Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones Defeated Republican Roy Moore For The U.S. Senate In Alabama

Moore sent his supporters home to sleep after Jones was projected the winner for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.

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

December 12, 2017

Montgomery, Alabama - On Tuesday, Doug Jones (D) was projected the winner for the U.S. Senate defeating Roy Moore (R). Jones made his victory speech and gave credit to a diverse voter turn out. According to the Washington Post exit polls, 92% of Black men, 97% of Black women, 23% of White men and 32% of White women voted for Jones. While 74% White men and 65% of White women including 7% of Black men and 3% of Black women voted for Moore.
Jones made history in Alabama and many GOP elected public officials campaigned against Moore who allegedly liked to date young teenage girls. Trump's endorsement didn't even help Moore.

State Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz Removed Representative Josh Zepnick From Committees Without Due Process

Hintz, a Democrat requested for Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to remove Democrat State Representative Josh Zepnick from committees without due process indicating how corrupt the leadership in the Democratic Party seemed to be in the State legislature.

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

December 12, 2017

Madison, WI - State Representative Josh Zepnick (D-Milw.) has apparently been removed from serving in committees due to a request by Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), according to Assembly Speaker Robin J. Vos (R-Rochester). Representative Hintz had requested for Vos to removed Rep. Zepnick from all the committees. Currently, Rep. Zepnick's home page in the State Assembly website shows no committee assignments.
Hintz apparently without due process is trying to pressure Zepnick to resign after allegations of inappropriate kissing and touching were made by two women who did not want to be identified. Zepnick has confirmed that the women have not confronted him and have not filed any complaints against him. Who are these women? In many cases of alleged sexual harassment and assault by public elected officials whether Democrat or Republican, female victims have come forward publicly and have faced the aggressor. 
But, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that Zepnick broke from the corrupt ranks of the Democratic Party and pressure was placed to get Zepnick to resign. Rep. Zepnick has confirmed that he will not resign and is expected to seek re-election as a card carrying Democrat.
Zepnick has opposed anti-immigrant legislation by the Republican controlled Assembly.

For the record, ...both Democrats and Republicans are running for cover in relation to sexual harrasment. At the State Assembly many Republicans knew about former State Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) drunkness and inappropriate sexual behavior, who was convicted in 2014 for 4th-degree sexual assault and sentenced to five months in jail long before the "Diana Robertson" issue became public, yet the Republicans did nothing. At the federal level, sexual abuse by members of Congress has been known for a long time...Why hasn't the Republicans and Democrats done anything against sexual harrasment until now? Because both Democrats and Republicans, including Trump, the President are equally complicit and corrupt.

Rep. Josh Zepnick released the following statement on December 1st, "As a recovering alcoholic, I have confronted and apologized for many mistakes I made during my years of irresponsible drinking.
While I have no recollection of these alleged incidents, there is never an excuse for inappropriate behavior.
I take the claims seriously and respect the feelings of the women involved. I apologize to both women for my actions and for any distress that I may have caused.
My life is back on track and I've been sober for over 2 years. I will not be resigning and I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents."

Monday, December 11, 2017

American Sewer Services, Inc. Fired Worker For KKK Decal Hate Speech At City of Milwaukee Worksite

Sewer and street repair company fired two employees, according to a letter sent to City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

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

December 11, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Dennis Biondich, the owner of American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS) from Rubicon confirmed in a letter sent to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett that several employees had been terminated after two incidents that cause public outrage for displaying a Confederate flag including a KKK decal at a city worksite at N. 25th Street and W. Wells and an earlier incident where three workers were open carrying handguns and one of them brandishing his handgun at N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. Biondich admitted that an employee displaying the KKK decal in his cooler was hate speech and the second employee who was brandishing a handgun including two others who had handguns were legally carrying a weapon at a worksite.
The City of Milwaukee has a zero tolerance for City employees and contractors from carrying any type of weapon while on the job for the City, according to the City's Firearms and Dangerous Weapons prohibition. Last week, during a Common Council Public Works hearing, Alderman Bob Donovan exposed that some City employees had told him that they do carry conceal weapons while on the job violating the prohibition policy.
Multiple unions and organizations gathered at City Hall on Monday to speak against an employee working for ASS that had displayed a Confederate flag and a KKK decal in his cooler. Jacob Flom, Chair for the Young Workers Committee stated, "No worker can be both a unionist and a fascist, White supremacists are the enemy of organized labor and the entire multinational working class. The KKK is a White supremacist terrorist group responsible for killing Afrcan-Americans, LBGTQ people, trade unionists and others. Unions stand for economic and social justice and we condemn and actively fight against White supremacy and fascism in the workplace and society."
"Symbols of hate and division have no place at the worksite. The KKK is an abhorrent organization that fosters hate and violence and it is shocking that someone would feel it is okay to display support for White supremacy  on the job. Likewise, the Confederate flag is not the flag that represents liberty and justice for all," said Pam Fendt, President of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Couple Sought By Milwaukee Police For Several Alleged Crimes In The Southside

A male and female suspects are wanted in connection with several armed robberies in the Southside of Milwaukee.

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

December 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Police Department released the following press release regarding a male and female suspects sought in connection with several armed robberies in the Southside and an incident at a Citgo gas station located at the 1300 block of W. Lincoln Ave. on Wednesday.
Milwaukee Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a December 6 crime at the Citgo Gas Station, at S. 13th Street and W. Lincoln Avenue, around 6:00 a.m.
The victim, a 39-year-old woman, walked into the gas station, an altercation ensued, and the male suspect pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect, and his female accomplice, then fled the scene.
Suspect #1 is described as a black male, between 30-40 years-old, 6'-6'2" tall, and 160-170 pounds with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap type hat, a dark letterman-style jacket with light gray sleeves and a light gray hood, dark jeans, and black and red shoes.
Suspect #2 is described as a black female, between 30-40 years-old, 5'7"-5'9" tall, and 200-210 pounds with a heavy build, and long black curly hair. She was last seen wearing a white and pink zip-up hooded sweatshirt with a black undershirt and black leggings. It appears she has a large tattoo on her upper chest area.
Both suspects arrived in and entered what appeared to be a black, late 90's, Honda Civic. Surveillance video revealed there was no license plate affixed to the license plate holder. The front passenger's tire hubcap was also missing.
The male suspect and the depicted vehicle closely matches two other violent crimes that occurred on the South Side. In addition to the pointing and aiming, the two suspects are persons of interest for the following crimes:

•Armed Robbery around 4:10 a.m. on December 6 in the 900 block of S. Cesar Chavez Drive

•Armed Robbery/Carjacking around 5:00 a.m. on December 6 in the 1200 block of S. 31st Street

Rickey Riggins Was Fatally Shot In Milwaukee's Southside

Riggins died at the scene despite life saving efforts, according to police.

