Welcome to Justice Then and Now, our Inauguration Day special. When we debuted this series, it was in direct response to the current social justice movement that is sweeping America and the world. A lot has happened since then. We’ve seen a hotly contested presidential election with record-breaking turnout in a deeply divided nation and an attempted insurrection at the US Capitol.
In this episode we look back to examine a new film that explores the complex relationship between the FBI and Dr. Martin Luther King, a major figure in the history of social justice in America. We’ll also talk to three members of the new cast of characters who were among the winners of our recent local elections and we’ll discuss the events of today, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and the future that they represent.
This is Justice Then and Now.
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Hilda L. Solis is a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and USC, Supervisor Solis has served on the Rio Hondo Community College Board, in the State Assembly and State Senate, and in the House of Representatives. Prior to becoming Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama, the first Latina to ever serve in the Presidential Cabinet. Today, Supervisor Solis represents the San Gabriel Valley, Northeast, Southeast, and East LA as the Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District.
On November 3, 2020, Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell was elected to serve the Second District of Los Angeles County. Throughout her career in public service, Supervisor Mitchell has always worked with the understanding – that creating a California where all residents can thrive – means investing in the communities, small businesses, families, and children of LA County.
Pasadena City Mayor Victor M. Gordo. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Victor immigrated to the United States with his parents as a young child. The oldest of six, Victor grew up in Pasadena and is a proud product of the Pasadena Unified School District. Both of his parents worked two jobs. Victor’s father was a dishwasher and cook at Ranchero's Mexican Restaurant for 50 years. Throughout his time as Councilmember, Victor has focused on fostering an improved quality of life in District 5, promoting safe, family-friendly environments throughout the District and the City as a whole. Victor was elected Pasadena’s third Citywide-elected Mayor on November 3, 2020.
Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director and producer. Since 1994 Pollard has served on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and lives in New York City. Check out this facinating new Sam Pollard documentary.
MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures, including former FBI Director James Comey, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.