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Archive for April 20th, 2012

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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