Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Zetas Involved In Casino Royale Massacre Presented To Media

(L-R) Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, Juan Angel Leal Flores, and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez.

Casino Royale owner Raúl Rocha has fled Mexico and an international warrant with INTERPOL has been issued by the Mexican PGR.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 30, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Tuesday, five Zeta suspects involved in last Thursday's Casino Royale massacre were lined up and presented to the media. The Zeta suspects were identified as Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, 25, aka, "El Chihuas" from Chihuahua; Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, 37, aka, "El Javo" from Monterrey; Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, 18, from Monterrey; Juan Angel Leal Flores, 20, aka, "El Cash" or "El Casillas" from Monterrey and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez, 28, aka, "El Julio Rayas" from the Morales ranch in San Nicolás.
The suspects were taken into custody by the Mexican military and have confessed to participating in the mass killing. They are also members of the Zeta Cartel and more suspects are being sought, according to Rodrigo Medina De la Cruz, Governor of the state of Nuevo León.
The owner of the Casino Royale, Raúl Rocha has fled the country, according to Adrián de la Garza, the Nuevo León State Attorney General. A federal warrant and an international warrant for Rocha have been issued with INTERPOL, Cuitláhua Salinas, Assistant Attorney General from the PGR reported during a news conference.
De la Cruz confirmed that 53 people were killed inside the casino when it was doused with gasoline and set on fire by the suspects. The victims were trapped inside because most of the exits were locked and the Zetas poured gasoline at the entrance. Then they ignited a blaze blocking the front exits and trapping people inside.
Surviving victims told media outlets, that the suspects had fired their high caliber weapons at people, killing dozens and then through grenades igniting a deadly blaze. The suspects also shot up casino machines and had shouted that they would kill everyone. People began to run to the second floor and bathrooms causing a human stampede in which people stepped on fallen victims and bodies as they made their way to locked exits, according to victim accounts.
The surviving victims accused Governor De la Cruz of not telling the truth about the massacre and called on President Felipe Calderon and the Mexican federal government to investigate.
Authorities say, that the suspects were trying to extort $10,000 dollars a week from the Casino Royale owners. The owners refused to pay and the Zetas retaliated and set the casino on fire.
Two of the suspects were video taped at a nearby gas station filling cans of gas. The same vehicle at the gas station was also seen at the casino afterwards.

News video of Zetas presented to media at link; http://bit.ly/rqHSGc

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Five Zeta Cartel Members Arrested in Connection With The Casino Royale Massacre Identified

Photo: Milenio/Twitter

Suspects have confessed to planning and setting the casino on fire that claimed 52 lives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 29, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Monday, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor of the state of Nuevo León reported that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the Casino Royale massacre. De la Cruz confirmed that 52 people were killed last Thursday inside the casino when it was doused with gasoline and set on fire by the suspects.
The five suspects were taken into custody by the Mexican military and have confessed to participating in the mass killing. They are also members of the Zeta Cartel and more suspects are being sought, according to De la Cruz.
The suspects were trying to extort $10,000 dollars a week from the Casino Royale owners. The owners refused to pay and the Zetas retaliated and set the casino on fire.
The victims were trapped inside because most of the exits were locked and the Zetas poured gasoline at the entrance. Then they ignited a blaze blocking the front exits and trapping people inside.
Two of the suspects were video taped at a nearby gas station filling cans of gas. The same vehicle at the gas station was also seen at the casino afterwards.
The Zeta suspects were identified as Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, 25, aka, "El Chihuas" from Chihuahua, Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, 37, aka, "El Javo" from Monterrey, Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, 18,  from Monterrey, Juan Angel Leal Florez, 20, aka, "El Cash" or "El Casillas" from Monterrey and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez, 28, aka, "El Julio Rayas" from the Morales ranch in San Nicolás.
The suspects will be lined up and presented to the media on Tuesday.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dinamo Rock Group Music Soldout At Mexican Fiesta 2011

(L-R) Sergio Arellano, Jorge de la Vega, lead singer, Carlos Arrellano and back, Carlos de la Vega at drums.

Photo by HNG

Applause at Fiesta energized the rock group to perform their own music and songs.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 28, 2011

Milwaukee - On Sunday, the hottest rock group from Guadalajara, Mexico was Dinamo composed of four inspiring young Rockeros. They drew a crowd at the Lake Performance Square stage (Water Street Brewery) during the Mexican Fiesta 2011 at Summerfest grounds at the Henry Mier Festival Park. They sold all their music CD's before finishing their set.
The group is composed of Sergio Arellano, 20, Carlos Arrellano, 18, Jorge de la Vega, 21, lead singer and Carlos de la Vega, 18. The group has been performing for five years and perform their own songs and music.

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Five Pitbulls Recovered By Police From South Side Home

Police executed a warrant for a suspect, but found dogs inside and in the back yard.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 28, 2011

Milwaukee - On Sunday, Milwaukee police officers executed a warrant just before 3:00 p.m. for a suspect at the 2400 block of W. Pierce St. and S. 25th St. The suspect was not at home and police confiscated at least five pitbulls.
Police cited several vehicles on S. 25th St. and took another suspect from across the street into custody. Police did not provide details or information about the warrant.

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Illegal Immigrants In The U.S. Should Be Exempt From Paying Taxes

State Representative Jeffrey Mursau

Illegals don't qualify for state public assistance or federal funds, then why should they continue to pay taxes?

