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With the news yesterday that Puerto Rican gubernatorial candidate Alejandro García Padilla of the island’s Popular Democratic Party announced the candidacy of Washington lawyer Rafael Cox Alomar as his party’s choice for Resident Commissioner, the conversation has turned to how a candidate like Cox Alomar, who has no legislative experience, represents a conscious decision by the PPD’s current leadership to maintain the island’s commonwealth (and colonial) relationship with the United States. At at time when the island continues to wrestle with its 113-year-old colonial relationship with a country that invaded it in 1898, the PPD has clearly stated its case: the status quo is the way to go. Why rock the boat. Sure, we are suffering from one of the worst recessions in the history of Puerto Rico, but God Bless the USA, they will see us through this.

Reaction to Cox Alomar’s nomination has, not surprisingly, been partisan in nature. Republican and pro-statehood Governor Luis Fortuño went on record yesterday saying he doesn’t even know who Cox Alomar is, when asked by reporters. Pro-statehood representative José “Pichy” Torres Zamora said he welcomed Cox Alomar’s candidacy, calling him “the Resident Commission candidate that nobody in the Popular Democratic Party wanted.”

Cox Alomar’s position on Puerto Rico’s status is pretty clear: in an essay he wrote in 2010, he was quick to defend the current commonwealth system, and also labeled that those sectors in the island who are pushing for a free associated state outside of the commonwealth arrangement as “neo-independence” believers who are harming the island. As he writes in a piece about the “myths of status:”

What about the neo-independence supporters (who call themselves “sovereign”)? Are you talking about independence in the context of Puerto Rico as a model of free association that already exists in the archipelago of Micronesia?

In his essay, Cox Alomar criticizes the freely associated states of Micronesia as being utter failures, and that creating a Puerto Rican political system will suffer with its own self-funded model, basically suggesting that the island cannot survive without continued financial aid from the United States. In other words, without its colonizer feeding the entitlement machine (Puerto Ricans receive several entitlements from the federal government and has become as classic example of a “welfare nation”), Puerto Rico cannot survive as a country. It is a hard argument to substantiate, since there has never been a case where Puerto Rico has ever been self-sustaining. Once a colony, always a colony.

We argue that Cox Alomar’s position is short-sighted and does not speak to the economic reality that is occurring in Washington these days. When national presidential candidates talk of cutting government spending and the GOP wing of the Congress calls for even more entitlement cuts, there will come a time when Puerto Rico will be on the table. When GOP rhetoric towards US Latinos borders on tinges of hate and ignorance and racism, it is highly unlikely that a new Republican administration will agree that the current economic relationship with Puerto Rico is a good one.

Both Cox Alomar and García Padilla have decided to take their chances on the hope that when push comes to shove, the United States will continue to give Puerto Rico billions and billions of government handouts. In addition, since the position of Resident Commissioner does not even carry a vote in the US Congress, this strategy is just a pipe dream. Without a vote, Puerto Rico is still beholden to the US Congress. That is a risky gamble to take, and it does not speak to the belief that now more than ever, Puerto Rico must take control of its own destiny.

All the law degrees in the world won’t help. In the end, the PPD leadership for the next election is promoting the idea that the status quo is the way to go. Long live colonialism. It is the only thing Puerto Ricans have known for hundreds of years. Why change it now?

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. As the island of Puerto Rico continues to face the challenges of a crumbling economy as well as 113-year-old colonial relationship with the United States, the main opposition to Republican and pro-statehood Governor Luis Fortuño—Alejandro García Padilla of the pro-commonwealth Popular Party (PPD)—continues to lack the political courage to capitalize on a growing sentiment among Puerto Rican voters that the current political system is no longer working.

Today, García Padilla announced his choice for Resident Commissioner, a non-voting member of Congress in Washington, DC. His candidate? Rafael Cox Alomar, whom García Padilla described as a true defender of the “Associated Free State (ELA) and permanent union with the United States.”

As García Padilla stated in an email to supporters today:

Cox Alomar is the ideal person to represent us in Washington. Rafael will go to the Federal Capitol to put the people first. He will not be motivated by ideological agendas or unaccredited status processes. He will go to Washington to create jobs, to improve our security, open up new doors of educational opportunities for our children, and increase health services for our people.

García Padilla’s message is generic and hints at the fact that the PPD there is no urgent need to resolve the island’s political status. It is still colonial in nature and gladly accepts that more of the same thing is the way to go. While Fortuño faced criticism for pushing a two-step plebiscite that would still be non-binding, he at least pushed the envelope, and most would think that it was done out of political desperation since the incumbent is still behind García Padilla in the polls. García Padilla, on the other hand, is clearly running on the fact that going back to a pro-commonwealth administration will solve the island’s ills. But we would argue that Puerto Rico’s next governor needs to be bolder, and unfortunately, García Padilla does not fit that bill.

