Latino Leader and Organization/Agency Awards

Bloomington, IN – The City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs is seeking nominees for the Latino Leader and Organization/Agency Awards.
The deadline for submission of nominations is July 27th, 2012, and awards will be presented during the kickoff celebration for National Hispanic Heritage Month in September. Nomination forms are available in the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department, Suite 260, and online at www.bloomington.in.gov/chla .

The Latino Leader and Agency/Organization awards recognize nominees who have made significant contributions to the Bloomington and/or Monroe County community.

Award Criteria: Through their contributions, nominees have been an influential role model, advocate for services and the rights for Latinos, and have shown continuous direct and effective involvement in the Latino community. This award seeks to recognize organizations in the following key areas:

Leadership– Through exemplary leadership, has contributed towards a specific goal or

objective that has benefited the Latino community and/or has been a role model in their profession/work.

Initiative– Continually responds to new and changing needs of the community .

Advocacy– Campaigns for issues that promote the inclusion and well-being of the Latino

community.

Dedication– Works on issues and seeks solutions to problems based on the needs of the

professional and/or Latino community, not based on their own self-interests.

Nominations should include the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the nominee in addition to the reasons why the nominee merits the award. Those submitting nominations also should include their names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Nomination forms can be completed online at www.bloomington.in.gov/chla , turned in or mailed to the Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Attn: Community and Family Resources Department, 401 North Morton Street, Suite 260, Bloomington, IN 47402.

For more information, please contact Melissa Britton at 349-3860 or brittonm@bloomington.in.gov.

 

NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY FOR DEFERRED ACTION “Dreamers”

Learn what deferred action is and how qualifying applicants can begin preparing for this benefit:

Wednesday, July 18th at 4:00pm-5:00pm
Indiana University
Indiana Memorial Union, Sassafras Room, Bloomington, IN

This session is geared towards IU/Ivy Tech/MCCSC
administrators/educators, local officials, advocates, etc.
 

FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE:

Wednesday, July 18th at 5:30pm-6:30pm
Council Chambers
City of Bloomington, Showers Building
401 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN

This is a bilingual session for potential applicants.

Presented by:
Angela Adams, Attorney
Lewis & Kappes, P.C., Indianapolis, IN

For more information call: Lillian Casillas (812-855-0174) or Melissa Britton (812-349-3860)
Sponsored by: Indiana University La Casa, El Centro Comunal Latino and the
City of Bloomington Commission
<http://bloomington.in.gov/sections/viewSection.php?section_id=374> on Hispanic and Latino Affairs 

 

Hoosiers React To Supreme Court Ruling On Immigration Law

INDIANAPOLIS — Immigrants living in Indiana reacted positively to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigration law.

“It was good news. We definitely agree with the court’s decision. We are pleased,” Marlene Dotson, president and CEO of the Indiana Latino Institute, told RTV6’s Jenna Kooi.

The ILI is a nonprofit organization that focuses on health and education issues affecting Latinos in the state.

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Indiana Latino Expo

June 23 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion

Event for the Entire Community!

All day long, free of charge and bilingual, activities will be offered in each area.

For example, the Health Fair will offer free health services to the community related with obesity, diabetes, mammograms, health screenings and HIV/AIDS among others. The Indiana State Department of Health is a major contributor/partner in this Expo.

The Education area will provide information on pre-school, elementary, middle and high school opportunities, scholarships, university admissions and continuing education – both academic and technical – for students of all ages.

In the Business area, a job fair, product information booths, seminars, financial education and more will be available.

Government affairs, we will have all the armed forces exhibiting their institutions, vehicles, recruiting opportunities, etc…

Entertainment will be all day long closing with a big concert (4,000 to 5,000 people) with an international artist.

Get more details at www.indianalatinoexpo.org.

Contact:

Indiana Latino Expo Inc.
6002 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Phone: 317. 254.3240

Blending Of Cultures May Be Blueprint For Growth

“I think people believe that ‘oh, these immigrants are stealing all these jobs,’ ” he said. “We don’t see that here.”

Malenke said there’s a real need for laborers — in dairies, hog confinements, poultry farms and general construction, too.

Not only are immigrants helping buoy the farm economy, but their children are American citizens — they’re part of church communities and schools and sports teams.

“There’s a lot of progress in these communities, I mean in Sioux Center they’re going to build a hospital, a $48 million hospital.  And that’s the kind of things that are happening in these communities, which tells you that businesses are doing well,” he said.

