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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about how the Occupy movement can continue to be effective.  On Monday, several west coast Occupiers shut down their ports, while other movements attempted to halt operations at Walmart headquarters.  What do you think the targets should be? And what are the most effective methods? Are there ways the movement can be more inclusive?  Join us at 10 or email us at What should Occupy 2012 look like? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Can people from different political backgrounds come together to work for prison reform? On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about various efforts to reform the prison system in the US. Today, 2.3 million prisoners are in US jails, costing more than $44 billion. In California, more money is spent on prisons than education. What will it take to reform the system? How are groups with different political backgrounds joining forces? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. 


On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. Two years ago at the UN talks in Copenhagen, an attempt to secure a global treaty and cut greenhouse gas emissions ended in failure. What is the outcome of the latest negotiations in Durban? Join us live at 10 or send an email How is climate change affecting economies around the globe? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. 

On the next Your Call, we'll talk about the role of community colleges in higher education. A "student task force" is considering plans to restructure community colleges to be geared more towards increasing transfer rates to 4-year colleges. But some students and faculty worry these changes will actually make higher education less accessible. So what do community colleges mean to you? And how do we maximize the potential of this great resource? Join us at 10 or email us at It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

On the next Your Call, it's our Friday Media Roundtable. This week, we'll discuss media coverage of the ongoing protests in Russia over allegations of election fraud. We will also talk about Wall Street whistleblowers. Where is the coverage? We'll be joined by Columbia Journalism Review's Ryan Chittum and Christian Science Monitor's Fred Weir joins us from Moscow. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 or send and email to It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

On the next Your Call, we'll talk to Ron Schmidt, author of Once Removed, about his journey from life as a closeted gay student in Catholic schools, to marriage and single-parenting, through alcoholism and psychotherapy, to working as a teacher in CA public schools and starting organizations to support LGBT youth. Are schools safer for queer students and families today? Join us at 10 or email us at What's the best way to help LGBT youth feel safe and supported? It's Your Call with guest host, Angie Coiro, and you.

How should the US engage with the governments emerging from the uprising in the Arab world?  On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the emergence of Islamist parties in elections in Egypt and Tunisia. What do they stand for?  Why are they so popular?  And should the U.S. embrace them?  Join us live at 10 or send an email to . It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you. Guests Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Elizabeth Grossman about her book"Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health and the Promise of Green Chemistry."  Consumers are becoming more aware of the potential health and environmental hazards of plastic products.  Grossman argues that green chemistry could offer a new manufacturing process that is “benign by design.”  So could we get away from plastic entirely?  Join us at 10 or email us at

On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation with former Olympic sprinter John Carlos and sportswriter Dave Zirin about their book, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Carlos is famous for his politically-charged Black Power salute with Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics. How much power does a professional athlete have to speak out to the world beyond sports? And why do we listen?

How is the Occupy movement encouraging creative activism around economic inequality?  Activists are staging occupations at foreclosed homes across the country to raise awareness about the crisis and help families keep their homes.  There is also talk of creating state or municipal banks as one solution to the corruption of the banking system.  What other ways are you seeing the occupy movement galvanize people to support innovative strategies for turning our economy around?  Join the conversation with host Rose Aguilar by calling (415) 841-4134, or email