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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org: Comcast Merger Collapse Would be Huge Win for Latinos

April 23, 2015

With Bloomberg News reporting that a collapse of the Comcast Time Warner Cable merger is imminent, Presente.org Executive Director Arturo Carmona issued the following response:

“The collapse of this dangerous merger would be a giant victory for Latinos, and renew faith in US regulators. While the rumors are still not settled, access to functional internet and unbiased media are essential to the success of Latinos nationwide. Latinos have been the tip of the spear in opposing this deal from the beginning, and for good reason. Our communities were the most vulnerable to this unprecedented merger that threatened to combine 19 of the top 21 Latino markets giving Comcast reach to over 90% of the Latino community. It is without question the most dangerous proposed merger Latinos have seen in recent memory, and we will continue to monitor the situation and strongly oppose the merger until the official withdrawal happens "

Over the last few months, Presente.org’s 300,000 members have worked tirelessly to oppose the merger and the resulting monopoly on Latino media it would have given Comcast. The group led a multi-month campaign that included online mobilization, social media engagement, and on the ground actions including a protest outside the California Public Utilities Commission meeting on the merger last week.

See the story from Bloomberg here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/comcast-said-planning-to-withdraw-offer-for-time-warner-cable