And when communities do well — it gives everybody options. The kids of these immigrant workers – just like other rural kids in the Midwest, are not all going into farm work.  Some want to be doctors, teachers and business owners.  And just like generations before — because of their parents’ hard work, they’ll have that opportunity.

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“I think people believe that ‘oh, these immigrants are stealing all these jobs,’ ” he said. “We don’t see that here.”

Malenke said there’s a real need for laborers — in dairies, hog confinements, poultry farms and general construction, too.

Not only are immigrants helping buoy the farm economy, but their children are American citizens — they’re part of church communities and schools and sports teams.

“There’s a lot of progress in these communities, I mean in Sioux Center they’re going to build a hospital, a $48 million hospital.  And that’s the kind of things that are happening in these communities, which tells you that businesses are doing well,” he said.

And when communities do well — it gives everybody options. The kids of these immigrant workers – just like other rural kids in the Midwest, are not all going into farm work.  Some want to be doctors, teachers and business owners.  And just like generations before — because of their parents’ hard work, they’ll have that opportunity.

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IU Maurer School of Law professors to discuss affirmative action case

“The court’s decision to hear the case raises the possibility of an end to the consideration of race in public university admissions decisions,” said Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law. “In 2003, a majority of the court said that its holding in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the inclusion of race as one among many factors to create a diverse student body, would last for 25 years. It appears that the end might be coming sooner than originally expected.”

Panelists include Maurer School of Law faculty members Johnsen, Jeannine Bell, Daniel Conkle and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer. Professor Kevin Brown will moderate the discussion.

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IU Cinema to host ‘Cinema Maldito: On the Margins of Brazilian Cinema’ film series

The three films selected for the series represent a variety of styles and approaches, including low-budget horror with “This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse” (7 p.m. Feb. 23) and an incisive critique of the Brazilian ’60s with “Romance” (9:30 p.m. Feb. 24). The series also includes Rogerio Sganzerla’s “Red Light Bandit” (6:30 p.m. Feb. 24), the film that more than any other launched what became known as the Brazilian underground or “cinema marginal.”

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IU kicks off Black History Month activities

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center also will be the location of IU’s 2012 Black History Month Celebration Kick-Off, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday.

Other events during the first week of the celebration are a reading by Nikky Finney, winner of the National Book Award; a musical concert; screenings of films in the “Black in Latin America” series; and a “Family Dinner at the NMBCC.”

IU’s African American Choral Ensemble will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the atrium of the IU School of Education, 201 N. Rose Ave.

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Show tunes to Latino culture

Hola Bloomington is a news and public affairs show that features a weekly wrap-up of local news, a guest interview, information about local events and volunteer opportunities and short segments that vary by week. The show broadcasts live from 6 to 7 p.m. every Friday on FM channels 91.3 and 98.1 in Bloomington, 100.7 in Nashville, Ind., and 106.3 in Ellettsville, Ind.

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Public Wants Immigrants to Be Able to Stay

As the debate over immigration continues to roil the Republican presidential field, a substantial majority of Americans say they would prefer to allow some or all illegal immigrants to remain in the United States, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found.

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When asked what should be done with the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, just 25 percent of those polled said that they should all be deported “no matter how long they have been in the U.S.”

Beardstown, Small Midwestern Meatpacking Town, Wrestles With Immigration Issue

“It used to be that something happened in Beardstown, and people would blame it on a Mexican,” Walters said. “But, if you look at the numbers, there’s really no difference in the rate of crimes between Hispanics and whites in our city. It’s just not the case.”

Researchers Mark Mather and Kevin Pollard of the Population Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan research organization, say that Latino immigration has helped revive the populations of small townssuch as Beardstown all across the Midwest and Great Plains. Between 2000 and 2006, the researchers found that total population in small towns and rural areas increased only by 3 percent, while Hispanic population grew by 22 percent. Since 1990, the Hispanic population in small towns and rural areas has more than doubled.

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Immigrants can save your community

The New York Times published an article yesterday dealing with this subject. I’ll post a long excerpt here but I highly recommend that you click through and read the whole thing (then go and read Caught in the Middle). How the Midwest and the Plains states accommodate or resist this immigration will be the defining feature of the next 50 years for these communities. The data is clear though; successful communities are ones that embrace immigrants.

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Immigration issues reach Ball State

Issues of immigration aren’t just found in legislatures of the Southwest. They’ve found their way into Indiana politics, and students from Ball State have said they’re disappointed with laws that restrict undocumented students from paying in-state tuition.

