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Latino Voices

FAMILY CALLS FOR JUSTICE AFTER BORDER PATROL AGENT KILLS YOUNG MOTHER OF 5

“There is a troubling and growing pattern of abuse and excessive use of force committed by Border Patrol agents; our community demands to know what led to such a brutal act by that plainclothes agent.” – Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee U.S. Mexico Border Program

October 1, 2012 (Chula Vista)—Family members  and human rights advocates seek answers  from authorities following the bizarre shooting death of Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado, 32, mother of five young children, by a Border Patrol officer in plainclothes.  A candlelight vigil for the victim is planned tonight at 6 p.m.

Witness accounts vary sharply from the initial report released by authorities.  The San Diego Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

SEEKING FILMS AND VIDEOS FOR 20TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

September 22, 2012 (San Diego) --Be a part of film history! Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 7-17, 2013)! Come celebrate our landmark 20th year with an even broader program of exhilarating new activities, special events, and initiatives. The 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries for the 2013 festival. SDLFF will take place March 7-17, 2013 at the Ultrastar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in San Diego, California. 

LGBT IMMIGRANTS, ASYLEES AND REFUGEE SEEKERS EXPLORE EMERGING ISSUES SEPT 29

September 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- Join SAME and The "Centro Cultural De La Raza" as we Co-Host this important subject on  September 29th, 2012 from 6 –9p.m. at Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101.

Experienced attorneys will speak about issues impacting LGBT immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, including the progress made in adjudicating claims by same-sex  bi-national couples, the impact of DOMA litigation or repeal of DOMA on LGBT immigrants and much more.

CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER ARRESTED BY BORDER CORRUPTION TASK FORCE AGENTS

September 17, 2012 (San Diego) – Daphne Hearn, Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego FBI Office, and Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations, Customs Border Protection (CBP) announced the arrest of CBP Officer Thomas Silva, age 33, a nine-year veteran with the CBP. Silva was arrested on Friday, September 7 2012, at approximately 8:30 a.m, at the San Ysidro Port of Entry by CBP and FBI Agents assigned to the FBI Border Corruption Task Force (BCTF) pursuant to a federal arrest warrant based on a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, case number 12MJ3305. The complaint charges Silva with wire fraud and concealing a person from arrest.

TIJUANA INNOVADORA 2012 CONFERENCE KICK OFF BEGINS

September 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 30-day countdown has begun for the largest innovation conference this year: Tijuana Innovadora. This event is unlike any other event in the U.S. or Mexico in the range of renowned speakers and the variety of cultural events. Nearly 700,000 people attended the last time the conference was held. San Diegans are invited to attend this celebration of innovation and culture close to home. Mayors Sanders and Bustamante are celebrating their cities' historic cooperation to promote Tijuana Innovadora. Community groups  on both sides of the border have been invited to promote the upcoming conference. 

THE OPERA, CARMEN TO BE PERFORMED AT LAS PLAYAS ARENA ON AUG 30 AND SEPT 1

 
Update: All of the tickets for Carmen have sold out.
 
August 28. 2012 (Tijuana) -- One of the most famous operas in the world, Carmen, by George Bizet will be performed in Tijuana, Mexico at the Playas de Tijuana inside the rodeo arena on August 30, and September 1 at 8:00 p.m. The opera is sponsored by Tijuana's Municipal Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) and Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts.
 
The event is being  held as part of the celebrations organized to commemorate the anniversary of the founding CXXIII city of Tijuana.

HEARTWARMING ARGENTINE COMEDY:UN CUENTO CHINO CONTINUES SDLFF's 13TH ANNUAL CINEMA EN TU IDIOMA FILM SERIES! SEPT 7-13

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to present its 13th annual Cinema en tu Idioma Fall Film Series showcasing the best of Latin American, Mexican, and Spanish Cinema! 


CONFERENCE CELEBRATES WORLD INNOVATION OCT. 11-21

 
July 12, 2012 (Tijuana) -- The world’s leading innovators will gather this October at an international conference on San Diego’s doorstep. Nobel laureates Rajendra K. Pachauri, the United Nations’ point man on climate change, and Ada Yonath, winner of the Chemistry Prize, will join global thought leaders, technology entrepreneurs and pioneering philanthropists at the event, called Tijuana Innovadora 2012.

