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What to do if you can’t pay July rent; Advocates demand clemency for prisoners trapped in Covid-stricken San Quentin; Anti-police-violence rally planned in Sacramento July 1st

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On this show:

0:08 – Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters and Politics weekdays at 10, joins us to talk about the versions of policing reforms being considered in the House and Senate. The main difference, Mitch says, is over the issue of “qualified immunity” for police officers.

0:18 – A boycott of Facebook by advertisers is growing, as the platform continues to host white nationalist and extremist conspiracy content. Meanwhile, Reddit has dumped 2,000 subreddits for violating its terms of service, including one for Trump supporters and another forum of leftist podcast fans, and Twitch has banned Donald Trump. We talk with Will Oremus (@WillOremus) of OneZero.

0:34 – July rent is due tomorrow. What do you do if you can’t pay? Nirali Beri and Alexis Payne, tenant’s rights staff attorneys at Centro Legal de la Raza, join us to answer questions and listener calls. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is also considering extending its eviction protections today. Listeners who want to get involved can email [email protected] Listeners who have off-air questions about a specific eviction situation or landlord problem can call Centro Legal at 510-437-1554.

1:08 – There are now over 1,000 cases of the novel coronavirus inside San Quentin State Prison, and at least one death. Family members are unable to reach their loved ones inside, and they’re frightened. Advocates warned of this possibility for months. James King, a campaigner with the Ella Baker Center who was incarcerated inside San Quentin until last year, talks about the dire circumstances inside and their calls for Governor Gavin Newsom to issue clemency and initiate mass releases for those trapped inside.

1:20 – Among the men inside San Quentin during the Covid-19 crisis are over a dozen members of the Society of Professional Journalists, who work with media organizations in the prison like the San Quentin NewsBen Trefny, news director at KALW and the head of the Northern California chapter of SPJ, penned a letter to Governor Newsom urging him to act on the crisis in the prison. Trefny says it’s been nearly impossible to reach prisoners inside due to the lockdown because of Covid-19.

1:34 – Impacted families and formerly incarcerated leaders with All Of Us or None are planning a “Stop Killing Us” rally on Wednesday, July 1st at the state capitol in Sacramento, to call for the large-scale defunding of police and the end of police violence. George Galvis and Dorsey Nunn of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children join us. Listeners can register for the rally here.

1:54 – Ada Perkins-Henderson is the mother of Richard Perkins Jr., who was killed by Oakland police in 2015. In the first part of a series from reporter Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang), we are talking with family members of people killed by police — to remember their lives in the words of those who love them, and to acknowledge what was taken from their families.

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