articles tagged "Karma Chavez"

Electoral Politics

Thursday, 8 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday November 8th, Karma Chavez subbing for Allen Ruff interviewed Mike Wagner, Assistant Professor of Journalism at UW-Madison. He is an expert in electoral politics and discussed the election results from the perspective of his research.   Assistant Professor Wagner was the Project Director of the Congressional Elections Study (national survey conducted by the Center on Congress) in 2006. He was the Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2009 (Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, 2012, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). He also served as moderator for the televised debate between U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Jan Ting (R) in 2006 and co-authored the book, “Political Behavior in Midterm Elections,” with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse.   Read more about Mike Wagner: http://experts.news.wisc.edu/experts/1509       Listen to the entire interview: more »

American Indian Heritage Month

Thursday, 1 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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November is American Indian Heritage Month, and on this, the first day of November, Karma Chavez interviewed Julie Bacon, a very interesting scholar of indigenous peoples of the Americas and activist from Eugene, Oregon, who looks at environmental studies from an anti-racist, feminist, queer indigenous perspective. Originally from the state of Massachusetts, Julie Bacon has lived a nomadic life and traveled to all 48 continental US states. She eventually left the road to attend the Community College of Rhode Island, where she focused on photography and literature. She later earned my B.A. in English from Rhode Island College and my M.A. in English from Oregon State University. At the University of Oregon her primary areas of research are indigenous ecologies, cross-cultural environmental justice coalitions, and the way these subjects are covered and created through traditional and new media public discourses. Currently, she is especially interested in the experiences of “non-status”, “unrecognized”, or partially “recognized” indigenous people such as the Winnemem Wintu, Ohlone and many others who struggle for protection of traditional relationships, resources and identity. Read more about Julie Bacon: http://envs.uoregon.edu/people/doctoralstudents/ Listen to the entire interview: more »

Caravan for Peace and Critical Resistance

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday August 21st, Karma Chavez subbing for Cynthia Lin interviewed poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist in Mexico Javier Sicilia about drug policy and the Caravan for Peace. Karma also spoke with Treva Ellison of the Oakland-based group Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance seeks “to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.” “A Trans-border Caravan for Peace and Justice with the Poet and Peace Leader Javier Sicilia More than 60,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico in the last few years. 10,000 people have been disappeared and over 160,000 displaced. Global Exchange and Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) led by Javier Sicilia have made “End the Drug War- No More Violence” campaign a priority in 2012. Starting in August, a high profile caravan will cross the US starting in San Diego/Los Angeles, heading east along the US-Mexico border and then up to Chicago, New York and DC. Sicilia’s son, Juan Francisco was murdered along with six friends on a fateful night in March of 2011. He has since become an inspirational voice for peace, justice and reform– drawing huge crowds throughout Mexico. He comes north this summer with a call for change in the bi-national policies that have inflamed a six-year Drug War, super-empowered organized crime, corrupted Mexico’s vulnerable democracy, claimed lives and devastated human rights on both sides of the border. 2012 offers a uniquely fertile moment to internationalize the struggle for peace in Mexico. Latin American elite opinion is shifting rapidly on the question of ending drug prohibition. This call for reform has not yet echoed in the United States. The Caravan represents an unprecedented effort by Mexican civil society to impact U.S. thinking and policy.” -Caravan for Peace To read more about Caravan for Peace: http://www.caravanforpeace.org/caravan/?page_id=753 To read more about Critical Resistance: http://criticalresistance.org/ To listen to the entire interview:       more »

The Rights of Immigrants and Minorities

Friday, 17 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Friday August 17th, Karma Chavez subbing for Esty Dinur spoke with Isabel Garcia, the Pima County Arizona Legal Defender and also co-president of the Tucson-based Coalicion de Derechos Humanos. She has been a fierce fighter for the rights of immigrants and people of color, as well as against border militarization. She has sparred on national TV with Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. In light of recent events in Wisconsin, which are intimately connected with the xenophobia, nativism and racism that Arizona has experienced more harshly than anyone, looking more in-depth at the struggles and marginalization of minorities along the boarder is an extremely important issue.                             “Coalición de Derechos Humanos (“The Human Rights Coalition”) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike. Our goals include: •Strengthening the capacity of the border & urban communities to exercise their rights and participate in public policy decisions. •Increasing public awareness of the magnitude of human rights abuses, deaths and assaults at the border resulting from U.S. policy. •Seeking changes in government policies that result in human suffering because of the militarization of the U.S. border region.” -Coalición de Derechos Humanos To learn more about Coalición de Derechos Humanos: http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net/   more »

Netherlands Accepts LGBT Iraqi Asylum Seekers

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday July 25th, Karma Chavez subbing for Mike Moon interviewed Harvard Research Fellow Scott Long. Scott Long is a human rights activist and scholar specializing in LGBT rights. Recently, the Netherlands have announced they will be accepting all LGBT Iraqis as asylum seekers if they can prove they are gay. Karma discussed the complications surrounding this decision with Scott Long. “The Dutch government has announced it will open its doors to LGBT Iraqis, after declaring the country unsafe for homosexuals. Dutch Immigration Minister Geert Leers had already announced a temporary halt to the deportation of LGBT asylum seekers back to Iraq in June, but has now gone the further step of declaring that it is impossible to be openly gay without risking your safety in any part of the country. However asylum seekers will have to be able to prove that they are gay in order to take up the offer. The Dutch Parliament had asked Leers to carry out investigations into the status of LGBTs in Iraq in March following a wave of gay-hate murders in the country. Dutch LGBT rights group COC welcomed the move but its Executive Director Koen van Dijk told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that it would be problematic for gay Iraqis to prove their sexuality.” -Andrew Potts, gaystarnews.com To read the entire article: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/netherlands-opens-its-doors-lgbt-iraqis140712 To learn more about Scott Long: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/hrp/visitingfellows/current_fellows.html more »

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