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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Jun21

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Special Thanks to KPFA for use of the audio. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Historian Credits: Host: Anita Johnson 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: Quiet Orchestra – My Friend Show close: Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan More Information: Dr. Ibram Stamped From The Beginning Book...

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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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Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom
May17

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom explores the conceptual framework of “liberation theology” — a branch of Theology developed by Catholics and Christians looking to examine the church’s role in society, to address the socio-political and economic realities of the oppressed. We will examine why Liberation Theology, with its focus on political activism and resistance, is resonating with communities hungry for social justice during these trying times. Special thanks to Prison Radio, Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost – We Comin’  for allowing us to include their song. Image: “Cristo de la Liberacion” (Christ of the Liberation) by Maximino Cerezo Barredo, who’s been dubbed “liberation painter.” Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Pastor Michael McBride  Reverend Cheryl Denise Ward Reverend John Helmiere Mumia Abu-Jamaland more… Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Contributing Producer: Yuko Kodama 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:  Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan (Show opener) Quiet Orchestra – My Friend Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost – We Comin’ More Information: Pastor Michael McBride The Way Christian Center Reverend John Helmiere Reverend Cheryl Denise Ward Mumia Abu-Jamal...

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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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