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When we first interviewed Elizabeth Chan, she was standing in front of San Francisco’s immigration building, saying goodbye to her only son. She’s been fighting his deportation order ever since and told us how that fight has changed her.

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Last month, the Trump Administration argued before the Ninth Circuit that the government is not required to provide toothbrushes, soap or beds to the migrant children it detains. That argument was relentlessly criticized by the three-judge panel presiding over the case, and their comments quickly viral.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss reports of deplorable conditions inside immigration detention facilities in the US. 

Peter Prato

For actor and playwright Dan Hoyle, theatre is part of his DNA. His father is veteran stage performer Geoff Hoyle, and Dan has had several acclaimed one-man shows that not only make audiences laugh but think. He’s back at the Marsh for his latest production "Border People."

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Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to retain their sanctuary policy on Tuesday. South Bay officials were compelled to review the policy by a brutal murder earlier this year, which raised thorny questions about immigrants’ rights and public safety.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with artists performing at the San Francisco International Arts Festival and hear how the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies are impacting the festival.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll talk about the people who work behind the scenes of California's wine industry.

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Latino workers are more likely to die at work than anyone else, and immigrant workers can be particularly at risk.

Artist: Christine Shields



On this edition of Your Call, we'll talk about the realities of traveling to the US and crossing the border as a young person – alone.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the troubling history of Angel Island’s Immigration Station through the lens of a dance performance dedicated to the 170,000 Chinese immigrants processed there between 1910 and 1940.

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On this edition of Your Call, listen to a conversation we recorded live at Mission High School as part of our series HEAR: Histories of Exclusion and Resistance.

The San Francisco International Film Festival is in full swing, featuring films inspired by the spirit and values of the Bay Area.  One documentary showing this week is called “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America.” It introduces us to four young LGBTQ refugees who came to San Francisco from the Congo, Angola, and Syria.

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A new generation of Oakland-raised Maya are working to give their communities a voice in their native tongues.

Steve Drown

From the series Uncuffed:


When undocumented immigrants are released from prison they can face deportation. Charles Joseph, who was born in Fiji, says that is what will happen to him.


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from young refugees who fled Central American countries in search of safety in the United States.

Dalya Salih

This past Saturday, hundreds of people from up and down the west coast gathered in San Francisco for a Sudan solidarity march called for by the Sudanese Association of Northern California.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about sexual abuse in immigrant detention facilities.

Ummra Hang

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is targeting long-time residents with criminal convictions, most of whom have lived in the US since fleeing the Cambodian genocide as children.

Lauren Markham is an immigration reporter who covered the stories of unaccompanied children at the southern border in 2012. At the same time, Markham also works as the student program manager at Oakland Unified School District. She works with refugee kids at Oakland International, where there is a large number of undocumented students.

The global reach of white, right-wing terrorism

Mar 21, 2019
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss last Friday's massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and white supremacy around the globe. The alleged shooter, an avowed white nationalist from Australia, killed at least 50 children and adults.

Frederick Ghai

Becoming a citizen is taking longer and getting tougher, and in California, there aren’t enough legal aid attorneys to go around. Meet one group of Bay Area lawyers who are trying to bridge that gap.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with immigration attorney J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda about his book No Human is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War.

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the war in Yemen. According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s population is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and millions face starvation. What will it take to end the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen?

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On this edition of Your Call, hear our discussion at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose about communities that have faced exclusion, from Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II to immigrants from around the world.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we bring back our conversation with journalist Todd Miller about his new book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.

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Last week, a New York judge blocked the Trump Administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Bay Area leaders are applauding that ruling. They say that asking about citizenship on the Census could have lasting consequences for California residents.

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The San Francisco Immigration Defense Unit is a team of eight lawyers with the public defender’s office who represent people threatened with deportation. 

On this edition of Your Call, history professor emerita Dana Frank discusses her book The Long Honduran Night, which documents brutal repression by the US-backed regime and the rise of a powerful grassroots resistance movement.

Frank writes that after the 2009 military coup, Honduras was plunged into violence and poverty and the post-coup regime destroyed the rule of law and gutted the state. What are Hondurans facing today and what factors are forcing so many people to flee their homes?


Chemicals without borders: Unearthing the Green Revolution

Dec 5, 2018


Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part III: California's industrial approach to agriculture has long served as a model for government officials in Punjab, India, which dramatically increased crop yields decades ago as part of the high-tech, chemically supplemented Green Revolution. Yet the cost for Punjabi farmers has been a legacy of pesticide reliance, debt, and the hopes for a better life in other countries. 

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal


Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part IIThe story of how agriculture became agribusiness in California and around the world begins in Punjab, India, where the Green Revolution didn't just change how farmers work the land; it changed how they live.