Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas

Morning Review Archive

October 14, 2009

Segment #1: Salvador Mejia-Reyes and Elida Perez-Mazariegos are originally from Guatemala, but have been living in Novato, CA for over 17 years, since February 1992. They have three children: Gilbert is 18 years old and just entered junior college, and came to the US when he was one year old; Helen is 13 years old and a freshman in high school, and is a US citizen (born in California); Dulce is 4 years old and is also a US citizen(also born in California).

Gilbert Mejia and his parents are in danger of being deported to Guatemala. Salvador and Elida were originally scheduled to be deported on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, but they were granted a last-minute delay in order to testify at their son’s deportation hearing on October 22.

Gilbert Mejia and Lizbeth Mateo of Dreams to Be Heard joined us for discussion.

Segment #2: Pedagogy or Politics? We address the struggle of substitute teachers within UTLA to protect their positions.

Segment #3: Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in our Schools on Student Privacy and the CAMS Opt Out Campaign.

Segment #4: Maricela Guzman, US Navy Veteran and April Fitzsimmons, US Air Force Veteran joined TMR Producer Tanya Selig to discuss sexual assault in the US Military. They also addressed the one woman show by April Fitzsimmons, “The Need to Know: A Veteran’s Journey from Fear to Freedom.”

Segment #5: Robert Cabrales from Communities for a Better Environment joined us to discuss the community’s work to stop the planned power plant in the City of Vernon.

September 2, 2009

Segment #1: (Part 2 of 2) Cross My Heart, A Conversation with musician Dennis Davis, Gold Star Parent Jane Bright, and student actress Chantel Carter along with filmmakers/writers, Peter Dudar and Sally Marr.

Segment #2: Politics or Pedagogy? John Cromshow speaks with attorney Jeff Levy and teacher Jack Freiberger about so called “Teacher Jails.”

Segment #3: Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in Our Schools provide reflections from the National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth (NNOMY) conference by Deborah Membreno, a 17 year old student at Venice High School.

Segment #4: Audio Collage of CSU Northridge student reactions to CSU Budget Cuts and the impact they are having on opportunities to enroll in classes.

Segment #5: Miguel Zavala is a Teacher Educator at CSU Los Angeles and co-chair of Raza Educators, Los Angeles chapter. He speaks with us regarding privatization of LAUSD.

August 26, 2009

Segment #1: (Part 1 of 2) Cross My Heart is a production by Peter Dudar and Sally Marr that provides Voices From War. Peter and Sally joined us along with Iraq War Veteran Edgar Cuevas, MFSO Rossana Cambron whose son was recently redeployed to Iraq, and Anitra Wetzel, Students for Social Justice @ CSULA. Play is Saturday Sept. 12, 2009, 6:30PM.  1225 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038. More info at:

Segment #2: Dr. Juan Almendares, President of the Honduran Peace Committee, spoke with TMR Producer Claudia Chinchilla about recent events resulting from the coup in Honduras.  For more info:

Segment #3: Politics or Redagogy? John Cromshow speaks with a Special Education Teacher who responds to the LAUSD's School Board vote on Tuesday.

Segment #4: CAMS: Brian Wells, a 19 year old Pasadena Community College Student chose to leave the military after a month of boot camp last year.

Segment #5: Elias Serna and Sandra de la Loza spoke of upcoming events commemorating the 39th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium in the Westside at the 18th Street Art Complex and the Pico Youth and Family Center.  For more info: xicanosecretserviceMySpace,

August 19, 2009

Segment #1: Keith Harmon Snow is 2009 Regent's Lecturer in Law & Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, recognized for over a decade of work, outside of academia, contesting official narratives on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide while also working as a genocide investigator for the United Nations and other bodies. He spoke about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent visit to Africa. 

Segment #2: Politics or Pedagogy? John Cromshow speaks with Philosophy Professor Susan T. Gardner about how her book, "Thinking Your Way to Freedom," can help improve public education.

Segment #3: The Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in Our Schools. Arlene Inouye speaks with David Messina, 22 year old El Camino College student on his reflection about joining the military. For more info:

August 12, 2009

Segment #1: Zimbabwe is in the middle of a socio-economic crisis. Official estimates put 50% of Zimbabweans in need of food aid; unemployment is estimated at over 80% and rising; people in rural areas surviving on subsistence are not able to keep up with the rising costs of living. Kufunda believes that despite these challenges each community can be healthy and vibrant, and be largely self-reliant.

Allan Mahachi, has worked and lived at kufunda (Learning Village) in Zimbabwe, Africa, where his daily life has been kufunda and people being in a constant conversation about sustainable living Allan said, “It’s a big choice that you have to make about your life, because it’s a life style, its not just a thing, and with this I have been growing every day because of being in a constant practice, as we are traveling like this, we are just being the Ambassador of kufunda, Zimbabwe and beyond, at the same time being a resource and a tool for the world, I say we because I’m traveling on behalf of everyone who is left home.” For More Info: 

Segment # 2: Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in our Schools. (CAMS)Arlene Inouye spoke on the newly released movie GI Joe and the Rise of the Cobra. For more info:

Segment #3: Politics or Pedagogy? This week's segment features UTLA President A.J. Duffy regarding 'Lunch with Steve Lopez and his Sunday L.A. Times Editorial.' 

Segment #4: Brave New Films’ Robert Greenwald joins us.  As Congress breaks for recess and the health insurance industry prepares to blitz the American public with attack ads on health care reform, Brave New Films kicks off its new "Sick for Profit" online campaign at The first video contrasts the lavish lifestyle and extravagant earnings of United Health Group's (UHG) CEO with their policyholders, who suffer from severe medical conditions but have been denied proper medical care. According to Forbes magazine, United Health Group CEO Stephen Hemsley owns three-quarters of a billion dollars in UHG stock options, and his 2008 compensation was a whopping $3,241,042.00. 

August 5, 2009

Segment #1: CAMS Commentary: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki on this 64th anniversary of the bombings. For more info:

Segment #2: Politics or Redagogy? This week’s segment features teachers from several U.S. cities who met in Los Angeles last week to develop strategies for dealing with threats to public education.

Segment #3: Dr. Antonia Darder is currently with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Latino/a Studies.   She addressed her book Culture and Power in the Classroom.

July 29, 2009

Segment #1: Nancy Berlin, Director of California Partnership, spoke of the impact of passage of the California State budget on various programs and state revenue. For more info:

Segment #2: Politics or Pedagogy? John Cromshow, speaks with Filmmaker Kamala Lopez ("A Single Woman - The Life of Jeannette Rankin the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress) about how the study of peace can become part of the curriculum.

Segment #3: Sean Carasso from Falling Whistles spoke of a campaign to address the issue of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An event will take place tomorrow evening at 1018 Santa Fe Ave. in Los Angeles. For more info:

July 22, 2009

Segment #1: Martha Sanchez works with Mezo-American Movement. She spoke with KPFK’s Fernando Velasquez about cases of migrant women who are deported and whose children are taken by the state. KPFK’s People Without Borders Collective will air a half hour special on this topic in Mid August.

Segment #2: TMR Producer Angela Ruiz spoke with John White, President of Clean Power about gas, fuels, and renewable resources.

Segment #3: Arlene Inouye (CAMS) and John Cromshow (Politics or Pedagogy?) were recently at the National Education Association annual meetings where they addressed the academic freedom for teachers from Japan. They filed a collaborative report.

Segment #4: Byron José is a Core member of Q-TEAM. He spoke of creating space for Queer youth of Color and an event taking place this Saturday. For more info:

July 8, 2009 

Segment #1: Roberto Lovato, Associate Editor with New America Media on Military Coup in Honduras, Manuel Zelaya meeting with Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s Rock Star legacy in question. You can see Lovato's article, "Honduran Violence, U.S. Aid Test Obama's Global Image" at More articles available at

Segment #2: On this week’s installment of Politics or Pedagogy, John Cromshow addresses Education and the Media  with teachers Anne Zerrien-Lee, Cheryl Ortega, Wendy Goldman, and, Leonard Segal; Parent/PTA member Scott Folsom; and, new LAUSD School Board member (and teacher) Steve Zimmer. 

July 1, 2009

Segment #1: Immigration and Deportation. Morning Review Producer Angela Ruiz joins us this morning with an interview featuring Morning Review Contributor Lizbeth Mateo who speaks and Walter Lara on his pending deportation.

Segment #2: CAMS. Commentary by Arlene Inouye, reflections as CAMS closes out the summer.

Segment #3: Politics or Pedagogy. John Cromshow interview with CTA President David Sanchez about media coverage of teacher issues. Plus insight into the National Education Association's Annual Meeting  June 30 - July 6 in San Diego.

Segment #4: Morning Review Producer, Claudia Chinchilla interviews Kokayi Jitahidi, Director of the Civiv Engagement Committee, Community Coalition speaks on the state of the economy.

Segment #5: Morning Review Producer Tanya Selig speaks with Esperanza Martinez, from Bus Rider Union and Labor Community Strategy Center. 

June 24, 2009

Segment #1: Recently, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on behalf of the Cuban 5, joining us to provide an update this morning is Gloria La Riva with the National Coalition to Free The Cuban Five. For more Info: 

Segment #2: Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in our Schools (CAMS) weekly commentary. For more info:

Segment #3: In this week’s installment of Pedagogy or Politics, John Cromshow interviews Wayne Johnson, former California Teachers Association President about the state of education today. 

Segment #4: Tanya Selig speaks with Neelam Sharma, Director of Community Services Unlimited in South Los Angeles regarding green space.

Segment #5: Yesterday, organizers for DREAM TEAM LA organized a National Action:  “A Dream Graduation.” Students in support of the The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act , or (The DREAM Act) Received diplomas in front of City Hall yesterday afternoon. Angela Ruiz provides a report.

Segment #5: Luis Rodriguez, one of the foremost authors in the country and with Tia Chucha’s  spoke about the 4th Annual Celebrating Words Festival. The Festival takes place: Saturday June 27, 2009 3-9pm, Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave. Sylmar, Ca 91342 

May 27, 2009

Segment #1: On this week's "Politics or Pedagogy?" KPFK's John Cromshow speaks with Dr. Eugene Walls about the upcoming "Pedagogy of Privilege" Conference.

Segment #2: Tezozomoc from South Central Farms spoke about the anniversary of the eviction, history and land tenure, and events coming up. For more info go to:

Segment #3: Arlene Inouye provides our weekly CAMS commentary. She speaks with Brian Wells, a CAMS youth activist shares his experience and invites everyone to the CAMS fundraiser on June 13th to send 10 CAMS youth to Chicago July 17-19 for the NNOMY conference. For more information go to:

Segment #4: John Gallogly, Executive Director, Theatre West, speaks about Assembly Bill 700  “The Creative Enterprises and Community Redevelopment” bill now in the appropriations committee. For more info go to:

Segment #5: Harry Ortiz Liflan and Pati Nava Co- organizers of 2nd Annual Latino Student Film Festival and volunteers from Latin American Cinemateca of LA join us to speak of the upcoming event. For more info go to:

Segment #6: Coverage on Supreme Court Ruling on Prop.8  

May 20, 2009 

Segment #1: Maria Elena Gaitan is a Teacher and Performance Artist in Los Angeles. Speaks on Fiesta Shalom and the role of Artists in addressing social justice issues. 

Segment #2: Audio featuring Yonotan Shapira, former captain in the Israeli Air Force on war crimes in Gaza. From BBC January 2009.

Segment #3: In this week's installment of "Politics or pedagogy?" John Cromshow interviews UTLA Treasurer David Goldberg who was elected to the CTA Board at the State Council meeting held last weekend in Los Angeles.

Segment #4: In anticipation of Memorial Day we present Ryan Endicott, Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War.   Arlene Inouye of Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) shares about a classroom presentation and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD.

Segment #5: Hunger Action Day: Rountable discussion with Frank Tamborello, Director Hunger Action LA and Tanya Selig and Angela Ruiz, Producers of TMR. Action today City Hall downtown, 4PM for information: 213-388-8228 or 

May 13, 2009

Segment #1: Alberto Gutierrez, former LAUSD teacher talked about his lawsuit vs. LAUSD. For more info see:

Segment #2: In this week's installment of "Politics or Pedagogy?" - the Los Angeles Unified School District is "rolling out" a long-awaited component of the computer-based ISIS program.

Segment #3: Calixto Cabrera was in the Marine Corps from 1965-1971. He spoke at Pasadena City College over the weekend.

Segment #4: Arlene Inouye provides our weekly Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) commentary. This week she addresses the National Network Opposing the Militarism of Youth (NNOMY) National Counter-  Recruitment and Demilitarization Conference which is taking place July 17-19th in Chicago.

Segment #5: AB540/Dream Act Students adress the founding of the Dream Act.

Segment #6: Las Grandes de East Los Angeles and  Boyle Heights is a documentary based on an oral history project  directed by Dr. Dionne Espinoza, Professor of Chicano/a Studies at Cal State Los Angeles in collaboration with Claudia Rodriguez, Teacher, writer, poet, and performer as well as Louis Easton, graduate of CSULA TV and Film. Las Grandes featured in the documentary are Ofelia Esparza, Susana Reynoso, Juana Gutiérrez, Martha Soriano, and Josefina Lopez. Screening this Sunday 1PM at CSU Los Angeles. 

May 6, 2009

Segment #1: Tezozomoc spoke of lessons learned from the South Central Farm struggle and the current campaign involving Forever 21. For more information go to:

Segment #2: "Politics or pedagogy?" Audio collage of Teacher's voices and an interview with UTLA President A.J. Duffy re: Press Conference about one-day strike authorization vote.

Segment #3: Coalition against Militarism in Our Schools weekly commentary. Arlene Inouye spoke of the Selling the Army at Venice HS through the school newspaper "Oarsman."

Segment #4: Augusto Boal Roundtable Joy Anderson; Jessica Gudiel; Irina Contreras; Johanna Iraheta; Sandra de la Losa; Angela Ruiz; and Tanya Selig

“If we do not trespass (not necessarily violently), if we do not go beyond our cultural norms, our state of oppression, the limits imposed upon us, even the law itself (which should be transformed) – if we do not trespass in this we can never be free. To free ourselves is to trespass, and to transform. It is through the creation of the new that that which has not yet existed begins to exist. To free yourself is to trespass. To trespass is to exist. To free ourselves is to exist. To free yourself is to exist.”

April 29, 2009

Segment #1: Barrack Obama, First 100 Days: Focus Latin America. Miguel Tinker Salas, Arango Professor of History at Pomona College and Gloria LaRiva, with National Committee to Free the Cuban Five addressed President Barrack  Obama’s recent meetings with Latin American leaders and provided analysis of prospective themes.   

Segment #2: Pedagogy or Politics? On this week’s installment John Cromshow interviews David Sanchez, President of the California Teachers Association about Propositions 1 A-F on the May 19 ballot.   

Segment #3: Ron Gochez from addressed upcoming May Day events. For more info click the link or call 323-602-3480. 

Segment #4: TMR Producer Tanya Selig spoke of volunteerism and training for upcoming Hunger Action Day May 20th, 2009. For more info go to: or call 213- 388-8228.

Segment #5: Arlene Inouye of Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) provided a weekly commentary on military recruitment, the Immigration Marcha and the Dream Act.   

Segment #6: Greg Esparza is lead singer of Thee Midniters, the legendary rock band from East LA. He spoke of intergenerational music interests and about an upcoming concert May 2nd, 2009 @ 7th Street Chophouse, 465 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. For info call 562-896-3606. 

April 22, 2009

Segment #1: Dr. Armando Navarro Professor, Ethnic Studies UC Riverside and Director, National Alliance for Human Rights spoke of a call to end the Economic Embargo against Cuba and to free the “Cuban Five.” For more information about this effort, call Dr. Navarro at 951-827-1826 or visit

Segment #2: Filmmaker Ryan Begay, and Dr. Jose Prado, Sociology Professor, Cal State Dominguez Hills address the themes of empire and language found in the film “The Indian Within.” For more info:   . Segment produced and co-hosted by Dr. Jose Prado.

Segment #3: First Installment of a new regular segment on “Politics or Pedagogy” featured a discussion with Michael Novick.

Segment #4: Lusine Harutyunyan and Angela Amirkhanian, members of Armenian Student Association, CSUN spoke regarding the Armenian Genocide. For more info:

Segment #5: Arlene Inouye of Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) provided a weekly commentary. This week she addressed video games and militarization.

Segment #6: Jedidiah Jenkins from addressed a Rescue event taking place in Santa Monica this weekend. For more info click the website. 

April 15, 2009 

Segment #1: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and their youth arm, Youth for Environmental Justice/Youth Action clubs at Huntington Park High School, South Gate High School and South East High School. Guests: Beatriz Montenegro (SGHS 9th Grade), Candido Casillas (SGHS 11th Grade), Darryl Molina (CBE Youth Program Coordinator), Mark Lopez, (CBE Youth Organizer), and Angeles Zavala (HPHS 12th Grade, CBE Youth Organizing Intern) Collectively spoke about fighting the proposed Vernon Power Plant, and Southeast LA responses to environmental racism.

