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Fallen Heroes of 2017

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Thousands of local social justice organizers, activists and other leaders passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines. On this edition of Making Contact, as we do every December, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2017.

Special thanks to filmmaker David Hoffman, African Women’s Development Fund, Goldman Environmental Prize, The School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and KCSB radio.

Featuring the voices of those who’ve past and those who remember them:

  • Dick Gregory, Comedian and Civil Rights Activist
  • Sumiteru Taniguchi, Chairman of the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers
  • Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Executive Director
  • Prudence Nobantu Mabele, President of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa
  • Yvette Raphael, South African HIV Activist
  • Isidro Baldenegro López, Farmer and Leader of Mexico’s Tarahumara People
  • Randall Gingrich, Tierra Nativa Director
  • Gauri Lankesh, Journalist, Activist and Editor of Lankesh Patrike
  • Anu Natarajan, Former Vice-Mayor of Fremont CA
  • Corey Dubin, HIV & Hemophilia Activist and Radio Journalist
  • Carl Weixler, President of the Committee of 10,000
  • Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, First Female MP in Sudan
  • Yosra Akasha, Sudanese Feminist Blogger
  • Dennis Banks, Co-Founder of American Indian Movement (AIM)


  • Voiceover for Sumiteru Taniguchi – Zach Goldberg
  • Voiceovers for Isidro Baldenegro López – Drake Apablasa
  • Voiceover for Gauri Lankesh – Jessica Stelzer
  • Host: Andrew Stelzer
  • 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

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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