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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
The First People’s View of Thanksgiving. On Native American Heritage Month, this program focuses on the current battle of Native American activists over the use of indigenous names and images in sports. Recently, an influential San Francisco newspaper stopped using the name “Redskins” to refer to the Washington, DC, football team, calling the name a racial slur, and a major city school government in California dropped the decades-old “Apache” high school mascot. In addition, as many in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and family time, many Native Americans in San Francisco, CA, call it “Un-Thanksgiving Day” and descend on Alcatraz Island to perform ceremonies of struggle and hope. Activists discuss these and other issues in this program, aired live on KIQI, San Francisco/Sacramento. Guests: Sandra Romero, Member, Sacred Sites Protection And Rights of Indigenous Tribes, Santa Rosa, CA, http://sspandrit.host56.com/ ; Dr. José Cuellar, Professor Emeritus, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department, City College of San Francisco, https://www.ccsf.edu ; Tony Gonzales, Director, American Indian Movement-West, San Francisco, CA, www.aimwest.info
Safety Net for the Undocumented. Undocumented immigrants and other residents in California have access to very different health services depending on the county and city they live in. A new report projects that this patchy safety net will contribute to the lack of health insurance for 3 to 4 millions of Californians in 2019. However, everyone in the U.S. has rights when seeking a doctor. We speak with a health expert on those resources and upcoming changes due to the Affordable Care Act. Guest: Nancy Gómez, Southern California Program Director, Health Access, Los Angeles, CA, www.health-access.org
The Right To Stay Home. In his most recent book, David Bacon portrays a growing resistance of Mexican communities that envision a world were migration is not forced by poverty or environmental destruction. The author speaks about the activists he portrays in his narrative, and the connection between the U.S. policies that push migration, and a person’s right to remain home. Guest: David Bacon, journalist and author, The Right To Stay Home, Oakland, CA, http://dbacon.igc.org/ Also, Immigration Relief for Military Families. The Obama administration issued a new rule that allows the spouses, children and parents of current U.S. service members and veterans to stay in the country. Experts say thousands of families may benefit from this policy. A regular immigration commentator clarifies the details of the new rule. Guest: Rosalba Piña, immigration attorney, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com
Deadline for immigration reform. Top Republicans predict that immigration reform is dead this year. In response to the halting pace of Congress on the issue, thousands escalate actions urging congress to take immediate action and call for a vote. A prominent evangelical leader embarked on a 40-day fast, as well as a well-known union leader and other social leaders, who join the fast today. Attorney Rosalba Piña also answers listener’s questions on immigration and citizenship. Guests: Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sacramento, CA, www.nhclc.org/ ; Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU, Washington, DC, www.seiu.org ; Rosalba Piña, immigration law expert, Chicago, IL, www.rosalbapina.com
IMMIGRATION EDITION: CRUCIAL MONTH. The U.S. House of Representatives closed for its August recess without taking action on immigration reform. While in their districts, representatives are holding forums and town hall meetings to gauge their constituents' views on immigration reform. Republican leaders are still reluctant to have a vote on any proposal that would include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Is it still possible to get a Republican majority for comprehensive immigration reform in the House? What are Republican reformers doing to force a vote in the House? Guests: Héctor Barreto Jr, former White House cabinet member, Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Irvine, CA, www.thelatinocoalition.com; Eliseo Medina, Secretary-treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, D.C., www.seiu.org
DEMS USING SUPERMAJORITY POWER After years of budget woes that resulted in massive spending cuts to education and social programs, California is finally enjoying a surplus and has some fiscal stability. At the same time, Democrats for the first time in years have unrestrained power to approve bills in the state legislature. How are Democrats using their newly-acquired supermajority power? Are they united in their plans to increase jobs, roll back spending cuts to education and health, and prevent future fiscal shortcomings? GUESTS: Araceli Martinez, correspondent, Radio Bilingüe, Sacramento, CA, www.radiobilingue.org; Kevin de León, California State Senator, Sacramento, CA http://sd22.senate.ca.gov/; Arnoldo Torres, Political Analyst, Sacramento, CA.
MEXICO EDITION. Two months since the Mexican Army arrived in the state of Michoacán, the federal forces have not detained any leaders of organized crime, according to the chiefs of the community police. The government of Peña Nieto promises to return peace to the state, but in the month of July, there were 48 dead, including residents, criminal suspects, police and military. Also in this edition, Rosario Cabañas speaks about the persecution suffered by the family members of the late guerrilla leader Lucio Cabañas. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Hipólito Mora, Chief of Community Police, Buenavista Tomatlán, "La Ruana", Michoacán, Mexico; Rosario Cabañas, family member of the legendary guerrilla leader and teacher Lucio Cabañas, Guerrero, Mexico.
