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Dying to Cross: A Visual Tribute

Thursday, 8 November 2012 | buzz
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A visual tribute project commemorating the lives of men and women who died crossing the US border from Mexico is discussed on the Thursday November 8 edition of the 8 O’Clock Buzz. Host Tony Castaneda interviews Ariana, a student at Edgewood College, who created the project. Her project, “Dying to Cross,” is a visual tribute commemorating the 177 men and women who died in the deserts while crossing the southern border, in pursuit of their American Dream. The project is displayed in the library courtyard of the Edgewood campus. Says Ariana, “I’ve come from a family of immigrants, so I’ve seen both sides of it; how it affects people here in the US and how it affects people in Mexico. So I just wanted the people of Edgewood to be able to think about it a little.” The project features 177 crosses across the campus and the library courtyard. Each cross contains the name, gender, age, and cause of death of the individual: most of the causes of death say “unknown.” Ariana explains that it is typically volunteers who discover the bodies in the desert.   The project is open to the public. A remembrance ceremony will be held today, November 8, at 6:30 PM in front of the main building on campus.   There will also be a film showing at 7 PM with a discussion to follow afterwards. “De Nadie” is presented in conjunction with the Immigration film series that is currently being held on campus at the Anderson auditorium.   Contact Edgewood’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program with Armando Ibarra

Thursday, 1 November 2012 | buzz
Harvest of Loneliness

On Thursday November 1, our host Tony Castaneda spoke with Assistant Professor at the School for Workers at UW-Madison, Armando Ibarra. Armando speaks about Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program, a documentary film that will be screened at the Labor Temple on Saturday, November 3 at 6:30. Armando will hold a discussion that will take place after the screening of the film, focusing on working conditions and immigration issues that are present in our society today. He assisted with the making of the film as a graduate student with film makers Gilbert Gonzalez and Vivian Price.   Armando explains the Bracero Program, “This was a state managed labor importation program that took place between the US and Mexico from 1942 – 1964. The program has had massive impacts on Latino communities that most of us don’t understand, including those that study these communities. Many people’s grandparents and parents today were braceros.” He explains that the program was a system of labor recruitment, put into place by control of the growers. People from all regions of Mexico applied for permits, after which, if they were selected, would be placed through a processing station in the US, where they would be hand picked to be sent to farms across the US. By the end of the process, they were screened by both the Mexican and American governments, as well as the corporate growers. “There was absolutely no agency on the part of the workers in this whole process,” Armando says. The migrant workers were predominantly from rural lands who considered this offer as a good opportunity for themselves and their families. However, they soon began to see the harsh reality of the situation, “this was an abundant source of cheap, exploitable, replaceable, and deportable labor. That was the beauty of this program for corporate growers.”   Armando reports that the plight of migrant workers has, for the most part, remained unchanged. He estimates that 25% of all the food consumed in the United States is grown in the central valley of California; And, on a yearly basis, 1.2 million farm workers, mainly Mexicans, apply their efforts towards producing that food, “The food you consume is being produced by Mexican hands, and…primarily ‘unauthorized people’, as we label here.” He speaks about the connection between food production and the current immigration laws and issues that are present in the United States today.   Visit the website for the film here.   Visit the UW School for Workers, Department …. more »

Democratic Party Dane County – Mike Basford

Thursday, 1 November 2012 | buzz
Dane Dems

On Thursday November 1st, our host Tony Castaneda speaks with the Chair of the Democratic Party of Dane County, Michael Basford. They speak about the upcoming elections next week, and the issues and anxieties that surround it. “All elections are about choices, and I believe we’ve got great candidates running,” Mike says. He describes himself as cautiously confident, saying there is much to be done in the last remaining days before Election day.   There are offices open across Dane County – and people will be out to reach out to people in these last few days. Tony asks about the areas that voted against the recall against Walker; Mike responds “there is very big difference between that election and this election. That election was filled with tons of negative energy…[now] is nowhere what we saw then…and of all the people that voted, exit polls showed that people thought that this recall vote didn’t meet the standards.”   He speaks about the two parties and their respective candidates, explaining his support of the Democratic Party. Tony asks him how Wisconsin became a swing state, and Mike explains “it’s always been a swing state, it’s always been mighty close. Even when Democrats win in WI, it’s not by huge margins. 2008 was a real anomaly. We didn’t know 2004 until well late into the night.” He believes that the results in Wisconsin of the election will be known earlier this year than usual, “we’ll know by 11 p.m. who the President is.”   He explains that one can not reach a decision based on data from one poll: one must gather information from a number of them, “it’s why all these pollsters are in the business,” he explains. Tony raises the issue of voting machines, and their possibility for manipulation and hacking; Mike responds, “we make sure that there are paper ballot alternatives. If you want to cast a paper ballot, you can. Without a paper trail, everything is possible. The way we run it here in Dane County, we have Scantrons, which work great. The integrity of the election is dependent on people having the choice of paper ballots, and knowing that their vote will count. We are sending people all over Dane County to make sure things will go alright.”   Mike Basford can be reached at (608) 513 1387. Union Cab will be providing free rides to people to and from the polling stations.   Listen to the entire …. more »