CBE will be hosting a concert “One Planet, One People, One Goal: The Struggle for Environmental Justice” Earth Day Concert April 25, 2009 at Farmlab 1745 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012 5PM. For more info go to:

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye from Coalition Against Militarism of Our Schools, spoke of military public school opening in DeKalb County, Georgia. For more info go to:

Segment #3: Maria Elena Durazo, spoke at an LAUSD meeting yesterday regarding laying off of workers.  

Segment #4: Nick Dungey Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at CSU Northridge provided philosophical discussion and considerations of the state of the economy. 

Segment #5: Sean Carasso and Christina Griffith from Falling Whistles, a non-profit organization spoke about child soldiers in the Congo. Event tonight Kai Brown at O’Brien’s on Main Street, Santa Monica, 8PM. For more information go to: 

April 8, 2009  

Segment #1: Rosa Clemente from  Amnesty International spoke of the report released by AI titled “Jailed Without Justice: Immigration Detention in the USA.”  For more info:;   .    

Segment #2: Part 2 of 2 Part Series: AB540 Update, a Tribute to Marco Antonio Firebaugh.

Segment #3: Weekly Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools (CAMS) Commentary. For more information go to:

March 18, 2009 

Segment #1: Douglas Carranza is co-editor of Introduction to Central American Studies and professor of Central American Studies at Cal State Northridge.  He was in El Salvador during the recent elections and joins us this morning to discuss the historic election of Mauricio Funes and the FMLN in El Salvador.

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye provides a weekly commentary for Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools (CAMS). For more information go to:

Segment #3: Scott Hortton is assistant editor and the host of Antiwar Radio for He joins us this morning on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. For more information go to

Segment #4: First part of a series: A Tribute to Marco Antonio Firebaugh. 

Segment #5: Patrick Bonner and Tanya Cole  spoke of violent displacement of tens of thousands of Columbians for the purpose of agribusiness. They are leading a delegation to Columbia this summer. For more information go to 

March 11, 2009

Segment #1: Harvey Rosenfield is a nationally recognized consumer advocate and President of the nonprofit organization Consumer Education Foundation. He was recently named by Los Angeles Daily Journal and California Lawyer Magazine one of the top 100 lawyers in California. He joins us this morning to discuss a report co-authored by the Consumer Education Foundation titled “Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America” For a copy of the report go to:

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye from Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) provides her weekly commentary. For more information go to:

Segment #3: Alma de Jesus and Lizbeth Mateo members of Dreams to Be Heard spoke of the National Campaign for the Dream Act. For more information go to:

Segment #4: Luis Rodriguez is one of the nation’s most acclaimed writers and cultural workers. He joins us this morning to talk about healing and the Grand Opening of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore on March 28, 2009. For More Information go to:

March 4, 2009

Segment #1: Hamid Khan, Executive Director of South Asian Network talked about the Migrant Trail – Walk for Life in Sonora desert last year from Mexico to Tucson bearing witness to the deaths that are taking place literally in our backyard (in Arizona). 

Segment #2: Javier Rodriguez, a Founding Member of the March 25th coalition addressed a recent event in Zacatecas Mexico on the Unity of the Mexican Left on Both Sides of the Border.

Segment #3: Arlene Inouye, of Coalition Against Militarization in Our Schools (CAMS) provided their weekly commentary. For more information go to

Segment #4: Andres Amaya Former member of American Indian Movement in support of Big Mountain and Tanya Selig of Food Not Bombs addressed issue in Big Mountain including recent problems on the reservation, starvation continues, and Uranium Reserves. They also spoke of an upcoming visit by artisans. For more info call Andres Amaya at 323-313-8977 or email Tanya Selig at   . 

Segment #5: Douglas Carranza, Co-Editor of Introduction to Central American Studies  spoke of  upcoming elections in El Salvador and an upcoming “Symbolic Election” in McArthur Park. For more info:

Segment #1: Segment #6: Marisela Guzman with Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and Arlene Inouye, with Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) join us this morning to address their Peace work.  

February 4, 2009 

Segment #1: Rosa Maria Santana reports from Denver Colorado on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Barbara Berry, one of the interviewees in Rosa Maria Santana’s Report updates us on her situation. She is now living in Dallas, Texas, she says the last few months have been a "nightmare."

Segment #2: John Fountain is a former Chicago Tribune reporter. He also worked at the Washington Post and the New York Times. He is now a professor of journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago. April Washington is an award winning political reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. They talk about 'post-racial' politics after the Obama election.

Segment #3: Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) Commentary. For more information visit: 

Segment #4: Since 1991, Harry Gamboa has shot images of selected Chicano men for Chicano Male Unbonded, a B&W photography series.  The work on this series was initiated in response to media negative stereotype portrayals but then developed into an in-depth examination of presence, visual impact, and persistence of image in memory and place, as revealed through Chicano men.  Many of the 150+ images in the series have been exhibited (Smithsonian Institution, International Center for Photography, The Huntington Library) and have been featured in numerous publications (Art In America, Zoom, Los Angeles Times).

The two exhibitions that are presenting images from his series are: Le paradis, ou presque, Los Angeles (1865-2008), This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, Curated by Jennifer Watts Claudia and Bohn-Spector at Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland and Gaze, Curated by: Jerry Russo at Singer Editions Gallery in Boston, MA. For More info go to 

January 28, 2009

Segment #1: Arlene Inouye of Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools, provides her weekly commentary. Visit CAMS at

Segment #2: This week we speak of Murder, Suicide, and The Economy. In the wake of the Lupoe family tragedy in Wilmington, we open up the air waves for listeners to sound off on the state of the economy, its many consequences, and community resources available.

Co Hosted by Rosa Maria Santana.

January 14, 2009

Segment #1: Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center spoke of a study titled Hispanics and the Economic Downturn: Housing Woes and Remittance Cuts. For more information go to:

Segment #2: Fabiola Sandoval, Asset Manager, Esperanza Community Housing Corp. spoke of the impact of the economic downturn on housing in local communities along the Figueroa Corridor. For more information go to: 

Segment #3: Lizbeth Mateo, Member of Dreams To Be Heard, provided an update on the plight of AB 540 students and their current campaign to be one of the top ten issues to be addressed by To vote, go to create an account, verification will be sent to your email address. Click “ideas” and vote!  

December 10, 2008

Segment #1: Dr. Armando Navarro, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is author of several books and articles and has been a leading national voice in defense of immigrant rights. He joins us this morning to discuss his latest book, The Immigration Crisis,: Nativism, Armed Vigilantism, and the Rise of a Countervailing Movement.

Dr. Navarro will discuss his book at a lecture December 11, 2008, 7-8:30PM in Humanities 1500, UC Riverside.

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye of CAMS provided our weekly commentary. 

December 3, 2008

Segment #1: Roberto Lovato, Contributing Associate Editor for New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation spoke of “political dualism” as reflected in President Elect Barrack Obama’s approach to immigration reform. For more information go to:

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye of CAMS provided our weekly commentary. 

November, 26, 2008

Segment #1: Weekly commentary by Arlene Inouye, Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS)

Segment #2: Craig Holman, is with Public Citizen and has been monitoring President Elect Barrack Obama’s appointments as Obama transitions into the White House on the website

Segment #3: Listeners called in to provide their analysis of President Elect Obama’s transition.

November 19, 2008

Segment #1: Theresa Montaño, Chapter President, California Faculty Asociation, CSUN spoke on budget and student enrollment cuts as well as their impact on the CSU system. More info:

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye, Coalition against Militarism in Our Schools, (CAMS) spoke about forthcoming commentaries and provided an update on the work of CAMS. More info available at

Segment #3: Gustavo Arellano of “Ask a Mexican” and OC Weekly  spoke of his new book, “Orange County:  A Personal History.” He will speak at CSUN on Monday Nov. 24, 2008, Whittsett Room, 4th Floor Sierra Hall, 7PM.

November 12, 2008

Segment #1: Listener Calls In On One Week after the Election:

Segment #2: “We Have Overcome”, “Breaking Down Racial Barriers” Vs. Prop 8, white supremacist attacks in NY and Louisiana

Segment #3: Joselyn Arroyo, CSUN Graduate Sutdent in Journalism, “Building Bridges” segment “Myths, Terms, and Stereotypes”

Segment #4: Peter Barnes, Co-author of “Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide” recently wrote a piece “How Obama can revive the economy and heal the planet.” 

October 1st, 2008

Segment #1: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, former candidate for president of Mexico addressed the current economic crisis in the US and drew parallels to a similar experience in Mexico in 1995, which included a bailout of private interests by the public.  He provided a critique of neo-liberal practices.

Segment #2: Joselyn Arroyo's "Building Bridges", an audio documentary based on the lives of undocumented university students continued its run. This morning we listened to two segments "Playing Hide and Seek" and "Students Without Borders."

September 17th, 2008

Segment #1: Joselyn Arroyo's "Building Bridges", an audio documentary based on the lives of undocumented university students continued its run. 

September 10, 2008

Segment #1: Joselyn Arroyo presents the first two installments of her documentary "Building Bridges" based on her interviews with undocutmented university students. Titled "Realizing I Didn't Have Papers" and "Model Citizens" the two installments were facilitated by a discussion with Claudia, one of the student participants and Ana Grande, Project Director of PowerPac. 

August 20, 2008

Segment #1: April Washington is a Staff Reporter that covers the Colorado State Legislature for the Rocky Mountain News. Washington is a member of National Association of Black Journalists. Hope Hamashige is a Denver – based freelance journalist who has worked with CNN, Nathional Geographic Magazine, and the LA Times. Hamashige is a member of Asian American Journalist Association. Rosa Maria Santana is a contributor to the Morning Review who has previously worked for the Chicago Tribune, Riverside Press-Enterprise and was recently with the National Association of Hispanic journalists. They discussed media coverage of the presidential election leading up to the Democratic National Convention. 

Segment #2: Part 2 of Rosa Maria Santana’s series on Gangs and Communities featured LAPD Detective David Garrido.

August 13, 2008 

Segment #1: Joe Torres of Free Press along with guest co-host Rosa Maria Santana addressed media consolidation and its impact on Latino/a  programming, consumerism, and media literacy.

Segment #2: Part 1 of Rosa Maria Santana’s series on Gangs and Communities featured former gang members Cleo Callaway and Shell Dog who now conduct gang intervention work.

Segment #3: Elias Serna, CSUN Chicano/a Studies instructor and founding member of comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service addressed the Fifth Annual Malcolm X Day in Santa Monica. 

August 6, 2008

Segment #1: Jo Anna Mixpe Ley is a Community Artist and a 6-9th Grade Art and Technology Teacher at Academia Semillas del Pueblo. Marcos Aguilar is Executive Director of Semillas Sociedad Civil. Along with students Cuitlahuac Carillo, Kellie Avena, Gerardo Perez, and Daniel Lara, they spoke about student participation at this summer's Hanban Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for International High School Students, becoming the first Sister School to schools in Beijing, China, and the opening of Academia Semillas del Pueblo's new high school: Anahuacalmecac. Anahuacalmecac is a tuition-free charter school offering the International Baccalaureate Programs.

July 30, 2008

Segment #1: Steve Connors, Director of Meeting Resistance, spoke about the recent insurgencies in Iraq. For more information go to

Segment #2: Mark Taylor-Canfield filed a report on the 13th Annual Grass Roots Radio Conference held in Portland, Oregon.

Segment #3: Caleb Maupin of International Action Center spoke about political pressure placed on Iran and an event taking place August 2, 2008 at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles at 1PM. For more information go to

Segment #4: Election Unspun featured the daily coverage on political campaigns.

July 16, 2008

Segment #1: John Parker of the International Action Center addressed the current housing crisis. Listeners called in to provide their insight and analysis.

He also addressed an upcoming event: Labor-Community Fight Back Forum

Saturday, July 26th at SEIU Local 721, 500 S. Virgil Ave. Los Angeles, CA

July 9th, 2008

Segment #1: Last week the Pastors for Peace Caravan, which challenges the U.S. blockade of Cuba on an annual basis by carrying medicines and other humanitarian materials, was stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border. Customs and Border Patrol Officials seized 31 computers that were destined for classrooms, clinics and hospitals in Cuba. Joining us to provide an update on the seizure and Caravan is Gloria La Riva, who is with the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. For More info: 

Segment #2: In Adelina Anthony's “La Sad Girl....,” the comedy just "goth" darker! The follow-up to her riotous and thought-provoking show “La Angry Xicana?!,” the one and only hilarious, lesbian Xicana talks about everything from ultra-dramatic break-ups, to good old fashioned BDSM.  A critically acclaimed artist who tours nationally, Anthony attracts new legions of fans each time she performs the FICTION of her life story! LA SAD GIRL....Playing at the 26th annual OUTFEST Film Festival, 8 pm @ the REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., (Entrance on 2nd St.) Saturday July 12th 8PM Redcat

Segment #3: Lalo Alracaz cartoonist, multimedia humorist and host of the Pocho Hour of Power joins us to kick off its 50th Anniversary Year, on Sunday, July 27th. KPFK will present “Clash of the Pochos,” featuring Culture Clash and the crew from KPFK’s own The Pocho Hour of Power. Musical guest MEZKLAH @ the Ford Amphitheatre. 

July 2, 2008

Segment #1: Leslie Radford of South Central Farmers updated us on the case of the South Central Farmers' and local community efforts to challenge plans to build a warehouse distribution center on the contested land. An event will be held today at the City Hall lawn to bring awareness to their case. For more information go to:

Segment #2: Elias Serna from the comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service and Yaolt from the musical group Aztlan Underground discussed the 11th annual "The Farce of July." The event is held in conjunction with the Peace and Dignity Run and will take place on July 4th, 2-10PM @ 1221 South Hope St. Los Angeles 90015. For more information:  ;

May 28, 2008

Segment #1: Diana Barahona spoke about Democratic Presidential Candidate Barrack Obama’s address to Cuban American National Foundation

Segment #2: Marylou Cabral, a 20 year old student at California State University Long Beach, is running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 4.  She was the principal organizer of one of the largest CSULB campus protests against the Iraq war in 2007. As a volunteer organizer with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), she traveled to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2007, and spoke to 100,000 people at an anti-war protest in front of the White House.  

Segment #3: Stephen Hinze, 30, is running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 5. He is a warehouse worker and organizer. He has led struggles against attacks on undocumented immigrants by the Minuteman Project. He has mobilized support for immigrant rights in the massive spring 2006 Los Angeles demonstrations. He has also has organized anti-war demonstrations as a volunteer with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the streets to stop the Iraq war and bring the troops home now. Stephen is a student at Glendale Community College.

Segment #4: Rosanna Perez instructor in the Central American Studies Program at CSUN discussed her book, Flight to Freedom: The Story of Central American Refugees In California

Segment #5: Arlene Inouye Coordinator of Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) addressed current work to demilitarize schools in the Los Angeles area and to provide alternatives including the Adopt a School Project, Project Great Futures, and Military Career Alternatives as well as support for international teachers in Japan, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico who are conducting similar work.

May 14, 2008

Segment #1: Dr. Rudy Acuña, Founding professor of Chicano/a Studies at CSU Northridge and author of dozens of books including Occupied America and Sometimes There Is No Other Side, spoke of pending legislation that seeks to ban Occupied America and student organizations such as Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA) in Arizona. The basis of such legislation is to eliminate courses and organizations who "denigrate American values and the teachings of Western civilization."

Segment #2: According to one blogger, Stephen Lemons, the author of that piece of legislation Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, has links to neo-Nazi advocates in Arizona.Thanks to Jake Prendez CSUN Graduate Student for production assistance on this segment. 

Segment #3: Jesus A. Reyes, Artistic Director of East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company (East LA Rep) joined us to talk about an event featuring renowned Chicano Theatre scholar Dr. Jorge Huerta and prominent director/producer Diane Rodriguez. The event will be at the Ave. 50th Studio in Highland Park this Saturday May 17 from 7-10 PM. Go to:

May 7, 2008

Segment #1: The Midwestern United States has played a pivotal role in the economic, political, and cultural landscape of the country. The working-class communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania, specifically, determined the presidency in 2004. Last month, the Democratic primaries in those states also cast a limelight on the state’s voters.

But the northern Appalachian region has also taken an immense hit during the US economic downturn losing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron lead the country in home foreclosures and evictions. As the US population continues to surge, a record number of people from the Midwest have continued to flee to larger cities and states.

Many observers say the Midwest’s downfall began once the steel industry in northeastern Ohio and Pittsburg closed shop, leaving hundreds of thousands of people out of work. The mills moved overseas to take advantage of cheaper labor, streamlined production or simply closed down. Steel also lost ground to other metals that were produced in Eastern Europe and Asia. Analysts say the region was the first victim of a new globalized world economy – the globalization that free market proponents argued would bring about unparalleled prosperity. But the end of the steel era is still taking its toll on the mid-west in an area that was once proudly known as the Steel Making Capital of the World. 

Ernesto Arce from KPFK’s news division provides a glimpse of economic woes in the Midwest with his report and listeners sounded off regarding the state of the economy.  

