Jorge Ramos Joins Mamiverse and Latino Rebels in Twitter-Talk on Immigration and Latinos in America

THIS JUST IN FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MAMIVERSE

Mamiverse is thrilled to announce an upcoming Twitter-Talk with Emmy award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos. Currently the anchor of Noticiero Univision, Ramos joins Mamiverse, along with partners Latino Rebels and iHispano, to talk about the new edition of his book, A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto. In it, Ramos addresses the urgent need for Immigration Reform, and why Latinos are the key to making America’s future a bright one.

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“I’m excited about this event and truly connecting with Mamiverse families to talk about my book and the role immigration has on the future of the United States,” said Jorge Ramos from his office in Miami. “This nation needs to have a serious discussion about immigration reform. Millions of lives hang in the balance. Now is the moment to ensure everyone, Latino or not, knows the facts about this important debate.”

The date of the Jorge Ramos/Mamiverse Twitter-Talk is set to take place the day after President Obama delivers his States of the Union address, the first of his now second term. Having publicly stated that immigration reform is a priority his administration, the Twitter-Talk will enable discourse and reactions on the President’s speech and how Latinos can get involved in the debate.

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SUBJECT OF #COUNTRYFORALL TWITTER TALK
Since the signing of Arizona’s infamous SB1070, few topics have stoked more passionate debates than those surrounding our nation’s immigration policy. Inhumane, cruel, un-American, such are the words used to describe what everyone agrees is a broken system. Now, with Congress back in session and President Obama in the early days of his second term, Jorge Ramos outlines a clear argument for why the time to act is now, and why Latinos are the key to keeping America great.

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 13th 9:00-10:00 PM EST

WHO:
Organized by Mamiverse & Jorge Ramos, in conjunction with Latino RebelsiHispano, the leading Latino job board company in the nation, will also be supporting the event through their proprietary network channels

Click to RSVP and Join #CountryForAll Twitter-Talk

GIVEAWAYS:
Ten signed copies of Jorge Ramos’ Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto

HOSTS AND COHOSTS:
@Mamiverse

@JorgeRamosNews

@LatinoRebels

HASHTAG
#CountryForAll

ABOUT JORGE RAMOS
Jorge Ramos is one of the most celebrated journalists in the U.S., and was recently named to TIME magazine’s list of 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. The Wall Street Journal refers to him as “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent.” A journalist since the 1980s, he has interviewed every sitting U.S. president since George Bush, Sr., and countless politicians, elected officials and newsmakers in the U.S. and abroad.

Mamiverse is honored to share the Twitter stage with this distinguished journalist and leading voice of Hispanic America. It’s a party you don’t want to miss!

Click to RSVP and Join #CountryForAll Twitter-Talk

Latino News Roundup for January 23rd, 2013

Latino News Roundup Edition from HispanicTips:

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Now we know! 18 million Hispanics are on Facebook!

There are 18 million U.S. Hispanics on Facebook. Approximately 7 million of them are Spanish-dominant while 11 million are bilingual or English-dominant. :: read more at www.portada-online.com

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to commit $100,000 for Hispanic businesses

Walker says the money from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. would help expand the revolving loan fund at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. WEDC made an initial seed investment of $100,000 in 2012 to help establish the loan program. :: read more at host.madison.com

Dolores Prida, beloved columnist and playwright, dies at 69

Cuban-born playwright, journalist, and poet Dolores Prida, whose candid, humored, and often mordant columns about the most pressing social and political issues constituted one of the staples of Latino media, died of cardiac failure on January 20. :: read more at nbclatino.com

California Hispanic Population Will Be State’s Largest Ethnic Group In 2013, Report Predicts

Hispanics for the first time will become California’s largest ethnic group by the end of the year, according to a report on California’s shifting demographics contained in Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) 2013-14 budget proposal :: read more at www.huffingtonpost.com

Deferred Action Granted To More Than 150,000 Undocumented Immigrants

The Obama administration has granted deferred action to 154,404 young undocumented immigrants, including more than 50,000 in the past month, according to data released on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. :: read more at www.huffingtonpost.com

Latina Immigrants: The New Ambassadors of Islam

“Many immigrants are here by themselves,” says Morales, noting that Latina immigrant women are drawn to Islam because of the sense of “belonging” they find within the Muslim community. “When they come into the mosque and see smiling faces, they feel welcome.” :: read more at newamericamedia.org

Are Businesses Hesitant to Connect With Hispanic Consumers?

