Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2016.

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The Get on the Bus program provides support and free transportation for children and families throughout California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison.

 

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On this edition of Making Contact we look at some of the struggles and victories in the fight for transgender access to gender-specific spaces and programs.

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The Black Panther Party combined Black Power’s militancy with socialist ideology, and infused funk music with Franz Fanon’s writings.  Their impact on American culture, from music to style to community organizing, continues to resonate today.

 

Fifty years after the birth of Black Panther Party, we take a look at the lasting cultural legacy of the Black Panther Party through the eyes of the generations that followed.

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The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film on Hampton and Illinois Black Panthers, but midway through the shoot, Chicago police murdered Hampton. Filmmakers arrived to shoot crime scene footage later used to counter news reports and police testimony.

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The actions at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue. We share interviews from the Voices of Standing Rock. Vincent Medina is a Chochenyo Ohlone Native working to revitalize the Chochenyo language for future generations.

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Given Trump’s winning the election, and the difference between his popular votes and electoral votes, we revisit our show on the Electoral College. It’s history in the era of slavery, and how it works today.

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As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.” 

Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the frontlines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate. 

 

Featuring: 

Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.

Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice.

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK. 

Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant.

Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement.

Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.

 

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Greg Palast, is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His new film, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits," unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts by America's "Billionaire Bandits" to prevent minority communities from exercising their constitutional right to vote. 

Featuring:

Greg Palast, Investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker

 

 

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In the US, the right to vote is one of the country’s most cherished and hard-fought rights. But it doesn't mean that everyone has equal access to the polls. In 2013 the Supreme Court struck down a key civil rights provision of the Voting Rights Act. This November will be the first presidential election in 50 years where voters will not have the full protection of the original law.

In this second installment of Making Contact’s Immigrants and Elections series, we explore some of the barriers immigrants and other historically disenfranchised voters face in gaining access to the polls.

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Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. Before the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th, we revisit the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws.

Featuring:

  • Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana
  • Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative
  • Clifford Kuhn, Professor of History at Georgia State University
  • JT Johnson, civil rights organizer
  • Allen Secher, rabbi
  • Jerel James, Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine
  • August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962)
  • Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.
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As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.”

Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the front lines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate.

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Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital.

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In a world that increasingly seems to strive for uniformity, afro-descendant Creole people on the eastern coast of Nicaragua seek to hold on to their unique culture through their food. Incoming palm plantations are fragmenting traditional Creole farmland and making it difficult for local coconut oil businesses. Overfishing and pesticides from the palm fields are reducing stocks of fish in the lagoons, making it more difficult to access traditional protein sources. In the towns and cities along the coast, an influx of foreign products is setting a new standard for how you should look, talk and eat.

Rondon is one of the most celebrated traditional Creole dishes. Similar to a curry, it has a base of coconut milk in which you cook cassava, dasheen, breadfruit, baby corn and fried fish with fresh herbs and spices. It's a dish with strong connections to Africa. For a people descended from freed blacks, escaped slaves and indigenous Americans, holding on to Rondon is holding on to heritage.

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September marks the 5 year anniversary of Occupy. We go to Zuccotti Park, and Oakland to talk to individuals that were part of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland to gain insight and reflection on the movement that swept the nation.

Featuring:
  • Samara Ward, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Joyous DeAsis, Young Oakland organizer, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Marisa Holmes, Filmmaker, Occupy Wall Street facilitator
  • Needa Bee, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Krystof Lapour, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Samsarah Morgan, doula and birth worker, Founder of Occupy Oakland Children’s Village and Parents and Allies Caucus of Occupy Oakland, Occupy Decolonize Birth Parenting and Pregnancy Caucus
  • Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo, Organizer Idriss Stelley Foundation, Occupy Oakland participant
  • Ashoka Finley, Black radical, Occupy the Farm participant
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The US military didn’t shrink much under President Obama, and our perpetual state of war has barely waned since 9-11. Author Rosa Brooks says the consequences of this ‘new normal’ reach deep into our society; far beyond the body count of those killed overseas.

On this edition, Rosa Brooks speaks about her new book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington DC

Featuring

Rosa Brooks, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Host: Andrew Stelzer

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September 11, 2001 ushered in an era marked by the unending War on Terror, dragnet government surveillance programs, and escalating attacks on people perceived to be Muslim. Just last month, Khalid Jabara, a 37-year old Lebanese American man was shot and killed on his front porch in Tulsa Oklahoma by a neighbor who had harassed his family for years, calling them ‘dirty Arabs’ and ‘Mooslems’.

