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  • La Doña Cervecería Opens 3v3 Futbol League Registration

    As winter continues to envelop us in snow and slippery sidewalks La Doña Cerveceria has announced that it’s brewery futbol league registration for 2019 is now open. 

    Last Fall's inaugural season was a success, seeing 34 teams enjoy beer and compete for prizes on the mini soccer field located on the patio, 2019 will offer a wider variety of skill level leagues and days. 

     

     

    There will be 3 tiers of leagues in each season; Major League, Minor League, and Liga Cerveza. Major League is ideal for those coming to compete and want a referee to oversee what will likely be some tightly contested matches. Minor League is semi-competitive for those who want to compete but not as intensely and without the aide of a referee.  Finally, there is Liga Cerveza for the most casual players just looking to have fun. 

    The league expansion is only one of several improvements brewery President Sergio Manancero and his team have made to the league after fielding feedback from the inaugural season participants.

     “We have added a slick new website to make registration easier and will improve communication with the teams throughout the seasons. Food will be more consistent with the help of food trucks and our friends in the restaurant business.  We are getting a digital scoreboard, improving the turf. We will continue to build on this one-of-a-kind-experience,” Manacero said. 

    Colin Persons, from last season’s team PRMT said “It’s a lovely way to spend a night.  I miss it already and can’t wait until Spring.” Rogelio Martinez, from team Avengers said “I enjoyed playing, it was fun and competitive.  The free beer was a great incentive and I look forward to playing next year.”

    Spring Season starts April 7th and the leagues are filling up.  Don’t miss out on what will certainly be an exciting year at La Doña.

    To register for La Doña’s Futbol and Social Club, please visit www.dameladona.com/futbol-at-la-dona.

    To learn more about becoming an advertising partner for the soccer field, please visit https://dameladona.com/contact/

    To learn more about La Doña, please visit www.dameladona.com.

  • Powerlifters "Timed Out" to Support Banned Transgender Lifter

     

      

    A petition to support transgender lifters can be found here.

    From the petition:

    WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH JAYCEE COOPER AND ALL TRANSGENDER POWERLIFTING ATHLETES WHO DESERVE FULL ACCESS TO THE SPORT THEY LOVE. 

    The current International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and USA Powerlifting (USAPL) policies prohibiting all female transgender powerlifters and male transgender athletes using testosterone from competition are not only based on a flawed understanding of competitive advantage, but are also discriminatory and in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism, which the IPF has adopted, and Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits any form of discrimination in sport. Under the IOC Consensus, female transgender athletes who meet the specified criteria are eligible to compete, yet JayCee Cooper was told that any and all female transgender athletes are ineligible.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Quitapenas Drops Music Video for Campesino

     

     

    Quitapenas releases a  new music video for their evocative song Campesino, and we have the exclusive. A digital Q & A follows.

  • What Guatemala explains about Roy Moore

     

    The similarity between the theocratic vision of candidate Roy Moore and former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt is a conversation we should all be having.

  • ICE is quietly developing plans to add up to 30,000 beds in the Midwest

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    ICE has had a renewed focus on arrests in the interior of the country as border arrests have declined. In October a response to growing interior deportations Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quietly released a, 

    "Request for Information (RFI) to identify multiple possible detention sites to hold criminal aliens and other immigration violators in support of its public safety mission under the authority of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. These sites will be located in the greater Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, and Salt Lake City area."

    If the plans proceed forward between 10,000 and 30,000 beds will be added to the deportation regime in predominantly Midwest cities.

    Today, Congressman Keith Ellison along with six members of the Minnesota congressional delegation sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Duke and ICE Acting Director Roman.

    In the letter, they explain that,

    "We write to express our serious concerns regarding the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s plan to expand the number of detention sites in Minnesota and around the country."


    In Minnesota, signs point to the possibility that influential private prison giant CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) owned Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, Minnesota become a detention center. The facility was closed in 2010 with ongoing attempts to reopen it.

    In the last legislative session, a law was passed and signed by Governor Dayton with a provision that directs the department of corrections to conduct reviews and assessment of Prairie Correctional facility. The study is due January 15th.

    In Minnesota, there has been a push for added capacity as racialized incarceration rates and arrests increase. The Minnesota prison system is overcrowded. The Department of Corrections has already been sending prisoners to rural county jails County jails also have US Marshall's office to house immigrant detainees. Therefore there aren’t many options to meet goals set forth by the Trump Administration

    Under the Obama administration, within the Department of Justice strategies were deployed that reduced incarceration rates. Furthermore, Private Prison contractors faced intense scrutiny over poor conditions leading President Obama to announce in August 2016 that the federal government would no longer contract with private prison companies.

    During the 2016 election the two largest prison contractors CoreCivic and GEO group donated heavily to the Trump campaign as well as congressional Republicans. According to October reporting in The Observer, "GEO group alone spent more on the 2016 election than it had in the past seven years combined." Furthermore GEO group had also already spent $1.3 million on lobbying.

    On February 23, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama order paving the way for a windfall for CoreCivic and GEO group.Combined the private prison companies have amassed close to 1 billion dollars in new contracts on top of existing contracts in the billion. Their stock price has increased dramatically since the Obama era low point.


    With an available Praire Correction Facility and a close relationship with the Trump Administration, CoreCivic will likely be a leading contender to house more deportees.

    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez

    filiberto@elhuateque.com

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