Los Angeles Elections: Who’s left out? – The Greenlining Institute

From Alberto Avalos
Claiming Our Democracy Fellow, Greenlining Institute
Former Field Director, Pleitez for LA Mayoral Campaign
Odd-year Elections

ALBERTO AVALOS SPEAKING TO A RESIDENT IN BOYLE HEIGHTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LOS ANGELES 2013 MAYORAL ELECTION

Recently, Greenlining has been looking into cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco that hold their municipal elections in odd years, and what that timing does to voter turnout.

While analysts can sit and ponder what all of the data suggest, I can tell you that odd-year elections hurt low-income voters and communities of color the most. Why? Because during the 2013 mayoral campaign in Los Angeles I led a team of organizers that knocked on over 100,000 doors and made over 250,000 calls to voters all over the L.A.  So I know first-hand that odd-year elections only confuse voters.

I can’t tell you how many voters yelled over the phone or from behind their screen door: “You want me to vote again?!” or “Ya vote por el Obama!” (I already voted for Obama). While some find this amusing, I find it absolutely unacceptable. Having reached out to voters twelve hours a day, seven days a week for ten months in the community I grew up in, I can put a face to the data. Sadly, each and every one of those faces is a person of color. My community.

I mentioned in my last post that we live in a bit of a bubble here in California, because in other states voter suppression is a lot more obvious. However, these less blatant election practices are just as harmful to our democracy. One-fourth of the electorate in second biggest city in the nation is electing the top leaders of Los Angeles.

Fortunately, one week after our report showing that odd-year elections result in lower voter turnout and cost taxpayers more money, the city of Los Angeles proposed a Municipal Elections Reform Commission that would, among other possibilities, “explore such ideas as changing the date of city elections…” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. I am hopeful and optimistic about Los Angeles leader’s first step to ensure that all communities have access to our democracy, because, like Greenlining’s Claiming our Democracy program, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti holds similar values: “City Hall works better when we the people’s voice is strong,” he told the L.A. Times.

Los Angeles, as dear as I hold you in my heart, there is no excuse for suppressing any community’s voice. Let’s get it together and continue to show the world why L.A. is so great. Then, maybe, other cities will follow.

Los Angeles Elections: Who’s left out? – The Greenlining Institute.

HHF, US Army, CVS Caremark, ExxonMobil, and Southwest Airlines Host LOFT STEM Leadership Symposia

From www.LOFTInnovation.org:

Leaders On Fast Track (LOFT) STEM Symposia are coming to 9  cities across America. The workforce development program is free for attendees and provides career-path guidance, educational opportunities and connectivity for students and young professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics fields.

The 2013 nine-city series includes:

Albuquerque, NM | Sept 18th | University of New Mexico
San Antonio, TX | Sept 24th | University of Texas-San Antonio
Houston, TX | Sept 26th | University of Houston
Sacramento, CA | Oct 8th | Cal State – Sacramento
Santa Clara, CA | Oct 10th | San Jose State University
Chicago, IL | Oct 22nd | University of Illinois-Chicago
Los Angeles, CA | Nov 4th | Cal State – San Bernardino
Phoenix, AZ | Nov 6th | Arizona State University – Tempe
Miami, FL | Nov 19th | Florida International University

REGISTER NOW!

The events feature:

-Dynamic, exclusive leadership trainings led by the Army designed to help student-leaders define their role within their schools or organizations, and encourage them to make an impact on their communities
-Insightful panel of STEM professionals showcasing their different careers paths, and the resources and opportunities available for -Latinos to enter the STEM fields
-Chance to network with professionals and other young Latinos interested in STEM
-Connectivity to a greater network of other Latinos in the LOFT network which includes tens of thousands across the country
-Sponsor giveaways/raffle which will include free, round-trip Southwest ticket and gift cards from CVS

“With America struggling to fill more than 3 million job openings in the STEM-related fields, we feel strongly that investing in high-achieving Latino youth is a solution,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “With more than 10,000 baby-boomers reaching retirement age every day for the next 19 years in the STEM fields, our LOFT program and sponsors understand the urgency of identifying, inspiring, preparing and positioning our workforce. There is no better place to focus than the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the population.”