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 28, 2011

Madison - Congress and states from across the United States have drawn up bills to bar illegal immigrants from receiving any type of public aid. Today, these public elected officials in the city, county, state and federal level either Republicans or Democrats have failed to introduce a bill that would exempt illegal immigrants from paying taxes. If illegal immigrants can't qualify for any type of public services, which most have already paid for, then why should they continue to pay taxes.
Taxes were meant to raise public revenue for local, state and the federal government to help provide certain public services and other needs that effect the public (taxpayers).
The issue of illegal immigrants not paying taxes in the local, state and federal level is shunned by public elected officials who would rather try to stall anti-immigrant bills in committees then focusing on a bill to exempt illegal immigrants from paying taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Department, Congressional Budget Office and state revenue departments continue to exclude accurate tax revenue generated by illegal immigrants since the Amnesty of 1986 was passed. Most illegal immigrants don't claim a tax return allowing the federal government to keep hundreds of billions of tax dollars generated by illegal immigrants. It's for certain to admit, that unclaimed tax dollars from illegal immigrants has kept the U.S. afloat economically through the years avoiding a depression and global economic disaster.
The only official yearly report by the IRS is that in 2005, the IRS had $1.3 billion of unclaimed tax returns from more than one million people, averaging refund of about $581.00. In 2006, the IRS reported it had more than $1.3 billion of unclaimed tax returns for nearly 1.4 million people averaging a refund of $604.00. In 2007, the IRS reported it had $1.1 billion of unclaimed tax returns for 1.1 million people averaging $640.00. The tax reports by the IRS average about more than $1 billion of unclaim tax retrurns. But, the IRS referred to the people that weren't claiming tax returns as low income averaging between 33,000 to 39,000 of income a year.
What happened to the IRS report concerning the other 13 million illegal immigrants that do pay federal taxes, but don't claim tax returns? Well according to the IRS, people had a three year window to claim those taxes and if they don't it becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.
In April Allgov dot com reported, certain corporate companies make billions of dollars in profits and pay no taxes compared to illegal immigrants that generate billions of tax dollars for state governments.
The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy concluded that unauthorized immigrants paid $11.2 billion in taxes last year. This total included $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes.  
States that gained the most revenue from illegal immigrants paying taxes were California ($2.7 billion), Texas ($1.6 billion), Florida ($807 million), New York ($662 million), and Illinois ($499 million). They were followed by Georgia ($456 million) New Jersey ($446 million) and Arizona ($433 million), according to Allgov dot com website.
It's about time public officials whether elected or not, should face this issue, because to tax someone and to prevent them from getting public aid generated from tax dollars, if anything is blatant discrimination, unconstitutional and should be addressed.
The State of Wisconsin is no exception, on August 18 Wisconsin State Representative Jeffrey Mursau (R-Crivitz) introduced Assembly Bill 222 (AB 222) requiring only U.S. Citizens or legal residents to apply for public aid. Mursau's bill is intended to keep illegal immigrants from applying for any type of public assistance. Wisconsin lacks a verify process to check U.S. Citizenship when someone applys for any type of public assistance, according Mursau. 
The bill would require anyone applying for public aid with the state Department of Health Services or Department of Children and Families to prove of citizenship or legal status in the country. Federal and state funded public programs affected by AB 222 would include, W-2, medical assistance, food stamps, BadgerCare Plus, SeniorCare, Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy, state paternity cases, including establishing paternity, enforcement of child support obligation and supplemental Social Security income, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau analysis, the Capital Times reported.
But children born in the U.S. to either one or both parents illegally in the country can actually qualify for public aid. Families or people illegally in country don't apply for any type of public aid. Illegal immigrants are already kept from applying when filling out documents for aid or food stamps, unless their children are U.S. Citizens and in need of assistance. Illegal immigrants can also receive emergency medical care, according to federal law.
Mursau's bill might even prevent illegal immigrants from receiving medical emergency care in the state and could slow aid to the needy.
Another Wisconsin bill is Assembly Bill 173 (AB 173) introduced by Representative Don Pridemore (R-Hartford). AB 173, is an Arizona copycat bill and includes a provision to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving public services or aid.
Even recently, six Wisconsin Democrats introduced state Senate Bill 137 (SB 137), which prevents employment for illegals by businesses seeking state contracts and loans. The bill also makes employers ineligible for tax exemptions for hiring illegals in Wisconsin.
SB 137 is sponsored by five State Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen (Author), Robert Wirch, Jon Erpenbach, Jim Holperin and Tim Carpenter and one State Representative Tony Staskunas (D) (Co-author).
In July, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agreed with an audit report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to try and eliminate a tax loophole for illegal workers using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) to file tax returns. The tax loophole allows them to claim dependents without verification on Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) claims, thus defrauding the government. Federal laws prohibit undocumented immigrants from collecting any public benefits from the feds.
Last year, 2.3 million undocumented workers collected $4.2 billion in tax credit refunds using the ACTC, compared to $924 million in 2005. The refundable tax credits including the CTC was meant for working families, but a loophole in U.S. tax laws and the expansion of tax credits in stimulus bills and other measures had increased filings for the ACTC.
The TIGTA report says, the tax loophole provides an incentive for illegal immigrants to enter the U.S., work, reside and collect tax refunds, even if they haven't paid income taxes or taxes are not witheld while working. ACTC filers can get up to $1,000 refund per child, according to the audit report. 
The TIGTA audit recommended for the IRS and the Department of Treasury to determine ACTC eligibility for ITIN filiers and if ACTC refunds should continue to be paid to undocumented workers in the future. The report also recommended for the IRS to verify dependents that were claimed in ACTC filings and to notify taxpayers when their Social Security Numbers (SSN) have been compromised. Even employees in the Account Management Taxpayer Assurance Program have failed to notify taxpayers when their SSNs and names have been compromised, the TIGTA audit reported.
The IRS is looking into options about notifying taxpayers when SSNs have been compromised. The IRS did not agreed to require additional documentation to support CTC and ACTC claims on ITIN returns, according to the report.

TIGTA 2011 audit report (PDF) at link: http://1.usa.gov/r6Zmgz


Wisconsin Hispanic population in the state grew by 74% 336,056, an increase of 143,135 from 2000. Hispanics now account for 5.9 percent of Wisconsin's total population and more than 3,000 Hispanic owned businesses contribute more than $800 million in annual sales.
A City of Milwaukee economic study reported that the South side households in the predominately Latino community located inside Postal Zip Code 53204 in Milwaukee spend more than $91 million annually in retail goods, according to the 2006 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 South side.
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 the area.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

53 Confirmed Dead At Casino Royale In Monterrey

Photo: Milenio/Twitter

Commando poured gasoline and grenades ignited Casino Royale claiming dozens of lives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 26, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Thursday, an armed commando group invaded the Casino Royale at about 3:30 p.m.and poured gasoline inside the entrance and other parts of the place, then ignited a blaze. Nuevo León Governor Rodrigo Medina confirmed 53 people dead, 10 reported injured, including a firefighter. Dozens of people were reported trapped inside when the gunmen believed to be Zetas also through grenades inside the Casino Royale, according to witnesses.
Firefighters and rescue units used construction equipment to help break down walls inorder to get to the victims. Most of the exits had been locked and prevented people from escaping.
On Friday, authorities reported that the owners of the Casino Royale had been threaten to pay $10,000 a week to the Zeta Cartel. The owners refused to pay the Zetas and in retaliation they burned down the casino.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared a national three days of mourning. Calderon ordered more military troops to Monterrey and a statewide dragnet for the suspects has been issued.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Missing Culiacán Journalist Found Dead

Humberto Millán Salazar

Photos: Excelsior

Kidnapped journalist tortured and executed by gunmen.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 25, 2011

Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico - On Thursday, Martin Robles Armenta, assistant state attorney from the Sinaloa State Attorney General's Office confirmed the death of Humberto Millián  Salazar. Salazar, 53, worked with the Sinaloa Fórmula Radio station as a news radio announcer and previously worked in the defunct Diario de Sinaloa and El Sol de Sinaloa. He founded the weekly Discusion, which later became the Digital Daily.
He was kidnapped near his office in the Canaco neighborhood on Wednesday at gunpoint by a group of unidentified men while riding as a passenger in his borther's auto.
Salazar's body was found around 9:45 a.m. in the rural Morelia farming area, just on the outskirts of North Culiacán. Someone called and reported the body. The body had a .9mm bullet mortal wound on the head and showed signs of torture, according to authorities.
Salazar became the 83 journalist killed in Mexico by organized crime, according to Fundalex (Foundation for Freedom of Expression).

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Miranda Remains As Head Of Esperanza Unida, Inc. Despite Community News Of Resignation

