Shows: March 18, 2008

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Indian Guestworkers March to DC for Justice

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi as much by Martin Luther King, 100 Indian Guest Workers began a historic march today from New Orleans to Washington DC to demand an end to abuses created by the H2 Guest Worker program. Their 8-day journey will end as Congress begins session. The workers will demand a meeting with Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen, who they claim has turned his back on them. The workers paid $20,000 to US and Indian recruiters, with promises of worker- based residency, only to be returned with 10-month temporary work visas and conditions which stripped them of proper food, pay and dignity. To give us an update on this historic march, and to break-down the impacts of the Guest Worker Program, we are joined by SAKET SONI, Director of the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice.

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Shabnam Hashmi on the Recent Elections in Gujarat and the Ideology of Hate


On December 23, 2007 Narendra Modi was re-elected as Chief Minister of Gujarat, where five years earlier the state saw what has now been termed as 2002 carnage, claiming the lives of 2,500 Muslims. In October of last year, the Indian magazine Tehelka reported Modi's knowledge of the riots prior to them taking place and the organized efforts of the Sangh Parivar, a Hindu nationalist organization. While many encouraged Modi's resignation after the riots, he continues to govern Gujarat now six years later. SHABNAM HASHMI who is currently touring the US to discuss the ideology of hate and the efforts of her organization Act Now for Harmony and Democracy, joins us tonight.

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Edith Burgos on the Disappearance of her son, Jonas Burgos

EDITH BURGOS, mother of missing Filipino activist Jonas Burgos, and widow of the late Filipino press freedom-fighter Joe Burgos, is on a US Tour to raise awareness of her son's disappearance. Jona Burgos was declared missing in April 2007, after not making an anticipated meeting of We Forum, a progressive media forum in which his father was publisher. The tour is sponsored by GMA Watch, a Filipino-American advocacy network that is participating in lobbying efforts to hold Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo accountable for alleged widespread violations of human rights in the Filipines. Edith Burgos joins us to discuss her son's disappearance and her current trip to the US.

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