Archive for May, 2016

Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz Garcia, Governor Of Jalisco In Milwaukee

Jalisco exporting avocado crop to U.S. states.

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

May 31, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz Garcia, the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Mexico confirmed that Jalisco is exporting their avocado crop to most U.S. states and will be meeting with Governor Scott Walker (R) to discuss a trade agreement between Jalisco and Wisconsin. Jalisco Governor Díaz Garcia spoke to Mexican nationals from Jalisco and local business owners at the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation (WHSF), which sponsors Mexican Fiesta and assured that he will let Governor Walker know his stand against anti-immigrant legislation. He told those in attendance that working together, “we can defeat anti-immigrant bills.”
Jalisco has gained about 220,000 jobs under Governor Díaz Garcia’s administration compared to two previous administrations, which added 80,000 jobs each.
The State of Jalisco is well known for its state government transparency compared to other states in Mexico, according to Governor Díaz Garcia.
Governor Díaz Garcia also stated that Wisconsin and Mexico have a $6B commerce trade agreement and Jalisco want to be part as well.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with the Executive Office of the President reported the following facts between the U.S. and Mexico Trade agreements. The U.S. goods and services trade with Mexico totaled an estimated $583.6 billion in 2015. Exports were $267.2 billion; imports were $316.4 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Mexico was -$49.2 billion in 2015.
Teresa Mercado, the executive director of Mexican Fiesta added that Fiesta has brought more than $8M of revenue to Milwaukee during their annual three-day festival that promotes education and Mexico’s cultural tradition at the Summerset grounds in Wisconsin. This year’s Mexican Fiesta theme in late August is based on the State of Jalisco.
Several years ago, the WHSF and the National LULAC began to allow for registered DREAMers to apply for scholarships after Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) first reported that DREAMers had been denied scholarships from both non-profit organizations.
Other topics and issues discussed at the gathering with Governor Díaz Garcia were, tourism, education, soccer and discussing the possibility for Wisconsin to accept the Mexico’s Consulate Matricula as a form of ID for Jalisco nationals residing in the state.

Video: Presentación del Gobernador del estado de Jalisco, Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz Garcia en Milwaukee, WI https://youtu.be/fAYVzaW9xl4

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Julián Adem Díaz de León, First Appointed Cónsul To The Consulate Of México In Milwaukee

New Consulate of México in the City of Milwaukee will begin operating in June.

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

May 31, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – The first appointed Cónsul, Julián Adem Díaz de León will head the new Consulate of México in the City of Milwaukee. Cónsul Díaz de León confirmed on Tuesday that the Mexican Consulate will begin operating in June 15 and will have 23 staff members to provide services by appointment to at least 150 Mexican nationals per day. Cónsul Díaz de León is already working at the Mexican Consulate in the city. Limited parking will be available at the Consulate and will be open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee is the first to open in the state and is located at 1443 N. Prospect Ave.
Today, there are approximately 260,000 in population of Mexican origin in the state, which is 75% of the total Hispanic population in Wisconsin. The Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee will serve Mexican nationals from 53 of 72 counties in Wisconsin and 12 of 83 counties from state of Michigan.

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31-year-old Robert Paul Vance Arrested In Florida For Vehicle And Motorcycle Road Rage Incident

A couple in a motorcycle were run over by a vehicle during a road rage incident.

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

May 31, 2016

Lutz, FL – On Monday, a cellphone video was posted on Facebook (FB) by Abe Garcia who was driving along U.S. Highway 41 near County Line Road and the Hillsborough-Pasco County Line when he noticed some bikers yelling at a motorist. Garcia around 5:35 p.m. began to cellphone video record the scene when a driver in the vehicle accelerated and ran over a motorcycle with a couple on it. The biker, Joe Calderazzo, a Navy Veteran with a female rider was the lead of a group of bikers. Both were reported injured, Calderazzo suffered a broken leg injury and the female suffered road rash. Garcia’s FB video went viral in social media.
According to Calderazzo’s family member, the driver in the vehicle was zigzagging through traffic and motorcycles in a lane where the group of bikers were using. The bikers began to yell at the driver what the (explicit) are you doing? Calderazzo told the the vehicle driver to stop and get off the vehicle when the driver accelerated and ran over Calderazzo’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The vehicle driver, Robert Paul Vance, 31, of Land O’ Lakes, Minnesota was later located by a Florida State Patrol (FSP) officer at a nearby fire station trying to change a flat tire. Vance was taken into custody and is facing 3 felony charges for hit-and-run, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and driving without a license/repeat offender in Pasco County. Bond for Vance was set at $40,000.
Vance apparently ran another motorcycle rider of the road earlier, according to the FSP.
Calderazzo’s son posted on Facebook, “I get a call while I’m in my interview, and my dad needs me to pick him up, he just got hit. Then tells me that this guy was zipping through the other bikers and when he got to the red light, my dad and his friends started to talk to him like “the **** you doing?” And he ran over my father (lead biker on the Harley) and ran into a customs and border patrol officer, then went to change his tire at a fire station, and was immediately arrested. But right now I’m waiting for him to get out of the shower so I can take him to the hospital to check out his leg.”

Video of road rage vehicle v. Harley in FL https://youtu.be/rab9EQddEHY

Update: Robert Paul Vance was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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Driver Takes Out Signal Light And Near missed Another Vehicle In Milwaukee’s Southside

None English speaking driver given field sobriety test by Milwaukee police.

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

May 31, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, a male driver lost control just before 11:10 p.m. of his vehicle and struck a signal light at the intersection of S. 35th St. and W. Lincoln Ave. Several people say, the driver seemed like he was speeding and lost control of his vehicle and made a 360 degree circle before coming into a stop on top of a lane dividing curb island.
The driver and passenger of another vehicle going westbound on W. Lincoln Ave. say, that the driver that crashed into the signal light pole missed them by a few seconds. According to the driver of the second vehicle, the other driver was heading northbound on S. 30th St. when he lost control.
Police gave a field sobriety test to the driver who crashed at the scene. A female relative had to be called to translate for the driver in order to conduct the sobriety test.
No injuries were reported by police.

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Waupun Inmates To Engage In Hunger Strike To Protest Illegal Prolonged Solitary Confinement In Prison System

Inmates hunger strike protest planned against illegal prolonged solitary confinement used in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections prison system as punishment for minor violations resulting from 180 to 360 days and even up to 13 years in solitary confinement of inmates resulting in psychological defects.

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

May 30, 2016

Waupun, WI – Inmates at the Waupun prison (Waupun Correctional Institution-WCI) plan a hunger strike on June 10 to bring attention to what they say is the illegal prolonged solitary confinement for minor violations, which can result with 180 to 360 days and decades of isolation in a small cell 24-7 with one hour to stretch outside of the cell per day. The solitary confinement is known as Administrative Confinement (AC) and inmates can be placed on AC for long periods of isolation for falsely accusing prison staff of violations, disrespect, poor personal hygiene, loitering and the misuse of federal or state property, which inmates once accused have no recourse to appeal or challenge alleged discipline charges by prison staff. Prison staff (guards) can file inmate violations without any merits and compile alleged violations to add solitary confinement time as punishment to cover-up guard mistreatment, harassment and human rights violations of inmates, according to inmates in isolation. Prison guards are not mandated to wear body cameras in Wisconsin.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that even state inmates who become witnesses and testify in criminal cases and are placed under the witness protection program also endure prolonged solitary confinement simply because the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WDOC) has no facility to keep witness protection inmates in a safe environment. In one case, an inmate who testified in a gang murder was placed under the state witness protection program and spend more than six years in isolation until parole.
The inmates involved in a planned hunger strike are requesting for the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate the illegal practice of AC in the state prison system and for the immediate release of inmates from AC that have been in isolation for more than one year. The United Nations has determined that prolonged solitary confinement is torture and studies have shown that it causes psychological defects, which inmates once released on parole have no access to mental health treatment and most can’t adjust within society and return to prison for committing other crimes.
According to WCI inmate in Waupun, Cesar Deleón, 33, in a press release indicated that, prisoners in solitary at WCI are never allowed to go outside or see the sun. The one hour per day of recreation they’re allowed out of their bathroom-sized cells is spent in an indoor recreation cage, which is often filthy with urine and feces because once a prisoner is moved to the cage, requests to be allowed access to a bathroom are ignored by staff. Prisoners in administrative confinement (AC) are not only extraordinarily isolated from general population, but also from loved ones and spiritual leaders. AC prisoners are allowed one 15 minute phone call and one 15 minute video visit per week, the calls and conferences are closely monitored and can be cut off with very little pretext. Spiritual leaders who regularly visit other prisoners are not allowed to visit the AC unit, which is a clear violation of the constitutional right to religious practice.
The WDOC holds over 100 people in administrative confinement, some have been in one form of isolation or another for decades. Last August, WDOC announced an 90 day limit on their use of segregation as punishment for all but the most severe cases. Those changes did not apply to AC prisoners though, because according to WDOC, Administrative Confinement is “non-punitive.”
The prisoners are calling for an end to the practice, entirely. Their six demands include a legislative cap on the use of AC, compliance with the UN Mandela Rules on solitary confinement, increased oversight, one year limits, mental health treatment and a federal investigation of harassment by staff, which the prisoners describe as a mind control program, designed to “break and recondition” anyone staff perceives as a threat.
In one case, Albert Woodfox, 69, a member of the Black Panthers was kept in solitary confinement for 43 years, between April 1972 to February 19, 2016 when he was released from a Louisiana prison after resolving his appeal for alleged murder of a prison guard, but pled guilty to manslaughter even though there was no evidence to convict him, so he could be released from prison. His case was over turned twice on appeal and Louisiana prosecutors were trying to prosecute him for a third time.
Several public rallies are scheduled in Madison and Milwaukee to bring attention to the WDOC illegal prolonged solitary confinement under Administrative Confinement practices in the state prison system.
The Madison rally is scheduled for Friday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Capital building and the Milwaukee rally on Saturday, June 11 at noon at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
A replica of a small isolation cell in which inmates spent years incarcerated will be in exhibition at both rallies including families of inmates in isolation will also speak.

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First Annual Orgullo Latino Festival Held At The Wherehouse Nightclub

Salsa dancing enthusiasts and devoted radio listeners for the Orgullo Latino program on WMSE 91.7 FM gathered to celebrate the First Annual Orgullo Latino Festival at the Wherehouse Nightclub.

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

May 30, 2016

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, one of the oldest and most popular Sunday radio programming known as Orgullo Latino held the First Annual Orgullo Latino Festival at the Wherehouse Nightclub patio. The Orgullo Latino Festival began at noon and ended at 8:00 p.m., which drew a crowed at the event.
D.J. C-Los and several Salsa bands, Nabori and Clave y Afinque entertained the crowd of Salsa dancing enthusiasts. The MC was Harry “Harry O” Santiago.
The Orgullo Latino radio program for the last 35 years has aired from WSME 91.7 FM every Sunday from noon to 3:00 p.m. The current radio hosts are Harry Santiago and Dr. Hector Pérez Laboy, former radio hosts included, Jertha “Wally” Ramos Colon, Feliz Colon, Nestor “Tito” Figueroa and Tony Muñoz. Many other local Latino personalities and musicians have also shared their moment as radio hosts at Orgullo Latino throughout the years.
The Orgullo Latino radio programming includes a variety of Salsa, Bachata, Caribbean Latin jams and Latin jazz as a music venue not usually heard for three consecutive hours in other daily local Spanish speaking radio stations.

Video clip: First Annual Orgullo Latino Festival at the Wherehouse Nightclub patio http://ow.ly/HVTz300I7cv

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Two Suspects Taken Into Custody For Attempted Robbery By West Milwaukee Police At Walmart Parking Lot

Milwaukee man riding a bicycle springs into action and helps woman in distress with kids who were screaming for help during an attempted robbery by several suspects at the West Milwaukee Walmart parking lot.

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

May 28, 2016

West Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, a couple riding bicycles with their kids were instrumental in the arrest of several male suspects who attempted to rob a mother with some kids just before 11:00 p.m. at the Walmart Store located at the 4100 block of W. Greenfield Ave. According to Nenita Borjas, while arriving at the Walmart to buy some food for squirrels, they heard screams in Spanish calling for help. They noticed a suspect attempting to rob a woman with kids. Borjas’ husband, Victor jumped into action and helped prevent the robbery and as the suspects tried to drive away, police arrived and took them into custody at gun point while Borjas cellphone video recorded the action and then posted it in her Facebook account to share. Borjas says, one of the suspects got closed to the female victim to ask for some change and then attempted to rob her.
Borjas recorded incident shows when the suspects were about to get away and police stopped them in the parking lot and arrested a White and a Afro-American male suspects at the scene.

Warning: Video sound at West Milwaukee Walmart parking lot attempted robbery includes profane language. https://youtu.be/RVze2B05X2c

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