Robert Miranda

Photo: Facebook

Miranda lashes out at rumors circulating in Milwaukee's South side that he has resigned or been ousted as executive director.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 24, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, Robert Miranda, executive director of Esperanza Unida, Inc. confirmed, he hasn't resigned yet, nor that the Board of Directors had ousted him from the non-profit organization. When contacted, Miranda lashed out at people for circulating the underground community news (rumors) that he is finally leaving Esperanza Unida. Miranda stated, "it's bullshit and they can suck my big toe." He wouldn't comment any further, but affirmed that the rumors were untrue.
Despite his unpopular and shrewd management of the organization, Miranda who earned about $48,000 in 2009 as executive director has kept Esperanza Unida afloat and operating, since he took office in 2005.
He tried to create a multi-million welding program partnership between Esperanza Unida, Bucyrus, Inc. and Milwaukee Area Technical College (M.A.T.C.), but he failed to worked with two Hispanic Board members, Pedro Colón and Attorney Peter Earl several years ago. The welding project was rejected by the M.A.T.C. Board. Weeks later, the Bucyrus CEO Tim Sullivan sent out a letter saying that Bucyrus didn't need the welders as previously planned, saving M.A.T.C. millions. Miranda continued to blame both Colón and Earl for the misfortune.
In 2007, Miranda led and helped establish a sister city economic agreement between Turkey and Milwaukee.
Five months ago, Miranda lost an employee related complaint dealing with payroll issues. Both Jose Toledo and Nydia Millan had filed a complaint with Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) about not getting paid in time. VDLF in the complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleged that Miranda terminated both Toledo and Millan in November 2010 for complaining about not getting paid and receiving payroll checks that bounced.
Miranda fired both employees citing a confidentiality clause, but NLRB found that the clause was meant to protect trade or product secrets and not to bar employees from complaining about work related issues as payroll. He settled the case on April 27, 2011 by agreeing to reinstate both employees and pay Toledo in back pay wages with interest totalling $15,000 and Millan $7,371. Toledo had worked in Esperanza Unida for five years as a mechanic instructor, Millan had worked as a day care instructor, according to the NLRB case records.
In July 2008, about 20 Esperanza Unidad employees signed a petition against Miranda claiming they weren't getting paid in time.
Last July, Miranda wrote an article in support of SB 137, which penalizes employers with $10,000 fine for each undocumented immigrant that they knowningly hire in Wisconsin. It also prevents employers from qualifying for tax credits or state funded projects. In the article published in both the Spanish Journal and BizTimes dot com, Miranda wrote,  that "the state should enforce ban on hiring illegal immigrants," which drew criticism from the immigrant community.
State bill SB 137 was introduced by state Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen, Robert Wirch, Jon Erpenbach, Jim Holperin and Tim Carpenter and one State Representative Tony Staskunas (co-author).
"To just come forward to say that SB 137 is “divisive” indicates lazy research and innate ignorance of the issue of undocumented immigration. Turning a blind eye to undocumented workers, as U.S. immigration authorities have done, harms U.S. citizens, documented immigrants and the undocumented," Miranda wrote.

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Mexican Feds Seeking Several Suspects Connected To 193 Homicides In Tamaulipas

Mugshots of 16 San Fernando municipal police officers charged in connection with multiple homicides.

Feds have arrested 82 suspects including 17 San Fernando municipal police officers in a mass murder spree.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 24, 2011

Mexico City - On Tuesday, the federal Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that a national dragnet to locate several suspects connected to the mass kidnappings and murders in San Fernando, Tamaulipas is ongoing. The suspects were identified as Alfonso Martínez Escobedo, aka, "La Ardilla," a known Zeta leader and Román Ricardo Palomo Rincones, aka, "El Coyote," a Zeta leader incharge of the San Fernando area. The Mexican government has offered $15 million pesos ($1,153,846 U.S.) reward for information leading to the arrest of Escobedo and $10 million pesos ($769,230 U.S.) for Rincones.  
Since April 2, at least 82 suspects, including 17 San Fernando municipal police officers have been arrested and charged in connection with 193 homicides. The bodies of the victims were found by the military in 47 mass graves in rural San Fernando.
The accused local municipal police participated and helped the Zeta Cartel in kidnapping victims traveling in commercial passenger buses through San Fernando, according to the PGR.
The PGR confirmed, that 26 bodies have been identified through DNA and returned to family members. Five additional bodies will be released in several days.
The victims were from Guanajuato (8), Michoacan (5), Querétero (3), Tlaxcala (2), Guerrero (2), State of Mexico (2), Chiapas (1), Tamaulipas (1) Zacatecas (1) and Guatemala (1).
So far, key members of the Zeta Cartel in Tamaulipas have been indicted for the homicides. They were identified as Martín Omar Estrada de Mora, aka, "El Kilo," Fabiola Saray Díaz Arroyo, aka, "La Muñeca" or "La Fila," Esvi Leonel Batres Hernández, aka, "El Gato," and Johnny Torres Andrade, aka, "La Sombra."
The suspects are also connected to 72 bodies found on August 2010 in San Fernando. Authorities in 2010 identified 40 victims of the 72 bodies found in San Fernando from ID documentation the victims were carrying. The PGR confirmed that 13 were from El Salvador, 15 from Honduras, 5 from Guatemala, 6 from Ecuador and 1 from Brazil.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Family Of Gypsies Indicted For Scamming $40 Million From Victims

The suspects used scare tactics to get victims to deposit their money and valuables for cleansing, which they claim never got back.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 21, 2011

Fort Lauderdale - On Tuesday, ten members of a gypsy family were indicted by the Southern Florida District U.S. Attorney's Office for operating an elaborate scheme to scam victims by using scare tactics that included financial hardships, illness, evil spirits and hauntings, according to the federal indictment. On Friday, eight suspects appeared in federal court for pre-trial and were charged in a 61-count indictment for conspiracy to commit fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and others charges. If convicted, the suspects face up to 20 years in federal prison for each count.
The federal investigation began with a complaint from a victim who lost $3,000 in 2007 and the suspects eventually scammed $40 million from more than a dozen victims. The federal investigation involved the Secret Service, Internal Revenue Service, local police and called it "Operation Crystal Ball." The suspects used media outlets to advertise their services as spiritual advisers, fortune tellers and psyhic readers.
The Sun Sentinel Newspaper reported that one of the victims was Jude Deveraux, author of dozens of New York Times bestseller books who was scammed for $20 million. Another victim was from Japan who turned over $496,000 to the suspects.
The suspects convinced the victims to give them their jewelry, money and other valuables to be cleanse from evil spirits and promised to return the valuables back once they were cleansed. If the victims failed to get their valuables cleansed, they could face consequences from evil spirits and family members would get ill. Instead, the suspects used the money to financed their life styles.
Those indicted were Michael Marks, 33, Nancy Marks, 42, Ricky Marks, 39, Rose Marks, 60, Rosie Marks, 36, Vivian Marks, 21, Donnie Eli, 38, Victoria Eli, 65, Cynthia Miller, 33, and Peter Wolofsky, 84.
Wolofsky is scheduled to appear in a West Palm Beach court next week, Nancy and Ricky Marks were arrested in New York, a federal warrant has been issued for Victoria Eli who remains at large and the rest of the suspects were taken into custody in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday by the feds.

Federal indictment against the 10 suspects (PDF) http://1.usa.gov/mWwOCK

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Illegal Immigrant Rescued 6-year-old Girl From Kidnapper

Antonio Diaz Chacón

Photo: AP

He is hailed as a hero, but now says he is undocumented.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 20, 2011

Albuquerque - On Friday, Antonio Diaz Chacón, 24, told reporters that he is undocumented and has been living illegally in the country for four years. He is originally from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, has two daughters and his wife Martha Diaz is a U.S. Citizen. His wife confirmed, that Chacón hasn't been able to apply for legal status because they can't afford to get an immigration lawyer.
Chacón is credited for rescuing a 6-year-old girl from Philip García, 29, who kidnapped her on last Monday from the Vista del Sol mobile home park. Chacón got into his truck after witnessing the kidnapping and chased García until he crashed in a pole and then fled on foot. Chacón was able to rescue the girl from inside a van and returned the child to her parents.
Police later arrested García after he returned to his vehicle and tried to get away. García remains in jail unable to post a $100,000 cash bail. He was charged with kidnapping while causing bodily harm, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Daddy Yankee Cancels Gig At The Congress Theater And Milwaukee's Yung Ducez To Take Slot

Photo: Facebook

The Yung Ducez will face a height performance in their ten year career.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 19, 2011

Chicago - On Friday, the Yung Ducez from Milwaukee were booked on early afternoon after an announcement that Daddy Yankee had cancelled his Chicago gig on Thursday. Yankee was scheduled to perform at the Congress Theater with an array of artists.
The Yung Ducez will take a time slot at the Congress to replace Yankee. They have been performing Reggaetón, Hip Hop and R&B for more than ten years.

