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Juanalvarez2By Robert Miranda

Some people watch history, some people make history. Our beloved friend and fellow activist, Juan V. Alvarez I would argue made history in our community through his life’s work, and in doing so, secured for himself standing in the kingdom of God.

His was always about the work for justice in his community. A man of God not only in his character but also in his commitment to serve his community.

His community leadership in the 1960’s and 1970’s was needed because during this time, the struggle for Latino Civil Rights in Milwaukee was met with stiff and often racist opposition.

Juan’s fight is our fight. Juan’s triumph is our triumph. Our dignity, hope and freedom is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to write about any good person – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make his or her life, but the essential truth of a person – their private lives; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate that person’s soul.

How much harder to do so for Juan who moved our community toward justice, and in the process helped to secure our community’s future in Wisconsin.

There will not be a bust made of marble made in his honor; indeed, in the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in our history through struggle, persistence and faith.

Juan showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals.

We honor him by continuing that legacy of action in the hope that one day all will share in the dream that is America.

Rest in peace my friend.

Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator (100%)

MARINETTE COUNTY

As a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, employed with Marinette County, the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development  Educator is an educational leader in teaching, accessing and applying research findings from the fields of leadership and organizational development, community development, local government education, business and economic development and natural resources in order to meet identified educational needs and interests of citizens, civic groups, businesses and local governments.  The Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator takes a scholarly approach in strengthening communities and local government through educational programming that builds understanding and leads to improved decision-making and leadership skills.

Application deadline: February 10, 2015

For details on how to apply visit:

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Whenever we give a thought to our mothers, we implicitly acknowledge truths about our humanity, especially our initial total dependence upon another person for our very existence. Besides the many and varied emotional associations, our thoughts can lead us to gratitude if we take a bit of time for reflection, and for considering who we are as unique individuals who began life within our mothers’ bodies.

Those who think of themselves as self-made individuals are usually taking into account only their years of conscious activity. We can be grateful for all that we have accomplished thus far in our lives, but our hearts expand with a deeper form of gratefulness when we consider the time in our lives before we can consciously remember, and reflect on the earliest nurturing and formation we surely received. We were cared for, no matter how we might now estimate the degree to which we were loved. When we were born, we were like computers without software or cell phones without batteries. Much that was essential was given to us, preparing us to take our own initiatives once we passed from infancy to childhood and beyond.

Thinking about mothers might bring us to a bit of genuine humility, in that we did not set ourselves into this world, nor did we arrange any of our earliest experiences. Rather than an admission of some weakness to be outgrown, our former total dependence offers a necessary insight for us to have an honest and fulfilling relationship with God. Just as it would make no sense to think or to say that our mothers had no effects upon us that are still relevant to our present lives, so also it would do us no good at all to imagine that God saw to it that we were born, and then had no part in our development.

The good news of dependence, of reflecting upon one aspect of “mother,” is that the responsibilities we have for our own lives is not absolute. None of us was or is a completely isolated individual. God does not meet up with us at some point in our lives, and perhaps come to know us and even to love us. Rather, God loved us into being, and has been, and is, part of every movement of human love ever directed towards us even from before we were born, and is the initiator of the very desire within us to grow, to know and to love.

Reflecting on the “together” aspect of our lives does not diminish either our freedom to choose or the significance of our decisions, but helps us to appreciate (which is a form of gratitude) the deepest value and most significant capacity of humans: to love and to be loved. We are most ourselves not only, and certainly not exclusively, when we act out of love in service to others, but also when we accept the great variety of ways in which we are loved. God is love: a community of interactive love, as Trinity. We are created in and for love for one another.

That we might more readily experience God’s love for us, God became human in Jesus Christ. How human? He has a mother, Mary.

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Los Angeles -Por estos días, Ixya Herrera atrae todas las miradas sobre ella, gracias a su nominación al GRAMMY en la categoría de Mejor Álbum de Música Regional Mexicana, por su disco ‘Voz y Guitarra’. Para esta joven intérprete es un honor competir al lado de monstruos de la música como Vicente Fernández, Pepe Aguilar, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea y Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle. Este año la premiación de los GRAMMYs se llevará acabo el 8 de febrero en el Staples Center de la ciudad de Los Ángeles.

