Fiesta del Otoño (Fall Cultural Festival) 2015

Fiesta2015Please 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 latinoprograms@bloomington.in.gov

3 Things You Should Know About Birthright Citizenship

Every few years, the common law concept of jus soli — or birthright citizenship — comes back into the news.

This time, it was thrust onto the stage by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who just unveiled an immigration plan. One of his proposals is to stop automatically giving citizenship to most people born on U.S. soil. Rival GOP candidate Scott Walker issued a similar call.

The concept of jus soli has a storied history in the United States that dates to the late 1800s.

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Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant

Most anti-immigration arguments I hear are variations on the Lump of Labor Fallacy. That immigrant has a job. If he didn’t have that job, somebody else, somebody born here, would have it. This argument is wrong, or at least wildly oversimplified. But it feels so correct, so logical. And it’s not just people like my grandfather making that argument. Our government policy is rooted in it.

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NCAA March Madness 2015: 5 Must-See Latino Players to Watch in Tournament

Kentucky Forward Karl Anthony Towns

As the United States of America has shown a larger Latino population than ever before, college basketball has joined the mix. This year’s tournament has numerous Latinos thriving on the court, just waiting to make their mark in the National Basketball Association one day.

Here are five Latinos to keep an eye on in this year’s NCAA Tournament hoops competition:

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Once-retired ambulance heading to Honduras

BEDFORD — The wonders of modern medicine and quick response times during emergencies are a given in developed countries.

But in a country such as Honduras, obstacles are many for people needing medical care.

Capstone Ministries of Mitchell knows well the plight of the Honduran people. Later this month, Allen Burris, Capstone board president, will deliver an ambulance to a hospital in the village of Ojojona, which is a 45-minute trip from the capital of Honduras.

“People are often transported in the backs of pickups when they need to get to the hospital, so this is a tremendous blessing,” said Burris.

The gift of the ambulance was made possible by St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, which donated the out-of-service ambulance to Capstone.

“We talk about our service to the poor, and this is it in action,” said Matt Balla, chief executive officer of St. Vincent Dunn.

On Friday, Balla made the donation to Capstone official, presenting the keys and title to Burris and Capstone board member Warren Crawford.

Crawford visited Honduras on a mission trip in 2010 and knew of the need. He said he noticed the ambulance parked on Mitchell Road and when he found out it was no longer in use by the hospital, Capstone approached St. Vincent Dunn about donating it.

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City to prepare for insurance changes

On any given day, 561,000 Hoosiers are without health insurance, according to the Family and Social Services Administration’s website.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that all Americans have health insurance. Those who do not purchase some form of insurance will be penalized with a fee.

Beginning Oct. 1, enrollment will begin for Indiana’s health insurance marketplace. The marketplace will serve as a vehicle for uninsured individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid to purchase insurance. Coverage under these new plans begins Jan. 1, 2014.

Indiana has opted for a federally operated insurance exchange program. The details of how exactly this program will work are unclear, Bloomington Health Projects Coordinator Nancy Woolery said.
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Face of Indiana changes

INDIANAPOLIS – Like the rest of the nation, Indiana is continuing on a trend toward greater diversity as the numbers of Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities are rising at a faster pace than whites.

New census data released last week also show the trend may accelerate in the years to come as the most racially and ethnically diverse age-group – Hoosiers under 5 – grow up.

The new census numbers are snapshot estimates of the population in July 2012, and come a year after the U.S. Census Bureau reported the nation is undergoing a historic shift: Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanic Americans, the nation’s racial and ethnic minorities are growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.

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Latino models in short supply in Minn., casting agencies say

MINNEAPOLIS — When Paola Cardenas left Colombia for Minnesota nine years ago and began modeling, she thought the Midwest would be a quick stop before she pursued her ambitions in a place like Los Angeles, an international city that is home many Latin American immigrants.

But that changed after she married and gave birth to her son. Minnesota became home.

“Here people are really sweet,” Cardenas said recently during a photo shoot at Quad Photo in Minneapolis. “I think it’s a more relaxed market, it’s not like that high fashion.”

These days, Cardenas is in demand. Although Minnesota has long been home to the headquarters of big companies and the Twin Cities has a flourishing advertising production industry, modeling and casting companies have hit a hurdle. They say it’s very hard to find Hispanic models. That’s causing them to lose business.

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Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment

A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts,1 according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.2

This milestone is the result of a long-term increase in Hispanic college-going that accelerated with the onset of the recession in 2008 (Fry and Lopez, 2012). The rate among white high school graduates, by contrast, has declined slightly since 2008.

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Latino Faculty and Staff Council at IU Bloomington presents awards

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.

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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]

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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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.

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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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 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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