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Left, Right, Or Down The Middle?


 The growing number of Hispanics in the U.S. has made them an increasingly vital political constituency -- but that doesn't mean they are a single voting bloc. Hispanics, like all Americans, are a diverse group who find their interests represented in a variety of parties and political philosophies. And the desire for good jobs, education, and affordable health care are also concerns shared across the board. When the topic turns to immigration, the political lines become sharper -- but not always in the ways you might think.

At Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference, coming up soon -- March 10-11 in San Diego -- this will be one of the hottest topics on the table. Radio is sure to be impacted by the need to influence and pitch Hispanic voters in the upcoming midterm elections. How will radio be affected? And how can your station make the most of its opportunity to be an influential source of information while avoiding possible pitfalls? This is sure to be an exciting panel -- and it's one you can't afford to miss.


Pieter Speyer, an attorney with expertise in U.S. immigration law, including visa work and litigation, hosted the Radio Hispana talk show En la Linea con El Araña, discussing immigration and immigration law, along with U.S. politics and the power of the Hispanic vote. Speyer has particular expertise on U.S.-Mexico relations, both private and governmental. He studied at the UNAM in Mexico City and was a guest scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California at San Diego. He has served as a California delegate to the Commission of the Californias and chairman of the Immigration Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.


David Alvarez, City of San Diego Councilmember, grew up in the city's Barrio Logan community. He began his career as a social services worker and after-school teacher. In 2003, he was selected to the prestigious Capitol Fellows Program, where he served under the Secretary of State. Elected to the San Diego City Council in 2010, Alvarez is currently chair of the Natural Resources & Culture Committee, vice chair of the Land Use & Housing Committee, and a member of the Budget & Finance and Rules & Economic Development Committees. During his first term in office, Alvarez has been successful in restoring vital city services in each year of the city's budget, and he is shepherding several important community plan updates to completion, including Barrio Logan, Otay Mesa, and San Ysidro.

Christian Ramirez is Human Rights Director for Alliance San Diego. His grandparents came to San Diego as guest workers in the 1950s, and his father became a legal resident of the U.S. as a child and later moved the family to San Ysidro. As a child, Ramirez regularly visited his Mexican family members at Friendship Park, which is no longer accessible due to increased border security. He is now working with a coalition of more than 40 San Diego community organizations to restore public access to Friendship Park.

Tom K. Wong is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego whose research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant illegality. His work also explores the links between immigration, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity. He is the creator of the CIR 2013 Blog, which predicts support and opposition to comprehensive immigration reform among all 535 current members of Congress, and he is the lead researcher on one of the first nationwide surveys of undocumented youth. He also recently completed a book manuscript, which analyzes the immigration control policies of 25 Western immigrant-receiving democracies. Wong's research has been used by policymakers both in the U.S. and in Mexico, as well as by organizations that serve immigrant communities.




Hispanic Radio Conference
March 10-11, 2014
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
San Diego




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