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Dec08

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Click here OR return your envelope plz! The envelopes are going out! Making Contact staff and volunteers working hard on snail mail fundraising. #MakingContact6400 Thanks to listeners like you Making Contact has been able to produce 52 weekly shows in 2017: That’s 1500 minutes of programming, broadcasting on 140+ radio stations around the world, working with 28 US & international freelance reporters during 22 years of community and public radio! In honor of our work, please make a generous donation today. Thank you for supporting independent media and stories that matter! 2017 has been a tumultuous year for all of us working for social justice. Making Contact has been in the trenches as we produced radio programs early and often on: Black Lives Matter, Environmental Justice, Women’s Health, Immigrant Rights, Prisoners and LGBT Liberation. Our contribution has been to tell critical stories and celebrate models of collective resistance and progressive movements. Your contribution is to help us get your voices heard in 2018. Please donate today without delay! “Discovering Making Contact has been like finding a shining gem floating in a sea of mediocrity. Your program is superior in many ways–you report in depth with strong journalistic integrity. I have enjoyed listening to dozens of your programs.” – Randy Rambo, Keaau, HI Everyday, your support makes testimonials like Randy’s possible. On #GivingTuesday, we launched our year-end campaign to raise a total of $10,000 online by December 31. Thanks to generous listener supporters that day, we’re already a third of the way towards our goal! In order to get there though, we’ve got to keep the momentum going, and in order to stay on track, we need about 30 donations of $10 or more today and on EACH of the days left in December to raise the $6400! We need your help to make that happen. Please be one in that number! Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford, to help us meet our goal and bring listeners the voices that make progressive change? We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact in telling community stories which is important now more than ever in this era of Trump. Please, click here to make your donation now.   Thank you for your continued support and friendship. With gratitude, Your Making Contact Team: Lisa Rudman, Sabine Blaizin, Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, RJ Lozada, Vera Tykulsker and freelance reporters. P.S.  Today, we launch our 2017 Year-End Campaign. Our goal is to raise $6400 between today and Dec 31st. We can only do this with your help. Will you make a gift of...

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Small Independent News Outlets have Outsized Impact
Nov09

Small Independent News Outlets have Outsized Impact

Small Independent News Outlets have Outsized Impact By Jo Ellen Kaiser at The Media Consortium   Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms.  The concern—and a very real one–is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election. Fighting fake news, however, is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news.This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets. The five-year long study published this week in Science, directed by Harvard Professor Gary King, shows that even small independent news outlets can have a dramatic effect on the content of national conversation. King, along with his now former graduate students Ben Schneer and Ariel White, found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic – such as jobs, the environment or immigration – discussion of that topic across social media rose by as much as 62.7 percent of a day’s volume, distributed over the week. Over 60 percent of the participating outlets were members of the Media Consortium, the organization I direct. Making Contact participated in the Science study, along with Truthout, In These Times, Bitch Media, The Progressive and others. Individually, none of them is a New York Times or CNN. In fact, too often, philanthropic foundations refuse to support these outlets because they are “too small” and “don’t have enough impact.” What this Science study proves is that when independent news outlets work together to co-publish stories on the same topic in the same week, they can have a mighty effect. We expected independents would have a big impact on national conversations, for several reasons. First, independents have strong and loyal followers who are eager to talk about the content they read and view at their favorite outlets. When Bitch, Feministing and Truthout together publish stories on reproductive health, they have a social reach of over a million followers. But independent media followers are not just thumbs-up people. They not only comment and repost on social, they donate to these organizations and attend events in real life. These are people who want to participate in national conversations about topics they care about, from immigration to climate change to school reform. So it makes sense that they would push those conversations on social. Second, studies coming out over the past five years have demonstrated that collective efforts make a bigger impact than stand-alone...

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YOUR INPUT MATTERS! Pls Take 2mins & Fill Out Our Survey Today
Oct10

YOUR INPUT MATTERS! Pls Take 2mins & Fill Out Our Survey Today

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! You’ve been a great support to Making Contact (www.radioproject.org) and are instrumental to our work. Tell us the types of stories you would like to hear. Here is a great opportunity to take action and be invested in the change you seek in local communities and the world! If your story idea is chosen, you will be highlighted in our credits. Take our survey and be entered into our raffle: We’ll pick 3 people to win a $25 gift certificate to online bookstore Powell’s Books (a progressive, family-owned, unionized independent bookstore). Please take 2-mins to fill out our survey. Click here.  ...

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Isabella Zizi: Indigenous Environmental Justice
Jul06

Isabella Zizi: Indigenous Environmental Justice

Earlier this year, I received multiple emails from some colleagues to apply for Making Contact’s Spring Community Storytelling Fellowship. I was very intrigued by the title of the fellowship: Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis. I finally said to myself “Let’s take a look at what this is all about.” At first I was hesitant to apply because I didn’t consider myself a storyteller. I felt that I didn’t have the background skills or wasn’t educated about radio and audio recordings. When I continued to read the overview, the application read “Applicants are Indigenous activists in Bay Area Indigenous-led movements that address the climate crisis and lead around a vision of respect for the earth and its peoples.” I thought, that’s me! Within one week after applying, I received an email to participate in the first round of interviews. Applicants had to pitch a story. Since I live in Richmond, CA I wanted to bring up the August 6th 2012 Chevron refinery explosion and share a personal story about my experience that day. I also wanted to incorporate my inspiration in joining Idle No More SF Bay early 2014 to help organize Indigenous led refinery healing walks. Meanwhile, as I waited to hear about my application I was in the final 2 weeks of helping to plan the April 2017 Refinery Healing walk. It was the first of our set of four this summer, and this year is the last of the four years Idle No More SF Bay has committed to organizing them.   On the afternoon before the April walk –from Pittsburg refineries (Koch Cardon) to Martinez refineries (Tesoro and Shell) and our neighborhoods between them — I received a phone call from Making Contact’s Executive Director Lisa Rudman. She applauded my work and announced that I was selected to be the 2017 Native-American/Indigenous fellow for the Community Storytelling Fellowship. I was absolutely in shock and so excited to get this opportunity.   Over the next weeks, Laura Flynn (one of Making Contact’s producers) and I started right away on the first draft of my story outline. I wanted to create a transitional story that captured the hardship of living in a refinery town and highlight the positive shift of what the refinery healing walks has done for community members like myself  in the East Bay. At first, the process of being the fellow was a bit intimidating and overwhelming. I had to work around my work schedule, refinery healing walk organizing meetings, and monthly new moon ceremonies that I help coordinate with other women who signed on to the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth treaty....

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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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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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