The Michael Slate Show, March 18, 2016

Mass Deportations of Immigrant Children With no Legal Representation

Tens of thousands of desperate children, many facing possible violence or death in their home countries, are arrested crossing the southern border of the US every year. Under US law, they are not entitled to a court-appointed lawyer. Those without the resources to hire a lawyer, or access to a pro-bono attorney, must represent themselves -- even if they are three years old. The ACLU and other organizations have filed a lawsuit to end this practice, which the government does not even admit is a huge human rights violation.

Hector Villagra, Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California, joins us to talk about all this.  


Why Do People Come Here From all over the World?

“Why do people come here from all over the world?”, an excerpt from a recorded speech by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. This is from the DVD, “Revolution, Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, and What It's all About.” The entire talk is downloadable at There are also many excerpts on YouTube. 




With drama, comedy, song and dance, "Blood" tells the story of the struggle to uncover a heinous crime that occurred in Japan in the 1980s. In the US, it was discovered that blood supplies worth millions of dollars were contaminated with HIV. They could no longer be sold in the US. The pharmaceutical companies, in collusion with the Japanese Health Ministry, sold the blood to Japan. Thousands of patients, many of them hemophiliacs, were given transfusions, developed AIDS and died of the incurable disease.

The writer and director, Robert Allan Ackerman, and actors Kazumi Aihara (Eiko Asama - the nurse) and Miho Ando (Koyo) talk with Michael in the studio.