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GALEO and The Hispanic Institute Partner to Ensure Strong Latino Voter Turnout in Georgia

Focusing on voter engagement and mobilization, GALEO and the Hispanic Institute have once again partnered to ensure the Latino electorate in Georgia will turn out to vote in the 2016 election cycle.

In 2003, the Latino electorate in Georgia only accounted for approximately 10,000 voters. According to a CNN analysis, the Latino electorate in Georgia is 330,000 strong in potential for the presidential election this year. Additionally, a recent analysis of the voter registration data provided by the Georgia Secretary of State indicated a surge in minority voter registrations statewide. Latinos lead statewide with an impressive 46.2% voter registration increase since last year (White registration rose 15%, black registration rose 20.5%, and Asian registration rose 40.7%).

The Hispanic Institute Launches Bilingual PSA for Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign

The key to reaching Hispanic voters? Speak both their languages!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22) -- Today, The Hispanic Institute launched a bilingual public service announcement video encouraging Hispanics to vote in this November's midterm elections. The video -- which transitions seamlessly between English and Spanish -- is part of the Institute's 2014 Get-Out-The-Vote campaign.

Our Responsibility to Vote! from Aalia Network on Vimeo.

"America's 54 million Hispanics owe it to themselves and their families to make their voices heard at the polls this November," said Gus West, Board Chair of The Hispanic Institute. "Our video appeals to Hispanic Americans' sense of civic duty -- whatever their preferred language may be."

Historically, Hispanics have been under-represented politically. That's largely because they've voted at rates 25 percent lower than blacks and whites.

The Hispanic Institute's video aims to change that. And reaching Hispanics requires bilingual outreach. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts the use of Spanish as the primary language will decrease among Hispanics in the coming years. Already, a quarter of Hispanic Americans speak only English at home.

The Hispanic Institute is looking to air its Get-Out-The-Vote video in five states with the most competitive elections this fall: Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, and Iowa.

"With the mid-term elections just six weeks away, Hispanics have a historic chance to influence policy on the issues that matter most to them," said West. "Our campaign will call on them to seize that opportunity."

AT&T U-Verse Holds Univision Programming Hostage

-- 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. 

How an FCC Proposal Could Hurt Latinos

-- 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.

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Digital Divide Dampens Hispanic Impact in the U.S.


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."

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The Hispanic Institute's Statement on President Barack Obama's Executive Order on Immigration Policy

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


Texas Sees a Surge in Latino Voters

-- by R.G. Ratcliffe, Texas Monthly:

Throughout this election, I’ve been skeptical that Hillary Clinton could carry Texas, even as polls suggested the gap in support between her and Donald Trump is closing. But there is a wild card that might make it possible: There are 532,000 more registered Hispanic surname voters this year than in 2012.

Arizona: Arpaio Officially Charged with Criminal Contempt Amid Re-election Race

-- by Jacques Billeaud, The Associated Press:

The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has been charged with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case, leaving the 84-year-old lawman in a tough spot two weeks before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term.

The U.S. Department of Justice promised two weeks ago that it would prosecute Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn't officially filed against him until Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.

As Florida Early Voting Begins 99% More Latinos Have Voted Than At Same Time in 2012

-- by Adrian Carrasquillo, Buzzfeed News:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is touting a substantial 99% increase in Latino voting in Florida compared to this point in 2012, with 133,000 Hispanics already casting their ballot in the state, as part of its major focus on getting its base to vote early in key swing states.

Registered Latino Voters at Record High of More Than 16M, National Group Says

-- by Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino:

The estimated number of registered Latino voters for this presidential election is a record 16.2 million, according to a national bipartisan group that analyzes the Latino electorate.

Latino Immigrants Are Changing the Politics of.... Nebraska!

-- by David Bacon, The American Prospect:

If the winds of political change are starting to blow in Nebraska, the center of the storm is a third-floor office on 24th Street in South Omaha. There, huge maps of eight targeted precincts in Ward 4 line the walls of the Heartland Workers Center (HWC), covered in red dots for all the people organizers have spoken with over the past six months. Little stickers highlight the key issues in each neighborhood. 

Nevada: The One State Where Latinos Don't Hate Donald Trump

-- by Tim Mak, The Daily Beast:

Irma Aguirre sat defiantly in her elegant, upscale Mexican restaurant—the oldest one in Sin City—and began defending the man many Latinos believe is indefensible.

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