Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham illuminate American police culture and the struggle for reform by using Oakland as a case study. Through the lens of the city’s police department, the authors trace Oakland’s history from its inception through the Palmer Raids, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and the crack era to its current revival. It tells the story of a single city and its police force, but it also tells the story of American policing and its future. Over 21 years of fearless reporting have culminated in The Riders Come Out at Night – Brutality, Corruption, and Cover – up in Oakland
Host: Dr. Holly Joshi, Director for GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice
Ali an independent reporter covering criminal justice, privacy, and extremism. A former reporter for The New York Times, he has also been a fellow at Type Investigations and reported documentaries for BBC Panorama and PBS Frontline. His reporting on police corruption, right-wing extremism, and surveillance have earned him several honors, including a George Polk Award for local reporting, an Alfred I. duPont Award, and a News & Documentary Emmy.
Darwin is the news editor for The Oaklandside. Before joining The Oaklandside, he worked with The Appeal and The Guardian covering policing and gun violence. He was a staff writer for the East Bay Express from 2015 to 2018. He holds a doctorate in sociology from UC Santa Barbara and was the co-recipient of the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @DarwinBondGraha.
Eleana is the Policy Associate for GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice. Before joining GLIDE in 2021, she worked in eviction prevention at the Homeless Advocacy Project, as well as in nonprofit and local government settings in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Eleana also was in the Emerging Leaders Program at GLIDE when she was in college. In her work, she advocates for changes to oppressive and discriminatory institutional structures and laws to benefit GLIDE’s clients and marginalized people in San Francisco and across the state.