On Eve of ‘Latino in America’ Premiere, Nation-Wide Press Events and Public Actions Planned to Demand CNN to Dump Lou Dobbs

WEDNESDAY / 21 OCTOBER / 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2009

Contact – Brandon Hatler, DobbsMustGo@gmail.com


On Eve of ‘Latino in America’ Premiere, Nation-Wide Press Events and Public Actions Planned to Demand CNN to Dump Lou Dobbs

Events scheduled in 18 cities as a result of backlash to the network’s continued hypocritical support of Dobbs


www.bastadobbs.com



NEW YORK –Community leaders, politicians and faith groups in 18 of the top U.S. Hispanic media markets are set to conduct press events and public actions on Wednesday, October 21 in an effort to increase the pressure on CNN to remove Lou Dobbs from its programming.

Calling CNN hypocritical for airing “Latino in America,” an advertising-driven special on Latinos, while at the same time hosting the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Lou Dobbs, the events are part of the BastaDobbs.com campaign, a coalition of Latino organizations from across the country that is led by online advocacy group Presente.org.

“Our message to CNN is clear: You cannot have it both ways. It’s either promotion of hatred by Lou Dobbs or real news regarding the Latino community,” said Isabel Garcia, a prominent civil and human rights attorney in Arizona who is highlighted in the “Latino in America” series and who is also participating in the BastaDobbs.com effort.

The campaign and its partners have collected more than 65,000 signatures on petitions to CNN President Jon Klein. They’ve also produced a video mixing scenes from “Latino in America” with clips of Dobbs’ anti-immigrant rhetoric that has received over 60,000 views in one week. As it has gained steam, the campaign has garnered significant attention from the Spanish-speaking press including La Opinion, El Diario, Univision, and Mexico’s El Universal. 

“Latinos in this country and throughout Latin America are recognizing the two faces of CNN,” said Roberto Lovato, a founding member of Presente.org.  “We won’t allow the network to court us as viewers while, at the same time, they allow Dobbs to spread lies and misinformation about us each night.”

“Lou Dobbs abuses the CNN platform to dehumanize and spread fear about Latinos and immigrants. It is no surprise that hard-working Latinos in this country are increasingly victims of hate-motivated violence,” added Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). “CNN must be accountable to one of the largest minority groups in the United States if it seeks to gain their following and respect”.

On Wednesday, press conferences and local forums on the threat of Lou Dobbs on CNN are planned in AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, MA, NC, NM, NV, NY, and TX.

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM
12 PM NOON @ National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: Omar F. Ahmed
NM Media Literacy Project
ahmed@aa.edu
505-275-0359

ATLANTA, GA
10 AM @ CNN Building Downtown
190 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30303
Contact: Adelina Nicholls
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
anicholls@glahr.org
770-289-4833

BOSTON, MA
11 AM @ Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02133
Contact: Edwin Argueta
Mass Jobs w/ Justice
eargu@juno.com
617-335-9501

CHICAGO, IL
12 PM NOON @ Casa Michoacan
1638 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL 60608
Contact: Oscar Chacón
NALACC
ochacon@nalacc.org
(773) 991-9760

DENVER, CO
12 PM NOON @ Colorado State Capital
200 E Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203
Contact: Vanessa Delgado
Colorado Latino Forum
vanessajdelgado@hotmail.com
720-934-1246

GREENVILLE, NC
12 PM NOON @NCCE Lenoir County Center
1791 Hwy 11/55, Kinston, NC 28504
Contact: Juvencio Rocha-Peralta
Mexican Association of North Carolina
amexcan@gmail.com
252-258-9967

HOUSTON, TX
11:30 AM @Houston City Council
900 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002
Contact: Teodoro Aguiluz
CRECEN
teodoroaguiluz@hotmail.com
281-658-8201

LAS VEGAS, NV
5 PM @ Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional
740 N. Eastern Ave.- Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Luz Marina Mosqueda
Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional
luzmrn4@yahoo.com
702-598-0052 OR 702-885-3512 (cell)

LOS ANGELES, CA
10 AM @ Carecen
2845 West 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005
Contact: Jorge Mario Cabrera
CHIRLA
jmcabrera@chirla.org
562-243-5559

MIAMI, FL
12 PM NOON @ Center for Immigrant Orientation
2610 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33135
Contact:  Carlos Perreira
Center for Immigrant Orientation
carlospcodi@yahoo.com  
786.326.6744.

NEW YORK, NY
4 PM @ CNN Building Downtown
10 Columbus Cir. New York, NY 10023
Contact: Roberto Lovato
robvato@gmail.com
213-820-8424

PHOENIX, AZ
12 PM NOON @  802 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Contact: Carlos Garcia
Tonatierra & PUENTE
Karlox_00@hotmail.com
520-248-1697

SACRAMENTO, CA
12 PM NOON @ Cesar Chavez Plaza Park
J St & 10th St, Sacramento CA 95814
Contact: Efren Gutierrez
Chicano Consortium
efren@chicano.cc
916-870-5034

SAN ANTONIO, TX
12 PM NOON @  Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
922 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212
Contact: Graciela Sanchez
Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice
esperanza@esperanzacenter.org
210-228-0201

SAN DIEGO, CA
12 PM NOON @ Offices of American Friends Service Committee
3275 Market St, San Diego, CA 92102
Contact: Christian Ramirez
American Friends Service Committee
CRAMCAR@YAHOO.COM
619-885-1289

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
12 PM NOON @ Sun Rise Restaurant
3126 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact: Eric Quezada
Dolores Street Community Services
equezada@dscs.org
415-282-6209

TUCSON, AZ
12 PM NOON @ El Tiradito in Old Barrio
on South Main St. between W. Cushing St. & W. Simpson St. Downtown Tucson, AZ 85701
Contact: Isabel Garcia
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos
chita.garcia@yahoo.com
520-891-6169

WASHINGTON DC
Contact: Natali Fani
natali@mateagroup.com
301-442-8459



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