Friday, December 2, 2016

Kosciusko Community Center Is A Public Facility Contrary To "Not Public Per-se" According To Milwaukee County Employee

Media was not allowed to news video record at the Kosciusko "Kozy" Community Center during the water filter give away to local residents.

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

December 2, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, some media outlets including Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) were not allowed to news video record at the Kosciusko "Kozy" Community Center, 2201 S. 7th Street during a water filter give away to local Milwaukee area residents who still have fresh water toxic lead laterals connected to the City of Milwaukee water main. The water filters were being given out as a bandage fix from the City of Milwaukee for residents as a first come, first serve basis, who reside in homes that still have the toxic lead laterals.
Media outlets were not allowed to news video record inside the building unless they received permission, but they could only record the legs and feet of those residents waiting in line to get their free water filter because the facility was not public per-se, according to a Milwaukee County worker.
To date, the KCC has not been privatized and is a County run facility. The Milwaukee Parks officials were contacted for comment concerning the issue that the KCC is "not public per-se."
Paula Johnson-Boorse, the Sr. Executive Assistant to Director John Dargle, Jr. from the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture released the following statement,  "Kosciuszko Community Center remains a public facility, however, we also serve the community though a variety of membership-based programs and recreational opportunities. Many of these members are children and teens who use the facility for after school programming and tutoring. Because these minors, or more accurately their parents and guardians, have not all given permission for their likeness to be filmed or used, we ask that filming in the facility only take place in areas that are in use by the public, and not our membership base.
"We commend the efforts of the community organizers to distribute water filters for those who have a need for them and would be happy to accommodate filming in the areas of the building that area accessible to the public."
According Johnson-Boorse, the KCC is a public facility and the lobby would be considered an area where video recording could have been allowed, since it was not an area of youth activity. Apparently, the Milwaukee County worker wasn't well informed regarding the policy and banned video recording where permitted.

Video of incident where a Milwaukee County worker restricted video recording

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Milwaukee Civil Rights, Farm Worker Rights And Education Activist Clementina Rocha Castro Passed Away

Rocha Castro was instrumental along with other Milwaukee Latino residents in the early 1970's in struggling for civil rights, farm worker rights and higher education for Latinos in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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

December 1, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Clementina Rocha Castro, 83, was born into internal life and is remembered for her civil rights activism during the Latino community struggle for reforms in the early 1970's, that led to higher education opportunities for Latinos, jobs and enforcement of farm worker rights in Wisconsin. Rocha Castro was among a group of Latino women known as the "Adelitas" that included the late Marla O. Anderson, Maria Ortega and others who marched and put themselves in the front lines along side with Latino male activists in the civil rights movement.
Rocha Castro along with the Adelitas marched from Milwaukee to the Madison with hundreds of Latinos/as to support migrant farm worker rights and enforcement of existing migrant farm laws. Rocha Castro and the Adelitas including more than 500 educational activists were also instrumental in eliminating the discriminatory barriers that kept Latino students from enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on August 27, 1970. That historical incident is known as the "UWM Chapman Hall Takeover" which was led by the late Roberto Hernández, Ernesto Chacon, the late Dante Navarro, Armando Orellana and Jesus Salas who is still active in the struggle for Latino civil rights and immigration reform today.
Rocha Castro was a co-founder of La Causa Day Care in Milwaukee.

Funeral services: Visitation on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., remembrance at 7 p.m. at the Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, 3275 S. Howell Ave.
Also, visitation on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lady of Guadalupe Church, 613 S. 4th St., following interment at the Forest Home Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Water Filter Give Away Left Thousands Of Milwaukee Residents With Toxic Lead Laterals Empty Handed

The first batch of free water filters were distributed in the Southside, which left thousands of local residents empty handed to prevent toxic fresh water lateral poisoning.

