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Third Rail Eps 49: Brooklyn’s Own: Youth Activism & Anti- Gun Violence

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The recent youth-led demonstrations that were prompted in response to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida have jump-started a conversation around the role that youth play in combating American-style gun violence. The site of the Parkland massacre was Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a majority white school in Broward County, Florida. However, Black and Brown students in New York and throughout the country have long been in the forefront of a struggle to address gun brutality through both advocacy and neighborhood-based violence interruption.

In Third Rail’s first all-youth roundtable discussion, homegrown Central Brooklyn youth leaders, Nana Samake of Kings Against Violence Iniative (K.A.V.I) and Eugena Pierre Paul of Youth Organising to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S) will discuss their work and their views on what proactive safety and non-violence looks like in our homes, schools and on the streets of our communities.

Segment One: Mark and TK take the temperature on the national scene and how local youth leaders are assuming a place and advocacy voice in the national movement and conversation around gun violence.

Segment Two: We discuss the effects of culture and familial support on youth activists of Color. As well as, consider what kind of efforts have long been in place to create a neighborhood culture and environment in Central Brooklyn that pre-empts the use of gun and other forms of violence.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

Intro and Outro theme Music:

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

Episode Music: "If" & "Note Drop" by Broke For Free.                    

Additional Audio: March For Our Lives NYC, March 24th, 2018. Courtesy of Gibran Mendez.

 

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.

EP 32: Centering the Margins: Black Women, Black Girls, Black Youth

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This month, Third Rail evaluates the state of black leadership in Central Brooklyn with Joanne Smith (Girls for Gender Equity) and Nakisha Lewis (The Ms. Foundation for Women). We discuss the different ways Black women and girls are claiming space in our current movement moment and then we ask, what's being done to build youth leadership?

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