Archive for April, 2013
Multiple students arrested after occupying UW-Madison Chancellor’s office.
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2013
Madison, WI – On Monday, campus and Madison police just after 5:00 p.m. arrested 12 University of Wisconsin-Madison students in Bascon Hall after occupying Chancellor David Ward’s office during a protest rally demanding for the university to break ties with Palermo’s Villa, Inc. Pizza products. The students at the rally were demanding for Interim Chancellor Ward to follow the recommendation made in November by the Labor Licensing Policy Committee (LLPC) to cut ties with Palermo. The LLPC found that Palermo violated the university’s code of conduct and recommended for the university to cut ties with Palermo’s products.
Several striking Palermo’s Pizza employees, religious and student groups spoke at the rally.
Also on Monday, the National Labor Relations Board (LRB) in Washingtion, D.C. upheld the local decision of the LRB decision that Palermo Villa, Inc. did not violate labor laws when the company terminated multiple Hispanic employees suspected of being undocumented and not authorized to work in the U.S. after failing to provide legal status documents to work in the country.
Triple murder suspect arrested by Waukesha police.
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 29, 2013
Waukesha, WI – On Sunday, Jaren M. Kuester, 31, of Waukesha was taken into custody in connection with a triple homicide in Lafayette County on the same day. Kuester was arrested around 3:00 p.m. at the Willow Park apartment complex, 1001 Delafield St. after a brief standoff.
Kuester was taken back to Lafayette County to face murder charges and remains in jail. Homicide charges could be filed by Tuesday.
He is facing three homicide charges for the deaths of Gary L. Thoreson, 70, his wife Cloe A. Thoreson, 66, and brother Dean W. Thoreson, 76, all of South Wayne, Wisconsin. Their bodies were discovered on Sunday. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office sent out an alert of a missing truck from the crime scene. A stolen blue 1998 Ford F-130 truck taken from the murder scene.
Kuester’s abandoned vehicle was found about six miles from where the Toreson’s bodies were discovered in Wiota Township. Kuester did not know the Thoresons, according to Lafayette authorities.
Jaren M. Kuester
Members of the band Reyna de Monterrey take last photo on Friday inside a van while heading to a gig and posted it on their Facebook account.
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 28, 2013
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico – On Saturday, the Mexican federal police confirmed that 11 band members of La Reyna de Monterrey died and four members were reported injured, including the band singer Oliver Palomo Dàvila, 28. He told police that they were returning to Monterrey from an overnight gig at the Lagito Bar in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas when the accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. on Saturday in the municipality of Hidalgo along the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey highway stretch.
Police suspect, the driver of the van transporting the band members became drowsy, deviated from his lane and then struck head-on a TNL Express transport trailer. Most of the band members were ejected from the van and killed on impact, according to the federal police highway division.
The other surviving band members are, Lino Obregón Vázquez, Alejandro Vázquez, 21, and Marx Rogelio Garcia Muñoz, 23.
Alberto López Vázquez, 20, died in a local hospital. The other 10 members of the band died at the scene.
Six of the deceased have been identified as, Miguel Angel Torres Arellano, 19, Antonio Torres Arellano, 22, Rubén Paz Martínez, 28, Luis Antonio Arellano Ortega, 22, Josè Guadalupe Flores Paderes, 21, and Diego Armando Vázquez Vázquez, 20.
The band played Sinaloense style of music and were from Guanajuato, Oaxaca and Querétaro.
El Conquistador writer falsely and inaccurately reported in an article “MC Multiservicios Gana Demanda Contra MG Multiservicios.”
April 26, 2013
Milwaukee, WI (HNNUSA) – On Friday, El Conquistador newspaper published an article “MC Multiservicios Gana Demanda Contra MG Multiservicios” dated April 26, Volume 16, Issue 17, page 6 written in Spanish by Manny Ortiz, one of its newspaper writers. Ortiz falsely and inaccurately wrote that H. Nelson Goodson from Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) worked for El Corre Caminos Newspaper. He also wrote that Goodson in a HNNUSA had written that some alleged victims filed a criminal investigation complaint with the IRS, which is inaccurate.
Ortiz wrote that Goodson in mid November had tried to get him to write an article or “do something” about the matter and issue, that is definitely false.
When contacted on Friday, Victor Huyke, Publisher of El Conquistador said, that he believed what Ortiz had written in historical article without contacting Goodson or Martinez from El Corre Caminos to confirm Goodson’s employment.
