In this edition of NHMC at Work:
- Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
- NHMC TV Writers Program Class of 2017
- NHMC TV Writers Updates
- The 15th Annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon
- Coming Soon – NHMC’s LPFM Station 101.5 KHBG-LP FM
- D.C. Policy Update
- Lack of Latinos at 2017 Emmys
- Alex Nogales on Trump Administration’s Decision to End DACA
- Univision Stands Up to Protect DREAMers
- Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Following the devastating destruction in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the current administration’s response to the devastation, NHMC’s Special Policy Advisor, Gloria Tristani published an op-ed in The Hill.
“Puerto Rico is part of the nation, Puerto Ricans are our brothers and sisters, and in their time of unimaginable need, we must take care of our fellow Americans… Congress needs to appropriate emergency supplemental funds to launch Puerto Rico’s recovery and begin some return to normalcy,” wrote Gloria.
Read her article by clicking here.
“The federal government needs to deploy and commit additional resources and manpower given the magnitude of the crisis,” wrote Carmen.
To read Carmen’s article, click here.
NHMC TV Writers Program Class of 2017
NHMC congratulates the following writers selected to the 2017 class of the NHMC Television Writers Program:
The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at the major television and cable networks. The five-week total immersion workshop is designed to hone participants’ script-writing skills and prepare them to package and present their work to television and cable networks, as well as programming executives.
Launched in 2003, the NHMC Television Writers Program was created to expand the number of Latinos working behind the camera as a way to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos on television. Graduates have gone on to write for shows at major television and cable networks.
To learn more about the program, click here.
Southwest is one of our oldest and most loyal supporters. We owe them a great deal of thanks.
NHMC thanks Final Draft for its support this year. Final Draft is the industry standard in screenwriting software. Used by industry professionals, Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Visit www.finaldraft.com to learn more.
NHMC TV Writers Updates
NHMC is proud to announce the following exciting updates from our TV Writers Program graduates who are doing great work in the industry:
- Aldo Pisano‘s short-form pilot Granny will premiere at HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival.
- Liz Rivera wrote Miguel’s Music, based on the new Disney Pixar film Coco. Click here to purchase her book.
The 15th Annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon
NHMC’s 15th annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon was held on September 7th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
Laura Diaz is an Emmy award-winning anchor, reporter and producer at Fox 11 News and Rick Garcia is also an Emmy award-winning anchor for CBS 2.
For Excellence in Broadcast Journalism:
- Elsa Ramon, reporter and anchor for CBS2 and KCAL9
- Julio Vaqueiro, anchor for Telemundo 52
- Michelle Valles, reporter and anchor at NBC 4
- Antonio Valverde, reporter and anchor at Univision 34 Los Angeles
The first ever Sports Legend Award:
- Fernando Valenzuela, 17-year Major League veteran, Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame inductee, SportsNet LA broadcaster and Dodger broadcaster
Coming Soon – NHMC’s LPFM Station 101.5 KHBG-LP FM
NHMC launched its low power FM radio station, KHBG-LP 101.5 FM in the Pasadena area on October 3rd. NHMC is also launching its Podcasts and Live Streaming from its website www.nhmc.org. Programming includes issues facing Latinos and the nation, interviews with celebrities, and Latino and non-Latino experts in the arts, culture, politics, health, and the economy.
For shows and host information, go to www.nhmc.org/khbg-fm/.
Also – make sure to follow us on SoundCloud for the latest episodes of each show: soundcloud.com/nhmc.
D.C. Policy Update
On August 30, 2017, NHMC filed Reply Comments in the FCC Net Neutrality proceeding on behalf of itself and 72 racial-justice, digital-rights and media groups. The comments urge the FCC to preserve the 2015 Open Internet rules based in Title II of the Communications Act.
To access the full filling, click here.
Lifeline has suffered a “spate of unsubstantiated and outdated attacks” in Senate hearings initiated after the release of the May 2017 Lifeline GAO Report. On September 13, 2017, NHMC joined a letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 30 advocacy organizations urging Senators to protect the Lifeline program.
The letter expressed that Lifeline “allows our nation’s most vulnerable and chronically underserved communities to obtain broadband Internet and telephone service that would otherwise be unaffordable.”
To read the letter, click here.
On September 18, 2017, NHMC filed a joint Motion with 20 additional organizations, in the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proceeding asking the FCC to enter into the record all open internet complaints, ombudsperson correspondence and carrier responses since the 2015 Open Internet Order, and set a comment period to allow for public input on the new evidence.
The Motion can be found here: http://bit.ly/2hb4Pst
The documents and timeline can be found here: http://www.nhmc.org/foia-release/
Senator Ed Markey lead Senators Charles Schumer (NY), Ron Wyden (OR), Al Franken (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Brian Schatz (HI), and Kamala Harris (CA) in a letter supporting NHMC’s Motion for the FCC to open a new comment cycle for the Open Internet complaints and ombudsperson documents uncovered by NHMC’s FOIA request. They share concerns about the FCC’s efforts to analyze the evidence and plans to incorporate it into the record.
A copy of the Senators’ letter to the FCC can be found here.
NHMC joined partner organizations in evaluating whether the FCC is fulfilling its statutory obligation to deploy advanced telecommunication capabilities to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. The FCC’s Notice of Inquiry attempts to lower the bar to measure access by equating fixed home broadband with mobile broadband, despite its slower speed and reduced reliability.
To review the Comments, click here.
Lack of Latinos at 2017 Emmys
This year’s Emmy Awards acknowledged and celebrated outstanding television performances.
Of the top 100 acting nominations, only two Latinos were nominated and only one took home an award.
“…the Emmys are prestigious awards and by being denied roles and left out of awards contention, Latinos are denied even more opportunities throughout their career because of this lack of inclusion and recognition,” said Alex Nogales in a press release.
Read more about the criticism the Emmys are facing for excluding Latinos, in a LA Weekly article, by clicking here.
Alex Nogales on Trump Administration’s Decision to End DACA
In early September, the Trump administration announced its decision to end the DACA program, a decision that affects 800,000 DREAMers in this country and about 200,000 in California alone.
In a press release sent out by NHMC, Alex Nogales said, “This shameful president and his racist Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, have decided to terminate the DACA program, and rather than do it themselves, they have thrown the issue to Congress to decide how it is going to be done.”
He continued, “To them [DREAMers] we say: Be strong, we’re with you, and we’ll fight with you to keep you here, safe and sound. Stay strong.”
Read Variety’s article on DACA, in which Alex was interviewed, by clicking here.
Univision Stands Up to Protect DREAMers
Following Trump’s decision to end DACA, Univision quickly spoke up against the decision and showed their support for DREAMers. NHMC applauds Univision’s efforts and decision to be vocal about this very important issue facing our country today.
The company’s President and CEO, Randy Falco, released a statement showing his support for DREAMers, which can be found here: http://bit.ly/2f0a36L.
Univision also released the following PSA with a very important message:
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an unprecedented collaboration of over 70 arts and culture institutions in Southern California, will be the largest single exploration of Latin America and Latino art ever undertaken.
With extensive programs that include exhibitions, performances, and events over the course of four months – from September 2017 through January 2018 – from the region’s largest and most prestigious museums to community-based cultural organizations and university art galleries.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA can be experienced across Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego and From Los Angeles to Palm Springs.
For more information, click here.