Thursday, August 27, 2015

Milwaukee's Hispanic Community Commemorates 45th Anniversary Of Equal Access To Higher Education

This year marks the 45th Anniversary that the Hispanic community struggled to gain equal access to higher education by staging protests after taking over Chapman Hall in 1970.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 27, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, the Milwaukee Hispanic community once again will commemorate its 45th Anniversary for the struggle to provide equal access to higher education for generations of Hispanic students in the State of Wisconsin. On August 27, 1970, the Hispanic community took over Chapman Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) after a discriminatory policy was in place to keep Hispanics from enrolling at UWM. In the Fall semester of 1970, there were only 14 Hispanic students enrolled at UWM, most of them from South and Central America compared to 25,000 students attending classes. 
For the Hispanic community, "In Milwaukee many barriers existed blocking their paths to higher education. Their language and cultural distinctness were frowned upon, and they had limited access to information about educational opportunities and few professional role models. Discriminatory treatment was the norm." (Cited from Myriad Magazine UWM 1990)
At least 500 people took it upon themselves to stand up and challenge the UWM discriminatory policy that prevented Hispanics and other minorities from enrolling at the urban university. 
Four men, Jesus Salas, Gregorio J. "Goyo" Rivera, Dante Navarro and Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez and one woman, Marla O. Anderson were taken into custody for protesting the discriminatory policy that kept Latinos from enrolling at UWM and for refusing to leave UWM Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche's office on that August afternoon. The UWM protest began with about 150 people and within days, it grew to more than 500 people.
Klotsche refused to meet with the protesters, but after three days of hunger strikes by the protest organizers, the stalemate broke and Klotsche finally met with them.
By September 1970, UWM along with members of the Hispanic community created the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI) to offer academic counseling, recruit and retain potential students. The SSOI would especially serve nearly 30,000 Latinos living in the Milwaukee area.
Believe it or not, the 1970 takeover of UWM quietly faded away in the memories of those who participated and went on with their lives. After 31 years, it resurfaced again when the first comprehensive article by H. Nelson Goodson detailing the accounts was written and published in 2001. 
In 1996, the SSOI was renamed the Roberto Hernandez Center. Hernandez was one of the instrumental leaders of the UWM protests in 1970.

For full historical article: Revisiting The 1970 Hispanic Takeover At UW-Milwaukee Demanding Equal Access To Education

Video link depicting the history, including news clips of the UWM takeover, SSOI, Roberto Hernández Center at UWM and events leading to higher education for countless of Hispanics in Wisconsin:

In loving Memory and Special Tribute our dearly departed leaders and community founders/activists 

• Marla O. Anderson
• Manuel Ayala
• Camila Casarez
• Alfonso Flores
• Raul Flores
• Enriqueta Gonzalez
• Gloria Gonzalez
• Irma Guerra
• Roberto Hernández
• Pantaleon Hill
• Manuela Hill
• Mary Lou Massignani
• Mary Ann McNulty
• Genevieve Medina
• Maria Ortega
• Juanita Renteria
• Francisco "Panchillo" Rodriguez
• T. Carlos "Charlie" Salas
• Dorothy Torres
• Luis Torres
• Julia Mendoza
• Loyd J. Guzior
• Dante Navarro
• Raul Cano
• Juan V. Alvarez

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hispanic Lives Matter In The U.S. And Have A $1.5T Purchasing And Voting Power

Anti-immigrant and hate hysteria campaign towards Hispanics and immigrants has become the focal issue for the candidates campaigning for the Republican nomination for U.S. President in 2016. 