This is just one of the many reported attacks on people perceived as Muslims in the United States.  Last year, there were 174 incidents of anti-Muslim violence, and that’s only if you count the attacks that made headlines.

This backlash is just tip of the iceberg.  Below the surface is a growing Islamophobia with deep roots in history and empire.  Where does the idea of the ‘Muslim enemy’ come from?  And how has it evolved into what we see today?

Fifteen years after 9/11, Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, takes us back nearly 15 centuries to find out.

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Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren’t formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They’re often not even thought of as legitimate work.

On this edition of Making Contact, we’re going to meet people making work where there is no work for them. From recyclers, to border couriers, to waste pickers, we’re exploring the informal labor sector and what some are doing to gain greater recognition, protections, and rights.

Featuring

 

  • Landon Goodwin, recycler and pastor and also featured in documentary Dogtown Redemption
  • Aicha al Azzouzi border courier
  • Salma al Azzouzi, Aicha’s oldest daughter
  • Charles Gachanga Gichonge, creator of the Mustard Seed Courtyard clean-up campaign
  • Antony Makau, Dandora resident
  • Richard Munene, Dandora restaurant owner
  • Sally Roever, Urban Policy Director for Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Malati Gadgil, KKPKP
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It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee?

From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact andGreen Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe.

Featuring:
  • Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita,coffee farmers
  • Jeff Goldman, former executive director FairtradeResource Network
  • Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee GuyGroundworks Roasters
  • John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner
  • Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station
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The alternatives to prison are few and far between.  And after serving time, the options for getting back on your feet are even worse.  Finding food, a job and a place to live with a criminal record can become an almost impossible task.  On this edition, Women building their own support network after being released from prison. We’ll hear “A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad” a documentary by Chris-Moore Backman.

Featuring: Susan Burton, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project executive director and founder; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness author; Alika Savage, Yolanda Brown, Renee Levi, Maisha Bailey, Sabrayiah DeMoss, Samantha Jenkins, A New Way of Life residents.

For More Information:
A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
The Sentencing Project
Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted Peoples Movement
Critical Resistance
Michelle Alexander-The New Jim Crow
Bringing Down the New Jim Crow

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Women Rising radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities.

If you are interested in GMOs, TTP, seed saving, herbal medicine, food, trade & activism –then tune in!

Featuring:

  • Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  • Adelita San Vicente Tello, founder of Semillas de Vida
  • Sage La Pena, Native American, ethno- botanist and food sovereignty activist
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American youth educator
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In the midst of police shooting community members and gunmen shooting police, and as the republican and democratic conventions wrap up, we look back at the history of secret surveillance and disruption of organizations dissenting and struggling against all odds.

COINTELPRO, the secret FBI project to infiltrate and disrupt domestic organizations thought to be “subversive,” targeted many African-American, Native-American, and other movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S..  Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI conducted more than 2,000 COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) operations.  This week we broadcast the second half of the documentary film “COINTELPRO 101," produced by The Freedom Archives.

Special thanks to The Freedom Archives.

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In the midst of police shooting community members and gunmen shooting police, and as the republican and democratic conventions wrap up, we look back at the history of secret surveillance and disruption of organizations dissenting and struggling against all odds.


COINTELPRO, the secret FBI project to infiltrate and disrupt domestic organizations thought to be “subversive,” targeted many African-American, Native-American, and other movements for self-determination by people of color in the U.S.. Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI conducted more than 2,000 COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) operations.  Over the next two weeks, we’ll be broadcasting the documentary film “COINTELPRO 101.” Today we hear the first half of the film, produced by the Freedom Archives.

Special thanks to The Freedom Archives.

Featuring:

  • Liz Derias, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
  • Bob Boyle, attorney
  • Jose Lopez, Puerto Rican Cultural Center executive director
  • Lucy Rodriguez, Puerto Rico Independence movement leader and former political prisoner
  • Ward Churchill, Native American activist and author
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Native American activist and author
  • Leonard Peltier, political prisoner
  • Ricardo Romero, Al Frente de Lucha co-founder
  • Priscilla Falcon, University of Northern Colorado Hispanic Studies professor
  • Francisco Martinez, Chicano/Mejicano activist and attorney.
 
CORRECTION: Making Contact staff inadvertently misstated attorney Bob Boyle’s name as Bob Doyle in the audioversion of the COINTELPRO 101 documentary (Part 1). We apologize for the mistake.
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Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn’t getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses.

