-- by Gus West, for The Hill:
March 10, 2016
Once again, the powerful and wealthy pay-TV industry is playing politics with Americans’ access to vital programming in order to pad their pocketbooks. On Friday, March 4, AT&T U-Verse stopped providing Univision’s networks to its millions of subscribers around the United States. While AT&T has agreed to pay market rates to English-language broadcasters, it apparently does not feel it necessary to treat the largest U.S. Spanish-language network, known for its unique relationship and commitment to the Hispanic community, in the same manner.
Indeed, viewers who lost service learned very quickly what AT&T thinks of Spanish-language media. In place of Univision’s networks were notices saying “please enjoy” a few other Spanish-language networks that AT&T carries, as if all Spanish-language networks are interchangeable. Meanwhile, there are Spanish-speaking households across the country who are currently blocked from accessing the Univision networks they pay for and depend upon. These subscribers are turning on their televisions and finding that they cannot watch the content they love and need most, simply because AT&T does not value these paying customers' needs and interests. That is not just bad business – it’s bad ethics.
-- by THI Chairman Gus West, for The Hill:
January 13, 2016
There are few things that Latinos consume more than broadcast news. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 86 percent of Latino adults say that on a typical weekday they get their news from television, and nearly 70 percent say they rely on Spanish language news media. Broadcast news continues to be an integral and positive part of Hispanic families’ daily media diet in this country.
At the Hispanic Institute, we are troubled by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to eliminate long-standing broadcast exclusivity rules – rules that protect TV broadcasters so that they are compensated fairly for the redistribution of their content by cable providers. These regulations also allow the FCC to review complaints by broadcasters that cable companies have violated the terms of these agreements. While the Hispanic Institute supports free enterprise, we also advocate for a fair, competitive marketplace and regulations that help our families – not harm them. Unfortunately, Chairman Wheeler’s proposal falls into the latter category.
--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--
WASHINGTON, D.C. March 18, 2015 -- Hispanics lack adequate access to broadband Internet -- and it's preventing them from matching the economic, educational, and healthcare outcomes of their peers in other ethnic groups, according to a study released today by The Hispanic Institute.
"Without reliable access to the Internet, Hispanics cannot participate fully in American society," said Gus West, President of The Hispanic Institute. "The best job and educational opportunities have moved online. If Hispanics are to take advantage of them, they'll need to follow them into cyberspace."
According to the study, digital engagement is correlated with higher levels of education. Ninety-one percent of Hispanic families with some college use the Internet, compared with 58 percent of those with less than a high school diploma. The latter group's low educational attainment already impedes their employment prospects. A lack of Internet access exacerbates those woes.
The digital divide also hamstrings Hispanics' ability to secure health coverage. The Affordable Care Act's subsidized insurance is only available through HealthCare.gov. Meanwhile, many Hispanics believe that they could be deported if they sign up for coverage through the ACA's exchanges. Combine those two factors, and it's no wonder that nearly 30 percent of Hispanics are uninsured.
"A viable Internet connection remains one of the best ways to secure a step forward in this country," said West. "If Hispanics are to catch up to the economic, educational, and healthcare achievements of their peers, policymakers and the telecommunications industry must take steps to expand Internet access in Hispanic communities."
For more information or to download a copy of "Telecommunications and Hispanics: How Technology can Advance Latino Interests via Education, Health Care and the Economy," please go to www.thehispanicinstitute.org or contact XiNomara Velazquez at (202) 544-8284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Hispanic Institute
The Hispanic Institute is a 501 (c)(3) designated nonprofit organization that provides an effective education forum for an informed and empowered Hispanic America. The Hispanic Institute manages a number of projects including, studies of Hispanic economic contributions, media monitoring, consumer fraud and citizenship education. For more information, please visit www.thehispanicinstitute.org.
For Immediate Release
We are more than pleased that the President has taken this incremental move toward fairness and justice in immigration policy. While we hoped this administration would have acted much earlier, thus sparing pain for countless hard-working families who were dedicated to helping this nation and its residents make a better life, we applaud his determination and encourage him in the battle that lies ahead.
