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UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.Pitch us at upfront@kpfa.org.

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The 2020 Election and the Black Vote; Plus: Oakland’s 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival goes virtual

0:08 - The 2020 election and the Black Vote Kevin Powell, writer, human rights activist, poet, journalist, and author of 14 books, including his most recent work “When We Feed the World, [1]” a collection of essays about the present and future of America. 0:34 -November 1st, marks Day 1 of the multi-day holiday Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican cultural celebration honoring the dead. Itzel Diaz isone of the organizers of the Day of the Dead celebration in the Fruitvale district in Oakland, and Senior Manager of Communications and External Affairs for the Unity Council. The Unity Council is a non-profit Social Equity Development Corporation in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland. Event info: 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival [2] - ONLINE. [1] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48587404-when-we-free-the-world [2] https://diaoakland.com/

188 min19 h ago
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The 2020 Election and the Black Vote; Plus: Oakland’s 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival goes virtual

As COVID surges around the US, presidential candidates promise pandemic end, but what can they actually do? Plus: Gov Newsom’s unprecedented challenge to the death penalty; and a Richmond elections roundup

[caption id="attachment_346643" align="aligncenter" width="370"] (Source: Democracy Now/Johns Hopkins University)[/caption] 0:08 - What can Trump, Biden, anyone do about the COVID surge? Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) [1] is the co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. 0:34 - Author interview: David Dayen (@ddayen [2]) is executive editor of the American Prospect, an independent progressive magazine, and author ofMonopolized: [3]Life in the Age of Corporate Power. 1:08 - Governor Newsom challenges CA death penalty as racist Elizabeth Semel is a clinical professor of law at UC Berkeley (@BerkeleyLaw [4]), where she directs the Death Penalty Clinic. 1:20 - The American crackdown on protesters Sam Levin (@SamTLevin) [5] is a correspondent with the Guardian, based in Los Angeles. His latest piece is “ America's protest crackdown: five months after George Floyd, hundreds face trials and prison” [6] 1:34 - The California NAACP’s strange endorsements Laurel Rosenhall (@LaurelRosenhall) [7] covers politics and power for CalMatters, focused on the State Capitol. 1:45 - Richmond elections roundup John Geluardi is a writer and journalist based in Richmond, CA. [1] https://twitter.com/gregggonsalves?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor [2] https://twitter.com/ddayen [3] https://thenewpress.com/books/monopolized [4] https://twitter.com/BerkeleyLaw [5] https://twitter.com/SamTLevin [6] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/27/americas-protest-crackdown-five-months-after-george-floyd-hundreds-face-trials-and-prison [7] https://twitter.com/LaurelRosenhall

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As COVID surges around the US, presidential candidates promise pandemic end, but what can they actually do? Plus: Gov Newsom’s unprecedented challenge to the death penalty; and a Richmond elections roundup

The GOP is doing everything it can to suppress the voting, as Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh signal’s he’d support Trump in a disputed election; Plus: The political dynamics of Latinx voters in 2020

0:08 - One week to go: The state of vote suppression Ari Berman (@AriBerman) [1] is a senior reporter for Mother Jones covering voting rights. He is also the author of the book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. 0:34 - Author interview: Ainissa Ramirez (@ainissaramirez [2]) is a materials scientist and author, her latest book is The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another [3] 1:08 - What SCOTUS is about to do to the election.Also: how the election’s looking in Wisconsin John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) [4] is theNational Affairs Correspondent for The Nation.His latest piece is "Brett Kavanaugh Prepares to Upend Election Rules to Benefit Donald Trump." [5] 1:34 - Latino voters in 2020 Lisa García Bedolla (@GarciaBedolla) [6] is a political scientist and scholar of Latino studies, currently the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. [1] https://twitter.com/AriBerman [2] https://twitter.com/ainissaramirez [3] https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/alchemy-us [4] https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising [5] https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/kavanaugh-wisconsin-bush-gore/ [6] https://twitter.com/GarciaBedolla

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The GOP is doing everything it can to suppress the voting, as Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh signal’s he’d support Trump in a disputed election; Plus: The political dynamics of Latinx voters in 2020

