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MEXICO EDITION. There is no academic or research reason for Harvard University to give a fellowship to former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón, states the businessman from Puebla, Mexico, Eduardo Cortés Rivadeneyra. Cortés Rivadeneyra and a former Border Patrol agent John Randolph, collected more than 35,000 signautres asking that the university revoke the fellowship of guest researcher with the Angelopoulus program for global public leaders. The petition, received by the associate dean of communication and public affairs in Harvard in Boston, Melodie Jackson, after the dean of the John F. Kennedy School, which is hosting Calderón, refused any appointment or to give an official answer to the petition. Cortés Rivadeneyra said the petition is completely viable and is signed by Mexican citizens who reside in the United States and another 27 countries. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
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POBAMA'S PLAN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM. This second hour of a two-hour special edition includes the second half of President Obama's speech on his plan for immigration reform, recorded live from Las Vegas, Nevada. Top political analysts discuss the plan. Listeners call in to share their views.
Guests: Maribel Hastings, Senior Adviser, America's Voice, from Las Vegas, NV, http://americasvoiceonline.org/ ; Carlos Gutiérrez, Former Secretary of Commerce, and Member, Republicans for Immigration Reform, Washington, D.C.; Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Las Vegas, NV, www.ufw.org
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OBAMA UNVEILS IMMIGRATION PLAN. President Obama is making a major announcement on his comprehensive immigration reform plan at an event in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a live interconnection with the news conference and discussion about the president’s push for public and congressional support for a reform package.
Guests: President Barack Obama, President of the United States, from Las Vegas, NV, www.whitehouse.gov (live audio); Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union, from Las Vegas, NV; Cristina Jiménez, Managing Director, United We Dream Network, from Las Vegas, NV, http://unitedwedream.org
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SENATORS ANNOUNCE IMMIGRATION REFORM PLAN. A group of eight senators, both Republicans and Democrats, announced a bipartisan plan for immigration reform today. The plan includes more border security, a farm worker program, a version of the DREAM Act, and a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, but contingent on a secure border. This edition includes soundbites from the senators' announcements, as well as reactions from community and political leaders.
Guests: Dolores Huerta, Co-founder, United Farmworkers, and President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, CA, www.doloreshuerta.org ; Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, www.nalec.org ; Jorge Silva, Spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Washington, D.C., www.reid.senate.gov ; Hilda Solís, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Washington, D.C.
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MEXICO EDITION. Environmentalists will sue the application of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to stop the transnational company Monsanto from planting genetically engineered corn in Mexico. According to Silvia Ribeiro, a researcher from the Erosion, Technology and Concentration Group, the former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, authorized the planting of genetically engineered corn in the states of Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, after meeting with the directors of Monsanto at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A moratorium had previously been in place against genetically engineered corn in Mexico since 1999. Mexico is the center of origin of corn in the world and has 57 kinds of the grain, with more than 30,000 varieties. Researchers say this diverse resource could be in danger in the presence of genetically engineered corn. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
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GUN CONTROL. Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are reintroducing a bill to ban military-stile weapons and high-capacity magazines. The bill, “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013”, would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of certain firearms and semi-automatic rifles, and high-capacity magazines. A Democratic congressmember and a peace advocate join this edition to comment the topic.
Guests: Rep. Xavier Becerra, D – Los Angeles, Washington, DC; Medea Benjamin, Co-founder, Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace, Washington, DC. www.codepink4peace.org , www.globalexchange.org
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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. The first Latino keynote speaker at a commemorative service for Martin Luther King, Jr. is Reverend Samuel Rodríguez. The conservative religious leader, who has been outspoken in favor of immigration reform, had also been invited to speak in President Obama’s inauguration, but he opted for his pre-arranged keynote speech. This edition includes an interview with the orator, to share his views about King's thought and his take about the presidential inauguration.
Guest: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sacramento, CA, www.nhclc.org
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CIVIL RIGHTS TODAY. This special, Holiday edition on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day includes an exclusive interview with Martín Castro, chair of the United States Civil Rights Commission, about the most pressing civil rights issues of our times, including hate crimes, violations of immigrants’ civil rights in Alabama and other states that have passed strict anti-immigration laws, the Latino dropout crisis, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Guest: Martín Castro, Chairman, United States Civil Rights Commission, Chicago, IL, www.usccr.gov
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MEXICO EDITION. More than one million workers in Mexico presented appeals in federal court against the new Federal Labor Law, which now allows contracts by the hour, trial contracts, and training contracts, as well as legalizing the practice of outsourcing, allowing large companies to subcontract services from other companies, to avoid paying benefits, worker's compensation insurance and pensions. The appeals were submited in different states of the country, by unions of health, education, electrical, and service workers. The protesters are also preparing a People's Court on February 5th to try the lawmakers who made more than 50 modifications to the labor law last November. This edition also includes reports that the former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón and the former governor of Michoacán, Leonel Godoy Rangel, are shareholders of the builders that affected the ecosystem and archealogical zone of La Loma de Santamaría in the state of Michoacán.
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NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. A record number of Latinos were sworn into the 113th Congress of the United States, including three U.S. senators and 28 members of the House of Representatives. This edition includes interviews with two freshman members of Congress, Pete Gallego of Texas, and Dr. Raúl Ruiz of California, about their plans for this term in Congress.
Guests: Pete Gallego, U.S. Congressman, 23rd District in Texas, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., http://gallego.house.gov ; Dr. Raúl Ruiz, U.S. Congressman, 36th District in California, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., http://ruiz.house.gov