A recent study claims that nearly 30-million people on the planet live in slavery- a practice that relies on the trafficking of human beings. The majority of victims are found in places like India, Thailand and Russia. Human trafficking is also a growing problem in the Southwestern United States, and the black market trade is growing in New Mexico.
Mon. 9/17 7p: "The Hidden Histories of Sunland Park"
In 2011 and 2012, the small New Mexico border community of Sunland Park made regional headlines and national news for its political scandals. Delving into the sensational, the media coverage largely glossed over long-running environmental troubles affecting the lives of the town’s residents on a daily basis.
This Spanish-language radio documentary helps fill the gap by exploring crucial environmental issues that impact the nearly 15,000 residents of a mainly Spanish-speaking, low-income community bordering Texas and Mexico.
There's a proposal in a U.S. Senate committee to cut funding for a program which helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in places like New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Texas. Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
The number of people who need help buying food has risen more than 20 percent for southwestern states including New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Nevada. That’s according to the most recent statistics from the U-S Census Bureau.
Hundreds of Hispanic Republicans are gathering today in Albuquerque hoping to build momentum ahead of next year's presidential election. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic voters in the country.
Local supporters of protesters in New York City are planning an event of their own this weekend to show their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Organizers say they want to draw attention to issues like wealth inequality, lack of health care, rising foreclosure rates, and workers' rights. The non-violent protests are planned in 85 cities across the U-S and 100 cities worldwide. According to reports the Occupy Wall Street protest began nearly two weeks ago in Manhattan. Police have arrested at least 80 people and critics say law enforcement tactics have been excessively harsh.
The wealth gap between white, Black, and Hispanic households in the US is getting bigger. According to a recent report by the US Census Bureau and the Pew Foundation, white households have 20 times the wealth of Black households and 18 times the wealth of Hispanic households.
Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are meeting this week to address this growing wealth inequality and here in Albuquerque leaders in the African American community are working to support black owned businesses and entrepreneurs. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has more.
Lawmakers are into their third week of the special session on redistricting at the state Capitol. KUNM's Marjorie Childress is covering the action in Santa Fe. She joined me to discuss why Democrats are not yet working on the agenda items that were added by Republican Governor Susana Martinez. Instead they're focusing on redistricting. Marjorie Childress reports for KUNM. She is also the Editor of the New Mexico online news and views website, El Grito.
Conservation groups are hosting a public forum in Albuquerque Wednesday to discuss trapping of fur-bearing animals on New Mexico public lands. The state Game Commission in July lifted a ban on trapping in southwestern parts of the state where the endangered Mexican grey wolf has been reintroduced.