October 16, 2011
Anti-Latino, Anti-Immigrant Radio Talk Show Hosts Targeted
The Hispanic National Media Coalition has a campaign to remove some hate filled radio talk show hosts off the air. The "Take John and Ken Off the Air" Campaign is going strong. Four major sponsors have already committed to cease sponsorship of KFI AM 640's "John and Ken Show" and a peaceful demonstration was held on October 13 in front of the KFI building at 3400 W. Olive St. Burbank, CA 91505. Over 800 have signed a petition to John and Ken's advertisers.
For years, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of "The John and Ken Show" on the radio station, KFI, have terrorized Los Angeles' Latino, Asian American and African American communities, creating an atmosphere of hate and intolerance and legitimizing violence and discrimination against members of these groups. On September 1, John and Ken began one of their usual rants about undocumented immigrants and the California DREAM Act.
While John and Ken have a history of demonizing Latinos as they pretend to stick to the issues, their September 1st rant went too far. They took it upon themselves to target one immigrant rights activist in particular, Jorge-Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Instead of taking issue with Jorge-Mario's politics, the duo provided Mr. Cabrera's office and personal cell phone numbers and encouraged their listeners to call and harass him. Mr. Cabrera proceeded to receive over 430 abusive and threatening calls. Many of the callers repeated John and Ken's exact words, and then wished death upon Mr. Cabrera and/or threatened his life and his physical safety.
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