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  • Inside California’s Declining Unemployment Rate

    As California settles into its sixth month of the pandemic, unemployment levels appear to be dropping — a spot of bright news for residents and the state’s embattled unemployment department alike — though the numbers belie a more complex and uncertain reality.

    — Emily Hoeven

  • Trump Gives Himself "A+" on Covid-19 Response as US Death Toll Hits Grim 200,000 Milestone

    "Trump and his cowardly enablers, they all have blood on their hands," said an activist who lost his father to Covid-19.

    — Jake Johnson 

  • Contending with Catastrophe: Expressions of 2020

    To use my own nervous system as a social weather vane, the fact that I responded with a physical response to news of Ginsburg's death told me all I needed to know. We were in deep trouble before, we're in Code Red territory now...

    — Alan Minsky

  • Apocalypse or Democracy Now?

    This is California at 1.1 degrees Celsius of temperature rise due to anthropogenic climate change: unprecedented Megafires; toxic air, and 121 degrees Fahrenheit in Woodland Hills - all in the past week. Scientists say the best we can realistically hope for now is to contain global warming to 2 degrees. Let that sink in.

    — Alan Minsky

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  • Voting Is Power Unleashed!

    We only have 50 days until Election Day. People would not be spending ungodly sums of money to stop us from voting if our vote was not powerful.

    — Margaret Prescod

  • State Assembly Races

    Information on the candidates, news, the stakes, and endorsements on all the California districts that are on the November 2020 ballot are listed here.

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  • State Senate Races

    Information on the candidates, news, the stakes, and endorsements on all the California districts that are on the November 2020 ballot are listed here. 

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  • Congress Races

    Information on the candidates, news, the stakes, and endorsements on all the California districts that are on the November 2020 ballot are listed here. 

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  • "Belly of the Beast": Survivors of Forced Sterilizations in California's Prisons Fight for Justice

    Revelations about forced hysterectomies at an ICE facility in Georgia have forced a reckoning with the long history of sterilizations in the U.S. — particularly of Black, Brown, poor and disabled people — and the way this procedure has continued in jails and prisons to the present day. We speak with Kelli Dillon, who was sterilized at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla in 2001 and who is featured in the documentary "Belly of the Beast," which tells the stories of women subjected to unwanted sterilization behind bars in California. She says incarcerated women are "punished" for simply requesting medical records. "If we begin to press … we are reprimanded and sometimes put in lockdown," says Dillon, who in 2006 became the first survivor of sterilization abuse to sue the California Department of Corrections for damages. Between 2006 and 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 women without required state approval. "Forced sterilization is genocide," notes filmmaker Erika Cohn, who directed "Belly of the Beast" and spent nearly a decade making it. The film opens in theaters on October 16 and will premiere on PBS's "Independent Lens" on November 23.

  • Whistleblower Nurse in ICE Jail Alleges Forced Sterilization & Neglect Amid 8th COVID Death

    As ICE confirms the 20th person to die in its detention in fiscal year 2020, making it one of the deadliest periods in the agency's history, we talk to the whistleblower at the center of an explosive complaint that accuses an ICE jail in Georgia of failing to adhere to coronavirus safety protocols and performing a large number of unwanted hysterectomies on detainees. The doctor who carried out the procedures became known to women inside the facility as "the uterus collector." Whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, says the neglect and abuse at the facility was "jaw-dropping." We also speak with Azadeh Shahshahani, legal and advocacy director at Project South, who says authorities must take action now. "What else would it take for decision makers to finally move and do something about this before we see additional tragedies at these facilities?" she says.

  • Headlines for September 22, 2020

    GOP, Trump Charge Forward with Effort to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, DOJ Designates New York City, Seattle, Portland as "Anarchist" Cities, CDC Again Retracts Information About Coronavirus on Website; HHS Head Azar Exerts Control Over FDA, 150+ Countries, Not Including the U.S., Join U.N.'s Effort to Fairly Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, House Report Finds Immigrant Prisoners Denied Access to Essential Care, Forced into Labor, Mexican National Dies in Georgia Immigration Prison, One Week into Peace Talks, Scores Killed in Bloody Day of Fighting Across Afghanistan, 6 People Killed in Colombian Massacre as Rampant Violence Has Claimed Over 240 Lives in 2020, Calls Mount for Release of Sudanese Filmmaker and Activist Hajooj Kuka, Global Heating Sees Arctic Sea Ice Shrink to Second-Lowest Level on Record, Trump Admin Taps Climate Change Denier Ryan Maue for Top Position at NOAA, Tropical Storm Beta Makes Landfall as Record-Breaking Atlantic Storm Season Continues, Kumeyaay Land Defenders Arrested During Peaceful Border Wall Demonstration, Tohono O'odham Land Defenders in Arizona Protest Border Wall Construction on Sacred Land, Gov't Watchdog Probing Pentagon Use of Force and Interest in Deploying "Heat Rays" Against Protesters, Florida Governor DeSantis Announces Legislation to Suppress Protests, White Bar Owner in Omaha Who Killed Black Protester Dies by Suicide, Louisville Police Announce State of Emergency Ahead of Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Decision

