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.
Victoria Lopez is the Program Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.
Shuya Ohno is the National Field Organizer for the National Immigration Forum.
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.
Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers in New York since 1996, where she started as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. In 2000 she helped start Domestic Workers United, an organization of nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New York organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build the social justice movement. DWU helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In April 2010, she became Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
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
Zeyba Rahman is the Artistic Director of Caravanserai, one of the groups instrumental in bringing Arif Lohar to the US
Rachel Cooper is the Director of Performing Arts at the Asia Society. She also directs the Asia Society's ongoing initiative, Creative Voices of Muslim Asia which helped put together this evening's program
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