NEW YORK FARM BUREAU IS FOCUSING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

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“Immigration is a key issue for New York farms and employees and for consumers who want to continue to enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products,” said NYFB Public Policy Director Julie Suarez. “Without a stable workforce, food doesn’t get picked, cows don’t get milked and farms don’t have products to take to market.”
NYFB is pushing for a program that provides legitimate visa status for workers already here but may sometimes have questionable documentation and who are willing and able to do the work that farmers depend on. These are workers who come from other countries for jobs that farmers try to fill first with local employees but are often unsuccessful. These reforms, the Farm Bureau said, should include both contract and non-contract options for the flexibility that farmers and workers need for labor protections, especially for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.
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Farms in upstate New York: Photo by Keturah Stickann/John Menier (CC)

Speaking to reporters during a press conference, NYFB outlined three key areas it is targeting including the passage of a new Farm Bill, substantial immigration reform that recognizes New York’s farm needs, and funding for disaster assistance.
NYFB is also focusing on making sure New York’s farmers are represented in any immigration reform package that works its way through Washington, and is promoting changes that address both short and long term farm labor needs in New York.

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HISPANICS HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE

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To the contrary: A staggering 78 percent of second-generation Hispanic adults say that they believe hard work pays off in success. That’s a higher percentage than the 72 percent of their Asian American counterparts who profess such faith in hard work or indeed the 58 percent of all American adults.

To be sure, second-generation Hispanic immigrants have a way to go to catch up to their non-Hispanic white and Asian American counterparts. Both those groups have higher median household incomes and lower poverty rates than adult Americans as a whole.

But the gap is not as large as some might assume. The median household income for second-generation Hispanic immigrants ($48,400), is only slightly lower than the overall national figure (about $50,000). And the poverty rate for that group of Hispanics (16 percent) is virtually the same as the nation’s (15 percent).

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FASCINATING VIDEO: A HISTORY OF OUR NATION’S VOTING RIGHTS

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Voting is the cornerstone of democracy!

eLocal worked very hard to create a motion infographic video that covers a great deal of historical information. The infographic is an animated map of the United States illustrating the evolution of our country’s voting rights, presented as a video. As the video progresses, viewers can see highlights of the most interesting and dramatic shifts in voting rights. This video includes major milestones for Hispanics as well as women and African-Americans. Additionally, there is information about the court cases and events that led to these and other major changes in the voting culture of our country. This video is definitely what our Latinos need as an inspiration to vote this November, therefore please distribute it to your networks. Contributors to this video: Eric Opal – Brennan Center of Justice; Professor Alex Keyssar – Harvard University; Al Fuller – History of Half; James Jolly – US History Files and  Jessica Marie Gutierrezthehispanicblog.com.

 

For a direct link to this video http://www.elocallawyers.com/infographics/democracy-distilled.html.

DID YOU DO YOUR PART? HAS YOUR VOICE BEEN HEARD? HAVE YOU VOTED? ELECTION 2012 BECAUSE YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

The new, stricter voting laws have become an issue in light of this year’s presidential election. (Vox Efx, Creative Commons)

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ELECTION 2012: HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE HISPANIC VOTE?

 

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WHO ARE THE TOP LATINO CELEBRITIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

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Latino celebrities are dominating the social media space one tweet and status update at a time. According to Forbes, Latino celebrities have a total of 600 million followers on Twitter and Facebook combined.

Shakira:50 million Facebookfans16 million Twitter followers

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As we previously reported, Shakira recently hit a record of over 50 million fans on Facebook, and there are plenty of other Latino celebrities that are following the social media trend including, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, and Juanes.

Jennifer Lopez:
12 million Facebook fans
7 million Twitter followers
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The report states that the large virtual fan base is another testament of our power as a rapidly growing demographic with an estimated $1 trillion dollar market power. “With the celebrities adding at least ten thousand new followers each  day, the power of Latinos in social media is vast and expanding,” said Juan Proaño, the President and Co-Founder of the social media and technology firm, Plus Three.

To find out the Top 10 who are followed in Social Media click here. (FYI they are not in order)

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