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  • What’s at Stake in the Fight Over RBG’s Seat

    FEATURING COREY BRETTSCHNEIDER – The second woman to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, shocking the nation. After a lengthy battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer, the feminist icon and trail blazing jurist passed away at 87, leaving behind one dying wish: that her replacement would be chosen until...

  • How Big Banks Are Helping Criminals Launder Money

    FEATURING SPENCER WOODMAN – A massive trove of leaked documents from the U.S. government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) shows that big banks filed so-called “suspicious activities reports” on trillions of dollars worth of transactions linked to corrupt regimes, mobsters, and international criminals, relying on the U.S. government to not enforce regulations. As a result...

  • Headlines: September 21, 2020

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. After a lengthy battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer the barrier breaking feminist icon who became the second woman ever to be appointed to the nation’s highest court passed away on Friday sparking shock across the U.S. Her granddaughter Clara Spera related that...

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  • 'Green News Report' - September 22, 2020

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Tropical Storm Beta breaks new records as it grinds into storm-weary Gulf Coast; Smoke from record wildfires in the West is causing another public health crisis; Rising global temperatures are increasing the likelihood of mega-fires; PLUS: The loss of trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a loss for [...]

  • RBG RIP and the Fight Over What Happens Now: 'BradCast' 9/21/2020

    On today's BradCast: I suspect you know what we'll be covering. [Audio link to show follows below.] But, briefly today, before we get to the titanic battle over what may happen in the next 43 days before Election Day, we begin with a few words of warning from Desi Doyen on the latest incoming Hurricanes/Tropical Storms. [...]

  • Sunday 'Rest in Notorious Peace' Toons

    * * * Perry Dorrell blogs as PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, usually on topics concerning the strange brew of Texas politics. He's also on Twitter @PDiddie.

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  • September 21, 2020 - Robert Alexander | Michael Coppedge | Kevin Kumashiro

    How McConnell and Trump's Appointment to Replace RBG Will Backfire | The Global "Dictator Drift" as the U.S. Undergoes "Substantial Autocratization" | Trump's Call to "Restore Patriotic Education" is Intended to Whitewash and Rewrite Our History backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia

  • September 20, 2020 - Jim Manley | Caroline Fredrickson | James Fallows

    Trump and McConnell Move With Unseemly Haste to Fill RBG's Just-vacated Seat | Opus Dei's Leonard Leo Gets his Sixth Pick to Stack the Supreme Court | Has the Press Learned Anything After Billions in Free Advertising to Elect Trump in 2016?

  • September 17, 2020 - Joseph Lowndes | Mark Sandel | Shuja Nawaz

    When he Loses the Election Will Trump Call His Armed and Delusional Supporters to the Streets? | The Dark Side of Meritocracy and the Need to Restore the Dignity of Work | Chaos and War Will Follow Trump's Withdrawal from Afghanistan Before the Election backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia

Strength Thru Unity


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This event will also air on KPFK 90.7 FM Friday Aug 28th at 5pm (PST)


STU’s prominent guests include Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo NationDr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical AssociationThomas Johnson, CEO of Family Matters of Greater WashingtonMichael Kurima, president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Diego Chapter, Christina Mora, co-Director of Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies and other thought leaders. Shirley Jahad of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and an award-winning public media journalist will moderate STU’s conversation.

Previous Strength Thru Unity:

Black & Brown Lives Sowing the Seed of Change

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  • How They’ve Wanted to Stop Us

    Oh, how they’ve wanted to stop us. Every day KPFK opens up a new controversy, a new societal pain point, a new cultural, political or community insight, and new revelations about everything that means something in your life. We can’t help it. It’s who we are and what we do. And we won’t stop.

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    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.

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  • There Is No Replacement For An Activist State

    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.

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Hello Chris Howard here.  Our live event the Mind Coach Certification Training will be rescheduled though attempting to find the best dates and the hotels are uncertain when they will be open as well.  So in the meantime they have full access to the online 20 video course, and as soon as we have the new date we will let you know!
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