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Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste
Jul25

Walk the Talk: Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll meet people challenging polluters in their own backyard. Not to push hazardous industries into another neighborhood. Instead they’re developing visionary solutions for a better life for all and for the future of the planet. From urban to rural communities, we’ll learn about indigenous-led efforts to protect public health and the environment for future generations. We’ll meet Community Storytelling Fellow, environmental and indigenous leader Isabella Zizi. In this piece, Zizi talks about how the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, California sparked her involvement in indigenous-led environmental movements. Zizi walks us from one refinery town to the next, showing us what it’s like living next door to an oil refinery and how these towns have come together to protect the sacred systems of the planet. Then we head to Maine where we meet communities fighting the expansion of a landfill. The Penobscot Nation lives on the river that shares their name. Just upstream from their island reservation is Juniper Ridge, Maine’s largest landfill and the only one that’s state-owned. Casella, the corporation operating the landfill wants to double its size. Penobscots who rely on river fish as a culturally important food source are worried about the river being polluted by the growing dump. Along with their neighbors, they’ve been fighting to halt the expansion. In the process, they’ve exposed backroom dealings that have paved the way for the landfill’s continued growth. Special Thanks to The Christensen Fund for supporting our Indigenous Native-American storytelling fellowships. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Isabella Zizi, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow,  Idle No More SF Bay Organizer, Youth Director Earth Guardians Bay Area Alison Ehara Brown, Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Signer, Idle No More SF Bay Founder Daniel Adel, California Student Sustainability Coalition Online Communications Coordinator Rich Lohman, Healing Walk Volunteer Patricia St. Onge, Idle No More SF Bay Nafsi Ya Jamii Donovin Keomanee, Healing Walk Monitor/Volunteer Kathy Paul, Penobscot Tribal Member and Elder, Water Protector John Banks, Director of the Penobscot Nation’s Natural Resource Department Ed Spencer, Low Impact Logger, Community Activist Paul Schroeder, Retired Librarian, Community Activist Cheryl Spencer, Environmental Researcher, Community Activist Bob Duchesne, Maine State Representative, Environment & Natural Resources Committee Member Ryan Parker,  Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine Andy Jones, Community Organizer, Maine Toxics Action Center Credits: Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Isabella Zizi, Meaghan LaSala, and 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 Music:...

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The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires
Jul19

The Aftermath of Ghost Ship and the San Pablo Fires

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire and the battle to preserve live/work spaces, and then we look at the San Pablo fire in Oakland California that displaced at least a hundred residents…many of whom are now living on the streets in tent encampments. Special Thanks to KALW and Jeremy Dalmas. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Carmen Brito Jonah Strauss Traymaine “Trey” Baker Alex Perry Nicole Sawaya Craig Baldwin Sarah Lockheart Van Dell Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Freelance Producer: Jeremy Dalmas 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: The Generalist Praxis by Generalist – OverFlow Brine  Show close: Blue Dot Sessions – Grand Caravan  The Electronic Music used throughout the show was from victims of the fire or people scheduled to play that night.  More Information: Documentary: 3 Months After Ghost Ship Fire San Pablo Avenue Fire...

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Finding Home: Displacement and Homelessness from Cape Town to California
Jul12

Finding Home: Displacement and Homelessness from Cape Town to California

On this edition of Making Contact we go from Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles and Oakland, California— three cities grappling with evictions, displacement, and homelessness. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Needa Bee, Oakland-Based Housing Advocate Messiah Ali, Oakland Resident Tom Waldman, Director of Communications, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Flora Harris, C-3 Program Director, St. Joseph Center Chyheeb Joseph, Outreach Worker, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Riyaadh Najaar, Pigeon Racer Delia Adrian and Shahied Mizenheimer, District 6 Residents Jane Roberts, Blikkiesdorp Resident Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Contributing Producers: Tony Andrews, Kimon de Greef Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: St. Joseph Center Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment”, Sam Lefebvre Wikipedia Page on Blikkiesdorp Carson Watch NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Homeless Plan...

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Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” (Encore Edition)
Jul05

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” (Encore Edition)

  **  Dr. Taylor recently received death threats after a speech she had made at the Hampshire College graduation. Fox ‘News’ obtained her speech, clipping from it and re-presenting it to their audiences. Soon after, Dr. Taylor received a barrage of threats on her life and her family, forcing her to cancel several speaking events. We think Dr. Taylor’s voice should be heard… again! Is whitelash enough of an explainer for the rise of president-elect Donald Trump? Is it rigorous enough to blame the people who didn’t show up to vote for our impending collective struggle under this administration? On this edition of Making Contact, we rebroadcast a speech contextualizing the election results from Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and author of “From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation.” Special thanks to KPFA for hosting and recording Dr. Taylor’s speech. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University 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   More Information: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Keeanga–Yamahtta Taylor on Black Lives Matter and Black Liberation Achieving Black Liberation: A Conversation With Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Naomi Klein What About Racism How We Get Free Black Faces in High Places No More Eric Garners Organizing Fergusons Poverty and the Tailspin of Culture Where is the Outrage for Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor? Don’t Expect Liberalism to Come to the Defense of Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor  ...

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The Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War
Jun27

The Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War

 It was the 1960s ” and throughout the United States, opposition to the War in Vietnam was growing. The Draft forced young men to make a choice about their own participation in the war. And many chose to resist.  Over the course of the war, 2.6 million went to fight in Vietnam. More than 15 million were exempt or disqualified from military service. And over 200,000 officially defied the draft. Today, the US military is made up of those who enlist. What does it take “in the absence of an official draft” to build resistance to war and empire among the very people charged with fighting for it? Special thanks to the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Camilo Mejia, and Beth Sanders for allowing us to share it. The speeches were originally recorded and produced by Carly Forbes for Migrant Matters, a Rabble.ca podcast. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Draft Resisters: Bruce Cutler, Bruce Dancis, Joseph Gerson, Larry Gossett, Pete Knutson, Mike Rotkin, Phil Stahlman, and Sam Yamashita Camilo Mejia, former Staff Sergeant, Iraq Veterans Against The War *For full access to the film visit The Draft Project. Credits: Host: Marie Choi The Draft and The Vietnam Generation Producer, Video Editor, Director: Beth Sanders Camilo Mejia Speech Recordist and Video Editor: Charles Jenks 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: The Draft and the Vietnam Generation Iraq Veterans Against the War IVAW Winter Soldier Testimonies on Racism and Dehumanization of the Enemy Camilo Mejia on GI Resistance to the War in Iraq Courage To Resist...

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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, Professor of History and International Relations, and the Founding Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University 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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