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Linea Abierta Programs for September 2006
Friday, September 1st
PROGRAM # 4900 - 12:00 PDT
BACK TO THE STREETS: A LIVE BROADCAST. Thousands of immigrants and their supporters are gearing up to mark this Labor Day weekend with mass mobilizations for immigration reform. In this program, host Rosalba Piña broadcasts live from the neighborhood of Little Village in Chicago, first stop of the four-day walk targeting the office of Rep. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House and notorious leader of a congressional push to pass draconian, enforcement-only laws. The program includes breaking news from Bellingham in the state of Washington, where advocates report the detention of 33 immigrant workers by ICE agents at a workplace. They also say this action has a chilling effect in the local Latino community.
Interviews: Jorge Salazar, news correspondent, Chicago; Aline Soundy, Community to Community Development, Bellingham, WA; Tino Silva, director of musical group Perverso and composer of ballad on Chicago's immigrant rallies; Rafael Pulido, "El Pistolero", popular DJ and promoter of immigrant rallies; Michelle Chavez, Illinois state legislator.
PROGRAM # 4901 - 13:00 PDT
LIVE BROADCAST FROM CHICAGO. In this special edition, host Rosalba Piña talks with organizers, participants and neighbors in a rally in Chicago to protest deportations and urge for immigration reform. During this hour, the contingent of the march passes by the broadcast table at the heart of La Villita neighborhood.
Interviews: Esther Lopez, coordinator, Voto Latino de Illinois; Juan Salgado, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Jorge Mugica, March 10th Movement; Emma Herrera, Centro de Trabajadores del Este de Carolina del Norte; Jose Ochoa, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Roy Berg, Chicago chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association; Cristina Chavez, activist and grand-daughter of Cesar Chavez; Juan Salgado, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
Monday, September 4th
PROGRAM # 4902 - 12:00 PDT
LABOR DAY: TODAY WE MARCH… On this Labor Day, immigrant workers take to the streets in cities around the nation to renew their call for immigration reform and their opposition to the current backlash of anti-immigrant hostility, including restrictive laws and federal raids and deportations. This program provides an overview on major rallies. Correspondent Jorge Salazar reports about the culmination of a four-day walk to the office of Rep. Dennis Hastert in Batavia. Contributor Magdaleno Manzanares brings a report from a march in Phoenix and gives news about the fight for congressional district 8 in Tucson and the dismissal of charges against two humanitarians who helped migrants at the border. Arnoldo Garcia, spokesperson for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights calls in from the march in San Francisco and talks about the presence of African-American leaders battling eviction in the Hunters Point neighborhood and hotel union employees. Maru Mora Villalpando, with the Red Activa Comunitaria in Seattle, WA, gives details about a march in Portland and another one in Seattle and expands on the support for the recently-detained immigrants. Maria Jimenez, with CRECEN in Houston, comments on a youth-led march in this city and the public support for migrants working in the Gulf Coast recostruction projects. Finally, this program includes a number of voices gathered during a two-thousand protestors march in progress through Oakland.
PROGRAM # 4903 - 13:00 PDT
TOMORROW WE’LL VOTE. Immigrant advocates discuss the strategies of the immigrant rights movement. What are activists doing to respond to the hearings held by the Republican leaders of the House around the country? How would voter-registration drives have an impact on toss-up races in the contest for the House of Representatives? They also comment on the national day of action and the impact of a package of tough legislative bills in Colorado designed against undocumented immigrants who may apply for public benefits.
Guests: Nativo Lopez, national president, Mexican American Political Association, director of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana, Los Angeles; Gabriela Flora, Project Voice Regional Organizer, American Friends Service Committee, Denver, CO; Laura Rivas, Abel Maza, and Javier Gonzalez, organizers of a Sept 4 march in Berkeley.
Tuesday, September 5th
PROGRAM # 4904 - 12:00 PDT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition of the Voz Pública series from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on current events in Mexico.
Wednesday, September 6th
PROGRAM # 4905 - 12:00 PDT
TEXAS EDITION - LATINOS MOVING IN. Civil-rights leaders and real estate professionals are joining ranks to encourage Latinos to buy homes in Farmers Branch, the first city in Texas to consider laws to penalize undocumented immigrants who live and work in this Dallas suburb. This program is hosted by Carlos Spector Calderón from El Paso.
