Child Sex Work: Kenya

At Gazi Bay, Kenya, poverty exacerbated by drought is leaving foreign fishermen and local motorcycle transport drivers as the richest men around, able to pay young girls in food or in-kind to have sex with them. Thousands of under-age children are said to be in this trade, mostly with the knowledge of their parents, to feed their families. Local workers with organizations are trying to educate girls and their families about mitigating the risks of sex work for children and finding other sources of income.

Featured speakers:

Rose, 15 years old, eldest of 3, her family’s bread winner and a class seven drop out, has engaged in sex work for two years. Unaccompanied girls at Gasi beach buying from fishermen: GIRL 1 is 15 years old and in class 5; GIRL 2 is 17 years old and in class 7. Assupta is a 14 year old primary school dropout whose mother gets her to help sell palm wine and also sell her body to help support the family. Emanuel Kahaso coordinates the End Commercial Sex program for Strengthening Community Partnership And Empowerment ( SCOPE). Iddi Abdulrahman Juma is vice chairman of the Gasi Beach Management Unit. Saumu Salim Ramwendo and Ann Okello are community health workers with SCOPE. Hamisa Zaja is an activist who talks to girls about alternative ways of making income; she is coordinates programs for persons living with disability in Coastal Kenya.

Credits:

Produced by Diana Wanyonyi. Wanyonyi is a news reporter with community radio Baraka FM in Mombasa, Kenya. WINGS series producer, Frieda Werden.

The Murder of Fred Hampton

The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago police.
In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policemen burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants.
Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.
“You can jail the revolutionary, but you cant jail the revolution.You might murder a freedom fighter like Bobby Hunton, but you can’t murder freedom fighting.” – Fred Hampton.
Recently restored and reworked by Gray, The Murder of Fred Hampton is a chilling slice of American history. (Excerpt from mike-gray.org)

Featuring:

Fred Hampton, Bobby Rush, Rennie Davis, Edward Hanrahan 

Credits:

Host: Anita Johnson
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker
Web Editor: Kwan Booth
The Murder of Fred Hampton was directed by Howard Alk and Mike Gray and produced by Mike Gray. Thank you to www.facets.org for granting us permission to broadcast excerpts from the film.

From Bankruptcy to Reinvention – The City of Stockton, California

Stockton, California is the poster child of an American town gone wrong. Twice-named by Forbes Magazine as the most miserable city in the U.S, it filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013. This, after unmanageable public employee pension debt, out of control salary obligations, enormous budget deficits, long term high unemployed, plunging home prices, a non-diversified agricultural based economy and rampant crime, as well as a long history of crony politics and corrupt leaders.

Ironically, the bankruptcy of the city has provided city leaders with an opportunity for civic reinvention.

Our main character in the radio documentary is 25-year-old Stockton City Councilperson and Mayor-Elect Michael Tubbs. Tubbs grew up in the worse part of town with a single teenage mother and an incarcerated father. Tubbs cousin was murdered and that drove him back to his home town of Stockton to try and make a difference. Tubbs became the youngest City Councilperson in the nation. And on November 8, 2016, Tubbs became the first black mayor, having received over 70% of the vote, and is believed to be the youngest mayor in the City of Stocktons 166-year history.

The radio documentary weaves together the voices of Stocktonians who are reinventing their city:

Mayor / City Councilman Tubbs
Tubb’s Mother Richole Dixon
Tubb’s Grandmother Barbara Nicholson
Tubb’s aunt Tasha Dixon
Tama Brisbane, Executive Director of With Our Words, a nationally recognized poetry and spoken-word group

Daisy Armstrong, a past All-City Slam Grand Champion, a 2012 #1 Youth Poet in the Nation, who shares her new election piece titled PresPiece

Credits:

George Koster, Voices of the Community, KCSF, San Francisco, CA www.mixcloud.com/geokoster/
Nick McClendon, AJunk A Punk radio at KCSF in San Francisco, CA  mixcloud.com/kcsfradio/first-a-junk-a-punk-2016/

George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, CONCLUSION

On this week’s From The Vault, we present the conclusion of the dramatic reading of George Orwell‘s classic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. We left off as our hero Winston has had to listen to O’Brien go on and on about the reshaping of the world into a world of fear and and treachery and torment. A world of trampling and being trampled upon. A world that will become not less but MORE merciless as it refines itself. The old civilizations claim that they were founded on Love and Justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear and rage triumph. Everything else we will destroy. Everything.

