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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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Fallen Heroes 2015
Dec16

Fallen Heroes 2015

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 2015. Featured Fallen Heroes Grace Lee Boggs, activist, philosopher and movement builder Danny Schechter, author and media critic John Warshow, anti-nuclear campaigner and hydro power developer Emiliano Amor Mataka, Environmental Justice activist, co-founder Valley Improvement Projects Hashem Al-Azzeh, Palestinian peace activist Juan Evans, trans activist Hank Williams, Platform Summit founder Shannon Williams, Sex Workers Outreach Project board co-chair Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Voices reflecting on fallen heroes Rob Yanagida and Michelle Puckett, National Network of Visionary Organizers members Hishem Sharabati, Hebron Defense Committee activist Martin Reynolds, Oakland Tribune Senior Editor John Mataka, Central California Environmental Justice Network co-founder Naomi Akers, St James infirmary Executive Director Everette Thompson, former co-director of the Racial Justice Action Center More information The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education St. James Infirmary Sex Workers Outreach Project Valley Improvements Project Central California Environmental Justice Network Boggs Center Platform SNaPCo – Wrongful Arrest Grace Lee Boggs sees opportunity in the current financial crisis We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for-Grace Lee Boggs Modesto Cop Watch -Sheriff illegally takes camera BMA Innovator: Dori Maynard, President, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education West Bank mourns death of veteran Palestinian activist  Hebron activist showed Israel’s crimes to the world Solutions Not Punishment Coalition | Racial Justice Action Center Vermont Renewable Energy Pioneer John Warshow Dies | Vermont Public Radio Yankee closure signals end of an era Transgender man wants apology, says police humiliated him Friends mourn death of trans Atlanta activist — Project Q Atlanta Celebrating the Life and Leadership of Juan Evans East Point mayor apologizes to trans man after alleged police discrimination – LGBT Georgia Sex workers organize towards legalization of prostitution: Indybay Blog Archives – “The American Revolution” Sex Workers Remember Shannon...

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Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows
Oct21

Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows

Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren’t formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They’re often not even thought of as legitimate work. On this edition of Making Contact, we’re going to meet people making work where there is no work for them. From recyclers, to border couriers, to waste pickers, we’re exploring the informal labor sector and what some are doing to gain greater recognition, protections, and rights. Featuring Landon Goodwin, recycler and pastor and also featured in documentary Dogtown Redemption Aicha al Azzouzi border courier Salma al Azzouzi, Aicha’s oldest daughter Charles Gachanga Gichonge, creator of the Mustard Seed Courtyard clean-up campaign Antony Makau, Dandora resident Richard Munene, Dandora restaurant owner Sally Roever, Urban Policy Director for Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Malati Gadgil, KKPKP Credits Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Thalia Beaty, Maggy Donaldson, and Beenish Ahmed Featured Music: Blue Dot Sessions: Lesser Gods of Metal, Tyrano Theme, and Pavement Hack, Tours: Enthusiast, Salomé Lego Playset: La Lutte, Comme Experience Intérieure, Janneh: Humajataritee Photo Credits: Thalia Beaty and Maggy Donaldson Show segments An Unusual but Legal Trade: the “Mule Women” of Morocco This slideshow requires JavaScript. We head to the Spanish enclave Ceuta bordering Morocco. The border is a gateway for a brisk trade. Moroccan markets sell goods imported from Spain at a discount for buyers. But that discount comes at a price — for the Moroccan women who bring those goods across the border…on their backs. Co-reported with Maggy Donaldson, Thalia Beaty brings us this story. From dump site to Mustard Seed Courtyards There’s a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya that doubles as the city’s main garbage dump. More than 900 tons of trash are piled into Dandora every day. It was declared full more than a decade ago, but the trucks kept coming — dropping everything from household scraps to medical waste. The waste has polluted the water, soil, and air according to the report, Trash and Tragedy by Concern Worldwide. And it has compromised the health of more than 200,000 people. Often the trucks also dump garbage into the surrounding courtyards of residents. While an estimated 10,000 people earn money by mining the trash for recyclables, even those who work at the dump don’t want to live in a dump. Reporter Beenish Ahmed has the story of a community-driven clean-up effort in Dandora. More information: Dogtown Redemption Concern Worldwide: Trash and Tragedy, the impact of garbage on human rights in Nairobi City Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling or, officially, the SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit,...

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Why We Owe: David Graeber on the Origins of Debt

From unpaid bills to entire governments facing bankruptcy, debt is never far from our minds or the news. It’s deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio. Debt is deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio. Featuring: David Graeber, anthropologist and author of “Debt: The First 5000 Years”  Credits Host: George Lavender Music: Hellenica- Night Creeper Photo: TaxRebate.org.uk More Information David Graeber Twitter The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay David Graeber Talks on Debt 5000 Years (Bread and Roses Radio) Bread and Roses The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece Jacobin: Debt: The First 5,000...

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Voice Recognition: Does how we sound determine who we are?

What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity. Lateef McLeod, our inaugural Community Storytelling Fellow, explains the everyday challenges that come with using a speech generating device. We’ll hear from someone who nearly lost their voice, and we’ll look at how voice contributes to trans women’s sense of safety and self. Featuring: Mya Byrne, singer-songwriter Kathe Perez, creator of EVA app Samuel Sennott, assistant professor of special education at Portland University Bob Segalman, author “Against the Current, My Life with Cerebral Palsy” April Bryant, UC Berkeley student Hannah Simpson, Nika Jewell, Tela Love, 13th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, attendees. Host: George Lavender Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Meredith Talusan, Community Stortelling Fellow-Lateef McLeod Special thanks to Saskia Maltz More information Lateef McLeod Twitter: @kut2smooth Meredith Talusan, Twitter: @1demerith Mya Byrne Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/myabyrne Twitter: @myadriene Bob Segalman Is vocal fry hurting women’s job prospects? Eva App This show features Lateef McLeod, our 1st Community Storytelling Fellow. Donate now to help this year’s class of fellows tell their stories....

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The Power of Poetry

Making Contact partnered with the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA to produce this special open mic highlighting the power of thoughtful, truth telling, community focused poetry. Featuring Poets: Chris Cuadrado Lindsay Stone Jared Paul Caitlin Clark Queen T More information: http://nps2014.poetryslam.com Thanks to Dahled Jeffries, Maureen Benson and the staff of the National Poetry Slam. Listen to the full 2 hour open mic Photos from the...

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