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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

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On this episode we speak with Pittsburgh-based critically acclaimed activist and eMCee, Jasiri X on the role of community-based alternative media, the inspirations and directions in his music, and the development of his critical media justice organization, 1Hood. On the second half of the show we welcome TRGGR family, Rosa Clemente, for a multi-pronged discussion including recent news of Chicago school closings, homophobia in Lauryn Hill’s new song “Neurotic Society”, and the recent commencement addresses by President and Mrs. Obama and why they seem to only speak in condescending terms when addressing African American audiences. Enjoy!

Part 1: Featuring Jasiri X

Part 2: round table discussion of current events
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rick_ross_bet_hip-hop_awards_-_h_2012This week Chris and Rec collaborated with TRGGR family Rosa Clemente and Abby Hernándes to critique Rick Ross’s recent lyric that promotes sexual assault. Recognizing this lyric as only one manifestation of a larger culture that is complicit in rape culture, we unpack what Rosa Clemente terms the ‘Rap Industrial Complex’ and call for outspoken accountability from both men and women through media channels and within our communities. While critical media outlets such as TRGGR speak out against pervasive patriarchy, we discuss how to move forward in confronting rape culture before, during and after these individual incidents surface in major media channels.
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TRGGR Radio with host Carlos “REC” McBride featuring Minister Nyle Fort and spoken word artist, Felix Libertad Vasquez. Enjoy!

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TRGGR host, Chris Tinson, recently sat down with longtime activists Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, Founding Director, University of Arkansas Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity, and Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NEW YORK, which monitors conditions in state prisons. She is the first woman and first person of color to head the 170-year-old organization.  Aiyetoro and Elijah discuss reparations, prison reform, black women leadership, and the Obama presidency.

Why MAS is federally protected – Post-Unitary and deseg history from Abie Morales on Vimeo.

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:
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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