Archive for March, 2012

Woman And Two Children Kidnapped and Murdered For Sacrifice To The Narco Holy Death Idol

Family sect members kidnapped their victims and then sacrificed them to the Narco Holy Death idol.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 31, 2012

Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico – On Tuesday, the Sonora State Police Investigation Agency arrested eight members of a family, including a 15-year-old girl in connection with three murders. Several family members allegedly confessed of killing a woman and two children in multiple separate rituals involving sacrifice to the Santa Muerte (Narco Holy Death idol). The non-catholic saint La Santa Muerte is an idol worshipped by members of organized crime to keep them safe and to prevent police from busting them for illegal activities.
They were able to take investigators to where the victims bodies were buried. The victims were killed with a machete and then stabbed multiple times in the abdomen to drain blood from the bodies.
Mexican authorities identified the suspects as Silvia Meras Moreno, 44, the head of the family sect; Eduardo Sánchez, 37, her husband; Francisca Magdalena Barrón Meras, 21, aka, “Nena”; Georgina Guadalupe Barrón Meras, 20, aka, “Cookies”;  Martín Barrón López, 48, her husband; Ramón Omar Palacios Meras, 28; Zoila Santacruz, his girlfriend and Yajaira, 15.
The victims were killed and their blood offered to the Santa Muerte, according to homicide investigators. The victims were identified as Jesús Octavio Martínez Yañez, 10, aka, “Tete,” who was reported missing on March 6, 2012; Martín Ríos Chaparro, 10, disappeared on July 2010 and Clotilde Pacheco, 55, had been missing since September 2009.

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Chheda Exposes Felon For Working On Alderman Witkowiak’s Re-election Campaign

Facebook political drama escalates as Chair for the Milwaukee County Democratic Party targets felon for working in opponents Aldermanic campaign.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 30, 2012
(Updated)

Milwaukee – On Thursday, Sachin Chheda, Chair of the Milwaukee County Democratic Party faced a backlash in Facebook after he blatantly targeted Natalia Santamaria for being a felon and working as a campaign manager/assistant to re-elect Alderman James “Jim” N. Witkowiak in the 12th Aldermanic District. Santamaria claims, she was convicted for writing checks without the permission of Attorney Armando Arellano who she lived with more than a decade ago. She wrote, that the relationship with Arellano was abusive and that he stalked her and her children for years. Arellano pressed charges for writing checks and she was convicted when she made a plea bargain to move on with her life, according to Santamaria’s statement written in Facebook. Arrellano could not be reached for comment.
Chheda apparently became upset when he was identified as a non-Hispanic managing candidate José Pérez’ campaign for Alderman in the 12th District. The Pérez campaign has been accused of making race an issue because Witkowiak is White and Pérez is of Puerto Rican descent, according to Witkowiak’s supporters.
Santamaria’s past became an issue with Chheda as an attempt to discredit Witkowiak’s campaign for having Latinos working for him. Chheda was criticized for personally attacking Santamaria, by Facebook follower Robert Miranda, a Witkowiak supporter, editor for the Spanish Journal and executive director for Esperanza Unida.
Chheda later apologized to Santamaria for bringing up her past. “I admit when I’m wrong. It was a cheap shot, and I don’t know her, so I apologize,” Chheda wrote responding to Miranda’s criticism on Facebook. Chheda later explained that he had twice apologized to Santamaria, but the conviction had already been made public in Facebook world and gossip connection.
Candidate Pérez has maintained a low profile and has failed to come forward to comment about Chheda’s bashing of Santamaria for her felony record while managing Witkowiak’s campaign indicates that Pérez himself could be actually condoning Chheda’s targeted bashing, according to multiple women who condemn Chheda’s negative attacks.
In a statement released by Alderman Witkowiak on Saturday, he stated, “For everyone that feels that they have a say in the matter, I want to silence you all – Natalia lived through an abusive situation. Like many women find themselves, the system failed her because her abuser was a man in a position of political and economic power. As part of the system that failed her, I feel very satisfied with the person she is and has been while working for me. I knew of this event, and she and I knew that José Pérez’s campaign may throw it out: as a dirty and sleezy tactic to embarrass her. She never backed down, even when she received a call from Juan Carlos Ruiz earlier this week threatening to put this private matter out in the public.
Since then, Juan Carlos has shown his true colors and endorsed José – to be honest with all of you, I would not want his endorsement anyway. This method of campaigning is NOT what I am about, Natalia did not do anything wrong, and eventually took this mistake in the civil process to the Supreme Court – her case was heard earlier this year after defending it on her own for 5 years because no lawyer in Madison or Milwaukee would help her, – because they didn’t “want to make an enemy out of Victor Arellano.” I think she has had remarkable strength and dignity, and that is why I asked her to work for me. This is a private matter, and I request that no one judge her but for the person that she has demonstrated herself to be with each and everyone of you. Thank You,” Witkowiak wrote in Facebook.
The General Election is on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) disciplinary 14 count complaint filed on February 28, 2011 against Victor M. Arellano, Attorney at Law regarding Natalia Santamaria and three other women. The OLR is seeking for the state Supreme Court to revoke Arellano’s law license. Santamaria and three other defendants testified in court and the Arellano’s disciplinary case is at its final stage. The victims are now waiting for a judge decision whether to revoke Arellano’s law practice license, which the decision can come at anytime, according to Santamaria. Complaint (PDF) copy at link: http://goo.gl/hRfSB

