Obama Reauthorizes the Patriot Act
Despite his opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act as a Senate candidate in 2003, President Obama recently signed an extension of a number of its provisions. Among them are a reauthorization of court-approved roving wiretaps which permit surveillance on multiple phones, and court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations. Naureen Shah of the Human Rights Institute at the Columbia University School of Law breaks down for us what this will mean for Americans and immigrants in the US.
As a fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, Naureen Shah focuses on human rights and counterterrorism policy, including transfer of terrorism suspects and detention without charge. Prior to joining Columbia, Naureen was a Leonard H. Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch, based in London. Her recent articles include “Abusive and Abused” (International Herald Tribune, August 3, 2009) and she has written for In These Times and Fort Worth Weekly. She is the author of "Knocking on the Torturer’s Door: Confronting International Complicity in the U.S. Rendition Program" (Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Spring 2007).
Queer Immigrants Rights
With Congress rumored to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform this spring, LGBTQ groups are mobilizing to make sure the legislation addresses their concerns, including legalization, family reunification, and the recognition of same-sex bi-national couples.
Ben de Guzman is Co-Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific American Alliance.
Red Baraat's New Album
Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat calls itself “the first and only dhol ‘n brass band of its kind” in the US. The group combines North Indian drums with percussion and horns to create a unique sound which has been featured at venues around the country. We’ll hear tracks from Red Baraat's new album, Chaal Baby, and speak with band members Sunny Jain and Sonny Singh.
Sunny Jain plays dhol, drumset and percussion for Red Baraat.
Sonny Singh is trumpeter and vocalist for Red Baraat.
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