LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Latino Community Foundation, who has the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country, has partnered with Univision News, the leading multimedia company serving Latinos, to present the first 2018 televised California Gubernatorial forum called "The Moment of Truth" on Thursday, January 25 at 6:00PM (PT). It was announced today by Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation, and Lourdes Torres, Senior Vice President, Political Coverage, Univision Communications Inc. The 90-minute Forum will be televised live from 6:00-7:00PM (PT) on Univision Network and from 7:00-7:30PM (PT), the Forum will continue exclusively on Univision's digital livestream.
"The Moment of Truth" will be moderated by Univision's award-winning news anchors Jorge Ramos and Ilia Calderon, who co-anchor "Noticiero Univision" — Spanish-language media's most important evening news broadcast. Ramos also hosts "Al Punto," Univision's weekly public affairs program, which will air an edited version of the Forum. A wide range of topics will be discussed, such as immigration, jobs and the economy, healthcare, education, climate change, as well as current events.
"There are 7 million eligible Latino voters in California," said Jacqueline Martinez-Garcel. "They represent the largest Latino voting bloc in the country. Engaging them is critical to strengthening our democracy. We are thrilled to partner with Univision and Jorge Ramos to present this opportunity for the candidates to state their positions on the issues that matter most directly to this segment of the population."
"This is a key moment for the candidates," said Lourdes Torres, "and the Forum will provide a front row seat for our viewers to learn where the candidates stand on these critical issues. Univision and the Latino Community Foundation have aligned priorities to inform and empower Latinos and we are thrilled to partner with them for this extraordinary event."
Six candidates will participate: Gavin Newsom (CA Lt. Governor-D); John Chiang (CA, State Treasurer-D); Antonio Villaraigosa (Fmr Los Angeles Mayor-D); John Cox (Attorney, Businessman-R); Delaine Eastin (Fmr state Superintendent of Education-D); Travis Allen (CA Assemblyman-R). The selection criteria for the six participants in the Latino Community Foundation's and Univision's 2018 Gubernatorial Forum was based on the data results from extensive polling conducted at the time of determination, and reasonable time and space available.
The Forum will be held before a live audience in Royce Hall on the historic campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. It has the potential to impact the decisions of millions of Latinos.
About the Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation has the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country and has invested millions of dollars to improve the livelihood of Latino families. Its mission is to unleash the power of Latinos in California by investing in Latino-led organizations dedicated to the transformation of their communities. It is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino youth and families in California. The Foundation is home to the first-ever Latino NonProfit Accelerator, which exists to scale the impact of leading Latino-led organizations across the state of California. The Foundation's innovative programs and unique partnerships have dramatically increased the level of civic engagement and political participation of Latinos, while also elevating their voices and leveraging their power to advance justice and equity. Working closely with key partners, the Foundation reached over 6 million people during the last election season.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. is the leading multimedia company serving Hispanic America, with a mission to inform, empower and entertain our community. Univision is the leading destination for U.S. Hispanics by a significant margin, commanding more than half of the Spanish-language primetime Adult 18-49 audience and reaching an estimated 104 million average monthly unduplicated media consumers. Univision engages consumers via its portfolio of 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships, including UDN, Fusion and a minority stake in El Rey Network, as well as 120 local TV and Radio stations, and a growing digital portfolio of mobile and video properties—including Univision.com, Univision Now, Uforia, The Root, as well as iconic digital-first platforms Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku, and a stake in The Onion. What makes Univision different is our deep connection to our young, diverse audience, which we continuously strengthen by delivering the most innovative Univision-branded content on all platforms - anytime, anywhere. Univision also offers a suite of branded extensions that complement our existing assets and deliver Univision-branded products tailored to the needs of our community. Univision is headquartered in New York City and has content creation facilities across the country.
SOURCE Latino Community Foundation