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Immigration Policy and Relationship between Immigrants and Citizens, Part 1 - May 17, 2017

Join host jim justice as we listen to excerpts of speeches by Hiroshi Motomura, a leading scholar of American immigration and citizenship, recorded in Bellingham on May 3, 2017. Hiroshi Motomura was awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship for 2018 to work on his new book, Migrants, Refugees and Citizens. He is Vice Chair of the Board of the National Immigration Law Center, Founding Director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network and a professor of immigration law at UCLA. What is immigration policy now?

Hiroshi asks whether immigration is as a matter of Civil Rights: What do we do with people who are fleeing intolerable conditions in their home country? What is the relationship between Immigrants and Citizens? And, he talks about the presumed economic displacement of citizens by immigrants taking jobs here.

Books by Hiroshi Motomura: American's in Waiting and Immigration Outside the Law.

Bio of Hiroshi Motomura https://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/hiroshi-motomura/

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US Concentration Camps Yesterday and Maybe Tomorrow - December 7, 2016

On Pearl Harbor Day 2016, jim justice interviews Fumio Otsu, a Japanese American, who was born in a US concentration camp ("internment camp") during World War II. Fumio tells of the experiences of his family and others in being removed from their homes with maybe seven days notice. Fumio and jim talk about Executive Order 9066, "No No"s, assembly areas, what the camps were like and what life was like after the war when people returned to their communities. AND, How does this relate to President-elect Trumps comments (threats) about rounding up Muslims today?

Allegiance, the Musical - http://allegiancemusical.com/#xFWRMqCEOy4VS9xC.97
A movie about George Takei's (Star Trek's Sulu) family's experience in a camp. His family included those who said, "No No", and those who said, "Yes, Yes" to the loyalty oath. The musical is airing nationally on Tues., Dec. 13. Check schedule for theatre near you.

Japanese American Citizens League - https://jacl.org/
JACL Seattle - http://jaclseattle.org/
The Seattle Chapter JACL has been unafraid to tackle difficult and, often, controversial issues related to the wartime experience of their community and other civil rights issues.

http://densho.org/
A grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity. It houses an extensive digital collection of materials, including oral histories, about internment and beyond.

Seabrook Farm - http://www.albany.edu/jmmh/vol2no1/seabrook.html
Seabrook Farm in New Jersey was one of the largest sponsors for Japanese Americans who were willing to leave a concentration camp on the West Coast (mostly) during WWII to work on the farm.

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Healthcare in Skagit - March 20, 2013

Preparing for the Skagit Human Rights Festival (SHRF) event on Healthcare on Thursday, March 28 at the Lincoln Theatre, jim talks with Jeanne Crump, D.O., Director of Medical Education at Skagit Regional Health and with Peter Browning, Director of Skagit County Health Department. It is a bit of the current state of healthcare in Skagit as opposed to a year ago, and a talk about the roll out of Affordable Health Care which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

SHRF - Film and panel: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - panel includes both Peter Browning and Jeanne Crump. Lincoln Theatre, Thursday, March 28, 7 PM.

Skagit Human Rights Festival - http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com or skagithrf@gmail.com

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Skagit Human Rights Festival - February 27, 2013

The Tenth Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival is just around the corner. Jodie talks with Andy Kirkpatrick about the first event: - GMOs; and Dave talks with Kathy Reim and Barbara Jordan about the second - Transgender:Transformation.

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Skagit Human Rights Festival Looks at Defending Water and Labor - March 14, 2012

SUSO co-hosts Ginny Wolff speaks with Sandra Spargo and Kay McDonnell about Defending Water during the first half of the show: the upcoming event on March 22nd, 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre will feature a screening of Tapped and some conversation about Skagit water rights and the proposed bottling plant in Anacortes. During the second half of the show, co-host Jodie Buller talks with labor activists Rich Austin and Steve Garey about how unions support all workers, organized or not. The March 29 evening on Labor (also at 7pm at the Lincoln) will feature two short films, Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor council AFL-CIO, and a panel of labor leaders.

http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com

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Skagit Human Rights Festival intro - February 29, 2012

jim gives an overview of this year's Skagit Human Rights Festival which starts with two art openings this week and continues on Thursdays through the month of March. The SHRF theme is Whose Valley is it Anyway? Corporate Power or Community Power. Listen in to hear about the various events and hear Seattle singer/songwriter sing Over My Dead Body (will they incorporate the world.) You will also hear segments from Anne Fenney's War on the Workers. SHRF: Corporations, Civil Liberties & E-Verify, Defending Water, & Labor. Art Exhibits: Lee Mann's Photography & Letters to the Editor at Skagit Valley College Art Gallery & other Skagit Artists in the Lincoln Art Bar.

