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SCOTUS hears a Mississippi case challenging Roe v. Wade; Kelp forests rebound; Oakland Mayor proposes a boost to police funding; A conference for families who lost loved ones to violence; Plus archival tape of Stephen Sondheim

On today’s show:

0:08 – We discuss arguments heard by the Supreme Court on the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health which could challenge the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade with Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady), Senior Editor of Law and Policy at Rewire News and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered.

0:34 – Alastair Bland (@allybland), a freelance journalist based in Northern California joins us to discuss the surprising rebound of some kelp forests. Find his piece for Bay Nature here.

In July, Oakland Police organized a rally at Lake Merritt to protest street violence and a decision by city council to reduce the police budget for the following year. Police handed out white flowers to attendants. Many attendants wore white shirts printed with black text reading “#SAFEOAKLAND,” and some held yellow signs reading, “I stand for Oakland. I stand for O.P.D.” | Image by Chris Lee, July 10, 2021.

1:08 – Oakland District 2 Councilmember and Council President Nikki Fortunado Bas (@nikki4oakland) joins us to respond to Mayor Libby Schaaf’s proposal to fund more police positions next year.

1:16 – Brenda Grisham, executive director of the Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation joins us to discuss the Xperience Conference, a two day event the foundation has organized for families who have lost loved ones to violence.

1:33 – Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier), national enterprise reporter for the Washington Post, who’s been doing a lot of coverage of FEMA policies for helping people displaced by disasters joins us to discuss a heartbreaking and infuriating story on the last days of a FEMA trailer park set up for survivors of the Paradise Fire.

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