Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This step-by-step guide will help you create a plan for your children in the event you are not available to care for them.
Artists and performers of color are being sought for the inaugural Bloomington Black and Brown Arts Festival in May.
“The Bloomington Black & Brown Arts Festival is a celebration of African and Latino creative arts and artists to affirm community space, preserve arts appreciation, and enhance pride in the spirit of diversity of the Bloomington community,” according to a city press release. “The festival will provide a medium for local talent to showcase visual and performance art in an environment that engages the audience with artists and their work.”
The festival will take place on Saturday May 19 at the Bannerker Community Center from noon to 4 p.m.
Interested artists/performers have until Friday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. to submit their pieces or work for a panel review that will take place on Saturday, May 5. Artists/performers selected will also be asked to submit a $15 non-refundable fee to reserve space.
A planning committee seeks a variety of art styles and forms to include as part of the festival. This includes but is not limited to spoken word, visual arts, ceramics, performance, dance and craft.
Works can be submitted on the web at bloomington.in.gov/bhm. For more information or questions about the festival contact the Safe and Civil City Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, Latino Outreach Programs at email@example.com, or call 812-349-3860.
This article originally ran on blogs.hoosiertimes.com.
Testigos Pro Immigrantes pueden guardar documentos:
Los Testigos Pro Inmigrantes son un grupo de voluntarios que an enfocado sus esfuerzos para apoyar a los inmigrantes en estos tiempos difíciles. No intervenimos directamente con las autoridades, pero con tu consentimiento, te apoyamos y te acompañamos como un amigo.
Una de las formas en que te podemos apoyar es guardando en un lugar seguro documentos que puedan ser importantes en caso de algún problema. Por ejemplo, que un Poder o algún otro documento Notariado estén seguros y asegurar que lleguen a ti o a la persona adecuada, como tu abogado u otro miembro de la familia en caso de una emergencia.
Te podemos acompañar a tus audiencias y diligencias judiciales. Como tus citas con La Migra (ICE) u otras actividades donde potencialmente te sientas incomodo ir solo. Creemos que el solo hecho de ir acompañado puede ayudar a prevenir abusos por parte de las autoridades, cortes u otros oficiales.
Podemos ser testigos (en pareja) si La Migra (ICE) aparece en tu hogar, tu lugar de trabajo o cualquier otro lugar. Como testigos, podemos ayudarte a documentar con notas, video, o grabación de audio lo que esta pasando. Luego podemos utilizar esa evidencia recolectada a tu favor, ya sea para entregarla a tu abogado o para usarla apropiadamente y positivamente con tu consentimiento. Creemos que el solo hecho de estar acompañado puede ayudar a prevenir abusos por parte de las autoridades, cortes u otros oficiales.
Hablemos para ver como te podemos acompañar en caso de una redada, para que te sientas acompañado y para que alguien este velando por tu bien.
Pregunta en El Centro Comunal de Bloomington o en las oficinas de la ciudad para mas información
Members of the Bloomington Community,
For years the City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs has served to identify and research the issues which impact the Hispanic/Latino populations in Bloomington, especially in the areas of health, education, public safety and cultural competency.
We support all Hispanics/Latinos including immigrants, refugees, and multi-generational U.S.-born folks who despite lifetimes in the U.S. are identified as Hispanic/Latino according to U.S. census. While the commission is not affiliated or motivated by any political party, we cannot deny that our work and sentiment is affected by the national rhetoric which vilifies and, in some cases, criminalizes the very existence of people in our community.
The decision to end DACA destabilizes the lives and futures for hundreds of thousands of folks who have no other crime than having been born outside of the lines you and I know as the U.S. border. The impact of the DACA repeal means splitting up families, interrupting communities and workplaces, and deporting adults and children to countries they have never really known. And for those of us who stay, we lose relationships, and we lose our emotional and economic investments in believing in and professing an American dream for all.
We hope to serve as a catalyst to promote positive public and private solutions to multi-faceted issues confronting Hispanic/Latino neighbors ensuring to document the resulting effects of action and inaction on our community. We unreservedly oppose the decision of the Trump Administration to end DACA especially without a defined and humane path forward for our neighbors, friends, and family.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has studied and proposed common sense immigration reform for years and published detailed analysis to dispel myths, which are used for political advantage. Opinions and false conclusions have been related as truths regarding “illegals” so we compiled a shortlist of facts for clarity.
