2/26/15 Art, Film, and Hiking

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This week, we cover a unique collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop and the Chinese Progressive Association featuring artist Ka Yan Cheung who tells stories through “sequential art” otherwise known as comics. We talk with Festival Director Masashi Niwano about this year’s CAAMfest, the Center for Asian American Media’s annual storytelling extravaganza. And we take you on a MANGO hike, a monthly hike organized by the Manilatown Heritage Foundation in the spirit of fitness and fellowship. Robynn Takayama and Vida Kuang host the show.

Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander contingent at the March for Real Climate Leadership

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On Saturday, February 7, 2015 eight thousand people gathered in Oakland to send a clear message to Governor Brown: We need real climate change and an end to fracking. In addition to a labor contingent, a South Asian contingent, and a student contingent, there was a Hawaiian Pacific Islander contingent which stood behind the Native American First Nations indigenous bloc. Robynn Takayama went out to talk with them before the march began with support from Alec MacDonald.

#JusticeforMuslims, Pacific Islanders and Climate Change, Black History Month

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A little over a week ago, the shooting of three young Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, shook the nation – or did it? Did it really hit the mainstream news cycle and the public consciousness hard, the way the Charlie Hebdo attack did globally? While Twitter was abuzz with which memes to use to engage with news and analyses about the brutal murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammed Abu Salha, and Razan Mohammed Abu Salha by their white neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks, the mainstream media and the public consciousness failed to consider this a racist hate crime and many reports and analyses still perceive it as a parking dispute between neighbors that escalated to tragic heights. Why is there such a schizophrenic mainstream denial of this tragic incident? Do #Muslimlivesmatter? What is missing from debates that we need to know in a growing climate of Islamophobia in the U.S. and world wide?

Plus a short spotlight on Black History Month where we connect the dots between South Asian diasporic history and the Civil Rights Movement, and a report from the Hawaiian Pacific Islander contingent at the March for Real Climate Leadership.

1/29/2015 Surveillance, Women and Queerness in the Movement; Fund Drive.

Today is fund drive. But we’ll spend most of our show thinking about the Black Lives Movement, through two different lenses:

First, we talk to Hamid Khan from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition about surveillance, policing, and their impacts on current activists. How is the LAPD spying on activists? What have we learned about the history of surveillance and who it normally targets? And, what can we do to fight back?

Then, we feature a panel discussion with Wazi Davis and Brianna Gibson from Black Brunch and Ellen Choy from Asians for Black Lives about the effect of women, queers and trans people on organizing culture, specifically as it affects Black Lives Matter. They joined Marie and Salima and Marie’s one year old baby to discuss how their identities have affected their meetings, their actions, their outreach and their views on the legacy left by the Black Civil Rights Movement.


Hosted by Salima Hamirani, Marie Choi and Alec MacDonald

Community Calendar

On Saturday 31st from 7 to 10 pm at the Soma Arts Cultural Center join us for “Celebrate Your Body,” a body-positive fashion show put on by Kearny Street Workshop. The event features Asian American designers including a line by Project Runway finalist Kini Zamora!

Next Saturday on February 7th at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland at 11:30 am hundreds are converging for The March for Real Climate Leadership: Our Water, Our Health, Our California. Come out to talk about Climate change and water

And for our Native brothers and sisters there is a separate contingent of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders at the Climate Leadership march. You can find a link for the facebook event on our webpage.

1/22/15 Ethnic Studies and Reconciling Churches

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.

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This week, we look at Ethnic Studies: what gains have been made in San Francisco and what challenges are faced in Arizona? We hear voices from an Ethnic Studies teach in just before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about the school district in Tucson that was accused by state officials of violating their Ethnic Studies ban.

We also learn what it means to be a reconciling church, or a church that welcomes all sexual orientations and gender identities. We talk with Lauren Quock with the Network on Religion and Justice about the upcoming Reconciling Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose.

NRJ's One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

NRJ’s One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

1/15/15 Marshall Island, Sri Lanka, and Muslim Americans on Paris

Marshall Island Foreign Minister Tony De Brum

Marshall Island Foreign Minister Tony De Brum

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Tonight we speak with Marshall Island Foreign Minister Tony De Brum about the lawsuit filed in San Francisco’s ninth district by the Republic of the Marshall Islands over the U.S. and eight other nuclear nations’ failure to disarm under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.

Then, we’ll speak with award-winning Sri-Lankan-born author, Nayomi Munaweera about last week’s elections in Sri Lanka that ousted Mahinda Rajapaksa after nearly a decade as president. The newly elected leader Maithripala Sirisena has promised a return to the parliamentary system and said, “What our country needs is not a king, but a real human being.”

We’ll round out the hour in conversation with Bay Area Muslim American leaders to get their response to the Paris Attacks, the global media coverage, and rising racism against Muslims.

1/8/15 Climate Change and Afro Filipino Food

Mari Rose Taruc, FACES (Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity), Photo by Liana Lopez

Mari Rose Taruc, FACES (Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity), Photo by Liana Lopez

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Tonight we’ll be talking about climate change from here to the Philippines. APEX contributor Ellen Choy brings us coverage of exciting new work in the Filipino community: Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES) a transnational, multi-organization campaign for climate justice. We also talk with people who participated in relief missions in the Philippines. They draw connections between the work that is being done in the Philippines and environmental justice struggles here in the U.S.

Finally, we hear about a delicious monthly event in Oakland from the Filipino Diaspora Kitchen: AfroPino, with this month’s guest of honor, Sugar Pie DeSanto.