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Building Back Black Wall Street
Jan31

Building Back Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street, or the historically Black neighborhood Greenwood, Oklahoma is the site of a once prosperous, thriving, Black community. It is also the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a violent attack waged by white supremacists, killing hundreds of residents and leveling homes and businesses.  In the second episode of our three part Black History Month series, we talk about how the community built back. In fact, Greenwood’s...

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But Next Time Part 4: The Road to Rebuilding and Recovering, Better (Encore)
Dec27

But Next Time Part 4: The Road to Rebuilding and Recovering, Better (Encore)

When communities face the aftermath of catastrophes, what does it take to ensure that the next time will be different? In Houston, it takes a city council member who bicycles in her neighborhood to hear from constituents about what they need most. It takes 12 moms who organize to take legal action against the landlords that have kept their families in moldy, substandard apartments. And it takes a city official who blows the whistle on...

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But Next Time Part 3: The Fight for Fair Housing in the Face of Climate Change (Encore)
Dec20

But Next Time Part 3: The Fight for Fair Housing in the Face of Climate Change (Encore)

No matter where we come from, or how much money we make, we all deserve a safe and healthy place to call home. In this episode we meet Jamie, a mom who lives in subsidized housing in Houston, Texas, who joins with other moms to stand up to landlords and local officials whose policies have kept Black and brown families trapped in unsafe homes for years.  Before and after Hurricane Harvey, Jamie and organizers in Houston came together...

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A History of Development and Disruption: Hella Town
Jun14

A History of Development and Disruption: Hella Town

This week on Making Contact, we bring you a story of urban planning and how race has shaped American cities.  In his book, Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption, Mitchell Schwarzer explores the origins and the lasting impacts of transportation improvements, systemic racism, and regional competition on Oakland’s built environment. Schwarzer, an architectural and urban historian, pulls from his...

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Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (ENCORE)
Mar29

Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (ENCORE)

  The cost of living in a city has skyrocketed. While wages have flatlined for most working-class people, rents have reached new highs, leaving most people struggling. And this, despite the economic costs of the pandemic. A one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is over $3,200 a month. But it’s not just in the US. The rising cost of living is affected the entire world. But why does the cost of housing continue to spiral upward?...

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The Response: Mutual Aid with Joshua Potash
Jan25

The Response: Mutual Aid with Joshua Potash

Joshua Potash is an anti-capitalist abolitionist based in New York City. Joshua co-founded Washington Square Park Mutual Aid, which provides free food, clothing, and various supplies once a week in the New York City park. They also co-host events like film screenings, skillshares, and various trainings. The group was founded in response to NYPD violence with the aim of creating a counter-narrative and being a community hub for folks...

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