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Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste
Jul25

Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll meet people challenging polluters in their own backyard. Not to push hazardous industries into another neighborhood. Instead they’re developing visionary solutions for a better life for all and for the future of the planet. From urban to rural communities, we’ll learn about indigenous-led efforts to protect public health and the environment for future generations. We’ll meet Community Storytelling Fellow, environmental and indigenous leader Isabella Zizi. In this piece, Zizi talks about how the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, California sparked her involvement in indigenous-led environmental movements. Zizi walks us from one refinery town to the next, showing us what it’s like living next door to an oil refinery and how these towns have come together to protect the sacred systems of the planet. Then we head to Maine where we meet communities fighting the expansion of a landfill. The Penobscot Nation lives on the river that shares their name. Just upstream from their island reservation is Juniper Ridge, Maine’s largest landfill and the only one that’s state-owned. Casella, the corporation operating the landfill wants to double its size. Penobscots who rely on river fish as a culturally important food source are worried about the river being polluted by the growing dump. Along with their neighbors, they’ve been fighting to halt the expansion. In the process, they’ve exposed backroom dealings that have paved the way for the landfill’s continued growth. Special Thanks to The Christensen Fund for supporting our Indigenous Native-American storytelling fellowships. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Isabella Zizi, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow,  Idle No More SF Bay Organizer, Youth Director Earth Guardians Bay Area Alison Ehara Brown, Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Signer, Idle No More SF Bay Founder Daniel Adel, California Student Sustainability Coalition Online Communications Coordinator Rich Lohman, Healing Walk Volunteer Patricia St. Onge, Idle No More SF Bay Nafsi Ya Jamii Donovin Keomanee, Healing Walk Monitor/Volunteer Kathy Paul, Penobscot Tribal Member and Elder, Water Protector John Banks, Director of the Penobscot Nation’s Natural Resource Department Ed Spencer, Low Impact Logger, Community Activist Paul Schroeder, Retired Librarian, Community Activist Cheryl Spencer, Environmental Researcher, Community Activist Bob Duchesne, Maine State Representative, Environment & Natural Resources Committee Member Ryan Parker,  Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine Andy Jones, Community Organizer, Maine Toxics Action Center Credits: Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Isabella Zizi, Meaghan LaSala, and Lisa Bartfai 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 Music:...

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The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires
Jul19

The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire and the battle to preserve live/work spaces, and then we look at the San Pablo fire in Oakland California that displaced at least a hundred residents…many of whom are now living on the streets in tent encampments. Special Thanks to KALW and Jeremy Dalmas. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Carmen Brito Jonah Strauss Traymaine “Trey” Baker Alex Perry Nicole Sawaya Craig Baldwin Sarah Lockheart Van Dell Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Freelance Producer: Jeremy Dalmas 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: The Generalist Praxis by Generalist – OverFlow Brine  Show close: Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan  The Electronic Music used throughout the show was from victims of the fire or people scheduled to play that night.  More Information: Documentary: 3 Months After Ghost Ship Fire San Pablo Avenue Fire...

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Finding Home: Displacement and Homelessness from Cape Town to California
Jul12

Finding Home: Displacement and Homelessness from Cape Town to California

On this edition of Making Contact we go from Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles and Oakland, California— three cities grappling with evictions, displacement, and homelessness. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Needa Bee, Oakland-Based Housing Advocate Messiah Ali, Oakland Resident Tom Waldman, Director of Communications, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Flora Harris, C-3 Program Director, St. Joseph Center Chyheeb Joseph, Outreach Worker, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Riyaadh Najaar, Pigeon Racer Delia Adrian and Shahied Mizenheimer, District 6 Residents Jane Roberts, Blikkiesdorp Resident Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Contributing Producers: Tony Andrews, Kimon de Greef Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: St. Joseph Center Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment”, Sam Lefebvre Wikipedia Page on Blikkiesdorp Carson Watch NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Homeless Plan...

