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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?


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