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Abortion Access and Eroded Rights
May11

Abortion Access and Eroded Rights

In 1973 the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion in the United States. Since then, state legislative and executive bodies have battled to restrict access to abortions. Federal law banned the use of federal funds for most abortions in 1977, and public funding for abortion remains a contested issue. One recent study in Texas found that more than 200,000 women performed abortions on themselves because they weren’t able to find clinical services. From restrictive laws to a lack of information to violent attacks, the blocking of abortion access is eroding the reproductive rights of women. On this edition, we hear from women at the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as experiences from a doctor who provides abortions and a woman that sought abortion access in New Orleans, Louisiana. Featuring: Jessie Nieblas, New Orleans Abortion Fund Liza Fuentes, Ibis Reproductive Health Natalie, teacher in New Orleans Diary excerpt from Dr. Susan Wicklund, an abortion provider under attack, as performed for Making Contact by Words of Choice with Actor Claudia Scheider, Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus, Created and Produced by Cindy Cooper    Credits Music: Ketsa, Will Bangs Special Thanks to The Mary Wohlford Foundation for partial funding of this program. More information http://neworleansabortionfund.org/home http://www.ibisreproductivehealth.org/ http://wordsofchoice.org/ The Toll of Violent Anti Abortion Speech ‘Roe’ Revisited: The Path From Texas to SCOTUS for HB 2 Up to 240,000 Women Have Tried to Give Themselves Abortions in Texas How Bobby Jindal Threw Reproductive Health Under the Bus for His Presidential Bid Construction of New Orleans Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Continues Despite Protests #is100enough Photo  by Debra...

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From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan: Immigrant Communities Upholding Democracy
Apr20

From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan: Immigrant Communities Upholding Democracy

  This edition of Making Contact is Part I of our special series examining how immigrants are responding and participating in elections and politics today. From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan, we’ll meet immigrant communities upholding democracy. We’ll also have a conversation with the Brennan Center for Justice President and author of the Fight to Vote, Michael Waldman about how immigrants throughout history have expanded the right to vote. Featuring Elizabeth Perez, “Ellie” council assistant to the Office of Vice Mayor and councilwoman Kate Gallego Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix Vice Mayor Anthony Valdovinos, founder of La Machine Viridiana Hernández, founding member of Team Awesome Dr. Muzammil Ahmed, member of Community of Western Suburbs Mosque Saber Ahmed, member of Community of Western Suburbs Mosque Dr. Syed Taj, former Canton, Michigan City Council member Michael Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice President and author of the “Fight to Vote.” Credits Host: Laura Flynn Associate Producer: Marie Choi Contributing Producers: Valeria Fernández and Renee Gross Project Coordinator: Manolia Charlotin Photo Credits: Valeria Fernández and Renee Gross Music Credit: Ketsa, What tomorrow brings, Arbee, ambidextre, Ketsa, Where the river run Special thanks: Beacon journalism crowdfunding platform and all the individuals who contributed to our campaign for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries. Thanks also to the Berwick-Degel Family foundation. More information Making Contact: Immigration and Election Series La Machine Team Awesome, Arizona The Young Turks: Islamaphobic Ads Against Michigan Candidate Syed Taj The Brennan Center for Justice: Voting Rights & Elections 2016 The Nation: Ari Berman, elections coverage Segments Vote-less, not voiceless: Dreamers reshape Arizona politics Civil disobedience helped Dreamers inject new blood into the immigration reform movement in the U.S. It resulted in the creation of DACA or deferred action in 2012. It grants undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday protection from deportation and the ability to receive a work-permit. This election cycle Dreamers are working for presidential candidates and in one city, Dreamers are pushing the envelop again, but from outside the spotlight. From civil disobedience to civic accountability, youth that can’t vote are making the voice of the Latino community heard in local politics and at the ballot box. Valeria Fernández has the story in Phoenix, Arizona. A Michigan Mosque, mobilizing civic engagement Religion can play a big role in politics. Many religious intuitions work to mobilize their members to vote. Politicians, like Ted Cruz, have used churches as places to announce their campaigns. But for a while, members of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan were unsure about what role their mosque should play in politics. Now that’s changing. As anti-Muslim rhetoric has increased, members of the mosque...

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Life, Breath, and Toxics: Lethal Negligence of Northeast and South L.A.
Mar16

Life, Breath, and Toxics: Lethal Negligence of Northeast and South L.A.