Walter Cruz-Zavala has won his immigration case twice, but ICE refuses to release him – why?; Plus: The real impacts of PG&E power shut-offs are still unknown, advocates want answers and accountability

[caption id="attachment_346529" align="aligncenter" width="339"] Walter Cruz-Zavala has been detained by ICE for more than 3 years, and is currently at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield, CA. (Photo: Courtesy of Raha Jorjani)[/caption] 0:08 - Chile votes to replace dictatorship-era constitution Naomi Larsson Pineda (@naomilars [1]) is a British-Chilean freelance journalist covering Chile for Al Jazeera, the Guardian and the Telegraph UK. She’s currently based in London. 0:34 - After wining his immigration case twice, 30 year old asylum-seeker Walter Cruz-Zavala is still incarcerated by ICE - why? The Alameda County Public Defenders Office is fighting for his release Walter Cruz-Zavala has been in immigration custody since July 2017, fighting deportation back to El Salvador where he faces violence and possibly death by gangs. Despite winning his case twice, he remains locked up in the Mesa Verde Detention facility in Bakersfield, CA, where he caught COVID-19. Raha Jorj...

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Walter Cruz-Zavala has won his immigration case twice, but ICE refuses to release him – why?; Plus: The real impacts of PG&E power shut-offs are still unknown, advocates want answers and accountability

Pence at the center of a new White House COVID outbreak, as Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett; Plus: The big picture (and loopholes) around Prop 15; And inside the fierce race in Oakland’s D3 over housing, policing

0:08 - Mondays with Mitch Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics, weekdays at 10AM on KPFA. We discuss Amy Coney Barrett’s final vote in the Senate is today; Mike Pence plans to attend, even though 5 of his staff have COVID and more. 0:34 - COVID updates and listener calls. John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UCBerkeley’s School of Public Health. 1:08 - KPFA News: Proposition 15 would lift California’s cap on property taxes -- but only for large owners of commercial and industrial real estate. The argument that the “no” campaign is making is that prop 15 would hurt small businesses. During our debate, we asked for an example business. The no campaign’s representative couldn’t name one. So we asked our reporter, Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang [1]) to follow up -- to ask prop 15’s supporters and opponents each to give us an example property that would make their case. Here’s what she found. 1:20 - KPFA News:We’ve put reporters on some of t...

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Pence at the center of a new White House COVID outbreak, as Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett; Plus: The big picture (and loopholes) around Prop 15; And inside the fierce race in Oakland’s D3 over housing, policing

Moms 4 Housing organizer Carroll Fife takes on incumbent McElhaney in fierce Oakland council race over housing, policing

[audio mp3="https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/BOONE-OAKLAND-D3-COUNCIL-1.mp3"][/audio] By KPFA election reporter Ariel Boone (@arielboone [1]) OAKLAND, CA - On a sunny Saturday morning in DeFremery Park in West Oakland, 50 people have come to knock on doors. There are ironworkers, students, democratic socialists, even Sunrise Movement climate activists — all here to support Carroll Fife, a candidate for Oakland city council in District 3. "Who's door knocking for the first time ever?" precinct captain Mary Schindler asks the crowd. Several hands go up. Everyone cheers. "Yes! You guys, that’s awesome!" West Oakland is a historically Black neighborhood, rapidly gentrifying, and one of the epicenters of the 2008 foreclosure crisis. Last year, it was also the site of an action that drew national attention: A group of unhoused Black moms, calling themselves "Moms 4 Housing [2]," took over an empty investor-owned home, occupied it for over two months, and eventually — after h...

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Moms 4 Housing organizer Carroll Fife takes on incumbent McElhaney in fierce Oakland council race over housing, policing

The last Trump-Biden presidential debate; Plus: Protests demand end to deadly SARS forces in Nigeria; and the 18th annual 3rd i South Asian film festival this weekend

[caption id="attachment_346211" align="aligncenter" width="345"] Protesters against the SARS forces take a knee during the national anthem in Lagos, Nigeria Oct 8, 2020 (Source: Wikipedia [1])[/caption] 0:08 - Debriefing the last Presidential debate of 2020 John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [2]) isNational Affairs Correspondent for The Nation. 0:20 - In early October, protests erupted over the shooting and killing of a young man in Nigeria's Delta State allegedly by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives. Protests quickly grew overnight to an organized, nationwide movement led by Nigerian youth using the hashtag #EndSARS. SARS was infamously known for extrajudicial killings, rape and extortion among many other reported crimes. Earlier this week, SARS forces shot live ammunition into a crowd of protesters sparking worldwide condemnation. Marie David is a Nigerian attorney, entrepreneur and organizer of an #EndSARS global coalition team with the objective of bringing awareness ...

