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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
Latinos and Climate Change. An overwhelming majority of Latinos want President Obama to combat global warming and curb climate change, according to a new poll. Only immigration reform scored as a higher priority. Among the actions to discuss are current federal plans to curb carbon emissions of new power plants. Will authorities listen to these concerns? How will these views impact future elections? Guests: Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, CA,www.nrdc.org ; Blanca Guillén, Research Analyst, Latino Decisions, www.latinodecisions.com
Yaquis. The new book by acclaimed Mexican author Paco Ignacio Taibo II entitled “Yaquis” tells the story of an indigenous people that waged the longest armed resistance in the history of Mexico and perhaps Latin America. For centuries, the Yaqui Indians of Sonora fought back against those who wanted to take away their lands and colonize their people. The book also tells the story of “the worst and still hidden genocide in Mexican history”, when thousands of Yaqui were massacred and forced into slavery by the Mexican government. This is a conversation with the author. Guest: Paco Ignacio Taibo II, author, Yaquis: Historia de una guerra popular y de un genocidio en México, Mexico City.
Republicans Unveil Immigration Principles. In a step many immigration reform advocates see as encouraging, House leaders released new ‘standards’ that emphasize border security and include a legalization path for undocumented immigrants. However, the new standards do not say whether the undocumented could eventually earn citizenship. Will House Republicans translate this plan into immigration reform bills? Conservative leaders give their take on the Republican principles. Guest: Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, former chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Washington, DC, http://americanprinciplesproject.org/category/latino-partnership/
Remembering Pioneering Poet. José Montoya inspired generations of students, farm workers and activists to be courageous and fight for their rights through civic participation and art. After working in the fields picking grapes as a child, he became a trail blazer, poet laureate of Sacramento and one of the most influential figures in California Latino history. This edition focuses on the work and legacy of this pioneer of Chicano poetry and arts.
Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.
Fewer Latinos Signing Up for Obamacare. About three million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the insurance exchanges nationwide, and applications for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor, have surged in states that have chosen to expand coverage. Still, in California, and arguably in other states, only a fraction of eligible Latinos are enrolling in the health exchange market. Why is this happening? Health experts give answers and delve into the workings of the law. Guest: Hugo Ramirez, Manager, Covered California, Vision y Compormiso, Los Angeles, CA, www.visionycompromiso.org/
Schools Fill Telecom Void. Spurred by the lack of service from telecom giants, rural schools in California’s Central Valley, created their own wireless network and broadband service and are now providing free or low-cost Internet to all students and their families, and transforming small agricultural cities into WiFi hubs. In addition, schools in the area are also arming students with free laptops and the technological know-how to compete with students in wealthier districts, and meet the new Common Core standards. How did the schools manage to become community Internet service providers? Will other areas with restricted or expensive Internet follow suit? Guests: Juan Ruiz, Principal, Avenal High School, Avenal, CA, http://www.rsusd.net/Domain/84 ; Pedro "Pete" Bonilla, Project Coordinator, Kings County Office of Education, Hanford, CA, http://www.kings.k12.ca.us/ ; Roberto Gallardo, Professor at Mississippi State University Extension Service and Director of The Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team, Mississippi State, MS, http://msucares.com/ebeat/about.html
Next Moves on Immigration. Some immigration bills could come to a vote in the House of Representatives before this summer, including one that would provide legal status to undocumented residents. Meanwhile, President Obama is expected to clarify his stance during his State of the Union address. In other news, an immigration court in San Francisco, California, agrees to stop shackling detainees testifying during hearings, a particularly troubling practice for asylum seekers or those who have suffered from torture. Experts comment these and other news. In addition, immigration attorney Rosalba Piña, answers listener questions. Guests: Catherine Moreno, partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA, http://www.wsgr.com/ ; Eliseo Medina, Former Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union and activist for immigration reform, Washington, DC, www.seiu.org/ ; Rosalba Piña, immigration attorney, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com
Agroecology in Mexico. A growing movement of farmers and consumers in the Mexican state of Jalisco are bucking pesticides, transgenic seeds and the agro-industrial trend in favor of organic ways of growing food. They say that traditional ecological knowledge, the survival of native seeds, and the livelihood of farmers are at stake. Are they succeeding in their quest? Guests: Helen Juárez, Agroecology Researcher, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, México (interviewed from Stockton, CA), http://www.udg.mx/ ; Victor Flores, activist and promoter of alternative agriculture, Guadalajara, México (interviewed from Stockton, CA).
