Sunday, September 24, 2017

Milwaukee Southside Two-day Taco Sale Fundraiser For Disaster Victims In Mexico And Puerto Rico Totaled $33,618

Funds raised over the weekend will be shared by those victims affected by Mexico's earthquake and Puerto Rico Maria's huracane disaster.

Los fondos recaudados está fin de semana se compartirán para la ayuda a las víctimas del desastre del huracán Maria en Puerto Rico y el terremoto en Mexico.

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

September 24, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, organizers for the Taco sale at S. 16 Street and W. National Ave. in Milwaukee, WI generated a total of $21,272 and on Saturday a total of $12,346 dollars with a combined total of $33,618 was raised in two days for victims affected by Mexico's earthquake and Puerto Rico's Maria hurricane.
The food vendors donated all the money that was generated by food sales to the a relief fund for both Mexico and Puerto Rico.
50% of the funds will be donated to the Red Cross in Mexico and 50% to the Red Cross in Puerto Rico.

El domingo, los organizadores de la Taquiza en S. 16 y W. National Ave. en Milwaukee, WI confirmaron un total de $21,272 y el sábado se reporto un total de $12,346 dolares con un total por los dos días de $33,618 de recaudación de fondos para los afectados del terremoto en México y el huracán María en Puerto Rico.
Los vendedores de comida donaron todo los fondos de ventas de comida para la ayuda a las víctimas del terremoto en México y en Puerto Rico afectados por el huracán Maria.
50% de los fondos se donaran a la Cruz Roja de México y 50% de fondos a la Cruz Roja de Puerto Rico.

Taco sale sponsors/Patrocinadores de la Taquiza

• Loncheras El Charrito
• Taqueria El Cabrito
• Salas Burgers
• Loncheras Tapatío
• Berta's Tamales
• 97.9 FM Radio Caliente
• Tres Hermanos Restaurant
• Fiesta Garibaldi
• Pete's Fruit Market
• National Liquor
• National Mufflers
• El Tucanazo Restaurant
• NANA's
• Rancheritos Rentals 
• Hugo L. Alarcón from H Tax Accounting LLC

21 Suspects Indicted, 19 Taken Into Custody For Drug Distribution In Milwaukee

Several suspects sought by feds in connection with drug distribution in the Milwaukee area.

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

September 24, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Gregory Haanstad, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin reported that 21 suspects were indicted in federal court for conspiracy related to the distribution of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the Milwaukee area. The following 19 suspects were taken into custody on September 19 in Milwaukee during a law enforcement operation involving 200 federal agents, state and local police including sheriff deputies from different jurisdictions.

The 19 suspects are:

• Luis F. Gomez, age 39
• Pablo Hidalgo-Sanchez, age 28
• Fernando Reyes, age 39
• Mario Esquivel-Sotelo, age 24
• Oscar Garnica-Manriquez, age 32
• Juan Avina, age 32
• Jonathan Martinez-Acosta, age 36
• Helder Rodriguez, age 39
• Sergio Camacho-Gonzalez, age 20
• Ricardo Cervantes-Vargas, age 34
• Carlos Flores-Gomez, age 24
• Ricardo Rodriguez, age 32
• Kristian Yanez, age 24
• Luis Torres, age 24
• Bryan Banks, age 41
• Dante Williams, age 44
• Tommie Cole, age 36
• Alejandro Casteneda, age 28
• Maria Gomez-Gonzalez, age 31

According to a press release by the feds, all of the defendants currently reside in the greater Milwaukee area. This case is a part of a long-term federal drug and money laundering investigation based out of Milwaukee. The federal investigation has led to the seizure of multiple kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine and the seizure of over $800,000 in United States currency.
The defendants are charged with drug offenses including: distribution of and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy. If proven that the offenses involved more than a kilogram of heroin, and / or five kilograms or more of cocaine each defendant will face up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison.
Law enforcement officers executed 13 federal search warrants in Milwaukee targeting members of this drug-trafficking organization. Approximately 200 federal, state and local officers participated in these arrests and searches. Law enforcement recovered approximately 1½ kilos of heroin, two (2) kilos of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana, 12 firearms and one assault rifle, $500,000 in United States currency, six vehicles, a money counter, kilo press and drug paraphernalia.
U.S. Attorney Haanstad stated, "The large-scale distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances presents a clear, significant danger to public safety and public health. The pernicious effects of large-scale organizations like this one are not only felt locally, but also extend beyond state and international borders. These charges and this prosecution are the result of an aggressive, coordinated approach to dismantling drug-trafficking organizations, and the United States Attorney's Office is committed to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to attack these public safety and public health threats." U.S. Attorney Haanstad specifically commended the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and units involved in the investigation for their hard work and inter-agency cooperation.
The investigating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, North Central High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigation / Enforcement Removal Operations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, Wisconsin State Patrol, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit, Wauwatosa Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, West Allis Police Department, South Milwaukee Police Department and the Oak Creek Police Department.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kaña Mojito Building Up For Lease Where August Deadly Parking Lot Shooting Occurred

The U.S. Marshals Service has added both murder suspects, José Sánchez, 24, and Omar Estrada, 25, to most wanted list.