April 23, 2008

Segment #1: Nativo Lopez of Hermandad Mexicana joined us to discuss LAPD Special Order 40 and related attempts in Arizona to grant local law enforcement agents federal powers as they relate to immigration enforcement.  

Segment #2: Agustin Aguayo realized after a year in the military that he could no longer participate in war and killing. His Conscientious Objection request was denied and he was sent to Iraq as a Medic. After helping the wounded, yet never loading his weapon,  he was stop lossed at the end of  his 4 years, went AWOL,  turned  himself in, was tried and imprisoned.  He and his wife Helga are now speaking to thousands of inner city students about the human cost of war.

Agustin Aguayo and Steve Fine of Neighbors for Peace and Justice, San Fernando Valley spoke of an upcoming event:  “Peace Jamorama/ Support Conscientious Objector: AGUSTIN AGUAYO  and  FAMILY”  - CONCERT AND FILM SCREENING,  SUNDAY APRIL 27th, 6:45pm; The Unitarian Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark   

Segment #3: Election Unspun : Discussion of Election Results.

April 16, 2008

Segment #1: Special Two Hour Morning Review w/ guest Co-Host Nativo Lopez from Hermandad Mexicana: We take a look at the current state of immigration affairs in Los Angeles County including Immigration Raids, Latino Citizenship, the housing crises and Elections 2008. Commentary provided by Nativo Lopez and Angelica Salas of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). For more info:

Segment #2: Venezuela 101: Miguel Tinker Salas, Professor of History at Pomona College, and Armando Gudino, Program Director KPFK join us as we take a special look at the country of Venezuela, its geographical influence and relationship with Latinos in the US Today. Prior to the emergence of President Hugo Chavez Frias, the international community knew very little of the oil rich country.  In this special one hour look we examine the roots of resistance dating back to the Bolavarian revolution, the country’s growth, and development and through the emergence of Hugo Chavez.

Segment #3: Benjamin Prado and Francisco Romero discusses the upcoming Bario Bookfest/La Feria del Libro de La Raza 2008 to take place April 25-27 2008 at the Santee Learning Center 1921 Mable Ave. LA. 

April 2, 2008

Segment #1: Victor Dedaj, editor of Cuba Solidarity Blog in France, was interviewed by France 24 regarding the transition of power from Fidel Castro to Raul Castro.

Segment #2: Harry Gamboa Jr., author of Urban Exile, is a founding member of influential Chicano performance art collective, ASCO. His work as an essayist, photographer, director and performance artist is house in a permanent collection at Green Library, Stanford University. He spoke with us regarding Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from April 6-September 1, 2008.

For more information:

Segment #3: Daily edition of Election Unspun produced by Pacifica Radio and Free Speech Radio News 

March 26, 2008

Segment #1: Callers addressed the issue of Predatory Lending and the Economic Crisis. Among places where you can go for more information on foreclosures: The non-profit agency, Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, 213 381-2862.

Segment #2: Mujeres de Maiz, an artivist collective presents the final installments of their month long celebration of herstory month Somos Medicina.

Events @ Self Help Graphics

3802 E. First St. Los Angeles, CA


Artist Talk/Plactica Wed. 26th, ‘08 @ 7PM

Mujer Musica Night Sat. 29th, ’08 @ 7PM

Closing Ceremony Sun. 30th, ’08 @ 11Am-4PM


1718 Bridge Street, Boyle Heights 90033

(behind white memorial medical plaza)

For more info: 

March 19, 2008

Segment #1: Presentations by Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Barrack Obama were aired related to the latter’s speech on race. Listeners called in to sound off with their analysis of a variety of themes related to this issue.

Segment #2: Claudia Mercado and Maritza Alvarez joined us from Mujeres de Maiz the artivist collective to speak of their ongoing month long celebration of Women’s Herstory Month at Self Help Graphics. The celebration, Somos Medicina, sponsors a film night on Friday and a Self Defense Workshop on Saturday. For more info:

Segment #3: Election Unspun, produced by Karen Miller and Leigh Ann Caldwell featured Obama’s speech on Race, Candidates in Iraq.  

March 12, 2008

Segment #1: We briefly discuss the comments made by Geraldine Ferraro about Barack Obama’s race.

Segment #2: This month we celebrate women’s herstory month. Mujeres de Maiz an atrivist collective presents “Somos Medicina” a month long intercultural, intergenerational, interdisciplinary arts celebration. We’re joined by Martha Gonzalez, Maritza Alvarez, and Reina Alejandra Prado. For more Info:

Segment #3: Elsa Lopez, Senior External Affairs Representative, Water Replenishment District joined us to talk about an educational program on groundwater quality. Event: “Groundwater Festival”, Saturday, March 15, '08, 10AM-2PM, 4040 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712. For more Info:; Phone/Fax: 562-275-4231

March 5, 2008

Segment #1: Juan Haro from Movement for Justice in El Barrio in East Harlem, NY and Eddie Torres from Casa Del Pueblo in Echo Park addressed symptoms and potential Solutions of gentrification in New York, Los Angeles, and nationally. They also spoke of an ongoing tour in Southern California . Contact:  , (212) 561-0555

Segment #2: Felicia Montes and Martha Gonzales are members of Mujeres de Maiz, a women’s Artivist Collection and their presentation of “Somos Medicina” a month long series of intercultural, intergenerational, interdisciplinary ART EVENTS @ Self Help Graphics, 3802 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. Los Angeles CA 90063.  For specific events go to:

February 6, 2008

Segment #1: This morning we’re joined by political scientist Dr. David Rodriguez, Chair of the Department of Chicano/a Studies at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Rodriguez provided analysis of yesterday’s primary election results and engaged us in conversation on the impact of democracy within a national and global context.

January  30, 2008

Segment #1: Listeners discussed the topic of Genealogy, Coloniality and the power of naming. In search of personal and familial histories, many come to realize that we are products of the victor and the vanquished, the colonizer and the colonized. How does this reflect on our understanding of the multitude of histories that inform present day realities?

Segment #2: Jorge Solis is the curator for “Not Enough Space: Puerto Rican Art Exhibit” that will commence Friday, February 1st and run through February 19th 2008 at the Casa de la Raza in  Santa Barbara, Ca.  The Exhibit features the work of Puerto Rican political prisoners, artist, and community organizers Oscar Lopez Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres. The Casa de la Raza is located at

601 E. Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103. (Corner with Calle Cesar Chavez).  For more information contact Raquel Lopez 805-965-8581 x101.

January 23, 2008

Segment #1: KPFT Program Director Ernesto Aguilar interviews Arnoldo Garcia and Diana Pei Wu of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights regarding the recently released report Over-Raided, Under Siege: U.S. Immigration Laws and Enforcement Destroy the Rights of Immigrants. They spoke at a conference in Houston Texas.

Segment #2: Listener calls-in regarding media coverage of the presidential primaries. 

January 9, 2008

Segment #1: Dr. Eloisa Garcia Tamez, one of the first indigenous women to earn a doctorate degree from the University of Texas, Austin, is a private land owner in south Texas who refuses to sign the Department of Homeland Security’s “Right-of-Entry for Survey and Assessment” as a prelude to their intent to build the controversial border wall. 

Margo Tamez, noted poet and scholar, teaches at Washington State University.  A core theme of her poetry, scholarship and activism is the erosion of social ties among North American bi-national families within their own communities, as a result of colonization and globalization. Eloisa and Margo, join us this morning to talk about their case which was taken up by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

Segment #2: In 1990, Fr. Roy Bourgeois founded the School of Americas Watch, an office that does research on the US Army School of the Americas (SOA), now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Each year the school trains hundreds of soldiers from Latin America in combat skills - all paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Segment #3: Patricia Contreras is a teacher at Sacred Heart High School who for a few years has taken a trip to Fort Benning, Georgia along with a few of her students to participate in the annual protest to close the school of the Americas. Two of those students, Analisa Mejia and Valerie Medina, joined us to talk about those experiences. They also spoke of A Vigil with Father Roy Bourgeois To Close the School of the Americas ABRIENDO LAS MEMORIA - HEALING THE WOUNDS Saturday, January 12th at  Los Angeles State Historic Park.

December 12, 2007

Segment #1: Different news outlets reported yesterday that recent demonstrations in Havana, Cuba regarding human rights involved 14 people. The Cuban government responded that the participants were acting as agents of the US government. We were joined by Gloria La Riva from the International Answer Coalition and the Committee to Free the Cuban Five to discuss these issues and others in Latin America. For more information:

Segment #2: Rudy Acuna is the preeminent and perhaps the most prolific Chicano/a Historian. He joined us to discuss his new book entitled Corridors of Migration: The Odyssey of Mexican Laborers - 1600 to 1933. Dr. Acuna will be discussing his book at Tia Chucha’s Cafe Cultural this Saturday Dec.15th at  2p.m. Additional information:

December 5, 2007

Segment #1: Sonia's husband is waiting for his immigration paper work to be processed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico while Sonia and their young son wait here in the United States. They've been told it could be months before the case is addressed, meaning long term separation. In the meantime, Carlos Alvarado is a paralegal who with others have been dealing with similar cases as the immigration processing backlog forces families to be apart for extended periods of time.

Segment #2: Yolocamba I Ta is a Salvadoran band with a long history of combining artistic creation, transformation and  social justice. Their work includes soundtracks on the films Romero and Salvador.  We were joined by Roberto Quezada, a member of Yolocomba I Ta and Douglas Carranza, a professor of Central American Studies at CSUN who provided translation and contextual discussion. Yolocomba I Ta will perform this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 at Iglesia Luterana Angelica (Angelica Lutheran Church) 1345 South Burlington Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90006-5413. For more information:  ; Tel: 213-453-0326

November 28, 2007

Segment #1: Arlene Inouye and Gregory Sotir are members of CAMS (The Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools) and UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles). They spoke regarding their experiences and work with Japanese educators and the building of an international campaign for military free schools. For more information go to

November 14, 2007

Segment #1: Today we devote the entire hour to US veterans. Particularly we speak with Agustin Aguayo, his wife Helga Aguayo and film makers Sally Marr and Peter Dudar about Agustin’s case which was recently filed before the Supreme Court and the film that documents his case, A Man of Conscience: Agustin Aguayo, Conscientious Objector.

Segment #2: We also speak with retired US Army Col. Ann Wright and Iraq Veterans Against the War member Marisela Guzman. For more information: 

October 31, 2007

Segment #1: JUSTIN AKERS CHACÓN is co-author of "No One Is Illegal" with Mike Davis. He just wrote the piece "Divided by Fire: Two San Diegos Emerge from the Flames," which states: "While the Southern California wildfires do not discriminate against peoples and property values, the machinery of preparedness and hands of recovery certainly have. Hundreds of thousands of San Diego's inhabitants have been excluded, ignored or persecuted during the relief efforts, and will be forced to bear the costs of this systemic failure into the foreseeable future. ..."Around the county, migrant workers have remained or been kept in the fields while surrounding environs have been evacuated. In most cases, the people are simply ignored or factored out of evacuation plans; in others, unscrupulous employers have chosen profits over well-being in the disaster equation."

Segment #2: Alex Moreno Areyan, a retired human resources administrator with a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, was a migrant worker in his youth. He conducted dozens of interviews and collected vintage photographs from members of the original families of these Mexican American communities to compile this unique history. He joined us to discuss his book Mexican Americans In Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach (CA) (Images of America) Arcadia Publishing (2007).

Segment #3: David Kietzman is the Co-Executive Director of Youth Speak! Collective. Recently his passion has been focused on Youth Speak! Collective and developing youth-designed programs focusing on the current needs identified by youth in the community of Pacoima. One of these programs is Project Youth Green, a four acre community garden and activity space located in the heart of Pacoima, in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Project Youth Green is a project of Youth Speak! Collective, a non-profit youth-driven initiative empowering low-income communities and at-risk youth. For more information:; 

Segment #4: Calixta Gabriel Xiquin, author of Tejiendo Los Sucesos en el Tiempo/Weaving Events in Time (2002) addressed the continued struggles of indigenous communities in the Americas. She will be speaking today (10-31-07) at the CSU Northridge campus, Whittsett Room, Sierra Hall, 12 Noon.

October 3, 2007

Segment #1: Beatriz Cortez is coordinator of the Central American Studies program at CSU Northridge. She joins us to discuss the work of Guatemalan American author Francisco Goldman. Particular attention was paid to his most recent non-fiction work The Art of Political Murder (Grove Press) regarding the political assassination of Bishop Juan Gerardi. Mr. Goldman will be in Southern California October 23 and 24 at the Skirball Center and at CSUN.

Segment #2: Sabina Virgo, a community organizer and writer, joins us for the second part of a discussion on Jena 6 Case. Callers sounded off on their concerns regarding race and the justice system. For more information: Jena 6, Defense Committee, PO Box 2798, Jena, LA 71342. On the Web:;

September 26, 2007

Segment #1: On October 9th, 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed in Bolivia soldiers, trained, equipped and guided by U.S. Green Beret and CIA operatives. His execution remains a historic and controversial event; and forty years later, the circumstances of his guerrilla foray into Bolivia, his capture, killing, and burial are still the subject of intense public interest and discussion around the world.

Kelly Flores, del Comite de Mujeres Patricia Marin and Raymundo Reynoso, Host of Perspective de las Americas on KPFK (Monday evenings 9:30-10:30PM) and director of AMATE joined us to discuss JORNADAS GUEVARIANAS which are part of the 40th anniversary commemoration of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s death. On the web:  ;   ; Phone: 323-286-5244

Segment #2: Sabina Virgo, is a community organizer and writer and locally has been working on the Jena 6 Case. She joined us to provide the first of a two part update on the case. For more information: Jena 6, Defense Committee, PO Box 2798, Jena, LA 71342. On the Web:;

Segment #3: Dream Act Students provided testimonials regarding their plight as undocumented students who were brought to the United States as Children, excelled as students, and now are facing countless obstacles in their way toward a higher education. 

Segment #4:Dr. Maximiliano Zapata joined us to remind us that “His parents worked so hard that he was born tired.” He also announced an event by Chicano Secret Service tonight September 26, 2007 at Cal State Dominguez Hills: California State University Dominguez Hills, Loker Student Union Ball Room C @ 5:30PM

September 19, 2007

Segment #1: Myrna Santiago is a professor  Latin American History,  Women’s Studies at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, She is the author of the award winning The Ecology of Oil:  Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and she joins us this morning to talk about her observations on a recent trip to Nicaragua.

Segment #2: Arlene Inouye is coordinator and founder of Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools, CAMS, which has grown beyond her expectation. She is a bilingual Speech and Language Specialist in East Los Angeles with a caseload of 100 students from ages 3 to 22 years. She is on the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposed to the Militarization of Youth and on the Human Rights Committee, United Teachers of Los Angeles. For more information go to

Segment #3: Maricela Guzman and Agustin Aguayo are veterans and part of the Arlington West Film and Speakers Program. They join us this morning to talk about their experiences in the military and with the speakers program. For more information go to;

Segment #4: Maria Rodriguez is a youth organizer with CHIRLA. She joins us from Washington D.C. this morning to update us on the Dream Act which is currently before congress. For information go to

September 12, 2007

Segment #1: Listener Calls In on the anniversary of 9-11. Listeners discussed their thoughts on the event itself as well as their interpretations of media coverage then and now.

Segment #2: Peter Dudar and Sally Marr discussed their visits to local schools to screen their film Arlington West. They also addressed an event for the ARLINGTON WEST FILM & SPEAKERS PROGRAM. The event featured Michael Butler’s  40th anniversary  presentation of HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK on Friday  September 28, 2007 @  8 pm at the MET THEATER, 1089 No.Oxford Ave, Hollywood 90029 

September 5, 2007

Segment #1: John Parker is on the Steering Committee of the Troops Out Now Coalition and West Coast  Coordinator of the International Action Center. He joins us this morning to talk about George Bush’s recent commitment to additional troops as well as an event being planned by the Troops out now coalition. For More information:; 323-936-7266.

Segment #2: Elizabeth de la Vega is a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience. During her tenure, she was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and chief of the San Jose Branch of the US attorney's office for the Northern District of California. The author of United States v. George W. Bush et al, she she joins us this morning to discuss her article “The Politicization of the Department of Justice which appears at 

July 25, 2007

Segment #1: Cast members Miles Gregley, Allan Axibal, and Rafael Agustin spoke of their production N*gger, Wetb*ck, Ch*nk which is showing at the Ivar Theater in Hollywood through July 29th.  For more information go to:

Segment #2: Members of Culture Clash, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza addressed and gave away tickets to their production Zorro in Hell which is playing a the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. For more information go to

Segment #3: Sivlerio Pelayo is with Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and spoke of an upcoming event at the Ford Amphitheatre featuring various artists including Culture Clash, Tierra and many others with a guest appearance by John Densmore, Drummer for The Doors. For more information go to:

July 18, 2007

Segment #1: Joselyn Arroyo is a producer on the Morning Review and shared her life story as an undocumented college graduate working on a Master’s degree who recently became a US resident.

