Undocumented patients wary of offers to return to home countries

Going back to Mexico is not an option, said the 43-year-old man, kneeling next to his wife's wheelchair. Ignacio Godinez Lopez worries about where to get regular access to dialysis after a public clinic closes this week. His wife, 45, lost her eyesight to diabetes. She also has high blood pressure. And her kidneys are failing. For years, he has taken her to a dialysis clinic attached to a public hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility that gave her free care plans to close Saturday. They are illegal immigrants
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N.Y. station WWRL expands Caribbean programming with 12-hour Saturday block

Starting October 3rd, 2009, WWRL 1600 AM, a legacy station serving New York's diverse community of listeners, will expand its programming to include local Caribbean Talk and the syndicated radio program, The CaribZone Radio Show. In addition to local, live and caller-driven programs (Saturday 12-7pm) featuring an alternating panel of regional experts, dignitaries, Caribbean leaders and community organizations designed to keep the community informed on a range of Caribbean topics and issues impacting the livelihood of
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Mattel launches new line of black dolls under So In Style (S.I.S.) brand

Toymaker Mattel announced today the launch of So In Style, a new line of black dolls by Barbie featuring more authentic-looking facial features such as fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair. So In Style (S.I.S.) was developed and inspired by Barbie designer of 12 years, Stacey McBride-Irby, an African-American mother of two who wanted to create a line of dolls more reflective of her daughter and community.  To read the full story click here.
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National survey shows majority of African Americans want action to minimize the impacts of climate change

WASHINGTON, DC - A majority of African Americans believe climate change is a growing problem that both government and individuals should take action on now to mitigate the potential impacts, according to the results of a national poll conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy institution in Washington, DC. The survey of 750 African American adults found that more than half of respondents identified the issue as a "major problem," with 58 percent giving that response when
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Weber Shandwick names Laura Schoen Chair for Latin America

Laura Schoen

NEW YORK, NY - Weber Shandwick announced it has appointed Laura Schoen to Chair, Latin America. In her newly expanded role, in addition to her global healthcare responsibilities, Schoen will focus on further driving Weber Shandwick's business growth in Latin America, particularly in emerging markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.  She will continue to serve as president of the firm's global healthcare practice. "Laura has spearheaded the development of a powerhouse global healthcare practice for the
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Photos from this month’s AHAA-Hispanic PR Blog roundtable ‘Best Practices in Hispanic Social Networking’

Roundtable panelists from l to r: Jorge Ortega (The Jeffrey Group), Carlos Cardona (Newlink Communications), Natalie Boden (BodenPR), Esther Novak (VanguardComm) and Manny Ruiz (PR Newswire/Hispanic PR Blog)


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Census, with draftFCB, to blanket country with $300 million push

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing to roll out what is likely the largest advertising campaign in U.S. government history, a $300 million effort to motivate Americans to take part in the 2010 Census. The 2010 campaign, which begins in January and will last through the summer, includes $140 million worth of paid media, a website, PR, events and materials to promote the Census through more than 100,000 partners that range from storefront churches to Target Corp.  To read the full story from AdAge
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Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit & Gala to be held in DC Oct. 6 and 7

From October 6-7, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) hosts its 16th annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit, which also includes—for the eighth year in a row—the CEO Leadership Gala, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This two day event for corporate executives, government officials, and university representatives included informational panel discussions, breakout session and keynote addresses on diversity and inclusion and their positive impact on America's workforce and
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Hate speech targeted by California lawmakers

Hate speech leads to crimes, California lawmaker Gil Cedillo says, explaining why the state Senate approved a resolution against this type of verbal activity. "Resolution 58 approved on Sept. 10 seeks to get people's attention about the dangers of hate speech that is the precursor of crimes," Sen. Cedillo, a Democrat who represents Los Angeles, told Efe. "There are commentators in the mass media who create anti-immigrant and anti-Latino hysteria that leads to, besides individual hate crimes, the implementation of
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