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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
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“My Brother’s Keeper.” On this day, President Obama is launching an initiative reaching out to young Blacks and Latinos, the population with the highest jobless rates. The project, called “My Brother’s Keeper,” seeks to enlist the help of philanthropists and businesses to support mentoring programs and activities to keep youth of color in school and out of prison. Will this initiative be enough? White House officials and youth advocates are being invited to discuss the specifics. Guests: Katherine Vargas, spokesperson, White House, Washington, D.C., www.whitehouse.gov ; Manuel Criollo, Director of Organizing, Strategy Center, Los Angeles, CA, www.thestrategycenter.org
Why Latinos Live Longer Lives. Despite being heavily impacted by diabetes and other chronic diseases, Latinos are known to have a longer life than non-Latino Whites. A new, landmark study involving thousands of Latinos may provide some answers and help understand why Latinos are living longer than others. Guest: Dr. Jane Delgado, President and executive director, National Alliance for Hispanic health, Washington, DC, www.hispanichealth.org Also, Expanding Medicaid. As rural hospitals close in Georgia, pressure grows on Gov. Nathan Deal to expand Medicaid and use federal funding available to help eligible patients. Organizations representing young families, and women and youth of color are urging the governor and the legislature to expand health care access for the poor. Guest: Anne Marie Benítez, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Washington, DC, www.latinainstitute.org
DACA Renewals. Federal immigration authorities released instructions on how young Dreamers can renew Deferred Action for Children Arrivals, the benefit that provides young immigrants with a two-year deportation reprieve and work permits. How to prepare and when to submit the renewal form? Attorney Rosalba Piña joins this edition from Chicago to comment on these developments and answer listener questions. Guest: Rosalba Piña, Attorney on Immigration and Citizenship Law, Regular Commentator, Chicago, IL.
El Chapo: Captured. The most powerful Mexican drug lord, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the boss of the Sinaloa cartel, was captured in his home state. A renowned analyst of the Sinaloa cartel, the narco world, and Mexico's corruption brings El Chapo's detention into perspective and examines the ramifications. Guests: Anabel Hernández, Journalist and writer, author of "Los Señores del Narco" and "México en Llamas: El Legado de Calderón", El Paso, TX; (audio recording) Jesús Murillo Karam, Mexico's Attorney General, Mexico City.
Mexico Edition. The summit of North American heads of state concluded with no progress on immigration for Mexico. Prime Minister Harper did not agree to eliminate visas to enter Canada, and President Obama did not mention advances to legalize the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. On separate news, it’s been eight years since the accident at the Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila, which left 65 dead miners, whose bodies are still trapped. The activist Cristina Ahuerbach reported that government officials are planning the exploitation of Shell gas in that coal region. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition from the Mexico City. Guests: (Recording) Cristina Ahuerbach, member, Familia Pasta de Conchos, Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral and Equipo Nacional de Pastoral Laboral, Mexico City; (audio segments) President Enrique Peña Nieto; President Barack Obama; Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
ConnectED. President Obama announced a new initiative called ConnectED, designed to connect 99 per cent of students to the Internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within five years. The leader of this program shares details. Guest: Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology and Lead on ConnectED Initiative, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC. (TBC) Also, Restoring Net Neutrality. A number of Latino groups are urging Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to act to protect the open Internet and prevent online censorship and discrimination after a federal court struck down the net neutrality rules. A leading advocate gives his views. Guests: Steven Renderos, National organizer, Center for Media Justice, New York, NY, www.centerformediajustice.org ; Alex Nogales, President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Pasadena, CA, www.nhmc.org
Common Core: Ready? This year 45 states and the District of Columbia are starting to use the new Common Core State Standards for English language and math. The education initiative was designed to revamp the way schools teach and assess students, placing less emphasis on memorization and more on critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. It seeks to prepare students for life after high school. Texas and four other states have decided against the standards. Some question that the standards were never field-tested, and students and teachers are being expected to do more and do it more quickly. Latino leaders are concerned about the impact on ELL and Latino students, who are traditionally underperforming in math and English. In this program, education leaders offer different views. Guests: Gabriela Uro, Manager, ELL Policy and Research, Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC, www.cgcs.org ; Leo Gómez, President, National Association for Bilingual Education, Professor, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, University of Texas Panamerican, Edinburg, TX, www.nabe.org
North American Summit in Mexico. President Obama, President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Harper meet in Toluca, near Mexico City, for an annual summit. While a number of issues ranging from trade to citizen security have been announced, it is expected that Peña Nieto’s reforms of Mexico’s energy market and foreign investments in Mexico’s oil industry will be central to the agenda. A leading political scientist and a journalist covering the summit comment on the meeting and on Mexico’s reforms. Guests: Alfredo Corchado, Correspondent, The Dallas Morning News, Mexico City; Denise Dresser, Professor at ITAM, columnist, Mexico City.
