Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Drive-by Shooting Suspects Crash After Failing To Stop At Busy Milwaukee Southside Avenue Intersection

Police are investigating drive-by shooting that ended with collision in Milwaukee's Southside.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 21, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - A multiple vehicle collision resulted around 10:00 a.m. after several suspects in a black vehicle driving Southbound at the 1300 block of S. 12th Street shot at a residence and then attempted to flee and failed to stop at W. Greenfield Ave. The suspected driver of the vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting proceeded to enter W. Greenfield Ave. without stopping and struck another vehicle (Blazer) driving on W. Greenfield.
Witnesses in the area heard multiple shots and then the collision occurred. The driver of the black vehicle fled the scene and his passenger who was injured remained at the scene. A Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy who was nearby responded to the scene until police arrived.
The driver of the second vehicle who was driving on W. Greenfield was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
The Milwaukee Fire Department also responded to the scene. The street remained closed while police investigated the crime scene.

Race Card Issue Raised, SSA Discriminates Against Latino Elderly Southsiders By Closing Mitchell St. Office

The Social Security Administration is scheduled to close the Mitchell Street field office on March 22 affecting the predominantly Latino community.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 21, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, public elected officials including Mayor Tom Barrett held a Town Hall meeting at the Mitchell St. Library to discuss concerns about the decision by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to close its Mitchell field office on March 22, despite opposition by the Southside community it serves. The public elected officials at the meeting were 12th District Alderman José G. Pérez, 12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, Wisconsin State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milw.) from the 8th District and City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett says that the community is in a battle to keep a SSA field office in the Southside. He told members of the community that no SSA field office will be in the Southside once it closes, which would be an insult to the community. For the SSA to make vital services harder and less accessible for seniors and those with disabilities to apply and collect those "funds that they placed into the social security system, and to me is wrong," according to Barrett.
According to the New American Economy dot org report, in 2015, Hispanic households contributed $101.8 billion to Social Security and that included the almost $46.2 billion foreign-born Hispanics who contributed to Social Security as well.
Once the Southside SSA location is closed, those seeking services would have to go the SSA office at 310 W. Wisconsin Ave. (Milwaukee Downtown) or the City of Greenfield SSA location at 8455 W. Layton Ave., which Greenfield has a population of 37,000 compared to the Southside location that has at least 90,000 in population.
Tammy Rivera, the executive director from the Southside Organizing Center (SOC) reported that the SSA reasons provided in a prior meeting about what led to the decision to close the Mitchell Street location was an unsafe building and needed maintenance for years. Finally, the SSA decided to close it by using an exception clause for emergencies due to disasters that allowed not giving appropriate notice to the community affected when closing an office as required. Rivera also explained that the SSA lease on the building expires in May. At least 2,200 clients per month will be effected and none of the them were notified of the closing and there was no plan by the SSA to notify them as well, according to Rivera. Rivera says, when the SSA decides to close a field office similar to the one in the Southside, it saves them money because 11% less claims are filed. Rivera claimed the SSA was engaging in a discrimination practice against a population.
Alderman Pérez told the meeting participants that the SSA had also claimed that crime was an issue in the Southside field office, but a Milwaukee Police Department report indicated no crimes had been registered at the 1710 S. 7th St. address compared to other SSA field locations, which were considered worst. The SSA had mentioned that the elevator had issues operating, but according to Pérez, the elevator has passed elevator inspections on a yearly basis.
Darryl Morin representing a local LULAC Council says that Latinos should have access to the SSA services as well, but the closing of the Mitchell St. SSA office denies them access.
It is reasonable to determined that the SSA has failed to justify why a decision had been made to close the Southside Mitchell St. field office, despite getting an offer from Mayor Barrett and Alderman Pérez to relocated to the former Forest Home Library location which has plenty of space and parking. The SSA has not taken up the offer, but it suggested that virtual stations would open near by the area without giving any further detail, according to Rivera.
In this case, the SSA has simply and blatantly decided to target the predominantly Latino area by denying services to its elderly and people with disabilities affecting a diverse population as well who decided to live in the area. A American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union member says that employees at the Mitchell St. location confirmed that the field office has been considered as one of the best SSA service providers in the area and that people from other locations seek services in the Southside office because of easy access, parking and good service. The Southside SSA has served the community for 40 years.

Editor's note:

It wouldn't be a surprise to anyone today that the Trump administration is targeting Latino communities and disenfranchising the elderly and those with disabilities as a blatant discriminatory practice, which fails to justify the closing of the Southside SSA office, while maintaining two SSA offices in the Northside of Milwaukee and two other offices in White predominantly areas, which includes Downtown Milwaukee and the City of Greenfield. 
Smh, time to use the race card, it is evident that the Latino community in the Southside is targeted for discrimination and other diverse populations in the area have definitely become victims as well for choosing to live in the area.
The U.S. Congress has borrowed billions of dollars from the SSA and doesn't want to pay it back, so they have engaged in action to cut more than $1.5B from the budget and are looking to do away with vital services by cutting funds.
Shame on Congress and the Trump administration for advocating cuts of services by targetting and shutting down SSA offices in predominantly Latino communities, which the Southside SSA office in Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic community has become the first one to close down and next will be in the Chicago area.

