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The End of Policing, Alex Vitale
Feb14

The End of Policing, Alex Vitale

Alex Vitale is Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. Vitale’s book The End of Policing, is an accessible study of police history as an imperial tool for social control that continues to exacerbate class and racial tensions. Vitale also goes deep into the shortcomings of reform and in contrast, deepens the conversations around meaningful alternatives to ultimately ask the people to consider the end of policing. Special thanks to Producers: Della Duncan, Robert Raymond; Upstream podcast. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology, coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and author of The End of Policing Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Della Duncan, Robert Raymond Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Upstream Podcast Alex Vitale website...

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Parenting From Prison, Inside Out
Dec20

Parenting From Prison, Inside Out

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! When one or both parents are in prison the whole family is, in a way, also imprisoned. Family members are negatively affected in ways that worsen existing struggles and inequities. Today we’ll go to New York and New Hampshire to hear about programs for inmates and families that encourage rebuilding and maintaining relationships — despite being separated by prison. The Osborne’s FamilyWorks program, the first in NY State, is a comprehensive parenting program in a men’s state prison founded in 1986. FamilyWorks operates as a counterbalance to the numerous challenges in keeping a family together, such as the high cost of collect calls to inmates, long distances to prisons. The Storybook program in at the State Prison for Men in Concord, New Hampshire is different than at other prisons across the country. It’s run by the Department of Corrections (DOC), instead of a nonprofit or grassroots organization that can function as a link between the men inside and their communities outside. Our non-narrated piece shares some of the changes that these fathers experience, but also some of the stories and messages they read to their children. Special thanks to Laura Roan, Jonathan Stenger, Elizabeth Gaynes, Brenda Maietta, Gabriella Kenner, Steuben Vega, and the Omnia Foundation. Image Credit: Photo by Osborne Association   Featuring: Gia Corrigan Marni Corrigan Kim Corrigan Frankie Corrigan James (Jim) Corrigan – FamilyWorks Graduate Jean Louis – FamilyWorks Graduate Emani Davis – Co-Creator, Instructor of FamilyWorks Curriculum Elizabeth Gaynes – President and CEO of The Osborne Association, Founder and Instructor of FamilyWorks Program Dr. Karl Mazza – Co-Founder/Creator/Instructor of FamilyWorks Curriculum, DSW, LMSW, Professor of Social Work at Lehman College of the City University of New York Giovanni Monroe Kristina Toth – New Hampshire Department of Corrections Administrator, and Founder of Family Connection Center David Johansen Holly Johansen Tony Hebert Credits: Hosts/Producers: R.J. Lozada, Sylvia Ryerson, 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 More Information: FamilyWorks, Osborne Association Parents in Prison, Sentencing Project Parents and Their Children, Trends 1991 – 2007 Close Rikers, Build Communities...

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(ENCORE) Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces
May24

(ENCORE) Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces

On this ENCORE edition of Making Contact, we look at some of the struggles and victories in the fight for transgender access to gender-specific spaces and programs. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Gavin Grimm, high school senior whose case is scheduled to be heard by the US Supreme Court in 2017 Joshua Block, attorney representing Gavin Grimm, American Civil Liberties Union Stephanie Paige, US Army veteran Michelle Lael-Norsworthy, founder of Joan’s House, a non-profit transgender shelter project in San Francisco James Moran, Los Angeles LGBT Center Drian Juarez, program manager for Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project Judy Chiasson, Program Coordinator for LA Unified School District’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity Eli Erlick, Director of Trans Student Educational Resources Sarah, Matthias, and Rachel, Trans, Queer, and Non-Binary Youth Credits: Host: Monica Lopez 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: “Rise (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Rêves Sonores “Lifetrap (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Year of Glad “Future Life”, Ketsa “Surreal (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Ouri “Wife (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Strangerfamiliar More Information: Joan’s House – Shelter Catering to Transgender Community Los Angeles LGBT Center Trans Student Educational Resources Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board – ACLU Human Rights Campaign Roundup of Anti-Transgender Bills in 2016 Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Complaint Against the State of North Carolina to Stop Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals – Washington, DC Propaganda Bitch Media   ...

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The Long Ride Home: Get on the Bus, and Incarcerated Families ENCORE
May09

The Long Ride Home: Get on the Bus, and Incarcerated Families ENCORE

The Get On The Bus program coordinated by the Center for Restorative Justice Works that offers support and free transportation services to families affected by the criminal justice system by bringing children and their guardians/caregivers from throughout California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison. These ride happen for several weekends, from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, hundreds of families are reunited for the holidays. Special thanks to Center for Restorative Justice Works, Get on the Bus, Hezekiah Davis, and Elizabeth Lo (filmmaker) for this show. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Center for Restorative Justice Works Get on the Bus Hezekiah Davis Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada 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: Datapink, “Faerie” Igor Khabarov, “Stay” Jahzzar, “Bodies” Johnny Ripper, “opening credits” Jon Luc Hefferman, “Event Horizon” More Information: Center for Restorative Justice Works Get on the Bus Filmmaker Elizabeth...

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Spies of Mississippi
Apr19

Spies of Mississippi

Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade. The Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate some of the largest Black organizations like National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The MSSC was granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests, and compel testimony for a state that, as civil rights activist Lawrence Guyot says in the film, “was committed to an apartheid system that would make South Africa blush.” The film reveals the full scope and impact of the Commission, including its links to private white supremacist organizations, its ties to investigative agencies in other states, and even its program to bankroll the opposition to civil rights legislation in Washington D.C. Weaving in chilling footage of Ku Klux Klan rallies and government propaganda films alongside rare images and interviews from the period, Spies of Mississippi tracks the Commission’s hidden role in many of the most important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the assassination of Medgar Evers, and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. 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: Margaret Block Rick Bowers Kenneth Dean Ralph Eubanks Lawrence Guyot Edwin King Robert Luckett Neil McMillen Jerry Mitchell Bob Moses Janet Moses Congressman Bennie Thompson Hollis Watkins Governor William Winter Credits: Filmmakers: Dawn Porter and Rick Bowers Radio Adaptation + 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: SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI aired on Germany’s ARTE and PBS’s Independent Lens series in 2014. The film was directed and produced by Dawn Porter and executive produced by LOOKS TV and Martina Haubrich. The film was inspired by a book written for young adults by Rick Bowers, who was also a writer for the documentary. You can order a DVD of the documentary on shopPBS.com. There is also a free app with bonus footage, unseen interviews, interactive maps...

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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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