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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
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR. A World War II veteran who is also a Holocaust survivor was honored at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Acevedo, who was born in California and spent part of his childhood in Mexico after his stepmother was deported, was captured in France during World War II and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. Today, he shares memories that he kept quiet for decades and that are recorded in a diary that he donated to the museum. This is a holiday edition. Guest: Anthony Acevedo, WWII Veteran and Holocaust survivor, Yucaipa, CA.
MEXICO EDITION. For three days now, the Mexican Army has patrolled the roads of the municipality of Buenavista Tomatlán in Michoacán, and the residents have decided to put away their guns with which they were defending themselves from organized crime for almost three months. This is the way a conflict was resolved, which occurred when the Army captured four community police, and residents responded to by detaining 20 soldiers. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guest: Hipólito Mora, chief of community police, La Ruana, Municipality of Buenavista Tomatlán, Michoacán, Mexico.
OBAMACARE: IT'S THE LAW. Almost half of Americans do not know if Obamacare is still law, and more than half of the uninsured do not know how it will impact their families. A top medical doctor joins this edition to go over the basics of what the Affordable Care Act is and how it is impacting U.S. families. Guest: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, CEO, Women’s Care, Pawtucket, RI, www.women-care.com ALSO, REFORM PASSES TO FLOOR. The immigration reform bill has passed to the Senate floor. This edition includes a brief segment of an interview with Senator Robert Menéndez on the news. Guest: Sen. Robert Menéndez, U.S. Senator for New Jersey, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C., www.menendez.senate.gov
REBEL. The feature documentary Rebel, a film focusing on a Cuban immigrant woman who defied laws and risked her life to dress as a man and fight as a soldier in the U.S. Civil War, is being broadcast on the public television network PBS this week. The director is an award-winning filmmaker who immigrated to the United States without documents and eventually graduated from one of the nation's most prestigious universities. Guest: María Agui Carter, Writer/Producer/Director, Rebel, Cambridge, MA, www.iguanafilms.com/aboutus/maria/ ALSO, DREAMERS. As the immigration reform debate continues in Congress, young undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children have taken the reins to push for a path to legalization for all the undocumented. This is an interview with the author of a new book, Dreamers, La lucha de una generación por su sueño americano (Dreamers, The Struggle of a Generation for their American Dream). Guest: Eileen Truax, Columnist and Author, Dreamers, la lucha de una generación por su sueño americano, Los Angeles, CA, www.eileentruax.info
GALEANO: CHILDREN OF THE DAYS. World-renowned Uruguayan writer, historian and journalist Eduardo Galeano presents his latest book, Children of the Days, on a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Galeano’s newest work has one page for each day of the calendar year, and on each page, a story unfurls, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map. This is an exclusive interview with Galeano about his new book. Guest: Eduardo Galeano, World-renowned historian, journalist, and author, Oakland, CA, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/371186
GUILTY OF GENOCIDE. In an unprecedented court trial, former Guatemalan dictator, Efraín Ríos Montt, was found guilty of genocide and sentenced to 80 years in prison. What does this verdict mean for Mayan people? What may be its repercussions in Guatemala? What precedent does it set for criminal prosecution of other generals and heads of state in other countries, such as El Salvador? Guests: Catalina Santiago, Family member of victims, Nebaj, Quiché, Guatemala (pretaped audio); Diego Santiago Ceto, Ixil Maya indigenous authority, Quiché, Guatemala (pretaped audio); Baltazar de la Cruz, Ixil Maya indigenous authority, Quiché, Guatemala (pretaped audio); Héctor Cordero, Correspondent from Departamento de Quiché, Guatevisión, Departamento de Quiché, Guatemala; Alejandra Gutiérrez Valdizán, Editor, Plaza Pública, Coordinator of the Special on Genocide, Guatemala, Guatemala, http://plazapublica.com.gt/ ; Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney, Director of Program of Transitional Justice, Center for Justice & Accountability, San Francisco, CA, www.cja.org
MEXICO EDITION. Teachers from eight states in Mexico marched in the streets of Mexico City protesting educational reforms. In their chants, they criticized the government and the television chain Televisa, which they accuse of censuring information. At the same time, one year after the death of Regina Martínez, a correspondent for Proceso magazine in the state of Veracruz, journalists remind the government that this and other cases of reporters who have been killed are still unsolved. In addition, the Universidad Obrera de México presents the book *Mordaza a la opinión pública *(Gagging Public Opinion), by the late journalist Paco Huerta, whose radio programs were cancelled because he allowed freedom of expression. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Emiliano Silva, General Secretary, Universidad Obrera de México, Mexico City, Mexico, www.uom.mx ; Taped Audios: Professor Olivares, Santiago Tangamandapio, Michoacán, Mexico; Teacher Cristóbal Flores, Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexico; Jesusa Cervantes, journalist for Proceso magazine; Manú Dornbierer, journalist and writer; Luis Javier Solana,director social communications during the government of José López Portillo; Guillermo Fabela, Director of Dissemination, Universidad Obrera de México; René Avilés Fabila, Director of the magazine El Búho.