A pesar de estar en sus treintas, Ixya Herrera es una veterana de la música. Lleva más de 20 años cantando, y su inicio fue por todo lo alto. Su padre, intérprete y ejecutante de arpa, había sido invitado a acompañar una gira de la estrella chicana Linda Ronstadt, quien la oyó casi por accidente y decidió invitarla al escenario para que la acompañara en algunas canciones folclóricas mexicanas. Después de este bautizo monumental, la pequeña de 12 años decidió que lo suyo era la música. A los 16 años grabó su primer trabajo, ‘Primavera’, donde hacía gala de una voz prodigiosa, al servicio de música tradicional, como sones, boleros, y mariachi, justo lo que oía en su casa.

Publicaciones como Billboard Magazine y LA Weekly destacaron la poderosa voz de la jovencita, que se transformó en una mujer con un perfil musical bien definido y respaldado por experiencias como haber cantado al lado de Lola Beltrán, una institución de la música mexicana. A pesar de que la presencia de la familia Herrera en EE.UU data desde principios del siglo XX, Ixya se define orgullosamente como méxico-norteamericana y subraya su origen chicano, así mismo, ha explorado en el folclor mexicano, y además de presentar en su repertorio canciones tradicionales mexicanas, ha incluido piezas en idiomas como el náhuatl, originarias de la cultura indígena profunda de México.

Ixya, tiene una facilidad para los idiomas. Ha cantado en italiano, hebreo, inglés, francés, y hasta croata. Su padre es un lingüista y académico que habla seis idiomas, entre ellos, algunos nativos de comunidades indígenas mexicanas. Fermín Herrera, músico tradicional también, fue quien le dio el nombre -Ixya quiere decir ‘Pájara’, en maya-  y su pasión musical a su hija. Patriarca de un clan artístico, tiene un grupo musical con sus cinco hijos, que en ocasiones acompañan a la estrella de la familia, que pese a sus lazos de afecto, insiste en su proyecto solista, y presenta a sus hermanos como el grupo que la acompaña. Ella tiene vuelo propio, tal como su nombre la define.

Ixya Herrera ya se siente ganadora y se encuentra muy agradecida con la Academia y con su público por hacer este sueño posible, el próximo 8 de febrero se encontrará compitiendo entre los grandes por el Grammy a Mejor Álbum de Música Regional Mexicana.

A una semana de haber completado la adquisición de la compañía mexicana de telefonía móvil Iusacell, AT&T* anunció hoy que su paquete de llamadas internacionales, AT&T World Connect Value, ahora ofrecellamadas ilimitadas desde los EE. UU. a cualquier número de teléfono en México, incluyendo móviles, sin ningún cargo adicional.  Los clientes actuales de AT&T World Connect, tanto consumidores como negocios, automáticamente reciben este beneficio.

El año pasado AT&T introdujo mensajes de texto, video e imagines ilimitados al mundo con el paquete Mobile Share Value, y ahora los clientes de Mobile Share Value pueden seguir disfrutando decontinuos ahorros, con llamadas ilimitadas a México bajo el paquete World Connect Value.

“Estamos buscando constantemente oportunidades para demostrar nuestro agradecimiento a los clientes”, señaló David Christopher, Director Ejecutivo de Mercadeo de AT&T Mobility. “México es el país al que más llaman nuestros clientes del servicio móvil, y ahora pueden llamar todo lo que quieran con nuestro paquete World Connect Value optimizado”.

El paquete World Connect Value de AT&T tiene un precio de $5 al mes por línea y ofrece llamadas ilimitadas a México sin ningún cargo adicional, al igual que tarifas bajas al llamar desde los EE.UU. a más de 225 países.

Disponible a los clientes del servicio móvil de pospago de AT&T, incluidos los que tienen un servicio telefónico residencial, el paquete AT&T World Connect Value ofrece ahorros significantes en comparación a tarifas basadas en el uso. Además este paquete ofrece a los clientes de AT&T la conveniencia de utilizar su dispositivo móvil para llamar directamente a sus familiares y amigos alrededor del mundo.

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Liverpool.-  Un soberbio gol de Raheem Sterling permitió el martes a Liverpool rescatar un empate 1-1 contra Chelsea en el choque de ida por las semifinales de la Copa de la Liga.

Eden Hazard puso en ventaja a Chelsea al convertir un penal a los 18 minutos, pero Sterling empató para el local a los 59 minutos.

Colocado a 40 metros del arco, Sterling recibió de espaldas el balón, se volteó y emprendió una endiablada carrera. Luego de desairar a los defensores de Chelsea, el atacante de 20 años definió con un zurdazo rasante y cruzado.

