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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Jun21

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Special Thanks to KPFA for use of the audio. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations, and the Founding Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University Credits: Host: Anita Johnson 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 Music: Show opener: Quiet Orchestra – My Friend Show close: Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan More Information: Dr. Ibram Stamped From The Beginning Book...

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Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom
May17

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom explores the conceptual framework of “liberation theology” — a branch of Theology developed by Catholics and Christians looking to examine the church’s role in society, to address the socio-political and economic realities of the oppressed. We will examine why Liberation Theology, with its focus on political activism and resistance, is resonating with communities hungry for social justice during these trying times. Special thanks to Prison Radio, Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost – We Comin’  for allowing us to include their song. Image: “Cristo de la Liberacion” (Christ of the Liberation) by Maximino Cerezo Barredo, who’s been dubbed “liberation painter.” Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Pastor Michael McBride  Reverend Cheryl Denise Ward Reverend John Helmiere Mumia Abu-Jamaland more… Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Contributing Producer: Yuko Kodama 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 Music:  Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan (Show opener) Quiet Orchestra – My Friend Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost – We Comin’ More Information: Pastor Michael McBride The Way Christian Center Reverend John Helmiere Reverend Cheryl Denise Ward Mumia Abu-Jamal...

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Spies of Mississippi
Apr19

Spies of Mississippi

Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade. The Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate some of the largest Black organizations like National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The MSSC was granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests, and compel testimony for a state that, as civil rights activist Lawrence Guyot says in the film, “was committed to an apartheid system that would make South Africa blush.” The film reveals the full scope and impact of the Commission, including its links to private white supremacist organizations, its ties to investigative agencies in other states, and even its program to bankroll the opposition to civil rights legislation in Washington D.C. Weaving in chilling footage of Ku Klux Klan rallies and government propaganda films alongside rare images and interviews from the period, Spies of Mississippi tracks the Commission’s hidden role in many of the most important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the assassination of Medgar Evers, and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Margaret Block Rick Bowers Kenneth Dean Ralph Eubanks Lawrence Guyot Edwin King Robert Luckett Neil McMillen Jerry Mitchell Bob Moses Janet Moses Congressman Bennie Thompson Hollis Watkins Governor William Winter Credits: Filmmakers: Dawn Porter and Rick Bowers Radio Adaptation + 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: SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI aired on Germany’s ARTE and PBS’s Independent Lens series in 2014. The film was directed and produced by Dawn Porter and executive produced by LOOKS TV and Martina Haubrich. The film was inspired by a book written for young adults by Rick Bowers, who was also a writer for the documentary. You can order a DVD of the documentary on shopPBS.com. There is also a free app with bonus footage, unseen interviews, interactive maps...

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Donate Today!
Dec12

Donate Today!

Click here OR return your envelope plz! Making Contact staff and volunteers working hard on snail mail fundraising. #MakingContact6000 Thanks to listeners like you Making Contact has been able to produce 52weekly shows in 2016: That’s 1500 minutes of programming, broadcasting on 120+ radio stations around the world, working with 30 US & international freelance reporters during 21 years of community and public radio! In honor of our work, please make a generous donation today. Thank you for supporting independent media and stories that matter! 2016 has been a tumultuous year for all of us working for social justice. Making Contact has been in the trenches as we produced radio programs early and often on: Black Lives Matter, Environmental Justice, Women’s Health, Immigrant Rights, Prisoners and LGBT Liberation. Our contribution has been to tell critical stories and celebrate models of collective resistance and progressive movements. Your contribution is to help us get your voices heard in 2017. Please donate today without delay! “Discovering Making Contact has been like finding a shining gem floating in a sea of mediocrity. Your program is superior in many ways–you report in depth with strong journalistic integrity. I have enjoyed listening to dozens of your programs.” – Randy Rambo, Keaau, HI Everyday, your support makes testimonials like Randy’s possible. On #GivingTuesday, we launched our year-end campaign to raise $6,000 by December 31. Thanks to a generous listener supporters that day, we’re already a third of the way towards our goal! In order to get there though, we’ve got to keep the momentum going, and in order to stay on track, we need 100 donations of $10 or more today. We need your help to make that happen. Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford, to help us meet our goal and bring listeners the voices that make progressive change? We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact in telling community stories which is important now more than ever in this era of Trump. Please, click here to make your donation now.   Thank you for your continued support and friendship. With gratitude, Your Making Contact Team: Lisa Rudman, Sabine Blaizin, Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, RJ Lozada, Vera Tykulsker and freelance reporters. P.S.  Today, we launch our 2016 Year-End Campaign. Our goal is to raise $6,000. We can only do this with your help. Will you make a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet this goal? Click here to make your donation now! DONATE...

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COINTELPRO 101 (Part 2)
Aug03

COINTELPRO 101 (Part 2)

This week, we broadcast the second half of the documentary film “COINTELPRO 101,” about the secret FBI program which ran from 1956-1971, and disrupted many movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S.. Today, we hear the second half of the film, produced by the Freedom Archives.

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COINTELPRO 101 (Part 1)
Jul27

COINTELPRO 101 (Part 1)

Over the next two weeks, we broadcast the documentary film “COINTELPRO 101,” about the secret FBI program which ran from 1956-1971, and disrupted many movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S.. Today, we hear the first half of the film, produced by the Freedom Archives.

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Rad Dads!!!

Fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?

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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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Rad Dads!!!

Fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?

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Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers’ Fight for Justice

Americans eat out more than any other people. But the workers who put food on our restaurant tables are struggling to feed themselves and their families. On this edition, Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and author of “Behind the Kitchen Door” makes the case for bringing justice to our restaurants, and how ordinary diners can help.

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