Politics and Community

Politics and Community

Here you will find a broad range of news articles with a focus on community and political content.

Update: Jan. 30, 2014 - As reported by Amber Griffin on the KMUD Local News, Jan. 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will proceed with a formal investigation regarding alleged racial discrimination against Native American students at Loleta Union School District. The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed by the California Indian Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union on December 18, 2014. See the original post and a link to the complaint letter below. According to Amber Griffin, “The ACLU expects to sit down with the Office of Civil Rights by the end of the month to discuss allegations in detail."

Click here for additional information on this development appearing in an article by Will Houston in the Times-Standard.
The original post appears below.

Last evening KMUD News covered the suit filed against the Eureka School District by the ACLU and the National Center for Youth Law in behalf of a group of students. See the post below: "ACLU files discrimination suit against Eureka City Schools." Now another complaint has surfaced. This one from the California Indian Legal Services and the ACLU asking the Department of Education Civil Rights Division to investigate alleged racial discrimination against Native American students at Loleta Union School District. Click here to see the letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Use the player below to hear this report, aired on Tues., Jan., 7, 2014 by KMUD News Anchor Christina Aanestad, including an interview with Delia Parr, the managing attorney with California Indian Legal Services who indicates they've made racial discrimination complaints to the Loleta Union School District since 2007. Also, Matt Mattson, Executive Director of Tribal Operations of the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, says that it's shocking that this kind of behavior could be occurring in 2014.


ACLU files discrimination suit against Eureka City Schools

A lawsuit, naming a number of Eureka City School District employees and Board Members, was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Youth Law on behalf of four high school students. The plaintiff's Preliminary Statement declares that, "Defendants have subjected and continue to subject Black and Native American students to a racially hostile educational environment by engaging in and allowing pervasive racial harassment, disproportionately and unfairly disciplining Black and Native American students, disproportionately pushing Native American students out of District schools and into alternative schools, and providing racially-offensive and culturally-denigrating curricula in District schools." Click here to view a copy of the lawsuit legal document.

Use the player below to hear more on this story in a piece aired by KMUD News Anchor Christina Aanestad, on Mon. Jan., 6, 2014 as Jory Steele, Managing Attorney with the ACLU, explains that the lawsuit was a last resort after the parents had made dozens of complaints to school officials.

Community members rallied after hearing about the possible closure of the Obstetrics Unit at Redwood Memorial Hospital (RMH) in Fortuna. About 200 members of the public attended an afternoon public meeting on the issue held last Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The objective of the meeting was to explain the situation and get feedback from the public to help inform the St. Joseph Health/Humboldt County Board of Trustees as they consider several options, including consolidating the Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph obstetrics programs.




According to Redwood Memorial Foundation President John Egan, coverage issues and lack of recruitment, not lack of money, were the reasons for considering eliminating the obstetrics program at Redwood Memorial. Use the player below to hear more on this story, aired by Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News Friday, Dec.6.

Use the players below to hear audio from the public meeting.  KMUD thanks Precision Intermedia and the McLean Foundation for providing us with the audio recordings.

RMH Public Meeting part 1: Introductions and Comments

RMH Public Meeting part 2: Health System Presentation

RMH Public Meeting part 3: Comments

The Community Journalism Project (CJP) took shape in 2009 under the direction of Terri Klemetson who is now News Director at KMUD.  Initial goals of the CJP included getting more voices on the Local News, and more multi-media collaboration within the KMUD listening community. Participation in the program does not require prior knowledge of journalism or radio broadcasting. The CJP training component covers the basics of broadcast journalism, including: ethics, interviewing techniques, recording equipment basics, writing for radio, story composition and editing.

Terrri Klemetson describes her vision in this way, "I wanted listeners to understand journalism ethics, and I wanted to create a space for open dialogue about why and how the KMUD Newsroom picked stories to air.  It was a great forum for open discussion, critique and skill sharing.  I also firmly believe that KMUD is more than a radio station - our newsroom needs to adapt to the changing media world and the expansion of social media as a news source and communication tool."

A spin-off from the CJP was the Emergency Response Team (ERT), which evolved in 2010 to enhance the coverage of emergency events such as earthquakes, major slides, fires, and floods. ERT members come from those who have already gone through the Community Journalist training and then receive additional emergency preparedness training and participate in practice sessions.

Another round of Community Journalist training classes has been scheduled between now and the end of the year. All classes are free (donations welcome) and are held at the KMUD studios at: 1144 Redway Dr, Redway, Calif. For more information call the KMUD Office at (707) 923-2513 or the KMUD News Room (707) 923-2605.

The current 2013 class schedule appears below:

  • Nov. 24 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will teach audio editing, using both Audacity and Sound Studio. Both Monique Rowan and Terri Klemetson will be teaching. Newsroom reporters, producers, and anchors will be attending to share audio editing tips.
  • Dec. 1 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will include information about investigative reporting, Public Records Act (PRA) , and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Dec. 15 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. Emergency Response Team class will cover winter disaster preparedness.
  • Jan. 5 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will focus on audio editing.
  • Jan. 19 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will present information on investigative reporting.


Today, Friday Oct. 11, 2013, is day 11 of the partial Federal Government Shutdown and although the White House and Congress have been recently engaging in staff-level negotiations, the impasse, with Obamacare at its focal point, has not yet been resolved.

According to a press release from 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman, he will hold a Telephone Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Huffman will take questions regarding his efforts to end the government shutdown, as well as his other work and priorities representing the North Coast in Congress.

In the release Huffman stated, “I’m looking forward to discussing with Northern Californians about what exactly I’m doing to end the government shutdown. We need to reopen our government, and I am looking forward to discussing that and other issues with my constituents.”

Click here to sign up for the Telephone Town Hall Meeting.


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