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  • Oakland Teachers on Strike
    Today, we break into our regular Winter Fund Drive program to bring you a full two hours on the Oakland teachers strike. 0:08 – Live report: KPFA’s Nick Alexandra with a live report from the picket line at Manzanita Community School in East Oakland. Then, we hear from: Keith Brown is President of the Oakland teachers’ union, the Oakland Education Association. Tony Douangviseth (“Tony D”) is the Executive Director of Youth Together, a nonprofit that runs services and youth centers on some campuses. Clarissa Doutherd Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland, an East Bay chapter of Parent Voices California. Katherine Carter is the principal of Oakland SOL Middle School. 1:10 – Roseann Torres represents District 5 on the Oakland Unified School Board. Right now, she’s bringing coffee and breakfast to teachers on the picket line. John Sasaki is Communications Director with the Oakland Unified School District 1:30 – Live report: KPFA’s Lucy Kang reports live at Skyline High School in Oakland, where she’s following student activists who are out supporting teachers. Then, we speak with Jocasha Hill, a Skyline student who says she supports the strike.  Dr Kimberly Mayfield is the Dean of the School of Education at Holy Names University.
  • Fund Drive Special: Black Panther Party elder Melvin Dickson; Plus: An excerpt of WEB DuBois 1953 speech from the Pacifica Archives
    KPFA needs your help to continue providing quality coverage of public affairs. Make your tax-deductible pledge today and claim a donation gift. [1] 0:08 – Fund Drive Premium: Black Power Pack Melvin Dickson was a former member of the Black Panther Party, and founding member of the Black Panther Commemoration Commission. He passed away on October 25, 2018, at the age of 77. 1:08 – From the Pacifica Archives we bring you an excerpt from a WEB Du Bois speech: William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (WEB Du Bois) was a prolific author, sociologist, historian and civil rights activist. Born in 1869 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts he was the first African American to earn a doctorate and later became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, and considered one of the founding fathers of Black History. 1:25 – Working the Roots by Michele E. Lee Working the Roots: Over 400 Years Of Traditional African American Healing [2] is the result of first-hand interviews, conversations, and apprenticeships conducted and experienced by author Michele E. Lee [3] over several years of living and studying in the rural South and in the West Coast regions of the United States. Divided between sections on interviews of healers and their stories and a comprehensive collection of traditional African American medicines, remedies, and the many common ailments they were called upon to cure, Working The Roots is a valuable addition to African American history and American and African folk healing practices. UpFront’s Black Power Pack CD is yours for a pledge [4] for $120.   [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Winter Fund Drive Kick Off — The African American and Latinx History of the United States. Plus: The Life of Frederick Douglass, illustrated.
    Our 2019 Winter Fund Drive is here! Thank you for donating and supporting our work. We are dedicated to bringing you hard-hitting interviews, debates, breaking news, and in-depth discussions with authors across local, national and international issues. We love what we do, and we can’t do it without your support.   0:08 — Fund Drive Special — An African American and Latinx History of the United States Paul Ortiz [1] is a professor of history at the University of Florida and the Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. He’s the author of several books, including his most recent work, An African American and Latinx History of the United States [2]. Yours for a pledge [3] of $80 to KPFA, or, with the addition of the Pacifica Radio Archives Black History Collection, $250.   1:08 — Fund Drive Special — The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom David F. Walker [4] is a writer, filmmaker and graphic artist. His latest book is The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom. [5] Yours for a pledge [3] of $100 to KPFA, or, with the addition of the Pacifica Radio Archives Black History Collection, $300.       [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band. Plus: The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.