Cox Alomar, to put it mildly, has no real legislative experience in Washington, having cut his teeth in DC’s private law world. Although his education is highly impressive (Harvard Law School, Oxford), he is certainly not the kind of candidate that Puerto Rico needs right now in Washington. What DC needs is a political shaker, while the Governor takes care of economic matters on the island. Cox Alomar, with his impressive resume, in the end looks like more of the same, just another Washington insider who knows how to play within the system and not outside it.

The timing is ripe to have more political options in Puerto Rico, and that goes for the Puerto Rican Independence Party as well, which still seems to be stuck in 1961.

Here is Cox Alomar’s bio:

RAFAEL COX ALOMAR

Education

Rafael Cox Alomar received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he was a member of the Harvard International Law Journal. Mr. Cox Alomar received a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford (Trinity College) in 2001, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He was awarded a B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University in 1997.

Experience

Mr. Cox Alomar, having practiced for the last six years in some of the most prestigious international law firms in Washington D.C., has represented clients on a wide array of dispute resolution and transactional matters. More specifically, he has acted as counsel on eight international arbitrations before the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) representing, among others, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of the Philippines and Électricité de France. Moreover, Mr. Cox Alomar also acted as co-counsel in the successful representations both of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Rodríguez v. PRFAA, 435 F. 3d 378 (D.C. Cir. 2006) and the Republic of Ecuador in Republic of Ecuador v. Chevron Texaco Corporation, 499 F. Supp. 2d 452 (S.D.N.Y. 2007).

More recently, Mr. Cox Alomar acted on behalf of several multilateral lending institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de la Infraestructura, S.A. (CIFI). Of particular relevance is his co-representation of the IDB in its first ever Yen-denominated loan — which consisted of nineteen billion six hundred million Yen (¥ 19,600,000,000) to finance the capital expenditures of a Brazilian steel conglomerate. This deal closed on March 27, 2009 and received raving reviews in the Latin Lawyer Magazine (Vol. 8, Issue 4).

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Luis A. Delgado Rodriguez, tel. 787-306-4376

The organization Alliance for a Sovereign Free Association (ALAS) of Puerto Rico officially launched the candidacy of attorney and former Puerto Rican Senator José Alfredo (Yeyo) Ortiz Daliot for the still-vacant position of Resident Commissioner of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), noting that this would be the best way to resolve this nomination.

The organization’s president, Prof. Luis A. Delgado Rodriguez, said Ortiz Daliot  is the ideal person for this application because when compared to other candidates, Ortiz Daliot has the best attributes to fill that position. Ortiz Daliot has the qualifications: he has remained a faithful member of the PPD, as a San Juan delegate in the party’s last General Assembly; he was director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Office (PRAFA) for five years; and he knows and has extensive experience in the dynamic world of Washington, being recognized and respected by all federal members of the Republican and Democratic parties. Ortiz Daliot  is also known in the White House, having actively participated in the development of the latest work of the White House’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s status question.

The nomination of Ortiz Daliot for Resident Commissioner was announced on Monday October 24 on a radio show and immediately received broad support from the radio audience and the “New Majority,” the term that being used in Puerto Rico to identify people who support and favor free association.

The ALAS president said that the nomination of Ortiz Daliot  would give the President of the PPD three advantages: first, he would balance the ticket to include a candidate of the New Majority. Second, he would bridge important sectors of the center-left, liberal, autonomous and sovereign sectors of the PPD. In addition, based on Monday’s support , his candidacy would transcend the limits of the Popular Party and receive broad support from all the political sectors of the country.

Faced with this possibility, Ortiz Daliot said on Monday that he would be willing to consider such a nomination if PPD gubernatorial Alejandro García Padilla would support it.

“The end goal is to have the best and most qualified candidate for Resident Commissioner. In this case, we are offering a solution to this problem. Now the [PPD leadership] has the floor.” Ortiz Daliot said.

UPDATE (October 26, 2011): García Padilla has chosen Rafael Cox Alomar to be his candidate.

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Announcement Extends Company”s Ongoing Commitment to Education during its “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” Call to Action Week

Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced it would award $300,000 to students around the nation through its new scholarship program “Becas Univision” (Univision Scholarships). Managed by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), Univision”s new multi-year scholarship program will award scholarships to eligible Hispanic students, as part of the company”s highly successful, multi-platform education initiative, Es el momento (The Moment is Now).

“We are proud to build on Univision”s commitment to education with ”Becas Univision” and provide the leaders of tomorrow another tool essential to their post secondary studies,” said Randy Falco, president and chief executive officer, Univision Communications Inc. “As we look to continue building a solid pipeline of community leaders whose contributions will be instrumental to our country”s prosperity and economic success, this program further underscores the importance of increasing educational attainment.”

“As an extension of Univision”s education efforts to help bridge the education gap affecting our nation, we are thrilled to present ”Becas Univision” and invest in deserving young men and women to help make their college aspirations a reality,” said Cesar Conde, president, Univision Networks.

