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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.

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The recent protests against the killing of Black people by police have put racial inequity at the forefront of our national conversation. Santa Clara County witnessed some of the first and largest protests in the Bay Area last month, in San Jose. And the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has promised to address inequity in their county.

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The Oakland City Council recently approved the city’s mid-cycle budget, which goes into effect tomorrow. Though it fell short of calls to defund the Oakland Police Department, it did move roughly 3% of OPD’s budget, $14.3 million, to alternative safety measures. 

Tonight, a special crossover episode Of Your Legal Rights And KALW’S popular Philosophy Talk -- the program that questions everything ... except your intelligence.  

We are simultaneously facing a pandemic and massive social unrest. we all find ourselves entangled in moral dilemmas; so, we have assembled a group of guests-philosophers, attorneys, analysts-who are professionally engaged in examining the ethical and legal problems that now confront all of us.

Bay Area Policymakers Respond To Calls For Police Reform

Jun 9, 2020
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Around the Bay Area and the state, lawmakers and police departments are starting to consider changes to their use-of-force policies.

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The Bay Area protests against ongoing police brutality have caused cities and counties to enact curfews, including Alameda County.

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While many organizers have told protesters to socially distance and wear masks, public health experts fear the Bay Area’s demonstrations could still fuel a rise in COVID-19 infections. That could be particularly devastating to the same black and brown communities most impacted by police brutality.

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Local curfew orders remain in effect throughout much of the Bay Area, as the region deals with the demonstrations and civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Both local and statewide government officials pressed ahead with police reform efforts on Monday amidst nationwide protests over the police homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as systemic racism.

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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.

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Bay Area residents came out in droves to protest police brutality over the weekend. While most of the protestors were peaceful, vandalism and looting also took place at shopping centers and stores. 

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As Americans across the nation are protesting the police killing of George Floyd today, Facebook employees are staging a virtual walkout.

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Tensions between local law enforcement and people protesting the death of George Floyd continued to escalate through last night and this morning. 

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the deadly crackdown on nationwide anti- governmnet protests in Iran, which were sparked by steep hikes in fuel prices.

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From our new series Bay Views, a segment where we ask someone to go deep and think about an aspect of their Bay Area life that touches on a larger issue. Today, we’ll take a look from here at turmoil happening in Sudan, host Hana Baba's home country.

Is hate speech protected by the Constitution?

Aug 23, 2017
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The National Park Service today has decided to issue a permit to right-wing group Patriot Prayer for a rally on Saturday in San Francisco’s Crissy Field.

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Today is International Women’s Day, and activists called for women to strike worldwide.

In San Francisco this morning, hundreds of women rallied in front of City Hall. Some were mothers who brought their daughters. Many had skipped school or walked off their jobs. 

Proposed cuts at Mills spark protest

Nov 18, 2015
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The Mills College Campus is beautiful – wide sweeping lawns, and tree-lined boulevards. It’s a tranquil place where I can picture myself reading a book in the warm sunshine, or maybe even doing interpretive dance in front of the student union – which is exactly what’s happening when I walk onto campus. 

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Counter-Terrorism Officials Helped Track Black Lives Matter Protesters // East Bay Express 

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The Society of Professional Journalists' Northern California Chapter sent a letter to Berkeley officials today condemning the actions of police officers who allegedly used batons to beat photojournalists. We contacted Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and asked him about his perspective on what happened in the streets of Berkeley over the weekend.

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Demonstrations against police brutality and the criminal justice system are continuing tonight in the Bay Area, following a weekend of protests that resulted in violent clashes in several locations. Significant protests took place in Berkeley Saturday night, when demonstrators blocked a freeway onramp. At some point police responded with batons and tear gas. The Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter sent a letter to Berkeley officials today condemning the actions of police officers who allegedly used batons to beat photojournalists.