Goodson on Friday, sent a retraction request to Huyke of certain false and inaccurate pieces of an article written about Goodson. “Ortiz obviously intended to falsify and inaccurately report about my person without professionally trying to confirm his comments in an article. It seems, Ortiz lacks any professional experience, investigative skills and any ethics when reporting or writing articles,” Goodson said. “I sent Huyke a retraction request concerning the false and inaccurate comments written by Ortiz. Huyke apparently laxed to contact me, confirm and investigate what Ortiz was claiming about me.”
Huyke said, he “would talk to Ortiz” about the article concerning Goodson.
Ortiz also wrote that Mariella Godínez collaborated in the article. When Godínez was contacted, she said that she did some investigative research about the case dealing with scams and provided a comment to Ortiz. Ortiz failed to include and cite her comment in the article, but instead added her name as a collaborator.
Godínez stated, “I have not read the article…I did not write anything, I will have my attorney read the article.” If Godínez is correct, it seems Ortiz and Huyke decided to include her name on the article without Godínez actually reading it and making it seem she had approved the false and inaccurate comments Ortiz made about Goodson.
Ortiz even claimed that Goodson was accused of negligence and defamation when he broke the story about allegations raised by some victims. Goodson attempted to get statements from the owners of the MC Multiservicios business accused by the victims. But the owners would not comment at the time. Ortiz failed to mention, the lawsuit in which Goodson was named got dismissed and no negligence or defamation was ever established against Goodson for just reporting about the allegations made by the victims, an outdoor protest at MC Multiservicios and lawsuits filed. Other media outlets were notified in advance of the protest as well. Goodson said, he was called about the protest a half hour before it took place and he went to report on it, since it was made in public and drew attention from the public at a busy south side street.
Goodson in an exclusive report did write an article that all parties involved in the registered lawsuits were dismissed a month earlier in favor of MC Multiservicios.
Goodson even contacted the attorneys involved in the lawsuits, the law firm representing the alleged 49 victims never responded and the law firm representing MC Multiservicios, including the owner released documents of the outcome of the case, which Goodson had requested.
Goodson said, the owner of MC Multiservicios had even placed a full page paid ad in both El Conquistador and El Mañanero local newspapers claiming Goodson along with a group had intentionally engaged in defamation against MC Multiservicios. The owner of MC Multiservicios later decided to dismiss the case under a settlement agreement with other parties involved, after a statement was signed that allegations raised against MC Multiservicios were false or untrue.
El Conquistador and El Mañanero never contacted Goodson or the parties named in the ad, if the full page ad, which was published claiming Goodson was involved with a group that intentionally engaged in defamation against MC Multiservicios was true. Goodson said, it was clear negligence by both El Conquistador and El Mañanero not to substantiate, confirm the allegations and the accusations made by the owner of MC Multiservicios that I was intentionally involved, which the only act by me was to report what was transpiring between the parties involved in the lawsuits, since they were being made public.
On April 4, the MC Multiservicios attorney even send out a letter to media outlets saying, as a result of a settlement agreement involving the MC Multiservicios lawsuits, some newspapers, radio stations and TV might have been used to report allegations that were later determined false.
Manny Ortiz and Victor Huyke
A memo sent out to 14 Milwaukee County Supervisors by four supervisors is seeking support to oust County Board Chairwoman.
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2013
Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, four Milwaukee County Supervisors sent out a memo to 14 other supervisors asking for support to oust Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, according to county sources. They would like an answer by Monday, April 29, so they could request for Supervisor Dimitrijevic to resign as Chair. If some fail to answer to the memo, Supervisors Deanna Alexander, Mark Borkowski, Steve Taylor and John Weishan will initiate a procedure to oust Dimitrijevic from her position. Mostly, the supervisor coup won’t have enough votes to succeed in the attempt to remove Dimitrijevic as Chair, according to county sources.
No reasoning was provided for an attempt to oust Dimitrijevic as County Board Chairwoman, but it comes a day after the Board voted 15-3 to slash their own salaries by 20%, including staff and Board budget by half of $6.6 million. Also, four year terms will be cut to two year terms after 2016 provided the state legislature approves the resolution passed by the Board.
Villanueva-Garcia, a local Mariachi singer from Milwaukee moves forward in the Estrella TV talent show “Tengo Talento Mucho Talento.”
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2013
Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday, Salvador Villanueva-Garcia, 31, who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin moved forward in the talent competition contest for a grand prize of $100,000 dollars and a contract with Estrella TV to further promote his Mariachi singing career. People voted on his video taped on Tuesday and it made to the final four to be posted. The video was posted on Friday by the Tengo Talento Mucho Talento show on Estrella TV.
