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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
REFORM IS COMING: THE DO'S AND DON'TS . Some think an immigration reform law is inevitable. How to prepare and benefit for a possible legalization program? An expert on implementing legalization programs joins this edition to anticipate the scenarios and advise on practical steps to be ready to apply for legal status. Guest: Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Secretary-Treasurer, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Washington, D.C., www.fairimmigration.org
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL. An immigration reform bill was presented today in the Senate. What does the bill contain? What is next in its path toward becoming law? Guests: Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Secretary-Treasurer, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Washington, D.C., www.fairimmigration.org ; Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration law expert, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com
"GREEN NOBELISTS". Two of the grassroots environmental heroes who won this year's Goldman Environmental Prize are Latina women. The prize, sometimes known as the Green Nobel, is given to men and women from disenfranchised communities who often take on corporate giants to clean up the environment. Nohra Padilla is a Colombian recycler who, despite difficult battles against trash companies, local governments, and paramilitary groups, organized thousands of waste pickers in Bogotá, Colombia, in an association to make better wages and benefits. Kimberly Wasserman Nieto is a community organizer from Chicago's Little Village neighborhood who has fought a giant coal-fired power plant that has polluted her community. Guests: Nohra Padilla, Executive Director, Association of Recyclers of Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia, http://asociacionrecicladoresbogota.org , and Winner, Goldman Environmental Prize, www.goldmanprize.org ; Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Chicago, IL, http://lvejo.org/ , and Winner, Goldman Environmental Prize, www.goldmanprize.org
MEXICO EDITION. The teacher protest in Mexico against education reform is getting stronger. The Regional Coordinator of Community Police Authorities, at least 13 unions, the Council of Ejidos Against the La Parota Reservoir, and students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapan have joined the protests and roadblocks on the highway between Mexico City and Acapulco. On Wednesday April 10th, these organizations formed the Guerrero People's Movement and present a bill to their state congress to protect labor rights. At the same time, in the states of Oaxaca, Michoacán, Puebla, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Guanajuato, Chihuahua and the Federal District, teachers have joined the protest, announced a national strike and are filing to repeal the reforms, appealing to Article 3 of the Constitution, which guarantees a free education in Mexico. The Secretary of Public Education, Emilio Chuayffet, has warned that teachers who stop giving classes will be fired. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guest: José Antonio Rivera Rosales, journalist and freelance reporter with 18 years of experience in political violence, guerrillas and social movements, and a participant in the organizing process in the indigenous communities, Chilpancingo, Guerrero.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: A REPEAT. This is a repeat of the second hour of the special edition on the National Day of Action for immigration reform in Washington, D.C. Guests: José López Zamorano, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Radio Bilingüe, Washington, D.C.; Wendy Cervantes, Vice-President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus, Washington, D.C., www.firstfocus.net/ ; Carlos Duarte, Texas State Director, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Houston, TX, http://www.mifamiliavota.us/ ; Xiomara Corpeño, National Campaign Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Los Angeles, CA, www.chirla.org ; Carmen Irene, Mother and Leader, Dream Guardians, Phoenix, AZ.
IMMIGRATION REFORM: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: 2ND HOUR. A mass mobilization of thousands of people is occurring in Washington for immigration reform. This week, the House and the Senate are expected to release major immigration-reform bills. At the center of the debate are policies to support family reunification and the chance for a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. This is the second hour of a special edition on the National Day of Action. Guests: José López Zamorano, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Radio Bilingüe, Washington, D.C.; Wendy Cervantes, Vice-President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus, Washington, D.C., www.firstfocus.net/ ; Carlos Duarte, Texas State Director, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Houston, TX, http://www.mifamiliavota.us/ ; Xiomara Corpeño, National Campaign Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Los Angeles, CA, www.chirla.org ; Carmen Irene, Mother and Leader, Dream Guardians, Phoenix, AZ.
IMMIGRATION REFORM: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION (SPECIAL TWO-HOUR EDITION). Thousands of people converge on Washington, D.C. for meetings with congresspeople and a mass rally for immigration reform. During this first hour of a special edition for the National Day of Action, Linea Abierta provides timely reports and interviews with organizers, lobbyists, immigrants, and farm workers who are organizing events in the capital and in cities across the country. Guests: Ben Monterroso, Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota, Washington, D.C., www.mifamiliavota.us ; Evelyn Rivera, Representative for Southeast Region, United We Dream, Orlando, FL, http://unitedwedream.org ; Vianey Torres, Farmworker, United Farm Workers, Porterville, CA, www.ufw.org ; Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Los Angeles, CA, www.seiu.org ; Ricardo Rodríguez Hernández,Organizer, OneAmerica, Yakima, WA, www.weareoneamerica.org ; Teresa Leal, Activist, Nogales, AZ.
