Philadelphia, PA, October 23, 2023 – Univision 65, a TelevisaUnivision network station in the U.S., has partnered yet again with Esperanza and Impacto Media to continue their groundbreaking coverage on Philadelphia’s mayoral election by hosting. ‘Filadelfia Decide: A Latino Community Conversation with Mayoral Candidates.’ Democratic candidate Cherelle Parker and Republican candidate David Oh, both vying to become the 100th Mayor of Philadelphia, spoke directly to community members about the issues that matter most to them, in separate Community Conversations.
Moderated by Univision 65’s Ilia Garcia, the Community Conversations featured an audience including small business owners, block captains, students, and members of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. The conversations, which took place on October 20th on Esperanza’s campus in North Philadelphia, will be broadcast in two episodes: on October 28th at 4pm with candidate David Oh and on October 29th at 6pm with candidate Cherelle Parker. Recordings will be made available shortly after on Impacto Media’s website.
During the Community Conversations, the mayoral candidates were asked about crucial issues, environmental concerns, and education. The intimate setting allowed the candidates to delve deeper into their responses to the Filadelfia Decide Questionnaire, published in April by Impacto Media. Additionally, the event provided a platform for candidates to elaborate on statements made during the April Latino Mayoral Forum, a collaborative effort by Esperanza, Impacto, and Univision 65. That forum, with ten primary candidates from both parties, illuminated the need for greater responsiveness to the concerns of Latino residents.
Community members and students from Esperanza Academy Charter School and Esperanza College of Eastern University had the opportunity to question the candidates directly. Their inquiries revolved around each candidate’s vision for the Latino community and their prior engagement with Latinos in the neighborhood, among other relevant topics.
Esperanza, Impacto Media, and Univision 65 share a steadfast commitment to improving access to accurate and reliable information for both English and Spanish-speaking Latinos in Philadelphia regarding community affairs. As part of this dedication, Esperanza initiated the Filadelfia Decide series, designed to empower the community by facilitating direct interactions with candidates to discuss the issues that matter most to the Latino population and fostering increased civic participation in the neighborhoods they serve.
The ‘Filadelfia Decide’ events, which include the Latino Mayoral Forum and ‘A Latino Community Conversation with Mayoral Candidates,’ are part of ‘Every Voice, Every Vote,’ a collaborative project established by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. funded by the William Penn Foundation. This project endeavors to amplify the voices of the community and promote informed civic engagement.
For more information and to access the virtual version of ‘Filadelfia Decide: A Latino Community Conversation with Mayoral Candidates,’ please visit Impacto Media’s website.
For additional information, please visit Univision 65.com and follow the conversation on Univision 65 social accounts on @univision65
Uriel Rendon—Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Esperanza
Bill Tipacti– Director of Community Empowerment, Univision
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As one of the nation’s largest Hispanic, faith-based, multi-service organizations, Esperanza is a catalyst for local, regional, and national social transformation. Esperanza has built a family of institutions which together form an ecosystem of onramps to economic, educational, and creative opportunities to confront poverty and disinvestment in Hunting Park. Esperanza serves approximately 25,000 people a year through affordable housing, in-person and cyber charter schools, economic and business corridor development, housing counseling and financial education, immigration legal services, a school of music, performing arts theater, workforce development, benefits access, youth and faith leadership development, and a fully accredited university branch campus. Esperanza employs over 650 dedicated staff who provide services that create the conditions for transformative experiences for individuals that ripple into communitywide change. Guided by our commitment to excellence and integrity, our services are high quality, bilingual, and delivered by and for the Hunting Park community. Esperanza was founded by The Reverend Luis Cortés Jr. and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity in 1986. Visit www.esperanza.us or follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, Esperanza Strengthening Hispanic Communities on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.
Based in the Hunting Park neighborhood, Impacto brings community journalism by, of, and for Philadelphia’s Latino community. Impacto is the only Spanish-language newspaper delivered door to door in Philadelphia. The growing Latino population in the United States is transforming the nation’s politics, economy, and culture, with Latinos in Philadelphia representing 16% of the city’s population, and the metropolitan region as home to more than half a million Latinos.