Gov Newsom moves to end the death penalty in CA; Plus: What you need to know about Trump’s domestic “gag rule” and attacks on abortion services

0:08 – US withdraws diplomats from Venezuela, power outages, and political crisis deepens

David Smilde is a professor of sociology at Tulane University, where he is the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations. He has researched Venezuela for over 25 years, and lived and taught in Venezuela for 14 years. He’s published several books, and is also a senior fellow at the Washington Office of Latin America,(WOLA) specializing in Venezuela.

0:40 – Ahmed Abu Artema is a Palestinian journalist and peace activist. He is the author of the book “Organized Chaos” and numerous articles and one of the founders of the Great Return March. He is a refugee from Al Ramla village in Palestine, and visited KPFA studios as part of a US tour with the American Friends Services Committee.

1:08 – Last May, the Trump Administration announced a change to Title X critics say is a domestic “gag rule which effectively bans family planning providers from referring patients for abortion care and forces them to physically separate abortion services from Title X services. The move is an apparent attempt to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood. We’re joined by Jessica Mason Pieklo, vice president of law and the courts for Rewire.News (Rewire DOT news) where she oversees legal reporting and analysis and is the co-host of Rewire.News’ podcast Boom! Lawyered, to discuss their reporting – “What You Need to Know About Trump’s Attacks on the Federal Family Planning Program.”

1:34 – Breaking: CA Governor Gavin Newsom announces end of the death penalty

Ellen Kreitzberg is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara University School of Law.

John Raphling is a senior researcher on criminal justice with Human Rights Watch.


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