Wednesday, August 27, 2014

David Barajas Acquitted For Fatally Shooting DUI Texas Driver

David Barajas and José Banda Jr.

Texas jury acquitted Barajas for Banda's murder.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 27, 2014

Angleton, Texas - On Wednesday,  a jury in just three hours returned a not guilty verdict in the case of David Barajas, 32, a father who was charged for the December 2012 shooting death of José Banda Jr., 20, for killing his two sons. Barajas and his two sons, David Barajas Jr., 12, and Celeb Barajas, 11, were pushing a disabled truck, which had ran out of gas about 50 yards from their home in Alvin. When Banda who was driving under the influence crashed into their truck and killed the boys.
According to police, in a bit of rage and chaos Barajas immediately went home minutes after the crash, got a gun and went back to the fatal crash scene. He then fatally shot Banda in the head. Banda had just become a father with a new born baby.
Barajas had pleaded not guilty and denied killing Banda. Police found an empty holster and bullets at Barajas home and noticed his home surveillance system had been disabled. Police also weren't able to find the gun or a witness to the shooting.
Barajas was facing life in prison.

Leslie Grace Awesome Performance At Mexican Fiesta 2014 In Milwaukee

Leslie Grace

Bachatera won the hearts of Mexican Fiesta 2014 festivalgoers. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 27, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, thousands of Mexican Fiesta 2014 festivalgoers made their way to the stage where Leslie Grace Martínez, 19, (stage name, Leslie Grace, song writer/singer) performed at the Henry Mier Festival Grounds (Summerfest grounds). Leslie Grace performance and her interpretation of Bachata style songs in both English and Spanish was an awesome performance that captivated the hearts of festivalgoers in Milwaukee. 
Leslie Grace who is of Dominican descent and from the Bronx, New York City is considered one of the fastest uprising Bachata singing female artists today. The Leslie Grace interpretation of "Be My Baby" into a bilingual Bachata lyric song has received more than 1.2M views in YouTube. Her remake of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" has been viewed more than 8.6M in YouTube. No doubt, Leslie Grace has become today's hottest female bilingual Bachata artist in the music entertainment stage.
Mexican Fiesta 2014 is a three-day festival that offers a taste of Mexican culture, foods, crafts, traditional folklore dancing, including a music mixture of banda, cumbias, rancheras, Tex-Mex and Puerto Rican music during the last weekend of August, which ended on Sunday. 

Leslie Grace "Be My Baby"  (Official Video):

Leslie Grace - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

45-year-old Man Stabbed At Local Milwaukee Southside Tavern

Stabbing victim suffered a non-life threatening wound at a local bar.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 26, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, police responded to a call that a man had been stabbed during an argument at a local Southside bar. When police arrived just after 1:45 a.m. at the Club 6 Street bar at the 2100 block of S. 6th St., they found a 45-year-old man who was stabbed during an altercation. 
Lieutenant Mark Stanmeyer, the Public and Media Relations Supervisor stated, "A 45-year-old Milwaukee man was stabbed by an unknown suspect.  The victim was conveyed to a local hospital for treatment of what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  Milwaukee Police continue to search for the suspect."
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that David Lava, 45, was stabbed in the chest and had one of his lungs punctured during the knife stabbing at the bar. Lava is also a diabetic and the stab wound complicated his medical treatment and early release from the hospital. He is expected to remain at the hospital until he gets stabilized, according friends.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fiesta Auto Insurance Now Part Of The MG Oficinas Services In Milwaukee

An affordable insurance for your auto now available at Fiesta Auto Insurance in Milwaukee

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 25, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Miguel Garza from MG Oficinas announced the new opening of an expanded branch to offer Fiesta Auto Insurance to the Latino community in the area. Garza says, "Fiesta Auto Insurance is a credible policy payout insurance when its most needed by auto insurance policy holders."
Fiesta Auto Insurance now offers the best and affordable insurance quotas for valid driver license holders, suspended or expired licenses, especially for drivers with the Mexican Matricula Consular ID and foreign license holders.
Our local community can stop by at Fiesta Auto Insurance, 3514 W. Burnham St., Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI, or call 414-988-4551 for a quote. For more information people can also contact us at 414-383-3310 or visit us at 923 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Our community can always count on our professional staff to provide the service people required to insure their vehicles. MG Oficinas has been serving and supporting the Latino community with multi-services for the last seven years. "A credible and bonafide company you can count on," Garza said.

