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Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Feb14

Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment.  And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at  similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves  to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices.  So, what can we learn from our history?  And how do we fight back?  Photo Credit: Tomorrow, Inshallah Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Satsuki Ina, Documentarian Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, Survivors Joseph Arsinoe, US Soldier War Relocation Authority Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, Attorney Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech Credits: Host and Contributing Producer: Salima Hamirani Making Contact Producer for this episode: Marie Choi 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 Music: Linda Kako Caplan 2008 Anniversary Concert – Aoi umi SFPL Shoko Hikage Koto Studio – Ame Mizu Shizuku Pablo GBeats Star Wars Imperial March Rap Beat Just A Tune – Star Wars Istanbul Film Music Orchestra – Star Wars Duel of the Fates Rameses B – Star Wars More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center Alliance of South Asians Taking Action DoBetter.Tech Densho Archives FILM Whose Children Are These Suyama Project Gary Okihiro, “Japanese Resistance in America’s Concentration Camps, A Re-evaluation” CAIR Arab American Association of NY DRUM NYC Sikh Coalition New York Immigration Coalition Families for Freedom AALDEF Arab American Action Network MPower Change Asian Americans Advancing Justice National Network of Arab American Communities Never...

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Mirrors of Privilege
Jan10

Mirrors of Privilege

Mirrors of Privilege is a remarkable and engaging  film that explores stories from white men and women about their journeys in overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement. From Shakti Butler, director of “Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity” and “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America,” “Mirrors of Privilege” is a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Shakti Butler Rick Butler John Scott Shirley Gutierrez Peter Shwartz Stefan Dasho World Trust Credits: 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: Mirrors of Priviledge World Trust Attitudinal Healing Connection Cultures Connecting The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Teaching Tolerance White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity Angry Black Bitch Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome:America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing...

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Fallen Heroes of 2016
Dec26

Fallen Heroes of 2016

Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2016. Like this program? Please show us. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Can you recognize the title & Fallen Artist of each song in this show?  We’ll list their names and songs in our newsletter.  Don’t miss the answers in January — Sign Up Here. Featuring: Joani Blank, Founder of Good Vibrations Carol Queen, Sexologist Darren Seals, Ferguson Activist Ebony Williams, Chosen Diamonds Mentor Berta Caceres, Co-Founder of the Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) Silvio Carillo, Journalist and Nephew of Berta Caceres Cedric Robinson, UC Santa Barbara Professor and Author of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition Robin Kelley, UCLA Black Studies and History Professor Tom Rainey-Smith, Amnesty International Korea Coordinator, speaking about Baek Nam-gi activist farmer in South Korea Luis de la Garza, Member of La Colectiva Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Queer Latin@ Oral Historian and with a postsctript, Ben Bagdikian, Washington Post Editor who helped publish The Pentagon Papers and was dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley from ’85-’88. He was perhaps best known as the author of “The Media Monopoly” (1983), which warned that freedom of expression and independent journalism were threatened by the consolidation of news and entertainment outlets in a shrinking circle of corporate owners. Credits: Host: Andrew Stelzer 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: Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras Cedric J. Robinson: the Making of a Black Radical Intellectual Horacio N. Roque Ramírez: Presente! Robin D. G. Kelley Joani Blank Good Vibrations Carol Queen Justice for Berta Silvio Carrillo The Malleable Memory of Darren Seals Who killed Ferguson activist Darren Seals? Who Killed Darren Seals and Why Farmer Baek Nam-gi Dies in South Korea After South Korean farmer’s death, family continues fight for justice Berta Cáceres, Honduran human rights and environment activist, murdered Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition In Memoriam: Horacio N. Roque Ramirez Radical Thought: Cedric J. Robinson Korean farmer Baek Nam Gi-Korean critically injured by police water cannons How Muhammad Ali influenced the Civil Rights Movement The Media Monopoly 6th Edition by Ben H. Bagdikian Goldman Prize Recipient Berta Cáceres...

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Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces
Dec15

Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces

On this edition of Making Contact we look at some of the struggles and victories in the fight for transgender access to gender-specific spaces and programs.  Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Gavin Grimm, high school senior whose case is scheduled to be heard by the US Supreme Court in 2017 Joshua Block, attorney representing Gavin Grimm, American Civil Liberties Union Stephanie Paige, US Army veteran Michelle Lael-Norsworthy, founder of Joan’s House, a non-profit transgender shelter project in San Francisco James Moran, Los Angeles LGBT Center Drian Juarez, program manager for Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project Judy Chiasson, Program Coordinator for LA Unified School District’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity Eli Erlick, Director of Trans Student Educational Resources Sarah, Matthias, and Rachel, Trans, Queer, and Non-Binary Youth  Credits: Contributing Producers: Larry Buhl, Lena Nozizwe Host: Monica Lopez 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 Music: “Rise (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Rêves Sonores “Lifetrap (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Year of Glad “Future Life”, Ketsa “Surreal (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Ouri “Wife (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Strangerfamiliar More Information: Joan’s House – Shelter Catering to Transgender Community Los Angeles LGBT Center Trans Student Educational Resources Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board – ACLU Human Rights Campaign Roundup of Anti-Transgender Bills in 2016 Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Complaint Against the State of North Carolina to Stop Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals – Washington, DC   Propaganda Bitch Media...

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Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party
Dec07

Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party combined Black Power’s militancy with socialist ideology, and infused funk music with Franz Fanon’s writings. Their impact on American Culture, from music to style to community organizing, continues to resonate today. Fifty years after the birth of the Black Panther Party, we take a look at the lasting cultural legacy of the Black Panther Party through the eyes of the generations that followed. Special thanks to this show’s host Eric Arnold. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with the Anti Police-Terror Project René de Guzman, curator of “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at Fifty” at the Oakland Museum of California Sadie Barnette, Panther cub and artist Refa Senay, Panther cub and artist Hodari Davis, co-director Young Gifted and Black, organizer Life is Living Keba Konte, founder and owner of Red Bay Coffee  Kaleb Houston, Director of Coffee for Red Bay Coffee Credits: Host: Eric Arnold 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 Music: Ras Ceylon, “Panther Town” Kev Choice, “Dance of the Displaced” SambaFunk, Live drumming at Life Is Living More Information:   Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary  Sadie Barnette Refa One Life is Living Young Gifted and Black Red Bay Coffee  All Power To The People   ...

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The Murder of Fred Hampton
Nov30

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Dec 4th is the 47th anniversary of Fred Hampton’s murder. We are presenting this program to provide historical context amidst current media dis-information and government surveillance of groups organizing for Black Lives and Liberation. Trump’s legitimization of white supremacist ideas and actions makes Fred Hampton’s words from 1969 apt today. The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but halfway through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago police. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policemen burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. “You can jail the revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution…You might murder a freedom fighter like Bobby Hunton, but you can’t murder freedom fighting.” – Fred Hampton. Recently restored and reworked by Gray, The Murder of Fred Hampton is a chilling slice of American history. (Excerpt from mike-gray.org). Featuring: Fred Hampton Bobby Rush Rennie Davis Edward Hanrahan Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Staff 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 The Murder of Fred Hampton was directed by Howard Alk and Mike Gray and produced by Mike Gray. Thank you to www.facets.org for granting us permission to broadcast excerpts from the film. More Information: The Murder of Fred Hampton A Facets Cine-Notes...

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