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Illegal Immigrants Held As Noncriminals In Deportation Process Will Be Granted Work Permits

Janet Napolitano

300,000 deportation cases to be reviewed by DHS and U.S. Department of Justice.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 19, 2011

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, Janet Napolitano, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) announced that under a directive from the Obama administration, the department will be reviewing about 300,000 deportation cases. The DHS and U.S. Department of Justice will determine in a case by case, if illegal immigrants detained and waiting deportation are criminals, a threat to national security and public safety.
Noncriminal illegal immigrants who might have been exempt under the DREAM Act provisons, which failed to pass Congress will be allowed to stay in the country and can apply for a work permit. The DHS will use some of the DREAM Act provisions as guidelines to determine who would qualify for a work permit under the new rules being adopted by DHS, according to Napolitano.
The DHS and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported more than 600,000 noncriminal illegal immigrants per year since President Barack H. Obama (D) took office.
The new DHS policy is being criticized by the GOP members of Congress claiming it is a backdoor amnesty and just a political ploy to regain the Hispanic vote to re-elect Obama after the massive deportations under his administration.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Barnes Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Three Homicides

Anthony Edward Barnes Jr.

Barnes cooperated with state prosecutors against his accomplice in four homicides.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 18, 2011

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Anthony Edward Barnes Jr., 24, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 10 years supervision for three counts of homicides. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey A. Conen gave Barnes 50 years for each count, but would run concurrently. He was facing at least 35 years in a plea agreement with prosecutors. Barnes must also pay $6,216.50 in restitution, according to court records.
Barnes became a state witness and testified against Desmond Dejuan Laster, 22, in a murder trial. Barnes pleaded guilty to three homicides, including killing Brittney Robertson, 19, when he was ordered to do so by Laster.
Last June, his accomplice Laster was sentenced to four life sentences without parole including five years consecutive on each count as an enhancer for being an armed felon. He was found guilty on four counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the murders of Rachel Thompson, 23, her two young sons at the 900 block of S. 12th St. and Robertson on February 26, 2010. Laster will also serve 10 years in prison each for party to a crime and arson, which will be served concurrently with the previous four homicide counts.
After killing Thompson, Laster tied up both of Thompson's children with duct tape and then put plastic bags over their heads to suffocate them to death. Then he set fire to the upper apartment to cover up the homicides.

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Racine Fiesta Mexicana Festivalgoers Unexpectedly Got Change Of Music Venue

Multitude of entertainers previously advertised to appear before music venue changed. (Click to enlarge)

The Bobby Publido presentation cancelled by organizers, despite prior advertising.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 18, 2011

Racine - On Wednesday, Guadalupe "Wally" Rendon, Director of the Racine Fiesta Mexicana confirmed that the music venue focusing on regional Mexican music had been changed at least seven days before the August 12-14 lakefront festival. The sudden move was to make sure festivalgoers would get the best entertainers for the weekend. Rendon realized several weeks before the event that a promoter wasn't fulfilling his part of a contract agreement to bring the previously advertised groups. He had to cancel his contract with the promoter just in time, to allow the bookings of other groups to fill in time slots.
Rendon and Luis Enrique Martínez from L.E.M. Marketing and Productions in Milwaukee had entered into a contract agreement to bring Bobby Pulido and at least 22 Mexican groups in a package deal to Fiesta. Martínez offered a package deal that included artists of regional Mexican music. He printed posters and then turned them over to Rendon for distribution around Southeastern Wisconsin that Pulido and the groups would be playing at the Fiesta Mexicana in Racine last weekend. Most of the main groups that Martínez had promised to bring didn't appeared due to the cancellation of his contract, except a few, according to Rendon.
Rendon and Board members from the Hispanic Business and Professional Association, Inc. (HBPA) who operates the Racine Fiesta Mexicana decided to cancel Martínez' contract, which included the groups for the event. Martínez contract cancellation occurred once it was apparent that Martínez wasn't providing concrete documents and flight or travel confirmations the groups were actually appearing in Racine, according to Rendon.
The contract agreement between Fiesta organizers and Martínez would have provided Martínez with 25 percent of the beer revenue generated during the three day festival. But, he had to bring the groups to Fiesta and attract festivalgoers, Rendon explained.
At the last minute, Rendon had to change the program venue and was able to get other groups, including the Puma de Sinaloa. Rendon explained, that Martínez had requested some money upfront from the Board to help pay a deposit for Pulido. The Board refused, since Martínez previously promised he would take care of the contracts with the groups himself. The Fiesta Board tried to get information about Martínez credibility in the music industry, but found no one that could vouch for him. The Fiesta Board "after some discussion and the fact that we had no upfront money, we opted to give him the opportunity to bring that type of entertainment. We felt that for Martínez to make money, he needed to book entertainers that would bring people in and spend money consuming beverages," Rendon wrote in an e-mail.
Publido did received a $3,000 deposit from Martínez, but several other groups couldn't confirm to Rendon that a deposit was sent by Martínez. Two weeks prior to Fiesta, when contacted Michael Salgado told Rendon that Martínez hadn't sent a required deposit of $2,000 for a Sunday performance. Rendon re-negiotiated a deal with Salgado and was then booked for Friday. Rendon suspected that Martínez wasn't sending deposits to the groups and the Fiesta Board decided to move forward and get groups for Fiesta without Martínez.
Martínez when contacted on Wednesday says, that Rendon and the Board from Fiesta Mexicana contacted Jorge Ochoa from Promociones 8a in Florida to notify him that Martínez contract was cancelled, which included Pulido and the other groups, according to a letter dated August 6 from Ochoa provided by Martínez. Ochoa who offered a group package deal to Martínez could not be contacted to confirm the letter in question. According to Ochoa's letter, Rendon wanted to negiotiate a contract with Ochoa and leave out Martínez from the deal. Ochoa refused to remove Martínez from the contract agreement. Martínez confirmed when interviewed, that Pulido and the groups were going to perform at Fiesta provided the Board wouldn't have cancelled his contract.
Rendon was able to get the Puma de Sinaloa to come to Racine, which was one of the groups Martínez had originally contracted. Since the incident, the Puma de Sinaloa is no longer being represented or booked by Ochoa due to "unethical and lack of moral standards" for independently negiotiating with Rendon.
Martínez had worked along with Fiesta Mexicana before June and was allowed by Rendon to use their letter head, according to a June 6, e-mail Rendon sent Martínez. Martínez says, he has about 50 e-mails in which Rendon corresponded with him concerning the Fiesta.
Martínez confirmed that Pulido and 22 other groups had been booked to perform at the Racine Fiesta Mexicana. A third stage was also included that would feature Bachata and other music, but that Rendon cancelled it leaving Martínez in the hole. Martínez admitted that he had asked the Fiesta Board for some money upfront inorder to pay for Pulido's flight to Wisconsin.
He planned to book the groups at other events and dances to help pay for the groups, as band promoters usually do. Rendon said, that Ochoa had informed him some of the groups Martínez was bringing were going to also play in Waukegan at the Sundance over the weekend. One of the stipulations in the contract was that the groups wouldn't perform within 150 miles from Fiesta Mexicana in Racine, and Martínez was breaching the contract, according to Rendon. Martínez disputes Rendon's contract stipulation and says he was never notified by Rendon that the groups were prevented from playing within the 150 miles of Fiesta.
But when the Fiesta Mexicana Board decided to cancel his contract, Martínez was left with advertising expenditures and responsible for paying back monies that several vendors had paid to participate at Fiesta.
On the contrary Rendon said, "As a result of all these acts being cancelled, we had ten days prior to the event to book and locate other bands that would fill those vacant time slots on the program. How did it affected us?, was that now we had to spend money that we did not need too or could afford too as well."
Rendon says, he was unaware that Martínez had used the Racine Fiesta Mexicana logo on contracts for vendors to participate in the event until days before the event. When vendors began contacting the organizers and showing up at the event. Martínez collected between $500 and up to $1,500 per vendor spot at Fiesta, but he never informed or turned in the vendor paid requests to organizers.
The vendors were promised in a contract by Martínez that publicity in Telemundo Wisconsin, Univision, also through post cards, posters, billboards and a vendor space of 10'x10' would be included. Martínez never held his side of the contract, according to a vendor. Martínez said, his unexpectedly removal from Fiesta prevented him from honoring the vendor contracts.
One of the Martínez food vendors was allowed to participate at the Racine Fiesta Mexicana after organizers waived the fee, due to feeling sorry for the people involved. The second vendor was not allowed to participate, according to Martínez.
Rendon believes, that Martínez had taken advantage of unsuspecting vendors and is now considering taking legal action against Martínez.
José J. Hernández, Director and Editor of El Mañanero Newspaper in Milwaukee said, that Martínez had agreed to place several black and white full pages about Pulido and other groups coming to the Racine Fiesta Mexicana in exchange for sponsorship, exclusive interviews with the singers and space at Fiesta. The pages were published in the Mañanero Newspaper editions 86 and 87. But when Hernández contacted Martínez for an update, he would respond that he was so busy and Hernández shouldn't worry about anything. That was the last time Hernández heard from Martínez.
Hernández contacted Rendon within two days from the event. Rendon told Hernández he didn't know anything about El Mañanero deal with Martínez. Rendon notified Hernández that Martínez was no longer with the Racine Fiesta Mexicana and that he had left major problems for the organizers, according to Hernández.
Martínez said, he did make an agreement with Hernández and that he personally gave Rendon a copy of El Mañanero's newspaper with the ad for Fiesta. But since, he no longer was associated with the Fiesta, he could not honor the agreement with El Mañanero.
Martínez strongly believes that he became a victim of circumstances and Fiesta's Board lacked enough confidence that he would actually present Pulido and the groups at Fiesta. He is now contemplating about taking legal action as well.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Garcia Charged With Kidnapping Child From Vista Del Sol Mobile Home Park In New Mexico