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

December 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Rickey Riggins, 44, was fatally shot on December 4 around 3:10 a.m. at the 1400 block of W. Mineral Street in Milwaukee. Police say, the homicide investigation is ongoing.
Riggins was identified by family members.

Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee Virtually Got Rid Of Legal Lean/Synthetic Pot From Community Before Common Council Outlawed Sales

The Milwaukee Common Council made it illegal to sell Legal Lean (synthetic pot) and Hy-Tech Syrup in the City of Milwaukee just one year and a half after the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee began their campaign to stop the sale at local grocery and gas station stores.

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

December 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, Darryl Farmer, the General for the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee (OBPM) confirmed in his Facebook account, that "FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS OF MILWAUKEE HAVE VIRTUALLY RID THE MILWAUKEE COMMUNITY OF LEGAL LEAN AND HY-TECH SYRUP! THE COMMON COUNCIL MADE IT ILLEGAL TO SELL IN THE CITY!! IF THE KING IS WRONG, PROVE ME WRONG!! HMMMMMMMM.......The stores, gas stations and other businesses that sold legal lean (like synthetic pot) will tell you they stopped because of The Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee!!" The OBPM had put pressure on the Common Council to make Legal Lean illegal, but haven't yet been recognized for their efforts to help stop local grocery and gas station stores from selling it. The OBPM would visit the stores while video recording their visits and putting pressure on store operators to stop selling the synthetic pot to kids and the public. Although, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey has failed to acknowledge the OBPM efforts that helped stop the sale of Legal Lean, Farmer on the other hand is very outspoken about their success by taking credit with his group in helping to get rid of the synthetic pot in their community.
On Friday, Alderman Rainey from the 7th Aldermanic District released the following press release, A city news event hosted yesterday outlined the next steps in the city's legal proceedings involving the former Foodtown Mini Mart on Hopkins St., located in the 7th Aldermanic District. 
The city took ownership of the location after shutting down the store as a public nuisance for selling a potentially deadly form of synthetic marijuana called K-2.
A similar synthetic drug scourge on city neighborhoods – a mood-enhancing, over-the-counter drink sometimes called "Legal Lean" that is targeted toward kids – is now illegal after legislation I sponsored was approved by the Common Council in June. These synthetic drugs prey on our youth and send them on a downward spiral of a life consumed by drug addiction.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, two substances commonly used in Legal Lean are kratom, also known as herbal speedball (it provides an opioid-like effect), and kava, also known as an intoxicating pepper (it provides users a feeling of sedation and muscle weakness).
My legislation (Council File #170238) makes it illegal to use, possess or sell those two herbal depressants in the City of Milwaukee. Our city is now following other large cities and nations in seeking to prevent products like Legal Lean from reaching kids. In fact, these herbs are considered controlled substances in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Unions Plan Rally To End City of Milwaukee Contracts With American Sewer Services Over KKK Decal Display At Work Site

Unions and multiple organizations plan to rally at the City of Milwaukee City Hall against facism and White Supremacy workers hired by Amercan Sewer Services, Inc. to do contract street and sewer repair work for the City.

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

December 9, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, December 11, a rally will take place at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall in the City of Milwaukee planned by unions and multiple organizations that will call on city officials to end the contracts with American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS) for allowing a contract worker to display a Confederate flag and a Ku Klux Klan decal in a cooler at a work site located at N. 25th Street and W. Wells in Milwaukee. ASS is owned and operated by Dennis Biondich from Rubicon, Wisconsin, according to state corporation records. Currently, ASS has a $1.4M contract with the City of Milwaukee.
Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Common Council Public Works Committee held a hearing in regards to a photo taken at N.19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. of three ASS workers open carrying handguns and one of the workers was holding his handgun openly.
The City of Milwaukee has a Firearms and Dangerous Weapons policy that prohibits City employees and contractors from carrying weapons during working hours at work sites and on the field. Members of the Public Works Committee and fellow aldermen/women agreed to create a resolution making it clear that weapons are prohibited during working hours at all areas where employees and contractors including subcontractors.
Alderman Bob Donovan during the hearing exposed that some City employees told him that they carry conceal handguns while working, which is in violation of the firearms and dangerous weapons policy.
The rally at City Hall on Monday is sponsored by the Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Coalition of Black Labor Unionists, the Milwaukee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Coalition, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Young People's Resistance Committee, NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, LULAC and the Jewish Community Relations Council including allies.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ku Klux Klan Worker's Cooler Spotted At City of Milwaukee Street Construction Site

Contractors hired by the City of Milwaukee don't get background checks before doing work for the City.

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

December 8, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - It seems the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works under Commissioner Ghassan Korban and the City Attorney's Office is lacking any background checks on contractors including their workers by not including contract clauses that prohibits any racist deemed decals and Confederate flags from being displayed by workers contracted during jobs for the City. According to a Facebook post by Sam Singleton-Freeman on Friday, it shows a street construction worker's cooler from a hired City contractor with openly displaying a Confederate flag and a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) decal on it in the sidewalk where some workers were doing some street work.
The contracted workers at the site on N. 25th Street and W. Wells in Milwaukee were asked by the person taking photos for which contractor they worked for and they refused to identity the company. Contractors for the City of Milwaukee should make sure their company names are displayed at work sites.
According to Urban Milwaukee, both Alderman Robert Bauman who represents the district where the cooler photo with the KkK decal was taken and Sandy Rusch Walton, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works have confirmed that the work site where a worker's cooler decorated with a Confederate flag and a KKK decal was discovered belong to American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS). The owner of ASS is Dennis Biondich of Rubicon, Wisconsin, State corporation records show.
On Wednesday, the Common Council Public Works Committee held a hearing about three American Sewer Services, Inc. workers with open carry handguns at N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. and one of them displaying a handgun in his hand who was later fired, according to Commissioner Korban. A photo of the three workers with handguns was taken on November 30 and went viral in the social network.
The City of Milwaukee has a Firearms and Dangerous Weapons policy prohibiting City employees and contractors from carrying weapons while during City jobs. Alderman Bob Donovan, who is a member of the Public Works Committee during the hearing exposed that some City workers have told him that they do carry weapons on the job violating the policy.
Members of the Common Council will work on a resolution to make it clear that firearms will be prohibited from City work sites and maybe an added provision should be added to prohibit the display of racist decals like the KKK decal and Confederate flag, which is associated with the White supremacist and White nationalist movement including the KKK.

