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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
ELECTION DAY: FIRST HOUR. In this first hour of a two-hour edition on the dead heat battle for the U.S. White House and Congress, a vote observer reports on the most common complaints registered so far on this Election Day, and news correspondents file breaking stories from Arizona, Colorado, and California. Guests: Elisa Sequeira, California Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO Educational Fund, Los Angeles, CA, http://veyvota.yaeshora.info/ ; Valeria Fernandez, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Phoenix, AZ; Bertha Velásquez, Editor, La Voz Bilingüe, Denver, CO, www.lavozcolorado.com ; Araceli Martínez, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Sacramento, CA; Rubén Tapia, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Los Angeles, CA.
ELECTION DAY EVE: HOUR 2. In this second hour of a special two-hour edition, organizers of get-out-the-vote efforts and analysts discuss some of the closest races where Latinos could make a difference tomorrow, the issues that are most pushing Latinos to vote, the possible impact Hurricane Sandy could have on the elections, and Puerto Rico's referendum on statehood, and the Latino youth vote. Guests: Ben Monterroso, National Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota, Los Angeles, CA, www.mifamiliavota.us ; Angelo Falcón, President, National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), Nueva York, NY, www.latinopolicy.org ; Maribel Hastings, Senior Advisor, America's Voice, Washington, D.C., http://americasvoiceonline.org ; María Teresa Kumar, CEO/President, Voto Latino, Washington, D.C., www.votolatino.org
ELECTION DAY EVE: HOUR 1. National polls show that the races for the White House and Congress are too close to call. Latinos have turned out in record numbers for early voting. Will the turnout be similar on the day of elections? This first hour of a special two-hour edition includes reports and analysis from editors in Florida, Nevada, and Arizona, some of the so-called "swing states," where the Latino vote could decide the result of the presidential election and some key races for Congress and Senate. Guests: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Los Angeles, CA, www.naleo.org ; Myriam Márquez, Editorial Page Editor, The Miami Herald, Miami, FL, www.miamiherald.com ; Hernando Amaya, Editor, El Tiempo, Las Vegas, NV, www.eltiempolv.com ; Gabriel Villalobos, Radio Host and Creative Director, Medios Hispanos, LLC, Onda 1190 AM KNUV, Phoenix, AZ.
VOTER ACTION, VOTE PROTECTION. Civic leaders and voter advocates comment on their final push to get Latino voters out to the polls. They comment on reports about record turnout in the early vote in Florida, Nevada and Colorado; wrong information in bilingual ballot guides in Arizona; early voting deadlines; and options to participate in the election process. Guests: Dolores Huerta, farm worker and women movement pioneer, president of Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, CA, www.doloreshuerta.org ; Lydia Camarillo, Vice President, South West Voter Registration and Education Project, San Antonio, TX, www.svrep.org ; Jose Gonzalez, Vice coordinator, Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales, San Diego, CA, www.fiob.org ; Grace Lopez Ramirez, State Director, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Denver, CO, www.mifamiliavota.us
MEXICO EDITION. Where there once was desert, there is now corn. Mennonite growers are using loans from the Canadian government to transform 35,000 hectares in the desert of Chihuahua. But this story of success is in reality another page in a history of corruption allowed by Mexican authorities. A few days ago, agronomist Ismael Solorio Urrutia and elementary school teacher Manuela Martha Solís, both activists from the small farmer organization El Barzón, were shot to death, because of this corruption. Activists say that Mennonite growers of Canadian nationality have been using the Del Carmen River without legal permits, and taking water from more than 160 wells, without any repercussions from the authorities, who instead of penalizing them, support and subsidize them. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Heraclio Rodrígez, director, El Barzón, Chihuahua, Mexico; Joaquín Solorio Urrutia, brother of Ismael Solorio Urrutia, activist from El Barzón in Chihuahua, and killed with his wife Manuela Martha Solís, on October 22nd, Chihuahua, Mexico.
EARLY VOTING. Latino voters are showing up in record numbers to vote early in Nevada, one of the states considered "battleground", that could decide the presidential election. This edition includes interviews with a get-out-the-vote organizer in the state, and with Latino leaders backing both presidential candidates. Guests: Elvira Diaz, Community Organizer, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), Reno, NV, www.planevada.org; José Fuentes, Co-chairman of "Juntos con Romney" and Former Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., www.mittromney.com; Henry Cisneros, Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, San Antonio, TX, www.barackobama.com
OPEN FORUM. Listeners call in live or use the program's voice mail to share their perspective on the presidential campaigns, Senate and Congressional races in different states, ballot initiatives, and other concerns, days before the crucial 2012 elections.
