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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.
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    Kennis Henry of National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations on HR-40, Samsarah Morgan on Black Maternal Health Week

    Kennis Henry of National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations on HR-40, Samsarah Morgan on Black Maternal Health Week

    Today on Upfront:

    We speak with Kennis Henry of National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations (N'COBRA) [1] in light of the passing of HR-40 in the House Judiciary Committee
    This week is Black Maternal Health week. The US has one of the highest infant mortality rates of any developed country and that's even higher for black infants. On today's show, we re-air our interview with from 2018 with Samsarah Morgan [2], a doula and Director of Oakland Better Birth Foundation [3], and author of The Birth Plan.

    photo: Clay Banks [4] via Unsplash

    [1] https://twitter.com/NCOBRA40
    [2] https://twitter.com/urbannana60
    [3] https://www.niaoaklandbetterbirthfoundation.com/about-samsarah
    [4] https://unsplash.com/@claybanks

    • 3 hr 19 min
    Celebrating 72 years of KPFA on-air: Where we are now with the war in Afghanistan; Plus: Remembering Reese Erlich, and the history of KPFA with Matthew Lasar

    Celebrating 72 years of KPFA on-air: Where we are now with the war in Afghanistan; Plus: Remembering Reese Erlich, and the history of KPFA with Matthew Lasar

    0:08 - Biden announces US will withdraw from Afghanistan, what's next?

    Sonali Kolhatkar (@SonaliKolhatkar [1]) is host and executive producer of Rising Up with Sonali now airing weekly at 3 pm on Fridays on KPFA. She’s a writing fellow with the Independent Media Institute and author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence. [2]

    0:25 - Barbara Lee’s speech on the House Floor on September 14, 2001, declaring herself what would turn out to be the sole vote against the resolution authorizing the war in Afghanistan.

    0:34 - Remembering Reese Erlich, journalist and KPFA ally

    Reese Erlich, foreign correspondent, radical reporter and frequent guest on KPFA passed away April 6, 2021. This audio is from November of 2018 when Reese did an event for KPFA about his latest book, The Iran Agenda Today, The Real Story Inside Iran and What’s Wrong With U.S. Policy. [3]Listen to the full talk here. 

    1:08 - Celebrating KPFA's 72nd Birthday

    Matthew Lasar is a 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. [4]

    Support KPFA in continue being independent, community radio and donate today.

    [1] https://twitter.com/SonaliKolhatkar?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
    [2] https://www.sevenstories.com/books/2947-bleeding-afghanistan
    [3] https://www.routledge.com/The-Iran-Agenda-Today-The-Real-Story-Inside-Iran-and-Whats-Wrong-with/Erlich/p/book/9781138599062
    [4] https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/business-history-review/article/abs/pacifica-radio-the-rise-of-an-alternative-network-by-matthew-lasar-philadelphia-temple-university-press-1999-320-pp-notes-index-cloth-3495-paper-1995-isbn-cloth-1566396603-paper-1566397774/F5ACCD969F8514EB9C50B481E6C2BE8F

    • 39 min
    Where do migrant children go, after they arrive at the border? Plus: New investigation reveals Facebook has allowed world leaders to deceive the public; and an extended author interview with Dr Paul Farmer

    Where do migrant children go, after they arrive at the border? Plus: New investigation reveals Facebook has allowed world leaders to deceive the public; and an extended author interview with Dr Paul Farmer

    [caption id="attachment_357116" align="alignright" width="370"] Migrant children in custody at the US border, March 2021 (Photo: Democracy Now [1])[/caption]

    0:08 - Where do migrant children go, after they arrive at the border? It's an administrative and humanitarian nightmare.

    Aura Bogado (@aurabogado [2]) is an investigative reporter covering immigration for Reveal.

    0:25 - KPFA News: Attorneys for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin began making their case today in Chauvin’s trial over the killing of George Floyd. KPFA's Max Pringle reports.

    0:34 - Whistleblower reveals FB allowed world leaders to deceive the public

    Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew [3]) is a senior tech reporter for The Guardian. Her latest investigation is “Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens.” [4]

    0:50 - Kayla Moore's birthday is Saturday, family and advocates continue to demand justice

    Maria Moore is a mental health reform advocate, and the sister of Kayla Moore, who was killed by Berkeley Police in 2013. 

    Andrea Pritchett is co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch.

