Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 30: What is the legacy of resilience in Central Brooklyn?

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On this episode we examine the legacy of resilience in Central Brooklyn by reflecting on the history of organizing and movement building here and then by asking what is the present state of the Movement for Black Lives here in Central Brooklyn, New York and nationwide.

Joining us for this discussion are two organizers who have played an important role in shaping the legacy of social and political self-determination that Black Brooklyn is known for today:

Lumumba Bandele, Senior Community Organizer, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Ejeris Dixon, Founding Director, Vision Change Win


Segment 1: Histories Resilience in Central Brooklyn

While the fight for social change in Central Brooklyn has been city-wide and even national, it has often been anchored by what’s happening locally. We sit down with two organizers who have played a special role in shaping the legacy of social and political self-determination that Black Brooklyn is known for today.

Segment 2: How does Central Brooklyn connect to this movement moment?

In this present “movement moment” we ask: How has the legacy of Central Brooklyn organizing laid the groundwork for #BlackLivesMatter movements in Central Brooklyn, New York and nationwide?

Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" Roundup

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 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


Third Rail Eps 16: How Do You Change the World?

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Guest Hosts: 

Kevin Ryan, Program Director, New York Foundation
Tynesha McHarris, Director of Community Leadership, Brooklyn Community Foundation

Segments: 

1. Lessons from Other Cities: Gentrification isn't unique to Brooklyn, NYC, or even the USA. What does gentrification look like in Black and Brown communities outside of Central Brooklyn? And what are the lessons we can learn from other cities with changing economic climates?

2. Inside/Outside Game: We're tackling an age-old community organizing question: is it best to fight for social justice change from inside or outside the system? While we're at it, what constitutes, "the system," and on what side of the line do government, foundations, media and nonprofit organizations fall?

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup

Third Rail Express: #IndictTheSystem

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#IndictTheSystem: We discuss the non indictment of both cops who killed an unarmed Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Gardner in Staten Island, and the on-going protesting that has followed these grand jury decisions. And we ask what does real social justice organizing look like in this moment?

Third Rail Eps 12: Environmental Justice

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Guest Hosts: 

Harvir Kaur, Food Sovereignty Organizer, BMC
Cynthia Moices, Environmental Justice Organizer, UPROSE

Segments: 

1. Green in A Vacuum: In the social justice world, why does environmental justice get marginalized? And where does it intersect with identities of race, class, and gender?

2. POC and Environmental Justice: Fights for environmental causes like climate change, healthy food and recycling are widely seen as a "white" fields. Are there really no people of color who care about the environment?

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup

Third Rail Express: On the ground in Ferguson

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On the ground in Ferguson: During the week of August 18th, Bed-Stuy resident Dante Barry (Deputy Director, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice) was in Ferguson, Missouri and he sat down with Third Rail reporter and co-founding BMC member, Alan Smith (Co-Host, Baltimorons) to give us a perspective from Ferguson, that mainstream media isn't covering.