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Community Storytelling Fellow for Indigenous Climate Leadership: Isabella Zizi
Apr26

Community Storytelling Fellow for Indigenous Climate Leadership: Isabella Zizi

This week as people prepare for the Climate Marches, we’re welcoming Making Contact’s new Community Storytelling Fellow for Indigenous Climate Leadership: Isabella Zizi! Isabella is a member of the Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, and Muskogee Creek tribes and the founder of Earth Guardians Bay Area. At 22 years old, she is the youngest member of Idle No More SF Bay. In Isabella’s words:  “I’ve been active in the native community for a few years now educating those about indigenous sovereignty, sacred sites, and issues around climate change locally and globally.” Isabella’s involvement in environmental activism began on August 6, 2012, when a huge explosion erupted at the Richmond Chevron refinery, near where her family has lived for decades. The explosion caused over 15,000 residents to flee to the hospital due to respiratory problems, itchy eyes, and irritated throats caused by the black smoke that covered the town. Since that day, Isabella has been tirelessly organizing in her community. She has committed the past four years to organizing with Idle No More SF Bay Area and their Refinery Corridor Healing walks. Those monthly public walks start at one refinery town and connect to the next, each month from April to July. They bring attention to the health risks posed by the refineries ringing the bay and they envision a just transition to a clean and safe energy future with an economy that supports everyone. Members of Idle No More SF Bay conduct prayers at each refinery and toxic sites along the way.  Prayers for the waters are conducted by Native American women at the beginning and end of each walk. The next walk is May 20th and Isabella will be all set to record it for her Storytelling Fellowship. Laura Flynn will be co-producing and skills-sharing with Isabella and we look forward to releasing their piece this summer. Special thanks to the Christensen Fund for supporting our fellows who are Indigenous leaders. We are so excited to have Isabella join our Making Contact team and we can’t wait to hear what she creates!...

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A Look at Labor Organizing, and Worker and Immigrant Rights
Apr26

A Look at Labor Organizing, and Worker and Immigrant Rights

Our latest radio release looks at workers organizing, inside and outside of labor unions. You’ll meet members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of LA and hear from Day Laborers in Pasadena who are creating their own phone app and collective bargaining system by sharing info about employers. Plus an interview with Jane McAlevey, union member and union critic. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Cal Soto, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) NDLON worker members – Marta, Jesús, Angel Kathy Hoang, Director of Restaurant Opportunities Center – Los Angeles Jane McAlevey, union organizer and author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Contributing Producers: Paulina Velasco, Doug Henwood Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Special thanks this week to the Degel-Berwick Family Foundation   More Information: National Day Laborer Organizing Network Pasadena Community Jobs Center Restaurant Opportunities Center, Los Angeles Jane McAlevey Sanctuary Restaurants...

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Spies of Mississippi
Apr19

Spies of Mississippi

Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade. The Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate some of the largest Black organizations like National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The MSSC was granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests, and compel testimony for a state that, as civil rights activist Lawrence Guyot says in the film, “was committed to an apartheid system that would make South Africa blush.” The film reveals the full scope and impact of the Commission, including its links to private white supremacist organizations, its ties to investigative agencies in other states, and even its program to bankroll the opposition to civil rights legislation in Washington D.C. Weaving in chilling footage of Ku Klux Klan rallies and government propaganda films alongside rare images and interviews from the period, Spies of Mississippi tracks the Commission’s hidden role in many of the most important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the assassination of Medgar Evers, and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Margaret Block Rick Bowers Kenneth Dean Ralph Eubanks Lawrence Guyot Edwin King Robert Luckett Neil McMillen Jerry Mitchell Bob Moses Janet Moses Congressman Bennie Thompson Hollis Watkins Governor William Winter Credits: Filmmakers: Dawn Porter and Rick Bowers Radio Adaptation + Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI aired on Germany’s ARTE and PBS’s Independent Lens series in 2014. The film was directed and produced by Dawn Porter and executive produced by LOOKS TV and Martina Haubrich. The film was inspired by a book written for young adults by Rick Bowers, who was also a writer for the documentary. You can order a DVD of the documentary on shopPBS.com. There is also a free app with bonus footage, unseen interviews, interactive maps...

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Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice
Apr12

Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice

At the end of March, Congress passed a bill allowing states to deny funding to family planning groups that offer abortion services – groups like Planned Parenthood. Now, Pennsylvania and Michigan have introduced legislation to join over a dozen states in doing just that. As we fight off right wing attacks on abortion rights, Loretta Ross asks us to consider what it would take to have real choices about our bodies. On this week’s Making Contact, Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong breaks down the reproductive justice framework; and Tina Reynolds, co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, shares how a group of formerly incarcerated women came together to fight for the right to give birth to and raise children in healthy and safe environments. Special thanks to Carly Forbes for Migrant Matters, a Rabble.ca podcast for original production and recording. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Loretta Ross, Co-Founder of SisterSong Tina Reynolds, Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) Credits: Host: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Claiming Our Bodies Through the Human Rights Framework Reproductive Justice and Criminalization of Black and Brown Women SisterSong Migrant Matters Women on the Rise Telling HerStory The Light Inside: Giving Birth Behind Bars Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars...

