News Clips Feb. 3, 2010

Wilmer Valderrama Seeks to Bring Census Awareness to Hispanic Community

Beginning in March, Americans will receive a form in the mail to fill out and return to the U.S. Census Bureau. Every decade, many wonder why it’s so necessary to participate in the census. From alloting seats in the House of Representatives to dispersal of billions in federal spending, there are numerous reasons. But the word isn’t getting out to everyone.

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/02/02/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6167308.shtml

Immigration-bill marchers win a nod from Rep. Brady

About 40 immigrant advocates marched to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s South Philadelphia office yesterday, urging the congressman to co-sponsor a House bill on comprehensive immigration reform.

Chanting “Qué queremos? Justicia!” and “A qué venimos? A trabajar!” (What do we want? Justice! What are we here for? To work!”), the predominantly Hispanic immigrants, mixed with Cambodians, held signs that declared, “This is the only home I and my children know” and “Reform Immigration for America.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/83421222.html

Police Chief to Immigrants: May the Force Be With You

Activists at political rallies are accustomed to the sight of police officers, uniformed and plainclothes, observing their actions. But rarely are cops featured as invited guests and welcomed participants. So it came as somewhat of a surprise last night when new Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck, decked out in uniform, stood before an immigrants’ rights rally at La Placita church downtown to declare to a crowd of about 1,000 that “a person’s immigration status alone is not the business of the Los Angeles Police Department!”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-kaye/police-chief-to-immigrant_b_446512.html

Democratic legislator slams Obama for failure to deliver on immigration reform, warns of Latino backlash at the polls

Many Latinos are furious at President Obama for failing to deliver on promises to push immigration reform legislation and may stay away from the polls during this year’s midterm elections if they don’t see concrete progress, including legalization of undocumented immigrants, a key Democratic legislator said Monday.

“People are angry and disillusioned,” U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) said in an interview with The Times.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/democratic-legislator-slams-president-obama-over-immigration-reform.html

Activists Push Comprehensive Immigration Reform

ATLANTA – A coalition of activists, led by the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), rallied Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at the Georgia state capitol to bring attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Advocates are pushing a Congressional bill sponsored by US Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-FL) called the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security And Prosperity Act of 2009 (HR 4321).

http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0594.html

Rep. Bob Brady Gets Behind New Immigrants’ Rights Bill

by KYW’s Lynne Adkins

About 50 people demonstrated on Tuesday in South Philadelphia, calling on a local US congressman to support an immigration bill designed to keep families together.

Chanting “Sí, se puede” (“yes we can”) outside the office of Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) on South Broad Street, the group found out that it could get what it wanted: Brady’s support of an immigration bill to protect the rights of immigrants and families.

http://www.kyw1060.com/Rep–Bob-Brady-Gets-Behind-New-Immigrants–Rights-/6268456

Will illegal immigration rebound with the economy?

More than a year after the economy tanked, not only do millions of Americans still find themselves out of work, but so do many undocumented immigrants.

At least the ones who are still here looking. Many immigrants returned to their home countries, such as Mexico. New migration to the U.S. dropped with the economic downturn as many would-be illegal border crossers didn’t want to risk uncertain job prospects and making it past tougher border security measures.

Read more: http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-02-01/politics-city-county-government/illegal-immigration-economy-news-article#ixzz0eTvFidHy

Health care reform like putting man on moon

Can history repeat itself? When it comes to health care reform, let’s hope so. The parallels are striking. A young, charismatic president. A “special address to Congress.” A time of national uncertainty.

Barack Obama on health care? No. John Kennedy on the space race. On May 25, 1961, JFK intoned:

“Let it be clear that I am asking the Congress and the country to accept a firm commitment to a new course of action — a course which will last for many years and carry very heavy costs.” Sound familiar?

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/commentary/fl-forum-health-care-reform-20100202,0,2104018.story

Washington Tackles Health Care Reform

Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget includes health care plan

By William Branigin, Lori Montgomery

Feb 1, 2010
12:57 PM
The President’s grand domestic plans, which also include expansion of the federal student loan program and far-reaching climate change legislation, are part of the blueprint but stalled in Congress, with no clear path forward

http://livingstories.googlelabs.com/lsps/healthcare#OVERVIEW:false,false,false,n,n,n:null;

Spanish-Speaking Mothers Less Likely to Turn on TV

Kids of English-speaking Hispanic moms spend more time in front of the tube, study finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) — Young children of Hispanic mothers whose main language is Spanish watch less TV than children of Hispanic moms who speak mostly English, a U.S. study has found.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center researchers surveyed 1,332 Hispanic and white mothers with children aged 4 months to 3 years, and found that children of English-speaking Hispanic mothers watched nearly 2.5 hours of TV per day, compared to about 90 minutes for children of Spanish-speaking mothers.

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/635565.html

Hispanic Women Bring Home the Bacon as Families Tighten Their Belts

Yesterday, Catherine Singley, our economic policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), joined Ana Roca Castro (Latinos in Social Media), Marisa Trevino (Latina Lista), and Veronica Arreola (Viva la Feminista!) for a radio interview on Latinos and the workforce titled “How Are Latino Families Changing as Latinas Bring Home the Bacon?” The panel covered issues ranging from unemployment to child care to family dynamics.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-murguia/hispanic-women-bring-home_b_446458.html

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