Michigan's Secretary of State decided last Friday to drop a policy the prevented young, undocumented immigrants (commonly known as DREAMers) from obtaining driver's licenses and state ID cards.
A coalition of civil rights organizations, including the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, had filled a federal lawsuit asking a court to rule that those who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are eligible for licenses.
"We're thrilled that DREAMers in Michigan will now be able to get driver's licenses, so they can continue going to classes, keep their jobs and help their families. The small fraction of states that are still considering banning DREAMers from the roads should do the same," said Michael Tan, a staff attorney with the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.
NAHP president dies
CHICAGO -- Zeke Montes, president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), died Jan. 29. He was the publisher of various Latino publications in the Chicago area, including Tele Guía de Chicago, El Imparcial Newspaper, and Guía Telefónica.
Montes served six terms as NAHP president.
And NAHP Founder Kirk Whisler said, "While others have devoted meaningful time to the NAHP and the development of Hispanic print, Zeke devoted his life," said NAHP founder Kirk Whisler. "Zeke always provided the emotions and honesty that came from his years as a publisher. He wanted the tide to raise ALL the boats, was never happy if only a few were going to succeed. Zeke was truly a WE person, not a ME person."
USDA discrimination meeting
FRESNO -- The USDA will hold a Feb. 12 public meeting to explain the discrimination claims process, which has a deadline next month.
Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege loan discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 2000 can file claims and may receive a cash payment and loan forgiveness. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Fresno County Farm Bureau Office, 1274 West Hedges Ave.
Claims forms will be available at the meeting.
"We encourage those Hispanic and women farmers or ranchers in Southern California who feel they may have experienced discriminatory treatment to attend this meeting to learn more about this claims process," said Farm Service Agency state director Val Dolcini.
The claims must be filed by March 25.
Details: (888) 508-4429.
TURLOCK -- The North Central Valley Chapter of The Association of Mexican American Educators will be holding a social Thursday (Feb. 7) starting at 5:30 p.m. at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, 624 N. Golden State Blvd.
Details: Johnny at (559) 978-5798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Wear Red
MODESTO -- Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women and Heart Disease of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Women Wear Red event focused on creating awareness about women's heart health. This annual event and luncheon will be held on Thursday (Feb. 7) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, in downtown Modesto.
Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased by calling Memorial Hospital Foundation at (209) 530-3600.
Storytelling Workshop at the Modesto Library
MODESTO -- BZ Smith, Principal Storyteller, Writer, and Art Curator for Hive-Arts.org, will introduce participants to the art of storytelling at the Modesto Library on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 2 p.m. Participants will gain knowledge of how to quickly learn a story, how to strengthen their telling, and how to design a storytelling program for any audience.
This workshop is free; however, advanced registration is required. Details: (209) 558-7814.
MODESTO -- The Latino Community Roundtable will be holding its monthly meeting Thurs., Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. at Bel Piatto Italian Cucina, 1000 Kansas Ave.
Guest speaker will be Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh and the new Modesto Police Chief Galan Carroll.
Cost: $10 for Italian buffet, but lunch is not required to attend the public meeting.
Details: (209) 303-2664 or email@example.com.