Editors note: A rally is planned to condemn the display of the KKK decal by a City contractor worker at a work site on N 25th Street and W. Wells and to also call on the City of Milwaukee to end all contracts with American Sewer Services, Inc. on Monday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. The rally even is sponsored by the Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Coalition of Black Labor Unionists, the Milwaukee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Coalition, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Young People's Resistance Committee including allies.

Pete's Fruit Market-Bronzeville Gets $5,000 In Citizen Action of WI Gift Card Membership Purchases For Advertising With WRRD 1510 AM Resistance Radio

Citizen Action of Wisconsin delivered $5,000 in members co-op gift card purchases for advertising at WRRD 1510 AM Resistance Radio.

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

December 8, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, Citizen Action of Wisconsin (CAW) delivered the first Radio-Active campaign co-op collective check for $5,000 in pledged purchases by its membership to Pete's Fruit Market-Bronzeville in Milwaukee. The CAW honorary check of $5K represents pledges that CAW members actually purchased in gift cards to shop at two Pete's Fruit Markets located at the 2300 block of N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and 1400 S. Union Street in Milwaukee's Soutside.
Kevin Kane from CAW presented the $5K in pledges to Pete's Fruit Market operators for their cooperation and support to advertise with WRRD 1510 Resistance Radio, which airs progressive views and discusses issues affecting the community at large and Wisconsin. The Radio-Active campaign is a way to show that the CAW membership supports those businesses that advertise in WRRD 1510 Resistance Radio.
CAW has more than 900 members and allied supporters in the State of Wisconsin.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Milwaukee Firefighter Michael Peden Charged With 2nd-degree Sexual Assault Of Female Co-worker

Peden was taken into custody on a charge for sexual assault of a female firefighter.

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

December 7, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Milwaukee Firefighter Michael Peden, 35, was charged with one felony count for 2nd-degree sexual assault with use of force in connection with a filed complaint by a female firefighter. The female firefighter alleged that Peden had sexaully assaulted (groped) her and made racial remarks. Peden's bail bond was set at $3,500 and if convicted, he is facing up to 40 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
The Milwaukee Fire Department has an ongoing investigation and if Peden is found to have violate work rules and polices, he is facing discipline or termination.
Peden was taken into custody on December 3rd, according to court records. Peen is a heavy equipment operator with the fire department.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tri-state Federal Operation Busted 19 Suspects For Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin Including Money Laundering

The suspects were busted in a tri-state operation after a four year federal investigation that resulted in charges for conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud.

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

December 6, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, United States Attorney Gregory Haanstad announced in a press release that the following nineteen (19) defendants have been charged in federal court with offenses related to a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, as well as money laundering and bankruptcy fraud:

• Clifton Morrison, age 51

• Jose Rodriguez, age 67

• Miguel Rodriguez, age 68

• Samuel Flores-Morales, age 39

• Luis Nevarez, age 27  

• Brenda Y. Valverde, age 29

• Ronnie McFadden, age 47

• Dewayne Alexander, Sr., age 48

• Frederick R. Perry, age 56

• David Wilder III, age 50

• Tommie Stevens, age 41

• Germaine D. Johnson, age 35

• Daniel S. Carter, age 43

• Don D. Walker-Cruse, age 41

• Ricky Christopher, age 49

• David D. Coleman, age 39

• Kellin R.L. Morrison, age 33

• Janine R. Hegwood, age 51

• Dewayne Alexander, Jr., age 24

The defendants currently reside in the greater Milwaukee area, Chicago, Illinois, and Burlington, Iowa. This case is a part of a long-term federal drug and money laundering investigation based out of Milwaukee. 
The defendants are charged with various drug, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud offenses, including: distribution of and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy. If proven that the offenses involved either more than one kilogram of heroin or five kilograms of cocaine, defendants charged with drug offenses will face up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison.  
Law enforcement officers arrested all of the above defendants on Wednesday. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement officers executed 17 federal search warrants in Wisconsin and Illinois and one state warrant in Iowa targeting members of this organization. Law enforcement recovered approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and a half kilogram of heroin. Law enforcement also seized 21 guns (including 3 rifles), 8 vehicles and an undetermined amount of cash.  Over 250 federal, state, and local officers participated in these arrests and search warrants.
The defendants were charged after a lengthy investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, Wauwatosa Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and Metro Drug Unit, Milwaukee Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, South East Iowa Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Patrol. In addition to the above law enforcement agencies the following agencies participated in today's arrests and search warrants: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, Oak Creek Police Department, Kenosha County Drug Unit, Racine County Drug Unit, West Allis Police Department, South Milwaukee Police Department, Lake County Illinois Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, United States Marshals Service,  Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigation / Enforcement Removal Operations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth M. Monfils and Gail J. Hoffman.

City of Milwaukee Employees Carry Conceal Handguns On The Job, Alderman Bob Donovan Exposed

The City of Milwaukee has a Firearms and Dangerous Weapons prohibition policy for City employees and extended to contractors, but according to Alderman Donovan some City employees carry conceal handguns for their own safety on the job.

