Lou Dobbs Announces Resignation from CNN

 “The efforts

of the last few months are yet another example of the Latino community’s

commitment to fairness, equality, and all that makes America great.”

MIAMI

(November 11, 2009) –In response to the news of Mr. Lou Dobbs’

departure from CNN, Jorge

Mursuli President and CEO of Democracia Ahora (D-Ahora), a 501(c)(4) Hispanic

advocacy organization that launched the “Enough is enough!”

campaign that called on all Americans to tell CNN and Lou Dobbs  to cease the daily

drum roll of misinformation and offensive commentary about the Latino community

on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show, offers the following commentary:

“Tonight’s

news is a victory for immigrants, for Latinos, and for America.  Mr.

Dobbs’ announcement should be a wake-up alarm for all those who are

infusing America’s much-needed health insurance and immigration reform

debates with inflammatory propaganda. The Nativist enthusiasts can keep

pressing snooze, but they are the only ones sleeping through the alarm, it is

they who will be left behind. ”

 “In order to

make America stronger and safer, we have to start focusing on facts, and tough,

practical and fair solutions that bring our different ideas closer together,

not lies that drive us farther apart.”

“It is heartening to

know that “the most trusted name in news” will no longer offer a

prime-time platform for hate and the misinforming of unsuspecting

viewers.  That is dangerous for immigrants, dangerous for Latinos, and

dangerous for a society that prides itself on a free, independent and

fact-based press.”

 “As Latinos

continue to make significant contributions to America’s arts, sciences,

and armed services, it has been dispiriting to know that many Americans know

Latinos more by Mr. Dobb’s false-inferences than by the real ways in

which we are making America a richer nation. Let our and our non-Latino

allies’ organizing around this issue be proof that we will no longer

stand by and allow the most vulnerable members of our community to be scape-goated

for advertiser dollars. The 2008 Election proved that Latinos are active

participants in their democracy.  The efforts of the last few months are

yet another example of the Latino community’s commitment to fairness,

equality, and all that makes America great.”

“This  lesson

should extend to all media figures, politicians and business executives:

Latinos, like all Americans, will side with those who are working earnestly to

solve the big problems of the day, and away from those who just want to peddle

hate for profit.”

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