Lecture connects immigration, labor reform

first_imgTags: Higgins Labor Cafe, La Casa de Amistad, Research and Policy Series As part of the Higgins Labor Program’s Research and Policy Series (RAPS), president of the North Central Indiana chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Tony Flora and executive director of La Casa de Amistad, Sam Centellas, delivered a lecture about immigration and labor reform at Geddes Hall on Friday. Mariah Rush Executive director of La Casa de Amistad, Sam Centellas, delivers a lecture about the intersection between immigration policy and mistreatment of immigrant workers in Geddes Hall on Friday.Flora said the importance of community efforts cannot be underestimated.“Most of [our] work is around effecting law and regulation and that realm of politics,” Flora said. “The AFL-CIO has been very vigorous about developing community relationships and coalitions.”Many companies, Flora said, hire undocumented workers because they are aware of their undocumented status and therefore do not have to treat them according to labor laws and standards.Centellas said bankrupt companies often involve CEOs who still make millions of dollars, and unemployment has nothing to do with undocumented workers taking jobs.“If you’re unemployed, an undocumented Mexican worker is not oppressing you, the CEO’s of companies are the ones oppressing you, but they have convinced you that you’re being oppressed because of these Mexican immigrants coming to your town,” Centellas said. “Our goal is to achieve a society through shared prosperity, and we cannot have that shared prosperity when 11 million people in our country are in a below ground economy,” he said. “If you’re undocumented, you can’t go to your boss and say, “You didn’t pay me the overtime,” and the boss can say, “What are you going to do about it?” if they know you are undocumented. They can claim that they are being very generous, but the truth is, the undocumented workforce represents a drag on the economy — not because they are here being employed, but because they do not have full civil and labor rights.”Flora said undocumented workers often receive no attention or remedy if they raise awareness about their unfair treatment.“It seems like the ability to reform immigration law in America has hit a brick wall,” Flora said. “On the other hand, I’m going to be a little optimistic. I think we have a wonderful opportunity right now. Sometimes when a bad thing happens, it opens up an awful lot of doors, but there is going to be an ensuing crisis created by what the Trump administration has just done.”Although Flora describes the current immigration climate as a “climate of terror,” he said coalitions serve as major proponents for immigration reform. As executive director of La Casa de Amistad, Centellas helps many families with undocumented immigrants. Centellas said the Latino population is often misrepresented.“They don’t want free,” Centellas said. “They want to pay for a service. They want to contribute.”Centellas said controversy surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program affects his clients.“You see it where a lot of people have read the stuff about DACA, and say ‘They are giving them six months, or they are rolling it out,” but no,” he said. “It’s garbage. It’s something they didn’t have to do. They could have put pressure on Congress to get this done without that happening.”Centellas said many undocumented immigrants’ best chance at earning documentation may be to go back to Mexico and wait there for around 20 years before coming into the country legally. Undocumented labor and the associated abuse and low wages adversely affect the economy.“A lot of times people think about immigration or immigration reform, and they forget that all of those problems impact everything,” Centellas said. “They say, ‘Oh, I hope those immigrants figure it out,’ but undocumented labor impacts everything. It impacts your family, your uncle’s company.” “That’s why we all have to care, not just because helping other people is fantastic and it’s what we should do,” he said. “But we also need to get people to understand that they are impacted by this, and so that’s why it’s important for people to get involved and to understand what is happening. That’s what is killing our labor market right now: this black market of labor with people who cannot advocate for themselves and move out of that position because of their documentation status.”last_img read more

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College prepares to welcome parents to campus for annual Sophomore Parents Weekend

first_imgSophomore Parents Weekend at Saint Mary’s presents an opportunity for Belles to create stronger bonds with classmates as sisters as well as share their experiences with loved ones.Sophomore Class Council representatives Kassy Acosta and Michelle Lester worked with vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson to organize the events for the weekend. The festivities start Friday with a reception with food and drinks to allow parents and daughters to mingle.“It is a tradition at Saint Mary’s to invite the parents to campus for a fun weekend with their daughters,” Lester said in an email. “It’s a fun weekend to spend with your parents.”The weekend’s events continue Saturday and Sunday, and include information sessions on study abroad and internship opportunities, Lester said.“Saturday afternoon, the parents and students are invited to enjoy Student Activity Board’s Oktoberfest,” Lester said. “At 3 p.m., we will have our main event: the dinner. This year we will be hosting the dinner as a ND game watch party in the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom. … The football watch party is new to the weekend.”The weekend concludes with an invitation to Sunday Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto.Sophomore Parents Weekend is an RSVP-only event, but Acosta said she encourages students to attend future parent weekends to share their experiences with family members.“Sophomore Parents Weekend is an amazing opportunity for Belles to show their parents a small part of their life here at Saint Mary’s,” Acosta said in an email. “I would encourage every Belle to join in future parent weekends such as Junior Moms and Senior Dads because it encourages families to come together and make memories throughout their college journey.”Acosta has been a class representative since she was a first year student, and she said she enjoys collaborating with peers to produce fulfilling events such as Sophomore Parents Weekend.“I applied to be a Class Representative my freshman year, and I have graciously been given the opportunity to continue to represent my class and provide fun events for them to continue to grow as sisters throughout their time here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I love being able to represent not only my class, but the Saint Mary’s … community in the most positive way.” Belonging to Class Council has given Acosta the chance to create strong friendships with other students, she said. Activities put on by the group endorse the formation of these types of bonds, Acosta said.“I am also proud of my co-rep [Lester], who has been a sister and best friend here at Saint Mary’s,” Acosta said. “Class Council has allowed me to find a place here at Saint Mary’s, and I am eternally grateful for it.”Tags: Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

