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Oct10

YOUR INPUT MATTERS! Pls Take 2mins & Fill Out Our Survey Today

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! You’ve been a great support to Making Contact (www.radioproject.org) and are instrumental to our work. Tell us the types of stories you would like to hear. Here is a great opportunity to take action and be invested in the change you seek in local communities and the world! If your story idea is chosen, you will be highlighted in our credits. Take our survey and be entered into our raffle: We’ll pick 3 people to win a $25 gift certificate to online bookstore Powell’s Books (a progressive, family-owned, unionized independent bookstore). Please take 2-mins to fill out our survey. Click here.  ...

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The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban
Sep20

The Arrival: Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban

Leading up to the US Supreme Court hearing on Trump’s travel ban, we’ll hear about the order’s impact on people from affected, Muslim-majority countries, and how advocacy groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations are responding. On this edition of Making Contact we begin with the story of a woman who was in flight to the US when President Trump signed his first travel ban.  Special thanks to the Stanford Storytelling Project and State of the Human podcast managing producer, Jake Warga. TRANSCRIPT –see below Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Nisrin Abdelrahman, Stanford PhD Student in Anthropology Zahar Billo, Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Contributing Producers: Nisrin Abdelrahman, Helvia Taina, An-Li Herring, Eileen Williams Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: David Szesztay, “The End” David Szesztay, “Chords” Percival Pembroke, “Symphony, no. 2 in F minor” More Information: Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter #NoMuslimBanEver Campaign Executive Order 13780 TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S. V. INT L REFUGEE ASSISTANCE TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S. V. HAWAII Stanford Storytelling Project TRANSCRIPT “What do you think, dad, should I go?” And he’s like, “You know, I think it’s just better be, uh, safe than sorry.” He was like, “I think, you know, you should go.” My name is Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman. I am a PhD student here at Stanford in Anthropology. I’m originally from Sudan, but I am also a green card holder, I’m a permanent resident. I’ve been living in the U.S. for 24 years. We started hearing about this possibility of a Muslim ban, and this executive order that might get signed. [News Reporter] Trump put a temporary ban on travelers from Sudan and six other Muslim majority countries from entering the US. And my father and I were, you know, in this very small kind of one-bedroom house in this like working-class neighborhood in Khartoum, and glued to the TV watching CNN, trying to figure out what’s going to happen. [Trump] I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United State of America. We don’t want them here. On the day we heard that this was going to get signed within the next two days, I decided probably within the span of an hour, that I was going to get the next flight out. [Trump] we only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love, deeply, our...

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Isabella Zizi: Indigenous Environmental Justice
Jul06

Isabella Zizi: Indigenous Environmental Justice

Earlier this year, I received multiple emails from some colleagues to apply for Making Contact’s Spring Community Storytelling Fellowship. I was very intrigued by the title of the fellowship: Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis. I finally said to myself “Let’s take a look at what this is all about.” At first I was hesitant to apply because I didn’t consider myself a storyteller. I felt that I didn’t have the background skills or wasn’t educated about radio and audio recordings. When I continued to read the overview, the application read “Applicants are Indigenous activists in Bay Area Indigenous-led movements that address the climate crisis and lead around a vision of respect for the earth and its peoples.” I thought, that’s me! Within one week after applying, I received an email to participate in the first round of interviews. Applicants had to pitch a story. Since I live in Richmond, CA I wanted to bring up the August 6th 2012 Chevron refinery explosion and share a personal story about my experience that day. I also wanted to incorporate my inspiration in joining Idle No More SF Bay early 2014 to help organize Indigenous led refinery healing walks. Meanwhile, as I waited to hear about my application I was in the final 2 weeks of helping to plan the April 2017 Refinery Healing walk. It was the first of our set of four this summer, and this year is the last of the four years Idle No More SF Bay has committed to organizing them.   On the afternoon before the April walk –from Pittsburg refineries (Koch Cardon) to Martinez refineries (Tesoro and Shell) and our neighborhoods between them — I received a phone call from Making Contact’s Executive Director Lisa Rudman. She applauded my work and announced that I was selected to be the 2017 Native-American/Indigenous fellow for the Community Storytelling Fellowship. I was absolutely in shock and so excited to get this opportunity.   Over the next weeks, Laura Flynn (one of Making Contact’s producers) and I started right away on the first draft of my story outline. I wanted to create a transitional story that captured the hardship of living in a refinery town and highlight the positive shift of what the refinery healing walks has done for community members like myself  in the East Bay. At first, the process of being the fellow was a bit intimidating and overwhelming. I had to work around my work schedule, refinery healing walk organizing meetings, and monthly new moon ceremonies that I help coordinate with other women who signed on to the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth treaty....

