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Archive for December 28th, 2012

RACISM IN CUBA

Since 1959, the Cuban government has combatted racial discrimination. Officially all Cubans had the same opportunities.  But since the harsh economic times in the 1990s, black Cubans complain of increasing racial discrimination. Reese Erlich reports from Havana on this controversial issue.


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Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, Marketplace Radio and National Public Radio.

LESBIANS IN CUBA

After the 1959 revolution, being gay in Cuba was considered counter-revolutionary. LGBT Cubans were jailed and harassed because of their sexual identity. Hear from two lesbians talk about their life on the island since the Revolution.


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Von Diaz is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her reporting focuses on immigration, Cuba, and LGBT issues. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is a Feet in Two Worlds fellow, and has published her work on PRI’s The World, WNYC, and New American Media.

CUBAN HIP HOP

While the hip hop movement in Cuba has been developing for many years, women rappers have struggled to make inroads. One of the few to break through has been Telmary Diaz. Though she now lives outside of the island, her music focuses on her experiences as a Cuban woman.


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Telmary Diaz, better known as Telmary, is an award-winning Toronto-based Cuban rapper, musician, and spoken-word artist. In 2007 she released her first solo album A Diario to rave reviews. She made her film debut in “Todas las noches terminan en el Malecon” by Cecilia Araujo (Brazil 2001), and her feature debut in “Musica Cubana” by German Krall (2004). She has also worked to the 2005 Spanish film “Habana Blues” by Benito Zambrano, and contributed the soundtrack of the 2002 Italian film “MalaHabana” by Guido Giansoldatti.

NOTICIANDO: WHEN FEDERAL LAW GOES LOCAL

An Illinois federal judge recently cleared the way for a lawsuit that challenges the U.S. government’s use of immigration detainers which instruct local police to hold suspects until being picked up by ICE, often indefinitely, and sometimes even U.S. citizens. Mark Fleming, an attorney with the Heartland Alliance, the Chicago-based group heading the lawsuit, tells us more.


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Mark Fleming is the National Litigation Coordinator at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) located in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Fleming focuses on litigation and public policy related to immigration enforcement and detention. Prior to joining NIJC, Mr. Fleming was a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, where he monitored migrants’ rights in the western hemisphere. In that capacity, he coordinated the Inter-American Commission’s investigation into human rights concerns with U.S. immigration enforcement, detention, and due process.

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