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Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income
Jan17

Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income

When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United states, the wealth gap between rich and poor was already very wide. The top 10% of families — those who had at least $942,000 — held 76% of total wealth. The average amount of wealth in this group was $4 million. And the entire bottom half of the population had just 1% of the total wealth pie, this gap continues to rise and when the statistical scope accounts for race, the disparity worsens. Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, traces the history of the wealth gap in his work. Is Universal Basic Income, or UBI, an answer to the wealth gap, and to poverty? Or is it the tech community’s neoliberal dream? For this answer we hear from the producers from Upstream. Special thanks to Upstream Podcast: Upstreampodcast.org. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies Julianna Bidadanure – Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy at Stanford University Doug Henwood – Economist, Journalist Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Upstream Podcast Producers: Della Z Duncan, Robert R. Raymond Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Born on Third Base, by Chuck Collins Inequality.org United for a Fair Economy Upstream Podcast The Color of Money – Mehrsa Baradaran  Economic Policy Institute, The Racial Wealth...

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Reclaiming Gotham: The Battle for U.S. Cities
Jan10

Reclaiming Gotham: The Battle for U.S. Cities

On this episode of Making Contact, journalist Juan González discusses his new book, Reclaiming Gotham. He chronicles the evolution of the growth machine in America’s cities – from redlining and racial covenants in the early 20th century, to land grabs and privatization in the 21st – and the rise of progressive alliances to reclaim them. Special thanks to Pegasus Books for organizing the event and allowing us to broadcast excerpts of Juan González’s discussion of Reclaiming Gotham. The event took place in Berkeley, CA in October 2017. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Juan González, journalist and author of Reclaiming Gotham Credits: Host: 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 More Information: Reclaiming Gotham [BOOK] No, Juan Gonzalez, Bill de Blasio Isn’t Ending ‘The Tale of Two Cities’ Neoliberalism is a Political Project Neoliberalism: The Idea that Swallowed the World Local Progress Richmond Progressive Alliance  ...

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We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World
Jan03

We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll examine how young people, particularly queer POC youth, are using spoken word as a mechanism for social change. The show also will explore how Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam has challenged mainstream culture and created spaces that welcome and encourage marginalized communities to speak up about their life experiences – all through poetry. Special thanks to James Kass (Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks), Tara Dorabji (Director of Development & Communications at Youth Speaks), and Youth Speaks. Image Credit: Constellations | Very Quiet – Flickr Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Tish Jones, Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks and Brave New Voices Leadership Fellow James Kass, Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks Kayla Kitchen Aleah Bradshaw Victor Masony Quinton Campbell-Rod Aurelle Marie Aisha June 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: All Our Clocks Are Dying – Ergo Phizmiz Prelude No. 1 – Chris Zabriskie More Information: Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Aleah Bradshaw Slam Champions Black Exorcism...

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Fallen Heroes of 2017
Dec26

Fallen Heroes of 2017

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Thousands of local social justice organizers, activists and other leaders passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines. On this edition of Making Contact, as we do every December, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2017. Special thanks to filmmaker David Hoffman, African Women’s Development Fund, Goldman Environmental Prize, The School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and KCSB radio. Featuring the voices of those who’ve past and those who remember them: Dick Gregory, Comedian and Civil Rights Activist Sumiteru Taniguchi, Chairman of the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Executive Director Prudence Nobantu Mabele, President of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa Yvette Raphael, South African HIV Activist Isidro Baldenegro López, Farmer and Leader of Mexico’s Tarahumara People Randall Gingrich, Tierra Nativa Director Gauri Lankesh, Journalist, Activist and Editor of Lankesh Patrike Anu Natarajan, Former Vice-Mayor of Fremont CA Corey Dubin, HIV & Hemophilia Activist and Radio Journalist Carl Weixler, President of the Committee of 10,000 Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, First Female MP in Sudan Yosra Akasha, Sudanese Feminist Blogger Dennis Banks, Co-Founder of American Indian Movement (AIM) Credits: Voiceover for Sumiteru Taniguchi – Zach Goldberg Voiceovers for Isidro Baldenegro López – Drake Apablasa Voiceover for Gauri Lankesh – Jessica Stelzer Host: Andrew Stelzer 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: Dick Gregory Gauri Lankesh: Murdered Indian journalist in her own words Gauri Lankesh Patrike Isidro Baldenegro–2005 Goldman Prize Recipient Corey S. Dubin: 1955-2017 A Powerful Voice and Advocate Interview with Sumiteru Taniguchi, Japanese Citizen, Nagasaki Western States Legal Foundation American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks passes away at the age of 80 American Indian Movement–AIM The Pied Piper of the broken-hearted: HIV activist Prudence Mabele Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim emancipation as a craft Yosra Akasha Anu Natarajan Committee of 10,000 Tierra Nativa Positive Women’s Network Yvette Raphael David Hoffman-Filmmaker ...

