Shows: April 23, 2012

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Arizona Immigration Law

Today marks the two-year anniversary of SB 1070 being signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. The law has been extremely controversial due to provisions that promote racial profiling by local law enforcement. Many of those provisions have yet to go into effect due to federal injunctions. This Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Arizona v. United States to determine whether the law is constitutional. To learn more about the upcoming hearing and activities in Washington, DC and Arizona, we'll be joined by Victoria Lopez, program director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and Shuya Ohno, national field organizer at the National Immigration Forum.

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Ai-Jen Poo: One of TIME's 100 Most Influential for Domestic Worker Advocacy

Organizers and activists across the country were overjoyed last week to learn that Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance was included amongst TIME's 100 most influential list. Poo, nicknamed "the Nannies' Norma Rae" by the New York Times, led the campaign for the first-ever Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York state and is now attempting to do the same in California. Poo also recently help start the 99% Spring, which trained thousands of activists in organizing and direct action. Ai-Jen Poo joins us tonight to talk about her work and the future of activism in the age of Occupy.

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Sufi music in NY

On April 27 and 28, Asia Society’s ‘Creative Voices of Muslim Asia’ is organizing a program of ‘New Sufi Music from Pakistan’, with Pakistani singing star Arif Lohar, accompanied by Brooklyn-based songstress Arooj Aftab. To introduce these singers, and their particular, hugely influential mix of traditional Punjabi folk music with contemporary jazz and pop, we will be joined by the organizers of this event, Zeyba Rahman of Caravan Serai and Rachel Cooper of the Asia Society

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