Invited guests: Rosa Rosales, national president, LULAC, Dallas, TX; Beatrice Alba Martinez, real estate agent, national chairwoman, LULAC National Housing Commission, Dallas, TX.
Thursday, September 7th
PROGRAM # 4906 - 12:00 PDT
THE NATIONAL MALL: THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Thousands of immigrants and supporters convene in Washington to “welcome Congress back to Washington.” Organizers expect this mobilization to add to the pressure for civil-rights protections for immigrant families and galvanize voter participation in the upcoming mid-term elections. This is a live news report on this mass rally in the nation’s capital.
Guests: Julio Villagrán, Comité Centroamericano de Emergencias de Massachusetts, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition MIRA, Boston; Saúl Solórzano, executive director, CARECEN, Washington, DC; Gustavo Torres, Metropolitan Coalition, Washington, DC; Rafael Gálvez, Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition; Yanira Merino, International Laborers Union of North America, Camden, NJ
Friday, September 8th
PROGRAM # 4907 - 12:00 PDT
GLOBAL WARMING AND LATINOS: A LIVE BROADCAST. This is a special coverage from the site of the National Latino Congreso in Los Angeles, one of the largest gatherings of Latino leaders, which this day focuses on the environment. According to studies, global warming will affect the hardest Latinos and other low-income communities. How concerned are Latinos about this issue? How involved are Latino leaders in the state and national policy debate? Policy-makers and community leaders are invited to comment on a landmark global-warming bill in Sacramento and other news developments.
Guests: Rubén Tapia, correspondent, Los Angeles; Ana Lilia Barraza, correspondent, Los Angeles; Antonio González, executive director, William C. Velázquez Institute, co-organizer National Latino Congreso; Millie Treviño-Sauceda, executive director, Líderes Campesinas; Martha Dina Argüello, director of Health and Environment, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.
PROGRAM # 4908 - 13:00 PDT
CLEAN AIR FOR ALL, HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES: LIVE COVERAGE. Latinos live in some of the most polluted regions of the country, in areas afflicted by traffic congestion, industrial blight and toxic air. While legal protections from air pollution are being weakened, more people are dying prematurely and children are suffering from asthma. What’s being done to have cleaner and greener barrios? What’s being done to improve the health of Latino families? How represented are Latinos in environmental public agencies and advocacy organizations? This is a broadcast from the site of the National Latino Congreso in Los Angeles.
Guests: Adrianna Quintero, National Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, Risa Hoffman and Susana Paz, Earth Day Network, Washington, DC; Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, State de California; Raúl Macías, director, ANAHUAK Youth Soccer Association, Los Angeles; Rosa Rosales, national president, LULAC, San Antonio, TX.
Saturday, September 9th
PROGRAM # 4909 - 12:00 PDT
IMMIGRANTS FOCUS ON WASHINGTON - A LIVE BROADCAST. This day, the National Latino Congreso addresses pressing immigration issues, including current legislation and the debate on how best influence policy-making in Washington. This live broadcast airs voices from a plenary session on immigration reform. It also discusses plans to turn the enthusiasm of the rallies into voting power.
Guests: Oscar Chacón, director, Enlaces América, Treasurer, NALAAC, Chicago, IL; Eliana García, congresswoman, PRD – México; María Echaveste, former adviser for President Clinton, professor at University of California, Berkeley, consultant for United Farm Workers of America; Angela Mejía, national board member, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement – LACLAA, Houston, TX; Dolores Huerta, civil rights movement pioneer.
PROGRAM # 4910 - 13:00 PDT
NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL. Advocates and scholars attending the National Latino Congress in Los Angeles join this edition to comment on issues impacting the national debate on immigration, including border control, AgJobs, the Dream Act and military recruitment in high schools, local ordinances against newcomers, and human rights. These special programs from Los Angeles are broadcast in collaboration with KPFK, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles.