    0:08 Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band, and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music Despite being a professor of Black music history at UC Berkeley and counting Bobby Seale and Huey Newton as dinner guests in his childhood home, Rickey Vincent (@rickeyvincent) [1]never knew that the Black Panthers had a funk band until his 40s. In his newest book, Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band, and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music [2], Vincent explores the story of The Lumpen, the funk band formed on the Black Panthers’ orders. Vincent also hosts “History of Funk,” which KPFA airs Friday evenings beginning at 10pm. [3] 1:08 The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan In The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan [4], journalist Rick Perlstein (@rickperlstein [5]) takes us back to January, 1973. Before the year was out, the nation would have a new President in Gerald Ford. In his newest work, Perlstein — who has been called the “chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism” by Politico [6] and the “hypercaffeinated Herodotus of the American century” by The Nation [7] — illustrates the invisible bridge running from Nixon, to Carter, Reagan, and beyond. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Black History Month Special: The Life and Legacy of Carter G Woodsen with Prof. Gregory Carr
    In celebration of black history month we highlight a profile in excellence, Carter G. Woodsen, dubbed the father of Black History Month. The son of former slaves, he was one of the first blacks to receive a PhD from Harvard University. He later went on to develop a prolific career as an historian, author and journalist. In 1926, Woodsen started “Negro History Week,” an annual observance taking place in February, which officially expanded to “Black History Month” in 1976. Dr. Woodson was the author of over 30 books and is best known for his work The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933. Today, we discuss the origins of black history month as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Carter G. Wooden with Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies [1] at Howard University [2], Gregory Carr (@AfricanaCarr) [3] for the hour. Black History Month Event: Anthropologist and historian Dr. Runoko Rashidi has two presentations in the Bay Area this weekend.  On Saturday, Feb. 16, 3pm he’ll be speaking about “The Global African Experience” [4] at the Fillmore Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore Street in San Francisco. And Sunday, February 17 at 5 pm he’ll present his “Black Love through the Centuries” lecture [5] at the Alena Museum, 2725 Magnolia Street in Oakland. Dr. Runoko Rashidi is the author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent of which are My Global Journeys in Search of the African Presence and “Assata-Garvey and Me: A Global African Journey for Children in 2017. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Immigrants detained in Yuba City go on hunger strike to protest conditions; Plus: 1 year since Parkland: the movement to end gun violence
    0:08 – An estimated 46 immigrant detainees are on hunger strike in Yuba County Jail, in Yuba City, CA to protest a lack of medical care, recreation time, and basic amenities. We speak with Autumn Gonzalez, a community organizer with NorCal Resist [1], a group supporting the hunger strikers in Yuba County Jail, and Anoop Prasad (@ [2]anoop_alc)  [3]an attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (@aaaj_alc [4]) in the Immigrant Rights Program and a legal expert on detention conditions. 0:34 – One year since the Parkland tragedy, took 17 lives and sparked a national movement to end gun violence, we speak with David Cullen (@DaveCullen [5])is a freelance journalist who’s been covering school shootings and their aftermath for 20 years – just out with the book Parkland: Birth of a Movement.  [6] 0:50 – Dr Garen Wintemute is the Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, and director of the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. He is also a practicing emergency medicine physician and has pioneered the field of injury epidemiology and the prevention of firearm violence. 1:08 – Oakland considers emergency protections for duplex/triplex tenants We speak with Nikki Fortunato Bas (@nikki4oakland [7]), councilmember representing Oakland District 2 – she’s the co-sponsor of a recently introduced emergency eviction moratorium up for a vote today. We also ask her about Oakland’s policy evicting homeless encampments during the rainy season, on the eve of another mass eviction at Lake Merritt. We also reached out to the City Administrator’s office – Joe Devries, Assistant to the Oakland City Administrator, did not respond to comment on the City’s homeless eviction policy before airtime. 1:22 – KPFA News: Last week, the International Cannabis Business Conference convened in San Francisco for their annual gathering. KPFA’s Jonathan Davis made his way around the conference getting caught up on the state of affairs for the …
