Immigration Reform and Rights Journalist and Editor of Hispanic News Network U.S.A.


UMOS CEO Lupe Martinez To Be Honored By Farmworker Justice At Wine And Jazz Reception In D.C.

Martinez has served in different positions while UMOS until he became the UMOS President and CEO in 1974.

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

August 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. – The Farmworker Justice organization recently announced that Lupe Martinez, the UMOS President and CEO will be honored at their October 10th Wine and Jazz reception for his decades of service at the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), a non-profit organization. Martinez has served in various positions within UMOS and has been the President and CEO for the past 44 years. Martinez is married to Patricia Martinez.
In 1974, Martinez became the fifth executive director of UMOS. UMOS employs hundreds of people and provides services to migrant workers in the state including other social programs, training, child development and a workforce development center that serves approximately 3K W-2’s job seekers as well as the Latina Resource Center for domestic abuse victims.
In September 2017, Martinez was inducted into the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, (AFOP) “Advocates Hall of Fame” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UMOS programs operate throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as in Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and Florida, along with a housing consortium in an eight-state area.
In December 2016, UMOS opened a new office in Florida City, Florida to explore future opportunities. UMOS successfully competed and were awarded a $4.3 million contract to operate four CareerSource South Florida centers in Opa-Locka, Carol City, Key Largo, and Key West, Florida.
In May 2017, UMOS in partnership with ArtWorks of Milwaukee unveiled the Latino Historical Mural Project at S. 1st Street and W. Historic Mitchell Street in Milwaukee’s Southside depicting more than 50 years of UMOS, migrant and the Latino community history in Wisconsin. UMOS also sponsors the annual Mexican Independence Parade in Milwaukee.
UMOS also holds their annual awards banquet to honor community recipients for Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Family of the Year and Youth of the Year awards.
According to the UMOS website, UMOS, is a “non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations. UMOS began as a single-focused, single state, migrant and seasonal farm worker serving agency only. Today, UMOS offers diverse programs and services to diverse populations with a diverse staff. Currently, UMOS operates 40+ programs with more than $25 million grant and performance-based contracts from federal, state, and local funding sources.

UMOS History (PDF) link:

Stage video: UMOS 50th Anniversary celebration with family, sponsors and friends


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Food Service Workers At Mitchell International Airport Submit Union Recognition To SSP America

Multiple Milwaukee County supervisors support food service workers at Mitchell International Airport for joining union and seeking a $15 living wage per hour.

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

August 16, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Milwaukee County Supervisors Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Marina Dimitrijevic, Marcelia Nicholson, Jason Hass, Pastor Joe Ellwanger and others including Luz Sosa, the Community Organizer for Citizen Action of Wisconsin/Acción Ciudadana de WI joined Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization food service workers from the Mitchell International Airport in submitting their request for the SSP America (SSPA) management to recognize their union authorization cards signed by a majority of their co-workers to recognize their union. They are also seeking a $15 an hour wage increase for food service workers at the airport. Supervisor Hass told the SSPA manager at the airport that a majority of Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors support the food service workers and their union.
SSAP is a subsidiary of the Compass Group, which owns Levy Restaurants, the contractor at the Bucks arena.

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Earnell Lucas Elected Democratic Nominee For Milwaukee County Sheriff

Lucas was elected as the Milwaukee County Sheriff nominee for the Democratic ticket.

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

August 14, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Earnell Lucas was elected as the Democratic nominee for Milwaukee County Sheriff in Milwaukee. Lucas will replace Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt in January.
Also, Marisabel Cabrera was elected as the Democratic nominee for the Wisconsin State Assembly 9th District. Cabrera is the Chairperson of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. Cabrera will replace incumbent Josh Zepnick (D) in the State Assembly.
Cabrera will be the second openly LGBTQ community Democrat member in the State Assembly and the first woman Democrat of Puerto Rican descent in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Democrat JoCasta Zamarripa from the State Assembly 8th District is of Mexican descent. Zamarripa is also a member of the LGBTQ community.

In other races:

• Tony Evers (D) will challenge incumbent Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) in the November elections.

• Mandela Barnes was elected as the Democratic nominee Lt. Governor.

• Doug La Follette was elected the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State and will face Republican challenger Jay Schroeder in the November elections.

• Sarah Godlewski was elected the Democratic nominee for Wisconsin State Treasurer and will face Republican challenger Travis Hartwigg in the November elections.

Editor’s note: In the Wisconsin Partisan Election result totals for the two major political parties indicate that the Democrats out voted the Republicans in the governor race. Totals combine in the Democratic choice for governor showed that 537,840 voted in the Primary Election compared to 456,007 votes cast by Republicans in the governor’s Primary race. If the Democratic election momentum continues to bring out the vote for November 2018, Democrats could take the governorship by electing Evers and ousting Republican Governor Walker.
In the Wisconsin State legislature, the Republicans continue to be in controlled making Democrat legislators in both the State Assembly and Senate as lame ducks due the the Gerrymandering districts that were created giving Republicans the advantage to get elected.
Milwaukee County remains a Democratic stronghold.

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Democrat Marisabel Cabrera, Candidate For State Assembly Indicated White Owned Media Is More Legitimate News Source Than Latino Media


Cabrera who is running for State Assembly in the 9th District seems to prefer White owned commercialized media than Latino independent media.

Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

August 13, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, Marisabel Cabrera who is a candidate for the State Assembly in the 9th District and the Chairperson of the Fire and Police Commission indicated in a Facebook (FB) post that the JSonline could be considered a more reliable news source than a Latino independent media. The JSonline is a commercialized news source.
Cabrera’s concern was why wasn’t Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) publishing favorable articles about Earnell Lucas, a candidate for Milwaukee County Sheriff.
Apparently, Cabrera questioned why H. Nelson Goodson, who is a journalist for HNNUSA had posted multiple posts about Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt on his personal FB account. Goodson explained to Cabrera and others in the comment thread that he posted them because it was news worthy, that Schmidt as acting Sheriff had confirmed his stance on immigration policies, which won’t implement the 287g ICE program and that he would serve and protect everyone despite having legal status in country or not. Cabrera is supporting Lucas for Sheriff.
Marisabel Cabrera wrote on Facebook: “H Nelson Goodson Perhaps your selective reporting of the news is one reason why you’re not relied upon when folks make a statement to the media. There’s no need to pay for an ad. Like I said, legitimate news outlets are reporting on this and other races and they report on all candidates involved in each race. What is your issue with Lucas?”
H. Nelson Goodson responded on FB: “Marisabel Cabrera, maybe I should write that Voces de la Frontera Action made false claims about immigration policy against acting Sheriff Schmidt in multiple videos in which Lucas is endorsed by them and Lucas seems to be complicit by not controlling VFLFA for using his name on the videos that included lies towards Schmidt to create panic in the Latino community. Now, that would be news, but I kept him out of it and now you guys are forcing the issue to be published.
VDLFA and Voces de la Frontera are known to fabricate false claims when convenient for them and using their non-profit e-mail account to send out political propaganda. Smh, well it figures, you prefer the JSonline as a legitimate commercialized source than Latino media.”
The news preference for Cabrera was first initiated after Goodson posted: “Also Marisabel, when you released a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about former Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn intent to apply show me your papers policy, you didn’t release it to the Latino media. But when I attempted numerous times and even left messages on your phone to also release it to the Hispanic media, you never responded to my request to get a copy. Why, do you prefer JSonline, a White media source over the Latino media?
That’s not very transparent for a Police Commissioner to the Latino community.”
Cabrera wanted for HNNUSA to write about Lucas.
Unfortunately, Cabrera attempted to indicate that HNNUSA wasn’t a reliable Latino news source, but the JSonline is. Not to many Latinos read the JSonline and for Cabrera not to release the info sent to JSonline shows that she seems to lack transparency to the Latino community and she is running for the state Assembly and trying to gain the Hispanic vote in the 9th District. If elected, will she be transparent to the Latino community and to the Latino media?
Also, Cabrera posted in her FB account that Newly elected Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez had endorsed her for the State Assembly, but HNNUSA has noticed that Cabrera herself failed to publicly endorsed Ortiz-Velez when she was a candidate for supervisor. Why?
Lastly, Goodson posted: “Marisabel Cabrera, I do wish you luck in the upcoming election, but sending that lit about Zepnick committing sexual assault might tilt the election in his favor. You made him look like a victim after he apologized and stopped drinking. Smh, just my opinion in the matter.
But, we will see what actually happens in election day.”
Just in case Cabrera missed it, but she was on stage and present when Goodson was recognized and awarded a plaque of appreciation for news reporting at the Puerto Rican Family Festival (PRFF). The Puerto Rican community in Milwaukee and the PRFF believe that Goodson as a journalist, is a reliable and credible Hispanic news source in the community.
“”¡Gracias!” Appreciation Award to Nelson Goodson in recognition of efforts to help provide food and supplies to our people in Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico immeasurably appreciate your commitment and dedication to helping our island after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
“On behalf of the Puerto Rican People in Wisconsin and Puerto Rico. We thank you.
“By Victor Huyke, President of the Puerto Rican Family Festival. Presented August 5, 2018.”