This week on Making Contact, we bring you an abridged version of the film Bipolarized; Rethinking Mental Illness, chronicling McKenzie’s journey.

Featuring:

  • Ross McKenzie, diagnosed with Bipolar disorder
  • Ross McKenzie’s mother and sister
  • Gwen Olsen, former pharmaceutical rep
  • Laura Delano, psychiatry survivor
  • Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
  • Dr. Charles Whitfield, trauma recovery specialist
  • Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing
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Fredy Villanueva was playing dice in a park in Montreal North when police officers arrived. In less than a minute, the 18-year-old was fatally shot by police. Eight years later, what happened in those sixty seconds remains unclear. The documentary play Fredy tries to untangle what happened before and after the shooting, as it asks questions about racial profiling, systemic discrimination, and the promise of art for social change.

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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
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Existing in two worlds can complicate your identity and complete it–whether it’s understanding your medicine man grandfather, to deepening the concept of love through a different tongue, these storytellers takes us around the world from Colombia to Papua New Guinea, seeking definition and connections with presumably different cultures.

Featuring:
  • Francis Rojas
  • Jeremiah Barber
  • William Guillermo Ortiz, Curandero / Medicine Man
  • Florentina Mocanu-Schendel, Doctoral Candidate at Stanford University
  • Warama Kurupel, Limol Village Leader
  • Grace Maher
  • Robai Reend
  • Donai Kurupel
  • Pingam Uziag
  • Jenny Dobola
  • Loni Garaiyi
  • Sandra Dikai
  • Merol Kwe
  • Manaleato Kolea
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Who is Charles Koch–really? Who are the members of “the Network”?—a semi-secret group assembled by the Koch brothers? How are the superrich’s priorities transforming American society? Journalist Jane Mayer spent several years searching for some of those answers, and her new book is titled Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires.

Mayer is interviewed by Atlantic magazine editor-in-chief James Bennet.

Featuring: 
  • Jane Meyer, author of Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires
  • James Bennet, Atlantic Magazine editor-in-chief
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Parenting has never been easy.  Merging your politics with your parenting decisions can be even more challenging. 

On this edition, fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?

Featuring:

  • Tomas Moniz, Rad Dad creator
  • Airial Clark, Sex Positive Parent blogger
  • Janine Macbeth, Oh Oh Baby Boy author 
  • Brent Ramos, Danny Gutierrez, Craig Elliot, Jeremy Smith, Jeremy John, Jason Oppy, fathers
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Penny Rosenwasser is an activist and author of “Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite our Fears.” 

On this edition of Making Contact she reflects on her personal journey to embrace her identity as a Jewish woman while fighting for human rights for all. Listen to stories, history and poetry that explore internalized anti-Semitism and racism, victimization and privilege, and Jewish politics around Israel and Palestine.

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In 1948, Zionist militias expelled over 700,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns.  The event, and the ongoing destruction and occupation of Palestine are referred to as the Nakba – the catastrophe.  How did the events of 1948 shape Palestine and its diaspora?   And generations later, how are Palestinians fighting to return home?

On this edition of Making Contact we reflect on the Nakba, the Naksa, and the future of Palestine.

Featuring:
  • Rami Almeghari, FSRN reporter
  • Ghazi Misleh, author of I Am from There and I Have Memories
  • Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University
  • Dina from Rammun
  • Mohannad from Ramle
  • Remi Kanazi, poet and author of Before the Next Bomb Drops.
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The root causes of migration vary widely. Some people migrate and return to their homes depending on the season. While others migrate and never return. Often, people are forced to leave or flee their homes indefinitely because of poverty, extreme environmental events, armed conflict, social strife, political turmoil, and economic hardships.

On this edition of Making Contact, we hear stories from Central American migrants that take on oppressive debts or face challenges in schools in the U.S. We also hear from Cuban migrants stuck in limbo on the route to the U.S.

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We often hear from the upper middle class, educated youth of Iran complaining about the dictatorship. But what about the majority of youth, the working class young people who live in South Tehran and similar neighborhoods?

Reese Erlich explores how young people compare President Rouhani’s government with the populist rule of Ahmadinejad. We’ll also hear about how they are responding to conservative hardliners who are tapping into frustrations with high unemployment, and threatening to cancel the nuclear deal.

Thank you to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for granting Reese Erlich funding to produce this piece.

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In 1973 the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion in the United States. Since then, state legislative and executive bodies have battled to restrict access to abortions. Federal law banned the use of federal funds for most abortions in 1977, and public funding for abortion remains a contested issue.

