Shows: March 13, 2007

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GPS in Taxicabs

Does technology make New Yorkers safer? Earlier this year, the Taxi & Limousine Commission announced that GPS tracking systems will be installed in all city cabs. With wireless technology streaming from WABC’s website, passengers will be able to surf restaurant and entertainment listings, as well as pay for rides by credit card. The Commission claims GPS will enhance the safety and convenience of passengers. GPS systems will track the precise location of cabs, the number of trips per shift and the amount of money earned. But what will GPS mean for the city’s 40,000 licensed drivers, who work long hours under strenuous conditions, often receiving minimum pay? We will speak with Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

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Special Visas for Battered Immigrant Women

In October 2000, President Clinton signed a bill authorizing temporary visas to immigrant victims of domestic violence who assist law enforcement personnel in investigating the crimes committed against them. Yet, over six years later, the law has never been implemented. Last week, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law filed a lawsuit in San Francisco against the Department of Homeland Security, challenging its failure to follow the law. We will be joined by Julie Dinnerstein, an attorney with NYC-based Sanctuary for Families, which is a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit.

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The Case of Eddy Zheng: Rehabilitation, then Deportation?

Eddy Zheng, who immigrated legally with his family from China to Oakland, California in 1982, served nearly twenty years in prison for an armed robbery in which he participated as a teenager. In prison, by all accounts a model inmate, he earned GED and college degrees, organized poetry slams, and developed an educational curriculum for at-risk youth. Now, two years out of prison, he is facing a deportation order, mandatory for noncitizens who commit aggravated felonies. Eddy Zheng will join us live from California, where he is challenging his deportation in federal court.

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