Seating is limited. Interested participants should RSVP promptly here and submit their background or resumes to resume@loftinstitute.org. Attendees will receive an event confirmation post registration. Food and refreshments will be provided.

HHF Partners for the STEM Symposia: U.S. Army | CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives |ExxonMobil |OCI Group | Southwest Airlines (the Official Airline for LOFT)

 

What do Diego Luna, Eva Longoria, Donald Trump, DREAMers, and Los Tigres del Norte have in common?

They are all associated with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation!

That’s right — Eva, Diego, and Los Tigres are among this year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees.
The 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will be celebrated on Sept. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and broadcast on MundoFox, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST.
The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees and medallion-level sponsors include:
·         Actress Eva Longoria, Community Service Award
·         Musical Group Los Tigres Del Norte, Legend Award
·         Chef Jose Andres, Design Award presented by Capital One
·         Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Education Award presented by Target
·         Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, Leadership Award presented by Southwest Airlines
·         Actress and Singer Lucero, Vision Award presented by Hershey’s
·         Actor/Director/Producer Diego Luna, Inspira Award, presenting the Youth Segment
·         Race Car Driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Sports Award presented by Bud Light
·         Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award presented by ExxonMobil
Check out more about the Awards and Honorees at HHF.org.

Now, about “The Donald”–
Donald Trump tells us: ”You’ve convinced me.”
HHF’s CEO and President, Antonio Tijerino, and Estuardo Rodgriguez, from the Raben Group, LLC, arranged a meeting between Mr. Trump and DREAMers this week to talk about immigration reform.
The Bridge Project members, Jose Machado, Diego Sanchez, and Gaby Pacheco, met with the celebrity business mogul and infl?uential political leader Donald Trump during a private meeting in his office at Trump Towers in New York. Meeting with Donald Trump was an opportunity to engage one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America and invite his participation in this national conversation.
Read more about this story and Trumps reaction here.Finally, LOFT Innovation, a program to get more minorities as leaders in the tech industry, has officially launched! We’ve created this Innovation initiative on the back of programming we have done, and will continue do, with institutions like: the White House, Inter-American Development Bank, Stanford University, City of Los Angeles, Google, Spokeo, BK Nation, BASE, Entertainment Software Association, Nuevo South, and many others.
Details on the program and how to get involved will be hitting your inboxes soon, but for now please check out LOFT Innovation.

2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees: Eva Longoria, Diego Luna, Lucero, Juan Pablo Montoya, Los Tigres Del Norte

From www.hispanicheritage.org:

26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees Announced

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Target Named Presenting Sponsor of Kennedy Center Ceremony on Sept. 5
and One-Hour MundoFOX Televised Special for Broadcast Sept. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 16, 2013) – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees, who will be celebrated during the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Awards, which celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments, will be broadcast on MundoFox, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST. Presenters and performers announcement is forthcoming.

The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees and medallion-level sponsors include:

· Actress Eva Longoria, Community Service Award

· Musical Group Los Tigres Del Norte, Legend Award

· Chef Jose Andres, Design Award presented by Capital One

· Superintendant Alberto Carvalho, Education Award presented by Target

· Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, Leadership Award presented by Southwest Airlines

· Actress and Singer Lucero, Vision Award presented by Hershey’s

· Actor/Director/Producer Diego Luna, Inspira Award, presenting the Youth Segment

· Race Car Driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Sports Award presented by Bud Light

· Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award presented by ExxonMobil

“The Hispanic Heritage Awards are proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history on America and the world and it’s an honor to be an organization established by the White House to recognize that impact. We are also thrilled to partner with Target and our other sponsors in carrying on the rich tradition of our Awards.”

Target was also announced as the presenting sponsor of the Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony and television broadcast.