Beginning in 2012, “Becas Univision” will award scholarships to students around the country. Students of Hispanic origin who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, who have overcome strong obstacles and who are involved in extracurricular activities will be eligible for the scholarship. Additional information and requirements are available online at www.eselmomento.com.

The launch of the new scholarship program was announced on Univision”s morning show “Despierta América” (Wake-Up America) during the company”s first-ever national education week “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” (Educate yourself, The Moment is Now). The seven-day call to action effort (October 16-22, 2011) features a town hall, special programming at the network and local levels, and local workshops and phone banks. The weeklong activities will help better equip Hispanic families with the tools and information they need to successfully navigate the education system and the financial process so they can guide their children to academic success.

The ongoing efforts of organizations from all over the nation have had an impact as Pew Hispanic reports that Hispanic college enrollment spiked by 24 percent between 2009 and 2010. However, despite the increased in college enrollment and Census results indicating the largest population growth in the United States is being driven by the Hispanic community, research indicates that Hispanic students across the country continue lagging behind their peers in graduation rates, college completion and key areas of academic achievement. To counteract this growing education gap, “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” education week, as part of Univision”s Es el momento continued efforts, aims to further increase Hispanic educational attainment and help foster a college bound culture.

For more information, please visit Univision”s Es el momento comprehensive online and mobile website, http://www.eselmomento.com, which serves as a hub for education-related news, tools and resources. The site also features a dedicated section for “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” education week.

About Univision”s Es el momento

Es el momento, launched in February 2010, is Univision”s comprehensive, multi-platform, national education initiative aimed at improving academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students. The initiative focuses on college readiness, high school and college completion, as well as engaging Hispanic parents and the broader community. This effort is conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, community, education and civil rights groups from around the country. Other partners include ASPIRA, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, The College Board and NASA. As the premier media company serving the U.S. Hispanic community, Univision”s mission is to inform, entertain and empower Hispanics. Es el momento builds on Univision”s legacy of supporting the community through the creation of initiatives on issues affecting them, including education, health and civic engagement.

About Univision Communications Inc

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the premier media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 86% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country”s leading Spanish-language cable network, and a suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company”s platforms; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 70 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, a network of national and local online and mobile sites including Univision.com, which continues to be the #1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.univision.net.

Contacts:

Univision Communications Inc.
Carolina V. Valencia, 212-455-4712
cvalencia@univision.net

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Once in a while, surprises happen, and today on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub, Red Sox principal owner John Henry made a surprise visit to the station’s afternoon show with Tony Massarotti and Michael Felger.

(Credit: Mark Bertrand)

“The author of the story has gone on the record as saying we did not participate in that,” Henry told Felger and Massarotti Friday afternoon.

“I don’t condemn Bob Hohler for writing a story,” said Henry. “I condemn personal things coming out… About medication, about someone’s marital life.”

“Blaming me personally for being the person who said those things… that’s why I came here. You’re misleading the public.”

Henry, who is also the principal owner of Liverpool FC, could not confirm who the “team sources” were that provided information about former Red Sox manager Terry Francona’s marital and medical issues. He also did not confirm that an internal meeting to weed out the sources had occurred.

Which leads us to this point: if Henry was so adamant today about how he was being accused, why then did he not go on record BEFORE The Globe story was written and say the article was “reprehensible.”

This is classic PR strategy gone wrong in our opinion. It is clear that Red Sox ownership has been hit hard for The Globe article, and Henry’s appearance on Boston radio today was meant to try and soften the criticism. But as the lead chief of his organization, calling out smear campaigns five days after the fact raises several questions that the Sox should answer. In the meantime, the Sox chaos continues, and Boston fans are the losers here.

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The Latino Rebels are proud to announce that two of its members earned nominations from Latinos in Social Media (#LATISM) community as some of the Best Latinos in social media for 2011. Efrain Nieves, co-founder of P’Alante Latino and a regular contributor to this page, is up for the Best Political Blogger category. Latino Rebels founder, Julio Ricardo Varela, was nominated in the Best Latin@ Micro-Blogger category.

To vote for Efrain and Julito, go to this link: LATISM 2011 Nominees. Voting will continue until October 30, and winners will be announced at the LATISM 2011 awards ceremony during the LATISM annual conference in Chicago.

In addition, Julito’s brother, the amazing Fernando Varela, earned a Best Artist to Use Social Media  to Reach to Latinos. Fernando joins musical legends Willie Colón and Juanes in this category.

Don’t forget to vote!!! Here is the link: LATISM 2011 Nominees.

