Red Cross Released Info That Latressa Turner Had Received $545 In Aid Disproving Her False Claim

Turner has apologized for making false claims that the local Red Cross based in Milwaukee had denied her aid after a three alarm fire destroyed her home in December.

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

January 6, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, Tory Lowe, a community activist in the African-American community announced that the American Red Cross Southeast Wisconsin Chapter (ARCSWC) has released data information about a Client Assistance Card (CAC) with funds totaling $545.00 that was given to Latressa Turner on Dember 28, 2017 after she sought help from the Red Cross. Turner and her sister Latoya Lewis sought the help of Lowe by telling him that the ARCSWC had denied aid after Turner’s place of residence was destroyed by a three alarm fire.
Lowe requested for the ARCSWC to release information concerning Turner, after the Red Cross reported that it had provided Turner with several hundred dollars of aid. Lowe had notified the ARCSWC that the Turner family was filing a lawsuit.
Lowe stated in his Facebook account, “I gave the Red Cross 24 Hours to produce a copy of the signature sheet that Ms Turner Signed off on. We were provided a image from a computer screen by the Red Cross…The community has come together to assist the Turner family under the thought that the family had not been assisted. 1,500 dollars was raised and items were donated from the people in our community.” Lowe says, that a GoFundme account that raised $1,500 for the Turner family has been put on hold and donations from that people that donated will be refunded. The unfortunate incident with the Turner family will not hinder his work to continue to provide help for people that seek some type of assistance when in need, according to Lowe.
Turner later recanted her false claim and admitted that the Red Cross had actually helped her with a CAC worth $545. She has apologized to Lowe for lying to him. Turner suffers from a mental disability. Lowe says that he will continue to help people in need, but will do a further work to determine that people don’t take him for ride again.

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MATC’s AFT Union Local 212 And Partners Distribute Bilingual Books To Children On Three Kings Day

The American Federation of Teachers Union Local 212 and partners will distribute at least 400 bilingual books to children to promote literacy at two Milwaukee Southside locations during the Three Kings Day Celebration.

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

January 6, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Saturday, an estimated 140 bilingual books were distributed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church learning facility to children studying catechism during the annual Three Kings Day celebration to promote literacy and higher education. The two day book giveaway will distribute about 400 books provided by the national non-profit First Book at an affordable price, which the American Federation of Teachers Union Local 212 (AFT Local 212) representing Milwaukee Area Technical College teachers and local partners were able to purchase and qiveaway to children at the Guadalupe Church and at St. Adalbert Catholic Church on Sunday, both located in the Southside of Milwaukee.
Luz Sosa, the Member-at-Large of AFT Local 212, Michael David Rosen, former president of AFT Local 212 (retired), Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, Milwaukee Alderman José Pérez, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera including unión members and students distributed the books to the children. The annual book giveaway during the Three Kings Day promotes literacy, continued education by encouraging children to graduate from high school and seek higher education, according to Sosa.
The Three Kings Day is celebrated in Latin America, Mexico and in the U.S. by many Latino families who actually open their gifts in January as an annual tradition instead on December 25th, Christmas Day.

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One Of Three Kings Expected To Pickup Slack After One Arrested And Other Banned From Entering The U.S.

Latinos in the U.S. are facing a dilemma for Three Kings Day after a leaked government email was intercepted by activists from an underground group known as La RevoLUZion based in the Midwest.

January 4, 2018

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the underground network operated by La RevoLUZion has gone into red alert mode after an email between the Trump administration at the White House, CIA, ICE, State Department and U.S.DOJ including the NSA revealed a major conspiracy that led to the arrest of one of the Three Kings and the revocation of a Visa of another for simply being of Arab descent. The leaked government email identified Balthazar as the Black King taken into custody on suspicion of carrying contraband not declared at the border, Melchior, the second King of Arab descent was denied a Visa after the Trump government realized he was Arabic while attempting to pass through U.S. Customs at the Chicago O’Hare Airport and a intelligence report from the CIA indicated he was considered a national security threat and could influence diversity empowerment in the U.S. The third King, Gaspar apparently received the White privileged VIP treatment for the color of his skin by the Trump administration and received an invitation to the White House for January 6. Gaspar declined the Trump invitation, according to the White House fake news website.
Gaspar in a press release on Thursday stated, that the U.S. government under Trump is violating the traditional Three Kings Day that has been celebrated for decades in the country and the ones expected to suffer are the children, which now due to the current situation are expected to receive and open just one gift. Gaspar also says, that he has to pickup the slack for both Balthazar and Melchior and condemned the Trump administration including government agencies involved for unfair and discriminatory practices.
A female spokesperson for La RevoLUZion in condition of anonymity says, we are doing everything possible to grant Balthazar his freedom and the option to dig a tunnel to free him shouldn’t be dismissed at this point. The RevoLUZion group is working with a sister organization known as El Syndicato from Mexico to help smuggle Melchior through the U.S. and Mexico border before the Three Kings Day.
Gaspar confirmed, if Melchior is successful in making his way to the U.S. and Balthazar is granted bail by the feds, it will definitely be another successful Three Kings Day on January 6th.

