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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Jun21

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Special Thanks to KPFA for use of the audio. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Historian 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: Show opener: Quiet Orchestra – My Friend Show close: Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan More Information: Dr. Ibram Stamped From The Beginning Book...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2
Jun13

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. This week we present Part Two of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the final installment in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker The Puffin Foundation & the Regional Arts and Culture Council supported Barbara Bernstein’s work. Thank You!   More Information: Sightline Institute 350.org Seattle   350.org PDX   Audubon...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1
Jun06

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. As the fossil fuel industry turns up its pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. This week we present Part One of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the first in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate:...

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The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines
May31

The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines

Two of the longest running armed rebellions on opposites sides of the world, the FARC in Colombia and the NDFP in the Philippines are vying for peace but several elements-government, paramilitary, and drugs, make it all but impossible. As members of the FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, embark on their ‘last march’ to demobilization camps after half a century of war and the government begins peace talks with ELN rebels, a series of assassinations has shaken the prospects for peace in Colombia. Human rights defenders, left-wing activists, land rights advocates, indigenous and black community leaders — all supporters of the peace process — are being assassinated in rural areas of the country. This situation has many worried that it could sabotage the fragile peace accord and its implementation. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is a coalition made up of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and many other civil society organizations. The revolutionary government has been at war with the Philippine government since the late 1960s, and is currently undergoing peace talks with the Rodrigo Duterte administration. These talks are significant and have moved farther than previous Philippine government  administrations. Christina Ellazar Palabay, who is the Secretary General of Karapatan or the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines, and Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front–are part of a peace tour delegation to talk about a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the Philippines amidst a polarizing president. Special thanks to Luis Gallo for his contribution to this show. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eduardo López, Farmer, Organizer Leon Fredy Muñoz, Director of Fenalpaz Clara Navarro, Human Rights Worker Angela Moreno, Human Rights Worker Daisy Herrera, Environmental Engineer Luis Eduardo Pardo, Chief Peace Advisor Christina Ellazar Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan + the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front Credits: Host/Producer: R.J. Lozada  Freelance Reporter: Luis Gallo 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: Fenalpaz Marcha Patriotica Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) National Democratic Front of the Philippines KARAPATAN Duterte Unbound Christians Rise Up Against the “Filipino Trump”...

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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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Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom
May17

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom

Liberation Theology: A March to Freedom explores the conceptual framework of “liberation theology” — a branch of Theology developed by Catholics and Christians looking to examine the church’s role in society, to address the socio-political and economic realities of the oppressed. We will examine why Liberation Theology, with its focus on political activism and resistance, is resonating with communities hungry for social justice during these trying times. Special thanks to Prison Radio, Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost – We Comin’  for allowing us to include their song. Image: “Cristo de la Liberacion” (Christ of the Liberation) by Maximino Cerezo Barredo, who’s been dubbed “liberation painter.” Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Pastor Michael McBride  Reverend Cheryl Denise Ward Reverend John Helmiere Mumia Abu-Jamaland more… Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Contributing Producer: Yuko Kodama 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:  Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan (Show opener) Quiet Orchestra – My Friend Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost – We Comin’ More Information: Pastor Michael McBride The Way Christian Center Reverend John Helmiere Reverend Cheryl Denise Ward Mumia Abu-Jamal...

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