Archive for September, 2011

Are there any qualified African American Males Amongst us?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

( Last week, the Senate confirmed the first African-American woman to sit on the 6thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Bernice Donald. Earlier, she was the first African-American woman elected as a judge in Tennessee, the first appointed as federal bankruptcy judge in the nation and first confirmed as a U.S. district judge in Tennessee.

President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation's federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn't selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

According to Sheldon Goldman, author of the authoritative book "Picking Federal Judges pointed out that more than 70% of President Obama's confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were "non-traditional," or nominees who were not Caucasian Males. That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton 48.1% and George W. Bush 32.9%.

At the same time there were no African American Males Amongst them either which brings from the African American communities these types of questions; Are there any qualified African American Males Amongst us, or are we still at the back of the bus, or maybe at the bottom of the barrel?

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Hispanic Women Lag in Wage Earnings

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

(Hispanic Business) Hispanic women's median earnings are little more than half of white men's earnings at 54.5 percent, according to a study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). Overall, the wage gap between men and women workers has remained essentially unchanged for two years.

"The sluggish progress on the gender wage gap demonstrates that women are not yet obtaining jobs that pay enough, despite increases in education and training," said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President of IWPR. "As the economy begins to improve, I hope we will see women's lagging job growth improve, as well as their wages."

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Court: Ordinance restricting day laborers’ speech unconstitutional

Monday, September 19th, 2011

(CNN) The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional an ordinance in a southern California town that prevented day laborers on public sidewalks from soliciting work from passing drivers.

"Because the ordinance is not narrowly tailored to achieve the city's goals, it is facially unconstitutional," the court said in a 9-2 decision.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, MALDEF, called the decision "precedent-setting."

It affirmed a trial court's decision favoring the day laborer group Comite de Jornaleros in its lawsuit against the city of Redondo Beach.

The civil rights group said the court ruling sets "a strong precedent on day laborer rights."

The ruling was an en-banc decision — a previously ruled-upon case reheard by the panel of 11 circuit court judges — after civil rights attorneys successfully challenged the earlier 2-1 panel decision that had upheld the controversial ordinance, MALDEF said.

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Poll: Obama Losing Crucial Latino Votes

Monday, September 19th, 2011

(US News) It's been a particularly bad week for President Barack Obama.

His new jobs bill seems to be going nowhere fast despite his stumping the country in support of it. The Democrats lost two special elections for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives—one of which they had held since the Coolidge administration—in what was widely seen as a referendum on the job he is doing as president. Newspaper headlines are screaming that some members of his party are ready to push the panic button, and the bankruptcy of a so-called "green energy" firm that received heavy financial backing from Obama's Department of Energy—and which involves at least one of the president's major campaign contributors—is taking on all the earmarks of an emerging scandal.

To put it simply, the magic is gone.

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Republicans blow off Latino concerns in debate

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

(CNN) While the media's political high priests have been going gaga about Rep. Michele Bachmann's lying about the effects of the HPV vaccine, and Gov. Rick Perry's cozy role with pharmaceutical giant, Merck, the biggest issue coming out the CNN/Tea Party Express debate has been virtually ignored.

On Monday, a basic question about what the GOP should do to get Latinos to appeal to their party literally turned into a vicious discussion about building a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, how the DREAM Act is a horrible piece of legislation, and the typical Republican talking points about how bad illegal immigration is for the country.

Remember, the question had nothing to do with confronting illegal immigration. It was a softball question that any amateur politician could have answered in their sleep. About the only one who looked like a sane human being was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who defended his efforts to provide state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants, a position that was met with resistance from the other candidates and the tea party audience.

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Black Farmer Movement Gets Support From Group In California

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

(Huffington Post) As the sun rises on tilled soil on the outskirts of Fresno, Calif., Mori Vance bends to pick black eyed peas, then disappears among towering okra bushes. Vance, who is African-American, is harvesting her first crop with several other novice black farmers, all hoping to make it their life's work.

