Steelers Place Franchise Tag on Le’Veon Bell

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Le’Veon Bell
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A regular contributor to Fox News and MSNBC for his insight on political races and issues in the Latino community, Chuck Rocha is the president and founder of Solidarity Strategies, which consulted for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of the political realm, Chuck Rocha is an avid fan of the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers secured an integral part of its offense in the 2017 NFL offseason by placing the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. This gives the team exclusive negotiating rights with the 25-year-old. If he does not sign a long-term deal with the Steelers before July 15, Bell will earn north of $12 million in 2017 and become a free agent following the season.

A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Bell has been one of the Steelers’ most dynamic players for the past four seasons. In 47 career games, he has accumulated 4,045 yards rushing, 2,005 yards receiving, and a combined 31 touchdowns. Last season, he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage per game with 157 and touches per game with 28. He also recorded a career-high in rushing yards per game with 105.7.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Ready 2 Lead

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Ready 2 Lead
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A leader in political consulting, Chuck Rocha operates Solidarity Strategies, the biggest U.S. political consulting firm owned and operated by Latinos. Outside of this role, Chuck Rocha is a fellowship advocate with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc., which offers youth a college preparation and leadership program called Ready 2 Lead.

Ready to Lead gathers Latino high school students for interactive college preparation seminars in multiple cities, from New York and Chicago to Phoenix and Los Angeles. Through his weekend event, students learn about the process of applying to college and paying for their educations. They leave the event better equipped to create a competitive college application.

Ready 2 Lead allows students to attend workshops and team-building exercises and learn from successful Latino leaders and educators, who serve as mentors during the Mentoring Power Hour. This session divides students into small groups where they can glean insight from Latino mentors as they prepare for college.

To learn more about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and its programs, visit CHCI.org.

Washington Nationals Quiet in Offseason Market

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Washington Nationals
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In 2010, Chuck Rocha founded Solidarity Strategies, a Washington, DC-based political consulting firm that he continues to lead as president. In his free time, Chuck Rocha follows his hometown professional baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

Washington Nationals fans had a lot to be happy about in 2016, as the team ended the regular season in first place in the National League East division. The Nationals also finished the regular season tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-most wins league-wide, with only the eventual World Series-winning Chicago Cubs tallying more. Making their third trip to the playoffs since 2012, the Nationals fell 3-2 in nail-biting Divisional Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the subsequent offseason, Nationals management has been relatively quiet. In December, the franchise traded minor-league prospect Pedro Avila for the San Diego Padres veteran catcher Derek Norris, though the Nationals released Norris in March.

In another trade, the club acquired Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for three right-handed pitchers. Two of the pitchers, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito, are considered top prospects. While a costly acquisition, Eaton comes to the Nationals following a productive 2016 season in which be batted .284 and was a finalist for the Gold Glove.

Solidarity Strategies Releases Pursuing the Dream, a “DACAmentary”

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DACAmentary
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As the president of Solidarity Strategies, Chuck Rocha oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations while also managing clients, branding, and marketing. Chuck Rocha and his associates were named 2016 Consultants of the Year by the Goldie Awards and recently earned six Reed Awards, including two for contributions to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential Campaign.

In early 2017, Solidarity Strategies released a short documentary on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the people affected by it. DACA is an Obama-era immigration policy made official in 2012 that affords the minor children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to stay in America for a two-year deferred action period that could be renewed. During that time, the minors would not face the threat of deportation or legal action related to their immigrant status.

The program, Pursuing the Dream, subtitled “A DACAmentary,” features interviews of children of undocumented workers explaining how DACA has helped them succeed in their adoptive country. The DACAmentary also goes into detail on the directive and those that came after, such as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Lastly, Pursuing the Dream examines and questions how President Trump will handle these initiatives and the ramifications a repeal would have on those affected by DACA and DAPA.

To learn more about DACA, DAPA, and to watch Pursuing the Dream, visit Solidarity Strategies online at solidaritystrategies.com.

Chuck Rocha // Big Picture Jan27

You cant always judge a program by the station it’s located on. A good example would be Greg Gutfeld, who has a wonderful late night show that just so happens to be on Fox News. A perfect example though is Thom Hartmann who has the #1 progressive radio talk show, that just so happens to have its televised counterpart on RT (Russia TV, the home of Larry King Now). Chuck Rocha appears frequently as a contributor. on this episode they discuss Medicaid, net neutrality’s fate under the Trump administration, and Trump’s order to move ahead with the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Thom’s radio program is also available at We Act Radio, check in with the show if you liked what you saw here

Street Food South of the Equator

Argentina food
Argentina food

 

Based in Washington, D.C., Chuck Rocha founded and leads as president Solidarity Strategies, a 100 percent minority owned and operated political consulting firm. He also produces a podcast called The Rocha Revolution. In his free time, Chuck Rocha enjoys traveling and trying a variety of street foods around the world.

Many travelers plan their vacations around food, and a growing number are interested in street food – literally, food prepared on the street. Some of the best street food can be found south of the equator in Argentina.

A popular dish is asado, a type of barbeque also known as parrillada. Argentinians love spending an afternoon grilling meats over a fire. These meats include beef, pork, ribs, sausages, and sweetbread and are often topped with chimichurri, one of the country’s most beloved condiments. The tangy and flavorful chimichurri is made of parsley, oregano, onion, garlic, olive oil, and chilli pepper flakes.

Another must-try dish is provoleta, which is the Argentina’s version of provolone cheese. Provoleta is grilled and topped with herbs, and often served with chimichurri. Popular dishes for those on the go include empanadas, which are deep-fried or baked and filled with stuffing, either savory or sweet. Finally, cap it all with a cup of yerba mate, an herbal and naturally caffeinated drink found throughout the country.