Segment #2: Discussion of $40 Million Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete by William C. Rhoden.

July 11, 2007

Special Two Hour Edition of The Morning Review

Segment #1: Ervand Abrahamian was born in Iran, is a distinguished professor of history at City University of New York and is the author of the article "Iran: The Next Target?" and several books including "Iran: Between Two Revolutions." Abrahamian speaking on the issue of targeting Iran said, "The people who want to put the screws on Iran are over blowing the whole issue of Iran allegedly arming some factions in Iraq. It's ridiculous to think that Iran is supplying lethal weapons to the Baathists or Wahaabis. The real issue is, Cheney is still very much pushing for air strikes on Iran and these allegations against Iran are very much building up that effort. Some elements of the Mehdi Army -- who have criticized Iran -- could be receiving help from Hezbollah. Hezbollah itself has received help from Iran -- so there could be some support to some factions which is indirect." More information:

Segment #2: Ross Plesset, a journalist and member of Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools spoke on the issue of military recruitment and the Hollywood movie “Transformers.” For more information see: Transformers & recruitmentE.doc (31k bytes) Open; CAMS, website:

Segment #3: David Swanson is a Co-founder of and creator of, Swanson said today: "The House Judiciary Committee passed an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon for refusing to comply with subpoenas [as Bush has also refused to do]. The current chairman of that committee, John Conyers, refuses to take up impeachment, while claiming that the growing pressure for impeachment will force the White House to comply with subpoenas. But as long as Conyers promises not to impeach, the White House won't feel the pressure and won't obey the law."

Segment #4: Ric Salinas of Culture Clash spoke of their new production Zorro in Hell

Segment #5: Maria Rodriguez with CHIRLA spoke of the Student Fast for Immigration Reform / Dream Act

Segment #6: Victor Fernandez from the Emergency Response Network and Juan Rodriguez from the Comite de Trabajadores en Resistencia addressed the Emergency Protest Against ICE Raids.

June 6, 2007

One Hour Special on “The Cuban Five”

Segment #1: The Cuban Five are five Cuban men in U.S. prisons who supporters say were unjustly convicted of false charges in Miami in 2001. The Five were accused by the U.S. government of conspiring to commit espionage on the U.S. among other charges in spite of the claim that the Five were only here to monitor the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups in order to stop terrorist attacks on Cuba. This week family and supporters celebrate the birthdays of Gerardo Hernández who was born June 4, 1965 and Ramón Labañino who was born June 9, 1963.

Gloria La Riva, Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Five, and Elizabeth Palmiero, the wife of Ramón Labañino discussed the plight of the Cuban Five. They also discussed the book, “Letters of Love and Hope: The Story of the Cuban Five.” (Ocean Press, 2005) which is based on writings of the Five to family members with an introduction by Alice Walker.  For more information:

May 30, 2007

Segment #1: Jared Sanchez, Los Angeles Research Associate for the Applied Research Center, talked about the release of a Public Policy Institute of California study titled “Can California Import Enough College Graduates to Meet Workforce Needs?” The Study shows that the percentage of native Californians filling jobs that require college degrees has dropped by nearly half since 1960. Contact Information, Go to:

ARC Home: ColorLines magazine

Applied Research Center

900 Alice Street, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: 510-653-3415: Fax: 510-986-1062

Segment #2: Tina Richards is the mother of a son who served two tours in Iraq. She has been in Washington DC as part of the grassrootsamerica Summer of Action campaign. She spoke regarding the continued work of the peace movement in light of Cindy Sheehan’s recent announcement to refocus her efforts. For more information go to:   

May 16, 2007

Segment #1: On Mother’s Day 2007, a rally was held in honor of the mothers of soldiers. Arlington West Memorial organizers set up more that 3,362 crosses on the Santa Monica Beach and various speakers participated in the event. Vickie Castro, Jane Bright, Rosanna Cambron and Pat Alviso were among some of the voices heard.

Segment #2:  Mindi Faravee produced a series on the impact of gangs on our international, national and local communities and today’s segment was on Honduran gangs. She is a member of the KPFK midday news team.

Segment #3: James Baldwin is a 20th C writer and human/civil rights activist. “From the Vault”, a Pacifica radio archives program, presented a speech from September 25th, 1963, ten days after the Birmingham church bombing which killed and injured over 20 people 

May 9, 2007

Segment #1: Lucia Munoz Spoke about Guatemalan Femicide. With a population of 14 million, Guatemala has faced escalating murder and crime rates in the past five years; homicides increased by 40 percent between 2001 and 2004. In 2005, the murder rate was 35 per every 100,000 inhabitants. The U.S. murder rate is 5.5 per 100,000. The percentage of Guatemalan female murder victims has risen even faster. According to official police numbers from 2002, 163 women were murdered, accounting for 4.5 percent of all killings. By 2005, 665 women were murdered, 12 percent of all murders. Most of the victims were between 14 and 35. More disconcerting than the four-fold increase in female murders has been the brutality of the killings. Unlike male victims, the bodies of murdered women are often found mutilated and disfigured, bearing signs of torture and rape.

Event: Saturday, May 12, 2007 @ SolArt GalleryCafe, 511 Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA ( Contact:;;; Phone: 714-915-3805

Segment #2: Jennifer Caldwell is an organizer with ANSWER Los Angeles and the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five.  She spoke of the significance of dropped charges against Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted in Venezuela in connection with the bombing of a Cuban airliner and the subsequent death of 73 passengers including the National Cuban Fencing team.


Phone: 213-251-1025

Segment #3: Mark Anthony Johnson is with the Labor Community Strategy Center and a Spoken Word artist. He spoke of the Bus Riders’ Union campaign and recited a powerful poem regarding current social issues including the May Day Attacks, poverty, police brutality, racism and international solidarity.

Contact and information:

May 2, 2007

Segment #1: In a continuation of a discussion that began last week, Richard Becker is the West Coast Regional Director of the ANSWER Coalition and Carlos Alvarez is the Los Angeles Coordinator of Youth and Student ANSWER. Both are members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. They spoke regarding a recent workshop on socialism and different models throughout Latin America.

Contact: 323-810-3380; 

Segment #2: Audio Collage of May 1, 2007 demonstrations provided by KPFK news department.

Segment #3: Elias Serna and Alejandro Rodriguez documented the May Day activities and spoke of their initial observations. 

April 25, 2007

Segment #1: Maria Anna Gonzalez is a spokesperson with the National Alliance for Human Rights (NAHR). She spoke of the NAHR response to the Gutierrez-Flake Immigration Bill and other proposed immigration legislation, NAHR support and participation of May 1st activities, and other related activities.

Contact:  951-743-7173

Segment #2: Jennifer Caldwell and Carlos Alvarez are with the Party for Socialism and Liberation. They discussed the ways in which economic and humanitarian principles have impacted socialism in Latin American societies. They also spoke of a series of workshops, discussion and classes taking place this weekend, Saturday, April 28, 2007, 11am - 4pm. 137 N. Virgil Ave., Los Ángeles

Contact:; 323-813-3380.

Segment #3: Audio Collage provided by KPFK News Director Fernando Velasquez featured voices from yesterday’s protest by the Armenian community at the Turkish consulate demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

For more information go to:

April 18, 2007

Segment #1: Film makers Sally Marr and Peter Dudar spoke of experiences with screening of their film Arlington West at local high schools and provided discussion on youth, education, and violence in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre. For more information about their work go to:

Segment #2: Gloria La Riva is coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. She spoke of the pending case of Luis Posada Carriles and his demand for extradition to Venezuela to face terrorism charges for the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed 73 people.

For more information go to:

April 11, 2007

Segment #1: Audio collage of immigration march on Saturday April 7, 2007 provided by Norma Martinez of the KPFK news department. To read more go to:

Segment #2: Dr. Beatriz Cortez and Dr. Ramon Garcia professors at CSU Northridge, spoke of the aftermath of the Mel Gibson incident in which CSUN professor Alicia Estrada was expelled from a discussion for questioning Gibson about his sources for and portrayal of Mayan Culture in his film Apocalypto. Campus activities are planned to address the impact of celebrity culture on academic freedom. First in a series of panels will be April 23, 2007 on the CSUN campus. 

March 21, 2007

Segment #1: Ali Noorani Executive Director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition spoke of recent ICE raids in New Bedford, Mass. that left children separated from their parents, many of whom were flown to Texas.

To read more about this story visit:

To view video testimonials of immigrants affected by the raid go to:

Segment #2: Fernando Velazquez, News Director at KPFK interviewed Janette Ndobu, Council General of South Africa in Los Angeles.

Segment #3: Marcos Aguilar, Principal Academia Semillas del Pueblo spoke of the process for re-certification at the Charter school. 

March 14, 2007

Segment #1: Mindy Faravee, from the midday news, presents the second part in a series of reports on gangs and the local, national and international efforts to address them. Segment #2: Carlos Alvarez, Lead Organizer for ANSWER Coalition in Los Angeles spoke of the upcoming demonstration this weekend on the 4th anniversary of the War in Iraq.

Segment #3: Ken Gonzales-Day is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Scripps College.  He spoke on his book Lynching in the West, 1850-1935. Presentation at LACMA Thursday, March 15th, 2007 at 7PM.

March 7, 2007

Segment #1: The first of a series of productions by KPFK's midday news on gangs and their local-national-international impact. Today’s segment is presented by Mindy Faravee.

Segment #2: Christopher Phillips is the author of various books, including today’s book of discussion Socrates in Love. He speaks on the various manifestations of love, and its possible negative or positive impact on community. Contact info:

February 7, 2007

Segment #1: Douglas Carranza, Assistant Professor of Central American Studies at CSU Northridge spoke regarding the reunion performance of Salvadoran band Cutumay Camones. 

EVENT: Saturday Feb. 10 @ 6:30PM, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd.  LA CA.

Segment #2: Ayuko Babu, Organizer with the Pan African Film Festival addressed cultural diverse programming for the festival. More information: 

January 31, 2007

Segment #1: Bridget Bray is the Exhibition Curator for Daily Rituals: Himalayan Art in Practice. The exhibit opens at Pacific Asia Museum (46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101) on February 1, 2007. Contact: (626) 449-2742;

Segment #2:  Arlene Inouye is a Los Angeles based educator and member of CAMS (Committee Against Militarization in Our Schools). She spoke regarding the Troops Surge proposed by George Bush. For additional Information:;;;

January 17, 2007

Segment #1: Gabriel Chabran is a recent graduate of Whittier College whose senior thesis is titled “Wireless Youth: The Social Construction of Youth Identity on the Internet.”

Segment #2: Richard Chabran is policy advisor for the California Community Technology Policy Group and teaches at the University of Arizona.


Segment #3: Cesar Gallegos is a school psychologist and spoke of the consequences of virtual communities on real community formation. 

December 20, 2006 

Segment #1: Augusto Boal, founder and creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, is interviewed by Fernando Velasquez and speaks on the philosophy of “learning as you teach”, the world’s fascination with “terror on terror”, the modern forms of human slavery. Contact:

Segment #2: Gerardo Gomez, homeless rights activist, speaks about his experiences with his mentors, the homeless.

EVENT: “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day”, Candlelight Vigil and March

WHEN: Thursday, December 21st, 2006, 5:30pm

WHERE: 456 South Main Street, Los Angeles

Community Action Network

CONTACT: 213.228.0024, 

December 13, 2006 

Segment #1: Alma Lopez is a Los Angeles artist who spoke on the significance of el dia de la virgin, (The day devoted to the Virgen de Guadalupe) which was celebrated yesterday, December 12, throughout the Americas. She addressed the controversy, discussion, and transgressive interpretations that her work on the Virgen de Guadalupe has generated. For more information go to (Rebroadcast)

Segment #2:  Adelina Anthony wrote and is currently performing the one-woman play, Mastering Sex and Tortillas! which is currently playing at The Theatre District in Hollywood. Anthony is a Chicana lesbian, multi genre artist whose interests address issues ranging from queerness, feminism, violence, trauma, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, immigration, and community empowerment through progressive education and transgressive art.  The Theater District is located at 804 N. El Centro Avenue (near Melrose and Vine), Los Angeles CA 90038. For more information: phone 323-960-1081; or, visit 

December 6, 2006

Segment #1: John Carlos Frey Director of  The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon spoke about issues related to the film and its aftermath.


Segment #2:  Gonzalo Santos, Professor of Sociology at CSU Bakersfield provided discussion on immigration within global themes as raised by the film, Invisible Mexicans. Segment #3:  Laura Palomares spoke of Anti-Mall taking place Sunday December 10, 2006 at the El Sereno Community Garden, 5454 Huntington Drive from 11AM-4PM. Music including The Brat, Domingo 7, Quetzal, Monte Carlo 76.  

November 15, 2006

Segment #1: Michael Shea is director of the film Red State, a documentary that explores the ideals and rationales of voters in states won by George Bush in the 2004 presidential election. Contact:

Segment #2: Carlos Escorcia is a native Nicaraguan living in Los Angeles, who is current president of NICANA and a frequent contributor to La Opinion and El Diario in Managua. He discussed the recent presidential victory by FSLN leader, Daniel Ortega. Contact info:   .

Segment #3:  Beatriz Cortez is Coordinator of the Central American Studies Program at Cal State Northridge. She spoke about a reading by three authors at CSUN on Wednesday November 15, 2006. Contact: (818) 677-3585 

November 8, 2006

Segment #1: Isabel Garcia an attorney and member of Derechos Humanos, based in Arizona, assessed the passage of tour anti immigrant initiatives in that state.

Segment #2: Fermin Herrerra and Xocoyotzin Herrera from Conjunto Hueyapan spoke about Son Jarocho music. Contact:   (Rebroadcast)

Segment #3: Dr. Maximiliano Zapata provided enlightenment on election results. 

November 1, 2006

(One Hour Special)

Segment #1: Donna Warren, Ricardo Costas, Bill Paparian and Peter Camejo speak about the Green party objectives and the up and coming general elections.Contact info:,,,

October 25, 2006

Segment #1: La Otra Campaña continues the movement of connecting people to their local struggle and getting involved in their communities’ processes. Laura Palomares, Olmeca and Fernando Rejon join us today to speak about last week’s reunion in Tijuana that brought together people from various parts of the USA and Mexico, including Delegado Zero. They discussed the future of the grassroots movement, emphasizing the need for greater collaboration and patience.

Contact info:

Segment #2: Jeff Biggers is the author of In The Sierra Madre a memoir based among the Raramuri/Tarahumara in Mexico's Copper Canyon.

Contact info:

October 4, 2006

Segment #1: Donna Warren, candidate for Lt. Gov. Green Party and John Paul Vera, CSUN Green Party, spoke of the Green Party platform and the upcoming November 7 elections. They announced an event at The Grand Salon, on the Cal State Northridge campus which will feature Peter Camejo, Donna Warren, Byron De Lear, Mike Wyman, Forrest Hill, Larry Cafiero, and Mehul Thakker.

Event will take place Monday October 9, 2006.

Contact info for Donna Warren: ;   ; 323-418-9770

Contact info for John Paul Vera: 

Segment #2: Manuel Criollo, lead organizer with the Bus Riders Union spoke about the October 17 action at City Hall.

Contact info:

Segment #3: Mari Riddle of WORLD CAN'T WAIT spoke of an action taking place in Los Angeles (one of approximately 200 cities worldwide) on Thursday OCT. 5, 2006 as part of a “Day of Resistance.” 

Contact info:

September 27, 2006

Segment #1: Laith Al-Saud is a university lecturer in the social sciences and a frequent contributor to Al-Jazeera and Counterpunch. His discusses the core themes in his articles “Circus in Baghdad” and “An Anatomy of the Resistance to the American Occupation in Iraq”. Contact info: 

Segment #2: Peter Dudar and Sally Marr, anti-war activists and creators of the film “Arlington West”, along with Maricela Guzman, former IT2 in the navy from 1998-2002, and Elaine Boyd, CAMS activist and El Monte High School teacher, discuss this weekends anti-military recruiting event: Free to Chose: Alternatives to Military Enlistment. Contact info:

Segment #3: John Paul Vera announced the screening of the film “Sir, No Sir”.

When: Thursday, September 28, 2006 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Lake View Terrace, Room “D” USU, California State University, Northridge

With Guest Speaker: Dr. Rosa Furumoto

Contact Info:

September 20, 2006

Segment #1: Andres Gomez, member of the Antonio Maceo Brigade, a Cuban American Organization based in Miami, spoke on April 16, 2005 at the Chicana/o Studies Conference. He spoke about the demographics of Cuba-Miami in this rebroadcast speech.

Segment #2: Chicano Secret Service provided comic relief through its CNN (Chicano News Network) affiliate. 

September 13, 2006

Segment #1: Girish Agrawal is a former civil engineer and a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. He has written about laws in India designed to remove the disabilities imposed upon Dalits, the so-called "untouchables" who were oppressed for millennia by the caste system in India.

