Reforma migratoria

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – New America Media, Editorial, Posted: Jan 27, 2013

Nota Editorial: Este editorial fue producido en colaboración con New America Media (http://www.newamericamedia.org), una asociación nacional de medios étnicos, y fue publicado por medios étnicos a través del país para llamar atención a la urgencia de una reforma migratoria.

La Casa Blanca y el Congreso debe actuar rápidamente para promulgar una reforma migratoria integral que sea justa y humana.

Después de las elecciones de 2012, ambos legisladores democráticos y republicanos han expresado la necesidad de actuar sobre el tema. La ventana para legislación bipartidista está abierta ahora.

Los medios étnicos tienen un gran interés en el futuro de la política de inmigración de este país. Por eso nos estamos uniendo para tomar una posición editorial para urgirle al Congreso y la Casa Blanca: Hagan el 2013 el año de la reforma migratoria.

Esto no es solo una cuestión de la política. Estamos pidiendo una reforma migratoria integral porque es justo moralmente, sabio económicamente, y es lo sensible que hacer.

Nuestro país es una nación de leyes y está claro que las leyes migratorias de los Estados Unidos tienen que ser revisadas. El sistema migratorio está roto, no solo para los 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados, sino también para los miles de inmigrantes quienes no pueden conseguir visas para trabajar en los Estados Unidos; para los negocios estadounidenses que no pueden emplear a los trabajadores que necesitan; para las familias que esperan años para recibir visas para reunirse con sus familiares en los Estados Unidos.

Necesitamos una reforma migratoria integral que reunificara a familias, revigorice la economía, y reviva nuestra identidad como una nación que prospera con las contribuciones de inmigrantes trabajadores.

Está claro que nuestras leyes migratorias federales no funcionan. La inacción federal sobre la inmigración ha resultado en que los estados desde Arizona a Alabama han escrito su propia legislación. Aun el reciente anunciado Programa Federal de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés) es una solución transitoria que no hace nada para resolver el problema más amplio de un sistema roto de inmigración.

La inmigración ha sido pintada como un tema divisivo. En realidad no lo es. Todos nosotros nos beneficiaríamos de un sistema migratorio efectivo que responde a las necesidades del mercado, protege a todos los trabajadores del abuso y la explotación y pone fin a la práctica de separar a los hijos de sus padres.

Necesitamos un sistema migratorio que refleja las mejores tradiciones de nuestra historia – nuestra convicción en la justicia, la igualdad, y la oportunidad económica.

Y mientras miramos hacia el futuro, debemos asegurarnos que nos mantengamos competitivos en un mundo cada vez más globalizado. Tenemos que seguir a atraer los mejores y más brillantes, ser el destino de los trabajadores más innovadores del mundo.

Debemos actuar ahora. Nuestra economía y nuestro futuro dependen de esto.

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A Digital Farmer’s Almanac — How Communities Track ‘Microchanges’ in Climate

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – New America Media, Question & Answer, Ngoc Nguyen, Interview with Julia Kumari Drapkin, Posted: Feb 11, 2013

The iSeeChange almanac allows people to make observations about climate change in their own backyards and ask scientists questions directly. NAM’s Ngoc Nguyen spoke with the project’s producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin, about how this experiment in crowd-sourced environmental reporting is spurring conversations about climate change in rural Colorado and elsewhere.

What is the idea behind the iSeeChange almanac?

I’ve worked closely with scientists, had personal conversations with them and written stories about scientists and why they think the way they think. After all this time, we’re still struggling with communicating climate change … You can’t narrow down very easily global climate change to individual community experiences. Like when Hurricane Katrina slammed into my hometown of New Orleans…. could you attribute it to climate change?

We are afraid to go into local experiences and attribute climate change to local experiences because we don’t want to make a mistake. That’s a good fear to have, but it prevents us from having conversations with citizens who may have climate change affecting their lives.

As a journalist, what were you trying to change about the way environmental news is communicated?

