Winter clothes donation for refugees

We are reaching out for help to gather gently used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves (for adults and children) for a local agency that is helping refugee and asylum seekers in Bloomington. Many are arriving without proper winter wear and thus we are trying to help.

If you have any donations that you can give, please drop them off at Indiana University La Casa between now 11/3/22 and next Thursday 11/10/22 during La Casa’s hours of operation (M-R 9am-9pm andFriday 9am-5pm).

Thank you for your time,

Latinos Unidos (LUIU) Board

A North Carolina Farmer Was Accused of Abusing His Workers. Then Big Tobacco Backed His Election.

Cornell Watson for Mother Jones and TBIJ

Tobacco-picking is is often done by migrant Latino workers, both H-2A and undocumented. They can face abuse and exploitation from when they are recruited in Mexico, before they even set foot on US soil. But they are essential to the economic stability of North Carolina, providing a steady supply of labour for agricultural jobs that can’t be filled by Americans.

Tobacco is a labor-intensive crop. It begins life in a greenhouse before being transplanted into the soil. It grows to a few feet tall and you often start by only picking the leaves at the base of the stem, which has to be done by hand. The early-morning dew makes it give off a greasy chemical smell and the tar slowly turns your gloves black. The nicotine in tobacco keeps smokers hooked, but for workers in the fields who are exposed to nicotine day in, day out, it can cause “green tobacco sickness”—a condition that leads to headaches, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. A day off is a welcome respite.

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Is Indiana welcoming to immigrants?

As Gov. Eric Holcomb makes trips abroad to attract economic development, advocates at home criticize Indiana for not doing enough to be welcoming to immigrants. (Photo from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Twitter)

“This kind of warm and fuzzy idea that the United States welcomes people from all over the world… that’s just a small part of a larger story and certainly glosses over the many variations,” Wu said.

Wu, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, recalled growing up in Indianapolis with a small group of second-generation Asian Americans, the vast majority of whom have left Indiana because they felt unwelcome or disagreed with the state’s conservative politics.

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Un tesoro de arquitectura escondido en Columbus, Indiana.

Si quieres aprovechar ver los colores del otoño en el area, no te pierdas pasar por Columbus, Indiana. Ademas del colorido follaje, puedes caminar por el pueblo y apreciar la arquitectura del pueblo tan solo caminando por sus calles. Aquí podrás encontrar un itenerario gratuito y darte un tour por 12 de los edificios más importantes de esta ciudad. Tour gratuito aquí >

En 1964, la revista Saturday Evening Post rebautizó Columbus, Indiana, una pequeña ciudad a 80 kilómetros de la capital del estado, Indianapolis, como “la Atenas de la llanura” por su valor como joya del diseño y la arquitectura modernos en mitad del medio oeste americano más profundo. mas>

Si prefieres ir en carro y ver un tour mas amplio de las edificaciones, puedes también utilizar éste mapa.

Why Latino people are on the front lines of climate change

“Latino communities from Texas to California to Puerto Rico are the hardest hit when these climate-induced disasters occur,” says Michael Méndez, who studies climate policy and environmental justice at the University of California Irvine. “They absolutely have a real world connection to our changing climate.”

Latinos in the U.S. are more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to experience heat waves, powerful hurricanes, sea level rise and floods, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Why we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

What began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, transformed into a 30-day period of celebrating Hispanic communities and achievements.

In 1987, California Rep. Esteban Torres proposed a bill to expand the week-long celebration to a whole month.

“We want the public to know that we share a legacy with the rest of the country, a legacy that includes artists, writers, Olympic champions, and leaders in business, government, cinema, and science,” Torres said in his remarks about the bill.

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Fiesta de Otoño 2022

The City of Bloomington invites community members and visitors to Fiesta del Otoño (Fall Festival) on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15. This free, family-friendly celebration will be held in conjunction with the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market at Showers Plaza in front of City Hall (401 N. Morton St.). Free parking is available in the Morton Street parking garage and in several lots nearby (please see map below).