Cavazos To Run For 8th Aldermanic District In Milwaukee

Jessica Cavazos

Cavazos will seek the 8th Aldermanic seat.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 25, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, Jessica "Jess" Cavazos, the executive director and President of The Eleva Group, LLC. confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that she will seek to become an Alderwoman for the 8th District. Cavazos will make her official announcement to run for the 8th Aldermanic seat in mid September.
Cavazos is the first candidate to announce to run for incumbent Alderman Robert "Bob" Donovan's seat. Donovan announced in July after filing his Declaration of Candidacy that he is running for Mayor in Milwaukee in the 2016 Spring election, but it is unclear yet if he will also run as alderman.
Cavazos became the UMOS Hispanic Woman of the Year in 2012 and formerly worked for U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Milw.). She is the founder of the LULAC Ladies Empowerment Group Council #330, which is a leading community volunteer organization for women in Milwaukee, advocating for women's rights and uplifting women to lead.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mexican Fiesta 2014 Giving Refunds To Victims Profiled As Gang Members

Mexican Fiesta 2014 organizers once again engaging in the violation of people's rights on City of Milwaukee grounds.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 24, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - Once again, Milwaukee Police Officer Alexander Ayala representing the Latino Peace Officers Association (LPOA) has confirmed that those festivalgoers kicked out of Mexican Fiesta in 2013 were active gang members and some weren't kicked out for having tattoos on their face, according to a CBS 58 news report on Friday. Ayala, the Milwaukee Police Department, which uses its Intelligence Center to identify past, present and future gang members and the LPOA have not provided any proof that those kicked out last year and even this weekend are active gang members. They don't keep statistics or data of those believed to be gang members and have been kicked out. Once festivalgoers are labeled gang members, they are restricted from entering the three-day festival, even if they are not actual gang members. 
Last year, those kicked out from Mexican Fiesta 2013 weren't given refunds, CBS 58 reported. But this year according to Ayala, refunds will be given to those profiled victims who are kicked out. CBS 58 also reported that the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) Board members who sponsors Mexican Fiesta have approved for LPOA, its volunteer Fiesta security and police to kick out "suspected" gang members without actually providing a recourse for victims profiled as gang members. 
The Summerfest grounds where the three-day festival takes place are owned by the City of Milwaukee. Officer Ayala, LPOA and Milwaukee police have definitely and continue to violated the civil rights of those people kicked out of the festival. 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) broke the story in 2013 and found none of those kicked out were actually gang members at all. Some were also kicked out for undesirable tattoos. None of the victims have filed a lawsuit as of yet, but the CBS 58 news report, HNNUSA, WHSF and Officer Ayala have provided the needed legal recourse for the victims to move forward in suing WHSF, Mexican Fiesta, World Festival (Summerfest), the Milwaukee Police Department and the City of Milwaukee for violating their rights. Which Ayala also confirmed, their policy to kick out "suspected" active gang members this year is in effect regardless, if in fact they are not gang members.
Last Friday, several people were kicked out, according to some festivalgoers who saw the incident. Another incident, police attempted to kick out a group of teenagers with blue hair and black clothing, but numerous festivalgoers began to shout at police that the teens weren't doing anything wrong and to leave them alone. As more and more people surrounded police, they decided to leave the teens alone, according to witnesses who learned last year that people were being kicked out from Fiesta for nothing.
On Saturday, several fights involving intoxicated people were reported. They were kicked out by police.
The WHSF Board, Summerfest (World Festival), Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, the Milwaukee Common Council have learned of the gross violations its own officers on-duty and off-duty engaged in at Mexican Fiesta 2013 and have done nothing to prevent innocent tax-paying citizens from being labeled as gang members when they are not. Ayala even confirmed that the police used the Milwaukee Intelligence Center to profile present, past and future gang members for none criminal investigations on tax-payers money. Those targeted are never given a recourse to contest the allegations and HNNUSA has challenged Ayala and the police department to prove those kicked out during Fiesta at Summerfest grounds in 2013 were active gang members. One thing for sure, they can't prove it, because they don't keep any data of who gets targeted and kicked out as an alleged gang member.
It's not illegal to belong to a so call gang, only when those members engage in illegal activity does it become a clear violation of the law.
None of those targeted victims by Officer Ayala, retired and former Milwaukee Police Lt. Ruben Burgos, LPOA and police have actually committed any illegal acts or violated any rules of conduct while at Mexican Fiesta. Ayala, Burgos, LPOA and police have violated the rights of Latinos who were never given any refunds in 2013. 
Shameful, Mexican Fiesta is the only festival in Milwaukee that discriminates its own people. 
On Friday, Asael "Chico" Ruiz, a WHSF Board member publicly told festivalgoers on the grounds and in front of my family that I was "Mexican Fiesta's number one enemy" and that the people he was talking too should actually physically beat me to the ground. Chico then just walked off. Was Chico talking in behalf of the WHSF Board? All I'm guilty off and proud was that last year I exposed that out $2.5M in scholarships that have been given out to students in prior years by the WHSF, none were ever given to undocumented students residing in Wisconsin. At least one thing came out for the good of the community, WHSF and National LULAC began to accept scholarship applications from DACA students after HNNUSA reported that undocumented students were left out from scholarships. They finally changed their discriminatory policy and this year, they only accepted scholarship applications from DACA registered students (DREAMers). Which now, WHSF and the National LULAC halfway discriminate by leaving those undocumented students who do not qualify for DACA, but reside in the state continue to be left out from getting scholarships. Even though, their parents and family members volunteer for hours at Fiesta and do fund Mexican Fiesta by spending at the event. 
The illegal acts by Ayala, Burgos, LPOA and police at Mexican Fiesta operate on a backwards politics mentality. It's not the alleged labeled gang members who were actually none gang members they should worry about, but those festivalgoers who over consume beers and margaritas at the event. Beer and a family environment festival that Ayala was trying to promote on Friday's CBS 58 news don't mix or does it?
Mexican Fiesta in Milwaukee is a rich cultural and tradition experience for the Midwest and should be preserved, but the inside politics overshadow its continued success.
Most of the year, Chico resides in Mexico. He should know, even though police have become militarized, the State of Wisconsin and the United States of America still have their Constitutions and Bill of Rights intact. Does the WHSF Board have the same sentiment as Chico, that I'm Mexican Fiesta's number one enemy? I'm certainly am flattered.
But lastly, what happens to the annual profits and why have less and less scholarships been given out? WHSF promotes that they have given out about 100 scholarships every year, but last year and the year before, it didn't even come near that amount. Also, how many scholarships were given to DACA DREAMers this year? Questions the public should know and the WHSF under their non-profit status should make public as a courtesy.
Mexican Fiesta ends on Sunday. Viva la Raza!, important note, immigrants from Mexico do help finance Fiesta! 
Also noted, Milwaukee police and the LPOA have a reputation of providing state of the art security at Fiesta and have a rapid response to any trouble reported at the event, but have over stepped their limits by mislabeling people as gang members for having tattoos. 