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I am very excited to be working with Univision this month to help promote its “Edúcate” campaign for “Es el momento.” I have been retained by Univision to help connect with education bloggers who believe in this topic, as well as sharing the content through social media networks. This is one cause that means a lot to me, and thank you to Univision for giving me the opportunity to help them out. They did share this e-release with me that talks about the event:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; Melinda Gates; Former HUD Secretary and Univision Board Member Henry Cisneros; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez; Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; Chairman of the Board for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Raul Romero and Other Leaders Join Univision’s Year Round Efforts to Address National Issue

Weeklong multi-platform roadblock of activities builds on “Es el momento” multi-year education initiative aimed at fostering a college bound culture

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 12, 2011 – As part of Univision Communications’ comprehensive, multiplatform year round education efforts with its Es el momento<http://corporate.univision.com/univision-story/community-relations/es-el-momento/> (The Moment is Now) initiative, the leading media company serving Hispanic America today announced the launch of “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” (Educate yourself…the moment is now!) – a seven-day effort to kick off October 16, 2011. To impact Hispanic educational attainment, an issue at the heart of the economic viability of the country, Univision’s “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” will feature a first-of-its-kind town hall with key leaders, exclusive programming across Univision Networks’ signature shows, and will leverage digital platforms including social media. Furthermore, Univision Local Media TV and Radio stations around the country will broadcast special segments in their newscasts, host workshops and phone banks.

National leaders from across the country participating in Univision-hosted education events include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; Melinda Gates; Former HUD Secretary and Univision Board Member Henry Cisneros; Former U.S.Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez; Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; and Chairman of the Board for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Raul Romero. Other leaders will join efforts to address national education issue.

Launched in February 2010 in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, educators and civic and community leaders from around the country, Es el momento is one element of Univision Communications’ deep relationship with the Hispanic community at large, and its commitment to education. Throughout the year, Es el momento hosts special programming and events that emphasize the five stages of education: pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school and college/continuing studies. Univision’s Education week reinforces and highlights the efforts in place with the Es el momento initiative.

“For Univision, job No. 1 is public service and ‘Es el momento’ builds on our 50-year legacy of serving the Hispanic community,” said Randy Falco, president and chief executive officer, Univision Communications Inc. “Since the launch in 2010 of this multi-platform, multi-year initiative we have dedicated significant resources to connecting parents, students and educators to the tools needed to succeed because we recognize the difference a diploma can make on a family’s life.”

“Education is one of the critical issues facing our nation and based on the demographic growth of Hispanics in the U.S. it is imperative that our community achieves its potential if we want our country to remain competitive in a global economy,” said Cesar Conde,president, Univision Networks. “The collaboration and focus of hundreds of private and public organizations and government entities around ‘Es el momento’ is helping us effectively reverse the under education trend in our community and we know that by increasing the attention and focus during these seven days we will further impact an issue affecting every individual in our country.”

Hispanics now represent the largest minority group in K-12 and are the fastest-growing segment of students; however college completion stands at just 19.2 percent – below the national average of 41.1 percent, according to a report by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

“Bill and I see education as ourfoundation’s highest priority in the United States, because we think it’s the best way to expand opportunity in this country,” said Melinda French Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “It is a crime to dash the dreams and waste the talent of even one Latino student. As a society, we need to set the expectation that all students will get a degree beyond high school with real value in the workplace.”

Kicking-off Univision’s education week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the path to prosperity througheducation is particularly important to our American belief in equality – the notion that anyone, regardless of their background or who their parents are, can thrive through hard work. He added, “America’s future is linked to the Latino community’s future – Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in our Nation’s schools. In celebrating Hispanic EducationalExcellence Week with Univision, as part of their ongoing efforts, we will shine a spotlight on our country’s strength in its diversity. As our future takes shape, we must work to create pathways of opportunity through education for all our nation’s children, especially for our Latino boys and girls.”

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solissaid, “Now truly is the moment for the Latino community to do all it can to focus on the importance of education. I commend Univision on their commitment to spreading the word about this issue and I am very pleased to help celebrate Hispanic Educational Excellence Week. Working together, we can ensure that all children are able to reach their potential and contribute to the future success of our nation.”

UNIVISION COVERAGE PLANS

Special nationwide programming across the Univision Network will include profiles on role models, interviews, expert panel conversations, and segments covering all of the local events taking place throughout the week. Themes include getting youth interested in science and math (STEM), the urgency of college degrees for Hispanics, parental involvement and policy change, navigating financial resources and college applications, among other critical topics.

Stories featured include everything from the story of a Mexican-American at MIT who is the first person in her family to go to college; a look at some Latino math and science prodigies; the story of an 18-year-old Stanford student who came to the U.S. 12 years ago as an undocumented immigrant and went from living in the streets to an Ivy Leagueschool; and celebrities talking about their commitment to education and experience as parents. In addition to special coverage on Univision’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscasts, “Noticiero Univision” and local newscast across the country, these stories and more will be featured on the following Univision programs:

*   “Al Punto” (To the Point) – Sunday, October 16

*   “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic) – Sunday, October 16

*   “¡Mira Quién Baila!” (Look Who’s Dancing!) – Sunday, October 16

*   “Sal y Pimienta” (Salt and Pepper) – Sunday, October 16

*   “Don Francisco Presenta…” (Don Francisco Presents) – Monday, October 17 – Luis Fonsi

*   “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now) – Tuesday, October 18

*   “Sabado Gigante” (Giant Saturday) – Saturday, October 22

*   “Despierta América” (Wake-Up America) – Monday-Friday, October 17-21

*   “El Gordo y La Flaca” (The Scoop and The Skinny) – Monday-Friday, October 17-21 Elizabeth Gutierrez and Geraldine Bazan

*   “Primer Impacto” (First Impact) – Monday-Friday, October 17-21

*   “Noticiero Univision” (Univision News) – Monday-Friday, October 17-21 (at both 6:30 and 11:30 p.m.)