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

November 30, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, the W.I.C. office at the Sixteen Street Community Health Center at the 1300 block of S. César E. Chavez Drive drew huge lines of local Southside residents trying to get a free water filter to prevent toxic lead lateral poisoning. According to a posting at the Southside W.I.C. office location, the water filters were being distributed at two Southside locations. On Tuesday, the filters were distributed at the W.I.C. office location on S. Chavez Drive for Southside residents and on Wednesday, the filters will be distributed at the Kosciusko Community Center at Kozy (Kosciusko) Park for Northside residents.
The only problem with the water filters is that they don't 100% stop any lead poisoning in fresh water and the other issue, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) confirmed that no notice was placed or circulated in the Northside where most of the Afro-American community resides to let them know that they would have to travel to the Southside to get their filters on a first come, first serve basis.
Robert Miranda, a FLAC member stated, "Many poor people with transportation issues in the Northside will find it hard to get to Kozy."
More than 70,000 homes still remain with toxic lead laterals connected to the City of Milwaukee fresh water main. FLAC and state public officials want for the City of Milwaukee to replace all the lead laterals, but Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to commit resources to get rid of all the toxic lead laterals.
According to Miranda, FLAC wants for the city to pay for the removal of all the toxic lead laterals, since the city government created the problem by approving installation of such laterals in prior years. City officials have known for decades that lead particles have been found in the drinking water and have kept quiet and stalled any action to remove lead laterals for years.
The water filters won't prevent lead poisoning and FLAC considers that Mayor Barrett has refused to consider any reasonable plan to get funding for the immediate removal of all lead laterals within city limits.

Milwaukee surrounding suburbs with toxic lead laterals (Source: WISN):

• 90% of the homes in Shorewood

• 32% of homes in South Milwaukee

• 30% of homes in Cudahy

• 38% of homes (19K) in West Allis

• 65% of homes (15K) in Wauwatosa 

Update: Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, hundreds of people from the Southside area showed up at the Kosciusko (Kozy) Community Center on S. 7th St. to get their free water filters that practically are worthless in preventing city victims from getting lead poisoning from drinking and cooking with fresh water flow from toxic lead laterals connected to the city's water main. A Milwaukee County worker who said, that he was a supervisor at the Kozy Community Center attempted to censor media outlets from video news recording of those residents seeking a free filter. According to him, media would have to get permission to only video news record the legs and feet of those residents in line to get a water filter. (Source: HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.) Video of incident:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tony Baez Announced Bid For Milwaukee Public School Board District 6th

Baez, retired CEO from the Council for the Spanish Speaking unofficially announced his candidacy to run for the Milwaukee School Board.

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

November 29, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, Tony Baez, Consultant on Education and Latino Issues and former President and CEO for the Council for the Spanish Speaking (Centro Hispano) unofficially announced his intent to seek a Milwaukee Public School Board (MPS) seat in District 6 during a gathering at the Citizen Action of Wisconsin (CAW) meeting at El Gran Teocali Hall in Milwaukee's Southside. Baez says, it will be his first run as a candidate for the MPS Board.
According to members at the meeting, Tataina Joseph, the current MPS Board member representing the 6th District won't seek re-election in 2017 and is expected to endorse Baez.
Luz Sosa, the organizer for CAW, a non-profit organiztion confirmed the cooperative has about 450 members (200 Latinos and 250 non-Latinos) from the Milwaukee area and 900 statewide members. Sosa says, one of many goals for the CAW is to organize members of the community to work together and to face issues affecting our community in Wisconsin.

Update: Tony Baez released his official announcement about his candidacy for the Milwaukee Public School Board District 6.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oceti Sakowin Resistance Camp To Close, U.S. Army of Engineers Want To Evict #NoDAPL Protesters From Federal Land

N. Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe responded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eviction notice for the Oceti Sakowin Camp.