At my boutique advertising agency in Austin, Tex., I see lots of opportunities for businesses to set themselves apart and pick up some market share by reaching out. But I am often puzzled by the number of retail and professional service businesses that pass up these opportunities. :: read more at boss.blogs.nytimes.com

40th anniversary of Roe v Wade underscores the number of low-income Latinas helped by landmark decision

For Latinas, who are born if a culture steeped in high regard for children and family, the option to decide for themselves whether or not to have children has always been a decision made with the utmost conscience. Termination of a pregnancy is not made lightly by Latinas but for those who live below the poverty line and know that any kind of social help to them is limited, if not banned, the decision to terminate seems more humane than to bring a child into the world who cannot be cared for, fed or loved properly. :: read more at latinalista.com

2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)

Others may be making a list and checking it twice, but LatinoStories.Com is proud to say that it has the longest tradition of picking top ten Latino authors in the U.S. :: read more at latinalista.com

From first Latina in space, to head of the Johnson Space Center – Dr. Ellen Ochoa

This month, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a four-time astronaut and the first Latina to go to space, launched into the next era of her stellar career. She became the first Hispanic and second female director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). :: read more at nbclatino.com

Hilda Solis – Beginnings and Endings: My Journey of Public Service

It has been an honor to be your secretary of labor. Today, as I prepared to say farewell, I decided that I wanted to share my experience through journeys, and through beginnings and endings, because that reflects what’s in my mind, and more importantly, what is in my heart at this present moment. :: read more at social.dol.gov

Latino High School Graduation Rates Up 10%

According to the report done by the National Center for Education Statistics, Hispanic students graduated at a rate of 71 percent in 2010. That is a striking jump from 2006, when the rate was 61 percent. :: read more at latino.foxnews.com

Recalled Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez Flexes for Camera as Bodybuilding Champion

Former Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, ousted from office in the largest recall vote of a local official in U.S. history, is now a bodybuilding champion. :: read more at latino.foxnews.com

Hispanic paradox – Latest findings confirm Latinos live longer

New research headed up by John Ruiz, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of North Texas, Department of Psychology, supports the existence of the much-debated Hispanic paradox. Read more: http://www.voxxi.com/hispanic-paradox-latinos-live-longer/#ixzz2IpiaDAEa :: read more at www.voxxi.com

New DNC Finance Chair Henry Munoz III Calls Appointment a ‘Milestone’

Henry Muñoz III, a San Antonio, Texas, native and Obama’s bundler during last year’s presidential campaign, said in an exclusive interview with Fox News Latino that his appointment to the DNC post is part of a great effort among his party to diversify its ranks. :: read more at latino.foxnews.com

Chita Rivera’s 80th Birthday: The Stage Legend’s Best Broadway Moments

We all know she seems ageless, but the legendary Broadway diva Chita Rivera turns 80 years old today (Jan. 23). :: read more at www.huffingtonpost.com

Shakira & Gerard Piqué Welcome Baby Milan Piqué Mebarak!

Sources are reporting that the Colombian superstar has given birth to their first baby boy, Milan Piqué Mebarak. According to Sport.es and multiple sources, Shaki gave birth via cesarean at the Teknon Hospital, located in Barcelona, Spain. :: read more at www.latina.com

Latin Role In Hip Hop Gets Academic Treatment

The University of Arizona is using popular musical genre Hip Hop as a way of exploring cultural boundaries. The new academic minor delves into how Latino religion, Latino and black history have influenced and shaped Hip Hop in the U.S. :: read more at latino.foxnews.com

New Book: Juan in a Hundred: The Representation of Latinos on Network News by Otto Santa Ana

Author of the acclaimed Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary American Public Discourse, Otto Santa Ana has completed a comprehensive analysis of this situation, blending quantitative research with semiotic readings and ultimately applying cognitive science and humanist theory to explain the repercussions of this marginal, negative coverage. :: read more at www.literanista.net

American Latino Docs on the Verge of a Break Through in 2013

here is my non-fiction list of films coming down the pipeline, bound to make an impression and impact this year. Two are profiles of influential iconic American activists whose work and spirit have left indelible marks on their generation. :: read more at www.latinheat.com

Video: Princesa – “Pa Ke Mueva”

Princesa is a young Argentinian rapper/Tito “El Bambino” Fan Club President with a real affinity for island rhythms and fitted hats. “Pa Ke Mueva” is her latest single, and it’s f’ing amazing. Like “Danza Kuduro” but with balls. :: read more at www.clubfonograma.com

Beat Latino: Musical predictions 2013

What wonderful Latin music can we hope for in 2013? Beat Latino takes a peek at its crystal ball and sees we are in for some marvelous surprises. :: read more at beatlatino.com

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#NoMames Double Feature: “Rent-a-Rican” and “How to Tell If Your Dog Is Puerto Rican”

We get it. Puerto Ricans are loud and fun at parties. They like to dance. They like to be drink rum. They like to have sex (yes, please). We understand.

