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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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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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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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