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  • Philly cheesesteak stand owner removes 'speak English' sign [Geno's]

    10/13/2016 7:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2016 6:23 PM EDT
    A landmark Philly cheesesteak stand has removed a sign posted a decade ago that told customers to order only in English. Geno’s Steaks in south Philadelphia made headlines in 2006 over a small sign posted at the shop stating, “This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’” …
  • HHS Seeking Obamacare Marketplace Translation Services for Over 100 Languages

    08/08/2013 2:56:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/8/13 | Jeryl Bier
    News broke Wednesday that, even as the October 1 deadline for Obamacare "marketplaces" approaches, training requirements for Obamacare "navigators" were being scaled back by one-third. With less than two months remaining, the Obama administration is also facing increasing pressure to make sure data privacy and security concerns are addressed with the new system. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to fill another need relating to the operation of the exchanges: translation services. On Monday, HHS posted a notice looking for small business sources to provide "Telephone Interpretation and Written Document
  • Dem. Rep Conyers Responds To Proposed English Only Bill, ... By Ranting In Spanish ...

    08/03/2012 10:14:10 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 12 replies
    WeaselZippers ^ | August 3, 2012 | Mediaite
    Video at link of Dem. Rep Conyers stumbling through a prepared dissent in Spanish, and the Committee's almost Saturday Nite Live request that he repeat his screed in Yiddish and a few other languages.
  • NEWT IN SYNC: Judge Rules out non-English Speaking Candidate (who is US HS Grad)

    01/27/2012 4:49:04 AM PST · by Liz · 31 replies
    An Arizona judge has ruled that a woman----supposedly a US citizen---running for council---is to be removed from a ballot b/c she has little or no ability to speak English. The woman was rigorously tested and could not even tell testers the name of the US HS that graduated her. She must have had a steady diet of "Raza Studies"..../s REFERENCE "La Raza" is a racist and anti-American organization. It's core goal is to overwhelm the American Southwest with illegal immigrants from Mexico who will eventually cause the region to break away from the US and become Mexican territory. In addition,...
  • Newt Gingrich holds town hall meeting in Naples (Packed, overflowing room!)

    11/25/2011 5:57:36 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 148 replies · 5+ views
    News Press ^ | 11-25-2011 | Bob Rathgeber
    Is Newt Gingrich the latest flavor of the month among the candidates pursuing the Republican nomination for president? Or is he a real candidate who can beat the supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney? If the reaction from his appearance Friday in Naples is even the slightest indication, then the former Speaker of the House will indeed challenge Romney for a spot on the ticket to face President Barack Obama next November. At least 800 people crammed into the Hilton Hotel for a townhall meeting. The ballroom was jammed to the gills and loud speakers were added in the the hallways to...
  • Republicans push English-only bill, requires language tests

    03/14/2011 9:03:45 AM PDT · by yup2394871293 · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/12/11 11:09 AM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    Republicans introduce legislation in the House and Senate to make English the official language of the U.S. Republicans in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would declare English the official language of the United States and require the development of English language testing guidelines for those applying for U.S. citizenship.The English Language Unity Act would set out a new chapter in U.S. code that imposes an obligation on U.S. officials to "preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government." Part of this chapter would include a "uniform English language rule"...
  • Senate panel to hear TN English license bill

    02/09/2011 12:48:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    NASHVILLE - A measure that would require Tennessee's driver's license test to be given only in English is more likely to pass this session despite concerns from some opponents that it will hurt the state's economic development. The Senate Transportation Committee was scheduled today to hear the proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro. A similar measure passed the Senate last year, but failed in the House. However, because the GOP controls both chambers - and every committee in both is headed by a Republican - the measure is expected to pass this year. Supporters of the bill...
  • Filipinos sue CA hospital over English-only rule

    12/08/2010 4:21:37 AM PST · by greatdefender · 24 replies
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | December 7, 2010 | AMY TAXIN
    LOS ANGELES – Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California sued their employer Tuesday alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English. The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint accusing Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak Spanish and Hindi. The plaintiffs are seeking to join an August complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kern County federal court over the hospital's enforcement of a rule requiring workers to speak English. Filipino...
  • A certain je ne sais quoi — Say this about Tim James: He’s full of chutzpah (AL GOP candidate)

