Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2017

PROGRAM # 8043 12:00 PM PST.

Challenging the Politics of Fear. Kids with parents at risk of deportation caravanned from Miami to Washington, DC, where they rallied with hundreds of youth. Another group of activists is in a journey from California to Texas to fight fear and terror. And hundreds of immigrants incarcerated at a detention center in Tacoma are several days into a hunger strike. Leading voices of those actions join this program. Analysts also comment on the credibility problem faced by President Trump on issues from the airstrikes in Syria to construction of the border wall.

Guests: TBA.


PROGRAM # 8044 12:00 PM PST.

Arrested While Checking In. In a move that heightens fears and worries advocates, ICE agents have arrested immigrants applying for green cards when they show up for routine interviews. Others who have complied showing up for voluntary check-in with ICE have also been arrested. Under Trump’s executive orders, people who were not prioritized for deportation in the previous administration, are now ICE targets. Meantime, DHS is ramping up plans to hire hundreds of new Border Patrol agents and get thousands of new detention beds. Experts comment on these and other developments.

Guests: Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration Law Expert, Chicago, IL; Others TBA.


PROGRAM # 8045 12:00 PM PST.

Philly’s Soda Tax. The beverage industry is fighting against Philadelphia after the city council voted to impose a tax on sweetened drinks to fund pre-K and community schools and parks and libraries. The tax went into effect on January 1st. Health advocates are supporting the city in its legal battle, warning that sodas are a major contributor to obesity, diabetes and heart disease among youth and Latinos and Blacks.

Guest: Dr. Jane Delgado, Executive Director, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, DC. (TBA)

Fight for a Parkinson’s Cure. On Parkinson’s Awareness Month and 200 years after the disease was defined, advocates redouble efforts to find a cure and improve the quality of life for the patients of this progressive neurological disorder. Parkinson’s disease affects one million people in the US. Whites and Latinos are most at risk. An expert discusses the state of the disease and how to deal with the barriers to care for Latino families.

Guest: Dr. María de León, Author, Parkinson’s Patient, Member of the Advisory Committee for People with Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Nacogdoches, TX.


PROGRAM # 8046 12:00 PM PT

Historic Free-College Plan. In a plan hailed as groundbreaking, New York became the first state in the nation to offer tuition free education at public colleges. More than 200,000 middle-class students are expected to benefit. Gov. Cuomo challenged at the bill signing other states to adopt similar programs. Meantime, in Washington, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others introduced the College for All bill in Congress, seeking to eliminate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities.

Guests: Dr. Antonio Flores, President, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, San Antonio, TX (TBC); Others TBA.


PROGRAM # 8047 12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.

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