Sunday, May 3, 2015

Angel Suarez Arrested For Endangering Safety And Facing Multiple Charges

17-year-old suspect had cutoff his GPS monitoring bracelet and had been on the run since last year.

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

May 3, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, Angel R. Suarez, 17, was arrested on a warrant for eluding prosecution as an adult for one felony count of 1st-degree reckless endangering safety and one misdemeanor count for theft, according to court records. Suarez around September 2014 cutoff his GPS monitoring bracelet and forfeited his bail of $1,000 when he failed to show up for court. A warrant for his arrest was on March 2015.
Suarez allegedly stole a purse from a woman at a Southside laundromat and fled. The woman's father chased Suarez, but Suarez turned around, took a gun out and fired several shots at the woman's father missing him, according to the criminal complaint.
Other charges are also pending against Suarez.

Milwaukee Protest At Two Bucks Bar & Grill After Owner Bans Afro-Americans From Patronizing

A protest at the Two Bucks Bar & Grill after allegations that the female owner, Lynn Forthaus has refused service and kicked out Afro-Americans citing she doesn't want ghetto Blacks at her business.

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

May 3, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, a local Eastside bar in the city of Milwaukee faced a community protest around 7:30 p.m. after Afro-Americans were targeted on Friday and refused service, including being kicked out from the Two Bucks Bar & Grill, 2321 N. Murray Ave. for just being Black. The racial discrimination allegations were raised by employees and customers, according to Boycott TWO BUCKS Milwaukee, a Facebook account that was set-up to denounce an alleged racist bar owner. The Two Bucks Bar & Grill is owned by both Lynn and Kevin Forthaus.
The bar remained closed on Saturday after the Friday incident that caused most of the employees at the business to quit, including bartenders and several bouncers.
Apparently several bouncers witnessed the racial discrimination incident and some customers who were refused service and kicked out claimed that the Two Bucks Bar & Grill owner, Lynn Forthaus had asked them to leave for no reason. But, the bar employees claimed that Lynn had made it obvious that she kicked them out from the bar just for being Black and acting suspiciously. According to some allegations, one of the bouncers heard Lynn saying that she didn't want Black ghetto people at her bar or any Afro-American business. Other customers who heard Lynn's racists comments also left the bar, according to employees.
Even a former employee told one of the victims that she had quit working for the Forthaus's several years ago because of her racist behavior against Blacks.
The Forthaus's could not be reached for comment about the alleged discrimination acts towards Black customers and accusations from the former employees. 
The victims say that they will complain with the Milwaukee City Clerk and the local Alderman. Currently, the Milwaukee Common Council has not adopted any ordinance or policy preventing City licensed businesses, restaurants and bars from racially discriminating and targeting certain ethnic groups from being served or providing services too.

Lynn Forthaus posted the following statement on the Two Bucks Bar & Grill Facebook on Sunday night, "There was an unfortunate incident at Two Bucks late Friday, May 1st. I apologize that this occurred. It does not reflect the views of the company, owners or employees of Two Bucks. We embrace diversity and have already taken steps so this will never happen again." Lynn's statement doesn't justify that she has an apparent racist issue against Afro-Americans for the last couple of years, according to employees and customers who finally decided to do something about it and expose her actions while representing a franchise of Two Bucks.
Lynn plans to reopen on Monday and will replace the staff that quit under racially bias tensions at Two Bucks.

Update: When contacted on Monday by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA), Two Bucks of America stated, "We are working diligently to gather information and take appropriate action."

Full statement from Two Bucks of America

Alberto E. Rivera Wanted In Connection With The West Allis Alleged Homicide Of Henry L. Hodges

Rivera allegedly killed Hodges and attempted to kill a 20-year-old woman in a West Allis alley.

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

May 3, 2015

West Allis, WI - The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office issued an arrest warrant for Alberto E. Rivera, 36, a convicted felon. Rivera is accused for possessing a weapon during a commission of an alleged homicide on April 8, 2015 at the 1300 block of S. 57th Street in West Allis.
The criminal complaint states, that Rivera fatally shot Henry L. Hodges, 37, in the head and then shot a 20-year-old woman in the head, but only grazed her. The bullet went through her wrists after Rivera told her to cover her face with her hands and then shot her at point blank. The woman was left for dead inside an SUV in an alley behind a grocery store. Rivera was with another male accomplice and fled the scene.
The woman told police that Hodges and her had gone to a Northside residence and Rivera with another suspect managed to take Hodges hostage by tying his hands and covering his mouth. The suspects took the victims to an alley in West Allis and were shot, with Hodges being killed.
The suspects apparently wanted money, according to the surviving victim.
Police have not identified the second suspect, but do know who they are looking for in connection with the homicide.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

41-year-old Motorcycle Rider Reported Killed In Milwaukee's Southside

The driver of the vehicle involved in a fatal motorcycle accident remained at the scene, according to police.

