1.  Remembering a dictator, demagogue or true democrat?
You have either heard that there are people crying in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela or celebrating in the streets of Miami after the passing of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.  Many people think that you can’t have an even handed look at the good, bad or complicated legacy of the contentious Venezuelan leader.  Well tonight on our show, we are gonna try.  Tune in as we talk to political activists, political scientists and Venezuelans from all backgrounds as we figure out the most fitting way to remember Venezuela’s now-late president.


2.  Speaking of alleged dictators…

Former Haitian strong man Jean-Claude Duvalier is in a Haitian court this week facing charges related to his despotic reign over the island-nation in the 1980’s.  We will check in about what this means for Haiti and Miami’s massive Haitian American community.

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As I am writing this, seven members of Occupy Miami and Occupy FIU (Florida International University) sit in Miami Dade County Jail.  Their crime was a severe one.  They were attempting to set up a concert at Florida International University to remember the victims of Haiti’s earthquake.  In the minds of members of Occupy FIU, they were given prior verbal approval for the event by the ombudsman.  In the eyes of the FIU police and Miami Dade Police, they were not.
There are others in the criminal justice world that are better suited to decide whether the newly named “FIU 7” deserve to be in jail or not.  But in the early morning hours, as I remember the original images of Haiti’s earthquake, as I remember the look on my friends faces as they were desperately trying to contact family members, as I remember wondering the fate of a few of my friends in Haiti at the time (they ended up being fine), I keep asking myself, “who really deserves to be in jail two years after the earthquake?”
On this week’s show, we interviewed lawyer and researcher Amber Ramanauskas and community leader Marleine Bastien about their thoughts on the anniversary.  This is what they had to say:
Amber, along with esteemed human rights lawyer (and Hurricane Katrina survivor) Bill Quigley wrote an enlightening and angering essay on where the money meant to help post-earthquake Haiti really went.  To read it is to gain perspective on who really deserves to be in jail. 
In the aftermath of the earthquake, the two most shocking things were how much the earthquake devastated Haiti and how much Americans wanted to help.  Within days, the majority of Americans either donated or wanted to donate to the relief effort.    Even more significant, Americans from all walks of life supported our government playing an active role in helping rebuild the proud island nation.  What did Americans get for their good will and Haitians for their epic suffering?  Nothing short of betrayal.
Within a year of the earthquake, most of the money for Haiti sat unspent in bank accounts.  Two years later, the money that has been spent raises even more questions.  Just consider that according to Quigley and Ramanauskas:
*The largest recipient of earthquake money was the US government,  and a third of that money went to the Department of Defense.  Many have said that the some of that aid funneled through the Department of Agriculture even helped cripple Haiti’s own rice industry.
*Only a small percentage of money went to Haitian companies, non-profits, or Haiti’s government.  This is even as Haitians have hit the streets demanding more jobs.  On our show, Marleine explained how Haitian American non-profits saw their funding cut and had to layoff workers as they were increasing their services to earthquake victims. 
*Some money went to for-profit disaster companies like Florida-based Ashbritt.
Even now, a lot of the money needed to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure still hasn’t been spent.  Yet two years after Haiti’s tragedy, both Marleine and Amber recount that Haiti looks like the earthquake happened two weeks ago.  On this day, two years after Haiti finally captured our hearts 200 years after it should have, someone deserves to be in jail.  But is it really the FIU 7?

1.  What Dreams May Come: MLK Remembered
What does Martin Luther King’s legacy mean for the world in 2012?  Join us as we ask a few friends of the show.

2.  Voting in 2012:  The year that rights become privileges?
A major women’s organization gives up registering voters because it is afraid of breaking an insane law.  Tens of thousands of people who thought they would have the right to vote are now told to wait a few years. Birmingham in 1960?  China in 2000?  Florida in 2012?  Tune in and find out.

3.  Haiti:  How resilient can resilience be?
On the eve of the second anniversary of the worst natural disaster in Haiti’s history, we talk about how Haiti is recovering.

Wednesday, January 11 @ 7pm EST