Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres will meet with the Parole Commission’s hearing examiner once again on January 19.
The Bureau of Prisons continues its role of interfering with his release. Carlos Alberto learned today that the BOP received an order from the Parole Commission on November 12, 2009, indicating that the Commission wanted to see him about the disciplinary report at the next available date. The FCI Pekin staff member responsible for communicating this to Carlos Alberto told him simply, “I must have overlooked this.”
The prison disciplinary committee found him guilty of possessing home made knives which, unbeknownst to him, a cellmate had hidden in the light fixture of the cell. This finding came not only after the first guilty decision was expunged, but after the guilty cellmate confessed in person to the committee.
The U.S. Parole Commission had postponed its decision whether to adopt its hearing examiner’s recommendation to release Carlos Alberto on parole on April 3, 2010, waiting for the disciplinary committee’s decision. At the January 19 hearing, Carlos Alberto will ask the Commission to adopt the recommendation and order his release, and to ignore the Bureau of Prisons’ attempts to derail his parole.
Write to the Parole Commission to encourage them to adopt the recommendation and order his release! Sample letter available at www.boricuahumanrights.org.
If NYC Michael Bloomberg is to be praised for his recent pro-immigrant statements, then what of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy? Democrat Levy recently announced that he was thinking of running for New York State Governor, eliciting a strong response from NY State Assembly members, who threatened to out Levy’s contributors and call for a boycott. Porque? Seems like Levy has a Latino problem. Not in that Latinos don’t like Levy, pero in that he doesn’t like Latinos, or at the very least doesn’t respect their lives.
Levy has urged police to detain Hispanics on the suspicion that they are undocumented. This is called racial profiling. It is a racist statement.
During Levy’s tenure, a wave of hate attacks has taken place in Suffolk. The police department is being investigated for not resolving these cases. The hostility and violence in Suffolk has provoked an ongoing federal investigation into hate crimes and police conduct.
For years, Levy has quite willingly demonstrated inflammatory, combative and divisive leadership. His anti-immigration positions have crossed the line repeatedly into racial profiling.
“It’s insulting and the answer is: Absolutely not,” the county executive said when I asked him if he is indeed a supremacist. “My position on immigration is pretty much the same as President Obama’s – in favor of legal immigration against illegal immigration.”
“And remember this is the same crew that was telling then Gov. Spitzer that licenses for illegal aliens was good idea and was supported by the base of his constituency. There was a near overthrow of this government when that was proposed.”
We are looking for submissions that speak to how Audre Lorde, June Jordan and Gloria Anzaldua-our writers foremothers speak to us, influenced us and continue to guide us. I am stepping off the work that Alexis Pauline Gumbs has done at Letters to Audre and other projects, check out In your Hands, which is a phenomenal premise, listening for guidance from our foremothers.
Send submissions to email@example.com. Deadline-lets say August 1st, 2010, for now. Send a bio (will be included in zine if selected), your mailing address (will not be included) and any other stuff you want to plug. Nonfiction, essays, poetry submissions are welcome as well as fotos and artwork- some kick ass artwork for the cover would be awesome. Keep in mind that we bring in black and white. And we are a zine.
Today’s cancion comes to us via our own Bianca Laureano, from the column she writes over at amplify. Her last column focused on LatiNegr@s that we all should have our eye on.
Through that column I was introduced to Maluca, whom I loved for her style as commentary of urban Latinidad (especially in Dominican hoods like where I live). Plus her clothes remind me that, yes Mala, there will be warm weather again.
Belinda Acosta’s Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz could be labeled a chica lit book for it’s focus on the life of one woman as a mother, wife, and worker. Pero given all the Spanglish (more than I ever use) and the centering of the story as a Latino one, let’s call it chica lit.
The story centers around Ana Ruiz, named in the title, a mujer who is a high level administrator at a university struggling to balance her life raising her two teenage children, Diego and Carmen, after separating from her husband, Esteban. Diego is dealing with the separation better than his sister Carmen, escaping into his music and into his role as “man of the house” in his father’s absence. Carmen, on the other hand, a “daddy’s girl”, isn’t as accepting, and taker out her anger at her mother. Ana, desperate to make peace with her only daughter decides that a quinceñera, or “sweet fifteen” if you will, will help to bring them all closer.
Claro, it wouldn’t have drama in the title if it all worked out. I won’t spoil the book for you, but there is mental illness, love children, miscarriages, and a sexy artist manchild.