Source: Satire/HNNUSA

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Redlining Backlash By Milwaukee Residents Forced Local Red Cross To Resume On-site Service

Local Milwaukee Red Cross rescinded their recent redlining policy in 10 Zip Codes that ended on-site service for City victims whose homes were destroyed by fires in both the Latino and Black communities.

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

January 3, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the American Red Cross Southeast Wisconsin Chapter (ARCSWC) decided to rescind what was considered by many local residents, community activists and public elected officials as redlining. Mayor Barrett in a press conference on Wednesday confirmed that Patty Flowers, the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Southeast Wisconsin Chapter had rescinded the recent redlining policy and will resume on-site volunteer service to victims at the locations where their homes were destroyed by fires.
“In an effort to continue to serve people affected by home fires, we recently implemented new procedures in Milwaukee that we now understand were insensitive to the communities we serve.  We apologize for this mistake and will immediately return to the way we have responded to home fires in the past, consistent with American Red Cross practices and values nationwide…”, Flowers posted on the ARCSWC Facebook (FB) account.
On December 22, 2017, the ARCSWC implemented a policy that ended on-site service to victims that had lost their homes due to a fire in the following Zip Codes, 53204, 53205, 53206, 53208, 53209, 53210, 53215, 53216, 53218 and 53233, according to Flowers.
The 10 Zip Codes that were allegedly redlined by Flowers included both the Latino and Black communities, which caused a major backlash from local residents, activists and public elected officials accusing the ARCSWC of discrimination and lack of diversity training including lack of minority staff.
One of the fire victims that was denied service by the ARCSWC in December was Latressa Turner after their residence was engulfed on fire and destroyed everything they owned on December 28 in a three alarm fire. Tory Lowe, a community activist posted a Facebook video on Saturday about Turner’s plight and her allegation that the ARCSWC had denied her on-site service and a Red Cross volunteer never showed up to meet Turner at the 5th Milwaukee Police District Station as Flowers had said they would when called for a face-to-face meeting. Turner even went to the local Red Cross to apply for aid after her home was destroyed by fire and was denied service, according to Turner and her sister, Latoya Lewis testimony in a video posted by Lowe on FB.
Turner temporarily moved in with the Lewis family and had been getting help by members of the Black community and a GoFundme account has collected $1,110 so far for Turner and her 18-month-old child.
The Turner family will hold a press conference on Thursday at 5:00 p.m., 3508 W. Center Street to announce that they will file a class action lawsuit against the local Red Cross for denial of assistance.

Update: During the press conference by the Turner family, Tory Lowe, a community activist confirmed that the Turner family is suing the Red Cross for denying service to them after a three fire alarm destroyed their home. Lowe says, that the Red Cross gets federal funds and they allegedly violated the terms for the funding agreement that they shouldn’t discriminate and violate the civil rights of families including the Turner family despite, the color of their skin. In this case, the Red Cross denied aid to the Turner family and so far, the Red Cross nor Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett have reached out to the Turner family, according to Lowe.
Flowers released the following statement after Lowe alleged that the Red Cross received federal funding.
“The American Red Cross has consistently responded to every family in need following recent house fires in the Milwaukee area, regardless of zip code, and we will continue to do so. We disagree with the assertions in this broadcast, as the family in your piece was directly provided with several hundred dollars of emergency financial assistance on December 28, 2017 after a meeting at the American Red Cross office at 2600 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233.
Further, the American Red Cross is not a government agency, we do not receive federal assistance to support local responses to home fires, nor do we issue federal assistance,” according to Flowers on FB.
Lowe in response says, Flowers is lying and that the Red Cross should release the sign-off documentation to show that the Turner family has received several hundred dollars as they claim, which the Turner family says they have not received any funds from the Red Cross or Flowers.

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51-year-old Man Found Frozen To Death At The Clark/Lake CTA Station In Chicago

Unidentified man found frozen to death in a sitting position at the Clark/Lake CTA station located in Chicago’s downtown.

