Voto Latino, the non-profit organization founded by actress Rosario Dawson to promote American Latino youth civic participation, celebrated its five-year anniversary last month by kicking off its ON Series here in Washington, DC. Dawson and Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar were joined by the President’s Domestic Policy adviser Melody Barnes and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis for “ON: Greening the Next Generation Workforce” to discuss the role of Latino’s in the emerging green economy.
The changing landscape of political fund-raising was the focus of the inaugural BizBash Media Eye Opener Breakfast Series discussion. CBS News’ Nancy Cordes moderated the panel that included The Ashcroft Group’s Juleanna Glover, Hillary Clinton’s former National Finance Director Jonathan Mantz, Wiley Rein’s Jan Baran and Lisa Spies from The LS Group.
Stephen Geer, who successfully helped raise some $500 million online during the 2008 presidential campaign as Director of Email and Online Fund-Raising at Obama for America, says Twitter will be a powerful fund-raising tool in the future but will never replace email.
First Lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of the latest Newsweek magazine with a shiny red apple but last week she came to the defense of the Twinkie (the cream-filled sponge cake is apparently a favorite with the Obama girls).
The First Lady spoke with Newsweek’s editor Jon Meacham at the magazine’s Executive Forum in Washington about her Let’s Move initiative to fight childhood obesity.
She’s challenging grocery companies to rework their products and wants nutritional information put on food packaging that’s easier to understand. The First Lady draws a line at putting a warning label on Hostess Twinkies or Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal but appeals to parents to use common sense when it comes to feeding their kids.
“I’m all in favor of good snacks. We grew up with snacks and chips. But we have to exercise more. Parents have to understand what’s in the Twinkie. So we don’t need a warning, we need information that’s easy to understand.”