MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11.
PROGRAM # 6895 12:00 PM PT
TENANT ARRESTS. Hundreds of people in Arkansas face criminal charges every year because they fail to pay the rent on time. A state law allows landlords to demand a tenant move out within 10 days of not paying the rent in full. The international organization Human Rights Watch is calling the law unjust and calls for its repeal.
Guest: Antonio Ginatta, Advocacy Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C., www.hrw.org.
ALSO, RAZA STUDIES REINSTATED? A federal judge ruled in a decades-long desegregation case against the Tucson Unified School District, ordering the school board to eliminate segregation and improve education for Latino students. As part of this order, the district will have to offer culturally-relevant classes focusing on the history and culture of Latino communities. Does this mean Tucson teachers can reinstate their banned ethnic studies program?
Guests: Nancy Ramírez, Western Regional Counsel and Lead attorney on the case, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Los Angeles, CA, www.maldef.org.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12.
PROGRAM # 6896 12:00 PM PT
PATH TO REFORM. On the eve of President Obama's State of the Union address, it is expected that immigration reform will be a top highlight in his speech and that he will outline his principles for legalization with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. On the other hand, Republicans in Congress warn thata path to citizenship is “extreme” and could halt the conversations. What should be the elements for a bipartisan immigration reform plan?
Guests: Eliseo Medina, National Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union, Los Angeles, CA, www.seiu.org; Juan Hernández, Republican commentator and political advisor, Fort Worth, TX, www.juanhernandez.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13.
PROGRAM # 6897 12:00 PM PT
STATE OF THE UNION. President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio delivers the Republican response in both English and Spanish, a first. This program includes segments of both speeches. Listeners call in to share their perspectives on the President’s speech in terms of issues most significant to Latinos, including the economy, healthcare, education, the environment, and immigration reform.
Guests: President Obama, President of the United States, Washington, D.C., www.whitehouse.gov (segments of speech); Sen. Marco Rubio, United States Senator of Florida, Washington, D.C., http://www.rubio.senate.gov (segments of speech); Juan Hernández, Republican commentator and political advisor, Fort Worth, TX, www.juanhernandez.org; Henrik Rehbinder, Editorial Page Editor, La Opinión, Los Angeles, CA, www.laopinion.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14.
PROGRAM # 6898 12:00 PM PT
LATINO CALIFORNIA. Latinos are now the majority in California. According to a leading demographer, this momentous change of the population makeup in the state is happening on Valentine’s Day. Is the state ready for this change? What are the repercussions, promises and challenges for the new majority?
Araceli Martínez, Reporter, Radio Bilingüe and La Opinión, Sacramento, CA; Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, www.cesla.med.ucla.edu
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15.
PROGRAM # 6899 12:00 PM PT
EDITION. Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto announces the Program for the
Social Prevention of Violence and Delinquency, which changes the focus of the
war against drug trafficking. Government officials express that now the causes
of delinquency will be attacked, not only the effects, a decision that has been
reported to United States diplomats, since former president Felipe Calderón
agreed on the Merida Initiative with the U.S., allowing U.S. agents to be
informed of installations and programs related to Mexico's national security.
Some radio listeners express doubts of Enrique Peña Nieto's administration and
warned about agreements between the governments to train Mexican security
forces in the U.S. Also in this addition, small farmers continue the struggle
to block commercial planting of genetically engineered corn in Mexico, and
farmers from Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato denounce the desertification of
agricultural areas and the installation of industrial corridors in what were
once green fields. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
Guest: Wilfrido Aguirre Martínez, Farmer, Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato, Mexico (pretaped interview); Olegario Carrillo Mesa, President, National Union of Regional Autonomous Small Farmer Organizations (UNORCA) (pretaped audio).
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