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Archive for June 1st, 2012

Private Prison Riot

One guard died and twenty people were injured in a riot at a privately run immigrant prison on May 21, raising more questions about how these prisons are run. We speak to David Fathi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project for an overview on the private incarceration system.

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David Fathi is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project. The ACLU project challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities and works to end US overreliance on incarceration. From 2007 to 2010 he was Director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch, which works to defend the rights of particularly vulnerable groups in the United States.

Hot Chocolate

We join the party for the 84th birthday of Cuban trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, who has defined the sound of Cuban music at almost every major musical turn on the island and in the U.S.

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Marlon is a radio producer, writer, and reporter. Most of his work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts, appearing in several public radio outlets like NPR Music, WNYC News, Afropop Worldwide, and Studio 360. He has been working as a culture and the arts reporter at WNYC (New York Public Radio) since 2010.

THE HEALTH PROMOTERS

In Brownsville, Texas, picking up the Latin American practice of using “promotoras” lets neighbors teach neighbors about the most common health issues. Part of our year-long series on “health heroes.”


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María Emilia Martin is a pioneering public radio journalist with more than two dozen awards for her work covering Latino issues and Latin America. She started her career at the first community public radio station owned and operated by Latinos in the U.S. Martin has developed ground-breaking programs and series for public radio, including NPR’s Latino USA, and Despues de las Guerras: Central America After the Wars. A recipient of Fulbright and Knight Fellowships, she has extensive experience in journalism and radio training, in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and other countries. Sports Business Journal, among other publications.

Noticiando

Florida officials are purging non-citizen voters from their rolls less than six months before the presidential elections. Does this guard the ballot for eligible voters, or is it a way to keep Latinos, Blacks and Democrats from voting? For a closer look at Florida’s most recent voter measure, we talk to Myrna Perez, the Senior Counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

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Myrna Perez is a senior counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, a legal research and advocacy organization at New York University. She also works on a variety of voting rights related issues, including redistricting, voter registration list maintenance, and access to the ballot box. Before joining the center, Ms. Pérez was the Civil Rights Fellow at Relman & Dane, a civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C.

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