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The Cost of Deportations

The Cost of Deportations looks at deportation through the lens of one Central American nation that sends migrants north— Guatemala.  About two million Guatemalans live in the US. But, half of those here lack legal status, and tens of thousands of Guatemalans are deported back to their country each year. Thus, the question arises… are … Continued

On this edition of Making Contact we go from Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles and Oakland, California— three cities grappling with evictions, displacement, and homelessness.  Featuring:   Needa Bee, Oakland-based housing advocate; Messiah Ali, Oakland resident; Tom Waldman, Director of Communications, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Flora Harris, C-3 Program Director, St. Joseph … Continued

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The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising (Encore)

On May 18, 1980, the people of Gwangju, South Korea came together for reunification and an end to an era of martial law imposed by U.S.-backed military dictators.  Over the course of ten days, they staged mass protests, battled riot police and soldiers, and were met with brutal repression.  Together, they successfully drove the military out Gwangju … Continued

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. Featuring:   Jürgen Hoth, Conservation International Mexico; Dr. … Continued

On September 9, 2016, prisoners across the U.S. went on strike.  In Michigan’s low security Kinross prison, workers assigned to kitchen duties refused to report to their shifts.  Hundreds gathered to protest in the prison yard. The strike spread like a prairie fire.  Nationally, 24,000 prisoners participated, making it the largest prisoner labor strike in … Continued

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 … Continued

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago, and is widely remembered for his speech, ‘I Have a Dream.’ Journalist Gary Younge analyzes the King’s speech, delivered on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, highlighting the day’s tensions, and the importance of remembering the entirety of King’s message and evolution as a … Continued

The Seekers, is the first in a two-part documentary series that examines the experiences of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the US. El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are among the most dangerous countries in the world for women. Each year, thousands of women flee from these Northern Triangle Countries to escape the brutality that … Continued

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Making Contact – March 23, 2018

Covering the movements, issues and people fighting for some of the most important social justice issues of our time. Hosted by Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, RJ Lozada and Anita Jonhson. Sign up for program alerts and sneak peeks from Making Contact at