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Sufficient Valid Signatures To Recall Wisconsin Governor Walker And Lt. Governor Kleefisch, GAB Confirmed

Recall organizers had more than enough valid signatures to move forward with the Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch recall elections.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 29, 2012

Madison – On Thursday, the state Government Accountabilty Board (GAB) confirmed that more than enough recall valid signatures have been submitted to recall the governor. The GAB will meet on Friday morning to officially certify recall elections for both Republicans, Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Rebecca Kleefisch.
The GAB released the final numbers, recall organizers had turned in 931,053 signatures, which 26,114 were found invalid and 4,001 were duplicates and had been voided leaving a total of 900,938 valid signatures to recall Governor Walker.
The GAB also confirmed that Lt. Governor Kleefisch had a total of 809,000 valid recall signatures from 842,854 submitted, which 29,601 were found invalid and 4,263 were duplicates and were voided.
The GAB needed more than 540,000 valid signatures each for Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch to certify a recall election.
On Friday, potential candidates for Wisconsin Governor and Lt. Governor will begin to circulate and collect the required 2,000 nomination signatures, including 400 signatures for Senate candidates. Candidates have until 5:00 p.m. on April 10 to gather the signatures needed inorder to get on the ballot. Both Governor Walker, Lt. Kleefisch and Republican Senators being recall will automatically be on the ballot, according to the GAB.
The recall elections have been targeted for the Primary Election on May 8. A primary election will be held only for any political party and offices for which more than one candidate qualifies for the ballot, according to the GAB. The General Election is expected for June 5.

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Race Has Become A factor For Aldermen In The 8th And 12th Aldermanic District In Milwaukee

Facebook has become a forum for political expression and has allegedly created a race feud to attempt to oust the current White aldermen in the 8th and 12th Districts.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 29, 2012

