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Patrisse Khan-Cullors, “When They Call You A Terrorist” (Encore)
Jul12

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, “When They Call You A Terrorist” (Encore)

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  This week is the five year anniversary of Black lives matter. We hear from Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and the author of the new book, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, a meaningful, empowering account of strength and resilience. In this conversation, hosted by long-time organizer Cat Brooks, we hear Patrisse Cullors’ insights on Black Liberation, Police Terrorism and the criminalization of Black activism in America. WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST takes an intimate look at Cullors’ time growing up in Van Nuys, California, surrounded by a devoted family and supportive friends. She weaves her experiences into the larger picture of how predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are under constant systemic attack. From an unrelenting and hostile police presence, to disproportionate punitive action, to lack of basic social and medical services, Cullors explains how lack of personal security and dignity makes daily life an act of survival. Photo Credit: Patrisse Cullors website Featuring: Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cat Brooks, co-founder Anti Police -Terror Project Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Patrisse Khan- Cullors website An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter A founder of Black Lives Matter answers a question on many minds: Where did it...

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Afrofuturism: 3 Women You Need to Know
Jul05

Afrofuturism: 3 Women You Need to Know

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  From Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time to Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Afrofuturism is gaining popularity. Filmmaker and author Ytasha Womack more defines Afrofuturism as “the intersection between black culture, technology, liberation and the imagination, with some mysticism thrown in, too,” On this episode of Making Contact, authors Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Jewelle Gomez discuss the role of history and politics in their work. They also talk about the monsters that haunt their stories and the importance of imaging the future. Special thanks to the San Francisco Public Library for recording. Thanks for music from Anitek. Featuring: Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Jewelle Gomez, Authors John Jennings, Panel Host Credits: Host: Anita  Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Anitek More Information: Jewelle Gomez Nalo Hopkinson  Nnedi Okorafor DC Library What The Heck Is Afrofuturism? Octavia Butler Ahmed Best...

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Korea: The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising (ENCORE)
May23

Korea: The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising (ENCORE)

On May 18, 1980, the people of Gwangju, South Korea came together for reunification and an end to an era of martial law imposed by U.S.-backed military dictators.  Over the course of ten days, they staged mass protests, battled riot police and soldiers, and were met with brutal repression. Together, they successfully drove the military out Gwangju and governed the city together. Their actions changed the course of Korean history. On this encore edition of Making Contact, we hear from survivors of the Gwangju Uprising about how they took on the tasks of history and the lessons they carry. Special Thanks: Jung Dong Suk of Gwangju SPARK, Io Sunwoo, Esther Kang, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Lee Yoon Jung, President of the May Women’s Association Ahn Sung Rye, Nurse Supervisor at Gwangju Gidok Hospital during the Gwangju Uprising Credits: Host: Marie Choi Archival Tape: U.S. Department of Defense Combat Bulletin 101, United Newsreels Japan Surrenders U.S. Soldiers Voiceovers: R.J. Lozada, Josh Klinkenberger and Tavis Kelley Yoon Jung Lee Voiceover: Deann Borshay Liem Ahn Sung Rye Voiceover: Miriam Ching Louie Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor and Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: +rain – Jio Im 우리의 소원은 통일 (Our Wish is Reunification) for Piano based on B.W. Ahn – Young Jo Lee What Were We Holding Onto – Jio Im March of the Beloved for News Tapa – Yojo and Ruben July – Jio Im 1983 Song for News Tapa – Sulpa More Information: Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of Age by Lee Jae Eui March of The Beloved, Zoom In Korea  May 18 Gwangju Peoples Uprising, Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles  A Taxi Driver  Stirrings of Resistance The Legacy of the Gwangju Uprising  May 18 Memorial Foundation  As Trump-North Korea Talks...

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Protecting People and Water in Mexico City
May02

Protecting People and Water in Mexico City

Clean, fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources. This week Making Contact contributor Maria Doerr looks at what is being done to safeguard the watersheds of Mexico City— the natural water systems that provide water to one of the largest metropolises in the world. Image Caption: Water barrels in an indigenous community within the Water Forest. Some residents wait up to two weeks for water trucks to appear. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Jürgen Hoth, Conservation International Mexico Dr. Marisa Mazari, Researcher at Sustainable Sciences Lab, Institute of Ecology, UNAM Community Members of Coajomulco and Nepopualco Filiberto Torres Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Cárdenas Gómez, CBTA 71 Celia Sánchez González and Mireya Sánchez Mendoza, San Bernabé Ocotepec Ecological Park Credits: Host, Producer, Engineer: Maria Doerr Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Monplaisir Radio Jarocho and Zenen Zefrino Huervo Laura Rebolloso More Information: Conservation International UN Global Compact – What Do “Water Scarcity”, “Water Stress”, and “Water Risk” Actually Mean? Mexico City’s Water Crisis – From Source to Sewer, by Jonathan Watts...

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Daze of Justice
Apr18

Daze of Justice

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Daze of Justice is the intimate story of trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia’s killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses determined to resurrect the memory of their loved ones before the UN Special Tribunal prosecuting the Khmer Rouge. Only Daze of Justice takes us beyond the killing fields. The women must not only find the courage to remember their past, they also face an unexpected and agonizing predicament when they come face to face with Phang, the son of Kaing Guek Eav (Alias “Duch”), one of Pol Pot’s most notorious torturers. And in the process, on the margins of the UN tribunal, the seekers become the source of justice. The women not only generate a vocabulary for reclaiming the past but pave a path that extends the promise of redemption to future generations. Featuring: Marie Chea, Khmer Rouge Survivor Sophany Bay, Khmer Rouge Survivor Sarem Neou, Khmer Rouge Survivor Leakhena Nou, Phd. Medical Sociologist, Associate Professor, CSU Long Beach Pheng, Khmer Rouge Survivor Michael Siv, Filmmaker, Khmer Rouge Survivor Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Voices: Jessica Antonio, RJ Lozada, Julian Jaravata, Lisa Rudman, Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, John Tyler Laureta, Roger Habon, Tyler Trumbo Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Daze of Justice, Film Website Cambodia Tribunal Monitor Article: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Mission Accomplished?  Article, Counterpunch: Who Supported the Khmer Rouge? Article, Jacobin: Nixon and the Cambodian Genocide Article: U.S. Just Quietly Deported Largest Group of Cambodians Ever Article: Deported from U.S. Cambodian-Americans find themselves outsiders in unfamiliar country...

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A Dream Remembered?: Martin Luther King Jr and the Grassroots Civil Rights Movement (ENCORE)
Apr04

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

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago, and is widely remembered for his speech, ‘I Have a Dream.’ Journalist Gary Younge analyzes the King’s speech, delivered on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, highlighting the day’s tensions, and the importance of remembering the entirety of King’s message and evolution as a critical activist. Special thanks to the New School for recording. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Gary Younge, author and journalist Credits: Hosts: Andrew Stelzer, 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: The Speech, by Gary Younge Celebrating the Real Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream The Speech Gary Younge: Another Day in the Death of America...

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