PUSH TO STOP WAGE THEFT. More than two-thirds of workers are estimated to experience pay-related workplace abuse, such as less-than-minimum wages, unpaid overtime wages, or being misclassified as independent contractors. Groups in Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas is pushing for the city toughen penalties for employers and strengthen worker protections for reporting wage claims. This edition takes a look at wage theft in Houston and other cities, such as San Francisco, California, where a resolution to protect wages has already been passed. Guests: Neidi Domiguez, Strategic Campaign Coordinator, Clean Carwash, Los Angeles, CA, http://cleancarwashla.org ; Mitzi Ordoñez, Bartender, Waitress, Houston, TX; Laura Perez-Boston, Executive Director, Fe y Justicia Workers Center, www.houstonworkers.org; Rebecca Smith, Coordinator, Immigrant Worker Justice Project, National Employment Law Project, Washington, D.C., www.nelp.org
MEXICO: DRUG WARS AND GRASSROOTS ACTION. After last year’s election in Mexico, the long-ruling PRI Party is back in power. The administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to continue to push for free-market policies and accelerate the privatization of natural resources, and has no clear exit strategy for the country’s drug war, which has resulted in at least 100,000 dead or disappeared. This edition features interviews with two top journalists based in Mexico about the current state of affairs in Mexico and grassroots movements that are gaining strength in the country. Guests: Laura Carlsen, Director, The Americas Program of the Center for International Policy, and Co-Editor of the book Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, www.cipamericas.org ; Gloria Muñoz, Journalist and Editor, Desinformémonos, Mexico City, Mexico, http://desinformemonos.org
MEXICO EDITION: Teachers from the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas and Michoacán are rejecting the educational reform plan presented in February by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The teachers are holding marches and rallies in Mexico City as well as occasionally blocking the federal highway between Mexico City and Acapulco. They demand a national dialogue to discuss the reform approved by Mexico's Congress in January. Also in this edition, reports of agression and attacks on community radio stations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. Radio Huave and Radio Totopo, had their broadcast equipment stolen, while journalists from Radio Xadani and Radio Voces del Pueblo have received death threats. These community radios have manifested their opposition to Spanish companies Mareña Renovables and Gas Natural FENOSA installing wind energy in the region. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guest: Juana Ramírez Villegas, Mixe indigenous radio host, Community Radio Las Voces de los Pueblos, 102.1 FM, Oaxaca, Mexico.
HEALTH REFORM: REACHING PATIENTS OF COLOR. The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces are set to be launched in less than six months. And three years after the reform was signed into law, a vast majority of Latinos still support it, though a majority of the overall population still don't know what the law is about. What do policymakers need to do to successfully engage and enroll uninsured people, particularly in communities of color? What are the details of the law that the uninsured need to understand? Guest: Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, D.C., www.familiesusa.org
TOWN HALL ON REFORM: MODESTO. This edition rebroadcasts segments of a town hall meeting hosted by Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) in Modesto, California. It includes testimonies of residents who participated in the forum, as well as interviews with the hosting congressmen and constituents. Congressman Denham has been in the spotlight of the heated immigration-reform debate, having voted against a bill to give undocumented young immigrants a chance to earn scholarships and grants at state colleges as a state senator and having fully supported Arizona’s anti-immigration law. In recent weeks, Denham, who was recently re-elected to his second term in a district with half of the population Latino or Asian American, has said he is willing to work on immigration reform- Guests: Rep. Jeff Denham, U.S. Congressman, 10th Congressional District of California, Modesto, CA, http://denham.house.gov/ ; Rep. Trey Gowdy, U.S. Congressman, 4th Congressional District of South Carolina, and Chairman, Subcommittee on Immigration in House of Representatives, Modesto, CA, http://gowdy.house.gov ; Linda López, David (unidentified last name), Rosa Elena Solís, Yadira López, and Fidela López, Residents of Congressional District 10 and Participants in Town Hall Meeting, Modesto, CA; Fr. Ramón Bejarano, Parish Priest, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Modesto, CA; Felipe Sánchez, College Student, Modesto, CA.
TOWN HALL ON REFORM: MODESTO. HOUR 3. This is the third and final hour of a live broadcast of a town hall meeting on immigration reform, hosted by Republican congressmen Jeff Denham and Trey Gowdy. This edition includes the closure of the meeting and an interview with Congressman Denham. Esta edición incluye el cierre del foro y una entrevista con el Congresista Denham. Having said in the past that he supported Arizona’s anti-immigration law, Denham, who was recently re-elected to his second term in a district with half of the population Latino or Asian American, now says he is willing to work on immigration reform. Guests: Rep. Jeff Denham, United States Congressman, California's District 10, Modesto, CA, http://denham.house.gov/ ; and participants in the forum.
TOWN HALL ON REFORM: MODESTO. HOUR 2. This is the second hour of a live broadcast of a public town hall meeting on immigration reform, hosted by Republican congressmen Jeff Denham and Trey Gowdy. The edition was originally broadcast live from the site of the forum, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto, California. Guests: Town hall participants.
TOWN HALL ON REFORM: MODESTO. HOUR 1. Línea Abierta broadcasts live from a town hall meeting on immigration reform in a highly watched congressional district. The forum is hosted by local congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R - South Carolina), the chair of the House Immigration Sub-committee. Denham has been in the spotlight of the heated immigration-reform debate. This first hour includes interviews with town hall participants and the beginning of the public forum. Guests: Town hall participants.