PRI RETAKES THE MEXICAN PRESIDENCY

PAN also rebuked in governor races

By Nadin Abbott

July 2, 2012 (San Diego)-- Enrique Peña Nieto has been declared the winner of  Mexico’s federal election yesterday. Mexico, unlike the United States, has a one-term limit for every office, from Mayor to President. His defeat of the PAN counterpart, Josefina Vazquez Mota, was not unexpected. All polling going into the election had Peña Nieto ahead by five to ten points.

TIJUANA INNOVADORA CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL CASTING CALL FOR MODELS

 

 
July 1, 2012 (Tijuana) -– A great opportunity for models is coming up. Innovative fashion designers are looking for female models that can showcase the border region’s dynamic style. There will be a casting call on Saturday, July 7, in Tijuana. The selected models will star in an international fashion show on Oct. 14 during the conference called Tijuana Innovadora.

 

U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS FOIL COCAINE AND METH SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS AT SAN DIEGO CHECKPOINTS

 

 
June 27, 2012 (San Diego)--U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented two drug smuggling attempts last week resulting in the seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine worth an estimated $344,650, the U.S. Border Patrol has announced. The seizures were made on checkpoints in San Diego’s East County and North County.

SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS KEY PROVISIONS OF ARIZONA IMMIGRANT LAW

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – By a  5 to 3 ruling yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that key provisions in an Arizona law targeting immigrants is unconstitutional.  The court upheld a controversial police powers provision, however.  

LOCAL LATINO LEADER REACTS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION POLICY CHANGES

By Miriam Raftery

Sierra Robinson also contributed to this report

June 18, 2012 (Washington D.C.)— "It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans," said President Obama Friday, speaking at the White House. View a video.

The President noted that many children of undocumented immigrants have grown up in America, only learning of their own undocumented status when they apply for a driver’s license or a job.

Under a new policy announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, young immigrants who meet certain criteria will no longer be deported. Instead, those who qualify will be eligible for deferred action for two years, subject to renewal.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON CONCERT JUNE 15 TO BENEFIT UNITED FARM WORKERS’ 50TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Tickets are on sale now for the Kris Kristofferson & Friends concert series to benefit the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers (UFW). The tickets are available at http://www.ufw.org, and limited VIP seats are available. The San Diego area tickets for the concert on Friday, June 15th are also available at Spreckles Theater. The San Diego concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will feature Mariachi Divas.

 

THE FACTS ABOUT CINCO DE MAYO

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
May 4, 2012 (East County) -- Perhaps the least understood celebration attributed to Spanish-speaking people is Cinco de Mayo. There seems to be an idea that it is the Mexican Independence Day. Many others believe that, if you speak Spanish, you celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It is neither.  Please keep reading for more information on:

 

 

¡CELÉBRATE! THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

 
May 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- On three days in May, the Anti-Defamation League San Diego Regional Office with special support provided by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego will be presenting a festival of film, music, and lectures highlighting the historic, and contemporary journey of the Jewish people.

MEXICAN SEWAGE SPILL IMPACTS LOCAL WATER QUALITY

 
Existing Water Contact Closure for Border Field Park and Tijuana Sloughs to Remain                         
     
April 25, 2012 (Tijuana, Mexico) -- An estimated 2 million gallon sewage spill occurred yesterday in Mexico. The spill, which was caused by a broken sewer line in Rio Alamar drainage, started 12:00 PM and ended at 12:00 AM midnight yesterday. None of the sewage was recovered so all of it flowed into the Tijuana River. 

FAMILY OF ANASTASIO ROJAS TO WATCH BRUTALITY VIDEO WITH THE COMMUNITY APRIL 20

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego resident Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten and Tasered to death in a 2010 incident involving Border Patrol.  Tonight at 7:30 p.m. members of his family, civic and faith leaders will gather to watch new footage on “Need to Know”, a film that will raise the issue of border brutality to national attention.

LATINO LEADERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS RALLY FOR SOLIDARITY IN DISTRICT 9: EMERALD URGES GREATER CIVIC PARTICIPATION

 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego) – In a show of support for Councilmember Marti Emerald’s reelection, more than 60 Latino leaders and community members attended a rally yesterday in City Heights.
 
“I am extremely grateful for the support of the people from so many diverse neighborhoods and communities in District 9,” Emerald said. “I believe it is critical that all communities are empowered and have a voice.” Emerald said that voting is an important way to empower District 9 residents. “If you want to be heard, you must vote,” she added.

