Peaceful Protests, Then What?
As protests reach their 10th day across the country we're asking where do today’s protests sit in the history of demonstrations in this country calling for racial equality, civil rights and social justice? And what's next? We seek to understand the present, where we've been and where the movement goes next.
- Duchess Harris, scholar of Contemporary African American History and Political Theory, and a professor at Macalester College in Minnesota
High School Voices
We continue hearing from high school students about their experiences these last couple of months staying at home amid the pandemic. Throughout the show, we hear from Katherine Bower, a senior at Campbell Hall in Los Angeles and Miles Kirshner, a senior at Palisades Charter High School and baseball player.
Policing: How to Build Trust
Protests against police violence continue again today…Many have largely been peaceful, but the events of the weekend are still raw for most, amplifying a long history of distrust that communities have of the police, despite efforts by the LAPD to improve. So, how to build trust now? Especially with the young Angelenos we see out there in the streets.
- David M. Kennedy is a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in ways to strengthen the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. “Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.”
- Ricci Sergienko, Sunrise LA Organizer
- Farhan Kamdar, student
- Isabella Ana Leon-Chambers, The Feminist Front Organizer
For more information on Kennedy's work and the reconciliation process, click here
While President Trump has threatened to deploy the military against protesters in American cities, some in those crowds are former service members themselves. For some Black veterans, the demonstrations against police violence are a chance to find their voice. Megan Verlee reports for the American Homefront Project.
Long Beach Councilman
How does one turn protests into action? Plus, how the city of Long Beach is cleaning up its neighborhoods after looting.
- Rex Richardson, Long Beach Councilman
TBT: Revisiting Malcolm X
We journalists, often refer to history when covering modern-day news, it helps with context and nuance. It can be heartening to see progress over the years...and discouraging when there's still a very long way to go. With that in mind, we'd like to revisit a Throwback Thursday from a few months ago about Malcolm X here in Los Angeles. On May 4th 1962, Malcolm X held a press conference in downtown L.A. in response to a bloody altercation between LAPD officers and members of the Nation of Islam.
- Mike Holland, Los Angeles City Archivist