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I Am Because I Am: The Expansion of Gender Identity
Nov28

I Am Because I Am: The Expansion of Gender Identity

Transgender, Intersex and Non-Binary Identity I Am Because I Am, explores the expansion of gender identity and presumed roles in our society. A look beyond the socially constructed ideas of what is male, female, masculine or feminine. Especially considering Trump’s administration attempts to redefine gender to be solely based on a person’s genitalia at birth. Thus potentially threatening Transgender, Intersex and Non-Binary Identity....

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No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. Darnell Moore
Aug28

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. Darnell Moore

When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death. Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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