audio by location blythe ca
61:17 minutes (56.12 MB)
Formerly known as “Little Mississippi,” a backwards, segregated town run by plantation politics, Blythe, CA is today a hotbed of environmental activism and civic participation. Easily missed when driving between Phoenix and Los Angeles, this small town gained national fame after local groups succeeded in stopping a proposed nuclear power plant in the 70s and a nuclear mega-waste dump ten years ago. Leaders of these movements have been recognized as pioneers of the Latino movement for environmental justice. Local guests discuss on this radio forum the environmental agenda of the presidential campaigns, the efforts to assert the right to a clean and healthy environment, and the challenges to continue achieving electoral influence and elected office. This remote program is part of the series “Hacia el Voto 2008” and is aired in co-production with community station KERU-FM.