L.A. Black Lives Matter Protests
Dozens of peaceful protests took place around Los Angeles and Orange County this weekend keeping the spotlight on the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of law enforcement. From Downtown LA to Hollywood to Santa Monica, we bring in some of the voices we heard.
LAPD Budget Revision
Many have called for the defunding of the police. That might mean different things to different groups, but here in Los Angeles, what we are talking about is a reimagining of how we deal with public safety. The mayor proposed last week that $150 million be directed from the LAPD budget to other community programs. That proposal is currently being discussed by members of the city council today. So how might that work.
- Frank Stoltze, KPCC's Public Safety Correspondent
Coronavirus Infection Disparity
Now to the pandemic that we are also living through. In many ways the unrest of the last few weeks has been fueled by the coronavirus and how some groups have been disproportionately affected. Because as many Angelenos were under stay-at-home orders, big disparities became clear: People of color and in low-income communities were becoming infected at higher rates across LA County. A KPCC analysis found that since late-April, the county has seen an especially big surge in cases among Latinos.
- Elly Yu, KPCC's Investigative Reporter
Coronavirus: State School Guidelines
The state’s superintendent of schools Tony Thurmond released today what he called a “guidebook” for how schools could reopen across California. He stressed, however, that is not a one-size fits all approach and it should be said that all of it could change based on current public health conditions.
- Carla Javier, KPCC’s Arts Education Reporter
Coronavirus Learning Loss
When its comes to education, the biggest concern throughout this pandemic has been about learning loss. Thousands of public school students are at risk of falling seriously behind in school because of the many challenges presented by distance learning...be it from technology issues...family commitments ...or just general difficulties in connecting with teachers over zoom. It's a warning we've heard a lot in recent months … from officials like Los Angeles Unified superintendent Austin Beutner. But just how far behind are students falling?
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC's Education Reporter
Black Girls Surf
A very different sort of gathering happened along the Southern coast of California and on many other coasts around the world this past Friday. Organized by Black Girls Surf --which has chapters in Senegal and Jamaica -- this was a "paddle out." Take Two talked with the local organizer of Black Girls Surf Sayuri.
California First Black Church
St. Andrews African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sacramento is the oldest African American Church on the West Coast. It was founded in 1850, a few months before California entered the union as a free state. But it's complicated, because most African Americans were still brought here as slaves during the Gold Rush. St. Andrews became ground zero for anti-slavery and social justice activism. Its founder Daniel Blue is not someone they tell you about in school, but his story altered the course of California history.
- Asal Ehsanipour, KQED Reporter