Segment #2: Veena Dubal recently completed her J.D. and is now working on her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Boalt Hall as well. She works on the impact of right-wing Hindu nationalism in India and among the Indian diaspora in the United States. They address the policy of reservation in India’s education system.  Information:

Segment #3: Marcos Aguilar is the principal of Academia Semillas del Pueblo, a charter school in El Sereno serving students of immigrant families. He addressed recent attacks on the school by a local radio host and the terrorist threats against the students, faculty and staff, that resulted from such attacks. He also addressed how the school community is looking to expand its campus, and is standing firmly behind its objective of holistic education in spite of the continued from the right. Information:,

September 6, 2006

Segment #1: David Feldman, Spanish Teacher with LAUSD spoke of his observations of the Teacher’s Strike during his recent visit to Oaxaca.

Segment #2: Edward St. John discussed his report, Affordability of Post-Secondary Education: Equity and Adequacy Across the 50 States. Rebroadcast of a previous interview as part of our education series.

Segment #3: Audio collage of speeches made by demonstrators in support of Elvira Arellano and other immigrants who face deportation and the risk of being split with family members who are citizens. Audio provided by Informativo Pacifica. 

August 30, 2006

Segment #1: As schools open their doors across the country this and next week, we bring you a re-broadcast  interview with Bruce Biddle and David Berliner, co-authors of  The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America 's Public Schools. We had the opportunity to speak with them about: the myth-based criticism that destroys public education, the failure of No Child Left Behind, and the true problems of our school systems.

Segment #2: CSUN Student and Los Angeles based writer Ruben Mendoza joins us for the second part of his series "FEAR OF CHICANO COMICS: LOS BROS HERNANDEZ, MAESTROS OF THE ANTI-CANON"

Segment #3: Saul Arellano, 7 years of age, is the son of Elvira Arellano, who has defied deportation orders and is currently taking sanctuary at the Methodist Church in Chicago. Saul, is a United States citizen, who like 3.2 million other children, faces the forced separation from his mother, an undocumented immigrant. Elvira has taken up the cry of 600,000 other women who are under deportation orders. Emma Lozano, Director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, is a Chicago community activist who has taken up the banner of Elvira’s struggle and is coming to Los Angeles to Elvira and Saul’s plight with the broader community. We’re joined by Isabel Rodriguez, Attorney with the March 25th Coalition.

Event I:   Emma Lozano Speaks on Elvira Arellano's Case. Date: Thursday, August 31, 2006 Donation: $50.00. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Place: Iglesia Metodista Unida La Trinidad, 3565 E. 1st St. (Corner with Hicks, ELA) Los Angeles, CA 90063

Event II: Moratorium Against the Deportation Raids-Solidarity with Elvira Arellano Date: September 2nd, 2006 Time:12 PM Place: at Olympic and Broadway 

August 23, 2006

Segment #1: Ruben Mendoza’s first of a two part series on the comic book work of brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. "FEAR OF CHICANO COMICS: LOS BROS HERNANDEZ, MAESTROS OF THE ANTI-CANON", discusses the impact and significance of the Hernandez brothers' Love & Rockets comic book series within the context of comics and alternative comix history.

The program includes interviews with Jaime Hernandez, Dr. Charles Hatfield, Brian Tucker, Amy Gerstler, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Charles Hauther, Joy (last name withheld), and Sandra de la Loza, and features the music of the Chicano punk band, The Brat (Teresa Covarrubias and Rudy Medina).

Part Two will air next week.

For more information:

Segment #2: Rebroadcast of an interview with Alfie Kohn, author of “The Case Against Standardized Testing,” “The Schools Our Children Deserve” and most recently “The Homework Myth.”

August 16, 2006

Segment #1: John Gibbler a journalist working from Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Mexico, on the ongoing teachers strike. He addressed reforms in education, union politics and the takever of state run television station and radio stations by women protesters.

Segment #2: Audio Collage of rallies in defense of Lebanon throughout the country provided by Informativo Pacifica.

Segment #3: Noted Science writer Charles C. Mann spoke about his book 1491: New Revelations About the Americas Before Columbus.

August 9, 2006 

Segment #1: Karen Chosof, creator and producer of the film and Anais Dervaes, member of the Path to Freedom, speak about “The Great Warming” which documents how climate change is affecting the lives of people everywhere.

EVENT: 1st Los Angeles Area screening of “The Great Warming”

WHERE: Messiah Lutheran Church, 570 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena

WHEN: Sunday August 13th , 6pm, 5-15$ donation

CONTACT:, 626.795.8400

Segment #2: Muna Coobtee speaks about this Saturday, August 12th rally to bring attention to the plight of people in Palestine and Lebanon.

Contact info:

Segment #3: Chicano Secret Service members Elias Serna and Tomas Carrasco cover the worlds most pressing issues at the Chicano News Network. Mexbollah and Love rockets were discussed by special correspondents  Sadam Jose and Maximiliano Zapata among others. 

August 2, 2006

Segment #1: Ian Thompson is with Answer LA and the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. He spoke about the implications of Fidel Castro’s health on Cuba and US relations.

Segment #2: Collage on the July 29th protest in Anaheim opposing the Israeli bombing of Lebanon.

Segment #3: Justin Akers Chacon spoke about the book he coauthored with Mike Davis No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.–Mexico Border.

July 5, 2006

Segment #1: World Cup and Racism. A disturbing trend of overt racism by fans and others affiliated with soccer matches throughout Europe include European fans making “whooping monkey calls” and other derogatory gestures toward African players.

Segment #2: KPFK News Director Fernando Velasquez filed a report from Mexico regarding charges of fraud in the recent Mexican presidential election.

Segment #3: Carlos Escorcia of  the Nicaraguan American Association on Nicaragua history, developments within the Sandinista Party and forthcoming presidential elections.

Segment #4: Frequent contributor Rosa Maria Santana provided commentaries on her recent experience as an instructor at a local Community College and on the need to give issues that affect Latinos/as their due attention.

June 7, 2006

Segment #1: Alhambra High School Peace Club and faculty advisors spoke of their work and reflected on the consequences of the War in Iraq on their futures.

Segment #2: Gloria Chan is a student at California State University, Northridge. She interviewed Telma Gutierrez and Juana Nicolas on the movement behind the domestic workers proposed legislation: Assembly Bill 2536 .

Segment #3: Marianna Gatto (Curator), Mark Vallen Artist, and Hebert Siguenza (Culture Clash) speak about “At Work: The Art of California Labor” an exhibition of artworks that explores the artists and images of labor in California. It is presented by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Where: Pico House Gallery at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument When: June 13-August 14, 2006

May 24, 2006

Segment #1: Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Sal Castro has been a life long educator. In 1968, he was instrumental in the High School walkouts throughout the Eastside. He has also been instrumental in organizing the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference at Camp Hess Kramer since 1963. This Friday, May 26, The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center will host a one day symposium on the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC), Sal Castro, and the impact of the youth leadership conference series on Chicanos and Chicanas in California and their education. Carlos Manuel Haro, Assistant Director. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). Dr. Haro is coordinator of the symposium, Sal Castro and the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference: The Development of Chicano Leadership since 1963. Event:

Segment #2:  Tam Tran, Miguel Carvente, and Mario Escobar are members of IDEAS UCLA. They continued their discussion from last week.

Event: Making the Dream Reality, Friday May 26, 2006. James West Alumni Center, Collins Alumni Conference Room R.

May 17, 2006

Segment #1: Gloria La Riva, Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five and an active member in the ANSWER Coalition. This Saturday, May 20, the coalition is leading a demonstration to bring attention to the plight of five Cubans who are being held in federal prison on charges of spying.

Segment #2: Miguel Carvente, Tam Tran, and Mario Escobar are members of IDEAS, a student organization for undocumented immigrants at UCLA. They spoke of their proactive stances and reaffirmation of their humanity as undocumented students. 

May 10, 2006

Segment #1: Olin is a jaranero in Son del Centro, has spent time in Zapatista communities, and has also co-produced SOUL REBEL RADIO on KPFK. He spoke on the violent attacks against the people of San Salvador Atenco by Federal Police that resulted in several casualties, including the death of a child. The violence started on May 3, when police forcefully dispersed local vendors who attempted to sell flowers in the nearby community of Texcoco, near the proposed site of a Wal-Mart store. As the Anteco-based Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra gathered to protest, the demonstration quickly turned for the worse with the violent response of Federal Police. Atenco is a self-governing community that is aligned to the EZLN’s La Otra Campana. Through militant protests last year the people of Atenco successfully blocked the construction of an airport in the region, in effect becoming famous across Mexico for their zealous protests against injustices mitigated by the Mexican government and Corporate interests.

Segment #2: Dr. Theresa Montano is professor of Chicano/a Studies at Cal State Northridge. She spoke about the California High School Exit Exam. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Freedman delayed his decision on whether to strike down the California High School Exit Exam. The case, brought by lawyers in San Francisco has direct impact on the 5,200 Los Angeles Unified School District seniors who must still pass the exam to graduate.

Segment #3: Listener Calls-In on the aftermath of the May 1st Boycott, Immigration, English and its supposed correlation with intelligence, and the California High School Exit Exam. 

May 3, 2006

Segment #1: Listener Calls in. Discussion of MAY DAY Boycott, the US Flag, Who is an “American”? What are the national and hemispheric meanings of “Americanism”?

Segment #2: Mike Centeno, is a Film Maker who discussed his film Fingerdance. Tutti, and his father Chi Cho, haven’t always had the greatest relationship. Although Chi Cho supports his family financially, he lacks the ability to support them emotionally and morally. Fingerdance tells the story of Tutti, a Chicano kid from East L.A., and his growing resentment towards his violent and harsh father. The film takes us through Tutti’s childhood memories of growing up in East L.A. during the 1970’s, as he tries to piece such memories together in order to make sense of their broken relationship. When Chi Cho is diagnosed with stomach cancer and is left physically and mentally helpless, Tutti is left trying to figure out how to make the best of such memories in order to start a new relationship with his father in his last days.

Event: Fingerdance, Screening

Where: Cal State LA, Reel Rasquache Film Festival

When:  2:30PM May 7, 2006

April 26, 2006

Segment #1: Geoffrey Boyce is an organizer with the No More Deaths Coalition which is a faith-based and human rights group which seeks to end the tragic loss of life on the Mexican border. He is a writer and activist living in Tucson, Arizona.Contact info:

Segment #2: Tad Chamberlain is a professor at Mount Saint Mary’s College and Mayra Alejandra Garcia is a student majoring in Documentary film and Social Justice. They spoke of the screening of the film WETBACK: THE UNDOCUMENTED DOCUMENTARY  at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place, LA, 90007-2598. Tonight, Wed. 26th, FREE.

Contact info: 213.477.2500, 

Segment #3: Live Call–in with Elias Serna as Dr. Maximiliano Zapata discussing, among other issues, May 1 Boycott, race and immigration and mythology of monolithic racialized ideals and Super Licuados.

April 19, 2006

Segment #1: Rocio Santa Cruz, International Campaign Director, Homies Unidos spoke of the marking of the10th anniversary of the 1996 Immigration and Anti-terrorism Acts. On this occasion, a group of grassroots organizations around the country will travel to Washington D.C. to demand the end to deportations. This Family-Driven, Grassroots Mass Mobilization will take place APRIL 24, 2006 and is intended to: Expose the plight of US citizen children whose well-being is destroyed when parents are deported; Reframe discussion on detainees and deportees as a human rights issue; Push foreign embassies to speak out on behalf on their nationals here; Demand that Congress repeal pro-deportation, anti-family laws (1996 and beyond).

Segment #2: Azucena Maldonado of the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) addressed the upcoming Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra on Saturday, April 22, 2006, a KPFK co-sponsored event.

Segment #3: Rosa Maria Santana has a bone to pick with TV news journalists who use words like "aliens" and "illegal aliens" when doing stories about undocumented immigration.  Her commentary reflects the recent news coverage on the demonstrations and debates over immigration reform.

Segment #4: Rinku Sen, publisher of ColorLines magazine and Communications Director of the Applied Research Center, comments on the cultural and racial nature of the immigration debate. Her article “Leading ‘La Marcha’” is available at

Segment #5: Carlos Moran member of MEChA and student at CSU Northridge spoke of the forthcoming Youth Leadership Summit at CSUN. The summit is intended to provide high school students with the space to further develop their plans of activism in the face of recent walk outs.

April 12th, 2006

Segment #1: Adolfo Gilly and Carlos Montemayor participated in the symposium “The Mexican Presidency, 2006-2012: Neoliberalism, Social Movements, and Electoral Politics” held last week at Pomona College. Both spoke on the upcoming summer presidential elections in Mexico and the recording was a courtesy of the Peoples Without Borders Collective.

Segment #2: Part Three of interview with Francis Calpotura is director and founder of TIGRA and he speaks about the $400B sent to the native countries of world wide immigrants. He also addressed the strategy used to form million dollar clubs on the east coast and how this grassroots mobilization can begin here in southern California. Contact info:

Segment #3: Rosa Maria Santana provides a commentary which observes the 10th anniversary of her father’s burial. She says mourning the loss of a parent is difficult for any child, but it is all the more painful when the parent dies of a suicide.

Segment #4: Media Coverage of Immigration related issues. Discussion of Arizona radio host Brian James who recently advocated the murder of undocumented immigrants and an article by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez titled “I’m not what you might think,” which appeared in the Washington Post, April 9, 2006. Point # 6 of her article states, “Latinos like to remind you about America’s Latino past not because we want to go back to it, but because we are sick of you assuming that all Latinos are immigrants. My family has been in New Mexico for seven generations. Bet I beat Lou Dobbs on that one.” 

April 5, 2006

Segment #1: Sharon Noguchi speaks with us about her experience researching immigrant working communities in Japan. Her article, “Hard Work, Furtive Living: Illegal Immigrants in Japan” appears in Yale Global and she is currently a staff writer at the San Jose Mercury News.

Segment #2: Liliana Lopez and Chris Alvillar are students at Wilson High School in Los Angeles who speak with us about a vigil/march from the school to the East Side Café on Thursday at 5:30pm. The Vigil is to call parents to action and support of the current high school student walkouts.

Segment #3: Rosa Maria Santana was inspired by the recent student walkouts and the peaceful March 25 demonstration, to open up about an experience she had during a job interview that eventually shaped her future.

Segment #4: Francis Calpotura is director and founder TIGRA, and he continues last week discussion of the remittance industry and the link between third world debt and communities of color in the US.

Segment #5: Elias Serna (CSUN Instructor and member of comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service) is Dr. Maximiliano Zapata, a frequent contributor to the show and leading scholar in the study of “aztlania” and he debuted his most recent invention: The Jose Prado-Licuado.

March 29, 2006

Segment# 1: In the United States, discomforting issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc. have generated what Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic call “time warp” syndrome. That is, we often relegate such discomforting topical discussions to long ago times (Slavery) or faraway places (Nazi Germany or South African Apartheid) because those issues are seemingly no longer relevant in a free and democratic society such as the United States is purported to be. In the current debate surrounding immigration, this has become increasingly difficult to do due to the fact that the rest of the world is following the lead of the United States and Western Europe in demonizing, dehumanizing, criminalizing and otherwise marginalizing entire segments of people.

Earlier today, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared that “We don’t want Italy to become a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country. We are proud of our culture and traditions.” (Gulf Times, Doha, Qatar, March 29, 2006) In Germany, a citizenship test, which some opponents argue many German university students would have trouble passing, would be added to an already lengthy citizenship process. Similarly, in Spain, France, the Netherlands, and other places immigrants are met with similar fates.   

Today’s show addressed these and many other issues wrought by Neo-liberalism and globalization, both euphemisms for imperialism.  Guests and callers addressed the recent demonstrations against HR 4437 and other pending legislation.

Guests included Carlos Moran, CSUN Student, Francis Calpoltura, Director of Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA) and KPFK Program Director Armando Gudiño. Event: Community Rally sponsored by Citizens for Constitutional Rights, Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana and others. When: Sat April 1st 10AM, Where: City Hall of Costa Mesa, 77 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

March 22, 2006

Segment# 1: Setha Low is author of Behind the Gates: Life, Security and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America, an ethnographic research of several gated communities examining the psychological, social and political consequences of “Gating”- and the national and global trends behind this growing phenomenon. Currently, she is Professor of Environmental Psychology and Anthropology, and the Director of the Public Space Research Group at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Segment# 2: Fernando Suarez del Solar and Pablo Paredes are on a 241 mile peace march marking the 76th anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s famed “Salt March” which challenged British Imperialism.  They are close to the Tehachapi mountains and plan to arrive in San Francisco on March 27.

Contact info:

Segment# 3: Elias Serna is a founding member of Chicano Secret Service and an instructor in the Department of Chcnao/a Studies at CSUN. He spoke with us about the passing of Marco Antonio Firebaugh, 39, former California Assembly Majority Floor Leader and Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus on March 21, 2006 at approximately 7:15 a.m. at UCLA Medical Center. Marco passed peacefully with his family and loved ones at his side. Marco stayed true to his humble roots as reflected in the policy he initiated and passed. Marco is survived by his mother, Carmen Ramos Garcia; his children, Tlalli Ariana and Nicolas Andres; brothers, Carlos and Jesse; sisters, Cecilia and Esmeralda.

