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Ian Millhiser on ‘The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America’; Plus, honoring the lives of Erik Salgado and Angel Ramos; and a conversation about mental health, racism, and policing

On this show:

0:08 — The Supreme Court is set to announce decisions this month. We air an interview with Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser), senior correspondent at Vox covering the Supreme Court. His new book is The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America. In it, he discusses how the Supreme Court is destroying the voting rights regime and the court’s use of religious freedom arguments, among other issues.

1:08 — One year ago, CHP shot and killed Erik Salgado in Oakland. On this anniversary of his death, we’re joined by Amanda Majail Blanco, his sister, and George Galvis (@george_galvis), Executive Director of CURYJ, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice.

1:24 — A Vallejo police officer shot and killed 21-year-old Angel Ramos in 2017. He was born on June 3, 1995 — today would have been his 26th birthday. We’re joined by Antoinette Saddler, Angel Ramos’ sister.

1:34 — We speak with some of the panelists at today’s mental health symposium: Addie Kitchen, grandmother to Steven Taylor who was killed by police while experiencing a mental health crisis last year, Asantewaa Boykin, an ER Nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, and Lamar Thorpe, mayor of Antioch, California. They touch on mental health, racism, and policing. Join us today, June 3, for our first virtual regional summit, We Take Care Of Us: A Deep Dive Into The Movement to Decriminalize Mental Health & Skin ColorWe’ll spend an inspiring afternoon learning about how to build replicable and sustainable alternatives to police and prisons for mental health — and how we as a community can take care of each other in moments of crisis. This event is co-sponsored by the Anti Police-Terror Project, Justice Teams Network and KPFA.

1:53 — Yesterday, the Oakland Police Department announced it had disciplined several officers for use of force at last year’s June 1 protests in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. KPFA’s Chris Lee (@chrislee_xyz) reports.

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