BAJA MED FOOD TASTING AND NORTEC COLLECTIVE MUSIC!

 
April 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- There will be an evening of art, music and food to celebrate the culture and cuisine of Tijuana and Guadalupe Valley while viewing Mingei International Museum’s new exhibitions on Friday, April 27, 2012  from 6-9 p.m. at the Balboa Park (Mingei International Museum).

LA PASCUA Y LOS CASCARÓNES

 
Easter and confetti-filled eggs
 
By Mayan Avitable
 
April 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- In the Spanish-speaking world, La Pascua de Resurreción (Easter) is a very colorful time of year coming at the end of the Holy Week that begins with el Viernes Santo (Good Friday). In almost every place in Latin America and Spain, there are religious observances, and celebrations.

EL GOBERNADOR BROWN Y LOS MAESTROS UNEN FUERZAS PARA LA INICIATIVA FISCAL DE NOVIEMBRE

 
By Lori Abbott/Alfonso López-Collada, Public News Service
 
15 de Marzo 2012 (Sacramento)--El Gobernador Jerry Brown y la California Federation of Teachers (Federación de Maestros de California) llegaron a un acuerdo sobre la iniciativa fiscal de noviembre. Aunque ambos apoyan iniciativas de impuestos que rivalizan, han decidido unir sus fuerzas con la esperanza de lograr un pacto de apoyo para la votación de noviembre.

¡Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN: AUTHENTIC, GENUINE, AND TALENTED

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
March 23, 2012 (Los Angeles) -- It looks like Simon Fuller has another hit on his hands. He owes his reputation to groups like the Spice Girls, albums by stars such as Annie Lennox, Carrie Underwood,  Daughtry, Amy Winehouse, Adam Lambert, and franchise shows such as American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance.

READER’S EDITORIAL: CAN REPUBLICANS WIN THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT THE HISPANIC VOTE?

 
By Patrick Osio
 
March 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Surely the Republican Party knows that it will be most difficult to occupy the White House without a significant percentage of Hispanic votes. Why then are two of the leading candidates seeking the nomination taking such anti-Hispanic positions, particularly front runner Mitt Romney?  Romney must know that his flip-flops on positions affecting the Hispanic community are disconcerting and unsympathetic to the feelings of the great majority of Hispanics throughout the country.

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION CITIZEN’S ACADEMY TO START MARCH 24

Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Friday, March 16

March 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy is offering classes beginning March 24 to provide the community with information which will familiarize them with CBP’s mission and goals.  CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.

FREE PREMIER SCREENING: HARVEST OF LONELINESS, FILM ON BRACERO PROGRAM MARCH 17-18

 
Meet the filmmakers during premier at local libraries
 
February 25, 2012 (El Cajon)--From 1942 to 1964, millions of Mexico's men and their families participated in the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero program. Harvest of Loneliness is a documentary that tells the story of men, women, and children whose lives were changed by this program.

AGENTS ARREST ARMED ALIEN SMUGGLER IN JACUMBA

 
March 4, 2012 (Jacumba) --On February 14, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Boulevard Station collaborated with San Diego Sector Air Mobile Unit to conduct anti-smuggling operations in Jacumba. 
 
At approximately 2:00 p.m., agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling along Old Highway 80. Agents stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver and occupants. A field investigation revealed that both subjects were United States citizens in the area attempting to smuggle illegal aliens.

 

AGENTS ARREST LAST MEMBER OF SMUGGLING FAMILY IN JACUMBA

 

March 3, 2012 (Jacumba) -- Members of the Boulevard Border Patrol Station Abatement Team (BLV SAT) executed a Federal Arrest Warrant on February 19 for the notorious alien smuggler Steven Virgin Zavala.  Zavala, the last member of his family residing in the town of Jacumba, was the leader of Zavala Transnational Criminal Organization.

 

UNDOCUMENTED PULITZER PRIZE WINNER JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS GIVES KEYNOTE SPEECH AT ALL PEOPLE’S BREAKFAST HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

By Manuel Ocana (Spanish translation below)
 

January 19, 2012 (San Diego) --Philippino undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Jose Antonio Vargas was the keynote speaker for the All People's Breakfast honoring Dr Martin Luther King on Monday, January 16.

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