Undecided Latinos to Republicans: Just Say No

I’m a life-long Democrat and strongly supported President Barack Obama’s bid for U.S. President in 2008 and I will do the same this November. Many media outlets and blogs have written that the Latino vote in 2012 could decide the outcome of this year’s presidential campaign, and I agree. However, I am a bit concerned about how some Republicans are trying to sway undecided Latino voters their way and how many Latinos are seriously considering going over to the dark side.

I have to admit I don’t understand why any Latino, African-American, or gay or lesbian would be a Republican, but to each his/her own. I have accepted the fact that my Cuban brothers and sisters in Florida are overwhelmingly Republican, but I hope the recent influx of my fellow Puerto Ricans will balance out the Latino vote in the Sunshine State.

Thank God for Mexican Democrats across California and Texas, Puerto Rican Democrats in Connecticut, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rican and Dominican Democrats in New York. With all their participation in this year’s election I am confident President Obama will win another 4-year term.

However, I think Republicans will work incredibly hard to get as many Latino votes as possible and I’m afraid they might succeed to some level if Latinos fall for false promises.

The main reason I am sticking with the Democratic Party in this presidential election and voting again for President Barack Obama relates to the issue of immigration.

The entire Arizona immigration controversy showed me that Republicans like Jan Brewer are no friends of Latinos. The implemented statewide immigration law clearly racially profiled Latinos and why any Latino in that state would support Republicans is way beyond my comprehension. (P.S. – Brewer recently endorsed Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for President.)

Immigration reform is a hot topic and not one that can be easily resolved. However, the DREAM Act (an acronym for development, relief, and Education for Alien Minors) would be a step in the right direction. It allows non-documented youth who were brought over to the U.S. illegally a path to U.S. citizenship if they graduate from college or serve in the U.S. military. Republicans wholeheartedly have rejected the proposal. President Obama supports the DREAM Act.

President Obama’s health reform initiative will provide access to needed healthcare to millions of Latinos. What have Republicans done for Latinos in this area?

Another more personal reason why I’ll vote for President Obama again is his appointment of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. I’m still in awe that there is a Puerto Rican American on the Supreme Court thanks to Obama and I’d vote for him again this year just for that fact.

So if you’re an undecided Latino being swayed by the Republican party in this year’s presidential election, please, please…, just say no and vote for President Obama.


Blogging Goal for 2012 – Just Keep On Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2003 but I’ve never been a blogger that posts at least three entries per week, which is the widely recommended minimum for a “real blogger.” I have said time and time again that I would eventually post at least three times each week, but unfortunately I have not met that goal. I’ve always leaned toward quality and not quantity with an overall approach focused on less is more. I also have to be motivated to write and really believe in the topic I’m covering, so If I’m not feeling it, then I’m just not feeling it.

I also blog about fraternity/sorority life and manage a communication/business blog. So every other week I’m blogging about something. Some may think I’m spreading myself too thin, but I enjoy running several blogs with particular niches. I think I’ll always blog and again will aim to up the ante on the number of posts for 2012. To be honest I’ve Tweeted much more than I have blogged in 2011. In 2012 I hope to post more entries across all four blogs.

Even with this strategy for 2012 I still might not meet three posts per week per blog, but as long as I keep on blogging I’ll be happy.

As the year comes to a close, I’ll like to wish everyone who has ever visited any of my blogs a very happy and healthy New Year!


My Favorite Latino Blogs for 2011

In 2009 I posted an entry about My Favorite Latino Blogs and followed up on the topic with My Favorite Latino Blogs for 2010. In browsing the blogosphere this time around to find my favorite for 2011, I came across so many incredible blogs that narrowing it down to just 10 was quite a challenge. There is no scientific method involved in my decision making process. I just go with what I like, what catches my attention, or what other Latinos would find interesting and/or informative. So here are my top ten Latino blogs for 2011:

  • LatinoPoliticsBlog.com – With Latinos becoming a major force in politics, I think this blog is amazing. It provides a wealth of information and every Latino should have it bookmarked.
  • LATISM Blog – Latinos in Social Media is the largest organization of Hispanic professionals engaged in social media. I’m a member and a huge fan. The organization just had a successful conference in Chicago.
  • Hispanic PR Blog – A guide to Hispanic public relations and social media news, this blog excellently covers industry news and trends and is one to check out daily.
  • Bella Vida by Letty – This is a blog by a creative Boricua that shares her inspirational photography, art, quotes, and life’s lessons with the world to make it a better place.
  • Andy Checo – This is the personal blog of a Dominican public relations professional specializing in the US Hispanic market. Checo is the founder of the monthly Hispanic Public Relations Chat #hprchat on Twitter (first Wednesday of every month at 8pm EDT.)
  • The Buffalo Puerto Rican Press – Maria Rosa started writing for the Buffalo Puerto Rican Press back in 1978 as a columnist for the Latin Journal. Rosa covers politics and Puerto Ricans nationally and specifically in the Buffalo, NY area.
  • Salvador Mendoza – This is the personal blog of a father, husband, photography enthusiast, and technology/social media professional.
  • Una Cabeza de Coco – This is the blog of an entrepreneur and owner of one of the most creative and forward-thinking PR/Marketing firms in the nation and the founder and moderator of the first and ONLY Latina Lifestyle Blogger Group.
  • La CaSSaDaGa – A blog by Julián Esteban Torres López, its mission is to share with an English-speaking, int’l audience the diverse, creative talents of budding Colombian artists and introduce Colombians to the emerging, non-mainstream talents of the world.