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Long Distance Revolutionary
Feb22

Long Distance Revolutionary

Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal ⌠Documentary : 2Ol2⌡ Unlike any other film, book, or article produced about Mumia Abu-Jamal, “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” focuses on his career as a prolific author and broadcaster from Pennsylvania’s Death Row. In fact, the film does not deal with Abu-Jamal’s case, but rather chronicles his life and work as a journalist and revolutionary – both prior and post incarceration. After Abu-Jamal is convicted for the murder of of Philadelphia patrolman Daniel Faulkner, the story then exposes Abu-Jamal’s battles with the American court system to continue his work from prison- a battle he continues to wage to this very day. The film was written, produced and directed by Stephen Vittoria. Featuring: Stephen Vittoria, Writer, Editor, Producer, and Director Katyana Farzanrad, Producer Noelle Hanrahan, Producer Mumia Abu-Jamal, is an activist, former Black Panther and radical journalist. Mumia has been imprisoned for 35 years. He spent the first 28.5 years of his imprisonment on Pennsylvania’s death row. In 2011, his death sentence was confirmed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and he is now serving a sentence of “life in prison” without parole. He is charged with the 1981 murder, in Philadelphia, of police officer Daniel Faulkner. Credits: 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: From Mumia to Peltier Demand Treatment For Mumia Mumia The Movie Prison Radio The Feminist Wire Mumia Wins Federal Court Victory On Hep-C Treatment Live From Death Row We Want Freedom All Things Censored All Things Censored Vol. 1 The Classroom and the Cell Jailhouse Lawyers Lucasville Faith of Our Fathers Hardknock Radio Spoken...

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Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Feb14

Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment.  And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at  similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves  to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices.  So, what can we learn from our history?  And how do we fight back?  Photo Credit: Tomorrow, Inshallah Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Satsuki Ina, Documentarian Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, Survivors Joseph Arsinoe, US Soldier War Relocation Authority Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, Attorney Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech Credits: Host and Contributing Producer: Salima Hamirani Making Contact Producer for this episode: Marie Choi 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 Music: Linda Kako Caplan 2008 Anniversary Concert – Aoi umi SFPL Shoko Hikage Koto Studio – Ame Mizu Shizuku Pablo GBeats Star Wars Imperial March Rap Beat Just A Tune – Star Wars Istanbul Film Music Orchestra – Star Wars Duel of the Fates Rameses B – Star Wars More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center Alliance of South Asians Taking Action DoBetter.Tech Densho Archives FILM Whose Children Are These Suyama Project Gary Okihiro, “Japanese Resistance in America’s Concentration Camps, A Re-evaluation” CAIR Arab American Association of NY DRUM NYC Sikh Coalition New York Immigration Coalition Families for Freedom AALDEF Arab American Action Network MPower Change Asian Americans Advancing Justice National Network of Arab American Communities Never...

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11 Million Undocumented: A Look at Sanctuary and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era
Feb07

11 Million Undocumented: A Look at Sanctuary and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era

11 million. That’s the estimated number of people living in the U-S who are undocumented. During his first weeks in office President Donald Trump signed orders to build a border wall, ban travel from countries with largely Muslim populations, and deny federal funds to sanctuary cities and states. In this show we’ll look to previous administrations to see how they treated people who were undocumented, and how immigrant movements of the past responded. Special thanks to the Beacon journalism crowdfunding platform, and all the individuals who contributed to our campaign for our Immigrants and Elections coverage. Thanks also to the Berwick-Degel Family foundation. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Father Richard Estrada, Sanctuary Movement Angelica Salas, Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Mizue Aizeki, Deputy Director of the Immigrant Defense Project Ghita Schwarz, Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Carlos Alvarez, Education and Immigration Activist Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Co-Producer: Anita Johnson Contributing Producers: Bobbi Murray, Maureen White, Dawry Ruiz, Priyanka deSouza, and Justin Rose Staff 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: ICE Raids Toolkit, Immigrant Defense Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights Center for Constitutional Rights Searching for Sanctuary, Immigrant Legal Resource Center “Sanctuary City” Executive Order...

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