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

December 6, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, during the Common Council Public Works Committee hearing relating to a press communication by multiple aldermen/woman concerning a photo of three White concrete trench sewer repairing workers from American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS) openly carrying handguns and one brandishing or displaying his handgun revealed that the workers were actually bragging and fooling around about them carrying handguns in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. According to Ghassan Korban, the Commissioner of Public Works (PW), the photo was taken on November 30 by a truck driver (Brian Oliver working for Sonag ready mix) from a ready mix concrete vendor delivery service that supplies the concrete for ASS. Apparently, Korban stated during the hearing that the ASS employees carry weapons as a standard procedure and Dennis Biondich, the owner of ASS wasn't aware of the City of Milwaukee Firearms and Dangerous Weapons prohibition policy and that the City Attorney's Office didn't incorporate a copy of the policy with the City contract. ASS has 11 contract jobs in Aldermanic Districts 11 and 13 districts worth $1.4M, which the last two contracted jobs are almost completed. 
Most of the ASS employees have been laid-off for the season, the employee who had his gun drawn won't be expected to return for work (was fired) and the two other employees in the photo could return for work, but it is not for certain, according to Korban.
It seems, the City Attorney's Office failed to include the firearms prohibition in the contracts for City contractors and Kathryn Block, the Assistant City Attorney at the hearing says that the firearms prohibition for contractors was not clear and doesn't have any clause for "consequences in regards to contracts", if a violation occurs or in enforcing the policy by ending a contract. 
Korban testified that Biondich had notified him, that he send out a notice prohibiting all his ASS employees from carrying handguns at City of Milwaukee job sites. The Public Works Committee members told PW Commissioner Korban to send the photo and information gathered concerning the ASS workers with handguns to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for review and to determine, if the ASS workers violated any law, Also, that Korban should request for the Milwaukee Police Department to investigate the incident and possible citations be issued.
Alderman Robert "Bob" Donovan during the hearing exposed that some Milwaukee City employees have told him that they do carry conceal handguns while on the job, violating the City of Milwaukee Firearms and Dangerous Weapons prohibition policy.
Ald. Donovan cited a report by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn dated October 12 that since the beginning of January, 8 homicides and 137 non-fatal gunshot injuries were reported near or in the area of N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave., but Alderman Russell W. Stamper responded that the crime report was not the issue and if the ASS workers knew of the crime statistics. The armed ASS workers were working on Ald. Stamper's district.
Ald. Donovan also said, that people were reluctant to come to Milwaukee for work due to fear of the high crime and issue of public safety, Ald. Stamper responded, that those people should seek employment elsewhere, if they have so much fear of working in Milwaukee.
Ald. Robert Bauman made the recommendation to stop hiring outside contractors and have City workers specialize on doing the needed work to have better control of policies and work done in the City.
Alderwoman Milele A. Goggs said that the N. 19 and W. Meinecke area was a nice area and development has been flourishing and she would like for contractors from the African-American community to be awarded contracts from the City to do the work needed in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods.
The PW Committee agreed to work with fellow aldermen/women to create a resolution that would clarify that contractors and their employees are prohibited from wearing or carrying firearms and dangerous weapons while doing City work and would also include that alderman from a district where a contractor is doing a job can decide to prevent a certain contractor from doing work in his or her district.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WI Governor Walker Allocates A Mere $500K For Inner City Teacher Training Compared To $2B In Tax Breaks For Wealthy

Governor Walker (R) trying to fool moderate and independent voters by announcing the allocation of $500,000 in a grant to train teachers for low income public schools in the inner city.

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

December 5, 2017

Madison, WI - On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (WDWD) released an announcement that Governor Scott Walker (R) approved a $500,000 Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward Program Grant for teacher recruitment, training and placement grant opportunity.
According to the WDWD, the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program announces a $500,000 request for proposals for teacher recruitment, training and placement in urban or low-income school districts. The WDWD, through its Procurement Unit (Procurement), requests proposals to establish a contract for teacher training and recruitment. Up to $500,000 is available to recruit and prepare individuals to teach in low-income or urban school districts. One grant will be awarded to a 501(c)(3) or (4) non-profit as defined by the IRS.
Governor Walker during his re-election cycle is attempting to fool moderate and independent voters by trying to appear that he is pro-education, when in fact Walker provided $2B in tax cuts for the wealthy, cut the public education budget by $1.2B in his first state budget and enacted Act 10, which busted state employee unions and affected teachers unions around the state.


Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin Gets Federal Funding To Train Latino Employers And Employees On Workplace Safety

Latino employers and employees will now have bilingual workplace safety training available at no cost to them, according to Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin.

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

December 5, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin (ACW - Citizen Action of Wisconsin) has announced that federal funding has been awarded to help provide bilingual workplace safety training for Latino employers and employees in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. ACW received $155,000 in federal grants, $55K for WisCOSH and $100K for Citizen Action of Wisconsin (CAW) to fund the work safety project, which includes the cost of materials and reaching out to the community.
Luz Sosa, the Community Organizer for ACW told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. that ACW will have an open gathering on December 13 at Candela's Banquet and Conference Facility at 2537 W. National Ave. at 6:00 p.m. to officially announce the workplace training project and to provide an opportunity for Latino employers to register for the training and schedule a date for employees to get the training for work related safety.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an issue focused coalition of individuals and organizations committed to achieving social, economic, and environmental justice, according to their website. ACW is the Latino affiliate (caucus) of CAW.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Open Carry Armed Men Doing Street Repairs Near Phillis Wheatley Public School Work For American Sewer Services

Armed men with handguns doing concrete street repairs near a public school work for American Sewer Services, Inc., according to Poblocki Paving Corporation.

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

December 4, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, the Poblocki Paving Corporation confirmed that the three men shown doing some concrete street repair in a undated photo that was posted on Facebook while armed with handguns including one who had his handgun drawn actually work for American Sewer Services, Inc. and not for Poblocki. One of the men in the photo is wearing a Poblocki Paving vest.
American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS), N2768 County Road P in Rubicon, Wisconsin is owned by Dennis Biondich. The company makes more than $3M a year and has about 20 employees. ASS was contracted by the City of Milwaukee to do some sewer repair near the Phillis Wheatley Public School at N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. when employees were spotted with open carry handguns including one of them who had his handgun drawn. 
The City of Milwaukee Firearms and Dangerous Weapons policy prohibits general workers and contractors from wearing or having weapons at a worksite while doing work for the City regardless, if a worker has a valid conceal carry permit. The workers were within the 1,000 feet from a public school, which is prohibited, especially when a handgun is drawn without justification.

Wisconsin State Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milw.) released the following statement in her Facebook account, "I confirmed 4 things about the law today.

1) If they were Open carrying - they can’t be w/in school zone and it is a violation of the law BUT is NOT a crime to violate the law it is ONLY a forfeiture up to $1,000.

2) If they had a CCW permit then they CAN be in school zone;

3) Regardless it is  still in violation of the city’s policy and can be grounds to terminate the contract if the city pursues it.

