MONDAY, AUGUST 27.
PROGRAM # 6760 12:00 PM PT
NATURALIZED… AND VOTING. About eight million immigrants are eligible to become citizens. Still, this season immigrants are not feeling the sense of urgency they felt in the months leading to the 2008 presidential election, following the megarallies. Will the new citizens play a significant role in the November election? Are civic organizations effectively targeting citizenship applications and immigrant voters?
Guests: Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC, www.nclr.org ; Florida, Nevada; Annie Betancourt, former State representative, Director, League of Women Voters of Florida, Miami, FL; Ademir Melendez, Newly naturalized voter, Reno, NV.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28.
PROGRAM # 6761 12:00 PM PT
CALIFORNIA “TRUST,” DOMESTIC WORKERS BILLS. Pro-immigrant activists descend on Sacramento to show support for the California TRUST Act, a bill that passed the Senate and would allow local police to limit detention for deportation and release undocumented detainees if they haven’t been convicted of serious or violent felonies. Activists are also advocating for the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a proposal that would grant overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor rights to nannies, cooks, caregivers, and other domestic workers who are currently excluded from basic protections under federal law. This is the second initiative of its kind in the nation.
Alvarado, Executive Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network,
Cristina Mercado, Campaign director, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Sacramento, CA,
ALSO, “DEFERRED ACTION”: STEP BY STEP. On the heels of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, California and other states are working to provide driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants who are eligible. Governors of Arizona, Texas and Nebraska have opposed the measure and announced they will deny driver’s licenses and other state services to young applicants. A top expert shares news about these and other developments.
Hincapié, Executive director, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA,
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29.
PROGRAM # 6762 12:00 PM PT
ALABAMA AND GEORGIA BLOCKED. A federal court blocked major provisions of anti-immigrant laws in Alabama and Georgia, including Alabama’s law requiring schools to check the immigration status of students. This live simulcast with the three-station network La Jefa Radio in Birmingham offers an update on this and other current events.
Guest: Freddy Rubio, Cooperating Attorney, ACLU of Alabama Foundation, Birmingham, AL.
ALSO, CARAVAN FOR PEACE. A caravan led by Mexican poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia crosses this week Alabama on the way to Washington, DC, bringing to U.S. citizens and political leaders a call to control drug consumption and the flow of guns to Mexico. Members of the caravan join this edition from Selma-Montgomery in simulcast with La Jefa Radio in Alabama.
Guest: Javier Sicilia, Poet and
Leader, Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, Near Mongtomery, AL, http://www.caravanforpeace.org/caravan/.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30.
PROGRAM # 6763 12:00 PM PT
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. Thousands of Republican delegates culminate this day in Tampa their national convention with the official nomination of their presidential and vicepresidential candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. This edition of the series Hacia el Voto 2012provides a timely report from the site of the convention, and Republican Latino leaders and delegates discuss the newly-adopted party platform and highlights of the speeches and proceedings of the convention.
Guests: Jose Lopez Zamorano, news correspondent, Tampa, FL; Rosario Marin, Former United States Treasurer, Tampa, FL; Jose Fuentes, Co-chairman of "Juntos con Romney" and Former Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Tampa, FL; Mel Martínez, Former U.S. Senator, Tampa, FL (pregrabado); Héctor Barreto, Co-chairman of "Juntos con Romney", Tampa, FL.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31.
PROGRAM # 6764 12:00 PM PT
EDITION. Mexico's electoral court declared Enrique Peña Nieto president and
rejected the bid by candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador to annul the
elections because of corruption. The court said there was no proof that votes
were bought. An advisor for López Obrador says the court should have
investigated the claims.
Martha Elena Ramírez
hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
Guest: Dr. Jaime Cárdenas Gracia, Former congressman from Partido del Trabajo and advisor to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico City, Mexico.
Funds for Línea Abierta are provided in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The Ford Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.