STATE FARM® JLO AND THE ENRIQUE IGLESIAS SWEEPSTAKES

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State Farm is working with Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez to bring you the “State Farm® JLO & Enrique Sweepstakes.” The sweepstakes is an extension of the Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez Tour that began on July 14, 2012 and hits nearly 20 cities. State Farm will bring one lucky winner to a better state by offering them a trip to Miami to attend a VIP concert and give them the opportunity to meet Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias.  Known for their spectacular and engaging stage shows, both Enrique and Jennifer plan to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience. You can follow all the action on Twitter at #EnriqueJLOTour.

My best friends had the opportunity to attend the concert in Washington DC and theynot only loved it but had the most amazing experience! I am jealous that they were able to attend such an incredible event with two LATINO ICONS!!! If you happen to attend, check out the State Farm booths at each concert on the tour, they are setup with different activities going on.  At one of the booths you can enter to win the VIP TRIP TO MIAMI, so make sure to swing by and enter if you’re at the show. Who wouldn’t love to meet JLO and Enrique????

If you can’t make it to one of the shows don’t worry, check out the State Farm Latino Facebook Page and you can enter there as well.  The sweepstakes began July 20th and ends August 20th  so make sure to enter soon so you don’t miss this great opportunity!

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TELEMUNDO WASHINGTON D.C. NOW AVAILABLE IN HD ON VERIZON FiOS TV

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Telemundo Washington, D.C., is now available on Verizon FiOS TV in high definition for customers in the Washington metropolitan area. Telemundo Washington was the first Spanish-language television station in the nation’s capital to deliver local news in HD.
Telemundo HD can be found on FiOS TV Channel 520 except in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, where it is on Channel 521. Telemundo is already available in standard definition on FiOS TV Channel 20, and on Channel 21 in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
“We are extremely excited to continue our growth within the Washington, D.C., metro area,” said Nicole Quiroga, station manager of Telemundo Washington. “Thanks to Verizon FiOS, WZDC is able to reach more homes with our innovative and quality local and network programming.”

Michelle Webb, director of content acquisition and programming for Verizon, said: “FiOS TV strives to offer authentic, high-quality programming, including leading Spanish-language channels like Telemundo. We are thrilled to be able to add Telemundo’s HD channel to our lineup for our customers in the Washington, D.C., market, and we are certain that many will take advantage of all of the programming that Telemundo has to offer.”
The station recently expanded its news studios with a state-of-the-art facility, and “Telenoticias Washington,” Telemundo Washington, D.C.’s local news, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this spring. Some of the Telemundo HD programming that FiOS TV customers in the Washington metro area will enjoy includes:

“Telenoticias Washington”– Widely recognized as “La Voz de la Comunidad” (The Voice of the Community), this program continues to be the preferred choice for the Hispanic community in the D.C. metropolitan area, airing Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Primetime Lineup — Telemundo broadcasts and produces original content in HD, including the new novela “Corazon Valiente,” which premiered March 6, at 9 p.m. “Una Maid en Manhattan” airs at 8 p.m. and “Relaciones Peligrosas” at 10 p.m.
Sports — Telemundo is the home of the 2012 Mexican League Soccer and the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which takes place March 23 through April 2.
Viewer Favorites — The dating game show “12 Corazones” airs at 2 p.m., the court show “Caso Cerrado” at 4 p.m. and Telemundo’s news magazine, “Al Rojo Vivo,” at 5 p.m.
WZDC HD joins FiOS TV’s broad collection of programming, which offers more than 540 all-digital channels, including more than 140 HD channels and 35,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. Verizon also features a robust Spanish-language offering with FiOS TV’s La Conexion and Spanish Language packages, which feature more than 41 of the most popular Spanish-language channels.

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DO YOU KNOW WHY WE CELEBRATE PRESIDENT’S DAY, HOW IT HAPPENED OR WHO INVENTED IT?

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Happy President’s Day: Do You Know Why We Celebrate President’s Day, How it Happened or Who Invented It?

The observance of Washington’s Birthday began as an act of Congress in 1879. However, it was simply a holiday celebrated in Washington D.C. Then, in 1885 President Chester Allen Arthur signed off on the bill that implemented the federal holiday. This was the country’s first federal holiday that honored an American citizen, and thus the date chosen was of the great hero, warrior and president, Mr. George Washington.

According to the Julian calendar that was in effect during Washington’s life time meant back then his birthday was February 11, 1732. However, in 1752 the Gregorian calendar was adopted and translated Washington’s Birthday into February 22nd and was celebrated that very day.

