KCETLink Partners with MALDEF to Produce Programming Dedicated to Advancing Latino Social Justice in the U.S. | KCET
KCETLink Partners with MALDEF to Produce Programming Dedicated to Advancing Latino Social Justice in the U.S.
First Co-production is the MALDEF Latino State of the
Union Address and Roundtable which Premieres Nationally on KCET and Link TV in
BURBANK, CA--February 25, 2013--National independent public transmedia
company KCETLink, and MALDEF, the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights
organization, have announced a partnership to curate and produce programming
that spotlights key social justice issues and cultural narratives of the U.S.
Latino experience to a national audience on KCET and Link TV.
The first co-production will be the "MALDEF 2013 Latino State of the Union
- The Roundtable on Law, Policy and Civil Rights" premiering on Link TV March
7 from 5-6:30 p.m. PSD/8-9:30 p.m. EST and KCET on March 8 from
8-9:30 p.m. Filmed earlier this month at the Time Warner Center in New
York, NY, the program will present the address in its entirety by the Honorable
Hilda L. Solis, and also feature an expert
roundtable convened by MALDEF moderated by Giselle Fernandez, president of
Creative World management.
"We are committed to working with MALDEF to help amplify the voices of the
Latino population and show what an important role, culturally and politically,
they play in the future of our country," said Bohdan Zachary, vice president,
Broadcast, Syndication & Production for KCETLink. "We're delighted to be
able to present the LSOU for the first time to a national audience, and hope
this, and future MALDEF projects we produce, can become a robust source for
information about the Latino community across the country."
"As Latinos prepare to take on an increasingly
critical role in the development of policies affecting all communities in the
United States, this partnership between MALDEF and KCETLink will prove crucial
to ensuring an ongoing appreciation in all sectors of the issues of greatest
concern and the policy solutions to best serve a 21st century United
States," stated Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF.
About the Program
The 2013 Latino State of the Union: the Roundtable on
Law, Policy and Civil Rights
The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, former United States
Secretary of Labor, will open the program with the 2013 Latino State of the
Union keynote address in which she reflects on President Barack Obama's State
of the Union address, his vision for the advancement of Latinos in the U.S.
economy and reinvigorating the middle class.
In her speech, Solis touches upon many critical issues
facing the Latino community in the U.S. from immigration reform with a clear
"pathway to citizenship," to education and job growth. "...In just over a few
years, Latinos will represent well over 20 percent of the U.S. Labor force,"
Solis said in her speech. Noting that one in four American born Latinos drop
out of high school, she called for programs that allow students to earn
credentials in technical fields while also dual enrolling at a community
college. This would emphasize "career choices that can sustain families," she
said. She also spoke of the importance for strengthening Latino worker rights
through grassroots programs given to businesses employing migrant workers.
The keynote by Solis is followed by a brief address by
MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz, who speaks about
the wisdom and discernment of Latino voters as the correct lesson from the
historic impact of Latinos in the 2012 presidential election. He also discusses the policy expectations of
Latinos with respect to issues such as immigration and education, and advises
policymakers to understand that the Latino community demands real reforms that
are tailored to today's America, including the large and increasing presence of
Afterward, Giselle Fernandez moderates the 2013
Latino State of the Union roundtable; she is a Five-time
Emmy® award winning journalist, producer, filmmaker, Latin media marketing
entrepreneur and president of Creative World Management.
The expert panel includes Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF
President and General Counsel; Aracely Muñoz Petrich, Commissioner,
Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities; and Hector
Sanchez, Executive director, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
& Chair, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
Fernandez leads a robust discussion tied to Solis's address about such
topics as immigration reform, accessible and affordable education and advanced
training, and the inequities of Latino representation in higher office, given
it's the fastest growing population in the U.S.
"We have just come out of a precedent setting election where the Latino
vote has made a difference in deciding our president. This shift in political
clout has propelled the Latino community's contributions to the national stage
like never before," Fernandez said.
Complete airtimes include:
(Nationally via DirecTV and DISH Networks)
March 7 at 5-6:30 p.m. PSD/8-9:30 p.m. EST
Repeating at 8-9:30 p.m. PSD/11 p.m. EST
March 8 at 8-9:30
For more information and additional assets, please visit kcet.org/lsou.
KCETLink is the new national independent public
transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization,
its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH, in
Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various
digital delivery systems. KCET
and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about
KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and
community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights
organization. Often described as the "law firm of the Latino community,"
MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community
education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights,
and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit: www.maldef.org.