Milwaukee – The get out the Latino vote has created a race identity factor for the 12th Aldermanic District in the predominately Hispanic community. The organizers involved for the get out the Latino vote have been accused of crossing the line and making race as a the main issue to get elected instead of experience, economic development or accomplishments in the district.
On Thursday, Juan Carlos Ruiz, who has been campaigning to get out the Latino vote disputed the allegations. He said, that race was not an issue in both districts as some have tried to play on, but to get out the Latino vote. Hispanics need to come out and vote, according to Ruiz. Ruiz confirmed, he is not telling anyone who to vote for, as he leads the get out to vote campaign, but wants people to come out on Tuesday and vote.
Ruiz of Peruvian descent has also taken the lead to get out the Latino vote on his Facebook account and has campaigned during his three day a week Nfoque Latino radio program, which he is one of the radio hosts. Zonia Lopez, a Mexican national is the other co-host at Nfoque.
So far, Ruiz has invited Latino candidates from the 8th and 12th Districts to speak about issues in the program. Ruiz says he has invited Alderman James N. Witkowiak as well to the program. Witkowiak has appeared on Nfoque and is currently running for re-election in the 12th District.
The alleged controversial race issue has raised awareness that an election is taking place and the final results would effect the future leadership and economic well being of both the 8th and 12th Aldermanic Districts. Both Aldermen Robert “Bob” Donovan from the 8th and James “Jim” N. Witkowiak from the 12th District are White.
Would race even matter in this election? Donovan and Witkowiak have proven track records of bringing economic development into the districts, returning calls to residents, assuring city services continue to be provided in their districts, regulating beer or alcohol licensing, fighting crime and have built a working relationship with the 2nd and 6th District Police Station captains.
Challengers and candidates José Pérez from the 12th District and Benjamin Juarez from the 8th District are both Hispanics, viewed as political newcomers and have never held an elected position. Pérez is of Puerto Rican descent and Juarez is Salvadorian, who are well educated and capable of holding public office. Pérez and Juarez do represent a minority population compared to a large Mexican population residing in the 8th and 12th Districts. They and their counter parts are running campaigns to represent everyone in their districts.
Alderman Witkowiak hired a Hispanic to lead his re-election campaign and Pérez hired a non-Hispanic to run his campaign. If race has become a factor in the 12th Aldermanic District, it sure shows it in the management of the campaigns for these candidates. It seems, Witkowiak works better with Latinos and provides an opportunity for a Hispanic to manage his campaign and also has a Latina working as his legislative aid. Pérez seems to have better confidence of hiring a non-Hispanic to run his campaign.
But as usual, Pérez has kept quite about the whole race factor in the aldermanic race.
Should race be a factor?, especially when the 12th Aldermanic District is composed with 67% of Latino population, according to Ruiz.
The most important factor about both Aldermanic districts is that they have become very diverse in population. In the next nine years, if gentrification is not regulated and Hispanic business growth is not allowed to flourish or promoted in the districts, they will become increasingly a White population dominated district. The outcome, a loss of political representation.
For example, Walker’s Point and Third Ward in the 12th District have increasingly become White business dominated, including in population and are independently working separatedly from the predominately south side Hispanic community district.
The Hispanic population is slowly, but steadily spreading and moving south and west from the south side.
Voting-age Hispanics should stand their ground and elect the best candidate that will fight for their interests and the right to co-exist in the rapid economic development growth taking place in the 8th and 12th Aldermanic Districts.
The General Election is on Tuesday, April 3rd.

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Two Separate Wisconsin District Courts of Appeals Upheld Lower Courts Injunctions Of The Voter ID Law

Van Hollen’s appeals to stay several injunctions of the Voter ID law headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 28, 2012

Madison – On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen received a major setback in his appeals to stay a temporary and a permanent injunction of the Voter ID law. Both the Wisconsin District IV and District II Courts of Appeals lack of decision kept the lower courts decision valid to halt implementation of the Voter ID law for the April 3 elections.
The Government Accountability Board, local and county election commissions won’t be required to implement the ID law requiring those electors to present a valid Wisconsin ID to cast a vote.
The District IV and II Courts of Appeals consolidated both Van Hollen’s appeals and sent the cases directly to the state Supreme Court for review. The appeal judges agreed that the cases raise legal issues affecting state government functions and they couldn’t address the issues, automatically upholding the lower courts injunctions of the ID law. The state Supreme Court would have to decide, if it will accept the cases to resolved whether to implement the Voter ID law or uphold the lower courts injunctions for the upcoming elections. At least 4 justices out of 7 are needed to take the cases. 
Van Hollen had filed a petition with District IV Court of Appeals to overturn a permanent ruling by Dane County Judge Robert Niess in a lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters. Van Hollen had argued that the state legislature’s authority wasn’t limited and under Article III, Section 2 of the state Constitution it didn’t violate the Constitution by enacting the Voter ID.
On March 12, Judge Neiss ruled otherwise and said that the state Constitution didn’t give authority for the legislature to create another class of citizens to implement voter restrictions.The League of Women Voters claimed the Wisconsin state Constitution only allowed legislators to prevent felons and mentally incompetent people from voting and did not include another category of citizens. The Voter ID also known as Act 23, illegally created another group to be excluded from voting and Judge Niess agreed.
Van Hollen also had filed a petition with District II Court of Appeals to stay a temporary injunction of the Voter ID by Dane County Judge David Flanagan. The lawsuit was filed the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera. Van Hollen had argued that the Voter ID law did not provide burdens for a citizen to acquire a birth certificate copy and the legislature provided funds ($6 million) for those who couldn’t afford an ID to get one free for the purpose of voting.
On April 16, Judge Flanagan ruled that the Voter ID would keep about 220,000 low income voting-age citizens from voting due to the burdens imposed by the state legislature. Some citizens could not afford $10 to $40 to get a birth certificate copy to apply for a state ID.
The Republican control legislature passed the Voter ID law in May and Governor Scott Walker (R) signed it into law.
The Republicans are accused by Democrats of trying to keep low-income minorities from voting to set the stage for a Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in an efford to oust President Barack H. Obama (D-IL) from office in 2012.