In that vein we welcome the dialogue that this action will provoke. But let us not forget that in terms of constitutional authority this administration has already used executive power to deport two million undocumented immigrants. The Republican opposition will not talk about those deportations because it demonstrates that the President has already done exactly what they have asked. This executive action is a sorely needed corrective measure.
We expect that the order will arouse some not-so-kind sentiments towards immigrants. However, in the end we believe "better angels" will prevail.
Contact: XiNomara Velazquez: (202) 544-8294 email@example.com
Concern about immigration recently tripled, thanks largely to the surge of unaccompanied minors across the nation's southern border, according to the latest Gallup poll. Yet Congress is hopelessly deadlocked over what to do.
Republican leaders have deferred to the most anti-immigrant members of their caucus — who are effectively calling for mass deportations. Democrats, meanwhile, have refused to even discuss immigration until after this fall's election.
This political gamesmanship must end. Our leaders must welcome the immigrants who have made their way here — not just for humanitarian reasons but for economic ones, too.
Since last October, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have entered the United States from Mexico. Most are fleeing Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — three nations wracked by unthinkable levels of gang violence and poverty.
The IHC Group Launches Aspira A Más, Dedicated to Serving Hispanic Communities and Creating Health Insurance Career Opportunities
New Initiative Kicks-Off in Miami and Phoenix with Endorsement from The Hispanic Institute and Celebrity Spokesperson Cynthia Olavarria
Stamford, CT, June 11, 2015 – Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) (“IHC”) today announced the formation of a new sales and marketing division called Aspira A Más, which will create professional career opportunities for Hispanics and will provide much needed major medical and ancillary health insurance products to Latinos living in the United States.
Initially, Aspira A Más will focus on recruiting advisors as well as offering insurance solutions to consumers in Miami and Phoenix, but will soon expand its outreach to Hispanic communities in many other metropolitan areas, including San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Chicago.
IHC also revealed that it has signed Cynthia Olavarria, star of Tierra de Reyes and a former Miss Puerto Rico, to be its spokesperson in a comprehensive social media and digital marketing campaign in conjunction with Telemundo television stations in the two target cities.
The Hispanic Institute, a leading Hispanic American empowerment organization headquartered in Washington D.C., has also recently endorsed Aspira A Más for its efforts to create career opportunities and provide low-cost valuable supplemental health plans, including dental, vision, accident medical, critical illness, short-term medical, as well as advising on ObamaCare plans...
-- from NPR:
Immigration is back on the front burner in the Republican primary.
This past week, at a rally in Orange County, Calif., Donald Trump returned to talking about the wall he wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Meanwhile, outside, there were protesters speaking out against his immigration proposals and carrying Mexican flags.
-- by Ruben Vives, Shelby Grad, Cindy Carcamo & Sarah Parvani, The Los Angeles Times:
The protests outside Donald Trump’s rally in Costa Mesa on Thursday night pose political questions for both demonstration organizers and the presidential candidate as the California primary nears.
-- from The Latin American Herald Tribune:
-- by Cindy Carcamo, Ruben Vines and Corina Knolls, The Los Angeles Times:
As Donald Trump's presidential campaign moves into California, he's being met by a revitalized, youthful Latino-rights movement playing from a different rule book than its predecessors.
Trump faced large and hostile demonstrations outside a rally Thursday night in Costa Mesa and at the Burlingame hotel where he delivered a speech to the California Republican Convention.
-- by Sabrina Tavernese and Robert Gebeloff, The New York Times:
The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found. Immigrants of all backgrounds — including more than a million legal residents who are not citizens — had the sharpest rise in coverage rates.
-- by Kate Linthicum, The Los Angeles Times:
At a recent citizenship fair at the Long Beach Convention Center, more than 3,000 immigrants got free help filling out citizenship applications and practice casting ballots at mock voting booths.
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