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Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”
Jan23

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”

Is whitelash enough of an explainer for the rise of President Donald Trump? Is it rigorous enough to blame the people who didn’t show up to vote for our impending collective struggle under this administration? On this edition, we hear from Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Dr. Taylor most recently wrote, “From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation.” We’ll be sharing a talk with Dr. Taylor’s insights on Black Liberation as framed through this most recent election.  Special thanks to KPFA for hosting and recording Dr. Taylor’s speech. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada 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:  From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Keeanga–Yamahtta Taylor on Black Lives Matter and Black Liberation “Achieving Black Liberation: A Conversation With Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor”...

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Mirrors of Privilege
Jan10

Mirrors of Privilege

Mirrors of Privilege is a remarkable and engaging  film that explores stories from white men and women about their journeys in overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement. From Shakti Butler, director of “Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity” and “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America,” “Mirrors of Privilege” is a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Shakti Butler Rick Butler John Scott Shirley Gutierrez Peter Shwartz Stefan Dasho World Trust Credits: 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: Mirrors of Priviledge World Trust Attitudinal Healing Connection Cultures Connecting The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Teaching Tolerance White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity Angry Black Bitch Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome:America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing...

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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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The Electoral College’s Dirty History
Nov16

The Electoral College’s Dirty History

  Given the Trump Election and the difference between popular votes and Electoral votes, we explore the Electoral College. Who are the electors, anyway? And will the United States ever join the rest of the world, and adopt a popular vote for president? Yale University Law & Political Science Professor Akhil Reed Amar says the Electoral College discourages voting, lessens the power of the states, and could work to the disadvantage of either major political party. On this edition of Making Contact, Akhil Reed Amar speaks with Angela McKenzie of Initiative Radio about how the US constitution can be changed to create a more fair and just society.  ** SEE BONUS ARTICLE BELOW Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Akhil Reed Amar, Yale University Sterling Law and Political Science Professor Angela McKenzie, Initiative Radio Host Credits: Guest Producer:  Angela McKenzie, Initiative Radio MC Producer: Andrew Stelzer Remixers: Nicolo Scolieri and Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth, Sabine Blaizin The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists  by Akhil Reed Amar @Time.com The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery As Americans await the quadrennial running of the presidential obstacle course now known as the Electoral College, it’s worth remembering why we have this odd political contraption in the first place. After all, state governors in all 50 states are elected by popular vote; why not do the same for the governor of all states, a.k.a. the president? The quirks of the Electoral College system were exposed this week when Donald Trump secured the presidency with an Electoral College majority, even as Hillary Clinton took a narrow lead in the popular vote. Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior. One Founding-era argument for the Electoral College stemmed from the fact that ordinary Americans across a vast continent would lack sufficient information to choose directly and intelligently among leading presidential candidates. This objection rang true in the 1780s, when life was far more local. But the early emergence of national presidential parties rendered the objection obsolete by linking presidential candidates to slates of local candidates and national platforms, which explained to voters who stood for what. Although the Philadelphia framers did not anticipate the rise of...

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Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy
Nov02

Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy

  Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Greg Palast, is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts by America’s “Billionaire Bandits” to prevent minority communities from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Featuring: Greg Palast, Investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker Host: Anita Johnson Music: Quiet Orchestra, “My Friends” For More Information:...

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Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists
Oct12

Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.” Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the front lines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate. Featuring:  Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate NuclearWeapons. Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK. Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant. Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement. Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.  Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo Credits: “8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs,” photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence rcnv.org via Twitter @RNCV1  More information Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes,” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story.  http://www.womenrisingradio.com/explore/featured-essay/ Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, http://thenewpress.com/books/nuclear-power-not-answer Samira Goetschel  City 40, http://www.city40film.com/ Western States Legal Foundation, http://www.wslfweb.org/ “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifSiUvzh9A Israeli Disarmament Movement, http://disarmament.org.il/english/ Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Britain, http://www.cnduk.org/ Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, http://lcnp.org/ Marshall Islands Lawsuit ICJ, http://lcnp.org/RMI/ Nuclear Zero — and Petition for the Marshall Islands  http://nuclearzero.org/ New York Times  Marshall Islands at UN Court http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/world/asia/marshall-islands-un-court-nuclear-disarmament.html?_r=1 Nuclear Free Future, http://www.nuclear-free-future.com/ Women in Europe for a Common Future, http://www.wecf.eu/ No Nukes Action Committee, https://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/ Fairewinds Energy Education, http://www.fairewinds.org/ Solartopia, http://solartopia.org/ Nuclear Age Peace Foundation https://www.wagingpeace.org/ #HumanizeNotModernize...

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