• Santa Barbara community Speaks out Against the News-Press

    A Santa Barbara based advocacy organization PODER has put together a statement regarding the Santa Barbara News-Press and their offensive headline. They are holding a rally this coming Thursday. You can check out the event page here


    Stop Biased and Irresponsible Journalism in Santa Barbara

    We were disappointed to see the headline "Illegals line up for driver's licenses" on the front page of the Santa Barbara News Press on Saturday January 3rd, 2015. Despite our disenchantment at the News Press’s continued depiction of the Latino community as innately criminal, It should be noted that this headline violates AP standards, which last year made a change to its recommendation for the use of the term "illegal" when describing undocumented immigrant workers.

    The new guidelines, issued April 2, 2013 read as follows: "Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission. Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented." (http://blog.ap.org/2013/04/02/illegal-immigrant-no-more/).

    We demand accountability and higher journalistic standards from the local media when covering the affairs of Latino immigrants. Especially because, currently, Santa Barbara does not have a direct local media outlet in Spanish that speaks to and on behalf of the Latino community. Santa Barbara’s local media, which includes the Santa Barbara News Press, The Independent, and KEYT, has a history of biased reporting that presents a less than objective analysis of the question of race and class in Santa Barbara. Such biased reporting raises the ugly specter of racism in the local media’s representation of 50% of the population of our city. We feel that those who support these type of attacks on local residents are part of the problem and not the solution.

    For these reasons, we demand a correction to this headline so that it adheres to the high standard’s of the Associated Press. We call upon the Santa Barbara News Press and all local media to present fair and accurate analysis of the issue of immigration and to use language describing Latinos that is neutral and objective rather than inflammatory and biased. An online petition started by a former resident has already received support from over 1,500 people who call for the same accountability of our local media.

    Until our demands are met, we are calling for a general boycott of the Santa Barbara News Press. We demand responsible reporting from our local media at a time when race relations have once again heated up to the boiling point with the recent spate of police killings of young people of color across the U.S. Join us and hundreds of residents in a demonstration on Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 6pm at Santa Barbara News Press 715 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara.

  • Comments on this post (3 comments)

    • Merita says…

      I (Megan) totally cried after I took this pcuitre. Tears and everything. The baby intently watching her parents get married? So touching. Must move on, or will cry again Can you tell she’s looking at her little one? The bride has a One Love tattoo. Awesome. Never seen a harpoonist before, let alone at a wedding. The groom’s red Ford Bronco added some gorgeous color to the shoot. Want to see more from the beach? Check out our Sunset Engagement on thea0Beach.

      on April 01, 2015

    • Vuqar says…

      maria – Mizrahim,your fiance is bitfaeuul. The picrures really capture the love you both have for each other. Congratulations, I’m thrilled that you look so happy. And everyone is looking towards that wedding day. Love you cuz. God bless you both.

      on March 28, 2015

    • Amigo says…

      Claudia Ortiz – Hey Miz, as my favorite cosuin I can say I am so happy for you, you look so happy with this girl, She must be someone really special to have capture your heart. And to her let me tell you I will meet you soon at the wedding, and I am exited!!! your a very lucky girl because my cuzin is a great guy. May God bless you guys in big ways. And may the love you guys feel never fade away.

      on March 26, 2015

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