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Summary: Linea Abierta is a national public radio call-in show that promotes citizen reporting and analysis. Topics include health, immigration, education, the environment, and arts and culture, discussed with a news angle and a Latino perspective. Visit our website for more information. www.radiobilingue.org
Mexico Edition. According to information filtered to journalist José Antonio Rivera, some of the missing teacher's college students are in the mountains of the Eastern Sierra Madre, in an impenetrable area controlled by paramilitary groups. According to the reporter's sources, the students are working as slaves, refining opium gum, after having worked in the Carrizalillo gold mine. In an interview, the AP correspondent in Guerrero also talks about the existence of more than 70 armed insurgent organizations in the country and dangerous conditions in more than half the municipalities in the state of Guerrero. This program also includes an interview with the brother of Chilean Laurence Maxwell. From outside the high-security prison in Veracruz, he tells how his brother was detained while participating in the protest on November 20th, and later accused of spurious charges. Guests: José Antonio Rivera, reporter and AP correspondent, Acapulco, Guerrero; Denis Maxwell, Chilean national, activist in international campaign for freedom of his brother Laurence, Perote, Veracruz.
Maíz: Our Mother. On the day the nation marks the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a conversation with Roberto Rodríguez about his book “Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother.” In his newly-released book, Rodríguez submits that corn has been central to the traditional diet of Mexicans since ancestral times and, despite attempts by Spanish conquerors and modern-day assimilationist forces, corn has remained in the heart of Mesoamerican cultures. Maíz culture, he says, unifies the continent. Guest: Roberto Cintli Rodríguez, Professor, Writer, Author of “Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother,” University of Arizona Tucson, Tucson, AZ. www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2497.htm
Ferguson Watch. In Ferguson, a city with a history of racial tensions, a grand jury decides not to bring criminal charges against the White police officer who killed unarmed young Black Michael Brown. After the verdict, protests erupted in most major cities in the nation. A civil rights expert comments on the case. Guest: Martin Castro, Chairman, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chicago, IL, www.usccr.gov Mexico Faces the Court. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights held a hearing about the case of a Mexican family from Chihuahua disappeared by the military. The court requested Mexico a progress report on protection of the relatives of the victims and the findings in the search for the disappeared. A member of the defense team who attended the hearing gives details of the hearing and the agreements that were reached. Guest: Carlos Spector Calderón, Attorney and Asylum Law Expert, El Paso, TX Detained demonstrator. A college student of Chilean nationality was arrested in Mexico for participating in the protests in support of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, on November 20th. He is been held in a maximum security prison in the state of Veracruz and faces serious charges. His family has launched an international campaign to get his freedom. Guest: Dennis Maxwell, brother of Lawrence Maxwell, arrested during the protest of November 20th in Mexico City; Veracruz, Mexico.
Executive Action: Primer. President Obama spoke to the nation from the White House announcing executive steps to bring deportation relief for millions. He also traveled to Las Vegas, where he spoke at a high school rally trying to draw public support for his immigration plans. Experts discuss the details of the administrative action and share resources available for those seeking to apply for relief. Guests: Mark Silverman, Director of Immigration Policy, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco, CA, www.ilrc.org ; Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement – FIRM, Woodburn, OR, www.fairimmigration.org
Food Chains. A documentary about a group of tomato pickers in Southern Florida who battle the powerful supermarket industry is being released in theaters around the nation this week. The film, whose leading team includes actress Eva Longoria, exposes the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of global fast food and supermarket chains in the life of poverty and exploitation in the tomato fields. Guests: Demian Bichir, Academy Award-nominated Actor, Spanish Narrator of Food Chains, Los Angeles, CA; Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL, www.ciw-online.org ; Greg Asbed, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Los Angeles, CA; Jon Esformes, Operating Partner, Pacific Tomato Growers, Los Angeles, CA; Smriti Keshari, Producer, Food Chains, New York, NY, http://www.foodchainsfilm.com
Mexico Edition. The lack of credibility on the investigation pertaining to the 43 missing students has led to the rejection of the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto. Three caravans of students arrived at Mexico City demanding the alive return of their fellow mates and pointing out that is not only the 43 that are missing, but thousands more have disappeared and thousands more are without justice. In the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, homemakers, students, day laborers and distraught citizens from all walks of life gathered at the main plaza of the country. Government officials warned the people that they will use force to stop violence, while the protesters talk during the march about civility, justice, a change of government and to hold a national civic strike on December 1st and take the city. This edition is broadcast from Mexico City and hosted by Martha Elena Ramirez. Guests: (Pre-recorded Audio) Distraught Citizens; Relatives of Missing People: Parents of the Missing Students; Students Leaders; Mexican Citizens living in the U.S.
