Friday, October 29, 2004

Nashville artists celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Plowhaus Artists' Cooperative conducts Dia de los Muertos adults' and children's artist workshops and artists' reception (Trick or Treaters invited) on Saturday, October 30, and themed exhibit running October 30 - November 28


Thursday, October 28, 2004

Marketing tip: network outside your ethnic group

"Profit Sherpa" Betsy Jones advocates attending different ethnic communities' chambers of commerce, marketing beyond your own group - meet new people, demonstrate interest, and stand out among your peers.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

PanAfrica conference to address HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic community

PanAfrica Conference to be held at Millenium Maxwell House Hotel October 28 - October 30

"A Roadmap to Ameliorating the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean"

Speakers include Joseph O'Neill, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy; Charles DeBose Director, Office of Health and HIV/AIDS, Africare; and Henry J. Heimlich, M.D, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, who is researching new treatments for AIDS.

One of the conference topics is the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic community.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Cuba Cafe opens to rave Tennessean review

Lechon asado, pan con bistec, ropa vieja, empanada, croqueta, papas rellenas, pudin de pan, tres leches cake

4683 Trousdale Drive

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

Monday, October 25, 2004

Cheekwood hosts Dia de los Muertos Halloween event

Fifth annual El Dia de Los Muertos

"A day of celebration where families of all cultures enjoy learning about Latin American traditions"

Hands-on art activities, dance performances, live music, Mexican Market Place

All activities are bilingual

11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, October 30, 2004

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Friday, October 22, 2004

In time of sorrow, Hispanics count on Shelbyville funeral director David Feldhaus

Shelbyville funeral director David Feldhaus provides sensitive and affordable service to Hispanics whose needs include payment plans and burial outside the U.S.

Feldhaus is the only Shelbyville funeral director who regularly serves all races.

Bedford County's largest minority is the Hispanic community, at 10% of the population. In 2002, only 4 Hispanics were among the county's 394 deaths.

Most of the Hispanic deaths are young victims of accidents.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Meharry develops cultural guide for health care providers

Meharry Medical College has developed the Cultural Competence in Cancer Care booklet in a project with Baylor hospital in Houston.

North Nashville's Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is using the guide; treats large minority population including Hispanics.

Sensitivity to cultural differences increases communication and opportunities for good care.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Racism alleged in Bordeaux landfill fight

President of Nashville NAACP chapter, Rev. Sonnye Dixon, claims "environmental racism," saying landfills are disproportionately located in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Warehouses moving away from minority neighborhoods, taking jobs with them

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says fewer minorities and women have warehousing jobs

Retail distribution centers are relocating away from urban areas with higher minority populations

Monday, October 18, 2004

Median net worth of Hispanic households slightly leads black households, widely trails whites

Pew Hispanic Center Study:

2002 median net worth of black households: $5,988

2002 median net worth of white households: $88,651

2002 median net worth of Hispanic households: $7,932

2002 median net worth of Cuban immigrants: $39,787

2002 median net worth of Central American and Carribean immigrants: $2,508

1999-2001: black and Hispanic net worth fell by 27%, white net worth grew by 2%

Low-cost cities such as Nashville are attracting more Hispanics

Friday, October 15, 2004

Colombian family featured in greenway story

Meneses family: Santiago, Sandra, and Sandra Carolina

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Review: La Hacienda Taqueria

2615 Nolensville Road


Wednesday, October 13, 2004

New Saint Thomas facility will shorten health care wait for uninsured

$3 million project

9,000 square feet

394 Harding Place

Recent caseload: 15,000 patients from 32 countries

Nancy Anness, Executive Director of Saint Thomas Community Health Centers

Paul Lindsley, Director of Saint Thomas Hospital Public Relations

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Fake license vendor jailed

Carlos F. Gonzalez, 58

Three charges of criminal simulation

$150 fake licenses sold to Hispanics

La Cucaracha comic about fake document vendors

Monday, October 11, 2004

Clarksville Chamber of Commerce sponsors Latin American culture seminar

Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce


Sponsors: U.S. Bank, Workforce Essentials, Manpower Inc.

Speaker: Jose A. De La Cruz

"Insight Into the Latin American Culture System"

Friday, October 8, 2004

Column: Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) attempts quiet nationwide facility growth; includes Chattanooga, Knoxville, Brentwood

"The agency is in the process of building similar facilities in every region of the country. One of the reasons for the low-profile office in Knoxville is that a similar facility in Chattanooga caused a neighborhood uproar. There was a building permit request for an INS office. It sounded rather benign, but Councilman Jack Benson wanted to know why the feds were building an office in an expensive part of the suburbs rather than downtown near the jail."

