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Meet Vanessa & Melanie Two First Generation Latinas Trying to Make it Happen

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By Vanessa & Melanie

Hello Community,

We are two first-generation Latinas attending the University of California Berkeley, majoring in History of Latin America with a concentration on Public Health [Vanessa], and Anthropology with a Minor in Disability Studies [Melanie]. As seniors we did not want to leave without studying abroad. We were fortunate enough to be accepted into the Dominican Republic Public Health Summer 2014 Program. Throughout our years in college we developed a common passion for public health. This program will allow us to gain a better understanding of health issues affecting the community in Santiago, Dominican Republic and to what extent they are being addressed at both a domestic and political level.

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Dear Millennials, Meet the TNTweeters

TNTweetersDear Millennial,

I want to tell you about a really awesome new immigration activist group called the TNTweeters. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “What’s so special about this group?” “And why is it so awesome?” You see, TNTweeters is a group like no other, they are a diverse group and their members come from all walks of life and different backgrounds. Plus they are pretty badass!  ( I support their cause so you they are pretty awesome. …TGM plug. )  And like all Millennials who live in a tech savvy era  they too understand the importance of social media to get their message across. They are passionate and focus and as a Millennial I am proud to support them.  Get involve! You can learn more by going to the  TNTweeters Info, page.

Your TGM member,

Sarah.

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Voters Target These Republicans Who Will Not Support Immigration Discharge Petition

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03/27/14 8:50 PM. Twitts para los republicanos donde el voto hispano puede ser importante en las proximas elecciones. Todos referidos al Discharge Petition.

@RodneyDavis Your party before your country? Sign ‪#‎DischargePetition‬for ‪#‎CIR‬‪#‎DemandAVote‬. No more blocking. ‪#‎timeisnow‬ ‪#‎TNTWeeters‬

@CongressmanDan Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@MicheleBachmann Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepChrisCollins Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepJimRenacci Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepBillJohnson Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepScottRigell Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepJonRunyan Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@BuckMcKeon Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepPeteKing Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepWalorski Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepMikeCoffman Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepWebster Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepTomReed Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@Rep_Southerland Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@repmichaelgrimm Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepChrisGibson Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@reppittenger Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@VernBuchanan Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepJoeHeck Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@TXRandy14 Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepGaryMiller Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepTipton Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepLoBiondo Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@TomLatham Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@davereichert Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepToddYoung Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepErikPaulsen Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@repjohnkline Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@DarrellIssa Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepStevePearce Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@repjustinamash Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepPaulCook Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@DevinNunes Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@KenCalvert Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@PeteSessions Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepDeSantis Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@CongCulberson Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@farenthold Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepDavidValadao Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RosLehtinen Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@RepJeffDenham Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

@MarioDB Your party before your country? Sign #DischargePetition for #CIR. #DemandAVote. No more blocking. #timeisnow #TNTWeeters

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Co-founder of Somos Independents speaks on Immigration & TNTweeters support

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About SOMOS INDEPENDENTS

Somos Independents is a national group of key swing independent registered Independent voters led by Mexican-American / Latina women voters who support bipartisanship in our government that will help solve tough issues. .  We are organizing the growing independent registered voter group by getting out the vote with millenial voters, and we realize college-aged students prefer registering themselves as independents rather than choosing a major political party.  We believe in putting people before Party politics.  Co-founders include a former Republican and a former Democratic voter.

Read Gloria’s Story

Gloria’s Story

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Personal Story I am originally from El Salvador and came to the United States in 2004 in search of a job and opportunities to help provide for my family in El Salvador. As a child, my parents couldn’t pay for school in El Salvador, so I chose to learn to tailor to contribute and help my family. I soon developed a passion for tailoring and decided I wanted to design my own clothing line someday.

Since I have been in the United States, my priority has been to learn English. Like many immigrants coming to the US, I had to work in a variety of jobs to become self-sufficient. I worked in the food and hospitality industry for 9 years at a restaurant and bar, at a pretzel shop, and later at a tailoring factory for 3 years. Meanwhile, I attended adult school at Diablo Valley College in Concord, CA to learn English and computer skills.

