Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jose Simian on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Jose Simian, who is a reporter for NY 1 noticias, and the host of the program Contraportada. We discussed Latino identity politics, the arts, literature, politics, and cinema.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Reminder to President Obama
By Roberto Perez
El Diario-La Prensa (January 26, 2011)
translated from Spanish by NiLP

As President Barack Obama begins the second half of his first term in office, he should not ignore the Latino vote and must fulfill his campaign promise to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. His policy of creating jobs is unattainable without embracing the economic benefits of immigration.

According to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, "Comprehensive immigration reform will generate $1.5 trillion in gross domestic product, accumulated over 10 years, so that good quality jobs for all workers will increase."

Besides creating jobs for the defense of this legislation, the President could express his gratitude to the Latino voters who voted for him in 2008 and has also helped the Democratic Party to maintain its majority in the United States Senate in the midterm elections.

The President can point to the xenophobic attitude of the majority Republican Party. But the loyalty of the growing Hispanic community to the Democratic Party will only come through courting the Latino electorate in key states.

In its analysis, "Election 2010 Fact Sheet," the Pew Hispanic Center indicates that the four swing states that Obama won in 2008 with a high percentage of Latino voters: Colorado 13%, New Mexico 38%, 15% of Florida and Nevada 14%. And Obama will need those votes that are crucial to winning a second term.
If the President needs a reminder of the importance of the Latino vote, just talk to two of his colleagues in the Democratic Party who just won reelection by the Latino vote: the President of Senate Majority Harry Reid Nevada and Sen. Michael Bennett in Colorado.

Roberto Perez is host and producer of The Perez Notesinternet radio program. He can be reached at

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Carlos Vargas Ramos on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Carlos Vargas Ramos, of the Center for Puerto Rican studies. We discussed the President's State of Union address, Governor Cuomo's political agenda and how it affects the Latino community, the census, redistricting, immigration reform, and education.

Un recordatorio - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York -

I wrote a column published in today's El Diario La Prensa. In the column I discuss the importance of the Latino vote in the President's re-election efforts, and Obama's yet to be fulfilled campaign promise to the Latino community of passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Un recordatorio - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York -

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Julissa Gutierrez on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Julissa Gutierrez, who is the Northeast Director of Civic Engagement for NALEO. We discussed the results of the census thus far, Latino voter participation, and the immigration debate.

Una promesa de campaña del gobernador Cuomo

I wrote an article published in El Diario La Prensa, about the expiration of the rent protection laws, and the ways that Governor Cuomo can work with the Democratic led State Assembly, in order to insure that rent protection laws stay in place.;a-d-234558-1.html

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Zenaida Mendez on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Zenaida Mendez, who is the Chair of the National Dominican Women's Caucus. We discussed the Cuomo administration's Latino appointments, and his position on immigration. We also discussed the tragedy in Arizona, and her years in the feminist movement, and in government.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Juan Manuel Benitez on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Juan Manuel Benitez, who is the host of NY1's Pura Politica. We discussed immigration reform, European, and Latin American politics, and the tragedy in Arizona. We also discussed the recent blizzard and the Bloomberg administration's response, and Governor Cuomo's Latino agenda.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jumaane Williams on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview New York City Council member Jumaane Williams, who is the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Committee. We discussed the blizzard of 2010, and the upcoming hearings in the City Council. The city payroll scandal, and the steps the Council is taking to investigate the matter. We also discussed Governor Cuomo's State of the State address and vacancy decontrol.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Panel analiza el nuevo mandato de Andrew Cuomo
I was an invited to the program Pura Politica on NY 1. I was on a panel with Angelo Falcon of the NILP and Zenaida Mendez of the Dominican Women's Caucus. We discussed the inauguration of Governor Cuomo, and what are the obstacles he faces in trying to reform Albany.