199 min1 w ago
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The last Trump-Biden presidential debate; Plus: Protests demand end to deadly SARS forces in Nigeria; and the 18th annual 3rd i South Asian film festival this weekend

Appeals court: ‘Worst epidemiological disaster’ San Quentin must release or transfer 50% of prisoners to combat COVID; Plus: Berkeley and Vallejo Mayor’s races; and CA Senate District 15 candidates Ann Ravel vs Dave Cortese

0:08 - Court orders 50% transferred or released from San Quentin Brad O'Connell is Assistant Director of the First District Appellate Project. [1] 0:15 - What’s happening inside James King is a state campaigner with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and was formerly incarcerated in San Quentin. 0:34 - Local explainer: Berkeley Mayor’s race Francis Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside, where she’s covering Berkeley elections. 0:46 - Vallejo mayoral candidate Hakeem Brown has a history of domestic violence Geoffrey King (goes by Geoff) is an attorney and journalist, and founder of Open Vallejo, a new non-profit newsroom. He just published an investigation into Vallejo City Council-member and Mayoral candidate Hakeem Brown, revealing his history of domestic violence and abuse. [2] 1:08 - In California, a State Senator represents more people than the average member of Congress. And there’s an open seat in the Bay: Senate District 15, covering big chun...

289 min1 w ago
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Appeals court: ‘Worst epidemiological disaster’ San Quentin must release or transfer 50% of prisoners to combat COVID; Plus: Berkeley and Vallejo Mayor’s races; and CA Senate District 15 candidates Ann Ravel vs Dave Cortese

With Prop 16, a new generation of Californians has a chance to reinstate affirmative action. Will they?

[audio mp3="https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ariel-Boone-on-Prop-16-brian-mix.mp3"][/audio] By Ariel Boone (@arielboone [1]), KPFA elections reporter OAKLAND, CA - California is one of only ten states that ban affirmative action by public institutions. Voters put that ban into the state’s constitution in 1996. But that could change this fall, when voters get a chance to overturn the ban with Proposition 16 [2]. Affirmative action was a response to the civil rights movement. It means an institution considers race and sex when they review applications for a job, for admissions or for contracting, in order to include categories of people they’ve excluded in the past. Sharon Elise isa professor of sociology teaching at California State University, San Marcos and associate vice president for racial and social justice in the California Faculty Association, the union representing faculty on CSU campuses. She calls herself an "affirmative action baby." As a Black student, Sharo...

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With Prop 16, a new generation of Californians has a chance to reinstate affirmative action. Will they?

On the ground in major swing state, Florida; Plus: A look at the Oakland At-Large race and SF election battles; then: CA Senate District 22 candidates Scott Weiner and Jackie Fielder

0:08 - Florida early vote: Long lines, disenfranchised people with felony records, the pandemic and more. Mitch Perry, Political Reporter for Spectrum Bay News 9 in Tampa, FL. 0:34 - Things are not as they appear in the Oakland At-Large race Darwin BondGraham is the news editor at Oaklandside. 0:45 - The big money pouring in to San Francisco elections, why and who's up and who's down Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the founder and editor of 48hills.org. Event: 48hills is holdings its annual benefit gala TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday, Oct 22 as an online affair. It’s free to stream, headliners include our own Davey D. Details at 48hills.org 1:08 - Housing is front and center in San Francisco’s state senate race, where a prolific legislator faces a left-flank challenger who’s secured enough funding and endorsements to pose a serious threat. We speak to both candidates about how their politics would shape Californ...