    Event: Saturday April 17 from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Celebrate what would have been Kayla Moore’s 50th Birthday and demand Care Not Cops. 

    Where: CIVIC CENTER PARK 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Berkeley

    Socially distanced outdoor rally & march, wear a mask!
    For accessibility questions or needs, contact berkeleycopwatch [at] yahoo.com

    1:08 - Author interview: Dr Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and founding director and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (@PIH [5]). His latest book is Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History. [6]

    [1] https://www.democracynow.org/2021/3/16/us_mexico_border_unaccompanied_minors
    [2] https://twitter.com/aurabogado
    [3] https://twitter.com/juliacarriew
    [4] https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/apr/12/facebook-loophole-state-backed-manipulation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
    [5] https://twitter.com/PIH
    [6] https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374716981

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Navigating CA’s unemployment system: we take your calls with Daniela Urban with the Center for Workers’ Rights; Plus: The Police Killing of Daunte Wright: what’s known so far, and processing the trauma with Rosa Clemente

    Navigating CA’s unemployment system: we take your calls with Daniela Urban with the Center for Workers’ Rights; Plus: The Police Killing of Daunte Wright: what’s known so far, and processing the trauma with Rosa Clemente

    0:08 - Iran nuclear site cyber-attacked, likely by Israel

    Khury Petersen-Smith (@kpYES [1]) is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration.  

    0:27 - KPFA News: The City of Oakland has imposed rule changes for sidewalk vending at Lake Merritt, largely impacting vendors who are Black and brown. KPFA’s Sam Anderson reports.

    0:34 - Unemployment call-ins: Daniela Urban is Executive Director of the Center for Workers' Rights and special counsel to Legal Aid At Work.

    1:08 - The police killing of Daunte Wright

    Alex Vitale (@avitale) [2]  professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and the author of The End of Policing.

    1:25 - KPFA News: Continuing our coverage of the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd, Scott Baba has this re-cap of yesterday’s trial proceedings, which included testimony by George Floyd’s brother, Philonse Floyd. Scott Baba reports.

    1:34 - Processing police violence and what's next

    Rosa Clemente (@rosaclemente) a grassroots organizer, lecturer, independent journalist, and scholar, and a former vice presidential candidate with the Green Party.

    1:48 - Oakland: The Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce recommendations go before the Public Safety Committee

    James Burch is the Policy Director of the Anti-Police Terror Project, and President of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter. He serves as the Chair of the Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. 

    liz suk is interim executive director for Oakland Rising, which mobilizes and educates voters in the flatlands - East and West Oakland - around issues of social justice.

    Oakland Public Safety Committee meeting: today Tuesday April 13 at 1:30pm. Zoom link here. [3]

    [1] https://twitter.com/kpYES
    [2] https://twitter.com/avitale
    [3] http://bit.ly/pubsafety0413

    Remembering journalist and KPFA ally Reese Erlich; Plus: I. Can’t. Breathe: the trial of Derek Chauvin and protests erupt over the police killing of another young black man, Daunte Wright

    Remembering journalist and KPFA ally Reese Erlich; Plus: I. Can’t. Breathe: the trial of Derek Chauvin and protests erupt over the police killing of another young black man, Daunte Wright

    0:08 - Monday's with Mitch: remembering KPFA ally and contributor, Reese Erlich; another police murder in Minnesota, the filibuster, federal infrastructure negotiations, and more.

    Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics [1], weekdays at 10AM on KPFA.

    0:34 – We take your COVID science call-ins with Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley — today we talk about watching case numbers to assess another surge, waiting to make travel plans, and anecdotal experiences with COVID vaccines affecting menstrual cycles.

    1:08 - I. Can't. Breathe: the trial of Derek Chauvin

    Mary Moriarty has been a public defender for over 30 years, most recently for Hennepin County, Minnesota. She’s also a contributor to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

    1:34 - Debriefing the union defeat at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama

    Jane McAlevey is a veteran organizer, now a senior policy fellow at UC Berkeley’s Labor Center. Her most recent book is A Collective Bargain.

    1:48 - Remembering DMX, and addressing addiction, mental illness and stress that killed him

    Davey D, hip hop historian, co-host of KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, is most recent book (with Jeff Chang) is Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Hip Hop History.

    [1] https://kpfa.org/program/letters-and-politics/

    UpFront – April 9, 2021

    UpFront – April 9, 2021

    UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.

    • 3 hr 19 min

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