The current Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) Board of Directors who operate the annual Mexican Fiesta are;

● Antonio Guajardo Jr. (President)
● Gregorio Montoto (1st Vice President)
● Ricardo Ruiz (2nd Vice President)
● Arturo Martinez (Secretary)
● Ernesto Baca (Treasurer)
● Teresa Mercado (Executive Director)
● Ray Bacalzo
● Frank Gonzales
● Woody Welch
● Marjorie Cervera
● Oscar Cervera
● Julio Maldonado
● Luis Gonzalez
● Julio Guix
● Lupe Martinez
● Ruben Burgos
● Jason Hyland
● Diana Moreno
● Asael Ruiz
● Darryl Morin

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dental Associates On S. Chavez Drive In Milwaukee To Relocate

Milwaukee's Southside Dental clinic at the 1100 block of S. Chavez Drive expected to close by the end of the year or early next year.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 23, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that the Dental Associates clinic, 1135 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive is expected to close by the end of the year or early next year. The closing will affect about 300 staff members who are mostly Spanish speaking.  
Dental Associates plans to remodel a building near W. Lincoln Ave. on Miller Parkway (S. 43rd St.). Employees haven't been told, if they will relocate to the Miller Parkway clinic or will be replaced, according to a creditable source who did not want to be identified.
Also, Hispanic, Hmong and ethnic employees at the Dental Associates clinic, 11711 W. Burleigh St. in Wauwatosa have been prohibited from Speaking Spanish or other languages at the clinic, unless they are translating. Some employees have refused to translate because their supervisor doesn't want employees speaking their native language with other staff members while at work. The Wauwatosa clinic has at least 60 to 80 employees and one Dentist who speaks predominately in Spanish, according to the source.
The administration at Dental Associates hasn't announced their intent to relocate the S. Chavez Drive clinic to Miller Parkway. If the Southside clinic relocates, Chavez Drive will be left without a dental clinic in the Chavez Drive proximity.