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Matriculate helps low-income high-schoolers apply to college

first_imgNonprofit organization Matriculate works to ensure all students in the United States have equal access to quality higher education, regardless of their socio-economic background.According to the organization’s website, only 8% of low-income, high-achieving high school students apply to college in a strategic manner similar to their high-income peers. Matriculate wants to change that.Matriculate is a national organization based in New York City that assists high-achieving, low-income high school students in their transition to college. The organization pairs low-income high school students across the country with college advisors — college students interested in aiding the high schoolers through the college admissions process.“[Matriculate helps] particularly those students who would traditionally be caught up in the cycle of under-maximizing where they have the talent to really thrive at a top college or university,” Staci Hundt, former interim director at the Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment at Notre Dame, said. “[The students] may not have a balanced college list built out that would allow them to kind of enter into the funnel at one of those top colleges or universities.”Notre Dame is one of nine colleges and universities throughout the country partnering with Matriculate, according to their website. Hundt was involved with the launch of the Notre Dame chapter of Matriculate in the fall of 2015, she said.“We actually became aware of [Matriculate] because of Sean Cullinan, who is a graduate of Notre Dame,” Hundt said. “At the time, he was a current parent, and he actually sat on the board at Matriculate. He introduced Don Bishop [Associate Vice President of Enrollment at Notre Dame] to the organization, and we thought, ‘Oh gosh, it would be a perfect fit for Notre Dame.’”Matt Winkler, a Notre Dame senior, is the head advising fellow of the Notre Dame chapter of Matriculate. He has been involved with the organization on campus since his freshman year.“The experience has been really amazing. Having the opportunity to both work with the various college students advising the high schoolers and my high schoolers over the years has been incredibly fulfilling,” he said.During his time with Matriculate, Winkler said he has helped eight low-income, high-achieving students who are now freshmen at various universities and colleges.“Seeing them grow from their junior year all the way through to the end of their senior year [of high school], and even through the beginning of their college experience right now, I still keep up to date with them, and they’re all doing really well,” Winkler said. “Over the time, you end up becoming pretty close to them.”Winkler said he still keeps in touch with Eliza Haider, a current sophomore at Princeton University, whom he helped with the college process.“I started with her at the end of her junior year, and she really didn’t know much about colleges at all. [She] really only knew the local colleges around her,” he said. “She’s doing really, really well.”Students who participate in Matriculate are passionate about giving back to their communities, Winkler said.“We’ve kind of all been given an incredible opportunity to come here and study those relationships and have really great college experiences, and I think all the advisors that I’ve seen have really been motivated to kind of pay it forward and help influence the lives of high schoolers,” he said.The club recruits potential advisors each year in the fall, Winkler said.“For people who are open to having difficult conversations with people and people who are friendly and outgoing and willing to put in the time, I can see those types of people would have an easy path to becoming an advisor,” he said.Tags: Matriculate, Undermatchinglast_img read more

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Football tickets available only to ND students, faculty and staff, to be grouped by ‘household’

first_imgAttendance at football games will be limited to students, faculty and staff, with a few approved exceptions, this season with students receiving first priority, vice president and James E. Rohr director of athletics Jack Swarbrick said in an email Monday morning.In order to enforce health and safety protocols, Notre Dame students living on-campus will be seated by rooming assignments, with a maximum of four tickets per household. Notre Dame undergraduate off-campus students may purchase single seats or grouped seats with other students sharing the same address, with a maximum of four seats per residence group.Seating is assigned to ensure physical distancing.According to the email season tickets will be offered to all Notre Dame students — however, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students may purchase season tickets only should space be available.Additional exceptions include families of the participating athletes, media and a “small number of external visitors will be required to follow strict health protocols and will be seated separately from members of our campus community,” the email said.New protocols forbid tailgating on game days, mandate mask-wearing at all times and mobile ticketing will be used in lieu of physical tickets.“Working together, let’s make this unique season a safe and successful one, both on and off the field,” Swarbrick said.Tags: COVID-19, football, Football season 2020, Football tickets, Herelast_img read more

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Chautauqua County Transit System Awarded Grant To Buy Trolley Buses

