UpFront

Playwright Paul Flores tackles survival and resilience in US immigration and justice systems; Plus: Landmark climate lawsuit victory in US Supreme Court in Juliana v. United States

00:08 – Primary election results from Ohio, Michigan, Kansas and Missouri. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) Washington correspondent with the Nation Magazine, joins us with analysis and races to watch out for.

00:20 – CalFire update: the Mendocino Complex fires are now the largest fire in California history. Jonathan Cox a Battalion Chief of the Northern Region with CalFire (@CAL_FIRE) joins us for an update. 

0:34 – Paul Flores (@PaulSFloresis an award-winning poet, performance artist, playwright and well-known spoken word artist. In 1996, he co-founded Youth Speaks in San Francisco, dedicated to youth arts education and spoke word performance. His latest project is Pilgrim Street with Fathers & Families of San Joaquin Valley in Stockton, CA. Plus, what to check out at Paseo Artistico (@paseoartistico) this Saturday Aug 11, and every second Saturday within the Latino Cultural District (24th and Mission to 24th and Potrero Streets).

Check out our radio interview, plus the extended conversation on the playlist below.

Extended cut – Our conversation continues with Paul Flores, and we dive into the characters in the play Pilgrim Street, his thoughts on the separation of families and the crisis at the border, resilience and survival in a broken justice and immigration system.

1:08 -The American Psychological Association is scheduled to vote on a contentious measure to once again allow psychologists to work at Guantanamo Bay and other detention facilities. Dan Albers, an instructor of psychology at Fort Lewis college in Durango, Colorado, member of APA Watch and co-author of the APA’s membership referendum, the policy that removes psychologists from Guantanamo and CIA dark sites. He opposes the measure. Dr. Mark Staal is a retired military psychologist who works as an independent consultant and is the current President of the Society for Military Psychology and Division 19 of the American Psychological Association, he supports the measure and reinstating APA members into military activities.

1:34 – Six California youth with the Sunrise Movement were arrested at the Governor’s office on Tuesday in an act of civil disobedience demanding climate action. Niria Alicia is a Bilingual Community Organizer and Youth Program Coordinator with Green Action, and was part of the action. 

Meanwhile, on July 30, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, the constitutional climate lawsuit filed against the federal government. Joining us to discuss is Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Council with Our Children’s Trust, dedicated to elevating youth voices to secure the legal right to a stable climate  for the benefit of all present and future generations. Tia Hatton, 21, is from Bend Oregon. After witnessing record low snowfalls in her hometown and learning more about climate change, she says she was called to action. She is one of 21 plaintiffs in the Juliana vs. United States.

 

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