The Latino Film Festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, that began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. The four-day event kicks off Sept. 22 at the Cinema Center, 437 East Berry, with an invite-only opening night. Award-winning Mexican filmmaker Alan Jonsson will present his film “La Carga (The Load)” about a Tameme Indian man, a noble Spanish woman and their escape through the forests of the New World in search of freedom in the 16th century.
We are all immigrants in our own way, and we have that in common, said Rafi Khalid II, the director of a Safe and Civil City. That commonality, “Why We are All Immigrants”, is the theme for Fiesta del Otono this year.
The eleventh annual Fiesta del Otono will be Saturday at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market at 401 N. Morton St.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, honors the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. The month falls within the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua and in celebration of Mexico and Chile’s independence day.
MEXICO CITY — With Indiana in the midst of a substantial increase in its Latino population — which is having a major effect on the growth of the state’s economic enterprise — Indiana University is strengthening its engagement with one of Latin America’s largest, most dynamic and most culturally vibrant countries.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University enrollment remains strong this fall, with the university continuing to attract diverse students and setting records for credit hours and the number of Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American, minority and international students.
In past years, local Hispanic and Latino artists have shared their heritages through food, music and other entertainment for kids. BPD said it plans to be at the fiesta to reach out and communicate better with the large Hispanic community present in Bloomington.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Groups across the country Wednesday pushed for immigration reform. The movement is called The Right to Reform campaign, organized by the group, the New American Economy. The group released the findings of a new study Wednesday, which argue immigrants play a huge role in Indiana’s economy.
For 200 years, throughout the state’s entire history, no female, black or Latino leader has represented Indiana in the governor’s office or the U.S. Senate. And that history will not change this year — Democrats and Republicans have again nominated only white males for the state’s two most powerful, high-profile offices.
In fact, over the course of the past two centuries, only one woman (Democrat Jill Long Thompson for Senate in 1986 and governor in 2008) has even been nominated by the major parties for either office. Only one African-American (Republican Marvin Scott in 2004) has won a major party nomination for the U.S. Senate.
ELKHART — The organizers of a 28-member torch relay team formed as part of Indiana’s bicentennial celebrations are open to adding Latinos and African-Americans to make it more demographically diverse.
Diana Lawson, executive director of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Monday that she contacted Mark Newman, head of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, about the make-up of the body after some in Elkhart County questioned the absence of minorities.
Federal authorities have arrested 331 people in six Midwest states, including Illinois and Indiana, as part of a sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s minorities do not enjoy proportional representation in the Legislature or the state’s congressional delegation, according to data compiled by the Associated Press.
For example, Latinos make up almost 7 percent of the state’s population, but less than 1 percent of the Legislature. The state’s nine-member congressional delegation includes one African-American, but no Latinos.
INDIANAPOLIS — A one-of-a-kind research-based summer camp that helps Marion County Latino youth, who as a group have alarmingly high rates of depression, begins its third year June 20. Camp organizers are seeking donations through the IU Foundation to operate the camp and provide additional services.
The one-week camp is called “Your Life. Your Story.” It was created in 2014 by the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in collaboration with the Latino Health Organization, with support from the Minority Health Coalition.
Many are speaking up about what clubs like Pulse, the site of the shooting, mean for queer and Latino communities. Others warn against the temptation to blame Islam for the violence, pointing out that there are many Latino Muslims. (The Pew Research Center estimates that Latinos make up four percent of the 3.3 millionMuslims in America.)
Gov. Mike Pence and other top Indiana Republicans joined a chorus of national GOP figures Tuesday in condemning Donald Trump’s ethnicity-based attacks on an Indiana-born judge.
The responses came a day after Indiana Democrats criticized the state’s GOP leaders for their silence on the issue, even as other prominent Republicans outside the state slammed Trump for what U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
California looks a lot like Indiana — another open primary state with few black voters — and it expects Clinton to lose California by 3 or 4 percentage points, similar to her margin of defeat in the Hoosier State.
These differences are even more profound in other states. Depending on which model you use, Clinton is either an underdog in New Mexico, which has few black voters but lots of Hispanics and Native Americans, or a 50-point favorite.
However, Curiel “is an American who was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law,” according to Reuters.
“Minority majority school system.”
That is the phrase recently coined by Goshen Community Schools to describe the district.
Latinos make up 51.5 percent of the district’s student body and 47.6 percent ofGoshen High School students. Goshen Community Schools now has the seventh-largest number of Latino students in the state of Indiana, at 3,419, and the highest percentage of Latino students of any Indiana district.
“I can guarantee 99 percent of them get up and go to work every day because this neighborhood clears out at six in the morning,” Hardy said.
The growth in the Latino population over the past 25 years or so has changed many neighborhoods in Elkhart and Goshen. In the swath of south Elkhart where Hardy lives, an area south of Wolf Avenue between Oakland Avenue and Prairie Street, the surge has been particularly pronounced. From just 110 Latinos in 1990, 1.6 percent of the population, the Hispanic count in the area grew to an estimated 3,036 as of 2014, or 34 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. That’s higher than the city’s overall Hispanic concentration of 24 percent.
I am told high school kids don’t care much about politics and as a high school history and government teacher I generally must agree. However it has been a difficult stereotype to adhere to recently. With Donald Trump decisively clinching victory in my home state of Indiana I have been asked the same questions, and heard the same concerns again and again. To be clear, I teach at a school with one of the highest populations of Hispanic students in the state of Indiana. I think you can see where this is going.
Donald Trump has energized millions of Republican voters this primary season with his tough talk of building a wall along the Mexico border and deporting people who entered the country illegally.
But, that same language could have an unintentional side effect in a general election and energize legal immigrants to become citizens before November so they can vote against Trump.
Of the 563 students in grade K-5 who attend Mary Adams, about 82 percent are white, 5 percent are Hispanic and 3 percent are black. About 12 percent of students were in special education and 4 percent were English language learners. The state averages in 2014-15 were 15 percent and 5 percent.
Bethel College has launched a business degree it says is the first of its kind in the nation. The Spanish-assisted program mirrors the Mishawaka school’s existing business curriculum and will also boost English speaking and writing skills. Vice President for Adult & Graduate Studies Toni Steffensen Pauls says the program is “taught by people who speak their language, who have made the transition successfully into the professional community.” The pilot group consists of up to 10 students in Elkhart County and Steffensen Pauls hopes it will grow to 100 within a year.