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Yet there is something wrong about the following two videos that are making the rounds on the Internet and on Facebook.

The first one, “Rent-a-Rican,” has already gone global thanks to HuffPost Latino Voices, with the creator telling NBC Latino that charges of racism are “absurd.” You decide for yourself.

One of the video’s creators, Sarah Morzal, was quick to lecture the world when she said the following to NBC Latino: “What we’re attempting to mock are those negative and simplistic portrayals of Latinos that are so annoyingly prevalent in popular media. By the point I’m putting Nino [actor who portrays the rented Rican] in the dishwasher…most people get it. It’s absurd.” As if that part of the patronizing attitude were not enough, Morzal added this: “To the people who think it’s racist, I would like to congratulate them. They cracked our code and really discovered that the true point of our sketch was to mock Latinos and eventually create this service for real. I will not be satisfied until I’m actually putting human beings into dishwashers.”

We are wondering if Morzal and her troupe will be coming out with comedy classics, such as Rent-a-Jew, Rent-an-Oriental, Rent-a-Homie, and Rent-a-Wetback. Granted, we might have given the group some props if the Rican piece was actually well-done, but it clearly shows that the comedy is too glossy and tries really hard to be clever and witty by focusing on obviously lazy stereotypes. Our advice to Morzal? A) Be funny, B) Try to go beyond the stale “Puerto Ricans are great at parties” motif, and C) Be funny.

The problem is that the skit never really gave you the impression that the people at the party were the ones who were being mocked. The entire skit was focused on the Rent-A-Rican and how he was saving the day. This was just another example of mediocre comedy content that doesn’t dig deeper. If the intent of the skit was to truly mock people’s stereotypical perceptions of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in general, then that should have been its goal. A perfect example of such a concept is the classic, “Spanish for Your Nanny” bit. There, the nanny knows the deal and viewers instantly know who is the object of the joke. In the Rent-a-Rican skit, the Rican (and the nod to Mexicans, because why not, add a lawnmower joke to the bit while you are at it) are the butt of the joke. Morzal’s defense also gets a #NoMames. This is not about being racist, it is about how easily your intent can misinterpreted and be told that it blows chunks all because you chose the lazy joke. Good comedy is hard. Bad comedy is easy.

The other video is all about a dancing dog. And to be honest with you, the video is funny. Really funny. However, you lost us at the title. Why not just say, “Funny Dog Dances Merengue?” Hell, there is a whole YouTube genre for that type of video. None of those videos felt the need to make it all ethnic and associate it with a specific group. They are just silly videos. The following video fails because of the title, “How to Tell If Your Dog Is Puerto Rican.” We are wondering if the creator of this video has the cojones to produce, “How to Tell If Your Dog Is Black,” “How to Tell If Your Dog Is Jewish,” etc. etc. Maybe Puerto Rican Dog Guy and Morzal can join forces on their next series of videos?

This is why we tend to avoid comedy on YouTube that is overreaching and forced. It is content created by amateurs. Besides, we have already found our favorite YouTube video. We can play this one all the time. Hit it, Gollum.

VIDEO: Napolitano Defends Arrest of DREAMer Activist Erika Andiola’s Family Members

The Huffington Post’s Elise Foley reported today that Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security, went on local Phoenix television to defend the January 10 ICE arrest of two DREAMer activist Erika Andiola’s family members. Within hours of the arrest, Andiola’s mother, Maria Arreola, and brother, Heriberto Andiola Arreola, were released after a social media push went viral.

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This is the report from Phoenix. The story does confirm that ICE’s Washington office had signed off on the release.

Here is what Foley reported:

Napolitano told Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX that Maria Arreola was taken in because of a previous deportation in 1998 and traffic arrest last year. Maria Arreola was therefore considered a priority case, she said.

“I can’t tell what you was in the file, and often time what is in the press doesn’t include everything that is in the file,” she told KPNX’s Brahm Resnik.

