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Archive for July, 2013

Asylum from Violence

After the kidnapping and beheading of the police chief in a Mexican border town, no one dared to replace him. But Marisol Valles Garcia, a twenty-year-old mother and student took the post as police chief in one of the most violent regions in the world. Today, she and her family are seeking political asylum in the U.S. Andres Caballero reports.

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Andrés Caballero has been an active contributor to Latino USA for more than a year. He holds a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a B.S. in Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University. He covers issues that affect Latinos across the U.S., and he has also contributed to New America Media, the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington D.C., and El Tecolote in San Francisco.

Cross-border Custody

Reporter Jill Replogle tells us the story of one deported couple trying to get their child back from the United States. In collaboration with the Fronteras: Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on the border, immigration and changing demographics.

Image courtesy of Fronteras: Changing America Desk

 

 Jill Replogle is based in San Diego and reports on the US-Mexico border, immigration, changing demographics and environment.

 

A Crossing Reopened

The Mexican village of Boquillas celebrates the re-opening of a border crossing that had been sealed since 9/11. Lorne Matalon reports in partnership with the Fronteras: Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on the border, immigration and changing demographics.

Image Courtesy of Lorne Matalon, Fronteras: Changing America Desk

Lorne Matalon is a contributing reporter at Fronteras a consortium of NPR member stations in the Southwest examining demographics, economy and culture on the US-Mexico border. Based in Mexico City for three years as a correspondent for The World, co-produced by the BBC World Service and WGBH Boston, he also reports on border issues at NPR station KRTS, Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, Texas.

Yelping the Border

What do you think of your local border crossing? Well, now you can tell the world on Yelp. We talk with editorial cartoonist and Pocho.com editor Lalo Alcaraz.

 

 


Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” seen in scores of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. He is also co-host of KPFK Radio’s popular satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power,” and co-founded the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service. His work has appeared in major publications around the world and he has won numerous awards and honors. Alcaraz received his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Alcaraz was born in San Diego and grew up on the border.

This Week’s Captions: IMMIGRATION & DOMA

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This week, Latino USA takes a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and what it means for immigrant same-sex couples. Then, we explore the identity of people who are both Muslim and Latino. We’ll take a trip to Brazil to hear the accordion dance music known as forró. And Host Maria Hinojosa takes an Independence Day look at Lady Liberty’s immigration status.

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Latino USA, the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio, is the first radio program to commence equal-access distribution via Captioning for Radio. “Research has shown that Latino children have a higher incidence of hearing loss and deafness than other populations,” according to Latino USA’s Anchor & Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa. “When the opportunity to break this sound barrier came to our attention, we were pleased to embrace this new technology developed by NPR Labs and Towson University for the thousands of Latinos with serious hearing loss.”

The International Center for Accessible Radio Technology (ICART), a strategic alliance between NPR and Towson University, is co-directed by Mike Starling of NPR and Ellyn Sheffield of Towson University.

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Legalizing Love

On June 26th the US Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, paving the way for federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allowing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender immigrant couples to apply for the same immigration benefits as straight couples. Pablo Garcia Gamez and Santiago Ortiz, a married couple from Queens, New York, discuss how the DOMA ruling has already changed their lives. Then, Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Rachel Tiven, Executive Director of Immigration Equality, about the impact of the ruling.

Image courtesy of Immigration Equality/Judy G. Rolfe

 

To listen to more of Pablo and Santiago’s story, click HERE for the extended interview:

 

Santiago Ortiz and Pablo Garcia  Gamez
Santiago Ortiz and Pablo García Gamez have been together for 23 years. They married in Connecticut in 2011 and live in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. Santiago (left) was born in Manhattan’s Lower East Side to parents who migrated from Puerto Rico. Pablo (right) is a native of Venezuela, Caracas and has been living undocumented for over 20 years. He will now be able to apply for a green card as Santiago’s spouse. Once his immigration status is in order, he plans to begin teaching college Spanish.

Rachel Tiven is the Executive Director of Immigration Equality, a legal advocacy organization representing LGBTQ immigrants. Rachel received her law degree from Columbia Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard.

 

Somos Muslims

As we approach the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, we explore the intersection of Muslim and Latino identities as part of our series on identity, Somos—Who We Are. Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Hazel Gomez, a community organizer, Hamza Perez, an activist, and Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, an attorney and Muslim Chaplain.

 

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Hazel Gomez has worked as a community organizer for the last three years focusing on immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and the intersection between the two. Hazel is the daughter of Puerto Rican and Mexican parents and is committed to seeing the growth and deepening of Islam within Latino American communities. In the ever-growing mosaic of Islam in America, she is interested in the creation of an authentic Latino Muslim experience. She considers herself an active student of knowledge, having intermittently studied under some of the West’s most prominent and learned scholars, and currently exploring traditional paths of Islamic knowledge. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Forensic Science and two minors in Chemistry and Psychology of Crime and Justice.

Hamza Perez is the founder of the S.H.E.H.U. Program (Services Helping to Empower and Heal Urban Communities) and one of the co-founders of the Light of the Age Mosque in Pittsburgh PA. Hamza Perez was also ranked one of the top 500 most influential muslims in the world in 2010 by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for his work with youth. In 2009 PBS released an award winning film titled “New Muslim Cool” about the life of Hamza Perez, his music and his community.

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz is also a Muslim Chaplain and Political Analyst on the Middle East and Muslim World. He is a regular columnist at various newspapers and electronic media outlets in New York, Puerto Rico and Spain. Attorney Ruiz is presently a Civil Rights Counsel for the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida) and he is regularly interviewed and consulted at national and international media outlets on diverse issues on politics of the Middle East and the Muslim World, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.

Newark Forró

For the latest dispatch in our series on Latino accordion music, we tune our ears to Brazilian forró, a high-energy dance sound from the country’s tropical Northeast came to fame in the 1940s. Reporter Marlon Bishop brings us this accordion story from the vibrant Brazilian community of Newark, New Jersey.

 

Marlon is a radio producer, writer, and reporter based in New York. His work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts, and has appeared in several public radio outlets such as WNYC News, Studio 360, The World and NPR News. He is an Associate Producer at Afropop Worldwide and a staff writer for MTV Iggy.

 

 

 

 

Deporting the Statue

Host Maria Hinojosa  reflects on a question raised by an online video: what if we treated Lady Liberty the same way we treated other undocumented people?

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