Arizona Latino media outlets unite to create special program on immigration law
Latino media outlets in Arizona are interrupting their regularly-scheduled programming on Wednesday to join forces in a special broadcast called “Hoy Somos Arizona.” According to its organizers, the commercial-free, half-hour broadcast will inform viewers on the looming Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law, which is expected in the next few days.
“Latino media in Arizona have been on the front lines of this struggle covering this controversial law since it was first introduced in the Arizona State legislature,” said Ben Monterroso, national executive director of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.
“With this program they have taken the steps necessary to unite the community and empower individuals with the information they need to defend their rights and take control of their own destinies,” he added.
The program will also include a toll-free hotline staffed by bilingual civil rights attorneys and volunteers, as well as information on voter registration. Telemundo, Univision and Azteca America TV anchors will jointly present the program.
The show will air today from 5pm to 5:30pm Mountain time on Latino television and radio outlets and will also be streamed over the internet.