Episode 51: Vision Dreaming for Black Trans Liberation - On Imagination, Mutual Aid, and the Road Ahead
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
2M ago
How do attacks on trans organizing and rights impact related movements for bodily autonomy, reproductive justice, and liberation? On episode 51 of "The Activist Files," our Communications Associate Lexi Webster talks with Imara Jones, award-winning journalist, content creator and thought leader, founder of TransLash Media, and host of the TransLash podcast, and Diamond Stylz, activist, media maker, executive director of Black Trans Women Inc., and host of the Marsha’s Plate podcast, about how the work of movements for trans justice can inform social justice organizing on all liberation struggl ..read more
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Episode 50: Before Tuskegee: A Journey for Recognition
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
2M ago
On the 50th episode of “The Activist Files", legal worker Sadé Evans speaks with Helen D. Noel. Helen is an United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant retiree, accomplished author, keynote speaker, and transformational consultant known for her nonjudgmental stance and radical coaching for others experiencing traumatic stress. This episode will discuss Helen’s 12-year journey to learn about the Rosenwald Fund study in efforts to understand the effects it may have had on her family and thousands of other African-American families. Helen is calling on the government to formally apologize for t ..read more
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The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
4M ago
On the 50th episode of “The Activist Files", legal worker Sadé Evans speaks with Helen D. Noel. Helen is an United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant retiree, accomplished author, keynote speaker, and transformational consultant known for her nonjudgmental stance and radical coaching for others experiencing traumatic stress. This episode will discuss Helen’s 12-year journey to learn about the Rosenwald Fund study in efforts to understand the effects it may have had on her family and thousands of other African-American families. Helen is calling on the government to formally apologize for t ..read more
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Episode 49: Land, Health, and History: A fight for Environmental Justice and Community Legacy
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
8M ago
What happens to a predominantly Black community when its government officials prioritize profit over health and legacy? On the 49th episode of “The Activist Files", legal worker Sadé Evans speaks with Dr. Joy Banner and Jo Banner of “The Descendants project”, a non-profit organization that advocates for descendants of people who were enslaved in Louisiana’s River Parishes. In honor of Earth Day, this discussion centers the founders of the Descendants Project as they speak out against corporate greed and environmental racism in Wallace, Louisiana, largely known as Cancer Alley.  This episo ..read more
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Episode 48: We've Always Been Here: The Radical Spirit of Black Abolitionist Feminisms
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
9M ago
How has Black feminism ushered in our current understanding and practice of abolition? On the 48th episode of the Activist Files, advocacy associate maya finoh speaks with Andrea Ritchie, an attorney, author, organizer, and co-founder of Interrupting Criminalization and In Our Names Network, who has been documenting, organizing, advocating, litigating, and agitating around policing and criminalization of Black cis/trans women and girls and trans and gender non-conforming people for the past three decades. maya and Andrea discuss what it’s like being ahead of the curve on these concepts; why it ..read more
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Episode 11: Walidah Imarisha and Gabriel Teodros Talk Science Fiction as Social Justice Strategy
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
9M ago
On the eleventh episode of The Activist Files, host Ian Head talks with writer and educator Walidah Imarisha and musician and teaching artist Gabriel Teodros about the relationship between fantastical writing and social justice work. As Walidah says, we are all doing science fiction when we imagine a different world. Science and visionary fiction, says Gabriel, is a useful tool for imagining a different future. When we do social justice work, we are so often reactive, so often fighting against something, it is easy to forget the importance of envisioning the world we want to see. Listen to thi ..read more
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Episode 47: Shelter, Safety, and Strength: Housing Justice and the Struggle for Black Liberation
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
10M ago
On the Black History Month episode of the Activist Files, Center for Constitutional Rights board member Meena Jagannath speaks with Rob Robinson, a formerly homeless community organizer and housing activist who has worked with social movements all over the world. Rob discusses how his personal experiences have shaped his political outlook, how he hopes to change people’s fundamental relationship to land and housing, and how, throughout American history, housing has been a primary means of oppressing Black, brown, and low-income communities. He also discusses efforts to fight back, including th ..read more
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Episode 46: Guantánamo at 20 - you asked, we answered
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
11M ago
Center for Constitutional Rights Advocacy Program Manager Aliya Hussain, Senior Managing Attorney Shayana Kadidal, and Senior Attorney Wells Dixon answer questions about the state of Guantánamo after 20 years operating as an offshore prison for Muslim men and boys in the so-called war on terror. We marked the 20th anniversary with a virtual rally, op-eds, media interviews, and an event that we organized, Guantánamo, Off the Record: 20 Years in the Fight. For that event, we collected questions to find out what people really wanted to know. In this episode, the three delve into  those topic ..read more
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Episode 2: Bayou Bridge Pipeline: Cancer Clusters, Conflicts of Interest, and Controversy
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
11M ago
On Episode 2 of The Activist Files, CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pam Spees talks with Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Pastor Harry Joseph of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church. Rolfes and Joseph are helping to lead the fight to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. As Anne introduces it in the episode, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is Energy Transfer Partners’, the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline, “latest bad idea.” CCR has filed public records requests and litigation in support of their efforts ..read more
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Episode 19: Pushed out - The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
The Activist Files Podcast
by Center for Constitutional Rights
11M ago
On the 19th episode of “The Activist Files,” Communications Director Chandra Hayslett talks with photographer Ariana Faye Allensworth and map maker and interactive media developer Sam Raby of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP), a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes. Ariana and Sam provide an overview of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, explain how the Ellis Act has impacted evictions in California, and the role oral history plays in the project. Ariana is a Laundromat Project fellow, so ..read more
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