The AFGE Chicago Region Council 220 in February released the following report, We learned that a Social Security field office in Paul Ryan’s neighboring district (Milwaukee) will be closing this year. Instead of cutting field offices, we should be expanding them!
Social Security’s administrative costs are so minimal that these cuts do nothing to extend the life of the trust fund. This is our money, and Republicans in Congress are forcing administrative cuts for no reason other than to make people lose faith in our Social Security system.
10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day, we need more Social Security field offices, not less!
Cuts to Social Security field offices will undermine our ability to make critical decisions about our retirement security. It will result in long hold times on the phone and longer wait times at remaining field offices. We demand that Congress act to expand, not cut, Social Security field offices.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) requested an investigation into the decision to close the Mitchell St. SSA field office in Milwaukee and Moore released a letter dated March 9, 2018 from the SSA Inspector General announcing a review has been launched, despite the March 22, 2018 closing of the field office in Milwaukee's Southside.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dr. Jesús Ortega Passed Away, A Well Known Business Icon And Reverend

Ortega will be greatly missed by family and friends.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 20, 2018

Milwaukee,  WI - Reverend and Dr. Jesús Ortega, 75, Ph.D., M.S.E.D.-C.P.E.-B.A.-C.N.H.P. originally form Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico who also earned a Professional Certification in Natural and Spiritual work that operated El Centro de la Salud y Botanica at the 1100 block of W. National Ave. for more than 25 years passed away on Saturday, March 17.
Jesús Ortega succumbed to Diabetes surrounded by his loving family.
The Centro de la Salud is the largest of its kind in the Milwaukee metropolitan area in Wisconsin and offered an array of items, including herbal alternative natural medicines, candles, vitamins and statues.
Ortega also performed marriages in the Milwaukee area. He was the former owner of the popular El Chicano Lounge and Bar, which was the center of Mexican and Tejano music entertainment in the 1980's and had a gift of being a comedian with the ability to make people laugh with his humorous jokes when visiting the lounge. Ortega was the proud son of the late Maria Ortega, who was known as one of the Adelitas in Milwaukee for her 1970's activism and struggle for Latino civil rights and who was instrumental along with 500 other educational activists in succeeding in removing the discriminatory barriers that kept Latinos from enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1970. Maria was also a long time UMOS Board Member and a Board member for Latin American Union Civil Rights (LAUCR), the first sponsor of Fiesta Mexicana in Milwaukee's Summerfest grounds as well and participated in the migrant rights march from Milwaukee to Madison along with the other Adelitas at the time, the late Marla O. Anderson, the late Clementina Castro including Latino community leaders Ernesto Chacon, Salvador Sanchez, the late Dante Navarro and Jesús Salas.
Jesús Ortega is survived by his ex-wife Patricia Ortega of more than 30 years, daughters Angelica, Brenda, Xochitl, and America, son Jessie Ortega and his loving sisters, Micaela and Lucy Ortega, many loving grandchildren and nieces, nephews and extended family. Jesús was a loving father, husband, grandfather and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed by all who came to know him and may he R.I.P.

Visitation and Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 613 S. 4th St. in Milwaukee, WI.
Viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Mass from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ortega will be laid to rest after Mass at the Good Hope Cemetery, 4141 S. 43rd Street in Greenfield, WI.

The Jesús Ortega family released the following obituary images (Click to enlarge):

Milwaukee County Supervisor 12th District 2018 debate between Peggy West and Sylvia Ortiz-Velez

