Archive for August, 2015

Female Body Found Behind Building In The Northwest Side Of Milwaukee

Police investigating a suspicious death in the Northwest side of the City.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

August 31, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, the body of Emily J. Hastings, 30, was found behind a home at the 5900 block N.36th Street around 6:15 a.m. “…an autopsy will be performed by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause of death,” Milwaukee Police Sergeant Timothy Gauerke from the Chief of Police Office reported.


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Miniature César E. Chávez Replica Bronze Statue Showcased At CicloviaMKE On Chávez Drive

A miniature replica bronze statue of the actual 6 foot César E. Chávez lifesize statue was showcased at the 1st Annual CicloviaMKE on Saturday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 30, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, hundreds of people attended the 1st Annual CicloviaMKE event along S. César E. Chávez Drive, despite damp and wet drizzle conditions. Vendors and businesses along the S. Chávez BID #38 Business District participated and a miniature replica bronze statue of the actual César E. Chávez 6 foot bronze statue to be unveiled in October was showcased at the BID #38 and Clarke Square booth during the outdoor event.
Julio Maldonado, the executive director for the Chávez Drive BID #38 confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Saturday, that the César E. Chávez life size bronze statue measuring 6 feet in height will be unveiled in October at the El Rey Super Mercado in the 900 block of S. César E. Chávez Drive. Ian B. Bautista, the executive director of Clarke Square said, the lifesize statue of Chávez at El Rey will not have a mount, but will be flush with the ground to depict César E. Chávez as actually walking on level ground.
A fundraiser in March raised $5,150 and 125 people attended the event. BID #38 has raised nearly $40K for the cost of the $40K statue, according to Maldonado. The City of Milwaukee, Zilber Family Foundation and El Rey Foods have pledged $10K each, according to an itinerary flyer provided at the March fundraising event that took place at the Mangos Tropical Bar and Grill on Chávez Drive.
People who contribute $500 or more to the statue in donations will receive a Chávez replica miniature bronze statue while supplies last, the Chávez BID #38 reported.
Milwaukee will become the 8th location in the U.S. to unveil a Chávez lifesize bronze statue in the country.

Other Chávez lifesize bronze statue locations are:

● University of Texas – Austin

● Phoenix, Arizona

● San Fernando, California

● Sacramento, California

● California State University – Fresno

● Riverside, California

● California State University – San Marcos

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Milwaukee Paralegal With Southside Durrani Law Firm Killed By Suspect

Police are investigating a Milwaukee Southside homicide where a body was found at a rear parking lot of a four unit apartment building.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

August 29, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, around 11:30 a.m. police were called to the 1200 block of S. 24th Street after several gun shots were heard. When police arrived to investigate, they found the body of a woman in the rear parking lot of a four unit apartment building. The woman was identified by police as Carmen G. Rivera-Colón, 42, apparently is a paralegal with the Durrani Law Firm and had moved to Milwaukee from Madison about two months ago and was going through a divorce, according to neighbors.
Cynthia Rich, a neighbor told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that a surveillance camera was placed at a light pole near the parking lot where Rivera-Colón was gunned down, but the camera was removed by the City. Police are reviewing other surveillance cameras in the area.
The investigation is ongoing and suspects sought.

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47-year-old Texas Harris County Sheriff Deputy Gunned Down Execution Style

Authorities searching for a male suspect who walked up to a Harris County Sheriff Deputy and killed him in cold blood at a Chevron gas station in Houston.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 29, 2015

Houston, Texas – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported that 10 year veteran in the department Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was fatally shot execution style at a Chevron gas station located at Telge Road and West Road on Friday night by a lone suspect. Video surveillance from the gas station shows a dark completed male walk up to Deputy Goforth from behind and shot him multiple times. Goforth had just finished filling up his squad with gas and didn’t notice the suspect walking up on him.
The suspect is believe to be between the age of 20 to 25 and fled the scene in a red fleet side extended cab Ford ranger.
The homicide investigation is ongoing. Deputy Goforth was married and has two children.

Update: On Saturday, Shanon J. Miles, 30, was taken into custody for the murder of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth. Miles was arrested at his mother’s house, she turned him in to authorities.

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New UCC Acosta Middle School Named After Dora And Israel “Shorty” Acosta

Dora and Israel “Shorty” Acosta were honored on Friday by the United Community Center by naming the new middle school as the UCC Acosta Middle School.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

August 29, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, Ricardo Diaz, the executive director for the United Community Center (UCC) located in the Southside of Milwaukee announced that a new charter school has been named the UCC Acosta Middle School in honor of Dora and Israel “Shorty” Acosta who have a combined 75-years of working at the UCC. The school will open in the Fall of 2016. Israel is well known in the Hispanic community as former U.S. Olympic boxer in 1984 when he lost in a decision of 3-2 to Gold Medalist Paul Gonzalez in the Los Angeles boxoff finals when he was 31 years of age.
He later became an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
Acosta has worked for the Milwaukee Housing Authority for the last 42 years, is a current boxing coach at the UCC and trained for more than three decades. Twenty-five years ago, Acosta married Dora who was the Dean of Students at the Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School, but has since retired. They have on child named Israel.
Acosta at the age of 16 arrived from Puerto Rico in 1971 and attended South Division High School. Acosta only spoke Spanish and H. Nelson Goodson, who at the time was a Junior bilingual student mentor at South was assigned to be Acosta’s tutor while attending South.
Dora and Israel Acosta while working at UCC, they have made great contributions. They have proudly served as role models for students at the charter schools and teenagers that train at the UCC boxing center.
About 97 percent of students at the UCC charter schools are Hispanic and at least 80 percent come from low-income families, according to the UCC website.
Congrats to Dora and Israel “Shorty” Acosta!

