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Beginning in late May in North Carolina, activists have gathered in several cities to protest the cuts in education, increased taxes on the middle class, cuts in employment benefits, the repealing of the Racial Justice Act of 2009, and many other injustices reflective of increasing right-wing political power. Joining us from Durham are activists and educators Holly Jordan and Bryan Proffitt, two educators and members of People’s Durham organizers directly involved in what is known as the Moral Mondays protests in Raleigh and Durham. A strength of this growing movement is the broad scope in its goals and strategies, which collectivizes the struggles of many disconnected groups. The protests unite around educational justice, affordable housing, and accessible jobs within and beyond electoral governance. In a state that is flooded with right-wing money, both on the ground organizing – such as civil disobedience, protests and strikes – and as well as Black left political representation.

The challenge from this point forward is the sustainability of people-power and political bases in order to achieve the lasting, progressive demands. Connecting each Monday protest to the next, the NAACP documents the movement, participating in media to make each Monday swell greater than the last. However, at some point the legislative session will end, and with it the movement might falter. Yet the needs of our communities of color and working class people are more needed than ever. This speaks to the need for alternative forms of education that keeps our demands at the forefront of our every day struggles. As Bryan Proffitt states, this is the realization of how education is not a neutral force, that making connection between school subjects and current political structures needs to be seamless.

Our second interview features commentator and scholar Dr. Annalise Fonza, and Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste who joined us to comment on recent Supreme Court rulings, the Zimmerman trial, and related issues. CHECK IT OUT!

part 1: featuring Holly Jordan and Bryan Proffitt; and Annalise Fonza

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photo credit: dr. whitney battle-baptiste

Edward Said Mural SFSU

on this new episode…

update on charles wilhite case
update on springfield no one leaves recent victory
the crossing borders tour 2013

aclu and felony disfranchisement
nola police shooting
the new jane crow
and more…

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TRGGR RADIO: Eight years strong at the intersection of hip-hop, radical education, and the anti-prison movement

photo: Edward Said Mural, San Francisco State University. credit: C. Tinson

On this episode we return to our discussion of the Mexican American Studies struggle in Tucson, Arizona and the Freedom Summer project underway throughout July. Joining us is Dr. Nat Turner, professor of Education at UMass, Amherst. We also speak with Meshaun Lebrone’s actor and playwright of Right to Remain…the Life and Mind of Tupac Shakur. In part two of the show we speak with Sean Arce, former director of the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School. For more on the MAS struggle go to THREE SONORANS. Especially check out and support the Raza Defense Fund.

Part 1: Nat Turner and Meshaun Lebrone

Part 2: Sean Arce

After months of working in the studio along side Chris and Rec the newest member of the TRGGRadio family Harmonie, has officially produced and hosted her first solo episode of TRGGRadio this past Friday. Harmonie first came to TRGGR during her fall 2011 semester at UMass Amherst. She quickly transitioned from an interested onlooker to a an active participant of the show. Harmonie began to intern with TRGGRadio during her Spring 2012 semester, contributing to each weekly broadcast. During this episode Harmonie spoke of what she referred to as “TRGGR musical chairs” as throughout the summer Chris, Rec, and herself will be rotating hosts on the show. Harmonie hopes to bring a new sound to TRGGR with an array of local and underground hip-hop and R&B artists streaming through her play-lists, as well as a unique lineup of guests ranging from musical talent, activists, and young entrepreneurs making commendable moves in today’s society. During the middle part of the show Harmonie shared a conversation she had with Brother Chris about her mixed racial background and how she identified herself racially. Through the conversation Harmonie became much more aware of the struggles she faces as well as the priviliges she has due to her mixed racial background. Harmonie prompted listeners who either come from mixed racial backgrounds or simply have insight on the topic to share their stories and or views with her through email at Harmonie hopes to use this information to develop a future segment on individuals of mixed race for the show. The show concluded with a musical sample from the Futuristik Boys, a hip-hop group out of Lawrence, Massachusetts Harmonie is currently doing a documentary on. Continue to listen while Harmonie progresses with TRGGRadio over the summer. To find out more about Harmonie and the projects she is working on, follow her on Twitter @harmoniechar.

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Peace. If you missed last Friday’s show featuring M-1 of Dead Prez and Dr. Jared A. Ball of Morgan State University and the recent author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto, you are in for a treat. Listen in as Chris, REC, and Rosa build with M-1 about his recent trip to Gaza with the Existence is Resistance Tour, and with Dr. Ball on his theory of mixtape revolutionary media production. We start off the show in discussion with doctoral student Emahunn Campbell on local and national efforts to save Troy Davis from execution in Georgia. Currently, 34 states still practice the death penalty. According to Amnesty International, “Since 1973, over 130 people have been released from death rows throughout the country due to evidence of their wrongful convictions. In 2003 alone, 10 wrongfully convicted defendants were released from death row.” Troy Davis’ case is but another reason to fight for the abolition of this antiquated form of punishment and the need to continue the call for the abolition of the prison industrial complex.

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Here’s our conversation with Dr. Jared A. Ball. Enjoy, download, and circulate!

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