On tonight's show we focus on the human and civil rights abuses against people of color, the misuse of 287g agreements, and the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We are talking with immigrant rights advocates in Maricopa County (AZ), where the worst examples of this abuse are happening at the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We talk with Silvia Herrera of the Puente Movement, Jason Odhner, and Antonio Bustamante. We also bring you short interviews from the National Convergence and Protest in Phoenix on February 27th & 28th, 2009.
This month, APA Compass tackled the topic of homeland politics and how it effects Asian Pacific Americans. To look at it through a very specific issue, APA Compass member Priya Kandaswamy spoke to Dr. Svati Shah and author Minal Hajratwala about the recent decriminalization of gay sex in India.
Dr. Shah is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Massachussets at Amherst, and author of a forthcoming book about sex work in Mumbai. Ms. Hajratwala is author of Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Countries, as well as a poet, performer and queer activist.
Last month we had a chance to meet students from the Pan Asian Rites of Passage program in Lane County, OR. During this month's program, APA Compass aired the audio from the video I Am Asian American by Jia Ming Chen & Eugenia. This is the audio we played. Click here for the original video.
Tune in for this month's APA Compass, where we'll be discussing homeland politics for Asian Pacific Americans. What does "home" mean for us, for our families, and our communities? What effects do social and political events in our homelands have on us here in the U.S.? We'll feature an audio postcard on the meaning of "home" for local Asian Pacific Americans. You'll hear a live roundtable discussion with scholar and activist Svati Shah and Minal Hajratwala on the topic of the recent decriminalization of gay sex in India. And, as always, another Angry APA Minute!
Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program deals with Israel-Palestine, a better way to think about taxes, a movie about walled-in globalization, and why the Democrats are not doing what we elected them to do.