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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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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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Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité
Mar01

Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité

For this episode, we jump across the Atlantic to Paris, France–a city whose identity is a long held archetype of beauty and romance. Conversely, Paris has also long been the site of historical protest and legacies of colonialism whose spectres are still coming to fore. Jessica Myers and Adelie Pojzman-Pontay with the Here There Be Dragons podcast feature Paris and explore Parisian sentiment–both native and immigrant–about the post-terrorists attacks at the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo. We learn how the state has responded, but also, how the attacks have revived historical and cultural tensions. Les Grands Voisins translates into the ‘great neighbors,’ it’s a space and a social experiment into mixite, or social mixing. Gregoire Molle takes his microphone this former hospital, now turned to mixed use space with emergency housing, to established businesses, to art studios–all run by a group of direct service organizations. How can mixite drive diversity, and what does it encourage? Special Thanks: CoLab Radio; Here There Be Dragons — Jessica Myers, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay; Grégoire Molle; Making Contact organizational advisors Makani Themba, Bill Creighton and Michael Stein. Photo of Muslim family condemning attacks in Paris, photo by Albert Llop, Getty Images. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: François Glory,  co-founder of Hapax Architectures Aurelie Cordier, member of Aurore Jean-Louis Missika, Legislative Aid to Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris Pascale Dubois, Coordinator, Aurore Thomas Aguilera, Researcher Alison Culliford Steffi Njoh Monny Tiffany Ferguson Franck Faucheux Joseph Swerdlin Jacqueline Houdart Rosemary Booth Dania Kawar Yassine Khorta Ahmed Omran Mawena Yehouessi Amah Edoh Frank Zschiegner Thomas Bergeron Saïda Laurore Mirette Khorshed Jean-Claude Driant Lawrence Vale Grégoire Molle Mona Pierre Bienaimé Zineb Alami Credits: Contributing Producers: Jessica Carolyn Myers, Adelie Pontay-Pozman, Gregoire Molle, 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 Music: Bensound, “Memories” More Information: Here Be The Dragons Colab Radio Aurore Les Grands Voisins...

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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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11 Million Undocumented: A Look at Sanctuary and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era
Feb07

11 Million Undocumented: A Look at Sanctuary and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era

11 million. That’s the estimated number of people living in the U-S who are undocumented. During his first weeks in office President Donald Trump signed orders to build a border wall, ban travel from countries with largely Muslim populations, and deny federal funds to sanctuary cities and states. In this show we’ll look to previous administrations to see how they treated people who were undocumented, and how immigrant movements of the past responded. Special thanks to the Beacon journalism crowdfunding platform, and all the individuals who contributed to our campaign for our Immigrants and Elections coverage. Thanks also to the Berwick-Degel Family foundation. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Father Richard Estrada, Sanctuary Movement Angelica Salas, Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Mizue Aizeki, Deputy Director of the Immigrant Defense Project Ghita Schwarz, Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Carlos Alvarez, Education and Immigration Activist Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Co-Producer: Anita Johnson Contributing Producers: Bobbi Murray, Maureen White, Dawry Ruiz, Priyanka deSouza, and Justin Rose Staff 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: ICE Raids Toolkit, Immigrant Defense Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights Center for Constitutional Rights Searching for Sanctuary, Immigrant Legal Resource Center “Sanctuary City” Executive Order...

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The Long Ride Home: The Get on the Bus Program and Incarcerated Families
Dec22

The Long Ride Home: The Get on the Bus Program and Incarcerated Families

The Get On The Bus program, coordinated by the Center for Restorative Justice Works, offers support and free transportation services to families affected by the criminal justice system. They bring children and their guardians/caregivers, from throughout California, to visit their mothers and fathers in prison. These rides happen over several weekends, from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, hundreds of families are reunited for the holidays. Special Thanks for funding from the Omnia Foundation. Thanks to Center for Restorative Justice Works, and the Get on the Bus program and to filmmaker Elizabeth Lo, whose forthcoming short documentary on the Get on the Bus program will be playing at film festivals and online outlets soon. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Hezekiah Davis  Center For Restorative Justice Works Get On The Bus 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 Music: Datapink, “Faerie” Igor Khabarov, “Stay” Jahzzar, “Bodies” Johnny Ripper, “Opening Credits” Jon Luc Hefferman, “Event Horizon” More Information: Popular Resistance Center For Restorative Justice Works Elizabeth Lo Get On The Bus...

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