Month: March 2016

Turning Ignorance Around to Stop the Hate

Los Angeles, CA – The CHIRLA Action Fund and Walton Isaacson worked together to present a different take on the anti-immigrant hate speech being spewed in this Presidential Election cycle. The #turnignorancearound advertisement takes hate speech and gives it a twist. As this type of negative speech  continues to be given center stage, it is time to take a stand and stop the hate. For more information and background on this advertisement, read the story below and click on to watch the full video.


Latinos Admit to Being ‘Murderers,’ ‘Traffickers’ and ‘Thieves’ in Anti-Trump Ad

Spot Reframes Candidate’s Perjorative Characterizations

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on

Earlier this week, Republican group Our Principles PAC used presidential candidate Donald Trump’s own words against him in an ad featuring women reading his offensive quotes about the opposite sex. Now, the CHIRLA Action Fund has turned Mr. Trump’s statements about Latinos against him in another spot.

The ad features various Latinos “owning up” to thecharacterizations Mr. Trump had made of them as dealers, killers, murderers, attackers, traffickers and thieves, each wearing a t-shirt with those titles. “I am a dealer,” “I am a killer,” “I am a thief,” “I am an attacker,” they say.

But as each turns around, they reveal their true identities: the “trafficker” is actually a trafficker of stories — a film director; the “murderer” is a murderer of boredom, a comedian; and the dealers include a dealer of flavors (a chef), a dealer of care (a nanny) and a dealer of justice (an attorney) and so forth.

General and multicultural agency Walton Isaacson came up with the ad, whose production began at the end of last year. “We are very committed to minorities … and we believe that there’s an urgent need right now to speak the truth and confront negative racial stereotypes,” said GCD Martin Cerri. “So this idea came up organically, while we were discussing about different target audiences that we represent at the agency.”

The ad took about three months to pull together, from ideation through production. All those featured in the ad are real people — “It was a process kind of similar to what you do when you approach a focus group,” Mr. Cerri said. “It was not a normal casting, we didn’t look for the perfect delivery, we looked for a range of real people with a big range of different occupations in order to make our point.”

The ad directs viewers to an accompanying site,, where they can see the film and purchase their own t-shirts re-framing Trump’s pejorative characterizations.

SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments for DAPA/DACA+

Washington D.C. – The Supreme Court of the United States will move forward and prepare to hear oral arguments on the DAPA/DACA+ programs on April 18, 2016. This latest development comes as advocacy, community, and labor organizations have worked to collect signatures for Amicus Briefs from supporters of the DAPA/DACA+ program to be submitted to the Supreme Court next week. As the SCOTUS moves to hear these arguments, a groundswell of support for these legal and constitutional programs will continue. A ruling on the DAPA/DACA+ case is inching closer to a June 2016 decision.

The issue at hand for the SCOTUS to rule on is as follows:

Issue: (1) Whether a state that voluntarily provides a subsidy to all aliens with deferred action has Article III standing and a justiciable cause of action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge the Secretary of Homeland Security’s guidance seeking to establish a process for considering deferred action for certain aliens because it will lead to more aliens having deferred action; (2) whether the guidance is arbitrary and capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law; (3) whether the guidance was subject to the APA’s notice-and-comment procedures; and (4) whether the guidance violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, Article II, section 3.

For more information visit: SCOTUS Blog