Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, July 15, 2010


Thursday, July 15, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:39

Seeking asylum in the U.S.? You’ll still have to prove it

Are women a social group? That’s the issue at hand in the immigration asylum case of Lesly Yajayra Perdomo, a Guatemalan woman who illegally entered the United States in 1991.  She requested asylum on the grounds that she’s a member of a particular social group, consisting of women between the ages of 14 and 40, and would be persecuted on those grounds if she returned home.  To back up her case, she pointed to the fact that from 2001 to 2006, more than 1,900 Guatemalan women and girls were killed, and most of those cases involved sexual violence and “exceptional cruelty.”  But the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) said “Guatemalan women” don’t constitute a group because it’s just too large.  Now an appellate court is throwing the decision back to the BIA, saying it cannot reject a group for asylum consideration just because it’s too large.  Skeptics say the decision will likely stand—gender still won’t be considered grounds for asylum seekers—but is this an opportunity to reconsider asylum law in the U.S. and what options are available for women like Perdomo? Is the system too easy to game?




Niels W. Frenzen, law professor at USC.  He directs the USC Law school’s immigration clinic and has represented hundreds of asylum seekers and other immigrants


Anthony Paparelli, immigration attorney with Seyforth Shaw LLP


Representative from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)




1:41 – 1:58:30

Venus Williams Comes to Win

Sports can be essential to making you a team player who works well with others, but whoever thought that shooting some hoops or dabbling in competitive sports could lead you to become the CEO of your own company or president of the U.S.?  In her new book “Come to Win,” tennis star Venus Williams asked leaders like Bill Clinton, Denzel Washington, Condoleezza Rice and Meg Whitman to look back on their days as athletes.  In a collection of essays, these top business leaders and politicians find that some of the same lessons they learned during soccer or football practice led to their successes today.  Venus Williams sits down with Patt to talk about how her love of tennis contributed to her personal and professional achievements.



Venus Williams, tennis star and author of “Come to Win”




2:06 – 2:30




2:30 – 2:58:30

Keeping kids safe, one cancelled rave at a time—the future of raves in L.A.

After the death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez at Electric Daisy Carnival in the Los Angeles Coliseum, public and political scrutiny has been shifted to raves and electronic bashes where drugs are rampant. Now HARD L.A. and Fresh Squeezed, festivals similar to EDC, have been cancelled just a week after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established a task force and proposed a moratorium on raves. Promoters deny the cancellations have anything to do with recent scrutiny, but do acknowledge that due to stricter standards, unforeseen costs have come up. So is there even a need for local governments to step in, or will raves be cancelled all on their own?



Joshua Glazer, editor-in-chief of, a music and culture web site that focuses on emerging music and covers the Los Angeles and international electronic music scene.



Gary Richards, promoter & organizer of HARD L.A. & other raves; resident DJ at Avalon Hollywood’s “Control” party


  • HARD L.A. had a rave/concert scheduled for July 17th that was just cancelled for security & planning reasons.



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