*   Local newscasts – Monday-Friday, October 17-21 (at both 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.)

*   “Protagonistas, El Reality” (Novela Stars, the Reality) – Esai Morales

Additionally, a town hall special will air on Saturday, October 22, featuring:

*   Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

*   Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

*   Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez

*   Dr. Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College

*   Dr. Fernando Reimers, Harvard University

The town hall will also be streamed live online at www.eselmomento.com<http://www.eselmomento.com>.

Univision Network personalities will share their perspective as parents, students and immigrants to help serve as role models for the community. Barbara Bermudo, Felix de Bedout, Raul de Molina, Don Francisco, Lili Estefan, Satcha Pretto, Karla Martinez, Maria Elena Salinas and Pamela Silva Conde will be profiled in news segments sharing their experiences andproviding advice to parents and students. The video testimonials from Univision personalities will be featured on the Es el momento site<http://www.eselmomento.com/>.

LOCAL EFFORTS

In addition to local reports, interactive coverage and community events, Univision’s local stations will host workshops addressing important issues and will provide tools and resources for communities in various markets, including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Twelve Univision affiliates will host phone banks to answer parent and student questions about how to finance a college education.

INTERACTIVE

Univision’s Es el momento comprehensive online and mobile website, www.eselmomento.com<http://www.eselmomento.com/>, serves as a hub for education-related news, tools and resources. The site will feature a dedicated section for  “¡Edúcate, Es el momento!” education week with video from Univision shows and specials, and a new College Calculator presented in partnership with College Board that helps parents and students plan ahead and save for college. The site will also feature a calendar of events, workshop and phone bank information, custom education pieces from experts and bloggers, and more. Furthermore, Es el momento on Facebook<http://facebook.com/eselmomento> and Twitter<http://www.twitter.com/eselmomento> will serve as an added resource for communities across the country, in addition to education-related locations featured on Univision’s Foursquare page<http://www.foursquare.com/univision> that provide resources in several cities.

To complement the call to action element of the weeklong activities, a special theme song titled “Educate, Es el momento,” written by musician-composer-singer Manuela Mejia will aim to inspire and empower students across the nation. An original Univision production, the “Educate, Es el momento” music video will premiere on the Univision Network on October 14. The song will also be featured in Univision’s education specials and town hall, and in future education projects.

Univision’s weeklong roadblock of activities will culminate with “La Feria, Es el momento” education fair in Los Angeles on October 22 at California State University,Dominguez Hills.

CONTACT:  Carolina V. Valencia

(212) 455-4712

cvalencia@univision.net<mailto:cvalencia@univision.net>

About Univision’s Es el momento

Es el momento, launched in February 2010, is Univision’s comprehensive, multi-platform, national education initiative aimed at improving academic achievement amongK-12 Hispanic students. The initiative focuses on college readiness, high school and college completion, as well as engaging Hispanic parents and thebroader community. This effort is conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, community, education and civil rights groups from around the country. Other partners include ASPIRA, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, The College Board and NASA. As the premier media company serving the U.S. Hispanic community, Univision’s mission is to inform, entertain and empower Hispanics. Es el momento builds on Univision’s legacy of supporting the community through the creation of initiatives on issues affecting them, including education, health and civic engagement.

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the premier media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic households;TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 86% of U.S. Hispanichouseholds; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leadingSpanish-language cable network, and a suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 70 radiostations in major U.S. Hispanicmarkets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, a network of national and local online and mobile sites including Univision.com<http://www.univision.com/>, which continues to be the #1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net<http://www.univision.net>.

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UNIVISION LANZA “¡EDÚCATE, ES EL MOMENTO!”, UNA INICIATIVA SIN PRECEDENTE, DE SIETE DÍAS DE DURACIÒN, PARA HACER UN LLAMADO A LA ACCIÓN Y FOMENTAR AÚN MÁS LOS LOGROS EDUCACIONALES DE LOS HISPANOS

El Secretario de Educación de EE.UU., Arne Duncan; la Secretaria del Trabajo de EE.UU., Hilda Solís; Melinda Gates; el Exsecretario del HUD y miembro de la junta directiva de Univision, Henry Cisneros; el Exsecretario de Comercio de EE.UU., Carlos Gutiérrez; el Exgobernador de la Florida, Jeb Bush; el Alcalde de la Cuidad de Nueva York, Michael R. Bloomberg; el Alcalde de Chicago, Rahm Emanuel; el Alcalde de Los Ángeles, Antonio Villaraigosa; el Presidente de Miami DadeCollege, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; el Presidente de la Junta Directiva del Hispanic ScholarshipFund, Raúl Romero y otros líderes se unen a los esfuerzos continuos de Univision para abordar este importante tema

