Thursday, January 5, 2017

Episode 3.1 The Political Climate, Happy New Year & Goodbye 2016

Blog by Mori Hitchcock

The phrase "Ferguson is Everywhere" was always more than a catchy slogan or design for a t-shirt. 

  It was a reminder that the frustration which boiled to the surface during the summer of 2014 was the culmination of years of anger and was endemic to the Black experience. It meant that any city could be Ferguson because throughout this country, black people live in fear that at any moment a run-in with the cops could turn fatal. It was an expression that called to mind the fact that our oppression does not exist in isolation from one another and that the reverberations of our feet marching and voices chanting could wake up a sleeping nation and put white folks on notice.


    Similar to this phrase, was the chant "Whose Street? Our Streets;" a call-and-response chant that called to mind our ancestors and fostered a sense of unity and ownership amongst protestors. I remember the first time I participated in that chant, we had organized a bus trip from my college in the middle of Pennsylvania to the streets of New York for the Millions March (which was coincidentally planned by one of our guests today, Sabaah) and it electrified me. It's one of those chants that makes you really look at the country as yours, perhaps for the first time. 

  Sabaah Folayan, an activist from New York who came to Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown Jr's murder, directs the about to be released film entitled "Whose Streets?" Using the "call" portion of the chant as the title, this film attempts to tell the story of the protests and to assist the activists in sharing their own stories. In our podcast, Sabaah talks about how misrepresented the protests were by the media and how they were covered as violent clashes, while paying little attention the police violence that spurred them. Sabaah describes how she hopes to show the "courage, beauty, and love that she encountered on the front lines"; qualities that she believed to be inherent and shared between the black folks in every corner of the struggle. 

    

When the white, mainstream media continues to fail our people by ignoring our stories or misrepresenting our demands, it is our responsibility to put out the work that challenges these narratives. Sabaah is doing just that, through a film set to premiere at Sundance this year with a story that goes beyond the tanks and tear gas, and beyond the looting and rioting, to the heart of the struggle. Sabaah and Taylor Payne, our second guest, are perfect examples of stepping outside of the realm of racist, hetero - patriarchal capitalism and mainstream materialism to use their art for black liberation.


    Taylor, who I had the pleasure of meeting last Spring, just complete a series of knitting meet-ups on the east coast teaching, beginning knitters, friends and activists how to knit for black liberation. Her entire trip was funded by her work for The Yarn Mission, which provides anyone with interest in knitting and the values of Yarn Mission to do the same. She taught me how to knit and has not only opened up a new hobby/skill for me but has also taught me (and others) how to divest from the chains of capitalism.

    Both of these black women have devoted their time to uplifting our experiences and marginalized voices to show us how we offer a narrative of hope, outside of the structures that oppress us.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

We Stay Woke Episode 2


The We Stay Woke Crew comes back again- Featuring Wavy Wayne, Lydia Caesar and David Ragland hosting  interviewing Activist and Atty. Professor Justin Hansford of St.Louis University Law School.  Professor Hansford speaks about critical race theory- its founder Derrick Bell, intersectionality and his work as an activist.  We look into the work of Derrick Bell and discuss the importance of his writing particularly in the book And We Are Not Saved, The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice- We encourage you to check out this classic text. In a time were people are looking for answers, saddened and angered by the most recent election,  Hansford, many activists and the We Stay Woke crew are discussing ideas and possibilities in progress!

We begin the discussion with Prof. Hansford discussing his early activism, when he organized for The Malcolm x grassroots project and his work, as a student, to bring critical race theory to Georgetown Law School.  The conversation goes into describing intersectionality as a part of critical race theory and how the critical race theory might inform possibilities for social transformation.  Professor Hansford continues by point out the need to organize locally and control cities like the Oakland, as Bobby Seal (Black Panther, Co-founder) attempted to do when he ran for mayor.
This election calls us to organize for our own needs and survival.

Intro and outro music "6 shots" written by Anthony Channel (Kass Duex Fois) Production by Xavier Jordan (Not Leased/Bought), With Technical Assistance from Wavy Wayne Adams

Podcast produced & mixed by Wavy Wayne Adams

Check out the newest episode of We Stay Woke featuring Justin Hansford, available now on Stitcher, Soundcloud and Spreaker! https://www.spreaker.com/…/we-stay-woke…/westaywoke-episode2 -
On Sound Cloud - https://soundcloud.com/we-staywoke/westaywoke-episode2

Good & Important Reads:

Rest in Peace & Thankyou for your contributions to the world- Gwen Ifill - http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/14/502031518/gwen-ifill-host-of-washington-week-pbs-newshour-dies

We don't need another hero! - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58222380e4b0334571e0a23c?timestamp=1478732418637

Justin Hansford in the news - http://fusion.net/story/337427/marcus-garvey-pardon-obama/

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Episode 1.5


Originally Posted Late August/Early September

The We Stay Woke Crew Gathered right before the second anniversary of Mike Brown Jrs' murder by Ferguson Police to discuss the sanctioned murder of Philando Castile

Adam Stone, Kristine Hendrix, Wayne Adams, Adrian Hubbard  and David Ragland interviewed Taylor Payne, Director of the Yarn Mission St.Louis as she discussed Alice Walker's book In Search of our Mothers Garden

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Episode 1


Welcome to the We Stay Woke Podcast!

This first episode features hosts who include David Ragland- college professor and activist; Gabbi Burkes- founder of Conscious Conversation; Wayne Adams- Audio Engineer and Producer; & Adam Stone, Radio Host (Live and Lit) and Studio Engineer.



This first episode features hosts who include David Ragland- college professor and activist; Gabbi Burkes- founder of Conscious Conversation; Wayne Adams- Audio Engineer and Producer; & Adam Stone, Radio Host (Live and Lit) and Studio Engineer.



Gabbi, Wayne, David and Adam teamed up to interview Pastor Cori Bush- Ferguson activist and Co-Director of the Truth Telling Project. She spoke about the triple evils from MLK's famous antiwar speech entitled "Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam. " 

check out the first episode here: https://soundcloud.com/we-staywoke/we-stay-woke-episode1