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Hawaii’s Colombians celebrated their traditional Carnaval at Magic Island port city and municipality located in northern HONOLULU, Hawaii – C o l o m b i a , n e a r t h e On Saturday, February 18, Caribbean Sea. It is the Hawaii’s Colombian community largest industrial city and celebrated their annual Carnaval port in the Colombian on Magic Island. I asked Maria Caribbean region with a Claudia Butcher Bernales, one population of 1,148,506 of the organizers, to share the as of 2005, which makes purpose of the carnaval. She is it Colombia's fourth from Barranquilla, Colombia, most populous city after and works as a computer systems Bogotá, Medellín and engineer at the University of Cali.” That means the Hawaii. population is roughly According to the Wikipedia: the size of ours here in “Barranquilla is an industrial Hawaii. Butcher is a member In this Issue: of a family of pastors. Business: U.S. consumer She said” “We were debt highest in 10 Years: pastoring in Oregon ConsolidatedCredit.Org when we were called proposes halt on credit upon, while praying, to card spending. pg.2 come to Hawaii to do His work here. It was a leap of faith. Government:A Voter ID We came in 2005 to look around Laws Target Most Vulnerand get a feel for the societal able. pg.6 By José Villa, Senior Editor

Community: Waikiki School creates on-campus farm to educate students on importance of sustainability. pg.13 Education: AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Association’s National High Technology Day inspires teens to pursue careers in science and engineering. pg.18

ministry.” S h e continued: “We were then able to start locating and connecting with other Colombians in the community here. One time a friend mentioned that we should have a carnaval here like the one back home in Barranquilla. It turned out later that she was kidding, but I took the idea to heart.” According Hawaii's Colombians celebrating their culture to Wikipedia: landscape. We didn’t have any of the Hispanic community “Throughout the year the city has jobs. After arriving, we were through volunteering at the considerable cultural activity. SEE HAWAII'S COLOMBIAN PG.10 able to start meeting members Word of Life En Español

HPU professor and students use talents on-site to help impoverished Ecuadorian village

By José Villa, Senior Editor

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Dana Rasch is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hawaii Pacific University. But he’s one of those professors that leave the comfortable, air-conditioned confines of

academia to make a difference and it was in that community that in remote parts of the world. he would serve. Dr. Rasch said: In 2009, Dr. Rasch, a Peace “To say that Las Mercedes is a Corps volunteer, was assigned “poverty-ridden” community to work in the community of Las is really an understatement. Mercedes located in the City of The extreme poverty results in Huaquillas in southern Ecuador. an unusually high number of Las Mercedes is considered the health-related challenges in the poorest of Huaquillas’16 barrios community.”

Dr. Rasch went on: “The majority of families in Las Mercedes live in cane houses with dirt floors and there is no sewage system. But, perhaps the most menacing threat to community health is the City of Huaquillas garbage dump, SEE HPU PROFESSOR PG.21


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U.S. consumer debt highest in 10 Years: ConsolidatedCredit.Org proposes halt on credit card spending outstanding debts," says Dvorkin. Nonrevolving debt significantly increased 10.7 percent landing at $1.68 FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida -- trillion. Nonrevolving debt includes auto Consumers weren't shy about spending loans and student loans, as well as loans this holiday season, as the latest for mobile homes, boats, and trailers. consumer credit report reveals a nearly "November kicks off the holiday 10 percent increase in overall consumer shopping craze with Black Friday and debt. According to the Federal Reserve, Cyber Monday falling towards the end consumer borrowing surged in November of the month. Consumers turned to credit by $20.4 billion raising the consumer debt for purchases they couldn't otherwise total to $2.48 trillion. Financial experts at afford," says Dvorkin. "As the bills begin Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, to roll in, consumers may find themselves Inc. advise consumers to reexamine unable to pay them off. It's good to see an spending habits. increase in consumer spending but never With more consumers turning to credit is it worth going into debt." for purchases, revolving debt showed an Consolidated Credit's Tips for Paying 8.5 percent increase. Credit card debt Off Credit Card Debt: accounts for almost all of revolving debt, 1. List all debts: Make a list of all which rose by $5.6 billion to $798.3 credit card accounts include the: account billion. This was the largest percentage number; interest rate; outstanding jump since March 2008. balance; payment due date; credit limit; Howard Dvorkin, CPA and founder and the minimum payment. Not only of ConsolidatedCredit.org warns does this keep things organized, but it consumers to be fiscally conservative better prevents bills from being late or as the recession is not over. "American unaccounted for. households are feeling better about the 2. Pay more than monthly minimum: economy, but in reality unemployment is Try to pay more the than just the minimum still high. Now more than ever families amount due. Any amount paid over the need to work at saving and paying off any minimum goes directly towards the Source: Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc.

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Mango Financial and George Lopez Partner to Help Americans Manage Their Money impact underprivileged families and their children through increased awareness of AUSTIN, Texas -- Entertainer and health issues and by supporting education Activist George Lopez has signed a multi- initiatives. He has spent many years as year marketing partnership with Mango a spokesman for the National Kidney Financial, Inc. Mango selected Lopez to Foundation, in 2004 was named Artist of help promote its suite of payment and the Year and Humanitarian by Harvard savings products designed for millions University, and was named one of Time of Americans who Magazine's 25 Most are dissatisfied with Influential Hispanics in their current bank America. relationship and "This is not only an millions more that opportunity to promote don't have access a great company with to one. great products, but also Mango offers a chance to make a customers an difference in people's integrated suite of lives," said Lopez. "My financial services grandparents, a factory ranging from prepaid worker and construction cards to help users worker, who raised me, with everyday purchases to savings and taught me the importance of hard work investment products. The products have and financial discipline to reach my goals. a competitive and simple fee structure I'm proud to support a company that has and include free 24/7 customer service. made it easy and affordable for people Mango offers its products and services to manage and save their money to help online at http://www.savewithmango. them realize their goals," he added. com and through its mobile application. Beyond integrating Lopez into a "We are very excited to have George series of brand marketing campaigns, Lopez partner with us on Mango as Mango plans on collaborating with we continue to grow the awareness the entertainer on innovative ways for our brand, products and services," to promote financial education and said Mango Co-Founder and President new product initiatives focused on Bertrand Sosa, adding "George will interactive media channels. As a first step bring an additional level of awareness to of the marketing relationship, Mango the financial issues our customers face, has launched the "Save With Mango" and the solutions available for them at campaign, where George Lopez will Mango." focus on promoting the importance of Lopez, perhaps best known as an short and long-term savings in America, entertainer and for his self-produced highlighting Mango's high yield savings sitcom George Lopez, has also focused account (currently offering 6.00% APY) his energies on battling poverty and and innovative long term investment health issues through frequent donations, solutions. For more information on community service, and relief efforts. Mango, George Lopez, and the "Save Lopez is the founder of the Lopez With Mango" campaign, please visit: Foundation, which seeks to positively http://www.savewithmango.com. Source: Mango Financial, Inc.