Chelsea se salvó de la derrota gracias a un rosario de intervenciones providenciales de su portero Thibaut Courtois durante el segundo tiempo. El empate, en todo caso, es un buen negocio para los líderes de la Liga Premier de cara al partido de vuelta dentro de una semana en Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool estiró a nueve su racha de partidos sin perder en todas las competiciones. Luego de un flojo comienzo de curso, el técnico Brendan Rodgers parece haber recuperado la identidad del equipo que estuvo a punto de salir campeón en la previa temporada de la Premier.

En su estadio Anfield, los “Reds” se adueñaron de la iniciativa y mantuvieron a Chelsea replegado al fondo durante casi todo el partido.

La Copa de la Liga es uno de los cuatro trofeos a los que Chelsea aspira a la temporada, pero es quizás el que menos prioridad reviste para su entrenador José Mourinho. De todas formas, el club de Londres salió con el mejor once posible, después de enfrentar a rivales de menor jerarquía en las rondas anteriores del torneo de copa.

Chelsea se contentó con defenderse y salir al contragolpe. El penal ejecutado por el belga Hazard fue su único remate a puerta en el primer tiempo, y acabaron con apenas dos tras los 90 minutos.

Emre Can, un volante que fue improvisado como defensor central en la alineación de Liverpool, le cometió la falta a Hazard que derivó en la pena máxima.

En la otra semifinal, Tottenham enfrenta al Sheffield United de la tercera división.

Take a step back and breathe. It will be okay.

I can’t deny it that that was a tough pill to swallow. I remember watching Brett Favre’s last NFC championship game against the New York Giants and it was nothing like this Seattle contest. The Green Bay Packers thoroughly outplayed the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon and left Seattle wearing a face of shock and disappointment.

Whether you are at the local food market on Brady St., a bar on Water St., or a friend at work, you will be met with a sorrowful Packers fan wondering what how fans are forced to look forward to the 2015 season instead of preparing for the Super Bowl. The Packers were the better team, but they lost. Let’s move past that fact because I refuse to be like every other columnist out there. I refuse to point fingers and cry about the past.

Imagine how hungry the Packers are going to be heading into next year. Remember the huge chip on the shoulder of Aaron Rodgers? How big do you think it is now? Don’t think for one second that Rodgers doesn’t know that he should be cementing his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time instead of watching the big game February 1st. Mike McCarthy, one of the best coaches to ever work in Green Bay, is well aware of the harsh criticism being unfairly levied against him. In addition to McCarthy, Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has been criticized for a defense that held strong through three quarters against the defending Super Bowl champions. The “collapse” was a conglomeration of bad luck, poor reactive decisions, and more bad luck.

Eddie Lacy showed no signs of slowing down this year, increasing his yards-per-carry average and pass-blocking from his rookie season. Lacy showed that even when Rodgers isn’t 100%, the offense won’t struggle to move the ball down the field like it did with Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn carrying the workload.

Davonte Adams had an above-average rookie season and looks to be a future cog at the receiver position. Did he have his trials and tribulations? Yes, just like every other rookie in history. There were games that you watched Adams look almost unstoppable while hauling in passes all over the field. Keep in mind though that a great quarterback can make a decent receiver look much better than his skill would suggest. Remember everyone saying Jarrett Boykin was going to be the next Donald Driver? He had three catches all season. Still, it’s hard not to look at Adams and wonder what he will look like when he eliminates the mental mistakes and dropped passes from his game.

The secondary looks better than it has in years and nobody expects that to change anytime soon. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Casey Hayward, and Sam Shields provide a young and talented core that should be with the team for years to come.

The needs of the team are much less glaring than they were last year. Tight-end is a position that is not highly sought after by most teams, so simply having serviceable players there isn’t a huge hindrance. Linebacker remains a position of need with an aging Julius Peppers providing a shot in the arm for this season. Peppers can’t be relied on for the future, though, and AJ Hawk still isn’t the answer at middle linebacker. Punter should probably be added to this list as well after the disheartening season Tim Masthay had, but I would put that need far, far behind the other two.

Let me remind you, depressed Packer fan, that we still have the best quarterback in the league and a young and talented roster to support him. That will not change, barring injury. We also have a good coaching staff and front office. There is no reason to believe that this will be the last time Rodgers sniffs the Super Bowl. Remember, patience is a virtue.

Anyways, spring training starts pretty soon right? And the Bucks are winning almost half of the time…

I can’t even try to pretend that anything I say will help close the wound. Just give it time. At least we aren’t Chicago Bears fans.

R-E-L-A-X, there is always next year.

Streetcar Proponents Point to Koch Boogie Man

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The supporters of the Milwaukee streetcar are pointing to a recent Bruce Murphy authored article in Urban Milwaukee in which he exposes organizers of the petition drive calling for a referendum on the streetcar being funded by conservative groups outside the city.

