KPFA: Up Front [Program Feed]

  • UpFront – April 24, 2019
    UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.
  • Sri Lanka attacks sow fear and division; Plus: what you need to know about stalking and resources for support
    0:08 – The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka have rocked a country still wounded by deep scars of a decades long civil war. We’re joined in-studio by Ras Ceylon (@RasCeylon [1]) is a local Hip-Hop artist, educator and organizer of Sri Lakan descent, for a very personal account of the conflict. 0:34 – San Francisco is grappling with caring for the homeless – with thousands of dollars and impassioned residents campaigning for more services and against them. The conflict has alighted over the new Embarcadero navigation proposal, that is before the Port Commission this week. We speak with Jennifer Friedenbach (@fbach4 [2]) is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness (@TheCoalitionSF), [3]and Supervisor Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF [4]) of District 6 in San Francisco, who has introduced legislation to create a navigation center in every district. 0:50 – In a major landmark move, San Francisco has reinstated over 88,000 drivers licenses that were revoked as a penalty for late fees. We speak with Amanda Kahn Fried (@amandakfried [5]) Chief of Policy and Communications, Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector. The Financial Justice Project is part of their office, initiated the renewal of revoked licenses as part of the project that evaluates and reforms fines and fees that are painful for the city’s poorest residents. 1:08 – We spend the hour talking about stalking. In the United States, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men will be experience stalking in their lifetime. We discuss the root causes, enabling, restraining orders, lethality & what you can do, plus take listener calls. Our guests are Jill Zawisza the Executive Director of W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. [6](@WOMANinc [7]), which has operated since 1978 as a community-based, multi-service agency, serving survivors of domestic violence in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area; and Laura MacInnis is a staff attorney with the Family Violence Law Center (@FamilyVLC [8] …
  • Earth Day: Wildfire preparedness, Extinction Rebellion, dead whales – updates on critical problems and solutions for climate action
    0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: Sri Lanka tragedy, sideshows in Oakland, and the Mueller report. 0:20 – John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [1]), National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, co-author with Robert McChesney of People Get Ready: the Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. 0:34 – California wildfire – how do we prepare? Shaye Wolf is Climate Science Director with the Center for Biological Diversity (@CenterForBioDiv [2]) and she joins us to discuss California’s wildfire preparedness, prevention, and the case against logging to prevent fires – the environmental devastation is much worse.  0:50 – Extinction Rebellion London is determined to mobilize until officials take serious action on climate change. We’re joined by Alex Stephanovich is a spokersperson with Extinction Rebellion Bay Area. 1:08 – Dead whales are washing up all over Northern CA – what’s going on? Moe Flannery (@moeflannery [3]) is Senior Collections Manager for Birds and Mammals with the California Academy of Sciences, and responds to washed up whale incidents around the Bay Area.  1:20 – We’re on a road to our plastics existing indefinitely across lands, oceans, and growing landfills – can we curb plastic use? CA legislators want to. A new bill was introduced this year to ban single use plastics. Advocates say it’s needed now more than ever since China is now refusing US recycleables. We get an update from Mark Murrey, Executive Director of Californian’s Against Waste [4] (@cawrecycles [5]) dedicated to “conserving resources, preventing pollution and protecting California’s environment through the development, promotion, and implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.” 1:34 – Organizing for climate action: Quinton Sankofa and Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan are co-directors with Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Project (@MoveGen [6]).   [1] [2] [3] …
  • Meet the sex-positive Pastor fighting to end sexual assault; Plus: 420 this year grapples with culture, Big Canibusiness, and medicinal healing
    0:08 – Legalization of marijuana for medical use or adult recreational use is growing in a number of states and being legal for recreational use in California in 2018. The holiday known as “4/20” which takes place on April 20 has become an international counterculture [1] holiday [2], where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Many events associated with 4/20 have a political nature to them, advocating the legalization [3] of cannabis. For more on 4/20 and an update on the state of cannabis in the US we’re joined by Ellen Holland (@Hollandbuds [4]), Senior Editor at Cannabis Now Magazine. And continuing our coverage of the SF Film Festival and as our 4/20 gift to you, we’re offering one pair of tickets to a screening of the cannabis documentary the Grass is Greener [5] screening Saturday April 20 at 6:30pm, co-presented by the Oakland Museum of California. 0:34 – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault [6]. One unique Bay Area based organization highlighting the issue of sexual assault as it pertains to black women is Beautiful Scars [7]. We’re joined by to Pastor Lyvonne Proverbs (@lyvonnep [8]), preacher, transformational speaker, poet, educator, and creative social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beautiful Scars [9](@WereSurthrivors [10]), an online platform for Black women who are also survivors of childhood sexual abuse and/or male sexual violence. By harnessing the power of narrative, she is aiding survivors (and communities, at large) to shift from silence to storytelling in order to eradicate gender-based violence.   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] http://wer …