The African American Farmers of California started the 15-acre demonstration farm to teach about growing and eating healthy food and to get African-American kids interested in agriculture.

The project is part of a nationwide effort to revive the pride of black farmers and reverse the decline of black-owned farms. In Milwaukee, Atlanta and Chicago, black-run nonprofit organizations are providing African-Americans with land to farm, conducting workshops in agriculture and training youth in gardening.

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NFL, Cardinals top the competition in creating Hispanic fans

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

(Phoenix Business Journal) The National Football League  across the country and the Arizona Cardinals in the Phoenix market are stretching their leads over their competitors when it comes to marketing to Hispanic fans and fostering their loyalty.

“Without question, Hispanic sports fans are migrating to the Cardinals in greater numbers,” said Ray Artigue, CEO of the Artigue Agency communications firm in Scottsdale and a former executive with the Phoenix Suns  . “Historically baseball loyalists, Hispanics are also becoming football fans. And, research shows that the NFL is starting to dominate this audience segment.”

Artigue is also former head the sports MBA program at Arizona State University  .

Cardinals vice president Mark Dalton points to an ESPN poll showing Hispanic fans list the NFL as their favorite American sport. Twenty-six percent of Hispanic fans in the ESPN poll say the NFL is their favorite sport compared to 9 percent each for baseball and basketball. That mirrors other polls of all U.S. sports fans showing the NFL as the most popular sport.

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Kmart targets Latina demographic with scholarship program

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

( Kmart announced yesterday the formulation of their Latina Smart Fund. The announcement was part of their observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Latino market is important to Kmart as many of their stores are in urban areas with a high or emerging Hispanic population

"Kmart recognizes education is a passion point within the Latino culture," said Nydia Sahagun, the director of multicultural marketing for Sears Holdings, the parent company of Kmart.

The Hispanic demographic has been very loyal to Kmart. As the chain moved its headquarters from downtown Detroit to suburban Troy in the 1970s they also were the first major national discounter to expand to Puerto Rico with stores in San Juan and Ponce. Both Kmart and Walgreens, which also expanded to the island around the same time, have enjoyed the loyalty of shoppers in the face of increasing competition as other retailers have moved there.

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Latino Childhood Obesity: Seeking Solutions At Home And At School

Friday, September 16th, 2011

(Huffington Post) September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and organizations such as the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership for Healthy Communities and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are taking a closer look at the challenges Latino children in particular face.

According to the National Council of La Raza, there are more than 16 million Latino children under the age of 18 living in the United States. The number of Latino children has increased by 30 percent since 2000 and doubled since 1990, making them one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. And as of May 2010, 38.2 percent of Hispanic children ages 2 to 19 were overweight or obese, compared with 31.7 percent of all children, according to the Leadership for Healthy Communities.

The National Council of La Raza reports that one out of two Latino children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. "That is the statistic that should be our wake-up call,” said Jennifer Ng'andu, deputy director of the council's health policy project, where she oversees efforts to improve the health status and outcomes of Latinos through national policy change.

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Monolithic Latino myth getting offensive

Friday, September 16th, 2011

(San Antonio Express-News) The pro-amnesty lobby is having a field day with the revelation that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican tough on illegal immigration, had grandparents who came to the United States illegally.

Commentators have been quick to jab that aside from 1930 census records confirming the illegal status of the governor's paternal grandparents, it is unknown whether they had drivers' licenses. That is a thinly veiled dig at Martinez's crusade to change her state's long-standing leniency in granting licenses to illegal immigrants as long as they pass a written test and demonstrate they can turn, stop and park a car.

One prominent illegal-immigrant advocacy group cracked, “It's a good thing she wasn't governor during her grandfather's day” and used the occasion to selectively quote experts to promote the party line that every Latino must be pro-amnesty. The logic is Latinos are likely to have family members living here illegally now or at some time in the past.

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