Guests: María Echaveste, former adviser for President Clinton, consultant for United Farm Workers of America; Fernando Suárez, coordinator, Proyecto Guerrero Azteca, San Diego; Juan Parras, Community outreach coordinator, Environmental Justice Clinic, Houston, TX; Héctor Flores, outgoing president, LULAC, San Antonio, TX; Elías Bermúdez, director and founder, Immigrants without Borders, Phoenix, AZ.
Monday, September 11th
PROGRAM # 4911 - 12:00 PDT
THE HIDDEN VICTIMS. On the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, some of the hidden victims speak up in this program. Officially, no workers died or were injured during the clean-up on Ground Zero. Yet, hundreds of workers who participated in cleaning up the nearly two million tons of hazardous material are reporting serious and chronic conditions reportedly related to toxic dust. This program discusses issues of access to the healthcare programs established for those who were affected.
Guests: Oscar Paredes, director, Proyecto de Trabajadores Latinos, Brooklyn, NY; Bélgica Benavides, social worker at Ground Zero and leader of the
National Movement Against Sweat Shops, Nueva York, NY; Stalin Barcco, Ground Zero cleanup worker, currently homeless and afflicted with chronic
diseases, Nueva York, NY; Julián Fernández, Ground Zero cleanup worker; Idalia Arias, resident of Lower Manhattan.
Tuesday, September 12th
PROGRAM # 4912 - 12:00 PDT
IMMIGRATION EDITION - THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11.Government roundups and anti-terrorism initiatives have targeted immigrant communities following the attacks of 9/11. Attorney Rosalba Piña hosts this edition from Chicago and dialogues with listeners on the impact of the aftermath of 9/11 on them and their families.
Wednesday, September 13th
PROGRAM # 4913 - 12:00 PDT
THE OTHER 9/11.When the twin towers came down in New York, Chileans relived the nightmare of their own 9/11. Almost three decades earlier, they had seen in horror the bombing of a symbol of national pride, the President’s palace. Chilean innovative artist Quique Cruz joins this program to reflect on those memories. A survivor of Pinochet’s torture chambers, Cruz has prepared an art work entitled “Villa Grimaldi: Archeology of Memory,” which includes a musical suite, a book and a documentary film gathering experiences of artists who survived Villa Grimaldi, one of the most notorious torture center of the U.S.-sponsored dictatorship. The U.S. public television network is planning to distribute the film.
Guest: Quique Cruz, Andean/jazz musician, writer and composer, www.quiquecruz.com
Thursday, September 14th
PROGRAM # 4914 - 12:00 PDT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition of the Voz Pública series from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on a major opposition gathering called for Independence Day on Mexico’s main public square, el Zocalo.
Friday, September 15th
PROGRAM # 4915 - 12:00 PDT
TEXAS EDITION – CONJUNTO FESTIVAL NARCISO MARTÍNEZ.Línea Abierta celebrates National Latino Heritage Month with a special broadcast from the Rio Grande Valley, home of the annual Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival and one of the best musical traditions in the country. Alma Garza, host of Satélite Radio Bilingüe’s weekend Onda Tejana show and Carlos Spector Calderón, host of Línea Abierta’s weekly Edición Texas from El Paso, are in the valley to air three days of live programs from the studios of KMBH in Harlingen, TX. They
begin the series interviewing veteran Eddie Lalo Torres and accomplished accordionist Juan Antonio Tapia.
Host: Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center, San Benito, TX, www.geocities.com/nmcacsb/NMCACevents.html
PROGRAM # 4916 - 13:00 PDT
CONJUNTO FESTIVAL CELEBRATION. Top representatives of South Texas Conjunto music gather this weekend in San Benito, TX, for the 15th edition of the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival. On Latino National Heritage Month, Línea Abierta celebrates the Texas-Mexican conjunto, one of the most powerful regional musical styles created by the Mexican people. Guests in this program include Cristina Balli, director, Rogelio Núñez, chair, and Ramón de León, founder, of Centro Cultural Narciso Martínez. In addition, Flavio Longoria and Oscar García, from Conjunto Kingz de Flavio Longoria, join this program.
Saturday, September 16th
PROGRAM # 4917 - 12:00 PDT
CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE FROM HARLINGEN. On the second day of San Benito’s Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival, this program originates from neighboring Harlingen and features live conversations with leading performers and features music from the concert. Radio Bilingüe’s co-hosts Alma Garza and Carlos Spector Calderón talk with Juan Texeda, director of Conjunto Aztlán, a renowned ensemble of the Movimiento Chicano; and veteran accordionist Enrique Vela.
