Nation’s Poet Sings to Victims of Violence in Baton Rouge, St. Louis and Dallas - The deaths of two African-American men shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Saint Paul, Minnesota sparked mass protests nationwide. In Dallas, Texas, five police were killed by a sniper, in an incident linked to the other deaths. The pain that these acts caused inspired U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, to dedicate a poem to the victims of violence in all three cities. Here is the poem read by the author and a conversation with Radio Bilingüe’s news director, Samuel Orozco. This is part of the series, “Hablando de la Raza”.
Children Play on Capitol Hill to Stop Climate Change - This week, members of the group Moms Clean Air Force made their voices heard in Congress, with a unique demonstration of music and games. They were trying to call attention to the importance of clean air and environmental conservation. Latinos made their presence known, reports José López Zamorano. This feature is part of the series, “Hablando de la Raza”.
Mexico’s Teachers’ Movement Gains Support from Indigenous Authorities - Almost a hundred municipal authorities from the Mixtec region of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are organizing a caravan to Mexico City to demand a peaceful solution in the conflict between the government and teachers who are protesting education reform. The municipal officials are also asking for reparation for the families of 9 people who died at the hands of the police in a protest last month. Vladimir Flores reports on this unusual public demonstration of opposition by indigenous authorities.