Please support the work of the Latinos/as above by visiting their blogs, commenting on posts, and sharing their links. Feel free to also make a comment below about the blogs in this post or use the space to give a shout out to another Latino blog.


Does your business/organization have a Google+ Page?

Everyone knows how popular Facebook Pages are for businesses and organizations, but has your group created a Google+ Page yet? If it has not, it should. It’s just another online promotional vehicle connected to the most popular search engine in the world. Google launched its new Google+ Business Pages on November 7. The new Pages feature allows brands, products, companies, businesses, and organizations to build their very own tailored Google+ presence. Of course if you are not familiar with Google+ for individuals it might be challenging to jump into Business Pages.

The launch of Google+ Pages increased overall traffic to Google+. Experian HitWise noted that for the week ending Nov. 12, Google+ logged 6.8 million visits from U.S. users alone, making it the third-biggest week for U.S. visits since the network launched June 28. So far, 61 percent of the world’s top 100 brands have created Google+ Pages since its inception, according to SEO company BrightEdge.

Facebook has a few years on Google+ but it’s still early. Google+ Pages may one day be just as popular as Facebook Pages. We’ll have to wait and see. Ford, for example, has 27,648 fans on Google+ as of this posting, but 5 million total fans on Facebook. If a company like Ford is diving into the Google+ Page craze, what not your company/organization?

So what does your organization or business have to lose? If you want to create a Goolge+ Page check out Google’s guide to using Google+ Pages.


Latino Gay Poets & Writers

There are some incredible Latino gay poets and writers making their mark in the New York City scene. Some have been around for a while and others are just starting out. In either case, there is an enormous amount of talent and passion in the field and much more should be written about these amazingly fearless people who put their personal and emotionally-filled stories on paper and on the stage.

Charlie Vázquez is someone who has contributed greatly to Latino gay literature and also created ¡HISPANIC PANIC!, a monthly event in NYC showcasing Latino gay poets and writers. I get a great deal of inspiration listening to poets and writers reading their work publicly. I attended Charlie’s most recent creative occasion at Bartini in Hell’s Kitchen last Wednesday night. Brandon Lacy Compos was the evening’s MC and read his work as well. He did an awesome job keeping the energy and flow going and presenting each performer. The lineup of poets and writers that night was extraordinary including such legends as Robert Vazquez-Pacheo, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, and Emanuel Xavier. They were joined by up and coming poets/writers Jimmy Lam and Cristina Izaguirre.

Latino gay poets and writers have a long history and the outstanding individuals above are just a few that represent its past, present, and future. I greatly appreciate their work and commitment to the art of the written word and I am sure many others do as well. Keep up the remarkable work!


Velez Communication on Facebook

I’ve been on Facebook since about 2006/2007 and just Sunday decided to finally create a page to highlight my writing, blogging, and consulting work. The page mainly supplements my business blog at Velez Communication, but I also aim to showcase posts from this blog and Fraternity Communication, and writing from Examiner.com and ElBoricua.com. If you like any of my work please feel free to “Like” Velez Communication on Facebook.

I created a logo to go along with my new Facebook page. In my search for a logo online I came across the symbol of the mythical Phoenix, the firebird that resurrects itself from its ashes. There was something about the fictional creature that spoke to me, both personally and professionally.

So please support my overall work by liking Velez Communication on Facebook.

Thanks for your continued readership.


How Saying Yes to a Frozen Margarita Led to a $100,000

Recently I interviewed Farid Ali Lancheros, the co-owner of Bogota Latin Bistro in Brooklyn, (a thriving Colombian Pan-Latino restaurant in Park Slope) about his challenge early on to secure a small business loan. The inspirational article was published yesterday via the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Applying for money to start a small business is not always so black and white.  Farid takes us through how meeting a bank officer who loved frozen margaritas led the successful entrepreneur to obtaining a $100,000 loan he needed to start his business.

To read the entire story click here.

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