Philip García

Neighbor witnessed kidnapping and chased child abductor until the suspect crashed.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 17, 2011

Albuquerque - On Tuesday, Philip García, 29, was charged with one felony count each, kidnapping with causing great bodily harm, child abuse and tampering with evidence in connection with kidnapping a 6-year-old girl on Monday from the Vista del Sol mobile home park. The criminal complaint states, the 6-year-old child had just left a neighbor's home after borrowing a package of tortillas and was walking back home when she was abducted. García grabbed the girl from the sidewalk and put her in his van.
The neighbor, Antonio Diaz Chacón noticed the abduction and chased García down the road until he crashed into a pole and then fled the scene. Chacón was able to retrieve the child from the van and then took her home. He is being credited for rescuing the child.
García later returned to the van and was arrested by police. Police found a package of torillas and orange tie down straps inside the van. García also had a bite mark on his right hand from the child.
The child had bruises in her back and chest, according to the criminal complaint.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Re-election Of State Senate Democrats Sets Momentum To Recall Republican Governor Walker In November

Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Democrats concentrate in recalling Governor Walker.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 16, 2011

Kenosha - On Tuesday, two State Senate Democrats Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie, District 22 and Jim Holperin from District 12 were re-elected during a recall election. Wirch received 25,541 votes, 58% and Jonathan Steitz (R) with 18,838, 42% with 100% of princts reporting. Holperin won with 29,750 votes, 55% and Kim Simac (R) and a Tea candidate received 24,069 votes, 45% with 95% of princts reporting.
With last weeks elections, Democrats won two seats in Republican Districts, including keeping three seats and Republicans were re-elected in four Districts. In total, nine Wisconsin state senators faced recall elections.
The Republicans kept control of the state senate with 17 members and Democrats with a mere 16.
Now that the senate recall elections have ended, Democrats and unions will concentrate in recalling Governor Scott Walker (R) in November after he completes one year in office. Recall organizers will have to collect at least 540,000 signatures for a special election to oust Walker.
Last week elections results, two of the Democratic Senators elected were, Jennifer Shilling, 32nd District and Jessica King from the 18th District.
Four Republicans were re-elected to the Senate, Robert Crowles, 2nd District, Sheila Harsdorf, 10 District, Luther Olsen, 14 District and Alberta Darling from the 8th District. Republican Senate incumbents, Randy Hopper 18th District and Dan Kapanke from the 32nd District were defeated.
So far, an estimated $6 million has been raised by recall Senators and more than $30 million has been spent in campaign ads by unions, special interest groups and major political parties including the candidates.
The Republicans were recall for passing Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining rights for most state employees. The Democrats had been recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote to eliminate union state employees right to engage in collective bargaining.
Governor Walker signed into law Act 10, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for most state employees. Act 10 became effective on June 29.

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Police Investigate Shooting Incident In Milwaukee's South Side

Shooting happened in late afternoon and might have been self inflicted.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 16, 2011

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, police were called to a reported shooting after 5:00 p.m. at the 2200 block of W. Burnham St. The shooting incident occurred related to the upper flat of the residence and might have been self inflicted.
One person is being questioned in connection with the shooting. Police have not confirmed, if anyone was injured.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Self Voluntary E-Verify In Spanish Launched By USCIS

Voluntary E-Verify Check available now in both English and Spanish.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 15, 2011

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began operating its Spanish language version of E-Verify Self Check on their website. Last March, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced in a news release, the launch of a voluntary E-Verify Self Check, which is an innovative service that allows individuals in the United States to check their own employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment.
E-Verify Self Check, a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job seekers. This voluntary, free, fast and secure service gives users the opportunity to submit corrections of any inaccuracies in their DHS and SSA records before applying for jobs and allows workers to better protect themselves from potential workplace discrimination that could result from an employer’s abuse of the E-Verify system.
E-Verify Self Check service is available in more than 20 states to users who maintain an address in one of those states. The E-Verify Self Check service has four steps, 1: enter data, 2: take quiz, 3: enter document data and 4: get results.

E-Verify is administered by USCIS in partnership with SSA. For more information on E-Verify Self Check in both English and Spanish link at http://ur.ly/Yzly.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mexican Narco On Trial Implicates USDOJ, DEA And FBI As Collaborators For The Sinaloa Cartel

Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla

Zambada-Niebla says deal between departments of justice and the Sinaloa Cartel allowed drugs to be shipped into Chicago.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 14, 2011