Furthermore, in 1951, the President’s Day National Committee was formed and they tried to create President’s Day as a day that honored Presidents on March 4th. Please keep in mind that back then Washington’s birthday was celebrated the third Monday, Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated on February 12th and so three back to back holidays would be too much of a burden. Unfortunately, the Governors of a majority of the individual states issued proclamations declaring March 4 to be Presidents’ Day in their respective jurisdictions.

In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was created. What they did was took Washington’s Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and additionally would include Columbus Day which went from fixed calendar days to designated Mondays, so federal employees could enjoy three day weekends. This act took effect in 1971, making Washington’s Birthday to be celebrated the third Monday of every February. Later, there was legislation enacted that established the observance of Veteran’s Day would be on November 11th.

By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public debut. Keep in mind, Lincoln’s birthday was never a federal holiday, so a dozen state governments officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day“, or other such designations. However, “Presidents’ Day” is not always an all-inclusive term.

  • Alabama calls it “Washington and Jefferson Day,” even though Thomas Jefferson’s birthday is in April.
  • In Connecticut, Missouri and Illinois, while Washington’s Birthday is the federal holiday, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is still a state holiday, and thus falls on February 12 regardless of what day of the week it is.
  • In Washington’s home state of Virginia, the holiday is legally known as “George Washington Day.”

Moreover, there is a mid-winter long weekend that six Canadian provinces instituted as a holiday which coincides with Washington’s Birthday: In Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario, it is Family Day; in Manitoba, Louis Riel Day; and Prince Edward Island it is Islander Day. The holidays do not honor anniversaries, and the date was selected, in part, to coincide with the U.S. holiday, since the economic and social lives of both countries are tightly intertwined.

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WHAT IS THE LATEST AND GREATEST DOCUMENTARY ON IMMIGRATION??

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Backstage Pass: Q&A with Makers of Acclaimed, Fascinating Documentary on

US Immigration Debate

Filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini photo credits not stated

More than a decade ago, award-winning filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini sat down with me and passionately outlined their vision for a documentary that would illustrate how democracy works, at least in Washington, DC, by capturing the inner workings of Congress in cinéma vérité style as legislators debated and passed a sweeping immigration overhaul. Little did they — or the rest of us — realize that the momentum in the fall of 2001 that foretold of swift passage for the first major overhaul of the US immigration system since 1965 would come to an abrupt halt with the terrorist attacks that pierced America’s sense of invulnerability.

What was to have been a one-year project, using the immigration debate as the lens through which to explore the legislative process, stretched into six years as Congress, in fits and starts, debated and shelved major immigration legislation. Though the country is the poorer for the lack of action to fix what is near universally decried as a broken immigration system, the films that Shari and Michael have created after more than 1,400 hours of filming and thousands of hours in the editing room tell an endlessly fascinating — if frustrating — tale about modern politics, the powerful constituencies assembled for and against immigration reform, and the forces that keep Washington stalemated on so many complex and contentious policy questions vital to our nation’s future.

The documentary series grants viewers a rare “fly-on-the-wall” perspective as legislators such as Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) negotiate; advocates press their case; and constituencies align, come apart, and reconfigure themselves. With equal vividness, the films also portray how the failure of action on immigration reform at the federal level allowed the states — several of which have since enacted tough and what many call unreasonable immigration enforcement laws — to become immigration policy and political battlegrounds. As such, How Democracy Works Now offers a valuable civics lesson and insight into the political world and, in particular, the immigration policymaking process.

Because we believe these films represent a rare and important education, we are offering readers of the Migration Information Source a Q&A this week with Shari and Michael, who may be known to some of our audience as the creators of the influential Well-Founded Fear documentary on the US asylum system. Later this month, we’ll publish an essay in which they recount their initiation into official Washington’s tribal-like customs, explain how they secured behind-the-scenes access denied to the media and others, and offer some hard-earned observations about immigration policy and the ability to effect change.

Demetrios G. Papademetriou

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“The How Democracy Works Nowfilms take a remarkably candid, insightful, and thorough look at how the American legislative process has treated the issue of immigration policy reform, and provide a valuable tool for anyone teaching or studying the politics of policy formation or immigration policy.”
— John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director, Center for Urban Research, The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Anyone who watches How Democracy Works Now is immediately drawn into the mysteries, strategies, frustrations, and possible rewards of the contemporary legislative process. You won’t find a better documentary introduction into the world of American politics and policymaking — and into the particular opportunities and minefields that characterize today’s immigration politics.”
David A. Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia School of Law

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