Archive for October 2011

The immigrant rights movement is changing.  Just a few years ago its main focus was convincing Congress to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.   That never happened, and today the emphasis has shifted to the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a path to legal status for millions of young, undocumented immigrants.  Many of them were brought to the US as young children, and only learned they were in the country illegally when they tried to apply for a drivers license or a college loan.   The movement’s new leadership is drawn from their ranks.  In this podcast, you’ll hear from three of these young activists:

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who decided to reveal his illegal status in the New York Times Magazine.  He created an advocacy group called Define American.

Tanya Matos, a leader of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, a group that is pushing New York to pass a state version of the DREAM Act.   A year and a half ago she decided to publicly announce that she is an undocumented immigrant.

Juan Escalante, the communications director for Dreamactivist.org, who spoke to us by phone from Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he's in his 4th year of study.

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Latino voters are just starting to focus on candidates running for President, but so far, they're not very excited by the choices. FI2W's John Rudolph talks to Pilar Marrero of La Opinion about Impremedia's latest poll of Latino voters.

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South Asian women are taking to the stage and publicly talking about their sexuality in Yoni Ki Baat.  Inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monolgues, Yoni Ki Baat, is a grassroots movement of everyday women writing and performing stories about their relationships with sexuality in relation to their bodies, their culture and their lives.  In this podcast, Feet In Two Worlds reporter Aswini Anburajan is joined by Vandana Makker, who has helped write and produce Yoni Ki Baat performances for the past eight years out of San Francisco.

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A modern day Mahatma Gandhi, Anna Hazare, has inspired a movement and led hunger strikes and mass protests to pressure the Indian government to pass a powerful anti-corruption bill. Joining FI2W reporter Aswini Anburajan to talk about the India Against Corruption movement is S. Mitra Kalita, a journalist and author, and Atul Kumar, who helped organize the first protests in support of the anti-corruption movement here in New York.

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