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Mutual Support: We do it Together
Nov18

Mutual Support: We do it Together

We hear about systems of mutual support; where peers coping with similar struggles like HIV, mental health issues and surviving prison step into the roles typically filled by licensed specialists. Mutual support can be controversial, especially when it tries to replace professional help. But it can also be immensely rewarding for all parties involved, and can save a ton of money. This show features a special segment by Making Contact Storytelling Fellow Al Sasser. Find out more about the fellowship here. Featuring: Mamokoena Malaka , Malilamo Mafwa. Elizabeth Mabothile, expert patients Lillian Nalwoga, Constant Kasonga, doctors in Lesotho Cameron Clark, Ozell Johnson,  Darryl Ray Poole, fellow inmates at California State Prison at Solano Louis Wright, corrections officer Dr. Erica Fletcher, documentarian Credits Host: Andrew Stelzer Contributing Producer: Al Sasser Special Thanks: The Omnia foundation for partial funding of this program. Hindenburg-our software sponsor for the Community Storytelling Fellowship. And thanks to everyone  who supported our Community Storytelling Fellows Crowdfunding campaign. More information: All of Us or None Expert Patient Program Cutbacks threaten Lesotho’s HIV sufferers Expert patients in Lesotho change lives Erica Fletcher, PhD Icarus Project Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective Options Recovery Services Project Rebound Root and...

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Resurrected: Formerly Incarcerated Change-Makers
Nov11

Resurrected: Formerly Incarcerated Change-Makers

In order to reduce prison over-crowding the Justice Department is releasing about 6,000 non-violent inmates early. Darris Young is working to make sure upon release individuals can successfully transition after incarceration. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet more individuals like Darris who also went to prison, came out and dedicated their lives to making a positive difference. Featuring: Frankie V. Guzman, Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law Frederick Hutson, Founder/CEO Pigeonly Clemmie Greenlee, founder of the Nashville Peacemakers Darris Young, Local Organizer at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Credits Host: Laura Flynn Music by: Indian Wells: Alcantara, The Gateless Gate: Endless Grey, Steve Combs: Descent and March, Cousin Silas / Black Hill: Cousin Silas & Black Hill – Sand of the South More information National Center for Youth Law Ella Baker Center Nashville Peace and Justice Center...

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#BlackLivesMatter: Alicia Garza on the Origins of a Movement
Sep15

#BlackLivesMatter: Alicia Garza on the Origins of a Movement

Black Lives Matter. This simple phrase has become the motto of a growing movement calling for true justice and equalty for black people. Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, first typed out those three words back in 2013. In March of 2015, Alicia Garza visited the University of Southern Maine to tell the story of how Black Lives Matter came to be, and express her hopes for where it’s headed. We hear her speech. Featuring:    Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant Grace Anderson, protestor Host: Andrew Stelzer Contributing Producers: E.B. Leonard Original Video: Provided by  Maine X Change.   More Information Black Lives Matter http://blacklivesmatter.tumblr.com/ Malcolm X Grassroots Movement National Domestic Workers Alliance Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, speaks at the University of Southern Maine. March 27, 2015. PART 1 PART 2 A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza Maine X Change Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter—The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights...

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Getting Out: the journey out of prison

Nationally, American prisons release more than 650,000 people into society every year. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Memphis or Boston.  On this edition, producer Aaron Mendelson followed ex-prisoner Kevin Tindall on his journey out of prison. Special thanks to Claire Schoen and the University of California Berkeley, School of Journalism. Featuring:    Gordon Brown, ex-prisoner Monta Kevin Tindall, ex-prisoner Jerry Elster, ex-prisoner Tom Gorham, Program Director Options Recovery Services Barry Krisberg, Director of Research and Policy and Lecturer in Residence at Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley Debra Mendoza, former parole officer, consultant More information San Quentin State Prison Pathways To Resilience Impact Hub Oakland How is Life Outside After Being in Prison for Over 20 Years? After prison building a new life means more than just doing...

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Bodily Safety: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Shootings

When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones. Back in 2000, Jones son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia. He was twenty five years old. Written in the form of a letter to his own teenage son, Coates’ book “Between the World and Me” puts police shootings in a wider context. Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke as part of the Lannan Foundation’s Pursuit of Cultural Freedom Series. Featuring: Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, journalist, educator Credits Host: George Lavender Music: Hellenica- Night Creeper Lannan Foundation’s Pursuit of Cultural Freedom Series More information: Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates on Twitter Cases Tied to Killing Of Jones Are Dropped; Officer Who Shot Student Initiated Probe Lannan Foundation: Ta-Nehisi Coates with Michele Norris Officer Liable in Student’s Killing The Counted Black Victim, Black Cop, Black...

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Deadly Force- Interview with Julie Perini
Feb27

Deadly Force- Interview with Julie Perini

Following up on last week’s show on police shootings, Making Contact’s George Lavender interview Julie Perini one of the producers of “Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” about the “ghostly scratchings” she created at the sites of police violence. Listen to the entire show here: http://www.radioproject.org/2015/02/deadly-force-police-shootings-in-black-and-white/ And for more about her work go to:...

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