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Friday, February 27, 2009

Show for Sat, Feb 28th at 11: Drought, Water Wars, Red Voting Districts, Latino Families, Latino Water Coalition, Politics

Piedad Ayala, Founder and chief organizer of the Latino Water Coalition, joins me along with two gorgeous and dynamic legal eagles, currently at UC Hastings College of Law, Mex-American, Republicans, Francis Barraza, and Kristen Lucero.

We’ll talk with Francis and Kristen about growing up first generation in the US, family, their principles and values and being Republican.

Water wars are front and center. Ag is our biggest industry. Republicans and Latinos need each other more than ever before. The fate of Farm workers, Ranchers, Farmers, Ag business owners and their workers, and CA consumers of fresh food are all in peril, together. The environmental lobby is banking on Latino Democrats to stay in line with the Democratic Party’s politics.
Will Republicans openly embrace their powerful natural allies, the Latino coalition of the Central Valley Ag Industry?

Will Latino Democrats sympathetic to the plight of Latinos who are losing their jobs after generations of working and living in the same communities, over the radical environmentalists, choose human life, property and California’s prosperity over kowtowing to the Radical Environmentalist Lobby?

The face of CA politics can change dramatically over night. Lloyd Carter, President of the CA Save our Streams Council and until very recently, board member of the powerful CA Water Impact Network was forced to resign for his racist comments. The Enviros want us to believe his views were personal and not indicative of that lobby’s views, but their actions speak volumes to the contrary. American Families. Food. Water. Radical Environmentalists. Politics.

Republicans say they want to make inroads into the Latino Community. Republicans can push for reform that is more than window dressing, stalling, or costly spending over common sense policy now. The door is open! A union made in heaven. Join us on the program for a birds eye view.
Related News Stories:
Schwarzenegger declares Calif. drought emergency
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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