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Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes
Apr27

Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/261100405″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Hollywood has had a long history of whitewashing and stereotyping different groups –from brownface to blackface and yellowface. For Arabs and Muslims, persistent clichés throughout Hollywood’s history range from desert scenes with camels and palm trees, and characters cast as barbaric villains, belly dancers, or terrorists among others. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them. Featuring: Diana Kalaji, student at University of San Francisco Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror.” Credits Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producer: Diana Kalaji Associate Producer: Marie Choi Photo Credit: “Community March Against Islamophobia December 13, 2015”, Misha Voloaca Music Credit: BOPD, aint no thing, Vir Noctruna, Stop + Go More information: Moustafa Bayoumi: “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on...

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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

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/259979850″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]   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 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/259979878″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] 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 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/259979889″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] 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...

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China’s Reproductive Regime: Mei Fong & Barbara Demick on China’s one child policy
Mar02

China’s Reproductive Regime: Mei Fong & Barbara Demick on China’s one child policy

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/249775988″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] January 2016 marked the end of China’s one child policy—a regime of family planning policies and enforcement that scarred generations of parents and children. On this edition of Making Contact, China correspondent Gady Epstein speaks with Mei Fong, author of One Child:The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, and Barbara Demick, journalist and former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. Featuring: Mei Fong, author of One Child:The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment Barbara Demick, , journalist and former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times Gady Epstein, China correspondent for The Economist. Credits Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Laura Flynn, Monica Lopez, Andrew Stelzer, Jasmin Lopez Original Content Producers: New America NYC and ChinaFile Special Thanks: Mary Wohlford Foundation for funding our Reproductive Justice beat More information New America NYC Mei Fong, author and...

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Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review
Dec23

Looking Back Moving Forward: 2015 Year in Review

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/238719041″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] 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

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237774087″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] 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

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229334012″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] 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 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229338300″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] 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 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229337425″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] 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...

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