Villanueva-Garcia is originally from San José Caídas, Jalisco, Mexico and is well known in the Milwaukee Hispanic community for his Mariachi singing style of music (a form of folk music from Mexico) and presentations at Mexican Fiesta, local outdoor church festivals, UMOS 16 de Septiembre festival and other events.
The Tengo Talento Mucho Talento (TTMT) show can be seen at 8:00/7:00 p.m. Central on Estrella TV or its website at tengotalento.estrellatv.com. The TTMT TV hosts are Don Chelo, Ana Bárbara, Pepe Garza, Sergio Catalán and La Chupitos.
Federal Mexican Senator Sansores San Román alleged the National Migration Institute is useless and its operation in the Southern border of Mexico and Guatemala is to costly to maintain.
By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2013
Mexico City – On Tuesday, Federal Senator Layda Sansores San Román (political party Moviemento Ciudadano) in a compelling speech during the Mexican Federal Senate hearing told other Senators to dissolve the National Migration Institute (INM-Mexico’s Immigration Department) for its inability to provide security, control of the southern border and its lack to protect foreign undocumented immigrants against organized criminal organizations targeting immigrants from Central and South America while crossing into Mexico through the Guatemala border. She called for the removal of Ardelio Vargas Fosado, the INM Commissioner for his failure to protect immigrants and his inability to act against criminal organizations extorting, mutilating immigrants, raping women, robbing and killing foreign immigrants while traveling from Tabasco, Veracruz, Chapias, Baja California to the U.S. border.
Sansores San Román said, a criminal organization affiliated with the Zetas is operating in Tenosique, Tabasco. Recently, four immigrants came forward to expose the criminal activity in the area. One of the witnesses was killed, one was reported shot and two from Honduras were presently getting help from her office.
Four suspects were identified by Sen. Sansores San Román as El Chakira, El 30-30, El Mudo, El Tartamudo and El Fantasma who were arrested for extorting immigrants. They spent 15 days in jail, paid a bond and were freed, according to the senator. The suspects then filed a complaint with the Tabasco Department of Justice against La 72 Refuge immigrant shelter operator, Franciscan Priest Tomás González Castillo and Rubén Figueroa, an immigrant rights activist from the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement organization for defamation of moral character. Both Castillo and Figueroa along with the four victims had filed a complaint with local, state and federal authorities in March about the extortions taking place in Tenosique train route to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.
The five suspects were arrested and they even confessed to authorities about their involvement in the extortion of immigrants. Castillo and Figueroa had their lives threaten by a local criminal group that has vowed to behead them.
They asked for protection, but now police and federal authorities surround the refuge shelter preventing undocumented immigrants from seeking temporary shelter, according to Sen. Sansores San Román. About 80 to 90 immigrants used to seek shelter at La 72 per night. She called for local, federal authorities and the military to be assigned along the border and route of La Bestia to provide security and protection to immigrants.
Immigrants are fequently extorted by criminals and if they don’t pay a $100 to $300 dollars quota to board a freight train called the Beast (La Bestia), they are thrown off the moving train, killing them, mutilating them or causing severe injuries for life.
About 450 immigration and federal police personnel are assigned to the southern Mexican border with Guatemala making it easy for criminal organizations to target immigrants. Sen. Sansores San Román also called for more national security (military) of the southern border and protection for those immigrants traveling through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border.
Senator Angelíca del Rosario Araujo Lara (PRI) told senators, that between January 2007 to July 2012, the INM had helped or provided assistance to more than 1 million immigrants, and the INM station Siglo 21 in the Southern border can hold 900 detainees and had deported at least 70,200 undocumented immigrants. From the 140,000 of undocumented immigrants that travel through Mexico every year, about 9% are females and 21% are children, according to INM statistics.
Senator Zoé Alejandro Roblero Aburto (PRD) also stated, that while traveling with a delegation of senators, he received testimonials of abuses perpetuated on immigrants and more abuses would escalate to catastrophic proportions, if Mexico fails to provide the needed security and human rights protections for immigrants.
Senator Victor Hemosillo y Celada (PAN) stated, that Mexico should stop treating the Mexican nationals deported from the U.S. differently, its continued denial to provide economic aid and assistance to help them relocate and adjust in the country. He also voiced his support to push for immigration reform of the INM and additional national security for the southern border to combat organized crime targeting undocumented immigrants.
In the last six years, about 70,000 undocumented immigrants have disappeared while traveling through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border. Only 80 of those missing have been found alive, according to Figueroa.
Sen. Sansores San Román speech in Spanish at video link: http://bit.ly/15TrHz0
Layda Sansores San Román