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Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”
Jan23

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”

Is whitelash enough of an explainer for the rise of President Donald Trump? Is it rigorous enough to blame the people who didn’t show up to vote for our impending collective struggle under this administration? On this edition, we hear from Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Dr. Taylor most recently wrote, “From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation.” We’ll be sharing a talk with Dr. Taylor’s insights on Black Liberation as framed through this most recent election.  Special thanks to KPFA for hosting and recording Dr. Taylor’s speech. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada 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:  From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Keeanga–Yamahtta Taylor on Black Lives Matter and Black Liberation “Achieving Black Liberation: A Conversation With Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor”...

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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement
Jan17

A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn’t happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the story behind it. Special thanks to The New School for the recording. Featuring: Gary Younge, author of “The Speech: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the Story Behind It” Credits: Host: George Lavender 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: Gary Younge The New...

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Mirrors of Privilege
Jan10

Mirrors of Privilege

Mirrors of Privilege is a remarkable and engaging  film that explores stories from white men and women about their journeys in overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement. From Shakti Butler, director of “Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity” and “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America,” “Mirrors of Privilege” is a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Shakti Butler Rick Butler John Scott Shirley Gutierrez Peter Shwartz Stefan Dasho World Trust 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: Mirrors of Priviledge World Trust Attitudinal Healing Connection Cultures Connecting The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Teaching Tolerance White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity Angry Black Bitch Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome:America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing...

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Men, Women, and Guns: Toxic Masculinity in Mass Shootings
Jan04

Men, Women, and Guns: Toxic Masculinity in Mass Shootings

When a mass shooting erupts in our town or city, two common and reasonable responses are to re-examine gun laws and mental health services. But if mass shootings were solely about the shooter’s mental health, why are they primarily committed by men? In this episode of Making Contact we revisit the tragedy in Isla Vista and one survivor who’s using his experience as a way to talk about toxic masculinity, mass shootings, and interpersonal violence. Special thanks to KCSB-FM for permission to use their archives. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Siavash Zoohori, former UCSB student Kylie Scarlet, former UCSB student Vice President Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States Dr. Mary Ann Hoffman, Dept. of Counseling, University of Maryland Henry Yang, Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: “Veins of Silver”, Blue Dot Sessions “Overdrive”, DR “Galaxy Shard”, Blue Dot Sessions “Field Recording Drone 2”, DR “Lullaby for Twentysomethings (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Cuddle Formation “Moon Morning”, Aymenric de Tapol “Insomnia”, DR “On ne ni vit quune nuit”, Jrme Pergolesi “Remember Trees”, Chris Zabriske “Joie”, Dana Boul “A Calendar Spread”, Blue Dot Sessions “O Christmas Eve a Lullaby”, Davey Von Stone “Grace”, Dana Boul “Motion (Johnny Ripper Remix)”, Noah More Information: Boys ’N’ Guns Boys N Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence Noozhawk – Isla Vista Rampage – Day 2 Aftermath Vice President Biden’s Message to UCSB Isla Vista Shooting Press Conference – Pacific Coast Business Times Rachel, K. (2010). Suicide by mass murder: Masculinity, aggrieved entitlement, and rampage school shootings. Health Sociology Review, 19(4), 451-464.  Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, by C.J. Pascoe Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue: Jackson Katz at TEDxFiDiWomen IV Memorial Paddle Out – May 28, 2014, by Julia Olson Making A Killing Cease Fire...

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Fallen Heroes of 2016
Dec26

Fallen Heroes of 2016

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. Like this program? Please show us. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Can you recognize the title & Fallen Artist of each song in this show?  We’ll list their names and songs in our newsletter.  Don’t miss the answers in January — Sign Up Here. Featuring: 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. Credits: 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   More Information: Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras Cedric J. Robinson: the Making of a Black Radical Intellectual Horacio N. Roque Ramírez: Presente! Robin D. G. Kelley Joani Blank Good Vibrations Carol Queen Justice for Berta Silvio Carrillo The Malleable Memory of Darren Seals Who killed Ferguson activist Darren Seals? Who Killed Darren Seals and Why Farmer Baek Nam-gi Dies in South Korea After South Korean farmer’s death, family continues fight for justice Berta Cáceres, Honduran human rights and environment activist, murdered Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition In Memoriam: Horacio N. Roque Ramirez Radical Thought: Cedric J. Robinson Korean farmer Baek Nam Gi-Korean critically injured by police water cannons How Muhammad Ali influenced the Civil Rights Movement The Media Monopoly 6th Edition by Ben H. Bagdikian Goldman Prize Recipient Berta Cáceres...

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The Long Ride Home: The Get on the Bus Program and Incarcerated Families
Dec22

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

The Get On The Bus program, coordinated by the Center for Restorative Justice Works, offers support and free transportation services to families affected by the criminal justice system. They bring children and their guardians/caregivers, from throughout California, to visit their mothers and fathers in prison. These rides happen over several weekends, from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, hundreds of families are reunited for the holidays. Special Thanks for funding from the Omnia Foundation. Thanks to Center for Restorative Justice Works, and the Get on the Bus program and to filmmaker Elizabeth Lo, whose forthcoming short documentary on the Get on the Bus program will be playing at film festivals and online outlets soon. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Hezekiah Davis  Center For Restorative Justice Works Get On The Bus 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: Popular Resistance Center For Restorative Justice Works Elizabeth Lo Get On The Bus...

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