Most Of The 88 Centro Hispano Employees In Milwaukee Will Stay On Instead Of Facing Lay-offs

Centro Hispano in Milwaukee announced that most of the 88 employees in the Head Start and Early Start programs that were expected to permanently face lay-offs on November 30 will get extended temporary jobs beginning on December 1 with Development Institute Head Start.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Jennifer Morton from Mueller Communications, LLC released the following statement to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) from the Centro Hispano. The following statement was issued on Wednesday by Toni Rivera-Joachin, President and CEO of Centro Hispano Milwaukee: Although Centro Hispano’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs are ending as of November 30, 2017, we are pleased to announce that 86% of our Head Start employees have been offered positions under the interim Head Start provider, Community Development Institute Head Start (CDI HS). CDI HS was selected by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to provide Head Start/Early Head Start services to our families on an interim basis beginning December 1, 2017. The other 14% of Centro Hispano’s Head Start employees have been given the opportunity to apply for the remaining positions under CDI HS.
More importantly, the families that we serve will continue to receive Head Start services from CDI HS. We have been assured that CDI HS will do it’s best to deliver quality Head Start services with a minimal amount of disruption for the families.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Delivered Turkeys To Low Income Families With Special Needs Children

Families in the Milwaukee County area with special needs children received turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, deputy sheriff members of the the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) including Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt delivered 30 turkeys and dinner supplies to families serviced by the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) in the Milwaukee area just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
According to a press release by the MCSO, the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Sheriffs Association and Retired Deputy Sheriffs Association joined together to collect donations from staff to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need at the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI). At least 30 baskets were prepared, with a generous discount on food items, and handy, reusable tote bags provided by Cermak Fresh Market (locations at 1541 Miller Park Way and 1236 S. Barclay- on corner of 1st St.).
The baskets were delivered to families on Tuesday after a kickoff news conference at MCFI (2020 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee).

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Ivan Gamboa Appointed To The WIGOP Executive Committee As Chair Of The Wisconsin Republican National Hispanic Assembly

Gamboa, the current Chair of WHEDA and Senior Vice President of Tri-City Bank has been appointed to the WIGOP Executive Committee as Chair of the Wisconsin Republican National Hispanic Assembly in the state.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 22, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Brad Courtney, the Chairman of the Wisconsin State Republican Party has appointed Ivan Gamboa, 39, the current Chair of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Senior Vice President of Tri-City Bank as Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican National Hispanic Assembly (WRNHA), which Gamboa gained a seat in the WIGOP Executive Committee. Gamboa hasn’t yet been ratified or elected by the WRNHA or card carrying members of the WIGOP, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned.
Gamboa with the knowledge and support of Governor Scott Walker (R) replaced the vacant position left by the late and former WRNHA Chair Rev. Joe Medina of Waukesha who as a member of the WIGOP Executive Committee in many occasions stayed silent on anti-immigrant issues affecting the undocumented and documented Hispanic community in Wisconsin and the proposed state anti-immigrant legislation by extreme conservative Republican legislators in the state.
HNNUSA attempted to contact Courtney by email and his business at Courtney Industrial Battery, Inc. in Milwaukee and at the WIGOP dot org in regards to Gamboa’s appointment as Chair to the WRNHA, but HNNUSA was unsuccessful.
HNNUSA in an email asked Gamboa where he stood on the SB 275/AB 190 anti-Sanctuary City bills and the current 287g Program application that was approved by ICE to partnership with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) to enforce federal immigration laws while processing inmates at the County jail. Gamboa responded to HNNUSA on Wednesday and stated “I don’t expect them (SB 275/AB 190) to pass” in the Republican controlled legislature.
Governor Walker has yet to approve the ICE partnership with the WCSO.
Recently, several similar anti-Sanctuary City bills to Texas SB 4 were proposed in the WI State Senate and Assembly, SB 275/AB 190 by State Senator Stephen Nass (R) with the support of other Republican state senators and state representatives in Wisconsin, which both bill includes illegal provisions.
Republican senators in the State of Wisconsin Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee recently approved 3-2 to move forward Senate Bill 275, known as the Sanctuary City Bill that prohibit city, townships and county governments from enacting resolutions banning employees and law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal immigration laws by cutting (reducing) share revenue funding, includng making it mandatory for law enforcement agencies to accept U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawful detainers of suspected undocumented immigrants, which have been ruled not legal binding in the case of Galarza v. Szalczyk 2014.
SB 275 is now waiting to be scheduled for debate on the state Senate floor once it gets scheduled in January 2018.
The SB 275 is also a similar resolution proposed in the State Assembly AB 190.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick permanently ruled and set precedent that the Trump Executive Order to cut federal grants from cities who limit cooperation with ICE was illegal. Judge Orrick’s ruling will set precedent and could very well make it illegal for states to pass legislation cutting share revenue funding to cities who also limit cooperation with ICE.

