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RACING PAST OBSTACLES. Cuban cyclist Damián López has raced past the obstacles life has put in his path. After an accident in his childhood that cost him his forearms, López has gone on to win local competitions in Cuba, using his elbows to control his bicycle. This interview was done as López recovers from surgery and prosthesis work to allow him to join the Paralympics Games in Canada in 2012.
Guest: Damián López Alfonso, Cyclist, La Habana, Cuba, interviewed from New Jersey.
ALSO, FROM FARM FIELDS TO HARVARD. Twins Octavio and Omar Viramontes were born with a rare speech impediment, but have gone on to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and study in the most prestigious universities in the country. Octavio tells the story of how his childhood picking grapes and pruning vines alongside his father inspired him to excel in school and win a full scholarship to prestigious Harvard University.
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
TIPS FOR E-BUSINESS PEOPLE. What are the top 10 tips for starting a business online? How are Latino businesses making it through the economic crisis with the help of the internet? The founder of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce joins this edition to give tips to small Latino business owners on how to move and make a business grow in the cyber world.
Guest: Tayde Aburto, Founder, Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce, San Diego, CA, www.hiscec.com.
59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)
NEW PUSH AGAINST CHILD LABOR. Actor Eva Longoria and civil rights advocates joined forces with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard in a new effort to reform child labor laws for farmworkers. Hundreds of thousands of children work under hazardous conditions in U.S. farms. Royball-Allard is spearheading “The Children Act for Responsible Employment,” (CARE), which includes child labor protections.
Guests: Norma Flores López, Director, Children in the Fields Campaign, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, former child farm worker, Washington, D.C., www.afop.org
ALSO, COURT SIDES WITH WAL-MART. The Supreme Court blocked a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart that could have involved more than 1 and a half million women. The court said there were too many women working in too many different kinds of jobs at the company to include them all in a class-action suit. What does this decision mean for future bias claims against large companies?
59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)
LATINO TECHIES. A blog to answer technology questions in Spanish, a company that helps hospitals and doctors exchange medical records online, an online video and photo sharing site, and an application to record and share voice messages on Facebook are just some of the projects nominated for the first-ever Latinos in Social Media Tech Awards. This roundtable is part of Conéctate, a radio and online series geared to breach the digital divide.
Guests: Ariel Coro, Founder, Tu Tecnología, Miami, FL, www.tutecnologia.com ; Elianne Ramos, Vice-Chair of Communications and Public Relations, Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), Baltimore, MD, www.latism.org ; Jesse Luna Founder, JP Luna Media, Santa Paula, CA, www.jpluna.com
59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)
EMPLOYER SANCTIONS UPHELD. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2007 Arizona law that penalizes businesses that knowingly employed undocumented workers. The law has reportedly had a devastating effect on Arizona’s economy and pushed a large number of workers out of the state. What do the effects of this law foretell for the rest of the country under the current administration’s policy of workplace immigration audits?
Guests: Victoria López, Immigrant Rights Advocate, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. http://acluaz.org ; Joe Hayes, Researcher, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA. http://www.ppic.org
ALSO, RECALL IN ARIZONA? A group of Arizona residents has collected more than 18,000 signatures to force an election to recall Arizona State Senate President, Russell Pearce. The Republican has authored and pushed several anti-immigrant laws in the state, including S.B. 1070.
59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)
SUBSIDIZING THE WEB. As more people struggle to pay their bills during the economic crisis, the internet has become essential for applying for jobs and benefits, and to help small businesses during economic recovery. Groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to expand their discount programs for phone service to include discounts for low-income households to connect to to high-speed internet.
Guests: Keyla Hernandez Ulloa, Spokesperson, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov ; Steven Renderos, Program Director, Media Justice, Main Street Project, Minneapolis, MN, www.mainstreetproject.org ; Fabiola Carrión, Broadband and Green jobs Policy Specialist, Progressive States Network, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.progressivestates.org/
59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)
HUNGRY IN FARM COUNTRY. Almost one fifth of people living in the United States had trouble putting enough food on the table last year, according to a recent report. Latino families are even more likely to be hungry and less likely to participate in programs such as food stamp benefits. This edition takes a closer look at why some cities in the heart of California’s bread bowl rank at the top of the list for hunger and food insecurity.
Guests: Ana Martínez, Spokesperson, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Feeding America, Los Angeles, CA, www.lafoodbank.org , www.feedingamerica.org ; Reyna Villalobos, Program Director, Fresno Metro Ministry, Fresno, CA, www.fresnometmin.org ; Francisca Sánchez, Fresno Resident, Parent Representative of the Migrant Education Program, Fresno, CA; José Corchado, CalFresh Eligibility Supervisor, Fresno County, Fresno, CA; Amanda López, Child Nutrition policy specialist, Feeding America, Chicago, ILL. www. feedingamerica.org
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
PRISON PROFITS. The United States’ largest private prison corporations have made billions of dollars by jailing immigrants at the expense of taxpayers. The Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group lobby hard for policies to put more immigrants in prison, even when the majority are categorized as non-criminal or charged with minor infractions. A coalition of civic groups is calling on shareholders to dump their stock in the corporations.
Guests: Daniel Carrillo, Field Organizer, Enlace International, Los Angeles, CA, www.enlaceintl.org/programs/prison-divestment/; Pedro Guzmán, Detained for 19 months at Stewart Detention Center, Durham, N.C.; Axel Caballero, Co-founder, Cuéntame, Los Angeles, CA, www.immigrantsforsale.org , www.facebook.com/cuentame
Línea Abierta : RELIEF FOR LATINO FARMERS? ALSO, STUDENTS SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES. ALSO, OBAMA SPEAKS FOR DREAM.Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:28 — sshakir
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
RELIEF FOR LATINO FARMERS? The U.S. government is offering Latino farmers who suffered years of discrimination up to $50,000 dollars each and farm debt relief. Latino farmers who filed a lawsuit against the government say the amount is not enough to compensate for the loans denied and the harvests lost due to systemic discrimination. They say the terms of the agreement have to be comparable to those for African American and Native American farmers.
Guests: Alberto Acosta, Chile farmer and Plaintiff, Animas, NM; Fred Pfaeffle, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., www.usda.gov
ALSO, STUDENTS SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES. Students in Tucson, Arizona’s banned Mexican-American Studies program chained themselves to school board members’ chairs to derail a vote that would have ended the courses. This is a conversation with some of the students and teachers involved in the fight to save ethnic studies in Arizona.
59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)
MAMI BLOGGERS. In an ever-more digital world, mothers are using the internet in new innovative ways. This edition celebrating Mother’s Day spotlights Latina mothers who started their own blogs to share tips on raising bilingual, healthy children and online feeds and cell phone apps for Spanish-speaking moms with information on each stage of pregnancy and the first years of life.
Guests: Isidra Mencos, Editorial Director, BabyCenter, The Americas and Spain, Oakland, CA, www.babycenter.com ; Roxana Soto , Co-Founder and Editorial Director, SpanglishBaby, Denver, CO, www.SpanglishBaby.com ; Silvia Martínez, Mamá Latina Tips, Los Angeles Area, CA, www.mamalatinatips.com