Starting at the Bottom to Give Kids a Better Chance

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Child poverty has been worsening in this country for a decade, to the point where one in five of our children is ensnared by a web of injustice and simple bad luck that diminishes their present and casts a shadow over their future. The causes are so many and varied that no one has been able to develop a corrective strategy that is likely to be implemented, particularly in a time of austerity.

We do not offer a comprehensive plan either – just one, simple, achievable action step that would make a tremendous difference: We should make sure that every child in America has enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy.

Our research shows that it is common for low-income families to be unable to buy an adequate supply of diapers for their children. In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, we found that nearly 30 percent of low-income mothers could not afford to change their children as frequently as they wished.

 

The want of something as simple as a package of diapers can keep parents out of the workforce and place babies at enormous risk.

Most child-care providers require parents to supply disposable diapers for their children. A parent who cannot comply with this simple request cannot work or attend job training or other programs designed to help people improve their lot. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families often requires attendance at such programs, so parents risk loss of TANF benefits. Children miss opportunities for early childhood education, and thus the achievement gap widens.

 

Our research found that mothers who cannot provide enough diapers are more likely to report difficulty with stress management, depression and coping with trauma. These mental health needs were even more pronounced in mothers who had trouble obtaining diapers than in mothers who reported food insecurity. Maternal stress and depression are strongly associated with developmental and health problems in children that can have lifelong effects.

Babies who are left in wet and soiled diapers are likely to get rashes and infections. Furthermore, they cry a lot, a risk factor for shaken baby syndrome and other forms of child abuse.

 

Though diapers are clearly a necessity, they are not generally categorized as a basic need, the way that food or housing are. As a result, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and the Women Infants and Children Program do not provide diapers. Community-based diaper banks have sprung up around the country to help families. But there are not enough of these organizations to meet the needs of the 6 million American children under the age of 3 who live in poverty.

Diaper banks often get pushback that poor parents should turn to reusable cloth diapers. Some do, and a number of diaper banks provide a cloth option. But there are significant barriers, including start-up costs and access to washing facilities. We are far less concerned about what type of diapers families use than we are about assuring they have an adequate supply.

On average, diapering a child costs about $18 per week. That is a significant expense for some parents, as it represents more than 6 percent of the gross pay of a minimum-wage worker. But as a social programs go, $18 a week to change a life is an incredible bargain.

 

We take no position on whether that should be a public or private program, or some combination thereof. We simply think that discussions about basic needs should include all basic needs.

On an individual level, when a baby is obviously in distress, people are quick to ask: Does she need a change?

In America today, millions of babies and toddlers are less comfortable, less safe and less likely to prosper in the long-term because they are sitting in wet, soiled diapers.

They need a change.

 

Goldblum is the Executive Director of National Diaper Bank Network and Dr. Smith is professor at Yale University Child Study Center and School for Public Health 

 

Sigue Aumentando el Poder Adquisitivo de los Hispanos, Según Informe

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El poder adquisitivo de las minorías, con los hispanos a la cabeza, continúa en aumento en Estados Unidos, de acuerdo con un informe de la Universidad de Georgia (UGA).

Según el reporte titulado “Economía Multicultural”, las minorías en Estados Unidos tendrán un impulso económico sin precedentes en el 2013 y en años futuros.

“El poder de compra de los hispanos continúa energizando el mercado consumidor y creciendo a un ritmo dramático”, dijo el martes a Efe Jeff Humphreys, autor del informe y director de Selig Center for Economic Growth de UGA.

Según la investigación, el poder adquisitivo de los consumidores hispanos en Estados Unidos es de 1.2 billones de dólares en el 2013, comparado con los 210.000 millones de dólares en 1990.

Estas cifras representan un crecimiento de un 140 por ciento para los hispanos, comparadas con un 64 por ciento entre los no hispanos, de acuerdo con el autor.

El experto señaló que estos números representan una tendencia en crecimiento desde que se empezó a realizar el informe sobre el poder de consumo en 1991.

Humphreys señaló a la alta tasa de natalidad, la inmigración y el espíritu emprendedor de los hispanos como algunos de los factores que favorecen esta tendencia.

“La población hispana aumentó un 54 por ciento entre 2000 y el 2013. Ese es un factor importante, aunque no el único, y también debemos considerar otras fuerzas como el espíritu emprendedor de los hispanos que crean empresas a un mayor nivel que otros grupos”, indicó el investigador.

El reporte provee además unos datos sobre el poder adquisitivo de otros grupos minoritarios como los afroamericanos (1 billón), asiáticos (713.000 millones) y nativoamericanos (96.000 millones).

Humphreys destacó que las empresas deberán adaptarse a las necesidades de cada segmento del mercado conforme las minorías superan al mercado “blanco”.

En total, el poder adquisitivo en Estados Unidos alcanzó los 12.4 billones de dólares en 2013, de acuerdo con el reporte.

