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Find Mak Nova:https://www.maknovamusic.com Mak Nova:Mak Nova is a west coast rapper/performance artist rooted in the awareness of her impermanence and the potential of her humanity. Her mission is to use her music and live performances to empower and inspire everyone she comes into contact with. With her fiery delivery, reflective lyrics and soul stirring dance moves, she draws her audiences in and invites them to embody their highest potential. Her debut album is slated to be released in Summer 2022.Support the show (Http://
Find Natalie:https://www.regenerationpajarovalley.orgAbout Natalie:Natalie Olivas, who is the Community Organizer at Regeneracion where she helps to build community capacity to advocate for equitable climate action. She works across sectors to interweave climate justice into various programs and curriculums. Natalie has experience working with local governments, businesses, and nonprofits in analyzing policy, meeting sustainability goals, and education and outreach. Her mission is to collaboratively build equitable and sustainable communities while centering the needs of historically marginalized and oppressed groups.Support the show (Http://
**Trigger warning,  In this interview we do talk about domestic violence and abuse so please feel free to skip this episode if you are vulnerable to these topics. **Find Eric EricEric Butler is an award winning Restorative Justice activist and educator. Eric Butler believes in the power of relationship building as a healing practice. An educator and activist, Eric's ability to overcome life's hurdles propels him to make a difference in the lives of young people across the U.S. and beyond. Eric began his career as a domestic violence counselor in New Orleans. After surviving Hurricane Katrina and relocating to Oakland, California, Eric successfully facilitated Grief Circles. Trigger warning,  In this interview we do talk about domestic violence and abuse so please feel free to skip this episode if you are vulnerable to these topics. Support the show
About Malcolm:Co-founder and the Executive Director of Freedom Within Prison Project, a Santa Cruz based nonprofit whose mission is to help "restore wholeness to Individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration through a path of compassion, insight and accountability".Contact the show (Http://
FInd Faith FaithFaith Brown and 18 year old girl who previously attended Harbor High School in Santa Cruz CA and lives in felton ca. She switched schools after experiencing racism at SLV elementary, middle school, and high school. Faith had put together the highway 9 protest and has been an advocate for mental health,  anti-racism work and any injustices she sees.Twdcc's Black health Matters Initiative Promotes equity to improve the quality of life for Black residents in Santa Cruz CountySupport the show (Http://
Find Faina: Faina: was born and raised in Santa Cruz County and is a graduate of Watsonville High School. After 9 years in tech, she has turned to being a full time advocate for sustainable and equitable transportation. She is also the Board Chair of The Friends of The Rail and TrailSupport the show (Http://
Find Rita:https://supervisionmatters.com Rita:Growing up the youngest of six kids in a low-income family, Rita often had the experience of feeling unseen and unheard. She became very focused on hearing and seeing others – as individuals and within the groups that we live and work in.  This led her to recognize the uneven playing field that we call “equal.”  Rita works with individuals, teams, leaders and organizations to improve the culture and practice of supervision, thereby helping the organization to be more effective. With a background in human resources and training in organizational development, she weaves those practices together in her coaching, consulting and training.  Rita has an MA in Organizational Psychology and is a certified professional coach.  Rita has taught part time at University of San Francisco and Sonoma State University in California. Rita’s new book is titled Leading for Justice:  Supervision, HR and Culture.Support the show (Http://
Find Lindsey LindseyLindsey is a traveling ICU nurse, working on her modeling and acting career. She also is a big advocate for mental health and animal rescue.Support the show (Http://
About Bruce:Bruce is father to one of Thomas’s best Friends Nativo Gonzalez host of Paid the Cost Podcast. Bruce has lived in Santa Cruz for 50 plus years.  He is an Engineer, an amazing artist and a passionate father. In this interview Thomas and Bruce explore the racial changes and some of the deeper history of Santa Cruz in the eyes of someone who has seen the culture of the county change over the past 50 years.FInd Bruce:'s Black health Matters Initiative Promotes equity to improve the quality of life for Black residents in Santa Cruz CountySupport the show (Http://
About Luna:Luna has been a resident of Santa Cruz since 2013. They have found their calling in reexploring the legacy of early black pioneers of california. They are the founder and director of the Santa Cruz Equity Project. They are a community healer, indigienous spiritualist, and parent.FInd Lunahttps://www.scequityproject.orgSupport the show (Http://
Find Juliehttps://www.julielythcotthaims.com About Julie:WRITER. SPEAKER. HUMAN.  Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult which gave rise to a TED Talk that has more than 5 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, is out now.Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She serves on the board of Common Sense Media, and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org, and she is a former board member at Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, The Writers Grotto, and Challenge Success. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone.She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults, and her mother. Support the show (Http://
Find Taylor: Taylor:Taylor Reinhold I am the Art Director for Sea Walls Santa Cruz a public arts festival focusing on local environmental issues our oceans face. The Sea Walls event intersects public engagement and the conservation of our oceans locally abroad. I am the founder of Made Fresh Crew an international artist network helping artists connect though public art, sustainability and social justice . Support the show (Http://
