Archive for the ‘Community Organizing’ Category


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

Sneakers for Success have come along way since their start back in September 2011. It began with Trggr dream team member and 2012 UMass Engineering Graduate Sam Del Pilar’s vision of combining his love of sneakers with his passion to improve our education system, and uplift our inner city communities of color.  After establishing his power team including fellow dream team members Jose Cotto, Josh Hernandez, Chris Wise, Abi Richardson, Daniela Sanchez, and Harmonie Jean-Charland the S4S movement took off.

The organization had their first opportunity to test their theory of using sneaker culture and its sub-cultures as an educational medium during The Renaissance School in Springfield, Mass Intensives Week. The organization’s pilot program with The Renaissance School was an instant success and helped create and maintain a steady buzz about the program throughout the Pioneer Valley. On June 28, 2012 Sneakers for Success launched their first annual fundraising event Sole Connections in New York City.  The night showcased amazing performing and visual artists and served as a meeting ground for sneaker culture, hip-hop, and the arts.

Bobbito Garcia was one of many iconic guests in attendance that evening showcasing the highly anticipated documentary Doin it in The Park:Pick UP Basketball, NYC, which which explores the history of NYC pick-up basketball . It was truly amazing to witness the number of individuals who came out to support S4S and the organizations initiative to improve the current state of our educational system.  S4S was able to raise over $4,000 and are one step closer to becoming a 501c3 organization. The funds raised will also aid in the development of S4S unique curriculum which is scheduled to be introduced to The High School of Sports Management in Brooklyn, NY and The Holyoke Boy’s and Girl’s club in Holyoke, Mass this coming fall.If you were unable to make it out to Sole Connections  please check out the links below to get exclusive behind the scenes interviews, photos, and so much more!

Go to The S4S Facebook page to check out Sole Connections Photos

The Coach Sessions Interviews with:
Nitty Scott, Mc
Bobbito Garcia
Dillon Cooper
Artsy Magazine Sole Connections Recap Video
Artsy Magazine Interviews Female Visual Artist Jenny Rose

Sneakers for Success was founded in September 2011 by University of Massachusetts Amherst engineering graduate and Queens, NY native Samuel del Pilar. The non-profit organization uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and design to empower, inspire, and motivate underrepresented youth toward academic success. The organization’s services include workshops and curriculum development that focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills. The use of sneakers as an educational medium keeps the students engaged and connected to the standard classroom material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. For more information, please visit our website: sneakers4success.org

 


photo credit: http://bmawufbp.blogspot.com

Although since 2000 some national indicators are pointing in the right direction, statistics for black males throughout the country are far from positive. For example, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service’s report released last summer, entitled: A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success” contains some alarming numbers. For example, the poverty rate for Black children is 36 percent, compared to 12 percent for White children. In February 2011, the unemployment rate for Black males age 20 and over was nearly twice that of White males (17.5 percent versus 9.1 percent). And the homicide victimization rate for Blacks (20. 6 per 100,000) is more than six times higher than the rate for Whites (3.3). They also cite Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, high rates of foster care, school achievement, parent employment, parent education, poverty, and school segregation as critical areas painting a bleak outlook for males. Joining us to talk about this crisis is James Arana, Associate Director of Men’s Resource International, prevention specialist, and community organizer. James is a native of Belize and former resident of the Bronx. He has been a Social Worker and Community Organizer for over 25 years, working primarily with young adults and at-risk children. We speak with him about the health crisis facing Black boys and young men.

Darlene Elias joined us in the second half of the show to update us on Holyoke’s Lyman Terrace struggle to prevent the displacement of 400 residents from one of America’s oldest housing projects. Check us out and let us know what you think! Email: trggrfreedom@gmail.com or leave us a comment on this page.

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The Untouchable Caste of the United States:
The Stigma of Incarceration and the Metamorphosis of Legal Discrimination
Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, Massachusetts – April 11, 2012

A panel featuring Rosa Clemente, Jasiri X, Jared Ball, and Marc Lamont Hill; moderated by Chris Tinson; also featured: Emahunn Campbell of Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) speaking on the Charles Wilhite case, and closing inspiration by Nyle Fort. Enjoy & Spread!!

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Peace, on this episode we spoke with Alex Morse, candidate for Mayor of Holyoke. We discussed his decision to run for the position, some of the challenges facing the city, his vision for the future of the city, and got his take on recent political developments on the national level. Enjoy and let us know what you think: trggrfreedom@gmail.com.

Part 1: feat. Alex Morse


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Peace, on this episode, TRGGR intern Unique Robinson joined Chris in studio to interview Ryann Holmes, co-founder of the Brooklyn Boihood project. Check out Ryann’s thoughtful discussion of her work and the queer community she represents in Brooklyn. In part two of the show, we speak with Ty Allan Jackson, creator of two children’s books centered on the positive perception and financial literacy of children of color. Let us know what you think of it all! And remember to organize as if your life depended on it.


Part 1: featuring Ryann Holmes, co-founder of Bklyn Boihood


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Part 2: featuring children’s book creator, Ty Allan Jackson

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TRGGR – 6.24.2011 – pt. 1

Posted: July 7, 2011 by trggradio in Africa, Community Organizing, Hip-Hop


Peace, on this episode Rec is joined by Whosane, Nasir Nolan, EDO. G., and Tableek of Maspyke to talk about movements and music from South Africa to Springfield, Massachusetts. Enjoy.

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