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

September 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - The building where Kaña Mojito is located at the 600 block of S. 5th Street has been put up for lease. Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Saturday attempted to contact Angel Velazquez, the business owner of Kaña Mojito for comment, but was unsuccessful. Police believe, Velazquez has voluntarily decided not to renew his Kaña Mojito tavern liquor license. A local business owner on S. 5th Street told HNNUSA that most of the businesses including restaurants and bars from W. Virginia and W. Mineral along S. 5th Street have seen a 20% to 30% of business drop, since last month's shooting incident at Kaña.
On Saturday, the Walker's Point Association held the 1st Annual S. 5th Street Fest to boost business along the business corridor.
In late August, José Sánchez, 24, and Omar Estrada, 25, got ino an altercation inside Kaña and security was able to break it up and remove those involved in the altercation over a female. The suspets returned to the Kaña after retrieving several handguns (.380 Cal. and .45 Cal.) and began to shoot at patrons exiting Kaña striking a male and a woman including fatally wounding Angel J. Ortega, 20. Sánchez and Estrada fled the scene and have been on the run, since then. Police believe the suspects are trying to enter Mexico and the U.S. Marshals Service has added both suspects to their wanted list.
Sánchez and Estrada were each charged with three felony counts that include 1st-degree reckless homicide and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted they're facing up to 60-years in prison; 1st-degree reckless injury and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted, they're facing up to 40-years in prison and 1st-degree reckless endangering safety and party to crime and use of a dangerous weapon, if convicted they're facing up to 12-years and six months in prison and up to $25,000 in fines, according to court records.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Racism, Not Being Undocumented Has Divided The U.S.

Undocumented immigrants have become the backbone of today's economic and development of our nation.

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

September 20, 2017

For those who don't realize that undocumented immigrants have become contributing members in their communities and stake holders in cities across the U.S., undocumented immigrants have been part in boosting the economic well being of this nation and continue to do so, despite the racist agenda by the Trump administration and the extreme GOP elected officials in local, county, state and federal level.
Racism and the belief that Latinos will come a majority in the U.S., which in some states and cities have surpassed the Afro-American population has become a threat to White nationalists, the KKK and neo-Nazi groups including the racist GOP Party political members and their followers.
Racism has been the leading campaign to detain and deport undocumented immigrants simply for the color of their skin, culture, traditions, bilingualism, religion and etc. and no longer because of their unauthorized stay in the U.S.
Their economic empowerment and contribution as stake holders including investing in their communities to make their communities a better place to live in the U.S. has shown that they have become the backbone of today's economic and development of our nation.
Here are some stats, which show their tax generated income benefiting states across the U.S. and in Wisconsin, including the City of Milwaukee.

City of Milwaukee economic stats about Latinos and State of Wisconsin

Monday, September 18, 2017

Se inicia Mega operación de ICE en EE.UU, ICE initiates Mega Operation in the U.S.

Se inicia Mega operación de ICE en EE.UU

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

18 de septiembre del 2017

El domingo, la agencia federal de Aduanas y Migración (ICE) inicio una redada nacional para detener al menos de 8,000 personas indocumentadas arrededor de los EE.UU entre el 17 a 21 de septiembre. La abogada Susan Reed del Centro de Drechos de Inmigrantes en Michigan reporto en Facebook que el operativo 'Mega' de ICE se está llevando acabo en las ciudades de Flint, Grand Rapids y otras cuales se han confirmado agentes de ICE en operación.
¡No abra la puerta, no diga nada y no firme ningún documento si agentes de migración lo visitan en casa!

ICE initiates Mega Operation in the U.S.

On Sunday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated the 'Mega Operation' to locate and detain at least 8,000 undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally. Susan Reed, the managing attorney for Michigan Immigrant Right Center reported that ICE agents began an operation to detain undocumented immigrants in the cities of Flint, Grand Rapids and other locations in Michigan.
Warning: Do not open the door to ICE, remain silent and don't sign any documents, if ICE agents come to your door.

Update: Trump's ICE Mega Operation raids began in the Midwest including Michigan and Wisconsin.

WI: Feds leaving in vehicles after Trump's ICE Mega Operation raid in Milwaukee's Southside

Feds initiate Trump's ICE Mega Operation raids in the Midwest

When contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A., Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee released the following statement, "ICE has said they are looking for a list of specific people in the Milwaukee area today. Know your rights! If you encounter ICE agents, you have the right to remain silent. If you are at home you have the right to not open the door if they don't have a warrant for you. You always have the right to remain silent and to not sign any document without consulting an attorney."

If your loved ones are affected by this, please call Voces' emergency hotline at 414-418-9409.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jury Found Anissa E. Weier Mentally Ill In Slenderman Case

Weier won't face prison term, but will be committed to a mental illness facility.