  • ‘A lot of these videos end with a bang bang’ Adrian Burrell describes surviving encounter with Vallejo Police; Plus: Highlights of Gov Newsom’s first State of the State address
    0:08 – Kali Akuno (@KaliAkuno [1]) Co-Founder and Executive Director of Cooperation Jackson [2], a network of worker cooperatives and solidarity economy institutions based in Jackson, Mississippi. Event: Kali Akuno will be appearing in Oakland tonight for a Cooperation Jackson Fundraiser  [3]TONIGHT @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  0:34 – Vallejo is reeling from a series of assaults by Vallejo Police Officers in the last few weeks, and callings are growing for accountability and reform. We’re joined by Adrian Burrell, veteran Marine and filmmaker who was assaulted by Vallejo Officer David McLaughlin outside his home last month. He filmed the assault, which has gone viral [4]. Vallejo Police did not respond to requests for comment before airtime.  1:08 – Governor Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State address yesterday – we discuss the highlights. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla is Executive Director of Restore the Delta (@RestoretheDelta [5]). John Howard is the editor of the Capitol Weekly (@Capitol_Weekly [6]). 1:34 – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman convicted on all counts, faces life in US prison Emily Palmer (@emilyepalmer [7]) is a reporter with the New York Times covering the trial of “El Chapo” or Joaquin Guzman. 1:45 – Naming of Oscar Grant Way Cephus Johnson (@cephusjohnson [8]) also known as Uncle Bobby, is the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a BART Police Officer at the Fruitvale BART Station in 2009. *Tomorrow Feb 14: The BART Board will vote on the proposal to name a road next to Fruitvale BART after Oscar Grant at its meeting TOMORROW, February 14th, at 2040 Webster street in Oakland. The meeting starts at 9am. [9] [playlist ids="307063,307066,307067,307068,307077"] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] …
  • The 40 year Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution with KPFA host Shahram Aghamir; Plus: A special screening of ‘City of Joy’ in Oakland: transforming pain into power
    0:08 – Headline news and analysis with Mitch and Brian 0:34 – Black History Special: Reverend Dr Harold Mayberry is the senior pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church Oakland. 1:08 – Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. We’re joined by Shahram Aghamir is a producer and co-host of KPFA’s Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, which airs each Wednesday at 2pm. 1:34 – Christine Schuler-Deschryver is a human rights activist and director of City of Joy, a community center for women survivors of violence featured in the film, City of Joy. It’s located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Conceived, owned, and run by local Congolese, the City of Joy has flourished since it first opened its doors in June 2011, healing women from their past trauma through therapy and life skills programming while providing them with the essential ingredients needed to move forward in life – love and community. Film: City of Joy, an award-winning film about the revolutionary leadership center in Eastern Congo where women who have suffered rape and abuse can heal and become powerful voices of change for their country. Event: Turning Pain into Power: A Screening of the Revolutionary Film “City of Joy” at 7pm at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.   Talkback with: Eve Ensler (playwright of The Vagina Monologues and Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising [1]), Christine Schuler-Deschryver, director of City of Joy (center) Aimee Allison, founder of She the People (and former KPFA host) And performances by Drum Leader Afia Walking Tree and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company For tickets are more information click here [2]. [1] [2]
  • The Green New Deal on the table in the US House; Plus: Women, ritual, power and protecting biodiversity with Vandana Shiva and Vijaya Nagaraja
    0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: news and headline analysis with Mitch, Cat and Brian Acting AG Matthew Whitaker testifies before House Judiciary . . . poorly. Whitaker conceded that he had been briefed on the Mueller probe, but refused to say how many times and when. What are the signposts for future Congressional hearings with Trump appointees? Does the government shut down again this week? Possibly. Vallejo Police gunned down another young black man – 21 year old Willie McCoy was asleep at the Taco Bell drive through, with a gun on his lap according to police. They woke him up and within minutes shot him dead. The family is demanding answers, and why they shot so quickly. This is the eighth person killed by Vallejo Police in two years, according to KTVU. OUSD students walk out in support of teachers, despite threats. 