|Linea Abierta Programming
|Civil Rights Today; Immigration Edition: Reduce Separation; Presidential Inauguration; Gun Control; Mexico Edition.|
MONDAY, JANUARY 21.
PROGRAM # 6877 12:00 PM PT
CIVIL RIGHTS TODAY. This special, Holiday edition on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day includes an exclusive interview with MartÃn Castro, chair of the United States Civil Rights Commission, about the most pressing civil rights issues of our times, including hate crimes, violations of immigrantsâ civil rights in Alabama and other states that have passed strict anti-immigration laws, the Latino dropout crisis, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Guest: MartÃn Castro,
Chairman, United States Civil Rights Commission, Chicago, IL, www.usccr.gov.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22.
PROGRAM # 6878 12:00 PM PT
IMMIGRATION EDITION: REDUCED SEPARATION. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the final regulations that allow undocumented immigrants with immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility before leaving the country for their visa interviews. The rule is supposed to reduce the amount of time that U.S. citizens have to be separated from their loved ones while they are applying for a visa. Immigration attorney Rosalba PiÃ±a hosts this edition from Chicago.
Guests: Laura VÃ¡zquez, Legislative Analyst, Immigration Policy Project, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Washington, D.C., www.nclr.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23.
PROGRAM # 6879 12:00 PM PT
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. The first Latino keynote speaker at a commemorative service for Martin Luther King, Jr. is Reverend Samuel RodrÃguez. The conservative religious leader, who has been outspoken in favor of immigration reform, had also been invited to speak in President Obamaâs inauguration, but he opted for his pre-arranged keynote speech. This edition includes an interview with the orator, to share his views about King's thought and his take about the presidential inauguration.
Guest: Rev. Samuel
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference,
Sacramento, CA, www.nhclc.org.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24.
PROGRAM # 6880 12:00 PM PT
GUN CONTROL. Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are reintroducing a bill to ban military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. The bill, âAssault Weapons Ban of 2013â, would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of certain firearms and semi-automatic rifles, and high-capacity magazines. A Democratic congressmember and a peace advocate join this edition to comment the topic.
Guests: Rep. Xavier Becerra, D â Los Angeles, Washington, DC; Medea Benjamin, Co-founder, Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace,, Washington, DC. www.codepink4peace.org/ ; www.globalexchange.org/
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25.
PROGRAM # 6881 12:00 PM PT
EDITION. Environmentalists will sue the application of the Convention on
Biological Diversity, to stop the transnational company Monsanto from planting
genetically engineered corn in Mexico. According to Silvia Ribeiro, a
researcher from the Erosion, Technology and Concentration Group, the former
President of Mexico, Felipe CalderÃ³n, authorized the planting of genetically
engineered corn in the states of Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, after meeting with the
directors of Monsanto at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A
moratorium had previously been in place against genetically engineered corn in
Mexico since 1999. Mexico is the center of origin of corn in the world and has
57 kinds of the grain, with more than 30,000 varieties. Researchers say this
diverse resource could be in danger in the presence of genetically engineered
Martha Elena RamÃrez hosts Voz PÃºblica from Mexico City.
Funds for LÃnea Abierta are provided in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The Ford Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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