September 19, 2014
What the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Told the President About His Delay on Immigration Relief

Yesterday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus issued a new resolution for President Obama regarding his decision to delay executive action on immigration relief until after the midterms election, because, you know, politics. The CHC declaration, although forceful in its language, does not got as far as a letter four Democratic representatives shared this week.

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Here is the concluding statement from the CHC, after four pages of fairly strong “whereas” phrases basically calling out all the broken promises on immigration:

Therefore, be it resolved that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls upon President Barack Obama to stand by his June 30, 2014 commitment and take executive action to address this moral crisis harming American communities after the November 4, 2014 elections and before the end of the holiday season; and

Be it further resolved, that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, consistent with its long-standing principles, its various legal memoranda, the statements and actions of its Members and itsmost recent April 3, 2014 memo, calls upon the President to act boldly and use all legal means available to provide immediate and temporary relief from deportation to qualified immigrantworkers and immigrant families.

Before that concluding statement, the CHC also said this:

Whereas, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will continue to support Latino empowerment by encouraging the community to vote for those who represent their interest;

Which begs the point: technically the “holiday season” ends on January 6, 2015. When exactly will this all happen? Looks like the CHC wants us all to “wait” as well. But at least they said to go and vote with your conscience.

Here is the entire resolution:

CHC Resolution on Immigration Reform



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September 19, 2014
What the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Told the President About His Delay on Immigration Relief

Yesterday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus issued a new resolution for President Obama regarding his decision to delay executive action on immigration relief until after the midterms election, because, you know, politics. The CHC declaration, although forceful in its language, does not got as far as a letter four Democratic representatives shared this week.

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Here is the concluding statement…

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September 19, 2014
English-Language TV Networks Get ‘Mixed Bag’ Review in 2014 National Latino Media Council Diversity Report

Released yesterday, the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) gave English-language TV networks in the U.S. a “mixed bag” review for “the 2013-2014 television season, based on the employment of Latino actors, writers, producers, directors, and entertainment executives; program development; procurement; and commitment to diversity and transparency.”

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The top-line conclusions were shared in a press release:

ABC: Mediocre 
ABC had the most Latino scripted actors, and it also led the pack in terms of Latino writers and producers. However, the network underwhelmed with regard to Latino directors and unscripted talent. ABC is to be commended for its excellent quantity of initiatives to infuse more people of color into its ranks.

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CBS’ performance is lagging in nearly every category, including Latino on-screen talent in scripted and unscripted roles. The network shows promise with regard to Latino writers, producers, and directors, but progress remains slow. However, CBS stands out with a Latina entertainment executive, entertainment chairman Nina Tassler, at the helm.

FOX: Mediocre
FOX has made great strides in augmenting the amount of Latino actors, as well as improving portrayals. Behind the camera, the network showed little improvement in hiring Latino writers, producers and directors. After two years of refusing to supply its diversity data to the coalition, Fox’s commitment to diversity had been in question—but the network is once again cooperating and showing a commitment to inclusion.

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NBC showed great improvement with Latino actors in scripted roles and cast members in unscripted roles. The number of Latino writers and producers increased slightly, but the network had fewer Latino directors. NBC’s commitment to diversity shows in the programs it continues to support to help prepare diverse talent to work in the industry.

Former Congressman Esteban Torres, chair of the NLMC said, “It is clear there is a lot of room for improvement across the board. We will continue to work with the networks to ensure that positive internal changes take place to bring more Latinos in front and behind the camera.”

NLMC Secretariat Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said, “It is important to recognize not only how far we’ve come, but also how far we have to go until television accurately reflects the reality that Latinos are an integral part of the American social fabric.”

You can read the entire report here:

NLMC 2014 Diversity Report



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September 19, 2014
English-Language TV Networks Get ‘Mixed Bag’ Review in 2014 National Latino Media Council Diversity Report

Released yesterday, the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) gave English-language TV networks in the U.S. a “mixed bag” review for “the 2013-2014 television season, based on the employment of Latino actors, writers, producers, directors, and entertainment executives; program development; procurement; and commitment to diversity and transparency.”

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September 18, 2014
Looks Like ‘Shut Down All Ports of Entry’ Event for September 20 Is Still On

So a few weeks ago, we reported about a Shut Down All Ports. And guess what? It looks like some type of protest will be happening. All you need to do is go to their public Facebook group page, which lists all the group’s organizers at 1,725 members.

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This is what main organizer Stasyi Barth, who lists Murrieta, California as her residence according to her public Facebook profile, wrote Tuesday in the group’s site:

Update: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have narrowed the list of ports to focus on, to ensure we can be more effective at the ports that are listed. This list is final. The directions to these ports can be found on the Events tab, at the top of this page, or on the website: shutdownallports.com.

