Libro Refuta los Estereotipos de los Mexicoamericanos

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“Barrios to Burbs”, un libro escrito por la socióloga de la Universidad del Sur de California (USC) Jodie Agius Vallejo, refuta la presunción de que los méxicoamericanos son mayoritariamente pobres y sin educación.

“Barrios to Burbs” (“De los barrios a los suburbios”) muestra a los mexicoamericanos como un elemento vital dentro de la clase media y rechaza la posibilidad de que no alcanzan un mayor desarrollo social ni económico que la media.

“Hay estereotipos generalizados negativos entre la sociedad estadounidense de que todos son pobres, sin educación, desempeñan trabajos de bajo nivel, y sus hijos no se integran a la clase media”, dijo en entrevista con Efe la doctora Vallejo.

Por el contrario, la obra destaca que los mexicoamericanos y otros grupos de latinos pertenecen mayoritariamente a la clase media y han venido alcanzando triunfos.

“Yo quiero mostrar un lado diferente de la población latina: primero que todo que la comunidad latina no es tan monolítica y homogénea como se cree”, destacó la investigadora, que creció en una familia latina de clase media, asimilando sus tradiciones y costumbres.

El libro también muestra que los hispanos de clase media también aportan a sus comunidades como una forma de retribuir lo que han recibido: “Ellos con frecuencia son empresarios, inician negocios, crean asociaciones de profesionales y las mujeres en eso son muy activas”.

Su propia historia personal le ha permitido ser protagonista y a la vez testigo de cómo la familia latina de clase media forma parte vital del tejido social estadounidense.

Sus padres se separaron cuando ella era una niña y su padre, de origen maltés, se volvió a casar con una mexicoamericana, por lo que ella creció desde los siete años en un ambiente familiar hispano.

“La música, la comida, los bautizos, los matrimonios, todo eso formó parte de mi vida cuando yo era más joven”, recordó la investigadora, que está casada con un mexicoamericano, cuyos padres nacieron en México.

“Yo crecí formando parte de una familia hispana y eso para mí fue muy importante”, explicó la autora, que indicó que también sus amigos eran mexicanos y su primer trabajo fue en una tienda de abarrotes de los padres de una compañera.

“Aunque directamente no tengo sangre latina me siento hispana y eso me ha dado una condición única para ser protagonista, pero también en algún momento verlo todo un poco desde afuera”, dijo.

Al estudiar las comunidades latinas encontró que los estudios “se centraban en los hispanos pobres y sin educación”, pero que ella sabía por su experiencia que “había otro tipo de hispanos que no estaban reflejados en esas investigaciones”, lo que la motivó a realizar este análisis, publicado por USC.

El libro muestra como el 27 % de la segunda generación de mexicoamericanos desempeña trabajos “de cuello blanco”, mientras el porcentaje sube a más del 31 % en la tercera generación.

Vallejo también encontró que el origen de los mexicoamericanos que alcanzan la clase media influye mucho en la manera como luego apoyan a sus padres y otros familiares.

“Uno de los retos es cuando un mexicoamericano miembro de la clase media ha crecido en la pobreza y es el primero de la familia en pertenecer a la clase media; ellos desarrollan unas relaciones muy fuertes con los miembros de la familia pero también tienen cargas económicas pesadas”, consideró.

Esas responsabilidades—por ejemplo ayudar a sus padres que no tienen seguro médico—con frecuencia agotan sus recursos económicos y afectan sus posibilidades sociales.

Por contra, los mexicoamericanos, y latinos en general, que han crecido en hogares de clase media tienden a ser un poco más desprendidos e independientes en sus relaciones familiares, tal y como sucede con los anglosajones.

“La comunidad hispana es maravillosa y sorprendente y es una parte muy importante de Estados Unidos”, aseguró Vallejo, que concluyó que los latinos “han traído una nueva energía siendo protagonistas del Estados Unidos de hoy y ayudando a avanzar el país”.

Programa de Repatriación de Indocumentados Se Aplicará en Texas

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El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional anunció el 10 de septiembre que el próximo mes comenzará el nuevo programa piloto de repatriación de indocumentados mexicanos al interior del país vecino a través de vuelos desde la frontera.