Miko Peled – The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Thursday, 25 October 2012 | buzz
The General's Son

On Thursday Oct 25, Tony Castaneda interviewed Israeli-American author and peace activist, Miko Peled. He is the author of The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Miko was born in Jerusalem into a well known Zionist family; his grandfather was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli declaration of independence, and his father was a war hero in the Israeli army.   He is currently on tour to talk about his book. Divided into two sections, the book is about both the author’s background, growing up as the son of a general in a patriotic family, and about the author’s journey through Palestine, and what he discovered from it, “the first part, the General’s Son part, is what seems to give credibility to the second part when I talk about my journey and what I’ve seen of the Palestinian communities.” Miko explains that, growing up in Jerusalem, because it is a very segregated city, he never actually got to know Palestinians until he came to the United States, when he was forty years old. Nevertheless, growing up, the attitudes and values imparted to Miko by his family made him sensitive to and aware of Palestinians and their situation.   Miko’s father, after serving in the Israeli military, dedicated his efforts towards peace-keeping and fighting for Palestinian rights. In 1948, when Israel offered Miko’s family a house to move into, Miko’s mother refused, knowing that Palestinians would need to be removed from the house in order for them to move in. Explains Miko, “this was during the war of 1948, my father was a young officer fighting for the Zionist cause… its interesting because there are neighborhoods in Western Jerusalem that were Palestinian. In 1948, Israeli forces came and kicked everyone out, and these are beautiful homes, well to-do families…and these neighborhoods were ‘cleansed’ by kicking [the Palestinians] out, and these beautiful homes were offered to Israeli families.” His mother refused to displace Palestinian families on principle.   Miko talks about the single-state plan, which calls for a democratic state which would treat both Israelis and Palestinians equally under one state, “As soon as the war was over, [Israel] began ethnically cleansing the West Bank, displacing hundreds of thousands of people…building homes, towns, roads for Israelis, only on Palestinian land. By that, the purpose of this was to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible, so it becomes a part of Israel. So Israel in fact created one state: …. more »

Jeff Dowd – “The Dude” – Visits Madison

Thursday, 25 October 2012 | buzz
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On Thursday, October 25, Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for ‘the dude’ or ‘duderino’ character in The Big Lebowski speaks with Tony Castaneda. Jeff is both a film producer and a community and peace activist, and was a member of the Seattle Seven. He is traveling the country, and is currently visiting Wisconsin.   He admires the strong alliance that Wisconsin has put together, and believes that Wisconsin is now in a historical crossroads. Jeff discusses his economic and political opinions and speculates on the upcoming presidential term. He voices his opinion, “what you have a chance to do in Wisconsin, is take the high road, and become the job creator state… We need to show that [the workers] in Oshkosh, who are worried about losing their jobs, and rightfully so, to the 10,000 jobs that George Bush moved to Texas… Germany is now 50% solar…There is no reason why Wisconsin can’t be doing that. There is no reason the [workers] at Oshkosh trucks can not be working on trains, electric batteries, solar, wind …it doesn’t even have to be transportation. That’s the historic opportunity: Wisconsin is in an historic situation where they can start making systemic change, and we can show that we are the job creators. The reason Obama can not answer the question Romney is asking is because government does not create jobs systemically. It has to come from a combination of things…using the phenomenal Wisconsin human resources, and between the universities of Wisconsin…The human resources we have today is unbelievable.”   Jeff will be speaking at The Big Laborski Fest at the Labor Temple on Thursday October 25, from 6-9PM.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

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