Alex Nogales Addresses FCC Leaders, Staff
Alex Nogales, President & CEO of NHMC, delivered the keynote address at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on October 2 in Washington, DC. The event included a welcome by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and introductory remarks by former FCC Commissioner and NHMC Board Member Gloria Tristani, as well as a roundtable discussion among FCC representatives and leaders of major Latino organizations, a musical performance by Cantaré, and a food tasting. Participants in the roundtable included Alex Nogales, Jessica Gonzalez and Michael Scurato of NHMC as well as leaders and representatives from several Latino organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). Also participating were a number of FCC leaders and staff. Topics included Latino media ownership and participation, broadband access and adoption, the importance of maintaining an open Internet, and a host of consumer protection issues. Below is an excerpt of Alex Nogales’ prepared remarks offered at the event: “We are all acutely aware of the challenges we face in effecting this great push towards equity. At NHMC, we believe in a number of underlying principles. Here are some of them. Ownership and employment in the so-called “old” media industry should be more reflective of the demographics of this day and age, so that all stories can be told using these powerful tools. Participation in ‘new’ media should not be dependent on what provider or device you use and should not be available only to those who can afford a more expensive plan. The Internet should be an open platform where lower barriers to entry should be taken advantage of and creativity should be embraced and not stifled. And participation and adoption should not be thwarted by fear or uncertainty due to predatory practices or a lack of information or understanding. These are some of our beliefs and we will continue to advocate for them at the Commission and elsewhere until equity is achieved.” A complete copy of Alex Nogales’ prepared remarks is available here.
NHMC Awarded Racial Justice Award from YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Chapter Dolores Huerta and NHMC Board Member Pete Gomez at the YWCA Racial Justice Awards Breakfast On October 15, NHMC received the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Racial Justice Award at the 10th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast held at the Hilton in Pasadena, CA. NHMC Board Member and Secretary, Pete Gomez, received the award on behalf of the organization and its work on fighting hate speech in media. “On behalf of NHMC, I thank you for recognizing the important work that NHMC is doing to address the increase of hate in media. Media has a powerful impact on peoples’ perceptions of others and we must all be willing to stand up for what is just and against hateful rhetoric.” The award comes at a significant time when hate speech, bullying and negative media portrayals are under public scrutiny. Earlier last month, NHMC released the results of a national poll showing that media portrayals of Latinos and immigrants are fueling rampant negative stereotypes among non-Latinos. Beginning in November 2011, NHMC and the UCLA Chicano Research Studies Center released three academic studies detailing the role of the media in breeding hate. The poll results and studies can be found here.
The poll found that after viewing just one minute of media content, poll respondents changed the way they view Latinos. For instance, those who consumed negative news and entertainment pieces were much more likely to rate Latinos as unintelligent, while those who consumed positive pieces were much more likely to rate Latinos as intelligent.In addition, the poll found there is a common misperception that Latinos and undocumented immigrants are one in the same, with 17% of survey respondents actually believing that the majority of U.S. Latinos are undocumented. The poll also found that:
John and Ken have been spreading hate and intolerance from their radio perch for years. Be a Part of the Solution: Demand Advertisers to Drop “The John and Ken Show,” Sign the Petition and Spread the Word! TWEET to CITRIX SYSTEMS @citrix: Stop advertising on “The John and Ken Show.” Supporting #hatespeech is NOT worth it! http://www.nhmc.org/johnandken
Congratulations to NHMC Board Member Angelo Falcon
Census Bureau Names Angelo Falcon to National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations
The U.S. Census Bureau announced on October 12 the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, and has named Angelo Falcón as a member of the committee.The National Advisory Committee will advise the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. The committee, which is comprised of 32 members from multiple disciplines, will advise the Census Bureau on topics such as housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other populations.