Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Supreme Decisions-What the Court Really Said and Who Really Won

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Family!  This the last show before a month break and we don't want to leave you without some real Supreme Court talk!

1. The SB1070 decision: Who won, who lost and what's next?
Listen in as we check in with FIU Law Professor Ediberto Roman, Carlos Garcia (Puente-Arizona) and others as we sort through the bs and find out what really happened when the Justices looked at one of the most controversial state laws in the past decade.

2.  Juveniles, Justices and Life without Parole
In a much less publicized decision, the Justices also said that giving mandatory life without parole sentences to Juveniles was cruel and unusual punishment.  We will talk with attorney Bryan Gowdy, who argued a similar case in front of the courts in 2010, about what this case means.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Fight for Change vs. a "Hope" for it...

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1.  Obama's Immigration Announcement: A case of fighting for change vs. hoping for it?

By now you have heard that the President gave a major announcement last Friday that his immigration agencies would suspend the deportation of many undocumented youth who would be DREAM Act eligible (if the bill ever passed) and possibly give them permits to work legally. The announcement marked a major victory for immigrant rights groups that have fought a very aggressive battle against the President who many openly rooted for in 2008.  Tonight we will talk about what the new changes mean (with folks that agree and disagree with them) and talk to some of the people that helped make the "hope for change" move from rhetoric to reality.  We will see how these changes will affect other people that are still hoping.  Guests include Paromita Shah (National Immigration Project), Gaby Pacheco (United We Dream), Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez (Get Equal) and Steven Camorota (Center for Immigration Studies). 

2.  UPDATE! CCA Went Away: the death of a detention center in SW Ranches

The same day that Obama made major immigration news, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) also said that it will no longer try to build one of the largest private immigrant detention centers in SW Ranches, Broward County.  As one of the most faithful followers of the fight against the proposed CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) facility, we will check in with the organizers of that fight to see what the death of the detention center means for SW Ranch residents and others in the region.  Guests include Kathy Bird (CCA Go Away! campaign, Florida Immigrant Coalition) and Bill Discipio (SW Ranches resident).

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Big Bosses of the NBA, the Big Costs of Voter Purges, SYG and Obama's Trade

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1. Battle of the bad NBA Bosses! Plus which team is which in the battle between good and evil?
Everyone knows the good vs. evil story in sports, the classic story of the scrappy team of underdogs going up against the team that everyone expected to win or in the case of this year’s NBA finals the all American team from the all American city against the flashy team of celebrities from a Magic City.  On this week’s show we spoke with sportswriter Dave Zirin (Edge of Sports) about his recent article, our article in response, about we should root for the Heat, why Lebron ain't Hitler, why the OKC Thunder should really be called the Seattle Supersonics, and why all Sports Team owners are a bunch of welfare-fed socialist-for-the-rich-brats.  Check it here or press play below.

2. Obama: the leader of secret shady trade deals???

Obama campaigned as the candidate of change.  We didn't really know he meant "changing international trade to give more power to really rich companies."  Apparently, a formerly leaked secret document exposes some shade about trade deals that a lot of his supports just wouldn't have "hope"d for.  The document leaked to the internet by Public Citizen detailing some the discussions taking place at the Trans Pacific trade negotiations which have been real secretive. Listen in as we talk document leaks and promises broken with Lori Wallach of Public Citizen by clicking here or pressing play below.

3. The Florida Stand Your Ground Hearings. An update and redux.

We once again delve into the ongoing debate about Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that erupted after the death of 17 year old Miami resident Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. We were joined by Chris Brown (no relation to the singer) of the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign. Brown explained why he and the campaign that he represents seek to reform laws like the one in Florida. A pretty lively discussion  ensues regarding gun laws like “Stand Your Ground” and whether or not they increase homicides and the role that they play for people like Trayvon Martin or Marissa Alexander.  Listen here or below.

4.  Voter Purges:  Is Florida's electorate getting screwed?

Finally, in true LTAI fashion, we have been talking about how the State is trying to prevent Floridians from voting way before it became national news.  Since the national media decided to catch up with us, we checked in with Desmond Meade (Florida Rights Restoration Coalition) to discuss recent efforts by the State of Florida to restrict access to voting and the resulting lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response. He also explains that some of this might be new, the steps to restrict rights really isn't.  Check it here or press play below.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wisconsin Reality Check, Standing Your Ground and Starting a Gang Truce

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1.  Did Walker win Wisconsin because he had the money or because the Democrats sort of sucked?
Last year, Wisconsin erupted when its controversial Governor tried to take out worker rights such as collective bargaining, occupying the Capital before occupying became a thing.  What happened next was a recall.  But after spending record money in the race, Governor Scott Walker came out victorious.  Is that the only story being told?  Listen to excerpts.

 2.  The Anatomy of a Gang Truce
LA-originated-turned-multinational rival gangs MS-13 and 18th street are often considered among the most "notorious" in the world, especially in their "native" country of El Salvador.  But something else is happening that has the potential to bring peace to streets across Central America and the United States, a historic gang truce.  Listen as we talk about a true attempt at anti-violence and a real road to redemption from El Salvador to LA and then some.  Guests include Alex Sanchez (Homies Unidos),  Luis Rodriguez (Tia Chucha Cultural Center) and Aquil Basheer (Maximum Force).

Plus check out the realest coverage of the Marissa Alexander Case here, here and here and on the Fake Zombie Apocalypse here.