1. Do not receive free government healthcare. Undocumented folks do not qualify for Medicaid or the Healthy Indiana Plan.
2. Do not take jobs that would be filled by citizens. There is no correlation between high unemployment and immigration. Findings indicate undocumented folks become entrepreneurs – create jobs – at twice the rate as U.S.-born folks.
3. Do pay taxes. Taxes paid by undocumented folks proportionately to U.S.-born folks include property, excise, and sales tax. Also federal, state and local income taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes are automatically deducted from paychecks just like everyone else. In 2013, undocumented folks contributed $11.6 billion in state and local taxes.
4. Are not eligible tax-funded benefit programs. Data from the Social Security Administration shows that in 2010 undocumented folks paid $13 billion in payroll taxes to Social Security and Medicare, benefits that are only accessible to citizens.
Additional findings by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce include:
– Immigrants do not drive down wages of U.S.-born workers.
– Immigrants have economically revitalized many communities.
– Immigrants do not cause crime rates to rise and are less likely to commit crime than U.S.-born individuals.
– Mass deportation of undocumented immigrants would severely damage the U.S. economy.
Facts and statistics aside, we must remember that DACA recipients are human beings and members of our community. DACA recipients have lived in the U.S. most of their lives – this is home. DACA recipients have families, jobs, and contributors to our community. To drive them away will not just damage our community as a whole but, at its base, it is cruel and inhumane.
City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs
DE PUEBLO A PUEBLO: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PUERTO RICO, MEXICO, AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017
‘De Pueblo a Pueblo: A Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ serves as the kickoff event to raise funds for communities in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean recently impacted by devastating natural disasters. The event will showcase a diverse collection of Latin American and Caribbean music, performed by artists who have made Southern Indiana their home, including performances by cellist Emilio Colón, Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, Orquesta Escuela Vieja, Soneros la Caliza and other special guests. It will also feature a series of short presentations by Bloomington community members who have recently visited the affected areas.
‘De Pueblo a Pueblo ~ From People to People,’ is a volunteer-based initiative of concerned citizens from Bloomington, Indiana, many of whom have personal and/or professional roots in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. This effort counts with the support of the City of Bloomington, local community leaders and organizations, Indiana University faculty, students and staff, as well as the collaboration of the Centro Comunal Latino, the Center for Sustainable Living and the Narra Foundation.
Want to help? Please consider making a donation. Thank you!
As all of you are aware, neighbors in our hemisphere have suffered tremendous loss in recent weeks. Mexico’s earthquakes hit very hard the southern states, Mexico City and Morelia. In addition, two hurricanes, Irma and María, devastated many Caribbean nations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. As members of the Indiana University community, we are reaching out to our colleagues, students, staff, and friends in an effort to provide support to our many sister communities, where many of us who are part of IU have our roots as well as many family members and friends.
Hoping to contribute to the relief efforts, we have identified organizations that are assisting communities affected by these catastrophic events. Most of these organizations have been vetted by independent agencies and have an established track record of working with local communities in need. Following is a list of organizations/agencies that are providing relief to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The websites provide information about the mission of these organizations and instructions about how to make donations online.
Mexico Earthquake Relief:
International Community Foundation:
National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago for Mexico and Puerto Rico Relief Fund:
Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief:
Hurricane María Community Recovery Fund: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/cb4a3c78-5694-4324-bead-42c8ad94c1bf
Episcopal Relief Fund:
Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico:
U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean:
Your contribution is greatly appreciated. These communities will survive and thrive, but need our support.
Thank you. Gracias.
In solidarity/En solidaridad,
Raquel Anderson – Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Arlene J. Díaz – Associate Professor, Department of History
Luis A. González – Associate Librarian, IU Libraries
Juan Manuel Soto-Arriví – Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Dear People of Good Will,
A new group called Immigration Witnesses is working on a plan to help support immigrants at risk for deportation at this time of acute anti-immigrant rhetoric & action at the federal level which reaches into each state, county, and town. We are inviting local community members to become involved.
There are three ways community members can help:
1. Accompaniment of a person or family
This means that the accompanier will be given the names of 5 immigrant people, and the 5 immigrant people will receive the accompanier’s phone number. The immigrant will call when afraid of being detained and if and when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrive for that purpose. Accompaniers will be trained by lawyers about what they can do and say when they are with the immigrant and ICE.
