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The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson
Aug16

The Struggle Inside: The Murder of George Jackson

SPECIAL FOR AUG 21st + “Black August” –a radio documentary by the Freedom Archives about the roots of the modern anti-prison movement. This year marks the 39th anniversary of Black August, first originated in the California prisons to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, and William Christmas. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to take hostages in a plan to negotiate the release of his brother, George. This action liberated three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee still imprisoned, and is the sole survivor of the Marin County Rebellion. Special thanks to the Freedom Archives for producing and allowing us to share it. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  Featuring: Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz professor, who supported George & Jonathan Jackson David Hilliard, former Black Panther Party leader Ruchell Magee, prison activist and leader, still in prison for his political activities Georgia Jackson, mother of George and Jonathan Jackson Harry Belafonte, performer and human rights activist James Baldwin, outspoken writer and social activist George and Jonathan Jackson, activist David Johnson, Hugo Pinell, Luis Talamantez and Sundiata Tate, all charged with the San Quentin rebellion following the murder of George Jackson Narrated by Jonathan Jackson, Jr. Credits: Host: Anita Johnson, Jonathan Jackson, Jr. Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Freedom Archives The Struggle Inside – George Jackson US Prison Culture Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson Blood in My Eye, by George Jackson Prisons On...

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Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
Aug01

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

On this edition of Making Contact, we speak with author Paul Kivel about his book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. This book offers a framework for understanding institutional racism. It provides practical suggestions, tools, examples, and advice on how white people can intervene in interpersonal and organizational situations to work as allies for racial justice. Completely revised and updated, this expanded third edition directly engages the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and takes a detailed look at current issues such as affirmative action, immigration, and health care. It also includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed-heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latinos. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  Featuring: Paul Kivel, Author of Uprooting Racism Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Paul Kivel website Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice America’s Dark Underbelly Six Things White People Can Do To Reach Friends and Family Members to End Racism. Growing up black in America: here’s my story of everyday racism Oppression in...

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Patrisse Khan-Cullors, “When They Call You A Terrorist” (Encore)
Jul12

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, “When They Call You A Terrorist” (Encore)

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  This week is the five year anniversary of Black lives matter. We hear from Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and the author of the new book, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, a meaningful, empowering account of strength and resilience. In this conversation, hosted by long-time organizer Cat Brooks, we hear Patrisse Cullors’ insights on Black Liberation, Police Terrorism and the criminalization of Black activism in America. WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST takes an intimate look at Cullors’ time growing up in Van Nuys, California, surrounded by a devoted family and supportive friends. She weaves her experiences into the larger picture of how predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are under constant systemic attack. From an unrelenting and hostile police presence, to disproportionate punitive action, to lack of basic social and medical services, Cullors explains how lack of personal security and dignity makes daily life an act of survival. Photo Credit: Patrisse Cullors website Featuring: Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cat Brooks, co-founder Anti Police -Terror Project Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Patrisse Khan- Cullors website An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter A founder of Black Lives Matter answers a question on many minds: Where did it...

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Afrofuturism: 3 Women You Need to Know
Jul05

Afrofuturism: 3 Women You Need to Know

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  From Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time to Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Afrofuturism is gaining popularity. Filmmaker and author Ytasha Womack more defines Afrofuturism as “the intersection between black culture, technology, liberation and the imagination, with some mysticism thrown in, too,” On this episode of Making Contact, authors Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Jewelle Gomez discuss the role of history and politics in their work. They also talk about the monsters that haunt their stories and the importance of imaging the future. Special thanks to the San Francisco Public Library for recording. Thanks for music from Anitek. Featuring: Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Jewelle Gomez, Authors John Jennings, Panel Host Credits: Host: Anita  Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Anitek More Information: Jewelle Gomez Nalo Hopkinson  Nnedi Okorafor DC Library What The Heck Is Afrofuturism? Octavia Butler Ahmed Best...

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Jun13

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools is an examination of the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged “by teachers, administrators, and the justice system” and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. In her book, Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, Black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.     Special thanks to Monique W. Morris, Ph.D, Author of Pushout. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! “Pushout” book offer to supporters who donate $50 or more or become a monthly sustainer! Featuring: Dr. Monique Morris, Author of Pushout Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani 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: https://www.moniquewmorris.me/ https://www.law.georgetown.edu/poverty-inequality-center/project-on-marginalized-girls/trauma-informed-learning-network/ https://thenewpress.com/books/pushout https://nwlc.org/resources/stopping-school-pushout-overview-and-key-findings/ https://www.law.georgetown.edu/poverty-inequality-center/  ...

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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 infant mortality. Special thanks to Maureen Mohapatra and The Laura Flanders show, Democracy Now! and PM Press. Like this program?  Click here and support our work. With your donation over $25 get a free copy of Revolutionary Mothering Featuring: Roundtable on Revolutionary Mothering Anthology, on The Laura Flanders Show with Dr. Gumbs as guest host: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs  guest host and anthology co-editor and “A queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess, Alexis has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University.” China Martens co-editor and “a zinestress extraordinaire based in Baltimore, MD. Her first book, The Future Generation, is a compilation of sixteen years of her first zine. She is also the coeditor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.” Mai’a Williams co-editor and writer, visual artist and birth worker and “the creator and director of Water Studio, which supports and co-creates with underground community artists and revolutionaries in Cairo, Egypt, and she organizes with the Revolutionary Youth Councils of Cairo.” Cynthia Dewi Oka  anthology contributor poet and “author of Salvage. She is a member of the Sanctuary Advocate Coalition, which works to expand sanctuary in vision and practice through the framework of black-brown unity.” Victoria Law anthology contributor and “Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women… She is the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.” WEB Extra Segment from Democracy Now, Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis: Linda Villarosa,  journalist and New York Times Magazine contributor, director of  the journalism program at the City College of New York Amy Goodman, journalist and host and executive producer of Democracy Now Nermeen Shaikh, producer & co-host of Democracy Now Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Audio Mixer: Emily Harris Episode Producer:  Lisa Rudman Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker The Laura Flanders Show and Democracy Now recorded material by permission Music: Farsical- Slow Driver-Blue Dot Sessions Low Light Switch-Blue Dot Sessions Careless Morning-Blue Dot Sessions Backed Vibes Clean-Kevin MacLeod Derailed-Blue Dot Sessions More Information: VIDEO Revolutionary Mothering on Laura Flanders Show Pauline Alexis Gumbs guest host...

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