PROGRAM # 4918 - 13:00 PDT
CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE FROM HARLINGEN. Co-hosts Carlos Spector Calderón and Alma Garza continue interviewing leadings artists that have come together in the Río Grande valley for the XV edition of the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival. Aired from the studios of KMBH, Harlingen’s public radio, this program features maestro accordionist Oscar Hernández from the valley, Cristina Balli, organizer of the Festival; and San Antonio’s Eva Ybarra, one of the best contemporary accordion virtuosos.
Sunday, September 17th
PROGRAM # 4919 - 12:00 PDT
CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE TALKS. On the third and final day of the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival in San Benito, TX, this holiday edition provides conversations with headlining performers. Today, interviews include veteran Amadeo Flores, maestro of bajo-sexto and a Conjunto institution; Héctor Barrón, leader of Los Fantasmas del Valle; and Cristina Balli, organizer of the Festival. With this special broadcast from the Rio Grande valley, Línea Abierta culminates a two-year public radio series that addressed key issues relevant to Spanish-speaking audiences of the Texas borderlands. Línea Abierta, the talk show series, has been delivered to Texan Mexican audiences through the powerful signal of partner station XERF-AM, an Instituto Mexicano de la Radio station in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
Monday, September 18th
PROGRAM # 4920 - 12:00 PDT
LEARNING DISABILITIES. Aired in collaboration with KQED, San Francisco’s public radio, this program looks into the needs
of the growing population of children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and autism. How to identify a student at risk for learning
disability? What are the issues faced by bilingual students who are learning English and have learning disabilities? This program also shares helpful
tips for parents to navigate the special education system. Listening parents call in from California, Pennsylvania and Washington to report problems when
dealing with the school system.
Guests: Ines Kiuperschmit, director of litigation and advocacy, Learning Rights Law Center, Los Angeles; Araceli Simeon-Luna, National Parent School Partnership Director, MALDEF, Los Angeles.
Tuesday, September 19th
PROGRAM # 4921 - 12:00 PDT
RISING FARM WORKER DREAM FUND. Pledging never to forget his roots, a business consultant who graduated from Harvard is working to help the children of farm workers succeed in higher education. Martin Curiel raises money from large corporations to provide scholarships and mentors for migrant students to help them access top business schools.This is a conversation with Curiel and graduate student Marisol Hernandez, a former farm worker and the first scholarship recipient. www.risingfarmworkers.org.
ALSO, CRITICAL HEALTH BILLS. Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, comments on pending bills in Sacramento, including one that would allow LEP patients to have access to interpreters and translated materials in the health care system. Another bill allows local governments the ability to provide non-emergency health aid to undocumented immigrants.
ALSO, CELEBRATING CANCER SURVIVORSHIP. Thousands of cancer survivors and grassroots activists gather in Washington, DC, urging members of Congress to make the fight against cancer a priority, and restore funding for cancer research and prevention services. Rene Hurtado, a “community ambassador” from El Paso, TX, and son of a cancer victim, join this edition from Washington, DC.
Wednesday, September 20th
PROGRAM # 4922 - 12:00 PDT
TEXAS EDITION – CONJUNTO LEGENDS. This repeat program originally recorded in the Rio Grande valley features accomplished musicians who headlined the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival in San Benito. Guests include Eva Ybarra, from San Antonio, a renowned virtuoso of the Conjunto accordion; veteran accordionist Oscar Hernández from Pharr, TX, who has been working on a recording that pays tribute to pioneers Pedro Ayala, Narciso Martínez and Los Montañeses del Alamo; and Cristina Balli, organizer of the festival.
Thursday, September 21st
PROGRAM # 4923 - 12:00 PDT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition of the Voz Pública series from Mexico City. The radio journalist provides news about recent teacher rallies in Oaxaca and analysis about the National Democratic Convention organized by opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Guests include Vladimir Flores, news correspondent in Oaxaca; Horacio Gomez, a teacher with the coalition APPO in Oaxaca; and Dr. Carlos Aguirre Rojas, a supporter of La Otra Campaña, a coalition of the Zapatista movement.