Alumnos Hispanos de UCLA Expresan Preocupación por la Nueva Presidenta de las Universidades de California

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Estudiantes indocumentados de la Universidad de California (UCLA) expresaron el lunes su temor ante la llegada de Janet Napolitano como nueva presidenta, y recordaron a la funcionaria que “no tiene discreción para atacar a cierto tipo de estudiantes”.

Portavoces estudiantiles y profesores recordaron que cuando Janet Napolitano era Secretaria de Seguridad Nacional en el Gobierno, “deportó a muchos estudiantes sin documentos”, por lo que su llegada suscita recelo y “preocupación” entre los alumnos.

El portavoz de la asociación para Mejorar los Sueños, Igualdad, Acceso y Éxito (IDEAS), Seth Ronquillo, se preguntó “cómo han de sentirse muchos estudiantes de esta red de universidades de saber que a finales de septiembre va a comenzar como presidenta la que por sus políticas de comunidades seguras los dejó llorando al deportarles a sus padres”.

Ronquillo explicó a EFE que los 13 senadores del Gobierno de Estudiantes de UCLA han acordado emitir una resolución ante la comunidad universitaria para expresar solidaridad con los alumnos que esperan regularizar su estatus migratorio.

“Acordamos la resolución simbólica en contra de la frase ‘inmigrante ilegal’ en nuestro campus, porque eso provoca que a los inmigrantes se nos vea como que si no somos humanos”, dijo a Efe Omar Arce, Comisionado de Servicios Comunitarios del grupo de senadores estudiantiles de (UCLA).

“En ambientes académicos no debemos de usar esa frase, porque ese es el primer paso en la degradación humana y el siguiente paso es la violencia física”, aseguró el alumno de Estudios Internacionales para el Desarrollo.

Arce relató que además la resolución explica que con el uso de la palabra ‘inmigrante ilegal’ hay un componente racial, porque es utilizada mayoritariamente en contra de latinos, a pesar de que en la población indocumentada hay personas provenientes de Asia, África o Europa, por ejemplo.

El estudiante indicó que en UCLA estudian más de 27.000 alumnos.

Octavio Pescador, profesor de la Escuela de Educación de UCLA, dijo a Efe que entiende el temor en los estudiantes indocumentados.

“Pero lo que se espera de Napolitano es que cumpla las directrices de la junta de regentes de las universidades de California que son políticas que no las establece ella, y los funcionarios no tienen discreción para atacar cierto tipo de estudiantes”, indicó Pescador.

“Y la resolución del gobierno estudiantil que exige que la comunidad académica no utilice la frase “inmigrante ilegal” es una forma muy sofisticada para apelar al humanismo del sistema y exigir el respeto de todas las comunidades dentro de ese sistema”, finalizó.

 

Muere Estadounidense Pedido en extradición por EE.UU.

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Un ciudadano estadounidense de 78 años que su país había pedido que fuera extraditado para enfrentar varios delitos murió el martes en un hospital del estado de Jalisco, oeste de México, donde estaba siendo tratado de diversas enfermedades.

“El interno Thomas White o Thomas F. White o Thomas Frank White, de 78 años, falleció (…) cuando era atendido en un hospital de Puerto Vallarta debido a que se agravó un cuadro múltiple de enfermedades que padecía desde hace tiempo”, indicó en un comunicado la Procuraduría General de Jalisco.

White ingresó al penal el 31 de julio de 2005 “por delitos contra la salud (narcotráfico), corrupción de menores y violación, procesos por los cuales en algunos casos compurgó sentencia”, indica el comunicado oficial.

El documento agrega que el preso “se encontraba recluido en espera de la resolución de un proceso de extradición hacia los Estados Unidos”.

La Fiscalía de Jalisco informó de que a partir de ahora “se realizarán los trámites correspondientes para que el cuerpo de la persona sea entregado a sus familiares o representantes de los mismos”.

Make Every Day a Smart Fiesta

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We all love nachos, fajitas and fiesta dips, but we also know that many of these dishes come with a high nutritional cost. It doesn’t have to be that way. With an emphasis on bold spices and fresh, lean ingredients, it’s easy to enjoy a delicious fiesta without guilt.

The basic elements of Mexican-inspired cuisine deliver robust flavors without the extra fat, sodium and calories. Bring this bright, expressive taste into your family’s everyday diet by stocking up on all the zesty essentials and with a few smart tweaks to standard dishes.

Here are simple ways to make every day a fiesta with nutritious options:

Start on the right foot

An otherwise healthy fiesta can be derailed by kicking off with a 6-ounce serving of queso blanco, which typically has 300 calories. Instead, substitute with fresh tomato salsa, which generally has only 50 calories in the same serving size.

Don’t be tricked by toppings

A standard serving of nachos can have nearly 600 calories in a serving of 6-8 chips. To cut back on calories, use better-for-you toppings like low-fat cheese, fat-free refried beans, no-salt-added pinto beans and grilled veggies for topping nachos.

