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Women Rising 32: Pt 2 Phasing Out Nuclear Power
Nov09

Women Rising 32: Pt 2 Phasing Out Nuclear Power

  As nuclear plant accidents mount, and nuclear waste becomes a greater threat to health and safety worldwide,  {and a new President Trump will influence nuclear policy} Women Rising Radio features veteran activists at the center of the movement to phase out nuclear energy, power and research. We revisit Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mile Island and many less well known disasters  –  and hear about real solutions to the problem of nuclear energy. Featuring: Claire Greensfelder, International Forum on Globalization, Women in Europe for a Common Future, and the Global Women’s Call for Climate Justice, former nuclear campaign director for Greenpeace. Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action Japan. Ursula Sladek, founder of Shoenau Energy Company in Germany. Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Jackie Sojico Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo credit: 8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs, photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence Music Credit:  8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest musicians, with special thanks to Stefan Kelly More Information: Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes” Hiromi Kawakami, “God Bless You, 2011” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story. ICAN, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear  Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy  Samira Goetschel City 40 Western States Legal Foundation “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO Nuclear Free Future Women in Europe for a Common Future No Nukes Action Committee Fairewinds Energy Education Solartopia INOCHI for Life International Women’s Call for Climate Justice Shoenau Energy Company WEDO, Women’s Environment and Development...

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Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy
Nov02

Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy

  Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Greg Palast, is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts by America’s “Billionaire Bandits” to prevent minority communities from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Featuring: Greg Palast, Investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker Host: Anita Johnson Music: Quiet Orchestra, “My Friends” For More Information:...

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Immigrants & Elections Pt. 2: Barriers to the Ballot
Oct26

Immigrants & Elections Pt. 2: Barriers to the Ballot

Photo of Florita & Joseph Campbell at the Halo Halo Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ by contributing producer Valeria Fernández In the US, the right to vote is one of the country’s most cherished and hard-fought rights. But it doesn’t mean that everyone has equal access to the polls. In 2013 the Supreme Court struck down a key civil rights provision of the Voting Rights Act. This November will be the first presidential election in 50 years where voters will not have the full protection of the original law. In this second installment of Making Contact’s Immigrants and Elections series, we explore some of the barriers immigrants and other historically disenfranchised voters face in gaining access to the polls. Listen to our other episodes in our Immigrants and Elections series here. * Reporter Valeria Fernandez’s story was made possible with support from Making Contact and New America Media’s fellowship on voting rights. Part 2 Features: Nse Ufot, Executive Director of New Georgia Project Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Coalition Marco Ponce, active supporter of Proposition N Sandra Lee Fewer, San Francisco Unified School District Commissioner Matt Haney, President of the Board of Education of San Francisco Eric Mar, San Francisco County Supervisor Araceli Becerra, recently naturalized US citizen Leonardo Aromin, founder of the Filipino American Journal Samantha Pstross, Executive Director of Arizona Advocacy Network Vic Reid, civic engagement manager for Asian Pacific Community in Action.Host: Credits Host this week: Monica Lopez Contributing Producers: Valeria Fernández and Paulina Velasco Special thanks: Oyez Project for providing free online access to US Supreme Court audio recordings, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for access to their archives, and The Media Consortium for audio from their states’ briefing with Audio Recordist, Carson Riedel, The People’s Channel. Image Credits: “Florita & Joseph Campbell at the Halo Halo Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ” – Valeria Fernandez Music Credits: “Lifetrap”, Year of Glad; “Dents de fer”, FLIST!; “Motion”, Noah; “Surreal”, Ouri; “Future Life”, Ketsa YOUR SUPPORT MADE A DIFFERENCE:  Special thanks to all the individuals who contributed to our Beacon Crowdfunding campaign for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries. Thanks also to the Berwick-Degel Family foundation. More information The Oyez Project A Closer Look at Voter ID laws Across the US Jurisdictions Previously Covered by Section 5 The New Georgia Project Florida Immigrant Coalition Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Feet in 2 Worlds As Trump Conjures the Voter Fraud Boogeyman, Voter Suppression is the Real Issue Asian American Voters Not Being Engaged in Ca.’s Ballot Initiative...

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Thwarting Democracy, the Battle for Voting Rights
Oct19

Thwarting Democracy, the Battle for Voting Rights

Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. Before the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th, we revisit the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws. Featuring: Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative Clifford Kuhn, Professor of History at Georgia State University JT Johnson, civil rights organizer Allen Secher, rabbi Jerel James, Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962) Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. Lead Producer: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Jasmin Lopez, Anna Simonton and Dina Weinstein Music: “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails,” sung at civil rights march in Washington, D.C. August 1963, “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring” by Newton Balloon, “vaya” by andrés elstein, “Equal Soul” by Trans Atlantic Rage / Balogh For More information: Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy By Gary May Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine The Formula Behind the Voting Rights Act New York Times Southern Poverty Law Center Department of Justice NY Times: Tracking changes of voting law changes ProPublica Civil Rights timeline ACLU Voting Rights Act timeline Movement Music Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama Lyrics of the Freedom Songs Articles, reports, etc. Court Decisions on Voting Rules Sow Confusion in state Races New York Times Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws U.S. Government Accountability Office United States v. Fox, 211 F. Supp. 25 (E.D. La. 1962) District Court, E.D. Louisiana FBI Re-Examines 1946 Lynching Case Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: It was A Milestone’ Lyndon B. Johnson speech Before Congress on Voting Rights (March 15,...

