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!
The banning of the MAS program in TUSD is arguably the latest phase of war on Mexican and Chicano heritage and humanity in Arizona and beyond; an effort to maintain white settler colonialism and domination. No doubt, the assault on Mexican American Studies in Tucson is one of the latest markers in the long history of what scholar Reiland Rabaka calls “Epistemic Apartheid,” which is currently marked by an institutional disregard for students’ abilities to think for themselves, and to think critically about the history of this country, the world, and their place in it. Joining TRGGR Radio hosts Chris Tinson and Carlos Rec McBride for insights into the current situation in Tucson and its meaning for the world is one of the teachers featured in the documentary Precious Knowledge, maestro Jose Gonzalez.
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.
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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: email@example.com or leave us a comment on this page.
The murder of Trayvon Martin has once again thrown into question the well-being of Black and Brown lives in America. As national attention has focused on the dynamics of Trayvon’s case, and as many continue to hit the streets in his honor, numerous other cases have since surfaced. In what appears to be a regular occurrence, unarmed Black men and women (mostly youth) are made victims of excessive and often deadly force by local police, various militarized entities, or by self-appointed vigilantes. A recent study entitled: “Trayvon is ALL of US” emphasizes that Trayvon Martin’s murder was not an isolated event, but one that “demonstrates Black life continues” to be regarded with short worth.” Joining us on this episode is one of the authors of the study, Kali Akuno, organizer and activist of the US Human Rights Network and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
In the second part of the show, we speak with Micaela Diaz-Sanchez and Adelina Anthony about Anthony’s upcoming performance, “LA HOCICONA SERIES: An Original X-X-Xicana Comedic Triptych of Scandalous Proportions”. LA HOCICONA SERIES is the culmination of 3 years work and the comic-political vision of national touring artist and acclaimed Xicana lesbian performer, Adelina Anthony. The series highlights 3 different solo shows that consciously mix the genres of stand-up comedy, political theater, and performance art. Later Harmonie updates listeners on how they can help Commerce High School journalism students visit the Newseum in D.C., and we also hear from Reese a pre-trial incarcerated brother currently serving federal time in Greenfield MA. Enjoy the gumbo!
Part 1: Kali Akuno
Part 2: Micaela Diaz-Sanchez and Adelina Anthony & more
This week our guest was Curtis Acosta who joined us in anticipation of the Western Massachusetts debut of the new documentary PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE, in which his work as an educator is featured. The documentary highlights disenfranchised high school seniors who become academic warriors and community leadersin Tucson’s (Arizona) embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program. Directed by Ari Palos. Precious Knowledge is a co-production of Dos Vatos Productions, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Arizona Public Media. 70 minutes. For more information, or for ways that you can support the effort to defend Ethnic Studies in Arizona, go to: Save Ethnic Studies(dot)org.