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Before COVID-19, about 700 people were dying every day in the U.S. due to poverty. Because of this nation’s tolerance for death, as long as those dying are poor and people of color, the national response to this pandemic has further exposed the country’s distorted morality.
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Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties hardbound book by KPFK host Jon Wiener and historian Mike Davis.
Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive movement history of L.A. in the sixties, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of interviews with principal figures, as well as the authors storied personal histories as activists.
This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is moving forward with more "lower-risk" re-openings as part of its staged COVID-19 recovery plan.
— Dan Fritz
Larry Summers is a recurring motif in American politics, rising to prominence every few years. Recently, he has been meeting with Joe Biden. This should come as no surprise. Summers is the economic guru, par excellence, of the Democratic Party donor class; a trusted council to Presidents and Party nominees alike.
— Alan Minsky
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are suing the federal government over conditions at the federal prison at Terminal Island in San Pedro.
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Demanding McDonald's prioritize public health and worker safety over profits, hundreds of employees at the fast-food chain (140,000 U.S. restaurants) went on strike May 20, a day before the company was set to hold its annual shareholders' meeting.
— Julia Conley
Strength Thru Unity will be a virtual discussion to advance Asian and Latino American unity. We will discuss our common ground, shared history, values, and culture as we are being disproportionately affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.
— Anyel Z. Fields
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 700 people were dying every day in the U.S. because of the crisis of poverty. And because of this nation’s high tolerance for death, as long as those who are dying are poor and people of color, the national response to this pandemic has only further exposed the country’s distorted morality.
— The Poor People's Campaign
More than 3 million students. Hundreds of campuses. A state higher education budget of $36 billion. As we’ve heard so often lately, California is a nation-state, and its system of colleges and universities is equally gargantuan.
— Felicia Mello
A group of LA volunteers have set up a national hotline to help during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide medical supplies to the frontline heroes. Supplies Save Lives are a group of volunteers who have set up a text number to collect donations from citizens, businesses and other places that may have a surplus
— Anyel Z. Fields
Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.
Ibram X. Kendi says early media coverage of COVID-19 as "the great equalizer" missed the racial impact of the disease. But it soon became clear "that it was Latino Americans and African Americans and Native Americans in particular who were disproportionately being infected and dying." The award-winning author and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University joins us to discuss why he started the COVID Racial Data Tracker.
"I can't breathe" — that's what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City's Central Park and falsely accusing him of "threatening her life" after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these developments and more with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and National Book Award–winning author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" and "How to Be an Antiracist."
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FEATURING RICHARD WOLFF – Randall Lane, Business writer for Forbes magazine has just published a lengthy article entitled “Greater Capitalism: How the Pandemic is Permanently Reshaping Our Economic System for the Better.” In it Lane laments the fact that too many Americans worry the economy is rigged to benefit the rich but points out that...
FEATURING DAVID ENRICH – One of the world’s largest and most successful banks, Deutsche Bank, has a history that is as sordid as one can imagine. The same bank that has loaned the Trump Organization billions of dollars has bene implicated in aiding terrorist regimes and defrauding investors. Now, that story is told in a...
Thousands of people gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday to protest the brutal videotaped killing of a black man named George Floyd by several police officers. Mr. Floyd was seen pleading on the video recording of the last moment of his life, saying he could not breathe while a white police officer who knelt with...
Community media, news, services, and journalism are all cornerstones of our democracy and are more critical than ever. Many community organizations, publications, and independent media companies will become casualties of the pandemic. Our world has changed profoundly and KPFK is adapting to it, so we can still be here for you.
— Anyel Z Fields
Tomorrow at 7 PM, KPFK General Manager will be hosting a conversation about KPFK, its place in Southern California, and its future.
— Anyel Z Fields
We are watching how our long battle in bringing a progressive vision to our democracy is finally beginning to take hold. We were here long before Bernie Sanders and the New York Times shifted the conversation from liberal to progressive thinking.
— Anyel Z Fields
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