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Judge Ruled Cutting Federal Grants From Cities For Limiting Cooperation With ICE Illegal, Setting Precedent For Similar State Bills

Wisconsin’s State Senate Bill 275, known as the Sanctuary City Bill will face the same fate as Trump’s Executive Order cutting federal grants from cities who limit cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 21, 2017

San Francisco, California – On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick permanently ruled and set precedent that the Trump Executive Order to cut federal grants from cities who limit cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was illegal. Judge Orrick’s ruling set precedent and could very well make it illegal for states to pass legislation cutting share revenue funding to cities as well who also limit cooperation with ICE.
Republican senators in the State of Wisconsin Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee recently approved by a 3-2 vote to move forward Senate Bill 275, known as the anti-Sanctuary City Bill that prohibit cities, townships and county governments from enacting resolutions banning employees and local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) from enforcing federal immigration laws by cutting (reducing) share revenue funding by $500 to $5,000 per-day depending on the population size for each local government found to limit or probit employees and LEA cooperation with ICE.
SB 275 is now on hold and waiting to be scheduled for debate on the state Senate floor once it gets scheduled in January 2018. If SB 275/AB 190 are passed in both the State Senate and the State Assembly, which are in Republican controlled today and signed into law by Governor Scott Walker (R), the anti-Sanctuary City Bill will definitely be challenged in court as well.
An SB 275 similar bill, AB 190 has been also proposed in the State Assembly, but remains in the Local Government Committee for now.
AB 190 relates to prohibiting local ordinances, resolutions, and policies that prohibit the enforcement of federal or state law relating to illegal aliens or immigration status, authorizing certain elective officeholders to commence an enforcement action, providing a reduction in shared revenue payments, and creating governmental liability for damages caused by illegal aliens.

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88 Milwaukee’s Headstart And Early Start Programs Employees At Centro Hispano Get Layoff Notices

Head Start and Early Start programs at Centro Hispano will terminate by the end of November due to grant elimination.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 20, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – About 88 employees from the Head Start and Early Start programs at Centro Hispano (The Council for the Spanish Speaking), 614 W. National Ave. In Milwaukee will be permanently layoff by November 30 due to grant funding loss, according to a letter of noticed sent to those affected by Toni Rivera-Joachin, President and CEO of the Centro Hispano. Rivera-Joachin informed the employees affected that the Head Start and Early Start programs will permanently cease to exist due to “unforeseeable termination of our funding available” starting on November 30.
The layoff notices were sent to all non-union employees affected and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on November 13.
According to Centro Hispano in Milwaukee website, the Head Start and Early Start bilingual programs have its administrative offices and a Resource Center at the Dr. Filiberto & Carmen Murguia Campus on S. 36th St. and W. Mitchell Street, and it serves approximately 712 children and their families at six (6) sites in Milwaukee area including the Southside. The federal and state funding including other sources totaled more than $4.6M (2010-2011 funding sources report, no current budget report posted).
Head Start provides child health and nutrition services as well as specialized support to children with special needs. Through the Family Resource Center, family support and training is provided to parents. In collaboration with Parents Plus, Head Start parents may enroll in a program called Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Children (HIPPY) and in the Parents as Teachers program. Both promote school readiness and early literacy through parent education and child development; these services are provided bilingually.