Esta semana de actividades en multiplataformas complementa la iniciativa multianual de educación “Es el momento”, destinada a promover una cultura con aspiraciones universitarias

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NUEVA YORK, NY – 12 DE OCTUBRE, 2011 – Como parte de la campaña educativa multianual en multiplataformas de Univision Communications, Es el momento<http://corporate.univision.com/univision-story/community-relations/es-el-momento/> la principal compañía de medios de comunicación al servicio de la comunidad hispana en Estados Unidos anunció hoy el lanzamiento de “¡Edúcate, es el momento!”, una iniciativa de siete días de duración que comenzará el 16 de octubre de 2011. Para impactar el éxito académico de los hispanos, un tema vital para la viabilidad económica del país, “¡Edúcate, es el momento!” presentará un foro comunitario único en su estilo, con importantes líderes en el tema de la educación; programación exclusiva en los programas principales de las cadenas de Univision; y contenido en plataformas digitales, incluyendo los medios sociales. Además, las estaciones de radio y televisión de Univision Local Media en todo el país transmitiránsegmentos especiales en sus noticieros, realizarán talleres y tendrán líneas telefónicas especiales para contestar preguntas del público.

Entre los líderes nacionales que participarán en los eventos realizados por Univision están el Secretario de Educación de EE.UU., Arne Duncan; la Secretaria del Trabajo de EE.UU., Hilda Solís; Melinda Gates; el Exsecretario del HUD y miembro de la junta directiva de Univision, Henry Cisneros; el Exsecretario de Comercio de EE.UU., Carlos Gutiérrez; el Exgobernador de la Florida, Jeb Bush; el Alcalde de la Cuidad de Nueva York, Michael R. Bloomberg; el Alcalde de Chicago, Rahm Emanuel; el Alcalde de Los Ángeles, Antonio Villaraigosa; el Presidente de Miami DadeCollege, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; y el Presidente de la Junta Directiva del Hispanic ScholarshipFund, Raúl Romero. Otras figuras prominentes se unirán a los esfuerzos para tratar el tema de la educación.

Lanzada en febrero de 2010 en sociedad con la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, el Departamento de Educación de EE.UU., educadores y líderes comunitarios ycívicos de todo el país, la campaña Es el momento es un elemento importante de la profunda relación de Univision Communications con la comunidad hispana en general, y de su compromiso con la educación. A lo largo del año, Es el momento presenta programación y eventos especiales que enfatizan las cinco etapas de la educación: preescolar, primaria, intermedia, secundaria y universidad/estudios continuados. La semana de la educación refuerza y destaca los esfuerzos que se hacen durante todo el año a través de la iniciativa Es el momento.

“Para Univision, la tarea No. 1 es el servicio público, y ‘Es el momento’ construye sobre nuestro historial de 50 años de servicio a la comunidad hispana”, dijo Randy Falco, presidente y director ejecutivo, Univision Communications Inc. “Desde el lanzamiento en 2010 de esta iniciativa multianual en multiplataformas, hemos dedicado importantes recursos a conectar a los padres, estudiantes y educadores con las herramientas que necesitan para triunfar, porque reconocemos la diferencia que un diploma puede hacer en la vida de una familia”.

“La educación es uno de los temas más críticos que enfrenta nuestra nación, y dado el crecimiento demográfico de los hispanos en Estados Unidos, es imperativo que nuestra comunidad realice su potencial si queremos que nuestro país se mantenga competitivo en una economía global”, declaró Cesar Conde, presidente de las Cadenas Univision. “La colaboración y enfoque de cientos de organizaciones privadas y públicas y entidades gubernamentales en torno a ‘Es el momento’ nos está ayudando a revertir la tendencia a la sub educación en nuestra comunidad, y sabemos que al aumentar la atención sobre este tema durante estos siete días podremos tener un impacto aun mayor en un asunto que afecta a cada individuo en nuestro país”.

Actualmente los hispanos conforman el mayor grupo minoritario en los grados K-12 y son el segmento estudiantil de más rápido crecimiento. Sin embargo, su tasa de graduación universitaria está en 19.2 por ciento – por debajo del promedio nacional de 41.1 por ciento, según un reporte de la organización CollegeBoard Advocacy & Policy Center.

“Bill y yo vemos la educación como la mayor prioridad de nuestra fundación en los Estados Unidos porque opinamos que es la mejor manera de aumentar las oportunidades en este país”, expresó Melinda French Gates, copresidenta de la junta directiva de Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Es un crimen acabar con los sueños y desperdiciar el talento de aunque sea un solo estudiante latino. Como sociedad, debemos crear la expectativa de que todos los alumnos obtendrán un grado superior a la secundaria, con valor real dentro del mercado laboral”.

