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Siesta Tees responds to SB1070

Siesta Tees, a Hispanic themed apparel company, announces the release of their “No Green Card, I’m Legal!” t-shirt. “With the new immigration law in Arizona, we felt we had to express our views about SB1070. This law targets one group of people, it’s truly a racist law”, explains Greg Sanchez, owner and founder of Siesta Tees. The Arizona House and Senate have passed bill, SB1070, that would allow law enforcement officers to stop and interview an individual in the state regarding citizenship status and make it a crime to be an undocumented person in Arizona. If a person can not immediately present documents proving that he is legally in the US, he may be criminally prosecuted, jailed and handed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation. The bill has no safeguards against racial profiling and increases the likelihood of subjective arrest and detention.

Along, with their anti-SB1070 slogan, Siesta Tees released a new line of designs for 2010. The new and humorous line includes Make Tacos, not war!, Powered by Brown Energy, Diego is my homie!, My Chupacabra will eat your pit bull! and iChula, to name a few. The online shop offers a variety of t-shirt styles, infant one piece, children’s t-shirts, mugs, caps, aprons and many more items stamped with their designs. Latino folklore, beliefs and “abuelas wise thoughts” were mixed together to create the unique designs and slogans. The designs were created to fill a void in the main stream Latino market, which has become a major force in the U.S. market.

Siesta Tees started with one funny design and now offers more than fifty designs and phrases such as, Stop the violence- hit a piñata, I love abuela, I think the Chupacabra is under my bed and Don’t make me use my chancla!, all in a variety of colors and sizes. Their online sales shop offers a 30-day return guarantee and a toll free customer service line. “We are in the process of taking our t-shirts from online to retail stores in the near future. We believe the demand is there, and that our slogan will stand true, Creating laughs one tee at a time.” explains Greg.

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How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States. One- in-five schoolchildren is Hispanic. One-in-four newborns is Hispanic. Never before in this country’s history has a minority ethnic group made up so large a share of the youngest Americans. By force of numbers alone, the kinds of adults these young Latinos become will help shape the kind of society America becomes in the 21st century.

This report takes an in-depth look at Hispanics who are ages 16 to 25, a phase of life when young people make choices that — for better and worse — set their path to adulthood. For this particular ethnic group, it is also a time when they navigate the intricate, often porous borders between the two cultures they inhabit — American and Latin American.

The report explores the attitudes, values, social behaviors, family characteristics, economic well-being, educational attainment and labor force outcomes of these young Latinos. It is based on a new Pew Hispanic Center telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,012 Latinos, supplemented by the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of government demographic, economic, education and health data sets.

The data paint a mixed picture. Young Latinos are satisfied with their lives, optimistic about their futures and place a high value on education, hard work and career success. Yet they are much more likely than other American youths to drop out of school and to become teenage parents. They are more likely than white and Asian youths to live in poverty. And they have high levels of exposure to gangs.

These are attitudes and behaviors that, through history, have often been associated with the immigrant experience. But most Latino youths are not immigrantsTwo-thirds were born in the United States, many of them descendants of the big, ongoing wave of Latin American immigrants who began coming to this country around 1965.

As might be expected, they do better than their foreign-born counterparts on many key economic, social and acculturation indicators analyzed in this report. They are much more proficient in English and are less likely to drop out of high school, live in poverty or become a teen parent.

But on a number of other measures, U.S.-born Latino youths do no better than the foreign born. And on some fronts, they do worse.

For example, native-born Latino youths are about twice as likely as the foreign born to have ties to a gang or to have gotten into a fight or carried a weapon in the past year. They are also more likely to be in prison.

The picture becomes even more murky when comparisons are made among youths who are first generation (immigrants themselves), second generation (U.S.-born children of immigrants) and third and higher generation (U.S.-born grandchildren or more far-removed descendants of immigrants).1

For example, teen parenthood rates and high school drop-out rates are much lower among the second generation than the first, but they appear higher among the third generation than the second. The same is true for poverty rates.

