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Looking Ahead to Resistance: Right-Wing Protests in the Bay

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On today’s show, we cover the preparation that’s taking place in anticipation of the so-called Freedom Rally, organized by the right-wing group Patriot Prayer. The rally (which has a National Parks Service permit), is scheduled to take place at Crissy Field in San Francisco this Saturday. We speak with the San Francisco Police Department about how they’re preparing for the rally, as well as two local organizers who will participate in counter-protests. 

We speak with Kung FengLead Organizer of Jobs with Justice, about one of the counter-protests taking place, the March Against Hate to Crissy Field. His organization is one of the convening groups of Bay Resistance, a network dedicated to defending local communities from Trump’s administration and the far right. 

We are also joined by Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer, Pastor of Grace Lutheran in San Francisco and volunteer chaplain with the San Francisco Police Department. They are one of the organizers of the city-sanctioned San Francisco Peacefully Unites Against White Nationalists, which will take place at Civic Center this Saturday.

Finally, Cat Brooks interviews Ayodele Nzinga (poet, activist, performance artist, and founder of the West Oakland Theater Company, Lower Bottom Playaz), about the devastation caused by institutional racism – and the redemptive power of art.

 

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