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Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin (ENCORE)
May03

Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin (ENCORE)

  On today’s program we honor Bayard Rustin, one of the most central figures in the African American struggle for Civil Rights and Freedom. Rustin was a pacifist, homosexual and practitioner of nonviolence who dedicated his life to racial equality, economic justice and ending warfare. Known as the lead organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and trusted advisor to labor leader A. Phillip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther...

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Re:Work Soul Force, Part 1
Feb23

Re:Work Soul Force, Part 1

On Dec. 11, 2021, the UCLA Labor Center’s historic MacArthur Park building was officially named the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center, in honor of a civil and worker rights icon who has been teaching at UCLA for the last 2 decades. In this episode of Re:Work, 93-year-old Rev. Lawson shares stories from his youth, and how he came to discover soul force and the path of nonviolence. This episode contains material from Rev....

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Fallen Heroes 2021: bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Carrie Dann, Margo St. James, and more
Dec29

Fallen Heroes 2021: bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Carrie Dann, Margo St. James, and more

Making Contact · Fallen Heroes, 2021   Thousands of social justice leaders in communities all over the world passed away this year. In our annual Fallen Heroes episode, we share words of inspiration from, and about, some grassroots activists that may not have been very well known outside their particular communities. Special thanks to the following for use of audio: Clandestino Institut Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes produced by...

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George Floyd Anniversary & Reimagining Public Safety: Special YES!/PNS Report
Jul01

George Floyd Anniversary & Reimagining Public Safety: Special YES!/PNS Report

Making Contact · George Floyd Anniversary & Reimagining Public Safety: Special YES!/PNS Report   Minneapolis, MN – May 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s death – captured on video that showed Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes – sparked a global uprising in defense of Black lives...

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Grace Lee Boggs: Sister Revolutionary (Updated Encore)
Jun23

Grace Lee Boggs: Sister Revolutionary (Updated Encore)

Making Contact · Grace Lee Boggs: Sister Revolutionary (Updated Encore)   Anti-Asian violence and hate has increased since the start of the pandemic last year. #StopAsianHate became a viral hashtag much like #BlackLivesMatter in the wake of Black people killed by police officers. The relationship between Black and Asian Americans is complicated. However, the groups are united in their efforts to call out white supremacy as the...

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Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin
Jun10

Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin

Making Contact · Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin On today’s program we honor Bayard Rustin, one of the most central figures in the African American struggle for Civil Rights and Freedom. Rustin was a pacifist, homosexual and practitioner of nonviolence who dedicated his life to racial equality, economic justice and ending warfare. Known as the lead organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and trusted advisor to labor leader...

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Mrs. Hamer, Echoes
Jun03

Mrs. Hamer, Echoes

Making Contact · Mrs. Hamer, Echoes Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, spoke words that are all too relevant. Today on Making Contact, you’ll hear archival recordings, and excerpts from a powerful new film featuring Fannie Lou Hamer’s contemporaries– themselves now elders. You’ll hear about the context of her life, and the lives of other sharecroppers in Mississippi from a seldom heard film produced for the Student Nonviolent...

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Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop Freedom Summer’s Civil Rights Movement of 1964
Jan14

Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop Freedom Summer’s Civil Rights Movement of 1964

Spies of Mississippi Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations...

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Aug27

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

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 new book, Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas,...

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The Port Chicago Sailors: Separate and Unequal
Jul03

The Port Chicago Sailors: Separate and Unequal

California’s Port Chicago 75 years ago during World War II a deadly disaster hit when sailors, most of them African-Americans, were loading ammunition onto ships at California’s Port Chicago. 320 men were killed and while the White officers were given leave time and commended for heroic efforts, 328 of the surviving Black enlistees were sent to load ammunition on another ship. When they refused, fifty men were charged and...

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