Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF MAY 20, 2019

MONDAY, MAY 20
PROGRAM # 8610 12:00 PM PT

Fighting Big Pharma’s Inflated Drug Prices. Calling Big Pharma companies “the largest private sector corporate cartel in history,” 44 US states took the industry to court claiming there is collusion to fix hundreds of generic drug prices. On other news, a grassroots coalition is launching a national campaign to challenge prevailing notions in the health care system that led to rising health care prices and low quality care. Finally, California Gov. Newsom kicked off this week his “California for All” health care tour to rally support for, among other measures, a plan to fight the skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Analysts discuss these and other news.

Guests: TBA.

HUD Rule Against Immigrant Families. The Trump administration is proposing a public housing rule to evict families of mixed immigration status mixed-immigration status, including tens of thousands of citizen or green card children. A group of Latino members of Congress are introducing legislation geared to block the rule.

Guests: TBA.

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TUESDAY, MAY 21
PROGRAM # 8611 12:00 PM PT

Immigration Edition. As a Republican Senator introduced a bill to dramatically increase detention of migrant children, President Trump unveiled an immigration plan that ignores DACA and boosts border security and moves toward a merit-based system. On other news, after giving undocumented students the right to in-state tuition, Colorado is now giving them access to financial aid for college. Finally, the conservative government of Kern County held the second forum as required by California’s Truth Act, where the controversial sheriff’s office gave an account about transfers of detainees to ICE. This program includes a report on the heated exchange.

Guests: TBA.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
PROGRAM # 8612 12:00 PM PT

Latino State of Census. The National Latino Commission on Census 2020 is releasing today a new report to reveal findings on the state of the census for Latinos and give recommendations to Congress and the federal administration on how to better count the Latino community. Civic leaders also comment about the question on citizenship, and, warning that children younger than age 5 are usually undercounted more than any other group, they announce an effort to ensure all young Latino children are counted.

Guests: Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State and National Latino Census Commission Co-Chair, Washington, DC; Lubby Navarro, Co-Chair, National Latino Census Commission, Board Member, Miami-Dade County Schools, Washington, DC. (por confirmar).

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THURSDAY, MAY 23
PROGRAM # 8613 12:00 PM PT

Social Equity in Marijuana Industry. Since California voters gave the green light in 2016 to make marijuana legal for recreational use, there has been a “green gold rush” to get retail licenses. In anticipation, some cities have established social equity programs, which give preference for cannabis dispensaries to applicants from the communities most impacted by the war on drugs. In Fresno, voters passed a measure requiring ten percent of tax revenues on cannabis go to a “community benefit fund,” and last year the state passed a cannabis equity law. How is this debate playing out in conservative Fresno?

Guests: César Casamayor, Co-Founder, Fresno People’s Dispensary, Fresno, CA; Juan Bautista, Former Prisoner, Former Marijuana Vendor, Fresno, CA; Juan Cartagena, Executive Director, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, New York, NY (TBC).

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FRIDAY, MAY 24
PROGRAM # 8614 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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