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

August 26, 2015

Washington, D.C. - More than 75% of Hispanics in the U.S. have a negative view of the leading candidate in the polls, Donald J. Trump from the Republican political party, who has gained the Pendejo/Estúpido (Stupid) label by Latinos nationwide for his outspoken anti-immigrant and hate hysteria rhetoric campaign. The Republican Party has also been labeled "El partido político de Estúpidos" by Hispanics. Trump is campaigning for mass deportations, eliminating Obama's DACA and DAPA policies, if elected and deporting DREAMers, ending birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented parents residing in the country. Trump is advocating to built 1,900 miles of border wall between the U.S. and Mexico that will cost tax payers $14B and the mass deportation of 11M of undocumented immigrants at a cost of $12.5K per person totalling up to $137B, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Today U.S. Hispanics including undocumented workers have more than $1.5T in purchasing power in the country and within several years could reach up to $2T. Unfortunately, Hispanics today haven't been able to manage their own purchasing empowerment to influence immigration reform for nearly a decade, since the first uprising and activism in the national level against anti-immigrant bashing and the attempt by U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) to criminalize people for providing aid to undocumented immigrants.
Hispanics nationwide need to wake up from being idle and need to fight back against immigrant bashing and racism towards Latinos targeted by Trump and the other 14 candidates for the Republican nomination for President by limiting their purchasing power to influence change and immigration reform today. This nation runs by the dollar and the dollar, if used effectively can influence change. A national campaign to stop purchasing products from those businesses and companies that don't support immigration reform would no doubt halt the anti-immigrant bashing by Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) who agreed with Trump in ending birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented parents in the U.S., but a political backlash and losing 50% of his support in Iowa influenced his decision to recant his support for ending birthright. Walker is known to flipflop on issues just to get votes, but if elected, he will be anti-immigrant and would attempt to end birthright to U.S. Citizens.
The mass deportation alone of 11M undocumented immigrants would have a devastating effect of the U.S. economy that would plunge the country into a deep recession leading to a depression. The created job void by mass deportations to replace unauthorized workers nationwide would force restaurants, companies and businesses to shut down that would eliminate state and federal tax generating revenue.
In the last decade, unauthorized workers have contributed $100B into the Social Security Trust Fund and most won't benefit from their contribution and don't claim tax refunds.
One thing for sure, Hispanic lives do matter in the U.S. and the Hispanic vote will determine the next President elect in 2016.

Republican candidate for President Donald J. Trump's plan for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants would cost more than $137B

● Trump's mass deportation plan to deport 11M illegals would cost $12,500 each or $137B, according to U.S. ICE

● Cost to built a 1,900 mile border wall between the U.S. and Mexico $14B

● 40% of foreigners who overstay their Visa's in the U.S. arrive by passenger planes, according to Government Accountability Office/PEW Hispanic Center

● 75% of the Hispanic population in the U.S. consider Trump in a negative view, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll

● In 2015, Hispanics purchasing power reached $1.5T, an increase of 50% since 2010. Hispanic women control a majority of house spending. Women spend $3.3B in foot wear, according to the Nielsen report.

● 56M Hispanics reside in the U.S. making a 17.6% of the U.S. population, the Latin Post reported. 2/3 of the reported population are Mexican-American in the U.S.

● At the age of 21, children born in the U.S. to undocumented parents can petition for their parents to be legalize, in contrary to the notion that birthright of children grants quick legalization to undocumented parents.

● By 2019, Hispanics will account for 10.6% in U.S. purchasing power.

● In 2013, more than 150,000 Hispanics were in active duty compared to 2011, which they made up 17 percent of new recruits. More than 60 Medals of Honor were awarded to Hispanics, Aljazeera reported.

● In the last decade, undocumented workers contributed $100B to the Social Security Trust Fund. An estimated 11M undocumented immigrants reside in the U.S. and about 7M are unauthorized workers and 3.1M of those worked with fake or expired Social Security numbers and paid automatic payroll taxes to the federal government. In 2010, a $13B annual net contribution was made to the Social Security Trust Fund. Most of the unauthorized workers will never benefit from their tax contributions later in life, according to Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary Secretary of the SSA.

● More than 60M U.S. Hispanics are eligible voters and could cast their vote in 2016 to determine the next President elect.

Update: Candidate for President federal Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN, Trump is an idiot on Mideast policy and ill prepared to be commander in chief, shallow and engages in demagoguing immigrants. If Trumps gets the Republican nomination for President, it would be the end of the Republican Party and should lose the election in 2016.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Milwaukee Police District 2 Station To Hold Open House In September

Milwaukee Police Captain Alfonso Morales, police officers and personnel at 2nd District Police Station invites Southsiders to their annual Open House event.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 25, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, Milwaukee Police Officer Jesús Gloria, the Community Liaison Officer confirmed that Police Captain Alfonso Morales from the Milwaukee 2nd District Police Station has invited the Southside community to their annual "Open House" at the station. Captain Morales and officers will be present at the event and personnel will conduct tours of the police station.
Specialized police exhibits, squads, SWAT, and equipment will be showed case by the Milwaukee Police Department. Also pizza and refreshments will be served, according to Officer Gloria.
The Open House will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015, 245 W. Lincoln Ave. in Milwaukee, WI from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children and parents welcome to the event.