    05/12/2010 10:18:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 219+ views
    The Anniston Star ^ | April 30, 2010 | Bob Davis, Editor
    “This is Alabama, we speak English.” — Tim James, candidate for governor, speaking in a campaign commercial decrying that Alabama offers driver’s license exams in 12 languages What, is he loco? If this ninja candidate was feeling angst at recent polling and looking for a way to add panache to his bid to be Alabama’s next governor, James found it. With this YouTube sensation, he can say “sayonara” to campaigning under the radar. Or, as famed Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto might say, “Se trata de Alabama. Hablamos Inglés.” So, what was the motivation — the raison d’être — of...
  • The case for extending a helping hand

    04/22/2010 8:10:06 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 109+ views ^ | 04/22/2010 | Eddie V. Garcia
    Yes, learning a new language was difficult. Easier for me as a child and harder for my parents, but their drive for a better life fueled the need and those difficult days of hard work and the struggles as an immigrant and struggles learning a new language. Human nature tells us to set aside or give up on what is difficult. We may come back to it, but it sure is easier to keep putting it off. There is nothing wrong with helping another person. But to me, helping is giving them a nudge. Giving them the tools for them...
  • White Stumps For Better Education and Proves He's A Big Part of the Problem

    01/25/2010 3:56:12 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 226+ views ^ | 01/25/2010 | John G. Winder
    Habla Ingles? Bill White, former Mayor of Houston and current front-runner for the Democratic Party heading into the Texas Governor's primary. was in Amarillo today. Education was the main topic. In doing some research I think I actually discovered what is wrong with the Texas education system, and I discovered, too that Bill White is already part of the problem, not part of the solution.
  • Atticus Bookstore's Management Reviewing Language Policy (Amazin' in New Haven!)

    01/23/2010 8:16:53 AM PST · by Snickersnee · 1 replies · 396+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | January 23, 2010 | Mark Spencer
    NEW HAVEN — - Here in this liberal stronghold, the news that Atticus Bookstore and Café had imposed a policy restricting employees to speaking English in public areas has been greeted by widespread criticism. But it took most people a beat or two to get to the harsh words. "Atticus?" said lawyer Steven D. Jacobs in disbelief. "You're kidding me." Especially in recent years, New Haven has gone out of its way to distinguish itself as a place welcoming to immigrants, regardless of their legal status. Atticus appeared to fit comfortably, even enthusiastically, into this mosaic. A stalwart for more...
  • Dallas police chief: Dozens of tickets issued for not speaking English

    10/23/2009 3:23:17 PM PDT · by ma bell · 98 replies · 2,106+ views
    "I was stunned that this would happen," Kunkle said at a news conference. The police chief added: "In my world, you would never tell someone not to speak Spanish." The bogus citations – there is no law requiring Dallas residents to speak English – came to light after it was revealed that a rookie officer, Gary Bromley, had issued a citation on Oct. 2 to Ernestina Mondragon for being a non-English-speaking driver.
  • Man Booed at Town Hall for Asking Question in Spanish - Video

    09/07/2009 1:00:03 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 25 replies · 2,174+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 07, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of a man being booed when he asked a question in Spanish at a town hall meeting. (Watch Video)
  • English Language And The Government

    08/28/2009 5:23:58 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 175+ views ^ | 08/28/2009 | Eddie V. Garcia
    As the debate and discussions about the health care bill take front and center positioning, it is important to note that at the core of being alive and a human being, it is our innate will to survive. Yes, times are tough these days. But it is the inner desire of oneself to survive, to make it happen, to succeed that is vital to our existence. When one chooses to rely on government, then the pure sense of being alive, of being in control of one's own life begins to erode. Sure, government is needed to provide for roads, infrastructure,...
  • Obama DOJ Threatened Oklahoma Over English-Only Vote