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County’s transit system was awarded a grant this week to buy trolley buses to help modernize and enhance its fleet.Pictured above, an example of a trolley shaped bus that the County could purchase with the grant funds.Officials with the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System, also known as CARTS, announced Wednesday they will receive $1.5 million from a New York State Department of Transportation grant.The money, officials say, will be used to purchase clean-fuel hybrid trolley buses and associated equipment.The trolley buses aim to help promote the area’s growing tourist industry with a uniquely styled vehicle and, at the same time, utilize clean energy technology. “I am excited about this grant,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “It has been several years in the making and the upgrades to the CARTS service will be exciting and bring a fresh new face out of our county public transportation.”The state DOT received over 25 applications totaling $33.3 million for the $14.2 million competitive solicitation.In total, only 13 counties, cities and regional authorities received a portion of the $14.2 million to modernize and enhance municipally sponsored public transportation services. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Clay Aiken’s On Track to Be a Washington Idol & More

first_img Star Files Ramin Brings It Home for Katie Ramin Karimloo recently stopped by Katie Couric’s talk show to chat all things Les Miz and to perform “Bring Him Home.” Check out the Tony nominee’s acoustic performance of the classic song below, then take an exclusive Broadway.com look at what happened behind the scenes at Katie in this week’s edition of Vlogger 24601. Denzel Washington’s Surprise Broadway Appearance A Raisin in the Sun’s Denzel Washington surprised the audience with a special appearance during the awards ceremony for the 2014 Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, then greeted the contestants afterwards. The event, at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, featured high school students from around the U.S. performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. Ashley Herbert won first place and a $1500 prize, with Robert Upton winning $750 as runner-up and an honorable mention and $500 going to Atiauna Grant. Broadway Alum Clay Aiken On Track to Be a Washington Idol It doesn’t look like the American Idol runner-up will be in second place this time. Clay Aiken is currently holding a lead of less than 400 votes in his attempt to become the Democratic nominee for a North Carolina congressional seat. According to the L.A. Times, the Broadway alum won 40.85% of the 2nd congressional district primary vote, with his opponent Keith Crisco garnering 39.54%. No word yet on whether Crisco, who says the election is still too close to call, will request a recount. View Commentscenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Denzel Washington Ramin Karimloolast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound & More

first_img Penny Dreadful, Featuring Broadway Vet Reeve Carney, is Renewed Penny Dreadful, the thriller series featuring former Spiderman Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, has been picked up by Showtime for a second season. Deadline reports that filming will go into production later this year and shoot on location in Dublin prior to a 2015 launch. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound The stage adaptation of the hit 1996 movie First Wives Club, which didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba, is once again eyeing the Great White Way. This time the tuner is aiming to open on Broadway in fall 2015, following a spring engagement in Chicago. An equity casting notice reveals that Simon Phillips is on board to direct the tuner, which has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Rupert Holmes. Actress Anna Berger Dies at 91 Stage and screen actress Anna Berger has died aged 91, according to The New York Times. Her Broadway credits included Unlikely Heroes, The Rose Tattoo, Gideon and Twilight Walk. She was perhaps best known for her work on screen for The Sopranos and in Woody Allen’s Crime and Misdemeanors. Reeve Carney Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Reflections on Happiness The below video is eerie, touching and well worth watching. Acting legend Philip Seymour Hoffman had taped some reflections on the meaning of happiness with the philosopher Simon Critchley just a year before his untimely death in February aged only 46. The recently released interview has been made into the most extraordinary animated short by Patrick Smith and David Gerlach, with at one point the Oscar winner and Tony nominee admitting: “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.” Heartbreaking. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files View Comments Jeremy Jordanlast_img read more

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See Aaron Tveit’s New London Look in Assassins

first_imgWe never pegged Aaron Tveit as a murderer, but he’s looking pretty convincing in these photos of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Assassins! The Graceland star and Broadway favorite is making his London stage debut in the musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, playing real-life assassin John Wilkes Booth. And have we mentioned the new beard?! Check out these shots of Tveit and his co-stars Jamie Parker, Catherine Tate and more, then see Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory! View Commentslast_img

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Between Riverside and Crazy Extends Off-Broadway

first_imgStephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy has extended off-Broadway for two weeks and will now play through March 22. Directed by Austin Pendleton and starring Stephen McKinley Henderson and more, the Second Stage production is currently in preview at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for February 11. Between Riverside and Crazy premiered at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past summer. The cast also includes Liza Colón-Zayas, Ron Cephas Jones, Michael Rispoli, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan and Rosal Colón. View Comments The play tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington, an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior, struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The Old Days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Between Riverside and Crazylast_img read more

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Cleveland Play House Will Receive Regional Theatre Tony Award

first_img View Comments The 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House. Every year a Tony is awarded to a regional theater on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The Ohio venue will present its 100th consecutive season beginning this fall.“Cleveland Play House is an exemplary institution in the American theatrical landscape with its long history of successful seasons and its commitment to fostering the next generation of playwrights and actors,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens in a statement. “We are thrilled to honor the Play House as it embarks on its centennial season.”Cleveland Play House is led by artistic director Laura Kepley and managing director Kevin Moore. In 2013, they originated the pre-Broadway national tour of A Night with Janis Joplin. In addition to staging contemporary plays and reimagined classics, Cleveland Play House has spearheaded developmental workshop of plays by Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jordan Harrison and Heidi Schreck.The nominations for the Tony Awards’ competitive categories will be announced on Tuesday, April 28 by Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker. The ceremony will take place on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall; a host for the festivities will be announced shortly.last_img read more

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