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PopPolitics: Immigration Activists See Supreme Court Loss as Galvanizing Vote (Listen)

Also: 'Destined' the Movie Puts Spotlight on Detroit and Diversity; How Periscope Gave a Boost to the House Sit-In

The Supreme Court deadline in United States vs. Texas put President Obama’s executive order on immigration on hold, but showbiz immigration activists believe that it could help spur greater turnout among Latinos in the presidential race.

Filmmaker and activist Paola Mendoza tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM that she believes that the decision “absolutely” will create more of a sense of urgency to get more voters who support immigration reform to the polls. “Now more than ever,” she said.

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court decision, she is worried about friends whose families risk being split apart by deportations.

“I have a lot of friends that have been affected that had the idea of hope in their lives and now it has been taken away from them,” she says.

Mendoza produced and directed a live performance earlier this month that was tied to the Supreme Court ruling.

“We have to learn from our past and we have to learn from other movements,” she said. “There’s been times when you get knocked down and you have to get back up. You have to get back up and be stronger than you were before. Now we are going to go straight for immigration reform.”

She says Donald Trump’s “idea of what the United States is” is “petrifying,” and added, “I am worried about where the country is heading.”

Listen below:

The Sit-In — Did Gun Control Benefit from C-SPAN Blackout?

House Speaker Paul Ryan ordered House cameras to be shut off during Democrats’ sit-in over gun legislation last week. That forced C-SPAN to turn to lawmakers’ own Facebook Live and Twitter Periscope feeds for coverage.

Nikki Schwab of the Daily Mail and Alexander Heffner of “The Open Mind” on PBS talk about whether this had the effect of only magnifying the sit-in, giving it a wider audience and attention than had it just been a feed from C-SPAN.

Listen below:

‘Destined’ and Detroit

Qasim Basir and Cory Hardrict talk about Basir’s “Destined,” in which Hardrict plays two parallel roles — a rising star Detroit architect named Rasheed, and a drug dealer named Sheed. Their paths were set when they were kids, in decisions they made in fleeting moments.

Basir and Hardrict talk about what “Destined” says about the lack of chance opportunities in inner city communities, as well as the struggle for those areas to survive in the face of gentrification.

Listen below:


All roads seemed to lead to Donald Trump at this weekend’s Politicon.

“Hamilton” throws its support to Hillary Clinton.

Daniel Radcliffe calls Brexit the “worst kind of nationalism.”

“PopPolitics, ” hosted by Ted Johnson, airs Thursdays at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS. It also is available on demand.

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