Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF MARCH 20, 2023

PROGRAM #9949    12:00 PM PT

Abortion: Legal and Political Fights. Five women who were denied a medically needed abortion sue the state of Texas over the abortion ban, a first legal action of its kind. At the same time, a judge in Texas said he would decide soon whether to issue a preliminary injunction ordering the FDA to take the abortion pill, mifepristone, off the market. In Utah, following other Republican states, the governor is banning abortion clinics, setting off a wave of fear and confusion. On the opposite side, New Mexico’s governor signed a bill prohibiting local governments from restricting access to abortion.

Honduras Approves Morning-After Pill. Honduran President Xiomara Castro, who two years ago was elected Honduras’s first female president, signed an executive agreement lifting a ban on emergency contraceptive pills. What are the ramifications for Central America, an area known for extreme anti-abortion laws?

Ohio Train Derailment: Petrochemical Disaster. Women from Pennsylvania whose lives were impacted by petrochemical pollution testified before the US Senate on the health threats facing the East Palestine community in the wake of the Norfolk Southern train derailment and toxic chemical release. Some talked about “Cancer Alley” in the Gulf Coast and children suffering from leukemia. This is a report on the hearing, as Arizona is hit by yet another train derailment.

Guest: Carolina Peña Alarcón, Program Manager, EcoMadres, Washington, DC.

PROGRAM #9950    11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: Flood Disaster in Pajaro Valley. During a recent atmospheric river, the entire farm worker town of Pajaro and surrounding fields were flooded after an aging Pajaro River levee failed, forcing thousands to flee. What kind of disaster relief is being made available to displaced families? How to ensure equitable recovery? What protections are undocumented migrants receiving? How big is the destruction of berry crops and loss of jobs?

PROGRAM #9951    12:00 PM PT

Immigration Edition. Under new rules that will take effect at the end of this month, OSHA will have the authority to issue visa certifications to undocumented workers who have had their wages stolen as well as other workplace abuses, allowing workers to remain in the US while OSHA prosecutes labor rights violations. In other news: As leading immigration scholars state that the University of California has the legal power to provide undocumented students equal access to education, undocumented student organizers at UCLA continue urging the UC leadership to remove hiring restrictions for students who are not protected by DACA or other immigration policies. Finally, the Biden administration proposed a rule that would restrict access to asylum for migrants trying to cross the U.S. border, unless they travel through a third country, apply, and are denied before reaching the US border. What barriers will these migrants may face when seeking asylum in Mexico and other countries?

PROGRAM #9952    12:00 PM PT

The Debate Over Cesar Chavez Boulevard. After first proposed thirty years ago, Latino groups are renewing efforts to rename a major city road in honor of farmworker and civil rights champion Cesar Chavez in Fresno, the nation’s agricultural capital. While Latino residents welcome the idea, since the street crosses the heart of the Barrio in a city that was the scene of historic Chicano farm worker fights, local African American and White leaders are pushing back. Is there room for a win-win deal?

PROGRAM #9953    11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: Preparing for More Floodwaters. As a new atmospheric river hits the San Joaquin Valley area, residents in the already devastated farm working towns of Planada and Merced prepare for more heavy rains, flash floods and road closures. Is emergency aid reaching the hardest-hit communities?

PROGRAM #9954    12:00 PM PT

Banking Worries. The US banking system is being rocked by the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank. Can we trust the banks? Are our deposits safe? A financial analyst gives a report and examines regulations to protect consumers.

Public Banking. California has one of the highest concentrations of unbanked families in the nation and the most impacted are people of color and low-income families, who pay high fees to access their cash. In response, the state Legislature passed a law in 2021 creating a commission to explore a public banking option called CalAccount. It would offer free checking, overdraft protection, ATM cards and savings accounts and other services to people who are underserved by banks. Its report is due next year.

PROGRAM #9955    12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. After the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank, how is this bank failure seen in Mexico? Will banks in Mexico be hit? Financial analysts comment on this news developments and on the new rise of remittances to Mexico from Mexicans living in the US. How are these record-breaking remittances impacting Mexico’s economy?

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