Este programa, denominado Iniciativa de Expulsión al Interior (IRI, por sus siglas en inglés), se aplicará en Texas y forma parte del esfuerzo para reducir los repetidos intentos de las personas para cruzar la frontera de manera ilegal.

Las autoridades tratan de evitar además la pérdida de vidas y minimizar la posibilidad de que los inmigrantes caigan en manos de traficantes y organizaciones criminales que operan en la zona fronteriza, explicó el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional en una declaración enviada a Efe.

Este programa piloto fue anunciado el pasado mes de febrero por la Secretaria de Seguridad Nacional, Janet Napolitano, y el Secretario de Gobernación de México, Alejandro Poire, durante una visita de la dirigente estadounidense al país vecino.

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional explicó que los detalles sobre “los vuelos al interior de México están siendo coordinados con el Gobierno mexicano” y que próximamente se darán a conocer más novedades sobre este programa.

Las autoridades estadounidenses indicaron que éste es un esfuerzo bilateral entre los gobiernos de ambos países para aplicar las leyes migratorias, dándole prioridad al trato humano de los detenidos a través de un proceso de repatriación.

El nuevo programa IRI está basado en el Programa de Repatriación al Interior de México (MIRP, por sus siglas en inglés), que entró en funcionamiento en 2004 en la ciudad de Tucson (Arizona).

Desde 2004 y hasta 2011 se repatriaron 125.164 inmigrantes indocumentados en vuelos comerciales desde Tucson hasta la capital mexicana durante los meses de verano, cuando las temperaturas superan fácilmente los 37 grados centígrados.

Bajo el programa MIRP, indocumentados mexicanos sin registros criminales que eran detenidos en la zona fronteriza eran repatriados de manera voluntaria al interior de México.

Por contra, el programa IRI se aplicará de manera obligatoria a todos los indocumentados mexicanos que sean detenidos por agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza o de la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) en todo Estados Unidos, después de pasar por una revisión médica y una entrevista con personal consular del país vecino.

Aquellos indocumentados que sean repatriados bajo el programa IRI serán trasladados en avión a Ciudad de México, donde se les proporcionará un billete de autobús para su destino final en el interior del país.

Community Calendar: September 13, 2012 to September 19, 2012

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Today, Thursday, Sept. 13
7pm—Art in Process: An Evening with Yolanda González at LA Plaza de Artes y Culturas in downtown Los Angeles.
Join a night of art and conversation and a spirited Q & A session led by community activist, Vice President of MALDEF, and collector of Chicano art, David Damian Figueroa. González is known for her strong, bold brush strokes of color and texture, Her work has been exhibited in museums including the UCLA Hammer Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and the Diego Rivera Museum in México City. Event is free and open to the public. LA Plaza is located at 501 N. Main St, LA 90012 (across from Olvera Street). For more information, go to www.lapca.org .

Friday, Sept. 14
6pm—Monterey Park Bruggermeyer Library Foundation Presents Fabulous Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies Dinner Gala Dinner Dance.
The blast to the past dance will be held at the Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant: 145 N. Atlantic Blvd. Tickets are $60 and tax-deductible. For more information call (626) 307-1269.

7:30pm—“Summer Nights @ The Plaza” Concert Series Closes with Conjunto Los Ponchos for a hoorah of Tex-Mex dance music led by Otoño Luján. Also featuring La Plaza de la Raza Student Latin Jazz and Salsa Band. Plaza de la Raza is located at 3540 Mission Rd. in Lincoln Heights 90031. For more information call (323) 223-2475.

Saturday, Sept. 15
10am-2pm—Annual Commerce to College Fair. Meet with college representatives and attend various helpful workshops at Veterans Park on 6364 Zindell Ave. Open to junior high, high school and adult students. For more information call (323) 722-6660.

11:30am—R. L. Stevenson Branch Library in Boyle Heights Hosts “Citizenship! All About the Process” event. /¡Ciudadanía! Todo Sobre el Proceso. Una sesión de información sobre el proceso de la ciudadanía. La información será presentada por la organización Hermandad Mexicana Nacional. For more information/para mas información: (323) 268-1349.

