Law & Disorder

Mining Threatens Apache Sacred Site; Plus, Safeguarding from Caste Discrimination in California

A new bill could make California the first state to outlaw caste-based bias, a safeguard for people of South Asian descent, to build protection from discrimination in areas like housing and education. We’re joined by the sponsor of the bill, Aisha Wahab, the California state senator representing the 10th District, which runs from Hayward and Union City south to Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. We’re also joined by Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a Dalit rights activist who’s book The Trauma of Caste, exposes caste oppression in the South Asian subcontinent and the United States.

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Then, we look at Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site in the land now known as Arizona, where President Joe Biden has supported moves to obliterate the sacred site. We’re joined by Dr Wendsler Nosie Sr, the former Apache tribal chairman and founder of activist organization Apache Stronghold in Arizona.  Apache Stronghold is an organization dedicated to battling continued colonization, to defend Holy sites and indigenous freedom of religion, and dedicated to building a better community through neighborhood programs and civic engagement.

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Our Resistance in Residence Artist this week is award-winning scholar, music educator and activist Angela Wellman. Angela is also the founder of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.

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