Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates with live music at the public library

Dagoberto Eliseo Toledo Bermudez sings in the band Mariachi Zelaya on Oct. 13 at Monroe County Public Library on East Kirkwood Avenue. Mariachi Zelaya performed as part of the library’s Hispanic Heritage Day event. JOY BURTON

Hearing the echoes of live music at a library is unusual. However, it draws a curious crowd.

This Sunday, the Monroe County Public Library celebrated Hispanic Heritage Day with performances by the Mariachi Band Zelaya, El Ballet Folklórico de IU and other dance companies.

The audience consisted of Bloomington families, IU students and library visitors of all ages.

A caricature artist drew sketches of families and couples. Young children were read to in Spanish, and completed crafts inspired by traditional forms of Latin American art.

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IU signs amicus brief sent to Supreme Court in support of DACA

IU expressed its support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in an amicus brief, which urged the Supreme Court stand in support of DACA recipients.

President Donald Trump decided to terminate DACA, a program created during the Obama Administration designed to give work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, in September 2017.

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Trump administration on immigrant suffers three legal defeats in one day

In a third defeat in less than a day for the Trump administration, a federal judge blocked it from vastly extending the authority of immigration officers to deport people without first allowing them to appear before judges.

The decision late Friday came before the policy, which was announced in July, was even enforced. The move would have applied to anyone in the country less than two years.

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Need for Pork Industry to Improve Relations with U.S. Latino Community

Mexico is the largest importer of U.S. pork, and a new report from the National Pork Board (NPB) shows there is an opportunity to capitalize on the U.S. Latino market.

The report called Time to Tango: Latinos are Pork’s Future, is the largest Insight to Action research from the Pork Checkoff. According to Bill Even, CEO of the NPB, Latinos have $1.7 billion in buying power, spending $95 billion each year on consumer-packaged goods, like groceries.

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Bloomington leaders gather for Latinx Awards Ceremony

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs hosted an awards ceremony Monday night. It recognized the achievements of business owners, Monroe County Community School Corporation educators and students and other community advocates.

“This awards ceremony acknowledges the contributions of Latino and non-Latino alike to the community” Josefa Luce, Latino Programs director for the City of Bloomington said.

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A story of perseverance for first-generation students

First-generation college students often don’t know where to turn for help in the world of higher education. That’s magnified when you don’t look like the people surrounding you on campus.

Yoriana Gallegos experienced this firsthand. She was the first in her family to be born in the United States, so her parents couldn’t answer her questions or calm her fears about attending college. She didn’t know who to turn to.

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Activist Dolores Huerta to speak at IU Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will visit Indiana University Bloomington and give a keynote address.

Along with folk hero and labor leader Cesar Chavez, Huerta co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers and was the main negotiator in the employees’ improved contract drafted after a strike in 1975. She is known for her famous saying, “Sí se puede,” translated as “Yes we can!”

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Record Freshman Class, Minority Student Numbers

(BLOOMINGTON) – Indiana University has solid enrollment figures at campuses across the state, serving more Hoosiers than any other university. For its Bicentennial Year, Indiana University is again welcoming its largest freshman class in its history and its largest number of minority students.

For the third consecutive year, IU campuses set records for incoming beginner student populations with 16,162 students, including record classes at IU Bloomington (8,291) and IUPUI (4,295).

IU has set a new record for diversity this year with a total of 22,068 degree-seeking minority students — the third consecutive year that IU’s student body has exceeded 20,000 degree-seeking minority students.

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