For more information please contact Community Liaison Officers José Acevedo or Officer Jesus Gloria at 935-7228
or Block Watch Council President Paul Grippe at 645-4795.

El Departamento de Policía de Milwaukee Distrito Dos los invita a su anual Casa Abierta este 13 de Septiembre de 2015 de 12:00 p.m. hasta las 3:00 p.m.

Localizado al 245 W. Lincoln Avenida en Milwaukee, WIsconsin

La Estación de Policía Distrito Dos estará abriendo sus Puertas a nuestra comunidad para la visita de usted y su familia!

· Conozca y Salude a los los miembros del Distrito Dos
· Recorra la estación de Policía del Distrito Dos
· Área con Recursos de la Comunidad
· Exhibición de unidades de la ley
· Pizza & otros refrigerios

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con los Oficiales de Enlace de la Comunidad José Acevedo o el Oficial Jesús Gloria al 935-7228 o con el Presidente del Consejo de la vigilancia de la cuadra Paúl Grippe al 645-4795.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mexican Fiesta 2015 Draws 80,000 To Lakefront Festival At Summerfest Grounds

An estimated 80,000 festival goers attended this year's Mexican Fiesta 2015, according to volunteers and organizers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 24, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - An update about Mexican Fiesta 2015: according to former Mexican Fiesta Ambassador Vanessa Vasquez Facebook posting, she claims that more than 80,000 people attended this year's Fiesta over the weekend. No official record of attendance has been released from Mexican Fiesta 2015. Also, no one was reported banned from the Mexican Fiesta for having body art on their face or body deemed distasteful to Fiesta organizers, police and the LPOA security, according to unofficial preliminary Milwaukee police and Latino Peace Officers Association (LPOA) reports.
This year's music venue included, the Tejano Show Case with Ram Herrera, Casey Zavala, Oscar G., David Farias, Michael Salgado, Liberty Band, XS Band and Tejano Highway 281. Mexican Fiesta performers were Bachatero Joe Veras, Carmen La Salsera with Cache Pueblo Latino and Mexican music venue that included Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon, Pablo Montero, Chuy Lizarraga y su Banda Tierra Sinaloense, Grupo Kual?, Mariachi Cobre, Espinosa Paz, Dinastia Norteña and La Sonora Internacional USA.
In brief history, two years ago, Mexican Fiesta in Milwaukee banned Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) from the Mexican Fiesta Office during a press conference for first reporting on August 24, 2013 that Fiesta was enforcing a discriminating policy to ban people with certain facial and body tattoos from assisting the Mexican Fiesta at the Summerfest grounds because they were deemed as gang members or would-be gang members even if they were not or did nothing wrong at the Fiesta grounds. HNNUSA also reported in 2013 about Mexican Fiesta's discriminating policy not to award scholarships to DREAMers. According to their website in 2013, Mexican Fiesta claimed that it had given more than $2.5M in scholarships, but HNNUSA discovered that not one single dollar was ever awarded to DREAMers because they were prohibited from applying for scholarships.
The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Board (WHSF), which sponsors the Mexican Fiesta three-day festival at the Summerfest grounds and the National LULAC changed their discriminating policy after Hispanic News Network U.S.A. exposed the exclusion of DREAMers from applying for scholarships. 
Last year in 2014, the WHSF began to accept scholarship applications from registered DREAMers. The LULAC National gave a matching scholarship fund as well and also had excluded DREAMers from getting scholarships.
Some have asked, how did Salsa, Bachata and Merengue music venue was introduced at the annual Fiesta? Well, Puerto Rican (PR) music was first introduced back in 1983 to the Fiesta Mexicana when I suggested it at the time to La Fiesta Mexicana organizers, which were having a volunteer party at Margaritas Bar and Hall on W. Windlake Avenue. The Fiesta Mexicana sponsor was Latin American Union for Civil Rights (LAUCR) which was headed by Executive Director Salvador Sanchez and former UMOS director. 
The Fiesta Mexicana organizers finally agreed that it would boost attendance  and the first PR artist to appear at the Fiesta Mexicana was Willie Colón from NY. The year after, I briefly joined the Fiesta Mexicana Board and when a Board meeting took place, one of the Board members was opposed to continue to have a Puerto Rican band play again at Fiesta Mexicana claiming it wasn't a PR fest, but when I brought up Willie Colón's successful performance including a huge attendance and how the grounds were packed,  the Board once again decided to bring another PR artist, Ray Barreto performed and the year after Frankie Sabath.
The PR music venue was a success in generating funds at the old Summerfest Miller stage and ever since then, a Salsa band, Merengue or Bachata artist performs at the annual festival, regardless of the non-profit organization that sponsors the Fiesta. Not to many people know about my influence to stop discrimination among cultures in our own community and bridging harmony by working together for the benefit of our community.
The Puerto Rican community is credited and was also involved with the Mexican community in the 1970's activism and the take-over of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) to allow Hispanics to enroll. Only 14 Hispanics were enrolled on August 27, 1970 compared to 27,000 White students.
Our community united and took over UWM and succeeded in eliminating the discriminatory policy and barrier that kept Hispanics from enrolling at UWM due to high prerequisites demand in which Hispanic students were not being prepared by the Milwaukee Public School system with college bound courses needed to pass college tests for enrollment.
Today, the doors of education remain open and basically anyone seeking a higher education can enroll without any problems. The annual Fiesta was first created by the community founders and activists to generate funds for scholarships to students to attend universities and colleges throughout the State of Wisconsin.
On August 27th, it will mark the 45th Anniversary of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee take-over by the Hispanic community to break down the discriminatory policy and barrier to keep Hispanics from enrolling at the university.