Immigration Reform Woes, Minimum Wage Hike. One week after releasing standards for immigration reform, Republican congressional leaders refuse to schedule a vote and dismissed reform for this year. Meantime, Senate Republicans advance restrictive bills impacting immigrant youth, including one against child tax credit and one barring in-state tuition. Invited guests also comment on President Obama’s executive order to increase the hourly minimum wage paid by federal contractors and efforts in Congress to pass a bill hiking the minimum wage for all workers. Guests: Eliseo Medina, Former Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Los Angeles, CA, www.seiu.org/ ; Héctor Barreto Jr, Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Washington, DC, www.thelatinocoalition.com
Mexico Edition. An international magazine devoted its cover to President Enrique Peña Nieto with the headline "Saving Mexico" because of the structural reforms achieved in his first year in office. Meanwhile, families of the thousands of victims of the drug war are still calling for justice. Juan Carlos Trujillo Herrera, who suffered the kidnapping of six relatives, reported that in Guerrero state, no authority has prosecuted offenders nor is looking for his family. Also in Michoacan, civil organizations announced the purchase of a radar to recover bodies in clandestine graves. In Coahuila, relatives of the disappeared called for the state government to resume the search for missing persons. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition from Mexico City. Guests: (Recordings) Juan Carlos Trujillo Herrera, whose relatives disappeared in Guerrero and Veracruz, Mexico; Adriana Moreno, member of Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos in Coahuila (FUNDEC), Saltillo, Coahuila, México.
The Uninsured: Interested but Unaware. As the deadline to apply to get health coverage on time starting March 1st, an expert on the new health reform law joins this program to share news of interest to the uninsured. According to polls, many uninsured still don’t know about financial help available for low and moderate income individuals and many are not aware that they can’t be denied coverage when having pre-existing conditions. This and other challenges faced by the uninsured are discussed in this call-in segment. Guest: Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC, www.familiesusa.org
“Pell Grant for DREAMers.” An alliance of bipartisan leaders created the largest college scholarship fund in the nation for undocumented students. The fund will award full-tuition college scholarships to 1,000 students in the next academic year. In this program, advocates also discuss news about applicants for deferred action and actions in Congress to give youth a path to residence and citizenship. Guest: María Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, Program Director, TheDream.Us Scholarship, Washington, DC, www.thedream.us
Changes to Citizenship Forms. The Immigration Service released a new form to apply for citizenship. Effective May 5th, the new format is longer than the previous version and includes questions about national security and links to terrorist groups. Regular commentator Rosalba Piña discusses the new requirements and answers questions from the listeners. Guest: Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration Law Expert, Chicago, IL.
Migrant Families. Migrant organizers from the hotlands in the Mexican state of Guerrero visit California to give testimony about the impact of family separation due to migration, the damage inflicted to entire communities as a result of the “war on drugs,” and the remaining effects of the worst hurricane of the year in Mexico. Guests: Dominga Ortega Baltazar, Organizer; Inés Patiño Gómez, Organizer, Santo Domingo, Guerrero, Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes, Mexico City; Rodrigo Oveja Orozco, Community Promoter, Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes, Tierra Caliente, Guerrero.
Mexico Edition. Criminal charges were filed against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, accusing him of treason. In this issue, the expert on constitutional law Bernardo Bátiz Vázquez claims there is evidence that Peña Nieto agreed with the U.S. government to the delivery of the energy sector, which represents an act against the sovereignty and integrity of the nation. This action carries a penalty of 5 to 40 years in prison. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition from Mexico City. Guest: Bernardo Bátiz Vázquez, Professor in Constitutional Law, former Mexico City Attorney General; Member of the Morena National Executive Committee, Mexico City.