5pm to 10pm—Community Education for Social Action (CESA) Community Art Show Fundraiser “Los Angeles: Art in Action.” Come to CESA’s first community art show demonstrating the struggles of working-class people. There is a $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The event will take place at the Mexican Cultural Institute, located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza #100, Los Angeles, Ca 90012. For more information email cesa.contact@gmail.com or visit www.cesalosangeles.org

10am-6pm—New Belgium’s Tour de Fat will be at the Los Angeles State Historic with a benefit for some of your favorite local bike orgs: LACBC, C.I.C.L.E., and the Bicycle Kitchen. Join a celebration of bikes, fun costumes, a parade, performances, beer, and more! LACBC will lead the parade, taking donations and will provide complimentary bike valet. Parade starts at 11am. For a complete schedule go to New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Los Angeles website; must be 21 or older. Los Angeles State Historic Park is located at 1245 N Spring St, LA.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
4pm—Arroyo Seco Library Celebrates Citizenship Week with a voter registration drive. If you’re not registered stop by to get registered (hell will be provided if needed). If you are registered pick up some forms to give to friends and neighbors who aren’t. The library is located at: 6145 N. Figueroa St., L.A. (Highland Park) 90042. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.

5-7pm– The Housing Rights Center (HRC) & the City of Monterey Park are hosting a ‘Housing Rights Workshop’ for Monterey Park residents and community members at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, Small LAMP Classroom, 318 South Ramona Ave, Monterey Park 91754. HRC will present information and resources regarding housing discrimination and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities. Topics will include: discrimination against families with children, disability rights, sexual harassment, evictions, repairs, security deposits, rent increases, substandard conditions, and much more. For more information, or to RSVP for this free workshop, call Amy at (800) 477-5977 extension 19.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
3:15-4:45pm—Deputy Registrar Training at the Atwater Village Library Community Room for organizations and individuals involved in registering voters and conducting petition drives. Topics will include proper methods and techniques for registering voters, assisting electors with the completion of voter registration forms, and important California Election Codes related to registration requirements. Participants will receive a copy of “The Guide to Registering Voters” and a Deputy Registrar of Voters Certificate upon the successful completion of the hour and a half training program. Classes are free. Library is located at 3379 Glendale Blvd. LA 90039. To RSVP or for more information, call Ida Potash (323) 662-7656 or Stephanie Vendig (323) 667-3034.

6:30-8pm—SR 710 Extension Study Community Meeting at the El Sereno Senior Center. The office of Councilmember Huizar and Metro host this community meeting where constituents will be informed of the EIR process and residents get to voice their opinions. For more information call (323) 254-5295.

Upcoming Events
Arroyo Seco Library in Highland Park will hold a Student Smart: PSAT Practice Test on Sept. 22 at 10am. Princeton Review will administer the full-length test. The library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St., L.A. (Highland Park) 90042. To reserve your place please sign up at the reference desk or call (323) 255-0537.

The nonprofit Montebello Lions Club organization will host a Food Truck Festival on Sept. 29 at the Montebello Senior Center. The event, open from 4pm to 9pm, will include entertainment as well as delicious food. The Montebello Senior Center is located at 115 S. Taylor Ave. Montebello. Trucks will be located in back of the Center. For seating, contact Chris Ohrmund at (909) 598-0554 or ohrmu@aol.com.

Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host a college fair, free to all high school students and their parents, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s Tech Hall. The fair will feature representatives from more than 70 universities and colleges including UC Berkeley, Brown University and Columbia University. The event is free of charge and parking will be provided. For more information, call (626) 940-2000. Bosco Tech is located at 1151 San Gabriel Blvd. in Rosemead.

November Ballot Measures will be the topic at the East Los Angeles-Montebello Business and Professional Women (BPW) Club meeting on Sept. 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel Restaurant, 888 Montebello Blvd., Rosemead. Networking starts at 6:30pm, with dinner at 7pm. The program is open to all interested people. For more information, contact Linda Wilson at (626) 307-5650 or E-mail to lindalwilson@juno.com.

