Mayor of Milwaukee just got interesting with the announcement by Alderman Bob Donovan who is seeking to become Mayor in order to replace “the timidity of leadership” that exist at City Hall.

“I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of the great city of Milwaukee,” said Ald. Bob Donovan, of Milwaukee, before a crowd at Milwaukee’s Serb Hall.

Donovan is a four-term alderman and has been a frequent critic of the mayor on issues as public safety and the streetcar project.

Donovan is reported to have said that “Milwaukee’s greatest challenge was ‘timidity of leadership’ and the ‘muck and mire of indecision and timidity.”

Several hundred turned out to show their support for Donovan at Serb Hall this week.

Many supporters held signs– calling for change in the City of Milwaukee.

Donovan said his campaign will focus on three key issues– education, improving city infrastructure, and combating violence.

Election day may be two years away– but Donovan made his sentiment toward Mayor Barrett clear.

“Indecision is a tragedy in a man,” said Donovan, “but a disaster in a mayor,”

Mayor Barrett has not officially announced his intent to run for another term.

La Causa logoLa Causa Inc. is excited to offer a unique, bilingual pre-school program for three year old children. Our Three and Ready Program is designed to develop the child’s first language while introducing them to a second language (Spanish or English).  Our goal is to initiate the child’s social and academic learning at an early age, while they are exposed to a second language.  The Three and Ready Program is part of La Causa’s Early Education and Care Center which has been designated as a Five Star child care center.

We invite you to join us for our Three and Ready Open House which will be held on July 30, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am or 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 809 W. Greenfield Avenue.  Come and learn more about this unique program, meet the staff and tour our facility.

If you have any questions regarding this program please call Kari Andrews at 414-902-1660. For information on registering your child please call Wilda Maldonado at 414-647-5980.

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SkydriverSTURTEVANT — A skydiving accident near Sylvania Airport in Racine County, resulted in the death of one man.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office said two jumpers missed their mark at the airport around 5:30 p.m Sunday. Deputies conducting the investigation said the victim’s parachute became entangled with another skydiver’s canopy above 56th Road in Sturtevant.

One of the jumpers, Fredrick H. Platt Jr., 44, of Racine, died at the scene.  Platt was a Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor and coach at Skydive Midwest.

The second skydiver,  Neil A. Kulman, 27, sustained injuries considered to be minor after hitting some area trees. Kulman also works at Skydive Midwest as an AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Coach, Videographer and a Senior Rigger.

According to Skydive Midwest, Platt was a highly experienced skydiver having amassed more than 2,000 jumps during his skydiving career.

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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lupe martinez umos revisedMilwaukee- Lupe Martinez has devoted his entire 45-year professional career to improving the living and working conditions of migrant and seasonal farm workers at UMOS. Lupe Martinez, himself, is a former migrant worker whose family traveled throughout the Midwest harvesting crops.

Lupe Martinez is President and Chief Executive Officer of UMOS, whose mission is to advocate and provide programs and services that improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of underserved populations.  On July25, 2014 Martinez will be recognized for serving 45 years at UMOS, 40 years as President/CEO. The recognition will take place at the UMOS Annual Corporation Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the Clarion Hotel.

When Mr. Martinez was appointed President/CEO, in 1974,UMOS was a single state, single-focused migrant serving agency only. Today, under Mr. Martinez’s leadership, UMOS is nationally recognized organization, administering 40+ programs. UMOS is the largest Hispanic-managed, non-profit organization in Wisconsin, and one of the largest in the nation. UMOS operates throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as in Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas.

Mr. Martinez advocates for under-served populations at the local, state and national level, with a particular focus onimproving the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farm workers. At the national level, he is chairman of the National Farmworker Alliance, comprised of 23 national trade associations and farmworker organizations. He sits of the board of Farmworker Justice, a national non-profit that works closely with federal officials on immigration reform and the potential impacts on agricultural workers. Mr. Martinez also served six years on the board of the National Council of La Raza.

Also, on the national level, Mr. Martinez is chairman of MAFO, a national partnership of farmworker and rural organizations that has sponsored a national farmworker conference for the past 26 years. In 2014, Lupe Martinez presented the MAFO Lifetime Achievement Award to Arturo Rodriguez who succeeded Cesar Chavez as President of United Farmworkers. Mr. Martinez marched side-by-side with Cesar Chavez during the grape boycott that ended in 1970.

At the state level, Mr. Martinez continued his fight for farmworker rights. He was appointed by Governor Doyle to sit on the Wisconsin Council on Migrant Labor, a statutory council that enforces the state’s migrant labor laws. Today, under Governor Walker, Martinez is the interim chairman of the Council. Lupe Martinez is also President of the Wisconsin Migrant Coalition, comprised of farmworker serving agencies throughout the state.

At the local level, Mr. Martinez is a member of the executivecommittee of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.Every month, 20,000 people, on average walk through the doors of the UMOS Job Center on Chase Avenue for employment related services.

Mr. Martinez and UMOS, through input from the community, created the UMOS Latina Resource Center. The UMOS Latina Resource Center was the first and is still the only center that provides domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking supportive services under one roof, targeted to Hispanic women.

Through Mr. Martinez’s leadership and mentorship, many of the individual community and non-profit leaders today, formally worked under his leadership. Lupe Martinez’s philosophy is to treat every customer, every client, as if he or she were your aunt or uncle, brother of sister and to serve them with dignity and honesty and to go the extra mile in making a difference in their lives.

Lupe Martinez has made the difference in the lives of thousands. Although Lupe does not show any signs of retirement, some would say he has already achieved a lifetime of accomplishments over his 45 years (and counting) of service to others. As Martinez puts it, “It is a privilege to serve others.”