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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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Family, another week, another set of things to talk about.  This week is no exception.

1.  Is it bigger than “bath salts?”
So the whole world is making fun of Miami being ground zero for a “zombie apocalypse.”  But when you really take a step back and look at the carnage that took place over memorial day weekend, it really isn’t that funny.  Take the “zombie.”  He has a name, Rudy Eugene.  His victim has a name too, Ronald Poppo.  And for all the “only in Miami” jokes there are pieces of this story that could’ve happened anywhere.  Today we want to have a real conversation on what the hell happened to make this possible.  Past the jokes, past the sensationalism.  Just some real talk.  Listen in as we talk with Kamalah Fletcher from Catalyst Miami.
2.  The Anatomy of a private “prison” riot.
Two weeks a go, a riot unfolded in a private immigrant detention center in Natchez, Mississippi.  The events left one guard dead and twenty people injured.  The facility is run by Corrections Corporation of America(CCA) and is similar to the detention center they are trying to build in South Florida.  Join us as we talk with Kathy Bird (Florida Immigrant Coalition/CCA Go Away Campaign), Bill Chandler (Mississippi Immigrant Rights Association), Gail Tyree (Grassroots Leadership),Kimberly Schultz (Teamsters Local 2011) and Azadeh Shahshahani (ACLU of Georgia, plus check out their report here) about what started the riot in the CCA facility and why other towns with similar facilities should or shouldn’t be worried.  To listen to this segment, click here or press play below.

Family, as part of our end of the year appreciation/wrap-up, we compiled all of our segment on the worst of the worst 1%, or as we call them, “America’s Original Gangsters,” into one blog.  Listen to this (and our blog compilation of the  “Best of ‘When You’re Broke” series) and look forward to the New Year.

1. Cruise lines companies: The 1% Pirates north of the Caribbean?

Guests:
Kevin Feeney of 1Miami
Tim Elfrink, reporter for the Miami New Times

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2. Sex crimes of the 1%
Guests:
Christopher Mallios, former Philadelphia prosecutor now working with AEquitas
Juhu Thukral, New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Claire Potter, Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University   
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3. LPS-Lender Processing Services aka Florida’s alleged Original 1% Gangsters 

Guests
Naked Capitalism’s Yves Smith
Foreclosure Hamlet founder Lisa Epstein
June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, two former investigators with the Florida Attorney General’s office that were fired for investigating illegal activity by Lender Processing Services.

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4.  Private Prisons with no public good 
Guests:
Bob Libal and Gail Tyree from Grassroots Leadership (check their other blog here)
Silky Shah from Detention Watch Network
Bill Discipio-resident of SW Ranches (check the blog here)
Kathy Bird from the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the CCA Go Away campaign.

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Thank you for listening and we will see you next year!

The 1%’s Private Prisons part I:
We have heard request after request from you, our listeners, to do a show on the private prison industry.  Like a lot of 1% bad business practices, the private prison industry has found a special friend in Florida.  GEO, one of the largest private prison companies in the world, is based in South Florida.  CCA, the other big private prison outfit is trying to build the largest private immigration detention center in a ruralesque S. Florida city better known for its horse ranches and famous athletes.  Are private prisons providing needed jobs and keeping communities safe or are they just making money from government bailouts and bad politics? We’ll find out. 
But first…
Can you tell the difference between quotes from a men’s magazine and a convicted rapist?
We hope you can, but most men surveyed in the UK couldn’t. We’ll talk about what this means about Men’s mags in the US. 
Before that…
An update on the Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa and some real talk on whether Lowe’s hates Muslim families, their money, or just controversy from a relatively tame new show on TLC, “All-American Muslim.”