One recent study in Texas found that more than 200,000 women performed abortions on themselves because they weren’t able to find clinical services. From restrictive laws to a lack of information to violent attacks, the blocking of abortion access is eroding the reproductive rights of women.

On this edition, we hear from women at the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as experiences from a doctor who provides abortions and a woman that sought abortion access in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Featuring:
  • Jessie Nieblas, New Orleans Abortion Fund
  • Liza Fuentes, Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Natalie, teacher in New Orleans
  • Diary excerpt from Dr. Susan Wicklund, an abortion provider under attack, as performed for Making Contact by Words of Choice with Actor Claudia Scheider, Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus,Created and Produced by Cindy Cooper
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Among the effects of climate change are more extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy, and a severe drought stretching across much of the Western United States. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction.

Featuring:
  • Niki Stanley and Derice Klass, Far Rockaway residents
  • Zardos V. Abela, firefighter for the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tacloban, Philippines
  • Abigail Gewirtz,  psychologist at the University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Wasik, Valley Fire survivor
  • Jeff Keenan, Valley Fire survivor
  • Erica Petersen, Valley Fire survivor
  • Manuel Orozco, Behavioral Health Fiscal Manager, Lake County Behavioral Health.
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Hollywood has had a long history of whitewashing and stereotyping different groups –from brownface to blackface and yellowface. For Arabs and Muslims, persistent clichés throughout Hollywood’s history range from desert scenes with camels and palm trees, and characters cast as barbaric villains, belly dancers, or terrorists among others.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them.

Featuring:
  • Diana Kalaji, student at University of San Francisco
  • Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror.”
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Immigration comes up in every U.S. presidential election cycle. It’s been that way pretty much since the dawning of the country. In keeping with that national tradition, immigrants throughout history have also been the target of racist rhetoric and efforts to exclude them from voting and political influence.

And the 2016 elections have proven no different.

This edition of Making Contact is Part I of our special series examining how immigrants are responding and participating in elections and politics today.

From Dreamers in Arizona to Muslims in Michigan, we’ll meet immigrant communities upholding democracy. We’ll also have a conversation with the Brennan Center for Justice President and author of the Fight to Vote, Michael Waldman about how immigrants throughout history have expanded the right to vote.

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The vast majority of care recipients are exclusively receiving unpaid care from a family member, friend, or neighbor. The rest receive a combination of family care and paid assistance, or exclusively paid formal care.

Whether you’re a paid home care provider, or rely on personal assistance to meet your daily needs, or a family member caring for a loved one, the nature of the working relationship depends on mutual respect and dignity. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the dynamic and complex relationship of care receiving and giving.

Featuring:

  • Camille Christian, home care provider and SEIU member
  • Brenda Jackson, home care provider and SEIU member
  • Patty Berne, co-founder and director, Sins Invalid
  • Jessica Lehman, executive director, San Francisco Senior and Disability Action
  • Kenzi Robi, president, San Francisco IHSS (In Home Supportive Services) Public Authority Governing Body
  • Rachel Stewart, queer disabled woman passionate about disability and employment issues
  • Alana Theriault, disability benefits counselor in Berkeley, California
  • Ingrid Tischer, director of development, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • Alta Mae Stevens, in-home caregiver
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It’s something many of us take for granted: access to clean drinking water. But for many Americans it’s not something they can rely on.  From chemical spills in  West Virginia to ecoli in the water on the Texas-Mexico border, to contamination from farming in California. On this edition, we hear what happens when there’s not a drop to drink.

Featuring:
  • Angela Walker, Charleston resident
  • Neena Satija, environment reporter Texas Tribune
  • Daisy Gonzalez and Vicente Lara, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
  • Horacio Amezquita, resident San Jerado
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Los Angeles’ garment district is notorious for sweatshop conditions, abuse, and the outright theft of earned wages.  Yet the name-brand clothes that some of us are wearing right now, may have been produced in factories like these. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take you on a trip through LA’s garment district.

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In 2012, fast food workers in NYC kicked off a movement that has exceeded all expectations, and changed the conversation about the minimum wage.

On this edition, low paid workers tell the story of the fight for 15, the exploding nationwide movement for fair wages.

Featuring:

  • Alvin Major, KFC employee and original NYC striker
  • Richard Wilson, Walmart employee
  • Bernardo Monteo, Chanda Roberts, Jayla Mosley; fast food workers
  • Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President
  • Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
  • Thomas Geoghegan, author of “Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement“
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From Norco, Louisiana to Flint, Michigan to Los Angeles, California – environmental racism is real. On this edition of Making Contact, we look at polluting industries in Northeast and South L.A.