Day of Rallies for Mexico. On the day when thousands march across the US urging respect to human rights in Mexico, leading voices of the protests join this edition. A guest examines the case of Nestora Salgado, an indigenous leader and coordinator of the community police in a town in the state of Guerrero, who is being held in a high security prison accused of kidnapping and for whom many demand the protection of the US Embassy, since she is U.S. citizen. This edition also covers the case of Javier Cisneros, a resident of California who, after being deported, was abducted and disappeared in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. A movement in the US has been organized urging Mexico's government to find him. Also, an academic leader comments on a rally being held in an important US university campus. Guests: Luis Avila Baez, husband of Nestora Salgado an indigenous leader and Coordinator of Communal Authorities in Guerrero, Mexico, Claremont, CA, http://freenestora.org ; Nansi Cisneros, sister of Javier Cisneros, a disappearance victim, Claremont, CA, https://www.facebook.com/justiceforjavi ; Dr. Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley in California, http://berkeley.edu/index.html ; (Pre-Recorded Audio) Demian Bichir, Mexican Actor, Los Angeles, CA; Metodia Carrillo, Mother of missing student and Student from Ayotzinapa, participants in the march towards Mexico City.
Net Neutrality Showdown. President Obama gave full support of net neutrality rules and called on federal regulators to reclassify Internet service providers as a utility or common carrier. While polls show broad support for free and open Internet, Republicans in Congress may try to block those rules. Civil rights and consumer advocates comment on the issue. Guests: (Pre-taped audio) President Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, DC, http://www.whitehouse.gov ; Alex Nogales, President and Executive Director, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Los Angeles, CA, www.nhmc.org ; Steven Renderos, National Organizer, The Center for Media Justice, Queens, New York, http://centerformediajustice.org
Immigration Edition. Awaiting the much anticipated executive order by President Obama on immigration, national Latino leaders comment about how this action will benefit millions of undocumented and call on President Obama to close family detention centers. Also, immigration attorney Rosalba Piña discusses the announcement made by Vice President Biden about the new program which will grant refugee status to the children of Central American parents. Guests: Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and Chair of the National Hispanic leadership agenda (NHLA), Washington, DC, http://nationalhispanicleadership.org , http://www.lclaa.org ; Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration Law Expert, Chicago, IL, http://www.rosalbapina.com
Open Enrollment 2015. This week, consumers begin to enroll in new health plans or switch plans for 2015, during a three-month period which begins November 15. National Latino groups are campaigning to boost enrollment or reenrollment of eligible Latinos during the second open season of the health insurance market exchange. Is the health insurance marketplace ready? What’s being done to get Latinos better understand and use their coverage? Experts provide tips to consumers to get a better deal. Guests: (Pre-taped audio) President Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, DC, http://www.whitehouse.gov ; Mayra Alvarez, Director, State Exchange Group, Centers for Medicare and medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, www.hhs.gov ; Dr. Jane Delgado, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, DC, www.hispanichealth.org ; Brenda Cárdenas, Navigator Coordinator, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, Phoenix, AZ, http://www.aachc.org
Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.
Nation’s First Soda Tax. Despite a multi-million campaign by Big Soda companies, voters in the city of Berkeley, California, passed the first tax on sodas in the nation, in what is called “the forefront of a revolution in the battle against diabetes.” How bad are sodas for your health? An expert on integrative medicine discusses how strong is the link between sugary drinks and the epidemic of obesity and diabetes, among other topics. Guest: Jorge Bordenave, Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine at Florida International University, Coral Gables, FL, www.drbordenave.com
Election Aftermath. In the aftermath of a conservative tide in the mid-term election, a Democratic analyst gives his views about the meaning of the outcome. How is Washington reading the mixed messages from voters on issues such as the minimum wage raise, expansion of Medicaid, repeal of Obamacare and immigration reform? Listeners share their opinions. Guest: Alfredo Gutierrez, Member of the Governing Board for Maricopa County Community College District, Former leader of Arizona State Legislature, Author of the book “To Sin Against Hope: How America Has Failed Its Immigrants”, Phoenix, AZ, http://www.maricopa.edu/gvbd/district5.php , http://www.versobooks.com/authors/1738-alfredo-gutierrez
Latino Voter, Candidate Clout. Despite reports suggesting the Latino vote may not exert clout in the outcome of the mid-term election, many expect Latinos to be a critical voting bloc in Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and other battleground states in races for the Senate. Also, Latinos in the US Congress and state lower houses are set to increase to record numbers. Guests: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO, www.naleo.org ; Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Latin American Coalition of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, www.latinamericancoalition.org
Elections: Focus in California. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is on the election trail pushing for candidates who support his education agenda and immigration reform. In addition, a conversation with the democratic candidate for the 21st congressional district in California, who outlines his position about immigration reform, minimum wage increase and funding for education. Also, for the first time, voters in a city in California will elect members of the City Council by district, and two Latinas hope to change the course of a city with a history of anti-immigrant policies. Today is the last day to register to vote in the state of California. Guests: Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Former President of the US Conference of Mayors, Former Speaker of the California Assembly, Fresno, CA; Amanda Renteria, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from 21st District in California, Redwood City, CA, http://www.amandarenteria.com ; Consuelo Martinez, Candidate to City Council, Escondido, CA, http://www.consuelomartinez.com ; Olga Diaz, Candidate to Mayor, Escondido, CA, http://olgadiaz.com