'Unskilled' immigrants help to ease the pain of dying Americans by Cati Coe for the Conversation, 6/26/19


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President Trump wants the U.S. immigration system to shift away from family-based to skills-based migration. This move would prioritize bringing in those who are highly educated and skilled, to the exclusion of unskilled immigrant workers. However, some forms of “unskilled” care work for seniors are rapidly on the rise, leading experts to worry about labor shortfalls in these areas as baby boomers age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 27 million people will require long-term care in 2050, double the number that needed it in 2000.

My research is full of stories where care workers guide patients' family members to feel care for and connection with the dying and the dead. I've interviewed 62 care workers and 25 families from 2014 to 2016, as described in my book, “The New American Servitude.” Without immigrants, there could be fewer people to take on this difficult task.

More than one-quarter of home care workers are born outside the U.S. By comparison, people born outside the U.S. make up about 13% of the total population. Immigrants are drawn to this sector of work because it is in high demand and easy to enter.

Haiti 2, Costa Rica 1 in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Match Recap by Dylan Butler 6/26/2019

Brooklyn Film Festival

Haiti rallied from an early deficit to score twice after halftime and defeat Costa Rica 2-1 to top Group B in a thrilling display of attacking soccer Monday night at Red Bull Arena.The Ticos jumped ahead in the 13th minute on an own goal by Haiti right back Djimy Bend Alexis. The sequence started when New York City FC's Ronald Matarrita served a ball toward the back post headed in front of goal by Keysher Fuller.

Former Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio latched on and put his header off Bend Alexis' chest and into the Haitian net. Costa Rica had a chance to double its lead just before the half-hour mark, but defender Jems Geffrard cleared a shot by FC Cincinnati midfielder Allan Cruz off the line after it deflected off Haitian goalkeeper Johny Placide.

MUST SEE: Ecuadorian Dance Group Ayazamana presents its 10-year anniversary show to Astoria, Queens



The Ecuadorian American Cultural Center invites the public to discover the richness and diversity of Ecuador on Saturday, July 13, 7:45 pm at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (Tony Bennett Concert Hall) located at 35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY.

The annual performance titled “Ayazamana: Traditional Music and Dances from Ecuador” will highlight the customs and traditions of the communities from the Coast, Andes, and Amazon regions. More than thirty artists will take the audience on an imaginary journey to this South American country through their vibrant dances and colorful costumes. The musical group Andes Manta will accompany Ayazamana with their rendition of various traditional rhythms such as Fandango, Bomba, San Juanito, Danzante and Tonada.

Under the direction of Jose Rivera and in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary, the dance group has prepared an amazing repertoire that consists of new choreographies along with some of the audience’s longtime favorites. Ayazamana will debut a performance to “Vasija de Barro,” a song that encompasses nostalgic emotions of both indigenous and western cultures. The troupe will also bring back the Tucuman, a colorful dance that celebrates spring and is performed around a maypole.

Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem by Luis Gómez Romero and María de la Macarena Iribarne González for the Conversation 13 July 2019

Women, Mexico

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After the leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency in a landslide last year, he vowed to “govern for all, starting with the poor.”

In Mexico, “the poor” includes many women, who earn 34% less than men for doing the same job. Women in Mexico also face incessant catcalling and extremely high rates of violence. With 1,199 women murdered in Mexico between January and April this year – about 10 a day – Mexico is Latin America’s second-most dangerous country for women, after Brazil, according to the United Nations.

As a presidential candidate, López Obrador spoke about the challenges facing women in Mexico. His campaign even acknowledged that domestic abuse and poverty are particularly prevalent among indigenous women, and pledged to help them, too. López Obrador’s administration has not, however, made women’s rights a priority. Instead, it has been rolling back some the few federal policies designed to protect and empower Mexican women.


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