TWO TAX PROPOSALS. There are two propositions on California’s ballot that would raise taxes largely to pay for education. Prop 30 proposes to raise taxes, mostly on the wealthy, to pay off state debt and stop further cuts in education, healthcare, and other social services. Prop 38 raises taxes on almost everyone, and increases funding for childcare and public education from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This edition looks at these propositions and Prop 32, which would bar unions from using money from payroll deductions for political purposes. Guests: Belinda Reyes, Assistant Professor, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, www.sfsu.edu ; Henrik Rehbinder, Editorial Page Editor, La Opinión, Los Angeles, CA, www.laopinion.com
WHAT’S IN A LABEL? A proposition on California’s ballot could put the state at the forefront in a movement to label genetically modified food. Prop 37 aims to inform consumers when the food they buy contains genetically modified organisms. A multimillion-dollar campaign to oppose it argues the labels would raise prices for consumers. A political journalist provides an analysis on the arguments pro and against the proposition. Guest: Araceli Martínez, Reporter, La Opinión and Noticiero Latino, Sacramento, CA. ALSO, PAYING TO DRIVE. Another California proposition would allow auto insurance companies to charge more for drivers who have not had continuous coverage. Many consumer advocacy groups oppose this initiative, with the exception of a multi-cultural civic organization. This is a debate about this California initiative, Proposition 33. Guests: Joseph Ridout, Spokesperson, Consumer Action, San Francisco, CA, www.consumer-action.org
MEXICO EDITION. The labor reform proposed by Mexico's President Calderón was suspended and will have to be taken up again by the lower House of Mexico's Congress, after the Senate introduced changes that require union leaders to make public the fees they receive and to be elected by free and secret votes. President Calderón had introduced the bill as a "preferential initiative", and in order to become law immediately, the bill had to have been voted on by both houses without modifications. Also, in this edition, the journalist Arturo Cano from La Jornada shares his experiences about the recent elections in Venezuela. Why did Chávez win? Who supports him? Is the election process trustworthy? What does it mean that the opposition candidate won 44 percent of the votes? Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guest: Arturo Cano, reporter, La Jornada Newspaper, Mexico City, Mexico.
REFORMING SENTENCES. Two propositions on the California ballot this November attempt to reform the state’s sentencing and corrections system. Prop 34 would abolish the death penalty in California, while Prop 36 would reform the Three Strikes Law, that subjects individuals with three or more felonies to life sentences, even when those felonies are nonviolent. The program includes an interview with a man who was freed after spending 20 years behind bars, wrongly convicted for murder. He is now a justice advocate who educates about the dangers of incarcerating and executing innocent people. Other points of view are also featured in this edition. Guests: Francisco “Franky” Carrillo, Exonerated inmate, Student at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA; Miguel Valdovinos, Assistant District Attorney, Madera, CA; Margarita Ibarra, Mother of inmate, El Monte, CA.
CHIPOTLE AGREEMENT. A groundbreaking coalition of farmworkers from Florida has once again made history by signing an agreement with a major fast food chain to pay a penny more for every pound of tomatoes, directly to the workers. Chipotle is the newest signer to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement, which also includes a code of responsible conduct. Guest: Lucas Benítez, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL, www.ciw-online.org ALSO, SUING FOR SHADE. The United Farm Workers filed a lawsuit against California authorities for failure to enforce laws that require shade, water, and rest for workers to prevent heat stroke. The president of the union joins this edition to discuss the lawsuit. Guest: Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Keene, CA, www.ufw.org ALSO, LISTENER FORUM. Listeners call in to the show to discuss recent news developments, including the elections, healthcare reform, foreclosures, and more.
FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Two weeks before the election, President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney come together again for a final debate, this time on foreign policy. This edition features segments of the debate and brings on representatives from both parties to analyze the positions of the candidates. Listeners call in to discuss their perspectives on the candidates. Guests: Gabriela Domenzain, Director of Hispanic Press, Obama for America campaign, Chicago, IL, www.barackobama.com ; Sharon Castillo, National spokesperson, Mitt Romney campaign, Washington, D.C., www.mittromney.com
KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY. California is eliminating its medical insurance program for kids Healthy Families and moving those children from low-income families into the state's Medicaid program. What's being done to ensure children continue having access to care? Also, as the Affordable Care Act rolls into full effect, this program answers frequently asked questions: How to get affordable family health insurance plans? Are there additional charges for children with pre-existing conditions? What are the penalties for families who do not insure their children? Guests: Mayra Álvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, D.C., www.healthreform.gov ; Nancy Marisa Gómez, Southern California Program Director, Health Access, Los Angeles, CA, www.health-access.org ALSO, A CALL TO REGISTER. On the last day to register to vote in California, the director of Mi Familia Vota calls on Latino voters to register to vote in November's elections. Guest: Ben Monterroso, Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota, Phoenix, AZ, www.mifamiliavota.us
MEXICO EDITION. In this edition, a human rights activist reports on the arrival of Central American mothers to Saltillo, Coahuila, in search of their migrant children, who disappeared in Mexico. The host also comments on a new money laundering law in Mexico. According to analysts, this law would not penalize 80 percent of operations with resources from illicit sources, would make it harder and more costly to verify money laundering, and does not include tax accountability to detect the origin of large fortunes. Sources of suspicious resources, such as casinos, will not be held accountable either under the law, and it is doubtful that operations under 500,000 pesos will be investigated. Analysts conclude that the Mexican economy is "narcotized", and any attempt to control it will affect its stability. Martha Elena Ramirez hosts Voz Publica from Mexico City. Guest: José Luis Manzo, Outreach coordinator, Casa del Migrante de Saltillo, Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos, Saltillo, Coahuila.