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Voices for Justice from the Latino press

Did you know the first printed news in the Americas was published in Mexico, in Spanish, more than a hundred years before Ben Franklin and English-language newspapers? And that the first printing press on the continent was brought to Mexico City in 1535? I didn’t know, until I listened to Felix Gutierrez, a professor of journalism and communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, when he visited the University of Minnesota in September as a guest of the journalism school. He’s an impressive scholar, and the pre-eminent historian of Latino media in the United States.

The beginnings of the Latino press in this country go back more than 200 years to a New Orleans newspaper called El Misisipi…[more]

Census: More Latinos List Themselves as White

The latest census figures also show the number of Americans who identified themselves as partly black and partly white more than doubled to 1.8 million. For the first time, the black-white combination is the most prevalent group among multiracial Americans, making up 1 in 5 members of that subgroup. They exceed the number of multi-racials who identified as being white and “some other race,” composed of mostly Hispanics, as well as white-Asians and white-American Indians.

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La Casa target of racial harassment

La Casa director Lillian Casillas tells The Herald-Times a staff member discovered a newspaper with “criminals deport” written next to a picture of a Latino McDonald’s employee. Magnetic letters on a refrigerator had also been arranged to spell, “You need to leave.”

La Casa director Lillian Casillas tells The Herald-Times a staff member discovered a newspaper with “criminals deport” written next to a picture of a Latino McDonald’s employee. Magnetic letters on a refrigerator had also been arranged to spell, “You need to leave.”

Four films you don’t want to miss during National Hispanic Heritage MonthCuatro filmes que no deberias perderte durante el National Hispanic Heritage Month

This event is sponsored by the IU Spanish Department, IU International Latin American and Spain
Students Association y LA CASA.

“Tambien la lluvia”: Sept 21, 7pm. WY  015. Dir: Iciar Bollain. España,2010
Spain entry to Oscar’s Best Foreign film

Filmmaker Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal)travels to Bolivia to shoot a
film about Christopher Columbus. He and his crew arrive during the tense time of
the Cochabamba water crisis, the 2000 Cochabamba protests. The lines
between past and present, fiction and film, become increasingly blurred.

“Carancho”: Sept 26, 7pm. WY 015 Dir:Pablo Trapero.Argentina,2010
Argentina entry to Oscar’s Best Foreign film

Sosa (Ricardo Darin, “The Secret in Their Eyes”) is an
ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics.
Lujan (Martina Gusman, “Lion’s Den”) is a young, idealistic country
doctor, new to the city. After Lujan and Sosa’s paths repeatedly cross,
the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa’s turbulent
past. With traffic accidents as the number one cause of deaths in
Argentina, bodies are currency and a black market strives to get rich
from the personal tragedies that literally litter the
argentinean streets.

“El infierno” Oct 5, 7pm. WY 015 Dir: Luis Estrada. Mexico, 2010
Golden Ariel for Best Director and Best Movie

Benjamín “Benny” García is deported from the United States to his
hometown in Mexico. Back home is a bleak picture, he can’t find an
honest job and most of the town is held with the business of drug
trafficking. Benny gets involved in the narco business, a “spectacular”
job where he gets a lot of money, women and fun. But soon he finds out
that the violent criminal life is not easy and much less fun.

“Abel”: Oct 13, 7pm. WH 009 Dir:Diego Luna. Mexico, 2010
Nominated for Ariel’s Best movie, Best Director and among last 3
Mexican finalists as entry for Oscars.

About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes
over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence.Este evento es auspiciado por el Departmento de Español, International Latin American and Spain
Students Association y LA CASA.

“Tambien la lluvia”: Sept 21, 7pm. WY  015. Dir: Iciar Bollain. España,2010
Spain entry to Oscar’s Best Foreign film

Filmmaker Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal)travels to Bolivia to shoot a
film about Christopher Columbus. He and his crew arrive during the tense time of
the Cochabamba water crisis, the 2000 Cochabamba protests. The lines
between past and present, fiction and film, become increasingly blurred.

“Carancho”: Sept 26, 7pm. WY 015 Dir:Pablo Trapero.Argentina,2010
Argentina entry to Oscar’s Best Foreign film

Sosa (Ricardo Darin, “The Secret in Their Eyes”) is an
ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics.
Lujan (Martina Gusman, “Lion’s Den”) is a young, idealistic country
doctor, new to the city. After Lujan and Sosa’s paths repeatedly cross,
the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa’s turbulent
past. With traffic accidents as the number one cause of deaths in
Argentina, bodies are currency and a black market strives to get rich
from the personal tragedies that literally litter the
argentinean streets.