 Firebaugh served as Visiting Professor and Policy Fellow at the UCLA

School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture. Additionally, he was President of MAF Strategic Consulting, Inc., a public affairs firm. He was also a Commissioner on the California Medical Assistance Commission.

March 1, 2006

Music: Olmeca/ Semillas Rebeldes 

Segment #1: Peter Richardson is author of American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams, which traces the arc of an extraordinary career from his earliest literary journalism to his unswerving and seemingly prophetic advocacy on the most important and divisive issues of his day. For future discussion on the life and work of Carey McWilliams feel free to visit:

Segment #2: Michael Centeno, with Tia Chucha’s Centro Cutural, speaks to us about the Son Jarocho Music and Dance Program.

CLASS: Wednesday, 4-6pm, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #20, Sylamar, CA 91342

Segment #3: Olmeca, a musical artist and member of Estacion Libre, speaks to us about his debut solo album and the experiences in Chiapas and Los Angeles that are represented in his lyrics.

EVENT: Record Release Show, WHERE: The Knitting Factory, WHEN: Sunday, March 5th, 8pm

February 8, 2006

Segment #1: Discussion with Writer Diana Barahona. Political change in Latin America is shedding light on alternative methods of democracy. Responses to neo-liberalism in South American countries lead some to believe that revolutionary revolutionary changes taking place in Venezuela, and other parts of the region, have come about through the democratic process and in most cases without violence. How has this come about? What does recent change in South America say about the relationship between literacy and democracy? Diana Barahona is a journalism major at Cal State Long Beach and a contributor to “Counterpunch.” She recently published an article on the move toward independence in Latin America in “State of Nature: an online journal of radical ideas.” Her article is available at:

Segment #2: Bianka Solano’s Interview with Luis Saenz. Luis Saenz is a journalist and lawyer from Costa Rica who discusses that country’s dealings with immigration from their northern neighbor Nicaragua, the CAFTA presidential platforms, low-voter turnout, the disenfranchisement of their youth, and their response to Latin America’s move toward the Left. 

Segment #3: Dr. Suja Lowenthal and Ted Johnson Water Replenishment District. The Water Replenishment District manages groundwater for nearly four million residents in 43 cities of southern Los Angeles County. The 420 square mile service area uses about 250,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year, which equates to nearly 40% of the total demand for water. The WRD ensures that a reliable supply of high quality groundwater is available through its clean water projects, water supply programs, and effective management principles.

Dr. Suja Lowenthal is the Chief of Strategic Planning & Initiatives at the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. She leads the District’s External & Government Affairs, Education, Conservation and Media Outreach programs. Suja received her Bachelors in Economics from UCLA, her MBA from California State University at Los Angeles and Doctorate in Policy, Planning & Development from USC.

Ted Johnson is the Chief Hydrogeologist at the Water Replenishment District of Southern California.  He leads the Basin Management and Water Quality Departments for projects related to groundwater recharge, seawater intrusion protection, drinking water quality, and computer modeling.  Ted received his B.S. degree in Geology and M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the California State University Fullerton, and is a licensed Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist with over 20 years of experience in Southern California water investigations.

Segment #4: Mono Lake Committee Outdoor Experience Education Program.

Santiago M Escruceria, Assistant Education Director, Mono Lake Committee spoke of the program he has been running for several years at Mono Lake, which is north of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. This program invites residents of Southern California to that region to inform them about water consumption and its impact of other parts of California. The program has included hikes, canoeing, visits to Yosemite, and other activities. Mr. Escruceria will be in the Los Angeles area the week of Feb. 13 to meet with groups interested in participating in such program and to discuss water conservation and education.

January 25, 2006

Music during breaks: Kris Kristoffersen/ Repossessed Third World Warrior

Segment #1: Throughout US history social movements have been characterized as progressive or populist in their undertakings. Over the last thirty years, scholars have engaged in a re-evaluation of this history from a revisionist standpoint.

In particular, historians have re-examined the role of privilege within such movements in an effort to engage audiences in discussions related to power dynamics and the need for transformation. Dr. David Leonard is a professor of comparative history at Washington State University.  He joins us to talk about privilege and the left, in particular his article “Popularity, Privilege, and the White Populists Who Populate the Airwaves” which appeared in Colorlines. His other pieces have recently been published Popmatters, and The Black Scholar.

Contact info: 

Segment #2: Nicaragua is today’s focus for our Central American coverage. November presidential elections have renewed the interests of the US, especially since Daniel Ortega from the Sandinista Party (FSLN) is back on the election track. Carlos Escorcia is the FSLN-LA representative and is a regular opinion editorial contributor to La Opinion and El Nuevo Diario. He speaks with us about the current situation in Nicaragua and Ortega’s election platform.

EVENT: Nicaragua American Association Annual Dinner( NICANA), keynote Speaker, Agustin Jarkin

WHERE: Channing Hall, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, 90005 (Vermont and 8th)

WHEN: Sunday, January 29th, 2pm

Segment #3:  Shafik Handal one of the top leader’s of El Salvador’s Farabundo Marti Liberation Front passed away recently. His legacy was addressed by Ester Portillo, Coordinator for the FMLN Youth Commission in Los Angeles. Ms. Portillo is currently organizing an election observer delegation that will monitor the March 2006 elections in El Salvador. She speaks with us about his involvement in important social movements worldwide and the vision he leaves behind.

EVENT: Vigil in memory of Shafik Handal

WHERE: In front of the Salvadoran Consulate (corner of Wilshire and Normandie, Los Angeles)

WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, January 25th, 6pm

Segment #4: Elias Serna (Chicano Secret Service and CSUN Instructor) is Dr. Maximiliano Zapata who gives us his top five political blunders of the week

(Political Satire)

January 18, 2006

Segment #1: Upcoming Elections in El Salvador. Violeta Menjivar, FMLN candidate for mayor of the capital of San Salvador spoke in Los Angeles this past Friday on various topics ranging from the proposed trade negotiations for oil with Venezuela to the many concerns of the 2.3 million citizens economically supporting El Salvador but living outside the country, primarily, in the US.

Joining us were Dora Magaña, a former guerillera and current FMLN member/organizer and Werner Marroquín, currently a candidate for the Central American Parliament and member of the FMLN.  The Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional, is a political party which helps connect the Salvadoran community here to their home town back in Central America and they discussed issues that are of great concern  including high cost of living, violence, poverty, and especially the upcoming legislative and municipal elections on March 12, 2006.

Segment #2: Chicano/a Movement: Then and Now. Jorge Mariscal is Director, of the Chicano/a-Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program and Professor of Spanish and Chicano/a Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of Project YANO, a San Diego-based organization made up of veterans and activists who are working to demilitarize our schools. Dr. Mariscal spoke about his latest book Brown Eyed Children of the Sun: Lessons from the Chicano Movement. He can be reached at: 

Segment #3: Luis Rodriguez is an award winning author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA and several other books of short fiction, children’s literature, nonfiction, and poetry. He has spent 30 years working with youth, prisoners, juvenile offenders, the homeless, labor, musicians, and artists. For more information you can go to and Luis Rodriguez will be doing a book reading and signing tonight Wednesday January 18, 2006: Liberia Martinez, 11221 Long Beach Blvd. #102, Lynwood, CA 90262. (310) 637-9484

November 30, 2005

Segment #1: Arlene Inouye, with CAMS( Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools), and Rosa Furumoto, Professor at Cal State Northridge, discuss a recently announced policy in the LAUSD which will protect students who decide to not be contacted by US military recruiters. Contact Info:

Segment #2: Tatiana Guerrero, Gladys Garcia, David Plascencia, and Alex Condina Rodríguez, Students at Cal State Northridge addressed a class project in which they organized a conference on creating access to higher education for students of color as well as students living in poverty.

EVENT: Foro Educacional

WHEN:Thursday, December 1, 5-7:30PM

WHERE:Boys and Girls Club, 11251 Glenoaks Blvd., (Intersection Glenoaks and Van Nuys), Pacoima.

Segment #3: Rosa Maria Santana celebrated the recent holiday by eating a traditional feast of turkey, stuffing and candied yams with her family. While with her family, Santana thought about the many U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq who are far from their own families, so she read several blogs written by military personnel stationed in Iraq this Thanksgiving.

Contact Info: 

Segment #4: Dr. Maximiliano Zapata provides his politically satirical “Top 5” on occasion. This morning he addressed the rift between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Mexican President Vicente Fox. Dr. Zapata addressed the “new agreement” between these two diplomats referring to it as “Perro-Stroyka,” a reference to Chavez’ claim that Fox was a “cachorrito” (puppy) of George W. Bush.

Contact Info: 

November 23, 2005

Segment #1: Laura Itzel Castillo Juarez, is current Secretary of Urban Development and Housing of Mexico city. She is a member of the Partido de la Revolucion  Democratica(PRD) and is currently in Los Angeles to speak about transnational Eco-Villages. She briefly addressed issues concerning water conservation in Mexico City. 

Segment #2: Rosa Maria Santana is shopping for a house. In the past five years, housing prices in the Los Angeles County skyrocketed, leaving many people doubting if they could afford to live here anymore. She shares with us the challenges she faces in finding an affordable house in what she calls an “overpriced housing market”. Contact: 

Segment #3:  In Co-Production with the Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA) at California State University, Northridge, the Morning Review discussed the issue of Ethnic Media Outsourcing.

Jose Luis Benavides, a professor of Journalism at California State University, Northridge spoke of the recent decision by Knight Ridder, owner of the San Jose Mercury News to discontinue the Spanish language Nuevo Mundo and Viet Mercury, a Vietnamese language weekly in order to cut costs. 

Music breaks featured live recordings of Quetzal and Son de Madera featuring Zach de la Rocha from the South Central Farmers solidarity concert on November 22, 2005.    

November 16, 2005

Segment #1: Since the 1950’s rezoning laws have devastated communities in Los Angeles, examples of this include the use of eminent domain to evict residents in order to make way for the east L.A. interchange which today connects the 5, 60, 10 and 101 freeways. Tezozomoc, from South Central farmers sheds some light on the political interests behind land policy here in Los Angeles. Contact:


Nov. 17- The Take/La Toma: film on how in Argentina auto-part workers  reclaimed their idle factory with sleeping bags and acts of civil disobedience.

Nov. 22- Solidarity Concert: with members of Ozomatli, Zach de la Rocha with Son De Madera, Quetzal, Los Cojolitos.

More info:909/605-3136

Dec. 4- Health Fair (open to the public)

Dec. 7- World Peace Night

Dec. 11- South Central Farm Aid with Bob Linden Vegan Radio

Dec. 18- Anti-Mall event

Segment #2: Helena Maria Viramontes, is author of The Moths and other stories and currently an associate professor in the Department of English at Cornell University. Sylvia Vasquez is daughter of the late author Richard Vasquez. Both ladies will be at the IMIX bookstore to dialogue with local residents about the 35th Anniversary edition of Chicano.

EVENT: Chicano, Book Presentation

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2005, 4pm

WHERE: IMIX Bookstore,

CONTACT:, 323-257-2512

5052 Eagle Rock Blvd.,Los Angeles ,90041

Segment #3: Ser La Causa Just twelve miles south of beautiful San Diego are shantytowns of Tijuana. This region, known as the “Colonias”, has long been characterized by enormous environmental problems including:

·           Chronic lack of water resources for drinking

·           Widespread absence of basic sewage systems

·           Dumping of untreated raw sewage

·           Discharge of toxic chemicals into waterways Pesticide runoffs from agricultural operations

·           Water related acute and chronic diseases among adults and children.

Ser La Causa is an urban reforestation and sustainable living program located in the Colonias of Tijuana, Mexico. Joining us to address these and other issues are Jeska Summerfield and Kevin Jones members/organizers for Ser La Causa. Contact: and 

November 9, 2005

Voters across the country overwhelmingly rejected George W. Bush and his would be associates by electing Democratic governors Jon Corzine and Tim Kaine in the states of New Jersey and Virginia and by voting down all of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiatives, which he claimed would have reformed California.

But, did yesterday’s election signify the beginning of a swing of the political pendulum from right to center, or was it merely a reaffirmation of politics as usual?

Normally, on this show for post-election coverage, we would have Ph.D.s in Political Science to break all this down for us. However, this morning, in co-production with the Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas at Cal State Northridge, we invited a panel of Los Angeles residents and participants of many illuminating conversations at the Eastside Café to provide their analyses of yesterday’s election results.

What was gained? What was lost? Or, did things simply stay the same? I.E. are we celebrating the perpetuation of the status quo? 

The Panel of Democracy and post election results consisted of:

Pablo Gonzalez, Ph.D. Student in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin. Estacion Libre. 

Miguel Paredes, Graduate Student CSU Northridge, Estacion Libre

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Latin American Studies, CSU Northridge, Member CAW Cultural Workers with Eastside Café.

Tezozomoc, South Central Farmers,

November 2, 2005

Segment #1: Joseph Mendelson is legal director and co-founder of the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Ronnie Cummins is director and founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). Both guests discuss the impacts the congressional rider to the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Bill will have on the organic community by weakening the national organic food standards and the subversive politics that are involved. Contact info: ,

 EVENT: Fundraising Benefit for the OCA- guest speaker Ronnie Cummins WHEN: Friday, November 4th, 2005, 7:30 pm WHERE: Bonsorte Design/2401 Lincoln Blvd/Santa Monica,90405 CONTACT:(310)450-5200,

 Segment #2: Randy Jurado Ertll is organizer for the League of Conservation Voters. He discussed the upcoming Maywood elections and environmental justice. Contact info:, 

October 26, 2005

Segment #1: Diana Barahona is author of the article, "The AFL Should Stop Attacking and Learn Something" published recently in Counterpunch, where she discusses Venezuela’s national worker’s union. She lives in the LA area and is currently a journalism student at Cal State Long Beach. Contact info:   ,

EVENT:A.N.S.W.E.R. Public Forum-The Struggle Against War & Racism: After Hurricanes Katrina & Rita Eyewitness Report from New Orleans & Texas

WHEN:Saturday, October 29, 2 pm

WHERE:Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research, 6120 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles Contact info: 323-464-1636 or e-mail   .

Segment #2: Rosa Maria Santana reacts to two news interviews that left her thinking about our political situation. The well-known literary icons, Studs Terkel and Kurt Vonnegut, recently criticized the Bush administration's policies, specifically for mishandling the emergency response to Katrina survivors in New Orleans and for the bundled job with the war in Iraq. Contact info: 213-437-4405,   .

Segment #3: Jeff Zimbalist is co-director of FAVELA RISING a film which documents the story of Anderson Sa, a former drug trafficker who turns revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance, Sa rallies his community to battle against daily, random violence, overwhelming poverty and chronic oppression, most of which is enforced by teenage drug armies, who are encouraged and sustained by corrupt police. The entire filming crew will attend the screening on Friday evening October 28th at the Egyptian Theater, as part of the LA Latino Film Festival. Contact info:,

October 5, 2005

Segment #1: Raymundo Reynoso is director of AMATE(Alternative Media Agency and Trade Editions) and speaks to us about the Perrenial Vanguard photography exhibit. The photographers, Liborio Noval and Perfecto Romero, capture intimate and matchless moments in the lives of three seminal figures of the Cuban revolution: Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Ernesto Che Guevara. Contact Info: 818-502-9093,   Event: The Perennial Vangaurd When: October 8-October 29, 2005 Reception: Saturday October 8, 4-10PM Where: COMPACT/SPACE Gallery, 1307 South Union Avenue, Los Angles, CA 90015

Segment #2: Mario Escobar is founder of Cuzcatlan Press, a publishing house that is a source for 21st Century Central American literature. Gritos Interiores is a collection of untainted poems from the Salvadoran native and the first publication of Cuzcatlan Press. Contact Info:

Segment #3: Dr. Maximiliano Zapata (Elias Serna) provides in-depth research that supports the current idea that Bush is actually the head of a staffing agency and he hires only his friends from church and as well as another theory that horses in a fire are provide better care than human beings living in the path of a Hurricane. His report will be published in the near future. Contact info:   .

September 28, 2005

Segment #1: Dr. Enrique de la Cruz is is currently Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge and co-author of  The Forbidden Book: Filipinos in the American Media, 1898-1907 which is a collection of editorial cartoons that came out in the American media during the period of the Philippine American war. He discusses how Filipinos were depicted a hundred years ago and how those racial constructs still affect us today.  Contact Info:  , 323/933-1198 EVENT::Book signing and discussion with Enrique de la Cruz Ph.D, co-author of THE FORBIDDEN BOOK WHEN:Saturday October 1st at 5pm - 6:30pm

Where:IMIX Bookstore(5052 Eagle Rock Blvd.,Los Angeles, CA 90041) 323/257-2512,

Segment #2: Rosa Maria Santana tells us how cancer changed her life after a close family relative was diagnosed with the disease several years ago. Last month, she participated in a Relay For Life cancer research fundraiser at Alhambra High School.Contact Info:213/437-4405,   ,

Segment #3: Jo Anna Mixpe Ley is currently one of the coordinators for Estacion Libre (A people of color space) in San Cristobal Chiapas whose objective is to open a space of dialogue between people of color struggles in the U.S. and the Zapatista communities. She discusses the developments since the Red alert issued by the comandancia of the EZLN on June 19, 2005 and the importance of this winter’s delegation to Chiapas for continued solidarity with autonomous communities, collectives, and minds.Contact info:   .

