Progressive Latinos: unite!
There was much talk about the "Latino vote" during and after the 2004 election season, and I just finished reading this article about a website called BlueLatinos.org, set up to be a progressive home for Latinos online. One of the group's first campaigns was to get CNN to fire Lou Dobbs for his continual anti-Latino biased reporting about immigration issues in the US:
"The group's first e-mail campaign focused on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight and its popular host, whom QuiÃƒÂ±onez said fans anti-immigrant sentiment by describing U.S. borders as overrun by undocumented Hispanic immigrants.Their blog tracks everything from issues affecting Latino Americans to latest statistics to general progressive issues... highly recommended reading.
In April, QuiÃƒÂ±onez launched a petition calling on the network to fire Dobbs.
'I would watch it and it would get my blood boiling. I'd talk to my friends about it and they felt the same way. But there was no national response from the traditional groups, so I decided to take on the issue,' QuiÃƒÂ±onez said.
About 3,000 people signed within the first month and Dobbs later invited QuiÃƒÂ±onez to appear on the show, where the two debated the coverage.
While Dobbs remains with CNN, QuiÃƒÂ±onez said he thinks the petition drive convinced the host to invite more Latino political leaders, including Janet Murgia, chief of the National Council of La Raza, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights group, to appear on the show."