    08/02/2009 7:39:05 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 46 replies · 2,299+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 8.2.09 @ 1:50AM | By Matthew Vadum
    The Obama administration believes that an inability to speak English is a civil right. It is even more distressing that the administration, legally speaking, may be right. In April President Obama's Department of Justice threatened to cut off federal funding to Oklahoma if that state's voters approve a state constitutional amendment making English Oklahoma's official language, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) revealed. The threat came in the form of a letter (PDF) from Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. King wrote that "implementation of this amendment may conflict with Oklahoma's obligations to protect the civil...
  • Oklahoma Threatened by Feds Over State Ballot Initiative

    08/01/2009 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 45 replies · 1,862+ views
    The Right Side of Life ^ | 8-1-2009 | Phil
    The battle over federalism begins on a new front as US Attorney General Eric Holder fired a shot across the bow of the great State of Oklahoma by threatening the loss of federal tax dollars over the State constitutional amendment initiative of an English-only requirement slated to appear on the 2010 ballot (via PatriotsForAmerica):
  • Federal role questioned in Oklahoma's English-only debate

    07/29/2009 3:03:57 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 30 replies · 950+ views
    The Oklahoman ^ | 29 July 2009 | Chris Casteel
    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: July 29, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Oklahoma congressional delegation wants U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why the Justice Department got involved in a debate by the Oklahoma Legislature this year over making English the state’s official language. Oklahoma's congressional delegation wants Holder to explain why the Justice Department got involved in a debate by the Oklahoma Legislature this year over making English the state’s official language. The delegation sent a letter to Holder on Tuesday questioning why his Civil Rights division sent a letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson in the midst of...
  • Federal role questioned in Oklahoma's English-only debate

    07/29/2009 10:22:29 AM PDT · by oursacredhonor · 5 replies · 420+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 7/29/09 | CHRIS CASTEEL
    The Oklahoma congressional delegation wants U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why the Justice Department got involved in a debate by the Oklahoma Legislature this year over making English the state’s official language. The delegation sent a letter to Holder on Tuesday questioning why his Civil Rights division sent a letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson in the midst of the English-only debate reminding him that state entities receiving federal funds have to observe certain laws regarding people with limited proficiency in English. The letter, sent by all seven members of the delegation, asks Holder to explain his...
  • English-only driver's tests proposed in Georgia

    04/02/2009 11:33:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,028+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/2/09 | Kate Brumback - ap
    ATLANTA – Georgia would require that new drivers take a written license test in English under a bill being considered by state lawmakers, and the proposal has some employers and immigrant advocates worried it would keep people unfamiliar with the language from being able to work. The measure is the latest in a series of English-only legislation around the country, but Georgia is believed to be the only state that would have a law requiring that drivers take the written test in English without a translator or other aid. Versions of the bill have passed both chambers of the Legislature,...
  • Nashville Rejects English-Only Measure

    01/23/2009 7:09:47 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 186+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 23, 2009
    Nashville rejects English-only measure Opponents feared the change would put up a 'go away' sign in the city where 1 in 10 residents are foreign born and international businesses keep the economy humming. By Richard Fausset January 23, 2009 Reporting from Atlanta -- Modern-day Nashville is a city that thrives as much on global trade as it does on its trademark twang. So for many business and government leaders, it was a great relief Thursday night when voters rejected a ballot measure that would have limited local government to conducting its business in English. The proposal sparked debates familiar to...

    01/23/2009 6:00:59 AM PST · by andrew roman · 23 replies · 537+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 23 January 2009 | Andrew Roman
    The city of Nashville, Tennessee has decided that it will not become an English-only city. Yesterday, voters there gave a thumbs-down to a proposal - called "English First" - that proponents say would have not only united the city but saved money. It would have mandated that the government there conduct its daily affairs in English.Opponents say becoming an English-only city could have given Nashville a "bad reputation."From the Associated Press via Fox News: Business leaders, academics, religious leaders, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Gov. Phil Bredesen argued the measure would tarnish the city's welcoming image, harm tourism and business...
  • (TN) Governor, Nashville Mayor Urge Rejection Of English-Only Amendment

    01/09/2009 5:30:48 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 19 replies · 689+ views ^ | January 9, 2009 | Staff Writer
    Gov. Phil Bredesen and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean are urging rejection of a controversial English-only amendment on the Nashville ballot. They said they will cast early votes on Monday in the referendum election on proposed amendments to the Metro Charter, including the English-only amendment. Gov. Bredesen and Mayor Dean will vote at 8 a.m. CST at the Davidson County Election Commission, which is located at 800 2nd Avenue.
  • University presidents fight English-only initiative

    12/29/2008 11:20:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 897+ views
    NASHVILLE - The presidents of eight Nashville universities call the possible adoption of an English-only ballot initiative "a distressing prospect." The proposed charter amendment would prevent the city from translating written materials into other languages or using interpreters to communicate with people who don't speak English well.
  • Kids just want to say hello and hola!

