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Radio for taking what's ours. Features legendary community organizer Wade Rathke's regular updates, the Chief Organizer Report, and Wade's World, which features interviews with warriors for the people.

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Radio for taking what's ours. Features legendary community organizer Wade Rathke's regular updates, the Chief Organizer Report, and Wade's World, which features interviews with warriors for the people.

    Wade's World: Dan Immergluck's "Red Hot City - Housing, Race, and Exclusion in Twenty-First Century Atlanta"

    Wade's World: Dan Immergluck's "Red Hot City - Housing, Race, and Exclusion in Twenty-First Century Atlanta"

    Red Hot City is "an incisive examination of how growth-at-all-costs planning and policy have exacerbated inequality and racial division in Atlanta.

    Atlanta, the capital of the American South, is at the red-hot core of expansion, inequality, and political relevance. In recent decades, central Atlanta has experienced heavily racialized gentrification while the suburbs have become more diverse, with many affluent suburbs trying to push back against this diversity. Exploring the city’s past and future, Red Hot City tracks these racial and economic shifts and the politics and policies that produced them.

    Dan Immergluck documents the trends that are inverting Atlanta’s late-twentieth-century “poor-in-the-core” urban model. New emphasis on capital-driven growth has excluded low-income people and families of color from the city’s center, pushing them to distant suburbs far from mass transit, large public hospitals, and other essential services. Revealing critical lessons for leaders, activists, and residents in cities around the world, Immergluck considers how planners and policymakers can reverse recent trends to create more socially equitable cities.

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    • 29 min
    Wade's World: Phil Allen, Jr.

    Wade's World: Phil Allen, Jr.

    Wade interviews Phil Allen, Jr. about the recently-published, “The Prophetic Lens: The Camera and Black Moral Agency From MLK to Darnella Frazier” and the way video and cameras are tools for social change.

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    • 29 min
    Social Policy: Book Review - J'etais un pretre rouge (I Was a Red Priest)

    Social Policy: Book Review - J'etais un pretre rouge (I Was a Red Priest)

    By Toby Terrar. Read it in the Fall 2022 edition of Social Policy.

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    • 13 min
    Wade's World: The Fight for San Francisco's City College and Education for All, with Marcy Rein

    Wade's World: The Fight for San Francisco's City College and Education for All, with Marcy Rein

    “Free City! is a true organizer’s tale. This exciting and deeply researched book describes the twists and turns of a five-year struggle that began as a defensive fight to preserve a hallowed San Francisco institution, City College, and evolved into a stunning victory that achieved tuition free education for the City’s residents. There are heroes like Alisa Messer, the brilliant leader of AFT Local 2121 representing faculty. There are villains like Barbara Beno, the corporate ‘educator’ who launched a withering attack on CCSF’s accreditation. It is a book with a happy ending and lots of lessons for organizers, educators and anybody who cares about public education in America.”


    —Peter B. Olney, retired Organizing Director, ILWU International Longshore and Warehouse Union



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    • 30 min
    Wade’s World: Manny Teodoro on the Crisis of Confidence in American Government

    Wade’s World: Manny Teodoro on the Crisis of Confidence in American Government

    Check out Manny's book here. 

    "The burgeoning bottled water industry presents a paradox: Why do people choose expensive, environmentally destructive bottled water, rather than cheaper, sustainable, and more rigorously regulated tap water? The Profits of Distrust links citizens' choices about the water they drink to civic life more broadly, marshalling a rich variety of data on public opinion, consumer behavior, political participation, geography, and water quality. Basic services are the bedrock of democratic legitimacy. Failing, inequitable basic services cause citizen-consumers to abandon government in favor of commercial competitors. This vicious cycle of distrust undermines democracy while commercial firms reap the profits of distrust – disproportionately so from the poor and racial/ethnic minority communities. But the vicious cycle can also be virtuous: excellent basic services build trust in government and foster greater engagement between citizens and the state. Rebuilding confidence in American democracy starts with literally rebuilding the basic infrastructure that sustains life."

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    • 31 min
    Chief Organizer's Report: Ranking the Barriers to Voting

    Chief Organizer's Report: Ranking the Barriers to Voting

    Wade's take on the 2022 Cost of Voting Report and its state rankings. 

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