‘A Tribute to Those Who Always Imagined Native Women in the Congress’

National January 3, 2019 at 2:03 pm

On the day Reps. Sharice Davids (KS) and Deb Haaland (NM) take office as the first Native women elected to Congress, an Indian Country Today piece pays tribute to those who came before them. There is community leader Helen Peterson, who advocated for immigrant farm worker rights in the mid-1900s; and the Native women who ran for Congress in the past and those who ran at the state level. Whether they won or not, the women “paved the way for those who run next. There will be a first at some point.” And for the young generation of Native girls, “this is the new normal.”

More Deportations in LA than Under Obama, Mostly Parents of US Citizens

National January 3, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, ICE has detained 5,400 Mexicans in Los Angeles County, meaning that the number will likely surpass those reached by the Obama administration, La Opinión reports. Most of them, 65 percent, have been deported, and 30 percent remain detained, awaiting to be seen by an immigration judge. “Every day, on average, immigration detains seven Mexican people in Los Angeles. Of them, 96 percent are men,” said Mexican Consul in Los Angeles Carlos García de Alba. The average age among the detained immigrants is 38 and they have lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years, with 95 percent of them the parents of children born here.

World Journal Responds to Pro-China Claim

National January 2, 2019 at 12:59 pm

The World Journal has taken umbrage at a study by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, published in November, that in portraying China as a sinister influence in various layers of American life claimed that all major Chinese ethnic media outlets in the U.S. take a pro-China stance. In a harshly toned statement on Dec. 28, The World Journal said Hoover’s assertion was false and that Hoover has “largely ignored” the letter of complaint the paper sent to it earlier.

Puerto Rican Diaspora Study: Urban, Younger and Wealthier

National December 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm

The Puerto Rican diaspora is largest in the New York area, with a total of 1,263,803, equivalent to 63 percent of greater San Juan’s population of 2,008,726. So says El Nuevo Día, which analyzed 2017 Census data to conclude that New York Boricuas are generally younger, with smaller family units and higher income than their San Juan counterparts. Puerto Ricans in Chicago suffer lower poverty rates (16.3 percent), compared to Philadelphia (32.8 percent), Hartford, Connecticut (31.0 percent) and San Juan (40.0 percent). Meanwhile, a greater percentage of Puerto Ricans mainly use Spanish at home in Orlando (76.6 percent), compared with Chicago (42.6 percent).

Addressing Congress About Violence in Indian Country

National December 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Navajo Times and High Country News report on mid-December hearings on uninvestigated crimes against women, in tribal lands where law enforcement is scarce or non-existent. Ninety-seven percent of crimes against Indigenous people are committed by non-Natives, yet tribes can’t prosecute non-Natives for crimes like rape. At the Senate’s Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, Navajo Nation council delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty told about girls and women who went missing and were murdered, and Patricia Alexander of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes said: “There is no 911 to call. There are no AMBER Alerts.”

On Anniversary of SF Mayor’s Death, a Wish Fulfilled

National December 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

On Dec. 12, the anniversary of the sudden death of Ed Lee, former mayor of San Francisco, his longtime wish to offer 17 low-income Chinese seniors long-term housing was fulfilled, reports Sing Tao Daily. The city has provided funding to the Chinatown Community Development Center via a program that Lee launched to help the nonprofit organization purchase the building where the tenants live and make their units permanently affordable. The tenants moved into the building after they were evicted in the 1980s with the help of Lee, who was then a lawyer. Their 25-year lease was expiring.

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.