A centrist Democrat strains majority on critical voting rights legislation; more COVID-19 science questions answered; Plus activists respond to SJPD police killing of Demetrius Stanley

0:13 – Mitch Jeserich, (@mitchjeserich) host of Letters and Politics joins us to discuss West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s decisive opposition to HR 1, the seminal voting rights bill, the For the People Act.

0:33 – John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and he joins us to answer questions about the science of COVID-19. He discusses what widespread vaccine distribution in the US means for the trajectory of the pandemic, Cal-OSHA’s workplace safety guidelines and a COVID variant fueling a third wave of infections in the UK. He also answers listeners questions about vaccinating nursing mothers and the safety of elderly people flying on airplanes.

1:08 – One week ago, plainclothes San Jose Police officers fatally shot 31-year-old Demetrius Stanley outside his home. We discuss the circumstances surrounding Stanley’s death and the protest culture in San Jose with Kiana Simmons, founder and president of Human Empowerment and Radical Optimism (@hero_tent), a South Bay organization that aims to fuel and sustain human rights activism in the Bay Area and Lou Dimes (@black.outreach.sj), president of Black Outreach, a nonprofit based in San Jose that works for the advancement, liberation, education, and health improvement of the African American diaspora.

1:19 – Early Friday, pro-Palestinian protesters blocked the entrances to the Port of Oakland in a bid to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from unloading. Ariel Boone (@arielboone) reports.

1:25 – Palestians react to the news that a new governing coalition in Israel will oust Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister. Our Gaza-based reporter Rami Almeghari reports.

1:33 – Over two dozen Oakland police officers faced discipline last week as a result of their conduct during the George Floyd protests last summer. Dan Siegel, a civil rights attorney and community leader joins us to discuss why officers were disciplined and two lawsuits filed by injured protestors against OPD and others law enforcement.

8:43 – Jimm Freeman is an attorney who directs the the University of Denver’s Social Movements Support Lab. He joins us to talk about “strategic racism” and his new book, Rich Thanks to Racism – How the Ultra Wealthy Profit from Racial Injustice.


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