Identity and Assimilation

Throughout this nation’s history, immigrant assimilation has always meant something more than the sum of the sorts of economic and social measures outlined above. It also has a psychological dimension. Over the course of several generations, the immigrant family typically loosens its sense of identity from the old country and binds it to the new.

It is too soon to tell if this process will play out for today’s Hispanic immigrants and their offspring in the same way it did for the European immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries. But whatever the ultimate trajectory, it is clear that many of today’s Latino youths, be they first or second generation, are straddling two worlds as they adapt to the new homeland.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey of Latinos, more than half (52%) of Latinos ages 16 to 25 identify themselves first by their family’s country of origin, be it Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republican, El Salvador or any of more than a dozen other Spanish-speaking countries. An additional 20% generally use the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” first when describing themselves. Only about one-in-four (24%) generally use the term “American” first.

Among the U.S.-born children of immigrants, “American” is somewhat more commonly used as a primary term of self-identification. Even so, just 33% of these young second generation Latinos use American first, while 21% refer to themselves first by the terms Hispanic or Latino, and the plurality — 41% — refer to themselves first by the country their parents left in order to settle and raise their children in this country.

Only in the third and higher generations do a majority of Hispanic youths (50%) use “American” as their first term of self-description.

Immigration in Historical Perspective

Measured in raw numbers, the modern Latin American-dominated immigration wave is by far the largest in U.S. history. Nearly 40 million immigrants have come to the United States since 1965. About half are from Latin America, a quarter from Asia and the remainder from Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Africa. By contrast, about 14 million immigrants came during the big Northern and Western European immigration wave of the 19th century and about 18 million came during the big Southern and Eastern European-dominated immigration wave of the early 20th century.2

However, the population of the United States was much smaller during those earlier waves. When measured against the size of the U.S. population during the period when the immigration occurred, the modern wave’s average annual rate of 4.6 new immigrants per 1,000 population falls well below the 7.7 annual rate that prevailed in the mid- to late 19th century and the 8.8 rate at the beginning of the 20th century.

All immigration waves produce backlashes of one kind or another, and the latest one is no exception. Illegal immigration, in particular, has become a highly-charged political issue in recent times. It is also a relatively new phenomenon; past immigration waves did not generate large numbers of illegal immigrants because the U.S. imposed fewer restrictions on immigration flow in the past than it does now.

The current wave may differ from earlier waves in other ways as well. More than a few immigration scholars have voiced skepticism that the children and grandchildren of today’s Hispanic immigrants will enjoy the same upward mobility experienced by the offspring of European immigrants in previous centuries.3

Their reasons vary, and not all are consistent with one another. Some scholars point to structural changes in modern economies that make it more difficult for unskilled laborers to climb into the middle class. Some say the illegal status of so many of today’s immigrants is a major obstacle to their upward mobility. Some say the close proximity of today’s sending countries and the relative ease of modern global communication reduce the felt need of immigrants and their families to acculturate to their new country. Some say the fatalism of Latin American cultures is a poor fit in a society built on Anglo-Saxon values. Some say that America’s growing tolerance for cultural diversity may encourage modern immigrants and their offspring to retain ethnic identities that were seen by yesterday’s immigrants as a handicap. (The melting pot is dead. Long live the salad bowl.) Alternatively, some say that Latinos’ brown skin makes assimilation difficult in a country where white remains the racial norm.

It will probably take at least another generation’s worth of new facts on the ground to know whether these theories have merit. But it is not too soon to take some snapshots and lay down some markers. This report does so by assembling a wide range of empirical evidence (some generated by our own new survey; some by our analysis of government data) and subjecting it to a series of comparisons: between Latinos and non-Latinos; between young Latinos and older Latinos; between foreign-born Latinos and native-born Latinos; and between first, second, and third and higher generations of Latinos.

The generational analyses presented here do not compare the outcomes of individual Latino immigrants with those of their own children or grandchildren. Instead, our generational analysis compares today’s young Latino immigrants with today’s children and grandchildren of yesterday’s immigrants. As such, the report can provide some insights into the intergenerational mobility of an immigrant group over time. But it cannot fully disentangle the many factors that may help explain the observed patterns-be they compositional effects (the different skills, education levels and other forms of human capital that different cohorts of immigrants bring) or period effects (the different economic conditions that confront immigrants in different time periods).

