Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

TRGGR Radio – Pt. 1

Posted: September 4, 2011 by trggradio in Activism, Commentary, Education, Ethnic Studies, Katt Williams


on this episode we go in on the Katt Williams anti-Mexican moment, also known as “when keepin’ it real goes wrong.” no doubt we’ll continue the discussion as the issue unfolds. enjoy!

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TRGGR Radio: June 3, 2011 — On this episode of TRGGR we pay tribute to the life and musical expression of the late great Gil Scott Heron who passed away on May 27, 2011 at the age of 62. Joining us in conversation about Gil’s life and contribution to Black diasporic culture is Dr. Anthony Ratcliff, assistant professor of Pan-African Studies at CSU Northridge. He is also director of their Hip-Hop Think Tank.

We begin the show with our on-going conversation about struggles for solidarity with guest contributor, Sujani Reddy, assistant professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Amherst College, as she interviews Jacob Horowitz about his work with the Excluded Workers Congress and the National Guest Worker Alliance .


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“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it’s easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you’re the only one who didn’t run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in “the long run”
Or as in having “given someone a run for his money”
Or as in “running out of time”
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will ever be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you’re going to see me run soon and because you’re going to know why I’m running then
You’ll know then
Because I’m not going to tell you now”
— Gil Scott-Heron (Now and Then: The Poems of Gil Scott-Heron)

TRGGR Radio 3.25.2011 – Pt. 1

Posted: March 26, 2011 by trggradio in Activism, Community Organizing, Education


On this episode (in two parts) we highlight women artists and activists. In the first hour we speak with Philadelphia-based artist-activist Betsy Casanas about her upcoming exhibition and her philosophy of social justice through the arts. In the second hour (see below), we speak with several young women of color as they gear up for the presentation of this year’s Body Politics on the campus of UMass, Amherst. Later in the show, Jelisa Difo and Jasmin Torrejon, two dynamic young women activists from the North End Organizing Network (NEON) based in Springfield, MA joined us to announce the launching of their Question Campaign, which is intended to increase the participation of local residents in the revitalization of their community. Enjoy!

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TRGGR Radio 3.11.2011 – Part 1

Posted: March 12, 2011 by trggradio in Education, Politics

Peace, on this 2 hour episode of TRGGR Radio we honor the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with a discussion of the Crunk Feminist Collective’s “Ten Crunk Commandments”; we also discuss the Take Back the Land Movement, hear commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal, and update listeners on a series of local events. Later, in the second hour of the show (Part 2 below), we are once again joined in the studio for a cipher session with 4th Down Records artists, Mugsy, Damien Rivera and Queen Drama. Enjoy!

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TRGGR Radio 2.25.2011

Posted: February 26, 2011 by trggradio in Community Organizing, Education


On this episode of TRGGR Radio we speak with coach and high school guidance counselor Dennis Jackson, founder of the western Massachusetts-based P.L.A.Y. (planned learning and achievement for youth) program. We spoke about the origins of that program as one that combines academic success with athletics, as well as the camp’s current financial difficulties. We also hear and discuss commentary on how we can connect current global movements from Sujani Reddy, professor of American and Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies at Amherst College. Also, included here is Mumia Abu Jamal’s latest commentary “Cracks in the Empire.” Enjoy and send us your feedback by commenting on this page, via Facebook, or via email: trggrfreedom@gmail.com. Peace.

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Solidarity: The Concept in Practice

Posted: February 19, 2011 by trggradio in Education, Politics


Solidarity: The Concept in Practice
This audio is from a recent panel discussion about the practice of solidarity during the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference held at UMass, Amherst on February 19, 2011. The panelists were Sujani Reddy of Amherst College; Agustin Lao-Montes of UMass Amherst; Jennifer Guglielmo and Elizabeth Armstrong of Smith College; and Kara Lynch and Chris Tinson of Hampshire College and TRGGR Radio. Panel Description: This panel picks up on a central facet of the Third World student strikes that led to the formation of Asian/Pacific/American Studies within the U.S. academy: the practice of “solidarity,” and specifically anti-colonial, international solidarity among student leaders. Participants will extend the discussion on solidarity as a political practice that continues to animate movements for social justice. We will speak to what solidarity has meant or might mean in the context of the movement against apartheid in South Africa, the International Solidarity Movement for justice in Palestine, prison abolition, hip-hop, Afro-Latin@ movements in a North/South framework, movements for Puerto Rican decolonial-liberation, the Zapatistas, movements against corporate-led globalization, campus based movements for workers rights, and immigrant rights in the U.S. Through we will focus on the particular forms that solidarity has taken on college and university campuses. The audio begins just as Prof. Lao-Montes began his presentation. Enjoy.


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