Judge permanently blocks parts of Ind. immigration law

NDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge permanently blocked enforcement Friday of two key provisions of a controversial 2011 Indiana immigration bill: one barring the use of consular identification cards and another allowing the arrests of people whose immigration status is questionable.

In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker made permanent a preliminary injunction that she issued in June 2011.

[more]NDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge permanently blocked enforcement Friday of two key provisions of a controversial 2011 Indiana immigration bill: one barring the use of consular identification cards and another allowing the arrests of people whose immigration status is questionable.

In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker made permanent a preliminary injunction that she issued in June 2011.

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Monroe Smart Start

The Birth-to-five coalition is working together to create a community where children are ready for school and ready for life!

Our Vision: 
All children in Monroe County will enter school with the skills and attributes they need to be successful, nurtured by families sensitive to their needs and supported by a community committed to helping children reach their full potential.

http://monroesmartstart.org/

The Birth-to-five coalition is working together to create a community where children are ready for school and ready for life!

Our Vision: 
All children in Monroe County will enter school with the skills and attributes they need to be successful, nurtured by families sensitive to their needs and supported by a community committed to helping children reach their full potential.

http://monroesmartstart.org/

FamilyWize

Just print your FREE prescription card and show it to your pharmacist. Save Up to 75%.

The discounts and savings on medications are provided voluntarily by the more than 61,000 participating pharmacies that have agreed to provide prices similar to what they give large insurance companies and employers. FamilyWize essentially acts like a huge consumer group buying service for the uninsured and underinsured.

http://familywize.org/

Organizing to Combat Wage Theft

“Organizing to Combat Wage Theft” is the topic of a public presentation by two representatives of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m., in the Monroe County Public Library auditorium. Presenters are Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow, who serves as IWJ national organizer, and Dianne Enriquez, who serves as IWJ national worker center network coordinator.

“Wage theft—not getting paid for your work or not getting paid everything you’re owed—is an epidemic problem throughout the U.S., and Indiana is no exception,” says John Clower, facilitator of South-Central Indiana Jobs with Justice. “We’re thrilled to be hosting two speakers from Interfaith Worker Justice, perhaps the leading national organization focused on this problem.”

“The best protection against wage theft,” continues Clower, “is to belong to a union. But for the large number of non-unionized workers, other remedies need to be pursued, in conjunction with the enforcement work of state and federal departments of labor.”

As IWJ national organizer, Choi-Morrow helps new interfaith groups form across the country by connecting local religious, academic and labor communities. She studied Political Science and Urban Studies at Wheaton College and earned an M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a deacon at Edgewater Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Before joining IWJ, Sung Yeon worked as a community organizer for the Asian American Institute, particularly on issues of immigration reform, the state budget, redistricting and voting.

Enriquez has more than 10 years of experience as a lead organizer, popular education trainer, and campaign coordinator. Previously, she served as Director of Young Workers United in San Francisco, a worker center that organizes young and immigrant workers in the restaurant industry.

Event co-sponsors are South-Central Indiana Jobs with Justice and White River Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

For more information, e-mail jclower2@yahoo.com.

The Foreign Language Institute of Bloomington

Our unique program engages students with a proven, age appropriate foreign language immersion curriculum. We’ve personally developed interest driven activities that are geared towards instilling confidence in every foreign language learner. We integrate technology throughout our music, dance, crafts, and storytelling curriculum in order to successfully connect with every student. Our program of study will strengthen your students’ literacy skills while exploring new cultures. Learning complex grammar structures and linguistic intricacies is fun!

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Capellanía. (Salud integral y Pastoral de la Salud)

La idea es brindar el servicio de Pastoral de la Salud con el servicio de Capellanía. La finalidad sería ofrecer este servicio a las personas de la comunidad hispana-latino que se encuentren padeciendo alguna enfermedad y necesiten de apoyo espiritual. El servicio se extiende a la familia del paciente, puesto cuando un miembro de la familia se afecta, todo el conjunto es afectado.

NAMINAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.

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NAMI, la Alianza Nacional de Enfermedades Mentales (NAMI, por sus siglas en inglés), es la organización de salud mental más grande de los EEUU dedicada a mejorar las vidas de las personas con serias enfermedades mentales y las de sus familiares.

Tras su fundación en 1979, NAMI se ha convertido en la voz de la nación con respecto a los trastornos mentales. NAMI es una organización nacional que incluye oficinas en cada estado y en más de 1,000 comunidades locales, alrededor del país, las cuales se reúnen para alcanzar la misión de NAMI a través del asesoramiento, la investigación, el apoyo y la educación.

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Cáliz Latino en la Unitarian Universalist Church (UU)

Por primera vez en Bloomington se abrirá el círculo social conocido como “Chalice Circle”  y en su versión Hispano-Latinoamericana “ Cáliz Latino”.

 

¿Qué es? Un espacio de encuentro amistoso que se lleva a cabo en las instalaciones de la UU en Bloomington. La idea es compartir una o dos veces al mes (de preferencia los días martes) de 19:00 p.m. a 21:00 p.m. temas de interés personal y colectivo. No se necesita ser miembro de la UU, puede asistir a otra iglesia o congregación de fe, puede no asistir a ninguna iglesia. Lo único que se requiere es disponibilidad de tiempo y ganas de explorar un espacio de conversación e intercambio de ideas desarrollado de principio a fin en lengua española (castellano).

 

La finalidad es brindarle a la comunidad hispano-latina de Bloomington la posibilidad de participar de un espacio social en donde pueda compartir experiencias, ideas y proyectos sociales en común que puedan contribuir con el desarrollo de relaciones sociales justas y armoniosas.

 

El grupo se realizara con un mínimo de 6 y un máximo de 12 personas. La participación en por el periodo de un año. No se recolecta dinero, no se imparte doctrina religiosa. El respeto es una de las bases fundamentales del circulo “Cáliz Latino”. Si tiene niños, no se preocupe podemos organizar personas que pueden cuidarlos en la misma instalación de la UU.

 

El encuentro de presentación y coordinación de fechas de reunión será el Domingo 16 de septiembre a las 4:00 p.m., y el primer encuentro sería el Martes 18 de 19:00 a 21:00 p.m.

 

¿Como hacer para asistir? Para mayor información comunicarse con José Toledo a email: joctavio9@gmail.com

Festival celebrates Latino culture

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Indiana State Museum held a new, one day program on Saturday.

The Latino Festival of the Arts featured Latino music, visual arts, games, family crafts and activities.

The event was held in the Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall and was free to the public.

The celebration began with an hour long musical performance and was followed by a parade of flags representing Latino countries.

Festival Latino kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan spoke to guests before the city’s Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs presented awards.

“I want you to consider Bloomington your home,” Kruzan told the students in the audience.

He wished the students luck for the new school year and talked about how he fell in love with Bloomington as an IU student.

The commission and the city, Kruzan said, “want people to feel welcome, to feel safe, to feel they are a full participant in the community.”

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El Centro Comunal Latino (CCL) hiring PT Program Coordinator

El Centro Comunal Latino (CCL) in Bloomington, Indiana is hiring for a part-time office manager and program coordinator. The position begins immediately and may be renewable for the entire 2012-2013 fiscal year. The ideal coordinator will have Spanish-English communication skills and have prior experience in health promotion and programming. If you want to make a difference in the community by serving a non-profit organization with the potential to serve and develop critical programming skills we strongly recommend you apply. A cover letter and reseme should be sent to CCL’s board president Becky Pérez at bpeducada@gmail.com . Please see the attached document for more information about roles and responsibilities for the position.”

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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