    11/07/2008 1:06:25 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 11 replies · 1,077+ views ^ | 11-7-08 | Erin Anderson
    The children gather around “Miss Danielle” Buehner. “Good morning. Buenos dias," she welcomes the preschoolers. “Buenos dias, Miss Danielle,” they chime. In this class of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, the children come to learn social skills and practice their numbers, colors and thinking skills. They also come to learn a second language — Spanish. Of the 14 students enrolled in Irving Recreation Center’s dual language preschool, two live in Spanish-speaking homes, two have a bilingual parent, and another with Latino ethnicity was adopted into an Anglo home. All the rest are English-speaking youngsters whose previous exposure to the Spanish language...
  • School prevails in English-only lawsuit

    08/16/2008 7:47:59 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 20 replies · 201+ views
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 08/16/08 | Ron Sylvester
    A federal judge ruled Friday that a Wichita Catholic school policy requiring students to speak only English didn't break any civil rights laws.
  • Is VFW Post Phone Message Offensive?

    08/14/2008 11:32:33 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 59 replies · 295+ views
    WNEP -- Newswatch 16 ^ | Aug 6, 2008 | Norm Jones
    Is VFW Post Phone MessageA VFW in Susquehanna County is drawing some attention because of its answering machine message. Some in Montrose wonder if it the right message. The VFW near Montrose is a busy place along Route 706, a place where many in the area come to socialize. But some folks are questioning the post's answering machine message, saying it's not very social at all. "Hello, this is Montrose VFW. We are an English speaking, American establishment. If you do not speak English or believe in America, please hang up," the message says. "Racist. I mean, that's like, this...
  • Que? Obama says nation's kids should be bilingual

    07/08/2008 8:19:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 506+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2008 | Christina Bellantoni
    In an under-covered moment I only caught by streaming the event online, Sen. Barack Obama told voters today in Powder Springs, Georgia, they should not be worried about making the United States an "English-only" country. He said he agrees immigrants should learn English, but felt the concern should be more about global competitiveness. "Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, because they will learn English, you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish," he said. "We should have every child speaking more than one language." For comic effect, he added, "It's embarrassing when Europeans come over...
  • Bradley Project Report, 'E Pluribus Unum' - Calls for Dialogue on America's National Identity

    06/08/2008 11:52:44 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 17 replies · 1,489+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | June 3, 2008 | Anon
    The Bradley Project Releases Its Report, 'E Pluribus Unum' - Calls for National Dialogue on America's National Identity Report Finds That America is Facing an Identity Crisis and is in Danger of Becoming Not "From Many, One" - E Pluribus Unum - But Its Opposite, "From One, Many" June 3, 2008 PR Newswire (press release), NY Sixty-Three Percent of Americans Believe Our National Identity is Weakening, and One in Four Believe the Nation is So Divided That a Common National Identity is Not Possible WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bradley Project on America's National Identity today released...
  • King Pleased With English-Only Ruling

    04/04/2008 1:28:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies · 131+ views
    WHO TV ^ | 04/03/2008 | unstated
    An Iowa district court ruling has changed the state's online voter registration forms. The decision upheld Iowa's English-only law that went into effect back in 2002. "The rule of law has been reaffirmed by the court," said United States Congressman Steve King. He spent years as an Iowa state senator spearheading the effort to pass the English Reaffirmation Act. It became law in 2002 and required official documents including voter registration forms to be in English-only. "Having a common language binds us together, the most powerful unifying force known throughout history," King said. King and other state leaders thought the...
  • Iranian immigrants want Farsi-language Oklahoma driver's license testing