Chicago - Last week, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, 34, aka, "El Vicentillo" during a federal trial in Chicago implicated the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Iinvestigation in a deal between the federal agencies and the Sinaloa Cartel. Zambada-Niebla in an affidavit filed in federal court alleges, the the U.S. federal agencies allowed the shipment of large quantities of cocaine from the Sinaloa Cartel into Chicago and other parts of the U.S. in exchange for information leading to arrests of rival members of drug cartels.
Zambada-Niebla is charged with conspiracy to import, sell and distribute large quantities of cocaine and heroin into the U.S. He was extradited to the U.S. in February 2010 from Mexico.
Zambada-Niebla testified, that he had provided information about rival cartels to the feds in exchange for protection and allowing drug shipments to reach their destinations. Zambada-Niebla also confirmed, that he was present when U.S. federal agents met with key leaders from the Sinaloa Cartel and witnessed compact agreements. The agreements included intelligence information would be provided to the Sinaloa Cartel by the U.S. feds concerning investigations and raids.  Any raid planned by other law enforcement agencies and the Mexican government against the Sinaloa Cartel was passed on to the Sinaloa Cartel, inorder to allow them time to elude capture. The agreements were done without the Mexican authorities knowing anything about it, eventhough the U.S. feds knew most of the Sinaloa Cartel operators and leaders were wanted in the U.S. and Mexico, according to Zambada-Niebla.
Zambada-Niebla led the operations, logistics and security for the Sinaloa Cartel, according to the criminal complaint.
Zambada-Niebla who was arrested in Mexico in 2009 was indicted in Chicago along with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán-Loera and Zambada-Niebla’s father, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, both of whom allegedly directed factions of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Zambada-Niebla is facing life in a federal prison, if convicted.
He is also facing a separate indictment in U.S District Court for the District of Columbia and is being prosecuted by the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. Zambada-Niebla will first face the charges against him in Chicago and then he will face charges in the District of Columbia.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Revisiting The 1970 Hispanic Takeover At UW-Milwaukee Demanding Equal Access To Education

Photos: UWM
(L-R) Jesus Salas, Gregorio J. "Goyo" Rivera, Marla O. Anderson, Dante Navarro and Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez were arrested on August 27, 1970 at Chapman Hall, UWM during a protest.

Commemorating 41 years since the takeover of the university by the Latino community.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 13, 2011

Milwaukee - On August 27, the 41st Anniversary of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) takeover will be remembered by surviving family members and those who actually participated in the 1970 historical event in Wisconsin's history. 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 protestors, 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 detailing the accounts was written and published in 2001.
The following article depicts true accounts of the UWM takeover in 1970 that was first published in El Conquistador Newspaper in the July 13-19, 2001, Vol. 4, Issue 29 and then revised on August 24, 2001.
In July 2001, the National Council de La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference was taking place in Milwaukee. NCLR organizers had become amazed with the large number of highly educated Hispanic volunteers and organizers involved with the conference compared to other states. The NCLR organizers wanted to know how did Hispanics in Wisconsin get a college education when many barriers existed in the 1960's to early 1970's, which kept Latinos from higher education opportunities.
The story you are about to read is just a memory to some that experienced those moments in 1970. But to us, the generations that followed see those moments as achievements and the success our Hispanic community had in making Milwaukee and Wisconsin a better place to live. The time has come for us to once again commemorate them and let us never forget their endeavers, it's part of our never ending struggle to succeed, it's part of our history and culture in Wisconsin.
The chain of events began on August 27, 1970 when approximately 150 Hispanics converged at the office of former UWM Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche to meet with him. 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)
In 1968 to early 1970, teachers and academic counselors at South Division High School in the South side and other schools in the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system didn't make it a priority to advise Latino students about enrolling in college and the educational opportunities available to them. School counselors weren't prepared to handle an influx of Spanish speaking migrant students from Texas, California and other states and Puerto Rican students arriving from the island with limited English. Most of these students were considered with language disabilities and treated differently until the Hispanic community fought to establish the model Bilingual program that is still in effect today in MPS.
In the late 1960's, Milwaukee public school administradors considered Hispanics as a growing fountain of cheap labor workers with few skills. Until August of 1970, when the Hispanic community had enough with the educational discrimination that existed limiting access and educational opportunities for Latinos.
The whole educational reform for UWM dealing in enrollment and accepting Hispanics students began in 1970, when the Council for Education for Latin Americans (CELA) staged the marches and sit-ins that sparked the beginning of a new breed of Hispanic intellectuals in Wisconsin. "Venceremos," (we shall overcome) a mighty slogan that would become an echo that bounced throughout the walls at the UWM campus. When Chancellor Klotsche decided to cancel a meeting for the third time with CELA, the group stormed into the chancellor's office spreading the huge doors apart, while his secretary asked, "What are you people doing?" Some of the Hispanics sat directly on top of the chancellor's desk in a gesture that they meant business this time around. The Chapman Hall siege was sparked by the frustration people had to endure with prior cancellations with the chancellor.
The group of Hispanics had also wanted to negotiate educational opportunities with the chancellor. But, Dr. Ernest Spaights, the Assistant Dean of Student Relations and Dr. Lynn Elly, Assistant to the Chancellor dealing with UWM Relations told the group Chancellor Klotsche was out of town and would not be able to meet with them that day. The chancellor would be expected to meet with the group on Monday the following week. The Hispanic group at that point said, "enough was enough" and decided they would stay in Klotsche's office until he met with them. A member of the group shouted, we are tired of waiting for tomorrow, "We as Latinos have been long ignored," responded Enriqueta Gonzalez, a Milwaukee Public School teacher.
A consensus was reached by the group that they would stay until the chancellor would return. As time continued to run out on Thursday, the office of the chancellor was ready to close at 5:00 p.m. for the day and the Hispanic group wouldn't leave. The Milwaukee Police were called to clear the offices. The officers arrived in riot gear and warned people to remove their jewelry because they were going to arrest all of them. The people were also threaten by some of the officers and other Anglo-Saxons that photos taken of them would be used by the U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service to deport them... "they would try to scare us and disperse some of the demonstrators," according to Arnoldo Sevilla, who at the time was an undocumented immigrant himself, but has legal status today.
Then, as Milwaukee Police and UWM Police began to surround the group in the office, they closed the circle by placing their batons side ways in front of them while walking forward and making the circle smaller and smaller letting those people close to the door out one by one.
Finally, a detective pointed at five Hispanics left in the office and they were taken into custody. One of them was Marla O. Anderson, a mother of six siblings; Dante Navarro, a candidate for State Assembly, District 12th in that year; Gregorio J. "Goyo" Rivera, a community activist; Jesus Salas, the main leader of the protest and a UWM student; and Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez, a student, according to the UWM Police offense report filed on Friday, August 28, 1970.
They were later released by former Milwaukee City Attorney William Gardner, who found no just caused to charge them. Navarro said, "they actually released us from the Milwaukee city jail about 11:00 p.m. because they knew that about 500 people had gathered at UWM and they didn't want a riot to ignite. The police never informed us prior to our release that a huge number of people had united at the UWM campus." While the five protestors were being held, hundreds of protestors began to gather at the campus by word of mouth and breaking news reports being aired by media outlets.
Navarro remembered when they were released, some of them wanted to go home. They paused for a moment and Marla O. Anderson helped encourage everyone to return to UWM, eventhough they were expecting everyone would be gone. But they wanted to finish what they had started. To their surprise, about 500 demonstrators remained and were already spending the night on the grounds at UWM. Navarro says, when he saw all those people, tear drops formed in his eyes and he felt so proud to see all of those people camped outside Klotsche's office. The support and welcome that they received from the demonstrators made them feel that their arrests were not fruitless, Navarro said.
Someone from the chancellor's office asked Salas, if he could tell the people to leave the grounds. Salas got on top of a vehicle and told the people what the spokesperson from the chancellor's office had requested. The people refused to leave, according to Navarro.
The next day, Chancellor Klotsche once again said, he would not meet with them until Monday. The group had wanted to meet with Chancellor Klotsche to introduce an 11 point proposal for a Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute. But Klotsche's refusal to meet with them, ignited a series of marches around the campus. The demonstrators began to chant in harmony "Venceremos, Venceremos" and the words echoed throughout UWM.
The marchers sang various songs in Spanish while others played their guitars, which enhanced the pride and spirits for everyone. "They marched and sang from 8:00 a.m. to late at night without even taking a break to eat. Some would endure the hunger rather than give up and we ended up at Chancellor Klotsche's front door chanting Venceremos," Enriqueta Gonzalez said in an 1985 interview.
Then the demonstrators began the sit-ins on the grass and attended a vigil on the grounds of Chapman Hall where Chancellor Klotsche's office was located. The next day on Friday at about 11:00 a.m., a mass was held by Father John Maurice of the Spanish Center for those who had spent the night at Chapman Hall. After the mass, the group decided to head on and try to register for classes at UWM. The group composed of Hispanics of all ages went to the registrars office and when the UWM administrators asked what they wanted, the group only responded in Spanish. The group would say, "Queremos matricularnos en el colegio, porque no nos dejan registrarnos... nosotros tambien pagamos impuestos". The administrative workers couldn't understand them and 18 students who worked in the registrars office decided to walk out of their jobs in sympathy and support for the demonstrators. Another 60 Hispanics went to the UWM library to look for Spanish books. They only found a few of them in the library.
Jesus Salas in a 2002 interview said, the turning point of the UWM educational movement occurred when we staged a hunger strike outside Klotsche's office and the security guards began to trust us. When Salas was allowed to go inside Chapman Hall to use the restroom, he and an unidentified man locked the doors leaving the security guards outside. Once inside, Salas began to make telephone calls to other organizers to let them know they had taken over Klotsche's offices again. He was able to bring more people into Klotsche's office through the back doors.
Salas and others began to demand that community members be allowed to serve in an advisory committee in selecting the director for the newly proposed Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute at UWM, Chancellor Klotsche finally agreed.
The three day demonstrations and sit-ins convinced Klotsche to concede and soon after a group of five Hispanics were selected to meet with him. A group of UWM representatives were later sent to the Hispanic community to try and recuit students.
Chancellor Klotsche also appointed a special assistant to coordinate programs for the Spanish speaking community.
The doors to higher education were finally opened for the Hispanic community. On September 17, the chancellor's group spent long hours at the United Migrant Opportunity Services office helping those who were interested in pursuing a higher education to enroll at UWM. Armando Orellana, the leader of CELA asked for a written statement of the UWM position on all of CELA's requests, but no statement would be presented.
However, UWM finally created the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI) to serve nearly 30,000 Hispanics living in the Milwaukee area in 1970. Dr. Ricardo Fernandez later became the director of SSOI.
The outcome of the demonstrations finally began to payoff, as 85 students would be allowed to enroll in the first semester. The breakdown was, 10 students with a four year degree would be allowed to get a Masters degree; 25 students who were not finished with their Bachelors degree, but were doing professional work for the community were also accepted; and 50 students who have finished high school, but would need assistance to prepare for college were accepted as special students.
Gonzalez, a 20 year veteran with MPS, during an interview smiled and said, "they also accepted a lot of Hispanics and even those who didn't even have a high school diploma, with the prerequisite that they would get a GED or a high school diploma later. Many students took advantage of the offer and many of us were even married. Some who UWM accepted included Marla O. Anderson, Gloria Gonzalez, Gregorio Montoto, Dante Navarro, Tommy Rodriguez, Carlos Sevilla, Arnoldo Sevilla and others.
Even Montoto who worked for SSOI would go to South Division and recruited students for the extension SSOI office located at S. 5th St. and W. National Ave., next door to La Guardia Newspaper.
At first they wouldn't accept us because we couldn't pass their tests for admissions and now they were accepting us without diplomas," explained Gonzalez. She also recalls, Marla O. Anderson was so happy and proud that she was the only woman arrested with the men.
In 1996, the SSOI was renamed the Roberto Hernandez Center. Hernandez was one of the instrumental leaders of the UWM protests in 1970.
In the Spring semester of 2001, about 900 Hispanic students were enrolled at UWM, compared to an overall student enrollment of 23,000.
In the Fall semester of 1970, only 14 Hispanic students were enrolled and by the Fall of 1973 there was a 300% increase of registered Hispanic students. Since the 1980's, about 475 to 580 Latino students would enroll per semester.
Today, between 1,000 to 1,500 Hispanic students continue to enroll per semester at UWM alone. Recently, undocument students received a blow by Republicans making it more difficult for them to enroll as foreign students due to higher tuition costs.
The Wisconsin Republican controlled legislature repealed in-state tuition for undocumented students and Governor Scott Walker (R) signed the measure as part of the two year fiscal budget. Undocumented students were previously paying tuition as state residents, but now will have to pay as much as triple to attend public state universities or colleges in Wisconsin.
The 2010 U.S. Census reported, that the Wisconsin Hispanic population in the state grew by 74% or 336,056, an increase of 143,135 from 2000. Hispanics now account for 5.9 percent of Wisconsin's total population and more than 3,000 Hispanic owned businesses contribute more than $800 million in annual sales.
The Hispanic population in Milwaukee County rose by 126,039 and the Dane County Hispanic population grew by 28,925.
The City of Milwaukee saw a increase of 40%, 103,107 in Hispanic population, and saw a loss of 6%, from 605,013 to 594,833 of population now residing in the city, according to the 2010 census. Compared to a census report in 2009, that the Hispanic population rose about 48%, 285,827 or 5.1% of the population in the state.

