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Although rarely credited, Berkeley became America’s first sanctuary city on November 8, 1971. This episode explores how an ancient idea was revived in protest of the Vietnam War and again to support Central American refugees during the 1980s. With sanctuary cities under attack by the Trump administration, learn how the sanctuary movement started—and triumphed over previous crackdowns by the U.S. government. Featuring interviews with: Jose Artiga, Sister Maureen Duignan, Bennett Falk and Prof. Jennifer Ridgley.

Read more about this topic: “Berkeley is the Original Sanctuary City” [East Bay Express, Feb. 14, 2017; Liam O’Donoghue]

Bennett Falk in front of Berkeley’s University Lutheran Chapel, one of the birthplaces of the Sanctuary Movement, 2016. [Photo: Liam O’Donoghue]
Sister Maureen Duignan in her basement office at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2016. [Photo: Liam O’Donoghue]

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