Mexico Edition. Given the refusal of citizen self-defense groups to put down their weapons after they were able to expel the Knights Templar cartel from several municipalities in Michoacán, President Enrique Peña Nieto offered to integrate them into the police. Since armed citizen groups surrounded Apatzingán, the federal government sent soldiers to the state and disbanded hundreds of municipal police. However, the government has not yet detained leaders of the Knights Templar, a condition that self-defense groups set in order to give up their weapons and return to their communities. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition from Mexico City. Guests: (Recordings) José Manuel Mireles, member of the Citizen Council for Self-Defense of Tepalcatepec; Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, Congressman (Partido de la Revolución Democrática); David Monreal, Senator (Partido del Trabajo).
Health Action Convening. Luminaries such as Vice President Joe Biden and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro kick off a days-long meeting on how to make the promise of the Affordable Care Act real for consumers across the nation. Health policymakers, advocates, and health care experts participating in the Health Action 2014 Conference join this edition to comment on the future of Medicaid expansion, new consumer protections, and other opportunities and challenges ahead. Guests: Diana Varela, Representative, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC; Mari Lopez, Policy Director, Visión y Compromiso, Washington, DC; Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director, Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC; Francisco Ramos, Outreach and Organizing Manager, Health Care for All, Washington, DC.
Ending Zero Tolerance Practices. This month, the White House unveiled the first ever national guidelines on school discipline, urging educators to get rid of zero-tolerance policies that harm students of color the most. Each year, high schools around the nation suspend two million students, mostly for minor offenses. Black and Latino students are the most suspended, expelled, or arrested by police due to a school complaint. White House officials say “racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.” How will the new guidelines translate into a better climate in the schools? How will they help solve the racial bias? A White House official and a community advocate discuss the plans. Guests: Eric Waldo, Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC, www.ed.gov ; Manuel Criollo, Director of Organizing, The Labor Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.thestrategycenter.org/
Haitian ‘Anchor Babies’? A ruling last year by the highest court of the Dominican Republic strips anyone born in the country from their Dominican citizenship if their parents were undocumented. What’s more, the court order applies retroactively to people born in the country since 1929. The Dominican government says they are working to regularize the immigration status of those affected, mostly of Haitian descent. Meanwhile, human rights activists argue that the country is trampling on the basic rights of thousands of people who will be disenfranchised and barred from schools and other public services. This controversial policy brings to mind the calls by conservatives in the U.S. to deny birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. of undocumented parents. This is a debate on the issue. Guests: Aníbal de Castro, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in the United States, Washington, DC, http://www.domrep.org/ ; Miguel López Rodríguez, President, Comité Político Latinoamericano (COPOLA USA), New York, NY.
Holiday Edition: Concha Buika. Acclaimed singer María Concepción Balboa Buika, known as Buika, was born in Spain to African parents. She now lives in Miami, Florida. With her sultry, emotionally-charged voice she easily crosses musical styles such as cante jondo, jazz and canción ranchera. To celebrate the birth and civil rights struggle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this is an exclusive interview with this distinguished Afro-Hispanic artist about the cultural richness of her life and music. Buika also comments on her dreams and issues in the U.S. Guest: Concha Buika, internationally acclaimed singer, Miami, FL, www.conchabuikamusic.com
Mexico Edition. U.S.-based residents from Michoacan prepare demonstrations outside the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles and San Jose, to request that the Mexican government does not disarm self-defense groups fighting the Knights Templar cartel. After expelling the cartel from several municipalities, self-defense groups decided to take control of other municipalities and Cuatro Caminos, a main highway to the rest of the state. In response, the federal government has asked these groups to put down their weapons. They reply that before surrendering their weapons the government must first arrest the leaders of organized crime. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition from Mexico City. Guests: José Sandoval, immigrant from Michoacan, Los Angeles, California; (recording) Dr. José Mireles Valverde, General Counsel, Citizen Council for Self-Defense of Michoacan.