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The Next World: A Podcast About Building Movements

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Produced by Partners for Dignity & Rights, we explore and celebrate the work of poor people's movements, particularly in the US. We highlight innovative and powerful organizing campaigns and community building led by women, LGBTQ folks, Black communities and other people of color, that are pushing the boundaries and have the potential to transform this society.Hosted by Max Rameau, a Haitian-born Pan-African theorist, campaign strategist, organizer, author and member of Pan-African Community Action.
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On this special bonus episode of The Next World, we feature highlights from a recent conversation with organizations of essential workers and impacted communities. Cathy Albisa of Partners for Dignity & Rights facilitated a conversation on how we can not just save lives, but also expand human rights and make us all safer in the future. Speakers on this episode include:Poet and organizer Cynthia Dewi Oka.Tim Bell, Executive Director, Chicago Workers' Collaborative.Magaly Licolli, Cofounder of Venceremos.Merle Payne, Co-Director of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL).Scott Nova, Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium.Marita Canedo, Program Coordinator, Migrant Justice - Justicia MigranteTodd Cherkis, Co-Founder, United WorkersNijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko, co-founder and co-coordinator Put People First! PA, co-chair PA Poor People’s Campaign and national steering committee member.Letha Muhammad, Director, Education Justice Alliance and Coordinating Committee Member, Dignity In Schools Campaign.Regan Pritzker, Board President, The Libra Foundation.And (in the Q&A) Marley Monacello, Staff, Coalition of Immokalee Workers.See more of the work of host Max Rameau at pacapower.org. Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing. Stay subscribed to The Next World for more news from the frontlines of movements for justice and liberation. You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more at dignityandrights.org, the website of Partners for Dignity & Rights.Please subscribe, spread the word, and support the show.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
On this episode of The Next World, we focus on the organization Moms 4 Housing. Our guests are two members of the organization, Carroll Fife, Director of the Oakland chapter of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and current candidate for Oakland's District 3 City Council seat, and housing activist Dominique Walker, who participated in the first Moms 4 Housing housing takeover. Carroll and Dominique joined host Max Rameau to discuss what brought them to the act of civil disobedience of moving families into empty housing in Oakland, how they are handling the current pandemic, and what is next in the movement for housing. The episode also features an introduction and closing poem from Sha'Condria 'iCon' Sibley.Dominique Walker is a member of Moms 4 Housing who participated in the Oakland takeover and lived at the house with her family.Carroll Fife is an on-the-ground organizer, educator, mother and 20-year resident of Oakland. She has served as co-founder and co-chair of the Oakland Alliance, Oakland Justice Coalition, and the Community Ready Corps where she works to create racial justice and increase access to quality jobs, housing, and education for those who need them most. Carroll is the founder of Black Women in Elected Leadership PAC and an elected member of the Oakland NAACP’s Executive Committee. In 2014, she served as the Campaign Coordinator for a mayoral race that became the City's political compass and in 2016 she ran Oakland’s first African American, all-female slate. She currently serves as Director of the Oakland/San Francisco Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and is a candidate for Oakland's District 3 City Council seat.Sha’Condria "iCon" Sibley stands for those whose names are often overlooked and whose voices are even more so silenced in today’s society. A New Orleans based award-winning poet, writer, author, visual artist, multidisciplinary performing artist, teaching artist, event curator & coordinator, little girl (turned grown woman) with a big name, iCon has had much of her work featured on outlets such as Upworthy, Huffington Post, For Harriet, Fusion, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, BET, and BBC World Radio. She uses her work/ words largely to speak on issues affecting Blk women as they relate to self-acceptance/ Love, (re)defining beauty, race relations, experiences growing up in the deep South, identity, and healing. See more at https://icontheartist.com, and look out for her new book, My Name is Pronounced Holy, this summer!See more of the work of host Max Rameau at pacapower.org. Stay subscribed to The Next World for more news from the frontlines of movements for justice and liberation. Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more at dignityandrights.org, the website of Partners for Dignity & Rights.Please subscribe, spread the word, and support the show.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
This month: We are excited to welcome Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan and Mateo Nube of Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. Movement Generation inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. Michelle and Mateo joined host Max Rameau to discuss viral superhighways, land & capitalism, and environmental justice.Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan has worked for the last 25 years building movement vehicles for frontline communities to move a shared vision and strategy. Prior to Movement Generation, Michelle co-led the Center for Food and Justice, National Farm to School Initiative, Rooted in Community, and School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL). Michelle is also currently on the board of the New Economy Coalition.Mateo Nube is one of the co-founders of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. He was born and grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has worked in the labor, environmental justice and international solidarity movements, and is also a member of the Latin rock band Los Nadies. Check out Movement Generation's new course: Course Correction: Just Transition in the Age of COVID-19.See more of the work of host Max Rameau at pacapower.org. Stay subscribed to The Next World for more news from the frontlines of movements for justice and liberation. Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more at dignityandrights.org, the website of Partners for Dignity & Rights.Please subscribe, spread the word, and support the show.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
