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Arizona’s SB 1070: The Battle for Immigrant’s Rights

Arizona’s SB 1070 put immigration enforcement in the national spotlight. On this edition, we look at the controversial law – its effects in Arizona and across the country, and how it has motivated immigrant communities to become politically active.

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The Presumption of Guilt: Charles Ogletree on the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Harvard professor Ogletree speaks about his book, “The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America.”

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California’s Prop 19: The End of the War on Marijuana?

Californians went to the polls this past November to vote on whether to legalize marijuana. On this edition, we look at the damage wrought by the failed war on marijuana, with a focus on the millions caught in the criminal justice system.

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New ‘Femicide Law’ in Bolivia Put Forth to Curb Murder of Women

In Bolivia, violent crimes against young women have risen dramatically. But a new law that may pass by the end of 2010, would give a sentence of up to 30 years’ prison for the murder of women.

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Oscar Grant and Police Accountability

We take a look at the police killing of Oscar Grant in Oakland, and the debate over who gets to decide when an officer has done something wrong.

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Breaking through the Blue Wall of Silence

Who polices the police? Cities across the country are creating civilian oversight agencies making local police and sheriffs accountable to the people.

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State of Fear: Arizona’s Immigrant Crackdown

On this edition, Making Contact producer Andrew Stelzer brings us the story of Maricopa County where Sheriff Arpaio’s policing tactics, which many call illegal, may be paving the way for future U.S. immigration policy.

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Whose Neighborhood is This Anyway? (encore edition)

Making Contact’s Joaquin Palomino speaks to former gang members, and other mission residents, about gang injunctions, a controversial legal strategy that’s divided the community. Some call it a solution, but many believe it’s an ineffective measure that does more damage than good.

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No One is Illegal

On this edition, we’ll hear from Harjap Grewal, an organizer with the Canadian-based group, ‘No One is Illegal’ who speaks about global migration, guest worker programs and the brewing resistance in what he calls ‘Fortress North America.

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Conventional Dissent: Free Speech in the Streets

On this edition, in a collaboration with Abby Scher of Public Eye Magazine, we talk with New Yorkers who exposed the police abuses, and lawyers in the cities where the Democratic and Republican conventions will be held this summer, as they fight to prevent similar tactics.

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