Posts Tagged ‘Hispanic Leadership Network’

Diversity Roundup: Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

(National Journal) Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved? As the first black president, Obama’s election in 2008 was hailed by many as a new era in the U.S. where race relations would be faced head on, theAssociated Press reports. But the varying viewpoints from several Americans and experts show just how divided the nation remains over the issue.

The (Limited) American Dream: For many Latinos, owning a home is an extremely important event, mostly because it’s equated with achieving the American dream, writes Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network, for Fox News Latino. But with an 11 percent unemployment rate for Hispanics and the limited scope of President Obama’s foreclosure aid programs, Hispanics are struggling to realize their dreams, Korn argues.

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GOP Hispanic leaders hit the wrong notes

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

(Scripps News) Republicans created the Hispanic Leadership Network last year in an attempt to re-capture the Latino vote they lost in the 2008 presidential election. George Bush claimed an impressive 44 percent of that support in his 2004 presidential run. It shriveled to 31 percent when John McCain ran against Barack Obama in 2008.

So how can the GOP's new "Network", co-chaired by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and ex-U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, an appointee of Jeb's brother George, get back on the good side of this major voting bloc in 2012 after years of Republican assaults on the Latino community?

The second Hispanic Leadership Network conference was held late last month in Albuquerque. Neither Bush nor Gutierrez attended, but sent video welcome messages. As its keynote speaker, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez suggested having real "conversations" with the community: "They think the same as you do — they have the same values — but you have to bother to have a conversation with them about those values. If you don't, all they hear is the rhetoric."

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