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  • 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] [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!
    Question deadline for Marlon James: February 18 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 …
  • What’s at stake for Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections? Plus: the Ashby Berkeley Flea Market reopens, vendors promise to stay
    0:08 – Nigeria holds its general elections in two weeks during which voters will elect the President, National Assembly and a number of governors. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari [1] is seeking re-election among some other 70 candidates also running. For more we speak with Dr. Horace Campbell, Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University on the upcoming elections and its global impact. Dr. Campbell just returned from University of Ghana where he spent two years as the Distinguished Kwame Nkrumah Chair of African studies. His project of research was Saving Lake Chad. This research took him to Nigeria six times, and he also visited Northern Nigeria and the countries of Lake Chad, Niger and Chad.  1:34 – In February UpFront presents “The UnSung Heroes” celebrating Black History Month bringing you our personal picks of people who’ve shaped black history but haven’t gotten the widespread recognition they deserve. Today we highlight musician Fela Kuti, with Michael Veal, Professor of the Music and African American Studies Depts. at Yale and author of Fela, the Life and Times of an African Musical Icon.  1:50 – Last week, Friday January 18, we heard from General Manager Joe Cokes and board member Andrea Prichett that the historic, culturally iconic Ashby Berkeley Flea Market was temporarily closing with the hopes that the shutdown will not become permanent. All that may be changing. We speak with Cocavulu Lumakanda with the Vendor’s Association for an update. He says vendors were not notified about the closure, and they are planning to continue the Berkeley Flea Market.     [1]
  • The End of Ice: Finding meaning in the climate chaos with journalist Dahr Jamail; Plus: Jussie Smollet attack highlights uptick in hate crimes against black LGBTQ community
    0:08 – On Monday, the US announced a new framework for peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The basic outline: the Taliban–which controls about 40% of the territory in Afghanistan, would agree to not let terrorists operate from the area it controls. The US would pull out — which could mark an end to the longest war in US history. Carlotta Gall (@carlottagall [1]) is the New York Times Turkey Bureau Chief. She's a Pulitzer-winning journalist who has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for twelve years. She's also the author of The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2000-2014. She joins us from Istanbul. 0:34 – Author Interview: Dahr Jamail (@DahrJamail [2]) is an award-winning journalist with Truthout. He has journeyed along many of the geographical front lines of our environmental crisis, from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the Amazon rain forest, to discover the consequences of the loss of ice to nature and to humans. His new book is The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption [3] (The New Press, 2019). KPFA Event: [4] Is Our Earth In Hospice Mode? Dahr Jamail + Antonia Juhasz The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption JANUARY 31, 2019 @ 7:30 PM / FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 2345 CHANNING WAY, BERKELEY, CA. 1:08 – On Tuesday morning, actor Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by two white men yelling "This is MAGA country!" It highlights the uptick of hate crimes, especially against black Americans and those that identify as LGBTQA since the election of Trump in 2016. Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne [5]) is a strategist and political commentator based in Los Angeles. Richard Saenz (@saenzr03)  [6]is a Senior Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national LGBTQ legal organization. 1:34 – Theater Review: KPFA’s Richard Wolinsky reviews the off-Broadway musical Come from Away at SHN Golden Gate Thea …
  • District Dilemma: OUSD begins school closures, shuts down Roots Academy in East Oakland, but advocates say it won’t save money; Plus: Your tenant questions answered
    0:08 – PG&E declares bankruptcy the same day the PUC grants up to $6 billion in financing Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PG&E, filed for bankruptcy today, after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a 6 billion dollar credit line for PG&E.  The private utility announced it filed for bankruptcy just after midnight. The CPUC says the credit will allow for the company to continue its operations; consumer groups say, it bails out the company, a convicted felon, without a public process and protects its shareholders, over the interests of ratepayers and victims of the California wildfires. They are asking for the CPUC to resign. KPFA’s Mira Nabulsi reports. 0:15 – CA Senator Mike McGuire (@ilike_mike [1]) represents the 2nd Senate District, which encompasses the North Coast region, from Marin County to Del Norte County. His district has experienced dozens of fires over the last few years, including major fires like the Lake County Fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire, and the Tubbs Fire. 0:34 – OUSD announces closure of Roots International Academy in Oakland – what does it mean for students, and where is the District headed? Kitty Kelly Epstein is an educator, scholar, and host of KPFA's Education Today. She joins us to discuss her book A Different View of Urban Schools: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Unexplored Realities. Adie Rios is a mother of four – one son is in 7th grade at Roots International Academy in East Oakland. For the past seven years, she has worked at The Havenscourt Health Center, a clinic located on the shared campus of Roots International Academy and Coliseum College Preparatory Academy serving students health needs. John Sasaki is Communications Director with the Oakland Unified School District. Roseann Torres represents District 5 on the Oakland Unified School Board. She was the sole vote on Tuesday night against the closure of Roots Academy. 1:08 – Tenants Rights Clinic We're joined by two tenant counselors to take KPFA …
  • US Targets Venezuela with Oil Sanctions amid Political Crisis; Plus: Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human
    0:08 – US Sanctions Venezuelan Oil Company Miguel Tinker-Salas (@mtinkersalas [1]) is a Professor of Latin American history at Pomona College. His books include Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know and The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela. 0:34 – New path to appeal opens for Mumia Abu-Jamal Rachel Wolkenstein is a civil rights attorney,and has been a legal and political advocate for Mumia Abu-Jamal since 1987. 0:45 – BREAKING: On Day 21, Corcoran Prison hunger strike drove the warden to the negotiating table. As a result, two of the demands have been met and the hunger strike has been suspended. Brooke Terpstra is on organizer with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (@IWW_IWOC [2]), and joins us to discuss the indefinite lock down and hunger strikers demands. Today, strikers are now getting packages, full canteen privileges and are negotiating a yard schedule. Negotiations to end the lock down and restore visitation are yet to come. 1:08 – Team Human: amplifying human connection. Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff [3]) is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a professor of media theory and digital economics. His new book is Team Human. [4] Events: TODAY: City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco [5] | 7:00 PM TOMORROW: Commonwealth Club in San Francisco [6] | 6:30 PM   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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