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: https://immigrantsreport.wordpress.com/