I soon found out about Anew America’s business incubation program and enrolled in it to learn how I could start and grow a small tailoring business. Although I recently opened my tailoring business, I have already received a lot of support and compliments from my community in Concord. Ultimately, I want to expand my business so that I can employ talented local residents and continue to support my family in El Salvador so they can prosper and pursue their dreams as well.

Business Description

Gloria’s Tailoring is a start-up business that offers specialized and detailed tailoring services for clients in Concord, California. I tailor the clothing and fabrics myself and have a lot of experience in the field. My main clients are immigrants and low income families in the area. After working several years tailoring clothing at factories I decided I wanted to start my own business to further develop and practice my skill and passion for tailoring clothing. I hope to eventually have my own clothing line where I design my own clothing and tailor it to the measurements of my customers.

My biggest challenge in starting my business was financing it and maintaining a steady income to pay off bills. Since it started, I have maintained a steady income but know that I have a lot of potential to expand, since clients ask for various services that I cannot currently provide because I don’t have the machinery necessary for it.

I hope to expand my tailoring business to a full storefront location in the near future while offering jobs to people with a love for clothing and tailoring. I also hope to hire a manager to manage my current location while I expand to a storefront in Pleasant Hill.

What I enjoy most from my work is the positive response and compliments that I receive from my clients. Most of my business comes from return clients who admire and appreciate my work. When I am questioned as to why I don’t work a normal full-time job that would pay more per hour, I tell people that I believe in myself and my business. I have many dreams of achieving great things in life and I firmly believe that my skill and the development of my business will allow me to pursue and reach my dreams. I am proud of my business, what I have achieved and what I know I have the potential for achieving, in the near and distant future.

What is the purpose of this loan?

I will use my Kiva Zip loan to buy an automated embroidery machine which will allow me to expand the services I offer and efficiently work on multiple projects at once. The machine costs $5,999. I expect to fund the remaining $1,000 through savings that I am gathering now.

I have calculated that for the first 3 months, I would receive an average of 12 embroidery projects per week at $12 each project. This would leave me with a revenue of $576, and a profit of $384, once I take variable costs into account. After the first 3 months of acquiring the embroidery machine, I expect to increase my sales to an average of double my initial demand, leaving me with a revenue of $1,152 and a profit of $768 per month. These estimates would leave me with a profit of $17,280 which would be more than enough to pay off my Kiva Zip loan and allow me to expand my business.

With the success of my new embroidery service, I will use my resulting profits to hire a part-time assistant and invest in new machinery. I would also like to help my struggling family in El Salvador so that they may pursue their own entrepreneurial ambitions.

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Becky Tallent Not Doing Much After Speaker Boehner Hires Her As Top Immigrant Aide

 

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On November 13, 2013, Boehner stated he has no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill that garnered bipartisan support.  But on December 3, 2013, Speaker Boehner decided to throw a bone to the media hound dogs when his office hired Becky Tallent as his top immigration aide.

 

So what has Becky Tallent been doing?

 

Nothing except for crying about President Obama.  However, we have had to inform Becky Tallent that President Obama is not a King of a monarchy — he is the President of the United States and last we checked our Nation prides itself on democracy.  But Tallent is now part of the GOP machine and immigration leaders and activists have not seen one single bill introduced by Speaker Boehner’s office since last year.

 

We are sick and tired of Becky Tallent insulting the intelligence of Hispanic Voters.  Immigration Reform is being blocked by the Tea Party GOP because that is what they do best.  The Tea GOP consists of a bunch of obstructionists and the growing Independent Voter block are getting disgusted with it.   According to According to IVN:  “The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. … These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative.

 

We have the votes now that will fix the broken immigration system that would only enhance our national and economic security.  According to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we have the legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) votes with 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Republicans vowing support.

 

In fact, the Democratic-led Senate introduced and passed a bill over 7 months ago and the GOP-led House has done nothing.

 

Looks like the Ohio GOP needs to look at a recent November 2013 memo provided by the Basswood Research regarding NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES  IN REPUBLICAN-HELD COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

 

 

 

According to the research findings, inaction by GOP in swing districts will more than likely cost them their seats.   Since its founding in 2001,Basswood Research has conducted survey research in every state and in hundreds of congressional districts and local communities. Its founder and principal, Jon Lerner, has been recognized by Roll Call, National Journal, the Washington Post and others as one of the leading Republican pollsters in the nation. Basswood has helped elect more than two dozen U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and Governors, including leading conservatives such as Senators Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey, and Tim Scott. It has served as pollster for leading conservative advocacy groups such as the Club for Growth. And it has conducted surveys for the national Republican Party committees at the RGA, the NRSC, and the NRCC.

