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Katie Gilmartin

Blackmail, My Love is a noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 - "The Dark Ages of Queerdom," as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it - when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up patrons and demanded "protection" money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of public exposure they were easy blackmail targets.  The book is illustrated with 21 of Gilmartin's original prints, including "Miss Double Strand" here.

10pm Tuesday on KALW, historian, printmaker, Queer Ancestors Project founder and novelist Katie Gilmartin reads from her book and talks about mid-last century San Francisco queer life.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing police brutality against protesters and journalists. ProPublica has compiled nearly 70 videos showing police abusing their power. On the first Saturday after George Floyd was killed, The Washington Post reports that from May 28 to June 2, at least 12 people lost vision in one eye after being struck by police munitions.

We Speak For Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America

Jul 9, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with best-selling author and Salon's Editor-At-Large D. Watkins about his new book We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with john a. powell, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute. Professor powell is internationally recognized as a leading expert on civil rights and civil liberties.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing black women and girls who have been killed by police or have died in police custody. On March 13, police shot and killed Breonna Taylor, an EMT from Louisville, Kentucky while she was sleeping in her home. The officers have not been arrested or charged. The case is now under investigation by the FBI. Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 years old on June 5th.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing coverage of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and police forces responding with stun grenades and tear gas against peaceful protesters.

Brooke Anderson

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from young people who’ve been protesting across the Bay Area over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality. On Wednesday, an estimated 30,000 people attended a youth-led protest in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on the nationwide massive uprisings over the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and economic injustice. There have been peaceful protests in over 140 cities, according to the New York Times.

Rosa Pineda

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re opening the lines to get your reaction to the nationwide uprising over the killing of George Floyd and rampant police brutality. People took the streets in over 140 cities across the country, according to the New York Times. 

August 1st, 2016: Recent police shootings of Black men have sparked outrage and a national movement against police brutality.  Despite women playing a dominant role in the leadership of Black Lives Matter, police violence against Black women has largely been ignored.

On the July 7th edition of Your Call, Rose Aguilar and her guests will talk about the high-profile killings of two black men by police in recent days. 

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On the May 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what it will take to reform San Francisco’s police department. 

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Mayor Lee put on public display over SF police reforms - San Francisco Examiner

“With beefed up security at City Hall and a room full of protesters, Mayor Ed Lee was taken to task Tuesday by members of the Board of Supervisors who sought answers for how San Francisco will address a beleaguered police department.


Yesterday afternoon protesters marched to San Francisco’s City Hall demanding an end to police brutality and rampant racial bias.


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On the May 4th edition of Your Call we’ll discuss the Frisco Five hunger strike. 

Daily News roundup for Monday, April 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Can we solve the housing crisis? // Oakland Magazine

"Uber Technologies’ September purchase of the massive old Sears Building in Uptown Oakland was like the clanging of a bell announcing that the Bay Area’s tech-led economic boom was finally spilling into the East Bay."

Kevin Jones

This isn’t the story of another police shooting. It’s the story of what happens after a police shooting. Especially one in particular.

Dana Kawano

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week our guest is Amara Tabor-Smith. She’s a dancer, choreographer, performer, San Francisco native, and Oakland resident. Tabor-Smith caught up with KALW's Jen Chien to talk about their dancing days and to give her picks for cool arts happenings around the Bay this weekend. 

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sep 2, 2015
Paul Chinn

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Lawsuit filed by California drivers against Uber gets class-action status // CBS SF

“SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A federal judge has granted class-action status to a case in California against Uber over payment of drivers.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aug 5, 2015
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:


Search in forest for missing S.F. teacher turns up body // SF Gate


“An investigation is under way to determine whether the body of a man found off of a trail west of Slate Mountain is that of a San Francisco teacher who went missing in the El Dorado National Forest.


Sandip Roy: Alabama

Feb 18, 2015

57 year old Sureshbhai Patel had recently arrived in the US from India to help take care of his new grandson. He went out for a walk in the suburban town in Alabama where his son lived. He ended up in hospital, partially paralysed. He was not mugged or robbed. Policemen did that to him. Patel spoke no English. 

Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. Then after 9/11 we heard about Flying while Muslim.