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Hosted by Subhash Kateel, segments co-produced by Aidil Oscariz and Muhammed Malik
1. Our money in Egypt
With news coming out of Egypt that security forces killed at least 50 people just a week after the democratically elected head of Egypt forced out by a mix of a coup and mass protests. Some Americans are asking themselves why we are giving the country almost $2 billion dollars a year. Tune in as we talk to Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy.
2. …and at the border
The big winner in the aftermath of the Senate clearing a massive immigration overhaul seems to be private companies that will benefit off of building the US’ new proposed Berlin Wall on steroids at the border. We talk about who those companies are and what they are up to with Grassroots Leadership’s Bob Libal and Researcher Nick Schwellenbach.
3. Restoring what’s right
Jessica Chiappone (Florida Rights Restoration Coalition), even though she is a US citizen, has been fighting for years for the right to vote and the ability to practice law, all because of a felony conviction that she already served her time for. Last week, she finally got her rights to vote and take the bar (among other things) restored.
plus, check in with CAIR-Florida’s Hassan Shibly about the continued force-feeding of hunger striking Guantanamo Detainees, as highlighted in a video with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) below…
1. Evelyn & Ocho Cinco: How do we respond to violence at home when it hits the airwaves?
began this week’s show with one of the stories that pops up every so often, the
famous athlete being accused of domestic violence against his also famous wife.
In this case it was Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson who accused of assaulting his
wife, reality TV star Evelyn Rivera. Whenever one of these incidents happensm we
at LTAI! relive the same frustration with the media’s discussion
who provoked who and the inevitable taking of sides.
We worked to get past the “who did what” as we talked with Marica Olivo of Sisterhood of Survivors,
Quentin Walcott of CONNECT and Aparna Battarcharya of Raksha Inc. Marcia
expressed her displeasure that the primary issue, that of domestic violence,
was being lost in all of the reality TV-style drama. Quentin added
that we lose the opportunity to hold men accountable for their actions when stories get sensationalized. Aparna wondered aloud whether or
not anyone would care about this story if it didn’t involve professional sports
or reality television. She also added that “…we should respond by creating a
space for compassionate accountability to help all parties in the incident.”
2. Romney, Miami and his “ex-drug trafficker host”: Hit-job or appropriate stigma?
theme of being frustrated with the media’s manufactured outrage machine
continued as we address the fallout from Mitt Romney’s recent
visit to Palacio De Los Jugos which turns out is owned by a man who was
convicted of drug dealing over 10 years ago. We discuss the meaning of the
incident in the context of the move toward voter suppression in Florida and in
other states with Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Meade explained his view that this business owner should not be vilified for
his past mistakes and that the attacks from many liberals amount to nothing
more than hit pieces. He also pointed out the irony of Florida’s Attorney
General and leader of the disenfranchisement crusade in the state, Pam Bondi, sharing the stage with Romney atthe Palacio de los Jugos.
3. Are Miami elections a forecast of what’s to come in November?
we discussed the recent primaries in Florida and were joined by the head of the
South Florida AFL-CIO, Andy Matis, who himself was out door knocking just the
day before. We discussed the results, what they may mean for the November
general election and the role of Miami billionaire Norman Braman in the
4. V-BACs, C-sections and live births.
we were joined by the organizer of the Vaginal Birth After Cesarean National Summit (VBAC),
Tamara Taitt, to discuss the event and what could easily be described
as a cesarean birth epidemic in Miami. Taitt explained that the average rate
for cesarean births in the U.S. is around 10-15% while in Miami it exceeds 50%.
She also talked about new research that has been suggesting that going through
vaginal birth after previously having had a cesarean is not as dangerous as it
was once thought and that there may be some downsides to cesarean birth that
many mothers may not know about.
BTW…here are the tracks we listened to on the air…