Friday, May 18, 2012

Demanding Apology from Pro Carpet and AJC
ATLANTA - The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) demands an explanation and apology from Pro Carpet and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the ad that appeared recently in AJC Reach. 

The ad says, “no one wants to be called a pig,” and then does precisely that to all Mexicans by putting an image of a pig with a hat often associated with Mexicans, a cactus tree, and a Mexican flag. “Even if created with humorous intent, the ad is profoundly offensive to Mexicans and the entire Latino community,” said Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of GLAHR. 

“We hope Pro Carpet will immediately apologize and stop using this sort of imagery in its advertising.” GLAHR President Teodoro Maus said he was shocked that the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the flagship newspaper of the Cox chain, would allow itself to be associated with such an image. 

“The AJC and Cox Enterprises must issue an immediate public apology to the Latino Community and explain what steps they are taking to make sure an incident like this never happens again.” 

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is this state’s leading Latino and immigrant rights organization. It holds weekly meetings at 6:30 Monday night at 4200 Perimeter Park South, Atlanta, GA 30341 open to the participation of all members of the Latino community, as well as observers from other communities.

MINEAPOLIS - Joseph Thomas, a 42-year-old Mendota Heights resident, had a sick notion of how he could get America talking about immigration issues.

According to a federal affidavit obtained by the Associated Press, Thomas told an undercover agent he wanted to steal a pickup truck, fill it with oil and gas, drive it into St. Paul's Mexican consulate, then set the inferno-on-wheels ablaze with a road flare. His hope was that the dramatic attack would get the country talking about immigration and amnesty issues ahead of November's presidential election.

Last month, Thomas and Sam Johnson, a 31-year-old Austin resident, were indicted on drugs and gun charges, respectively, and the FBI revealed that the two stockpiled weapons and ammunition while making plans to attack the government and minorities.

Thomas and Johnson have been under scrutiny for years as a result of their connection to white supremacist groups. Johnson used to be a member and the Minnesota leader of the National Socialist Movement, and started a group called the Aryan Liberation Movement. 

WASHINGTON, DC - For the first time, there are more black, Hispanic and other minority babies being born in the United States than white babies, according to government data released on Thursday that confirm a long-growing trend.

U.S. Census Bureau data show the United States is on its way to becoming "majority minority," with almost half of all young children currently from minority groups, including Hispanic, black and Asian.

ATLANTA - The Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has issued a 182-page report critical of four Georgia facilities that house illegal immigrant prisoners, including the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville.

The document titled "Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia" is most critical of the Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention Center.

To develop its report, the ACLU said it interviewed 68 individuals who were detained in Georgia immigration detention facilities, as well as detainees' family members and immigration attorneys. The ACLU also said it toured four facilities in Georgia: Stewart, Irwin County, North Georgia and the Atlanta City Detention Center.

"This report documents serious abuses in Georgia detention centers requiring immediate action," said Azadeh Shahshahani, National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project Director with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia.

"The conditions documented by the ACLU of Georgia violate detainees' constitutional and human rights as well as ICE standards."


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