I realized that part of the problem is the structure of the way [journalists] report. Traditionally, a science story begins with a scientist making observations and asking questions. They answers questions in a research paper, and if I [the reporter] have time, I find a local anecdote to make that experience seem familiar. What if we reverse that process? What if we provide tools and mechanisms to make observations about what is changing in their lives?

How does the website work?

People go online and make observations and ask questions, and the questions are answered by the community, which includes scientists. As questions get asked, we come through every week and review the postings. Either the questions are answered by the community or scientists or we call a scientist and get them to answer specific questions. For example, if there’s an early spring, what happens?

It’s a socially networked almanac — half journalism, half farmer’s almanac. People keep detailed notes about farms and ranches, in the same way that a biologist would keep field notes. It’s relevant to their bottom line. They derive their livelihood off the land so they pay attention to the way it changes. Even on Facebook, there’s a weather journal. It’s never been curated and shared.

What have you learned and what’s been surprising about the project so far?

I learned that when you give the community the power to ask the questions, it’s one of the most empowering things you can do. It’s a powerful [reporting] tool and allows me to see what is happening in the community months before things break in the mainstream [media]. Communities could tip off their news if they had the tools to do it. I do believe in that process. When we launched the website, I remember, I received texts about wildfires and droughts in April 2012, long before wildfires and droughts made mainstream news and headlines. In Colorado, we saw a historic wildfire season and …half the country is in a drought now.

The face of the environmental movement has been traditionally white, despite the fact that ethnic communities and immigrants have long championed environmental rights and protections, and polls find they want cleaner air and water and clean energy. How could the iSeeChange project change that?

I would say that immigrant communities are the ones who are the best positioned to see these microchanges in the climate because of their relationship to the land. One of the reasons iSeeChange works so well is because in Paonia, Colo., you have a natural resource community. People here live off the land. They derive their livelihood off the environment. Immigrant communities know that really well. In a way, it would be really interesting to have an ISeeChange in a Vietnamese community in coastal Louisiana who are attuned to microchanges in the environment over time.

You’re in rural Western Colorado, so how do you talk about climate change there?

In ironic, because in Paonia, half the town are miners and the other half are organic farmers. We have a coal mine in town owned by Bill Koch. When we first started to promo iSeeChange, the radio station heard from some listeners that it was a misuse of resources. [In Paonia], there’s a part of the community that doesn’t believe in climate change. Mostly, people I am working with are white…they may not be wealthy, they may not buy into climate change, but they do pay attention to how the weather’s affecting water [supply]…we all have common ground. Weather – it’s a little bit ‘Eliza Doolittle’ — you can talk to anyone, anywhere about the weather.

Right now, iSeeChange is locally focused [on Paonia, Colo.], but could it have a global lens as well?

Yes, right now, it’s geared for the community. The weather feed has info relevant to the community. But we’re getting clips everywhere. We got a post from Baltimore, saying that spring flowers were blooming earlier in Baltimore.

We envision websites for three environments – rural, urban and coastal. We’re exploring how it could or should be modified for urban climate change, how it can be adjusted for coastal climate change.

Climate scientists say that weather is not the same thing as climate, but there’s so much mingling of extreme weather events and climate change now in the minds of the public. There seems to be value in talking about climate change through weather, but is it also misleading?

Scientists are much closer to saying the weird weather is indicative of climate change. That’s what the almanac is about. Extreme variability in the environment. This tool allows us to map the noise…we can see that sustained number of bizarre events at the same time is telling us something. For a drought series we did, we looked at the changes in the behavior of the jet stream has on heating temperatures in the Artic. Jet stream is the river of air and as it slows down…it can contribute to the weather pattern persisting. If dry weather is what we’re seeing lately, it is more likely to continue to be dry and if it’s more wet, it will continue to be wet.

So iSeeChange is recording what you call microchanges in the environment. Is it also mapping how people are adapting to the changes?

We’re interested in that too. Scientist and ranchers and farmers are all seeing the same thing…farmers and ranchers are making a decision. What do they do on their farms and ranches? We’re interested in mapping the decisions. That’s a core question that … iSeeChange tries to answer … as the environment is changing, how are we changing too? That’s the whole point of the project. A digital almanac…to document what 2012 has done to us, how it changed us.