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Conscience and Dissent: Values in Media
Mar29

Conscience and Dissent: Values in Media

  Independent journalism offers incisive analysis and perspectives typically passed over by the corporate-owned media. The phrase “Speaking truth to power” is a central tenet to independent journalism and community produced media. A network of those media outlets gathered at The Media Consortium conference in Washington DC to discuss the role independent media plays in today’s contentious media landscape. Special thanks to the panelists, The Media Consortium, Jo Ellen Kaiser, Manolia Charlotin, and Paul Stewart. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Ricardo Sandoval Palos, Managing Editor of 100 Reporters Dr. Amara Enyia, 2016-2018 Global Leadership Fellow with the Global Strategists Association Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director for Free Press Michelle Garcia, Journalist other panelists at this session, not appearing in this radio edition included Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor at large of YES!, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, and Maya Schenwar,Truthout‘s editor-in-chief 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: Ketsa, “Roll On” John Luc Hefferman, “Triumph” More Information: The Media Consortium Journalism That Matters TMC Conference 2017 Plenary 100 Reporters The Media Consortium Conference 2017  ...

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Immigrants & Elections Pt. 2: Barriers to the Ballot
Oct26

Immigrants & Elections Pt. 2: Barriers to the Ballot

Photo of Florita & Joseph Campbell at the Halo Halo Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ by contributing producer Valeria Fernández In the US, the right to vote is one of the country’s most cherished and hard-fought rights. But it doesn’t mean that everyone has equal access to the polls. In 2013 the Supreme Court struck down a key civil rights provision of the Voting Rights Act. This November will be the first presidential election in 50 years where voters will not have the full protection of the original law. In this second installment of Making Contact’s Immigrants and Elections series, we explore some of the barriers immigrants and other historically disenfranchised voters face in gaining access to the polls. Listen to our other episodes in our Immigrants and Elections series here. * Reporter Valeria Fernandez’s story was made possible with support from Making Contact and New America Media’s fellowship on voting rights. Part 2 Features: Nse Ufot, Executive Director of New Georgia Project Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Coalition Marco Ponce, active supporter of Proposition N Sandra Lee Fewer, San Francisco Unified School District Commissioner Matt Haney, President of the Board of Education of San Francisco Eric Mar, San Francisco County Supervisor Araceli Becerra, recently naturalized US citizen Leonardo Aromin, founder of the Filipino American Journal Samantha Pstross, Executive Director of Arizona Advocacy Network Vic Reid, civic engagement manager for Asian Pacific Community in Action.Host: Credits Host this week: Monica Lopez Contributing Producers: Valeria Fernández and Paulina Velasco Special thanks: Oyez Project for providing free online access to US Supreme Court audio recordings, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for access to their archives, and The Media Consortium for audio from their states’ briefing with Audio Recordist, Carson Riedel, The People’s Channel. Image Credits: “Florita & Joseph Campbell at the Halo Halo Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ” – Valeria Fernandez Music Credits: “Lifetrap”, Year of Glad; “Dents de fer”, FLIST!; “Motion”, Noah; “Surreal”, Ouri; “Future Life”, Ketsa YOUR SUPPORT MADE A DIFFERENCE:  Special thanks to all the individuals who contributed to our Beacon Crowdfunding campaign for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries. Thanks also to the Berwick-Degel Family foundation. More information The Oyez Project A Closer Look at Voter ID laws Across the US Jurisdictions Previously Covered by Section 5 The New Georgia Project Florida Immigrant Coalition Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Feet in 2 Worlds As Trump Conjures the Voter Fraud Boogeyman, Voter Suppression is the Real Issue Asian American Voters Not Being Engaged in Ca.’s Ballot Initiative...

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