She added that a majority of deportations fit under the agency’s priorities, but that prosecutorial discretion “can kick in” when determining whether an individual should, like Andiola’s mother and brother, be removed. She would not say whether she had a role in Arreola’s release, according to Resnik.

An ICE official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the details of the case, told HuffPost after the incident that the two were not targeted because of Erika Andiola’s work in advocacy as a Dreamer, a term for young undocumented immigrants who could be granted legal status under the never-passed Dream Act.

According to Foley’s story, ICE also released a statement from Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the agency:

Although one individual had been previously removed from the country, an initial review of these cases revealed that certain factors outlined in ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy appear to be present and merit an exercise of discretion. A fuller review of the cases is currently on-going. ICE exercises prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, considering the totality of the circumstances in an individual case.

Tom Tancredo Believes Romney Got 40% of Latino Vote in Arizona

Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo (R) is one of the most vocal anti-immigration voices in the United States. His views are as extreme as they come, and you would think that the recent election would have sent him a message that some in the Republican Party need to start getting a clue about why U.S. Latinos believe that comprehensive immigration reform is an issue that must be resolved, and resolved now.

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We do understand that Tancredo has his views, but does he actually have to lie about facts to support his argument? Last night at a local Tea Party event in Colorado, Tancredo shared the surprising news that Governor Mitt Romney had gotten 40% of the U.S. Latino vote in Arizona, justifying Tancredo’s views that his hard line on immigration is on target. The problem, however, is this: Tancredo is wrong. Flat out wrong about his “facts.” Here are two videos of what he said, shared with us by Elliot Fladen.

Tancredo has chosen to ignore some very basic facts:

There is a HUGE difference between 22% of the Latino vote in the general election and 38% of the Latino vote in a GOP primary. Tancredo once again is misrepresenting the facts to prove his case. Too bad the facts he cites are flat-out wrong.

But what does it matter when your main objective is to pretend that even U.S. Latinos in Arizona are for hard-line immigration nativist policies that play into a culture of anti-Latino rhetoric and ignorance? State your “facts,” mention Sheriff Joe, and let’s all party!

It is clear to us that the Republican Party is at a major crossroads when it comes to immigration and that some in the party are making a huge mistake by saying that immigration does not matter to U.S. Latino voters. It does, as well as other issues. But hey, keep living in your fantasy land, Congressman. Keep misinforming your fellow Republicans. Keep pushing the lies.

United We Dream Kicks Off Inauguration Week of Action Calling for Roadmap to Citizenship for Immigrants

We received the following release from United We Dream today:

20+ Local Affiliates Hold Rallies, Vigils, Call-In Days and “Banner Drops” to Decry Deportations that Divide Families and Push Obama to Lead on Immigration

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Washington, D.C. – This week, coinciding with President Obama’s inauguration, hundreds of DREAMers across the country will participate in nearly two dozen rallies, vigils, and other events calling for immigration reform that protects families, DREAMers, and workers. Local affiliates of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led movement in the nation, will hold events and actions in Texas, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky and New York as part of the United We Dream Inauguration Week of Action.

Participants will push for real leadership and vision on immigration from President Obama and Congress, an end to senseless deportations that divide families, and a path to citizenship for 11 million Americans without papers, including hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and their families.

“DREAMers won’t stop fighting until we win a path to citizenship for our parents, who sacrificed so much for us to have a better future,” said Myrna Orozco, national field director for United We Dream. “This week is the perfect time to send a clear message to President Obama and Congress: work together to pass immigration reform that creates a path to citizenship for our entire community and put an end to deportations that are tearing our families apart.”

Events include “banner drops,” where local organizations create banners and signs calling for humane immigration reform and hang them from major overpasses and bridges, call-in days to ask Congressional leaders to support legislation with a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, and rallies and vigils.

The Inauguration Week of Action grew out of the United We Dream 2012 National Congress in November 2012, when nearly 600 DREAMers from UWD’s affiliate organizations unanimously ratified a political platform for change which includes a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million Americans without papers and an end to excessive and costly deportations, as well as access to health care, safe and fair working conditions, higher education, and fair treatment under the law.

Undocumented immigrant youth will continue their role of leadership within the immigrant rights movement to build national momentum for policies and laws that protect all families and provide a roadmap to citizenship.

Adorably Cute “Gangnam Style” Baby Video Goes Viral on Facebook

Just when you think that we would be Gangnam-ed out, along comes a video to prove us wrong.

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The following video, which has gotten over 34,000 Facebook shares, just makes us smile. Enjoy. Yup, even Rebeldes have hearts.