In this special bonus episode, Laketa Smith of Voice Of The Experienced (VOTE) in Louisiana joins host Max Rameau to discuss environmental justice, prisons, and prison reform versus prison abolition. Laketa Smith is a proud dual member of Voice Of The Experienced in their New Orleans & Baton Rouge Chapters, Executive Director of A Bella LaFemme Society, and a mentor and advocate for social justice.This episode was recorded before COVID-19 had been declared a pandemic across the U.S. Of course, communities in jails and prisons are more at risk now than ever before, and the need to free them all has become more urgent than ever. For that reason, we wanted you to hear from a grassroots organization that is led by the formerly incarcerated, even though this episode does not directly address COVID-19 organizing. You can find out about and support VOTE's organizing to free Louisiana's prisoners in response to COVID-19 at vote-nola.org/covid-response.Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more at dignityandrights.org, the website of Partners for Dignity & Rights. See more of the work of host Max Rameau at pacapower.org. Stay subscribed for more news from the frontlines of movements for justice and liberation. Support the show.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
This month: Cathy Albisa, co-founder and executive director of Partners for Dignity & Rights, and Ben Palmquist, Program Director for Health Care and Economic Democracy at Partners for Dignity & Rights. Cathy and Ben join host Max Rameau to discuss a human rights response to COVID-19, focusing on housing, healthcare, dignity in schools, and workers' rights.See more of the work of host Max Rameau at pacapower.org.This our first episode of season two of The Next World! Stay subscribed for more news from the frontlines of movements for justice and liberation. Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more at dignityandrights.org, the website of Partners for Dignity & Rights.Support the show.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
This month we are excited to host a podcast from our friends at The Next System Podcast, published by The Next System Project. This episode features the podcast's host, Adam Simpson, discussing a wide range of policy proposals with his colleagues that aim to transform the economy, from public ownership of banks to a national housing guarantee and beyond. This conversation offers a strong rebuttal to the neoliberal conception of "wish-list economics" that tells working people that they're asking for too much. You can follow The Next System Project at thenextsystem.org/podcast.Stay subscribed, and get ready for our second season, featuring more ideas and strategies for movement building. Thank you to Jesse Strauss for audio mixing and editing season one.Intro and end music for this episode from https://filmmusic.io:"Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more on NESRI.org, the website of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
Surviving the Apocalypse (But Not How You Might Think).Artist, educator and organizer Diana Nucera and Allied Media Projects executive director Jenny Lee join host Puck Lo to discuss technology, organizing, catastrophe bonds, and how to survive times of crisis and apocalypse.Diana Nucera, aka Mother Cyborg, is an artist, educator, and community organizer that explores innovative technology with communities most impacted by the digital divide. Her specialty is developing popular education experiences, supported by dynamic documentation that empower communities to use media and technology as visionary tools. In 2009 Diana co-founded the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC). In 2014 she founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP). Through DTCP, Diana's work has expanded community technology in Detroit through the Equitable Internet Initiative, and in New York through the New America Foundation’s RISE: NYC Program. Her latest publications include the Opening Data Zine and the Teaching Community Technology Handbook. Diana's magical, musical alter ego, Mother Cyborg weaves her community organizing and education work into elaborate musical art, installations and performances. Currently, Mother Cyborg is creating on Automata, uncovering the nature of the Artificial Intelligence. Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects (AMP), where she has worked in various leadership roles since 2006. Over this period she has led the growth and evolution of the organization through facilitative leadership, innovative program design, resource mobilization, and network cultivation. She honed the theory and practice of media-based organizing that is at the core of AMP’s work, and has applied this organizing method to launch transformative initiatives such as the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and the 12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders. She received her education in visionary organizing from her involvement with the youth leadership organization, founded by James and Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit Summer, and the national feminist collective INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She is a mom, a dancer, and a motorcycle rider.This our final episode of season one of The Next World! Stay subscribed, and we'll be back in a couple months with our second season. Also, for more on this month's topic be sure to listen to the How To Survive The End of the World podcast, hosted by Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown.Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.Music for this episode from https://filmmusic.io:"Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more on NESRI.org, the website of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
