PHOENIX In response to the growing need to provide public policy information in both English and Spanish, the Goldwater Institute announces the launch of a new Spanish language initiative. Beginning today, the website www.institutogoldwater.org will make Goldwater Institute publications and resources available in Spanish.
"The Goldwater Institute's new Spanish language website will be an important resource for Hispanic media to present balance between liberal and conservative points-of-view," says Ruben Hernandez, Senior Editor of Latino Perspectives Magazine, an award-winning publication based in Phoenix.
All Goldwater Institute policy reports, press releases, and daily policy analyses will be simultaneously distributed in English and Spanish. Members of the Spanish-speaking press are also invited to contact the Goldwater Institute for analysis, interviews, and story content.
Currently Hispanics make up 14 percent of the U.S. population and more than 25 percent of Arizona's total population. In just five years, Spanish speakers will comprise 50 percent of the states population and one-quarter of all residents will speak Spanish as their native language.
Various government agencies have embraced outreach programs to communicate their ideas to the Spanish speaking community. For instance, the Citizens Clean Elections Commission spent $135,000 for Spanish language advertising on radio, television, newspaper, and internet in 2006.
Until now, policy information in the Spanish speaking community has been dominated by government sources. The Goldwater Institute will remedy that imbalance by ensuring that research and information on public policy is available in Spanish, says Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen.
In order to understand Hispanic attitudes toward specific policy areas, the Goldwater Institute will conduct polling on issues related to education, fiscal policy, and the basic role of government. Book forums and speeches featuring international authors are also on the horizon.
The Goldwater Institute Spanish language initiative is supported by The Daniels Fund, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and The Gleason Foundation.
For more information, please contact Ann Seiden, communications and Hispanic outreach coordinator, (602) 712-1971. The Goldwater Institute is a non-profit research organization developing policy solutions that foster economic and educational freedom.