The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers. Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes on them? Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.
Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracyis a new book byPaul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants. He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm workers. More about this here. The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it.
In arguing for an end to the discriminatory "Don't ask, don't tell" law against gays serving openly in the military, many progressives wind up supporting what the military does -- fight wars to maintain US hegemony. Writer and activist Yasmin Nair talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the contradictions. Here is Nair's recent article "DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices."
What happens if you turn 18 without papers making you a citizen or a legal resident? Papers is a new documentary film about the difficulties young people face when they can't go to school, get a drivers license, or work. Laurie Mercier talks with the producer Rebecca Shine and with one of the young members of El Grupo Juvenil (the youth crew) Vanesa Dominguez. Go to their website for information more about the film and how to see it.
This show is hosted by Denise Morris and focuses on immigration and the possible repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. It also features music by The B Side, a San Diego based band, described as "War meets Lenny Kravitz by way of Ben Harper."