Indudablemente que no debemos olvidar como la Fundacion Ford, en combinacion con otras fundaciones del capital de la izquierda progresista, define y trabaja para crear su poder a travez de las minorias. En los 90, financiaron programas de radio, television, periodicos y grupos de exiliados para normalizar las relaciones con la tirania de Castro. millones de dolares utilizaron. Aqui, en este discurso, el Presidente de la fundacion Ford deja claro cual es su objetivo: "How do we begin to shape a Latino agenda in this country" (Como empezar a darle forma a la agenda latina en el pais). Y yo pregunto: ?Que diablo le dio ese poder? En este discurso al grupo de NALEO, el cual recibe fondos de esta fundacion, vemos a las claras que el objetivo principal, por encima de las reformas migratorias, es la extension del adoctrinamiento de nuestros hijos en las escuelas a travez de un curriculum de 8 o mas horas. David Horowitz, de el Centro de Libertad, ha escrito varios libros acerca del adoctrinamiento en las universidades. Hace varios dias, acaba de publicar otro, acerca de estas fundaciones billonarias a cargo del financiamiento de dicho plan bajo el titulo: El Nuevo Leviatan. Quien mejor que el, antiguo marxista radical de la decada de los sesenta. Yo habia escrito El Capital de la Izquierda en la decada de los noventa cuando un grupo de exiliados le dimos frente a aquella ofensiva que hoy ha tomado Univision como su vanguardia.
27 June 2011
Ford Foundation President Addresses NALEO Annual ConferenceIt is great to be here. NALEO is an important organization and so many of you here play important roles across the country. It is meetings like this one that motivate me and the Ford Foundation to support NALEO as extensively as we do.
Let me also say what a great pleasure it is to be joined here by Alan and Antonia. At Gates and the California Community Foundation, they play important roles across a range of issues, transforming lives throughout the Latino community.
Now, let me start by saying that I have a strong suspicion that every year NALEO has a speaker who comes up here and say that this year—more than any other year—is a year of unique potential and opportunity for Latinos in America. I get tired of hearing it, so I never say it.
But the thing is, this year it happens to be true. The census showed that more than half the growth in the American population over the last decade came from Latinos. It showed that more than 25 percent of children entering school this year were Latino. It showed that Latinos had become—by far—the largest ethnic group in the United States.
Latinos are outgrowing the rest of the country, both in political and economic terms. And that demographic and economic growth is happening in key electoral states, which will require leaders—both Latino and non-Latino—to more directly address the community’s concerns. One third of residents in Texas and California are Latino; one fifth of residents in Florida and New York. I don’t know a candidate who can become President of these United States without winning at least one of those states.
But I have to say that as important as that political power might be, it is secondary to economic power. Latino consumer buying power will increase by 50 percent in just the next five years. On the media front, the top Spanish-language television network, Univision, is now often America’s number four broadcaster—ahead of NBC. Latinos represent the largest group entering the labor force right now and that ratio will only grow over the coming decade.
The question, then, for all of us, is how do we marshal these advances—the Latino community’s enormous potential—and turn them into tangible results? How do we begin to shape a Latino agenda in this country which, of course, understands the importance of bringing American values back to the immigration debate, but which also includes the full range of the Latino community’s interests? We need a broader Latino agenda. An agenda which addresses the full range of the community’s interests.
We need aggressive policy on education that demands that we have a full school day for our children. Not a paltry five or six hours, but an extended day which provides more time to learn, more time in an English-speaking environment and more time in a safe place. Given the number of Latino households in which both the mother and father work long hours, this issue of a longer school day has to be at the top of the Latino agenda.
We must demand higher performance from community colleges, which are the gateway to higher education and job certification for many Latinos. National standards for community colleges have to be on our agenda.
The agenda also has to address the entrepreneurial spirit of the Latino community. After all, what is more entrepreneurial than leaving everything you’ve ever known to come to a place you don’t know, alone? Like every immigrant group, those of us who are here have the blood of risk-takers coursing through our veins. Our agenda needs to advance support for job-building, small business development policies and entrepreneurship.
Last, and you know how important this is to our community, we need to reinforce the public safety investments we have made over the last decades to ensure that the communities Latino children live in are among the safest in the country—like in San Jose, the safest big city in America.
My message is that we need to move from a single issue focus to a multipronged Latino agenda which addresses the core issues our community is focused on: education, jobs and safety. Not ignoring the pivotal issue of immigration, but demanding more.
But let me say that there are barriers to achieving these goals, and those barriers are barriers of our own making. We have failed to be ambitious enough to put together a robust Latino agenda. We have failed to motivate our community to make itself heard. Thirty-one percent voter turnout in our community is an embarrassment. It’s a failure. We must change that.
So what does the Ford Foundation do? Why am I here? Arturo asked me to spend some time explaining what it is that philanthropy does and how it affects the Latino community. At its core, what we do is provide funding and support to organizations and individuals that are focused on tackling today’s most intractable social challenges—individuals like Arturo and organizations like NALEO. At Ford we have pursued that goal of making this society freer and fairer for over 75 years.
Those values demand that we provide support to those who work hard but are still living in poverty. They demand that we give voice to those who are not heard, counted or represented. And they demand that we throw open the doors of opportunity, so that all individuals can make the most of their human potential.
Each of these values is relevant to all of us here—whether we are Democrats, Republicans or independents. Around the issues of education, small business development, public safety and even immigration, there is room for consensus that allows for collaboration in support of a shared agenda. Ford is deeply engaged with each of these challenges.
On education, we are working closely with groups that ensure opportunities for academic and personal development are available to all our young people. It’s the reason we are helping form the national Time to Succeed Coalition, a coalition of Americans committed to the idea that our public schools can be improved by expanding and redesigning learning time—in other words, longer school days to help children learn, teachers teach and parents work.
On entrepreneurship and economic security, we have made building assets for the working poor a key part of our agenda. It’s why we are partnering with organizations like Self-Help, a community development lending institution that provides responsible, affordable and above all, non-predatory loans to small business owners, non-profits and first-time home buyers, like so many of those in the Latino community.
Finally, like so many of you, we work with a host of organizations at the national, state and local level that are advocating for immigration reform. Reform to ensure—as happened during the Reagan administration and every twenty or so years before that throughout the history of this country—that we normalize the lives of hard-working people; people who have come to this country to contribute.
That’s what Ford does. But I want to close by bringing this discussion back to all of you.
What I hope you are all doing here, what I hope we are all doing when we go back to our home states, is ensuring that we, as a community, are living up to the values that brought us to this country in the first place. Latinos, no matter where they came from, chose to be in this country. Like my grandparents, like my parents, we chose to leave everything behind to be an American.
That’s the reason Latinos are among the most patriotic Americans. We believe in the value of hard work which has made this country what it is. We believe in the promise of a fair and free America. It’s why we came here. But now is the time for us to band together. Define a shared agenda. And mobilize to gain the power needed to make that agenda real. By working together, as philanthropists, as legislators, as leaders, we can turn the potential we all know exists in our community into a reality.