"Further investigation and a look at the plans revealed detention cells and a weapons room. Benson called Congressman Zach Wamp, and the lid blew off. Wamp demanded a Government Accounting Office explanation and a public hearing. The Brainerd Road site was near a residential area, a daycare center, a church and a school. The facility has been moved to a commercial/manufacturing area. That the office in Knoxville was opened in total anonymity is astounding when you consider that a new taco stand usually requires a public hearing."

"If federal authorities pay lip service to local planning regulations, it is merely a courtesy, according to Dave Hill, Knoxville COO and also still director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Federal law supercedes state and local in these matters. He said MPC has no record of any such facility. The city does have a building permit for the site in the name of Curtis Investments. Curtis Investments is a Dallas-based firm that is building the ICE facility in Chattanooga. Evidently, in Knoxville, they did not make the mistake of using the INS on the permit."

"In addition to the INS office in Nashville, a quick response team facility is reportedly located in Brentwood, a posh suburb south of town."

"With the formation of the new Department of Homeland Security, ICE has become the second-largest investigative agency of the U.S. government. It has 20,000 agents. Within the past year they have deported 52,000 criminals and 40,000 illegal immigrants who are not criminals."

Metro Pulse (Knoxville)

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Scam targets license seekers

"The ad in a local Spanish-language newspaper tries to draw Hispanic immigrants to a south Nashville motel with the promise they will be able to buy a driver's license good anywhere in the country."

"The operation is getting attention from both immigrant advocates and the state's chief of homeland security, but for different reasons."

"Advocates, alerted to a similar operation in Memphis, are concerned that immigrants who buy the document will forgo getting a valid Tennessee license, and ultimately either face arrest or a citation."

"Homeland security chief Maj. Gen. Jerry Humble, told about the business by The Tennessean, said he believes its claims amount to 'a scam' that could fool those asking for IDs into thinking the documents are valid."

The Tennessean

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Immigration interview cut from hospital reimbursement regulations

"Tennessee hospitals won't have to ask emergency room patients questions about their immigration status to get reimbursed for serving undocumented immigrants."

"A federal government plan that would have required such questions was scrapped last week. Hospital officials said they were pleased and relieved by the announcement, which means that Tennessee hospitals will receive $4.4 million over the next four years for providing such care, with none of those strings attached."

"State hospital officials, and those across the country, had opposed the plan to ask all indigent ER patients questions about their immigration status, saying it would deter sick patients from accessing care, potentially leading to bigger public health problems."

The Tennessean

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Hispanic buying power in Tennessee: $6.4 billion by 2008

"Tennessee's Hispanics, by far the state's fastest-growing minority population, [are] projected to have a buying power of $6.4 billion by 2008."

"For any region to consider itself successful, it must ensure that all of its citizens have opportunities to participate significantly in its economy. It is equally important that a region's government, business, educational and social leadership support those opportunities in practical ways."

"Minority Enterprise Development Week - which runs through Oct. 10 - is such a practical undertaking, one that strives to provide entrepreneurs the tools to run and grow their businesses more effectively. Several of the MEDWeek events are being organized by the Nashville Minority Business Center."

Nashville Business Journal

Monday, October 4, 2004

Nashville Ballet expects long-term "win" from Argentina cultural exchange

Paul Vasterling, artistic director of the Nashville Ballet, recently returned from a three-month stay in Argentina.

"Vasterling, who traveled to the South American country on a Fulbright Scholarship, worked with a contemporary dance company in Buenos Aires, taught at a private school of movement called Arte y Cultura and worked with Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, a more formal ballet academy."

"Vasterling was also able to recruit three young dancers who will come to Nashville next summer and formalize plans for a Nashville Ballet Argentinean tour next October. Any time Nashville organizations make international connections, he said, it's good for the image of the entire city."

"Vasterling also met a number of choreographers 'just dying to come up here and work,' he said. 'And that's the kind of thing that's happening. It's truly an exchange. There may not be immediate gratification for our audiences, but there will be long term. We all win.'"

The Tennessean

Friday, October 1, 2004

Spiritual leaders reach across racial lines in Franklin's Gathering

"Five years ago, the pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church said he hoped to see a little bit of heaven at the first Gathering, an event promoting racial and denominational reconciliation."

"About 150 church leaders and lay members of varying denominations and races are now involved in the group, said Russell Hardeman, who is organizing the music for this year's Gathering. About 50 or so meet weekly to pray and get to know one another."

"Past speakers have included three Franklin pastors. Hewitt Sawyers spoke about growing up in Franklin as an African-American. Jose Duran of La Casa De Mi Padre talked about Hispanic experiences, and Scott Roley of Christ Community Church described his previous insensitivity to black churches and his eventual partnership with Denson as two of the founding members of Empty Hands."

The Tennessean
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