On today’s show:
0:08 – Yuba County Jail is once again being used to detain immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The last person held there was freed on October 27, 2021. Now, the jail is being repopulated, and as of this week, at least two immigrants are detained inside. Yuba is notorious for retaliating against those who hunger strike or file complaints over the abysmal conditions — it’s also known for suicides. Advocates say responsibility lies squarely with Biden administration Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who could have canceled the contract between ICE and the Yuba County Sheriffs’ Department.
We’re joined by two guests: Minju Cho, staff attorney for the Immigrants’ Rights Program at the ACLU of Northern California (@ACLU_NorCal) and Carlos Sauceda, who survived two years inside the Yuba County Jail. Sauceda shares harrowing stories of medical neglect, environmental danger, and brutality by guards inside the facility. ICE appealed his case, and he was forced to accept deportation and is now fighting his case from outside the U.S. He’s now fighting for others to be freed from the dangerous and dismal facility. Find out more about the #FreeTheYuba11 Coalition here.
0:33 – San Francisco teachers staged a wildcat sickout this week. United Educators of San Francisco President Cassondra Curiel and Rori Abernethy, a math teacher at James Denman Middle School with over 20 years of teaching experience, talk about conditions inside classrooms and the need for high quality masks, ventilation, testing, and paid Covid leave. Read more about Rori’s story here: Why one SFUSD teacher skipped school to join the ‘sick out’ (SF Examiner)
0:48 – Randy Joseph, Richmond Community Police Review Commission Chair, joins us to discuss the high number of dog bites among Richmond Police’s K-9 Unit as revealed through public records requests made by the Bay Area News Group / Mercury News. Richmond activists have been organizing to reallocate public funds away from police and are demanding answers about how these dog attacks are being allowed to continue.