This is the actual video presentation at the UWM Student Union Ballroom banquet during the 40th Anniversary and Commemoration of the 1970 takeover of Chapman Hall by the Hispanic community, courtesy of UWM and the Roberto Hernandez Center at link: http://tinyurl.com/3e6odcb

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Maricopa County Judge In Arizona Ruled State Senator Pearce's Recall Can Move Forward

State Senator Russell Pearce

Arizona's first recall election to be held in November.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 12, 2011

Phoenix - On Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Huge Hegyi ruled that the recall special election against Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R) can move forward. On November 8, Pearce will face a recall, which will become the first ever in the state's history. Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) filed the necessary recall petitions with the Maricopa County Election Board (MCEB) calling for a special election, but Pearce's attorney Lisa Hauser filed a challenge to the petitions claiming the process in getting sufficient signatures for a recall was done illegally. Judge Hegyi on the contrary said in his rulling that the election process was not a judicial proceeding, but political in nature and "Voters may recall any public official for a reason or no reason at all."
Attorney Hauser confirmed that Pearce has decided to appeal Judge Hegyi's decision in the state appeal's court.
CBA's attorney Thomas Ryan assured the petitions were done legally. The recall group got 16,949 signatures than the minimum 7,756 that was required. The MCEB certified 10,365 signatures, according to Ryan.
Pearce is being challenged by two other Republicans, Olivia Cortes and Jerry Lewis. Both Cortes and Lewis filed the required campaign registration forms with the Secretary of State Office to begin their quest in gathering 621 valid signatures before the September 9 dateline to get on the ballot and challenge Pearce.
Pearce authored the controversial immigration enforcement Senate bill SB 1070, which authorizes law enforcement officers to question the legal status of suspects during domestic and traffic violations.
MCEB confirmed that voters have until October 10 to register to vote and early voting starts on October 13.
A federal judge blocked major provisions of the bill making it useless. Governor Jan Brewer (R) filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to try and overturn the federal partial injunction on SB 1070.