2. Holding important documents
This means that the support person will keep copies of Power of Attorney and Guardianship papers so that if the immigrant is detained, the papers can be taken to the person who has the POA and/or Guardian.
3. Documenting and communicating with the media
Individuals who are doing accompaniment will be making videos of interactions on the street or when ICE comes. The people who take on this role will be witnesses about what has happened. They will be asked to write letters to the editor and/or post the videos online.
Contact “El Centro” or “City of Bloomington Latino Outreach”
District 10 Pro Bono Project provides free legal services in Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, and Putnam, Indiana. We do so with a number of innovative programs matching volunteer attorneys with clients who need help with shelter, income, safety, or access to justice.
The District 10 Pro Bono Project provides legal services to indigent people who otherwise would not be able to obtain justice. We do so by recruiting, training and recognizing attorneys from the private bar, and helping these attorneys fulfill their pro bono obligations. We support lawyers in their natural role as problem solvers, so that lawyers can help lower income people create permanent solutions to issues involving shelter, income, safety, civil liberties, access to justice, and other necessities of life. Our volunteers include judges, lawyers, professors, law students and other community members, all of whom work together to create better justice in our legal system and better lives for the people in our community.
The Center for Global Engagement hosted another Coffee Hour. This time it is an effort to inform and enlighten the Sycamore population of the Latin and Hispanic cultures.
Polina Kaniuka, graduate assistant at ISU, explained the importance of the coffee hours.
High school and college students from across the state will gather at DePauw University this Saturday, March 4th, for the 18th annual Indiana Latino/a/x Leadership Conference (ILLC). Presented in partnership with Indiana University – Bloomington, ILLC is a traveling, regional conference, typically hosted by IU campuses. This is the first time that DePauw has hosted the event.
Asista a uno de los siguientes talleres para informarse sobre lo que debe hacer para protegerse a sí mismo y a la familia si La Migra viene a su casa o su trabajo, o si lo paran en la calle o en un lugar público.
Con esta información usted va a tener un mejor entendimiento de sus derechos y los documentos que debe tener o llevar consigo. Después de la presentación sobre sus derechos usted tendrá acceso a asesoramiento legal para ayudarle a preparar los documentos que pueda necesitar en el peor de los casos. Además de eso, habrá profesionales de la salud mental para ofrecerle apoyo en estos momentos difíciles.
Todos los talleres se realizarán de 6:00 a 9:00 de la tarde en el Auditorio de la Biblioteca Pública (Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington).
• El lunes, 27 de febrero (en español)
• El martes, 7 de marzo (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)
• El lunes, 20 de marzo (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)
• El lunes, 3 de abril (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)
• El lunes, 17 de abril (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)
Para solicitar un intérprete, llame al (812) 855-1740.
Para las últimas noticias, vaya al: https://www.facebook.com/
Do you know your rights if you are questioned or arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? What do you need to plan in case you are arrested?
Join us for one of the following workshops to learn how to protect yourself and your family if ICE comes to your home, work, or stops you on the street/public place. You will be able to have a better understanding of your rights, what documents you should have or carry with you, and develop a safety plan that includes the care of your family. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to
meet with legal counsel to prepare the documents you should have for a worst case scenario as well as speak with mental health counselors.
All sessions are from 6-9pm in the Auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington)
• Monday, February 27 (Spanish)
• Tuesday, March 7 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, March 20 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 3 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 17 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
To request an interpreter, call (812) 855-1740
For updates see: https://www.facebook.com/
February 24th, 12 PM @La Casa Latino Cultural Center
As part of SustainIU Week 2017, we’re holding a benefit film screening for the UndocuHoosier Alliance on Friday, Feb. 24 at 12pm at La Casa Latino Cultural Center. Please join us for the film “Soil, Struggle, & Justice,” which is about the Brazilian Landless Movement and a cooperative that struggled for land access and then transitioned to agroecology. Food will be provided, and the suggested donation to help the UndocuHoosier Alliance raise funds for an undocumented student scholarship is $5. Please join us and support our undocumented community! You can RSVP on our Facebook page by following this link.
Thank you to our co-sponsors: The UndocuHoosier Alliance, the Student Sustainability Council, La Casa, the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies.
WIUX Pure Student Radio and the CLACS Graduate Student Association have collaborated to bring Radio Sur, a Latin American and Caribbean music, culture, and news hour to Bloomington airwaves. Tune in to 99.1 FM every Tuesday from 5-6 pm to listen to a mixture of mainstream and underground Latin-Caribbean music as well as the latest news related to the region.
