The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, was killed in action Sept. 5, 2019, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
Ortiz was assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Like thousands of other restaurants across America, Lynn’s kitchen is staffed mainly with unauthorized Latino workers. She agreed to openly discuss this employment conundrum if NPR agreed not to give her last name, identify her restaurant, name the city, or even specify the type of cuisine. Like a lot of employers these days, she doesn’t want to attract the attention of federal immigration agents.
When asked how many eating establishments have undocumented workers in the kitchen in her Midwestern city, Lynn states flatly: “A hundred percent. You cannot hire American here.”
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will host a Facebook live discussion Monday to talk about solutions to make the farmers’ market a “safe, welcoming, inclusive and enjoyable experience for all.”
The city suspended the market for two weeks starting Aug. 3 after growing controversy over the presence of Schooner Creek Farm, whose owner has alleged white supremacist ties. Dye has turned down or not responded to our requests for interviews.
Indiana University Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel sent an email to the campus community Tuesday saying groundskeepers found five flyers purporting to be from the Ku Klux Klan. The email says they were identical to “neighborhood watch” flyers residents found throughout Bloomington Monday.
The violence in El Paso is not about immigration policy. It is about promoting the hate, fear and division sown by President Trump. In the past three years, Mr. Trump has systematically sought to paint a hateful portrait of Hispanics. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Mr. Trump said when he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” In 2016, he accused an Indiana-born judge presiding over cases against Trump University of being biased because of his Mexican heritage.
“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.
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:
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!
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.
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.