4) The contractor could request an opportunity to cure the contract depending on what the contract says.

To cure they could honor the request by letting the workers not work on any city contracts.

Three Members of the Milwaukee Common Council became outraged and released statements about the Facebook photo showing an employee of a subcontractor hired by a company (American Sewer Services. Inc.) working for the Department of Public Works openly brandishing a handgun next to two coworkers open carrying holstered handguns, at a worksite near N. 19th and W. Meinecke Streets.
Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, in whose 15th District the photo was taken, said he is shocked and angered by the image. “Behavior as dangerous and disrespectful as this is appalling and has no place in any neighborhood and by any city contractor, subcontractor or representative,” he said.
“If this is a real, untouched photo I would like this individual and that crew removed immediately from the site and barred from any future city projects,” said Alderman Stamper, chair of the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee.
“I will be working with my colleagues on possible legislative measures to make sure this type of behavior will not happen again on any future city projects,” Alderman Stamper said.
Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton said he has been told the owner of the contracting company has been summoned to meet tomorrow (Tuesday, December 5) with DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban. “I will be immediately following up with Commissioner Korban to see what was discussed and to determine future worksite requirements and supervision with this contractor,” he said.
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee, said the photo reflects poorly on the subcontractor and is now being shared widely on social media.
“The behavior exposed in this photo is something we do not tolerate or dismiss or condone in any way with individuals who work with or for the city,” she said.
“I and other members of the Council appreciate it when the public steps up and shares information about city projects and city work in general that we may not be aware of,” Alderwoman Coggs said.
“This is a prime example of public input and information-sharing that can help us do our work more effectively and that could actually lead to important changes in city policy,” she said.


Update: One of the American Sewer Services, Inc. workers who had his weapon in his hand in a photo has been fired and two other workers who had open carry handguns while concrete paving a City of Milwaukee street are facing discipline.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Concrete Street Paving Workers Open Carry Guns Near Phillis Wheatley Public School In Milwaukee

Concrete street paving workers open carry handguns, one is wearing a Poblocki Paving vest and another one is seen brandishing his handgun near public school.

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

December 3, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, a photo posted on Facebook showing at least three street paving White workers, one wearing a Poblocki Paving vest with open carry handguns including one of the workers who can be seen holding his handgun out near the Phillis Wheatley Public School at N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. has been circulating on the social network. The photos were posted by Zuniga Jesse, Van L. Mayes, Earl Ingram Jr. and Tory Lowe, but no date was provided when the photo was actually taken and where it originated.
The City of Milwaukee contracts companies to do some street paving in the Northside where the predominantly African-American community resides and it is not clear, if city officials allowed the contracted workers to open carry while doing city work. In the State of Wisconsin, people can open carry legally, but state law prohibits handguns or firearms to be carry with 1,000 feet from school grounds and inside school property.
So, far city officials and Milwaukee police have not made released and comments about why the workers were open carrying and one worker had his handgun out near a public school while paving a city street.
Poblocki Paving posted the following statement in their Facebook account, "They are not wearing Poblocki Paving Uniforms. One happens to have on a vest that has our name on it  None of our employees are allowed to wear bluejeans and all are required to wear vests anytime they are working. These are not our guys."
The unanswered questions remain, who were they, who authorized them to wear Poblocki Paving vests, why did one of them take his gun out, was he facing a life threat, did City of Milwaukee officials know when contracted these workers that they would carrying firearms on the job and would the City be liable, if a shooting occurs, does OSHA allow workers to wear handguns while working in these type of jobs as a safety measure and do they open carry in none African-American neigborhoods?
According to the City of Milwaukee firearms and dangerous weapons policy revised date February 27, 2012, it has zero tolerance for firearms in the work place, which firearms are prohibited and applies to all general workers and contractors.



Trump, Democrats And Republicans Betrayed The People: Vote Them Out Of Office In 2018

Letter to Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

By (name withheld by request)
December 3, 2017

With the recent Trump Tax Scam approval by the U.S. Senate Republicans with a vote of 51-49, the public outcry to oust corrupt career politicians ignite protests before the bill actually reaches Trump for his signature to make it law.

Trump ran on a campaign promise to help the middle class and workers. Trump and the Republicans faced losing their jobs in 2016, today they want to make it look like they are helping workers and the middle class. But make no mistake...this is just an appearance to keep their jobs and status quo.

But, CNN indicates that "It's not really because investors think the proposed tax overhaul would unleash enormous growth by creating new jobs and stronger wages. Most established economists have thrown water on that theory. That's because there's no guarantee companies would use their savings from lower corporate tax rates and repatriated foreign profits to create jobs. In fact, few CEOs have publicly made any such promise. In fact, according to CNN, Markets are betting that companies would use their new spare cash to help investors: by purchasing boatloads of stock and beefing up their dividends (http://cnnmon.ie/2kmOhj7). In contrary, companies already have indicated that much of the benefits they get from tax cuts won't go directly to growth-related activities (http://cnb.cx/2zCOMMN).

Not only that, nearly half the American population opposed the tax bill (http://cnb.cx/2ArESwY).

In a political play, the Democrats did not even bother to present to the American public a tax plan that would help the workers, middle class and the private sector. The most likely and foremost reason, they want people to vote Democrat in the next Midterm elections in 2018, so they can impeach Trump and go back to the same corruption status quo they are acustomed in office, just as Republicans. In Milwaukee, under Democratic Mayor Tom Barret's governance, African-American poverty has increased and segregation remains stagnant with no change for the better and President Barack H. Obama's presidency, he failed to reduce African-American poverty in Milwaukee. Why? Because they actually need the African-Americans on poverty and destitute, so they can be easily manipulated to vote Democrat with complicity of local Democratic leaders.

In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker (R) and the Republican Assembly utterly failed to fulfill the Walker campaign promise of creating 250,000 jobs. According to a Politifact report, Democratic Representative Mark Pocan stated that "Seven years later, (Scott Walker) has not hit his first campaign promise of creating 250,000 jobs" (http://bit.ly/2sYbjij).
So, it looks like Trump, the Republicans, and Democrats see the people as slave tools who can be easily manipulated and are shackled to their payroll checks, which live check by check or those in poverty and depend on a public assistance check to live with no escape to become independent from government assistance, while Trump, GOP and Democrats highjack the big money and give the middle class and workers breadcrumbs (pennies to a dollar) from their table in comparison to the trillions of dollars available for the billionaires and corporations as known by many as corporate welfare.
What are we to do? People from Wisconsin and nationally should elect Independent governors, State Assembly and Senate representatives, U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators in 2018. People in Wisconsin should vote Independent and vote all the Republicans and Democrats our of office and elect Independent candidates and profesionals with knowledge of issues and conflict resolution solving to stop the corruption.

