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Fallen Heroes of 2016

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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 2016.

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  • Joani Blank, Founder of Good Vibrations
  • Carol Queen, Sexologist
  • Darren Seals, Ferguson Activist
  • Ebony Williams, Chosen Diamonds Mentor
  • Berta Caceres, Co-Founder of the Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)
  • Silvio Carillo, Journalist and Nephew of Berta Caceres
  • Cedric Robinson, UC Santa Barbara Professor and Author of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition
  • Robin Kelley, UCLA Black Studies and History Professor
  • Tom Rainey-Smith, Amnesty International Korea Coordinator, speaking about Baek Nam-gi activist farmer in South Korea
  • Luis de la Garza, Member of La Colectiva
  • Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Queer Latin@ Oral Historian
  • and with a postsctript, Ben Bagdikian, Washington Post Editor who helped publish The Pentagon Papers and was dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley from ’85-’88. He was perhaps best known as the author of “The Media Monopoly” (1983), which warned that freedom of expression and independent journalism were threatened by the consolidation of news and entertainment outlets in a shrinking circle of corporate owners.


  • Host: Andrew Stelzer
  • 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



Author: Radio Project

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