Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 43.5: Blewish Part Two: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.

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In this special mini-episode we continue our conversation about Black-Orthodox Jewish relations and take a look at the conflicts between two othered communities in one area, Crown Heights.

Mark talks to Leo Ferguson a leader in Jews for Economic and Racial Justice (JFREJ) about equating Jewishness with whiteness, the similarities and differences of Black and Jewish communities, and why it's in our best interest to work together.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music: "Broke for Free" by Night Owl.

Third Rail Eps 43: Blewish: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.

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Crown Heights is America’s most infamous Black-Orthodox Jewish conflict zone. Mark and Veralyn explore the intersections of these identities with Chava Shervington, a Black orthodox woman who spent 5 years in Crown Heights, but now lives in California. Joining us remotely, Chava reflects on dueling narratives of Black anti-semitism and Jewish racism.

Segment One: We ride along Chava’s personal journey and public life while gaining insight into Jewish participation in whiteness.

Segment Two: We discuss the “othering” of each other’s communities by Blacks and Jews and consider their common interests.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music: Holy Roller (instrumental) by YACHT.

 

Third Rail Eps 40: Toward a Black and Muslim Future

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Mark and Veralyn discuss the intersections of Black and Muslim identity and the possibilities for Non-Muslim Black and Non-Black Muslim solidarity.

Segment One: On Being Black & Muslim.

The Third Rail crew explore the multi-layered relationship between Islam and Black American identity. In studio guest: Naima Muhammad, aka "Queen" of the podcast Tea with Queen and J .

Segment Two: Intersectional Solidarity.

Mark and Veralyn discuss what it would take to achieve deep and meaningful solidarity between Black folks and non-Black muslim immigrants. Field Interview Guest: Aber Kawas, the Youth Lead Organizer of the Arab American Association of New York.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"         

Mark, Veralyn, and Queen go through a topical range of emotions starting with Trans representation, Rachel Dolezal, & Van Jones/Donald Trump.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:

"Brooklyn Bridge", "Cruise The World", & "Home Sweet Home" by Willbe.

                  

 

 

 

Third Rail Eps 39: By Any Means Necessary?

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Mark and Veralyn sit down with Alicia Boyd, the fiery founder of Movement to Protect the People, and pose the question: Are there limits to what an activist should be willing to do in the fight for social justice? Also informing the discussion is an interview with Daniel Goldstein, who looks back on his controversial refusal to leave his home when developers wanted to tear it down to build the Barclays arena and the surrounding high rises. 
 
Segment One: Alicia Boyd and the art of anti-respectibility politics.
Mark and Veralyn interview Alicia Boyd about what it’s like to be known as a grenade thrower among her neighbors as she takes on development and what she describes as community board corruption.
 
Segment Two: Daniel Goldstein and the solitude of disruption.
Mark interviews Daniel Goldstein, the public face of Develop Don’t Destroy, which took on the Mayor, Bertha Lewis, and one of city’s biggest developers in a campaign to stop the building of the Barclays arena. Veralyn, Alicia and Mark then discuss what it takes to be a force of one.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"                            

Veralyn and Alicia talk through the mixed feelings of the recent Women's March.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:

"Coronea", "Basurera", & "Stipple" by Blue Dot Sessions.

Third Rail Eps 36: Family Affair: Living a Bed-Stuy Gentrification Story

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This month we focus on 17-year-old Corinne Bobb-Semple’s reporting for the Radio Rookie series, not just as an act of journalism, but as something that springs from her family’s legacy of community entrepreneurship and civic action. We explore what it was like to discuss the intricacies of race, class and place in the Bobb-Semple home before, during and after Corinne shared her reporting and insights on gentrification in Central Brooklyn through the Rookies program.

Segment one: Family & Community
We discuss changes on Third Rail and introduce the Radio Rookies program. Our guests, Bed-Stuy residents- social entrepreneur Crystal Bobb-Semple and student Corrinne Bobb-Semple and tell us about the family and community experience that led to Corinne's piece for Radio Rookies.