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Joshua Cisero formalmente acusado de daños a la propiedad religiosa después de destruir a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en la iglesia de St. Adalberto

Cisero oficialmente acusado de daños criminales a propiedades religiosas después de destruir la estatua del santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en la iglesia católica St. Adalberto en el sur de Milwaukee.

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

10 de agosto del 2018

Milwaukee, WI- El viernes, Joshua Cisero, de 20 años, fue formalmente acusado de un cargo de felonía por daños a la propiedad religiosa, un acto de vandalismo cual ocurrió el 6 de agosto, que destruyó la estatua al aire libre del santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en la iglesia católica de St. Adalberto. Si es declarado culpable, Cisero enfrenta hasta 3 años y seis meses de prisión y hasta $10,000 dolares de multas.
A $1,000 signature bond was set for Cisero and he was scheduled to appear for a preliminary court hearing on August 21.
La estatua de fibra de vidrio destruida por Cisero se estimó en $1,000 dolares, según la parroquia St. Adalberto.
Cisero fue detenido el lunes pasado por la noche por la policía después de destruir deliberadamente el santuario al aire libre de la Virgen de Guadalupe con una valla de metal en el lado oeste de la Iglesia Católica de St. Adalberto en la 2100 cuadra del Sur de la Calle 20 en Milwaukee. Cisero fue grabado en video antes de las 8:53 p.m. el 6 de agosto por Ernesto Nava, quien es conocido como el corredor descalzo y el video fue publicado en su cuenta de Facebook Pies Descalsos Ernesto Nava.
Cisero fue confrontado por residentes cercanos que le impidieron huir de la escena del crimen y cuando le preguntaron por qué había destrozado la estatua, dijo que la Dama de Guadalupe era una falsificación y que Dios estaba con él que estaba celoso de las personas que adoraban estatuas falsas.

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Joshua Cisero Charged With Damage To Religious Property After Destroying Our Lady Of Guadalupe At St. Adalbert Church

Cisero charged with criminal damage to religious property after destroying Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine statue at St. Adalbert Catholic church in Milwaukee’s Southside.

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

August 10, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, Joshua Cisero, 20, was charged with one felony count for damage to religious property, an act of vandalism on August 6th, which he destroyed Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine outdoor statue at St. Adalbert Catholic church. If convicted, Cisero is facing up to 3 years and six months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
A $1,000 signature bond was set for Cisero and he was scheduled to appear for a preliminary court hearing on August 21.
The fiberglass statue destroyed by Cisero was estimated at $1,000, according to the St. Adalbert parish.
Cisero was taken into custody on Monday night by police after deliberately destroying the outdoor shrine of the Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) with a metal fence post at the West side of the St. Adalbert Catholic Church at 2100 block of S. 20th Street in Milwaukee. Cisero was video recorded before 8:53 p.m. on August 6th by Ernesto Nava, who is known as the barefoot runner and the video was posted on his Facebook account Pies Descalsos Ernesto Nava.
Cisero was confronted by nearby residents who kept him from fleeing the crime scene and when asked why did he vandalized the statue, he said that the Lady of Guadalupe was a fake and that God was with him who was jealous of people worshipping fake statues.

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Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West Pleaded Guilty To Felony Election Fraud

West under a plea agreement pleaded guilty to a felony charge for election fraud.

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

August 8, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, former Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Ann West, 47, entered a guilty plea for one felony count of election fraud, according to court records. West is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on August 28th. West is facing up to 3 years and 6 months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, but under a plea agreement she could face less time in prison or probation.
According to the criminal complaint, West committed election fraud of certified nomination papers, stemming from forged nomination signatures. At least five people denied signing West’s nomination papers and a property manager confirmed to police investigators that a former resident, Sonia Rivera had moved to Florida 4 years ago, but her name appeared in West’s nomination papers. Another 16 people in the Milwaukee County Supervisor’s 12th District also confirmed that they did sign West’s nomination papers, but West didn’t personally circulate the nomination papers as she certified that she did. Also, West’s daughter, Elimiliana Lorenzo told police that her mother forged her name as a certified circulator in several nomination papers (pages 18-19) as well, according to the criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint states that on West’s nomination page 16, the apartments listed for electors from 1 to 5 didn’t exist at the building address and none of the electors listed from 6 to 10 lived at the address provided. In other words, West who signed and certified the nomination paper as the circulator allegedly fabricated the list of electors.
On West’s nomination page 4, Jay Reinke told police that he partially circulated the sheet and got electors to sign from 1 to 6 and left 7 to 10 blank when he signed and certified the nomination paper as the circulator, but someone later managed to add electors from 7 to 10 without him knowing until police asked him about that page.

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