In an open letter addressed to Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales denounced a recent segment that called the children of immigrants “children of the corn,” emphasizing that this is only the latest instance in Fox News’ long history of anti-immigrant and anti-Latino hate speech.
Open Letter to Roger Ailes, CEO and Chairman of Fox News Channel
Dear Mr. Ailes:
The Fall 2013 TV season has started, and we’re excited to see the many Latino actors and actresses on-screen in new and returning shows.
Every year, we get more Latinos both in front and back of camera, and though there remains a lot of work to be done, this is something worth recognizing. The following are shows we like from this season (as well as some you may have missed that premiered this summer).
List of NHMC’s Favorites for the Fall 2013 Television Season:
Pedro A. Avila is from East Los Angeles, California. His parents are both Mexican immigrants. His mother is from Merida, Yucatan, and his father from Mexicali. Pedro’s parents migrated to the U.S. for greater opportunity, and to provide their children with a better life. Pedro has always been committed to aiding his community.
This week, September 9-15 is National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week. In observance, NHMC — along with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The New America Foundation, the National Consumer Law Center, the United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc., and the Media Action Grassroots Network — will co-host two events Thursday, September 12 that are open to media and the community, bringing together advocates and policymakers to discuss the importance of the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program.
The 2010 census and the last Presidential election made it clear that the U.S. Latino population can no longer be ignored. This is truly an exciting time for Latinos in media and for NHMC’s work to increase Latino employment—on-screen and behind-the-scenes—in the entertainment industry, increase positive portrayals of Latinos in news and entertainment media, and advocate for telecommunications policies that benefit Latinos and other people of color.
For 11 years, NHMC’s Local Impact Awards has been honoring Southern California media professionals and entities, as well as public servants and community leaders, whose achievements, generosity of spirit, and courage under fire have greatly benefited the region’s Latino community.
Yesterday the New York Times published an excellent piece by departing Ford Foundation President, Luis Ubinas, noting the need to prepare our classrooms and our children for 21st century digital learning. Today I am happy to share this piece with NHMC readers:
On June 6, at a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., President Obama set a goal of high-speed Internet in nearly every public school in America in five years. It was a bold and needed pronouncement — except that in 1996 President Clinton said virtually the same thing, calling for libraries and classrooms to be “hooked up to the Information Superhighway by the year 2000.”
Much has been made in the media over the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, which helps make telephone service more affordable for poor families. Most of the media coverage, however, has been slanted and misleading.
Last month I testified at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Communications and Technology titled “The Lifeline Fund: Money Well Spent?” My testimony provided a factual account of the history of the Lifeline program and the ways in which it is bettering lives today.