The theme of Fiesta del Otoño 2019 is “Trabajando juntos por Nuestra Comunidad,” which translates to “Working Together for Our Community.” The event will feature educational opportunities and entertainment that showcase Hispanic cultures, including a performance by Mariachi Zelaya, a stroll by Latinx Greek organizations, and a community performance of “Jarabe Tapatio,” a traditional Mexican dance. Nearby, a dance competition will give visitors the chance to show off their own moves in salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, and other genres. In a kids’ zone, children and families can learn how to make traditional Latin American crafts, play loteria (Mexican bingo), and more.

“As a Latina, I know how important it is to strengthen bonds in our community. Working together will make our community and our nation stronger,” said City of Bloomington Latino Outreach Coordinator Josefa Luce. “During National Hispanic Heritage Month we want to recognize the contributions and influence made in our community and country by the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate our heritage and culture through our commitment to family, our strong work ethic, and service to our community.”

Fiesta del Otoño is a partnership between the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department and Gamma Phi Omega, the first Latina-oriented sorority founded at Indiana University.

A complete list of the City’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming is available here. Information about additional programming is available through IU’s La Casa Latino Cultural Center and El Central Comunal Latino.

For additional information about Fiesta del Otoño, please contact Latino Outreach Coordinator Josefa Luce at lucej@bloomington.in.gov or by phone at 812-349-3860.

Lower cost appliances, including washer/dryers / Electrodomésticos a menor costo, incluyendo lavadoras/secadoras

Here are two options for lower cost appliances, including Washer and dryers:

(1) Buy Closeouts (most deeply discounted due to minor scratch/dents) west side Bloomington Address: 3478 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404 Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; phone: (812) 822-2010; Behind Crew car wash and up the street North from “Once upon a child”. New, units.

(2) Big Jon’s Used Appliances, offers: In-store shopping · Delivery; 611 W 11th St Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47404 Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:3-0 pm; Sat /Sun 10-3pm; Phone: (812) 287-7021


Aquí, dos opciones para electrodomésticos de bajo costo, incluidas lavadoras y secadoras:

(1) Liquidaciones (la mayoría con grandes descuentos debido a rayones/abolladuras menores) West side Bloomington Dirección:

3478 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404

Horario: lunes a sábado de 11 a. m. a 7 p. m.; teléfono: (812) 822-2010; Detrás del lavado de autos Crew y calle arriba al norte de “ONCE UPON A CHILD”. Nuevo, unidades.

(2) Big Jon’s Used Appliances, ofrece: Compras en la tienda Entrega;
611 W 11th St Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47404

Abierto de lunes a viernes de 9:30 am a 5:3-0 pm; sábados y domingos de 10 a 15 h;
Teléfono: (812) 287-7021

Free Internet for lower income folks / Internet gratis para personas de bajos ingresos

There is a government program Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that both AT&T and Comcast participate in. For eligible households, this program will give a $30 credit. Plus there is an option for getting an additional line for phone, tablet, etc.
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An even better program is Internet Essentials. Which provides basic cable for at $9.95 or even free $0.00) after providing documentation for SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance or Free Lunch and book program at MCCSC.

I have helped several families enroll with this program.

It is easier to do this when you start service or at the end of your agreed contract (1-2 years).

I attached a brochure for this program with Comcast Xfinity.

This is NOT TV. But only for cable, to get wireless, so school kids and you can interact with school, etc.

The families are able to watch TV, many different free channels using wireless and Roku (or Amazon Fire, etc).

Internet gratis

Hispanic and Latinx immigrants finds uncertain welcome in Hoosier state

A notable example, in May 2011, was Indiana Senate Bill 590, which granted police officers permission to ask for proof of legal status under “reasonable suspicion,” according to LegiScan, a national data service. According to an article published by Indiana Public Media, the bill sponsor, Republican Sen. Mike Delph, who was in office from 2005 to 2018, said the bill was inspired by already-existing standards of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I believe, to most people in Indiana, if you cannot speak the English language and you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, you’re probably not lawfully in the country,” Delph said, per the 2011 article.

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