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Protesters in Murrieta Terrorize Children

7 Jul

An expression of continuing racism in American is displayed in #Murrieta.

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Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained crossing our borders. Thousands of desperate children and families have fled the sexual explotation, murders and extortion from gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

These refugees are exactly that. Refugees. They are fleeing violence, some without even their parents, to escape from the threat of death at home. They get to the “land of the free” and are met with this:

Most of the protestors on the “anti immigration” side seemed fully unaware of this fact. They simply and arrogantly ranted and raved about “Mexicans taking our jobs” and closing our borders.

When I asked one woman what the difference is between a refugee and an immigrant she said “it doesn’t f-ing matter, they will take our jobs! Why don’t you…

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Civil rights suit filed against U.S. officials: Young mother murdered in Mexico after wrongful deportation

7 Jun

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – June 5, 2013 – A civil rights lawsuit against agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been filed on behalf of three minor children. Their mother, “Laura S.” was brutally murdered in Mexico after she was wrongfully deported by the Defendants. The attorneys and concerned members of the community will discuss the case and the serious issues it raises at the June 6, 2013 press conference, and a moment of silence will be held in memory of Laura S. and all victims of U.S. immigration abuse.

Laura S. was twenty-two years old and the mother of three small children when she was stopped for a minor traffic violation and turned over to a Border Patrol agent in 2009. For many years she had been severely battered by her abusive boyfriend, “Sergio H.” and she had recently obtained the protection of the local police and courts of law. Enraged, Sergio had returned to Mexico, threatening to kill her.

According to the complaint, Laura S. begged ICE and/or CBP officials not to return her to Mexico. She explained that she would be killed by her violent ex-boyfriend, that she had protective orders from the courts, and that she had three small children at home. Although she was eligible for relief from the immigration courts, she was given no hearing. Instead, the agents forced her back into Mexico within hours. She continued to weep and plead all the way to the bridge.

Within days Sergio H. found Laura S. in Reynosa and attacked her, nearly biting off her ear. He then abducted and strangled her, leaving her body in a burning car.

“This tragedy represents a grave and growing problem for our community in the border area. Immigration and Border Patrol officers have long been reported to take improper ‘short cuts’ in processing locals. In the era of the drug war, this can have fatal results,” said TRLA lead counsel Jennifer Harbury.

“We hope that this case will prove a catalyst for needed change in the conduct of Border Patrol officers and compensation for the three children left motherless and traumatized by this incident,” said Joseph Martin, attorney for STCRP.

The lawsuit was filed by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and the South Texas Civil Rights Project (STCRP).

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information, visitwww.trla.org.

For over 30 years the South Texas Civil Rights Project has provided free legal services to lowincome persons in the Rio Grande Valley. The mission of the South Texas Civil Rights Project is to promote racial, social and economic justice through education and litigation.

My Voting Guide for Hidalgo

14 May

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Early voting starts TODAY, Monday the 14th on to the 25th.

You may vote from 7am to 7pm at any one of the 25 polling places.

Information voting location is here for Hidalgo is here, http://bit.ly/JzPy9t

You should vote because you should care about the issue(s) health, education, economy, environment, immigration, religion, privacy, war, etc.

Who we vote for makes decision on these issues that affect us all.

Do you like paying taxes? Either way, the government spends you tax money, whether it be a little or a lot, the people who get elected help decide how it should spent?

You determines who gets elected to congress, which is in charge of coming up with the yearly budget and apportionment of state money. 

More information about voting in the RGV is here http://aactnow.org/

 

If you don’t know who to vote for, here are my selections for your consideration.

Some of the races apply only to the district I live on.

(Share it with people who don’t know who to vote for or just need information)

 

US Senator

Paul Sadler

The only candidate  who has held public office, Sadler experience consists of hist time in the Texas House from 1991 to 2003

Sadler, said in a political forum that he’d “taken the arrows” in office — even received death threats over his efforts to reform the state tax code.

 “I have more experience with tax codes than any other person in the U.S. Senate,” he said.

 http://www.texastribune.org/directory/paul-sadler/

 

Member of Congress District 15

 Ruben Hinojosa

He is an incumbent who supports education and has experience.

He has worked for the betterment of our district. When the administration was prepared to compromise on the budget by cutting funding for college loans, he rallied others in Congress to refuse the deal and protected low-income students from losing an opportunity to get an education.

