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From Juneteenth to Reparations: The Freedom Promise of Unfinished Resolve
Jun17

From Juneteenth to Reparations: The Freedom Promise of Unfinished Resolve

 Making Contact · From Juneteenth to Reparations: The Freedom Promise of Unfinished Resolve (ENCORE) Juneteenth also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform a reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln, two years earlier, had...

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Texts Not Jails! Before and After Covid-19 via 70 Million
May19

Texts Not Jails! Before and After Covid-19 via 70 Million

Covid-19 has transformed jails and prisons into death traps. How are some communities jailing less people in the first place? ———- After someone is arrested, there are multiple court-ordered actions after they make bail. Often, missing any of these–especially court appearances–winds them up in jail. 70 Million’s reporter Jenny Casas goes to Palm Beach, Florida, where something as simple as texting...

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Abortion Beyond Clinics Pt. 1: Call Jane
Jan16

Abortion Beyond Clinics Pt. 1: Call Jane

Stop Making Decisions Over My Body In a special 2 part program by Making Contact we explore new safe at-home abortion options and the growing movement for “self-managed abortions.” Amidst changes to the Supreme Court of the United States, and after decades of restrictions to abortion access across the country, people continue to find ways to make this vital procedure safer, more affordable, and more accessible....

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About Last Night: How HBCU Students are Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus
Sep04

About Last Night: How HBCU Students are Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus

      Students at several prominent historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), have demanded that school administrators address sexual assault more vigorously. Last year, student protests at Morehouse College, Spelman College, Hampton University, and Howard University focused on inadequacies in the way sexual assault and rape cases are handled. Two current students at Historically Black Colleges and...

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Special for Mother’s Day – Mothering: Love on the Front Lines
May09

Special for Mother’s Day – Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

For Mother’s Day and everyday: listen to a discussion and poetry by women of color writers and editors of the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. They dedicate the book to “all the revolutionary mothers and all the revolutions they’ve created, because mothering is love by any means necessary.” You’ll also hear about a recent investigation into Black maternal and...

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Mrs. Hamer Echoes (Encore)
Feb28

Mrs. Hamer Echoes (Encore)

Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, spoke words that are all too relevant today. On this encore edition of Making Contact, you’ll hear archival recordings, and excerpts from a powerful new film featuring Fannie Lou Hamer’s contemporaries– themselves now elders. You’ll hear about the context of her life, and the lives of other sharecroppers in Mississippi from a seldom heard film produced for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...

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