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FORECLOSURE RELIEF. The Attorney General of New York reports he will sue the Bank of America and Wells Fargo, for not complying with the rules they agreed to under a national mortgage settlement. A recent survey by the California Reinvestment Coalition also shows that many banks are violating both the consumer protections in the national settlement and the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. At least one homeowner has successfully blocked the foreclosure of his home, under the Bill of Rights. This program also includes reports on the steps to implement the Homeowners Bill of Rights in California.
Guests: Elba Serrano, Housing Counselor, East L.A. Community Corporation,Los Angeles, CA, www.elacc.org ; Amelia Martínez, Marketing Manager, California Reinvestment Coalition, San Francisco, CA, http://calreinvest.org
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
PUSH TO STOP WAGE THEFT. More than two-thirds of workers are estimated to experience pay-related workplace abuse, such as less-than-minimum wages, unpaid overtime wages, or being misclassified as independent contractors. Groups in Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas is pushing for the city toughen penalties for employers and strengthen worker protections for reporting wage claims. This edition takes a look at wage theft in Houston and other cities, such as San Francisco, California, where a resolution to protect wages has already been passed.
Guests: Neidi Domiguez, Strategic Campaign Coordinator, Clean Carwash, Los Angeles, CA, http://cleancarwashla.org ; Mitzi Ordoñez, Bartender, Waitress, Houston, TX; Laura Perez-Boston, Executive Director, Fe y Justicia Workers Center, www.houstonworkers.org; Rebecca Smith, Coordinator, Immigrant Worker Justice Project, National Employment Law Project, Washington, D.C., www.nelp.org
59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)
FARM WORKER MARCH: 2ND HOUR. This is the second hour of a special edition about the marches organized by the United Farm Workers to pressure Congress for comprehensive immigration reform. The hour begins with Radio Bilingüe's weekly news magazine, Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino.
Guests: Antonio Cortés, Coordinator of march in Fresno, United Farm Workers (UFW), Fresno, CA; Oswaldo Cisneros, Farm worker, Radio Bilingüe volunteer at KHDC, and Member, United Farm Workers (UFW), Salinas, CA.
59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)
FARM WORKER MARCH: 1ST HOUR The United Farm Workers march this weekend in multiple cities in California and in Washington State to honor Cesar Chavez' holiday and urge for an immigration reform, especially AgJobs, a bill to allow farm workers to earn legal status. This is the first hour of a special two-hour edition, with breaking news and commentary on the California marches.
Guests: Armando Elenes, National Vice President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Bakersfield, CA, www.ufw.org; José Hernández , Former astronaut and former candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives for California's District 10 , Bakersfield, CA; Tony Barrera, Salinas City Council Member, Salinas, CA.
59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)
FAIR TOMATOES. A two-week march for fair food culminates in Lakeland, Florida, where the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and allies rally for the supermarket chain Publix to sign on to a Fair Food Program and agree to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked. Most growers in Florida have signed on to this agreement. Will the Florida supermarket chain join the ranks of McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods and sign on for fair food?
Guests: Cruz Salucio, Member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL; Gerardo Reyes, Member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL; Nely Rodriguez and Leonel Pérez, Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Lakeland, FL (taped speech); Oscar Otzoy, Member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Lakeland, FL (taped interview); Rev. Noelle Damico, Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL (taped speech).
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
CITIZENS MEDAL. A Colombian immigrant was awarded a Presidential Citizens Medal, for her work founding a community based non-profit health center to serve low-income immigrant families in Washington, D.C. María Gómez founded Mary’s Center 25 years ago, after working as a public health nurse and at the Red Cross. The award is considered the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. This edition offers an interview with Gómez about her work and the ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit her clients.
Guest: María Gómez, Founder, President and CEO, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., Washington, D.C., www.maryscenter.org
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
SOLÍS. Hilda Solís has stepped down as U.S. Secretary of Labor. This edition offers an exclusive interview with the outgoing secretary, discussing her tenure during one of the country’s most difficult economic periods. Solís has said she is proud of securing backwages for immigrant workers, and of the job training programs she administered.
Guest: Hilda Solis, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Los Angeles, CA.
ALSO, UNSAFE CONDITIONS. Poultry workers in Alabama work hours on end in cold rooms, hanging, gutting, and slicing more than 100 birds in a single minute. According to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, poultry workers often endure debilitating pain in their hands, gnarled fingers, chemical burns, and respiratory problems. The researchers say federal poultry industry regulations set to take effect in April threaten the health and safety of poultry workers.
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
TENANT ARRESTS. Hundreds of people in Arkansas face criminal charges every year because they fail to pay the rent on time. A state law allows landlords to demand a tenant move out within 10 days of not paying the rent in full. The international organization Human Rights Watch is calling the law unjust and calls for its repeal.
Guest: Antonio Ginatta, Advocacy Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C., www.hrw.org
ALSO, RAZA STUDIES REINSTATED? A federal judge ruled in a decades-long desegregation case against the Tucson Unified School District, ordering the school board to eliminate segregation and improve education for Latino students. As part of this order, the district will have to offer culturally-relevant classes focusing on the history and culture of Latino communities. Does this mean Tucson teachers can reinstate their banned ethnic studies program?
59:06 minutes (54.13 MB)
NEW MORTGAGE LAW IN EFFECT. On January 1st, California’s Homeowners Bill of Rights went into effect. Considered the strongest anti-foreclosure legislation in the country, the law helps struggling homeowners modify their mortgage and save their homes. Advocates are starting a campaign to encourage homeowners to learn about the new law. This edition also includes news on the new agreement with banks to pay homeowners for mistakes made during the foreclosure process.
Guests: Daniel Rodríguez, Director of Community Wealth, East L.A. Community Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, www.elacc.org ; José Vega, Homeowner, activist, Pittsburg, CA.
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
WEAKENED UNIONS. Michigan's Republican governor Rick Snyder signed “right-to-work” legislation into law, banning union dues from being automatically deducted from workers’ payroll. Unions call this legislation "right to work for less". There are now 24 states with similar laws. This edition looks at what impact such laws will have on union workers and middle and low-income workers.
Guests: Ana Avendaño, Assistant to the president of AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and Director of Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C., www.aflcio.org ; Israel Ortega, Editor of Libertad.org, Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., www.heritage.org , www.libertad.org