The Southside County Supervisor race in the 12th District will be determined between West who has endorsements by unions and many public elected officials including multiple County supervisors or Ortiz-Velez who has the endorsements of Latino community known leaders, movers and shakers, business owners and activists.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 20, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - The Southside Organizing Center (SOC) held a Milwaukee County Supervisor 12th District debate between Supervisor Peggy West (incumbent) who is seeking re-election and challenger Sylvia Ortiz-Velez on Monday in Milwaukee's Southside. The Spring Election is on April 3rd and early voting began Monday.
West has been endorsed by Milwaukee Common Council members, José Pérez, Tony Zielinski, Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter (D), Wisconsin State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D), Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, Milwaukee County Judge Pedro Cólon, Milwaukee Municipal Judge Phil Chavez and the list of public elected officials goes on. West is seeking re-election for a fifth term. She did confirm that she has a 100% attendance record for full County Supervisor Board meetings. But West has missed ten committee meetings for the Milwaukee County Domes hearings concerning their future and says that she doesn't always agree 100% with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele policies, but has the door open for working with him on issues.
In 2012, West voted with 13 other supervisors to limit the Miwaukee County Sheriff's Department cooperation for holding undocumented inmates with minor violations, except felons upon detainer hold requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In 2017, West along with the County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution for equal protection of the law for all County residents including making it a "safe" place for undocumented immigrants residing in the County.
Ortiz-Velez has been a paying registered member in the Democrat Party of Wisconsin and is the current Vice-president of the Hispanic Caucus in the Democrat Party. Ortiz-Velez has been able to get the support and endorsements of community known leaders, movers and shakers, and activists as Luz Sosa, Hector Cólon, Teresa Mercado, Gregorio Montoto, Nancy Hernández, Victor Huyke, Martin Jimenez, Rebecca Bahr-Arrichiello, Attorney Carlos Pastrona, Tony Garnica, Ernesto Nava, Raul Huerta, Ernesto Ramirez (Chato), Ricardo Diaz, Carmen Cabrera, Anita Abraham, Rogelio Cabral, Eleazar Lopez, Cy White, Scott Wales, Roy Camronero, Blanca Blanka Estrada, Frankie Sabath, Yussef Morales, Felix Questell, Johnny Osorio, Kristina Reyes and Mariana Reyes (Reyes Family), Juan Estrada (Estrada Family), Oscar Brenes, Owner of El Patron, Dionisia Gonzalez. Former Alderman James Witkowiak, Rogelio Cabral, Eleazar Lopez, Angel Salmeron Duenas and the list goes on.
Ortiz-Velez shows a strong community base support to get elected compared to West's political base of endorsement's by public officials. 
She wants to bring community stake holders like non-profit organizations, public elected officials and others to work alongside each other to resolve issues affecting the County. Ortiz-Velez, if elected she will open an office in the Southside to better serve the community. She also says that she won't cut any vital services for the most venerable residents in the County, including senior citizens and the homeless.
Ortiz-Velez has a degree in political science and has been a Real Estate Broker for 15 years.
Both West and Ortiz-Velez are immigrant friendly candidates and believe undocumented immigrants should have access to Wisconsin Driver Licenses as a safety measure. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hit-and-run Involved Two Trucks That Fled Scene Leaving Several Vehicles Totaled

Several vehicles were reported totaled after two trucks that were also involved in the crash fled the scene.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 19, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, several vehicles were reported totaled at the 2500 block of S. 13th Street after two trucks caused the crash and fled the scene. Police recovered video surveillance from near the scene showing several trucks fleeing the scene after the crash. No one was reported injured.
A female driver and her female passenger in a vehicle that was struck from behind around 7:40 p.m. caused a chain reaction that struck a parked van forcing it to go on top of the curb.
Police continue to investigate the crash.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Social Security Administration Milwaukee Southside Office To Close March 22

The Social Security Administration confirmed that their Milwaukee Southside office will close next week.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 15, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirmed that the Milwaukee Southside office located at 1710 S. 7 St. is scheduled to close on March 22. The SSA cited elevator problems, air conditioning issues and lack of security in the parking lot.
There is no indication that the SSA is opening a Southside location either despite, opposition to close it by elected public officials including Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwendolynne Moore (D-WI) and community members.

Joe Lopez, Tejano Singer Released On Parole After Serving 11 Years In Prison For Aggravated Sexual Assault Of A Child

Lopez, a former popular Tejano music style who was convicted for two counts of sexual assault of a child has been released on parole.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 15, 2018

Huntsville, Texas - José Manuel Lopez, 67, also known in the Tejano music style stage name "Joe Lopez" was released today at 9:30 a.m. on parole from the Coree facility with the Texas Department of Correction (TDOC) located in Huntsville, according to the TDOC. Lopez completed a nine month sex offender treatment successfully. He served 11 years and 4 months in prison. Lopez will be required to register as a sex offender.
Lopez was convicted in 2006 for two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault (Lopez was sentenced to 20 years on one count and 8 years in prison on the second count) and one felony count for indecent contact with a child age 13 (sentenced to 4 years in prison) and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Lopez has served 10 years.
Lopez was convicted for raping his 13-year-old niece Krystal Lopez who had his child.
Lopez has indicated that he had written multiple songs while in prison and is eager to sing again and to continue with his career as a Tejano singer.
Lopez of Brownsville is the co-founder and former Tejano lead singer for the Grupo Mazz. In 1998, both Lopez and Jimmy González, the other co-founder split and two Tejano bands continued to perform Tejano style music venue as Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz and Joe Lopez y La Nueva Imagen Mazz. La Nueva Imagen Mazz band was phased out when Lopez was convicted and sent to prison.