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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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Fallen Heroes of 2017
Dec26

Fallen Heroes of 2017

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Thousands of local social justice organizers, activists and other leaders passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines. On this edition of Making Contact, as we do every December, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2017. Special thanks to filmmaker David Hoffman, African Women’s Development Fund, Goldman Environmental Prize, The School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and KCSB radio. Featuring the voices of those who’ve past and those who remember them: Dick Gregory, Comedian and Civil Rights Activist Sumiteru Taniguchi, Chairman of the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation Executive Director Prudence Nobantu Mabele, President of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa Yvette Raphael, South African HIV Activist Isidro Baldenegro López, Farmer and Leader of Mexico’s Tarahumara People Randall Gingrich, Tierra Nativa Director Gauri Lankesh, Journalist, Activist and Editor of Lankesh Patrike Anu Natarajan, Former Vice-Mayor of Fremont CA Corey Dubin, HIV & Hemophilia Activist and Radio Journalist Carl Weixler, President of the Committee of 10,000 Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, First Female MP in Sudan Yosra Akasha, Sudanese Feminist Blogger Dennis Banks, Co-Founder of American Indian Movement (AIM) Credits: Voiceover for Sumiteru Taniguchi – Zach Goldberg Voiceovers for Isidro Baldenegro López – Drake Apablasa Voiceover for Gauri Lankesh – Jessica Stelzer Host: Andrew Stelzer 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 More Information: Dick Gregory Gauri Lankesh: Murdered Indian journalist in her own words Gauri Lankesh Patrike Isidro Baldenegro–2005 Goldman Prize Recipient Corey S. Dubin: 1955-2017 A Powerful Voice and Advocate Interview with Sumiteru Taniguchi, Japanese Citizen, Nagasaki Western States Legal Foundation American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks passes away at the age of 80 American Indian Movement–AIM The Pied Piper of the broken-hearted: HIV activist Prudence Mabele Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim emancipation as a craft Yosra Akasha Anu Natarajan Committee of 10,000 Tierra Nativa Positive Women’s Network Yvette Raphael David Hoffman-Filmmaker ...

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Parenting From Prison, Inside Out
Dec20

Parenting From Prison, Inside Out

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! When one or both parents are in prison the whole family is, in a way, also imprisoned. Family members are negatively affected in ways that worsen existing struggles and inequities. Today we’ll go to New York and New Hampshire to hear about programs for inmates and families that encourage rebuilding and maintaining relationships — despite being separated by prison. The Osborne’s FamilyWorks program, the first in NY State, is a comprehensive parenting program in a men’s state prison founded in 1986. FamilyWorks operates as a counterbalance to the numerous challenges in keeping a family together, such as the high cost of collect calls to inmates, long distances to prisons. The Storybook program in at the State Prison for Men in Concord, New Hampshire is different than at other prisons across the country. It’s run by the Department of Corrections (DOC), instead of a nonprofit or grassroots organization that can function as a link between the men inside and their communities outside. Our non-narrated piece shares some of the changes that these fathers experience, but also some of the stories and messages they read to their children. Special thanks to Laura Roan, Jonathan Stenger, Elizabeth Gaynes, Brenda Maietta, Gabriella Kenner, Steuben Vega, and the Omnia Foundation. Image Credit: Photo by Osborne Association   Featuring: Gia Corrigan Marni Corrigan Kim Corrigan Frankie Corrigan James (Jim) Corrigan – FamilyWorks Graduate Jean Louis – FamilyWorks Graduate Emani Davis – Co-Creator, Instructor of FamilyWorks Curriculum Elizabeth Gaynes – President and CEO of The Osborne Association, Founder and Instructor of FamilyWorks Program Dr. Karl Mazza – Co-Founder/Creator/Instructor of FamilyWorks Curriculum, DSW, LMSW, Professor of Social Work at Lehman College of the City University of New York Giovanni Monroe Kristina Toth – New Hampshire Department of Corrections Administrator, and Founder of Family Connection Center David Johansen Holly Johansen Tony Hebert Credits: Hosts/Producers: R.J. Lozada, Sylvia Ryerson, Lisa Bartfai 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 More Information: FamilyWorks, Osborne Association Parents in Prison, Sentencing Project Parents and Their Children, Trends 1991 – 2007 Close Rikers, Build Communities...

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The Far Right and Antifa
Dec12