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Parenting From Prison, Inside Out
Dec20

Parenting From Prison, Inside Out

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! When one or both parents are in prison the whole family is, in a way, also imprisoned. Family members are negatively affected in ways that worsen existing struggles and inequities. Today we’ll go to New York and New Hampshire to hear about programs for inmates and families that encourage rebuilding and maintaining relationships — despite being separated by prison. The Osborne’s FamilyWorks program, the first in NY State, is a comprehensive parenting program in a men’s state prison founded in 1986. FamilyWorks operates as a counterbalance to the numerous challenges in keeping a family together, such as the high cost of collect calls to inmates, long distances to prisons. The Storybook program in at the State Prison for Men in Concord, New Hampshire is different than at other prisons across the country. It’s run by the Department of Corrections (DOC), instead of a nonprofit or grassroots organization that can function as a link between the men inside and their communities outside. Our non-narrated piece shares some of the changes that these fathers experience, but also some of the stories and messages they read to their children. Special thanks to Laura Roan, Jonathan Stenger, Elizabeth Gaynes, Brenda Maietta, Gabriella Kenner, Steuben Vega, and the Omnia Foundation. Image Credit: Photo by Osborne Association   Featuring: Gia Corrigan Marni Corrigan Kim Corrigan Frankie Corrigan James (Jim) Corrigan – FamilyWorks Graduate Jean Louis – FamilyWorks Graduate Emani Davis – Co-Creator, Instructor of FamilyWorks Curriculum Elizabeth Gaynes – President and CEO of The Osborne Association, Founder and Instructor of FamilyWorks Program Dr. Karl Mazza – Co-Founder/Creator/Instructor of FamilyWorks Curriculum, DSW, LMSW, Professor of Social Work at Lehman College of the City University of New York Giovanni Monroe Kristina Toth – New Hampshire Department of Corrections Administrator, and Founder of Family Connection Center David Johansen Holly Johansen Tony Hebert Credits: Hosts/Producers: R.J. Lozada, Sylvia Ryerson, 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 More Information: FamilyWorks, Osborne Association Parents in Prison, Sentencing Project Parents and Their Children, Trends 1991 – 2007 Close Rikers, Build Communities...

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The Far Right and Antifa
Dec12

The Far Right and Antifa

In this episode of Making Contact, we explore the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with a story from Athens on the murder of Greek anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas and the resulting investigation. In the second half of the show, historian and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Mark Bray, describes anti-fascist responses to Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920’s and 30’s. Image Credits: Photo by seven_resist on Flickr Image Caption: Pavlos Fyssas, antifascist Rapper and left activist was killed by fascists in Piräus – Athens. 19.09.2013. This photo shows the Red Stuff Antifa store mural in Berlin Kreuzberg. Pavlos was a Hip Hop Artist known as “Killah P”. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Magda Fyssas, Mother of Slain Rapper Pavlos Fyssas Kostis Papaioannou, Coordinator of Golden Dawn Watch Meyas, Greek Rapper Mark Bray, Historian and Author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook Credits: Host: Monica Lopez 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 Contributing Producers:  Alyssa Moxley, Niki Seth-Smith, Lisa Rudman Song Translation & Voice Over: Yiannis Baboulias Recordings of Golden Dawn Speeches: Stéphane Charpentier Songs: Siga Min Klapso, Lyrics: Killah P, Yannis Angelakas and Taxidiotes Music: Killah P, Yannis Angelakas and Taxidiotes; Zoria, Lyrics: Killah P, Music: Killah P Voice of Magda Fyssas: A translated reenactment of the radio interview of Magda Fyssas by Kostas Arvanitis on Radio 24|7, 88.6 FM, broadcast on June 28, 2017, presented by the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation. Translated by Diane Shugart, spoken by Sophie Williams and Ian Robertson, recorded at Radio 24|7, on September 15, 2017.  Music: Pavlos Fyssas “Steady Leave ID”, Lobo Loco  “West Coast”,  Ryan Little  “Houndstooth”, Gilman Mom  “In Passage”, Blue Dot Sessions More Information: Golden Dawn Watch The Murder of Pavlos Fyssas Killah P – Hliokapsimata [full album] Greek lawyer latest to be assaulted by far right – Al Jazeera, Patrick Strickland Mark Bray An Intimate History of Antifa A Dartmouth Antifa expert was disavowed by his college president for ‘supporting violent protest,’ angering many faculty Southern Poverty Law Center – Hate Map  ...

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