Editor's note:

It's not a democracy when federal Senate Republicans in the U.S. pass a Trump tax scam bill without reading it, having public imput and released a 500-page version of it an hour before approving (vote: 51-49).
Their next goal, to raise the retirement age for Social Security while making cuts and cut Medicare.
Time to oust them from political careers.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tony Baez, Former President And CEO Of The Centro Hispano Milwaukee Claims No Head Start Funds Were Diverted For Other Programs

Centro Hispano Milwaukee responds to allegations that financial mismanagement led to relinquishing federal funding for Head Start and Early Start programs operated by the non-profit organization.

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

December 1, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) contacted the Mueller Communications, LLC who is handling any statements that are released from Centro Hispano Milwaukee (CHM) concerning a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS) article alleging that the non-profit organization had relinquished Head Start and Early Start programs funding after it was deemed a "high-risk agency due to financial mismanagement" in 2014. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a federal agency in October 30, found that it couldn't ensure that head start funding was solely used for the program due to "ongoing and repeated pattern of inaccurate and delinquent financial reporting" and the CHM maintained a negative bank balance and failed to pay Head Start vendors for services in a timely manner.
The ACF cited a 2015 fiscal year audit of CHM and found that Head Start pragram funds were diverted for other purposes. An estimated $726,000 was listed by CHM in accounts payable and accrued expenses at the end of the year, which a large amount of funds drawn from the Head Start program was not being used to pay "current expenses which the drawn was based". Also Toni Rivera-Joachin, the President and CEO of the CHM indicated that the prior CHM administration under former President and CEO Tony Baez (2006 to 2014) was unable to provide documentation to address the ACF review on how Head Start (HS) program funds were used, according to the MJS article. The ACF indicated it would extend its review and investigation to determine how the HS funds were actually used.
An Internal Revenue Service filing of 990's by CHM indicated that it was operating in a deficit for the last six years.
Baez released a statement to HNNUSA, "In my tenure, never were funds diverted from HS to other programs, and it is absolutely not true that the 2015 audit even suggested that. Take a look at the audit... Gracias!" 
Here's Baez full statement to HNNUSA, "It is very unfortunate that the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal chose such a negative title for their article regarding Centro Hispano Milwaukee. It suggests that fiscal mismanagement has caused the lost of one of its most important programs, Head Start, which Centro Hispano sustained and grew for more than four decades, and is still the largest and most successful dual language program in the state --in spite of the financial difficulties confronted by its parent agency. 
"It is a sensationalist way of creating an image of an agency that since 1964 has been able to serve well the most needy of Milwaukee's Latino community. Unlike other agencies serving Latinos in the city, this agency chose the difficult route of serving as a safety net in the public realm in those areas of greatest need, ensuring that our Latino children, parents and elderly had the support systems in place that institutional agencies were not able to provide. 
"Centro Hispano served the community at a time when no other entity dare take on racism and neglect, and it open doors for others creating other agencies and organizations (UMOS, UCC, Esperanza Unida, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, etc), agencies and organizations that then helped shape various responses to that racism and neglect. Almost every single agency in Milwaukee that served Latinos was either born out of the Council for the Spanish Speaking and or was supported and grown until it reached its independence, contributing to the quality of life of the Latino community in Milwaukee today --which this city cannot be without, because it depends on us!
"The financial difficulties of Centro Hispano date back to the mid 2,000. They were not unlike the difficulties faced by other social service agencies in other parts of the country. They were the result of social and government policies that sought to destroy community-based agencies that did not join the choir of those who embraced an ideology of competitiveness and what we call today neoliberal thought that claimed that the problems of the poor and the working people were created by their own failure and unwillingness to succeed in the US. Funding, whether governmental or philanthropic came with the condition that those helped had to join the workforce, and funds for the future preparation of the children of these groups went almost exclusively to private entities or organizations that sought to prepare for the future the oppressors and exploiters that would take the place of those of today. It became almost impossible for community-based agencies offering social service and immigration services to attract any funds that would sustain the ongoing struggles against isolation, racism, anti-immigration and inequality. 
"Centro Hispano was no exception. It became more difficult than ever before to secure funding, yet this was not the case with agencies that espoused the agendas that sustain social classes and unfortunately prepare those who may occupy the role of the oppressors --very much as was the case in colonial and neo-colonial regimes in Latin America and the African continent.  Again, I re-emphasize, this was happening all over the US, not just Milwaukee. It was a new way of extending the already pervasive Jim Crow strategies that kept African Americans segregated, poor and unequal to Latinos, the new growing ethnics who are today the largest group of people of color in the nation. This is not a new thing! It is actually part of the strategy of those who control power and influence. By using a narrative of "efficiency" and a narrative of "we can succeed in a capitalist America," and by drawing on the notions supported by a pseudoscience of opportunism, government and the agencies that became an extension of government, played the game and placed the blame on those who fought this thinking. To bring it to the present, it smells of Trumpism. When ever you want to create an the believe in failure, you just blame someone or something else, diverting from the real issue. 
"Centro Hispano was perhaps the only agency in Milwaukee's Latino community that fought against a narrative of enslavement and the maintenance of the poor and working people of color. It kept trying and trying, but the thinking of neoliberalism was and is very powerful, especially in this city --and the growing Latino entrepreneurship class continue its ascent into such thinking, some hoping to be eventually the colonials that would sustain this unequal, unfair, racist, and undemocratic society. 
"The national Head Start office started its shift to neoliberal efficiency-based approaches in the Bush administration. It was made even worse under the Obama administration (although it attempted some progressive efforts, it was clearly "efficiency" driven and even perfected strategies that made life even harder on people of color and immigrants). It was under the Obama administration that Head Start started a program of "unannounced" visits to now mostly African American and Latino Head Start Centers all over the country. When less expected, a community-based agency with a Head Start program would receive a team of "efficiency" and accounting "experts" that would review every single curricular and fiscal practice in the organization, often spending more than a week doing this, regardless of the costs. Centro Hispano, like many others in the US, went through many of these, and never, never was their a finding of fraud, fiscal neglect, use of Head Start funds for other purposes or failure to deliver a sound educational program. Independent from regional offices (like the arbitrary and difficult office in Chicago), these teams kept recommending that Centro Hispano's program, in spite of the fiscal difficulties of the agency attracting more funds, had to be supported. Actually, in one of the independent reviews, the team confronted the regional office reminding them that it was there obligation to figure a way to support and work with Centro Hispano. When the Chicago office, in what many still consider a racially motivated action, took the Head Start program from the Social Development Commission, the program at Centro Hispano was expanded, even when it did not asked for it. But the Milwaukee Journal did not hear about this. They only focused their so-called investigation on the fiscal instability of Centro Hispano (caused by the context described above), and they called it "fiscal mismanagement." 
"Head Start also instituted a practice of designating agencies as "at-risk." This was usually a function of the independent audits submitted by the agency (like Centro Hispano would do every year). But the audits of Centro Hispano never showed fraud or the use of Head Start funds for other purposes. The agency's 990 did show a slight deficit, but not unlike any other major financial institution in this country (I guess it's OK for Chase, Wells Fargo and other banks to be fined billions of dollars for fraud and abuse while maintaining so-called fiscal stability and balance ledgers--but how dare a small community-based organization show a small deficit). That is simply bull. 
"An agency was designated "at-risk" when the audits revealed a financial forecast that suggested to Head Start financial instability. Surely, in spite of extremely difficult struggles to continue to provide services to the poor and working class, your financial forecast had to appear very promising (with large reserves, etc) for Head Start officials (by the way, this was not the case with HUD funded programs). Thus, an "at-risk" status designation is no more than a "we-are going-to-watch-you-folks-of-color-very-closely. The interesting thing is that once you received that status, there was no way for an agency to divert funds to other programs, because only Head Start related expenses were reimbursed. Mismanagement is a designation that carries a hugely negative stigma, but that typically, and in this case, only exist in the minds of those who used that to end contracts (which sounds very much like what we have coming down today from the hostile and racist minds in Washington, DC).
"In conclusion, what has happened to Centro Hispano is no fault of those who tried to keep this agency alive and serving poor and working class Latinos. There will be attempts by some to claim it was a "problem of mismanagement."  Not so! It is a problem of outlook and ideology intent on doing away with all social, education and immigration services that are liberating, while eliminating safety nets, and reducing limited services to just that:"services" to those less-deserving people, services which are no longer about connecting people to each other and organizing in the public realm against inequality. 
"In the case of Head Start, it must be noted that the agencies who are assigned to "save" services for poor children are typically for profit entities run by members of a privileged group (mostly White sprinkled with some Blacks or Latinos --enough to justify their so-call commitment to diversity). That is what happened with the Head Start program run by SDC and now with the one run by Centro Hispano. Go figure!," Baez stated.
Rivera-Joachin, President and CEO of the CHM (Council for the Spanish Speaking) released the following statement to HNNUSA as well, "When I started in the February of 2015 as interim CEO, the Federal Government had already deemed Centro Hispano Milwaukee a financially "at-risk" Head Start provider in November of 2014. However, Centro Hispano Milwaukee still successfully received the Head Start grant from the Federal Government every year since.
"In recent years, the board and I have made steady progress in our efforts to improve the financial standing of Centro Hispano Milwaukee. Since 2015, Centro Hispano Milwaukee has improved current assets, decreased current liabilities, and paid down debt. However, there is still more work to be done to update our financial management and reporting systems.
Because of this, Centro Hispano Milwaukee voluntarily relinquished the Head Start grants to the Federal Government to allow us time to complete the updates to our financial systems. This is necessary as it is a challenge to maintain program operations while implementing changes to the financial systems. Voluntarily relinquishing the grants does not prevent Centro Hispano Milwaukee from being a grantee or subgrantee in the future. We fully intend to resubmit for the Head Start grant once the updates have been completed.
"The Federal Government has chosen Community Development Institute Head Start (CDI HS) as the interim provider of Head Start services. Beginning on December 1, 2017, CDI HS is responsible for providing Head Start/Early Head Start services to our families.
"During this time, Centro Hispano Milwaukee will continue its commitment to the community through the other programs we provide, including: adult education & workforce development, elderly housing, immigration community social services," Rivera-Joachin stated.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