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

September 15, 2017

Waukesha, WI - Waukesha County Slenderman case: 10 jurors found Anissa E. Weier, 15, mentally ill and did not know she was committing a criminal act on May 31, 2014 when she was involved in stabbing Payton Isabella Leutner who was 12-years-old at the time. Leutner survived after being stabbed 19 times and left for dead. Weier pled guilty on 8/21/2017 to 2nd-degree intentional homicide. She will remain in custody until she gets committed to a mental illness facility, but won't face a prison term.
Morgan E. Geyser, 15, is awaiting trial for 1st-degree intentional homicide in the Slenderman case.

U.S.DOJ Hired Consultant Firm At Fault For Creating Non-factual Draft Review Of The Milwaukee Police Department Practices

Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn blamed the private consultants hired by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama administration for creating a non-factual draft review of the Milwaukee Police Department system, practices and lack of policy initiatives for Community Oriented Policing.

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

September 15, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn during the Milwaukee Common Council Steering and Rules Committee (SRC) hearing
confirmed that the leaked U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) draft collaborative reform report review of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) operations and practices included multiple non-factual errors that weren't corrected by the consultants of a private firm hired by the DOJ. Chief Flynn blamed the DOJ hired private consultant firm for the numerous errors in the DOJ draft, which excluded factual proof, but he didn't named the firm. Apparently, the same consultant firm did reviews for other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. as well, according to MPD. The DOJ review of MPD began in November 2015 by request of Chief Flynn to participate in the DOJ Office of Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS) Collaborative Reform Initiative For Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) process under the Obama administration. 
Members of the Milwaukee Common Council had requested the DOJ review to determine budget funding, but Chief Flynn denied the released of the review due to numerous inaccuracies and the DOJ's request that the MPD preliminary report not be released.
After the Presidential election, Trump's DOJ Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided not to move forward in the MPD review, which left the MPD stuck with the preliminary draft review. That MPD DOJ draft review was leaked. 
Leslie C. Silletti, the Director of Planning for the MPD confirmed at the SRC hearing that MPD had corrected some parts of the review, but wasn't complete. She also stated, that MPD agreed with 90% of the DOJ draft review recommendations for improvement.
The SRC members argued that in order to built trust between elected officials, the community and MPD, those reports that were corrected by MPD should also be released so everyone should have copies to evaluate what would be the next step in creating collaborative working initiatives by community stake holders and the MPD, in order to move forward in creating trust and projected changes within the MPD to better serve the Milwaukee community. 
The SRC members, MPD and members of the community agreed to move forward in creating trust and accountability in the MPD. The SRC members agreed that Chief Flynn and MPD must create policies that would assure that MPD practices are consistant and that the Fire and Police Commission (F&PC) has access to citizen complaints filed at police district stations.
Testimony by the public included, Brian Verdin who indicated that the Milwaukee Common Council (MCC) should be focused in creating jobs to help eliminate crime in the Northside and the city. Darryl Morin from LULAC called for the MCC to adequately fund the F&PC so, it could get additional staff to help review citizen complaints and office space to interview citizens who had filed complaints involving MPD officers. Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milw.) was upfront and told the SRC members that most of what was reported in the DOJ draft review was consistent to the MPD practices that the Afro-American community had experienced and complained for years and that her teenage son was stopped, searched and questioned by police while carrying a turkey to a neighbors house, which Chief Flynn and the MPD have yet to apologize.
Vaun Mayes indicated that Chief Flynn should be replaced and cited instances of police wrong doings and the lack of accountability to discipline or terminate police officers.
Chief Flynn released a two page letter concerning the COPS and CRI-TA.
In February 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on a press release reported that, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Covington & Burling had filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee over its police department’s vast stop-and-frisk program. The ACLU claimed in the lawsuit that, the Milwaukee Police Department targets tens of thousands of people without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the legal requirement for a police stop, making the program unconstitutional, the lawsuit says. The department’s repeated violations of Milwaukeeans’ constitutional rights are driven by racial profiling, with preliminary data showing significant disparities between police stop rates for white people and for Black and Latino people.
In 2011, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also found that Milwaukee police were seven times more likely to stop Black drivers than white drivers, and five times more likely to stop Hispanic drivers than white drivers. According to the ACLU’s preliminary analysis of records from a Milwaukee police database on stops, Black (non-Hispanic) people were the targets of 72 percent of stops from 2010 through 2012 when they made up 34 percent of the city’s population.
The department conducts far more stops and frisks in the parts of Milwaukee that are predominantly Black or Latino than in other areas, according to the ACLU lawsuit.

• U.S. DOJ preliminary draft 243 page report (PDF) that was leaked to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in August; Collaborative Reform Initiative Milwaukee Police Department Assessment at link: 

• Milwaukee Police Department response to leaked DOJ draft recommendations; MPD Collaborative Reform Planning and Implementation Guide November 2015 to present dated September 13, 2017 at link:

Video of the Milwaukee Common Council Steering and Rules Committee hearing dated 9/14/2017