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Keeping California’s fossil fuels in the ground, a how-to guide; Plus: BART’s new $28mil security proposal could increase racial profiling, targeting youth of color

0:08 –  Seattle’s passes historic domestic workers’ Bill of Rights. Joining us to discuss is Gilda Blanco (@gildafranzua) a Seattle-based organizer with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She helped shepherd the legislation. Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (@CMTMosqueda) represents Position 8 on the Seattle City Council. She drafted the legislation, signed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin signed into law creating the city’s domestic workers’ Bill of Rights on July 28, 2018.

0:34 – What would it take to turn off the spigot, and keep California’s oil and gas in the ground? A campaign is growing to push Governor Brown to begin a managed decline of California’s oil industry before leaving office. Kassie Siegel (@KassieSiegel) Climate Law Institute Director and Senior Counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity, and David Turnbull (@david_turnbullis Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change International, join us to discuss. 

1:08 – Today BART Directors will vote on a new security proposal estimated at $28 million, to increase police, security surveillance across the network, and crack down on fare evaders. Darwin Bond-Graham (@DarwinBondGraha), staff writer with the East Bay Express joins us to discuss concerns with heightened policing and surveillance for racial profiling, safety, and equity on public transportation. His latest piece is “BART is planning a systems wide surveillance network.”

1:34 – On July 28th, at 5:30am, 26 year old Jessica St.Louis was found dead at after being released from Santa Rita Jail. She was released from their custody at 1:30am, to walk 1.9 miles by herself with nothing but a Bart ticket in order to get home to Berkeley. By 5:30am she was found dead at the Dublin Pleasanton Bart Station. She had a bump on her head. Alameda County Sheriff’s office said she died of an overdose, not foul play – although a toxicology report has not been released.

Family and community members rallied this past Tuesday Aug 7, 2018 in front of the Alameda County Administration Building in downtown Oakland demanding to stop late night releases of women from Santa Rita jail. We hear excerpts from the demonstration, including from her mother, Benita Turner.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s office says they can’t release someone early or keep people in custody past their time, so late night releases are unavoidable with the jail’s 24/7 operations. Alameda County Sheriff spokesman Sergeant Ray Kelly explains.

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