July – August 2012

In this issue: 

  • Groundbreaking UCLA Studies On Hate Speech Released
  • Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. Removes “Jose Luis Sin Censura” From Airwaves
  • A Farewell To Lupe Ontiveros By Alex Nogales
  • John and Ken: The Victories and Preparing For The Road Ahead
  • NHMC 2012 Latino MediaCon & Expo
  • SB 1161: NHMC Calls on Governor Jerry Brown to Veto Anti-Consumer Bill
  • NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program Update
  • LA Vida Music Festival
  • NLMC/NHMC Writing Program Alums – What’s New
  • “La Llorona” Featured on NBC’s Grimm

Groundbreaking UCLA Studies On Hate Speech Released

UCLAThis is an important time for NHMC’s anti-hate speech campaign. In early August, the second UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center study “Social Networks for Hate Speech,” was released. The study explores how a relatively small group of individuals and organizations form a social network that targets vulnerable groups and spreads hate speech across a wide swath of media outlets. The third and final study of this series, “Using Biological Markers to Measure Stress in Listeners of Commercial Talk Radio,” was just released. This study shows that hate speech can negatively impact listeners’ health. The first UCLA study “Quantifying Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio,” was released in November, 2011 and found that program hosts and their guests make unsubstantiated claims, while using divisive language and dehumanizing metaphors that target specific ethnic, racial, religious groups, as well as the LGBT community. The study also developed a replicable methodology for quantifying hate speech. To complement these groundbreaking studies NHMC commissioned Latino Decisions to do a national opinion poll on the relationship between media content and public opinion towards Latinos. NHMC will release the poll results in September, at a national press conference in Washington, D.C. “NHMC is proud to have had the foresight to commission these studies,” said Alex Nogales. “When we started this work in 2009, we knew that we needed to go beyond the anecdotal. Thanks to Dr. Chon Noriega and his team at CSRC, we now have a roadmap of studies that clarify the components of hate speech: the targeted groups, the types of statements used against them, and now the social network that propagates the hate. We need to clearly understand the problem in order to address it. Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. Removes “Jose Luis Sin Censura” From Airwaves JLCS ProtestNHMC and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced on August 9th that “José Luis Sin Censura,” produced and broadcast by Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI) on the EstrellaTV network, has been permanently removed from the broadcast schedule. NHMC and GLAAD were informed of this development in a letter from Winter Horton, LBI’s Chief Operating Officer. The removal of the show comes after a campaign that included 18 months of sustained effort from GLAAD and NHMC, during which dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals were mobilized, many via a petition at Change.org. At the outset of the campaign, GLAAD and NHMC filed a nearly 200-page formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and contacted dozens of major advertisers whose ads appeared during the program. The campaign resulted in an ongoing investigation by the FCC and a number of advertisers withdrawing their support of the show including AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Western Dental. The program frequently featured blatant nudity and female guests were shown in violent fights. Guests and audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and physical attacks. Many episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests. “This is a hard-fought victory for tolerance, inclusion, and decency and it is further proof that programming that degrades or threatens the safety of entire segments of our population has no place in this country. For broadcasters that choose this path, this will always be the outcome. Spreading hatred and bigotry is not a sustainable business model,” said Alex Nogales. “Content that appeared on this show fueled violence against our community, which is growing and impacting so many families. Thanks to thousands of LGBT, Latino Americans and allies, LBI took action,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “The company should now join so many other Spanish-language broadcasters in presenting stories that inspire and create change, not fuel a climate of intolerance and violence.” In the letter received by organizations, Winter Horton, COO of LBI, pledged to work together with GLAAD and NHMC to “create positive experiences for the LGBT, Latino and Spanish-speaking communities” in the future. A Farewell To Lupe Ontiveros By Alex Nogales Lupe Ontiveros and Alex NogalesLupe Ontiveros was a dear friend and it makes me incredibly sad to know that I’ll never see her again in this life. I won’t be able to laugh at her risqué jokes, become energized by her vitality or feel her incredible lust for life. She was bigger than life itself and just as colorful. Click here to read more of Alex’s