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The FBI is surveilling ‘Black identity extremists,’ civil rights groups are suing to find out more; Plus: Restorative justice healing circles in Oakland

0:08 – The House Judiciary Committee votes to subpoena the Muller report; plus numbers are in for Democratic presidential candidate fundraising. We speak with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation.

0:34 – Restorative Justice healing circles in Oakland

Founded in 2005, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth or RJOY works to interrupt the cycles of punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies that … violence and incarceration by promoting institutional shifts toward restorative approaches that actively engage families, communities, and systems to repair harm and prevent re-offending. They provide education, training, and technical assistance and collaboratively launch demonstration programs with our school, community, juvenile justice, and research partners. In addition to the many programs that RJOY offers, they also provide Community Healing Circles. For more on RJOY’s Healing Circles Program, we speak with Malachi Scott, Community Restorative Justice Coordinator and Jody Geddes, Healing Circles Manager.

Screening: Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:30pm KPFA will present Healing Justice, a documentary film by Shakti Butler at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. Join us for a post-film Q&A with Malachi Scott and Shakti Butler. 

1:08 – New SF legislation

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents San Francisco’s District 1. She has introduced new legislation to address displacement – COPA (the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act) – now co-sponsored by all 11 SF Supervisors – that would give affordable housing nonprofits a first right to purchase multi-family buildings for sale in SF.

1:34 – Civil rights groups sue the FBI over surveillance of “Black Identity Extremists”

In August 2017, the FBI issued an intelligence assessment that designated “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers” a new domestic terror threat. This assessment also focuses on Black people who: “perceive racism and injustice in American society.”  This new assessment echoes earlier government surveillance programs such as COINTELPRO that sought to discredit civil rights and Black power activists who were fighting to advance racial equality — and it also parallels modern-day spying that impacts immigrants and communities of color. In 2018, the Center for Media Justice and ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records to inform the public about how the “Black Identity Extremist” label is being misused. They say that the FBI continues to keep critical information secret without any valid justification, and so they are taking the FBI to court. We speak with Myaisha Hayes is the National Organizer on Criminal Justice & Technology at the Center for Media Justice for more about the lawsuit.

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