“El infierno” Oct 5, 7pm. WY 015 Dir: Luis Estrada. Mexico, 2010
Golden Ariel for Best Director and Best Movie

Benjamín “Benny” García is deported from the United States to his
hometown in Mexico. Back home is a bleak picture, he can’t find an
honest job and most of the town is held with the business of drug
trafficking. Benny gets involved in the narco business, a “spectacular”
job where he gets a lot of money, women and fun. But soon he finds out
that the violent criminal life is not easy and much less fun.

“Abel”: Oct 13, 7pm. WH 009 Dir:Diego Luna. Mexico, 2010
Nominated for Ariel’s Best movie, Best Director and among last 3
Mexican finalists as entry for Oscars.

About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes
over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence.

10 Myths About Immigration

Myths about immigration and immigrants are common. Here are a few of the most frequently heard misconceptions along with information to help you and your students separate fact from fear.

When students make statements that are mistaken or inaccurate, one response is to simply ask, “How do you know that’s true?” Whatever the answer—even if it’s “That’s what my parents say”—probe a little more to get at the source. Ask, “Where do you think they got that information?” or “That sounds like it might be an opinion and not a fact.” Guide students to find a reliable source and help them figure out how to check the facts.

10 Myths About Immigration | Teaching Tolerance

Myths about immigration and immigrants are common. Here are a few of the most frequently heard misconceptions along with information to help you and your students separate fact from fear.

When students make statements that are mistaken or inaccurate, one response is to simply ask, “How do you know that’s true?” Whatever the answer—even if it’s “That’s what my parents say”—probe a little more to get at the source. Ask, “Where do you think they got that information?” or “That sounds like it might be an opinion and not a fact.” Guide students to find a reliable source and help them figure out how to check the facts.

10 Myths About Immigration | Teaching Tolerance

Overcoming a False Sense of Security

Of the more than 50 million Latinos in the United States, nearly 40 million are native-born or naturalized citizens of the USA! That translates into the potential of 40 million “legal” citizens of the USA being suspected of being “illegal” immigrants solely on the basis of appearance.

Overcoming a False Sense of Security

ICE-arrest1Of the more than 50 million Latinos in the United States, nearly 40 million are native-born or naturalized citizens of the USA! That translates into the potential of 40 million “legal” citizens of the USA being suspected of being “illegal” immigrants solely on the basis of appearance.

Overcoming a False Sense of Security

Deportation Halted for Some Students as Lawmakers Seek New Policy

The about-face by ICE in Ms. Zanella’s case is an example of the kind of action Democratic lawmakers and Latino and immigrant groups have been demanding from the Obama administration to slow deportations of illegal immigrants who have not been convicted of crimes. In particular, pressure is increasing on President Obama to offer protection from deportation to illegal immigrant college students who might have been eligible for legal status under a bill in Congress known as the Dream Act.

Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review – NYTimes.com

The about-face by ICE in Ms. Zanella’s case is an example of the kind of action Democratic lawmakers and Latino and immigrant groups have been demanding from the Obama administration to slow deportations of illegal immigrants who have not been convicted of crimes. In particular, pressure is increasing on President Obama to offer protection from deportation to illegal immigrant college students who might have been eligible for legal status under a bill in Congress known as the Dream Act.

Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review – NYTimes.com

Indiana immigration bill moves on

In a 6 to 5 vote along party lines, the House Public Policy Committee approved Senate Bill 590, which now moves to the full Indiana House for consideration next week. The bill no longer includes a provision that would allow state and local police to question anyone they suspect is in the United States illegally. That section was similar to a law passed in Arizona last summer. The Arizonan measure has been blocked from implementation by a federal judge.

Weakened Indiana immigration bill moves on | WBEZ


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In a 6 to 5 vote along party lines, the House Public Policy Committee approved Senate Bill 590, which now moves to the full Indiana House for consideration next week. The bill no longer includes a provision that would allow state and local police to question anyone they suspect is in the United States illegally. That section was similar to a law passed in Arizona last summer. The Arizonan measure has been blocked from implementation by a federal judge.

Weakened Indiana immigration bill moves on | WBEZ

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