Law & Disorder

Environmental Concerns in West Oakland; Plus, It’s the Last Week of Black August

On today’s show we focus on the local environmental impact of West Oakland’s Schnitzer Steel Factory, which has poured chemicals into the areas airways for many years. Earlier in August, the factory experienced a significant toxic fire. Joining us to discuss is Ms. Margaret Gordon, co-founder and co-director of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP). and a lifetime local community activist who has been collaborating with neighborhood organizations, physicians, researchers, and public officials to ensure West Oakland residents enjoy a clean environment.

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Then we continue the conversation about pollution in West Oakland, in conversation with Sejal Choksi-Chugh,  Executive Director of SF Baykeeper since 2015, along with Ryan Nicole, a grammy-nominated rapper and an Oakland artist, actress, athlete and activist, who recently released an environmental anthem called Small but Mighty.

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Then we continue our monthlong focus on Black August, joined by Minister King X, a leader of California Prison Focus and KAGE Universal who served eighteen years in Pelican Bay and other state & federal prisons.

This week’s Resistance in Residence Artist is playwright Leelee Jackson, who writes postmodern narratives of the African diaspora. Her play Comb Your Hair (Or You’ll Look Like a Slave) was featured earlier this month at BAMBDFEST.

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