Threats Of ICE Raids Impact Indiana Businesses

“I think there’s a lot of fear that’s causing a lot of limitations and a lot of like purchasing power, right, to be kinda squashed, right,” he says. “So it’s having a huge effect on how the community kind of process through their own, like I just mentioned, the change that we’re seeing.”

Though the president has tweeted that he might authorize such raids, no specific timetable or details have been released.

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Popp & Bullman Newsletter

Are you discouraged by the news you read and hear? Do you wonder what you can do to help and make a difference? Here are some suggestions from us of issues you can take action on:

Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act
Please write or call your Representative or Senator and ask them to support the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, which is pending in Congress.
The Uyghurs (and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) are being persecuted by the Chinese government. Over a million people have been detained in concentration camps, and all ethnic minorities are being constantly monitored. Families have been cut off from each other, and the Chinese government is harassing Uyghurs who are in the United States and other countries.
The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 is a bi-partisan bill that will monitor the situation, put diplomatic pressure on China, place sanctions on Chinese officials, and take other measures to help stop the ethnic cleansing of these groups.

Ask your Senator to support S-178 and your Representative to support HR-649 (Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019) to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and calling for an end to the arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.

How to find your Senator and Representative:
https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

More information on the situation in Xinjiang: https://uhrp.org/
More information on the UHRPA: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/649/text

Be sure to thank Indiana Senators and Representatives:
In Indiana, both Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun have co-sponsored the bill. Please write and thank them! Representative Andre Carson of Indianapolis has also co-sponsored the bill. Please thank him!

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Hispanic-owned businesses are finding a home in Indianapolis

Manuel Morales first came to the state as a migrant worker, traveling 1,300 miles from his hometown on the southern Texas border to pick summer crops for the season. After six years of making the hard journey, Manuel decided to stop migrating and plant some roots of his own in 1955 Indianapolis.

At the time, Indiana’s Hispanic population was somewhere between 0 and 1 percent. When Manuel lay dying of cancer several years later, he asked his son, Tomás, to give back to the city’s small Hispanic community. Tomás took his father’s words to heart and formed Morales Group in 2003, now one of the largest Hispanic-owned staffing agencies in the city.

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Indiana Ranks 29th in Nation for Child Well-Being

The percentage of Indiana children living in poverty has decreased to 18 percent from 22 percent in 2010.

Of Indiana’s neighboring states, only Illinois has a lower percentage. However, a third of African-American children and a third of American Indian children lived in poverty — and they’re three times as likely as white kids to live in poverty.

In school, more Hoosier students are facing challenges graduating on time, according to the National Data Book. Sixteen percent of Hoosier high school students did not graduate on time in 2016-17, two percent higher than in 2010-11.

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Is Indiana A Racist State?

The KKK held a rally in Madison, Ind. in 2018. But most of the people who showed up were protestors. (WFIU/WTIU News)

Madison says it’s up to Hoosiers to take a stand and make a change.

“Individual Hoosiers in communities in Indiana have done just enough dumb, stupid, hateful things to spark the question again and again ‘Well is Indiana klan state?’ My answer to that is no, it’s not. But Indiana has flirted down to the 21st century with some of the culture, some of the ideas, some of the beliefs and values that so informed the Klan in the 1920s.”

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Bloomington clinic provides care to immigrant community

Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County

From the beginning of President Trump’s campaign, he has called for increased restrictions on immigration and blamed immigrants for crime and unemployment. As he has moved through his first two years of presidency, rhetoric and national policy continue to be pitted against immigrants — and the clinic is feeling the repercussions.

Shelley Sallee, Volunteers in Medicine assistant director, who began working at the clinic in 2008, said she wasn’t expecting it to be like this.

“I’ve never worked in a place that relied so heavily on the political environment,” she said. “You know, we don’t want to be political, we just want to take care of people.”

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IU-Bloomington School of Nursing to graduate first Latino

IU senior Mark Casanova said he would never forget when he realized the meaning of being a nurse.

He was in nursing school, observing a cesarean section during his junior year.

He saw the doctor remove not one, but two babies from the mother that day, and it opened his eyes to the effect he could have on patients and the world. Casanova said he remembered the mother’s ecstatic face while holding her twin girls.

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Man was killed at Olive Garden because he was Mexican, family says

Jose Munoz, who died in last weekend’s Louisville Olive Garden shooting, was killed because he was from Mexico, family members said Wednesday.

Munoz, 25, had been living with family in Sellersburg, Indiana, for over six years. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico, worked for a concrete company and was supporting a 7-year-old son who lives in Mexico.

“He wasn’t famous. He wasn’t an artist. He wasn’t a singer,” Munoz’s older brother, Efrain, said through a translator. “But he was a very loved person.”

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Growing Marijuana Industry Struggles To Attract Employees Of Color

As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

As Massachusetts developed laws for legal marijuana, officials wrote what they claimed was a first-in-the-nation Social Equity Program explicitly to give members of those communities a leg up.

But this part of the state law isn’t working — next to no black or Latino candidates have applied for licenses in Massachusetts.

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IU Libraries celebrates Mexican

Students explored displays of Mexican art, history and immigration Thursday in Herman B Wells Library during the library’s Exploremos open house.

Exploremos was just one event put on as part of IU Arts and Humanities Council’s Mexico Remixed programming. The third annual remixed festival aims to celebrate the culture and history of a certain country each year through a series of events, activities and speakers, said Ed Comentale, director of the Arts and Humanities Council.

“It celebrates our international students, showcases our resources and knowledge in that area and explores current art and culture from that country,” Comentale said. “When we say remixed, we are referring to people who are actively remaking and rethinking the traditions of their country.”

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