U.S. Taxpayers Should Rise, Protest, Resist And Stop Trump's Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

The Trump and GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should be stopped from putting the taxation burden on the working class instead of assuring fair taxing that would include the 1% of the wealthy in the U.S.

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

November 30, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bad for Puerto Rico's economy, it includes a 20% tax excise provision for goods imported to the U.S. mainland from the island, which would have a devastating effect and assure the island's economy won't recover.
If passed, 60% of the benefits of Trump's tax bill will go to the top 1% of the wealthy who will pay less taxes than the working taxpaying class in the U.S.
Also Manuel "Manny" Perez, the former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development under Governor Scott Walker (R) and the highest appointed Hispanic Republican in the Walker's administration (effects) released the following information to Hispamic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Trump's tax act is expected to have on the U.S.
Perez's statement to HNNUSA, "While I appreciate the President's desire to pass a tax plan, in the effort to pass a Tax Plan by the end of the year, important items are not receiving due consideration...a few examples...

1. The tax plan does not appear aligned to long term U.S. economic strategy and no strategy appears to have formulated.
2. CEOs have already told Gary Kohn that reducing rates does not imply increased investment and jobs.
3. The first in first out, directly hurts Americans.
4. Does not address student loan debt nor future workforce development needs."

Perez also agreed with HNNUSA that the Trump and GOP tax act should be stopped to ensure taxpayer interests accross the board are met including provisions for the 1% of the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.
At least 5.2M senior citizens will see an increase in taxes, if Trump's tax act is approved by the U.S  Senate, according to the AARP.
The GOP tax act or tax scam won't generate enough revenue to cover the tax cuts for the 1%, but will reduce the deficit by $408B by 2027, it will cost taxpayers $1.4T on the long run, it also removes the healthcare mandate automatically repealing Obamacare affecting 13M people who would be removed from receiving healthcare, according to a report by the Joint Committee on Taxation.
U.S. Senator Marco Antonio Rubio (R-FL) explained that structural changes are needed to cover the huge tax cut handouts to billionaires and corporations by cutting Medicare and extending the retiring age for Social Security.
The New York Times reported that, “By 2027, people making $40,000 to $50,000 would pay a combined $5.3 billion more in taxes, while the group earning $1 million or more would get a $5.8 billion cut, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office.”