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Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) announces its Third Annual Business Expo - Connections, Opportunities and Growth importance of Hispanic businesses in the metropolitan area and brings information WASHINGTON, DC -- On March and key connections for small businesses 15th the Greater Washington Hispanic looking into growing their revenues and Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) will helping our economy." The language ties host its third annual business expo. The Expo will once again bring together and cultural familiarity business leaders and decision makers t h a t t h e i m m i g r a n t from dynamic companies, corporations, communities have with embassies, prime contractors, as well as their foreign roots has federal and local government agencies in proven to facilitate the the Washington, DC metropolitan area. import-export process Building on the success of previous a s t h e e x c h a n g e o f years, the Expo is expected to draw information and business more than 1,200 attendees, around 100 connections makes it exhibitors and more than 20 sponsors. easier to do business "The objective of the Expo is to connect across borders. The District of minority-owned businesses with potential clients and to find resources to grow and C o l u m b i a l a u n c h e d we have been successful in gathering Export DC, the city's many important players of the Hispanic first export development business community for this event," program and the Expo Angela Franco, GWHCC President & presents a great opportunity to explore CEO states. "Many organizations have business opportunities with Latin seen the value in getting involved and American countries. "Our agency is in having visibility in the local Hispanic pleased to be an organizing partner of the market; it is encouraging to count with GWHCC Expo this year," said Harold the support of sponsors and partners. We Pettigrew, Director of DC's Department of invite all business owners in the area to participate." Throughout the day, the Expo will offer panels and business development activities designed to guide participants in securing government and corporate procurement contracts, promoting their own businesses and more. The Chamber partners with local organizations and agencies that serve businesses in the metropolitan area to assure that the content and network really help local small and minority-owned businesses. "The SBA is looking forward to participating in this event for the third consecutive year," said Bridget Bean, Director of the Small Business Administration's Washington, DC District office. "This event highlights the Source: Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). "This event presents a great opportunity for local companies to explore business opportunities abroad and DSLBD wholeheartedly supports this

effort to strengthen the export capacity of DC businesses." Several embassies have confirmed their participation, including: Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina. Expo Organizing Partners include

DSLBD and Arlington Economic Development. Sponsors supporting the expo include: Gold Sponsors – American Airlines, Freddie Mac, Lanigan, Ryan, Malcolm & Doyle and Telemundo Washington; Silver Sponsor – Events DC; Breakfast Sponsor – Wells Fargo; Internet Cafe Sponsors – Verizon and Verizon Wireless; Corporate Sponsors – Bank of America, State Farm Insurance, Creative Guys, La Nueva 87.7 and Vega Pages; International Row Sponsor – HSBC Bank, USA; Business Matchmaking Sponsors – TD Bank and My Business Matches. Partner organizations include: Washington DC Economic Partnership; Center for Minority Business Development of Price George County; and Department of Economic Development of Montgomery County.


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SBA Express Week Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Time 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Hilo Small Business Development Center 100 Pauahi St., Ste 109 Cost: Free R.S.V.P. Mary.Dale@sba.gov SBA Express Week Date: Friday, March 16, 2012 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location; Honolulu SBA Hawaii District Office 500 Ala Moana Blvd., #1 Suite 306 Cost: Free R.S.V.P. jerry.hirata@sba.gov SBA Resource Day Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Hawaii National Bank 1311 Kapiolani Blvd. ( Kapiolani Branch ) Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov SBA Resource Day Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: First Hawaiian Bank (Kahuku Sugar Mill Shopping Center) Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov 2012 Employment Law Preview Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Location: The Plaza Club 900 Fort Street, Crown Room Cost: $45 Members $65 Others Register Online: www.cochawaii.org Don’t Miss the Celebrations!

2012 SBA Small Business Awards SBA Resource Day Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Central Pacific Bank 1533 Dillingham Blvd. Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov SBA Resource Day Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Central Pacific Bank 1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov

Need Help or Working Capital for Your Business? Discover what SBA programs can do for your small business success. Talk with experienced SBA personnel about special financing tool to help your business recover, reposition and grow. Meet with qualified SBA & Express Lenders! Loans of $5,000 up to $500,000 May be available for your existing or start-up business with your good personal credit. Take advantage of SBA’s export Patriot and SBA Express loans to move your business forward. Experienced business specialists from SCORE and the Hawaii SBDC Network offer free, confidential 30-minute consultation to help take your business to the next level. Need Help or Working Capital for Your Business? Discover what SBA programs can do for your small business success. Talk with experienced SBA personnel about special financing tool to help your business recover, reposition and grow. Meet with qualified SBA & Express Lenders! Loans of $5,000 up to $500,000 May be available for your existing or start-up business with your good personal credit. Take advantage of SBA’s export Patriot and SBA Express loans to move your business forward. Experienced business specialist from SCORE and the Hawaii SBDC Network will offer free, confidential 30-minute consultation to help take your business to the next level. Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi More Burdens & Expert Solutions This event is being held by The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Discussion on the latest developments at the 2012 Hawaii Legislature. Gender identity and Expression and Civil Unions. New FMLA Regulations and ADA Developments. US DOL Initiates Wage/Hour Audits in Hawaii. Register Online By: Friday, March 16, 2012 at www.cochawaii.org

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SBA Express Week Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Time 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Hilo Small Business Development Center 100 Pauahi St., Ste 109 Cost: Free R.S.V.P. Mary.Dale@sba.gov SBA Express Week Date: Friday, March 16, 2012 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location; Honolulu SBA Hawaii District Office 500 Ala Moana Blvd., #1 Suite 306 Cost: Free R.S.V.P. jerry.hirata@sba.gov SBA Resource Day Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Hawaii National Bank 1311 Kapiolani Blvd. ( Kapiolani Branch ) Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov SBA Resource Day Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: First Hawaiian Bank (Kahuku Sugar Mill Shopping Center) Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov 2012 Employment Law Preview Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Location: The Plaza Club 900 Fort Street, Crown Room Cost: $45 Members $65 Others Register Online: www.cochawaii.org Don’t Miss the Celebrations!

2012 SBA Small Business Awards Hilo- Friday, March 23, 2012 with Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Maui- Thursday, April 26, 2012 with Maui Chamber of Commerce Kauai- TBD Statewide Awards- TBD Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi This Calendar is for informational purposes only. Items include information, events and activities that may be of interest to the small business community and are offered by or with SBA, government agencies, not for profit business resource providers, business and trade organizations, economic development agencies and educational institutions. The listing of an event is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person, cosponsor, entity or

SBA Resource Day Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Central Pacific Bank 1533 Dillingham Blvd. Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov SBA Resource Day Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Central Pacific Bank 1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Cost: Free RSVP: jerry.hirata@sba.gov

Need Help or Working Capital for Your Business? Discover what SBA programs can do for your small business success. Talk with experienced SBA personnel about special financing tool to help your business recover, reposition and grow. Meet with qualified SBA & Express Lenders! Loans of $5,000 up to $500,000 May be available for your existing or start-up business with your good personal credit. Take advantage of SBA’s export Patriot and SBA Express loans to move your business forward. Experienced business specialists from SCORE and the Hawaii SBDC Network offer free, confidential 30-minute consultation to help take your business to the next level. Need Help or Working Capital for Your Business? Discover what SBA programs can do for your small business success. Talk with experienced SBA personnel about special financing tool to help your business recover, reposition and grow. Meet with qualified SBA & Express Lenders! Loans of $5,000 up to $500,000 May be available for your existing or start-up business with your good personal credit. Take advantage of SBA’s export Patriot and SBA Express loans to move your business forward. Experienced business specialist from SCORE and the Hawaii SBDC Network will offer free, confidential 30-minute consultation to help take your business to the next level. Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi More Burdens & Expert Solutions This event is being held by The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Discussion on the latest developments at the 2012 Hawaii Legislature. Gender identity and Expression and Civil Unions. New FMLA Regulations and ADA Developments. US DOL Initiates Wage/Hour Audits in Hawaii. Register Online By: Friday, March 16, 2012 at www.cochawaii.org Hilo- Friday, March 23, 2012 with Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Maui- Thursday, April 26, 2012 with Maui Chamber of Commerce Kauai- TBD Statewide Awards- TBD Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi Free, convenient consultation on SBA resources! Ask about: SBA Guaranteed Loan Program for Working Capital, Start-up, Expansion New Patriot Express Loans for the Military Community and SBA Express SBA 504 Loan Program- Fixed asset loans SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program - Government contracting assistance Schedule your 30 minute confidential discussions by calling SBA. Walk-ins as time permits Web info: www.sba.gov/hi This Calendar is for informational purposes only. Items include information, events and activities that may be of interest to the small business community and are offered by or with SBA, government agencies, not for profit business resource providers, business and trade organizations, economic development agencies and educational institutions. The listing of an event is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person, cosponsor, entity or any participant listed herein. While every effort is made to assure the information is correct at publication, it is subject to change without notice. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Page 1 of 3