MARCHES FOR MICHOACÁN. Immigrants from the state of Michoacán, Mexico organize marches in several California cities to protest the wave of violence by organized crime and against impunity in their home state, a hotspot of narco violence. Demonstrators show support for self-declared community police in towns that are reportedly under siege. This edition includes an interview with an organizer. Guests: José Sandoval, Michoacanos en apoyo a municipios con autodefensa comunitaria, San José, CA; Ismael Cortés, Supporter of communities besieged by violence, Stockton, CA. ALSO, NEWS ON THE REFORM. A Senate committee discusses today a number of amendments to Title III of the proposed bill on immigration reform, including E-Verify and other interior enforcement measures, and new criminal penalties for immigrant workers. An expert joins this edition to comment on this and other recent developments on the immigration reform debate. Guest: Maribel Hastings, Spokesperson and Columnist, America's Voice, Washington, D.C., www.americasvoiceonline.org
FORECLOSURE RELIEF. The Attorney General of New York reports he will sue the Bank of America and Wells Fargo, for not complying with the rules they agreed to under a national mortgage settlement. A recent survey by the California Reinvestment Coalition also shows that many banks are violating both the consumer protections in the national settlement and the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. At least one homeowner has successfully blocked the foreclosure of his home, under the Bill of Rights. This program also includes reports on the steps to implement the Homeowners Bill of Rights in California. Guests: Elba Serrano, Housing Counselor, East L.A. Community Corporation,Los Angeles, CA, www.elacc.org ; Amelia Martínez, Marketing Manager, California Reinvestment Coalition, San Francisco, CA, http://calreinvest.org
IMMIGRATION REFORM: THE AMENDMENTS. Hundreds of amendments were proposed to the Senate bill for immigration reform. Most of these challenges come from conservative Republican senators. Could they block the road to reform? Evangelical and Catholic leaders who have been urging for comprehensive reform share their views on the debate and report on their outreach to lawmakers. Guests: Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration law expert, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com ; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sacramento, CA, www.nhclc.org ; Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, Abriendo Puertas a la Esperanza Caravan, Atlanta, GA.
TOWN UNDER SIEGE. Across Western Mexico, residents of some towns have armed themselves and organized their own community police, to defend themselves from organized crime. Tired of rapes, killings, and extortions, residents of the town of Tepalcatepec in the state of Michoacán, organized self-defense patrols. They report their town is now without government protection, under siege and neighbors are running out of medicines, food and gas. Guests: Dr. Manuel Mireles, Member , Consejo Ciudadano de Autodefensa de Tepalcatepec, Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, México; Mtro. Jose Maria Cazares Solorzano, President, Comision Estatal de Derechos Humanos de Michoacan, www.cedhmichoacan.org.mx
MEXICO EDITION. The towns of Tepalcatepec, La Ruana and Buenavista, in the state of Michoacán in Western Mexico report they have been blocked off and under siege since April 10th. That day, 40 farm workers were massacred when returning from a celebration of Emiliano Zapata, where they tried to meet with the interim governor. According to a doctor from Tepalcatepec, these towns have suffered extorsion by criminal groups for more than 10 years, but it was the rape of 11 and 12 year old girls that made the townspeople organize in self-defense committees. This edition also includes reports of extensive poppy plantings in the state of Guerrero, and the inefficiency of the Civil Registry in the city of Chilpancingo. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Dr. Manuel Mireles, member of the Citizen Council for Self-Defense of Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, Mexico; Honorata, Tlapaneca indigenous woman, Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico.
PRESCHOOL FOR ALL. State funding for preschool decreased by over half a billion dollars last year, according to a new study. Cuts in many states have led to bigger class sizes and reductions in quality. Childcare subsidies have been drastically cut in California, effectively excluding many low-income children from preschool. President Obama has proposed universal preschool. Experts on the importance of early childhood education in the Latino community join this edition to discuss how to make quality preschool affordable for all. Guests: Celia Ayala, Ph.D., Executive Director, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, and Spokesperson, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Los Angeles, CA, www.laup.net , www.nieer.org ; Jennifer Maldonado, Mother of two, Parent Voices, Oakland, CA, www.parentvoices.org
OBAMACARE IN ANY LANGUAGE. Disproportionate rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer have long burdened communities of color, and a lack of culturally and linguistically relevant care makes the problems worse. This edition takes a look at how the Affordable Care Act attempts to provide for interpretation and culturally appropriate care, to help breach the health gap in communities of color and border communities. Guests: Dr. Alicia Fernandez, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA, www.ucsf.edu; Dr. Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., Member of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, Vice President and Founding Dean for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX, www.borderhealth.org ; María Hernández, Cancer survivor, San Francisco, CA; José Uribe, Organizer, Interpreting for California, Oakland, CA, www.interpretingforcalifornia.org
IMMIGRATION REFORM: WILL IT PASS THE HOUSE? The Senate has begun hearings on its immigration reform bill. What possibilities does that bill have of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives? When will the House’s own bipartisan bill be unveiled? This edition includes interviews with members of Congress and political analysts. Guests: Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator for New Jersey, Washington DC, www.menendez.senate.gov ; Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement , Woodburn, OR, www.fairimmigration.org