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Yo Soy 132: The Mexican Spring

At a private university in Mexico City, students protested a talk by presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto on May 11, and were accused of being agitators for hire by media outlets. One hundred and thirty one of the students involved posted videos identifying themselves as genuine students and sparked a series of large protests against media influence on elections and other political irregularities. We speak to journalist Luisa Ortiz Perez about Yo Soy 132’s off-campus impact.

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If you can follow audio en español, check out this segment featuring Sandino Bucio Dovali, one of the students who is part of the Yo Soy 132 movement talking about how he got involved:

 

 

Luisa Ortiz Pérez is an on-line producer and editor. She is the founder of Nova Mexico, an organization that generates digital solutions and communication strategies for social responsibility initiatives promoting social change. She has published in specialized journals in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States on political discourses and the formation of identities for indigenous groups. As a producer she has worked for NPR, the BBC, CBC, Yahoo! Latin America and Esmas.com

Roberto Suro

Election year is here, and as politicians, pundits, and reporters analyze every subgroup in the electorate to try and predict their votes, we take a step back and look at how changes in the Latino community might affect the upcoming presidential race. For this discussion, Maria Hinojosa speaks with veteran journalist and professor at USC Annenburg, Roberto Suro.

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Nicaragua: Women, Violence, and Elections

This upcoming November marks fifty years since the murder of the Mirabal Sisters by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Since then the three sisters have been a symbol for Latin American feminists everywhere and the United Nations has declared November 25th a national day for the elimination of violence against women. It will be commemorated in many Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, where women are currently experiencing an increasing wave of violence. As Presidential elections near in Nicaragua on November 6th, women’s organizations are condemning the violence and the laws, and institutions that perpetuate it. Independent journalist Maria Martin reports from Managua, Nicaragua.

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“Lost in Detention” Special Preview

Immigration has been a key issue across the political arena, but despite all the promises, the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform are scarce. Last year, President Obama’s administration set a new record for detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities enforcement program. The program was set up to target and deport dangerous criminal immigrants, but has that always been the case? In her upcoming FRONTLINE documentary “Lost in Detention,” Maria Hinojosa takes an in-depth look at the enforcement of the Secure Communities program, and explores the hidden world of immigration detention. What she and the FRONTLINE Investigative team found, is shocking and unimaginable. And we have a special preview on Latino USA. Watch the one-hour FRONTLINE documentary “Lost in Detention” on October 18th at 9pm on PBS.


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Occupy Wall Street Round Table

It started as a small group of dedicated protesters – Occupy Wall Street was dismissed as a fringe movement. But their message is starting to grab attention with similar protests planned around the country. Demonstrators say they are the 99 percent, but do the protests reflect the diversity of America? Are voices of color also being heard?
To answer this question, Maria Hinojosa hosts a round table debate with Colorlines.com editor Kai Wright, artist Melanie Cervantes, and musician Martin Perna.

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Hispanic Republicans of Texas

It’s expected that Latinos will be the majority in Texas in about a decade. Yet the state has one of the lowest Latino voter turnout rates in the country. That is why the GOP is making a play for permanent political dominance in the Lone Star State. In collaboration with the Texas Observer, reporter Melissa del Bosque has this profile of Juan Hernandez and the Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC.


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Roundtable Debate About the Current Administration and Latinos

As Presidential campaigning begins to heat up, eyes are once again being cast on the Latino vote. Even Obama is in on the action, making visits this month to Puerto Rico and El Paso, Texas in hopes of wooing the Latino electorate.

But unlike 2008, the President is receiving a lukewarm reception, because this time around it’s more than just about jobs and the economy for Latinos. It’s about immigration. Now many Latinos are upset with Obama and the Democrats’ for their inaction on the issue, and equally offended by the Republican’s hostile anti-immigrant rhetoric. So what will it mean in the next election if immigration reform isn’t addressed? Will Latinos become disillusioned and not vote? Will they abandon support of the President? Or will they put their hopes in Obama’s second term?

Maria Hinojosa talks to Maria de los Angeles “Nena” Torres, Director and Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago and Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director of Voto Latino, to find out how Latinos will push back on their lawmakers – both at the polls and on the streets.

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Cecila Muñoz on the White House Outreach

This week President Obama issued a memo to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asking immigration agents to use discretion in certain deportation cases – especially cases concerning Dream Act students and military veterans. This on the heels of the first Senate Hearing on the Dream Act, led by Democratic Senator Richard Durban (IL) and Janet Nepolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. So is the Obama Administration now doing all it can for Latinos? Maria Hinojosa talks to Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, to find out how the Administration is addressing the concerns and critiques of the Latino community.


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Two Latino Candidates in The Race for Chicago Mayor

On February 22nd, the city of Chicago will elect a new mayor…and for the first time in the city’s history, two Latino contenders are on the ballot for the top job, but they running against tough competition with Rahm Emmanuel, president Obama’s former chief of staff, leading in the polls. Some argue they’re in danger of splitting the Latino vote, but the candidates say they want to represent entire city. From Chicago, Yolanda Perdomo has our story.

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A Latino USA Roundtable: Latinos and the Political Process

We’ve examined the rising importance of Latino candidates and voters in America, with an eye toward this year’s midterm elections. Now that the election has passed, we decided to narrow our focus a bit more and look at how Latinos can become a driving force in the politicial process, and how the Latino community can make its own voice heard instead of relying on others to relay the message.

Earlier this year, we interviewed longtime activist Rosie Castro in Texas. On this week’s program, we hear a bit of her interview with Maria Hinojosa. Latino USA also brought together three extremely bright minds to discuss the issues: Kai Wright, an editor at ColorLines Magazine, Lydia Camarillo, Vice President of the Southwest Voter Education Registration Project, and Luis Fraga, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Their extended interview (presented here) lasts nearly an hour; a shorter version, edited to meet our broadcast requirements, can be heard using the audio player in the top right corner of this page.


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