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.



  • 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
Direct download: MakingCon_160831_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am PST

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.

  • 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
Direct download: MakingCon_160824_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm PST

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

Direct download: MakingCon_160817_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm PST

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!


  • 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: MakingCon_160810_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am PST

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.

Direct download: MakingCon_160803_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am PST





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