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#SayHerName: Black Love in Action
Jul06

#SayHerName: Black Love in Action

In cities across the country, black women – many of whom have been on the front lines of the Movement for Black Lives – are lifting up the names of their sisters killed by police. This March, Manolia Charlotin, a multimedia journalist with the The Media Consortium, and Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project sat down at a community event in San Francisco to talk about Say Her Name and what it looks like to build a movement that centers black women. Jamison Robinson, Yuvette Henderson’s brother, talks about the difference it makes when a community comes together to demand justice after the police kill someone.  Featuring: Jamison Robinson, brother of Yuvette Henderson Manolia Charlotin, journalist with The Media Consortium Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with the Anti Police-Terror Project Credits Host: Marie Choi Music: “Railroad’s Whisky Co.” by Jahzzar, “Light, Livid” by Plurabelle, “We Comin’” by Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost, “Derailed” by Blue Dot Sessions, Nicolo Scolieri, music selector for the Yuvette Henderson story:  “Unknown Cocek Tune” by Choba, “Tikifite” by Noura Mint Seyma, “Improvisation” by Dave Nelson, “All Our Clocks are Dying” by Ergo Phizmiz Sound Engineers: NaRayan Khalsa, Alexandra Toledo, Clara Lindstrom and Britta Conroy-Randall from The California Institute for Integral Studies’ Public Programs Photo Credits: “Jamison and Yuvette at the BART Station, going to see Disney on Ice.” Photo provided by Jamison Robinson More information Say Her Name, African American Policy Forum Anti-Police Terror Project Black Lives Matter “Making Black Lives Matter” feature by Darwin Bond Graham for the East Bay...

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Resurrected: Formerly Incarcerated Change-Makers
Nov11

Resurrected: Formerly Incarcerated Change-Makers

In order to reduce prison over-crowding the Justice Department is releasing about 6,000 non-violent inmates early. Darris Young is working to make sure upon release individuals can successfully transition after incarceration. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet more individuals like Darris who also went to prison, came out and dedicated their lives to making a positive difference. Featuring: Frankie V. Guzman, Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law Frederick Hutson, Founder/CEO Pigeonly Clemmie Greenlee, founder of the Nashville Peacemakers Darris Young, Local Organizer at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Credits Host: Laura Flynn Music by: Indian Wells: Alcantara, The Gateless Gate: Endless Grey, Steve Combs: Descent and March, Cousin Silas / Black Hill: Cousin Silas & Black Hill – Sand of the South More information National Center for Youth Law Ella Baker Center Nashville Peace and Justice Center...

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Getting Out: the journey out of prison

Nationally, American prisons release more than 650,000 people into society every year. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Memphis or Boston.  On this edition, producer Aaron Mendelson followed ex-prisoner Kevin Tindall on his journey out of prison. Special thanks to Claire Schoen and the University of California Berkeley, School of Journalism. Featuring:    Gordon Brown, ex-prisoner Monta Kevin Tindall, ex-prisoner Jerry Elster, ex-prisoner Tom Gorham, Program Director Options Recovery Services Barry Krisberg, Director of Research and Policy and Lecturer in Residence at Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley Debra Mendoza, former parole officer, consultant More information San Quentin State Prison Pathways To Resilience Impact Hub Oakland How is Life Outside After Being in Prison for Over 20 Years? After prison building a new life means more than just doing...

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After 31 years in prison, Al Sasser is giving a voice to men still inside
Jun09

After 31 years in prison, Al Sasser is giving a voice to men still inside

My piece is everything about the relationships fostered while under the most traumatic circumstances of sensory deprivation, political pressure and uncertainty.  The reality of human confinement is extremely difficult to describe adequately.  However I will endeavor to share the Truth of our existence while we struggled to rise above it. I hope to honor each individual involved with the process of building us up. Encouraging us to discover the endless possibilities available to those of us who were willing to direct our courage in a positive way. The bonds we’ve managed and continue to maintain were previously thought to be impossible.  Contrary to those critics our relationships changed the prison culture, installed hope and made what was idealistic, realistic.  A true paradigm shift. Making Contact has provided me with an opportunity to exercise my right to be a voice in this world.  In doing so, I am able to be a channel through which many others speak their truth; many of whom otherwise would go unheard. It’s one benefit to speak, another to serve as a channel through which others can share. I’d like to offer this perception conveyed by storyteller Leslie Marmon Silko, “As with any generation the oral tradition depends upon each person listening and remembering a portion and it is Together-all of us remembering what we have heard and Together-that creates the whole story, the long story of the people.” Each person adding to the story, in the spirit of the orator, transforms the story which then belongs to all whom participate in its telling.  Through my work with Grooming for Griots, I endeavor to capture and contribute to the shaping of a people’s collective consciousness by sharing the Truth in word and deed. What stories do we share when we speak to strangers, to our children, our parents, sisters, brothers and friends? Is the degree of truth 100% or does it differ depending upon to whom we’re speaking?  Is speaking truth so difficult that we’d rather hide behind falsehood in our attempt to mask truth? It’s said that, “Truth crushed to the ground will live to rise again.”  This implies strongly that truth cannot be denied and inevitably will surface.  Truth is an absolute and backed by God. Truth exists for reasons of clarity, confidence, conviction and serves as the suit of armor which protects one from being misdirected while on the arduous journey to spread the truth and dispel myth. The truth will truly set us free from the prisons of the mind.  How will you participate in the breaking of psychological chains that stagnate progressive advances?  Speak it and Live it.  Then it...

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Deadly Force- Interview with Julie Perini
Feb27

Deadly Force- Interview with Julie Perini

Following up on last week’s show on police shootings, Making Contact’s George Lavender interview Julie Perini one of the producers of “Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” about the “ghostly scratchings” she created at the sites of police violence. Listen to the entire show here: https://www.radioproject.org/2015/02/deadly-force-police-shootings-in-black-and-white/ And for more about her work go to:...

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Restorative Justice: Reconciling Face to Face

Victims and perpetrators sitting down face to face…it can help heal their wounds, and our society. Incarcerating our way out of crime clearly hasn’t worked, and it’s costing us billions. Meanwhile, school suspensions are reaching record highs. Now, Institutions across US are finally starting to consider problem solving methods other than punishment.  Restorative justice is gaining ground–in the schools, and behind bars. Featuring:    Paul Jacobsen, Rosa Parks elementary school principal Mekaylah Porter, Marilyn, Rosa Parks elementary students Yari Sandel, restorative justice coordinator Helen Parker, San Francisco’s restorative practices department coach Sonya Shah, Insight Prison Project Justice Program Director Nancy Potts, mother of son killed by drunk driver Chris Scezech, drunk driver Radha Stern, mother of murder victim Sam Johnson, San Quentin prison inmate More Information Insight Prison Project Restorative Practices in the San Francisco Unified School District Real Justice Restorative Justice Online National Council on Crime and Delinquency Restorative Justice Project Restorative Justice Institute of Maine Articles Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice? San Quentin Radio Project: When victims and offenders talk How School Communities Prevent Racial Bias in School Discipline Victim Offender Mediation: Nancy Potts, & Chris Scezech Part 1 Part...

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