MONDAY, AUGUST 19.
PROGRAM # 7044 12:00 PM PT
SHORTAGE OF LATINO NURSES. Demand for health care services is expected to balloon in the next year, due to the expanded insurance coverage of millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act and the aging of baby boomers. However, the critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other health professionals continues all across the U.S., especially in rural areas and low-income barrios, where hospitals suffer from high vacancy rates. What does this mean for Latinos?
GUESTS: Sonia Valdez, Nurse, Secretary of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Orange, CA, http://nahnnet.org; others TBA.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20.
PROGRAM # 7045 12:00 PM PT
IMMIGRATION REFORM: THE QUEST FOR A VOTE. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) are some of the latest members of Congress to express some support for a path to citizenship. So far, about twenty Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have said they would back a way to legalize undocumented immigrants with some path to citizenship. Speaker John Boehner says he will not allow a vote on an immigration reform bill without majority support from Republicans. The clamor is growing within his own party to let the House vote on the issue.
GUESTS: Carlos Gutiérrez, Chairman, Republicans for Immigration Reform, Washington, DC, http://www.republicansforimmigrationreform.org/; others TBA.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21.
PROGRAM # 7046 12:00 PM PT
LATINO POWER IN TEXAS. Decades ago, Texas was the birthplace of the La Raza Unida Party. This movement fueled hopes for the rise of Chicanos and Latinos to public office. In the following decades, Latino numbers have grown fast and Texas has won more seats in the U.S. Congress. Yet, the number of Latinos elected to Congress and other higher offices remains dramatically low. Things may get worse after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and Texas conservatives are moving ahead with legislation that would make it harder to vote and force a redistricting map that may hurt Latino political representation. How will Latinos in Texas unleash their civic and political power?
GUEST: José Ángel Gutiérrez, Civil rights pioneer; Founder of the Raza Unida Party and author of The Making of a Chicano Militant, Dallas, TX.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22.
PROGRAM # 7047 12:00 PM PT
FIGHTING FOR THE DREAM. Young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as undocumented children and grew up here continue to fight for immigration reform by any number of means. Known as Dreamers, these young activists are succeeding in driving the immigration reform agenda in many influential circles and, according to some, redefining what it means to be an American. An immigrant journalist captures the voice and stories of struggle of many dreamers in a recently-released book.
GUEST: Eileen Truax, Journalist and author, Dreamers: La lucha de una generación por su sueño americano, Los Angeles, CA, http://eileentruax.wordpress.com/.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23.
PROGRAM # 7048 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.