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The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines
May31

The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines

Two of the longest running armed rebellions on opposites sides of the world, the FARC in Colombia and the NDFP in the Philippines are vying for peace but several elements-government, paramilitary, and drugs, make it all but impossible. As members of the FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, embark on their ‘last march’ to demobilization camps after half a century of war and the government begins peace talks with ELN rebels, a series of assassinations has shaken the prospects for peace in Colombia. Human rights defenders, left-wing activists, land rights advocates, indigenous and black community leaders — all supporters of the peace process — are being assassinated in rural areas of the country. This situation has many worried that it could sabotage the fragile peace accord and its implementation. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is a coalition made up of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and many other civil society organizations. The revolutionary government has been at war with the Philippine government since the late 1960s, and is currently undergoing peace talks with the Rodrigo Duterte administration. These talks are significant and have moved farther than previous Philippine government  administrations. Christina Ellazar Palabay, who is the Secretary General of Karapatan or the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines, and Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front–are part of a peace tour delegation to talk about a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the Philippines amidst a polarizing president. Special thanks to Luis Gallo for his contribution to this show. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eduardo López, Farmer, Organizer Leon Fredy Muñoz, Director of Fenalpaz Clara Navarro, Human Rights Worker Angela Moreno, Human Rights Worker Daisy Herrera, Environmental Engineer Luis Eduardo Pardo, Chief Peace Advisor Christina Ellazar Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan + the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front Credits: Host/Producer: R.J. Lozada  Freelance Reporter: Luis Gallo 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: Fenalpaz Marcha Patriotica Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) National Democratic Front of the Philippines KARAPATAN Duterte Unbound Christians Rise Up Against the “Filipino Trump”...

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The Poetic Address to the Nation
May02

The Poetic Address to the Nation

The Poetic Address to the Nation was an event that brought together poets to speak out and against the current administration. The event featured poets Cam Awkward, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee, Chinaka Hodge, and many others to share pieces from immigration, to trans violence, to activism. Making Contact is broadcasting an abridged version of the event produced by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation was organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in partnership with U.S. Department of Art and Culture. The USDAC is not a government agency–it’s people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. The USDAC is also a member of the New Economy Coalition. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee Hadeel Ramadan Guillermo Gomez Peña Cam Awkard Tassiana Willis Chinaka Hodge Young, Gifted & Black 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 Music: Show opener: ‘Prose,’ by Glass Boy Show credits: ‘Blaster 47’ by Glass Boy More Information: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts U.S. Department of Arts and Culture The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation #PSOTU2017 Climbing PoeTree – We Survived Art is Our Weapon: A Conversation With Climbing Poetree Climbing Poetree: Intrinsic The Power of Poetry...

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Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock
Mar08

Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock

Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician on the faculty of UCSF, and an activist who formed the Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF. Dr. Maria Michael is a Lakota Dine spiritual elder and healer with a Ph.d in psychology. Dr. Revery Barnes is a physician working on HIV/AIDS at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles. All three women went to Standing Rock, to stand with the great Sioux nation in its struggle for sovereignty over its ancestral lands and water. The Sioux water supply comes from the Oahe tributary of the Missouri river, where a fossil fuel giant, Energy Transfer Partners, located the path of their newest oil pipeline. The pipeline was considered too dangerous to the water supply of Bismarck, North Dakota, so it was re-routed south to Sioux reservation lands – in a clear example of environmental racism. Photo Credit: Camille Seaman Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  We are now seeking applications for our next Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis. Deadline 3/22/17. Apply here. Please spread the word!  Featuring: Dr. Rupa Marya, physician and faculty, University of California San Francisco Dr. Maria Michael, Lakota Dine spiritual elder and healer, Ph.d in psychology Dr. Revery Barnes, physician, Harbor UCLA Los Angeles On Location Audio, courtesy of Democracy Now! Credits: Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman, Women Rising Radio Host:  Sandina Robbins Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music Credit: Rupa Marya, Rupa and the April Fishes More Information: Do No Harm Coalition VIDEO: Do No Harm Coalition with Standing Rock Dr. Maria Michael Dr. Revery Barnes Indigenous Environmental...

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Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité
Mar01

Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité

For this episode, we jump across the Atlantic to Paris, France–a city whose identity is a long held archetype of beauty and romance. Conversely, Paris has also long been the site of historical protest and legacies of colonialism whose spectres are still coming to fore. Jessica Myers and Adelie Pojzman-Pontay with the Here There Be Dragons podcast feature Paris and explore Parisian sentiment–both native and immigrant–about the post-terrorists attacks at the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo. We learn how the state has responded, but also, how the attacks have revived historical and cultural tensions. Les Grands Voisins translates into the ‘great neighbors,’ it’s a space and a social experiment into mixite, or social mixing. Gregoire Molle takes his microphone this former hospital, now turned to mixed use space with emergency housing, to established businesses, to art studios–all run by a group of direct service organizations. How can mixite drive diversity, and what does it encourage? Special Thanks: CoLab Radio; Here There Be Dragons — Jessica Myers, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay; Grégoire Molle; Making Contact organizational advisors Makani Themba, Bill Creighton and Michael Stein. Photo of Muslim family condemning attacks in Paris, photo by Albert Llop, Getty Images. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: François Glory,  co-founder of Hapax Architectures Aurelie Cordier, member of Aurore Jean-Louis Missika, Legislative Aid to Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris Pascale Dubois, Coordinator, Aurore Thomas Aguilera, Researcher Alison Culliford Steffi Njoh Monny Tiffany Ferguson Franck Faucheux Joseph Swerdlin Jacqueline Houdart Rosemary Booth Dania Kawar Yassine Khorta Ahmed Omran Mawena Yehouessi Amah Edoh Frank Zschiegner Thomas Bergeron Saïda Laurore Mirette Khorshed Jean-Claude Driant Lawrence Vale Grégoire Molle Mona Pierre Bienaimé Zineb Alami Credits: Contributing Producers: Jessica Carolyn Myers, Adelie Pontay-Pozman, Gregoire Molle, 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: Bensound, “Memories” More Information: Here Be The Dragons Colab Radio Aurore Les Grands Voisins...

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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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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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