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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
IMMIGRATION REFORM: THE DISTRICT FRONT. Members of Congress are in the middle of their spring recess this week in their home districts, and constituents take the opportunity to meet with them and push for immigration reform. This edition includes updates on actions planned in Georgia, Florida, California and other states. Also, a spokesperson from theAFL-CIO shares news on the agreement the union came to with Senator Charles Schumer and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a guest worker program. Guests: Ana Avendaño, Director of Immigration and Community Action, and Assistant to President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C., www.aflcio.org ; Ana Garcia-Ashley, Executive Director, Gamaliel, Atlanta, GA, www.gamaliel.org ; Homero Mejía, Executive Director, Congregations Building Community, PICO National Network, Modesto, CA, www.cbcstan.org ; Natalia Jaramillo, Spokesperson, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Miami, FL, www.floridaimmigrant.org
LIVING THE CHAVEZ LEGACY. César Chávez’s memory lives on in the fields and in the hearts of farm workers and organizers. In this special pretaped César Chávez Day edition, a former farm worker and longtime UFW stalwart who joined early strike picket lines and was recently honored for her pro-union work shares her story, and a current farm worker and indigenous radio host reflects on the relevancy of Chávez thought and action in today’s fields. Guests: Josefina Flores, Longtime Farm Worker Organizer and Honoree, Latina and Latino Roundtable of Pomona and San Gabriel Valley, Delano, CA; Juanita Gómez, Host of La Hora Mixteca, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA.
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.
THE CUBAN FIVE. A growing chorus of legislators, human rights activists and unionists is calling on President Obama to free the “Cuban Five”. This is a group of Cuban intelligence officers who came to the United States to monitor U.S.-based groups engaged in what they considered terrorist acts against Cuban civilians. They were arrested and have served 15 years in federal prison. Human rights activists are lobbying and holding rallies, calling their sentences unusually harsh and unjust. Guests: Alicia Jrapko, United States Coordinator, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, Oakland, CA; Saul Landau, Filmmaker and author, Alameda, CA; Rafael Cancel Miranda, Former political prisoner, Puerto Rico (pretaped interview).
GAY MARRIAGE HEARING. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Prop 8, the California law banning gay marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that prevents legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits and tax breaks. This edition includes breaking news from the two days of hearings, as well as interviews with an attorney and a young "Undocu-Queer" activist. Guests: Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal, New York, NY, www.lambdalegal.org ; Javier Hernández, Leader, UndocuQueer Movement, Pomona, CA.
WHO BEARS THE BRUNT? Almost a month after the federal sequester, this edition looks at the effects of the automatic cuts, and a new budget proposed by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan. Ryan’s budget, approved by the House of Representatives, would slash funds for education, job-skills training, and unemployment benefits, while repealing the Affordable Care Act and completely transforming the public health insurance program, Medicare. Experts say Latinos and other communities of color would bear the brunt of such drastic cuts. Experts discuss various angles of this issue. Guests: Dr. Adriana Kugler, Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., www.georgetown.edu; Leticia Miranda, Associate Director, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Washington, D.C., www.nclr.org; Tom Fullerton, Ph.D., Professor & Trade in the Americas Chair, Department of Economics & Finance, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, www.utep.edu
IMMIGRATION REFORM: TOWN HALL: 2ND HOUR. In the second hour of a live two-hour town hall broadcast from one of the “hot spot” congressional districts in the current immigration reform debate, more members of the audience share their testimony and positions on immigration reform. Also, a spokesperson from the office of Republican congressman Gary Miller responds. Guests: Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California Riverside, and Director of National Asian American Survey, Riverside, CA, www.naasurvey.com ; Pete Aguilar, Mayor, City of Redlands, CA, www.cityofredlands.org ; Juan Domínguez, Assistant Director, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), San Bernardino, CA, www.piqe.org ; Marguerite Johnson, Originally from Memphis, TN; Javier Torres, Member of audience, San Bernardino, CA; Rosa Martha Zárate, Coordinator, Alliance of Ex Braceros of the North, San Bernardino, CA; Chris Agrella, Union Member, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, San Bernardino, CA; Emilio Amaya, Executive Director, San Bernardino Community Service Center, San Bernardino, CA; Susan Clark, Salvadoran Immigrant, San Bernardino, CA; Fernando Romero, Coordinator, Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California, San Bernardino, CA, http:// justiceforimmigrantscoalition. org ; José Calderón, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies, Pitzer College, and President of the Latina and Latino Roundtable of San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, Pomona, CA, www.pitzer.edu , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Latinoa-Roundtable-of-the-San-Gabriel-Valley-and-Pomona-Valley/127893751357 ; Chris Marsh, District Director, Congressman Gary Miller's Office, San Bernardino, CA, http://garymiller.house.gov
IMMIGRATION REFORM: TOWN HALL: 1ST HOUR. Radio Bilingüe and KPFK radio join forces for a live two-hour town hall broadcast from one of the “hot spot” congressional districts in the current immigration reform debate. Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta and KPFK’s Enfoque Latino broadcast the special from the district of Rep. Gary Miller (R - San Bernardino, CA) as part of a series to illuminate divergent views on this critical matter and engage Spanish-speaking audiences in the civic discourse. This first hour includes segments of an interview with Congressman Miller, who before was an assertive proponent of "enforcement first" initiatives and deportation, but he now says he is open to discussion on legalization for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. Guests: Congressman Gary Miller, Republican representing District 31 in United States House of Representatives, San Bernardino, CA, http://garymiller.house.gov/ ; Chris Marsh, District Director, Congressman Gary Miller's Office, San Bernardino, CA, http://garymiller.house.gov/ ; Enrique Camacho, U.S. citizen with undocumented family members, San Bernardino, CA; Karen Susana Esparza, Undocumented Youth, San Bernardino, CA; Fernando Romero, Coordinator, Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California, San Bernardino, CA, http:// justiceforimmigrantscoalition.org; Wendy Duchen, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, San Bernardino, CA, http://ultcw.org ; Arnulfo De la Cruz, California State Director, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Los Angeles, CA, www.mifamiliavota.us ; Danny Morales, Executive Director, Librería Del Pueblo, Riverside, CA; José Calderón, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies, Pitzer College, and President of the Latina and Latino Roundtable of San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, Pomona, CA, www.pitzer.edu , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Latinoa-Roundtable-of-the-San-Gabriel-Valley-and-Pomona-Valley/127893751357
FARM WORKER MARCH: 2ND HOUR. This is the second hour of a special edition about the marches organized by the United Farm Workers to pressure Congress for comprehensive immigration reform. The hour begins with Radio Bilingüe's weekly news magazine, Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino. Guests: Antonio Cortés, Coordinator of march in Fresno, United Farm Workers (UFW), Fresno, CA; Oswaldo Cisneros, Farm worker, Radio Bilingüe volunteer at KHDC, and Member, United Farm Workers (UFW), Salinas, CA.
