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A Tale of Two Heights
Nov29

A Tale of Two Heights

Two neighborhoods — Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and Crown Heights, Brooklyn New York — are experiencing the gamut of changes associated with gentrification. And some are pushing back against those who would cash in on the eviction and displacement of longtime residents. On this edition of Making Contact we hear how one Crown Heights restaurant drew the protest of local residents, and how a coalition of activists in Boyle Heights is taking direct action against gentrifying forces in the neighborhood.  Special thanks to Jesús Hermosillo, producer of the podcast, This Is Where We Stay. Image Credit: Gothamist, Caption: Becca Brennan, owner of Summerhill restaurant at Crown Heights town hall Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Leonardo Vilchis, Union de Vecinos & Defend Boyle Heights Claudia Medina, Eviction Defense Network Carlos Montes, Centro CSO & Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Diana Richardson, NY State Assembly Becca Brennan, Owner of Summerhill Restaurant Geoffrey Davis, Crown Heights Community Organizer Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Otis Gray (Contributing Producer + Producer of the podcast, Hungry) Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: “Bom Jardin”,  Lobo Loco “Steady Leave ID”, Lobo Loco “West Coast”,  Ryan Little “Houndstooth”, Gilman Mom “In Passage”, Blue Dot Sessions “Fater Lee”, Black Ant More Information: Crown Heights Bar Owner Plasters Over Controversial ‘Bullet Hole’ Wall – Emma Whitford, Gothamist Crown Heights Town Hall Meeting, August 24, 2017 An LA Community Fights the “Discovery” of Its Neighborhood by Commercial Art Galleries – Abe Ahn, Hyperallergic Track every NYC apartment eviction on this interactive map – Tanay Warekar, Curbed New York Defend Boyle Heights – Anti-gentrification coalition based in Boyle Heights  Defend Boyle Heights sparks controversy with anti-gentrification push – Saúl Soto, Boyle Heights...

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The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban
Sep20

The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban

Leading up to the US Supreme Court hearing on Trump’s travel ban, we’ll hear about the order’s impact on people from affected, Muslim-majority countries, and how advocacy groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations are responding. On this edition of Making Contact we begin with the story of a woman who was in flight to the US when President Trump signed his first travel ban.  Special thanks to the Stanford Storytelling Project and State of the Human podcast managing producer, Jake Warga. TRANSCRIPT –see below Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Nisrin Abdelrahman, Stanford PhD Student in Anthropology Zahar Billo, Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Contributing Producers: Nisrin Abdelrahman, Helvia Taina, An-Li Herring, Eileen Williams Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: David Szesztay, “The End” David Szesztay, “Chords” Percival Pembroke, “Symphony, no. 2 in F minor” More Information: Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter #NoMuslimBanEver Campaign Executive Order 13780 TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S. V. INT L REFUGEE ASSISTANCE TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S. V. HAWAII Stanford Storytelling Project TRANSCRIPT “What do you think, dad, should I go?” And he’s like, “You know, I think it’s just better be, uh, safe than sorry.” He was like, “I think, you know, you should go.” My name is Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman. I am a PhD student here at Stanford in Anthropology. I’m originally from Sudan, but I am also a green card holder, I’m a permanent resident. I’ve been living in the U.S. for 24 years. We started hearing about this possibility of a Muslim ban, and this executive order that might get signed. [News Reporter] Trump put a temporary ban on travelers from Sudan and six other Muslim majority countries from entering the US. And my father and I were, you know, in this very small kind of one-bedroom house in this like working-class neighborhood in Khartoum, and glued to the TV watching CNN, trying to figure out what’s going to happen. [Trump] I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United State of America. We don’t want them here. On the day we heard that this was going to get signed within the next two days, I decided probably within the span of an hour, that I was going to get the next flight out. [Trump] we only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love, deeply, our...

