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Hate Crimes Surge in U.S. by more than 70%

Posted by Jossie Flor Sapunar on 08/14/2012 @ 03:30 PM

RFI Interviews LULAC National President Margaret Moran

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In an interview with Radio Francia Internacional, LULAC National President Margaret Moran expresses grave concern for the dramatic surge of hate crimes in the U.S.

Raphael Morán of Radio Francia Internacional interviewed LULAC National President Margaret Moran on Friday, August 10 to discuss the surge of hate crimes in the United States.

The country has experienced significant demographic developments. In the U.S. Latinos have surged in numbers, making up a sizeable 16% of the population. Black Americans make up nearly 14% of the population; Asians are 4%. That’s not even all of the minorities that reside in the country, but the idea comes across—we are changing. We are truly a mixture of races with a variety of cultures and beliefs.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hate groups have seen nearly a 70% rise since 2000, when they totaled no more than 600. Disturbingly, there are also 1,018 hate groups in the nation as of 2010. The growth coincided with the release of the U.S. Census projection that in thirty years, non-Hispanic whites will no longer be the majority. The realization that the white non-Hispanic population will be a minority in the future incites fear and panic among those who feel the effects of the worsening economy.

The First Amendment doesn’t protect us against racist rhetoric. Until an individual actually threatens or harms another, the law doesn’t render any protection to the victim.

Radio host Raphael Morán asked, “Has the welcoming spirit that has characterized the American Dream been abandoned?” National President Moran answered, “As Americans, we want more than just tolerance. All Americans have the same rights and privileges. Being tolerated or simply put up with, without acceptance, without being embraced in the community is unacceptable treatment for ANY American.”

LULAC, a civil rights organization that has propagated American values since its founding in 1929, understands all too well crimes driven by hatred. We work to improve the 16% of the U.S. population that is of Latino descent. We strive to get computer donations to close the digital divide. We work for grants and scholarships to pass onto all youth—regardless of race. We collaborate with and petition to state and federal governments to improve access to health care. We work hard to assure that civil rights are equally dispensed in accordance with the law. We are working to improve the social conditions for the Hispanic Americans in the United States.

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Technological Justice: Continuing Digital Inclusion for Latinos with Redemtech

Posted by Jossie Flor Sapunar on 08/09/2012 @ 03:30 PM

How often do we think about the evolution of communication? The digital era has brought forth an information revolution with technology making communications instantaneous and effortless. In today’s world, 500 million people have a Facebook account. People send more than 140 Tweets per day. You’re in front of a computer right now.

As technology has sped up, not everyone has kept up. One-third of Americans – 100 million people – haven’t adopted broadband at home. They have dried out in a barren desert of print-only sources, rigidly sticking to print newspapers, brochures, and books, or, most disturbingly, they have been unable to transition because of external barriers. Nearly 60% of low-income households do not have a desktop or laptop computer and 36% of Americans without broadband cite the cost of a computer as a major barrier to adoption. Among Latinos, about 50% have a broadband connection, compared with nearly 70% of the general population.

LULAC however is adaptable. Because we are made up of passionate volunteers, staff, and partners, working through a nationwide network of grassroots councils, we can adapt to the world around us because we are the world around us! United as an organization, we in conjunction with partners like Redemtech help Latinos help themselves.

In an attempt to close the gaping hole of technology need, the announcement of computing recycling company Redemtech was enthusiastically received.  200 refurbished computers will be donated for LULAC to use in their technology centers that work to provide counseling services, job skills, and literacy training to students, parents, and low-income students, all free of charge.

Annually, more than 17 million used-but-still-useful corporate PCs go to waste due to premature disposal or warehouse shelving. Redemtech commercially recycles computers and other technology that businesses no longer need and addresses the associated risks of donation like data security, environmental compliance, and software licensing. The same security precautions that they take with computers of banking institutions and of large insurance companies will be applied to your donated computer.

Why don’t you reach out to donate your unused technology today? Put it to good use by clicking here for more info.

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