Congressman Adam Schiff, Oakland Teachers, Remembering Port Chicago

Congressman Adam Schiff
On Thursday, President Trump lashed out at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who had announced he would launch a broad investigation that goes beyond Russia to probe the president’s finances. The exchange came just days after the State of the Union address where Trump warned Congress against “ridiculous partisan investigations.”

We hear from U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) about the new investigations and other developments from Capitol Hill, including the “Green New Deal” legislation unveiled this week to tackle climate change.

Oakland Teachers
This week, Oakland teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could take place later this month. They want a 12 percent pay raise over three years and reduced class sizes. The Oakland Unified School District, which faces a  projected $30 million budget deficit this year, is offering a much smaller raise - 5 percent over three years. Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed the state’s superintendent of education to look into how charter schools affect finances of school districts.

Guests:

  • Janelle Scott, associate professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Vanessa Rancaño, education reporter, KQED News

Remembering Port Chicago
In 1944, a huge explosion ripped through the pier at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, killing 202 African-American soldiers who had been ordered to load live munitions onto a cargo ship. Weeks later, a group of African-American soldiers refused to load munitions at another nearby naval station, fearing for their safety. The 50 sailors were tried for mutiny and found guilty. Seventy-five years later, the Treasure Island Museum is displaying an exhibit about the Port Chicago disaster and how it laid bare racial injustice in the military and sparked a drive to desegregate it.

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Guests:

  • Walt Bilofsky, president, Treasure Island Museum
  • Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, chief diversity officer, University of San Francisco

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