We begin with a story by Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow Ivan Rodriguez, followed by an interview with journalist Aura Bogado and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

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Women Rising Radio #30 profiles women fighting slavery, trafficking and forced labor globally.

Featuring:
  • Ima Matul, with CAST LA, was trafficked to Los Angeles, was rescued by the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles, and now heads CAST’s leadership program.
  • Joanna Ewart-James is the executive director of WALK FREE, an online and on-the-ground network battling trafficking, forced labor, and servitude worldwide. WALK FREE is based in London.
  • Elena Uraleva is an independent human rights monitor in her home country of Uzbekistan.  She works with WALK FREE to document forced labor and human rights abuses there.
  • Supriya Awasthi works on children’s rights and on freeing bonded slaves in India.  She is a staff member of FREE THE SLAVES.
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January 2016 marked the end of China’s one child policy—a regime of family planning policies and enforcement that scarred generations of parents and children. On this edition of Making Contact, China correspondent Gady Epstein speaks with Mei Fong, author of One Child:The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, and Barbara Demick, journalist and former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Direct download: china.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

2016 marks 50 years since the founding of the Black Panther Party-a group that’s took the world by the storm, but is still widely misunderstood.   There’s a new documentary film that’s trying to set the record straight. On this edition of Making Contact, journalist Eric Arnold talks with Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution.

Featuring:

  • Stanley Nelson, Director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • Eric Arnold, journalist
Direct download: Panthers22415.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23am PST

Among the effects of climate change are more extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy, and a severe drought stretching across much of the Western United States. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction.

 

Featuring:

 

  • Niki Stanley and Derice Klass, Far Rockaway residents
  • Zardos V. Abela, firefighter for the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tacloban, Philippines
  • Abigail Gewirtz,  psychologist at the University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Wasik, Valley Fire survivor
  • Jeff Keenan, Valley Fire survivor
  • Erica Petersen, Valley Fire survivor
  • Manuel Orozco, Behavioral Health Fiscal Manager, Lake County Behavioral Health.
Direct download: disaster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47am PST

Rapper and grassroots organizer Boots Riley’s recent book is titled “Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb”. Riley appeared at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington DC, where he was interviewed by author and Edge of Sports blogger Dave Zirin.

Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Featuring:

  • Boots Riley, “Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb” author
  • Dave Zirin, “Edge of Sports” blogger
Direct download: Boots.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am PST

This show takes a look at issues within the foster care system in the U.S. from the high rate of teen pregnancy to the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system.

 

Featuring:

  • Nicole Rocke, former foster youth
  • Kyle Lafferty, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Linda Bryant, Clinical Professor at New York University’s School of Social Work
  • Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Family Permanency Services at the Administration of Children’s Services
  • Lorraine Jacobs, caseworker
  • Yolanda Vasquez, former foster youth
  • Adriane Fugh-Berman, Pharmacology Professor at Georgetown University’s Medical Center
  • Bill Grimm, Attorney at National Center for Youth Law
  • Susan Bullard
  • David Arrendondo, Child psychiatrist
  • Dr. Edmund Levin, at the Lincoln Child Center
  • Nancy Forster, Therapist at the Lincoln Child Center
  • April Rene Sanders, former foster youth and recipient of AB12
  • Kyle Sporleader, Statewide Legislative Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC)
Direct download: Foster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Tent cities have popped up across the country, from New Jersey to Texas to New Mexico. Many are starting to build more permanent living structures. So what are the benefits of living in a cluster of tents? And is this part of a real solution to homelessness?

Direct download: MakingCon_160127_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16am PST

Special edition of Making Contact with guest Host, Rose Aguilar discussing reproductive health and abortion rights 43 years after Roe v. Wade.

Featuring:

  • Corrine Rivera-Fowler, deputy director of COLOR, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights
  • Carol Joffe, professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco and author of “Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Cost of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us.”
Direct download: MakingCon_160120_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time.

But it nearly didn’t happen.

On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Junior’s “Dream” and the story behind it.

Direct download: MLK.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Women Rising radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities.

Featuring:

  • Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  • Adelita San Vicente Tello, founder of Semillas de Vida
  • Sage La Pena, Native American, ethno- botanist and food sovereignty activist
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American youth educator
Direct download: Wrising.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PST



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