Facebook Text Campaign to Deliver Tacos to East Haven Mayor Takes Off

We have seen a lot of stories go viral online, but it is safe to say that the 24-hour news cycle regarding East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo and his "taco" comments first reported by WPIX-TV is moving at blinding speed.

Case in point: now there is a Facebook campaign to deliver Maturo tacos tomorrow afternoon at his office. The Facebook Fan Page of Reform Immigration for America has a pretty simple campaign going on

Thanks everyone for all your taco support today! Hundreds of you have texted your support and we'll be sending the first batch of tacos to the mayor tomorrow! And, if you haven't already, text TACO to 69866 to send Mayor Maturo a taco! Stress is no excuse for racist and careless comments.

Romney Tells Univision That He Is Not “Anti-Immigrant” and That Gingrich’s Tactics Are “Sad”

Today, Univision News held a GOP Candidates Forum in Miami. Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich had separate interviews with Jorge Ramos to discuss key issues in the upcoming Florida Republican Primary. According to Univision, highlights of both interviews will be aired on this Sunday's January 29 broadcast of "Al Unto" at 10 AM ET/PT and 9 AM CT. The network will also include highlights in Spanish on its Destino 2012 site

Earlier today Gingrich stated his stance on immigration with Ramos. Then it was Romney's turn. The first topic was about how a Gingrich as is labeling Romney as being "anti-immigrant." Here are segments of what he said, from Univision News' Tumblr page:

“It’s very sad for a candidate to resort to that sort of epithet. It’s just inappropriate. There are differences between candidates on different issues, but we don’t attack each other with those types of terrible terms.

Gingrich’s campaign said Tuesday he would pull the ad, which aired on Florida radio stations.

“I’m not anti-immigrant, I’m pro-immigrant. I like immigration. Immigration has been an extraordinary source of strength in this country, as I’m sure you know,” he added. 

“Immigrants form more businesses than do domestic-born Americans. The immigrant population in this country has created great vitality in our economy as well as in our culture.”

Romney also said the following when Ramos asked him about Gingrich's support of "self-deportation:"

“Actually, he was asked on the Laura Ingraham show whether he supported self-deportation and he said yes. And his spokesman also indicated, said that the speaker supports self-deportation, the concept of self-deportation. And so unfortunately for him these are things he’s already spoken out about and he’s spoken out about them in favor.”

He also suggested that Gingrich is pandering for the Florida Latino vote:

"I recognize that its very tempting to come out to an audience like this and pander to the audience and say what you hope the audience will want to hear, but frankly I think that’s unbecoming of a presidential candidate and I think that was a mistake on his part."

After stating his opposition to The DREAM Act, Romney addressed his campaign's worst secret: that his father was born in Mexico.

"I don’t think people would think I was being honest with them if I said I was Mexican-American”

HuffPost’s @LatinoVoices Publishes Unedited RAW VIDEO of East Haven Mayor’s “Taco” Interview

Yes, we know East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo issued an apology for his "taco" remarks that he gave to a WPIX-TV reporter last night when discussing his efforts to reach out to the Latino community in light of four police officers being arrested for racial profiling. And yes, by now, you have probably seen WPIX's edited video.

This afternoon, though, The Huffington Post's Latino Voices published the entire unedited video of the interview. You want context, you got it. We don't think Mayor Maturo is being very mature here. But you decide.

 

Univision’s Jorge Ramos (True Rebelde) Grills Gingrich on DREAM Act, Immigration, and “Self-Deportation”

With a key Florida election coming up where the Hispanic vote will matter, Univision News published highlights from an interview between Jorge Ramos (one of our favorite Rebeldes) and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Here is an excerpt of what Univision News reported:

Asked by Ramos about the DREAM Act, the Democrats’ proposal to provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented children of immigrants who attend college or serve in the military, Gingrich reiterated his support for the military component, but not the scholastic one.

 

According to a new poll released this morning by ABC News and Univision, Gingrich, fresh off his resounding victory in last week’s South Carolina primary, trails Romney by a wide margin among Latino Republicans in Florida: 49 percent to 23 percent.

 

The advantage that Romney enjoys stems in large part from the support that the former Massachusetts governor receives from the sizable Cuban-American population here after he was bolstered by some key endorsements from Cuban-American lawmakers in Congress such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Making matters worse for Gingrich, the former House Speaker is way behind Obama among Latinos nationwide in a hypothetical general election match-up with President Obama: 70 percent of the Latino vote would go to the president, compared to only 22 percent for Gingrich.


“You would lose the general election with these numbers,” Ramos told him.


 

“I think by the time we get to the fall campaign — we talked about values where the Latino community is far closer to me than they are to Obama, we talked about the failure to create jobs where the Latino community has a much greater concern than President Obama does, we talked about an effective Latin America policy where he’s clearly failed, we talked about Iranians and Ahmadinejad and the alliance with Chavez where the president has clearly failed, we talked about his failure in Cuba — I have a hunch that by this fall we may do better than any Republican except maybe Reagan,” replied Gingrich.

“My goal would be to break the majority,” he said.

Gingrich and Ramos also talked about Mitt Romney's idea that immigrations should practice "self-deportation." Here is a video clip (not from Univision News' YouTube channel) about that part of the interview.

Even though Gingrich has taken on a more moderate tone on immigration, he still favors the removal of federal lawsuits related to the current Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama immigration laws. He also is against "birth tourism."

NY Giants Star Receiver Victor Cruz Does His Trademark Salsa Dance at Modell’s

New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver and boricua Victor Cruz is hot right now. As his teams heads to the Super Bowl, it is all about Cruz and his trademark salsa touchdown salsa.

