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Audio: War on Immigrants Report – August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

via GLOBAL MOVMENTS URBAN STRUGGLES WBAI 99.5 FM

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XENOPHOBIA, IMMIGRATION AND CRISIS

In general, how do Americans respond to a major disaster? At times generous (as following Katrina and Tsunami) and at times unresponsive (as with the current disastrous floods in Pakistan) Americans will continue to face humanitarian emergencies impacting some of the most vulnerable communities. The bad news currently is that post 9/11 backlash against Muslims is stronger than ever, and the emergency relief for Haitians following their massive earthquake is limited and uncertain.

This show looks at the resurgent politics of resentment and how current immigrant programs are struggling to cope.

Hysteria about the “immigrant crisis” manipulated by the right wing media distracts from actual economic and social crisis. With tabloid support, the Tea Party movement effectively taps into resentment to effectively challenge Democrats and progressives in the upcoming elections. To discuss how this xenophobic strategic is affecting the public perception of immigration, Co-Host Adem Carroll speaks with Adele Stan, Washington bureau chief of AlterNet.org and co-editor of the upcoming anthology, “Dangerous Brew: Exposing the Tea Party’s Agenda to Take Over America.”

In the midst of a major right wing smear campaign against long time colleagues, Adem will also address the current attack on the downtown community center, branded the “Ground Zero mosque” by detractors.

In the Second half of our show co-Host Donald Anthonyson of Families for Freedom will speak on the difficult situation of Haitians in the USA, especially how the offer of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is shaping up in the impacted communities. His guest will be Amy Gottlieb Program Director of the Immigrants Rights Program from American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Francesca Menes, Community Organizer from the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLC) campaigning against Wage Theft and for Equal Treatment for Haitians.

Not only are Immigrants kept in a state of crisis –the whole nation is held hostage to the politics of fear.

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