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Voter ID Laws Target Most Vulnerable By José Villa, Senior Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 2011 was a historic year for people across the world wanting more access to a democratic and open political process. Movements such as the Arab Spring inspired people to take action and have a say in their political future. The Occupy Wall Street movement is a also manifestation of that desire here in the U.S. Yet instead of making it easier for U.S. citizens to participate in our democratic process, there are strong and misguided efforts to make it more difficult. States across the country have enacted, or are in the process of enacting, a range of laws and policies making it harder to vote. This new wave of voter restrictions not only includes photo ID laws, but also: proof of citizenship; reducing early and absentee ballot voting; ending same-day voter registration; and restrictions to restoring voting rights after incarceration. According to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, more than five million voters could be affected by these laws and, as we explain below, they are an expensive way to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

Voter fraud is not a problem. Proponents of voter restrictions measures argue that “voter fraud” is rampant. But the facts do not bear this out. For instance, a five-year investigation by the Justice Department under President George W. Bush found just 86 instances of improper voting from 2002 to 2005.

ID legislation, proponents could not cite one single example of voter fraud in the state. The fact is that most states already require voters to show ID at the polls. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 established federal voter ID requirements. It requires ID at the polls from all first-time voters who register by mail and failed to provide an ID at the time of registration. There are also harsh penalties for those who, for example, try to impersonate a voter or for those who erroneously fill out voter registration cards. Additional voter ID verification laws are expensive, difficult to carry out and bad for states’ bottom lines A Brennan Center report released in The Advancement Project estimates 2007, "The Truth About Fraud," found that states contemplating a photo ID that allegations of voting fraud are often requirement could face up to $20 million wholly inaccurate or heavily exaggerated. or more in expenses. According to the report’s authors, voter There are also many legal requirements impersonation – the type of voter fraud to implement photo ID legislation. For targeted by current voter ID legislation one, voters cannot be made to spend - is “more rare than death by lightning.” any money in order to exercise their And in Virginia, which is one of the right to vote or else the proposal could latest states very close to passing voter be unconstitutional. Photo ID proposals,

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therefore, must cover costs of providing ID. Indiana, which has the strictest photo ID law in the nation, spent more than $10 million to provide IDs to voters who needed one. In addition, states would need to spend a substantial amount of money to educate voters about changes in the law, facilitate the process of obtaining an ID, and incur increased administrative costs to implement these measures. These laws disproportionately affect certain groups Yet as bad as the fiscal (and legal) repercussions are, what’s most at stake is the impact on people’s right to vote and their ability to participate fully in our democracy. And as is often the case, those who have the most to lose are the ones bearing the brunt of these legislative efforts: the elderly, low-income workers, and people of color. These folks often lack forms of identification and/or the means to get the necessary documentation to get their photo IDs. According to the Brennan Justice Center study, efforts to implement photo ID laws, for example, could affect 3.2 million voters in just five states (Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin)—the estimated number of people in those states who currently SEE VOTER ID PG.7


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lack ID. And the efforts to make voting harder - such as: restricting voter registration drives; ending early voting; and making it more difficult for people with past felony convictions to get their voting rights restored - also negatively affect young people and people of color. In 2008, Florida alone registered

at least 176,000 voters through voter registration drives. Yet the state passed a law in 2011 that closed, or eliminated most drives, as well as imposing new restrictions and potential fines on groups that conduct voter registration drives. Even the League of Women Voters noted of the misguided law and announced that after 72 years they would no longer be running their regular voter registration drive in that state. Early voting periods also are very important for those who cannot afford to take time off work to vote. They allow

people to vote prior to Election Day to avoid missed work days. But nine states have introduced legislation to end early voting periods. And at least four have made efforts to reduce absentee voting opportunities, a key voting tool used by young adults away at college hoping to vote in their home state. Additionally, Florida and Iowa passed legislation to disenfranchise citizens with previous felony convictions, making it extremely difficult to restore their voting rights upon release. This would particularly impact African American

men who are more than five times more likely to be incarcerated. These laws harm our democracy. Every election year, we are reminded that “every vote matters� and that our greatest right (and responsibility) as citizens of our democracy is to participate in our political process. Others across the world are fighting for that right. Our elected officials’ efforts, then, should be focused on spending more energy creating opportunities for more participation and not on creating additional barriers.


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Retiring Baby Boom Generation Will Rely on Immigrant, Hispanic Workforce By the American Immigration Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. population is rapidly growing older, which is having a dramatic impact on the U.S. labor force. The far-reaching effects of this demographic transformation are very much apparent in the projections released in January by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As explained by Rakesh Kochhar of the Pew Hispanic Center, the BLS numbers indicate that “the aging of the non-Hispanic white population is expected to reduce their numbers in the labor force.” At the same time, “the Hispanic population is growing rapidly due to births and immigration.” For those reasons, says Kochhar, the BLS projections indicate that Latinos “will account for three-quarters of the growth in the nation’s labor force from 2010 to 2020.” The rising Latino share of the workforce highlights the increasingly important role that immigrants and their children play in labor force growth—and in the U.S. economy more broadly. As the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) notes in a new report, The Future of a Generation, immigrants and their children will not only be taking the place of retiring baby boomers in the labor force, they will also be filling jobs as healthcare workers who look after the growing ranks of elderly Americans. And they will be taxpayers who fund the Social Security and Medicare systems upon which elderly Americans depend.

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The IPC report relies upon some telling statistics to describe the scale of the aging crisis that we confront. For instance, the number of people age 65 and older is projected to rise from 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million in 2050. The highest rate of increase will be among the “oldest of the old”: those 85 and older, who tend to require the most healthcare services. This group will grow in size from 5.8 million in 2010, to 8.7 million in 2030, to 19 million in 2050—or one-fifth of the elderly population. Most importantly, the number of workingage adults per every elderly person in the United States—which has declined from 13.6 in 1900 to 7.5 in 1950 to 5.0 in 2000—will drop to only 2.8 by 2050. Not surprisingly, the aging of the population will increase the demand for healthcare workers. The BLS projects that, between 2010 and 2020, employment will

healthcare practitioner and technical occupations (which include physicians, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists,

increase by: 34.5% in healthcare support occupations (which include home health aides, nursing aides, medical assistants, and dental assistants); and 25.9% in

and clinical laboratory technicians). Given the demographic trends at work within the labor force, immigrants and their children will fill many of these jobs

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as the healthcare demands of the elderly population increase. The IPC report ends by admonishing U.S. policymakers to “think beyond the current economic downturn and look at the decades that will follow.” Our demographic future indicates that immigrants and their children will play important roles within the U.S. economy as workers and taxpayers for many decades to come.” Yet the U.S. immigration system “remains stubbornly oblivious to the forces of supply and demand that actually drive immigration.” “The report calls upon policymakers “to take a much more purposeful and strategic approach to immigration: legally admitting those immigrants who can help take the place of retiring baby boomers in the labor force, care for the growing ranks of elderly Americans, and shore up the Social Security and Medicare systems with their tax dollars.”


