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Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice
Apr12

Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice

At the end of March, Congress passed a bill allowing states to deny funding to family planning groups that offer abortion services – groups like Planned Parenthood. Now, Pennsylvania and Michigan have introduced legislation to join over a dozen states in doing just that. As we fight off right wing attacks on abortion rights, Loretta Ross asks us to consider what it would take to have real choices about our bodies. On this week’s Making Contact, Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong breaks down the reproductive justice framework; and Tina Reynolds, co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, shares how a group of formerly incarcerated women came together to fight for the right to give birth to and raise children in healthy and safe environments. Special thanks to Carly Forbes for Migrant Matters, a Rabble.ca podcast for original production and recording. 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: Loretta Ross, Co-Founder of SisterSong Tina Reynolds, Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) Credits: Host: Marie Choi 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 More Information: Claiming Our Bodies Through the Human Rights Framework Reproductive Justice and Criminalization of Black and Brown Women SisterSong Migrant Matters Women on the Rise Telling HerStory The Light Inside: Giving Birth Behind Bars Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars...

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Not Throw Away Women: Black and Indigenous Women Disrupt Violence ENCORE
Apr04

Not Throw Away Women: Black and Indigenous Women Disrupt Violence ENCORE

In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. On today’s show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference. We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care. Thanks to the Mary Wohlford Foundation for funding towards this program. Photo Credit: Nicole Gervacio 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: Rochelle Robinson, Making Contact Fellow Kimberly Smith, community member attending Her Resilience mural project Gabrielle Rae Travis,  Her Resilience Community Outreach Coordinator Margaret Prescod founder of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of KPFK’s Sojourner Truth Mirna Aracely Tuz Acosta, Safe Maternity for the Indigenous Population in East Yucatan Neyi Amparo Cime Arceo, resident of Xanlah. Credits: Contributing Producers: Rochelle Robinson and Karen Stefan Tenorio Hosts + Show Producers: Laura Flynn and Jasmin Lopez  Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Blue Dot Sessions, Farsical Slow Driver, Inside the Origami Violin, Tanguedo Trans Alp, Gnossienne N1, Gnossienne N3 Black Ant, Fater Lee Broke For Free, Night Owl Phour Trakk, Long Transfer Kai Engel, Written in Ink More Information: VAMchat Trump On SAAM Her Resilience Kimberly Robertson’s obituary Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders Sojourner Truth Radio HBO Tales of the Grim Sleeper LA Weekly, Grim Sleeper Returns: He’s Murdering Angelenos, As Cops Hunt His DNA The Grim Sleeper timeline Nick Broomfield Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C. Accountability in Maternal and Reproductive Health: Experiences from Civil Society from India, Mexico, and Nigeria Femicide in Mexico: Mapping of Silence Archival Footage: AP, New Sketches of California Serial Killer, December 18, 2009 ABC News, Grim Sleepers Mysterious Photos  ...

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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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Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds; others are being sterilized. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, but thousands of incarcerated people are fighting for control of their own reproductive health.

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Plan B and Beyond: Local Struggles for Reproductive Freedom

It’s not just about Roe v Wade and the Supreme Court. Local institutions can create restrictions that prevent women from exercising reproductive health choices, even with the law on their side. From Albuquerque to Portland to New York City, obstacles are surfacing in pharmacies, state legislatures, city councils and even medical schools.

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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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The Other 9/11: Part Two

Before 2001, there was another 9/11. In 1973, a military coup backed by the United States, overthrew the Chilean government and ushered in seventeen years of brutal dictatorship. In the first of a two part series; we hear stories of the Chilean 9/11.That day marked the end of one of Latin America’s longest democratic traditions, and brought on almost two decades of murder, disappearances, repression, and fear. This program was produced by the Freedom Archives   Featuring: Isabel Letelier, sculptor, author, and human rights activist; Ariel Dorfman, author, journalist and human rights activist;  Isabel Allende, author and journalist; Rene Castro, visual artist, photographer, curator, and teacher;  Joan Jara, British author, former ballerina, and partner of the late Chilean singer-composer Victor Jara. For More Information: The Ingredients of a Military Coup by Michel Chossudovsky, Chile, September 11, 1973 Obama in Chile: No apology for 1973 coup The Other 9/11 The Pinochet Files The National Security Archive The Telegraph ABC News Namebase Arundhati Roy speech: Come September Nostalgia for The Light  ...

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The Other 9/11: Part One

Before 2001, there was another 9/11. In 1973, a military coup backed by the United States, overthrew the Chilean government and ushered in seventeen years of brutal dictatorship. In the first of a two part series; we hear stories of the Chilean 9/11.That day marked the end of one of Latin America’s longest democratic traditions, and brought on almost two decades of murder, disappearances, repression, and fear. This program was produced by the Freedom Archives   Featuring: Isabel Letelier, sculptor, author, and human rights activist; Ariel Dorfman, author, journalist and human rights activist;  Isabel Allende, author and journalist; Rene Castro, visual artist, photographer, curator, and teacher;  Joan Jara, British author, former ballerina, and partner of the late Chilean singer-composer Victor Jara. For More Information: The Ingredients of a Military Coup by Michel Chossudovsky, Chile, September 11, 1973 Obama in Chile: No apology for 1973 coup The Other 9/11 The Pinochet Files The National Security Archive The Telegraph ABC News Namebase Arundhati Roy speech: Come September Nostalgia for The Light...

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Harvest of Empire (Part 2)

Why are they here?. Many Latin Americans came to the US because dangerous or deadly conditions-which the American government helped create. In part 2 of “Harvest of Empire” a documentary film written and narrated by Democracy Now’s Juan Gonzalez, we trace the history of Nicaraguan and Salvadoran migration to the U.S.

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