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We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World
Jan03

We Got Next: Youth Poets Changing the World

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll examine how young people, particularly queer POC youth, are using spoken word as a mechanism for social change. The show also will explore how Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam has challenged mainstream culture and created spaces that welcome and encourage marginalized communities to speak up about their life experiences – all through poetry. Special thanks to James Kass (Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks), Tara Dorabji (Director of Development & Communications at Youth Speaks), and Youth Speaks. Image Credit: Constellations | Very Quiet – Flickr Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Tish Jones, Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks and Brave New Voices Leadership Fellow James Kass, Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks Kayla Kitchen Aleah Bradshaw Victor Masony Quinton Campbell-Rod Aurelle Marie Aisha June Credits: Host: Anita Johnson 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: All Our Clocks Are Dying – Ergo Phizmiz Prelude No. 1 – Chris Zabriskie More Information: Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Aleah Bradshaw Slam Champions Black Exorcism...

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Staying Rooted: Community Focused Economic Models, Cooperative Housing, and the New Economy Coalition
Aug30

Staying Rooted: Community Focused Economic Models, Cooperative Housing, and the New Economy Coalition

Collective housing, cultural co-ops, land trusts, community banks are community-rooted enterprises that empower those that have been excluded from traditional economic institutions. Solidarity economy models exercised throughout the country are becoming viable solutions towards sustainable and economically just living. Today we’re visiting community-rooted enterprises where people are rethinking power and participation in their lives. Collective housing and cultural co-ops, land trusts and community banks are providing fundamental shifts in our workplaces, living spaces, and economic understanding of local communities. This program was produced with support from the New Economies Reporting Project, funded with a grant from the Park Foundation. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eri Oura – Cycles of Change, The Bikery Devi Peacock – Peacock Rebellion, Liberating Ourselves Locally Harper Bishop – Open Buffalo Julia Ho – Solidarity Economy St. Louis Iya Ifalola Omobola – Cooperation Jackson Amara Enyia – Public Policy Expert 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 Recordist: Rachel Dickson More Information: New Economy Coalition – https://neweconomy.net/ Open Buffalo – https://openbuffalo.org/ Solidarity Economy St. Louis – https://www.solidaritystl.org/ Cooperation Jackson – http://www.cooperationjackson.org/ Amara Enyia Website – https://www.facebook.com/amaraforchicago/ Liberate 23rd Ave – https://www.youcaring.com/liberate Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL) – https://oaklandmakerspace.wordpress.com/ Sustaining Ourselves Locally (Oakland SOL) – http://oaklandsol.weebly.com/ Cycles of Change/The Bikery – http://www.cyclesofchange.org/ ; http://thebikery.weebly.com/ Solidarity Economy: Key Concepts and Issues African American Coop History The Emerging Solidarity Economy in the United States How We Live: Journey Towards A Just Transition The New Economy (the Upstream...

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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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Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era
Mar14

Reclaiming Public Schools: Education in the Trump Era

Outside of the home, children learn about the world, where they fit in amongst their peers, and who they want to be in school. Access to a quality education means different things to different people. Some families are willing and able to pay top dollar for a private school, other children are homeschooled, while many rely on public schools for their education. And some students are calling for a more thorough and inclusive curriculum in the legislature and in the classroom. In this edition of Making Contact, we look at two major changes to statewide curriculum in California, and where schools nationwide may be headed under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Special thanks to the Oyez Project for providing free online access to US Supreme Court audio recordings, and Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for access to their archive. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Kevin Kumashiro, former Dean at University of San Francisco Jose Lara, Social Studies Teacher and Dean at Santee Education Complex Cal Larisch, Student Advocate for LGBT curriculum Don Romesburg, Queer Studies Professor at California State University Sonoma Matthew French, Teacher at Thomas Starr King Middle School Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Contributing Producers: Hannah Harris Green & Marie Choi Staff 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: Ethnic Studies Now Coalition California Students Will Learn More LGBT History in Schools, LA Times H.R. 610 Rethinking Sexism, Gender, & Sexuality How H.R. 610 Could Effect Public School Funding The Long Game of Betsy DeVos The Public School Shakedown...

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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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Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces
Dec15

Brightness of Courage: The Fight for Transgender Access to Gender-Specific Spaces

On this 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: Contributing Producers: Larry Buhl, Lena Nozizwe Host: Monica Lopez 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: “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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