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Tito Rojas And La India To Perform At Wisconsin’s Summerfest 2012 In Milwaukee

Summerfest to present both Tito Rojas and La India on the last day for the festival.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 27, 2012

Milwaukee – Summerfest officials have confirmed that two Salsa legends Tito Rojas and La India will headline and perform live at the Henry Maier Festival Park also known as Summerfest. Rojas and La India are scheduled to appear on July 8th, the last day of the eleven day festival at milwaukee’s lake front music festival.
World Festival Inc., which operates Summerfest will be celebrating its 45 Anniverary this summer. Summerfest is held annually at the 75-acre Henry Maier Park and draws about one million festivalgoers.

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The Racine Fiesta Mexicana 2012 In Wisconsin Canceled By Organizers

Fiesta Mexicana’s 2011 incurred debt led to the cancellation of the summer festival for 2012.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 27, 2012

Racine – On Monday, the Hispanic Business and Professional Association, Inc. (HBPA) Board of Directors decided to cancel this year’s August Racine Fiesta Mexicana 2012 due to lack of funds needed to provide a quality event at the lakefront, Guadalupe “Wally” Rendon, Director of the Racine Fiesta Mexicana announced in the Racine Fiesta Facebook site. “As much as I would have liked to have one again this year, we just do not have the funds to put on a quality event, such as you have enjoyed these past five years,” Rendon wrote.
The Fiesta Mexicana organizers will focus on fundraising this year to pay off their incurred debt. Rendon did not specify how much the fiesta’s debt totaled in Facebook, but the HBPA non-profit organization will have smaller fund raising events throughout the year to generate funds for next year’s Fiesta Mexicana, a popular Mexican-American lakefront festival.
The Racine Fiesta Mexicana committee plans to “regroup than to try to have an event without the necessary funds to do it right…as we re-organize, pay off our debt and prepare for future events for you all to enjoy,” Rendon wrote.
Rendon when contacted on Tuesday said, that Fiesta Mexicana has paid up to $10,000 of incurred debt from the festival since August and they still owe nearly $19,000. Payments will continued to be made to those who we owe and smaller events like a Fajita Festival with entertainment is on the planning stages to generate funds. In the last five years, we’ve been able to pay our incurred costs for the festival. But last year, we encountered a set back when a promoter failed to fulfill his contract and we had to divert more funds into the festival to provide a quality event last year, according to Rendon.
Last year, Fiesta organizers had to invest more funds than they had planned when the music venue focusing on regional Mexican music had to be change at least seven days before the August 12-14, 2011 lakefront festival. Luis Enrique Martínez from L.E.M. Marketing and Productions in Milwaukee had entered into a contract agreement to bring Bobby Pulido and at least 22 Mexican groups in a package deal to Fiesta Mexicana, but Fiesta organizers discovered that Martinez was allegedly trying to scam the organizers.
Organizers decided to cancel Martínez’ contract once it was apparent that Martínez wasn’t providing concrete documents and flight or travel confirmations that the groups were actually appearing in Racine, according to Rendon.
At the last minute, Rendon had to change the program venue and was able to get other groups, including the Puma de Sinaloa. Rendon explained, that Martínez had requested some money upfront from the Board to help pay a deposit for Pulido. The Board refused, since Martínez previously promised he would take care of the contracts with the groups himself. The Fiesta Board tried to get information about Martínez credibility in the music industry, but found no one that could vouch for him. The Fiesta Board “after some discussion and the fact that we had no upfront money, we opted to give him the opportunity to bring that type of entertainment.
We felt that for Martínez to make money, he needed to book entertainers that would bring people in and spend money consuming beverages,” Rendon wrote in a 2011 e-mail to Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
Racine Fiesta Mexicana organizers filed a complaint for alleged fraud against Martínez with the Racine Police Department, Rendon confirmed on Tuesday.

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