From YouTube: 

New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz visits Modell's Sporting Goods in Times Square to dance the salsa with fans. Shows off his touchdown dance and signature Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz CHA-CHA Salsa shirt, launched and sold exclusively by Modell's Sporting Goods.

East Haven Mayor Maturo Apologizes for “Taco” Comment

Talk about quick.

Less than 24 hours after WPIX TV caught him with a "taco" comment as a way to improve his city's relations with Latino community amid news that four of his officers were arrested for racial profiling, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo has apologized for his comments, the New Haven Register today.

“My sincerest apologies go out to the East Haven community and, in particular, the Latino community for the insensitive and off-collar comment that I made to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz yesterday regarding the recent events affecting our community and our police department.

Unfortunately, I let the stress of the situation get the best of me and inflamed what is already a serious and unfortunate situation. I regret my insensitive comment and realize that it is my job to lead by example,” Maturo said, going on to explain he created a new oversight committee for Police Department improvements that includes a member of the Latino community.

“My sincerest apologies go out to the East Haven community and, in particular, the Latino community for the insensitive and off-collar comment that I made to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz yesterday regarding the recent events affecting our community and our police department.

He asked that the community “have faith in me” and that residents work together to move forward.

“I am dedicated to the principles of tolerance and acceptance of all and will do all that I can to foster those principles in the daily execution of my duties as Mayor. I ask this community to have faith in me and in our community as we address the challenges arising,” Maturo said in the statement.

The full statement was put on this Facebook page:

“My sincerest apologies go out to the East Haven community and, in particular, the Latino community for the insensitive and off-collar comment that I made to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz yesterday regarding the recent events affecting our community and our police department. Unfortunately, I let the stress of the situation get the best of me and inflamed what is already a serious and unfortunate situation. I regret my insensitive comment and realize that it is my job to lead by example. 

Our community needs to refocus on healing together. To date, my administration has already taken steps to begin that healing process. Most recently, I commissioned a new advisory committee to the Mayor named “LEARN” (Law Enforcement Advisory Resource Network) aimed at recommending updates to policies and procedures to the Board of Police Commissioners. Recognizing the need for the Latino community to have a voice on this exciting and important new board, I appointed Jose Velasquez, a well-respected community volunteer and native of Puerto Rico, to the board. The first products of that committee have been a new mission statement for our Police Department, a more accessible civilian complaint procedure, and the publishing of updated civilian complaint forms in both English and Spanish. 

I recognize that this new board is just the first of many steps that must be taken to heal our community. I apologize, again, for my insensitive comments yesterday and recognize that they are a hindrance to the progress that must be made in our community. I am dedicated to the principles of tolerance and acceptance of all and will do all that I can to foster those principles in the daily execution of my duties as Mayor. I ask this community to have faith in me and in our community as we address the challenges arising out of the past days’ events.”

For additional information, please contact the East Haven Mayor’s office at 203-468-3204.

UPDATE: HUFF POST LATINO VOICES POSTED THE ENTIRE RAW VIDEO OF WPIX INTERVIEW:

 

 

Connecticut Governor Malloy Rips East Haven Mayor for “Taco” Comment

The Connecticut Post just published a statement from Governor Dannell Malloy about a WPIX-TV11 video that has East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo saying he "might have tacos" to repair Latino relations in his city in the wake of East Haven police officers getting arrested for racial profiling of Latinos.

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy

"The comments by East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo are repugnant," Malloy said. "They represent either a horrible lack of judgment or worse, an underlying insensitivity to our Latino community that is unacceptable. Being tired is no excuse. He owes an apology to the community, and more importantly, he needs to show what he's going to do to repair the damage he's done. And he needs to do it today."

His Police Officers Get Arrested for Latino Racial Profiling and East Haven Mayor “Might Have Tacos”

Last night, New York's WPIX TV broadcast a report about how four East Haven, CT police officers were arrested for racial profiling Latino residents. After WPIX's Mario Diaz presented an overview of the arrests, he had a chance to ask East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo questions about how the diversity of the city's police force and what the mayor plans to do to repair relations with the Latino community in East Haven.

"I might have tacos," Maturo said.

Later Diaz reported that Maturo spoke to him again and said his quote was taken "out of context." We will let you decide. Here is a clip from the report. Our take? Since East Haven's Latino population is mostly Ecuadorian, Maturo's comment just shows ignorance and disrespect on so many levels.

 

 

UPDATE FROM EAST HAVEN PATCH: Connecticut Governor says the following today:

Gov. Dannel Malloy weighs in on East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo's "tacos" comments, calling them "repugnant" and "unacceptable" in just issued public statement this morning.

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Los Hollywood Bring Califas Back to Chicago

“Todo el tiempo andamos mezclando de español a ingles and that’s how we talk, that’s how we think and that’s the music we write.”-Gustavo Mojica

 

 

San Diego-based band, Los Hollywood, have had an exciting life since winning the MySpace Latino Battle of the Bands competition in 2008. Playing at the Latin Alternative Music Conference, traveling to Tijuana and staying close to home in San Diego and Los Angeles, this band has been working on new music and will be playing at the Cubby Bear in Chicago on Thursday night for the grand opening of Noches de Rock. This will be their second time in Chicago.

Ide Flores has a voice that has been compared to Gwen Stefani, of all people, but has been known to sing every type of genre, including Mariachi. The bilingual band that includes Gustavo Mojica on drums and Marcos Mondregon on bass and guitar, will surely put on an awesome show. 

Just wait for the review. We love the band and we're not afraid to tell you about them. 

Check out their first video ever, No Te Aguites, from their first EP and then tell us you don't want to see them live.