How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Go Doyers!

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Festive Doyer fans at a Dodgers vs. Giants game, April 2009

Now for a story that I absolutely freaking love: The trademarking of "Los Doyers" (as in the accented Spanish mispronunciation of "Dodgers") by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team trademarked "Los Doyers," by now a nickname so common that it's mispronounced on purpose, last month. The Dodgers organization has been selling team paraphernalia with the "Los Doyers" logo, including t-shirts and hats.

The blog vinscullyismyhomeboy.com found and posted the trademark information over the weekend, along with my favorite little snippet so far, a parsing-out of the mispronunciation subtleties between Mexicans and Cubans:

"Yesterday I asked my mom to say Dodgers. She said 'Doyers.' I asked my dad to say Dodgers. He said 'Dogers.' I guess Mexicans say 'Doyers' and Cubans say 'Dogers.' Maybe the Europeans pronounce it 'Dojers.' Shoud I trademark it?"

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Social Security, bolstered by unauthorized workers

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It's well known that undocumented immigrants often present false or borrowed identification, including Social Security cards and numbers, in order to find work in the underground economy. But there is a side to this story that is seldom explored: How the Social Security taxes paid by these workers aren't reclaimed as benefits, at least not by those who make the payments. This unused money makes for a substantial amount that helps keep the trust fund afloat.

Perhaps this is why a great piece that appeared in the Washington Post over the weekend keeps making the Twitter re-tweet rounds. In the piece, syndicated columnist Edward Schumacher-Matos shares an interview he did with a top Social Security official as part of a book project, during which he learned that the estimated contributions to the Social Security trust fund from unauthorized workers' wages are much higher than previously thought. He writes:

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Raw video captures part of Westlake melee over slain immigrant

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Raw video posted on YouTube captures part of a late-night protest (along with the observer/videographer's occasional expletive) at the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division station last night, yet another night of protests over the police shooting of a Guatelaman day laborer on Sunday. Last night's protest, which began with a march to the station, ended violently with trash cans set on fire in the city's Westlake district and rocks, bottles and eggs thrown at officers. Non-lethal projectiles were fired into the crowd. At least 22 people were arrested and at least one person injured, a man on a bicycle who fell and struck his head. 89.3 KPCC, the Los Angeles Times and several other news outlets reported on the melee, as did some local blogs.

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