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Hawaii's Colombians in 2010 at the Pililaau Army Recreation Center at Pokai Bay in Waianae and it It’s best known is the Carnival of was spectacular. We had food, music, Barranquilla, one of the most famous dancing, etc. I was the first queen. We festivals in Colombia. It is a multicultural had a website and the info was on the event highlighting the cultural traditions radio, etc. Last year’s carnaval was in from the 19th Century. It is held annually Kapiolani Park.” during the four days preceding Ash Butcher went on: “This year ’s Wednesday-Saturday, Sunday, Monday carnaval queen was Kaylah Miranda. She and Tuesday, usually in February or is half-Dominican and half-Colombian. early March.” She was one of the winners in this year’s Butcher continued: “I started Miss Hawaii Latina Pageant and we were developing the plans for a Baranquilla- proud to have her. We actually invited the style carnaval here. We had the first one queen from Baranquilla, but she ” Continued from page 1

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What is the purpose of the festival decorated with flowers – similar to our in Baranquillas? Butcher said: “The Aloha Floral Parade here. Each float has purpose of the festival is actually to a queen. In-between the floats, we have provide a respite for the entire city. It’s bands and dancing groups performing. an opportunity for everyone to come out And they’ll also have well-known Latin into the streets and forget the everyday orchestras perform, like El Gran Combo problems they may be dealing with. from Puerto Rico. So – essentially – it’s Many folks wear masks and costumes. like a block party for the entire city.” I’m certainly looking forward to many There are many political barbs and satire of elected officials, the president, the more Colombian carnavals in Hawaii. These folks throw a great party! government and dignitaries, etc.” Please see pictorial of the event on She continued: “One of my favorite parts of the festival is the Battle of the page 11. Flowers. It’s comprised of various floats T:7”

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Colombian Carnaval at Magic Island Photos by HHN

Belkis Cueto, Carmen Miller, Kaylah Miranda, Nancy Miranda and Olympia Payano

Claudia Butcher Bernales and Isabel Quintero

The “Puerto Rican� rooting section

Juan Sebastian Bonilla was enjoying his Colombian roots and family

Colombian women proudly displaying their native dresses

James Castellar and Isabel Quintero

Colombian dresses on display prior to the fashion parade

Miss Latina Hawaii winners: Kaylah Miranda (Talent); and Joleen Iwaniec (Title Winner)

A Colombian couple enjoying the celebration


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COMMUNITY

Waikiki School creates on-campus farm to educate students on importance of sustainability was no recycling program on campus. We were able to bring a program that WAIKIKI, Hawaii – When you walk now earns the school money every onto the campus of the Waikiki School month. Paper, cardboard, and (K-6), located on Paki and Monsarrat, recyclable bottles on campus are you get a sense that something different placed in the recycling bin. The is going on here. About 5,000-sq-ft community can use the bin as well, of dispersed and unused areas of its so it has a community fundraiser campus were converted into a variety of for the school.” edible gardens and farms tended for by Other projects include: its students. The school ‘farm’ includes energy challenges; an afterthree fruit tree orchards containing 65 school renewable energy class; fruit trees, composting stations and participation in Kokua Earth much more. Action Projects; waste audits; D e b b i e M i l l i k e n , P h D , w a s environmental field trips; and waste instrumental in making these changes reduction through composting. come about. How did that come about? Milliken and others also lobbied She said: “Several years ago my oldest the Legislature to pass a law to child started kindergarten. We came to have DOE schools use green the school from the University of Hawaii cleaning supplies. Children’s Center, which is a preschool. How did she implement the I was able to do a lot of things there by: gardening projects on campus? She building gardens; encouraging recycling; said; “We started them in 2007. We and helping promote an environmental looked around the campus for areas that and sustainability awareness.” She went on: “In 2006, the Waikiki School was not involved in these initiatives, so another parent and I saw an opportunity to help the school. We c r e a t e d a program called ‘Project Green Waikiki.’ The idea was to help the administration, teachers, staff clockwise from front left Aidan, Keenan, Dr. Debbie Milliken, Jake, Momoko and students implement some of these programs.” were unused and out-of-the way. Once She continued: “For example, there we found suitable locations, we started By José Villa, Senior Editor

with the ‘rainbow garden’ to teach the kindergarteners to eat the colors of

the rainbow every day. We also taught them how to grow their own fruits and vegetables.” From this initiative, the Waikiki Food Farm was established at the school. Its slogan is: “Growing food by kids for kids.” Students in all grade levels have access to the organic farm on campus. There they learn - through various hands-on methods - about plants, pests and diseases. They learn how to care for the entire ecosystem to grow

foods organically and productively. How is the program doing now? Milliken said: “We now have 65 fruit trees on campus. Students are growing: heirloom lettuce; eggplant; tomatoes; asparagus; beans; mizuno; bok choy; onions; spinach; beets; soy beans; cassava; edible hibiscus; sweet potatoes; strawberries; lemons; limes; oranges; grapefruit; bananas; papayas; avocados; sapodilla; swiss chard. They are also growing herbs, including: cilantro; basil; arugula; thyme; lemon grass; and dill.” As members of the “Farm,” students learn to grow ‘buddy’ plants that attract beneficial organisms. They learn how to save seeds and the importance of maintaining diversity t h r o u g h multiple varieties. They explore and experiment with pest and disease management; SEE FARM PG.13


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and brainstorm new ideas and techniques. Students are also learning to: care for a rice paddy; how to pollinate vanilla; and the multiple uses and importance of cassava for so many people. The Farm policy has been to grow different varieties of tomatoes – apart from the typical red one – to help students understand that plant diversity is normal and should be encouraged. What are the responsibilities of the students? Students are responsible for: weeding; mulching pathways; building compost piles; feeding worms; planting seeds; propagating plants; maintaining tools; and managing pests.

March 2012 - Page 13 The school also has a “Garden Club.” This after-school club meets once a week to: help nurture the school gardens; harvest produce; and manage a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmer’s market. In addition, students have been able to enjoy fresh produce from the garden and prepare food items to enjoy, such as: salsa; pesto pasta; guacamole; fresh-squeezed lemonade; and green smoothies. The club was instrumental in bringing a fresh produce salad bar to the school lunch menu. The work Milliken has done over the years at the school has been as a volunteer. Now the school has hired her parttime as its first Sustainability Coordinator. It’s easy to see how this position is such a great fit for her and her “farmer students.” This is an amazing project to watch and she is an excellent educator.