Segment two: "Bed-Stuy the End of an Era"
We play Corinne Bobb-Semple’s piece about gentrification in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Co-produced by Brooklyn Deep and WNYC.

Segment 3: Can Black People gentrify?
We explore themes like Black versus White gentrifiers; what it means for the future Bed-Stuy and the Bobb- Semple family.
We discuss the process of creating the piece and what the types of responses it may elicit from people.

Segment 4: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"
Is it sustainable for People of Color to create media, facilitate conversations, and be consumers?  Veralyn and Mark go head to head to discuss what about Corrine's story gets them mad.

TR Express: In moments like these

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We've been here before. Trying to process how easily black people die at the hands of police; how easily hashtags pile up: #DelrawnSmall #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile; and needing to find a way forward through it all.

Third Rail pauses to check-in with Anthonine Pierre (Brooklyn Movement Center's Lead Community Organizer) and Ryann Holmes (Bklyn Boihood Co-founder) about the impact of this moment (which includes five Dallas officers being killed) and how Central Brooklyn moves forward.

If you need a community base or resource for an initiative you are taking on, contact the Brooklyn Movement Center at bmc@brooklynmovementcenter.org or Bklyn Boihood here.

Third Rail Eps 19: Lemme Hear You Say… Fight the Power

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On "Lemme Hear You Say... Fight the Power" we break down movement messaging and ask what strategies are being used today. We want to know: Is hip hop still relevant as an organizing tool? And what is the difference between marketing and community outreach?

Guest: Autumn Marie, Communication activist and community organizer, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement & Ferguson Action

Segments: 

1. Is hip hop still relevant as an organizing tool?: Hip Hop, arguably, grew out of a dissatisfaction in Black and Brown neighborhoods with structural oppression. As a result, hip hop has provided the soundtrack to a lot of social justice movements over the past 40 years. The music has been bought, sold and appropriated so much that we are wondering whether or not hip hop still has a place in the movement today and moving forward.

2. What's the difference between marketing and community outreach?: Doing community outreach often means telling people about what we do and getting them on board. If that sounds a little like business marketing, this conversation is just for you. While marketing skills are transferable, we're trying to parse out what, if anything, distinguishes the way organizers do grassroots outreach from the way cooperate America does ad campaigns.

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup

Third Rail Eps 18: Live Show!

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Hosts: Third Rail Team

Aaron Freeman, Co-Host and Engineer, This Week in Blackness Radio
Anthonine Pierre, Lead Organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center
Mark Winston, Griffith Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center
Veralyn Williams, Communications Organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center

Segments: 

1. Our Favorite People: As organizers, we spend a lot of time complaining about the people we don't like... but what about the folk that enrich our work and keep us going? Listen in to hear us talk about our favorite white person, our favorite coalition, and our favorite landlord.


2. Our Favorite Shows: Yes, we're officially one year old! As we enter our second season of Third Rail, we look back on the episodes we liked the best. And we reveal who YOU picked to win the LIstener's Choice Award.


3. Audience Talkback: We talk at you all the time! This time, our live audience does the talking with real time questions and comments for the Third Rail crew.


Note: A full 30-minute "Tell em why you mad" will air next week as a “Third Rail Express”

Third Rail Eps 17: Activism 360

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Guest Hosts: 

Kristen Maye, Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance
Mark Winston, Griffith Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

Segments: 

1. Activism beyond the workplace: Being a community organizer can be a full-time job (literally). Some of us, though, already have full-time jobs that have nothing to do with social justice. And for those of us that do movement work full-time, we face hard choices about taking on extracurricular organizing activities. Listen in: we're talking about the work/play balancing act we do when deciding to be social justice activists

2. Generational divide: Social change work can often bring together people of different generations. But what happens when those generations see fundamentally different solutions to the same issue? Does conflict undermine the ability to build a cohesive intergenerational?

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup