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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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Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel
Oct05

Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital. Featuring:   Drorit Hochner, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Scopus Hospital Rabbi Benny Lau Dikla Aharon, journalist Dori Adar, online developer Tami Doron, Avia, and “Rivka” nurse-midwives and Jewish and Arab mothers who gave birth or considered giving birth at Mt. Scopus Hospital. Credits:  Narrator and Story Producer: Shaina Shealy Host: Monica Lopez Illustrations: Shaina Shealy Music Credits: Beware of Safety, A New Dawn, Adriana Krikl, Cuddle Formation, Ergo Phizmiz, Monplaisir, Kirill Shirokov, Lee Rosevere, and Quiet Music for Tiny Robots. More information Hadassah,Mt. Scopus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology http://www.hadassah-med.com/giving-birth/give-birth-at-hadassah/mt-scopus.aspx International Confederation of Midwives http://www.internationalmidwives.org/who-we-are/policy-and-practice/icm-international-definition-of-the-midwife/ Dori Adar http://www.doriadar.com/about/ Rabbi Benny Lau https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binyamin_Lau Shaina Shealy http://journalism.berkeley.edu/students/shaina_shealy/ Israeli hospital heads to be summoned after report on segregation of Arabs in maternity wards:  http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israeli-hospital-heads-to-be-summoned-after-report-on-segregation-of-Arabs-in-maternity-wards-450579 Health Ministry issues statement stressing that it doesn’t accept practice of placing expectant Jewish and Arab moms in separate rooms: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.713343 ‘Another Terrorist is Born:’ The Longstanding Practice of Racism and Segregation in Israeli Maternity Wards: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.712936 The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive http://en.jfa.huji.ac.il...

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Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows
Aug31

Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows

* This program won the award  for Explanatory Journalism in radio/audio from the Society of Professional Journalists, Norther California Chapter in Nov. 2016. Congrats to all !  Please add your congratulations here. 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...

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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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Unstoppable: The Fight for 15
Mar23

Unstoppable: The Fight for 15

In 2012, fast food workers in NYC kicked off a movement that has exceeded all expectations, and changed the conversation about the minimum wage. On this edition, low paid workers tell the story of the fight for 15, the exploding nationwide movement for fair wages. Featuring: Alvin Major, KFC employee and original NYC striker Richard Wilson, Walmart employee Bernardo Monteo, Chanda Roberts, Jayla Mosley; fast food workers Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education Thomas Geoghegan, author of “Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement“ More information Fight for 15 Fast Food Forward Clocking In Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement“ by Thomas Geoghegan States Move to Roll Back City Minimum-Wage Raises Living Wage Mandate Preemption Act Summer For Respect on Soundcloud Voices of Walmart California’s $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Is Likely Headed to Voters Columbia University Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) 14 Cities States Approved 15 Minimum Wage in 2015 How New York’s “Fight for $15” Launched a National Movement  The Care Gap Income Inequality Is A Health Hazard Why Skills Are Not Enough to Land a Job Last word: the Faces of...

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Making Contact’s dialogue on Women, Media and Community Activism
Mar15

Making Contact’s dialogue on Women, Media and Community Activism

Join us for a live recording session in San Francisco! On March 16th The Making Contact team is happy be partnering with the California Institute for Integral Studies for an evening of important discussion and public journalism. Race, police violence and criminal justice reform have been at the top of headlines nationwide with no signs of slowing as we move into the election season. Join us for a dialogue with two inspiring community organizers and media makers on the front lines, pushing for systematic change and providing accurate media portrayals of the activists, their struggles and their motivations. Cat Brooks of San Francisco’s Anti Police-Terror Project and Manolia Charlotin of The Media Consortium and who is working on our Making Contact’s special Immigration and Elections miniseries, will participate in a discussion on Black Lives Matter, community journalism social justice activism. Our Executive Director Lisa Rudman, will MC and we will be recording this discussion for broadcast on the air and on our website. March 16, 2016 7:00 pm California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Buy tickets Cat Brooks is an artivist and mother who’s spent her life working on many social justice issues. In 2009, Cat joined the fight for Oscar Grant and was instrumental in developing organizing and communications strategies and leading multiple demonstrations. In 2013, Cat co-founded the Anti Police-Terror Project whose mission is to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Manolia Charlotin is a multimedia journalist, strategist and the Director of Special Projects at The Media Consortium where she manages editorial collaborations among member outlets, spearheads #TMCinColor and curates independent media coverage of the movement for Black lives. Lisa Rudman is the Executive Director of Making Contact. She brings over 20 years of experience in production and management in community radio and public television. She serves on the coordinating committee of The Media Consortium and believes in “practicing journalism for...

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