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

January 1, 2018

Chicago, Illinois – On Saturday, Chicago police reported that a 51-year-old man was found what appeared to be frozen to death around 11:05 p.m. at the Clark/Lake CTA station on the second-floor platform located at 124 W. Lake Street on the Loop. The unidentified man was found in a sitting position and unresponsive by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) officials who called Chicago police. The victim showed signs of hypotermia and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Chicago police preliminary investigation indicates no foul play suspected, but an autopsy is pending to determine cause of death.
KingCortaz Slimmie Wilburn who was headed home at the time came upon the the death investigation at the Clark/Lake CTA station, recorded the scene and then posted the video in his Facebook account.
Also on Sunday, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner reported that a man in his 50’s was found deceased around 1:00 p.m. inside a vehicle behind a home in the alley at the 3100 block of W. Humboldt Blvd. The man showed signs of hypotermia caused by freezing outdoor temperatures.
Another person was also found deceased around 5:00 p.m. at the 9800 block of W. Good Hope Road with weather-related hypotermia as well.
An autopsy is pending for both suspected weather-related deaths, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

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Red Cross In Milwaukee Accused Of Denying Service To Turner Family Who Are African-American

Video testimony posted on Facebook by local African-American community organizer alleging that the American Red Cross in Southeast Wisconsin Chapter had denied service to the Turner family after a three alarm fire engulfed their residence and destroyed everything.

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

December 30, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Saturday, Tory Lowe, an African-American organizer in the Black community posted in his Facebook (FB) account a video alleging that the American Red Cross Southeast Wisconsin Chapter (ARCSWC) apparently denied service to the Latressa Turner family after their residence was engulfed on fire and destroyed everything they owned on December 28 in a three alarm fire. Lowe says that it was the same day that a ARCSWC policy was released to the public that ten Zip Codes in the City of Milwaukee will no longer receive on-site fire relief aid and assistance due to safety concerns of ARCSWC volunteers and workers. The Zip Code area affected is 53204, 53205, 53206, 53208, 53209, 53210, 53215, 53216, 53218 and 53233, according to a new policy announcement by Patty Flowers, the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Southeast Wisconsin Chapter. The designated or redlined area that Flowers identified is located in the predominantly Black and Latino communities. Flowers told news media outlets that it was a safety concern, also to scale down in providing assistance, the staff and volunteers were tired and they were implementing the new policy in the mention area, which by just identifying the ten Zip Code area would definitely indicate a racially driven bias decision instead of including all areas in the State of Wisconsin in the policy. Victims of fire destruction of property and disasters in the inner city will now be provided a card by the Milwaukee Fire Department to call and make arrangements with a ARCSWC volunteer so, the volunteer can meet victims at the nearest police district station or go the ARCSWC headquarters location at the 2600 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee.
On December 28, the Turner’s family residence caught fire and destroyed the home and everything they owned. Turner and her sister Latoya Lewis went to the 5th Milwaukee Police District Station and waited between one hour to several hours for ARCSWC volunteer to showed up, which no one from the local Red Cross arrived to meet with them. So, the family went to the ARCSWC headquarters on Wisconsin Ave. and were denied service, according to testimony by the Turner. Turner has an 18-month-old child. Both Turner and Lewis say that the Red Cross denied them service due to the color of their skin and were treated unfairly, according to their testimony in the Lowe FB posted video. The person at the ARCSWC referred them to another location of a group or organization to seek help.
A GoFundme for the Turner family has been setup for people to donate.

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Cosimano, Mencher And Guinto From The 69’ers Motorcycle Club Facing The Death Penalty Or Life For The Murder Of Anderson, The Outlaws M.C. President

Cosimano, the President of the 69’ers Motorcycle Club has been charged with the premeditated cold blooded murder of Anderson, an Outlaws M.C. President while he sat in his truck in Odessa.

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

December 29, 2017

Odessa, Florida – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has booked Christopher “Durty” Brian Cosimano, 29, of Riverview, the President of the 69’ers Motorcycle Club (M.C.) and Michael “Pumpkin” Dominick Mencher, 51, of Riverview and Allan “Bee Bee” Burt Guinto, 26, of Brandon, who are also members of the 69’ers M.C. with one felony count each for premeditated murder/homicide in the cold blooded shooting death of Paul Quincy Anderson, 44, of New Port Richey, the President of the Cross Bayou Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Pasco County. The three murder suspects are being held without bail and if convicted, Cosimano. Mencher and Guinto are facing the death penalty or life in prison for Anderson’s homicide.
The criminal complaint says that both Cosimano and Mencher arrived in motorcycles at the location where Anderson was parked with his truck. Cosimano went up to Anderson’s truck, which was parked on State Road 54 and Suncoast Parkway and tapped on the window and fired several shots at the victim. Mencher accompanied Cosimano and was nearby, he was the one in charge to finish off Anderson, if Cosimano failed to kill Anderson on the spot and the third suspect, Guinto was considered the scout in a vehicle who watched for police.
A nearby video camera surveillance captured the suspects at the scene where the shooting occurred, according to the criminal complaint.
The M.C.s had a history of feuding and members of the Outlaws had assaulted Guinto at a local bar and police reports indicated that 69’ers members riding their motorcycles on the road were targeted by members of the Outlaws who tried to run them off the road in prior incidents, Sheriff Chris Nocco, from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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