346 min1 w ago
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On the ground in major swing state, Florida; Plus: A look at the Oakland At-Large race and SF election battles; then: CA Senate District 22 candidates Scott Weiner and Jackie Fielder

Latest Episodes

The 2020 Election and the Black Vote; Plus: Oakland’s 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival goes virtual

0:08 - The 2020 election and the Black Vote Kevin Powell, writer, human rights activist, poet, journalist, and author of 14 books, including his most recent work “When We Feed the World, [1]” a collection of essays about the present and future of America. 0:34 -November 1st, marks Day 1 of the multi-day holiday Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican cultural celebration honoring the dead. Itzel Diaz isone of the organizers of the Day of the Dead celebration in the Fruitvale district in Oakland, and Senior Manager of Communications and External Affairs for the Unity Council. The Unity Council is a non-profit Social Equity Development Corporation in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland. Event info: 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival [2] - ONLINE. [1] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48587404-when-we-free-the-world [2] https://diaoakland.com/

188 min19 h ago
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The 2020 Election and the Black Vote; Plus: Oakland’s 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival goes virtual

As COVID surges around the US, presidential candidates promise pandemic end, but what can they actually do? Plus: Gov Newsom’s unprecedented challenge to the death penalty; and a Richmond elections roundup

[caption id="attachment_346643" align="aligncenter" width="370"] (Source: Democracy Now/Johns Hopkins University)[/caption] 0:08 - What can Trump, Biden, anyone do about the COVID surge? Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) [1] is the co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. 0:34 - Author interview: David Dayen (@ddayen [2]) is executive editor of the American Prospect, an independent progressive magazine, and author ofMonopolized: [3]Life in the Age of Corporate Power. 1:08 - Governor Newsom challenges CA death penalty as racist Elizabeth Semel is a clinical professor of law at UC Berkeley (@BerkeleyLaw [4]), where she directs the Death Penalty Clinic. 1:20 - The American crackdown on protesters Sam Levin (@SamTLevin) [5] is a correspondent with the Guardian, based in Los Angeles. His latest piece is “ America's protest crackdown: five months after George Floyd, hundreds face trials and prison” [6] 1:34 - The California NAACP’s strange endorsements Laurel Rosenhall (@LaurelRosenhall) [7] covers politics and power for CalMatters, focused on the State Capitol. 1:45 - Richmond elections roundup John Geluardi is a writer and journalist based in Richmond, CA. [1] https://twitter.com/gregggonsalves?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor [2] https://twitter.com/ddayen [3] https://thenewpress.com/books/monopolized [4] https://twitter.com/BerkeleyLaw [5] https://twitter.com/SamTLevin [6] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/27/americas-protest-crackdown-five-months-after-george-floyd-hundreds-face-trials-and-prison [7] https://twitter.com/LaurelRosenhall

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As COVID surges around the US, presidential candidates promise pandemic end, but what can they actually do? Plus: Gov Newsom’s unprecedented challenge to the death penalty; and a Richmond elections roundup

The GOP is doing everything it can to suppress the voting, as Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh signal’s he’d support Trump in a disputed election; Plus: The political dynamics of Latinx voters in 2020

0:08 - One week to go: The state of vote suppression Ari Berman (@AriBerman) [1] is a senior reporter for Mother Jones covering voting rights. He is also the author of the book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. 0:34 - Author interview: Ainissa Ramirez (@ainissaramirez [2]) is a materials scientist and author, her latest book is The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another [3] 1:08 - What SCOTUS is about to do to the election.Also: how the election’s looking in Wisconsin John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) [4] is theNational Affairs Correspondent for The Nation.His latest piece is "Brett Kavanaugh Prepares to Upend Election Rules to Benefit Donald Trump." [5] 1:34 - Latino voters in 2020 Lisa García Bedolla (@GarciaBedolla) [6] is a political scientist and scholar of Latino studies, currently the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. [1] https://twitter.com/AriBerman [2] https://twitter.com/ainissaramirez [3] https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/alchemy-us [4] https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising [5] https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/kavanaugh-wisconsin-bush-gore/ [6] https://twitter.com/GarciaBedolla

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The GOP is doing everything it can to suppress the voting, as Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh signal’s he’d support Trump in a disputed election; Plus: The political dynamics of Latinx voters in 2020