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Latin Business Hawaii and Hawaii Hispanic News Photos by HHN and Makalapua Atkins

America Kontnier, Gabriella Jackson and Carmen Gonzalez

Law professor Susan Serrano and daughter Amaya

Guests enjoying meeting new people and getting together with old friends

Gabriella Jackson, MaryJo Castro and José Villa

Accountant Rosalyn Locke and CPA Michael Holl

Paul Herrán, Councilperson Tulsi Gabbard and Joe Crofford

Soul De Cuba GM Matt Bedard

Lia Gutiérrez and a guest enjoyed the food and ambience

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February Business Mixer at Soul de Cuba Photos by HHN and Makalapua Atkins

Councilperson Tulsi Gabbard, Kaylah Miranda and Gabriella Jackson

Elected officials, mixed martial artists and businesspeople networking

Personal trainer Erik Gutiérrez and businesswoman America Kontnier

Financial consultant Flavia Brakling and life coach Angelina Campos

Soul De Cuba owner Jesús Puerto and Mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell

Some newcomers enjoying meeting Hawaii Hispanic business people

Attorney Paul Herrán is one of our few Latino lawyers in Honolulu

Businesswoman America Kontnier and media relations consultant Harold Nedd

Councilperson Tulsi Gabbard and restaurant GM Janeen Villa


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U.S. Army Partners With USHLI to Reinforce Educational and Career Success for Hispanic Youth Source: U.S. Army Media Office

FORT KNOX, Kentucky -- The U.S. Army is joining forces with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to help ensure Hispanic youth are prepared to attend college and become leaders in their communities. The partnership reflects the high value the Army places on academics and leadership development as paths to success. As part of their ongoing partnership, the Army sponsored USHLI's annual conference, Feb. 1618 in Chicago. Army representatives met with civic and business leaders, educators and students to highlight the educational resources and career opportunities available to Hispanics through the Army. "It's important that our nation's Army reflects the face of America," said Col. (P) Peggy Combs, the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command, who was the senior Army representative at the conference. "We partner with community leaders and educators across the nation to help us reach young Hispanic students, who otherwise may not consider the opportunities available

to them through the Army." The Army's commitment to education is evident via the free resources and programs it provides to middle school and high school students. The Army-

standardized testing, as well as the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Parents and educators interested in learning more about the March 2 Success program should visit the Web site March2Success.

sponsored March 2 Success program is a free web-based learning tool designed to assist educators, parents and students to prepare for high school entrance and

com. The Army also partners with more than 1,700 high schools nationwide in sponsoring Junior Reserve Officers'

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Training Corps, or JROTC. This citizenship program instills leadership, discipline and the value of civic service in over 320,000 high school students. Junior ROTC is also credited with improving attendance rates, GPAs, graduation rates and college attendance in participating high schools. Additionally, the Army boasts the nation's largest college scholarship program, investing almost $280 million at more than 1,100 college campuses nationwide through its senior ROTC program, the Army's primary commissioning source. For more information about scholarship opportunities visit GoArmyROTC.com. At the USHLI convention, Army representatives highlighted some of the more than 150 career fields available in the Army. These opportunities include: engineering; multimedia illustration; and aviation operation; careers that are directly applicable to civilian life. In addition to the hands-on experience in these high-demand fields, the Army provides leadership training T:7” that gives soldiers an added advantage when returning to civilian life.

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INFLUENZA VACCINE INFORMATION Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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FACTS:  Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended to get the 2011-2012 flu vaccine as soon as it’s available, even if they were vaccinated the year before.  While flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu including children younger than 5, but specially younger than 2 years old, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, neurologic conditions, heart and lung disease.

SAFETY:  Influenza vaccines have been used in the United States for more than 50 years. The 2011-2012 flu vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Everyone regardless of nationality or immigration status (no ID is required), can receive the flu vaccine at public vaccination clinics (sponsored by the Federal Government).

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Pr o t e c t y ou r f a m i ly f r om t h e f lu b y g e t t in g y ou r s e l f v a c c in a t e d . A f lu v a c c in e r e d u c e s y ou r r is k of il ln e s s , h os p it a l iz a t i on , or e v e n d e a t h a n d c a n p r e v e n t y ou f r om s p r e a d in g t h e v ir u s t o ot h e r s .

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E D U C AT I O N AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Association’s National High Technology Day inspires teens to pursue careers in science and engineering By Mari Villa, Editor

ATLANTA, Georgia – Last month AT&T and HACEMOS – AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Association – sponsored its HACEMOS National High Technology Day on February 23. It’s an annual event that engages teenage students in handson technical activities and interactive workshops to inspire them to consider careers in science and technology. In its 14th year, HACEMOS National High Tech Day planned to reach and inspire over 1,800 teens and at-risk high school students in 28 cities across the country. It collaborated with the AT&T/ Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative, which is a part of AT&T Aspire - a $100 million philanthropic commitment to improve high school success. HACEMOS National High Technology Day was designed to give students insight into the many opportunities available in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields—areas where people of color have been historically underrepresented. The sessions and job shadow opportunities gave students close access to AT&T employees and helped them experience a corporate environment firsthand. "We're thrilled to once again offer our future leaders real-world insight and guidance by offering them full access to our company's senior leaders, employees, and program speakers," said Delia Hernandez, national president of HACEMOS. "Careers in science and engineering are extremely rewarding and we hope to spark our participants' interest in these fields." Teens also toured AT&T facilities, participated in technical demonstrations and workshops including: intensive Arduino training; attended an interactive National Webcast; and participated in

hands-on activities to learn about careers in technology. The theme for this year's National High Tech Day was Transform Your Future, a clear reflection on AT&T's longstanding commitment to transforming the future of individuals and businesses through continued network investment and innovation. In addition to the interactive workshops, students were able to connect with thousands of other high schools using the AT&T Telepresence Solution. This is an advanced, high-definition videoconferencing service gives the participant a virtual, face-to-face meeting experience with people across the country and the globe. Each student group was able to virtually interact with other participating students in other cities as if they were in the same room. HACEMOS National High Tech Day was broadcast on a National Webcast featuring CoolSpeak –The Youth Engagement Company – both with a live audience and via webcast with over 25 chapters tuning in. CoolSpeak presentations were held from Dallas and Chicago. HACEMOS chapters also featurec presentations by various AT&T leaders, including: Paul La

Schiazza, President-Illinois; Carmen Nava, Senior VP-Customer Information Services; Jose Gutierrez, President and CEO, Advertising Solutions; and Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility. This year's event linked nearly 1,800 high school students from close to 65 schools in: • Atlanta, Georgia • Austin, Texas • Charlotte, North Carolina • Chicago, Illinois • Dallas, Texas • Florham Park, New Jersey • Fresno, California • Ft. Worth, Texas • Houston, Texas • Joplin, Missouri • Kansas City, Missouri • Lake Mary, Florida • Los Angeles, California • Mesa, Arizona • Middletown, New Jersey • Nashville, Tennessee • New Haven, Connecticut • Norman, Oklahoma • Orange County, California • Orlando, Florida • Phoenix, Arizona • Sacramento, California

• San Antonio, Texas • San Diego, California • San Ramon, California • St. Louis, Missouri • Southfield, Michigan • Tampa, Florida • Washington, D.C. Through the AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative, a $5.5 million commitment, AT&T will provide job shadow opportunities for 100,000 students across the U.S. over five years and is on target to reach that goal this month. Since the initiative started in 2008, more than 95,000 students have participated in 216 cities. AT&T employees have volunteered more than 32,000 times for Job Shadow, dedicating more than 260,000 volunteer hours, to help students learn. HACEMOS, with approximately 2,000 members, recognizes the importance of educating Hispanic youth and preparing them for a technologyintensive future. Its members are dedicated to developing and supporting technology education projects in communities where they live and work. For more information about National High Technology Day, please visit HACEMOS.