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Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists
Oct12

Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.” Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the front lines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate. Featuring:  Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate NuclearWeapons. Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK. Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant. Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement. Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.  Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo Credits: “8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs,” photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence rcnv.org via Twitter @RNCV1  More information Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes,” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story.  http://www.womenrisingradio.com/explore/featured-essay/ Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, http://thenewpress.com/books/nuclear-power-not-answer Samira Goetschel  City 40, http://www.city40film.com/ Western States Legal Foundation, http://www.wslfweb.org/ “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifSiUvzh9A Israeli Disarmament Movement, http://disarmament.org.il/english/ Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Britain, http://www.cnduk.org/ Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, http://lcnp.org/ Marshall Islands Lawsuit ICJ, http://lcnp.org/RMI/ Nuclear Zero — and Petition for the Marshall Islands  http://nuclearzero.org/ New York Times  Marshall Islands at UN Court http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/world/asia/marshall-islands-un-court-nuclear-disarmament.html?_r=1 Nuclear Free Future, http://www.nuclear-free-future.com/ Women in Europe for a Common Future, http://www.wecf.eu/ No Nukes Action Committee, https://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/ Fairewinds Energy Education, http://www.fairewinds.org/ Solartopia, http://solartopia.org/ Nuclear Age Peace Foundation https://www.wagingpeace.org/ #HumanizeNotModernize...

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Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel
Oct05

Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital. Featuring:   Drorit Hochner, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Scopus Hospital Rabbi Benny Lau Dikla Aharon, journalist Dori Adar, online developer Tami Doron, Avia, and “Rivka” nurse-midwives and Jewish and Arab mothers who gave birth or considered giving birth at Mt. Scopus Hospital. Credits:  Narrator and Story Producer: Shaina Shealy Host: Monica Lopez Illustrations: Shaina Shealy Music Credits: Beware of Safety, A New Dawn, Adriana Krikl, Cuddle Formation, Ergo Phizmiz, Monplaisir, Kirill Shirokov, Lee Rosevere, and Quiet Music for Tiny Robots. More information Hadassah,Mt. Scopus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology http://www.hadassah-med.com/giving-birth/give-birth-at-hadassah/mt-scopus.aspx International Confederation of Midwives http://www.internationalmidwives.org/who-we-are/policy-and-practice/icm-international-definition-of-the-midwife/ Dori Adar http://www.doriadar.com/about/ Rabbi Benny Lau https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binyamin_Lau Shaina Shealy http://journalism.berkeley.edu/students/shaina_shealy/ Israeli hospital heads to be summoned after report on segregation of Arabs in maternity wards:  http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israeli-hospital-heads-to-be-summoned-after-report-on-segregation-of-Arabs-in-maternity-wards-450579 Health Ministry issues statement stressing that it doesn’t accept practice of placing expectant Jewish and Arab moms in separate rooms: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.713343 ‘Another Terrorist is Born:’ The Longstanding Practice of Racism and Segregation in Israeli Maternity Wards: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.712936 The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive http://en.jfa.huji.ac.il...

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Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World
Sep28

Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World

In a world that increasingly seems to strive for uniformity, afro-descendant Creole people on the eastern coast of Nicaragua seek to hold on to their unique culture through their food. Incoming palm plantations are fragmenting traditional Creole farmland and making it difficult for local coconut oil businesses. Overfishing and pesticides from the palm fields are reducing stocks of fish in the lagoons, making it more difficult to access traditional protein sources. In the towns and cities along the coast, an influx of foreign products is setting a new standard for how you should look, talk and eat. Rondon is one of the most celebrated traditional Creole dishes. Similar to a curry, it has a base of coconut milk in which you cook cassava, dasheen, breadfruit, baby corn and fried fish with fresh herbs and spices. It’s a dish with strong connections to Africa. For a people descended from freed blacks, escaped slaves and indigenous Americans, holding on to Rondon is holding on to heritage. Featuring:  Miss Connie Tinoko, Kenneth Fox, Edward Fox, John Watson, Miss Gay Sterling and her family Credits: Host: Marie Choi Contributing Producer: Maria Doerr Organizations and Support: Bluefields Sound System, Mikel Britton, Stanford Storytelling Project, Jake Warga, Claire Schoen, Bruce Braden Photo Credits: Maria Doerr Music Credit: Take Dis Five, Run-Down Orchestra Bluefield Sound System 2009, Zion-O, Run-Down Orchestra, Bluefield Sound System 2009, Reggae-instrumental 04, redmp3.cc (CC music), Reggae-instrumental 15, redmp3.cc (CC...

