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At least 66 people are known to have died in immigration detention in 2007. Today, as the US House holds hearings, our panelists journalist Roberto Lovato, Janvieve Williams of US Human Rights Network  and Maria Muentes of Families for Freedom discuss the health and treatment of those in U.S. detainment. Are immigration laws the new Jim Crow? Discuss.

Also tonight on GRITtv: from the American News Project and the NOLA Workers’ Justice Center, a shameful story of modern-day slavery in America. Author Russell Banks dreams up America, and the winner of the Movement Vision Lab’s first ever video contest takes a satirical shot at the INS . . . all that and our first in-studio concert from tabla artist, Suphala. IT’S ALL COMING UP ON GRIT TV…

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.

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