Update: On Tuesday, Mexican Fiesta 2015 confirmed that more than 80K people attended the three-day fest.

Two Milwaukee Southside Homicide Victims Identified As Luis A. Santiago And Gabriel Velazquez

Milwaukee police looking for multiple suspects in several unrelated Milwaukee Southside homicides over the weekend.

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

August 24, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, the Milwaukee Police Department identified two Milwaukee Southside homicide victims that were reported killed over the weekend as Luis A. Santiago, 35, and Gabriel Velazquez, 35, both of Milwaukee. Santiago was fatally shot in an alley at the 1400 block of S. 31Street on August 21. Three suspects have been taken into custody and police are looking for more suspects connected to Friday's homicide.
On early Saturday, Velazquez was shot at the 1500 block of S. 15 Street after getting into an altercation with several men inside a corner tavern. The altercation continued outside the tavern and Velazquez attempted to run over the two suspects with his vehicle, which one of them had a weapon and shot at Velazquez in the driver's seat. Velazquez was wounded, but fled the scene and later died while driving on S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive and W. National Ave. where the vehicle crashed.
Police released a surveillance video from the tavern showing the suspects wanted in connection with the Velazquez murder and a vehicle used by the suspects to flee the crime scene.

Video of suspect and vehicle used in Velazquez homicide 

Police released the following information about the suspects description and vehicle used in Velazquez homicide.

● Suspect #1: Black male, 5'5" tall, 130 lbs., goatee, short faded hair with a small Mohawk, no shirt, dark colored shorts with boxer style underwear, white tennis shoes (not pictured in the video)

● Suspect #2: White or Hispanic male, 5'10" to 6'2" tall, 170-180 lbs, light complexion, short hair, light blue t-shirt, blue jeans, two tone sneakers, black watch on left wrist, and wearing a necklace

The suspects were seen leaving the scene in an early 2000's tan or gray Saturn with black front and rear bumpers. Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360.

Republican Political Party Gains The Pendejos Party Label Over Mexican Hate Rhetoric

The hate rhetoric towards Mexicans and U.S. born citizens of Mexican descent by most of the Republican candidates for the nomination for President in 2016 has labeled the GOP as the Pendejos political party.

