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California Ethnic Media Demands ‘Fair’ State Funds for Census Campaign

National December 17, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Representatives of Hispanic media told California State Assembly speaker Anthony Rendón the 2020 Census should count all Latinos in the state because without them, “California is not counted well,” La Opinión reports. The meeting, held at La Opinión offices, included representatives from Univisión, Telemundo, Estrella TV, Black Media, and other ethnic media outlets. Attendees said ethnic media should receive a fair proportion of the state funds for the Census campaigns. Speaker Rendón vowed to push the legislature to give ethnic media “as much as possible” of the $17.6 million contemplated in the state Census budget for the media in general.

Immigrants Graduate at LA College-Consulate Partnership

National December 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Seventy-six immigrant women graduated from the first course on child care organized by East Los Angeles College and the Mexican consulate, La Opinión reports. The five-week course, totaling 100 hours, was taken by immigrant women of 11 nationalities, some of them U.S. citizens. “They not only taught us to take care of children, but also to prepare them to receive an education,” said graduate María Ornelas, from the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, who was slated to start working as a teaching assistant Monday.

Massive Turnout Raises ‘Latino Power’ Hopes in North Carolina

National December 7, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Latinos turned out in unprecedented numbers to vote in the most recent elections in North Carolina, Qué Pasa Raleigh/Durham reports. On Nov. 6 Hispanic residents numbering 12,153 (37 percent of registered Latinos) voted in Mecklenburg County, the state’s most populous, compared to 1,229 (4 percent) who participated in the May primaries that ousted former County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael, whose deportation program expelled thousands of Latinos. Only 4,253 Latinos voted in the 2014 midterm elections; 2,370 in 2010, and 894 in 2006. “If we repeat those numbers in 2019, we will have power in Charlotte and Mecklenburg,” said German DeCastro, co-founder of the Hispanic Voter Coalition, referring to the next local elections.

El Paso Mobilizes to Convince Immigrants to Participate in the Census

National December 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm

The City of El Paso, Texas, and El Paso County signed a joint resolution establishing a Census 2020 task force to convince the community to participate in the count, El Diario de El Paso reports. One of the special committee’s challenges is easing immigrant fears of taking part after the Trump administration announced the addition of a question on citizenship status. Mayor Dee Margo said El Paso is currently the United States’ 19th largest city, closely following Denver, Colorado. “We could bigger than Denver. (…) That is why we need to be aware of the great significance of being counted,” he said.

Arab Community Relief Efforts in Detroit Exceed Expectations

National December 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Donations for victims of the Yemeni humanitarian crisis have been pouring into Arab and Muslim organizations in the Detroit area, reports The Arab American News. The Islamic Center of America gathered 1,000 blankets, 7,000 pairs of shoes and 3,000 pieces of winter clothing. The Rahma Relief Foundation will ship six 40-foot containers of clothing and other items. “The Yemeni people, like the Syrians, the Iraqis and the rest of the Arab people, are our people,” Ahmad Al Halabi of the foundation said. “And we as a humanitarian institution are concerned with helping the needy, regardless of their national origins and religious affiliations.”

Two Latinas Will Be the First Sisters in CA Legislature

National November 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

For the first time in California history, two sisters, Blanca and Susan Rubio, will be serving in the State Legislature after Susan was elected to the Senate, La Opinión reports. Blanca is a member of the Assembly. The Rubio sisters are both Democrats, immigrants from Mexico, and teachers. They, along with their parents, had been undocumented and were deported to their native Juarez in 1975.

In El Paso, Some Hispanics Avoid Doctors

National November 28, 2018 at 11:54 am

Latinos avoid going to the doctor more than other groups in El Paso due to cultural and linguistic barriers, El Diario de El Paso reports. Cultural clashes arise, for example, when Mexicans wrap their baby in a blanket when they have a fever and become upset when doctors unwrap them. Strategies to better serve patients include campaigns specifically designed to address the needs of Latino patients, and not simply translations of English-language campaigns, and encouraging doctors to talk to patients instead of focusing on technology.

