Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tejano Music Icon Singer Joe Bravo Hospitalized In Austin

Bravo went on Facebook with video from a hospital bed to ask for prayers from Tejano music fans shortly after being admitted to a hospital emergency room in Austin.

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

May 26, 2016

Austin, Texas - On Thursday, Tejano music icon Joe Bravo went on his wife's Facebook (FB) to thank his wife Judy Bravo for taking him to the Seton Northwest Hospital emergency room in the City of Austin. While in bed, Bravo asked for prayers for a quick recovery from his loyal Tejano music fans.
It was not immediately known what led Bravo to become ill, but seems to be in good spirits, according to family members.
The Joe Bravo FB video posting has reached nearly 9,000 views since noon.
Joe Bravo, is one of those Tejano all stars that includes Augustin Ramirez, Carlos Guzman, Freddie Martinez, Sunny Ozuna, Carlos Miranda and Bravo, himself who continue to play and sing Tex-Mex jams.
Wishing a quick recovery for Bravo.

LULAC Wisconsin Preventing English Only Work Rule From Being Practiced By Local Businesses

The Leon's Frozen Custard business continues dialogue with LULAC Wisconsin to make sure no work related policies or rules violate employees rights.

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

May 26, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, LULAC of Wisconsin (LULACWI) announced that the State Director Dr. Arturo Martínez and members have continued a dialogue with Ron Schneider, the owner of Leon's Frozen Custard, 3131 S. 27th Street and his attorney to make sure the English only work rule is no longer practiced at the ice cream custard business. LULACWI also wants to make sure other work related policies don't violate employees rights and wants to send a strong message to other local businesses that English only work rules are a violation of federal labor laws, despite popular belief by people that a business owner can set his or her own rules even, if they violate federal laws.
Since the Leon's English only rule scandal broke and went viral nationally, crowds of Latinos have diminished at the business. Some believe it is just temporary that many Latinos decided not to stop at Leon's, but to many Latinos, it became personal and felt that the English only rule discriminated bilingual employees and customers. Schneider has denied that he was discriminating, but placed the English rule only to make it more efficient to run the business. The Hispanic community backlash pressured Schneider to modify the rule and allow bilingual employees to speak Spanish between them and to serve customers in Spanish when possible.

Arnell Deron Gilmer Charged With Reckless Homicide Of Teneya Smith

Gilmer shot his girlfriend in the head and has been charged with reckless homicide.


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

May 26, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Arnell Deron Gilmer, 38, a convicted felon was charged with two felony counts for 1st-degree reckless homicide and felon with possession of a weapon in connection with last Sunday's shooting homicide of Teneya Smith, 40, his live in girlfriend. If convicted Gilmer is facing up to 60 years in prison for reckless homicide and 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. 
According to police, Gilmer got into an argument with Smith and during the domestic dispute at a residence near N. 94 and W. Bradley Rd., he took a gun and shot her in the head. Several children were at home, but they were not injured.
The suspect stayed at the crime scene until police arrived. Police took Gilmer into custody at the residence. A weapon was recovered at the crime scene.
Smith was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. She was a nurse at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.
According to court records, Gilmer was a wanted convicted felon on parole for a drug related conviction was not supposed to have a weapon. A warrant for Gilmer's arrest was issued on March 2, 2016 for several charges including one felony count for substantial battery-intend bodily harm and a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.
Smith was known as Nay Nay by friends and family.

Joshua F. Larson, Off-duty Milwaukee Fire Fighter Charged With Vehicular Homicides While Intoxicated

Larson, an off-duty Milwaukee firefighter has been charged with four felony counts in a fatal crash that killed two people while driving intoxicated and speeding over 70 MPH in city street.

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

May 26, 2016

West Allis, WI - On Thursday, Joshua F. Larson, 31, an off-duty Milwaukee firefighter was charged with two felony counts for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicular and two felony counts for homicide by use of vehicular with PAC for the April deadly crash that claimed the lives of two people near the 6000 block of W. Pierce. If convicted on all felony counts, Larson is facing up to 25 years in prison for each count and $100,000 in fines for each count. 
Larson remains out on bail on a signature bond and will have an initial hearing in court on June 1, according to Milwaukee County Circuit Court records.
Larson is suspected of intoxicated driving and causing a fatal three vehicle crash that claimed the lives of Uber driver Yoruba Sly-Lundasi, 64, and his passenger Wendell Kenneth Johnson, 38, of Chicago.
West Allis police suspected at the time that Larson was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when his pickup truck struck a Uber van driven by Sly-Lundasi. Larson's toxicology tests result showed that he had a .172 BAC in his blood, which is twice the legal limit of alcohol permiited when he was driving.
The criminal complaint states, that Larson and his girlfriend had been drinking and had been tailgating at Miller Park and was speeding more than 70 MPH when he used the breaks in an attempt to stop before striking the Uber van.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hector Barajas, Deported Army Veteran Returning To U.S. For Citizenship Interview

Barajas founder of Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana is working to become a naturalized U.S. Citizen and if approved, he will become the second deported Veteran to gain naturalized citizenship.