EXPULSION CAPITAL. Kern County schools expel more students than any other county in California. Family advocates say that instead of amending the problem, the county is increasing its suspension rates. They also point to a new trend emerging: involuntary transfers, which involve sending hundreds of students to schools that are in some cases, 40 miles away from their homes. Critics contend that these children, many of them of indigenous Mexican descent, are being treated unfairly. This edition is part of a special series on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Guests: Fausto Sanchez, Community Worker, California Rural Legal Assistance, Bakersfield, CA, http://www.crla.org/; Susan Ferriss, Reporter, Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC, www.publicintegrity.org; Martha Cisneros, Mother, Arvin, CA; Erika M. Brooks, Education Program Manager, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Visalia, CA, http://www.doloreshuerta.org/
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN TEXAS. A new law in Texas imposes some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country. Reproductive rights organizations worry that decreased access to abortion clinics will force more low-income women to put their health at risk by seeking unsafe procedures across the border, or by purchasing abortion drugs on the black market. Guest: Lillian Ortiz, Member, Board of Directors, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Houston, TX, http://www.prochoicetexas.org
IMMIGRATION EDITION: TRUST ACT AND BORDER SECURITY. The House of Representatives goes on recess this week, before taking up comprehensive immigration reform. In the absence of reform, California legislators are attempting to pass an amended version of the TRUST Act, a bill that would limit who state and local police can hold for deportation. This edition also takes a look at border security proposals in the immigration reform debate. Senate bill S. 744 allocates $46 billion to hiring more than 18,000 border patrol agents, building 700 miles of border fence and other measures that have raised concern among border communities. How does the House of Representatives’ approach compare? Guests: Jon Rodney, Communications Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center, Oakland, CA, https://caimmigrant.org; Christian Ramirez, Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition, San Diego, CA, http://soboco.org/
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN ACTION. President Obama announced this month that 8.5 million Americans will receive health insurance rebates this summer. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend at least 80 per cent of their premium profits on medical care. If that amount is not spent on medical care, the remainder must be returned to consumers. In addition, this program explores the cost of insurance plans unveiled by the New York and California health benefit exchanges. Prices are lower than what some analysts predicted. Guests: Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, www.hhs.gov ; Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Health Equity Director, Families USA, Washington, D.C., www.familiesusa.org
México Edition. Residents of Tepoztlán, Morelos began a sit-in at the city hall, protesting the widening of the La Pera freeway to five lanes, affecting areas environmentally protected by presidential decree since 1937. Also in this edition, teachers from the state of Oaxaca report that the public education ministry is distributing textbooks with grammar and spelling mistakes, as well as allowing fast food companies to affect childrens health. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City. Guests: Manuel Contreras and Pedro Flores, members, United Front in Defense of Tepoztlán, Tepoztlán, Morelos, México; Isaías Jaime Ignacio, teacher, San Mateo, Sosola, Nochistlán, Oaxaca, México.
ONE TABLET PER KID. From Uruguay to Los Angeles, California, there are efforts to close the digital divide by connecting more children to the internet. The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to give a tablet computer to every student and every educator. With more than 650,000 students, will it work? In times of budget shortfalls, how will LAUSD pay for it? What could Latino and underserved children gain from this initiative? Guests: Agustin Urgiles, Director of Education Applications, California Emerging Technology Fund, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.cetfund.org/; Giulia D'Amico, Vice President of Business Development, One Laptop Per Child, Miami, FL, http://one.laptop.org/; Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Research Associate, Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, DC, http://www.pewhispanic.org
FRACKING ON THE MONTEREY SHALE. A federal judge in California recently ruled that authorities broke the law when they leased 2,700 acres of public land in Monterey and Fresno counties to oil and gas drillers without considering the environmental impact. Fracking uses huge volumes of water, sand and toxic chemicals to blast open rock to extract oil and gas. Some proponents of the practice say it will create more jobs for local communities. Many residents who live near areas where fracking is already occurring are deeply concerned about the possible groundwater contamination and health effects. Guests: Lupe Martínez, Assistant Director, Center on Race, Poverty & The Environment, Delano, CA, www.crpe-ej.org ; Javier Sierra, Spokesperson, Sierra Club, Arlington, VA, www.sierraclub.org
IMMIGRATION EDITION. Today, the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to focus on the KIDS Act, a Republican version of the DREAM Act that would offer legalization for some young immigrants. The House is following a piecemeal, less-than-citizenship approach to immigration reform. An influential Republican leader comments on the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in a House where the leadership doesn’t show a sense of urgency and won’t allow measures that include a path to citizenship. Guests: Carlos Gutierrez, Chairman, Republicans for Immigration Reform, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Washington, D.C., http://www.republicansforimmigrationreform.org/ ; Larry Kleinman, Member of Executive Committee, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Woodburn, OR, www.fairimmigration.org