League of Women Voters Pasadena will on Oct. 6 hold “Are You In the Know?”, a free public forum to analyze November Ballot Measures. Will include a lively discussion on California’s 11 propositions on the November ballot. Forum will be held from 9:30am to noon at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Lunch will follow the program and costs $20, including tax, tip and parking. Information and reservations are available by calling (626) 798-0965, 10 am-1pm, Mon-Fri. Walk-ins welcome; no charge for forum.

14th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival will be held on Oct. 6, 2-11pm on Colorado Blvd between Argus Dr. and Eagle Rock Blvd. Over 70 bands & DJ’s, 11 Unique Stages, Food Trucks, local Eagle Rock Businesses, Arts & Crafts and more! $10 suggested donation (kids under 14 free. Donate in advance through Ticketfly at one of our two levels for special festival gifts. For more information and a complete schedule of performers, go to http://cfaer.org.

Los Angeles Honors Labor Leader, ‘Dreamers’ and Environmentalist at Latino Heritage Month Kickoff

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“Celebrating the Latino Dream, Achievements, and Legacy,” the city of Los Angeles’ 2012 observance of Latino Heritage Month, got underway yesterday at Los Angeles City Hall, with an opening ceremony held in City Council Chambers.

Latino Heritage Month not only celebrates the rich diversity of Latino cultures, traditions and contributions, but also honors outstanding individuals of Latino descent who have contributed to the advancement of Latinos in the United States and internationally.

Wednesday’s opening ceremonies included a tribute to a group of “accomplished Latino leaders,” and a host of proclamations from city officials.

“These remarkable honorees and their achievements reflect the Latino community’s values of pride, sacrifice, and hope for the future,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “A community as rich and diverse as Los Angeles itself, Latinos through their contributions have been and will remain essential to the success of our great City.”

This year’s “Spirit of Los Angeles” awardees included student activists know as “Dreamers” who are part of DREAM Team Los Angeles, CHIRLA’s Wise Up! and California Dream Network.

“Since 2009, these student activist groups have worked toward responsible immigration reform and to empower undocumented immigrant youth, so that they may become advocates of their own rights in the United States,” according to the press release detailing the city’s Latino Heritage Month activities.

Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) received the Hope of Los Angeles Award. As a child, Durazo, the daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers, traveled from Oregon to California with her parents and nine siblings working in the fields. Today, she represents more than 300 local unions and 800,000 workers in every key industry including transportation/ goods movement, entertainment/ media, services, public sector and retails, health care and communications and more.

The city’s Dream of Los Angeles Award was presented to world-renowned architect and environmentalist Mia Lehrer. According to the city, Leher’s landscape designs use parks, lakes and rivers in ways that create people-friendly public spaces that are ecologically sound.

The festive event, which moved from council chambers to City Hall’s South Lawn, was free and open to the public. Activities included live performances of ethnic and folkloric music, song and dance from Mexico, Central America and Peru.

The city also unveiled the 2012 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Latino Heritage Month launches a month-long calendar of cultural events; arts activities; free music classes for elementary, middle, and high school students presented by the City of Los Angeles and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) through its Music LA Program; and a Poster Contest open to all Los Angeles County students (grades K-12) that encourages the creation of original artwork based on their interpretation of the 2012 Latino Heritage Month’s theme “Celebrando los sueños, logros y el legado latino – game changers.” Poster competition winners will be notified after September 17, 2012.

A list of all activities and events is available at www.culturela.org . For more information, call (213) 922-9762, or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HeritageLA

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Bill Blocks Landlords from Requiring Online Rent Payments

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to pay their rent online.

The bill, authored by Sen. Ted W. Lieu, ensures that landlords will have to accept other types of payments, a win for many low-income and elderly tenants who do not have access to, or are not skilled in using the Internet.

“This is a victory for everyone who wants the option of paying rent in ways other than online, such as check or money order,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said about the governor’s signature on Senate Bill 1055, which drew broad bipartisan support in the Legislature. “The elderly, disabled and poor – or someone who simply wants to keep their options open, can now be assured paying rent online is but one option open to them.”