We join Winston and O’Brien for the final battle of wills.

The Death Penalty, Update on Elections, Prosecutor Misconduct and A Victim’s Family Member Speaks Out

The Death Penalty, Update on Elections, Prosecutor Misconduct and a Victim’s Family Member Speaks Out….and Your Calls

The Death Penalty was on the ballot in California and Nebraska, we find out what happened. One of the main arguments against the Death Penalty is Prosecutor Misconduct and human error, we will learn more about those issues as well. Then a victim’s daughter speaks out about where she stands on the Death Penalty and why. And of course your comments and questions.

Host Craig Lubow will speak with Stacy Pratt of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty about Prosecutor Misconduct and the two states that had the Death Penalty on the ballot in the last election. They will be joined by Celeste Dixon who will talk about her views on the death penalty and how she felt about the defendant in her mom’s case being executed.

CALL IN NUMBER – 816-931-5534

“We are the Landscape” in person and theory!

Over a year of investigating, composing, visiting homelands, building instruments, and rehearsing, we are debuting a unique presentation of dance, storytelling, and music composed by Amado Espinoza (Bolivia) continues….what began as a way to share ancestral wisdom and memory from our individual cultures of Meshica, Cherokee, Inca and Filipino is now a landscape of local artists from diverse backgrounds, with one vision and one spirit. Arelis, Maura and Andres tell us more about their creations and indigenous cultures within the performance!

More info about this theatrical performance in KC can be seen hear

In the first hour, Samantha Kay the executive director of Transfinity KC Chorus is our guest to talk about the mission of the chorus and their upcoming performance: Singing for Peace.

Inspired by our guests’ efforts, we listen to various indigenous sounds from varied world cultures that inspire hope and imagination! <3

TAKE TWO: “Allied” #filmreview podcast

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in a “Casablanca” wannabe called “Allied.” This romantic WWII drama features Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) who may -or may not- be a Nazi spy. While Susan and Russ found some things to admire, they agreed about the movies weaknesses as well.

FREEZE FRAME: “Man Down,” “The Eagle Huntress”

Earnest performances and good intentions don’t always lead to good movies. “Man Down” is a case in point. Shia LaBeouf gives a solid turn as a U.S. Marine who, upon his return home from serving in Afghanistan, discovers that his wife and child have fallen into the hands of some chaotic force. Is this a mystery, a sci-fi story or an apocalyptic drama? The answer isn’t clear until the movie’s final moments. Sadly, this well-meaning film never gets a grip on its subject and comes off as forced and pretentious instead of heartfelt and impassioned.

If there is a bird lover in your family, you may want to consider taking them to see “The Eagle Huntress.” This beautifully photographed documentary tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who lives in the mountainous region of Kazakhstan. Her dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps, capturing and training a wild eagle for hunting. She meets steep resistance from the other hunters in their very patriarchal society. The film unfolds at a very leisurely pace, so it’s not for young children. But for those with an interest in all things aviary or in search of a film about female empowerment, “The Eagle Huntress” delivers.

Also opening this week, Sonia Braga stars in “Aquarius,” the story of a sixtysomething woman, the last tenant of an apartment complex, who wages war with the developer who wants her out. “The Love Witch” is an unrated horror drama that pays homage to genre films of the 60s. “Keep Watching” is a horror thriller about a home invasion televised around the country. “Believe” is a faith-based drama about a financially strapped small town struggling to fund their Christmas pageant. Screenland Theaters are featuring the annual Arts and Crafts Festival, showcasing a number of films and brews. Information is available at screenland.com.