Follow Radio Sur on Twitter at @WIUXRadioSur. The producers of the show would like to encourage you to make suggestions and let them know what you thought of the show, or inquire about a possible collaborations (write them at WIUXRadioSur@gmail.com.
La Escuelita para Todos (https://www.facebook.com/escuelitaparatodos/)
LA ESCUELITA PARA TODOS IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH STRONG SPANISH SPEAKING AND
WRITING SKILLS TO WORK AS TEACHERS/TUTORS WITH OUR LATINO CHILDREN.
LA ESCUELITA PARA TODOS IS A LITERACY PROGRAM FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS OF SPANISH TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP SPANISH LITERACY.
THE PROGRAM TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAYS, FROM
10:30 AM TO 12:30 PM AT MCPL AND FOLLOWS THE IU
Call out meeting (informational meeting):
When: Friday Dec. 9, 5:15-6:00 PM
Where: Room 214 Monroe County Public Library
Contact: Raquel Anderson
Come to our meeting to learn more!
Do you enjoy helping others? How about working with numbers? Here’s your chance to do both at the same time!
For the upcoming 2017 season, the Free Community Tax Service is seeking volunteers to serve as tax preparers. Tax preparers complete tax returns for taxpayers (tax returns are simple 1040 or 1040-EZ), answer taxpayers’ questions, and maintain confidentiality. The Free Community Tax Service gives low-and moderate-income taxpayers access to free tax information and assistance in the electronic filing of their federal and Indiana tax returns. Bilingual individuals are also needed to volunteer as tax preparers. CE Credits are available to qualifying professionals. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and serve a community need!
For more information about the Free Community Tax Service visit http://www.monroeunitedway.org/freetaxesvolunteer
Thank you for helping get the word out!
Community Initiatives Director
United Way of Monroe County
The Latino Film Festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, that began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. The four-day event kicks off Sept. 22 at the Cinema Center, 437 East Berry, with an invite-only opening night. Award-winning Mexican filmmaker Alan Jonsson will present his film “La Carga (The Load)” about a Tameme Indian man, a noble Spanish woman and their escape through the forests of the New World in search of freedom in the 16th century.
We are all immigrants in our own way, and we have that in common, said Rafi Khalid II, the director of a Safe and Civil City. That commonality, “Why We are All Immigrants”, is the theme for Fiesta del Otono this year.
The eleventh annual Fiesta del Otono will be Saturday at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market at 401 N. Morton St.
Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the 10th Annual Event Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Local Latino artists and community members from many different Latin American and Caribbean countries will showcase their traditions and talents through food, dance, music, activities for the kids, and more. Bring the whole family!
For more information, contact the Latino Programs Office at (812) 349-3860 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Health Projects Coordinator
Term of Employment: August 2013- June 2014 Contract Year
Part Time: 25 hours/week maximum
Hourly wage: $15
The primary objective of the Health Projects Coordinator is to create a bridge between providers of health, social and community services and underserved and often hard-to-reach Latino population within the community. The CCL Health Projects Coordinator provides outreach, education, referrals and follow-up services to those who are at highest risk for poor health outcomes, particularly those at risk of chronic disease conditions that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, tobacco use and HIV/STD/HEP.
Learn about Latin American poetry and make your own cardboard book from recycled materials. The workshop will include reading poems from Latin American authors, creative writing, cover design, illustration, and book binding. Workshop led by poet and editor Giancarlo Huapaya and coordinated by Cristian Medina.
[more]Taller de poesía y edición artesanal de libros cartoneros. Comprensión lectora (se leerán a poetas latinoamericanos y estadounidenses), escritura creativa, diseño de tapas, técnicas de stencil, collage, compaginado, encuadernado y encolado; forman parte del proceso de este divertido y educativo taller. Recicla y edita. Realizado por el poeta, editor y gestor cultural: Giancarlo Huapaya. Coordinador: Cristian Medina
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Bloomington faculty members, staff and students will be recognized Friday, April 26, for outstanding service to the university’s Latino community.
The Latino Faculty and Staff Council Latino Awards will be presented in a ceremony at 6 p.m. at Oliver Winery, 8024 N. Ind. 37, Bloomington. The awards recognize individuals or groups that have participated in service and mentoring, promoted diversity initiatives and developed awareness in the areas of culture, arts, health, economy, language or education. [More]