59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
Alabama to Gut Anti-Immigrant Law. A new settlement between the state of Alabama and civil rights groups permanently blocks key parts of HB 56, widely considered the strictest immigration law in the U.S. Now, the state is banned from requiring schools to verify the immigration status of newly enrolled students and making it a crime to give a ride to undocumented immigrants, among other provisions. One of the lawyers spearheading the case joins this program, aired in simulcast with the three-station network La Jefa, in Birmingham, AL.
Guest: Sigfredo “Freddy” Rubio, attorney and member of the ACLU of Alabama Board of Directors, Birmingham, Alabama, http://www.aclualabama.org
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
To Sin Against Hope. In his new book about life and politics in the borderland, titled “To Sin Against Hope,” Alfredo Gutierrez argues that the war on Mexican immigrants has rarely abated. This personal memoir of the former leader of the Arizona State Senate begins with the deportation of his U.S. citizen father from his Arizona hometown, during a period of anti-immigrant hysteria fed by the Great Depression. Gutierrez says that the immigration policies of then president Herbert Hoover mirror Barack Obama’s in harshness.
Guest: Alfredo Gutierrez, author and former Arizona state senator, Phoenix, AZ.
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.
59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)
The First People’s View of Thanksgiving. On Native American Heritage Month, this program focuses on the current battle of Native American activists over the use of indigenous names and images in sports. Recently, an influential San Francisco newspaper stopped using the name “Redskins” to refer to the Washington, DC, football team, calling the name a racial slur, and a major city school government in California dropped the decades-old “Apache” high school mascot. In addition, as many in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and family time, many Native Americans in San Francisco, CA, call it “Un-Thanksgiving Day” and descend on Alcatraz Island to perform ceremonies of struggle and hope. Activists discuss these and other issues in this program, aired live on KIQI, San Francisco/Sacramento.
59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)
Safety Net for the Undocumented. Undocumented immigrants and other residents in California have access to very different health services depending on the county and city they live in. A new report projects that this patchy safety net will contribute to the lack of health insurance for 3 to 4 millions of Californians in 2019. However, everyone in the U.S. has rights when seeking a doctor. We speak with a health expert on those resources and upcoming changes due to the Affordable Care Act.
Guest: Nancy Gómez, Southern California Program Director, Health Access, Los Angeles, CA, www.health-access.org
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
The Right To Stay Home. In his most recent book, David Bacon portrays a growing resistance of Mexican communities that envision a world were migration is not forced by poverty or environmental destruction. The author speaks about the activists he portrays in his narrative, and the connection between the U.S. policies that push migration, and a person’s right to remain home.
Guest: David Bacon, journalist and author, The Right To Stay Home, Oakland, CA, http://dbacon.igc.org/
Also, Immigration Relief for Military Families. The Obama administration issued a new rule that allows the spouses, children and parents of current U.S. service members and veterans to stay in the country. Experts say thousands of families may benefit from this policy. A regular immigration commentator clarifies the details of the new rule.
Guest: Rosalba Piña, immigration attorney, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com
59:06 minutes (54.17 MB)
GMO Tortillas on the Table? Mexico’s staple food for thousands of years, maize, is at the center of a battle pitting agricultural giant Monsanto and local farmers trying to preserve the natural diversity of the plant and food in general. A Mexican judge recently suspended all planting of genetically modified strains of corn and blocked Monsanto field trials of GMO corn in the country. We speak with two experts about GMO foods in Mexico and the U.S., and what’s at stake for the public.
Guests: Adelita San Vicente, Director, Fundación Semillas de Vida, Mexico City, http://www.semillasdevida.org.mx/ ; Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology, UC Berkeley, Oakland, CA, http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
Mexico Edition. The murder of community leaders in the state of Guerrero continues. Juan Lucena Ríos and José Luis Sotelo Martínez, farm workers from El Paraíso, were executed this week after announcing the creation of a community police. Both were leaders in demanding support for coffee farmers who lost their crops after storms Ingrid and Manuel, and opposed the relocation of residents. During Governor Angel Aguirre Rivero’s tenure, eleven other activists have been executed. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this Voz Pública edition from Mexico City.
Guests: Dr. Raymundo Díaz, surgeon and coordinator, Collective Against Torture and Impunity, Acapulco Guerrero; Abel Barrera, director, Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, Tlapa, Guerrero.
59:06 minutes (54.1 MB)
Domestic Violence Shelters. María del Socorro Pesqueira has recently been recognized in Chicago for her leadership in helping thousands of families break free from the yoke of domestic violence. She talks about her efforts to create a network of safe shelters where battered Latinas feel welcome and en familia. Pesqueira shares tips on how to overcome abusive relationships, foster positive and supportive behavior in men, and lend a friendly hand to other Latina women living in the shadows of domestic violence.
Guest: María del Socorro Perqueira, President & CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Chicago, IL, http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/
59:07 minutes (54.18 MB)
Javier Sicilia in Second U.S. Peace Mission. Activist and renowned poet Javier Sicilia says Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been unwilling to fight against massive corruption and the country continues in a state of violence and disaster. He is visiting the OAS to address a comprehensive package of issues, including money laundering, guns, and drugs, “the triangle of horror.” He calls on Latinos in the U.S. to play a larger role in helping to bring justice to the victims of narcoviolence. After Sicilia’s own 24-year old son was brutally murdered by drug traffickers, the poet launched a movement to end Mexico’s war on drugs. We speak also speak with an exiled businessman demanding answers on his son’s murder and thousands of other unpunished crimes in Mexico.