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

May 2, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, a 41-year-old motorcycle rider was reported killed at the 2800 block of S. 13th Street around 7:30 p.m., according to police. The fatal accident involved a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 1999 Chrysler, which the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.
The motorcycle rider was identified as Robert Tolbert, aka, "Bobby or Rubbertoe" and was a member of the Milwaukee Mixtecas Motorcycle Club. Tolbert was headed Northbound on S. 13th and the vehicle Westbound on W. Dakota when the accident occurred. Tolbert died at the scene and was not wearing a helmet.
Police have close the intersection of W. Dakota and S. 13th Street for hours to conduct a accident reconstruction investigation.

Undocumented Immigrants Need To Spend Less To Influence Immigration Reform In America

What the GOP don't want you to know today!

"Everything has been tried to no avail (marches, children confronting politicians on immigration reform, get out the vote, letter writing campaign, electing Democrats to U.S. House, U.S. Senate and White House, a Day without Latinos, protests, civil disobedience acts, lobbying and etc.), it's time to use our economic empowerment of trillions of dollars. We should save more and spend less until immigration reform with a path to citizenship is approved. It's time to wake up and strike back by striking the GOP's pocket books where it will actually hurt them the most.
"Sacrifice and becoming persistent will pay off in a matter of several years or even sooner. The U.S. runs on producing and selling, but if Latinos/as and undocumented immigrants adjust to buying less, it will cause a ripple effect that will no doubt show, Hispanic buying power is what helps this nation prosper.
"The management of the Hispanic economic wealth is the key to influence change, but as an ethnic group we need to tighten our spending addiction temperarily and forgo some goods. I approve this message," H. Nelson Goodson, an Immigration Reform advocate and U.S. born citizen of an immigrant parent. (Dated: May 2, 2015)

Six Baltimore Cops Charged For Freddie Gray's Homicide

A sergeant and three cops are facing up to 20 years in prison each, one lieutenant is facing up to 30 years and another cop up to 55 years in prison, if convicted on all charges.

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

May 2, 2015

Baltimore, Maryland - On Friday, six Baltimore police officers including a supervisor have been charged with multiple felony charges for the April homicide of Freddie Gray, 25, State Attorney Marilyn B. Mosby announced during a press conference. Gray was arrested on April 12 and died on April 19 due to a spinal injury after he was arrested. 
Lieutenant Brian W. Rice was charged with one felony count for involuntary manslaughter (facing 10 years imprisonment), two counts for second-degree assault (10 years each count), two counts for misconduct in office and one count for false imprisonment.
Sergeant Alicia D. White was charged with one felony count for involuntary manslaughter (10 years in prison), one count for second-degree assault (10 years) and misconduct in office.
Police Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. was charged with one felony count for second-degree depraved heart murder (facing up to 30 years in prison), one count for involuntary manslaughter (10 years), one count for second-degree assault (10 years), one count for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence (10 years), one count for vehicular manslaughter with criminal negligence (3 years) and misconduct in office.
Officer William G. Porter was charged with one felony count for involuntary manslaughter (facing up to 10 years), one count for second-degree assault (10 years) and misconduct in office.
Officer Edward M. Nero was charged with two counts of second-degree assault (10 years each count), two counts for misconduct in office and one count for false imprisonment.
Officer Garrett E. Miller was charged with two felony counts for second-degree assault (10 years each count), two counts for misconduct in office and one for false imprisonment. The officers and two supervisors are facing between 20 to 50 years in prison, if convicted on all charges.
The officers and both supervisors have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case and have been released on bail after they were booked for multiple felonies.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco. Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects who set fire to the CVS Drug store and several other structures.
Baltimore police reported on Friday night that 38 protest related arrests were made and 15 curfew violation arrests. The curfew began at 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for all residents except media with credentials and emergency related crews, according to police. Baltimore is no longer in tactical alert.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thousands In Wisconsin Marched Against Governor Walker's Anti-immigrant Policies

Immigrants from all nations and supporters for immigration reform marched to protest Governor Walker's anti-immigrant sentiment to continue to block reinstatement of instate tuition and driver licenses for undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin.

