Latino USA

Archive for April, 2012

LA Beat: Covering the Riots

In 1992 Hector Tobar and Cheryl Devall covered the unrest after the Rodney King verdict from the Los Angeles streets. Both journalists discuss the racial and economic tensions in the city that sparked the unrest and how LA has changed since.


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Cheryl Devall is a senior editor for Southern California Public Radio. She’s one of several responsible for supervising, editing and planning coverage with SCPR’s accomplished radio reporting staff. Cheryl brings to the task many years’ experience as an editor at public radio’s “Marketplace” and as a reporter – including 11 years with National Public Radio and with newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News, the Chicago Tribune and the Louisville Courier-Journal

Héctor Tobar is a Los Angeles author and journalist, whose work examines the evolving and interdependent relationship between Latin America and the United States.T obar is the author of The Tattooed Soldier, a novel set in the impoverished immigrant neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the weeks before the riots, and in Guatemala during the years of military dictatorship there. In 2006, Tobar was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

After the Fires: Community Perspectives

Hear community leaders’ reactions and reflections on this historic event. After the destruction, cleaning and rebuilding began in Los Angeles, and many different communities rallied to rebuild.


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Yoon Hee Kim is an international tea educator, photographer, tea importer, chef and tea ceremony artist. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. from Smith College in Education with minors in Asian studies and Government, a M.A from Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Public Policy, and has done post-graduate studies in Public Administration and Business.
 

Joe R. Hicks, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, is the vice president of Community Advocates, Inc. a privately-funded Los Angeles-based political think-tank.

 

Roberto Lovato is a writer and commentator at New America Media, a strategy consultant and a Co-Founder of Presente.org, the country’s pre-eminent online Latino advocacy organization, with a membership of over 250,000 people.

Remembering Rodney

California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera shares a poem he wrote just days after the beating of Rodney King. Juan Felipe Herrera has received multiple awards for his work.


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California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has received numerous awards and fellowships including various National Endowment for the Arts Writers’ Fellowships, four California Arts Council grants, the UC Berkeley Regent’s Fellowship, the Breadloaf Fellowship in Poetry, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows Fellowship. He has published 21 books of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His literary endeavors have garnered the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Americas Award, and the Focal Award.

The Kids Are All Right

How do kids who were not even born in 1992 think about the LA riots? Hear a group of teen documentary producers from Harlem reflect on Rodney King and the time period when LA burned.
 

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Noticiando

Nothing gave voice to the frustrations that led to the LA riots like hip hop.  The documentary “Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots” depicts the rage expressed through rhyme, music and the voices of those who experienced the riots 20 years ago. We interview Mark Ford, the film’s director and executive producer.


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Mark Ford has been a television producer and director for almost twenty years, with VH1’s legendary Behind the Music and the 2008 documentary N.W.A.: The World’s Most Dangerous Group among the highlights.

Supreme Court to rule on Arizona immigration law

Judgment day has arrived for Arizona’s restrictive immigration law, as the U.S Supreme Court hears arguments on April 25. The court will decide how much authority states can have when it comes to immigration enforcement. María Hinojosa speaks to NCLR’s Immigration Legislative Analyst, Laura Vasquez and Mark Krikorian, executive director at the Center for Immigration Studies, about what’s at stake in the hearings that begin April 25.


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Laura Vasquez is the Immigration Legislative Analyst at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NCLR, she was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow and also a Constituent Caseworker for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

 

Mark Krikorian has been the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, DC. since 1995. Before joining CIS, he held several editorial and writing positions. Krikorian has a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He authored “The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal.”

Voices from across the country weigh in on SB1070

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to evaluate Arizona’s SB1070, we speak to passersby in three different cities across the country to hear their thoughts on the long disputed immigration law.


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Novela approaches to diabetes

Treason is at the heart of the telenovela Retos para una vida saludable. But instead of a swarthy Romeo, the threat is sweet, salty and fatty foods. University of Massachusetts Medical School Associate Professor Milagros Rosal, PhD, and her colleagues developed the soap as part of the Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention project, a $2.6 million, federally funded intervention to help Latinos in Lawrence, Massachusetts prevent and manage diabetes.

This story is produced by Amy Mayer and mixed by Jones Audio Productions. It’s part of a year-long series examining health issues facing Latinos. Latino USA’s year-long look at Latinos and Health is made possible by funding from Pfizer Helpful Answers®, a family of patient assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines.


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Amy Mayer spent a year-and-a-half in Buenos Aires after college, before returning to the United States. She has reported on a variety of subjects literally from the far north (Alaska) to the far south (Australia and Argentina). She has been a reporter, producer, and host at NPR member stations and has produced freelance stories for a variety of programs and networks. In 2011, she produced the hour-long documentary Peace Corps Voices. Her print work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Real Simple and many other publications.

Testimonio #2

New York based poet Rich Villar reads one of the poems he has written for the challenge to write a daily poem for the month of April, National Poetry Writing Month.


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Rich Villar is a writer and poet from Paterson, New Jersey. He is the director of Acentos, a community organization that works to promote Latino literature. His work has appeared on Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Amistad, El Centro’s Letras, Latino Poetry Review, and the acclaimed chapbook series Achiote Seeds.

Noticiando

Boarded up windows don’t just look bad, they also hurt the entire neighborhood and the pockets of homeowners. This is at the heart of a fair housing complaint against Wells Fargo for failing to maintain its foreclosed homes in black, Latino, and low-income neighborhoods. María Hinojosa speaks to Sarah Ludwig, founder and executive director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.

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Sarah Ludwig is the founder and executive director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. She has worked with several grass root organizations to advocate for community equity and financial justice. She has been an adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Urban Planning since 2003.

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