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Howell E. Donaldson III, The Alleged Seminole Heights Serial Killer Admitted He Owned Handgun Connected To Four Homicides

Donaldson was taken into custody after a McDonald's female employee tipped an officer that the suspect had left a weapon with the her.

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

November 29, 2017

Tampa, Florida - On Wednesday, Brian Dugan, the Chief of Police for the Tampa Police Department confirmed that the suspected Seminole Heights serial killer Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, who was arrested in connection with four homicides has admitted that he owned the Smith and Wesson .40 Cal handgun used in the four murders. Donaldson hasn't confessed to committing the homicides, but Chief Dugan and investigators are confident that Donaldson is the serial killer who within 51 days had randomly targeted four victims as they walked and in cold blood shot them to death. Donaldson has not revealed why he killed the four victims who he didn't even know, according to the ongoing police investigation.
Donaldson was booked at the Hillsborough County jail with four counts of premeditated 1st-degree murder, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
According to the criminal complaint, a female McDonald's employee contacted police after Donaldson left a bag with her and she managed to look inside and discovered a handgun. The McDonald's employee gave a police officer the bag and then arrested Donaldson shortly after on Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. at the 400 block of Franklin Street N as he was returning to the McDonald's restaurant in Ybor City.
The murder victims were identified as Benjamin Edward Mitchell, 22,  who was killed on October 9; Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was killed on October 13; Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed on October 19 and Ronald Felton, 60, was killed on November 14. A $100,000 reward had been offered by Crime Stoppers Tampa Florida involving multiple law enforcement agencies for any information leading to the arrest of a murder suspect.

Suspected Seminole Heights Serial Killer Howell E. Donaldson III Facing Four Counts Of Murder

Donaldson was taken into custody after a McDonald's employee tipped an officer that the suspect had left a weapon with the manager.

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

November 29, 2017

Tampa, Florida - On Tuesday, a McDonald's employee, Howell E. Donaldson III, 24, was taken into custody just after 1:30 p.m. in Ybor City by police after a fellow employee tipped a police officer that Donaldson had left a handgun with the McDonald's manager. Donaldson is facing four counts of 1st-degree murder in connection with the Seminole Heights homicides, according to Tampa police.
The murder victims were Benjamin Edward Mitchell, 22,  who was killed on October 9; Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was killed on October 13; Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed on October 19 and Ronald Felton, 60, was killed on November 14. A $100,000 reward had been offered by Crime Stoppers Tampa Florida involving multiple law enforcement agencies for any information leading to the arrest of a murder suspect.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez From Illinois Won't Seek Re-election And Endorsed Jesús Garcia To Replace Him

Cook County Commissioner Garcia also announced that he will seek to replace outgoing Congressman Luis Gutierrez after he retires and won't seek re-election.

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

November 28, 2017

Chicago, Illinois - On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) from the 4th Congressional District announced his retirement and confirmed that he won't seek re-election and also endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesús Garcia to run for his seat. Garcia also confirmed during a press conference that he will seek to replace Gutierrez in Congress.
Gutierrez didn't support or endorsed Garcia when he ran for Mayor of Chicago, but Gutierrez said that he had endorsed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the 2015 re-election before Garcia had asked him for an endorsement, which was difficult for him.
Gutierrez says that will campaign for Garcia to get elected for the U.S. Congress.
Garcia is the first potential candidate to announce his intend to replace Gutierrez.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Milwaukee's Southside La Fuente Restaurant Converted To Banquet Hall And Events Venue

The popular Mexican restaurant known as La Fuente in the Southside of Milwaukee has been converted into a banquet hall and events venue business.

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

November 26, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, José Zerate closed La Fuente Food and Bar Restaurant and will no longer be serving food on the daily basis to patrons, but instead will reopen as a rental banquet hall and big party events venue with the option for food catering. 
Zarate posted the following noticed in La Fuente Restaurant Facebook page, "La Fuente at 625 S. 5th Street will only open for banquet hall rentals and large party events..."
Zarate had been planning for the new hall and catering venue on S. 5th Street location for over several years. The La Fuente Restaurant at the 9100 block of W. Bluemound Rd. in Wauwatosa will remain open, according to Zarate.
On May 10, 2016, the City of Milwaukee Licensing Committee voted 4-0 to approved change of venue at 607 S. 5th Street in Milwaukee.
Minutes note: 12 ZARATE, Jose G, Agent for "Zarate Catering LTD", Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Applications Requesting Bands, Comedy Acts, Dancing by Performers, Disc Jockey, Instrumental Musicians, Karaoke, Patron Contests, Patrons Dancing, Battle of the Bands, and Poetry Readings for "Premier Events" at 607 S 5th St. The applicant stated he will also use it as a bar if there are no events planned, but will not be using it as a nightclub. Individual also present: Ald. Perez stated he has no objections. Ald. Rainey moved approval. (Prevailed 4-0)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

José G. Martinez Sr., Lead Vocalist For The Latin Express Band Has Passed Away

José G. Martinez Sr., Lead Vocalist For The Latin Express Band Passed Away To Eternal Rest

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

November 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, José G. Martinez Sr., 70, passed to eternal rest and is best remembered for his long career as the lead vocalist for the Latin Express Band, which played a variety of rythms including Tejano jams in Wisconsin. In May 2014, Martinez Sr. along with his brother Rodolfo "Rudy" Martinez released a CD "Ahora-Si Se Puede."
The Martinez brothers in a joint effort created a CD with a featured song "Ahora-Si Se Puede" melody in Salsa, Ranchera and Merengue rhythms dedicated to LULAC's achievements during the Civil Rights movement.
The CD would be the last recording of the talented Martinez Sr. and will continue live in our hearts and in his music.

Ahora-Si Se Puede LULAC song by José G. Martinez Jr. available at following link: http://bit.ly/SOI37S


Funeral services for José G. Martinez Sr. at the Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home, 10210 W. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Visitation: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., funeral service at 6:00 p.m.


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.

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).

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.


Monday, November 20, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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.