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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
NEWTOWN HORROR. The nation is shocked and saddened, after a gunman opened fire in two first grade classrooms in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 children of 6 and 7 years old, and 6 adults, as well as his mother and himself. Editors and commentators from news media around the country join this edition to discuss how they are covering this terrible massacre, what they are hearing from their listeners or readers, what can we learn from it, what can be done to stop this escalation of violence, and other issues haunting the country's hearts and minds. Guests: Maria Hinojosa, Award-winning journalist, Anchor, Executive News Producer, NPR's Latinos USA, President of Futuro Media Group, New York, NY, www.futuromediagroup.org ; Dr. Marcos Gutierrez, Director, Hecho en California, KIQI, San Francisco, CA; Gabriel Villalobos, Host and Producer, Contacto Total, KNUV 1190 AM, Phoenix, AZ.
TOO BIG TO JAIL. Federal investigators uncovered a huge money laundering business at one of the world’s largest banks, HSBC. The bank facilitated money laundering for Mexican drug cartels and Saudi banks tied to terrorist groups. The United States Justice Department penalized HSBC with the largest fine ever charged to a bank, but announced its senior officials will avoid criminal prosecution, because prosecution would hurt the financial system. What was the extent and ramifications of the money laundering operation? Why is no one facing criminal charges? Guest: Celina Realuyo, Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs , Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., www.ndu.edu ALSO, TORTURER IN DEPORTATION. The former Minister of Defense of El Salvador, Guillermo García, is on trial for deportation in Florida, accused of massacres, torture, and other human rights violations in his country during the 1980s. Guest: Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney & Director of Transitional Justice Program, The Center for Justice & Accountability, San Francisco, CA, www.cja.org
MEXICO EDITION. An official photograph and a press release are the only proof of the first meeting between Mexico's new security cabinet and the members of the United States' homeland security team. News media were not allowed at the event, announced as a "courtesy visit," was led by Secretaries Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and Janet Napolitano. The press release does not mention the so-called Merida Initiative, the agreement of the past administration that increased the operation of U.S. security agents in Mexican territory. This edition also includes reports that 14 people continue in jail for protest during the presidential inauguration in Mexico on December 1st, and that the so-called educational reform, proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, does not take into account teachers' points of view. Guest: David Cruz Angón, Director, Tele-Secondary School, San Miguel del Progreso, Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico (pretaped interview); Artists' campaign to free prisoners: http://youtu.be/173oLuU-_H0.
SUPREME COURT TO CONSIDER GAY MARRIAGE. The Supreme Court has decided to consider the constitutionality of two laws regarding same-sex marriage. One is California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage. The other is the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. What are the possible outcomes of the Supreme Court decisions? And how do Latinos view same-sex marriage? Guests: Lester Aponte, Attorney and Board Member, Latino Equality Alliance, Los Angeles, CA, www.facebook.com/LatinoEqualityAlliance ; Mónica Trasandes, Director of Spanish Language Media, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles, CA , www.glaad.org ; Lilia García, Married in a same-sex marriage, Los Angeles, CA.
APPROACHING THE FISCAL CLIFF. President Obama and Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, are in the midst of negotiations to avoid a fiscal crisis. On the table are increased taxes for those who make more than $250,000 a year, and deep budget cuts for social programs. How would the so-called “fiscal cliff” affect Latino families? Guests: Hector Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Irvine, CA, www.thelatinocoalition.com ; Sen. Robert Menéndez, United States Senator, Member of the Finance Committee, Washington, D.C., www.menendez.senate.gov ; Pastor David Beckmann, President, Bread of the World, Washington, D.C., www.bread.org
IMMIGRATION EDITION: DREAMING BIG. Calls for comprehensive immigration reform are coming from increasingly diverse places. Conservative religious leaders, legislators from the two largest political parties, and undocumented youth activists are pushing to move beyond Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for a broader path to legalization. Guests: Cristina Jiménez, Managing Director, United We Dream, Los Angeles, CA, www.unitedwedream.org ; Rev. Jaime Tolle, Senior Pastor, The Church On The Way, Los Angeles, CA, www.tcotw.org
FAIR DEAL FOR FARMERS. From now until March, Latino and women farmers can file claims with the United States Department of Agriculture for compensation if they can prove they were denied loans for discriminatory reasons. Some farmers say the $1.3 billion dollars set aside for this purpose is not enough to compensate those who faced discrimination for so long. Guest: Modesta Salazar, Farmer, Pearsall, TX; Juan García, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, D.C., www.usda.gov ALSO, FARMWORKERS GO ORGANIC. A growing number of Latino farmworkers are leaving the fields laced with pesticides and training to becoming organic farmers in charge of their own farms. This edition includes interviews with farmworkers gone organic and activists working to overcome the barriers Latinos often face to enter this Anglo-dominated workforce. Guests: Alejandro Tecum, Director of Adelante Agricultura, Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR, www.adelantemujeres.org; Reyna Rojas, Organic farmer, Hillsborough, OR.
