Voting for Justice and Preparing for a Coup
*2020 ELECTION EPISODE* Monifa Akosua (EBC Organizer and Advocate) hosts a discussion on the California ballot measures that seek to impact racial and economic justice. Jose Bernal (EBC Organizing Manager), Emily Harris (EBC Policy Director), Rahsaan Thomas (Ear Hustle/Initiate Justice), John Windham (Initiate Justice), Zakiya Prince (Initiate Justice) and Elliot Hosman (EBC Advocate) break down the props we are saying yeah or nay to. Plus, EBC Executive Director Zachary Norris on how we can prepare for a coup.
Jails, Prisons and the Pandemic
Emily Harris (EBC Policy Director), Jose Bernal (EBC Organizing Manager) and James King (EBC State Campaigner) are joined by Fanon Figgers (Choose One), John Yayha Johnson (Coalition to Repeal CA 3-Strikes Law), Isa Borgeson (Stop San Quentin Outbreak Coalition) to break down the impact that COVID-19 is having on the people inside Santa Rita Jail and San Quentin Prison. Shawanda Scott (Mama Bear), whose son is inside San Quentin and Steven Wolverton, who was recently released from Santa Rita call in to share their experiences.
Housing is a Human Right
Housing segregation, displacement and the criminalization of the homeless was already a crisis in Oakland before the COVID-19 pandemic. Angelo Sandoval (Ella Baker Center Sr. Organizer and Advocate) and Anita De Asis Miralle aka Needa Bee (co-founder of Feed The People & The Village, owner of Oakland’s Original Lumia Lady & The Lumpia Shack) break down the challenges faced by Oakland’s unsheltered residents, and the recent violent attack on The Village in Oakland outreach workers by Oakland Police Department officers.
Life is More Sacred Than Property
Protests across the country and in the Bay Area continue to grow after the racist murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. In Alameda County, Sheriff Greg Ahern tried to crack down on huge Bay Area protests by issuing a county-wide curfew, but Oakland community members turned out in force to rally and say “F*** Your Curfew.” This episode also features an interview with Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zach Norris and a speech by the one and only Ms. Baker.
The Looming Crisis Inside Santa Rita Jail
As a growing number of staff and incarcerated people have tested positive for COVID-19 inside Santa RIta Jail in Alameda County, Jose Bernal (Ella Baker Center Organizing Manager) and Amber Akemi Piatt (Health Instead of Punishment Program Director, Human Impact Partners) throw a spotlight on the notorious Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.
COVID-19 vs. Tough On Crime Rhetoric
Ella Baker Center State Campaigner James King breaks down how “violent criminal” rhetoric leaves some of the most vulnerable people at risk and harms the public health of our communities inside and outside prison walls.
Solution Salon: Community Safety and COVID-19
As the Bay Area shelters in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ella Baker Center holds a virtual town hall to share resources and information on how community members can organize for justice during the pandemic.