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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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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement
Jan17

A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn’t happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the story behind it. Special thanks to The New School for the recording. Featuring: Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the Story Behind It” Credits: Host: George Lavender 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: Gary Younge The New...

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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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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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Thwarting Democracy, the Battle for Voting Rights
Oct19

Thwarting Democracy, the Battle for Voting Rights

Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. Before the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th, we revisit the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws. Featuring: Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative Clifford Kuhn, Professor of History at Georgia State University JT Johnson, civil rights organizer Allen Secher, rabbi Jerel James, Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962) Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. Lead Producer: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Jasmin Lopez, Anna Simonton and Dina Weinstein Music: “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails,” sung at civil rights march in Washington, D.C. August 1963, “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring” by Newton Balloon, “vaya” by andrés elstein, “Equal Soul” by Trans Atlantic Rage / Balogh For More information: Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy By Gary May Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine The Formula Behind the Voting Rights Act New York Times Southern Poverty Law Center Department of Justice NY Times: Tracking changes of voting law changes ProPublica Civil Rights timeline ACLU Voting Rights Act timeline Movement Music Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama Lyrics of the Freedom Songs Articles, reports, etc. Court Decisions on Voting Rules Sow Confusion in state Races New York Times Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws U.S. Government Accountability Office United States v. Fox, 211 F. Supp. 25 (E.D. La. 1962) District Court, E.D. Louisiana FBI Re-Examines 1946 Lynching Case Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: It was A Milestone’ Lyndon B. Johnson speech Before Congress on Voting Rights (March 15,...

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