Archive for May 26th, 2010

From Marisol from my office:

Prior to the passing of SB1070 of Arizona, the focus was on Education within the Latino community. President Obama wanted Education reform and that meant talking about the alarming rate of dropouts among Latinos.  The Pew Hispanic Center has its top two “Featured Research” topics dealing with Education and Immigration:

Hispanics, High School Dropouts and the GED.  &    Hispanics and Arizona’s New Immigration Law .

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO Fund) had this press release in March:  03/19/10:  Latino Officials Urge For ‘No Child Law’ With Stronger Latino Student Focus  .

After the passing of SB 1070 the issue being discussed by NALEO was Immigration.  04/23/10:  NALEO Educational Fund Urges Veto of Arizona Legislation.     04/30/10:  Action Urgently Needed on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Univision, the leading TV network in Spanish language programming launched a campaign earlier this year titled “Es el momento” addressing Education among Latinos:  http://www.univision.com/content/channel.jhtml?chid=2&schid=150.   While that campaign is still ongoing, the passing of SB 1070 is now the focus of newscasts, special programming and heated debates on Univision’s TV and radio stations:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d7IPFWMJ58 .

The two largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organizations in the United States, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC) have at the top of their webpage links addressing SB1070 titled “Boycott Intolerance”

Thanks Marisol!

Immigration reform and Arizona is the lead topic on the Willie Velasquez Institute website.

Over the past decade, immigration reform has been the only issue that has brought tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of Latinos together at rallies across the country.  Right now immigration reform stirs up passion in many Latino communities.  It is an issue that could determine Latino voter turnout in some communities.

Rahm Emanuel, the President’s Chief of Staff, has called immigration reform the “third rail of politics.”  This kind of rhetoric probably scares some non-Latino Democrats away from the immigration debate.  That is understandable.  However, understand that if some in the Latino community feel that the Democratic Party has abandoned them on this issue, they just might not be enthusiastic voters this fall.   Democrats need to consider making immigration reform the rallying cry in key Latino communities throughout the state.

Here is a related piece on a recent poll:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37344303/ns/us_news-immigration_a_nation_divided.

There have been four no-hitters thrown against the ‘Stros.  In only one was the ‘Stros the home team.  In what yard was it thrown?

In today’s Chron.com:  No apologies at HCC

Houston Community College trustee Yolanda Navarro Flores has been asked to apologize for overstepping her role in urging Deputy Chancellor Art Tyler to hire Hispanics to lead the college’s work in building a community college in Qatar.

Don’t expect an apology, said political consultant Marc Campos, who on Tuesday released a 13-page report filed by attorney Alvin Zimmerman on the incident.

Flores’ fellow board members requested the investigation after Tyler reported the incident, which allegedly took place following a trustees meeting in March in which the board approved HCC’s participation in a $45 million deal to create the Persian Gulf nation’s first community college.

"If the board acts on this and reprimands her, what message does it send to other future Latino board members that want to advocate for their community?" Campos asked. "It seems like some folks over there at the community college need to have some thicker skin."

The report outlines interviews with eight people — identified only as Person 1, Person 2 and so on — about their interactions with Flores.

Two people said they overheard the conversation between Flores and Tyler. The others did not.

Tyler is quoted as saying that Flores "demanded that Dr. Tyler insure (sic) that Hispanics be hired to be the leaders" of the contract. He felt the comments "were inappropriate and threatening," according to the report.

Zimmerman concludes that Flores broke board policies against harassment, among other things, and recommends she be required to apologize to Tyler and barred from retaliation.
Campos said Flores decided to release the report in advance of Thursday’s board meeting.

"The board may act on it in executive session," he said. "She wanted to put it out there so folks could see it beforehand."

He’s not denying that Flores pushes the college, and its vendors, to hire Hispanics.

"I think Yolanda has been aggressive, which is what a lot of us want her to be, in terms of promoting Latino professionals," he said. "I think sometimes folks misinterpret her aggressiveness."

Here is one of the things that Trustee Flores is accused of saying:  “I expect some Hispanics in leadership on the International Initiative – Community College of Qatar.”

I think there are a whole lot of us that would expect the same.

Miller Park in Milwaukee of course on Sunday, September 14, 2008, Carlos Zambrano of the Cubbies threw a no-no against the ‘Stros who were the “home team” in the Ike Games thanks to Bud Selig.  There has never been a no-no thrown against the ‘Stros in H-Town.

The Big Puma reads Commentary.  Here is what he had to say after last night’s game:  "We’re just not very good.  We’re not a good offensive team.  Nobody’s hitting. And until we do, what can you say but that?  You can say we’re in a slump, you can sugarcoat it all you want, but we’re just not good.”

Roy O will go tonight – yikes!


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