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Latinos Launch Bold Education Initiative By the USHLI Press Office

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) recently announced the launch of its 2012 Student Leadership Series. This bold initiative in the Latino community will challenge over 40,000 students in 40 cities in 30 states to: stay in school; improve their academic performance; graduate; and pursue post-secondary education or training. Walmart, furthering its commitment to providing educational opportunities to diverse communities across the country, serves as the Title Sponsor of the Student Leadership Series. Over 3,000 high school students, teachers and counselors, as well as recruiters representing vocational and technical schools, community colleges, and 4-year academic institutions are expected to attend the launch, which will

feature former NASA astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez. USHLI President Dr. Juan Andrade said, "Dr. Jose Hernandez is a living, breathing Ph.D. That's a doctorate in Persistence, hard work, and Determination. NASA declined his application numerous times, enough times to discourage anyone from trying again. But Dr. Hernandez rejected rejection. By studying and finding jobs that would strengthen his application, he was accepted and fulfilled his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut, and eventually was chosen to be the Flight Specialist on the space shuttle Discovery. Today there is no better role model in our community or for our students gathered here today", said Andrade. The Series is designed to help: students in middle school transition

into high school; students in high school transition into post-secondary education or training, and students in

college transition into graduate school or a career. According to Dr. Andrade, the goal is to create a Latino community in which every household has a first-time high school graduate, or a first-time college student, or a first-time college graduate. The event is considered one of the largest in the nation for Latinos. "We believe through this collaboration we are investing in the future of American society, and the young people who will lead it," said Mark Espinoza, Walmart's Senior Director for Corporate Affairs. The University of Phoenix is the National Chair. National Co-Chairs include The Coca Cola Company, McDonald's Corporation, Buick, AT&T, UPS, NEA, Wells Fargo, Sodexo, AARP, the Department of Defense, and Southwest Airlines.

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund partners with Olive Garden for the "Cocinando un Futuro" Scholarship Program Source: Hispanic Scholarship Fund

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Last month the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and Olive Garden announced its partnership through the first-ever "Cocinando un Futuro" scholarship program. Ten talented students have been selected as scholarship recipients due to their exemplary passion for culinary arts and academic achievement. To g e t h e r, t h e H S F a n d Olive Garden collaboration empowers Generation 1st Degree, the national movement to raise the Hispanic degree

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committed to raising awareness among America's Latino families about the importance of a college education and help them secure the resources they need to earn a college degree," stated Frank Alvarez, HSF president and CEO. "With the help of Olive Garden through the 'Cocinando un Futuro' scholarship program, we are able to bring this commitment to life." The HSF and Olive Garden "Cocinando un Futuro" scholarship program provides scholarships, up to $2,500 per student, to undergraduate minority students who are enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited college or university during the 2011-2012 academic year. The students were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants interested in culinary arts, who met specific criteria that included attaining a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, demonstrating personal strengths and leadership and have an unmet financial need requiring support in their efforts to obtain a college degree. "Olive Garden is proud to partner with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and we're honored to help award the

'Cocinando un Futuro' scholarships to a talented group of students that share our passion for food and hospitality," said Julio Suarez, director of diversity outreach for Darden Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Olive Garden. "One of Darden's priorities as a community partner is to support access to postsecondary education as a way to empower and enable youth to pave their own path to success. The 'Cocinando un Futuro' program is a perfect way for us to bring this support to the Hispanic community." Selected Scholarship Recipients The HSF and Olive Garden are supporting the educational and professional goals of ten talented students with a passion for culinary arts. * Michelle Alcantar, California State University-Sacramento, Culinary Arts and Interior Design * Santiago Hernandez, St. Philips College, Culinary Arts * Jose Martinez, Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration * Estefani Mata, University of NevadaLas Vegas, Business Administration and Culinary Arts * Brenda Mendoza Ortega, Johnson & Wales University-Denver, Culinary Arts and Biochemistry * Vennette Perez, Norwalk Community College, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration * Diego Recinos, Johnson & Wales University-Florida Campus, Culinary Arts * Paulina Sanchez, Arizona State University, Hospitality Administration and Foreign Languages/Culture * Natalie Shepherd, Sullivan University, Culinary Arts * Pablo Uruena, Texas Culinary Academy, Culinary Arts For more information regarding "Cocinando un Futuro," visit http://www. HSF.net.


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HPU Professor and Students Continued from page 1

which is located in Las Mercedes. As one might imagine, the garbage dump presents a number of health threats. In particular, many families - including their small children - work in the garbage dump in order to find recyclable goods to sell.” Not long after settling in, the daily struggle faced by the families of Las Mercedes to stay healthy and fight off fatal diseases became apparent. Diseases that no longer exist in the U.S. – like malaria – still ravish the population of Las Mercedes. After arriving, Dr. Rasch carried out a community-based needs assessment with the help of community members. In all, over 100 interviews were completed and the assessment revealed that a health crisis exists in Las Mercedes that needed to be addressed immediately. For example, the research revealed that 56% of families reported at least one infectious disease in the last year, including malaria, dengue and H1N1. Dr. Rasch added: “Most alarming, however, was how particularly vulnerable the children were to many of these diseases. During an initial communitybased assessment, many mothers spoke about: severe eye infections; the frequent occurrence of stomach parasites; and the time their kids spend away from school fighting infectious diseases.” Dr. Rasch continued: “With the help of community members, such as Señora Carmen Sánchez, in 2009 a communitybased health project was initiated. Its goal was to prevent and treat diseases at the local level. Essentially, there were two important facets to this program to insure long term sustainability and a significant impact: Health promoters and a local health center. With the collaboration of the nearest public health center, a

health care project was developed where community members were recruited and trained in order to become health promoters in Las Mercedes.” Essentially, these health promoters would provide the first line of assistance to the families of Las Mercedes and

acted as links between this community and the Huaquillas’ health organizations. Over the course of three months, eight mothers from Las Mercedes participated in a rigorous training program. It was intense and the health promoters worked side-by-side with Ecuadorian doctors in order to study over 20 health-related topics, such as the prevention of malaria. After completing their training in May 2010, these mothers - motivated by their love for the community - were certified as health promoters. They are now working in the community but they lack one important element: a local health center. Unfortunately, even with all their dedication, the residents cannot build a health center. They simply lack the funds to buy materials, and thus the Las Mercedes Project was created in order to raise $15,000 to build a health center. The Las Mercedes Project is now a formal organization with a board of directors that includes a variety of

representatives from the academic and professional communities. Additionally, several key community members are part of the board of directors, including: Sra. Carmen Sánchez, a top local NGO representative; and Guayaquil doctors Olga Tripul and Enrique Pilco. After carrying out a community-based health survey in the summer of 2011, the health promoters devised a disease prevention plan to eliminate infectious diseases in Las Mercedes. Currently, they are executing this plan, which includes door-to-door malaria blood tests and various community education and prevention activities. The second significant program component is the building of a local health center in order to complement the efforts of the health promoters. After Dr. Rasch finished serving in the Peace Corps, he returned to the U.S. and formed a 501c3 nonprofit – The Las Mercedes Project – in order to raise

funds for the health center. Over $30,000 dollars was raised in 2011 and the health center is scheduled to be inaugurated in June 2012. Once the health center construction is complete,

the health center will be partially integrated into the national health plan for Ecuador. Essentially, the health ministry will assign a general doctor and nurse to work in the health center on an annual basis. With a fully functioning health center along with local health promoters in place, the mission of the Las Mercedes Project is to eliminate infectious diseases in the community by the year 2015. In the coming years, our nonprofit organization will continue to raise funds in order to support the efforts of the health promoters and the community by providing medicine, medical equipment and various training opportunities including a medical exchange program with U.S. medical personnel. Additionally, in 2012, Engineers Without Borders will begin preparations for the installation of a local drainage and sewage system in Las Mercedes, which will be crucial in eliminating the standing water that rapidly accumulates during the rainy season resulting in an abundance of deadly mosquitoes. Moreover, The Las Mercedes Project currently has a team of five Hawaii-Pacific University students who are completing an internship for college credit. The student team is working in a number of important organizational areas including grant writing and community outreach. Furthermore, HPU students will also travel to Ecuador in the summer of 2012 in order to assist Dr. Rasch and community members in a research project to examine the state of the economy in Las Mercedes and identify opportunities for job creation. This research will be funded by a grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in collaboration with HPU. For a more detailed project history, visit their website at www. LasMercedesProject.org and click on “Project History.”


