Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests City Councilmember Julie Combs on Migrant Education Familiy Fund, Mary Moore and Karen Saari on Two Decades of Community Concerns about Law Enforcement in Sonoma County , broadcast via KBBF-FM 89.1 on 11/6/17, has been uploaded to the web archives.
Migrant Education Family Fund
Two Decades of Community Concerns about Law Enforcement in Sonoma County
1. Julie Combs, Council Member, Santa Rosa City Council, Migrant Education Family Fund
2. Mary Moore Advocate, Oversight of Community Law Enforcement in Sonoma County
3. Karen Saari, Advocate, Oversight of Community Law Enforcement in Sonoma County
1. City Councilmember Julie Combs talks about the Migrant Education Family Fund that she helped set up to address the needs of migrant families after the recent Wildfire Disaster that destroyed residences and places of employment. Elaine shares the news of a surpise donation to the Migrant Education Family Fund of $500 raised on hearing of the Wild Fire Disaster in a bake sale by the Laytonville Elementary School pupils of her granddaughter-in-law Amber Jensen on her first year teaching assignment,
About our Guest: Julie Combs was elected to the City Council of Santa Rosa in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. Julie earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse Universtiy and a BA in Psychology from UNC-G. Julie is married and lives in Bennet Valley with her husband. Julie has been advocating Housing for All and has a 24-point plan addressing the issue on her website.
Guest Links: Migrant Education Family Fund Donation page
2. & 3. Mary Moore and Karen Saari talk about growing into their advocacy for review and oversight with supoena power of community law enforcement in Sonoma County. In the late 1990s, there was a spate of police in Sonoma County. Their advocating culminated in 2000 in a report by the California Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights on Community Concerns about Law Enforcement in Sonoma County that was submitted to the County Board of Supervisors and the city councils in the county. The report was basically shelved. The report saw the light of day again, however, after the Sonoma County Sheriff deputy shooting and killing of a 13-year old Andy Lopez carrying a toy gun in Santa Rosa, and a citizens’ Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez (JCAL) raised their voices in protest of local policies concenrning the police and community interaction. The report is discussed and links to the report will be posted below when available.
About our Guest: Mary Moore has been a social justice activist since 1962 focusing on issues or racism, sexism and classism. In the late ‘70s she organized a statewide network to stop Diablo Canyon and Rancho Secco nukes. She co founded the Bohemian Grove Action Network in 1980 to raise awareness of the elite and small network of men with outsized influence that gather annually at Bohemian Grove in Sonoma County. n the mid ‘90s she helped to start a local movement against police abuse, getting the US Civil Rights Commission to hold hearings in Sonoma County and documenting the unacceptable amount of killings by police.
She is currently working on an archives project for the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, CA, and writing a book.
About our Guest: Karen Saari earned her BA in History from Russell Sage College. Karen currently works as a paralegal for a California appellate attorney and also as a professional organizer for self-employed professionals. In the late 1990s she made a presentation on the local deaths and attracted some national attention. Ultimately, Project Censored offered to sponsorKaren in a research project to identify all police-related deaths in the US for one calendar year. To her knowledge, this was the first such project on police-involved deaths of civilians ever conducted. The result was the Stolen Lives- Killed by Law Enforcement project and book. Since that time, 20 years ago, she has continued to keep track of law enforcement related deaths of civilians here in Sonoma County.
Guest Links: Stolen Lives- Killed by Law Enforcement book
The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
Get Together sung by Indigo Girls from the Album: Strange Fire (Epic)
Democracy sung by Burns Sister Band from the Album: Wild Bouquet (Ithaca Records 2006)