    04/02/2008 1:53:37 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 48 replies · 610+ views
    tulsaworld ^ | 04/01/08 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The federal government is investigating whether the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety violated the civil rights of Iranian immigrants by refusing to provide them with driver's license tests in their native Farsi language. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the investigation in March after a complaint filed on behalf of two Iranian nationals living in Bartlesville accused the state agency of unlawful discrimination based on their national origin, according to a letter from the NHTSA to Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward. Public safety officials said Tuesday that offering state driver's license tests in Farsi could force...
  • Rider: VIA (San Antonio City Bus) Driver Goes On Pro-English Tirade

    03/28/2008 12:28:04 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 5 replies · 512+ views
    KSAT.COM ^ | 03/28/2008
    SAN ANTONIO -- A group of passengers were allegedly subjected to a 15-minute berating from a VIA bus driver Friday after he became upset when one rider couldn't speak English. According to one passenger, the driver became upset when an elderly man was 25 cents short on a bus fare. When the driver asked for the extra quarter, the man needed the assistance of a fellow passenger to explain the price discrepancy, said rider Maria Sandoval. After the man paid the remaining fare, the driver was still upset, said Sandoval. "The lady told the bus driver, 'He doesn't understand you...
  • Woman Warned for Speaking Spanish at Work

    A cell phone assembly line worker says she is afraid she could lose her job for speaking Spanish at work. Julie Rios said she has received verbal and written warnings for talking in her native language, even though, she said, she was not informed about the rule when she was hired. Rios, who was hired by temp company CoWorx, has been working at a North Texas plant for 10 months. But in February, she was issued a written warning about speaking Spanish. The memo issued by CoWorx read: "You are being issued your first written warning for not adhering to...
  • Tongue Twister

    03/24/2008 4:41:48 AM PDT · by Nony · 12 replies · 632+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 24, 2008 | John Fund
    It was the small sign that stirred up a legal tornado. Last week, Joey Vento, owner of a popular Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant, finally won the right to keep his sign: "This is America: When Ordering, Please Speak English." It took him two years, much abuse and hundreds of hours of work by paid and volunteer lawyers, but a local regulatory body finally ruled his sign wasn't discriminatory or offensive. Mr. Vento, owner of Geno's Steaks, says he never refused service to anyone who didn't speak English and put up the sign only as a political statement because so many people...
  • 'Speak English' Signs OK at Philly Shop

    03/19/2008 8:30:48 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 77 replies · 1,831+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/08 | PATRICK WALTERS
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The owner of a famous cheesesteak shop did not discriminate when he posted signs asking customers to speak English, a city panel ruled Wednesday. In a 2-1 vote, a Commission on Human Relations panel found that two signs at Geno's Steaks telling customers, "This is America: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH,'" do not violate the city's Fair Practices Ordinance. Shop owner Joe Vento has said he posted the signs in October 2005 because of concerns over immigration reform and an increasing number of people in the area who could not order in English. Vento has said he...
  • Philly Steak Shop Didn’t Discriminate

    03/20/2008 5:45:31 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 18 replies · 730+ views
    WTOPNews.Com ^ | March 19, 2008 | PATRICK WALTERS
    In a 2-1 vote, a Commission on Human Relations panel found that two signs at Geno's Steaks telling customers, "This is America: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH,'" do not violate the city's Fair Practices Ordinance.
  • Mandatory School Spanish Classes Anger Texas Parents

    02/07/2008 1:43:33 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 208 replies · 1,334+ views
    Mandatory School Spanish Classes Anger Texas Parents Thursday , February 07, 2008 A Texas school district is reviewing its second-language requirement after concerns over students being forced to learn Spanish, according to reports. Some parents at Timberline Elementary School in Grapevine, Texas, are outraged their children have to take Spanish as a mandatory second-language requirement, reported. Leigh Allison, the mother of fifth-grader Ashleigh, said the policy makes life easier for Hispanic immigrants and her daughter shouldn't be forced to conform, according to a report on "She wants to be that one voice that forces them to learn English,"...
  • Pass the "Protecting English in the Workplace Act of 2007" {ACTION ALERT!!}

