Shows: April 10, 2007

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Japanese Americans in Support of Muslim Detainees

Last week in federal court, the descendants of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui filed a brief in the case of Turkmen v. Ashcroft, urging the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a 2006 ruling which upheld the legality of post-9/11 detentions of Muslim immigrants. The brief draws parallels between the WWII internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans and the treatment of hundreds of Muslim noncitizens who were rounded up and detained after 9/11, despite the lack of evidence linking them to terrorist activities. We’ll speak with Eric Muller, the legal scholar who wrote and filed the brief, about the contemporary resonances of a historical episode.

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Filipina Domestic Workers Seek Justice

On March 14th of this year, Felisa "Fely" Sales Garcia, 58, a Filipina migrant domestic worker, was found dead in her Bronx apartment. In a suicide letter, Fely revealed harassment and abuse by her employer where she provided care-giving services for an elderly woman. Fely was just one of the 1,700 Filipina women who leave the Philippines each day to become domestic workers across the globe, most significantly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and the US. While remittances from overseas workers comprise a bulk of the nation’s economy, migrant workers live unprotected by the Phillipines government and the laws of the host country. As details of the case are being investigated, we will speak to Linda Abad, a staff organizer with Damayan, a group in New York which organizes on behalf of Filipino migrant workers. As domestic work makes up a significant portion of New York’s economy, we will also discuss new legislation which calls for wage increases and fair treatment under the law.

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From the Fields of Punjab to the Dance Halls of NYC: A Conversation with DJ Rekha

Finally, we’ll be joined in the studio for music and conversation by cultural producer and activist DJ Rekha (Rekha Malhotra). We’ll talk to Rekha about how the Punjabi folk music “bhangra” is played, spinned, and mixed in dance halls across the country, how as a female DJ she broke into a male-dominated industry, the changes she has witnessed after a decade in the scene, and the evolution of New York’s hit dance party “Basement Bhangra,” which is marking its 10-year celebration on April 20th. These days Rekha tours the country, using her cutting-edge work on the music scene as a platform for her activism, lending her expertise to social justice organizations such as Breakthrough and Pop and Politics.

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