0:34 – The Green New Deal is on the table in the US House – what’s behind it? Justine Calma (@justcalma [1]) is a staff writer for Grist, focused on environmental justice. Joe Romm is the founding editor of Climate Progress (@climateprogress [2]), based in Washington DC. 1:56 – This Day in Black History 1:08 – Vandana Shiva and Vijaya Nagaraja on environmentalism, women’s movements, and transformation in a rapidly changing world. Vandana Shiva (@drvandanashiva [3]) is an scholar, activist, author of more than twenty books, and one of the luminaries of the alter-globalization movement. Vijaya Nagarajan is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Author of Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India – An Exploration of the Kolam. KPFA Event: TONIGHT Monday Feb 11 @ 7:30pm [4] Where: First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way, Berkeley) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • The Racist History behind Blackface with Kevin Powell; Plus: Addressing the lack of diversity in tech with Kevin L Nichols
    0:08 – America’s racist legacy of blackface is the news headlines again, as Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring are embroiled in controversy over wearing blackface in the 80’s. We’ll speak about the history of blackface and its impact on present day society with author, activist, educator and public speaker Kevin Powell (@kevin_powell [1]), who happens to be in Virginia as a visiting scholar at James Madison University. 0:34 – It is a commonly known fact that the tech industry lacks diversity, especially the top tech companies located in the Bay Area. To address the diversity problem, Kevin L. Nichols (@kevnix [2]) founded the Social Engineering Project [3], an Oakland based social impact venture serving youth of color – getting them and keeping them interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). He joined us to discuss the lack of diversity in tech and how his programs seek to level the playing field. [1] [2] [3]
  • Senate passes anti-BDS bill; Plus: We speak with a working mother who’s part of a lawsuit against AC Transit for pregnancy discrimination
    0:08 – The US Senate passed bill S-1, a package of pro-Israel initiatives, and contains the first anti-BDS campaign penalty. To analyze the impact of the measure, if passed, we’re joined by Nora Barrows-Friedman (@norabf [1]) is an associate editor of The Electronic Intifada [2] and the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine. 0:34 – A new lawsuit against AC Transit brought by women who claim discrimination for being pregnant and nursing on the job. We speak with one plaintiff, Jada Edward has been an AC transit employee for 14 years. She is a new plaintiff in a lawsuit against her employer claiming that AC Transit refused to accommodate her pregnancy and lactation needs and that the refusal cause negative financial, emotional, and physical impacts on her and her family. Representing the case is Felicia Medina, a civil rights attorney with the law firm Medina Orthwein (@MedinaOrthwein  [3]) LLP. They specialize in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower protections, wage and hour, Title IX and civil rights for prisoners. 1:08 – This Day in Black History 1:11 – KPFA News: For decades, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Central Valley farming interests have dreamed of raising the height of Shasta Dam to increase water storage in the reservoir and thereby boost water deliveries.  But numerous challenges stand in the way, including charges that raising the dam would violate both state and federal law.  Over the past year the Fresno-based Westlands Water District, the nation’s largest, has been trying to use its clout with a Republican-dominated government in Washington DC to push the project through, anyway. Environmental, Native American and state officials are opposing the project. Vic Bedoian (@VicBedoian) [4]reports from Fresno. 1:17 – Ashara Ekundayo (@blublakwomyn [5]) is an independent curator, cultural strategist, and CEO of Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, she joins us to discuss black art, culture and the impacts of ge …
  • Trump’s State of the Union stokes fear and xenophobia; Plus: Robert Reich on reclaiming the Common Good
    0:08 – The State of the Union is fear and xenophobia in Trump’s America Hannah Levintova (@H_Lev [1]) is a reporter with Mother Jones DC Bureau, covering national politics. Cathi Tactaquin is the executive director of the National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights (@NNIRRnetwork [2]). 0:34 – Camp Fire Recovery update: Fire victims evicted due to health hazard concerns Marc Albert is a reporter with North State Public Radio (@nsprnews [3]), covering the Camp Fire recovery. He join us on Skype from Chico, CA. 0:50 – The Origins of Black History Month with Cat Brooks 1:08 – Robert B. Reich (@RBReich [4]) joins us for the hour. He’s Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, the latest is The Common Good. KPFA Event: Tonight Weds Feb 6 at 7:30pm First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • The end of an encampment: a look at Oakland’s eviction of the Village; Plus: What does it mean for the US to withdraw from the Inter-Range Nuclear Treaty?