We had a earlier spring, flowers grew earlier, markets weren’t ready for some of the food, people ran out of water, they decided not to plant…people selling off [farm] animals right and left. This has been an epic year

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Las Águilas vuelan alto en Tijuana derrotan al invicto campeón 2-1

Feb 10, 2013

Club Tijuana 1 – 2 Club America

Tijuana, Baja California. Las  Águilas del America vencieron al actual monarca del futbol mexicano en el Estadio Caliente por  2-1, en la jornada 6 del Clausura 2013.  Los goles de la victoria fueron obra de Osvaldo Martínez y Paúl Aguilar. Por los caninos acorto Pablo Cesar Aguilar.

Fueron los azulcremas quienes se adelantaron en el marcador por un penal cometido sobre, Christian Benítez, quien fue derribado en el área por, Cristian Pellerano. Al minuto 12 Osvaldo Martínez cobro fuertemente abajo a la izquierda del arco de, Cirilo Saucedo para marcar el primer tanto del encuentro.

Al minuto 21, Rubens Sambueza, fue expulsado por doble amarilla dejando a las aguilas  con 10 elementos con 70 minutos por jugar.

Los fronterizos aprovecharon su superioridad numérica adelantando lineas generando presión sobre el marco azulcrema. Al minuto 38 Aquivaldo Mosquera fue expulsado por doble tarjeta amarilla dejando a su equipo con 9 hombres.

Se jugaba el minuto 30 y en un centro por derecha de, Raúl Enríquez, el defensa, Pablo Cesar Aguilar acorto distancias rematando en el área chica, marcando el tanto paro los locales.

Ámerica  ascendio arriva de la clasificación con 15 unidades. Los de Coapa lograrón un triunfo heroico al romper la marca del campeón de 20 juegos consecutivos sin perder y 13 de ellos invictos como local.

Para la próxima semana Xolos viajara a Chiapas para enfrentar a Jaguares. Por su parte America recibirá a Toluca en el Estadio Azteca.

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Funeral for assassinated Riverside officer scheduled

Feb 9, 2013

RIVERSIDE – The name of the Riverside police officer apparently slain by a vengeful Los Angeles officer still cannot be revealed, even as funeral plans are being finalized, police said today.

The name of the 11-year veteran could be released by Monday night, said Lt. Guy Toussaint, the department’s public information officer, in an interview with City News Service.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz requested that the fallen officer’s name be withheld by news media while the whereabouts of Christopher Jordan Dorner were unknown. Dorner is suspected of killing the officer in an assassination-style attack at a Riverside intersection Thursday.

The dead officer’s partner remained hospitalized today, with serious injuries and stable life signs, Toussaint told CNS. His name has also been withheld.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Drive. That church was also the site of services for slain Riverside police Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio in November 2010.

Like that ceremony, the entire Riverside police force will turn out for Wednesday’s funeral, complete with an honor guard procession that will bear the 34-year-old patrolman’s casket to Riverside National Cemetery for internment.

While the police department pays homage to its slain brother, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is expected to handle all emergency calls in the city.   The unnamed officer was killed during an attack at the intersection of Arlington and Magnolia avenues around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Both he and his partner, identified only as a 27-year-old officer on a training detail, were struck in the upper bodies, according to Diaz.

Diaz described the shootings as a “cowardly ambush.”

Donations are being accepted to assist the family of the murdered officer. All checks should be made out to Riverside Police Officers Association Assistance Fund, or RPOA, and mailed to 1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B, Riverside, Calif. 92507.

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Hate Crime Under Justice

Feb 8, 2013

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, Efren Marquez, 21, were arrested on Jan. 24 for committing an alleged hate crime in Compton,CA.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two Hispanic reputed gang members were expected to be arraigned today on federal hate crime charges for allegedly carrying out a racially motivated attack against four black juveniles as part of a campaign to intimidate black residents and force them out of their Compton neighborhood.