In preparation for the "Corporations and the Rise of Occupy" night on March 8th, featuring a panel and a screening of Inside Job about our financial system de-regulation and collapse, co-host Jodie Buller talks with with James Bauckman, a video producer and teacher who has become involved with the northwest occupy movement and with Mount Vernon homeowner Jill Eelkema about her 16 month ordeal to try to re-finance her home.

Wed., March 7 - there will be interviews about the last two nights of the Skagit HRF.

Skagit Human Rights Festival - http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com or skagithrf@gmail.com

Jim Page - http://www.jimpage.net/ - Seattle singer/songwriter

Anne Feeney - http://www.annefeeney.com/ - Labor singer/songwriter

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Countering Common Myths about our Latino Immigrants - March 2, 2011

As introduction to the Skagit Human Rights Festival's night focusing on immigration, SUSO's jim talks with three members of Community Action's Latino/a Advisory Committee (LAC) and some LaVenture Middle School students and their advisor. The topic for the Thursday, March 17th event at 7 pm in the Phillip Tarro Theatre on the Skagit Valley College campus is "Countering Common Myths about our Latino Immigrants." LAC members, Rev. Josefina Beecher who has an Episcopal Hispanic ministry in the valley, Bethany Dearborn who works with Tierra Nueva's Family Support Center, and Diana Morelli of EDASC (Economic Development Assoc. of Skagit County) introduce the topic by mentioning some common myths that will be addressed and telling stories to refute them. jim also talks with LaVenture Middle School migrant students, Marta, Angelina, and Ana who were present with their migrant graduation specialist, Janice Blackmore.

Skagit Human Rights Festival - http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com
Skagit County Community Action Agency - http://www.skagitcap.org/

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Transition Towns - February 23, 2011

Two Skagit Valley women - Sarai Stevens and Janet McKinney - join Ginny Wolff in a discussion of the "Transition Movement". This is a world wide effort whose purpose is to create interdependence among neighbors, and build resilient communities that can adapt to the challenges of the future. Chuckanut Transition and Transition Fidalgo and Friends, are two such groups active in the valley who will participate in the opening event of this year's Skagit Human Rights Festival at 7 pm on March 10 at the Phillip Tarro Theatre at Skagit Valley College.

Visit their websites: http://chuckanuttransition.wordpress.com and http://transitionfidalgo.org/
Visit the website for the Skagit Human Rights Festival: http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com

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Health Care as a Human Right - Is Capitalism Killing Us? - March 17, 2010

What makes a society healthy? Is it access to quality health care? According to Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, emergency room physician and professor in Population Health Studies at the University of Washington, healthcare does not make us healthy. The results of much research show that what determines the health of a society is related to the degree of equality in that society. Our growing disparity between the rich and poor, and lack of public policies to to assure well being to pregnant mothers and young children is the reason we are falling behind other developed countries.

For more information see http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/

We will carry Dr. Bezruchka's March 26 presentation to this year's Skagit Human Rights Festival on this site in a few weeks.

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The Massacre at Srebrenica - March 3, 2010

Lifelong human rights' activist and writer, Peter Lippman has spent many years researching human rights issues in eastern Europe, as well as Israel/Palestine and Latin America. He has been traveling to Bosnia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia since 1981, lived in northern Serbia for a year, and speaks fluent "Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian." The Advocacy Project - a Wash. DC based NGO - sent Peter to Bosnia, Kosovo, Guatemala, and Ecuador to research and report on grassroots human rights campaigns. In the last few years he has been working on a book about post-war Bosnia.

