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.

Direct download: MakingCon_171227_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm PDT

When one or both parents are in prison the whole family is, in a way, also imprisoned.

Family members are negatively affected in ways that worsen existing struggles and inequities. Today we'll go to New York and New Hampshire to hear about programs for inmates and families that encourage relationships -- despite being separated by prison.

Direct download: MakingCon_171220_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am PDT

This episode explores the past and present of the far right and anti-fascism. We begin with the murder investigation of anti-fascist rapper, Pavlos Fyssas. In the second half, author Mark Bray describes Antifa responses to Hitler and Mussolini.

Direct download: MakingCon_171213_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm PDT

We head to Soseongri, a small village nestled in the mountains of Seongju County.  There, grandmas and grandpas in the 70s, 80s, and 90s are organizing daily protests and blockades to stop THAAD.  THAAD is part of a missile defense system that gives the U.S. the ability to carry out a nuclear first strike.

Direct download: MakingCon_171206_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

Two neighborhoods -- Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and Crown Heights, Brooklyn New York -- are experiencing the gamut of changes associated with gentrification. And some are pushing back against those who would cash in on the eviction and displacement of longtime residents.

Direct download: MakingCon_171129_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT

In the last three years, Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland-based black roots revivalist has gone from busking at bus stops to winning a Grammy and touring internationally.

This week, we learn about Fantastic Negrito’s journey, his creative process, and how he’s utilizing his artistic platform to advocate for social justice.

Direct download: MakingCon_171122_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm PDT

What if faith could fuel a movement that supports women and families in having real choices over their lives and their bodies?

On this week’s Making Contact, we head to the crossroads of faith and reproductive justice.  We’ll hear from Dr. Willie Parker, Toni Bond Leonard, and Katie Zeh, who are making these visions a reality.  

Direct download: MakingCon_171115_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm PDT

I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.

Direct download: MakingCon_171108_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am PDT

The Poetic Address to the Nation, brought together poets to speak powerfully against the current administration. Featuring Cam Awkward, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee, and many others.

Direct download: makingcon_171101_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33am PDT

On this encore edition of Making Contact, we present 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.

Direct download: MakingCon_171025_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am PDT



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