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Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income
Jan17

Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income

When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United states, the wealth gap between rich and poor was already very wide. The top 10% of families — those who had at least $942,000 — held 76% of total wealth. The average amount of wealth in this group was $4 million. And the entire bottom half of the population had just 1% of the total wealth pie, this gap continues to rise and when the statistical scope accounts for race, the disparity worsens. Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, traces the history of the wealth gap in his work. Is Universal Basic Income, or UBI, an answer to the wealth gap, and to poverty? Or is it the tech community’s neoliberal dream? For this answer we hear from the producers from Upstream. Special thanks to Upstream Podcast: Upstreampodcast.org. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies Julianna Bidadanure – Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy at Stanford University Doug Henwood – Economist, Journalist Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Upstream Podcast Producers: Della Z Duncan, Robert R. Raymond Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Born on Third Base, by Chuck Collins Inequality.org United for a Fair Economy Upstream Podcast The Color of Money – Mehrsa Baradaran  Economic Policy Institute, The Racial Wealth...

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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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Sacrifice Zones – Part 2 (Encore Edition)
Oct25

Sacrifice Zones – Part 2 (Encore Edition)

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 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: Sacrifice Zones was written, narrated and produced by Barbara Bernstein. Sacrifice Zones was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Puffin Foundation. Original music was composed and performed by Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls.  Credits: Host: Monica Lopez 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: Anna Fritz More Information: Sightline Institute   350.org Seattle   350.org PDX   Audubon Society of Portland  Audubon Washington  Climate Solutions   Columbia Riverkeeper Earthjustice  Friends of the Columbia Gorge Friends of the Earth  Friends of the San Juans  The Lands Council  Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility   Sierra Club Washington State Chapter   Sierra Club Oregon Chapter  Washington Conservation Voters  Washington Environmental Council  Washington Physicians for Social...

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Sacrifice Zones – Part 1 (Encore Edition)
Oct18

Sacrifice Zones – Part 1 (Encore Edition)

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 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: Sacrifice Zones was written, narrated and produced by Barbara Bernstein. Sacrifice Zones was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Puffin Foundation. Original music was composed and performed by Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls.  Credits: Host: Monica Lopez 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: “Lonesome Valley”, Black Twig Pickers More Information: Sightline Institute   350.org Seattle   350.org PDX   Audubon Society of Portland  Audubon Washington  Climate Solutions   Columbia Riverkeeper Earthjustice  Friends of the Columbia Gorge Friends of the Earth  Friends of the San Juans  The Lands Council  Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility   Sierra Club Washington State Chapter   Sierra Club Oregon Chapter  Washington Conservation Voters  Washington Environmental Council  Washington Physicians for Social...

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Language Is Life, Land Is Sacred
Sep27

Language Is Life, Land Is Sacred

Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow Vincent Medina is a Chochenyo Ohlone Native American who is a part of a young generation working to revitalize the Chochenyo language for future generations.  Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow Isabella Zizi is a young native-american environmentalist shaped by the 2012 Chevron Refinery Explosion and by her indigenous women elders in the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks in the Bay Area of California. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! TRANSCRIPT –see below Featuring: Vincent Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone, Language and Culture Activist, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow Gabriel Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone Dottie Galvan, Chochenyo Ohlone Elder Cathy G., Chochenyo Ohlone Elder 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 Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada 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: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases right now, would we stop climate change? E.P.A. Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation Transcript generated from Pop Up Archive, an automated transcription service, and may contain typographical errors. [RJL] I’m RJ Lozada and this is making contact. [RJL] On today’s episode we bring you a special broadcast and present you two Making Contact storytelling fellows, Vincent Medina, and Isabelle Zizi. Both will bring you powerful experiences, speaking as part of a growing cohort of Native American activists and organizers in the bay area–they’re building upon the  traditions and the work of their elders, for themselves and for the next generations. The Ohlone are the first peoples of the Bay Area, covering areas from the coast line along San Francisco to as far inland as Salinas Valley. After near eradication, the Ohlone were all but completely eradicated and enveloped within the colonizers world — their languages and cultures criminalized and swallowed up. It would be several generations before the Ohlone would be able to regenerate, and reclaim fractions of land rightfully theirs. Making Contact Community Storytelling fellow, Vincent Medina is part of the current generation of Ohlone that are deeply invested in language and cultural revitalization. Whether paying homage at Coyote Hills Park in Fremont, or teaching Chochenyo language courses at Mission San Jose, Vincent finds firm footing in...

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