EVENT:  Estacion Libre - Winter Delegation to Chiapas -Info Session- 

Recieve information regarding the winter delegation (Dec. 28th to Jan 10th 2006) to Chiapas.  Ask questions, see how to get involved, updates on the EZLN, fundraising.

WHEN:   Saturday, Oct. 1st, 12 noon

WHERE:  Homeboy Industries (1916 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033)

Segment #4: Dr. Maximiliano Zapata (Elias Serna, from Chicano Secret Service), joins us to report the headline news with “objectivity and professionalism.”

Contact Info:   .

September 21, 2005

Segment #1: A roundtable discussion with: Dr. Gilbert Cadena (Professor Ethnic and Women’s Studies, Cal Poly Pomona), Dr. Lara Medina (Professor Chicano/a Studies California State University, Northridge),  Marisol Medina y Cadena (student), Wendee Pizano (student – English and Chicano/a Studies, CSUN) and Rebekah Villafaña (Sociology Graduate Student, CSUN) on CETLALIC, a Spanish language and political institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico that emphasizes a Freirian approach to pedagogy. Contact info:   ,   ,

Segment #2: Rosa Maria Santana discusses the 2005 Network Brownout Report released by the NAHJ. The annual study examines how the nation's major English-language television depict Latino and Latino-related issues on evening news programs. The report looks at stories filed in 2004 by four network news stations: ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. Contact Info:  (213)437-4405,   ,

Segment #3: Fermin Herrera and Xocoyotzin Herrera from Conjunto Hueyapan spoke on Son Jarocho and other genres of Mexican music in southern California. The names of the artists played today are: Ixya Herrera and Conjunto Hueyapan (comprised of the Herrera Family).The titles of the CD's are: Ixya Herrera: Cantares Mexicanos and Conjunto Hueyapan de la Familia Herrera: Two Generations of Son Jarocho in California. Contact info:   , (805) 983-2629.

September 7, 2005

Segment #1: Tiffini A. Travis is Director of Information Literacy & Outreach Services at the University Library of California State University, Long Beach.  She discusses the varied images and their captions by mainstream media outlets concerning Hurricane Katrina survivors, and the consequences of these depictions. Particularly she addressed captions on the following two photos which depict two white hurricane survivors as having “found” bread and soda while a young African American man was alleged to have “looted” a grocery store:

AFP/Getty Images - Tue Aug 30, 3:47 AM ET

Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Graythen)

AP - Tue Aug 30,11:31 AM ET

A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Flood waters continue to rise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage when it made landfall on Monday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Contact info: 

Segment #2: Rosa Maria Santana is NAHJ Parity Project Associate Director (West Coast) and regular contributor for The Morning Review. She interviewed Los Tigres Del Norte a couple of weeks ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Mexican Norteño band recently celebrated a career peak and in this piece, Santana first interviewed band member Hernan Hernandez in Spanish, and followed with band leader Jorge Hernandez in  English. Jorge Hernandez talked about the band's strident commitment to expose hypocrisy and government corruption. Both songs played are from the Jefe de Jefe 1997 album release;the first one is called "Mis Dos Patrias," and the second song is called, "Jefe de Jefes.”

Contact info: 213-437-4405,   , 

Segment #3: Kari Lydersen writes about immigration and other topics for various publications. She recently published a book "Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-US Immigration in the Global Age" on Common Courage Press.  She discusses the greening of hate in her article “ Anti–immigrant Propoganda Scapegoats Undocumented Californians” that appeared in The New Standard.

Contact info:,

August 31, 2005

Thatcher Collins co-produced

Segment #1: Peter Dudar, Film on Crawford, Tx. Cindy Sheehan campout at GW Bush’s ranch. Talked about Camp Casey and the two opposing sides. Audio from the film footage aired as part of the segment.  

Segment #2: Jonathan McIntosh

Segment #3: Elias Serna as Dr. Maximilano Zapata,

August 24, 2005:

Segment #1: Adbusters interview,

Segment #2: Kalle Lasn and Panama Reggaeton,

Segment #3: DJ Andy BANEY 

August 17, 2005

Re-broadcast of education series from April 2005

Segment#1: David Berliner and Bruce Biddle co-authored The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools.

David C. Berliner is Regents' Professor in the College of Education at Arizona State University. Contact info:

Bruce Biddle is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and of Sociology at the University of Missouri.  He is currently working on a book titled THE UNACKNOWLEDGED TRAGEDY which concerns America’s huge rate of poverty among the youths of our nation—the largest rate among ALL advanced countries in the world—and the fact that youth poverty is the strongest known generator of failure in American education as we conduct it today. Contact info: 

Segment #2: Alfie Kohn is the author of ten books, including THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE . . . THE CASE AGAINST STANDARDIZED TESTING . . . and, most recently, UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING.  He has been described by Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”  Contact info:

August 10, 2005

Segment #1 Guest: Ian Thompson

Segment #2 Guest: Ajai Raj: Spoke of

Segment #3 Guest: Jesús Gereno: Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Spoke on training for Latino and African American youth and local Boston politics. Specific programs run by Hyde Square Task Force were addressed including Youth Literacy Tutors Youth Community Organizers

The YCO’s are a group of 15 teenagers who learn how to actively participate in the political decision-making processes that impact our community. These youth outreach, organize support, and advocate on issues that matter to them. When they speak out at community meetings, theirs are often the only voices truly representing the youth and minorities living in our neighborhood. In recent years, their efforts have helped to block the development of a “large box” store on a parcel of vacant city-owned land and helped to fuel an active community dialogue on the needs for a youth educational, recreational & cultural facility in our neighborhood. For more information, please call Jesús at x304 or email him at

July 27, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Cuba Special: Gloria la Riva, Jennifer Caldwell, Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. Spoke on the Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution on contemporary Cuban society and US-Cuban relations.

Segment #2 Guest Gregorio Luke Executive Director of Museum of Latin American Art: Spoke of a show that featured work of Mexican Muralists and a lecture series that accompanies it.

July 20, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Part 3 of Rosa Maria Santana interview Joe Torres and Juan Gonzalez of the with National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention.

Segment #2 Guest Group interview with a delegation of local people who went to  commemorate the anniversary of the Nicaraguan revolution.

Segment #3 Guest Gerald Horne, Professor of History at the University of Houston spoke on Black and Brown relations in light of President Vicente Fox’ comments about African Americans, the revealing of the Mexican stamp featuring Memin Pinguin, a racialized “sambo” like cartoon figure, and effort by some African American leaders to join with members of Save Our State in efforts to close the US-Mexico border. 

July 13, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Part 2 of Rosa Maria Santana interview Joe Torres and Juan Gonzalez of the with National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention.

Segment #2 Guest Carlos Escorcia, Nicaragua :Sandinista Revolution

Segment #3 Guests Padres del Sureste, group of parents from Huntington Park regarding LAUSD attempt to change school calendar to year round. 

Segment #4 Guest Ester Portillo FMLN youth regarding education regarding Central American Free Trade Agreement.

July 6, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Collin Rajah National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Segment #2 Guest Deborah James Global Exchange, Central American Free Trade Agreement

Segment #3 Guests Rosa Maria Santana Part 1 of Rosa Maria Santana interview Joe Torres and Juan Gonzalez of the with National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention.

Segment #4 Guests Chicano Secret Service, Political Satire

June 29, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Harry Gamboa Jr. (CSUN Professor)and Mark Vallen spoke about the unilateral decision by the Board of Directors to close of Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles and the efforts of artists to keep it open.. 

Segment #2 Guest Deborah James Global Exchange, discussed the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Segment #3 Guests Artist and musician Olmeca, and CSUN student Miguel Paredes spoke regarding their recent visits to Chiapas and their interaction with the EZLN

Segment #4 Guests Cleveland High School Students spoke of a conference they organized on youth empowerment.

June 22, 2005

Segment #1 Guests CESPA Report on the Americas.

Segment #2 Guest. Rudy Acuña, CSUN Chicano/a Studies Professor spoke on his articles: “Historical Lynching of Mexicanos” and “Repressive Tolerance”

Segment #3 Guests Self-Help Graphics closure: Local artists Ricardo Duffy and Diane Gamboa

June 1, 2005

Segment #1 Guests Media Reform Conference: Josh Silver and Rosa Maria Santana

Segment #2 Guest. Andres Gomez, member of the Antonio Maceo Brigade, a Cuban American Organization based in Miami, Fl spoke on April 16, 2005 on Cuba Miami demographics at the National Association for Chicana/o Studies Conference held in Miami. This segment was a digitally recorded replay of that speech.

Segment #3 Guests May 25 Legal Defense Committee: Teresa Dang was a protestor who was run down by the van of a member of Save Our State in Garden Grove and in turn had criminal charges placed against her.

May 25, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Oskar Castro, Community Organizer based in New York City spoke of the one-day nation-wide military recruitment suspension that resulted from negative media coverage on the high pressure tactics of military recruiters.

Segment #2 Guests Rosa Furamoto CSUN Chicano/a Studies Professor and Arlene Inouye High school Teacher for LAUSD spoke on militarism in schools. Furumoto spoke on her research regarding concentration of recruitment activities in poorer neighborhoods.

Segment #3 Guests CESPA Report on the Americas: Breaking news on indigenous communities in the Americas.

Segment #4 Guests Jill Furillo of the California Nurses Association spoke of a rally to support nurses against state budget cuts.

May 18, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Jorge Garcia, CSUN Chicano/a Studies Professor provided a critical assessment of the election of LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Segment #2 Guests Rosa Maria Santana provided a commentary on what she called the  right-wing criticism of PBS programs.

Segment #3 Guests Jennifer Caldwell of Answer Coalition LA spoke of the people’s assembly event

Segment #4 Guests Chicano Secret Service performance. Featuring CSUN lecturer Elias Serna.

May 11, 2005

Special mayoral-election coverage.


Karen Bass: Assembly member

Sandy Banks: LA Times writer

Raif Sonenshine: political scientist CSU, Fullerton

LA Mayoral ”Who are you voting for?” collage by Fernando Velasquez

Listener call-in

May 4, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Christopher Phillips, Author of  Six questions of Socrates

Segment #2 Guests. Crude Reflections: exhibit and protest retrospective from photographers perspective

Segment #3 Guests Rosa Maria Santana, NAHJ Parity Project update: Frank Moraga interview on the elimination of community college journalism programs

Segment #3 Guests Chicano Secret Service  

April 27, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Jose Luis Cuevas: Contemporary Mexican artist visit at Museum of Latin American Art and CSULB

Segment #2 Guest Rosa Maria Santana, commentary/youth issues: despair and death

Segment #3 Guest CESPA Report

Segment #4 Guest Nicaraguan national bus boycott: Carlos Escorcia 

April 20, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Manufactured Crisis Authors David Berliner and Bruce Biddle

Segment #2 Guest CESPA Report

Segment #3 Guest Rosa commentary: John Paul II legacy

Segment #4 Guest Chevron Toxico/Crude Reflections: Leila Salazar and Lou Dematteis  

April 13, 2005 

Segment #1 Guest Alfie Kohn: The Case Against Standardized Testing

Segment #2 Guest Kahlil Gibran:74th Anniversary Commemoration/ 2 poems

Segment #3 Guest CESPA Report

Segment #4 Guest Estacion Libre: Speaking Tour “Bringing the Lessons Home”/ Olmeca and Mixpe 

April 6, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Jose Prado: Alhambra High School article on racial tensions

Segment #2 Guest Museum of Latin American Art: Viola Trigo

Segment #3 Guest Rosa Maria Santana, NAHJ Parity Project update

Segment #4 Guest Dr. Maximiliano Zapata (Chicano Secret Service/Elias Serna) 

March 30, 2005

Special on Women GIs and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

·           Tamry, a 47 year old African American female enlisted in the USAF in 1981 and served for 6 years on active duty.  She remained in the USAF Reserves for 14 years. She was activated for Operation Desert Storm/Shield in Sept 1990 and was deployed for nine months.

·           Jeanette Pizarro was a Marine that was on active duty for over 6 years (from Jan 28, 1991 to April 10, 1997). She was stationed in Hawaii for the first half of her military career then the rest was spent in Cherry Point NC.  Her father, also a Marine, is a Viet Nam Veteran who also suffers from PTSD, but from his tours of duty in the war, unlike her who suffers from sexual trauma experiences.

·           Stephanie Alvarado was in the Army(active) for 7yrs 4mo. as a Water treatment Specialist. She went active after 1 Yr of service in the national guard 18 Oct 90, she was sent to Germany 3 weeks later and was in SWA during Desert Shield/Storm. She was Honorably discharged from active duty 3 March 98 and re-entered the national guard and finished her term 3 march 03, as a Specialist E-4.  Due to a traumatic event that happened in Saudi, she has suffered in silence for almost 14 years.

March 23, 2005

Segment #1 Guest War/Military induced PTSD on women/David Lynn

Segment #2 Guest UCLA/Ideas: Part #2 Discussion of and by undocumented students at UCLA

Segment #3 Guest Homies Unidos/Rocio Santa Cruz and Alex Sanchez: National round-up of gang members

March 16, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Paula Solomon provided an interview of a national student protest in France

Segment #2 Guest 33 1/3 Collective, a grass roots collective addressed the issue of gentrification/ Ivonne Cachu and Alex Saffonof

Segment #3 Guest Rosa Maria Santana: Dan Rather commentary

Segment #4 Guest Museum of Latin American Art: Gregorio Luke/ Orquesta Baja California

Segment #5 Guest Paul Loeb: article on the House $81.4B War Spending Bill

March 9, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Eric Mann: Discussion on LA Mayoral Primary election

Segment #2 Guest Maria Elena Fernandez, CSUN Instructor: Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist

Segment #3 Guest Int’l Women’s Day: Pueblos Sin Fronteras special report

March 2, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Chicano Secret Service, Political Satire

Segment #2 Guest Rosa Maria Santana, NAHJ Parity Project Update

Segment #3 Guest UCLA/Ideas: Part #1 Discussion of and by undocumented students at UCLA

February 23, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Edward St. John/report: Affordability of Post-Secondary Education

Segment #2 Guest Cuban 5 Documentary/ Ian Thompson and Bernie Dwyer

Segment #3 Guest Steve Yoder article: “Distortion 101: public abstinence education” 

February 2, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Josh Silver: Freepress/media reform/crisis

Segment #2 Guest Rudy Acuña, op-ed La Opinion article/157th Anniversary Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

Segment #3 Guest Dr. Maximiliano Zapata/ Elias Serna CSUN Instructor

Segment #4 Guest Homies Unidos/Rocio Santa Cruz/ globalization of gangs 

January 26, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Green Party/Blair Bobier: Analysis of challenge to Ohio recount

Segment #2 Guest Dana Stintson/Iraq out-of country voting program

Segment #3 Guest Alan de Herrera/Rio Films/ Sea Lions documentary

Segment #4 Guest Carlos Escorcia/ Nicaraguan-American Association: organizations 1st event

January 19, 2005

Segment #1 Guest Round table discussion with Director, producer and Actors of the Chicana made film Pura Lengua which was invited to be screened at the 2005 Sundance Film festival nominees

Segment #2 Guest Chicano Secret Service, Political Satire

January 12, 2005

(show was shortened due to power outage)

 Segment #1 Guest Andres Tomas Conteris/Negroponte appointment

Segment #2 Guest Michelle Robidoux( War resisters campaign/Canada), Sally Marr and Peter Dudar/Arlington West

Segment #3 Listener Call-in

January 5, 2005              

Segment #1 Guest International Action Center – politics/”criminal” neglect of tsunami crisis-John Parker/ Sara Flounders

Segment #2 Guest Tsunami disaster/Mangrove forests- Alfredo Quattro

Segment #3 Guest CAFTA-Lori Walker- Public Citizens Global Trade Watch

Segment #4 Guest Jeremy Warren -attorney for Pablo Paredes, sailor who filed for Conscientious Objector status

December 29, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Keith Gallagher, Interfaith Worker Justice Program talked about “morality and the left.”  Particularly, he spoke of the religious leaders and workers’ rights  as a moral issue.

Segment #2 Guest Mario Escobar, UCLA Undocumented Student. Spoke about his experiences as an undocumented student.

December 22, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Jorge Mariscal and Victor Paredes, Brother of Pablo Paredes US soldier who filed for conscientious objector status and refused orders to return to Iraq.

Segment #2 Guest Rudy Acuna, CSUN Chicano/a Studies Professor regarding his latest in a series of editorials pertaining to the pending draft 

Segment #3 Guest Arlene Inouye, Guillermo Tejeda Alex Herrera Coalition Against Militarization of our Schools.

