Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 41: Human Trafficking: Are Black Girls Safe in Brooklyn?

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An estimated 2,200 children are victimized by commercial sexual exploitation annually. Mark and Veralyn delve inside this world and explore the impact of human trafficking on the lives of Black girls in Central Brooklyn and what it means for local “public safety.” On hand are Shelley J. Klein, Esq, Chief Communications and Development Officer for Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and Aiesha Turman, founder of The Black Girl Project.

Segment One: Who is targeted by commercial sexual exploitation?

The Third Rail crew explore the dimensions of the sexual exploitation trade globally, nationally and locally. Who is targeted by commercial sexual exploitation? Are low- and moderate girls of color particularly vulnerable? What social forces allow this human trafficking to continue? How does this affect the displacement of Black people in Central Brooklyn?

Segment Two: How can Black girls heal?

Mark and Veralyn examine what a community self defense strategy looks like in the context of human trafficking. How can Black girls be protected and recovered? How can they heal?

Visit Polaris Project for tools and help with human trafficking and exploitation: https://polarisproject.org/facts

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"         

Veralyn, Aiesha, and Shelly take on Dave Chapelle, White supremacy in the education system, and contend with Donald J. Trump.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

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

Episode Music:

Instrumental clips from "Brick Wall", "Once in A While", "A Fine Day" by Simon Panrucker.

TR Express: Impact of Orlando on Central Brooklyn

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On June 12, 2016, a mass shooting terrorist attack occurred inside a gay nightclub, in Orlando, FL. The shooting resulted in 50 deaths, including the gunman, who was killed by police. Another 53 people were injured. 

In this "express" episode, Brooklyn Deep reporter Jarrett Lyons shares what he's been hearing at various vigils and community gatherings around the city. And Tasha Amezcua (SOS Program Coordinator, Audre Lorde Project) & Z Bell (Membership organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center) join us to discuss how the Central Brooklyn's LGBTQ community is grieving, healing, and thinking through what it means to be safe.

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 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.

Third Rail Eps 4: Gentrification in Central Brooklyn

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Guests:
Mychal Denzel Smith: Writer, Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute 
Marlon Peterson: Writer, Director of Community Relations, Fortune Society

Segments: 

1. Cycle of Gentrification: A recent Spike Lee rant has once again shaped the discussion around gentrification as the displacement (or replacement) of low income people of color with white, middle to upper income residents. But what role have Spike and other people of color played in the cycle of gentrification in Central Brooklyn? 

Inspiration: "The gentrification of Spike Lee" by Errol Louis

2. Traumatized People, Traumatize People: What is the price of gentrification? We always complain about high rents and overpriced restaurants, but what are the mental and emotional costs to long-term residents?

Inspiration: "Coming from where I'm from- Gun Violence, Prison, Trauma... and Gentrification" by Marlon Peterson

3. "Tell em why you mad" RoundupSegment