Be choosy with your chips

Stock up on corn chips rather than tortilla chips, which can have twice as many calories in a serving of 6-8 chips. Make sure you check sodium content before throwing chips in your cart, though, and go unsalted when you can.

Swap in yogurt 

Instead of using regular sour cream, which can be loaded with cholesterol, opt for fat-free plain Greek yogurt. It’s just as creamy, and one cup typically has less than 10% of the recommended daily allowance of cholesterol and is a good source of protein.

Get extra fiber

Try substituting meats with lentils, which will add extra fiber to your meal. One cup of lentils can add more than 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber.

Don’t skip dessert

For a dairy-free twist on dessert, whip up some avocado freeze. Simply throw avocado, water, sugar and lime juice in a food processer and then freeze overnight. This creamy fiesta-finisher, with only 1 gram of saturated fat in a half cup, is a great alternative to ice cream, which can have as much as 35 grams of needless saturated fat in the same serving.

The whole family will love the spicy and zesty flavor of meals cooked with a little Mexican inspiration. You will love knowing you’ve served meals prepared with smart, delicious ingredients for your family and yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Calendar: September 12, 2013-September 18, 2013

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Saturday, Sept. 14

2-3pm—Talk With Acclaimed Author Victor Villasenor at the East LA Library. This celebrated Mexican American author is most well known for his New York Times bestseller Rain of Gold. Author of 10 other novels including, Burro Genius and Crazy Loco Love, his work has been compared to John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

4pm—Celebrate Los Angeles’ 232nd Birthday With Marian Procession, Mass and Feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Angels, for whom the city is named: “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles. Hosted by the Queen of Angels Foundation & Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Procession participants meet at 2:30 pm at Our Lady Queen of Angels “La Placita,” 535 N Main St., in downtown L.A. Procession travels to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels where a rosary and votive mass will be held at 5pm; Fiesta follows at 6:45 pm on the Cathedral Plaza. For more information, go to  www.eventbrite.com/event/2037035829.

7-9pm—LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Presents Arpex, Cambalache and Conjunto Xi. Discover different rhythms of traditional Mexican music with Latin Grammy nominee, Arpex. This harp ensemble, also known for their Smithsonian Folkways recording, ¡Tierra Caliente!, delivers traditional sounds from the ranches of rural Michoacán, Mexico. Conjunto Xi brings music from the Huasteca region of Mexico – a region bounded by the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Puebla. The huapango (or son huasteco) is characterized by the falsetto voice, violin, and two guitar-like instruments. LA Plaza is located at 501 N. Main St., LA 90012. For more information, call (888) 488-8083 or go to http://lapca.org/ .

 

Sunday, Sept. 15

8am-2pm—Free Community Health Fair at the Matiya Patidar Center (Sanatan Dharma Temple) in Norwalk. The event will include free health screenings for adults and children, including: physical exams; eye & dental exams; checks for anemia, diabetes, cholesterol, bone density, mammograms & PAP smears and more. Some tests require patient to be pre-qualified. The center is located at 15311 Pioneer Blvd., Norwalk 90650. For more information & to register, go to HMPS.org or call (949) 394-8560.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 17

5-6pm—LA Opera Multi-Media Talk On Bizet’s Carmen at the Bell Gardens Library by community educator Jessica Gonzalez-Rodriguez. No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. The library is located at 7110 S. Garfield Ave. Bell Gardens, 90201. For more information, call (562) 927-1309.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 17

3-4pm—California Highway Patrol (CHP) Public Program at the Montebello Library. CHP will discuss topics of interest, including driver safety, job opportunities, CHP mission & history. Open to the public. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 18

4-5pm—Teen Workshop: Create a Personalized Cell Phone Cover at the Anthony Quinn Library: 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 264-7715.

 

Upcoming

City of Commerce’s 2013 College Fair will be held Sept. 21 at Veterans Park. Get information on the steps to getting into college, class requirements, SATs and the application & selection process. Bilingual workshops. More than 30 colleges & universities are scheduled to participate. Raffle for Netbooks, graphic calculators, gifts cards & more. The fair will take place from 10am to 2pm. Lunch is free. Veterans Park is located at 6364 Zindell Ave, Commerce 90040. For more information, call (323) 722-6660 or visit www.cocpl.org.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ 15th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sept. 22. Proceeds benefit programs such as the 24-hour English/Spanish crisis line, Suicide Response Team, Suicide Prevention Center programs to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide, community outreach & training. Event starts at 8am in Westchester, just north of LAX at West 88th St. & La Tijera Blvd. Register as part of a team or donate to a friend’s fundraising campaign. Registration fee for the 5K is $30 before Sept. 18/ $35 after; a free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will also be held following the start of the 5K. For more information or to sign up, visit www.aliveandrunning.org or e-mail AliveandRunning@DidiHirsch.org

The East Los Angeles Library On Sept. 24 Presents An Evening of Aztec Dances, performed by the Cuauhtemoc Mexica Dance Group. Free Admission. The Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St., LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

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