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Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste
Jul25

Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll meet people challenging polluters in their own backyard. Not to push hazardous industries into another neighborhood. Instead they’re developing visionary solutions for a better life for all and for the future of the planet. From urban to rural communities, we’ll learn about indigenous-led efforts to protect public health and the environment for future generations. We’ll meet Community Storytelling Fellow, environmental and indigenous leader Isabella Zizi. In this piece, Zizi talks about how the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, California sparked her involvement in indigenous-led environmental movements. Zizi walks us from one refinery town to the next, showing us what it’s like living next door to an oil refinery and how these towns have come together to protect the sacred systems of the planet. Then we head to Maine where we meet communities fighting the expansion of a landfill. The Penobscot Nation lives on the river that shares their name. Just upstream from their island reservation is Juniper Ridge, Maine’s largest landfill and the only one that’s state-owned. Casella, the corporation operating the landfill wants to double its size. Penobscots who rely on river fish as a culturally important food source are worried about the river being polluted by the growing dump. Along with their neighbors, they’ve been fighting to halt the expansion. In the process, they’ve exposed backroom dealings that have paved the way for the landfill’s continued growth. Special Thanks to The Christensen Fund for supporting our Indigenous Native-American storytelling fellowships. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Isabella Zizi, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow,  Idle No More SF Bay Organizer, Youth Director Earth Guardians Bay Area Alison Ehara Brown, Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Signer, Idle No More SF Bay Founder Daniel Adel, California Student Sustainability Coalition Online Communications Coordinator Rich Lohman, Healing Walk Volunteer Patricia St. Onge, Idle No More SF Bay Nafsi Ya Jamii Donovin Keomanee, Healing Walk Monitor/Volunteer Kathy Paul, Penobscot Tribal Member and Elder, Water Protector John Banks, Director of the Penobscot Nation’s Natural Resource Department Ed Spencer, Low Impact Logger, Community Activist Paul Schroeder, Retired Librarian, Community Activist Cheryl Spencer, Environmental Researcher, Community Activist Bob Duchesne, Maine State Representative, Environment & Natural Resources Committee Member Ryan Parker,  Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine Andy Jones, Community Organizer, Maine Toxics Action Center Credits: Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Isabella Zizi, Meaghan LaSala, and Lisa Bartfai 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:...

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The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires
Jul19

The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire and the battle to preserve live/work spaces, and then we look at the San Pablo fire in Oakland California that displaced at least a hundred residents…many of whom are now living on the streets in tent encampments. Special Thanks to KALW and Jeremy Dalmas. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Carmen Brito Jonah Strauss Traymaine “Trey” Baker Alex Perry Nicole Sawaya Craig Baldwin Sarah Lockheart Van Dell Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Freelance Producer: Jeremy Dalmas 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: Show opener: The Generalist Praxis by Generalist – OverFlow Brine  Show close: Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan  The Electronic Music used throughout the show was from victims of the fire or people scheduled to play that night.  More Information: Documentary: 3 Months After Ghost Ship Fire San Pablo Avenue Fire...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2
Jun13

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. This week we present Part Two of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the final installment in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker The Puffin Foundation & the Regional Arts and Culture Council supported Barbara Bernstein’s work. Thank You!   More Information: Sightline Institute 350.org Seattle   350.org PDX   Audubon...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1
Jun06

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. As the fossil fuel industry turns up its pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. This week we present Part One of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the first in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate:...

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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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Native Power: Language, Land, and Water NoDAPL
Nov22

Native Power: Language, Land, and Water NoDAPL

Special thanks to the Christensen Fund for supporting Making Contact’s indigenous storytelling fellows. The actions at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota continue. On the night of November 20, 2016, militarized police forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, hospitalizing a dozen water protectors and injuring 160 others. While mainstream media coverage is sorely lacking and distorting, Native and independent journalists have been using social media to share anything from live Facebook video of on-the-ground actions to profiles within the Oceti Sakowin Camp. We share interviews from a grassroots media group called the Voices of Standing Rock. In the second half of the radio program you’ll hear Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow, Vincent Medina, a Chochenyo Ohlone Native American who is a part of a young generation working to revitalize the Chochenyo language for future generations. 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: Kevin Gillbert, Activist at Standing Rock Voices of Standing Rock, Grassroots Media Group   Audrey De La Rosa, Native American Water Protector S, Water Protector, First People, Toronto, Canada Vincent Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone, Language and Culture Activist, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow   Gabriel Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone   Dottie Galvan, Chochenyo Ohlone Elder Cathy G., Chochenyo Ohlone Elder Credits: Contributing Producers:  Voices of Standing Rock, Vincent Medina Host: R.J. Lozada 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: _ghost, “Lullaby” Kai Engel, “July” Lee Rosevere, “The Secret to Growing Up” Lee Rosevere, “Making a Change” Lee Rosevere, “Slow Lights” Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! More Information: Voices of Standing Rock (Facebook page) #NoDAPL...

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