This month, Amina Massey joins host Puck Lo and guest Wendi Cooper for a conversation on on LGBT Rights, Police, and Louisiana's "Crime Against Nature" Law.Amina Massey is a medical sociologist, health educator, researcher, interviewer, photographer, writer, musician and artist. Her work as a medical sociologist looks at social determinants of health, chronic illness and systemic disenfranchisement.Wendi Cooper is a transgender woman of color and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is program coordinator for TRANScending Women and CANScantSTAND at Operation Restoration. She has been a healthcare provider and mental health professional for over a decade, with a B.S. in biology from Southern University at New Orleans, and an Executive Masters of Criminal Justice with a concentration of juvenile justice from Southern University. Because of her connections with the transgender community, Wendi was appointed to Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s transition team. She was a community organizer for the NO Justice Project in New Orleans, where she provided key testimony in the federal lawsuit that successfully challenged Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law, securing the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. Wendi has been featured in MSNBC, ColorLines, and other outlets. Wendi’s goal is to help all women, particularly transgender women, to overcome their fears. She is also organizing a march for justice on August 31 at 1pm in New Orleans.Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.Music for this episode from https://filmmusic.io:"Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).You can read more about the issues we explore on our podcast and much more on the website of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, nesri.org.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
Once a month, we explore and celebrate the work of poor people's movements, especially in the U.S. We highlight systemic organizing led by women, LGBT folks, and people of color, pushing forward new models for change. You can read more about these issues on the website of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, nesri.orgThis month, Kristina Kay Robinson joins host Puck Lo and guest Ashana Bigard for a conversation on so-called "Education Reform," the School to Prison Pipeline, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the idea of Home.Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer, curator, and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the coeditor of Mixed Company, a collection of short fiction and visual narratives by women of color. Her curatorial and artistic endeavors include Khalid Abdel Rahman’s ” A Disappearance” and Republica: Temple of Color and Sound, an aesthetic reimagining of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. She is the current editor of Room 220 , an online arts journal  and program of Antenna Gallery in New Orleans. She is a 2019 Monroe Fellow of Tulane University and nominee for the Rabkin Prize for visual arts journalism, her writing in various genres has appeared in Guernica, The Baffler, The Nation and Elle.com among other outlets. Ashana Bigard is a life long resident of New Orleans, mother of three, social justice organizer, and a long-time advocate for the health and wellness needs of children and families in Louisiana. She has extensive experience in organizing and advocating for the rights of students and parents in New Orleans’ complex, demoralizing, and rapidly privatizing public education system through her leadership with the Education Justice Project of New Orleans. She is also an adult ally advisor to United Students of New Orleans. In addition to education equity activism, Ashana organizes with the Woman’s Health & Justice Initiative and for expended housing affordability opportunities for low-income families. Ashana has worked with a diverse range of youth, education, and juvenile justice-based organizations including the New Orleans Parents Organizing Network, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, and Agenda for Children. Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.Music for this episode from https://filmmusic.io:"Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
Once a month, we explore and celebrate the work of poor people's movements, especially in the U.S. We highlight systemic organizing led by women, LGBT folks, and people of color, pushing forward new models for change. This month, co-host Max Rameau joins host Puck Lo and guest Rob Robinson for a conversation on community control of police, land and resources.Max Rameau is an organizer and political theorist with Pan-African Community Action in DC, working on a Community Control Over Police campaign to have local police come under the control of local communities, through a Community Police Control Board. He also works with the Organization for Human Rights and Democracy.Rob Robinson is staff volunteer at National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. After losing his job in 2001, he spent two years homeless on the streets of Miami and ten months in a New York City shelter. He eventually overcame homelessness and has been in the housing movement based in New York City since 2007. In the fall of 2009, Rob was chosen to be New York City chairperson for the first official mission of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, and was also member of the Leadership Committee of the Take Back the Land movement.Thank you to Jesse Strauss for Audio Mixing and Editing.Music for this episode from https://filmmusic.io:"Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
Co-hosts Puck Lo and journalist Sarah Lazare in conversation about reparations, the Green New Deal, capitalism, and an exploration of the fight against the school to prison pipeline with guest Zakiya Sankara-Jabar of Dignity in Schools Campaign. See more info at https://nesri.org, https://inthesetimes.com, and http://dignityinschools.org.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
Puck Lo welcomes journalist Lewis Wallace as a co-host. They talk journalism, Palestine, healthcare, and trans rights. Then they are joined by organizer Oscar Otzoy of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who discusses his work holding corporations accountable.Support the show (http://dignityandrights.org)
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