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U.S. SECRETARY CARLOS GUTIÉRREZ. U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutiérrez joins this edition to comment on his efforts to promote economic growth and exports, open new markets, lower unemployment and improve U.S. competitiveness. He also answer questions regarding widespread anti-free trade sentiments in Latin America, the requirements by the new U.S. Congress on labor and environmental protections, and the educational barriers for Latino workers.
ALSO, ‘SURGE’ IN IRAQ. Gonzalo Gallego, a top spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, defends President Bush decision to send more U.S. troops to Iraq. Meanwhile, Democrats begin hearings and try to force a vote in Congress on the plan.
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A FAIR CODE FOR TOMATO WORKERS. Members of Congress are petitioning Burger King and other food industry giants to work with organized farm workers in Florida to agree to pay raises and better working conditions for tomato workers. The petition proposes to set a strict code of conduct to prevent human rights abuses. This is a roundtable discussion.
Guests: Lucas Benítez, General coordinator, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL; Tom Malloy, Legislative adviser for Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Washington, DC; Keva Silversmith, Director for external communications, Burger King, Miami, FL; Reggie Brown, Executive vice president, Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, Orlando, FL.
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TEXAS EDITION – IRAQ: FIVE YEARS LATER. Five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the war is becoming increasingly unpopular. This program features a debate on the way the war plays in the presidential campaigns, Iraq-related expenditures, and the hidden costs of the war.
Guests: Fernando Suárez del Solar, Father of soldier Jesús Alberto, one of the first casualties in Iraq, founder and director of Proyecto Guerrero Azteca, Escondido, CA; Raoul Lowery-Contreras, Columnist, prominent Republican activist, San Diego, CA.
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ONE-ON-ONE WITH SECRETARY SOLIS. This is an interview with the U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Projected topics for conversation include the latest employment numbers, unemployment insurance, green jobs for low-income communities, and health care reform.
Guest: Hilda Solís, Secretaria de Trabajo, Washington, D.C., www.dol.gov
ALSO, HIGHER ED FOR THE SPANISH-SPEAKING. In these times of unemployment and financial difficulty, how to find time to go back to school, achieve career advancement and find professional security? How to find real-world jobs in a global economy? An organizational psychologist and expert on career coaching joins this edition to provide practical advice.
Guest: Dra. Ivonne Chirinos-Klevans, Directora de licenciatura de administración de empresas en español, Walden University, Raleigh, NC, www.waldenu.edu
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OBAMA'S FIRST YEAR. Iowans delivered the first primary election victory for Obama. This victory was crucial, as an ethnic minority candidate showed success in a state that was 96% white. Editors of Iowa Latino newspapers and grassroots activists discuss his State of the Union address and the Obama presidency one year after inauguration, the primary election process, and the changing face of the Iowa electorate.
Guests: Tony Gomez, County Commissioner, Dakota County, South Sioux City, NE, http://www.dakotacountyne.org/ ; Abril Garcia, Editor, Mundo Latino, South Sioux City, NE, http://www.mundolatino.net ; Dr. Lillian Lopez, Associate Professor of Political Science, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA, http://www.morningside.edu , Lorena Lopez, Editor, La Prensa Iowa, Denison, IA, www.laprensaiowa.com
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VACANT HOMES. As the door-to-door counting stage of the census draws to a close, census officials announce that 5 million homes were found to be vacant nationwide. Linea Abierta puts the spotlight on one of the hot spots of foreclosures, El Centro, California, where more than half of homeowners owe more on their homes than what they are worth, to discuss with foreclosure experts, homeowners, and census officials how the census will count those who lost their homes.
Guests: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Elected Officials, Washington, D.C. www.naleo.org ; Juanita Zamora, Unemployed, Brawley, CA; Leticia Grosh, Community Liaison, Campesinos Unidos, El Centro, CA. www.brawleycui.com ; Eric Reyes, Executive Director, Institute for Socio-Economic Justice, Brawley, CA. www.sociojustice.org ; Amalia De Aztlan, Spokesperson, Census Bureau, Palm Springs, CA. www.census.gov
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BUDGET HANG-UP. California’s state legislators have now been haggling over the budget for the longest amount of time in history. While Governor Schwarzenegger and Republican lawmakers advocate cutting $12 billion dollars in social services, including childcare and a state welfare-to-work program, Democrats are hoping to include delays in corporate tax breaks and increases in some income tax and vehicle registration fees.
Guests: Abel Maldonado, Lieutenant Governor, California; Araceli Martinez, Reporter, Radio Bilingüe, Sacramento, CA; Alberto Torrico, California State Assembly Majority Leader, Sacramento, CA, www.asmdc.org
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FARMERS DEMAND REPARATIONS. More than 1,000 Latino farmers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for years of unfair loans and other discriminatory practices. The government has offered them over $1 billion dollars, a fraction of what has been approved for African-American farmers. On the eve of a new hearing, Latino farmers join this edition to talk about the case.
Guests: Collette Harrell, Attorney, Howery LLP, Washington DC, www.howrey.com ; Alberto Acosta, Chili farmer and plaintiff, Animas, New Mexico; Noé Obregón, Farmer and Plaitiff, Pearsall, Texas.
ALSO, UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS. Unemployment fell in December to 9.4%, the lowest it has been in the past year and a half. This is an interview with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solís.