 

State Representative District 40

Agustin Hernandez

The best candidate is Agustin Hernandez, his reasoning for running and his proposals on his website are very convincing and well thought out.

http://hdztx.com/

As I was doing research for this I am looking these people up. I have met most of them, Mr Betancourt doesn’t even have a website or it is hard to find. Terry Canalez is an attorney with no real experience or valuable convincing reason being elected. Robert Pena has the experience,  he was in a school district and has been part of several business organizations, he would be the candidate that would most likely care for business interest most of all.

 

Referendum #1 – FOR

Reads:

Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

 

If these students did the work, made the grades, and have lived in Texas for a long time they should be able to go to college. When they graduate, they would become great additions to our state. If they are going to college they are not criminals. Education should be a universal right

 

Referendum #2 – FOR

Reads:

Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.

 

Education is a social equalizer and helps people greatly increase their ability to progress. Students are graduating with greater amounts of debt.

The Texas legislature cut a lot of money to education last year in the 2011 congressional session.  Colleges have been affected; they have had to cut down the number of teacher and other areas of school which affects students.

We need to invest in our education to have better inventors, teachers, doctors, scientists, etc. That will bring progress to our state and country.

 

 

Referendum #3 – FOR

 Reads

 Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education?

 

We need to keep the money in Texas, people gamble when they do they have to go spend all that money in Las Vegas or other locations, we should keep the money here.

The money needed to support our education system needs to come from somewhere and since corporations don’t want to pay taxes some institution must.

It absence of the Legislature’s willingness to provide needed income to the State, this is an alternative that should be acceptable.

RELATED LINKS


Turnout and voter registration in Texas (by the numbers)

 http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/historical/70-92.shtml

 

More equal societies work better for everyone

18 Oct
Visit http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/



People in more equal societies live longer, have better mental health and are more socially mobile. Community life is stronger where the income gap is narrower, children do better at school and they are less likely to become teenage parents. When inequality is reduced people trust each other more, there is less violence and rates of imprisonment are lower.

If we want to build a better society, it is essential we take action now to reduce the gap between rich and poor.


In rich countries, a smaller gap between rich and poor means a happier, healthier, and more successful population. 

Lost, Abused And Neglected For A Profit

14 Sep

 

Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez is a 50 year old legal resident with a mental disability. In 2004 Gomez was detained because of a dispute at a grocery store over a bag of tomatoes.

 

Guillermo spent two years at a private CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) detention facility – the corporation neglected to report his medical condition.

 

Watch our video and take a stand with Cuéntame’s Immigrant For Sale documentary campaign today.CCA profited close to $90,000 off of Gomez’ incarceration, and ensured greater profit by failing to disclose his mental disability effectively leaving Guillermo trapped for 2 years. In 2010 CCA CEO Damon T. Hininger received $3,266,387 in total compensation.

 

It’s time to put an end to the private prison racket. How many more are suffering lost in a system that values profit over justice? Join the discussion on Facebook today!
Yours,
Axel Caballero and the Cuéntame team.
I invite you to join Cuéntame on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED OUR OTHER IMMIGRANTS FOR SALE VIDEOS:

A Family Split Apart

 

Pedro Guzman spent 19 months at CCA’s Stewart private detention because he missed an immigration order.

 

Authorities showed no mercy after Guzman explained the court order was sent to an old address.

 

CCA profited approximately $72,000 from Pedro’s detention.

 

Guzman’s wife Emily and only son Logan endured a painful and debilitating struggle to survive while they fought for Pedro’s release.

Death For Profit

 

Roberto Martinez-Medina died in CCA’s Stewart Detention Center in Georgia in 2009.

 

Medina had been arrested a month earlier for not having a driver’s license.

 

CCA profited off of Medina’s incarceration, and ensured a greater profit by denying him critical health care.

 

CCA has gone to great lengths to hush Medina’s death.

Immigrants For Sale Animated Trailer

 

Top 3 things YOU need to know about the private prison money scheme:

 

1) The victims: Private prisons don’t care about who they lock up. At $200 per immigrant a night, this is the “perfect” money scheme.

 

2) The players: CCA, Geo Group and MTC — combined currently profit more than $5 billion a year.

 

3)The money: These corporations spend $20 million a year lobbying legislators to get anti-immigrant laws approved and thus more inmates.

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