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Dec08

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Click here OR return your envelope plz! The envelopes are going out! Making Contact staff and volunteers working hard on snail mail fundraising. #MakingContact6400 Thanks to listeners like you Making Contact has been able to produce 52 weekly shows in 2017: That’s 1500 minutes of programming, broadcasting on 140+ radio stations around the world, working with 28 US & international freelance reporters during 22 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! 2017 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 2018. 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 a total of $10,000 online by December 31. Thanks to 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 about 30 donations of $10 or more today and on EACH of the days left in December to raise the $6400! We need your help to make that happen. Please be one in that number! 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 2017 Year-End Campaign. Our goal is to raise $6400 between today and Dec 31st. We can only do this with your help. Will you make a gift of...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2
Jun13

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. This week we present Part Two of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the final installment in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker The Puffin Foundation & the Regional Arts and Culture Council supported Barbara Bernstein’s work. Thank You!   More Information: Sightline Institute 350.org Seattle   350.org PDX   Audubon...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1
Jun06

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. As the fossil fuel industry turns up its pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. This week we present Part One of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the first in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate:...

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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 52 weekly shows in 2017: 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! 2017 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 2018. 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 a total of $9,000 online by December 31. Thanks to 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 2017 Year-End Campaign. Our goal is to raise $9,000. 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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Living Downstream-creating a world free of cancer causing toxics

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Living Downstream

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Women Rising 23: La Via Campesina

We profile women of La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement celebrating 20 years of grassroots activism, for sustainable farming, land rights and social justice.  Canadian Nettie Wiebe fights to keep seeds in the hands of small farmers.  From the US, Dina Hoff takes on climate change and trade agreements. Elizabeth Mpufo of Zimbabwe raises issues facing women.  And Japan’s Ayumi Kinezuka shares the effects of the Fukishima nuclear disaster on her organic farm.
This show was produced Women Rising Radio Project.

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Idle No More

In the winter of 2012, flash mob round dances, demonstrations, hunger strikes, and blockades swept Canada. What began as a protest against new laws seen as curtailing environmental protections and infringing indigenous sovereignty,, quickly grew into a movement for indigenous rights and environmental justice. On this edition, Sylvia McAdam, one of the founders of Idle No More, tells the story of the movement.

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Women Rising #22: International Anti-Nuclear Activists

With nuclear power back on the agenda, three prominent female activists tell their stories: Kaori Izumi was part of the grassroots campaign to shutdown Japan’s nuclear power plants, after the Fukushima disaster. Winona LaDuke, has spent much of her life working to oppose uranium mining on indigenous land. And Alice Slater is part of a global initiative to ban nuclear weapons. On this edition, is the anti-nuclear movement on the rise? This is a special collaboration with Lynn Feinerman and Crown Sephira Productions.

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Putting the “Eco” Back into Economics with David Suzuki

Author, radio host, and scientist David Suzuki has spent a lifetime working to protect the environment. But he says that work is failing, and a paradigm shift is needed to protect the health of our species and our planet.

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