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FA M I L Y & H E A L T H TxDOT Tells Texas Teens: Love Your Life, Buckle Up increase seat belt usage among teenage drivers, age 16–20, across the state. "A few seconds – that's all it takes AUSTIN, Texas -- As Valentine's Day approached, the Texas Department of to buckle up. In that same amount Transportation (TxDOT) called on teens of time, you can lose your life in an to love their lives and buckle up with the accident because you weren't wearing your seat belt," said Carol T. launch of the Teen Click It or Ticket Rawson, P.E., TxDOT's campaign. This year, TxDOT traffic operations partnered with more than division director. 700 high schools and "TxDOT is community colleges committed statewide to reach t o more than 750,000 educating Texas students teens about with the important the deadly message that effects of buckling up can not wearing save your life. a seat belt, Teenagers are and this involved in three campaign says times as many fatal to every teen: 'If crashes as all other drivers. you love your life, In Texas, the use of seat belts buckle up.'" saved an estimated 1,425 lives in As part of the campaign, 2010. At the same time, nearly half of the 291 teen drivers and occupants of TxDOT distributed kits, including passenger vehicles, ages 16–20, killed in banners, lawn signs, posters and window motor vehicle crashes were not wearing decals, to high schools and community their safety belts at the time of the crash. colleges around the state. These materials The Teen Click It or Ticket campaign, reinforce the importance of buckling up. in its second year statewide, aims to Additionally, TxDOT officials visited By Marí Roma Villa, Editor

high traffic locations throughout the month with a wrecked truck from which two teens wearing their seatbelts emerged after what could have been a fatal rollover. The truck toured – or will tour - the following areas: • Bryan – February 14 • San Antonio – February 15-16 • Dallas – February 18 • Rio Grande Valley – February 23 • Huntsville – February 25 • Houston – February 27-28 • Austin – March 8 • Arlington – April 1 Since September 2009, Texas Law requires all occupants of a vehicle, no matter their age or location in the vehicle, must be secured by a safety belt. Seat belt use by rear passengers has been observed as lower than that of those in the front. Violators risk fines of up to $250 and those on the Graduated Driver License Program could have their license suspended. This campaign also aims to continue increasing awareness of this law among teens. Teens are also invited to share their stories, win prizes and learn more about the importance of wearing their seatbelts at the website, http://www.seatbeltsrock. com.

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Denny's launches National Hispanic Marketing Campaign with 'Skillet Whisperer' video By MarĂ­ Roma Villa, Editor

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina -- Denny's, America's iconic family diner, recently announced the launch of its first national online marketing campaign targeting the Hispanic consumer. The Funny Or Die spoof video - titled "Skillet Whisperer" - features famed dog behavioralist and TV personality Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic WILD's 'Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,' taming an unruly Denny's Sizzlin' Skillet. The video is produced in both Spanish and English to effectively reach a diverse audience. The comedic "Skillet Whisperer" episode takes place in a Denny's diner. Millan steps in to help an overwhelmed family who is confronted with an aggressive Western Skillet, from the new "Sizzlin' Skillets" menu, and teaches the family how to display their dominance to calm the skillet so that it may be eaten and enjoyed in a respectful manner. The video is Millan's first national restaurant brand partnership and was created to connect with Denny's growing Hispanic customer base. Also starring in the Spanish version of the video is Millan's son, Calvin Millan, who plays

the son of the family. "Skillet Whisperer" launched last month in Spanish and English versions and is available online at Youtube.com and FunnyOrDie.com, respectively. The branded content video is a further extension of Denny's "America's Diner

platforms. "Denny's enjoys strong relationships with our Hispanic guests, which make up the fastest growing demographic at our restaurants and in the U.S. overall," commented Frances Allen, chief marketing officer of Denny's Corporation.

is Always Open" platform, further "We have regularly introduced innovative engaging with the growing Hispanic new campaigns to engage with our demographic through a new platform target demographics, so we are truly beyond traditional advertising. The excited to be launching our first video videos will also be accessible via Dennys. campaign produced in both English com, Facebook and other social media and Spanish, with the goal of making

it as authentic as possible for our wide variety of guests. We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Funny Or Die and to have the opportunity to be the first restaurant brand to partner with Cesar Millan, who did a fantastic job in the video." The online video is the first nationwide campaign developed by Denny's new Hispanic advertising agency, Casanova Pendrill, which worked in partnership with Denny's lead agency, Gotham. "The Hispanic community continues to be vitally important to the Denny's brand and we are excited to continue spreading its 'always open' message with the launch of our first campaign on behalf of the company," explains Ingrid Otero-Smart, president and chief executive officer of Casanova Pendrill. "The partnership with Funny Or Die and Cesar Millan gives Denny's the chance to speak to Hispanic consumers in a fresh, fun way, and we look forward to increasing engagement within this audience across all media platforms moving forward."

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T Bright House Networks Launches ViendoMovies

Florida; Alabama; Indiana; Michigan; and California. "We are excited about our presence MIAMI, Florida -- Bright House Networks just announced the launch of on Bright House Networks, a prestigious ViendoMovies, a 24-hour, commercial- company that serves very important free film channel that programs communities in the Hispanic Market," contemporary, exclusive and originally- Luis Villanueva, President and CEO of produced Spanish movies in its Florida SOMOSTV, the company that produces markets. ViendoMovies is available and distributes ViendoMovies. "We there on Premium Channel 947 and on have no doubt that ViendoMovies will strengthen the company's offering in Video on Demand (VOD). Bright House Networks is the sixth- a genre that is key to the Hispanic TV largest owner and operator of cable audience. They will be able to enjoy our systems in the U.S., and the second- films both on our channel and on free largest in Florida. It has technologically- VOD. We are sure that many Bright advanced systems located in five states: T:7” House Networks customers will pay

attention to films that they have never seen before, with a top quality that has impacted the industry worldwide." ViendoMovies is widely recognized for its attractive on-air presence, the support that it offers to U.S. Latino Film Festivals and its relevance for Hispanics in the U.S. The channel provides films with contemporary plots and the newest stars and talent. It features films from Spanish countries in Latin America Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and others - and from Spain. The signal celebrates both U.S. and Latino festivities with special programming and on-air pieces.

It emphasizes the contribution of Latinos to the diversity, life and culture in The United States. Bright House Networks serve more than 2.4 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. The company also offers a full suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Bright House Media Strategies, the advertising arm of Bright House Networks, offers businesses advanced targeted advertising solutions. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive local news and sports channels in its Florida markets.

