MONDAY, JANUARY 28.
PROGRAM # 6882 12:00 PM PT
SENATORS ANNOUNCE IMMIGRATION REFORM PLAN. A group of eight senators, both Republicans and Democrats, announced a bipartisan plan for immigration reform today. The plan includes more border security, a farm worker program, a version of the DREAM Act, and a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, but contingent on a secure border. This edition includes soundbites from the senators' announcements, as well as reactions from community and political leaders.
Huerta, Co-founder, United Farmworkers, and President, Dolores Huerta
Foundation, Bakersfield, CA, www.doloreshuerta.org;
Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition,
www.nalec.org; Jorge Silva,
Spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Washington, D.C., www.reid.senate.gov;
Hilda Solís, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Washington, D.C.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29.
PROGRAM # 6883 12:00 PM PT
OBAMA UNVEILS IMMIGRATION PLAN. President Obama is making a major announcement on his comprehensive immigration reform plan at an event in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a live interconnection with the news conference and discussion about the president’s push for public and congressional support for a reform package.
Guests: President Barack Obama, President of the United States, from Las Vegas, NV, www.whitehouse.gov (live audio); Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union, from Las Vegas, NV; Cristina Jiménez, Managing Director, United We Dream Network, from Las Vegas, NV, http://unitedwedream.org
PROGRAM # 6884 12:00 PM PT
OBAMA'S PLAN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM. This second hour
of a two-hour special edition includes the second half of President Obama's
speech on his plan for immigration reform, recorded live from Las Vegas,
Nevada. Top political analysts discuss the plan. Listeners call in to share
Guests: Maribel Hastings, Senior Adviser, America's Voice, from Las Vegas, NV, http://americasvoiceonline.org/; Carlos Gutiérrez, Former Secretary of Commerce, and Member, Republicans for Immigration Reform, Washington, D.C.; Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Las Vegas, NV, www.ufw.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30.
PROGRAM # 6885 12:00 PM PT
MEXICO EDITION. There is no academic or research reason for Harvard University to give a fellowship to former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón, states the businessman from Puebla, Mexico, Eduardo Cortés Rivadeneyra. Cortés Rivadeneyra and a former Border Patrol agent John Randolph, collected more than 35,000 signautres asking that the university revoke the fellowship of guest researcher with the Angelopoulus program for global public leaders. The petition, received by the associate dean of communication and public affairs in Harvard in Boston, Melodie Jackson, after the dean of the John F. Kennedy School, which is hosting Calderón, refused any appointment or to give an official answer to the petition. Cortés Rivadeneyra said the petition is completely viable and is signed by Mexican citizens who reside in the United States and another 27 countries. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
Guest: Eduardo Cortés Rivadeneyra, Construction businessman, Puebla, Mexico, Signature campaign at www.change.org.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31.
PROGRAM # 6886 12:00 PM PT
HEALTH ACTION 2013: DAY ONE: HOUR 1. This is the first hour of a special edition broadcast live from the Health Action 2013 Conference on Capitol Hill. This year is crucial for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. States are pushing forward with plans for health insurance market exchanges, as well as the expansion of Medicaid, the health program for the poor. This edition looks at these and other developments coming this year under the health reform law.
Guests: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, United States Senator for Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., www.baldwin.senate.gov (audio of speech); Mayra Álvarez, Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., www.healthreform.gov; Josephine Mercado, Founder and Executive Director, Hispanic Health Initiatives, Casselberry, FL, www.hhi2001.org; María Cardona, Public Policy Advocate and Political Strategist, Dewey Square Group, Washington, D.C., http://deweysquare.com/maria-cardona.
PROGRAM # 6887 1:00 PM PT
HEALTH ACTION 2013: DAY ONE: HOUR 2. Health advocates are announcing "the biggest push for outreach and enrollment in health insurance in the nation's history". This edition includes a conversation with a top health official about the deadlines coming up for the Affordable Care Act in healthcare markets, subsidies for working families, the new beneficiaries of Medicaid, and those who could end up without coverage because of a mistake when the law was written. Also, interviews with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, about her own experiences with healthcare, and with a promotor of immigrant rights about immigration reform and how it could affect health reform.
Guests: Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice, United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., www.supremecourt.gov (pretaped interview); Vanessa Cárdenas, Director of Progress 2050, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., www.americanprogress.org; María Gonzalez Albuiexech, Communications and Markets Director, Healthcare for All Massachusetts, Boston, MA.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1.
PROGRAM # 6888 12:00 PM PT
HEALTH ACTION 2013: DAY TWO, HOUR 1 (Two Hour Special Edition) One year before the key laws of the Affordable Care Act go into full effect, health advocates, health professionals and lawmakers meet on Capitol Hill to discuss what’s coming in this year under the federal health reform law. A competitive insurance marketplace is set to open doors in the Fall, and tax credits will become available next year to middle-class families who can’t afford health insurance. Analysts provide insights on the foreseeable consequences in case many states refuse to expand Medicaid or join the health insurance market, the rise in health insurance prices and other topics.
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, J.D., Director of Health Equity, Families USA,
Dr. Rosalía Fajardo, Director, Multicultural Family and Education Center,
Washington, D.C.; Mayra Alvarez, director of health policy, Office of health
care reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.hhs.gov.
PROGRAM # 6889 1:00 PM PT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25. HEALTH ACTION 2013: DAY TWO, HOUR 2. With the debate on the “debt ceiling,” the budget deficit, and massive cuts to federal health care programs looming on the horizon, hundreds of advocates of the right to health care convene in Washington in the conference Health Action 2013. In this program, analysts comment on proposals to reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits and the prospects that immigration reform plans receive the highest priority in the U.S. Senate.
Guests: Diana Varela, Spokesperson, Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C., www.ssa.gov; Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat – Wisconsin (audio recording); Maria Cardona, Media commentator, columnist for Latinovations, consultant for the Democratic Party, Washington, DC; Carlos Gutiérrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, leading member of Republicans for Immigration Reform.
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