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TOMATO WORKERS PRESSURE TRADER JOE’S. Organized workers from Florida, the winter tomato capita l of the U.S., have fought for more than 15 years to win better wages and treatment for those who labor in the tomato fields. Nine corporations, including fast-food giants McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and Taco Bell have signed on to the agreement. Supermarkets are next in line. Florida tomato workers recently visited California to pressure Trader Joe’s to sign the agreement. So far, the grocery chain has refused to sign.
Guests: Lucas Benitez, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL (interviewed in Oakland, CA), www.ciw-online.org
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OCCUPY WALL STREET. Tens of thousands of people have crowded Wall Street to protest corporate greed, bank bailouts, and income inequality, in an American version of the “movement of the outraged” in Spain. Hundreds of thousands more are “occupying” other cities in support of the movement, and major national labor unions recently joined the ranks. Protesters and reporters join this edition to give an up-to-date report.
Guests: Omar Angel Pérez, Executive Director, Workplace Project, Hempstead, NY, http://www.workplaceprojectny.org/ ; Agnes Rivera Martinez, Activist, Community Voices Heard, Nueva York NY, www.cvhaction.org/ ; Jaime Contreras, Capital Area Director, Local 32BJ, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, D.C. www.seiu32bj.org ; Sergio Ballesteros, Teacher out of work, Participant in Occupy L.A. Los Angeles, CA
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TAX RAISE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. The Republican-led Congress passed a bill denying Child Tax Credits for taxpayers who use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers instead of social security numbers. The move would raise taxes on millions of families that make an average of $21,000 per year. Most of these taxpayers are undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen children. The move has sparked a firestorm of criticism among immigrant advocacy groups.
Guests: Leticia Miranda, Associate Director of Employment and Economic Policy Project, National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC, www.nclr.org ; José Dante Parra, Spokesperson for Senate Majority Harry Reid, Washington, DC, http://reid.senate.gov/ ; Jaime Soto, Bishop, Diocesis of Sacramento, Los Altos, CA, http://www.diocese-sacramento.org
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TAXING THE MILLIONAIRES? California governor Jerry Brown came to an agreement with union leaders and community organizations pushing a so-called “Millionaires Tax” initiative to combine both measures in a joint proposition on the ballot in November. The new proposition will increase the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthiest. What are the details of the new project? What are its chances with voters?
Guests: Araceli Martinez, Reporter, Radio Bilingue, Sacramento, CA; Francisco Rodriguez, Vice President, California Federation of Teachers, Longbeach, CA, www.cft.org
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LATINOS COULD BOOST ECONOMY. This is an exclusive interview with Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, a top director of the International Monetary Fund, after meeting with the highest U.S. economic officials. Ferretti talks about the recession, the U.S. public finances, and the impact of immigrants and Latinos on the U.S. economy. Listeners are encouraged to call in to discuss the interview and how it relates to the presidential elections. This program includes pre-taped calls from listeners who comment on previous programs, such as the caravan for peace and guns traffic, soda tax proposals, and the restrictions in Arizona against applicants for deferred action.
Guest: Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, Assistant director for the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund, New York, NY.
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
CHIPOTLE AGREEMENT. A groundbreaking coalition of farmworkers from Florida has once again made history by signing an agreement with a major fast food chain to pay a penny more for every pound of tomatoes, directly to the workers. Chipotle is the newest signer to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement, which also includes a code of responsible conduct.
Guest: Lucas Benítez, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL, www.ciw-online.org
ALSO, SUING FOR SHADE. The United Farm Workers filed a lawsuit against California authorities for failure to enforce laws that require shade, water, and rest for workers to prevent heat stroke. The president of the union joins this edition to discuss the lawsuit.
Guest: Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Keene, CA, www.ufw.org
ALSO, LISTENER FORUM. Listeners call in to the show to discuss recent news developments, including the elections, healthcare reform, foreclosures, and more.
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STRIKE IN THE FIELDS. Close to 200 farm workers went on strike last week in Washington State to protest working conditions at Sakuma Brothers Farm. The workers, many of them indigenous migrants from Oaxaca, Mexico, are calling for better wages, housing conditions, sick leave, and a stop to discrimination. The move is unprecedented in the state. This program also includes comments on the H2A or guest worker programs included in the immigration reform plans in the nation's Capitol Hill.
Guest: Rosalinda Guillén, Director, Community to Community Development, Bellingham, WA, http://foodjustice.org
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HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE IN U.S. California is set to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, the highest of any state in the country. Governor Brown said he would sign the bill, recently passed by the legislature. The two-dollar wage hike may be welcome news for many in the state, home to the highest total number of poor working families in the U.S. Will the raise be enough to lift families out of poverty and give the economy a shot in the arm? We talk with the bill’s author about this and other legislations.
Guest: Luis Alejo, Assemblymember, representing the 30th district, California Assembly, Watsonville, CA, http://www.asmdc.org/members/a30/
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Eminent Domain to Save Homes. Following on the steps of the city of Richmond, in northern California, the Mayor of El Monte Andre Quintero is exploring the unprecedented idea of using eminent domain powers to seize underwater mortgages from banks, write down those loans and then refinance homeowners at better terms. Richmond became the first city in the nation to adopt the plan. Groups from the banking industry are waging a powerful opposition. This is a conversation with the mayor of El Monte.
Guest: Andre Quintero, Mayor, El Monte, California, http://www.ci.el-monte.ca.us/
Also, Obama on Health Website Woes. President Obama addressed in a speech at the White House the problems of the national health website where people apply for and buy insurance. Obama said while the website is facing glitches, the health insurance is working fine. This segment includes fragments of President Obama’s comments.