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.
This week NHMC welcomed Randy D. Abreu to Washington, DC as its 2013 summer Google fellow. The Google Policy Fellowship program is a highly selective summer employment program through which Google provides stipends to students to work on Internet and technology issues at non-profit organizations, like NHMC.
Originally from The Bronx, New York, Randy was born to parents from the Dominican Republic. His mother came to the United States with hopes of providing an opportunistic experience to her children in a land where the American Dream reigned true. Randy attended the High School of American Studies in the Bronx, one of New York City’s six specialized high schools.
Eva Longoria seems to be carrying some extra weight on her petite shoulders as the Executive Producer for “Devious Maids.” The Lifetime channel show, scheduled to premiere on June 23, has created some buzz and not necessarily all positive. The cause of the flurry is Hollywood’s eternal obsession with the Latina maid stereotype that Latinos are so tired of seeing on the small and big screens.
As a Latina telecommunications attorney, I know a thing or two about operating in different languages. I speak English, Spanish, legalese and telecom jargon, all with varying degrees of proficiency. And I must say, telecom jargon has been the most difficult to learn – just as I think I have it down, technology evolves and I have a whole new list of vocabulary words and acronyms to study.
For instance, AT&T recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to “launch a proceeding concerning the TDM-to-IP transition.” A what concerning the what-to-what what?!? If you did not understand more than half of those words and acronyms, you are not alone.