May 17, 2023
A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
"With a heavy heart, we mourn the loss of Gloria Molina, a trailblazer and an enduring symbol of strength for our Latino community. Gloria was not only a political icon but also a personal role model for me and countless other women. She opened doors, shattered ceilings, and stood as a true champion for equity with an unyielding spirit that continues to inspire us. I was privileged to sit side-by-side with Gloria in meetings, absorbing her wisdom and tenacity. Her belief in the National Hispanic Media Coalition's mission was a powerful endorsement of the work we do. Today, as we remember Gloria, we also commit to carrying forward the torch she so valiantly held high for all of us. Her legacy will continue to guide us in our fight for representation, ownership, and equality."
Gloria Molina, an unwavering force, defied the odds as the first Chicana in the California State Assembly. Her legacy shines brightly, inspiring countless women of color to dream big and break barriers. In her wake, she leaves a path of progress and a call to action for future leaders. Gloria’s legacy is etched in her many accomplishments, from her work in the California State Assembly to her service as the Los Angeles County Supervisor. Gloria was a tireless advocate for Latino rights, constantly pushing for better access to healthcare, quality education, and immigrant rights. She believed in the power of representation, championing causes that sought to amplify the voices of the marginalized and underserved.
We are heartened to see the collective voice of more than one hundred lawmakers resounding with the concerns we at NHMC have been voicing for some time now. Today we join those hundred legislators who are fighting to keep AM radio in cars and ensure that tens of millions of people in the U.S. can continue to receive their local and diverse content from AM radio. The critical role of AM radio in our nation's emergency communications infrastructure is irreplaceable, and its value as a reliable, free-to-all resource, particularly in times of crisis, cannot be overstated.
AM radio is a conduit for diversity and a gateway for equal representation, while also remaining a vital lifeline to listeners in times of crisis. As car manufacturers threaten to remove AM radio from new vehicles, NHMC stands firm in its commitment to safeguarding this vital medium. The fight for AM radio is directly connected to the eighty million+ Americans who regularly rely on it. This is as much about public safety as it is about diversity and the right of all Americans to remain connected to a world that too often leaves them behind.
We are, therefore, in full agreement with our lawmakers in urging automakers to reconsider the removal of AM radio receivers from their vehicles. It is not just about the preservation of a broadcasting medium; it is about ensuring public safety, promoting diversity, and maintaining a lifeline for millions of Americans.
NHMC will continue to champion the cause of AM radio, ensuring it remains a vibrant and accessible platform for all, irrespective of socio-economic status or geographical location. We look forward to collaborating with our lawmakers and other stakeholders in this crucial endeavor.
Yours in the Movement,
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition