59:07 minutes (54.18 MB)
Javier Sicilia in Second U.S. Peace Mission. Activist and renowned poet Javier Sicilia says Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been unwilling to fight against massive corruption and the country continues in a state of violence and disaster. He is visiting the OAS to address a comprehensive package of issues, including money laundering, guns, and drugs, “the triangle of horror.” He calls on Latinos in the U.S. to play a larger role in helping to bring justice to the victims of narcoviolence. After Sicilia’s own 24-year old son was brutally murdered by drug traffickers, the poet launched a movement to end Mexico’s war on drugs. We speak also speak with an exiled businessman demanding answers on his son’s murder and thousands of other unpunished crimes in Mexico.
59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)
Immigration Reform: The Deportees (second hour). This extended hour features live interviews with activists from the site of the arrest of fifteen demonstrators at the gates of the Atlanta ICE office and twelve arrested for blocking the way of a deportation ICE bus in Chicago. Demonstrators urge President Obama to halt deportations and expand deferred action the way DHS is doing it to stop deporting military families. In addition, the father of a mother who was shot and killed by a border patrol agent is in Washington to call for policies that revitalice, not militarice, the border area.
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
Immigration Reform: The Final Hours (special program 2 hrs). House Speaker John Boehner closed a window of opportunity for the millions of undocumented immigrants by declaring that no formal talks will be held on the Senate-passed bill. Other Republican leaders have said that immigration reform will not pass in 2013. In response, pro-immigrant demonstrators are escalating their protests, from dramatic hunger strikes to street actions to vigils, they have been dogging the House Republican leaders. This program includes an interview with the undocumented child who questioned Speaker Boehner at a restaurant in Washington.
Guests: Cristian Avila, Dreamer, Fast for Families, Washington, DC, http://fast4families.org/ ; Carmen Lima, 13 year-old student and activist, Chula Vista, CA; María del Carmen Lima, mother of Carmen, Chula Vista, CA; Juan Hernández, Republican media commentator, Dallas, TX, http://juanhernandez.org
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
Typhoon Haiyan: The strongest of all. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever recorded, killed thousands of people. An estimated 11 million Filipinos have been affected, and hundreds of thousands remain homeless and awaiting aid. While Haiyan’s survivors dig through rubble and look for lost relatives, representatives of 190 nations met in Warsaw, Poland for UN Climate talks that have moved at snail-like pace. In this program, an expert and emergency aid workers speak on relief efforts for the victims, and connections between this disaster and climate change.
Guests: Alan Grundy, Cash in Emergencies Officer, American Red Cross, devastated region in the Philippines, http://www.redcross.org/ ; Cynthia Gutiérrez-White, Spokesperson, American Red Cross, Miami, FL, http://www.redcross.org/ ; Jorge Gastelumendi, Senior advisor on international climate policy, The Nature Conservancy, Warsaw, Poland, http://www.nature.org/
59:05 minutes (54.09 MB)
Mexico Edition. Without consulting the indigenous peoples of the mountains of Guerrero state, the Mexican government granted the British company Hochschild mining claims for 50 years. The settlers, who learned via the Internet that their towns were given away for the extraction of gold and silver, sued for their right to consultation and information. Also, the politician Porfirio Muñoz Ledo insists that society should be consulted on energy reform. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)
Factory of geniuses. Students of an impoverished elementary school that sits next to a waste dump near the U.S. border scored the best math grades in Mexico in a nationwide test. One of the students, 12-year old Paloma Noyola was declared a genius and the next Steve Jobs. The year before, students in the same classroom had poor test scores. This is a conversation about this new teaching method and the mainstream model of public education, with the innovative educator who made these children to learn and thrive. This method breaks with the traditional scheme based on the value of punctuality, discipline, and good behavior and promotes instead creative and critical thinking by solving problems through team work, interaction and self-organization.
Guest: Sergio Iván Juárez Correa, Math teacher, José Urbina López primary school, Matamoros, Mexico.
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
Mixed status families and ACA. Immigration authorities confirmed last month that they will not pursue undocumented parents when they enroll their U.S. citizen children in health insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act. Still, many undocumented immigrants fear signing their eligible children up for Obamacare benefits. An expert on the health rights of mixed status families provides advice and dispels doubts.
Guests: Alvaro Huerta, Staff attorney, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.nilc.org
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
Deadline for immigration reform. Top Republicans predict that immigration reform is dead this year. In response to the halting pace of Congress on the issue, thousands escalate actions urging congress to take immediate action and call for a vote. A prominent evangelical leader embarked on a 40-day fast, as well as a well-known union leader and other social leaders, who join the fast today. Attorney Rosalba Piña also answers listener’s questions on immigration and citizenship.
Guests: Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sacramento, CA, www.nhclc.org/ ; Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU, Washington, DC, www.seiu.org ; Rosalba Piña, immigration law expert, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
U.S. spying out of control? New documents leaked reveal a vast reach for U.S. spying operations that included Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other world leaders’ cell phones and email accounts. The revelations have sparked strong condemnations from Latin American countries and the European Union. President Obama promised a review of surveillance programs. How is the spying scandal impacting US relations with its allies?
Guests: Laura Carlsen, Director, The Americas Program of the Center for International Policy, Mexico City (interviewed from Portland, OR), www.cipamericas.org/; David Brooks, reporter, La Jornada, New York, NY.
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
Mexico Edition. Opposition to the energy reform announced by President Peña Nieto is growing in villages and cities across Mexico. Convinced that the present government wants to strip oil wealth from Mexicans, hundreds of protesters have joined the opposition movement “National Regeneration,” whose leader is Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Although experts debate the subject in the Senate, information for and against is not flowing to the public. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.