MEXICO EDITION. The long-time-ruling PRI party returns to power, with the club of police repression. As Enrique Peña Nieto take the presidential seat in Mexico, in the streets, police attack the movement "Yo Soy 132", protesting the inauguration. So far, 69 people have been jailed and accused of the crime of "Attacking Public Peace," with a maximum sentence of 30 years. Students showed press and social media several videos that show that police infiltrated the protest. Local police carried out arbitrary arrests, and the federal police used rubber bullets and tear gas. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Dr. Jenaro Villamil, writer and journalist, Proceso magazine, Mexico City, Mexico; Alejandro Orozco Hidalgo, Ph.D. student in France, Detained during the protest and freed two days later, Mexico City, Mexico (pretaped interview); Juan de Dios Hernández Monje, attorney defending detained students (pretaped audio). https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WRcyXrA39sA
STOPPING HUNGER. Nearly one in three Latinos does not have enough to eat from day to day. Some of them go hungry because they don’t know how to apply for emergency food services or food stamps. Hunger relief advocates, community leaders, and government officials meet this week at the No Más Hambre Summit to discuss a Latino anti-hunger agenda. Guest: Alfredo Estrada, Editor in Chief, Latino Magazine, Washington, DC, www.latinomagazine.com , www.facebook.com/NoMasHambreForum ; Maritza Kelley, Senior Director, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, First Focus Campaign for Children, Washington, D.C., www.firstfocus.net ALSO, LA SANTA CECILIA. The Los Angeles-based band La Santa Cecilia headlines the 31st Annual Encuentro del Canto Popular, a yearly concert and cultural festival celebrating non-commercial Latino music that highlights issues of social justice. La Santa Cecilia defies labels, mixing up diverse styles such as cumbia, bossa nova, punk, bolero, tango, rock, klezmer, and jazz. This is an interview with La Marisoul, lead singer and songwriter, who says she learned much of her musical prowess singing rancheras with street musicians on L.A.’s Plaza Olvera. Guest: La Marisoul, Lead Singer, La Santa Cecilia, Los Angeles, CA, http://lasantacecilia.com , http://accionlatina.org/31st-encuentro-del-canto-popular
MAYAN PROPHECY. The Mayan calendar shows December 21, 2012 as a significant day in history. Some say it’s the Mayan apocalypse, the end of the world. This edition offers an exclusive interview with a Mayan spiritual guide who has been holding ceremonies leading up to the big day, about its true meaning. Guest: Don Pascual Yaxon, Mayan spiritual guide and advisor, Promoter of Mayan culture, Oakland, CA. ALSO, LOW POWER OPPORTUNITY. After years of pressure by media justice groups, the Local Community Radio Act was finally passed, giving organizations an opportunity to apply for and own low-power FM radio stations. Advocates are encouraging Latino organizations to apply, to bring more Latino voices to the airwaves. Guest: Alex Nogales, President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Pasadena, CA, www.nhmc.org
FAMILY REUNITED. A father who lost custody of his three sons when he was deported from the U.S. two years ago, has now been granted the right to reunite with them. Felipe Montes was deported in October 2010, and his children are now 2,3, and 5. This edition takes a look at what this case can mean for the thousands of other U.S. citizen children placed in foster care after their parents were deported. Guests: Felipe Montes, Deported father, Sparta, NC; Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum Program, Women's Refugee Commission, Washington, D.C. www.womensrefugeecommission.org ; Wendy Cervantes, Vice President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus, Washington, D.C., http://www.firstfocus.net
AFFORDABLE HIV/AIDS CARE. On World AIDS Day, this edition focuses on the third of people living with HIV or AIDS who have no health insurance. What does the Affordable Care Act contemplate for HIV/AIDS patients, especially those who are low-income? How does it help move toward goals of the national HIV/AIDS strategy, such as increasing the number and diversity of providers? Guests: Daniel Leyva, Senior Director, Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY, www.latinoaids.org; Alicia Wilson, Executive Director, La Clínica del Pueblo, Washington, D.C., www.lcdp.org
MEXICO EDITION. As media in Mexico announce the change of presidential power about to take place in Mexico, where after 12 years, the former ruling party, PRI, returns to power, the opposition, represented by the student movement "Yo Soy 132" and followers of center-left candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announce protests. In this edition, the organization Un Salto de Vida, denounces environmental pollution and health risks generated by the industrial corridor in the greater metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Jalisco. The group says that it found more than 1,020 chemicals in the Santiago River and the cases of kidney failure are growing among adolescents in the area. The case was presented at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Graciela González Torres, Un Salto de Vida, El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico (pretaped interview), Phone: 01152 (3337) 32 37 05, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Andrés Barreda Marín, Researcher from IIE-UNAM, Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico (pretaped audio).
HEALTHCARE REFORM: WHO IS JOINING? The Affordable Care Act stipulates an expansion of public health insurance Medicaid, but the Supreme Court allowed states to decline to expand the program. This edition takes a look at California, where the state is already getting ready for the change with an expansion of its low-income health program, but some counties are declining to expand, and others are scrambling to get the paperwork done. What is the expected impact on patients? Guests: Nancy Gómez, Southern California Program Director, Health Access,Los Angeles, CA, www.health-access.org ; Chris Schneider, Executive Director, Central California Legal Services, Fresno, CA, www.centralcallegal.org ; Dr. Ed Moreno, Director, Fresno County Department of Health, Fresno, CA, www.co.fresno.ca.us/Division.aspx?id=255
GETTING OUT OF GRIDLOCK. The post-election political panorama is slowly unfolding. Where are Republicans and Democrats in their search for common ground to avoid a so-called “fiscal cliff”? Who is coming to the table to talk about immigration reform and the DREAM Act? And how is the ground shifting in terms of healthcare reform, as states prepare for an upcoming deadline to submit plans for health insurance exchange markets. Guest: Leticia Miranda, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Security Policy, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Washington, D.C., www.nclr.org