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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 Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War
Jun27

The Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War

 It was the 1960s ” and throughout the United States, opposition to the War in Vietnam was growing. The Draft forced young men to make a choice about their own participation in the war. And many chose to resist.  Over the course of the war, 2.6 million went to fight in Vietnam. More than 15 million were exempt or disqualified from military service. And over 200,000 officially defied the draft. Today, the US military is made up of those who enlist. What does it take “in the absence of an official draft” to build resistance to war and empire among the very people charged with fighting for it? Special thanks to the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Camilo Mejia, and Beth Sanders for allowing us to share it. The speeches were originally recorded and produced by Carly Forbes for Migrant Matters, a Rabble.ca podcast. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Draft Resisters: Bruce Cutler, Bruce Dancis, Joseph Gerson, Larry Gossett, Pete Knutson, Mike Rotkin, Phil Stahlman, and Sam Yamashita Camilo Mejia, former Staff Sergeant, Iraq Veterans Against The War *For full access to the film visit The Draft Project. Credits: Host: Marie Choi The Draft and The Vietnam Generation Producer, Video Editor, Director: Beth Sanders Camilo Mejia Speech Recordist and Video Editor: Charles Jenks 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: The Draft and the Vietnam Generation Iraq Veterans Against the War IVAW Winter Soldier Testimonies on Racism and Dehumanization of the Enemy Camilo Mejia on GI Resistance to the War in Iraq Courage To Resist...

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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, Professor of History and International Relations, and the Founding Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University 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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The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines
May31

The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines

Two of the longest running armed rebellions on opposites sides of the world, the FARC in Colombia and the NDFP in the Philippines are vying for peace but several elements-government, paramilitary, and drugs, make it all but impossible. As members of the FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, embark on their ‘last march’ to demobilization camps after half a century of war and the government begins peace talks with ELN rebels, a series of assassinations has shaken the prospects for peace in Colombia. Human rights defenders, left-wing activists, land rights advocates, indigenous and black community leaders — all supporters of the peace process — are being assassinated in rural areas of the country. This situation has many worried that it could sabotage the fragile peace accord and its implementation. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is a coalition made up of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and many other civil society organizations. The revolutionary government has been at war with the Philippine government since the late 1960s, and is currently undergoing peace talks with the Rodrigo Duterte administration. These talks are significant and have moved farther than previous Philippine government  administrations. Christina Ellazar Palabay, who is the Secretary General of Karapatan or the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines, and Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front–are part of a peace tour delegation to talk about a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the Philippines amidst a polarizing president. Special thanks to Luis Gallo for his contribution to this show. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eduardo López, Farmer, Organizer Leon Fredy Muñoz, Director of Fenalpaz Clara Navarro, Human Rights Worker Angela Moreno, Human Rights Worker Daisy Herrera, Environmental Engineer Luis Eduardo Pardo, Chief Peace Advisor Christina Ellazar Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan + the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front Credits: Host/Producer: R.J. Lozada  Freelance Reporter: Luis Gallo 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: Fenalpaz Marcha Patriotica Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) National Democratic Front of the Philippines KARAPATAN Duterte Unbound Christians Rise Up Against the “Filipino Trump”...

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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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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict
Mar22

The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: George W. Bush, former U.S. President Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Yara Badday, Iraqi-American Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine Barack Obama, former U.S. President Aaron Glantz, journalist Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: KALW News Aaron Glantz Answer Coalition Iraq Veterans Against the War Swords to Plowshares Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans for Peace Civilian-Soldier Alliance War Resisters League Veteran Artists Happy Anniversary, Iraq War Clamor War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Music: Intro by The...

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