Readers should be especially careful when interpreting findings about the third and higher generation, for this is a very diverse group. We estimate that about 40% are the grandchildren of Latin American immigrants, while the remainder can trace their roots in this country much farther back in time.

For some in this mixed group, endemic poverty and its attendant social ills have been a part of their families, barrios and colonias for generations, even centuries. Meantime, others in the third and higher generation have been upwardly mobile in ways consistent with the generational trajectories of European immigrant groups. Because the data we use in this report do not allow us to separate out the different demographic sub-groups within the third and higher generation, the overall numbers we present are averages that often mask large variances within this generation.

Source: Pew Hispanic Center

What are Hispanic Gamers like?

Univision’s Univision Interactive Media on Thursday unveiled a partnership with CBS Interactive’s GameSpot, which will provide content for a new Spanish-language video gaming site on

It will feature news, reviews, editorials and videos on the top-selling games worldwide.

Univision also presented a study about Hispanics’ attitudes toward video games. Among other things, it found that Hispanic respondents answered yes at a rate 100% higher than non-Hispanics when asked if they planned to buy a game in the next 30 days.

“Today’s partnership enables GameSpot to extend its reach to one of the fastest-growing segments of the video gaming community,” said Simon Whitcombe, vp games at CBS Interactive.

Kevin Conroy, president of Univision Interactive Media, said the new site launch is “part of Univision’s company-wide commitment to providing U.S. Hispanics with best-in-class, Spanish-language video gaming content not currently available to them anywhere else.”

Univision Interactive Media will translate some GameSpot content into Spanish, while GameSpot will also produce exclusive weekly Spanish-language content that will appear on GameSpot editor-in-chief Ricardo Torres will oversee the production process.

Among some of the other findings of the study about Hispanic gamers:

• Hispanics have a greater propensity than non-Hispanics to buy in-home and portable video game systems.

• They are not as price sensitive. Hispanic respondents were 15% less likely than non-Hispanics to say cost was a primary reason for purchasing video games.

• Many still consider themselves beginners with more than 50% of Hispanics labeling themselves a “novice” level player. Only 30% of non-Hispanics claim that status.

Source: Brandweek

April is national child abuse prevention month …get blue!

Blue Ribbon: Symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Blue Ribbon: Symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Hispanic children also suffer from child abuse. Most of the times it goes unnoticed. Why? Because physical and emotional abuse is part of the culture of immigrant Latino families. The famous chancleta, turns corporal punishment into an approved form of abuse that becomes “the” laughing matter of most of our childhood memories.

Many Latino parents punish their children thinking of it as a form of behavioral correction. Their child rearing methodology is harsh and strict. If the child misbehaves or what they interpret as misbehavior, physical punishment will be applied.

It is important then, that more awareness is raised regarding child abuse and how to prevent it. This does not mean that non-Latino children suffer less from abuse as research shows that most all American children have been spanked at one time or other in their lives.

This April, help disseminate this information and increase child abuse prevention.

Understanding what is child abuse is the first step towards child abuse prevention. Child abuse is when a parent, family-member or caregiver causes emotional harm, injury, death to a child. It could be through action or neglect. There are many forms of child abuse, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.

I am an Abuse Survivor and would not wish this hell onto anybody. I can share with you, my dear reader, that physical abuse was many times preferred to the emotional one. At least, physical abuse had a beginning and an end. Emotional abuse lasts forever. If you recognize symptoms of abuse you will be in a better position to prevent it. Listen to the child’s attempts to reach out. Acknowledge them because there is nothing worse that being unheard, than being “invisible.”

Even though I was able to survive and make it in this world, many others do not. Help us, help them. Get blue on National Child Abuse Prevention Month!

This is from the Love our Children USA press release:

Every April, the nation unites to raise awareness and educate the public about child abuse and violence against children.