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

August 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. - The GOP or the Republican political party is now known nationally by Hispanics and immigrants as the "Pendejos" (Stupid) political party for the hate rhetoric and hysteria towards Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and immigrants by most of the 15 candidates trying to get the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Out spoken pendejos and racists, candidates Donald J. Trump, Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have taken the lead to exploit the hate card towards Hispanics and immigrants just to gain votes from bigoted Americans.
They seem to try to get America back into a White candidate control of the White House instead of embracing the diverse rich culture make up face of America today. No doubt, the combined ethnic population in the U.S. has taken over and these White candidates are desperate to keep Whites in political power or status quo to exploit racial discriminatory practices and to keep people of color in poverty and homeless.
Hispanics and immigrants have now been declared undesirable in America by the leading Republican candidate Trump who declared "War" on immigration, but in reality against all Hispanics in the U.S. Trump and the other GOP candidates are hoping most Hispanics can just turn sit back or turn their backs and allow for other Latinos to be discriminated, their rights violated and get as many U.S. born children in the country deported because of their Mexican roots and families. 
Even some Republican Hispanics and Mexicans legally in the U.S. support Trump's outspoken attack on Latinos not realizing that they too have been targeted by Trump who is part German and his ancestors immigrated to the U.S. Some Latinos agree with Trump and Walker, that all Mexican nationals residing and working illegally in the country should be deported including ending a birthright to citizenship for those children born in the country to undocumented parents. 
Since 2006, immigration reform activists, organizations and clergy staged demonstrations, marched, engaged in civil disobedience acts, hunger strikes and even had undocumented children confront GOP elected federal representatives at the national level for immigration reform while the majority of the undocumented population in the country stood idle and watched a few thousand activists struggle for their rights to remain in the U.S. Some Hispanics believe, if the 11M undocumented population continues to sit quietly and expect for immigration reform to get accomplish soon while being idle, then they deserve to get deported by Trump, Walker or the next Republican President elect.
Hispanics have become to complacent to racism and discrimination in the country, we inject trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy, but can't manage our spending power to influence change and immigration reform. We can vote in large numbers, we can spend trillions of dollars, but today we need to spend less in the U.S. to hit those Pendejos where it hurts, in their pockets. 
Undocumented workers in the last ten decades have contributed more than $100B into the Social Security Trust Fund and even more to the IRS suspended account, which most undocumented workers don't file for tax refunds.
Trump declared a War against illegal immigration on Sunday, but has no credible plan for immigration reform other than to built a border wall by Mexico, promotes mass deportations, hate and ending U.S. birthright to children with undocumented parents. The bigoted America today is a dying breed and will eventually become dormant. 

● Trump's mass deportation plan to deport 11M illegals would cost $12,500 each or $137B, according to U.S. ICE

● Cost to built a 1,900 mile border wall between the U.S. and Mexico $14B

● 40% of foreigners who overstay their Visa's in the U.S. arrive by passenger planes, according to Government Accountability Office/PEW Hispanic Center

● 75% of the Hispanic population in the U.S. consider Trump in a negative view, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Two Homicides Within Several Days Reported In Milwaukee's Southside

The latest Milwaukee homicide happened on early Saturday along S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. raising the murder rate to 101 people reported killed in the city.

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

August 22, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, a victim was reported shot around 1:55 a.m. in the 1500 block of W. Scott Street after an altercation with several suspects outside a corner tavern. The 35-year-man got into his vehicle and attempted to run over two men. One of the men shot and struck the driver, but the driver left the scene. He later crashed at the 700 block of S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive and W. National Ave. The driver apparently died from a gun shot wound and crashed. Police continue the homicide investigation. Saturday's Southside homicide raised the Milwaukee reported homicides to 101.
On Friday, police reported that a 35-year-old man was fatally shot around 6:55 p.m. in an alley after an altercation with 3 to 5 men at the 1400 block of S. 31st Street. The victim died at the scene.
Police released the following information, "The suspects are described as Hispanic males who fled in a older white SUV-style vehicle with a partial plate of 737." No suspects have been arrested.
Friday's reported murder was the 100th homicide in the city.
Last Sunday, two women ages 34, and 29, were reported shot at 2:00 a.m. outside Mango's Tropical-n-Grill, 721 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. after a fight broke inside.
One of the women, Reina Mae Pavlik is recovering from a gunshot wound and the second victim suffered a non-life-threatening wound as well. Both women were not the intended targets, according to police.