  • BREAKING: Mueller report released, redacted; Plus: ‘Unsettled’ film follows LGBTQ refugees starting a new life in the Bay Area
    0:08 – Governor Gavin Newsom’s first 100 days We speak with Sophia Bollag (@SophiaBollag [1]) is a political reporter with the Sacramento Bee, on her new report “Update: 100 days in, here’s how Gavin Newsom is doing on 10 campaign promises”  [2] 0:34 – India elections 2019: what’s at stake? Ashish Malhotra (@ [3]amalhotra2) [4]is an independent journalist, contributing to the LA Times, City Lab, GuardianCities, and Al Jazeera. He’s currently covering the India elections, and he joins us now from New Delhi, India over Skype. 0:55 – Theater Review: KPFA’s Richard Wolinsky reviews The Jungle, running at the Curran Theater in San Francisco through Saturday May 18, 2019    1:08 – BREAKING NEWS: The Mueller report is released by the Department of Justice, with redactions. There are many damning findings, says John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [5]), National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, including Trump trying to get Mueller fired – which is obstruction of justice. 1:20 – SF Film Festival Spotlight: Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America [6] Tom Shepard has been directing and producing documentary films for over 20 years. His latest film, now featured in the San Francisco Film Festival, is Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America –  revealing the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the U.S. Fred Hertz is a long time East Bay resident, who is in the film and who hosted Subhi Nahas, the refugee from Syria, when he first arrived in the Bay Area.   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • UpFront – April 17, 2019
    UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.
  • Trump tweets incite death threats against Rep. Ilhan Omar, amid rising US Islamophobia and hate crimes; Plus: SF debates measure to ban facial recognition, regulate surveillance
    0:08 – Republicans, including the President, are inciting hate and death threats against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. We speak with Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo [1]) is the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area about the rise in Islamophobia, lead by the President. 0:34 – City of Oakland set to vote to reinstate funding for some programs cut by OUSD. We speak with Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) [2]represents the entire City of Oakland as its Councilmember At-Large and President of the Council. 0:45 – Oakland debates whether passage of Measure AA is legal, as critics say legal loopholes should not usher in another parcel tax. we speak with Pamela Drake (@Bethpikegirl [3]), who has been a political activist in Oakland and the Bay Area since 1973, and runs the blog “Drake Talk” covering news and public affairs in Oakland. 1:08 – SF could be the first to ban facial recognition technology under new surveillance oversight legislation. We speak with Brian Hofer (@b_haddy [4]), Executive Director of Secure Justice and currently Chair of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. The San Francisco Police Officers Association opposes the measure, but did not respond to our request for comment before airtime. 1:34 – Matt Stroud (@MattStroud [5]) is an investigative reporter with a focus on companies that do business with police departments and prisons. His latest book is The Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing [6].   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • 70 Years of KPFA Radio: Best of UpFront, formerly the Morning Show; Plus: The History of KPFA with historian Matthew Lasar
    0:08 – In honor of our 70th birthday, we share origin stories, best personal moments, and most powerful experiences as radio broadcasters with KPFA. From covering the invasion or the Iraq war, to the protests after Oscar Grant was killed, to how many times Brian has been arrested, it’s an hour of memories and memorializing being with KPFA Radio. Hosted by Cat Brooks, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, and Mitch Jeserich. 1:08 – 70 years ago today, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, a volunteer accountant named Gertrude Chiarito flipped a switch in a hastily-constructed radio studio in downtown Berkeley, and a man who had spent much of World War II interned for his political beliefs introduced the world to its first listener-supported radio station. 70 years later, and a few blocks away from that original studio, Lew Hill’s ambitious idea has grown from an idea to a media network that spans the country – and we’re going to spend most of this hour talking about how that happened. Our guest is Matthew Lasar, social historian who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, writes about media and politics for many venues, and has authored two histories of this radio station, and the network it gave birth to, including Pacifica Radio: the Rise of an Alternative Radio Network.
  • Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir steps down, but protesters reject military rule; Plus: Oakland’s Radical Monarchs subject of a new film now in SF Film Fest
    0:08 – Historic moment in Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir steps down – is it a coup or more of the same? We speak with Nisrin Elamin (@minlayla77 [1]) a Sudanese PhD student in Anthropology at Stanford University, focusing broadly on the phenomenon of “foreign land grabs” in post-secession Sudan, and Fatima-Alzahra’a Nader is participating in the protests in Sudan. We reach her in Khartoum. 0:34 – SF Film Festival highlight: We Are the Radical Monarchs [2] Anayvette Martinez is co-founder of the Radical Monarchs [3], a young girls scouting troop dedicated to social justice, based in Oakland. They’re now the subject of a new documentary film, called “We Are the Radical Monarchs” featured in the San Francisco Film Festival. Screenings: This Saturday, April 13 at 1pm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, get tickets here. Monday, April 15 at 7pm at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, get tickets here. [1] [2] [3]
  • SF slated to invest in youth diversion programs, close Juvenile Hall by 2021; Plus: Tax Day is on the way – what you need to know
    0:08 – KPFA News: Palestinians reacted to Israeli elections, held Tuesday. Israeli voters opted for the rightist Israeli parties, headed by the Likud party of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is set to form a coalition government, soon. Pacifica’s Rami Almeghari has more. 0:13 – Kicking off our coverage of the San Francisco Film Festival, we speak with Michael Tolajian (@MichaelTolajian [1]) is a Senior Vice President and Executive Producer for Original Content and League Partnership at Fox Sports, and director of Q Ball.  About Q Ball – Across the Bay from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is another Warriors team, one that plays only home games. Felony convictions derailed the lives of the San Quentin Prison squad, some of them promising players. The rocky road to rehabilitation is the point of the game in this eye-opening, inspirational documentary, executive produced by Kevin Durant, who calls his experience playing against San Quentin “unforgettable.” Q Ball‘s focus is on determined men grappling indelibly with the gravity of their crimes and reaching for redemption. Featured in the San Francisco Film Festival [2]. 0:34 – SF slated to shut down juvenile hall by 2021, in favor of diversion programs for youth. Krea Gomez (@Krea_Jones [3]) is Director of Advocacy and Organizing with the Young Women’s Freedom Center – dedicated to serving low-income and system involved young women in San Francisco providing them with leadership opportunities, training, employment, and conducting organizing and advocacy work around issues that directly affect their lives. Supervisor Hillary Ronen (@HillaryRonen) [4]represents District 9, which includes  the neighborhoods of Mission District, Bernal Heights, and the Portola. Supervisor Shamaan Walton represents District 10 which includes the Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, and introduced the legislation. 1:08 – Julian Assange Arrested in London We speak wit …
  • Trump’s trans military ban goes into effect April 12; Plus: Supporters cheer key police use of force bill as it clears the CA Public Safety Committee
    0:08 – Israel narrowly elects Benjamin Netanyahu to a fourth term in office We speak with Joel Beinin, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University. 0:34 – Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military with go into effect this Friday, April 12. On what this means for service members, and the ongoing legal battle, we speak with Shannon Minter (@shannonminter5 [1]) Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. 0:45 – CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra is refusing to abide by police misconduct transparency law, SB 1421, violating a court ruling. Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha [2]) is covering the implementation of SB 1432 – and challenges by law enforcement. He’s an independent journalist covering violence and misconduct by police departments. 1:08 – A key piece of legislation to define law enforcement’s’ use of force passed the CA Public Safety Committee. We speak with Trisha Michael, whos twin sister, Kisha, 31, was shot and killed by Inglewood Police in 2016, while asleep in her car. And Kim Moore (@SoulRevision [3]) is a community organizer, and currently Special Assistant to the Executive Director of UDW, the homecare providers union about the mobilization behind the bill, and why they think this change in policy would prevent more killings at the hands of police. 1:34 – Nora A. Draper (@NoraADraper [4]) is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire, and author of The Identity Trade Selling Privacy and Reputation Online. [5] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • US House set to vote bill to recover net neutrality – what’s at stake? Plus: How to Do Nothing, with artist Jenny Odell
    0:08 – US House to vote on net neutrality We’re joined by Craig Aaron (@notaaroncraig [1]) is the President and CEO of Free Press [2] and the Free Press Action Fund, dedicated to safeguarding net neutrality, opposing unchecked surveillance, and protecting public media. 0:34 – KPFA News: Bay Area legislatures introduce a Corporate Fair Share Tax 0:40 – The History of Tilden Park Richard Langs has run the all-volunteer Ambassador Program at the Tilden course for the past decade and has provided his photographic skills for Northern California charity events run by local golf course operators. His first book, Tilden Regional Park, — a history of the park itself — was published in early March. Correction: Tilden Park did not have nuclear tipped missiles, they were anti-aircraft missile that were employed for a short time (between 1959-1962) to defend against an attack by Soviet long-range bombers. After 1962 the missiles were deactivated (page 145.) 1:08 – Live: Jenny Odell for the hour Jenny Odell (@the_jennitaur [3]) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Oakland, and author of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy [4]which is released today, April 9, 2019. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • What’s behind the growing measles outbreaks? We speak with UCB epidemiologist Dr Arthur Reingold; Plus: CA law enforcement is violating sanctuary law SB 54, says new report
