Encountering challenges, making decisions, confronting struggles and better understanding the reasons for polarizing positions, are but a part of being engaged in our nation’s ability to discuss and advance towards a more inclusive and fair society. However, there is no set formula to achieve these objectives. El Desvío presents listeners with 30 minutes of thought-provoking discussions on relevant issues we face as a nation.
Georgia on my Mind
Today’s show is focused on the upcoming Georgia election runoff election which will take place on Tuesday, January 5th, and for which the stakes couldn’t be higher. This election could potentially provide Democrats with a shift in the balance of power, allowing for a majority of Democrats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. This power to the Democrats serves to hand President-Elect Biden broad power to carry out the political agenda he and VP Kamala Harris have set forward for our country.
Hector Flores for Las Cafeteras, A Chicano band from East Los Angeles
Susana Duran, Georgia State Director for Poder Latinx and LCLAA’s Trabajadoras Fellow
Maria Rosario Palacios, Director for Georgia Familias Unidas
Todos con DACA
For the past few years, the current administration has gone above and beyond in its attempt to terminate the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which shields undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation.
On November 14, 2020, New York Attorney General, Letitia James ruled that Chad Wolf was not lawfully serving as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security when he signed rules that limited the number of applications and renewals for DACA, therefore invalidating his suspension to the program.
Across the nation, Dreamers, immigration and social justice advocates celebrated this ruling. But what does this ruling really mean particularly taking into account the results of the recent elections?
List of guests:
Natalie Vargas, Dreamer, and former LCLAA Intern
Karen Reyes, Dreamer and AFT member
Shannon Lederer, AFL-CIO Director of Immigration Policy
Letitia James, New York State Attorney General
Y ahora que episode?
This timely and enticing episode, Sí se pudo!… And now what? Is focused on shedding light on the importance of civic engagement, the tireless efforts led by some of our nation’s most prominent unions in increasing voter turnout, and the crucial role that Latino voters played this election cycle. This episode also reflects on the importance of keeping our communities civically engaged in order to achieve a more equal and just nation.
The Latino Community and BLM
COVID-19 has had on black and brown communities, how the pandemic has shed light on racial and economic inequalities, and the role that these inequities, along with the death of George Floyd, have played in the recent protests that have taken place across the country.
We will discuss the role that the Latino community should play in the BLM movement, and in this context discuss the precautions Latinos participating in this movement can take in order to ensure their safety.
GUESTS: Janella Hinds - UFT Vice President Academic High School
NYC Central Labor Council
Esmeralda Flores - Immigrant Rights and Binational Affairs
Advocate ASLU San Diego
Hosts: Jose Vargas, LCLAA Executive Director and Andrea Arenas, LCLAA Director of Communications and Policy