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, and Efren Marquez, 21, were named in a five-count indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury. Both were indicted on a single count of conspiracy to interfere with housing rights and four counts of interfering with housing rights, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, Aguilar and Marquez approached a black 17-year- old who was walking along a Compton street on Dec. 31 and referred to themselves as “NKs,” a racial term referring to someone who kills black people. The teen ran to his girlfriend’s house, where other black juveniles were located, and Aguilar and Marquez allegedly yelled racial epithets at the group and demanded that they get out of the neighborhood. They also allegedly assaulted the 17-year-old boy with a pipe and threatened another juvenile with a gun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

When the juveniles managed to run into the house, Aguilar and Marquez left the scene but returned a short time later with about 15 other gang members who went to the victims’ homes and yelled racial slurs and warned them to get out of the neighborhood, prosecutors allege. One of the gang members also smashed a window of one of the homes, prosecutors said.

“Hate-fueled crimes have no place in our society,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said. “No one should have to look over their shoulder in fear because of who they area. Incidents like the one described in the federal indictment prove that we must remain vigilant to ensure that the rights of every single American resident are protected at all times.”

Aguilar and Marquez had been in custody on unrelated state charges, but were transferred to federal charges today. There were expected to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court.

If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in prison on each count, prosecutors said.

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Downtown Los Angeles On Lock-Down

Feb 8, 2013

Sheriff’s officials have locked-down the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles in response to an unconfirmed report that someone generally matching the description of Christopher Jordan Dorner was seen in the area. Streets have been blocked off in the area.

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School Mentioned In Killer Manisfesto Children Stay Home

Feb 8, 2013

Photo By Cloe Poisson/Hartword Courant/MCT

NORWALK – As the search continued today for a fired Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected in the killings of three people, a Norwalk elementary school that he attended — and which he mentioned in his manifesto posted online Monday — remained closed for a second day, authorities said.

Norwalk Christian School was closed on Thursday, sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Arnold of the Norwalk Station, said.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, wanted in the revenge slayings of a college women’s basketball coach and her finance in Irvine and the ambush killing of a Riverside police officer, wrote in his manifesto that the elementary school in Norwalk was where he first experienced racism.

“My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school,” Dorner stated in his manifesto. “A fellow student … called me a n—– on the playground. My response was swift and non- lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch (and) kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher.

“The teacher reported it to the principal. The principal swatted (the other student) for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking (the other student) in response to him calling me a n—–,” Dorner wrote.

The school was closed toward the end of the school day on Thursday, as s security precaution, Arnold said.

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LAPD Shoots Innocent Citizens In Massive Man Hunt For Ex-cop

Feb 8, 2013

Photo By Reuters/Patrick T. Fallon

LOS ANGELES – A 71-year-old woman remained hospitalized this morning with two gunshot wounds she suffered when Los Angeles police detectives on the lookout for Christopher Jordan Dorner opened fire on her pickup truck as she and her daughter were delivering the Los Angeles Times in Torrance.

Emma Hernandez and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, were shot at on Redbeam Avenue in Torrance before dawn Thursday. Hernandez was twice hit in the back, according to her attorney, and was reported Thursday night to be stable. Her daughter received stitches on her finger.

“The problem with the situation is, it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn’t take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don’t look like a large black man,” attorney Glen T. Jonas, who is representing the victims, told the Los Angeles Times. Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and 270 pounds.

“We trust that the LAPD will step up and do the right thing and acknowledge that what they did was unacceptable, and we’ll deal with it,” Jonas said.

Police chief Charlie Beck Thursday called the Torrance shooting “a case of mistaken identity.”

Sources told The Times that the detectives involved in the shooting were on protective detail for a police official named in an online manifesto that authorities say Dorner posted to a Facebook page Monday. He has vowed to go on a killing spree in retaliation for having been fired from the LAPD and is accused of killing three people since Sunday.

Around 30 minutes after the women delivering papers were fired on, Torrance police opened fire after spotting a truck similar to Dorner’s at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street. No one was hurt.

