Full Circle 03-16-18 San Patricio Battalion

On KPFA’s Full Circle, we discover the story of Irish immigrants who were induced to join the U.S.Army and were sent to the Republic of Texas to fight in the newly declared  Mexican American War of 1836. However, these newly arrived Irish Catholics soon reached the opinion that the U.S. Army was an invader of the lands of the people of Mexico.

Airing this show, we will hear about…

… The U.S.  government’s pretext to march south from the negotiated border of Texas to seize further land all the way down to the Rio Grande.

… The use of freshly arrived European conscripts to build the ranks of the newly professionalized U.S. military.

… The discrimination and harm done to the large wave  of arriving Catholic immigrants as well as the Catholics of Mexico and the Caribbean.

… And much much music both Gaelic and Spanish, Corredos and piper bands,  inspired by the actions of the San Patricios Battalion.

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Full Circle 03-09-18 Women of First Voice

On tonight’s show we discuss the significance of women in media. You will be introduced to some of the newest members of the first voice apprenticeship program. We will share why being in radio has been so life changing for each of us. That’s tonight on Full Circle.

(L-R back row) Vylma V_Darlene_Sharon_Kendall_Felicia_Zakiyyah_Sara B (Front) Theresa_Ms. M_Laura_Cat

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FULL CIRCLE 3-2-18: Finding the Gold Within

On tonight’s show, we are joined live in studio by two artists – a filmmaker and a poet.

We’ll share clips from Karina Epperlein’s film Finding the Gold Within, which features poet Darius Simpson, who will perform live from his latest work Conversion Theory!!!

And … it is fund drive time here at KPFA.  We will be asking for your support for both the station and our beloved Apprenticeship Program.

All that tonight on Full Circle.



Finding the Gold Within

Conversion Theory

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Full Circle 02/23/18 Food Chains


Tonight, Full Circle comes to you ready to do our part in this important fund drive…and we do so with the eye opening film “Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields” …

“Food Chains” is a documentary film that introduces us to the people that plant, cultivate and harvest the fruits and vegetables out in the field:  the farm workers of America.

The film also shows us how all that fresh produce gets from the fields to our local supermarkets and eventually onto our plates.

On tonight’s show…

…  We’ll learn about the extreme conditions out in the fields, through excerpts from the film “Food Chains:  The Revolution in America’s Fields”

…  Also, we’ll speak with director of “Food Chains,” Sanjay Rawal, and discuss the film’s’ importance and its message

…  And we’ll be connecting the dots of today’s immigration policies and the welfare of the workers who actually help provide us with healthy fruits and vegetables

…  Lastly… We will be asking for your support for KPFA and the Apprenticeship Program!




To find out how to take action and also support the film Food Chains, please visit their website.

To learn more about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their upcoming campaigns, including the Times Up Wendy’s March, please check their website.

Los Angeles Times article: Wages Rise on California Farms. Americans Still Don’t Want The Job

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FULL CIRCLE 02-16-18 Between Us


Tonight! We ask… how can our art be part of the resistance? Specifically… theater.

On tonight’s show:

…  I am joined live in studio by Jon Tracy and Dezi Solèy of local theater company TheatreFIRST.

…  We will discuss their show “Between Us” which opens this Sunday! – Dezi’s role as the late Marie Laveau – and how T1 is doing theater differently.

…  Plus! We will have a ticket giveaway — you don’t want to miss this.

All that tonight on Full Circle.




“Between Us” Trailer

Dezi Soley

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Full Circle 2-9-18: UnCommon Law

Tonight, we discuss incarceration.

From Angela Davis’ “Are Prisons Obsolete?” to Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” the surge of freedom fighters challenging our mass incarceration system is ever-increasing, particularly in light of growing ICE raids and the reign of violence targeting black and brown communities.

On tonight’s show:

  • I am honored to be joined by Keith Wattley, founder and executive director of UnCommon Law, for the entire hour.
  • We will listen to voices from UnCommon Law’s event, “UnCommon Heroes.”
  • We will discuss recent criminal justice reform efforts …
  • And … the changes Keith continues to envision in the fight for justice.

All that tonight on Full Circle.


UnCommon Law

UnCommon Heroes Footage

Asian Prisoner Support Committee

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

“Life After Life” by Tamara Perkins Film Screening: tickets and info here.

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos – spoke about being spiritually grounded behind bars and about the need for community

Washington ExaminerCriminal Justice Reform Poised to Take Off in 2018

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Full Circle 2/2/18 Puerto Rico 4 months after.

It’s been more than four months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico, or Borinquen, the island’s indigenous name. You might be wondering how things are over there, so on tonight’s show:

We will update you on how disaster capitalism measures continue to unfold. We will speak with Raul Garcia from earthjustice.org about the role of US Congress and its agencies in Borinquen’s failed disaster relief.
And we will learn about what Borinquen really needs, what has been done by Boricuas on the island, and what can you do to support them.



Reuters:  Puerto Rico Four Months After

Center for Investigative Journalism: The actual death toll on the island in the wake of the storm exceeded 1,000 people.


Dan Vineberg / The New Travel Channel on YouTube:

How Is Life in Puerto Rico, 90 Days After Hurricane Maria (video)

More YouTube Videos:

Four Months Without a Roof, Power and Running Water

A Tale of Two Puerto Ricos

Learn more about RAUL GARCIA

Learn more about EARTHJUSTICE

Earthjustice News and Blogs:

Disaster Relief Package Falls Short Of Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

How a Polluter Is Capitalizing on Disaster in Puerto Rico by Hannah Chang


Learn more about NAOMI KLEIN

VIDEO:  Naomi Klein Jan 26 2018 Disaster Capitalism Forum in Puerto Rico

Important Senators and Congressmembers for Puerto Rico

Recent Articles

Caribbean Business article:   Implementation of ‘shock doctrine’ in Puerto Rico denounced

Caribbean Business article:  Puerto Rico Senate approves bill to eliminate debt audit commission

Washington Press article:  The Trump Administration Just Shut off Food and Water Aid to Puerto Rico

Non-Profit Organizations Helping in Vieques

University of Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Barrio Solar

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