Al dar inicio a la semana de la educación de Univision, el Secretario de Educación de EE.UU., Arne Duncan, dijo que el camino a la prosperidad a través de la educación es particularmente importante para nuestra creencia en la igualdad – el concepto de que todos, sin importar sus antecedentes ni quiénes son sus padres, pueden avanzar y triunfar trabajando duro. El añadió, “El futuro de Estados Unidos está unido al futuro de la comunidad latina; los hispanos son el grupo minoritario más grande y de más rápido crecimiento en las escuelas de nuestro país. Al celebrar la Semana de la Excelencia Educativa Hispana con Univision, como parte de sus esfuerzos continuos, destacaremos la fortaleza de nuestro país en su diversidad. Mientras forjamos nuestro futuro, debemos crear caminos de oportunidad a través de la educación para todos los niños del país, especialmente los latinos”.

La Secretaria del Trabajo de EE.UU., Hilda Solís dijo. “Éste es realmente el momento para que la comunidad latina haga todo lo posible por concentrarse en la importancia de la educación. Felicito a Univision por su compromiso de regar la voz sobre este tema, y me siento muy complacida de ayudar a celebrar la Semana de la Excelencia Educativa Hispana”. “Trabajando juntos, podemos asegurarnos de que todos los niños puedan realizar su potencial y contribuir al éxito futuro de nuestro país”.

PLANES DE COBERTURA DE UNIVISION

La programación especial en la Cadena Univision a nivel nacional incluirá biografías de personas ejemplares, entrevistas, discusiones de panel con expertos, y segmentos sobre todos loseventos locales que se realizarán a lo largo de la semana. Algunos de los temas que se tratarán serán: lograr que los jóvenes se interesen por las ciencias y las matemáticas; la importancia y urgencia del diploma universitario para los hispanos; la participación de los padres en la educación de sus hijos; los cambios de política educativa; los recursos de ayuda económica y las solicitudes de admisión a las universidades; y otros asuntos vitales.

Habrá diversos reportajes, incluyendo la historia de una alumna mexicoamericana de MIT que es la primera persona en su familia que estudia en una universidad; prodigios latinos de las ciencias y las matemáticas; un alumno de Stanford de 18 años que llegó a Estados Unidos hace 12 años como inmigrante indocumentado y pasó de vivir en las calles a estudiar en una universidad élite; y celebridades que hablan sobre su compromiso con la educación y sus experiencias como padres. Además de la cobertura especial en los noticieros nacionales vespertinos, nocturnos y de fin de semana de la Cadena Univision, “Noticiero Univision”, y en noticieros locales en todo el país, estos reportajes y muchos otros podrán verse también en los siguientes programas de Univision:

*   “Al Punto” – Domingo, 16 de octubre

*   “República Deportiva” – Domingo, 16 de octubre

*   “¡Mira Quién Baila!”– Domingo, 16 de octubre

*   “Sal y Pimienta” – Domingo, 16 de octubre

*   “Don Francisco Presenta…” – Lunes, 17 de octubre – Luis Fonsi

*   “Aquí y Ahora”– Martes, 18 de octubre

*   “Sábado Gigante” – Sábado, 22 de octubre

*   “Despierta América” – Lunes, a viernes, 17-21 de octubre

*   “El Gordo y La Flaca” – Lunes, a viernes, 17-21 de octubre – Elizabeth Gutiérrez y Geraldine Bazán

*   “Primer Impacto” – Lunes a viernes, 17-21 de octubre

*   “Noticiero Univision” – Lunes a viernes, 17-21 de octubre (a las 6:30 y 11:30 p.m.)

*   Noticieros locales – Lunes a viernes, 17-21 de octubre (a las 6:00 y 11:00 p.m.)

*   “Protagonistas, El Reality” – Esai Morales

Adicionalmente, un foro comunitario especial se transmitirá el sábado, 22 de octubre, con la participación de:

*   Secretario de Educación Arne Duncan

*   Secretaria del Trabajo Hilda Solís

*   Exsecretario de Comercio Carlos Gutiérrez

*   Dr. Eduardo Padrón, Presidente de Miami Dade College

*   Dr. Fernando Reimers, Universidad de Harvard

El foro comunitario también estará disponible vía streaming en vivo por www.eselmomento.com.

Algunas personalidades de la Cadena Univision compartirán sus puntos de vista como padres, estudiantes e inmigrantes para ayudar a servir de ejemplo para la comunidad. Bárbara Bermudo, Félix de Bedout, Raúl de Molina, Don Francisco, Lili Estefan, Satcha Pretto, Karla Martínez, María Elena Salinas y Pamela Silva Conde aparecerán en segmentos noticiosos, hablando de sus experiencias personales y ofreciendo consejos a padres y alumnos. Los videos de las personalidades de Univision estarán en la página web de Es el momento.<http://www.eselmomento.com./>

ESFUERZOS LOCALES

Además de reportajes locales, cobertura interactiva y eventos comunitarios, las estaciones locales de Univision realizarán talleres para tratar temas de gran importancia y proporcionar herramientas y recursos a la comunidad. Estos talleres comunitarios se llevarán a cabo en Chicago, Dallas, Los Ángeles, Miami y Nueva York. Doce estaciones afiliadas a Univision tendrán líneas telefónicas especiales para contestar preguntas de padres y alumnos sobre cómo financiar una carrera universitaria.