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Storm Threatens Highways Harsh Weather Expected

Feb 8, 2013

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COLD PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM THROUGH TONIGHT… A COLD PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL AFFECT SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA THROUGH TONIGHT…BRINGING SHOWERS AND LOW SNOW LEVELS…AS WELL AS COLD AND BREEZY CONDITIONS TO MANY LOCATIONS.

THE MAIN IMPACT OF THIS COLD STORM WILL BE LOW SNOW LEVELS AND ICY ROADWAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS. SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL RAPIDLY THIS MORNING TO BETWEEN 2500 AND 3000 FEET AND PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT…POTENTIALLY FALLING TO 2000 FEET OR SLIGHTLY LOWER IN HEAVIER SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS. EXPECT 6 TO 10 INCH ACCUMULATIONS ABOVE 4000 FEET WITH THE HIGHEST TOTALS ON THE NORTHERN MOUNTAIN SLOPES OF VENTURA COUNTY AND NORTHWESTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY…INCLUDING PLACES SUCH AS LOCKWOOD VALLEY AND FRAZIER PARK…AND ACROSS THE EASTERN SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS.

LOWER SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 4000 FEET. IN THE FOOTHILLS ABOVE THE ANTELOPE AND CUYAMA VALLEYS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. MAJOR ROADS THAT WILL LIKELY BE AFFECTED BY ACCUMULATING SNOW DURING THE THROUGH THIS EVENING INCLUDE INTERSTATE 5…FROM NORTH OF CASTAIC TO THE GRAPEVINE…AND POSSIBLY HIGHWAY 14 THROUGH SOLEDAD CANYON INTO THE ANTELOPE VALLEY…HIGHWAY 133 IN VENTURA COUNTY…AND HIGHWAY 138 IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY.

SIGNIFICANT COLD AIR AND INSTABILITY WILL BRING A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA TODAY. ANY STORMS THAT DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND SMALL HAIL. DUE TO THE SHOWERY NATURE OF THIS SYSTEM…RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE QUITE VARIABLE…GENERALLY AVERAGING ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH ACROSS SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES…AND ACROSS EASTERN SECTIONS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY…WITH ONE TENTH TO ONE THIRD OF AN INCH ELSEWHERE.

IN THE FOOTHILLS OF EASTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND ON NORTHERN SLOPES…LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION TOTALS OF ONE HALF TO ONE INCH ARE POSSIBLE…MUCH OF WHICH WILL FALL AS SNOW. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL ALSO LIKELY BRING GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS TO PARTS OF THE REGION…WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS…DESERTS AND THE COASTAL AREAS OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES THROUGH THIS EVENING. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BE DANGEROUS FOR UNPREPARED HIKERS AND CAMPERS. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS…LOW VISIBILITIES… SNOW SHOWERS…AND ICY ROAD CONDITIONS COULD CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS…

WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ROAD CLOSURES. ANYONE PLANNING TO TRAVEL INTO THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS SHOULD CHECK THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AND BRING WARM CLOTHING…CHAINS…AND FOOD SUPPLIES. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/LOSANGELES…OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES.

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Midnight Thieves In Huntington Beach

Feb 7, 2013

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HUNTINGTON BEACH – Prompted by a series of early morning burglaries, Huntington Beach police today warned residents to lock their doors.There were about 20 reported burglaries, thefts from vehicles, and attempted thefts and break-ins between Jan. 23 and Saturday, Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien said.The thieves appear to be targeting the neighborhood near John R. Peterson Elementary School bounded by Beach Boulevard, Indianapolis Avenue, Newland Street and Atlanta Avenue, and the closed Robert H. Burke Elementary School bounded by Bushard Street, Indianapolis Avenue, Brookhurst Street and Atlanta Avenue.The thieves operate between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., O’Brien said.The thieves have been getting into residences through unlocked side or rear doors and unlocked car doors, O’Brien said.The thieves also mainly want electronics and cash, O’Brien said.Anyone with information on the burglaries was asked to call police and to report crimes as soon as possible at (714) 960-8825.Anyone who has surveillance video footage was asked to call (714) 536- 5949 or (714) 536-5653.

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