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Federal judge rules the FBI secret terror watchlist unconstitutional, granting relief to Muslim-American communities; Plus: UC Regents promise to divest from fossil fuels

0:08 – Tensions in the Gulf have heightened, in the wake of attacks on Saudi oil refineries. The Houthis in Yemen have blamed responsibility, but the US has already blamed and retaliated against Iran, issuing stricter sanctions. To explain the complex situation, we’re joined by Conn Hallinan, columnist with Foreign Policy in Focus.

0:34 – UC Regents announce promise to divest from fossil fuels, in a surprise op-ed in the LA Times: “Opinion: UC investments are going fossil free. But not exactly for the reasons you may think.” We’re joined by Eric Halgren, professor of radiology at UC San Diego, and part of a coalition of faculty, students and activists who’ve been pushing the UC Regents to divest from fossil fuels.

0:40 – Israel election: is this the end of Netanyahu’s political career? Next may be prison for corruption charges. We speak with Khury Petersen-Smith (@kpYES) the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at IPS. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration at the Institute for Policy Studies. 

1:08 – One of the most hotly contested developments in Oakland is the A’s stadium redevelopment project. Officials want to put it in West Oakland, at the Port of Oakland, but some residents oppose it citing negative impacts on West Oaklanders, driving prices up, and gentrification. We speak with Derrick Muhammad, Community Relations liason with ILWU – the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10, which opposes the development of a new A’s ball-park and condominium project. Plus, we take listener calls. 

Event info: ILWU is hosting a community discussion on the impact of the development on West Oakland: Saturday Sep 21 at 11am at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline St, Oakland. FREE. For info: Go to ilwu.org.

1:34 – A federal court has ruled the FBI’s secret terror watch list unconstitutional, in a major win for Muslim and Arab-American communities impacted by government profiling and surveillance. Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CAIR-SFBA), which brought a lawsuit challenging the terror watchlist. 

Plus: Zahra Billoo responds to being pushed out of the Women’s March board, and refutes accusations of anti-semitism.

1:45 – Black residents are being displaced and pushed out of Oakland by gentrification, and those that are homeless are disproportionately black. This weekend, there is a forum to discuss. We’re joined by Dominique Walker is a Black Housing Union organizer with ACCE – The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Event info: Where is Home? A Community Townhall for Oakland’s Black Residents. Hosted by the Black Housing Union Saturday, Sep 21 at 12 noon at the West Oakland Public Library, 1801 Adeline St, Oakland. FREE. For info: Go to ACCEaction.org

 

 

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