“Target is proud to sponsor the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards in support of Latino leaders who have made a positive impact on America, as well as globally. We are honored to join in the celebration of Hispanic culture and community and congratulate all the honorees on their achievements,” said Laysha Ward, president of Community Relations at Target.

In addition to Target and the medallion-level sponsors, gold sponsors include: BBVA Compass, Entertainment Software Association, Hilton Worldwide, Saber Es Poder, University of Phoenix, and UPS. Silver sponsors include: Astra Zeneca, CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives, Discovery en Espanol and Discovery Familia, Disney, and NFL. Bronze sponsors include: American Federation of Teachers, City Year, The Coca-Cola Company, DLA Piper, Jefferson Awards, LAM, PhRMA, National PTA, MTV Tr3s, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Teach For America. Media sponsors include EL Zol, Latino Magazine and Siempre Mujer.

Executive producers of the Awards and TV special are David Chavez, Otto Padron and Tijerino. The Awards and TV special will be produced by Meruelo Media and LatinPointe Brands. For advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact David Chavez at (816) 507-7877 or dchavez@latinpointe.com.

About the Hispanic Heritage Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month. Since that time, the Hispanic Heritage Awards have honored top Latino leaders in various categories for their impact on America and the world. (For a one-minute video visit http://www.TheHispanicHeritageAwards.com).

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Awards is the signature event of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and serves as the kick-off to their award-winning mission to inspire, identify, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and all support is tax deductable. For more information on the programs and work of HHF visit www.hispanicheritage.org.

 

New Video Gaming Innovation Fellowship by ESA and LOFT

From www.LOFTInnovation.org:

Entertainment Software Association and Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Leaders on Fast Track Launch a National Social Innovation effort to encourage youth of color to make an impact through video game design.

This program will identify 20 Latino(a) and African American youth (between the ages of 16-24) to address social issues through video gaming. At the core of the ESA LOFT Gaming Innovation Fellowship is the belief that using technology for social change in education, community service, civic engagement, mentoring, leadership, and creative expression is essential to the development of the minority communities. This program will also leverage the video gaming industry and HHF with effective platforms to address the White House, Congress and other educational communities and influencers.

FELLOWS RECEIVE:

-$1,000 innovation grant

-An all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC where each fellow will be recognized and able to present their game/apps to key investors

-Direct project coaching and mentorship from HHF and ESA gaming associates

-Employment opportunities through ESA

-The ability to meet White House Congressional Reps and the US Army Cyber Command

-Be a part of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus activities

If you or someone you know is interested in the gaming industry and would like to make a social difference in their community.

Contact the 2013 ESA LOFT Gaming Innovation Fellowship program.

To apply go to: http://www.LoftInnovation.org

Seven dirty, gritty, real startup lessons that cost me $2 million

Emanuel Pleitez:

Thank you for sharing $2mn worth of wisdom, Pablo!

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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As CEO and founder of a company that makes an app that helps people apply to jobs from their mobile phones, I am happy to report that we’ve sucked a lot since launching in 2009. We’ve pivoted four times, a fact the press won’t let me forget. I’ll spare you the details, but it involved multiple layoffs, a founder split, brief homelessness, extended brokenness, multiple bridge rounds, a broken engagement, and other personal and professional obstacles. Along the way, we iterated our way to product-market fit, have solid growth in both users and engagement, and recently raised more funding. But getting here has been brutal.

I don’t want your sympathy or any awards (unless it’s for the Nuclear Cockroach Startup Award…that exists, right?). I just wanted to share a few thoughts, which some of the entrepreneurs I mentor through the NewMe Accelerator and the Code2040 program have found useful.

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Racial Equity Toolkit: Implementing Greenlining’s Racial Equity Framework – The Greenlining Institute

Racial Equity Toolkit: Implementing Greenlining’s Racial Equity Framework – The Greenlining Institute.

As policymakers at all levels of government, business and the nonprofit world cope with the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly diverse America, The Greenlining Institute has created a  tool to assist those working to develop fair and equitable policies. Greenlining’s Racial Equity Toolkit is a step-by-step thinking tool designed to help policymakers consider the needs of all communities.

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