Friday, September 22nd
PROGRAM # 4924 - 12:00 PDT
CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE. Known as the Clean Energy Initiative, California’s Proposition 87 seeks to reduce the state’s dependence on gasoline and diesel, produce cleaner and cheaper energy, and reduce air pollution, asthma and lung disease. To fund these projects, gas companies will be charged oil drilling fees. The initiative will be on the ballot in California on November 7. This is a debate on the issue.
Guests: Nidia Bautista, representative of Yes on 87 Campaign, community outreach director for Coalition for Clean Air, Los Angeles; Jaime Rojas, president and executive director, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, representative, No on 87, Sacramento, CA.
Monday, September 25th
PROGRAM # 4927 - 12:00 PDT
TOUR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. Latinos and low-income populations live in communities with the worst air quality and toxic pollution, facing increased risks of disease and premature death. To make this point, hundreds are traveling in a nationwide tour calling for environmental justice. In this program, public health and environmental leaders in California’s Central Valley identify highly contaminated communities and disclose top polluters. This program also focuses on the upcoming elections and the agenda toprotect communities and regulate polluting industries.
Guests: Assemblyman Juan Arámbula, Democrat, Fresno, CA; Rey Leon, policy analist, Latino Issues Forum, Fresno, CA; Martha Argüello, director of health and the environment, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.
Tuesday, September 26th
PROGRAM # 4928 - 12:00 PDT
IMMIGRATION EDITION – THE EFFECTS FROM 96. Attorney Rosalba Piña hosts this edition from Chicago. She brings updates and analysis on legislative bills pending in Congress, and provides news on a fast in progress in Chicago, in support of families threatened with deportation. Piña also talks with attorney John Silva, vice chair of the Southern California chapter of AILA – American Immigration Lawyers Association, on the effects of the 1996 immigration law.
Wednesday, September 27th
PROGRAM # 4929 - 12:00 PDT
TEXAS-GUADALAJARA SIMULCAST: THE FENCE. With immigration being a top issue for Republicans running for reelection in November, the Senate agreed to consider a bill passed in the House that would build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigrant-rights groups are mobilizing in opposition of this enforcement-only legislation. This program is a simulcast with the three-station network of Sistema Jalisciense de Radio y TV in Guadalajara.
Guests: Attorney Carlos Spector Calderón, political analyst, El Paso, TX; Leo Anchondo, director of Justice for Immigrants Campaign, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC; Sen. Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez, PAN – Jalisco; Sen. Héctor Pérez Plazola, PAN – Jalisco.
Thursday, September 28th
PROGRAM # 4930 - 12:00 PDT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition of the Voz Pública series from Mexico City. This program includes an interview with José Antonio Almazán, leader of the Union of Electricians about controversial plans to reform and privatize the power industry.
Friday, September 29th
PROGRAM # 4931 - 12:00 PDT
ELECTIONS AND THE GREEN AGENDA. This program provides interviews on the recently approved Act on Solutions to Global Warming in California. In addition, the program airs interviews with parents whose children are seriously ill as a result of breathing polluted air in the Wilmington neighborhoods, an area near the Port of Los Angeles. These parents are hosting a local stop for the West Coast leg of the Environmental Justice for All nationwide tour. After stopping in this coastal city, the delegation continues its tour to Calexico. This program reviews some of the toxic flashpoints in California and the West. The program concludes with a brief conversation with a congressional leader who highlights the importance of the battle to regulate the worst polluters into the November midterm election.
Guests: Francisco Castillo, spokesperson, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sacramento; Adrianna Quintero, director of Latino outreach, Natural Resource Defense Council, San Francisco; Raul Orozco, board member, Coalition for a Safe Environment, Los Angeles; Oty Nungaray, member, Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma, Long Beach, CA; Congresswoman Hilda Solís, Democrat, Los Angeles.
PROGRAM # 4932 - 12:00 PDT
PUERTO RICO EDITION. Wanda Colón Cortés, the host in WRTU, Radio Universidad in San Juan de Puerto Rico, comments on current news developments in the Caribbean basin.
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