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

May 24, 2016

Tijuana, Baja California, México - On Tuesday, Hector Barajas, the founder of the Deported Veterans Support House (DVSH) announced that he will be allowed to return to the U.S. at the San Ysidro border crossing on June 2 for a interview to become a naturalized U.S. Citizenship and if approved, he will become the second deported Veteran to gain citizenship within 90 days of the interview. He will also become the first deported Veteran to get Veteran Administration (VA) disability benefits. 
Barajas says, he will get an exam on Thursday for VA medical benefits. When contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Tuesday about his current status, Barajas said, "I feel like an American already, it's unfortunate a paper has to prove that."
Barajas is one of thousands of deported Veterans exiled from the U.S. for minor crimes not considered a threat to the U.S. and were unjustly deported to Mexico, South and Central America including other countries. 
On Saturday, Barajas met with Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders at the border wall near Nogales who vowed if elected, he will work to bring back deported Veterans who qualify for citizenship and will stop separating families.
Last April, Daniel Torres, a deported U.S. Marine Veteran with the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union in California and the DVSH became the first deported Veteran in U.S. history to gain naturalized U.S. Citizenship.
In October 2012, Barajas along with U.S. Veteran Fabian Rebolledo, one of the multitude of Veterans that have been been deported by the U.S. Government began the DVSH in Mexico. Rebolledo also posted on Facebook in 2012, that only upon the death of a deported U.S. Veteran presently living in another country can they be fully honored and recognized by the U.S. military and government as Americans. The U.S. Government provides a plot and marker.
Rebolledo wrote that 12,000 or more U.S. Veterans have been deported by the U.S. Rebolledo, who served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne would have faced between 7 to 20 years in a federal prison, if he illegally returned to the U.S. Rebolledo stated, "...If I die today, I can be buried as an American with full military Honors...only upon my death may I be able to be an American!" 
Both men, Barajas and Rebolledo including a group of other deported Veterans began the support group to provide help for other U.S. deported Veterans in the same predicament brought upon them by unjust immigration laws and the same government and country they honorably served.
In June 2015, Rebolledo was successful in overturning a felony conviction in the U.S. to a misdemeanor gaining access to become a naturalized U.S. Citizen.
On July 7, DVSH and a group of deported Veterans will request for President Barack H. Obama to grant humanitarian parole for all deported Veterans in order to gain access to full VA benefits, including treatment for PTSD. Once Veterans are deported, the U.S. government makes it difficult for them to apply for full medical benefits, because they are required to be present at a U.S. VA office when filing for those benefits.
At least 35,000 non-citizens are currently serving in the U.S. military and about 5,000 permanent alien residents enlist in the military per year.

Crowds Of Latinos No Longer Present At Leon's Frozen Custard In Milwaukee

Days after the Leon's management revoked their English only work rule and allowed bilingual employees to speak Spanish, crowds of Latinos at the custard business have diminished.

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

May 24, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - Crowds of Latinos waiting in line to get some Leon's Frozen Custard have disappeared over the weekend and the boycott trend is expected to continue after it was exposed that the business owner Ron Schneider had an English only work place rule. It's a violation of labor laws to prohibit employees from speaking Spanish, except for safety and efficient operation. 
About 80 percent of employees at Leon's are Latinos, according family members. Many White racist bigots in social media had encouraged Schneider to keep his English only rule, despite knowing it is a labor law violation. 
Tony Baez, former CEO and Executive Director for the Council for the Spanish Speaking posted a comment on Facebook about racism and the Leon's Frozen Custard in the Darryl Morin, a business owner and a former LULAC Midwest Vice-president Facebook account on Sunday. Baez posted, "Persons like Trump and Mr. Schneider have short memories and are extremely ignorant, and sadly, yes, racist... even though they will not admit it. The language we speak is historically, socially and culturally interwined with who we are. Scholars have been saying this for centuries; it is a given fact. Only those full of hate for others will use language, and the even greater stupidity of assimilation, as a justification to hate and discriminate! We must not let the ignorance to prevail -specially among us- in this society in which we live and which we have help evolve. Ignorance and hate must be erradicated if we are to ever have peace and good will! America and the World are ready, in spite of sporadic shows of hate and discrimination, for diversity and multilingualism!"


Youth Empowered in the Struggle - UWM held a protest at Leon's Frozen Custard in Milwaukee last week. Video: https://goo.gl/22NX7t


Monday, May 23, 2016

Convicted Felon Arnell Deron Gilmer Allegedly Shot His Girlfriend Teneya Smith During A Domestic Argument In Milwaukee

Murder suspect taken into custody for the alleged homicide of his 40-year-old girlfriend.

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

May 23, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, Arnell Deron Gilmer, 38, a wanted convicted felon was taken into custody in connection with the shooting homicide of Teneya Smith, 40, his live in girlfriend. According to police, Gilmer got into an argument with Smith and during the domestic dispute at a residence near N. 94 and W. Bradley Rd., he took a gun and shot her in the head around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. Several children from a former boyfriend were at home and they were not injured.
The suspect stayed at the crime scene until police arrived. Police took Gilmer into custody at the residence. A weapon was recovered at the crime scene.
Smith was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. She was a nurse at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Gilmer is expected to face multiple charges including possession of a weapon by a felon and a homicide charge.
According to court records, Gilmer, a wanted convicted felon on parole for a drug related conviction was not supposed to have a weapon. A warrant for Gilmer's arrest was issued on March 2, 2016 for several charges including one felony count for substantial battery-intend bodily harm and a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.
Family members and friends are mourning the untimely death of Smith who was known as Nay Nay.