 

 

Here is what the memo states:

 

 

Methodology
On November 2-3, 2013, Basswood Research conducted a survey of likely general election voters in 20 congressional districts. These districts are widely viewed as the 20 most competitive ones currently held by Republican incumbents. The districts surveyed were: CA-10, CA-21, CO-6, FL-2, FL-10, IA-3, IL-13, IN-2, MI-1, MI-7, MI-11, MN-2, NE-2, NV-3, NY-11, NY-19, NY-23, OH-6, OH-14, PA-8. The survey was conducted by live professional interviewers by telephone. The overall sample size was 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval. Each district contributed 50 interviews to the sample; as such, data in individual districts is much less reliable.
Key Findings
• Voters in key Republican districts are highly dissatisfied with political leadership in Washington across-the-board.
President Obama’s job approval rating is poor, with 41% approving and 58% disapproving. “Democrats in Congress” fare even worse, with 34% approving, and 63% disapproving. But it is “Republicans in Congress” who are in the worst shape in these Republican districts, with 27% approving and 70% disapproving of their job performance.
• Voters in key Republican districts want action on immigration reform.
Fixing the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these districts. An additional 23% rate action on immigration reform as “somewhat important.” Only 5% rate immigration reform as either “not very important” or “not at all important.”
• Voters prefer an imperfect immigration solution to no solution.
When given a choice between leaving the current immigration system the way it is, and “passing new laws that are not perfect, but do attempt to fix the serious flaws in the current system,” voters choose imperfect solutions over the status quo by a massive 77%-15% margin. That includes 67% of voters who consider themselves “very conservative,” and 72% of registered or affiliated Republicans.
The major elements of the comprehensive immigration reform proposals being considered in Congress have widespread support in these key Republican districts.
E-Verify: 80% support; 13% oppose
Dream Act: 78% support; 16% oppose
Earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented: 71% support; 21% oppose
Increasing fines for employers who hire 72% support; 23% oppose
Undocumented immigrants:
Increasing border patrol and border fencing: 67% support; 24% oppose
Increasing high tech legal immigration: 62% support; 30% oppose
• The combination of enhanced border security and pathway to citizenship represents a consensus position.
When presented with three options regarding the interconnection between border security to prevent future illegal immigration and citizenship for those who are presently in the country and undocumented, the following responses were found:
17% oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances;
26% favor a pathway to citizenship even without any increase in border security;
50% favor a pathway to citizenship if it also includes substantially increased border security.
76% favor a pathway to citizenship, with or without enhanced border security.
• The partisan composition of these 20 districts favors Republicans.
By party registration/affiliation, respondents in this survey were 39% Republican, 35% Democratic, and 23% Independent. The generic party preference for Congress was +6.7 points Republican.

 

What does this mean for Mexican American Hispanic Voters and the Latino Community?

 

 

It could mean Republicans in the House of Representatives will lose their power and majority seats in 2014 possibly getting a sweeter deal with a combined Democratic-controlled House and Senate.   We are getting hungry to vote out the tea party GOP-controlled House so that we can work on a sweeter deal once they are gone.  Our growing indepnendent voter group does not not support any “taxation without representation” ideas that are suggested in the Republican Immigration Preamble. Taxation without representation is a dangerous slippery slope and is un-American. 

 

According to the Tax Lawyer, a paper published by Section of Taxation, American bar Association with the assistance of Georgetown University Law Center:
“…each year undocumented immigrants add billions of dollars in sales, excise, property, income, and payroll taxes—including Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes—to federal, state, and local coffers. 15 Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants file annual federal and state income tax returns…”

 

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Independent Voters to Republican Party: Halt Immigration Reform and We Will Halt Your Power in 2014 Elections

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February 5, 2014

DeeDee Garcia Blase, Communications – 480-200-3748

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Independent Voters to Republican Party: Halt Immigration Reform and We Will Halt Your Power in 2014 Elections

Phoenix, AZ — Republicans are warning President Obama that if he halts immigrant deportations then the GOP will halt immigration reform. But the Republican Party has already halted immigration reform as Mexican-Americans / Latinos, Women and Independent voters have noted it has been over 7 months since the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a historic comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill in 2013 while the Republican-led House of Representatives have not submitted a bill that will fix the clearly broken immigration system.