    0:08 – El Salvador elects new President, Nayib Bukele. Unfortunately we had a bad connection on Skype so our call was cut off. We had planned to speak with Heather Gies (@HeatherGies [1]) covering the elections in El Salvador for Al Jazeera English. Check out her reporting here [2].  0:15 – This Day in Black History 0:25 – NEW: We’ve got a new Book Club! Google “UpFront Book Club” to join in. Our next book for the club is Marlon James’s new African fantasy epic Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Details here. [3]  0:34 – The end of an encampment: a look at what Oakland’s eviction of the homeless community, The Village, [4] at East 12th and 23rd what it means for the people who’d been living there. Reported by Brian Edwards-Tiekert (@bedwardstiek) [5]. Joe DeVries, Oakland Assistant to the City Administrator Mouangjoi Tracy Saelae, lives in, and helps organize, The Village homeless encampment Barbara Verduzco, long-time resident of East Oakland, recently moved from The Village to the city-funded Tuff Shed camp nearby 0:45 – How is the Oakland Homeless Count done? Otis Williams (@otisrtaylorjr [6]) is the East Bay correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, he rode along for the count this week.  1:08 – US backs out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty We’re joined by Conn Hallinan, columnist with Foreign Policy in Focus ( [7]@FPIF) [8] 1:34 – One City Manager resigned in protest of city not doing its part to fight climate change. Steven Falk (@Steven_B_Falk [9]) is the former City Manager of Lafayette, and joins us in-studio to talk about why he resigned.      [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] …
  • UpFront Book Club!
    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="329"] Question deadline for Marlon James: February 18[/caption] New from KPFA’s UpFront: A place to read and discuss books together, especially fiction   HOW IT WORKS: Before we have an author on KPFA, we start reading and discussing their book together in this Facebook group [1]. We want your insights and questions for our interview! OUR NEXT (and first) BOOK:  Booker Award-winner Marlon James is just out with an epic fantasy rooted in african mythology called Black Leopard, Red Wolf [2]. He’s coming into our studios to discuss it on February 19th. And we’re thrilled to invite you into the book discussion! Join the discussion in our Book Club [3]   [1] [2] [3]
  • What happens when journalists are kidnapped and taken hostage? Plus: The fight around CA’s new police transparency law SB 1421
    0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: behind the headlines Super Bowl boycott Anniversary of the death of Yuvette Henderson, killed by Emeryville Police on February 3, 2015 [1]. Oakland teachers strike vote (to be announced today) This Day in Black History: Rosa Parks was born0:34 – Joel Simon (@Joelcpj [2]) is the head of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and author of We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom.  0:34 – Joel Simon (@Joelcpj [2]) is the head of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and author of We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom.  1:08 – We discuss California’s new police transparency law, SB 1421 which came into effect Jan 1, 2019. Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA [4]) is a member of the California State Senate serving the 9th Senate District encompassing the East Bay. She authored SB 1421, now signed into law, mandating that law enforcement agencies make available under CA’s Public Records Act records of completed investigations on officers’ use of deadly force, and investigations with sustained findings of officer dishonesty related to witness interference or evidence tampering or on the job sexual assault.  Julian Harvey is Deputy Chief of the Anaheim Police Department (@AnaheimPD [5]). They are charging the public $80 per hour it takes to retrieve and redact records requested under SB 1421. He says they are in compliance with the law. James Burch is Policy Coordinator with the Anti-Police Terror Project (@APTPaction [6]), advocating on behalf of the families of victims of police violence and seeking to hold those officers involved, accountable. Theresa Smith (@ [7]crzeladi)  [8]is the mother of Cesar Cruz, a 35-year-old father of five was killed by Anaheim Police Officers on December 11, 2009 in a Wal-Mart parking lot.     [1] [2] [3] https://twitt …

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