3/31/11 Whose Side is the Law On?

Tonight, we replay a program produced by Making Contact, “Presumed Guilty: American Muslims and Arabs” produced by Andrew Stelzer. Marie B. Choi kills it with an amazing interview with Anh Pham, an anti-war and solidarity activist whose home was raided in September 2010 because of her political activity. And we bring you a commentary from Veena Dubal, staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus.

 

Community Calendar:

Cesar Chavez Day
Today we honor Cesar Chavez day and we remind our listeners that the 1965 Delano Strike, which gave birth to the United Farm Workers, was started by Pilipinos. According to John Delloro, executive director of the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute, as the summer heat of 1965 ripened the grapes of the Delano fields, Pilipino farm workers walked off the job and struck for dignity and better working conditions. Earlier, Cesar Chavez of the mostly Mexican National Farm Workers Association had refused the request of Larry Itliong of the predominantly Pilipino Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee to join the strike. A week after the strike began, Larry approached Cesar again and this time Cesar agreed. We tip our hats to the manongs of Delano and their courage to fight for the rights of agricultural workers.

Kōkua Japan San Francisco fundraising concert
A group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10am – 6pm Saturday, April 2nd. Emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye, the lineup includes Hawaiian music groups, Polynesian dance troupes, and diverse musical acts.

Rhymes and Rhythms poetry reading
On Saturday, April 2nd at 5 pm, catch the Rhymes and Rhythms multicultural poetry reading hosted by Nancy Hom and Avotcja at the I-hotel Manilatown Center at 868 Kearny Street in San Francisco. This quarterly series features some of the most dynamic poets, storytellers, singers and performers in the Bay Area. This month’s performers include Pete Yamamoto, Oscar Bermeo, Naomi Quiñonez, and others.

Bhopaili the Movie
Next Thursday, April 7th, from 6pm – 9pm, Bhopaili the Movie will be playing in Berkeley followed by a Q&A with Sanjay Verma, a Bhopal survivor who lost seven family members in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. Sanjay Verma is touring the U.S. to testify against the production of methyl isocyanate in West Virginia. MIC is the gas that leaked in Bhopal, India killing thousands instantly. The event is located at UC Berkeley School of Law, Room 105.

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