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Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.

Línea Abierta : Mexico-US Guestworkers.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico-US Guestworkers. When Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed NAFTA, they also signed labor accords and the receiving country agreed to provide the same labor protections to migrant workers as to their national workers. Migrant rights groups have complained that farmworkers and fair and carnaval workers suffer unequal treatment and are often paid below mínimum wage and other abuses. The complaints made by alleged victims, and the legal procedures started by several pro-migrant rights groups, compelled the labor secretaries of the U.S. and Mexico to meet and signed a Declaration where both countries vow to take action against labor law violations.

Guests: Jessica Stender, Legal Director, Centro De Los Derechos Del Migrante Inc., México, D.F., ; Jorge Palafox, Carnival Worker (2013), Víctim, Labor rights violated, Michoacán, Mexico

Línea Abierta : Quest for Biliteracy.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Quest for Biliteracy. More and more states are joining a movement passing laws to honor students’ bilingualism and biliteracy. In California, thousands of students have been awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy and now two school districts are being recognized for leading the way to ensure high school graduates are fluent in at least two languages. This program features an acclaimed bilingual student and leaders from pioneering districts, including one that served as a model for the State Seal.

Guests: Cynthia Orozco, State Seal of Biliteracy awardee, student at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA, ; Wendy Ríos, Teacher and Coordinator of Languages Program, Thomas Edison Elementary School, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale, CA,

Línea Abierta : Immigration Reform: Private Prisons.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Immigration Reform: Private Prisons. A commission of current and formerly undocumented leaders sent formal recommendations to President Obama on steps his administration can take to expand relief programs and reduce the harm of current deportation practices. Meantime, people with relatives in detention are fasting in front of the White House and immigrant detainees in a month-long hunger strike and their supporters in Washington State draw attention to investments on private prison companies. An analyst gives an overview of how immigration centers work, the political influence of the companies that manage the prison system and the "bed mandate" law.

Línea Abierta : Obamacare Enrollment: Closing Time.

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59:05 minutes (54.12 MB)

Obamacare Enrollment: Closing Time. As consumers who had problems signing up for health insurance in the marketplace got extra time to apply, the system experienced a new surge in enrollments and the number of people getting enrolled continues to grow. On the eve of the critical deadline, a national expert informs the audience of the deadline, which in most parts of the country would be April 15 and there is no chance for another extension. Those individuals whose paperwork is pending government approval would get more time, but on a case by case basis.

Guest: Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC,

Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico Edition: Host Martha Elena Ramírez gives an analysis, on how several farm worker organizations marched and demanded a revision to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and they are questioning the new agriculture reform announced by the federal government which offers no details on how the reform is going to work. The National Confederation of Corn Producers (CNPM), accused the Mexican government of allowing the import of contaminated produce such us rice into the country, which endangers the stability of crops. All of this takes place on the 95th anniversary of the death of General Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary hero who fought for land rights on behalf of peasants. Also in this edition, are the statements of journalist Mario Alberto Segura, who was kidnapped and forced to take down his webpage; the webpage alerted the community of crime, kidnappings and executions happening in the state of Tamaulipas. This edition is broadcast from Mexico City.

Línea Abierta : Extra Time to Enroll.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

Extra Time to Enroll. The Obama administration allowed extra time to enroll in the insurance market for those who were standing in line at the time open enrollment ended March 31. In these extra days, the number of people who have signed up rose to more than 7.5 million. Still, consumers continue facing technical glitches and long lines. Experts advise listeners to seek help from certified conuselors to make sure the enrollment is finish on-time to avoid paying any penalties.

Guests: Lizelda Lopez, Spokesperson Covered California, Sacramento, CA, ; Michelle LaRue, Senior Manager of Health and Human Services for CASA de Maryland, Silver Spring, MD,

Línea Abierta : The Battle to Raise Minimum Wage.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

The Battle to Raise Minimum Wage. With corporate profits at a record high and the value of wages substantially falling, President Obama calls for a raise in the federal minimum wage. Thirty states are considering legislation to raise the minimum wage. Leading Democrats introduced a bill in the Senate to hike the minimum wage, which is opposed by congressional Republicans and some conservative Democrats. In addition to hailing the salary-rise proposals as a positive step, experts comment about President Obama's executive measures that allow women to get equal pay for equal jobs.

Línea Abierta : Immigration Reform: Widespread Action.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Immigration Reform: Widespread Action. As Congress prepares to an April recess and meet with constituents, grassroots groups escalate actions in their call for immigration reform and deportation relief. An analyst gives a view on what would happen if Congress doesn't act on immigration reform, what administrative actions could take President Obama. Also, how the standstill of the immigration reform can affect both political parties, Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming elections. An expert also provides practical advice to those applying for residence or citizenship.

Guests: Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement – FIRM, Washington, DC,; Rosalba Piña, Immigration Attorney, Chicago, IL,

Línea Abierta : Campaign Finance Ruling.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Campaign Finance Ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the cap on the total amount of money wealthy donors can give to candidates and political committees. This could lead to a flood of new money into U.S. politics. According to experts and listeners, such change damages our democracy, gives the wealthy increased political influence and opens the doors to corruption. There were calls to counterbalance this decision by overcoming low voter registration rates and getting engaged as voters.

Guests: Cruz Reynoso, Civil Rights Lawyer, Professor of Law Emeritus at UC Davis, Former California Supreme Court Justice, Davis, CA; Antonio González, President, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, President, William C. Velasquez Institute, Los Angeles, CA, ; Luis J. Rodriguez, Author, Poet and Activist, Candidate for Governor of California, Los Angeles, CA,

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