MONDAY, AUGUST 12.
PROGRAM # 7039 12:00 PM PT
THE ‘DREAM 9’. Nine activists were detained in Nogales, Arizona, last month while crossing the border from Mexico, calling attention to U.S. deportation policies. Known as the “Dream 9,” the activists were arrested and locked at the Eloy detention center, where some were placed in solitary confinement after protesting conditions. After weeks of detention, the ‘Dream 9’ won the right to seek asylum in the U.S. and were freed. How will their actions impact other asylum cases, immigration reform and deportation practices?
GUESTS: Valeria Fernández, Reporter, Radio Bilingüe, Phoenix, Arizona, www.radiobilingue.org; Lizbeth Mateo, Member, National Immigration Youth Alliance, Los Angeles, CA, theniya.org; Carlos Ríos, Director Ejecutivo, Red de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Iowa, Des Moines, IA, http://www.irnofiowa.org/
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13.
PROGRAM # 7040 12:00 PM PT
THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. Immigration reform legislation is on hold while members of Congress spend their August recess in their districts. This month, reform supporters are holding hundreds of events around the country to increase Republican votes for a pathway to citizenship. The focus of the public events are influential congress members whose districts have large Latino constituencies, such as the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in California’s Central Valley, and the conservative district of Steve King from Iowa, who has been a vocal anti-immigration restrictionist.
GUESTS: Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers, Bakersfield, CA, www.ufw.org; others to be determined.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14.
PROGRAM # 7041 12:00 PM PT
ONE MONTH OF PRISON HUNGER STRIKE. It has been five weeks since hundreds of California prisoners began a hunger strike to protest prisoners treatment and to end indefinite solitary confinement in California’s prison system. Some hunger strikers have been recently hospitalized. Prison representatives have called the hunger strike a “gang power play.” Assemblyman Tom Ammiano called for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to begin addressing the concerns of hunger strikers. Will conditions in California prisons change?
GUESTS: Araceli Martínez, reporter, Radio Bilingüe, Sacramento, CA; www.radiobilingue.org; Danny Murillo, student activist and former inmate who spent 7 years in solitary confinement, Oakland, CA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15.
PROGRAM # 7042 12:00 PM PT
STATES OPT OUT OF MEDICAID EXPANSION. The Affordable Care Act seeks to insure millions of currently uninsured, low income adults through the expansion of the Medicaid program. While California is one of 28 states that are expanding Medicaid, Texas, Idaho and others are planning to ignore the call to expand the coverage next year, forgoing billions in federal funds, and potentially leaving millions uninsured. How many will not get coverage? Who will be those people? What can they do?
GUESTS: Nancy Marisa Gómez, Southern California Program Director, Health Access, Los Angeles, CA, www.healthaccess.org; Manuela McDonough, Program Manager at the Institute for Hispanic Health, National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC, www.nclr.org
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16.
PROGRAM # 7043 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.