Murphy writes that Chris Kliesmet and his Citizens for Responsible Government Network, which is organizing the petition drive, is linked to Republican operative Craig Peterson and David Fladeboe, state director of the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity.

Murphy further writes that Fladeboe told him that “his group is quite involved in the effort: ‘We have been educating the public on why the streetcar is wrong for Milwaukee since the mayor started on this project. Now we are working on pushing the referendum to allow the people of Milwaukee to decide the fate of the streetcar.’”

Who are the Koch brothers you ask?

Billionaires David and Charles Koch have been buying our democracy in the form of giant checks to the House, Senate, and even the Presidency.

The Koch brothers, worth $80 billion dollars, are the second wealthiest family in America.  Working with other billionaires like Sheldon Adelson, the Kochs spend an UNLIMITED sum of money to create an America shaped by their fanatical right-wing libertarian views.

Forbes Magazine has reported that the Koch brothers’ fortune often increases by $12 billion dollars annually, while the fortune of Sheldon Adelson increases $11 billion.  That’s right! In one year!  In other words, they are self-serving right-wing multi-billionaires who possess the capability of spending more money on the political process than everyone else combined.

Now do you understand why Bruce Murphy and the proponents of the streetcar invoke the name Koch and scream boogie man?  Because Koch brothers are the boogie man.

However, for me, it’s not about the boogie man and his money, but rather Milwaukee’s position as the most segregated city in the country in terms of race and poverty — more than Atlanta, Chicago or Los Angeles, are the issues of importance.

In Milwaukee Blacks are located mostly in the north-central area of the city and Hispanics stay in the southern inner city near Humboldt Park. How does this happen? What drives poverty in Milwaukee to the current levels? Why are the races so segregated?

Interesting how supporters of the streetcar can pinpoint how the boogie man is involving his money in the political networks of the streetcar, but they have failed to identify the players in our city who have helped to create and nurture the conditions of poverty and apartheid that has tainted the image of Milwaukee over the last 40 years.

The Koch oligarch dynasty may be flashing their cash in Milwaukee to defeat the streetcar and change the political dynamics of the city. They only are able to do so because the plantation masters of the city have allowed the Koch brothers to come in because segregation and poverty conditions in Milwaukee are alive and well.

White progressive/liberal leaders are perplexed by the encroachment of political right wing operatives into the black community.

This encroachment should not be a surprise to left wing whites since statistics and other studies show that in the last forty years blacks in Milwaukee have steadily fallen behind in employment, education, economics and the increase in segregation of the black community in Milwaukee continues to lead the nation with no real effort to end it by the white progressive/liberal powers who vote for and control the mayor.

Alderman Joe Davis Sr., in this same article states “…since it is in the downtown area, will be of no benefit to African Americans, and that Barrett only cares about white millennials, not black millennials”.

This statement should be an indicator to white lefties who sympathize with blacks that they are losing black trust and that things are not going to stay the same in this city as progressive/liberal whites continue supporting these kinds of major investments that do nothing to advance black interest.

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Los Angeles– ‘The Interview’, la comedia de Sony Pictures que habría sido la causa de un ataque informático contra el estudio, consiguió 40 millones de dólares por la venta de 5,8 millones de descargas digitales.

Michael Lynton, presidente de la unidad de entretenimiento de Sony Corp, dijo el martes que esta cifra marca un “hito significativo” para la difusión de la película a través de las plataformas Google Play de Google, iTunes de Apple Inc y Time Warner Cable.

El inédito lanzamiento en Internet de la película el 24 de diciembre se produjo una semana después de que Sony detuvo su difusión luego de que grandes cadenas de cine se negaron a proyectarla por amenazas no especificadas de parte de piratas informáticos.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, calificó la decisión de frenar el lanzamiento como un “error”, similar a la autocensura.

La película, protagonizada por Seth Rogen y James Franco, que representa el asesinato ficticio del líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jong Un, ha ganado 6 millones de dólares en la taquilla después de que cines independientes difundieron una versión limitada el día de Navidad.

No estaba claro si Sony Pictures recuperaría la inversión en la comedia, que costó 44 millones dólares en su rodaje y decenas de millones más para publicitarla.

El Gobierno de Estados Unidos ha acusado a Corea del Norte por el ataque cibernético más devastador a una empresa privada en suelo estadounidense.

El Gobierno de Corea del Norte calificó a ‘The Interview’ como un “acto de guerra”, pero negó estar detrás de los ataques.