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This week NHMC welcomed Jonathan Diaz, a rising second-year Harvard Law School student, to Washington, DC as its summer 2014 Google Policy 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.
Read more about NHMC’s policy work here.
This week a federal appeals court gutted a large portion of the Federal Communications Commission’s “network neutrality” rules. This blog post will explain what the network neutrality rules accomplished, and what the court decision means for those of us that care about the well-being of Latinos and other people of color. To learn more about NHMC’s work to restore the open internet, visit: www.nhmc.org/openinternet.
Network Neutrality, defined
Studies from the last few years have shown that Latinos lead the way in terms of support for LGBT issues in this country. But all communities have a long way before we can really say that our LGBT family members are fully accepted, respected and included; as evidenced by the fact that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and of those, 26% are Latino. In other words, homeless youth are disproportionately LGBT, and homeless LGBT youth are disproportionately Latino.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month and as a new mother I feel more inclined than ever to celebrate the important role that women have played and continue to play in shaping this country. Of course many of these amazing women never were and likely never will be in the public eye and will be celebrated only by those that surround them in their personal and professional lives. Others still, have contributed by serving this country in elected or appointed government positions, and those are the ladies that I will focus on today.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Board of Directors has approved the organization’s 2013 Policy Priorities. NHMC’s ambitious agenda includes the following goals:
Responsible and Inclusive Media
Latinos now comprise over 16% of the U.S. population and represent the fastest growing voting bloc. Yet the media is way behind in its inclusion of and rhetoric towards Latinos. NHMC will push for policies and industry practices to infuse the media industry with more Latino owners, employees and expert commentators. NHMC will educate advertisers and media companies about the need for responsible portrayals of Latinos, and it will empower concerned Latinos to stand up for responsible media in their local communities.
This semester NHMC is pleased to be hosting two outstanding lawyers-in-training as part of its legal internship program. You have already met Liz Ruiz, and today I write to introduce you to Brenda Montes. Brenda recently graduated from the UCLA School of Law. In August she completed the California bar exam and she is now awaiting her results.
Consistent with our mission to increase the number of Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry, NHMC warmly welcomes Elizabeth Ruiz to the team as part of our Fall 2011 legal internship program. NHMC’s legal internship program celebrated its first anniversary this summer. Its purpose is twofold: to bolster NHMC’s legal research capacity and, more importantly, to prepare aspiring Latino lawyers to practice media and telecommunications policy.
Elizabeth comes to NHMC with a very impressive background. She recently started her final year at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2006, and then spent the subsequent three years working as a news assistant and staff writer at The State newspaper in Columbia, SC. Aside from her journalism background, Elizabeth brings to NHMC her valuable experiences interning for FCC Commissioner Clyburn and as a Google Policy Fellow at Media Access Project.