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Occupy, 5 years later
Sep21

Occupy, 5 years later

September marks the 5 year anniversary of Occupy. We go to Zuccotti Park, and Oakland to talk to individuals that were part of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland to gain insight and reflection on the movement that swept the nation. Featuring: Samara Ward, Occupy Oakland participant Joyous DeAsis, Young Oakland organizer, Occupy Oakland participant Marisa Holmes, Filmmaker, Occupy Wall Street facilitator Needa Bee, Occupy Oakland participant Krystof Lapour, Occupy Oakland participant Samsarah Morgan, doula and birth worker, Founder of Occupy Oakland Children’s Village and Parents and Allies Caucus of Occupy Oakland, Occupy Decolonize Birth Parenting and Pregnancy Caucus Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo, Organizer Idriss Stelley Foundation, Occupy Oakland participant Ashoka Finley, Black radical, Occupy the Farm participant Credits Host: R.J. Lozada Contributing Producer: Marie Choi Music: Alex Fitch, “Seeking Clarity” and “We Call This Home III”, Blue Dot Sessions, “Union Hall Melody” and “Insatiable Toad”, Cory Gray, “Build a View”,  The Losers, “Gotta Keep Moving” For More Information: Occupy Wall Street New York City General Assembly West Coast Port Shutdown Announcement VIDEO Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo, Open Letter to the Occupy Movement: The Decolonization Proposal VIDEO Occupy the Farm Film Naomi Wolf, “Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy”, The Guardian Apex Express, Occupy Retrospective Davey D, “General Strike #OccupyOakland”, OLM News “Arun Gupta and Marina Sitrin on Occupy’s Anniversary”, Moyers and Company Dario Azzellini and Marina Sitrin, They Can’t Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy Arun Gupta, “What Became of Occupy Wall Street?”,...

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Rosa Brooks on How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything
Sep14

Rosa Brooks on How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

The US military didn’t shrink much under President Obama, and our perpetual state of war has barely waned since 9-11. Author Rosa Brooks says the consequences of this ‘new normal’ reach deep into our society; far beyond the body count of those killed overseas. On this edition, Rosa Brooks speaks about her new book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington DC Featuring Rosa Brooks, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. Host: Andrew Stelzer More information Rosa Brooks Politics and Prose How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks Rosa Brooks speaking at Politics and Prose Military Spending in the United States Costs of War And The Record for Highest Constant $ Military Spending Since 1950 Goes To………The Peace Candidate, Barrack...

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15 Years After 9/11, Still Searching for Monsters to Destroy
Sep07

15 Years After 9/11, Still Searching for Monsters to Destroy

September 11, 2001 ushered in an era marked by the unending War on Terror, dragnet government surveillance programs, and escalating attacks on people perceived to be Muslim. Just last month, Khalid Jabara, a 37-year old Lebanese American man was shot and killed on his front porch in Tulsa Oklahoma by a neighbor who had harassed his family for years, calling them ‘dirty Arabs’ and ‘Mooslems’. This is just one of the many reported attacks on people perceived as Muslims in the United States.  Last year, there were 174 incidents of anti-Muslim violence, and that’s only if you count the attacks that made headlines. This backlash is just tip of the iceberg.  Below the surface is a growing Islamophobia with deep roots in history and empire.  Where does the idea of the ‘Muslim enemy’ come from?  And how has it evolved into what we see today? Fifteen years after 9/11, Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, takes us back nearly 15 centuries to find out. Featuring:  Robynn Takayama, radio producer Nihal Mehta, founding member Ahimsa Tour Annie Koh, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Against War Chris Durazo, Co-Founder of Nosei Network Maneesh Kenia, former KUSF DJ and member of the Dhamaal Collective Yuri Kochiyama Deepa Kumar, Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, author of Islamophobia and Politics of Empire Credits   Host: Marie Choi Producers: Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada  “5-Song EP” Producer: Robynn Takayama, “Constructing the Muslim Enemy From the Crusades to 9/11” Recordist: Jeff Zavala with ZGraphix Productions Music: Night Owl by Broke for Free, Summer Spliffs by Broke for Free, A Tale of Two Cars by Cory Gray, Badlands by Cory Gray, First Holes by Cory Gray, String Anticipation by Cory Gray, Bed by Jahzzar, Interlude – In Anxious Shadows by Kai Engel, Under Suspicion by Lee Rosevere, Homage by Paniks, Subdivision of the Masses by Philipp Weigl Photo Credit: Ridwan Adhami via www.ridzdesign.com   For More Information: Deepa Kumar, Constructing the Muslim Enemy from the Crusades to 9/11 Deepa Kumar, The Roots of Islamophobia, Jacobin Magazine BRIDGE Initiative, When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections BRIDGE Initiative, Tracking Islamophobia Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire...

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