I am locating staging areas, for each port, for all attendees to meet at. I want everyone to know who is going to attend, how many people will be there and if it’s safe to proceed. This is your chance to make the decision to move forward, or not. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE PORT FIRST. The staging areas will be listed on Friday afternoon and the police will be informed as to the location, to ensure your safety.

This event is for you, every patriotic American, to express your grievances in a safe and peaceful way. Yes, some states allow you to carry a firearm and I will not impede on that right. However, please keep it hidden and safely away from others. Your actions will effect [sic] how you and the group are perceived. It is important to stay safe, remain calm and report anyone acting in a violent or hazardous way. Again, be each other’s keeper.

There very well may be a counter protest at the ports. Do not engage them! They will say angry, hateful and vile things; do not respond. They are looking for news coverage that they can point to, proving you are the bad guy. Anything you say can and will be used against you…including the press.

I have spoken with every law enforcement agency that I can think of to find what the possible penalties will be for this action. Mostly, you will find that it is a minor misdemeanor “Pedestrian in the roadway” or, if you don’t move and are forced to move, “Obstruction of a police officer”. Please judge the situation carefully. Know your limits and how far/long you are willing to stick it out. You also have the option of leaving, regroup, and then go back. The options are endless; it’s your choice.

If you have enough vehicles to withstand a full shut down, that’s fantastic! If you don’t, there are a few ways you might be able to avoid getting your vehicle towed. One way is to use a few vehicles to block the road, then get people in place and move the cars out. However, in this scenario, you will be exposed to other vehicles who may want to push through you. Use common sense to see what’s best. Also, from what I’ve been told, law enforcement cannot tow a vehicle, if you are in the vehicle. There is a caveat to this; they may be able to push you to the side of the road and out of traffic. Again, you judge for yourself and make your own call.

Remember to bring whatever you need to withstand the heat and sun, along with American Flags and positive signs of patriotism. A little kindness goes a long way.
Bring a camera and ensure you are filming at all times, if possible. This is for your protection.

I have tried to give you as much information as possible. However, there is no substitute for doing your own research and knowing the area, laws and people involved. Please do not just rely on me for your information. When you get to the staging areas, talk amongst yourselves to figure out the best way to get this accomplished and remain safe.

Please keep me informed as to what is happening at your port, by a pm or text.

Ensure you have read EVERY post regarding this event. Make copies to bring with you, so you can stay on point and easily refer to the Goals. Visit the website and make note of the web address, just in case Facebook suddenly disappears on us.

As far as I know, the last posting from me will be on Friday, regarding the staging areas. If you have any questions, please post them below and I will do the best I can to answer or lead you in the right direction.

Take care. Be safe. Stay aware. Stay calm. Always, be PROUD!

This is your chance to defend your country and stand for what you believe in. Take ownership of your country! If you don’t claim it, someone else will!
May God Bless America and the citizens that stand in defense of her!

Stasyi Barth
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Barth’s post shared the following two events. The first one makes reference to “All Southern Border Ports of Entry” is scheduled for 8amPST on September 20. 131 people RSVP’s on Facebook, saying they will be attending. A second event is scheduled for the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry, at 8amMST on September 20. Three people said they would be attending the Nogales event.

Even with few details, news of protest was covered yesterday in a Nogales outlet, saying that “City and federal law enforcement agencies say they are prepared for a potential protest Saturday morning at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry by a group that hopes to block access to Mexico at U.S. land ports of entry.”

The article talked with Barth, who “confirmed that the DeConcini port would be one of 17 ports of entry along the southern border targeted by protesters and one of four in Arizona” and Rob Chupp, a protest organizer from Indiana, who “claimed that an unnamed federal law enforcement body had advised the group to avoid certain ports because of potential threats from the Islamic State in the Levant, the terrorist group known by the initials ISIS or ISIL.” Politifact already debunked that rumor.

The Nogales story also spoke with Lt. Carlos Jimenez of the Nogales Police Deparment:

If participants park near the DeConcini port and walk away, Jimenez said, their vehicles will likely be towed and impounded and their owners fined. If the vehicles are left on federal property, the Federal Protective Service will take charge, while NPD will address blockages on city streets. Guidelines from organizers advise protesters to keep their vehicles off of federal property.

While organizers claim that hundreds will attend the events border-wide, Jimenez said he expects the turnout to be modest and, despite NPD’s preparations, he expressed some doubt about the protest’s potential impact.

“They’re really disorganized and not really prepared,” he said of the organizers. “They don’t have a leader or point of contact in Arizona.”
“I don’t think a lot of those people want their car towed,” he added.

Whatever happens, Jimenez said, NPD is ready.

“We’re preparing for the worst, expecting the least,” he said.

Or in other words….



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