Peter Lippman will be speaking at the Phillip Tarro Theatre at Skagit Valley College on April 2, 2010 at 7 pm. In conjunction with this presentation is a display of remarkable quilts - actually more like carpets - woven by a collective of Bosnian women, commemorating the thousands of slain Muslim men and boys who were massacred in Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bosnian War. The quilts will be on display at the Lincoln Theater during the month of March, and at Phillip Tarro Theater for 3 Festival events on March 12 &17 and on April 2, 2010.

More info and pictures of woven quilts at http://www.advocacynet.org.

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Housing as a Human Right - February 24, 2010

Housing as a Human Right night at the Skagit Human Rights Festival SUSO speaks with event and workshop coordinator Monica Chaplin, about what's in store for the first night of the Skagit HRF, including the movie *First Earth: Ecological Architecture *and a panel of Skagit housing and natural building experts. We learn about a hands-on workshop introduction to the simple joys of cob building, and hear excerpts from Monica's interview with Jack Stephens, from the Natural Building Network.

Links:
http://nbnetwork.org/
http://www.ppplanet.org

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6th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival - Food and Farming - March 11, 2009
The third event of the Sixth Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival, on March 19, addresses Food and Farming locally. Melissa Young, one of the filmmakers of "Good Food" to be shown at the event; Anne Schwartz, long time organic farmer and activist from Rockport who appears in the film; and Jodie Buller, outreach coordinator for the Skagit Valley Food Coop and event organizer, are interviewed in this show. Visit http://www.goodfoodthemovie.org and http://www.blueheron-farm.com.

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6th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival - Water - March 04, 2009
Water: who owns it? who gets access? at what price? We take clean drinking water as a given; but much of the world struggles to find access. This program is a discussion of the issues raised by the movie: FLOW - For Love Of Water

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6th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival - February 02, 2009
Renewable Energy, Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7 PM at the Lincoln Theatre. Ron Nichols, of the Festival planning committee with a passion for the issue, provides a glimpse of the movie Kilowatt Ours. Panel member Gary Smith of Highland Energy talks about the higher than average usage of energy in Washington state, the history of wind energy in the US, and how the new administration could support the development of renewable energy. SUSO closes with an excerpt of an interview with Jim Page demonstrating his storytelling abilities and biting commentary. The HRF runs Thursdays through March 19th, then closes with a Jim Page concert on Saturday, March 21 at 7 PM. Reception for musicians at 5:30 PM with local wine, beer, pizza and tamales available. Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz open for Jim Page.
Details about the festival at http://www.lincolntheatre.org
Film - http://www.kilowattours.com
Jim Page - http://www.jimpage.net
Sharon Abreu - http://www.sharmuse.com/sharmuse/

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6th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival - Revitalizing Community - February 18, 2009
Discussion with 5 panel members about Revitalizing Community. Jodie Buller of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op coordinated the discussion for the festival's first night. Kimberly Neagle of the Mount Vernon Main Street project, Russ Weiser (a green architect), and Callie Martin and Ryan Walters of Skagit County's new Climate Action and Sustainability Taskforce (CAST) give insights as to what is happening or could happen in our community. Jodie first gives an overview of the entire HRF for this year - running Thursdays from Feb. 26th to March 19th, then closing with a Jim Page concert on March 21. Details about the festival at http://www.lincolntheatre.org.
http://www.skagitcounty.net/sustainability
http://www.greendrinks.org
http://www.mainstreet.org

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Fifth Annual Human Rights Festival - March 05, 2008
Planning committee talks about what, why, where and when the 2008 Skagit Human Rights Festival takes place. The festival takes place March 11-15 at the Lincoln Theatre, in down town Mount Vernon, WA. Human Rights Festival

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Poverty, One Woman's Story - February 27, 2008
Dr. Donna Beegle grew up in abject poverty. Remarkably she was able to move out of that world, and now uses her personal experience, education, skills, and passion to improve the lives of people living in poverty. In this interview she tells her own story, speaks about what helped her, and talks about the paradigm shift in the way we think about people in poverty - from judgment to understanding - that is needed to be able to make a difference in their lives. Communication Across Barriers

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