The Far Right and Antifa

In this episode of Making Contact, we explore the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with a story from Athens on the murder of Greek anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas and the resulting investigation. In the second half of the show, historian and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Mark Bray, describes anti-fascist responses to Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920’s and 30’s. Image Credits: Photo by seven_resist on Flickr Image Caption: Pavlos Fyssas, antifascist Rapper and left activist was killed by fascists in Piräus – Athens. 19.09.2013. This photo shows the Red Stuff Antifa store mural in Berlin Kreuzberg. Pavlos was a Hip Hop Artist known as “Killah P”. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Magda Fyssas, Mother of Slain Rapper Pavlos Fyssas Kostis Papaioannou, Coordinator of Golden Dawn Watch Meyas, Greek Rapper Mark Bray, Historian and Author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook 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 Contributing Producers:  Alyssa Moxley, Niki Seth-Smith, Lisa Rudman Song Translation & Voice Over: Yiannis Baboulias Recordings of Golden Dawn Speeches: Stéphane Charpentier Songs: Siga Min Klapso, Lyrics: Killah P, Yannis Angelakas and Taxidiotes Music: Killah P, Yannis Angelakas and Taxidiotes; Zoria, Lyrics: Killah P, Music: Killah P Voice of Magda Fyssas: A translated reenactment of the radio interview of Magda Fyssas by Kostas Arvanitis on Radio 24|7, 88.6 FM, broadcast on June 28, 2017, presented by the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation. Translated by Diane Shugart, spoken by Sophie Williams and Ian Robertson, recorded at Radio 24|7, on September 15, 2017.  Music: Pavlos Fyssas “Steady Leave ID”, Lobo Loco  “West Coast”,  Ryan Little  “Houndstooth”, Gilman Mom  “In Passage”, Blue Dot Sessions More Information: Golden Dawn Watch The Murder of Pavlos Fyssas Killah P – Hliokapsimata [full album] Greek lawyer latest to be assaulted by far right – Al Jazeera, Patrick Strickland Mark Bray An Intimate History of Antifa A Dartmouth Antifa expert was disavowed by his college president for ‘supporting violent protest,’ angering many faculty Southern Poverty Law Center – Hate Map  ...

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Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD
Dec06

Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD

On this edition of Making Contact, Part 2 of our Korea series by producer Marie Choi, we head to Soseongri, a small village nestled in the mountains of Seongju County. There, grandmas and grandpas in their 70s, 80s, and 90s have gone from quietly farming to organizing daily protests and blockades to stop THAAD. THAAD is part of a missile defense system that gives the U.S. the ability to carry out a nuclear first strike. The region has historically been Korea’s conservative stronghold, but with the deployment of THAAD, people are re-evaluating the history they’ve been taught their entire lives. Special Thanks to Io Sunwoo, Juyeon Rhee, and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. Image Credit: Stop THAAD Alliance Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Grace Cho, Sociologist and Author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War Shin Dong Ok, Head of Soseongri Elders Group Shi Uh Yeon, Gimcheon Resident Gimcheon Residents Soseongri Residents  Credits: Host: Marie Choi 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   Voiceover for Shin Dong Ok: David Jang Jae Rhee Voiceovers for Sosongri Halmonis: Juyeon Rhee, J.T. Takagi Voiceover for Shi Uh Yeon: Juhyun Park Voiceover for Gimcheon Imo: Liz Suk Voiceover for Col. Turner Rogers: Claude Marks Archival Audio: U.S. National Archives, AP Archives, U.S. State Department, and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center  Music: + Rain – Jio Im and Judy Jun 나그네설움 Instrumental 그래도 – 오재환 고향의 봄 / 도라지 – Judy Jun July – Jio Im 다신 돌아갈 수 없을까요- 이형주 More Information: ZoomIn Korea’s Stop THAAD Coverage Science at MIT: From Cold War to Climate Crisis Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea MULTIMEDIA: Still Present Pasts Memory of Forgotten War BOOK: Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War by Grace Cho...

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A Tale of Two Heights
Nov29

A Tale of Two Heights

Two neighborhoods — Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and Crown Heights, Brooklyn New York — are experiencing the gamut of changes associated with gentrification. And some are pushing back against those who would cash in on the eviction and displacement of longtime residents. On this edition of Making Contact we hear how one Crown Heights restaurant drew the protest of local residents, and how a coalition of activists in Boyle Heights is taking direct action against gentrifying forces in the neighborhood.  Special thanks to Jesús Hermosillo, producer of the podcast, This Is Where We Stay. Image Credit: Gothamist, Caption: Becca Brennan, owner of Summerhill restaurant at Crown Heights town hall Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Leonardo Vilchis, Union de Vecinos & Defend Boyle Heights Claudia Medina, Eviction Defense Network Carlos Montes, Centro CSO & Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Diana Richardson, NY State Assembly Becca Brennan, Owner of Summerhill Restaurant Geoffrey Davis, Crown Heights Community Organizer Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Otis Gray (Contributing Producer + Producer of the podcast, Hungry) Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: “Bom Jardin”,  Lobo Loco “Steady Leave ID”, Lobo Loco “West Coast”,  Ryan Little “Houndstooth”, Gilman Mom “In Passage”, Blue Dot Sessions “Fater Lee”, Black Ant More Information: Crown Heights Bar Owner Plasters Over Controversial ‘Bullet Hole’ Wall – Emma Whitford, Gothamist Crown Heights Town Hall Meeting, August 24, 2017 An LA Community Fights the “Discovery” of Its Neighborhood by Commercial Art Galleries – Abe Ahn, Hyperallergic Track every NYC apartment eviction on this interactive map – Tanay Warekar, Curbed New York Defend Boyle Heights – Anti-gentrification coalition based in Boyle Heights  Defend Boyle Heights sparks controversy with anti-gentrification push – Saúl Soto, Boyle Heights Beat Tasty...

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