Lieu got involved with the issue when his office received a letter from an “87-year-old widow from Torrance named Joyce Higgins.” In 2011, Higgins and the other tenants at a 300-apartment, rent-controlled complex in Los Angeles were notified by the facility’s property-management group that they would have to make their rent payments online, despite objections from hundreds of tenants, many of them senior citizens on fixed incomes, according to a statement from Lieu’s office.

Higgins refused to abide by the new policy, saying that she had been a victim of identity theft and was advised by her bank not to pay rent this way, according to Lieu.

She soon was served with a 60-day eviction notice.

“I have never been even one day late paying my rent, my apartment is spotless and I am a good neighbor to all of the seniors around me,” Higgins told Lieu in her letter.

“California residents such as Ms. Higgins are the reason I authored SB 1055,” Lieu said.

“Many residents are elderly, live on fixed incomes and have no computer,” he said.

It was “unreasonable” to ask renters, who may be financially strapped, “to invest in a computer, Internet access and related expenses in order to rent a residence,” he added.

Current law does not specify how rent is to be paid. SB 1055 revises the law to prohibit landlords from requiring online only rental payments.

Lopez’s ‘Real Woman Have Curves’ Marks 10 Year Anniversary

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American Cinematheque played host to the 10-year anniversary celebration of Josefina López’s film “Real Woman Have Curves” held last week at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

López, the creator, author, playwright and co-screenwriter of “Real Women Have Curves” was among the many guests marking the award-winning film’s 10-year milestone.

The film starred America Ferrera, George Lopez and Lupe Ontiveros, who recently passed away. Prior to the film screening, López announced that she is establishing the Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre at her alma mater, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).

“This new scholarship is being created to preserve the legacy of Latinas in the Arts. The first award will be presented in June 2013 to a Latina Theatre Student from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where as a member of the first graduating class, I was inspired to believe that I could achieve anything I set my mind to,” said López, who also founded Casa 0101, a nonprofit theatre group and venue in Boyle Heights.

“Real Women Have Curves” won a Special Audience Award for director Patricia Cardoso at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival 10 years ago, while the stars of the film, America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros won the first ever Jury Award for Acting and the film’s screenwriters, Josefina López and George LaVoo, won the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting. In addition, Lupe Ontiveros won an Imagen Award as Best Supporting Actress and producer Effie Brown won the Producers Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Donations to the Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre can be made LACSA’s website — www.lachsa.net —or mailed to: Arts High Foundation, 1149 S. Hill Street, H-100, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For questions regarding contributions to the Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre, call LACHSA at (213) 225-7586.

LADWP Impostors Seeking Bill Payment Over the Phone

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(EGPNews) -The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is warning consumers that impostors are posing as utility personnel making service-related telephone calls. According to a LADWP, the imposters are telling customers they have an overdue bill, and instruct them to go to a nearby pharmacy and to call a specific telephone number back with the customer’s financial information.

The utility company said there has been an increase in the number of LADWP customers reporting they were targeted by the scam. DWP says it never calls customers seeking personal banking information. They are urging customers to be vigilant in protecting their personal and financial information. To report suspicious activity to the Department: call LADWP Security Services at (213) 367-3373 or (213) 367-9111, or email SecurityServicesWebNotification@ladwp.com, or visit www.ladwp.com and click “Security Issue” under “Contact Us.”

Motorcyclist Killed On Freeway In East L.A.

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(CNS) – The Los Angeles County Coroner said it was a 27-year-old motorcyclist who was killed last Saturday in a crash with a truck on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in the East Los Angeles Interchange.

The motorcyclist was identified as Haik Bagdassarian, a resident of Reseda, said Coroner’s Investigator Mario Sainz.

The crash on the northbound 5 Freeway, north of Lorena Street, was reported to the CHP about 1:40 p.m. last Friday, according to a department statement.

Bagdassarian was riding a 2006 Honda CBR600 northbound near the exit to the Santa Monica (10) Freeway. CHP investigators said the motorcyclist lost control and was ejected from the bike.

He was then struck several times by the truck and died at the scene.

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