From Norco, Louisiana to Flint, Michigan to Los Angeles, California – environmental racism is real. On this edition of Making Contact, we look at polluting industries in Northeast and South L.A. We begin with a story by Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow Ivan Rodriguez, followed by an interview with journalist Aura Bogado and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Featuring Ivan Maceda Rodriguez, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow Aura Bogado, Journalist, Grist Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor Credits Host: Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Ivan Maceda Rodriguez Producer and Fellow’s Co-producer George Lavender Music: Blue Dot Sessions More information: Exide cleanup: Toxic lead removal could be California’s biggest yet The sad, sickening truth about South L.A.’s oil wells Money doesn’t matter: White people breathe cleaner air   This show features a segment from our Community Storytelling Fellowship. Thank You to our generous sponsors   And all of our individual...

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Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System
Feb03

Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System

This show takes a look at issues within the foster care system in the U.S. from the high rate of teen pregnancy to the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system. Featuring: Nicole Rocke, former foster youth Kyle Lafferty, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Linda Bryant, Clinical Professor at New York University’s School of Social Work Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Family Permanency Services at the Administration of Children’s Services Lorraine Jacobs, caseworker Yolanda Vasquez, former foster youth Adriane Fugh-Berman, Pharmacology Professor at Georgetown University’s Medical Center Bill Grimm, Attorney at National Center for Youth Law Susan Bullard David Arrendondo, Child psychiatrist Dr. Edmund Levin, at the Lincoln Child Center Nancy Forster, Therapist at the Lincoln Child Center April Rene Sanders, former foster youth and recipient of AB12 Kyle Sporleader, Statewide Legislative Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC) Credits: Host: Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Leticia Miranda, Bay Area News Group Special thanks to the Bay Area News Group. Music: Quiet Orchestra, My Friend Jahzzar, Siesta Jahzzar, The Flowers Are Still Standing Poor Alexei, The Long Goodbye Cory Gray, Build a View Show Segments Teen Pregnancy and Foster Care Foster girls are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by the time they’re 19 than their peers outside of foster care. Some researchers estimate that about half the girls in foster care become pregnant in their teens. At the same time, foster care systems across the country do not have the proper resources and support systems for young women in care to learn about reproductive health and then birth and raise children. This is a story about Nicole Rocke who became pregnant at 16 in her first year living in a Brooklyn foster home. From Foster Care to College Typically turning 18 has also meant aging out of the system. So no more reimbursements to subsidize care. Studies show foster youth lacking financial support face higher rates of homelessness and incarceration; and fewer finish high school or go to college. To help ease the transition into adulthood, in 2008 the federal government allowed states to claim reimbursements for the cost of foster care to the age of 21. California’s version helped one young woman gain control of her life. Making Contact’s Laura Flynn has the story More Information Drugging Our Kids – Full documentary: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/ California Youth Connection Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago: Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago: Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH) National Conference of State Legislatures: Extending Foster Care Beyond 18 California Fostering Connections to Success: Resource page...

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Abortion Access Under Attack
Jan20

Abortion Access Under Attack

Special edition of Making Contact with guest Host, Rose Aguilar discussing reproductive health and abortion rights 43 years after Roe v. Wade. Featuring: Corrine Rivera-Fowler, deputy director of COLOR, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Carol Joffe, professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco and author of “Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Cost of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us.” Credits Host: Rose Aguilar Producers: Laura Flynn and Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Lisa Rudman Song: Alcantara by Indian Wells Photo: CC / by Steve Rhodes “Clinic defense of Planned Parenthood in San Francisco” More information COLOR (Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights) UCSF, Bixby Center “Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Cost of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us” RH Reality Check: Anti-Choice Legislation Mills Descend on Colorado, Report Finds...

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Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review
Dec23

Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review

From the Fight for 15 campaign to the Syrian refugee crisis, the past year was full of news headlines that were tough to keep up with. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. On this edition of Making Contact we take a look at shows we produced in 2015, and we ll find out what’s happened since. Featuring: Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder Cat Brooks, Anti Police Terror Project Antonia Juhasz, Investigative Journalist Thomas DarDar, United Houma Nation Chief Mark Miller, Southern Utah University History professor Sylvia Rivera, Remembering Stonewall oral history project Michael Schirker, Remembering Stonewall oral history project Aesha Rasheed, Southerners on New Ground. Credits Host: Jasmin Lopez Music: Ketsa, Ryan...

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