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Exactly two years ago today, while I was covering the latest from Puerto Rico, several of my friends shared a report about the island that, according to them, was a “must watch.” It was a segment called “Puerto Rico: The fiscal experiment,” produced by Al Jazeera. To this day, it is still one of the most comprehensive reports I have ever seen about Puerto Rico’s current situation. The piece was journalism at its best: tell the story, include different points of view, and invite viewers to draw their own conclusions.

I was highly impressed, and it was the first time I had ever really noticed the quality of news content Al Jazeera was producing in English.

Fast forward to the end of 2012. I was in New York City hanging with friends in lower Manhattan when I got a call from Washington, D.C. It was an Al Jazeera English producer for a show called “The Stream.” Would I like to be a guest next week to talk about Puerto Rico’s social media activism and the issues surrounding the “La Comay” controversy?


Even though my schedule couldn’t accommodate the invite, I was even more impressed that Al Jazeera English was dedicating time to a story that deeply connected with me and millions of others in the Latino online space. Ever since then, I was hooked to the “The Stream.” The combination of conversation and social media was powerful. Here was the new media “60 Minutes.” I soon found out that many of my friends also loved the show, as well as a huge part of our Latino Rebels community.

This Monday, I start my new job as a Digital Producer for “The Stream.” Having met the show’s core staff and leadership, this decision was an exciting one for me, as well as an easy one to make. Simply stated, “The Stream” fully understands the power of the new media. For example, tomorrow they are running an #OpenEditorial for content and ideas. They believe in amplifying stories that come from the ground up, a belief I have been embracing ever since I started tweeting in 2008 and founded LatinoRebels.com in 2011.

Although the Rebeldes will always be with me, my new position at “The Stream” allows me to expand my talents at a ground-breaking award-winning news show I believe is the future of news media.

And no, I won’t be disappearing from the online world. Quite the contrary. I will do my best to get the stories that matter to “The Stream.” If you ever have a story that you think needs attention, please do not hesitate to contact me via Twitter or Facebook. You know where to find me.

This is going to be an incredible adventure. Something’s coming, for sure.

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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


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.”


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/>.


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.


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


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>.



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


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”.


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./>


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.


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


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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As the growing movement that is #OccupyWallStreet enters its third week, strikers from the University of Puerto Rico, who brought to light issues of civil right violations and police abuse during their struggle in Río Piedras, made an appearance in lower Manhattan this weekend.

In the meantime, #OccupyPuertoRico is scheduled to Saturday October 15 at El Morro in Viejo San Juan.

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So, there is a debt compromise and most of the country is pissed. Hey, democracy isn’t pretty and we do commend the US Congress for actually completing a deal, since we do think about 80% of the United States is pretty middle of the road and logical.

Which brings us to the illogical. FOX NEWS.

Looks like this week’s FOX MESSAGE OF THE WEEK is that the United States cannot be Greece, which is having some economic problems of its own as well as social chaos.

First the video evidence:

This message has been going on at Fox for the last three weeks. And now we will tell FOX a couple of things. First of all, the UNITED STATES WILL NEVER BE GREECE. Leave your fear-mongering and irresponsible reporting alone. Start being freakin responsible.

Case in point:

  1. The Wall Street Journal, which last time we checked is owned by FOX NEWS CORP, basically said that comparing the US to Greece is ridiculous.
  2. The percentage of debt as part of each country’s GDP doesn’t even compare. Greece has a larger percentage of debt than the US.
  3. Greece is a REALLY SMALL COUNTRY with just about 11 million people. The US has over 350 million. Not even close. In the grand scheme of things, Greece is a bit bigger than New York City.
  4. Umm, the Greek GDP is in negative numbers. The US is not.
So FOX NEWS, come on, freaking report the news, and just quit being so damn irresponsible. As if you care.

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We received this letter via email over the weekend and we feel it was to important to now share for several reasons:

  • This whole Ellis Island romanticism is insulting. To say that ALL immigrants from Ellis Island acted this way is just inaccurate.
  • The stupidity of the overgeneralization of current immigrants today. This is so much more complicated that saying the following: “Ellis Island immigrants are the GOOD immigrants, while the new undocumented now are the EVIL, CRIMINAL immigrants.”

BTW, this letter was shared by a Latino. Here it is:

We should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States , people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.

Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French American, the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.


I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation

Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented immigrant’ is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist’

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Today on #LatinoLit we are proud to present the an amazing piece about REAL BORICUA PRIDE by the very talented Efrain Ortiz, Jr. As millions of Puerto Ricans swarm 5th Avenue for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, we as a country, as a people, still stay silent and ignorant of what it is to be BORICUA. ¡Despierta, boricua, coño, despierta!

Efrain Ortiz, Jr.


by Efrain Ortiz, Jr

There are no trinkets to be worn

There are no flags to fly

There is no shouting at the top of my lungs

There is no float I want to see passing by

My pride is deeper than that

Deeper than all the commercialism

Far deeper than the corporate capitalist

Getting rich off the backs of the very same parade viewers

Deeper than the politician waving a flag for support


Vote for me, vote for me…

My pride is deeper than that

To celebrate and show cultural pride

Let it be known; there’s nothing wrong with that

I shouted and waved the same

When I didn’t know from where I came

Not for not wanting, not for want to ignore

One-sided histories made for want of more

And more….

And more…

My pride is deeper than that

There are things that can’t be changed

Like the blood that flows through my veins

Blood that flows like a thousand waving flags

In sync and in harmony

With a heart that pulsates the song of a lone star

Blood with origins in another land

Land once tended by indigenous peoples

Land that gave birth to my forbearers

Etched deep within my pulsating heart

I affirm my identity with that of the forbearers

And proclaim…..my pride is deeper than that.


©Efrain Ortiz Jr.

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Battling miserable March weather and miserable New Yorkers, a dedicated group of people appeared near the New York Athletic Club to protest the administration of Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño. The Republican pro-statehood Fortuño was appearing at the NYAC to speak at a $1,000-plate event sponsored by Office of Puerto Rico in New York. The protest, which was organized through social media, was attended by several Latino activists, and we are fortunate to get a first-hand account from one of them.

Considering the extremely wet and cold weather we are experiencing here in NYC right now, the time of the event and the fact that it was planned at the last minute just after finding out about the Governor’s visit a couple of days ago, it was relatively well-attended. Some might say it was a small crowd of the “usual suspects” and very familiar faces I have seen at PR-related rallies and protests over the years here in the Big Apple, but I saw some new and not-so-familiar faces. The attendance was fluid in the sense that many people came and went passing through, stopping by and showing their faces on their way to work or home from work, and there was a significant flow of individuals who came and went. I would estimate a good 50-75 people were there all the time the protest lasted.

Most of the crowd was there from beginning to end (4:30PM to 6:30PM). The protesters were not allowed to gather right in front of the NY Athletic Club, where Fortuño’s fund-raising event was taking place, but we were forced by authorities to rally across the street and had to keep in constant motion, circling around chanting, holding picket signs and banners and making noise with whistles and cowbells. Authorities did allow Fortuño’s supporters to gather right out front of the NYAC, but throughout the whole time I was there I only saw one person holding a sign I couldn’t even read from where I was and only for a short time in the beginning. There was media present and I expect some TV coverage will be or has been broadcasted somewhere. There was no sign of the Governor of course, since he was well aware that there would be a manifestation today.

Of course I wish there had been hundreds of people there, much more media and more attention or reaction from passerby, but once again, the time, the weather and the fact that New Yorkers are known for their indifference when walking on the street, were major obstacles.

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