Op-Ed featured in The Huffington Post. Visit NHMC’s Facebook page to remember Lupe Ontiveros. John and Ken: The Victories and Preparing For The Road Ahead Last September over 40 national and local organizations and over 16,000 individual supporters joined together in a public campaign to stop shock jocks, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, from spewing their hate against Los Angeles communities. Take a look at the victories by the Take John and Ken Off the Air Campaign: Earlier this year, after pressuring KTLA management, the campaign successfully kept John and Ken off of KTLA’s news hour segment “Driving It Home with John and Ken.” Along with several supporting and partner organizations, the Los Angeles City Council passed an anti-hate speech resolution specifically condemning John and Ken. The National Latino Congreso also passed a resolution denouncing the duo and committing to boycotting advertisers that support hate programming. More than 16,000 petition letters were delivered to Clear Channel, owners of KFI AM, as well as their investors, Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The campaign has sent over 60 letters to local and national advertisers, 40 of which have dropped either publicly or silently. Every time an advertiser drops, these shock jocks know we are paying close attention to what they are saying. John and Ken’s list of national advertisers is incredibly low for a program that airs during peak traffic hours. Since we’ve started targeting their advertisers, John and Ken have not released private cell phone numbers, and recently, have refrained from making outlandish hateful statements. As long as our campaign continues to place pressure on John and Ken, they will think twice about the hateful rhetoric they spew. What You Can Do: Now is the time to get involved in the campaign to reclaim our public airwaves. We need you to target ONE John and Ken advertiser, tell Citrix Systems to stop sponsoring hate. Ask your friends and family to contact the advertiser as well. It’s going to take a village to take these two hatemongers off the air. Join our campaign; make your phone calls today! NHMC 2012 Latino MediaCon & Expo NHMC’s Latino MediaCon & Expo brought thousands of Latinos together for an exceptional weekend of informative panel sessions, celebrity fanfare, musical performances and launches. NHMC gathered more than 350 media advocates and influencers, industry executives and celebrity talent during its inaugural media industry conference held on July 20 at the Pasadena Convention Center. There was a stellar line-up of experts covering all facets of the media industry from TV programming, filmmaking, social media, to talent management. Worldwide pioneer and entertainment industry leader Haim Saban, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Univision and Chairman and CEO of the Saban Capital Group, provided an insightful conversation on the industry and his personal experiences as the keynote speaker during the luncheon. He had this to say to the audience, “Doors will close on you whether you are Hispanics or not, but don’t let rejection impact your will to go forward.” Offering new ways to succeed in an evolving media industry were distinguished leaders such as Maria Elena Salinas, Univision’s Emmy-Award-winning journalist; Monica Lozano, publisher and CEO of La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language publication in the United States; Rick Sanchez, journalist and news anchor; Elizabeth Avellán, Co-Owner and Vice President of Troublemaker Studios and President of EYA Productions; Susan Gonzales, Head of Community Engagement for Facebook; Ivan de Paz, President and CEO of DePaz Management; Kimberly Myers, Director of Diversity for the Writers Guild of America West; Jim McNamara, Chairman of Pantelion Films; Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantelion Films and Managing Director of Televisa USA; Michael Garcia, Chief Creative Officer of Televisa USA; and Ligiah Villalobos, writer and executive producer of the independent feature film “La Misma Luna.” Latino MediaCon & Expo continued to inform and entertain on Saturday, July 21 with the Latino entertainment consumer showcase, which was free and open to the public. Thousands of consumers filled the Pasadena Convention Center, where fans had the opportunity to meet celebrity entertainers, music stars and athletes including UFC Fighter Diego “The Dream” Sanchez, film star Cierra Ramirez from ABC Family’s hit Secret Life of the American Teenager, novela star Rafael Amaya and actor Nicholas Gonzalez. Also present were Los Angeles radio personalities Art Laboe, Big Boy from Power 106, TV and radio celebrity Chiquibaby, Raquel Cordova “Raq-C” La Comadre from Latino 96.3, and Univision radio talk show host Fernando Espuelas. NHMC’s Latino MediaCon & Expo will serve as the organization’s signature event for years to come. To see pictures of the Latino MediaCon & Expo please visit our flickr page. Event Sponsors:Logo.UnivisionNBC propertiesSB 1161: NHMC Calls on Governor Jerry Brown to Veto Anti-Consumer Bill SB1161In recent months, NHMC and several consumer protection groups have worked together to stop California SB 1161-a bill that would severely limit the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulatory power over the wireless telephone industry. Despite ardent opposition, the bill passed swiftly in the Senate and on August 20th, the Assembly; Governor Jerry Brown now has less than 30 days to either sign or veto the bill. Telecom companies have been pushing similar legislation in different states and unless Californians pressure Governor Jerry Brown to veto SB 1161, consumers will fall prey to the telecom industry’s agenda and be stripped of basic consumer protections. To learn more on SB 1161, read our latest press release and letter opposing the bill by clicking http://nhmc.org/sites/default/files/NHMC SB1161 Press Release 8.7.12 (English and Spanish)_0.pdf”>here. You can help by sending a quick message to Governor Jerry Brown and send the following tweet to his account: @JerryBrownGov Pls VETO SB 1161: Protect consumers, not Telecom Companies http://ow.ly/dgClb#stopsb1161 #actnow Take Action! John and Ken have been spreading hate and intolerance from their radio perch for years. Be a Part of the Solution: Pressure 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 Tune in on Facebook, Twitter @NHMC, or text “drophate” to 877877 to receive campaign action alerts. NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program Update WritersProgramThe 2012 NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program is off to a great start. This year the program received 196 applications from all over the nation and now that the submission period is closed the judging has begun. Stay tuned for the September 17 announcement of the writers program finalists to see who made the final cut! Visit our Writers Program page for more information.Program participants announced September 17th! LA Vida Music Festival LA VidaCorniche Entertainment proudly presents THE FOURTH ANNUAL LA Vida MUSIC FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 2nd (Labor Day Weekend) at The Ford Amphitheatre. Visit the Ford ticket website and type in the code NHMC to buy 2-for-1 General Admission tickets. Following his triumphant debut at the Playboy Jazz Festival, master conguero Louie Cruz Beltran and his Latin Jazz Orchestra will headline the festival for the fourth consecutive year. Beltran welcomes back as emcee Mike Marino who joins this years’ special guest line-up that features Latin guitar world fusion group Incendio, the award-winning Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi and, direct from Brazil, the Ted and Pablo Choro Ensemble with guest famed percussionist Chalo Eduardo. Each year internationally known artists join with the finest local talent to celebrate diverse Latin cultures in an evening of vibrant music and dance. LA Vida also coincides with the launch of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) and this year Brazilian Day Los Angeles (Sept. 8). The LA Vida Music Festival is brought to you by Corniche Entertainment in association with Wells Fargo Bank, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, One Legacy and Program for Torture Victims. NLMC/NHMC Writing Program Alums – What’s New NLMC/NMHC Writing Program Alum, Vince Navarro, is producing a feature film and hopes to start filming this November. The film,”Evicted,” is a family drama that centers on a morally bankrupt TV producer who discovers she’s being evicted from existence. Vince and writer/director Brendan Raher have launched a Kickstarter campaign and need your help! For more info and to donate please visit http://www.evictedthemovie.com/. Stu Escobedo Altman, a member of the 2009 NLMC/NHMC Writing Program, recently received his first television credit as the Line Producer for Comedy Central Presents: “Ralphie May – Too Big to Ignore,” in early May of this year. Having a background in production and stand-up served in the consultation, visual stylization and execution. The production for the stand-up comedy special took place at the historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee and was produced in association with Anonymous Content. “Working with the legendary Michael Drumm, who has directed dozens of comedy and musical specials, was an exhilarating experience.” –Altman. New America Alliance Institute Presents 1st American Latino National Summit NAA Summit BannerThe American Latino National Summit, presented by the New America Alliance Institute, will take place on September 24, 2012 in Miami, and aims to change the tone and tenor of the national discourse concerning American Latinos and will define to the nation who American Latinos are and what their contributions are to this country in terms of economic capital, human capital and political capital. The Summit will articulate cohesive positions on the major current issues. Co-hosting organizations for the Summit include the National Hispanic Media Coailtion, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, NALEO Educational Fund, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce among many others. Click here to view the full schedule of events. “La Llorona” Featured on NBC’s Grimm Tune in to NBC’s October 26 episode of Grimm about the Latino ghost story/ fairy tale, “La Llorona.” The episode will include guest leads: Kate del Castillo, David Barrera, Bertila Damas and Angela Alvarado]]>