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Milwaukee Teens Fled After Crashing Stolen Vehicle At S. 6th And W. Hayes Ave.

Stolen vehicle totaled after crash at Milwaukee’s Southside.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hipanic News Network U.S.A.

August 28, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, police were called to the 2400 block of S. 6th Street just after 9:00 p.m. after a reported 1993 Honda Accord had crashed into pole. According to a 54-year-old witness, he told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that he was driving northbound of S. 6th Street and noticed the Honda Accord driving erratic while driving westbound and almost crashed into him. The driver of the stolen vehicle lost control and crashed into a pole on the eastside of the street on S. 6th.
The witnessed said, that he saw four to five Afro-American teens get out of the vehicle and fled the scene. A 21-year-old woman who reported the vehicle stolen, says that she noticed it missing around 5:10 p.m. and reported it stolen to police. The vehicle was stolen from near S. Greeley St. and E. Clarence St.
She had just bought the vehicle and was about to get insurance after recently registering the vehicle with the DMV. The vehicle was totaled, according to the woman.
The 54-year-old man says, the teens were also involved in an accident near the 1300 of W. Harrison St. before crashing on S. 6th Street.
No one was reported injured.
In an unrelated incident, a car jacking was reported on Thursday near the 2500 block of W. Lapham Street making it the third one for August.

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Milwaukee’s Hispanic Community Commemorates 45th Anniversary Of Equal Access To Higher Education

This year marks the 45th Anniversary that the Hispanic community struggled to gain equal access to higher education by staging protests after taking over Chapman Hall in 1970.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 27, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, the Milwaukee Hispanic community once again will commemorate its 45th Anniversary for the struggle to provide equal access to higher education for generations of Hispanic students in the State of Wisconsin. On August 27, 1970, the Hispanic community took over Chapman Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) after a discriminatory policy was in place to keep Hispanics from enrolling at UWM. In the Fall semester of 1970, there were only 14 Hispanic students enrolled at UWM, most of them from South and Central America compared to 25,000 students attending classes.
For the Hispanic community, “In Milwaukee many barriers existed blocking their paths to higher education. Their language and cultural distinctness were frowned upon, and they had limited access to information about educational opportunities and few professional role models. Discriminatory treatment was the norm.” (Cited from Myriad Magazine UWM 1990)At least 500 people took it upon themselves to stand up and challenge the UWM discriminatory policy that prevented Hispanics and other minorities from enrolling at the urban university.
Four men, Jesus Salas, Gregorio J. “Goyo” Rivera, Dante Navarro and Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez and one woman, Marla O. Anderson were taken into custody for protesting the discriminatory policy that kept Latinos from enrolling at UWM and for refusing to leave UWM Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche’s office on that August afternoon. The UWM protest began with about 150 people and within days, it grew to more than 500 people.
Klotsche refused to meet with the protesters, but after three days of hunger strikes by the protest organizers, the stalemate broke and Klotsche finally met with them.
By September 1970, UWM along with members of the Hispanic community created the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI) to offer academic counseling, recruit and retain potential students. The SSOI would especially serve nearly 30,000 Latinos living in the Milwaukee area.
Believe it or not, the 1970 takeover of UWM quietly faded away in the memories of those who participated and went on with their lives. After 31 years, it resurfaced again when the first comprehensive article by H. Nelson Goodson detailing the accounts was written and published in 2001.
In 1996, the SSOI was renamed the Roberto Hernandez Center. Hernandez was one of the instrumental leaders of the UWM protests in 1970.

For full historical article: Revisiting The 1970 Hispanic Takeover At UW-Milwaukee Demanding Equal Access To Education

Video link depicting the history, including news clips of the UWM takeover, SSOI, Roberto Hernández Center at UWM and events leading to higher education for countless of Hispanics in Wisconsin:

Two page article of the UW-Milwaukee 1970 Takeover of Chapman Hall by the Hispanic community seeking higher education for Latinos at following link (PDF):

In loving Memory and Special Tribute our dearly departed leaders and community founders/activists

• Juan V. Alvarez
• Marla O. Anderson
• Manuel Ayala
• Miguel Berry
• Danny Campos
• Raul Cano
• Camila Casarez
• Alfonso Flores
• Raul Flores
• Enriqueta Gonzalez
• Gloria Gonzalez
• Irma Guerra
• Loyd J. Guzior
• Roberto Hernández
• Pantaleon Hill
• Manuela Hill
• Mary Lou Massignani
• Mary Ann McNulty
• Genevieve Medina
• Julia Mendoza
• Dante Navarro
• Maria Ortega
• Juanita Renteria
• Francisco “Panchillo” Rodriguez
• T. Carlos “Charlie” Salas
• Dorothy Torres
• Luis Torres

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