FARM WORKER MARCH: 1ST HOUR The United Farm Workers march this weekend in multiple cities in California and in Washington State to honor Cesar Chavez' holiday and urge for an immigration reform, especially AgJobs, a bill to allow farm workers to earn legal status. This is the first hour of a special two-hour edition, with breaking news and commentary on the California marches. Guests: Armando Elenes, National Vice President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Bakersfield, CA, www.ufw.org; José Hernández , Former astronaut and former candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives for California's District 10 , Bakersfield, CA; Tony Barrera, Salinas City Council Member, Salinas, CA.
MEXICO EDITION. Pope Francis promises a Church for the poor, as he begins his papacy and takes on the highest position in the Catholic Church. The nationality of the new Pope and his discourse are awakening expectations in Latin America, and leaders of 11 countries in the region attended the ceremony. However, Catholic activists insist that the Catholic Church cannot leave the crimes committed by pederast priests unpunished. They say Benedict XVI, who stepped down on February 28th, and all the bishops who covered up sexual abuse, should be called to judgment. This edition also includes a report that the crime of child trafficking and sexual slavery of women brings in billions of dollars worldwide. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Marilú Rojas Salazar, Theologist and feminist, Mexico City, Mexico; Alberto Athié, Activist and former priest, Mexico City, Mexico (pretaped); Teresa Ulloa, Director, Regional Coalition against Trafficking of Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico City, Mexico (pretaped).
REFORM IN THE WORKS. As members of Congress prepare for a week-long recess, citizen mobilizations gather steam to push legislators for immigration reform while they are in their home districts. Organizers of some of the actions planned for next week join this edition. Also, immigration lawyer Rosalba Piña offers commentary and analysis on the latest immigration news and responds to listeners' questions about how to apply for residency or naturalization. Guests: Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration law expert, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com ; Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change, and Spokesperson, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), New Haven, CT, www.fairimmigration.org ; Sergio Guzmán,Vice President and Secretary Treasurer, United Farm Workers (UFW), Salinas, CA, www.ufw.org
FAIR TOMATOES. A two-week march for fair food culminates in Lakeland, Florida, where the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and allies rally for the supermarket chain Publix to sign on to a Fair Food Program and agree to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked. Most growers in Florida have signed on to this agreement. Will the Florida supermarket chain join the ranks of McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods and sign on for fair food? Guests: Cruz Salucio, Member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL; Gerardo Reyes, Member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL; Nely Rodriguez and Leonel Pérez, Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Lakeland, FL (taped speech); Oscar Otzoy, Member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Lakeland, FL (taped interview); Rev. Noelle Damico, Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL (taped speech).
MEXICO EDITION. Residents of 40 municipalities along the coast of the state of Guerrero will meet on March 18th to redesign the community police that have been operating for 18 years in the region. The founders clarify they will not put down their arms and will continue inspections in their communities, since in seven of these communities they have achieved 85 percent more security and avoided infiltration of organize crime. The communities also plan to propose new development policies and ways to protect energy and mining resources. This edition also includes reports of missing people, among them children, adolescents, and adults. In the majority of these disappearances, family members are carrying out the investigations without any help from law enforcement. The family members protested outside the Attorney General of Mexico's office without a response. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests (pretaped interviews): Bruno Plácido Valerio, Founder of Indigenous Community Police of Guerrero; Maribel Morales Mercado, looking for her son Isac Rafael, who was taken by his father, Lost Smiles Organization, Hidalgo; Guillermina Hernández Alarcón, looking for her daughter Selena Gisel Delgado Hernández, disappeared on the way to school; Claudia Rojas Álvarez, looking for her daughter Daniela Xóchitl Elizarrarás Rojas, kidnapped in Tultepec, Estado de México; Nancy Rosete Núñez, looking for her son Elvis Axell Torres Rosete, who disappeared from a rehabilitation clinic, Tultitlán Estado de México; María Teresa Montes de Ocas, looking for her son, Sergio Eduardo Guillén Montes de Oca, who worked in a bar in Mexico City.
CITIZENS MEDAL. A Colombian immigrant was awarded a Presidential Citizens Medal, for her work founding a community based non-profit health center to serve low-income immigrant families in Washington, D.C. María Gómez founded Mary’s Center 25 years ago, after working as a public health nurse and at the Red Cross. The award is considered the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. This edition offers an interview with Gómez about her work and the ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit her clients. Guest: María Gómez, Founder, President and CEO, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., Washington, D.C., www.maryscenter.org