Open letter to Bloomington residents/Carta Abierta a los residentes de Bloomington

Open letter to Bloomington residents:

The Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs joins the Attorney General of Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Farm Bureau, and civic leaders statewide in opposing Senate Bill 590 recently introduced by State Senator Delph and others. SB 590 seeks to divert local resources to the aggressive enforcement of federal immigration laws and to institute an English-only policy throughout public service, among other provisions.

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The Bloomington City Council will consider a resolution against SB 590

The Monroe County Council will consider resolution opposing SB 590, the AZ style immigration law. The meeting will be at the Monroe County Court House (in the square) at 5:30 PM on this coming Tuesday March 8th, the public is encouraged to attend and speak before the Council votes on the resolution.

The Bloomington City Council will consider a resolution  against SB 590, the City Council will meet this coming Wednesday March 9th at 8 PM at the Council Chambers in City Hall. Please come and support this resolution against SB 590.

New Class Encourages Newcomers to Become Citizens

Bloomington, IN — The City of Bloomington and Indiana Legal Services, Inc. are partnering to create the Citizenship Preparation Course, a six-week course aimed at preparing newcomers and green card holders for a path toward citizenship. The class will cover the fundamentals of U.S. history, citizen rights and responsibilities, and basic concepts in American democracy. English-language learners are encouraged to register.

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Latino Leadership Conference brings up immigration law concerns

Web/latino_web.jpgStudents from different universities across the state at the Latino Leaders Conference Saturday sat down to talk about their concerns with SB 590, a current immigration bill in the Indiana legislature that would require police officers to enforce federal immigration law, similar to the Arizona law.

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Census 2010 State and County Data

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, today launched a new Census 2010feature on its website. This feature provides state and county population data by Hispanic origin in 2010 and 2000 in the form of downloadable Excel files. Each file contains the total, non-Hispanic and Hispanic populations in each state and counties within that state. Numeric and percent changes in the populations from 2000 to 2010 are also included.


Beginning February 3, 2011, the Census Bureau has issued Census 2010 population counts for the states on a staggered basis. The process is expected to be completed by April 1, 2011. As new state population counts become available, they will be added to the Center’s Census 2010 feature.

Currently, downloadable Excel files are available for the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.


The Census 2010 feature is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website,


The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Filmmaker returns to IU to screen ‘The Other Side of Immigration’

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University alumnus Roy Germano will return to campus next week for a public screening of The Other Side of Immigration, his award-winning film that explores why Mexicans migrate to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

The 55-minute documentary will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday (March 3) at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Germano, a 2001 IU graduate with a degree in political science, shot, directed and edited the film. Through more than 700 interviews with the families left behind by U.S.-bound migrant workers, it illuminates Mexico’s most crippling economic hardships including the effects the North American Free Trade Agreement has on poor farmers, the country’s vicious cycle of poverty spurred by a corrupt government, and the social pressures on Mexicans to seek a better way of life.

“I hope those who see my film walk away feeling more connected to a population that they may have misunderstood or not known very much about,” Germano says, “realizing that most people — Mexican or American, citizen or immigrant — are more similar than we are different, motivated to survive, take care of our families and be recognized for our inherent worth as human beings.”

He adds that The Other Side of Immigration is a “film for everyone” — a highly researched, nonpartisan account of the causes and impacts of undocumented immigration from a perspective rarely covered in the mainstream media, with no “good guys,” “bad guys” or “victims.”

The film, which grew out of Germano’s doctoral dissertation work at the University of Texas, was named a 2011 Notable Video by the American Library Association and has screened at dozens of film festivals, universities and conferences in the U.S. and Europe since 2009.

The IU Bloomington screening is co-sponsored by the Union Board; the departments of Political Science, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Sociology; the Political and Civic Engagement program and the Dean’s Office of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Germano is currently a visiting assistant professor of politics at the New School in New York City and speaks frequently about immigration issues at universities and conferences around the country. For more information about the director and the film, see


Indiana Town: From Racist Past to Primary Present

Both Democratic presidential contenders are in Indiana today. Polls show a tight contest there between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama less than a week before the primary.

In a moment we’ll hear how Barack Obama is managing the controversy over his former pastor. First though, to Indiana where the candidates are even looking for votes in rural Republican strongholds. On Sunday night Bill Clinton visited Martinsville, a town with a long record of electing Republicans and a troubled racial past.

Now, this week our co-host Michele Norris traveled to Martinsville too. She wanted to gauge how voters there view the historic presidential match-up between a woman and an African-American man.