Shows: September 25, 2017

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MinKwon Center for Community Action

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Fighting for DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, placing an estimated 800,000 young immigrants at risk of deportation. As the debate over DACA rages, immigrant undocumented youth have consistently placed their bodies and lives on the front lines of organizing for a just and humane immigration system for all. We hear from Angie Kim, a community organizing fellow at MinKwon Center for Community Action in New York. Born and raised in South Korea, Kim came to the United States at age 9 and has been an activist for immigrant rights and social justice since she enrolled in DACA in 2012. Kim shares her experience as a DACA enrollee, the immediate risks, and the federal legislative change that undocumented youth are fighting for.

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Endless War in Afghanistan

The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan for 16 years, since the weeks immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, and this is America’s longest-ever war. With the new administration, the U.S. appears to be digging in – with more troops, more contractors, and less willingness to move toward a political solution. Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies discusses the U.S. occupation in Afghanistan; the implications for Pakistan, India, and the wider region, and what the U.S. should be doing.

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"Home Fire" Excerpt

Author Kamila Shamsie recently spoke at the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York for a program called “Subjects of Interest.” In this excerpt, she reads from her new novel “Home Fire,” which is based on the story of Antigone and depicts how the war on terror splinters Muslim families.

For the full AAWW program, click here for the video, and be sure to visit the workshop's website AAWW.org for more great content.

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