As California moves to phase out fossil fuels, its top oil-producing county is fighting to keep petroleum pumping. Dena Takruri heads to Kern County, where in one in seven workers has a job tied to oil. She attends a major oil festival called Oildorado to find out just how much the industry props up the community. Can this oil-reliant county ever break up with fossil fuels?
Why Sanctuary Cities Aren’t Safe Under Trump
There’s rumors of another massive ICE raid in California, despite its sanctuary state status. AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains how California and its sanctuary cities are trying to defy the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
ICE Raids Doomsday: Here’s How One Immigrant Prepares
Undocumented people in northern California are bracing for massive ICE raids. AJ+’s Dena Takruri speaks with an undocumented Honduran mother who’s preparing her family for the worst.
California Cannabis: War On Drugs Reparations | Direct From With Dena Takruri – AJ+
For decades, the war on drugs has unfairly locked up a disproportionate number of black people in California. Now that recreational weed is legal, the city of Oakland has mandated that half of all marijuana business permits go to people who are low income and have a cannabis conviction. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Nug, a weed business training such folks to become potrepreuners.