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The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising
Sep13

The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising

  On May 18, 1980, the people of Gwangju, South Korea came together for reunification and an end to an era of martial law imposed by U.S.-backed military dictators. Over the course of ten days, they staged mass protests, battled riot police and soldiers, and were met with brutal repression. Together, they successfully drove the military out Gwangju and governed the city together. Their actions changed the course of Korean history. On Part 1 of this episode of Making Contact, we hear from survivors of the Gwangju Uprising about how they took on the tasks of history and the lessons they carry. Special thanks to Jung Dong Suk of Gwangju SPARK, Io Sunwoo, Esther Kang, and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. Image Credit: Hong Sung-Dam Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Lee Yoon Jung, President of the May Women’s Association Ahn Sung Rye, Nurse Supervisor at Gwangju Gidok Hospital during the Gwangju Uprising 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 Archival Tape: U.S. Department of Defense Combat Bulletin 101, United Newsreels Japan Surrenders U.S. Soldiers Voiceovers: R.J. Lozada, Josh Klinkenberger and Tavis Kelley Yoon Jung Lee Voiceover: Deann Borshay Liem Ahn Sung Rye Voiceover: Miriam Ching Louie Music: +rain – Jio Im 우리의 소원은 통일 (Our Wish is Reunification) for Piano based on B.W. Ahn – Young Jo Lee What Were We Holding Onto – Jio Im March of the Beloved for News Tapa – Yojo and Ruben July – Jio Im 1983 Song for News Tapa – Sulpa More Information: HOBAK Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of Age by Lee Jae Eui  March of The Beloved, Zoom In Korea May 18 Gwangju Peoples Uprising, Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles  A Taxi Driver  Stirrings of Resistance The Legacy of the Gwangju Uprising May 18 Memorial Foundation ...

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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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The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines
May31

The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines

Two of the longest running armed rebellions on opposites sides of the world, the FARC in Colombia and the NDFP in the Philippines are vying for peace but several elements-government, paramilitary, and drugs, make it all but impossible. As members of the FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, embark on their ‘last march’ to demobilization camps after half a century of war and the government begins peace talks with ELN rebels, a series of assassinations has shaken the prospects for peace in Colombia. Human rights defenders, left-wing activists, land rights advocates, indigenous and black community leaders — all supporters of the peace process — are being assassinated in rural areas of the country. This situation has many worried that it could sabotage the fragile peace accord and its implementation. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is a coalition made up of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and many other civil society organizations. The revolutionary government has been at war with the Philippine government since the late 1960s, and is currently undergoing peace talks with the Rodrigo Duterte administration. These talks are significant and have moved farther than previous Philippine government  administrations. Christina Ellazar Palabay, who is the Secretary General of Karapatan or the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines, and Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front–are part of a peace tour delegation to talk about a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the Philippines amidst a polarizing president. Special thanks to Luis Gallo for his contribution to this show. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eduardo López, Farmer, Organizer Leon Fredy Muñoz, Director of Fenalpaz Clara Navarro, Human Rights Worker Angela Moreno, Human Rights Worker Daisy Herrera, Environmental Engineer Luis Eduardo Pardo, Chief Peace Advisor Christina Ellazar Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan + the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front Credits: Host/Producer: R.J. Lozada  Freelance Reporter: Luis Gallo 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: Fenalpaz Marcha Patriotica Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) National Democratic Front of the Philippines KARAPATAN Duterte Unbound Christians Rise Up Against the “Filipino Trump”...

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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict
Mar22

The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: George W. Bush, former U.S. President Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Yara Badday, Iraqi-American Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine Barack Obama, former U.S. President Aaron Glantz, journalist Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: KALW News Aaron Glantz Answer Coalition Iraq Veterans Against the War Swords to Plowshares Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans for Peace Civilian-Soldier Alliance War Resisters League Veteran Artists Happy Anniversary, Iraq War Clamor War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Music: Intro by The...

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Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Feb14

Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment.  And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at  similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves  to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices.  So, what can we learn from our history?  And how do we fight back?  Photo Credit: Tomorrow, Inshallah Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Satsuki Ina, Documentarian Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, Survivors Joseph Arsinoe, US Soldier War Relocation Authority Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, Attorney Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech Credits: Host and Contributing Producer: Salima Hamirani Making Contact Producer for this episode: 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 Music: Linda Kako Caplan 2008 Anniversary Concert – Aoi umi SFPL Shoko Hikage Koto Studio – Ame Mizu Shizuku Pablo GBeats Star Wars Imperial March Rap Beat Just A Tune – Star Wars Istanbul Film Music Orchestra – Star Wars Duel of the Fates Rameses B – Star Wars More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center Alliance of South Asians Taking Action DoBetter.Tech Densho Archives FILM Whose Children Are These Suyama Project Gary Okihiro, “Japanese Resistance in America’s Concentration Camps, A Re-evaluation” CAIR Arab American Association of NY DRUM NYC Sikh Coalition New York Immigration Coalition Families for Freedom AALDEF Arab American Action Network MPower Change Asian Americans Advancing Justice National Network of Arab American Communities Never...

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Women Rising 32: Pt 2 Phasing Out Nuclear Power
Nov09

Women Rising 32: Pt 2 Phasing Out Nuclear Power

  As nuclear plant accidents mount, and nuclear waste becomes a greater threat to health and safety worldwide,  {and a new President Trump will influence nuclear policy} Women Rising Radio features veteran activists at the center of the movement to phase out nuclear energy, power and research. We revisit Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mile Island and many less well known disasters  –  and hear about real solutions to the problem of nuclear energy. Featuring: Claire Greensfelder, International Forum on Globalization, Women in Europe for a Common Future, and the Global Women’s Call for Climate Justice, former nuclear campaign director for Greenpeace. Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action Japan. Ursula Sladek, founder of Shoenau Energy Company in Germany. Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Jackie Sojico Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo credit: 8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs, photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence Music Credit:  8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest musicians, with special thanks to Stefan Kelly More Information: Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes” Hiromi Kawakami, “God Bless You, 2011” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story. ICAN, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear  Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy  Samira Goetschel City 40 Western States Legal Foundation “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO Nuclear Free Future Women in Europe for a Common Future No Nukes Action Committee Fairewinds Energy Education Solartopia INOCHI for Life International Women’s Call for Climate Justice Shoenau Energy Company WEDO, Women’s Environment and Development...

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