December 2011

In this issue:

  • Victory Against AT&T Takeover
  • Honoring Commissioners Clyburn & Copps
  • NHMC Television Writers Program 2011
  • It’s a Gala Affair
  • NHMC Recommends
  • They Make Us So Proud
  • The Power of Media in Fostering Hate
  • Call to Action
  • Take John and Ken Off the Air
  • Happy Holidays!

Victory Against AT&T Takeover

NHMC Celebrates Victory as AT&T Ceases Efforts to Acquire T-Mobile The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, celebrates wireless giant AT&T’s announcement that it is ceasing efforts to acquire T-Mobile. The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would have left two wireless carriers with nearly 80% of the mobile phone market, leading to less competition, higher prices, and fewer choices for mobile phone customers. It would have also led to job losses. NHMC is very pleased that the FCC and the DOJ have so justly put the little guys ahead of giant corporations in their review of this merger. Latinos and other people of color would have been disproportionately harmed. NHMC has worked hard over the past seven months to educate people about the harms of the merger. We are ecstatic to have defeated it," comments Jessica González, NHMC’s Vice President of Legal and Policy Affairs.

Honoring Commissioners Clyburn & Copps

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, honored Federal Communications Commissioners Mignon L. Clyburn and Michael J. Copps. Commissioners Clyburn and Copps were recipients of Impact Awards recognizing their commitment to the public interest. The reception was held in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. See photos here The National Association of Broadcasters and Comcast/NBCUniversal sponsored the reception. Cricket Communications and Sprint also provided generous support for the event. Their tax-deductible gifts to the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, support NHMC’s mission.

NHMC Television Writers Program 2011

NHMC President & CEO, Alex Nogales, provides a glimpse into the writers’ experience in the National Hispanic Media Coalition Writers Program. Visit the Writers Program webpage for more info

It’s a Gala Affair

Univision, Google, FOX, and Disney have already signed up to sponsor the NHMC’s 15th Annual Impact Awards Gala. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out! Take action while sponsorship opportunities are still available. Those who wish to purchase tickets or tables can do so immediately by contacting Nilda Muhr at (626) 792-6462 Join us to celebrate Latinos in the media. NHMC’s 15th Annual Impact Awards Gala will be held on February 24, 2012, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. NHMC has a history of awarding Latino talent in the media, with some of our past awardees including: Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, and Robert Rodriguez – amongst many others. Come out and see who will be awarded this coming February.

NHMC Recommends

Google Policy Fellowship NHMC is excited to announce its participation in the Google Policy Fellowship Program– which supports students and organizations working on policy issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users. Hurry up, applications are due February 3, 2012. Please sign up here to receive announcements about the Google Policy Fellowship. For more information, please visit Noises Off A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, brings its hit production of Michael Frayn’s hilarious "Noises Off" to its new Pasadena theatre for a brief run from Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 15, 2012, reprising for eight performances the comedy that played to sold-out houses at its former Glendale venue during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. To purchase tickets, call (626) 356-3100 or visit

They Make Us So Proud

OC Weekly Has New Editor-in-Chief Congratulations to Gustavo Arellano, author of the ¡Ask a Mexican! column – with a circulation of more than two million readers in thirty-eight markets. He was deservedly named editor-in-chief of OC Weekly in Orange County, California. Arellano has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an NHMC Impact Award, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State Legislature.  He is a familiar presence on Southern California radio as a frequent guest on liberal and conservative talk shows, where he discusses local and national issues. Arellano has appeared on the ‘Today Show,’ ‘Nightline,’ NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation,’ and ‘The Colbert Report.’ ¡Estupendo! "Behind the Seams" Cheers to NHMC’s very own Ernie Bustamante a Writers Program graduate – class of 2007!  Ernie’s show, "Behind the Seams," was picked up by ABC. He serves as co-executive producer and writer. According toVariety, "Behind the Seams" is a single-camera comedy about two Latina sisters — one a hard-working fashion designer, the other a party-going ex-runway model — who open a bridal boutique after their careers fall apart. ¡Felicitaciones! They Make Us So Proud

The Power of Media in Fostering Hate

by Inez Gonzalez "In the early 1990s, local media played a central role in the Rwanda genocide that aimed to get rid of the Tutsi, a minority ethnic group in the country.  Between 500,000 to a million people were killed in Rwanda – a country of only seven million people.  Before the genocide began, state-owned local print and radio stations promoted anti-Tutsi hate speech that became not only acceptable but the norm.  Initially, the hate speech focused on demonizing the Tutsi.  By 1994, the hate speech had escalated to the point of directly inciting violence and murder.  What happened in Rwanda is an anomaly that now serves as an international reminder of how media can be used to harm society.  May we never forget Rwanda."Full text Subscribe to the NHMC Blog It’s free and an intelligence enhancer too!

Call to Action

Ask John and Ken Advertisers to Stop Supporting Hate Speech Contact advertisers who refuse to show their commitment against hate speech.  Ask them to stop advertising on "The John and Ken Show" and let them know that consumers are no longer willing to tolerate hate speech in media.  As a consumer, let the advertisers know you are not willing to spend your hard earned money on businesses that support hate speech.

Take John and Ken Off the Air

Our Campaign Progress to Date Has Been Tremendous! Clear Channel executives tried to divide and conquer, but we stuck together. NCLR, LULAC, NHMC, CHIRLA, MAPA and Hermandad Mexicana have spoken out and engaged the news media. Because of this pressure, sixteen major companies have pulled their ads from the "John and Ken Show." The Clear Channel folks are nervous, and they should be as we move forward, scaling up our action against KFI and major corporations that insist on financing hate speech on the radio. Stay on the loop by checking back at the Campaign website

Happy Holidays!

¡Felices Fiestas! Holiday greetings from NHMC President & CEO, Alex Nogales.]]>

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