Walter Cruz-Zavala has won his immigration case twice, but ICE refuses to release him – why?; Plus: The real impacts of PG&E power shut-offs are still unknown, advocates want answers and accountability

[caption id="attachment_346529" align="aligncenter" width="339"] Walter Cruz-Zavala has been detained by ICE for more than 3 years, and is currently at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield, CA. (Photo: Courtesy of Raha Jorjani)[/caption] 0:08 - Chile votes to replace dictatorship-era constitution Naomi Larsson Pineda (@naomilars [1]) is a British-Chilean freelance journalist covering Chile for Al Jazeera, the Guardian and the Telegraph UK. She’s currently based in London. 0:34 - After wining his immigration case twice, 30 year old asylum-seeker Walter Cruz-Zavala is still incarcerated by ICE - why? The Alameda County Public Defenders Office is fighting for his release Walter Cruz-Zavala has been in immigration custody since July 2017, fighting deportation back to El Salvador where he faces violence and possibly death by gangs. Despite winning his case twice, he remains locked up in the Mesa Verde Detention facility in Bakersfield, CA, where he caught COVID-19. Raha Jorj...

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Walter Cruz-Zavala has won his immigration case twice, but ICE refuses to release him – why?; Plus: The real impacts of PG&E power shut-offs are still unknown, advocates want answers and accountability

Pence at the center of a new White House COVID outbreak, as Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett; Plus: The big picture (and loopholes) around Prop 15; And inside the fierce race in Oakland’s D3 over housing, policing

0:08 - Mondays with Mitch Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics, weekdays at 10AM on KPFA. We discuss Amy Coney Barrett’s final vote in the Senate is today; Mike Pence plans to attend, even though 5 of his staff have COVID and more. 0:34 - COVID updates and listener calls. John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UCBerkeley’s School of Public Health. 1:08 - KPFA News: Proposition 15 would lift California’s cap on property taxes -- but only for large owners of commercial and industrial real estate. The argument that the “no” campaign is making is that prop 15 would hurt small businesses. During our debate, we asked for an example business. The no campaign’s representative couldn’t name one. So we asked our reporter, Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang [1]) to follow up -- to ask prop 15’s supporters and opponents each to give us an example property that would make their case. Here’s what she found. 1:20 - KPFA News:We’ve put reporters on some of t...

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Pence at the center of a new White House COVID outbreak, as Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett; Plus: The big picture (and loopholes) around Prop 15; And inside the fierce race in Oakland’s D3 over housing, policing

Moms 4 Housing organizer Carroll Fife takes on incumbent McElhaney in fierce Oakland council race over housing, policing

[audio mp3="https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/BOONE-OAKLAND-D3-COUNCIL-1.mp3"][/audio] By KPFA election reporter Ariel Boone (@arielboone [1]) OAKLAND, CA - On a sunny Saturday morning in DeFremery Park in West Oakland, 50 people have come to knock on doors. There are ironworkers, students, democratic socialists, even Sunrise Movement climate activists — all here to support Carroll Fife, a candidate for Oakland city council in District 3. "Who's door knocking for the first time ever?" precinct captain Mary Schindler asks the crowd. Several hands go up. Everyone cheers. "Yes! You guys, that’s awesome!" West Oakland is a historically Black neighborhood, rapidly gentrifying, and one of the epicenters of the 2008 foreclosure crisis. Last year, it was also the site of an action that drew national attention: A group of unhoused Black moms, calling themselves "Moms 4 Housing [2]," took over an empty investor-owned home, occupied it for over two months, and eventually — after h...

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Moms 4 Housing organizer Carroll Fife takes on incumbent McElhaney in fierce Oakland council race over housing, policing

The last Trump-Biden presidential debate; Plus: Protests demand end to deadly SARS forces in Nigeria; and the 18th annual 3rd i South Asian film festival this weekend

[caption id="attachment_346211" align="aligncenter" width="345"] Protesters against the SARS forces take a knee during the national anthem in Lagos, Nigeria Oct 8, 2020 (Source: Wikipedia [1])[/caption] 0:08 - Debriefing the last Presidential debate of 2020 John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [2]) isNational Affairs Correspondent for The Nation. 0:20 - In early October, protests erupted over the shooting and killing of a young man in Nigeria's Delta State allegedly by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives. Protests quickly grew overnight to an organized, nationwide movement led by Nigerian youth using the hashtag #EndSARS. SARS was infamously known for extrajudicial killings, rape and extortion among many other reported crimes. Earlier this week, SARS forces shot live ammunition into a crowd of protesters sparking worldwide condemnation. Marie David is a Nigerian attorney, entrepreneur and organizer of an #EndSARS global coalition team with the objective of bringing awareness ...