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

November 27, 2016

Cannon Ball, N. Dakota - Both the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe say that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has no legal right to claim a free speech zone and have no legal right to evict Native Americans from unceded land to the U.S. under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie. The Sioux tribes response comes after Colonel John W. Henderson, the District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a notice of eviction a day after Thanksgiving to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 
Colonel Henderson's eviction notice says, that it has created a free speech zone and that Native Americans and allies at the Oceti Sakowin Camp would be evicted by December 5 from federal land. Some of the N. Dakota senators have also requested for the Native Americans to be evicted from the camp as well, which would actually favor the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Henderson says, that he is closing portion of the "Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannon Ball River to all public use and access effective December 5, 2016." The eviction would help prevent further violent confrontations between the water protectors/protesters and the Morton County Sheriff's Office, according to Colonel Henderson. But Henderson has been part of such violent confrontations himself along with the Morton County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), N. Dakota State Patrol, the state national guard and assisting cops from 9 states. Henderson authorized the MCSO to keep Native Americans from going to peacefully pray at a site where two Native Americans were buried on federal land, the MCSO used mace and rubber bullets to keep Native Americans from the area along the Cannon Ball River, just across from the Oceti Sakowin Camp.
On November 20, Native Americans and allies attempted to clear burned vehicles from the Backwater Bridge near the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Cannon Ball, when the MCSO responded with water hoses and douse protesters for hours with cold water in freezing temperatures, maced (used chemical tear gas against them), shot multiple people in close range with rubber bullets and fired concussion grenades at Native Americans and allies. At least 300 Native Americans and allies were reported injured and water protector Sophia Wilansky, 21, was struck by a concussion granade that exploded by her left arm. Wilansky suffered a severe injury and has gone through multiple surgeries and could eventually lose her arm.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. has included images of the Corps eviction notice letter and both respond letters by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Concussion Grenade Severely Injured Woman's Arm And 300 Injured From Brutal Assault By Morton County Sheriff Deputies

Morton County Sheriff's deputies and assisting cops used three high water pressured cannons, tear gas chemicals, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and sonic equipment (LRAD) to disorient unarmed protesters at the Backwater Bridge near the Oceti Sakowin Camp.

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

November 22, 2016

Cannon Ball, N. Dakota - On Monday, Sophia Wilansky, 21, from New York City went through several surgeries in an attempt to save her left arm from amputation after a concussion grenade blew part of her flesh in the left arm open exposing bones. Wilansky was part of more than 400 Native Americans and allies attempting to clear burned vehicles from the Backwater Bridge on Sunday near the Oceti Sakowin Camp. She was helping to provide water to Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protesters or water protectors when police threw a concussion grenade that exploded by her arm. Wilansky was flown to Minneapolis in Minnesota for treatment.
Photos of Wilansky's injuries were circulated on social media and Facebook (FB).
Protesters at the Backwater Bridge were able to recover rubber bullets shot by police at water protectors, pieces of concussion grenades and other projectiles at the scene. The Morton County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has denied that deputies and assisting cops from multiple states had used concussion grenades at crowds of water protectors. The MCSO on Monday during a press conference attempted to justify the brutal assault against unarmed water protectors. During Sunday's assault on protesters, the MCSO released the following statement, "Law enforcement is currently involved in an ongoing riot on the Backwater Bridge, north of a protest camp in Morton County. Protesters in mass amounts, estimated to be around 400, are on the bridge and attempting to breach the bridge to go north on highway 1806. Protesters have started a dozen fires near the bridge." According to live streaming videos posted on FB and Native American media drone videos, the MCSO used three water pressured cannons and dosed protesters with cold water in frigid weather conditions, mace/tear gas was used, rubber bullets fired at unarmed protesters and sonic sound equipment (LRAD) was deployed to disorientate those protesting DAPL at the front line on Backwater Bridge.
The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) Resistance Camps in a press released on Monday reported that approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by their physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by the Morton County Sheriff's deputies and assisting police over the course of 10 hours. At least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance to 3 area hospitals.
Police continuously assaulted demonstrators with up to three water cannons for the first 7 hours of this incident in subfreezing temperatures dipping to 22F (C) causing hypothermia in the majority of patients treated. Chemical weapons in the form of pepper spray and tear gas were also used extensively, requiring chemical decontamination for nearly all patients treated and severe reactions in many. Projectiles in the form of tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades led to numerous blunt force traumas including head wounds, lacerations, serious orthopedic injuries, eye trauma, and internal bleeding.
Every emergency medical unit from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation responded to the incident and additional ambulances were sent from Cheyenne River Sioux tribe (South Dakota), Kidder County, and Morton County. Three seriously injured patients were transported directly by ambulance from the scene and another 23 patients were transported by ambulance after initial assessment and treatment in camp. Injuries from the mass casualty incident include:

