UPDATE: Due to difficulties, we won’t be able to live-stream the event today, but the Center for American Progress will. Please click here to go to the event’s web page to watch in real-time, and stay tuned to our twitter page for live updates.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) and America’s Voice will be hosting a panel entitled “Spanish-Language Media and the Issues that Move Latino Voters” this coming Monday, February 28, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm EST at CAP headquarters in Washington, DC. The event will feature María Elena Salinas, Co-Anchor for Noticiero Univisión; Teresa E. Frontado, Online Editor for El Nuevo Herald; Henrik Rehbinder, Editorial editor for La Opinión; and Samuel Orozco, Executive Producer and Host of “Línea Abierta” on Radio Bilingüe.
Here’s a description of the event from CAP’s website:
Latinos constitute the second-largest group in the United States today and it is expected that by the year 2050 they will make up one-third of the U.S. population. Spanish-dominant voters, traditionally swing voters, have played a pivotal role in increasing the political participation of Latinos and were a key segment to drive up turnout in the 2008 and 2010 elections.
Spanish-language media has an unprecedented reach and influence into this segment of the population and as such will keep this community informed as Congress considers legislation that deeply affects the Latino community. Whether it is job creation, education and health care reform, or immigration-related legislation, Spanish-language media holds a front seat to the political and policy debate and through them the Latino community will be privy to the optics, discourse, and substance of the issues.
Spanish-Language media has used their influence to highlight the most egregious acts being committed by our politicians, many of whom have shown notorious resolve on being bad on issues important to Latino voters. On December 18, 2010, Univision and Telemundo broadcast the Senate DREAM Act Vote live to their viewers nation-wide, allowing their rapidly-expanding viewership (of millions) to see first-hand which Senators voted for and against America’s future.
For the many of you who won’t be able to join us at the event, tune in here on Monday for a live-stream of the event, or catch up with our tweets (because we’ll be live-tweeting, too) on our twitter page.