War on Immigrants September 2014

Show Focuses on the demonization of children in our immigration and criminal justice system with a short detour to remember the children killed in the Gaza bombing. Guests: Attorney Claire Thomas of Safe Passage project, New York Law School; Gabrieille Horowitz Prisco, Juvenile Justice Project, Correctional Association; and Ismael Nazario, I-Can program manager at the Fortune Society. Thanks to Sahar al Sahlani, and the gentlemen of Triboro Printing for reading the names of the children.

War on Immigrants Report April 2014

In this show Mayor de Blasio’s newly appointed Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal will discuss her vision for her new role as well as the upcoming Immigrant Heritage month events in April.

The Filipino community is one of the larger immigrant communities in New York City and around the country, but they get relatively little attention in mainstream media. In the second half of the show, Adem  interviews University of Albany Sociology Student Daniela Pila about dating patterns and how legal status issues can impact people’s social patterns; and CUNY Sociology student Brenda Gambol speaks about non-white intermarriage and what this says about boundary formation, gender and power relations.

(Musical Selections include La Santa Cecilia – Ice El Hielo and KABAYANIHAN NG PINOY – “Migrants in America)”

War on Immigrants Report December 2013

10 pm show In today’s show we speak with two quite different Latino leaders; socially conservative NY State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz of the 32nd Senatorial District in the Bronx—and also with Claudia De la Cruz, organizer of protests in Washington Heights and part of the Urban Butterflies movement, as she spoke at a Socialist Action Forum.  We will also speak with Todd Miller, reporter with Toms Dispatch, who will bring in an important aspect of the current developments. As he writes in a recent Mother Jones article about US involvement in Haitian-Dominican border tensions, “Considering that US forces occupied the Dominican Republic and Haiti numerous times in the previous century, it’s easy to imagine why Washington’s border chieftains consider this sad, impoverished spot part of our “backyard….” With this in mind, the experimental border control technologies being tested along the US-Mexican boundary line and the border-industrial complex that has grown up around it are heading abroad in a major way.”

Systems that marginalize others also make them disappear. Because Human Rights Day is December 10, in the last segment of today’s show we will also speak with artist Mariam Ghani, about Index of the Disappeared, the project that she and Chitra Ganesh, which is a physical archive of post 9/11 disappearances and a mobile platform for public dialogue.

War On Immigrants Report September 2013


National Security State & Muslim Immigrants: New Developments in Surveillance and Resistance

During the first half of the show we look at surveillance developed by NYPD in partnership with the CIA. Over the last two years a series of AP articles have pointed to the extent to which this partnership has spied on all mosques and organized informants. This past week we learned that the Arab American Association of New York was among those named as “terrorist enterprises” by NYPD. We speak with Arab American Association Director Linda Sarsour, who also serves as Advocacy Director for National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). Linda has been on our show before, but we want to know about how she feels about this newly revealed and rather shocking designation and also about the intensive, collective struggle to regain basic rights during the third term of Mayor Bloomberg.

The Second half of the show will focus on a newly revealed aspect of the Federal role in profiling and controlling Muslim immigrants. A new report released this week by the Southern California office of ACLU describes how through a previously unknown national security program known as the “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program” (CARRP), the government excludes many Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian applicants from naturalization by delaying and denying their citizenship applications without legal authority. See: http://www.aclusocal.org/CARRP/
We speak with Ahilan T. Arulanantham the Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California and Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

War on Immigrants Report July 4 2013

Our first guest is Mitzi Schroeder, Director for Policy Jesuit Refuge Services (JRS USA) who has been working since 1979 to defend the rights of refugees and migrants throughout the world. She served as deputy chair of Refugee Council USA and as a member of the Executive Committee of InterAction, the U.S. Council for Voluntary International Action. By bringing field-based accounts of needs that too often do not make the headlines to the attention of policy makers in the United States, and by proposing specific actions to meet these needs, JRS staff seek to make a direct and lifesaving impact on the well-being of refugees and forced migrants.

Facing ethnic cleansing, the Rohingya Muslim minority is one group that is being dislocated as extremist Buddhist groups attack and burn their villages and the Burmese government passes exclusionary laws. What support and services are being provided to this threatened population? To discuss this issue, our final conversation is with Shaikh Ubaid of Burma Muslim Task Force and the Muslim Peace Coalition which believes that war, terrorism and Islamophobia form a dangerous nexus that is dragging our nation backward. Spearhead by the Muslim Peace Coalition, 100 New York Imams in the spring of 2011 stood together to issue an historic statement that established the link between wars at home and wars abroad. For more information about the coalition see: http://muslimpeacecoalition.org/ and for Burma Task Force USA: http://www.burmamuslims.org

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War on Immigrants Report May 2013

Diverse voices from yesterday’s energetic May Day rally at Union Square, and a brief interview with Ravi Ragbir our former co-host who has been active organizer with the New Sanctuary Coalition. Ravi will update us about positive developments in his own case.