AAPI Civic Engagement at Historic Highs

National November 26, 2018 at 12:06 pm

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Fund, in a survey of voters, found historically high levels of civic engagement in the lead-up to the midterm elections, reports Asian Journal. Seventy-three percent of AAPI voters in district races encouraged family or friends to register and/or vote. Asian Americans are overturning “preconceived notions” about their interest in American electoral politics, says Taeku Lee, managing director of Asian American Decisions and a key researcher in the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund election eve poll.

Sweet Home Café: A Popular DC Destination

National November 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm

The National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington D.C. is once again offering Thanksgiving catering by Sweet Home Café, reports the Chicago Crusader. The order date for cider-braised collard greens and candied yams with ginger vanilla, along with smoked turkey, sage butter and country giblet gravy has passed. But the restaurant’s varied soul foods are a staple at the cafe, which serves an average of 2,000 customers a day. And in October, the Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking, was published with 109 recipes from Chef Jerome Grant.

University of Puerto Rico Seeks to Attract NY Students

National November 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

As part of an “internationalization” plan to increase funding, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is seeking to attract students from the U.S. and the Dominican Republic, reports El Nuevo Día. The public university, which is facing a five-year $204 million cut by the supervision board governing the island, has already done two orientation campaigns: One at a Bronx high school targeting low-income, Spanish-speaking students, and another one in Santo Domingo private schools, offering lower tuition fees and proximity to upper-class Dominicans who plan to study abroad. Online applications have been available since Nov. 14, and so far 29 U.S. students have applied (six from New York).

After Return of Refugees, Puerto Rican Migration Resumes

National November 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm

While thousands of Puerto Ricans returned to the island after taking refuge in the U.S. following hurricanes Irma and María, new data shows that more are leaving, continuing a longtime depopulation trend, El Nuevo Día reports. Between April and July, 6,910 more people left than came in through the island’s three main airports. The first trimester of 2018, by contrast, offered a net entry of 83,317 people, or 40 percent of the 211,695 who left during the previous hurricane season. According to census estimates, 431,942 people have left Puerto Rico since 2010, and by 2050 the island’s population (at 3.7 million in 2017) could barely top 2 million.

Jamaican Diaspora Summit Convenes in Georgia

National November 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Members of the Jamaican diaspora are meeting today, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at the Morrow Center in Morrow, Georgia for the Jamaica USA Diaspora Summit, reports Caribbean Today. Dr. Rupert Francis, Wayne Golding and Akelia Maitland are hosting the summit. “Often times our focus is on what is happening in our homeland of Jamaica while it remains clear that as Jamaican diasporans we are not organized enough where we live to exercise any significant power of influence over our future here,” organizers said.

Undocumented Black Migrants, Building a Network

National November 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm

“Undocumented black migrants are building an informal network to help each other navigate their uncertain immigration status in the U.S.,” reports Law at the Margins in a story that’s part of a series called “We the Immigrants” produced by its Community Based News Room. “We are so few that we haven’t built the mass movements that nonblack immigrants have,” says Nekessa Opoti, a Kenyan immigrant who works with UndocuBlack, an organization assisting undocumented black people in the U.S. “Systems don’t work for us, so we rely on each other.”

Colorlines Honors 20 Pursuing Racial Justice

National November 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Marking its 20th anniversary, Colorlines is honoring 20 “transformative leaders who – in the spirit of our mission – use a narrative shift strategy to reimagine what it means to advance racial justice in areas as varied as environmental justice, gender rights, labor, education and religion.” Individuals from investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones to environmental activist Elizabeth Yeampierre to labor organizer Saru Jayaraman to poet-rapper Mona Haydar are profiled by Ayana Byrd, with illustrations by Sinomonde Ngwane. The honorees, writes Kenrya Rankin, “remind us that no matter how dark the tunnel gets, we can always create our own light.”

El Paso Restaurants Will Offer Migrants Food For Free

National November 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Four El Paso, Texas, restaurants (Lunchbox, Delicious Mexican, L&J Café, Carlos & Mickey’s) joined forces to feed thousands of Central American refugees without charging them, El Diario de El Paso reports. The restaurants are collaborating with Annunciation House, a shelter that provides hospitality to reunited families that were detained by ICE. Every week, shelters and local churches receive around 2,000 people, including elderly, children and pregnant women. “These people are really in need… We have the task of responding” to this human emergency, said Martín Ríos, general manager of Lunchbox restaurant.