    01/13/2008 8:44:13 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 9 replies · 362+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | January 11, 2008 | Staff
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken action against a Salvation Army thrift store in Framingham, Massachusetts BECAUSE THE STORE REQUIRED EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK ENGLISH ON THE JOB! They even gave everyone a year to learn English. Two refused and were fired. This EEOC action is not an isolated incident. The EEOC took action against 200 businesses this past year because they simply wished to require their employees to speak English on the job. This campaign of federal government harassment must STOP! However, somebody is saying “NO MORE! ENOUGH!” Senator Lamar Alexander has introduced a bill that -- if...
  • Police Still Searching for Men Responsible for Geno's Attack (Speak English Sign)

    01/04/2008 2:16:23 PM PST · by FreeperinRATcage · 24 replies · 619+ views
    KYW News Radio ^ | 01/04/08 | John McDevitt
    Philadelphia police continue to look for two men (in surveillance footage above and below) accused of attacking a Geno's Steaks employee. The owner of the business is offering a reward. Police say it was around 6:30am December 27th when two males started to argue with a female employee at Geno's Steaks about the now notorious sign there "this is America, when ordering please speak English". A male employee, Tony Chestnut, was power-washing the sidewalk when he went to his co-workers aide. Chestnut, who is recovering at his south Philadelphia home, describes what he says happened next. "When I just waved...
  • Bill aims to protect English on the job

    12/28/2007 11:41:06 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 210+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2007 | By Audrey Hudson
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would be blocked from filing lawsuits against businesses that require workers to speak English on the job as part of legislation introduced recently in the Senate. "In America, requiring English in the workplace is not discrimination, it's common sense," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and sponsor of the Protecting English in the Workplace Act of 2007. The former secretary of education tried to amend an appropriation bill for the Justice and Commerce departments earlier this year to stop such lawsuits by the EEOC, but it was blocked by Democrats. He introduced the stand-alone bill...
  • Geno's inquisitors show signs of bad judgment(Hearing in English Only)

    12/17/2007 12:07:41 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 44 replies · 256+ views
    Philadephia Daily News ^ | 12/17/07 | Stu Bykofsky
    THEY SAY YOU can't fight City Hall, but last Friday Joey Vento stood tall (at 5-foot-5) in the center ring of the circus to answer a discrimination complaint filed against him by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Vento's been a handy punching bag for the press. Local editorial writers and columnists have vilified him as a racist, a nativist, a know-nothing, a do-badder, because of his (now world-famous) 4-by-9-inch sign at the window of his Geno's Steaks that reads: "This is America. When Ordering, Please Speak English." Some believe that is hate speech. For some reason (hate, perhaps?) the...
  • Philadelphia Cheesesteak Shop Owner Defends 'Order in English' Policy

    12/15/2007 8:20:52 AM PST · by stm · 30 replies · 91+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2007 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA — A small sign that asked customers to order in English at a famous cheesesteak shop was never meant to be offensive, the shop's owner testified Friday at a hearing to decide whether the policy was discriminatory. Joe Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks, defended his policy before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which filed the discrimination complaint. "This country is a melting pot, but what makes it work is the English language," Vento told the commission. "I'm not stupid. I would never put a sign out to hurt my business." Vento posted two small signs in October...
  • Pa. shop owner backs English-only policy (cheesesteak shop sign was never meant to be offensive)

    12/14/2007 6:38:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 94 replies · 771+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/07 | Bob Lenz - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - A small sign that asked customers to order in English at a famous cheesesteak shop was never meant to be offensive, the shop's owner testified Friday at a hearing to decide whether the policy was discriminatory. Joe Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks, defended his policy before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which filed the discrimination complaint. "This country is a melting pot, but what makes it work is the English language," Vento told the commission. "I'm not stupid. I would never put a sign out to hurt my business." Vento posted two small signs in October...
  • Some bosses don't want to hear Spanish

    12/11/2007 3:38:42 PM PST · by Dubya · 47 replies · 1,472+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | JAMES PINKERTON
    LANGUAGE BARRIER Some bosses don't want to hear Spanish Lawsuits fuel debate over English-only rules at work WHEN the captain heard three crew members on his container ship chatting in Spanish during breaks, he became enraged. He then brandished a knife to enforce his standing orders: Speak only English on board. The incident, settled for $31,000 after a discrimination suit was filed in a Houston federal court, is an extreme example of cases fueling a growing debate over English-only policies in the workplace, experts say. ''It's a lightning-rod issue, a lot of people get upset," said Rudy Sustaita, a veteran...
  • Tancredo commended for boycotting Spanish language GOP debate

