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Top: Lt. Ehren Watada (center) with his parents. Photo: Jeff Paterson/thankyoult.org  Middle: Immigrants in D.C. Photo: National Immigrant Solidarity Network  Bottom: Floyd Brooks, Ninth Ward homeowner. Source: Justin Beck

Top: Lt. Ehren Watada (center) with his parents. Photo: Jeff Paterson/thankyoult.org Middle: Immigrants in D.C. Photo: National Immigrant Solidarity Network Bottom: Floyd Brooks, Ninth Ward homeowner. Source: Justin Beck

As the year 2006 comes to an end, we take a look back at three hot button issues that we covered over the past year: the Iraq War, U.S. immigration, and the ongoing efforts to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Featuring:

Segment 1: “Soldiers Against the Iraq War”: U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, refused to deploy to Iraq; Carolyn Ho and Robert Watada, Lieutenant’s Watada’s mother and father; Ann Wright, retired U.S. colonel.

Segment 2 – “U.S. Immigration”: Assie Sampa, Cuban immigrant; Blanca Lopez, Nicaraguan immigrant; Elka Goodin, Jamaican immigrant; Ramon Martinez, Cuban-refugee now U.S. citizen; Marleine Bastien, founder and executive director, FANM Ayisyen Nan Miyami Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami); Katiana Des Arnes, student.

Segment 3 – “Rebuilding New Orleans”: Floyd Brooks, Ninth Ward homeowner; Malik Rahim, co-founder, Common Ground Relief; Gabriel Cohen and Rebecca Mintz, volunteers for Common Ground.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio.
Contributing Freelance Producers: Sarah Olson, Esther Manilla, Justin Beck.

For more information:

Friends and Family of Lieutenant Watada

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) – Oakland, CA

Iraq Veterans Against the War – Philadelphia, PA

Not In Our Name – Oakland, CA

National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR) – Oakland, CA

Human Rights Watch – New York, NY

FANM Ayisyen Nan Miyami Inc./ Haitian Women of Miami – Miami, FL

Common Ground Relief – New Orleans, LA

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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