199 min1 w ago
Comments
The last Trump-Biden presidential debate; Plus: Protests demand end to deadly SARS forces in Nigeria; and the 18th annual 3rd i South Asian film festival this weekend

Appeals court: ‘Worst epidemiological disaster’ San Quentin must release or transfer 50% of prisoners to combat COVID; Plus: Berkeley and Vallejo Mayor’s races; and CA Senate District 15 candidates Ann Ravel vs Dave Cortese

0:08 - Court orders 50% transferred or released from San Quentin Brad O'Connell is Assistant Director of the First District Appellate Project. [1] 0:15 - What’s happening inside James King is a state campaigner with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and was formerly incarcerated in San Quentin. 0:34 - Local explainer: Berkeley Mayor’s race Francis Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside, where she’s covering Berkeley elections. 0:46 - Vallejo mayoral candidate Hakeem Brown has a history of domestic violence Geoffrey King (goes by Geoff) is an attorney and journalist, and founder of Open Vallejo, a new non-profit newsroom. He just published an investigation into Vallejo City Council-member and Mayoral candidate Hakeem Brown, revealing his history of domestic violence and abuse. [2] 1:08 - In California, a State Senator represents more people than the average member of Congress. And there’s an open seat in the Bay: Senate District 15, covering big chun...

289 min1 w ago
Comments
Appeals court: ‘Worst epidemiological disaster’ San Quentin must release or transfer 50% of prisoners to combat COVID; Plus: Berkeley and Vallejo Mayor’s races; and CA Senate District 15 candidates Ann Ravel vs Dave Cortese

With Prop 16, a new generation of Californians has a chance to reinstate affirmative action. Will they?

[audio mp3="https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ariel-Boone-on-Prop-16-brian-mix.mp3"][/audio] By Ariel Boone (@arielboone [1]), KPFA elections reporter OAKLAND, CA - California is one of only ten states that ban affirmative action by public institutions. Voters put that ban into the state’s constitution in 1996. But that could change this fall, when voters get a chance to overturn the ban with Proposition 16 [2]. Affirmative action was a response to the civil rights movement. It means an institution considers race and sex when they review applications for a job, for admissions or for contracting, in order to include categories of people they’ve excluded in the past. Sharon Elise isa professor of sociology teaching at California State University, San Marcos and associate vice president for racial and social justice in the California Faculty Association, the union representing faculty on CSU campuses. She calls herself an "affirmative action baby." As a Black student, Sharo...

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With Prop 16, a new generation of Californians has a chance to reinstate affirmative action. Will they?

On the ground in major swing state, Florida; Plus: A look at the Oakland At-Large race and SF election battles; then: CA Senate District 22 candidates Scott Weiner and Jackie Fielder

0:08 - Florida early vote: Long lines, disenfranchised people with felony records, the pandemic and more. Mitch Perry, Political Reporter for Spectrum Bay News 9 in Tampa, FL. 0:34 - Things are not as they appear in the Oakland At-Large race Darwin BondGraham is the news editor at Oaklandside. 0:45 - The big money pouring in to San Francisco elections, why and who's up and who's down Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the founder and editor of 48hills.org. Event: 48hills is holdings its annual benefit gala TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday, Oct 22 as an online affair. It’s free to stream, headliners include our own Davey D. Details at 48hills.org 1:08 - Housing is front and center in San Francisco’s state senate race, where a prolific legislator faces a left-flank challenger who’s secured enough funding and endorsements to pose a serious threat. We speak to both candidates about how their politics would shape Californ...

346 min1 w ago
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On the ground in major swing state, Florida; Plus: A look at the Oakland At-Large race and SF election battles; then: CA Senate District 22 candidates Scott Weiner and Jackie Fielder
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