UpFront w/ Friday Host Marie Choi – Kathryn Steinle and Race, No Coal Trains Oakland, Talking Back – July 24, 2015

Kathryn Steinle, Sanctuary Cities, Race and White Women

The House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday to punish cities with sanctuary laws that prevent police from handing over information about undocumented immigrants to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  The measure would withhold federal money from cities with sanctuary laws.  Both Republican President candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton backed the bill.

This comes on the heels of the murder of 32-year old white woman, Kathryn Steinle, at Pier 14 in San Francisco by undocumented immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez.  The tragedy has touched off a national firestorm about immigration and sanctuary city policies.

This morning, we look at how this bill is part of a long history of people in the U.S. using the idea of protecting white women to promote white supremacist violence and attacks on black and brown people.


  • Kimberly Foster is the publisher and editor-in-chief of For Harriet, an online community for women of African ancestry.
  • Chloe Angyal is a Senior Columnist at Feministing, an online community run by and for young feminists.  Also the author of the New Republic article, “I Don’t Want to Be An Excuse for Racist Violence Anymore.”


No Coal Trains Oakland

Photo by Brooke Anderson via Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter Facebook page
Photo by Brooke Anderson via Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter Facebook page

Environmental groups rallied earlier this week at the Oakland City Council meeting demanding that the city stop developer Phil Tagami from bringing coal trains into the planned Oakland Global logistics hub in West Oakland.  Both the City and the Port passed resolutions last year opposing the transportation of fossil fuels through West Oakland.  So why haven’t they put a stop to this proposal?


  • Ms. Margaret Gordon, Co-director and one of the founders of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
  • Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Conservation Manager for the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club


Talking Back: Voices of Color

A new anthology, edited by San Francisco based poet, author, and activist Nellie Wong, is out.  It’s called “Talking Back: Voices of Color” and features the writing of youth, political prisoners, immigrants and history-makers on issues ranging from education to international solidarity.

Guest: Nellie Wong, editor “Talking Back: Voices of Color”

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