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36-year-old Man Implicated In 600 Murders In Mexico

Oscar Osvaldo García Montoya

El Compayito arrested by Mexican Federal Police

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 12, 2011

Toluca, Mexico - On early Thursday, Mexican Federal Police arrested Oscar Osvaldo García Montoya, 36, aka, "El Compayito" in connection with 600 homicides. He was taken into custody in the Torres de Padierna neighborhood in Mexico City. García Montoya told authorities that he was about to kill six people before he was detained.
García Montoya originally from Guasave, Sinaloa is the known leader of the Hand with Eyes Cartel (La Mano con Ojos) confessed to participating in 300 murders and ordering at least 300 more and is accused of the 2009, La Marquesa murders of 24 people. He ordered his men to decapitate most of his victims, according to Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, State of Mexico Attorney General (PGR).
The Mexican government had offered $1 million pesos (more than $400,000 U.S.) for information leading to García Montoya's arrest. La Mano con Ojos became infamous in the last five months for the sadistic homicides.
García Montoya was a former member of the Mexican Marines, but had deserted and later joined the Beltrán Leyva Cartel in 2002. He ended up working as the personnal bodyguard for Arturo Beltrán. García Montoya also became the chauffeur for Edgar Villareal, aka, "La Barbie" and was chief of security for José Gerardo Álvarez, aka, "El Indio."
García Montoya distributed drugs in the municipalities of Huixquilucan, Naucalpan, Atizapán de Zaragoza, Tultitlán, Cuautitlán Izcalli, and Mexico City.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

30 U.S. Servicemen Killed By Taliban Rocket-propelled Grenade Identified By Department of Defense

Taliban insurgents who brought down CH-47 killed by U.S.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 11, 2011

Washington, D.C.  - On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) released the names of 30 servicemembers who were killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They die on August 6, in the Tangi Valley, Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed after a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade hit it.
On Monday, F-16 fighter jets killed a Taliban leader and insurgents believed to have fired the rocket that brought the CH-47 down killing the American servicemen and Afghan commandos, according to the DOD. The DOD provided no proof of the insurgent killings.

The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.,

Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.,

Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.,

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, of West Hyannisport, Mass.,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason of Kansas City, Mo.,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 3 of Fort Worth, Texas,

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington W. Va.,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.,

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34 of Detroit, Mich.,

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson 28, of Angwin, Calif.,

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.,

Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah,

Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.,

Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.,

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa,

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn 30, of Stuart, Fla., and

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman 32, of Blanding, Utah.

The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman 27, of Ukiah, Calif. and

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minn.

The soldiers killed were:

Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.,

Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion) New Century, Kan.,

Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.,

Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan. and

Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

The airmen killed were:

Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.,

Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif. and

Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.

All three airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dougherty Siblings Wanted For A Georgia Bank Robbery Arrested By Colorado State Police

(L-R) Lee Grace Dougherty, Dylan Dougherty Stanley and Ryan Edward Dougherty

Photos: Pueblo County Sheriff

Car chase ended in a crash and suspects taken into custody.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 10, 2011

Colorado Springs - On Wednesday, the Colorado State Police confirmed the arrest of three Florida siblings wanted in connection with a Georgia bank robbery and the attempted murder of a Zephyrhills, Florida police officer on August 2.
Colorado State Police reported that Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, her brother, Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, and half brother, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, tried to elude state troopers during a car chase that ended in a crash. The suspects fired at state troopers while being chased, but no officers were injured.
The driver lost control and rolled over several times when they tried to avoid going over spikes to blow out tires on the highway. Lee Grace was reported shot in the left leg after shooting at police.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted the Dougherty siblings after federal warrants were issued against the Dougherty's for bank robbery of a Certus Bank in Valdosta, Georgia.

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Democrats In Wisconsin Gained Two State Senate Seats Assuring Republicans A Majority

State Senator Alberta Darling (R) re-elected

Republicans maintained control of the State Senate 17-16.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 10, 2011

Thiensville - On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Democrats gained two state Senate seats and came one short from taking control of the Chamber. Two of the Democratic Senators elected were, Jennifer Shilling, 32nd District and Jessica King from the 18th District.
Four Republicans were re-elected to the Senate, Robert Crowles, 2nd District, Sheila Harsdorf, 10 District, Luther Olsen, 14 District and Alberta Darling from the 8th District. Republican Senate incumbents, Randy Hopper, 18th District and Dan Kapanke from the 32nd District were defeated.
Associated Press declared Darling (R-River Hills) the winner with 100% of the precincts reporting, she got 39,471 votes, 54% and Sandy Pasch, (D) with 34,096 votes, 46% just after midnight in the recall elections. Pasch called Darling and conceded the election.
Darling is facing re-election once more in 15 months in 2012. She was first elected to the Senate 1990.
Two Senate Democrats, Bob Wirch, 22nd District and Jim Holperin from the 12th District have recall elections on August 16. Wirch is being challenged by Jonathan Steitz (R) and Holperin is facing Kim Simac (R).
So far, an estimated $6 million has been raised by recall Senators and more than $30 million has been spent in campaign ads by unions, special interest groups and major political parties including the candidates.
The Republicans have been recall for voting to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state employees. The Democrats were being recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote to eliminate union state employees to engage in collective bargaining.
Also on Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed into law a Republican Senate redistricting bill (SB-148) that would give an edge to the GOP and creates more Republican voting-age majorities in the state. Walker will be facing a recall himself in November after he completes one year in office. Walker signed into law Act 10, which eliminates most collective bargaining rights for most state employees. Act 10 became effective on June 29, after it was published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
He also signed a two-year budget, which eliminates in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and cuts $800 million from public school districts in the state, but boosts tax credits for businesses.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

4-H Foundation And Governor Walker Raised $53K During Auction At The Wisconsin State Fair

Photo by HNG

Walker generated $53K for Wisconsin's 4-H to benefit youths.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 9, 2011

West Allis, WI - On Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker (R) during the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation's/Governor's Sweepstakes Meat Products Auction, at the Wisconsin State Fair AG Oasis helped raise funds for the 4-H. The 4-H one day auction and fundraiser raised $53,000, breaking a record for 2011, last year they raised $36,000.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

26 Asensión Municipal Police In Chihuahua Resigned After Two Were Killed By Armed Men

State police and Mexican military take over jurisdiction in Asensión.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 7, 2011

Asensión, Chihuahua, Mexico - On Thursday, Mayor Jaime Domínguez Loya of Asensión in the municipality of Casas Grandes confirmed that all 26 municipal police officers had resigned after two were murdered and a 23-year-old policewoman was injured in an ambush. The officers, Luis Ernesto Baltierrez Morales, 33, and David Alfredo Chacón Navarro, 40, were killed on Tuesday by unknown drug cartel members trying to take over the area. Navarro had just recently joined the force.
The 26 officers decided to turn in their uniforms, weapons and resigned for fear of losing their lives. The police department was attacked about a week ago and the recent killing of the two officers led to their resignations, according to Domínguez Loya.
Last week, Mayor Domínguez Loya requested the Chihuahua State Attorney's Office (PGR) to send state police and federal troops to patrol his town. Both the state police and federal troops began patrolling Asensión over the weekend, according to the PGR.
On May 14, Asensión Police Chief Manuel Martínez Arvizo and two of his bodyguards were kidnapped and then killed while returning from a law enforcement training session at the Casas Grandes municipality. The bodies of Arvizo and his bodguards were found a day after they were killed.

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Los Ciegos del Barrio Performed At Discovery World Outdoor Concert In Milwaukee

Photos by HNG

Hundreds attended event at the lakefront.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 7, 2011

Milwaukee - Last Wednesday, Los Ciegos del Barrio or the Blind Boys from the Hood Latin group from New York City were in Milwaukee to perform an outdoor concert that drew hundreds of people. The group performed at the outdoor Rotary Amphitheater of Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive for a second time. They were here last Summer.
Most of Los Ciegos del Barrio members are visually impaired, but their inability to see doesn't keep them from performing exceptionally well, especially when they play Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbias, Reggaeton, Rock and cross over songs in both Spanish and English. Only four of six members from the group were in Milwaukee.
Los Ciegos del Barrio are gifted with musical talent and draw crowds where ever they perform.

Los Ciegos del Barrio music video at link: http://bit.ly/q5faX1

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