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Not Throw Away Women: Black and Indigenous Women Disrupt Violence ENCORE
Apr04

Not Throw Away Women: Black and Indigenous Women Disrupt Violence ENCORE

In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. On today’s show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference. We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care. Thanks to the Mary Wohlford Foundation for funding towards this program. Photo Credit: Nicole Gervacio Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Rochelle Robinson, Making Contact Fellow Kimberly Smith, community member attending Her Resilience mural project Gabrielle Rae Travis,  Her Resilience Community Outreach Coordinator Margaret Prescod founder of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of KPFK’s Sojourner Truth Mirna Aracely Tuz Acosta, Safe Maternity for the Indigenous Population in East Yucatan Neyi Amparo Cime Arceo, resident of Xanlah. Credits: Contributing Producers: Rochelle Robinson and Karen Stefan Tenorio Hosts + Show Producers: Laura Flynn and Jasmin Lopez  Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Blue Dot Sessions, Farsical Slow Driver, Inside the Origami Violin, Tanguedo Trans Alp, Gnossienne N1, Gnossienne N3 Black Ant, Fater Lee Broke For Free, Night Owl Phour Trakk, Long Transfer Kai Engel, Written in Ink More Information: VAMchat Trump On SAAM Her Resilience Kimberly Robertson’s obituary Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders Sojourner Truth Radio HBO Tales of the Grim Sleeper LA Weekly, Grim Sleeper Returns: He’s Murdering Angelenos, As Cops Hunt His DNA The Grim Sleeper timeline Nick Broomfield Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C. Accountability in Maternal and Reproductive Health: Experiences from Civil Society from India, Mexico, and Nigeria Femicide in Mexico: Mapping of Silence Archival Footage: AP, New Sketches of California Serial Killer, December 18, 2009 ABC News, Grim Sleepers Mysterious Photos  ...

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Conscience and Dissent: Values in Media
Mar29

Conscience and Dissent: Values in Media

  Independent journalism offers incisive analysis and perspectives typically passed over by the corporate-owned media. The phrase “Speaking truth to power” is a central tenet to independent journalism and community produced media. A network of those media outlets gathered at The Media Consortium conference in Washington DC to discuss the role independent media plays in today’s contentious media landscape. Special thanks to the panelists, The Media Consortium, Jo Ellen Kaiser, Manolia Charlotin, and Paul Stewart. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Ricardo Sandoval Palos, Managing Editor of 100 Reporters Dr. Amara Enyia, 2016-2018 Global Leadership Fellow with the Global Strategists Association Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director for Free Press Michelle Garcia, Journalist other panelists at this session, not appearing in this radio edition included Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor at large of YES!, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, and Maya Schenwar,Truthout‘s editor-in-chief Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Ketsa, “Roll On” John Luc Hefferman, “Triumph” More Information: The Media Consortium Journalism That Matters TMC Conference 2017 Plenary 100 Reporters The Media Consortium Conference 2017  ...

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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict
Mar22

The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: George W. Bush, former U.S. President Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Yara Badday, Iraqi-American Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine Barack Obama, former U.S. President Aaron Glantz, journalist Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: KALW News Aaron Glantz Answer Coalition Iraq Veterans Against the War Swords to Plowshares Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans for Peace Civilian-Soldier Alliance War Resisters League Veteran Artists Happy Anniversary, Iraq War Clamor War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Music: Intro by The...

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Deadline 3/22/17: Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis
Mar15

Deadline 3/22/17: Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis

    Thank you to everyone who applied for our Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis.   We would love to work with each of you in any way possible in the future. Currently we are welcoming Isabella Zizi as our next fellow!...

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Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era
Mar14

Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era

Outside of the home, children learn about the world, where they fit in amongst their peers, and who they want to be in school. Access to a quality education means different things to different people. Some families are willing and able to pay top dollar for a private school, other children are homeschooled, while many rely on public schools for their education. And some students are calling for a more thorough and inclusive curriculum in the legislature and in the classroom. In this edition of Making Contact, we look at two major changes to statewide curriculum in California, and where schools nationwide may be headed under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Special thanks to the Oyez Project for providing free online access to US Supreme Court audio recordings, and Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for access to their archive. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Kevin Kumashiro, former Dean at University of San Francisco Jose Lara, Social Studies Teacher and Dean at Santee Education Complex Cal Larisch, Student Advocate for LGBT curriculum Don Romesburg, Queer Studies Professor at California State University Sonoma Matthew French, Teacher at Thomas Starr King Middle School Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Contributing Producers: Hannah Harris Green & Marie Choi Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: Ethnic Studies Now Coalition California Students Will Learn More LGBT History in Schools, LA Times H.R. 610 Rethinking Sexism, Gender, & Sexuality How H.R. 610 Could Effect Public School Funding The Long Game of Betsy DeVos The Public School Shakedown...

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Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock
Mar08

Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock

Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician on the faculty of UCSF, and an activist who formed the Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF. Dr. Maria Michael is a Lakota Dine spiritual elder and healer with a Ph.d in psychology. Dr. Revery Barnes is a physician working on HIV/AIDS at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles. All three women went to Standing Rock, to stand with the great Sioux nation in its struggle for sovereignty over its ancestral lands and water. The Sioux water supply comes from the Oahe tributary of the Missouri river, where a fossil fuel giant, Energy Transfer Partners, located the path of their newest oil pipeline. The pipeline was considered too dangerous to the water supply of Bismarck, North Dakota, so it was re-routed south to Sioux reservation lands – in a clear example of environmental racism. Photo Credit: Camille Seaman Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  We are now seeking applications for our next Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis. Deadline 3/22/17. Apply here. Please spread the word!  Featuring: Dr. Rupa Marya, physician and faculty, University of California San Francisco Dr. Maria Michael, Lakota Dine spiritual elder and healer, Ph.d in psychology Dr. Revery Barnes, physician, Harbor UCLA Los Angeles On Location Audio, courtesy of Democracy Now! Credits: Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman, Women Rising Radio Host:  Sandina Robbins Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music Credit: Rupa Marya, Rupa and the April Fishes More Information: Do No Harm Coalition VIDEO: Do No Harm Coalition with Standing Rock Dr. Maria Michael Dr. Revery Barnes Indigenous Environmental...

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