    12/11/2007 2:25:30 PM PST · by fweingart · 26 replies · 165+ views ^ | December 11, 2007 | Chad Groening
    An English language advocate is praising Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo for boycotting a recent Spanish language debate with his fellow GOP hopefuls. The debate was held on the University of Miami campus on Sunday and was broadcast on the Spanish language network Univision. Candidates' responses, spoken in English, were simultaneously translated into Spanish. Congressman Tancredo (R-Colorado) was the only GOP candidate who turned down an invitation to attend the debate, saying his fellow candidates were "encouraging violation of the law" by taking part. Tancredo -- who has made a tough stand on illegal immigration the centerpiece of his campaign...
  • Immigrants sue over English-only job requirement (CT)

    11/21/2007 5:50:05 AM PST · by Puppage · 22 replies · 89+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 11/21/07 | Puppage
    New Haven (AP) _ Five Spanish-speaking immigrants have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a requirement that workers only speak English on the job at a Deep River machine shop. The five, who are in this country legally, have filed a discrimination suit against GC Industries, a company that makes and finishes sheet metal. At GC Industries a "Common Language Policy" posted on the bulletin board requires employees to speak English during work hours, except during breaks and lunch. The company notice cites safety, product quality and efficiency. Policies dictating English in the workplace may be legal if a company can...
  • Latinos have the power (Si Se Puede!)

    11/17/2007 3:55:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 240+ views ^ | November 17, 2007 | Ruben Navarrette- San Diego Union-Tribune
    In politics, the surest path to irrelevance and powerlessness is to be taken for granted by one party and written off by another. That's the road Latinos are on, thanks to major blunders by the Republicans campaigning for president. In June, all but California's Duncan Hunter blew off an invitation to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. In September, a debate on Spanish-language television had to be postponed after all but Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to commit. After taking criticism for the snub, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney have committed to taking part...
  • Congress in Tiff Over English-Only Rules

    11/15/2007 4:39:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 72 replies · 72+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/15/7 | ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
    A government suit against the Salvation Army has the House and Senate at loggerheads over whether to nullify a law that prohibits employers from firing people who don't speak English on the job. The fight illustrates the explosiveness of immigration as an issue in the 2008 elections. Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing hard to protect employers who require their workers to speak English, but Democratic leaders have blocked the move despite narrow vote tallies in the GOP's favor. For more than 30 years, federal rules have generally barred employers from establishing English-only requirements for their workers. But Senate Republicans...
  • Mexican president decries 'growing harassment' of migrants in U.S.

    11/14/2007 10:25:53 PM PST · by BGHater · 81 replies · 849+ views
    AP ^ | 14 Nov 2007 | Mark Stevenson
    MEXICO CITY President Felipe Calderon decried Wednesday what he called "the growing harassment" of Mexicans in the United States and said his government will work to counter it by funding a media campaign to show migrant success stories. Mexican officials have expressed concern over a recent wave of immigration raids and a U.S. political climate perceived as anti-migrant. Calderon said U.S. presidential candidates were using migrants as "symbolic hostages" on the immigration issue. "I am especially worried about the growing harassment and frank persecution of Mexicans in the United States in recent days," Calderon said at a meeting of the...
  • Democrats' Immigration Progress

    11/14/2007 11:12:43 AM PST · by JZelle · 1 replies · 233+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-14-07 | Editorial
    A surprising yet welcome trend among some moderate House Democrats appears to have taken hold: enforcing our immigration laws and encouraging the cultural integration of legal immigrants. The latest episode in this trend happened late last week, when 36 brave Democrats crossed party lines to support an amendment approving legal protections for employers who designate English as their exclusive work-place language. Adopted by a 218-186 margin, the measure would prevent the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from pursuing civil legal action against employers who require their employees to speak English. A similar measure was adopted earlier this year by the...