Find Andy MillsHttp:// About Andy MillsAndy is Chief of Police in Santa Cruz, California. He previously served as chief of police in Eureka, California and as a lieutenant in the San Diego Police Department where he practiced, supervised, and taught problem-oriented policing since it was first introduced to his agency in the early 1990’s. Our guest has managed one patrol team that won the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing and three other teams that were finalists. His work in the field has been included in several publications produced by PERF and the COPS Office. Mills was the 2000 recipient of the Police Executive Research Forum’s national Gary P. Hayes award for his contributions to improving the quality of police service. Our guest has published articles on police leadership, problem-solving and police ethics in Problem Solving Quarterly, Law Enforcement News and several National Institute of Justice publications. He frequently lectures at conferences and has provided training to scores of police agencies, including agencies in Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro. He has also taught for the University of Delaware police leadership program. Support the show (Http://
Find Tiffany:http://www.tiffanysingh.com Tiffany:Tiffany Singh works to position the arts as a vital contributor to health and well-being by utilising a fine art framework. She does this by applying social practice methodology to develop creative frameworks that prioritise the sharing of artistic knowledge driven by education and wellbeing. Singh aims to sustain community and indigenous art forms, which transform women and youth into strong change-makers for sustainable poverty reduction. To mobilise the strength of small artisan communities and social resources for stronger socio-economic development at local levels.  Applying sustainable and ongoing initiatives where both artist, institution and community can look at the positive social impact they can achieve through the arts to find unique and personal solutions driven by cathartic and therapeutic processes.Support the show (Http://
AboutAbi Mustapha and Thomas Sage Pedersen discuss the relationship between Social Justice and The Arts. This was a partnership between Yoga For All Movements Move For Change Event and Speak For Change Podcast.ContactAbi Mustapha Sage Pedersen For All Movement the show (Http://
Find Arts Council Arts CouncilArts Council Santa Cruz County fuels our community’s creative ecosystem.Our work serves thousands of youth, artists, and arts organizations across Santa Cruz County every year. We invest in arts education programs, host the beloved Open Studios Art Tour, and support artists, arts organizations, and the thriving artist community at the Tannery Arts Center.See how our Programs & Initiatives spark creativity in Santa Cruz County.Support the show (Http://
Find Michael: Michael:Michael a coach, counselor, writer, actor, table-tennis enthusiast, and proud father.He had to struggle down a few different paths to figure out that sometimes in life, what you’re good at picks up the phone and won’t stop calling until you answer. Having supported people on 6 continents--and at all levels from kindergartner to Fortune 300 CEO--Michael has counseled thousands, coached hundreds, and feels that supporting people is what he was born to do.With clear strategies, compassionate accountability, and a space of acceptance, Michael supports others to create success at every step of their journey. He focuses on developing leaders and change agents in order to help the world experience, not just a better and brighter future, but a better and brighter NOW.Support the show (Http://
Find JasmineHttp:// Jasmine Jasmine Jones was born and raised in the Santa Cruz mountains. Growing up biracial in the Santa Cruz mountains was a unique experience that has shaped who  and how she views the world today. She graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Fitness has always been part of her life. It is integral for both physical and mental health. About Black Story Project- Santa Cruzthe Black Story Project- Santa Cruz is a Partnership  between The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center’s Black Health Matters Initiative and Speak For Change Podcast. Where we highlight black stories and black voices to help bring connection and awareness to the diversity of black folks in Santa Cruz County. Twdcc's Black health Matters Initiative Promotes equity to improve the quality of life for Black residents in Santa Cruz CountySupport the show (Http://
About ThomasThomas’s purpose is to inspire positive and lasting change in the world. In Highschool a mentor asked him what his purpose was in life and he responded “To help people with music”. This has been the seed of Thomas’s evolution in his careers from being Music Composer for film and media to being a mental health counselor.Thomas is now the CEO of The Award Winning Music School Everyone’s Music School, Podcast host of Speak For Change Podcast, A member of The SC Equity Collab (organization responsible for BLM mural in Santa Cruz, CA)  A member of the steering committee for Santa Cruz County’s Black Coalition for Justice and Racial Equity, a Certified Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, writer, mentor and speaker based in Santa Cruz California. Find Thomas the show (Http:// the show (Http://
About Kayla:Kayla Kumar is a progressive community worker who operates at the intersection of youth, race, economic, environmental and criminal justice. The purpose of her work is to contribute to the liberation of marginalized communities. She works at a youth empowerment and food justice organization called "Food, What?!". She is on the Board of local healthcare clinic called Salud Para La Gente and economic justice organization called Community Ventures. And, she is appointed to the Juvenile Justice Commission of Santa Cruz County. Find Kayla: Support the show
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