Our second guest Leo R. Chavez is professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His research examines transnational migration, immigrants and medical care and media constructions of the “immigrant” and the “nation.” Are these negative social constructions deliberately orchestrated or do they develop more or less automatically from economic structure and racist cultural patterns? Why do we objectify the other? Can we ever get out of the hall of mirrors—the net of messaging, building competing narratives and mastering the art of spin?

Our final guest will be writer Peter Hart of Fairness and Accuracy in Media, who has been following the Post-Boston bombing narrative of right wing pundits. While stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims and Islam is not new, what are the current trends in demonization and what are the implications for civil liberties and civil society?

War on Immigrants Report April 2013

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Our guest Malika Rushdan MacDonald will be briefly discussing the impact of the recent bombings on the local Muslim and the wider immigrant communities of Boston. Malika is Project Director for Boston operations with Islamic Circle ICNA Relief USA.  Malika is also an artist: http://www.modernagedart.com.

We will then speak with Amy Sara Carroll, member of the collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, coproducing the Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT) along with Ricardo Dominguez and others. Their creative project combining poetry with the search for water and coordinates along the border has led to extensive investigation by law enforcement including the NSA.

In the second half of our show we speak with Ellen Kodadek Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall and Sami Abu Shumays, Deputy Director and musician active with and many other musical projects. How does Flushing Town Hall serve and interactive with a highly diverse immigrant community and how does it build alliances along with arts education? . In addition, Sami will play for us two Maqam pieces on his violin and explain a little about Arabic music.

For more info see: http://www.flushingtownhall.org and http://www.zikrayatmusic.com/ and for archives of some previous WOIR shows see: http://immigrantsreport.wordpress.com/

War on Immigrants Report January 13 2013

This week’s show features State Senator Kevin Parker talking about the MTA’s policy to permit hate speech and the marginalization of Muslims; Attorney Sin Yen Ling speaking about trends and increasing concerns in her immigration law practice in the years since 9/11; and Denise Romano, grassroots community reporter with the Home Reporter in Bay Ridge speaking about her work and perceptions of a diverse immigrant community.

War on Immigrants Report April 2012

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We begin tonight’s show with a brief discussion with activist parents confronting the impending closure of scores of public schools, such as Bryant High School, which has been operating in Astoria for 127 years. Local parents, teachers and elected officials are outraged, but the Bloomberg Administration has been insistent. To what extent do low graduation retention rates of immigrant students play a role in these closures? What is the political and ideological context for such disruptive moves?

Further examining the education of immigrants in New York City we will speak to Dr. Marcelo Suarez Orozco, noted author of many books on immigrant children and Special Advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, The Hague. Dr. Suarez Orozco and his wife Professor Carola Suarez Orozco serve as Co-Directors of Immigration Studies at New York University and among the authors of a new report Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status.

In the second half of the show, we speak with Roberto Lovato, frequent writer for The Nation and other publications, about political trends among immigrants, especially right wing inroads among Latinos. As immigrant communities pursue a dream of assimilation and success, do they lose touch with more community oriented values such as solidarity and adapt to the values of “Late Capitalism?” Despite harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric emanating from the political Right, certain social factors sustain forms of conservatism among many Latino communities. What is the likely political result, what are the complexities and what signs of hope can one detect?

January 2012 Show: Got Hope?

January 2012 Show highlights work with vulnerable communities. The first half is a conversation with Zahida Pirani about her new film Judith Portrait of a Street Vendor, and Rafael Samanez Director of Vamos Unidos. The second half explores the work of ARISE NY and other anti bullying and empowerment programs at Turning Point for Women and Families, with Exec Director Robina Niaz, Youth leader Reem HAssan and Rana Abdelhamid. See:

 

For more information please visit:

www.turningpoint-ny.org 

http://www.queensmuseum.org/tagged/immigrants and http://vamosunidos.org/VAMOS_UNIDOS/Home.html

December 2011 Show

Here is the latest Show, with Christina Baal of New York Immigration Coalition and representatives of Occupy Wall Street Immigant Task Force:

Co-hosted by Abraham Paulos of Families for Freedom & Adem Carroll of Muslim Progressive Traditional Alliance