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Yesterday, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and at parishes in LA and Orange Counties, Catholics were asked from the pulpit to write Congress in support of comprehensive immigration reform. José Gomez, Archbishop of America's largest Catholic archdiocese, has written a new book called Immigration and the Next America. We hear what he told KCRW's Saul Gonzalez. Also, the first of our series on projects designed for Southern California's future but never built. We hear what might have happened in Chavez Ravine instead of Dodger Stadium. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, after twleve years, hundreds of billions of dollars and 2200 American lives, the US is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Has it been worth the cost? We hear the continued dispute about the condition of the country now — and what to expect for the future.  



Banner image: Archbishop Gomez with Angelinos in their traditional ethnic garb. Photo courtesy Victor Aleman

Main Topic LA's New Catholic Leader and Immigration Reform 12 MIN, 10 SEC

Pope Francis is in Rio de Janeiro tonight, his first return to South America since taking charge of the Holy See. But his symbolic first visit outside of Rome was last week to the tiny Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, the destination of thousands of African immigrants. This year alone, 40 have died in the effort to find better lives in Europe. The Pope prayed for them and denounced what he called, the "globalization of indifference." Yesterday, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Archbishop José Gomez celebrated mass on behalf of all immigrants, and asked Catholics to contact members of Congress on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform. He's written a book on the subject, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation, dedicated to Pope Francis, and KCRW's Saul Gonzalez talked to him about it.


Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez and Pope Francis

Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)
Thomas Rausch, Loyola Marymount University

Immigration and the Next America

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

Reporter's Notebook Neutra, Chavez Ravine and 'Never Built' 13 MIN, 22 SEC

Never Built is a new exhibition at the Architecture & Design Museum in mid-Wilshire. It's all about dramatic, sometimes visionary plans for Southern California that never happened. For the next four Mondays, KCRW's Matt Holzman goes in search of the stories behind four of the most fascinating projects.

Today he looks at what was almost built in Chavez Ravine near downtown LA. A lot of people think the Latinos who lived there were kicked off their land to make way for Dodger Stadium. The true story is that they were moved out to build a massive, ultra-modern public housing project designed by one of the superstars of 20th century architecture.

Matt Holzman, Producer, 'The Document' (@KCRW_Matt)

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