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Since Republicans are making political threats, SOMOS INDEPENDENTS — a Mexican-American / Latina and Independent women-led voter group are making it clear to the Republican Party the following:

1) Women represent 50.8% of the U.S. voter and matriarchs within the Mexican-American / Latino voters are tired of hearing stories where mothers are pulled away from their U.S. born children who are left behind while parents get deported. Women know the Republican-led House of Representatives are already halting progress and we will continue to inform our base and women voters to this regard. We believe the Tea Party Republicans need to be voted out come November 2014 elections so that we can work on a better deal after they are ousted.

2) According to the Tax Lawyer, a paper published by Section of Taxation, American bar Association with the assistance of Georgetown University Law Center:

“…each year undocumented immigrants add billions of dollars in sales, excise, property, income, and payroll taxes—including Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes—to federal, state, and local coffers. 15 Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants file annual federal and state income tax returns…”

Yet, some of those taxes paid by undocumented immigrants help the U.S. pay $30 billion is being given to foreign aid while our Republican-led House of Representatives drag their feet on Homeland Security issues with regard to fixing the broken immigration system. Fixing the broken immigration system here in our Homeland strengthens our National security and our relationships with our neighboring countries. Too much emphasis abroad rather than Homeland will drive the 2014 elections.

3) Our growing indepnendent voter group does not not support any “taxation without representation” ideas that are suggested in the Republican Immigration Preamble. Taxation without representation is a dangerous slippery slope and is un-American.

4) According to IVN: “The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. … These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative.

5) We disapprove of the Republican Party using Rep. Luis Gutierrez as the go-to person on matters relating to immigration when in fact it was Rep. Gutierrez who told media Latinos would not vote during the 2012 elections. Gutierrez was proven wrong when Latino voters did vote in 2012 in rising numbers. As a get-out-the-vote effort we encourage Mexican-American / Latino / Chicano to become registered to vote and we do not appreciate it when Gutierrez (who is Puerto Rican) does not consult with Mexican-American Get Out The Vote leaders. Indeed those of Mexican descent account for almost 70% of the entire Latino population pie. National Radio Show Host via Carlos Galindo also believes Rep. Luis Gutierrez does not represent us.

Women, Mexican-AmericansWe are committed to voting out the Tea Party Republicans. As a get out the vote organization (where we put emphasis on Mexican-Americans, Latinos, women while organizing the growing independent registered voters) we have been successful in creating stronger coalitions with but not limited to the African-American community, the Asian community and Native Americans. We anticipate the Republican Party submitting an immigration bill that is reasonable and will not create an underclass or taxation without representation before the November 2014 elections. The more the GOP puts off a CIR bill, the more it will drive us to the polls out of righteous political anger reminiscent of the 2012 elections that cost the Republican Party the White House.

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Somos Independents is a national group of key swing independent registered Independent voters led by Mexican-American women voters who support bipartisanship in our government that will help solve tough issues. We know the immigration issue is a federal matter and we rely on our Congress to fix the broken immigration system soon with legal immigration reform. We are organizing the growing independent registered voter group, and we realize college-aged students prefer registering themselves as independents rather than choosing a major political party. We believe in putting people before Party politics. Co-founders include a former Republican and a former Democratic voter.

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Hispanic Voters to Help Oust Tea Party House: Over 7 Months Since Do Nothing GOP-Led House Attempted to Fix Broken Immigration

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It has been over 7 months since Senate passed CIR while GOP – led House Does nothing on Immigration.

Latino voters set to vote out Tea Party House Republicans in 2014. The next time we hear Reince Priebus of the RNC claim to reach out to the Hispanic voter, we will send him the below photo.

Mexican-American / Chicano and Latino voters are the burgeoning future vote.