Current Board of Directors of the Centro Hispano Milwaukee

• Julio Maldonado, Chairman
• Aurea Ramirez, Secretary
• Eduardo Herrera-Meir. Treasurer
• Attorney Marisabel Cabrera
• Julia Luna
• Attorney Israel Ramon
• Jesús Santos

• Toni Rivera-Joachin, President and Chief Executive Officer

Update: Jennifer Morton from Mueller Communications, LLC released the following statement to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. from the Centro Hispano. The following statement was issued on Wednesday by Toni Rivera-Joachin, President and CEO of Centro Hispano Milwaukee:
Although Centro Hispano’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs are ending as of November 30, 2017, we are pleased to announce that 86% of our Head Start employees have been offered positions under the interim Head Start provider, Community Development Institute Head Start (CDI HS). CDI HS was selected by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to provide Head Start/Early Head Start services to our families on an interim basis beginning December 1, 2017. The other 14% of Centro Hispano’s Head Start employees have been given the opportunity to apply for the remaining positions under CDI HS.
More importantly, the families that we serve will continue to receive Head Start services from CDI HS. We have been assured that CDI HS will do it’s best to deliver quality Head Start services with a minimal amount of disruption for the families.

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HUD Residents In Michigan Pay $500 To Heat One Bedroom Apartments Per Month To Consumers Energy

Information released by a HUD resident in Michigan confirmed that low income residents with HUD pay at least between $400 to $500 in heating bills to Consumers Energy per month.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 19, 2017

Haslet, Michigan – On Thursday, Ernesto R. Rodriguez released a letter exposing the high cost of heating one bedroom apartments under HUD affordable homes by using Consumers Energy. According to Rodriguez, residents of low income HUD funded affordable one bedroom apartments pay between $400 to $500 for heating bills calling “Consumers Energy a danger to HUD residents.”
Rodriguez says, that he resides at Grange Acres, a HUD funded subsidy housing in Haslet and pays $500 per month in heating bills for a one bedroom apartment.
Consumers Energy high cost of heating apartments is one reason 5,000 people and children have become homeless in the state. Housing Corp. of Lansing, Michigan should have never allowed for HUD residents to shift utilities payments to Consumers Energy, according to Rodriguez.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has included the Rodriguez press release posted on his Facebook account exposing the high cost of heating bills that HUD residents in Lansing are endured to pay Consumers Energy as allowed by the Housing Corp.

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United Day School In Laredo Notified Parents Of Roaches Found On Food From Emperor Garden Asian Bistro

Parents of United Day School students in Laredo received a letter from the private school that food ordered from Emperor Garden Asian Bistro had roaches in it and was discarded, then replaced by pizza.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 17, 2017

Laredo, Texas – On Thursday, Jessica Rivera, the Head of School at United Day School, 1701 San Isidro Parkway, a private school in Laredo sent out a notice to the parents of students to notify them that lunch food ordered from Emperor Garden Restaurant had been discarded (kept from being served) due to roaches found inside a food container. Rivera explained that students were about to be served a “Japanese luncheon as an extension of their World Fair unit of study” when teachers noticed roaches in one of the food containers from Emperor Garden and the food was immediately replaced with pizza.
Rivera confirmed that the local Health Department was also notified about the roaches on the food and that the students were unaware roaches had been found in the food from Emperor Garden Asian Bistro, 620 W. Calton Road in Laredo.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) was able to get a copy of Rivera’s notice to the parents dated November 16, 2017.

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