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Rosa Clemente is imagining a world without prisons and police — plus, SCOTUS rules to protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination

0:08 – Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters & Politics weekdays at 10AM, joins us for “Mondays with Mitch” to discuss what is and isn’t included in the House Democrats’ proposed policing reform — the Justice in Policing Act. We take a look at the history of qualified immunity and how this legislation would impact the process of suing police officers for civil rights violations.

0:37 – In Oakland on June 6th, three unnamed California Highway Patrol officers shot dozens of rounds at a vehicle driven by 23-year old Erik Salgado, killing him and injuring his pregnant girlfriend. KPFA’s Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang) and Chris Lee (@chrislee_xyz) spoke to Erik’s step-father Farid Majail, his step-sister Amanda Majail Blanco, and his younger sister Vanessa Majail on the street where Erik was killed.

0:43 – What would a world without prisons and police actually look like? We explore this question with Rosa Clemente (@rosaclemente), a grassroots organizer, lecturer, independent journalist, and scholar, and a former vice presidential candidate with the Green Party. 

1:08 – Today is the last day Oakland City Council members can submit amendments to the city’s budget revision. Across the city this morning, activists and Oakland residents are organizing actions to demand Oakland City Council defund Oakland Police Department by 50 percent, a campaign started by the Anti Police-Terror Project five years ago. KPFA’s Chris Lee (@chrislee_xyz) joins us for a live report from one of these actions, where about 100 protesters gathered in the Temescal neighborhood.

1:13 – The Supreme Court has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex — applies to the LGBTQ community. We discuss the implications of this landmark decision with Marjorie Cohn (@marjoriecohn), professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild.

1:34 – Should police associations exist, and if so, what standards should they be held to? We host a discussion with Clarence Thomas, former member of the ILWU.

Photo by Ted Eytan.

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