December 15, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Dove Charney CEO American Apparel

Segment #2 Guest Antonia Juhazs Program Director, International Forum on Globalization

Segment #3 Guest Ian Thompson Answer LA regarding events related to inauguration

December 8, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Steve Frillman Green Guerrillas of New York City, on  gardens.

Segment #2 Guest Alma Lopez, Artist, spoke on Virgen de Guadalupe

Segment #3 Guest Jennifer Caldwell, La Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba spoke on upcoming events.

December 1, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Robert Oscar Lopez, Professor at Rutgers Camden spoke on racial constructs

Segment #2 Guest Paul Rogat Loeb Author of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Hope in a Time of Fear 

Segment #3 Guest CESPA Report on the Americas 

November 24, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Miguel Medivel and Carlos Barron on Thanksgiving

Segment #2 Guest Tim Walker regarding consumer culture

#3 Guest Marcos Aguilar Principal Academia Semillas del Pueblo on Pedagogy and thanksgiving.

November 10, 2004

Segment #1 Guests MT Karthik KPFK Elections Coordinator and Rudy Acuna CSUN Chicano/a Studies Professor regarding Acuna’s article on “taxation without representation”

Segment #2 Guest State Senator Richard Alarcon David Sandoval, Cal State LA EOP Director, and  Eddie Coronel and Erica Diaz CSUN Students spoke on educational accessibility for underrepresented minorities.

Segment #3 Guest Ian Thompson Answer LA. Spoke on upcoming conference.

Segment #4 Guest commentary by Rosa Maria Santiago

October 27, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Gihan Perera, Executive Director Miami Workers Center, spoke on national elections.

Segment #2 Guest Antonia Juhazs, Program Director, International Forum on Globalization, spoke on profiteering in the time of war.

Segment #3 Guest Aura Bogado, KPFK Producer and Programmer interviewed film maker Lisa Scott regarding her film Under Three Strikes

September 29, 2004

Segment #1 Guest Jennifer Caldwell La Coalition in Solidarity with Enrique Roman, Cuban Ambassador to Lebonon.

Segment #2 Guest Harry Gamboa, Artist and Activist

Segment #3 Guest Chicano Secret Service did a political satire routine

September 22, 2004

Segment #1 Guest: Rahul Mahajan spoke on conditions in the Middle East

Segment #2 Guest: Interview by Jennifer Caldwell with Cuban Diplomats

Segment #3 Guest: Rocio Santa Cruz Internacional Campaign Director and  Sylvia Beltran Executive Director, Homies Unidos.

September 15, 2004

Segment #1 Guest: Olga Miranda, Organizing Director United Service Workers for Democracy.

Segment #2 Guest: Rebecca Graff Co- Curator Oviatt Library, CSUN spoke regarding special collections Cultura y Comunidad the Legacy of Latino Leadership in Southern California.

Segment #3 Guest: Chicano Secret Service

September 8, 2004

Segment #1 David MacMichael former advisor to the Defense Department

Segment #2 Jodi Evans Co Founder of Code Pink

Segment #3 Guest: Elias Serna Chicano Secret Service and CSUN professor Performed a skit based on his character “Dr. Maximiliano Zapata” in which he address the “top five political blunders” of the week.

August 25, 2004

Segment #1 MT Karthik Pacifica National Elections Coordinator. Spoke about the Republican National convention

Segment #2 Reymundo Reynoso Perspectivas de las ameritas.

Segment #3 Cesar Gallegos Arte Mexica

Segment #4 CESPA Report on the Americas. 

August 18, 2004

Segment #1: CESPA Report on the Americas: Guest Fernando Velasquez Executive Producer of People Without Borders spoke regarding Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez defeat of recall referendum,

Segment #2: Guest: Joshua Sondheimer, Attorney spoke on the Lawsuit against the “back door draft”

Segment #3: Guests: Miguel Paredes spoke on Zapatistas and Chiapas and their impact on local community spaces.

Segment #4: Guest: Elias Serna Chicano Secret Service and CSUN professor Performed a skit based on his character “Dr. Maximiliano Zapata” in which he address the “top five political blunders” of the week.

August 4, 2004

Segment #1 CESPA Report on the Americas: Guest: Carlos Barron, Provided an Update on the Peace and Dignity Tour.

Segment #2 Guests: Eddie Torres and Jessica Viramontes, Casa del Pueblo, reported on the First Social Forum of the Americas in Quito Ecuador

Segment #3 Guest: Elias Serna Chicano Secret Service and CSUN professor Performed a skit based on his character “Dr. Maximiliano Zapata” in which he address the “top five political blunders” of the week.

July 21, 2004

Segment #1 Guest: MT Karthik, Elections Coordinator KPFK Spoke regarding National Democratic convention

Segment #2 Guest: Carlos Barron, LAUSD Spoke regarding the Peace and Dignity Tour.

Segment #3 Guest: Elias Serna, Chicano Secret Service and CSUN professor, did a comedy routine concerning the “Top Five Political Blunders” of the past week.

Segment #4 CESPA Report on the Americas.

June 30, 2004

Segment#1- Guest: Marjorie Cohn, Professor at the Thoomas Jefferson University of Law in San Diego. On US Supreme Court Decision on Detainees in Guantanamo that determined prisoners have a right to challenge their detention in US courts.

Segment #2- Special Report: David Enders Free Speech Radio

Reported from Baghdad regarding the installation of Iyad Allawi to take charge in Iraq.

Segment #3- Guest: Ian Thompson

On the transfer of power in Iraq. Spoke of Allawi’s background and his relations with US prior to the war.

Segment #4- Guest: Steve Reyes, Staff Attorney with MALDEF

On immigration raids north of the border.

June 23, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Paul Cienfuegos, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County. Spoke on the Corporate take over of the Organic Foods Movement. Addressed how such a take over is impacting how “organic food” is being redefined to facilitate the needs of the new corporate owners of former organic establishments. 

Spoke about democracy and corporate rule.

Segment #2- Guest: Francisco Romero Member of the Committee on Raza RightsSpoke regarding the Gang Injunction in Ventura County and racial profiling.

June 9, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Andres Izarra, Press Counsel at Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC Spoke regarding the media campaign around the recall referendum which attempted to oust President Hugo Chavez. He spoke about the private media monopoly in Venezuela which slanted its stories against Chavez. He also spoke about the “Bolivarian Revolution.”

Segment #2- Guest: Andy Fisher, Exec Dir Community Food Security Coalition

Spoke concerning the struggle to assure that healthy quality food is available to consumers. Addressed the dangers associated with processed and other types of foods. Spoke regarding small family farmers vs. large corporate farms.

Segment #3- Guests: Chris Cepeda and Miguel Paredes, Community Workers

Spoke regarding public cultural spaces that are emerging around Los Angeles. The cultural and political development of a Zapatista model. Spoke regarding a fundraising event that was held to help sustain such spaces.   

May 25, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: William Finn Bennett, Staff writer The Californian.

Bennett spoke regarding the racial violence at Temescal Canyon high School in  Lake Elsinore. He spoke of a history of racial violence between white and Latino students that resulted from white supremacist group of students initiating

Segment #2-  A Tribute to Gloria Anzaldua

Guests: Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Associate Professor Cesar Chavez Center for Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA, Debbie Solorzano Mardid, Teacher LAUSD, Yaneli Gutierrez, Eight year old student at Marguerita Elementary School in Alhambra. Gaspar de Alba spoke about Anzaldua’s contributions to redefining US feminisms, cultural theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and American literature in general. Solorzano Madrid spoke regarding the implementation of Anzaldua’s children’s literature. She spoke particularly about Anzaldua’s book, Amigos del otro lado/Friends from the other side which reflects immigrant children’s dealing with the adult realities and plitics of immigration and deportation as well as discrimination among Latinos/as against one another depending on their residency status. Yaneli Gutierrez, Eight year old student at Marguerita Elementary School in Alhambra read a rendition of Anzaldua’s poem “No se raje chicanita” at the close of the show.

May 12, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Wendy Gonzalez, Cesar Cruz, members of the March for Education Committee. Spoke regarding a hunger strike aimed at drawing attention to educational inefficiencies throughout the state. The strike took place in the San Francisco Bay area.

Segment #2- Guest: Carlos Guerrero and Andres Ramirez Spoke on cultural wars on campuses across the state and the attack on MECHA.

May 5, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Jorge Garcia, Professor Department of Chicano/a Studies, CSUN Spoke on the issue of Empire, Mexico and Cuban Relations. Mexico recalled the Cuban ambassador from Mexico. Mexico voted against Cuban Human rights record at the urging of US.  Discussed the “U.S. Commission for a Free Cuba”

Segment #2- Guest: Eddie Torres, Community Organizer Spoke on Cuba’s preparation of Latin America for the future. Particular attention was paid to the role of the Cuban government’s role in developing youth consciousness throughout the Americas.

April 21, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Theresa Deng, John Hillson Youth Delegation

Spoke regarding the youth delegation that traveled to Cuba at the invitation by the Union de Jovenes Comunistas. The work of the youth delegation was to get a better understanding and exchange with Cuban youth on gender, sexuality, the new world order racism and other issues.

Segment #2- Guest: Miguel Mendivil, Los Angeles Unified School District

Spoke regarding the politics of bilingual education in the context of post Proposition 227 and the function of LAUSD in addressing cultural diversity and language instruction needs.

March 17, 2004

Segment# 1- Guest: Ian Thompson Attorney with The National Committee Free the Cuban Five. Spoke regarding the plight of the “Cuban Five.” The Cuban Five are five Cuban nationals who were sent by the Cuban government to infiltrate Cuban expatriate organizations who were planning terrorist attacks against Cuba and the Cuban people. Upon gathering data from such organizations, the Cuban government called for a meeting with the FBI in order to turn the information over. Rather than acting on the tip, the US government arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced the Cubans. The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five is a group of people who are trying to bring attention to their incarceration and call to free them.  

Segment #2- Guests: Kimberly  Morales Johnson, LA City County Indian Commission and Jordan David, Native American Monitor at the Ballona Wetlands Playa Vista Site and Member of the Gabrielino/Tongva tribal member. Spoke about the development of the Playa Vista Project and its consequences on Indian burial grounds. They also addressed the nature of corporate and governmental disregard for traditional burial sites through the excavation of human remains and the placing of such remains in indiscriminate white buckets without concern for indigenous traditions.

March 3, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Marcos Aguilar, Principal, Semillas del Pueblo, Charter School Spoke regarding the starting of a charter school in El Sereno in an effort to attempt autonomy and community empowerment.

Segment #2- Guest: Richard Zaldivar, Executive Director, The Wall Las Memorias, an AIDS Awareness Organization.  Spoke regarding the war on aids and the counter war against aids awareness advocates. Particular attention was given to efforts by members of the Wall/Las Memorias to build a memorial wall Lincoln Heights and anti-Aids activists’ resistance to the wall. 

February 11, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Lisa Payne, Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing. Spoke regarding Proposition 56 and the issue of affordable housing developments and Homelessness

Segment #2- Guest- Aura Bogado, Producer “The Morning Review” Making Contact Election Watch ’04. Roundtable Guests: Scott Adams Political Movers and Shakers, Kirk Clay Dep Dir  National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Luke Swathhart, MassPIRG Vice Chair of State PIRGS., Haley Montoya Tansey, Voter Organizer League of Voters

Roundtable Discussion about youth voting behavior and mobilization efforts for the Presidential election of 2004. 

February 4, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Luis Rodriguez, Author Spoke about the publication of “Always Running,” “The Republic of East L.A.” and several other works. Rodriguez also discussed activities at Tia Chucha’s Café and other community work.

Segment#2- Guest: Debbie Leanz, University of California Riverside Coalition for Peace Spoke regarding the war in Iraq and about organizing and an immigrants’ human rights forum “No Human Being is Illegal.” Also spoke regarding the contextualization of “Human rights” as pertaining to global conditions and “Civil Rights” as pertaining to domestic conditions.

January 28, 2004

Segment #1- Guests: Theresa Montano, President of National Association for Multicultural Education, Assistant Professor Department of Chicano/a Studies CSUN and Rosa Furumoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Chicano Studies at California State Northridge.

Spoke on the topic “Education in Crisis” and the “Pedagogy of Control.” They discussed policies such as No Children Left Behind, and curriculum choices and their impact on parents, teachers and students. Guests also addressed standardized testing.

Segment # 2- Guest: Jose Prado, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California. Spoke regarding several statewide initiatives and their affects on Chicano/Latino and other marginalized students. Such initiatives included Propositions 187, 209 and 227.

January 21, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: Gina de Baca, Mothers for Justice in Santa Monica.

Spoke regarding school district and police department racial profiling of Latino students. The organization developed after incidents regarding children.

Segment #2- Guests: Rudy Acuña, Professor, Department of Chicano/a Studies, California State University, Northridge and Jay Levin Share with Other Campaign and Founder of LA Weekly Spoke regarding Poverty and the increase in the gap between the rich and the poor. They addressed policy related to poverty and the implications of such propositions as 13 which indicate a move away form social programs and toward “tax revolts.”

January 14, 2004

Segment #1- Guest: KarenMary Davalos, President of MALCS, Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University. Spoke on the work of MALCS, a professional Latina organization that stand for Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambios Sociales. Also discussed her work on Museums as spaces of public knowledge

Segment #2- Guest: Theresa Montano, President of National Association for Multicultural Education, Assistant Professor Department of Chicano/a Studies CSUN Announcement last week regarding the agreement between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Hine, California Teachers’ Association and its implications for students, teachers and parents. 

January 7, 2004

Segment # 1- Guest: Juanita Campos, Parent Pioneers Discussed Parent Advocacy and spoke regarding the work of Padres Pioneros, (Parent Pioneers) an organization of parents based in the San Fernando Valley that advocates parent empowerment. PP has an independent book store

Segment #2- Guest: Elias Serna, Lecturer, Department of Chicano/a Studies, California State University, Northridge and founding member of the Comedy troupe, Chicano Secret Service. (This show was re-broadcast from the December 21, 2003 show.) Discussed Consumer Media Literacy within the context of Christmas and gift giving. Serna spoke regarding the need for adults to encourage critical media literacy among their children by viewing cultural productions such as films with them and offering interpretations that challenge conventional wisdoms about power relations.

December 14, 2003

Segment #1- Guest: David Rodriguez, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Chicano Studies at California State Northridge.

Dr. Rodriguez spoke regarding Governor Arnold  Schwarzeneggar’s “Consumer Politics.” He provided discussion about the Governor’s visits to California Malls in an effort to drum up support for his issues such as Budget proposals, elimination of EOP and cutting back on educational programs that target under represented populations in higher education.

Segment #2- Guest: MT Karthik, KPFK News Director Karthik addressed the increased violence in Palestine and Jeruselum, as bulldozers and land movers displaced Palestinian residents in contested areas. He spoke about the Geneva accords and the “road map to peace” while stating that continuing violence threatens the peace accords. Karthik also addressed the activities of Israeli peace advocates.

Segment #3- Gabriel Gutierrez, Director, CESPA, CSUN Provided a Commentary concerning “Democratic Bossism” at the National level and local level. Also briefly addressed the San Francisco Mayoral election regarding “intrusion” of the national Democratic Party into local politics.

December 7, 2003

Segment #1- Guest: Radhika Sainath Ms. Sainath addressed her ordeal as a peace activist in Israel. Particularly, she spoke of her abduction by Israeli undercover police during her presence in Israel. Sainath filed a lawsuit against the Israeli government for its treatment of her. She is involved with the International Solidarity Movement, a non-violence Palestinean led movement.

Segment #2- Guest: Rosa Furumoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Chicano Studies at California State Northridge. Dr. Furumoto spoke regarding the  Anti War Movement and the implications of the arrest of Saddam Hussein. She addressed the concerns of parents and educators regarding “No Child Left Behind” and the militarization of schools through JR ROTC. She spoke briefly regarding Students Against War (SAW) at CSUN.

Segment #3- Guest: Jorge Mariscal, Professor of Literature, UC San Diego.

Dr. Mariscal spoke of the Demographics of the US Army and the consequences of Latinos/as’ participation in Iraq. Dr. Mariscal revealed that US Armed Forces recruiters have been crossing the US Mexico border in an attempt to recruit Mexican nationals into the US forces with false promises to expedite the recruits’ legalization process. According to Dr. Mariscal, the same is known to occur in Canada.

November 26, 2003

Segment #1- Guest: Rudy Acuña, on publication of his books US Latino Issues and Occupied America. Dr Acuña addressed the development of International and Hemispheric perspectives in Chicano/a Studies. Dr. Acuña spoke of his recent publications, particularly US Latino Issues. He also spoke regarding the publication of the fifth edition of Occupied America.

Segment #2- Guest: Elsa Lopez, Director of Audubon Center at Debs Park.

Ms. Lopez spoke about the need for urban open spaces and addressed the pedagogical value of the recently opened Audubon Center at Debs Park. She spoke regarding environmentalism, environmental racism, and the educational value of an environmental program in inner city Los Angeles. The Center features an education center, hiking trails and bird watching tours.