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September 17, 2003

Nickeled and Dimed

A play based on Barbara Ehrenreichs book Nickle and Dimed opened in Minneapolis this past August. Nickel and Dimed was so popular that performances were extended through September. In the play Ehrenreich sets out to uncover the lives and tribulations of low-wage earning Americans. And she quickly discovers that she cant survive on minimum wage. But unlike Ehrenreich, thousands of immigrants cant afford to give up their low-paying jobs.


The Climate for International Students

International students at the University of Wisconsin Madison were enraged this spring when told they would have to pay $125 a year for SEVIS, an immigrant surveillance program fully implemented after September 11, 2001. The university retracted after massive protests and criticism.

Meg Skinner, a former international advisor at the Madison campus and Edgewood College, sees the university’s initial actions as part of a broader trend against international students that began long before September 11th.

Mexican Immigrant Laborers' Contributions to the Local Economy

Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the United States. According to the 2000 census, 12 and a half percent of people in the United States identify themselves as Hispanic. Thats over 35 million people. Most Hispanics have Mexican heritage and in the upper Midwest, the population continues to swell. It hasnt gone unnoticed by policy makers: this summer, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak welcomed a Mexican government official to talk about the possibility of opening a consulate in Minneapolis. The mayor was recognizing what Mexicans in Minnesota already know. KFAIs Hannah Lewis reports on what Minnesota's largely Mexican migrant laborers contribute to the economy.

America love it or leave it

Kim Jackson is a queer spoken word artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is her performance, America: Love it, or Leave it.

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