    0:08 – Mondays with Mitch 0:34 – What’s behind the growing measles outbreaks across the US? We speak with Dr Arthur Reingold is Professor and head of the Division of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. 1:08 – The opposition to vaccines has a long history in the US – the fight has existed just about as long as vaccines have. We’re joined by Michael Willrich, professor of History at Brandeis University; author of two books about how this country transformed during the Progressive era – one is called Pox: An American History. 1:34 – Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology, and Border Criminologies unveiled a new report: “Turning the Golden State into a Sanctuary State: Report on the Impact and Implementation of the California Values Act (SB 54) in California.” [1] This is the first report to examine in depth the impact of SB 54 and to evaluate compliance with the new law. We speak with Angela Chan (@angelafchan) [2], Policy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform with the Asian law Caucus – Asian Americans Advancing Justice.  [1] [2]
  • The Legacy of Nipsey Hussle with Oakland hip hop artist Zion I; Plus: Life After Hate, with co-founder and former white nationalist Tony McLeer
    0:08 – Hip Hop artist Nipsey Hu$$le was fatally shot in front of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles on March 31st. His debut studio album Victory Lap [1] was nominated for Best Rap Album [2] at the Grammy Awards [3] in 2019. In addition to being an artist, he was also an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advocate for the black community. For more on Nipsey’s death and its impact on the hip hop community we speak with local hip hop artist Zion I (@ZIONI [4]). 0:20 – Mumia Abu Jamal has been granted a right of appeal after decades in prison. We speak with Mumia’s Lead Attorney Judith Ritter for an update. Event: An Evening for Justice and Freedom – Saturday April 6 at 7pm [5] Community activists on the West Coast can help the struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal by encouraging friends and family to participate in an important event on April 6 in Berkeley, California. Among the impressive list of speakers are Angela Davis, Pam Africa, and Alice Walker. Judith Ritter, lead attorney for Mumia, and Jess Mackler of Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal will also speak. Mumia himself will be calling in. The gathering will take place in the Bancroft Hotel Main Ballroom, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 0:34 – Last week, Facebook banned white nationalism from its platform, rerouting seekers of white supremacist info to the group Life After Hate [6] (@lifeafterhate [7]) a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals exit hate groups. We speak to the group’s co-founder, Tony McAleer, about his journey to “Life After Hate” – from being a skinhead and white aryan resistance member to building programs and communities dedicated to compassion and combating violent extremism. Photo: Nipsey Hussle – Double Up Ft. Belly & Dom Kennedy [Official Music Video] [8] [1] [2] [3] [4] …
  • The FBI is surveilling ‘Black identity extremists,’ civil rights groups are suing to find out more; Plus: Restorative justice healing circles in Oakland
    0:08 – The House Judiciary Committee votes to subpoena the Muller report; plus numbers are in for Democratic presidential candidate fundraising. We speak with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation. 0:34 – Restorative Justice healing circles in Oakland Founded in 2005, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth or RJOY works to interrupt the cycles of punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies that … violence and incarceration by promoting institutional shifts toward restorative approaches that actively engage families, communities, and systems to repair harm and prevent re-offending. They provide education, training, and technical assistance and collaboratively launch demonstration programs with our school, community, juvenile justice, and research partners. In addition to the many programs that RJOY offers, they also provide Community Healing Circles. For more on RJOY’s Healing Circles Program, we speak with Malachi Scott, Community Restorative Justice Coordinator and Jody Geddes, Healing Circles Manager. Screening: Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:30pm KPFA will present Healing Justice, a documentary film by Shakti Butler at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. Join us for a post-film Q&A with Malachi Scott and Shakti Butler.  1:08 – New SF legislation Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents San Francisco’s District 1. She has introduced new legislation to address displacement – COPA (the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act) – now co-sponsored by all 11 SF Supervisors – that would give affordable housing nonprofits a first right to purchase multi-family buildings for sale in SF. 1:34 – Civil rights groups sue the FBI over surveillance of “Black Identity Extremists” In August 2017, the FBI issued an intelligence assessment [1] that designated “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers” a new domestic terror threat. This assessment also focuses on Black people who: “perceive racism and injustice in American society.”  …

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