INTERACTIVO

El sitio integral de la campaña de Univision  Es el momento, en línea y móvil, www.eselmomento.com<http://www.eselmomento.com> es el centro principal de noticias, herramientas y recursos relativos a la educación. El sitio incluirá una sección dedicada a la semana de “¡Edúcate, es el momento!” con videos de los programas y especiales de Univision, y una nueva Calculadora Universitaria, presentada en sociedad con College Board, que ayuda a los padres y alumnos a planificar sus ahorros para la universidad. La página también tendrá un calendario de eventos, información sobre los talleres y las líneas telefónicas, artículos sobre laeducación  escritos por expertos y blogueros, y mucho más. Es el momento en Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/eselmomento> y Twitter<http://www.twitter.com/eselmomento> servirá de recurso adicional para comunidades en todo el país, además de lugares relacionados con la educación que aparecen en la página Foursquare<http://www.foursquare.com/univision> de Univision y que proporcionan recursos en varias ciudades.

Para complementar el llamado a la acción que se hará mediante las actividades planeadas durante la semana, un tema musical especial titulado “Edúcate, es el momento” y compuesto por el cantautor Manuel Mejía procurará inspirar y empoderar a los estudiantes en todo el país. El video musical original producido por Univision, “Edúcate, es el momento”, se estrenará por la Cadena Univision el viernes 14 de octubre. La canción también se escuchará en los especiales sobre educación de Univision, en el foro comunitario, y en futuros proyectos relacionados con la educación.

La semana de actividades de Univision culminará con “La Feria – Es el momento”, una feria dedicada al tema de la educación que tendrá lugar en Los Ángeles, el sábado 22 de octubre, en California State University, Dominguez Hills.

CONTACTO:           Carolina V. Valencia

(212) 455-4712

cvalencia@univision.net<mailto:cvalencia@univision.net>

Sobre Es el momento de Univision

Es el momento es la iniciativa educativa nacional en multiplataformas de Univision, lanzada en febrero de 2010 con el propósito de ayudar a mejorar el rendimiento académico de los alumnos hispanos de kindergarten a duodécimo grado. La iniciativa hace énfasis específico en aumentar los índices de graduación de secundaria, preparación preuniversitaria y culminación de los estudios universitarios entre estudiantes hispanos, y en involucrar a los padres hispanos, y a la comunidad en general, en ese esfuerzo. La campaña se realiza en conjunto con la Fundación Bill & Melinda Gates, el Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos y grupos comunitarios, educativos y de derechos civiles en todo el país. Entre otros socios están ASPIRA, HispanicScholarship Fund y NASA. Siendo la principal empresa de medios de comunicación que sirve a la comunidad hispana, la misión de Univision es informar, entretener y potenciar a los hispanos. Es el momento se suma al legado de Univision de apoyo a iniciativas de importancia para la comunidad hispana, incluyendo aquéllas relacionadas con la educación, la salud y la participación cívica.

Acerca de Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI por sus siglas en inglés) es la principal empresa de medios de comunicación al servicio de lacomunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos. Sus activos incluyen: la Cadena Univision, una de las cinco principales cadenas televisivas de Estados Unidos, independientemente del idioma, y la cadena de televisión de habla hispana de mayor sintonía en el país, que llega al 97% de los hogares hispanos en EE.UU.; TeleFutura, una cadena de televisión en español de interés general, que llega al 86% de los hogares hispanos en EE.UU.; y Univision Cable Networks, que incluye a Galavisión, cadena líder de televisión por cable en español en el país, y al conjunto de seis señales de cable compuesto por De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit y Clásico TV; Univision Studios, productor y coproductor de “reality shows”, series dramáticas y otros formatos de programación para las plataformas de la compañía; Univision Local Media, división que es propietaria u operadora de 62 estaciones de televisión y 70 emisoras de radio en los principales mercados de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, una red de sitios nacionales y locales de Internet y telefonía móvil, incluyendo a Univision.com<http://www.univision.com/>, el portal de Internet en español más visitado por los hispanos en Estados Unidos, Univision Móvil, líder en la industria de la telefonía móvil desde hace años, que ofrece servicios y productos móviles únicos y relevantes, y Univision Partner Group, una red especializada en anunciantes y editores. Con sede corporativa en la ciudad de Nueva York, UCI opera sus cadenas de televisión desde Miami y tiene estaciones de televisión y radio, además de oficinas de ventas, en las principales ciudades de Estados Unidos. Para más información, por favor visite www.univision.net.

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