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NaFFAA condemns racist and homophobic rant vs Pacquiao
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Federation of Filipino American Associa- tions (NaFFAA) has strongly condemned boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s blatant- ly racist and homophobic attacks against Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in a YouTube interview released two days ago. In the vitriolic video, Mayweather called Pacquiao a “whore,” a “little yellow chump” and a “midget” several times. He also said that he will force Pacquiao to “make some sushi rolls and cook some rice” and “we’re going to cook him with some cats and dogs.”
Pacquiao had challenged Mayweather to a fight in the ring, but so far Mayweather has refused. Instead, he has defamed and slandered Pacquiao with baseless accusa- tions that he uses performance-enhancing drugs. “We are outraged by Mayweather’s racially offensive remarks,” says NaFFAA National Chair Greg Macabenta. “This disgusting diatribe against Pacqiuao is a racial slur against all Filipinos and Fili- pino Americans and an embarrassment not only to the boxing community but to all Americans. Talking trash may be common between boxing rivals, but Mayweather’s racially-laced profanities brazenly crossed the line of decency and respectability. Pac- quiao, on the other hand, has taken the high road and acted like the gentleman that he is.
Aid groups hails U.S. ruling on water for immigrants
LOS ANGELES, September 3, 2010
(AFP) – Aid groups welcomed Friday a US court ruling that leaving bottled water in the desert to help illegal immigrants hiking across into the United States from Mexico is not a crime.
The appeal court in Las Vegas this week overturned the conviction of an activist for “littering” by leaving the bottles of drink- ing water on known migrant trails on the Arizona border with Mexico.
Hundreds of thousands of hopeful il- legal immigrants try to cross the parched Mexican border into the United States every year, but many die in the blistering heat before making it to the safety of towns and cities.
Many are Mexicans, but others also come from across central and Latin Amer- ica, as well as India and China, hoping to find a way into the United States through its porous southern frontier. In a ruling Thursday, the US 9th
Court of Appeals quashed the conviction of Dan Millis of group No More Deaths, who was convicted in September 2008 for leaving bottled water in a key migrant area. The Las Vegas ruling concluded that the bottles of drinking water do not con- stitute “garbage” because they have the humanitarian purpose of preventing death by exposure.
“I continue to be saddened by the on- going tragedy along the border; but I am pleased and relieved that the Court has finally made clear that humanitarian aid is never a crime,” said Millis.
Enrique Morones, president of volun- teer group Border Angels which puts water, food and other provisions in the desert, hailed the ruling but voiced anger that the legal battle was necessary.
“It is totally hypocritical that the US which is responsible for a third of the world’s pollution is worried about someone leaving a gallon of water to save lives,” he said.
“I have been doing this type of work since 1986 and not one migrant has ever crossed the border for the water, all are here looking for work or a family member and sadly most do not have a legal way to get in.” ■
“We call on the National Boxing As- sociation and state athletic commissions to censure Mayweather for behavior that is both abhorrent and demeaning to boxing fans and to the whole world of sports. We also call on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to reprimand the boxing star for insulting people of color. We are further asking all civil rights organizations to stand in solidarity with us in denouncing this racist and homophobic rant. Mayweather’s apol- ogy is unacceptable and he must be made accountable for his damaging statements. “At a time when immigrant commu- nities are being viewed with increasing suspicion and mistrust, Mayweather’s cruel, abusive and hurtful remarks can only stoke more hostility, derision and resent- ment against individuals who look foreign by virtue of their looks, their size or the sound of their names. Coming from a box- ing celebrity with millions of fans around the world, Mayweather’s shameless and reckless conduct unfairly paints an entire racial and ethnic group with a broad brush and seriously undermines America’s core values of inclusivity and racial tolerance.” The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax- exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is composed of 12 regions with a national office in Washington, D.C. that monitors legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans. NaF- FAA partners with local affiliate organiza- tions and national coalitions in advocating for issues of common concern. (National Federation of Filipino American Associa- tions (NaFFAA) ■
Protestors clash after LAPD cops kill immigrant
LOS ANGELES, September 7, 2010 (AFP) – Four people were arrested and a policeman injured in clashes with protestors, after police shot dead a Guatemalan immigrant in Los Angeles, police said Tuesday.
Police maintained a “heavy” presence in the MacArthur Park near the city center after more than 100 people took to the streets late Monday, triggering clashes with officers in riot gear following the weekend killing. “They initiated a confrontation with officers directing traffic by throwing rocks, bottles and eggs at their vehicles,” said a spokesman for the local police station, which was also targeted by protestors.
“Heavy patrols” were ordered in the area throughout the day Tuesday, he added. The unrest in LA – where dozens of people died in race riots in 1992 after the notorious police beating of a young black man, Rodney King – came after police shot dead a Guatemalan construction worker, Manuel Jamines, on Sunday. Police said the 37-year-old was threatening a passer-by with a knife, and ig- nored orders from bicycle officers to drop his weapon, instead lunging at them, a spokesman said. A few dozen protestors from LA’s huge Hispanic community took to the streets during the day Monday, but the demonstration escalated into clashes Monday evening.
Some set rubbish and mattresses on fire. By early Tuesday four people had been arrested, while one officer was injured after being hit by two bottles, and another was struck by a rock, the police spokesman said.
Protesters said Jamines was drunk but not dangerous. “This guy didn’t speak good English, he was just walking around,” said Carlos Ortega, 27. “The police, they put him on the ground and shot him,” he added. ■
YouTube shows a day through eyes around the world
SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2010 (AFP) – YouTube has begun offering glimpses into a day in life around the world. A “Life in a Day” channel available at the popular video-sharing website on
Tuesday let people see moments from July 24 captured by cameras as part of an experiment to create a documentary about a single day on Earth. A total of 80,000 videos were submitted from 197 countries in what YouTube billed as a project to create “the world’s largest user-generated film.” “Now, you can explore many of these videos in the gallery on the Life in a Day channel,” said Nate Weinstein of YouTube entertainment marketing. “To make browsing easy, you can sort videos by geography, time of day, mood and more.” The channel is at youtube.com/lifeinaday
Director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott are weaving video snippets into a full-length documentary “Life in a Day” film that will premier at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January. Scott is the Oscar-winning director of “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator,” “Thelma and Louise” and other hit films. ■
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