Tonight, in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the ongoing repression by the police, we dedicate our show to organizing and teaching which attempts to fight back against the rampant killing of young black men and women at the hands of the cops.
First, we hear over the phone from Lara Kiswani – a member of the Stop Urban Shield Oakland and Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center – as she talks about the militarization of police right here in Oakland and how she and others are planning to stop the Urban Shield Police Conference. You’ll also find out what you can do to help.
Then, we host a panel discussion with Cayden Mak the New Media Director from18millionrising.org, Scot Nakagawa from change lab, and Bhavik Lathia Campaign Manager for Rapid Response at Color Of Change, on the importance of Ferguson and police brutality in the Asian and Pacific Islander community – why we should care, what we should do about racism in our own homes and spaces, how our own experiences of police/military intimidation have affected us in our motherlands and here in the US, and how we can form solidarity with our brothers and sisters.
Special thanks to Marie Choi for interview sound and for production help.
Hosted by Salima Hamirani.
APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, djs, and activists and airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM. APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor & working-class people, people of color, women and queer people. We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals, and see APEX as a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts. Like what you hear? Show your support for independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone by sharing this broadcast of ideas, news, and views with your network of thinkers and doers.