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

May 1, 2015

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, thousands of immigrants, children and supporters marched from Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) office in the Southside through the Immigrant Citizenship Pathway Bridge (known as the Sixth Street Viaduct to downtown) ending at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Since 2006, the Immigrant Citizenship Pathway Bridge for the last nine years has been the route and the epicenter of the immigrant rights movement for immigration reform that spread throughout the nation and have created a united front for political change and economic empowerment, which the GOP or Republican state controlled legislature is now trying to tap into for the 2016 Presidential election. 
Governor Scott Walker (R) who is considered to be one of many GOP potential canidates for the Republican nomination for President in 2016 has set back any success for the GOP to attract the state and national Hispanic vote. Walker has publicly confirmed that he doesn't believe in amnesty, expanding Obama's DACA to include the parents of students or a pathway for citizenship for the 13M of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and would enforce mass deportations, if elected. He has eliminated instate tuition for undocumented immigrants including registered DREAMers, despite undocumented immigrants paying millions of dollars in taxes for the last nine years in Wisconsin. Governor Walker has been labeled anti-immigrant and a racist, according to people marching on Friday. 
Last year, Hispanics in the state of Wisconsin became a majority surpassing the Afro-American population. By mid Summer, the Mexican government will open a Consulate General of Mexico in Milwaukee, indicating that Wisconsin has a growing Mexican national population.
VDLF released the following statement, "Gov. Walker to withdraw Wisconsin from the 26-state lawsuit delaying the implementation of executive immigration relief, for living wages and the right to organize in the workplace, for increased funding for public education, and for an end to police violence against African-American communities...Recently, Gov. Walker has said that he opposes immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and even supports restrictions on legal immigration."
"At a time when wealth and power is concentrated in few hands as never before, in the fourth poorest city in the nation and one of the most segregated, working families are on the front  fighting for strong public schools, affordable higher education, good jobs, and strong civil rights protections," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera.
"Voces is committed to defending and supporting immigrants applying for relief under executive action, continuing our fight for racial and economic justice. We have seen in Milwaukee and Baltimore and other cities African Americans and their allies rising up against racist police violence, and we are proud to stand with their struggle. We are proud to stand with Maria Hamilton and Elvira Arellano, two mothers fighting for justice for all families," Neumann-Ortiz stated.
"I want say thank you to the US citizens who are here with us today fighting deportations," said Arellano, an internationally-renowned immigrant rights activist who resisted her 2006 deportation order by taking sanctuary in a Chicago church.
"It's so beautiful to see people of so many nationalities here together," said Maria Hamilton at a rally before the march. She is the mother of Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed African-American man shot dead by Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney one year ago. Marchers also expressed solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Hamilton family, and the people of Baltimore.

May Day Immigration Reform March: Video 1

Video 2

Brief stats:

In 2014, Hispanics became the largest minority population in Wisconsin surpassing Afro-Americans, according to the U.S. Census report.
In 2006 city economic study reported that the Southside households in the predominately Latino community located inside Postal Zip Code 53204 in Milwaukee spent more than $91 million annually in retail goods, according to the Department of City Development statistics. In one day, they spent approximately $249,315.06. The biggest tax-generating base for the city comes solely from the Southside compared to other districts.
In Milwaukee, over 850 Hispanic owned businesses generate more than $225 million in annual sales. It is abundantly clear that the immigration of Hispanics and undocumented immigrants to Southeastern Wisconsin is tied to a large degree to the available resources that Hispanics have in Chávez Drive, the 12 and 13 Aldermanic Districts.
In Wisconsin, over 3,000 Hispanic owned businesses generate more than $800 million in annual sales, creation of jobs and available employment resulting in population growth as well as business growth. In 2013, Governor Scott Walker's (R-WI) office reported that Hispanic-owned businesses in Wisconsin are growing at a rate of 7.6 percent, accounting for $2.4 billion in sales and employing 11,000 people.
The Hispanic population increased by more than 4%, greater than the national Hispanic growth rate, and more than 271,000 Hispanics lived in Wisconsin in 2007. The population of Hispanics had grown by 40% since 2000. The U.S. Census reported that 355,468 Hispanics resided in the state or 6.2 percent of the total population in 2012.
In Milwaukee County alone, about 13.9 of the County population was Hispanic.