This April marks the 27th observance to raise awareness to stop child abuse.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared by Presidential Proclamation that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since that time, child abuse awareness activities have been promoted every April throughout America by millions of people throughout the USA.

Each year, over 3 million children in our country were reported abused or neglected and through public awareness, community education, and support programs, these astounding numbers will be reduced.

Love Our Children USA raises awareness of this national movement through its GET BLUE campaign.

Everyone can be a voice for children by participating in the GET BLUE campaign and work to remind the public about the importance of America’s kids, and how we can all share in preventing all violence and neglect against children.

Child Abuse Prevention Month activities are one way everyone in your community can play a role in child abuse prevention. It’s a way to rally many people in your community to support programs that help parents and children.

On a societal level, efforts to prevent child abuse must target these contributing factors; yet, it’s just as important to take immediate action to prevent child abuse and save lives today. On the individual level, ordinary citizens can keep their eyes and ears open, and report any incidents of child abuse they might witness. Parents can take parenting classes, keep their own levels of stress in check, seek treatment for mental health and substance abuse problems, and, for additional support, enroll in a home visitation program.

During the month of April, let our Nation’s voices for children reaffirm the commitment to making a positive difference in ending violence and neglect against children.

Everyone must help… because child abuse is everyone’s problem. Organize or join a community group that offers information or assistance to parents and families. Be vigilant for signs of abuse exhibited by young people in your community. Encourage trust in and support for law enforcement agencies. By speaking out against violence and neglect and cultivating an environment that nurtures and strengthens families, we can give kids the safe and loving homes they need. They can enter the classrooms every day ready to learn, with improved self-esteem. They can be encouraged to reach their full potential as individuals and as members of our society.

Source: Love our Children USA adds Chilean-inspired tee to benefit disaster relief

SOBO Concepts LLC, owner of, a leading online store for fashion and products showcasing top Latin American brands and designers, today debuted its new “Condorito Fuerza Chile!” t-shirt to show support and provide financial assistance for disaster relief in Chile.

Chilean-inspired tee to benefit disaster relief

Chilean-inspired tee to benefit disaster relief

“As a U.S. company that represents the best of Latin American brands and Latin-influenced products, we also have a responsibility to support what’s happening in this region of our world, and reach out to help,” said Dean Schwartz, President of SOBO Concepts. “Our thoughts are with the Chilean people, and this t-shirt is just a small gesture of support and financial assistance for those suffering from the devastation.”

SOBO and Surropa will donate all profits from the sale of the Condorito Fuerza Chile t-shirt to the Red Cross in support of relief efforts in Chile.

SOBO was inspired to create a relevant t-shirt that conveys both the emotion and hope of Chile’s tragic situation, and Condorito was a natural fit. Created by Chilean cartoonist René Rios, Condorito is a beloved Latin American cartoon character already featured on limited-edition designs at through SOBO’s license. On the t-shirt, Condorito holds the Chilean flag above the words Fuerza Chile, or “stay strong, Chile,” a phrase often heard in the aftermath of the country’s natural disaster. The shirt is available in men’s and women’s designs and sizes, and retails for $24.95 USD.

Earlier this year, SOBO created a t-shirt to support relief efforts in Haiti featuring the phrase, “Through the tears, we are with you,” a line from a popular Haitian song. The shirt is also available for men and women on, and all profits are being donated to “Our ‘Through the tears we are with you’ was in response to Haiti’s unimaginable tragedy, and our desire and responsibility to help,” said Schwartz.

About is the ultimate online shopping destination for fashion apparel and merchandise from top Latin American brands and designers. Surropa offers an assortment of contemporary designs including t-shirts, hoodies, art and trendsetting products inspired by Latin American style and culture. Follow Surropa on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter or check out our blog.

About SOBO Concepts

SOBO Concepts LLC is an apparel and e-commerce company based in Miami, FL. SOBO Concepts “creates the style” for brands by designing custom apparel and merchandise for sale or promotional use. With a full range of services from product design and development to ecommerce solutions including sourcing, warehousing, distribution and customer service, SOBO Concepts makes it easy for companies to extend their brand and revenue potential.


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