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Women Rising Radio: Rescuing The Isolated and Displaced, Women of Doctors Without Borders
Sep06

Women Rising Radio: Rescuing The Isolated and Displaced, Women of Doctors Without Borders

Most of the world simply has no health care. There are vast tracts of land and populations of people who don’t have doctors or must make great efforts to reach medical care.  In addition, masses of displaced people and refugees – over 100,000,000 at last count – need to be rescued from their desperate situations.  Doctors Without Borders, Medecins Sans Frontieres in French (MSF) is on the ground providing quality medical care to those in need across the world.  Listen to four of these healers tell the stories of their work in the field. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Sarah Giles Dr. Estrella Lasry Melanie Capiccioni Dr. Neema Kaseje Canada’s Dr. Sarah Giles, is known as the one doctor aboard the MSF ship Aquarius rescuing refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean sea from Africa and the Middle East.  Spain’s Dr. Estrella Lasry worked in the field in the Central African Republic and the Congo, then took on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. US/San Marino nurse Melanie Capiccioni treats malnutrition, initially in South Sudan and then in Uganda. And Kenya’s Dr. Neema Kaseje brings her skills in surgery to pregnant women and survivors of violence in Africa. Credits: Producer:  Lynn Feinerman Host: Sandina Robbins Audio:  Stephanie Welch More Information: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org http://www.humanium.org/en/world/right-to-health/ http://www.womenrisingradio.com http://www.who.int/universal_health_coverage/un_resolution/en/...

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Staying Rooted: Community Focused Economic Models, Cooperative Housing, and the New Economy Coalition
Aug30

Staying Rooted: Community Focused Economic Models, Cooperative Housing, and the New Economy Coalition

Collective housing, cultural co-ops, land trusts, community banks are community-rooted enterprises that empower those that have been excluded from traditional economic institutions. Solidarity economy models exercised throughout the country are becoming viable solutions towards sustainable and economically just living. Today we’re visiting community-rooted enterprises where people are rethinking power and participation in their lives. Collective housing and cultural co-ops, land trusts and community banks are providing fundamental shifts in our workplaces, living spaces, and economic understanding of local communities. This program was produced with support from the New Economies Reporting Project, funded with a grant from the Park Foundation. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eri Oura – Cycles of Change, The Bikery Devi Peacock – Peacock Rebellion, Liberating Ourselves Locally Harper Bishop – Open Buffalo Julia Ho – Solidarity Economy St. Louis Iya Ifalola Omobola – Cooperation Jackson Amara Enyia – Public Policy Expert Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada 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 Recordist: Rachel Dickson More Information: New Economy Coalition – https://neweconomy.net/ Open Buffalo – https://openbuffalo.org/ Solidarity Economy St. Louis – https://www.solidaritystl.org/ Cooperation Jackson – http://www.cooperationjackson.org/ Amara Enyia Website – https://www.facebook.com/amaraforchicago/ Liberate 23rd Ave – https://www.youcaring.com/liberate Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL) – https://oaklandmakerspace.wordpress.com/ Sustaining Ourselves Locally (Oakland SOL) – http://oaklandsol.weebly.com/ Cycles of Change/The Bikery – http://www.cyclesofchange.org/ ; http://thebikery.weebly.com/ Solidarity Economy: Key Concepts and Issues African American Coop History The Emerging Solidarity Economy in the United States How We Live: Journey Towards A Just Transition The New Economy (the Upstream...

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The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson
Aug09

The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson

On this edition of Making Contact we present, The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson, a program about the modern anti-prison movement. This year marks the 38th anniversary of Black August, first originated in the California prisons to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, and William Christmas. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to take hostages in a plan to negotiate the release of his brother, George. This action liberated three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee still imprisoned, and is the sole survivor of the Marin County Rebellion. Special thanks to Omnia Foundation for supporting Making Contact’s prison issues work and to the Freedom Archives for producing and allowing us to share The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz professor, who supported George & Jonathan Jackson David Hilliard, former Black Panther Party leader Ruchell Magee, prison activist and leader, still in prison for his political activities Georgia Jackson, mother of George and Jonathan Jackson Harry Belafonte, performer and human rights activist James Baldwin, outspoken writer and social activist George and Jonathan Jackson, activist David Johnson, Hugo Pinell, Luis Talamantez and Sundiata Tate, all charged with the San Quentin rebellion following the murder of George Jackson Narrated by Jonathan Jackson, Jr. Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Jonathan Jackson, Jr. 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: Freedom Archives The Struggle Inside – George Jackson US Prison Culture Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson Blood in My Eye, by George...

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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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