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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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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – The Personal Is Political
May16

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – The Personal Is Political

For this edition of Making Contact, we’ll present the documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a reflection on the rise of the women’s liberation movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971. She’s Beautiful explores the emergence of political thought that challenged systems of patriarchy. This documentary provides important historical insight at a time when our country is experiencing regression around issues of reproductive rights, equity in the workplace, and violence against women. Photo Credit: The Film, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Alta Chude Pamela Allen Judith Arcana Nona Willis Aronowitz Fran Beal Heather Booth Rita Mae Brown Susan Brownmiller Linda Burnham Jacqui Ceballos Mary Jean Collins Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Muriel Fox Jo Freeman Carol Giardina Susan Griffin Karla Jay Kate Millett Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Denise Oliver-Velez OBOS Trina Robbins Ruth Rosen Vivian Rothstein Marlene Sanders Alix Kates Shulman Ellen Shumsky Marilyn Webb Virginia Whitehill Ellen Willis Alice Wolfson Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson,  Monica Lopez Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Documentary Credits: Director: Mary Dore Producers: Mary Dore & Nancy Kennedy, Geralyn Dreyfous Executive Producers: Pamela Tanner Boll and Elizabeth Driehaus Music: Film’s Composer Mark Degli Antoni “Melancholy Guitar” by Scott Anderson, courtesy of  “For The Bible Tells Me So Ltd” “Wake Up- Instrumental” by Arian Saleh, courtesy of Audio Socket Grand Caravan by Blue Dot Session Build A View by Corey Gray More Information: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry website Our Bodies, Ourselves Black Sisters United LA Times: She’s Beautiful Gets the Word Out HuffPo: Why the Fight for Pay Equity Is So ImportantCNN: Obama to press for paid sick days and paid family leaveThe New Yorker: Americans Family-Leave Disgrace Mother Jones: The Strict Abortion Ban That Abortion Foes Fear The Feminine Mystique. SNCC Black Women’s Liberation Committee Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy From Hell, W.I.T.C.H Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf The Young Lords...

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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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Protecting People and Water in Mexico City
May02

Protecting People and Water in Mexico City

Clean, fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources. This week Making Contact contributor Maria Doerr looks at what is being done to safeguard the watersheds of Mexico City— the natural water systems that provide water to one of the largest metropolises in the world. Image Caption: Water barrels in an indigenous community within the Water Forest. Some residents wait up to two weeks for water trucks to appear. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Jürgen Hoth, Conservation International Mexico Dr. Marisa Mazari, Researcher at Sustainable Sciences Lab, Institute of Ecology, UNAM Community Members of Coajomulco and Nepopualco Filiberto Torres Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Cárdenas Gómez, CBTA 71 Celia Sánchez González and Mireya Sánchez Mendoza, San Bernabé Ocotepec Ecological Park Credits: Host, Producer, Engineer: Maria Doerr Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Monplaisir Radio Jarocho and Zenen Zefrino Huervo Laura Rebolloso More Information: Conservation International UN Global Compact – What Do “Water Scarcity”, “Water Stress”, and “Water Risk” Actually Mean? Mexico City’s Water Crisis – From Source to Sewer, by Jonathan Watts...

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Daze of Justice
Apr18

Daze of Justice

Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Daze of Justice is the intimate story of trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia’s killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses determined to resurrect the memory of their loved ones before the UN Special Tribunal prosecuting the Khmer Rouge. Only Daze of Justice takes us beyond the killing fields. The women must not only find the courage to remember their past, they also face an unexpected and agonizing predicament when they come face to face with Phang, the son of Kaing Guek Eav (Alias “Duch”), one of Pol Pot’s most notorious torturers. And in the process, on the margins of the UN tribunal, the seekers become the source of justice. The women not only generate a vocabulary for reclaiming the past but pave a path that extends the promise of redemption to future generations. Featuring: Marie Chea, Khmer Rouge Survivor Sophany Bay, Khmer Rouge Survivor Sarem Neou, Khmer Rouge Survivor Leakhena Nou, Phd. Medical Sociologist, Associate Professor, CSU Long Beach Pheng, Khmer Rouge Survivor Michael Siv, Filmmaker, Khmer Rouge Survivor Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Voices: Jessica Antonio, RJ Lozada, Julian Jaravata, Lisa Rudman, Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, John Tyler Laureta, Roger Habon, Tyler Trumbo Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Daze of Justice, Film Website Cambodia Tribunal Monitor Article: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Mission Accomplished?  Article, Counterpunch: Who Supported the Khmer Rouge? Article, Jacobin: Nixon and the Cambodian Genocide Article: U.S. Just Quietly Deported Largest Group of Cambodians Ever Article: Deported from U.S. Cambodian-Americans find themselves outsiders in unfamiliar country...

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