• An elder who lost consciousness and was revived on scene

• A young man with a grand mal seizure

• A woman shot in the face by a rubber bullet with subsequent eye injury and compromised vision

• A young man with internal bleeding who was vomiting blood after a rubber bullet injury to his abdomen

• A man shot in the back near his spine by a rubber bullet causing blunt force trauma and a severe head laceration

• Multiple fractures secondary to projectiles fired by police

The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council condemns the excessive police violence and calls upon law enforcement to cease and desist these nearly lethal actions. Specifically, we demand the cessation of water cannons in subfreezing temperatures.
Our volunteers performed well under challenging circumstances on Sunday night, but we would not have been able to do this without the help of water protectors and local community members who transported patients to our clinic, organized warming spaces, and provided food and tea. We specifically want to thank the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe EMS services for their excellent response and highest quality care in an unprecedented situation. "They were phenomenal. They recognized the severity of what we were dealing with, it could have been a lot worse" said Jazmine, a volunteer physician from the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, according to the press release that was signed by:

• Linda Black Elk, PhD, Ethnobotanist, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
• Michael Knudsen, MPH candidate, Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
• Noah Morris, EMT
• Amelia Massucco, RN
• John Andrews, RN
• Kristina Golden, EMT, herbalist
• Sebastian Rodriguez, RN
• Rosemary Fister, RN, MNPHN, DNP Candidate
• Rupa Marya, MD, DoNoHarm Coalition, University of California – San Francisco
• David Kingfisher, MD, JD, Wichita State University
• Jesse Lopez, MD, Heartland Surgical Care
• Kalama O Ka Aina Niheu, MD, Aha Aloha Aina
• Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH, University of Illinois - Chicago
• Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, University of Chicago
• Elizabeth Friedman, MD
• Vanessa Bolin, ALS Paramedic

Update: The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff’s Department claimed the unarmed people created. These statements are refuted by Sophia’s testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings.
Sophia was safely taken out of North Dakota for emergent surgery and is currently in stable condition. The following is Sophia's statement as conveyed by her father, lawyer Wayne Wilansky.
“At around 4:30am after the police hit the bridge with water cannons and rubber bullets and pepper spray they lobbed a number of concussion grenades which are not supposed to be thrown at people directly at protesters or protectors as they want to be called. A grenade exploded right as it hit Sophia in the left forearm taking most of the undersurface of her left arm with it. Both her radial and ulnar artery were completely destroyed. Her radius was shattered and a large piece of it is missing. Her medial nerve is missing a large section as well.  All of the muscle and soft tissue between her elbow and wrist were blown away. The police did not do this by accident - it was an intentional act of throwing it directly at her. Additionally police were shooting people in face and groin intending to do the most possible damage. Sophia will have surgery again tomorrow as bit by bit they try to rebuild a somewhat functioning arm and hand. The first surgery took a vein from her leg which they have implanted in her arm to take the place of the missing arteries. She will need multiple surgeries to try to gain some functional use of the arm and hand. She will be, every day for the foreseeable future, fearful of losing her arm and hand. There are no words to describe the pain of watching my daughter cry and say she was sorry for the pain she caused me and my wife. I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time. I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.”

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Suspect Detained In Connection With The Homicide Of San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi

San Antonio Police Detective Marconi was fatally shot multiple times in the head.

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

November 20, 2016

San Antonio, TX - On Sunday, San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was killed by a lone gunman. Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, was arrested in connection with Marconi's homicide, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Detective Marconi was writing a traffic citation in his vehicle outside the police headquarters when McKane parked behind Marconi's vehicle, got out and then walked up to Marconi and fired several gunshots to his head, afterwards McKane fled. Detective Marconi, a 20 year veteran with the San Antonio Police Department was taken to the San Antonio Military Hospital where he later died.