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LA ESQUINA DE RAY (RAY'S CORNER) Aloha!..Ray Cruz

(Ray Cruz is the host of the Sabor Tropical Salsa music show on Hawaii Public Radio's 89.3 FM KIPO. Ray plays the best Salsa music from yesterday and today.) Every month in this column I'll provide you a list of the must - have music for your collection. These are my picks for this month. They are in no particular order, but should be included in a Salsa connoisseur's music collection. 1.Don Perignon y La Orquesta Puertorriqueña - A Otro Nivel 2.Santiago All-Stars - Joya y Rareza 3.Orquesta Yembeke - Son By Salsa 4.Various Artists - Tite Curet Alonso: Sono, Sono!

5.Various Artists - Nu Yorica Roots: The Rise of Latin Music in NYC in the 60's! 6.8 Y Mas! - Que Mas 7.Michael Stuart - Tribute to Louie Ramirez 8.Joe Rizo - Mongorama 9.Our Latin Thing - 40th.Anniversary Limited Edition 2-CD's & 1 DVD 10. Conjunto Puerto Rico - Asi Es Please visit our website for a complete list: www.salsaafterdark.com. And listen to "Sabor Tropical" on Hawaii Public Radio KIPO 89.3 FM, Saturdays from 5-8pm. On-Air request line: (808) 792-8241. Listen "Live" via the web at www.hawaiipublicradio.org.

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Rally for fair Representation and a New Congressional Seat in NY Latino Community Source: Institute for Latino Studies Media Office

will be an appropriate response to the tremendous growth of our community, and it can be done without negatively

demanding taxation with representation through fair apportionment." "We are 30% of the population of

WASHINGTON, DC -- Over one hundred Latino community leaders held a rally and a press conference on Friday, February10, at the corner of 175th and Broadway (United Palace Theater) in Manhattan to call for fair representation and a fair and transparent redistricting process. Representatives from civic groups included: The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR); Northern Manhattan and West Bronx Coalition for Fair Representation; and - among others - Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change. They voiced their concerns and the need for a new congressional district that captures communities of interest in Northern Manhattan, the West Bronx, and Corona and Jackson Heights, Queens. Speakers included: DANR President Maria Teresa Feliciano; DANR Chairman Miguel Santana; Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of the community activists Mark Levine, Dominican American National Roundtable, speaking at rally in New York City Miosotis Munoz, Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Dr. Ramona Hernandez impacting other communities or violating this state and have only two members (Executive Director of the Dominican any principle of fair apportionment." in a 13 member delegation; that's not Studies Institute of The City University "As per the 2010 census, Latinos of New York); NYC Councilman Ydanis are the largest minority group in New Rodriguez; and Maria Luna, who York State. As such, our communities moderated the press conference. deserve fair representation at all levels Luna, who is also the spokesperson of government. Otherwise we cannot and for the Northern Manhattan and West will not receive this representation unless Bronx Coalition for Fair Representation, the state and congressional districts are highlighted the fact that congressional drawn fairly," said DANR Chairman representation has not kept up with Miguel Santana. the sharp increase in New York's Dr. Rafael Lantigua outlined the history Latino population. Despite sharing of Latino struggle for representation in businesses, resources, common language, New York and how they have had to and important institutions, Latino fight for fair representation. "This time, communities in the area have been we are willing to take this to any extent carved up and denied fair representation, necessary to get a congressional district," as required by law. he remarked. Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano said: "Given the rise of the Latino population "The astonishing growth of the Latino of New York State, we ask that a new population in the United States, and Latino Congressional seat be drawn," specifically in New York City, should indicated Miosotis Munoz. "The same be reflected in the new legislative maps. as the brave men and women who died Creating a third Latino-majority district for the civil rights struggle; we are also

acceptable," said NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. "Our intention is not to fight with other minority communities for representation. That's not what we're here for. On the contrary, we are here to join other minority communities in seeking fair representation. We are all united in this quest," said Dr. Ramona Hernandez. "This is not only a Latino plight," said community leader Mark Levine. "There are also Caucasians and African Americans asking for fair representation for all." The list of leaders who attended included, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYS Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, NYS Assemblyman Nelson Castro, CUNY Trustee Hugo Morales, and among others, Bronx District Leader Yudelka Tapia. For more information visit www. danr.org

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USHCC applauds expansion of USDA Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers claims process WASHINGTON, DC -- Millions of and women farmers and ranchers, the Hispanics work on the American farms updated voluntary claims process will and ranches that feed the world. The make available over $1 billion for cash future of farming will require more awards and tax relief payments and up to Hispanics with a strong entrepreneurial $160 million in farm debt relief. "We were excited to hear Secretary spirit to start agricultural businesses to meet the rising global demand for food Vilsack's announcement of improvements products. Because of the importance to the USDA claims process," said of this high growth industry, the U.S. USHCC President & CEO Javier Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Palomarez. "His announcement last (USHCC) will continue to ensure that week of an increase in the maximum cash Hispanic farmers and ranchers have full recovery amount shows his commitment access to the federal resources that will to resolving longstanding claims and help them prosper in the food economy. to institutionalizing a new era of civil Because of a history of discrimination rights at USDA. I thank the Secretary for against Hispanic farmers and ranchers, his continued commitment to Hispanic the U.S. Department of Agriculture's farmers and ranchers." USHCC staff recently met with (USDA) new claims process is especially important for making clear that there is a USDA leadership to discuss the claims new day at USDA. The USHCC applauds process, and the USHCC will continue Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for to promote the claims process with prioritizing justice for Hispanic farmers Hispanic food entrepreneurs. The claims process serves as a sound alternative and ranchers. The Secretary announced, "Hispanic to litigation for Hispanic and women and women farmers and ranchers farmers and ranchers who can prove who allege past discrimination are their loan or loan servicing requests were encouraged to participate in an improved denied by the USDA for discriminatory claims process in which they have the reasons during certain time periods opportunity to recover up to $250,000 between 1981 and 2000. By visiting farmerclaims.gov, in damages." The increase is significant – previously, individuals can register to receive a claims the maximum cash recovery amount package or obtain more information on was $50,000. For eligible Hispanic the claims process.

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Black Bean Soup with Rice Black Bean Soup is a classic dish from Cuba that is enjoyed throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Black bean soup recipes allow for great versatility as a soup that stands alone or poured over rice for an elegant and unexpectedly flavorful main course. IIngredients 2 tbsp. GOYA Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tsp. GOYA Ground Cumin 1 tsp. GOYA Minced Garlic 1 t s p . GOYA Oregano Leaf 1 packet SazĂłn GOYA Natural and Complete 2 tbsp. GOYA Golden Cooking Wine 2 cans (15.5 oz. each) GOYA Low-Sodium Black Beans, undrained 2 GOYA Bay Leaves 1 tsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. GOYA White Distilled Vinegar GOYA Adobo with Pepper, to taste 2 cups CANILLA Extra Long Grain

Rice, cooked according to package directions Finely chopped white onions Fresh cilantro leaves, (optional) Directions 1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin, garlic, oregano and sazon to pot. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine; bring to a boil. Add 1 cup water, beans, bay leaves, brown sugar and vinegar; bring bean mixture to a boil. Reduce to mediumlow and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and ingredients c o m e t o g e t h e r, about 15 minutes. 2. Season soup with adobo; discard bay leaf. 3. Divide soup evenly among serving bowls. Garnish with onions and cilantro, if desired. Serve with rice. Serves 4 Prep time: 10 min. Total time: 25 min.

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