18 episodes

Hope from the Front Lines peeks beyond the headlines finding stories of struggle, passion, and strength from essential caregivers of color doing the heavy lift - protecting Chicago’s most vulnerable during this COVID-19 pandemic. The series is produced by Juneteenth Productions with funding support from the McCormick Foundation.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Hope from the Front Lines peeks beyond the headlines finding stories of struggle, passion, and strength from essential caregivers of color doing the heavy lift - protecting Chicago’s most vulnerable during this COVID-19 pandemic. The series is produced by Juneteenth Productions with funding support from the McCormick Foundation.

    "Daycare Double Bind" reported by Judith McCray

    "Daycare Double Bind" reported by Judith McCray

    Nine months into the Coronavirus pandemic, childcare providers are doing double and triple duty supervising school aged kids with remote learning for much of each day, while doing their regular duties caring for the children of working parents.  But providers fear that if and when schools reopen, their risk of COVID exposure will increase as kids shuttle back and forth between daycare and classrooms.  They're placed between a rock and a hard place as their dilemma is unnoticed and under appreciated. In this episode, childcare providers Jamila Ife Wilson and Tahiti Tamer make their voices heard.

    Reporter Judith McCray is an award winning documentary filmmaker, broadcast journalist and producer. Twenty three years ago she founded Juneteenth Productions to find and tell stories from the perspective and experiences of people who matter, whom we hear too little about or from. She passionately believes that media is an effective tool for positive social change and reaching people and communities that are underrepresented. With Hope from the Front Lines, she's reminded that we all will need and be caregivers at different points in our lives. She loves sailing and horseback riding - but rarely gets to do either.

    • 15 min
    "Surviving Covid" reported by Bia Medious

    "Surviving Covid" reported by Bia Medious

    Healthcare workers in homes face increased exposure risk to Covid-19, just like traditional front line workers. So why are employers using loopholes in the law to avoid paying some essential workers sick leave? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act covers pay, if you’re infected by COVID. For home healthcare workers, it’s only if they contract it from a client.  The issue is that home healthcare workers exposure risks extend far beyond their clients. If they’re doing the job properly, they’re exposed to their clients, other caregivers, their family members and friends, as well as nearly daily contact with the public at large as they handle their client’s daily affairs. In this episode, one home healthcare worker talks about how she was able to finally get paid after catching COVID-19 on the job.
    Reporter BIA MEDIOUS (she/her) is a native Chicagoan, journalist and audio producer. Passionate about storytelling, she commits to projects that challenge traditional narratives, seek justice, and encourage civic participation. Bia investigated alternative courts in Cook County while completing a civic reporting fellowship with City Bureau, a local media organization. She helped produce podcasts at USA Today, including “The City” which investigated the environmental injustice that remained after the FBI closed Operation Silver Shovel. She later joined the podcast team at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR Station. There, Bia worked on a variety of narrative and news-based podcasts, earning three Peter Lisagor awards for her work on “South Side Stories,” a first ever partnership between public media and a cable network - Comedy Central. She's most proud of her byline is with the historic Chicago Defender. And she recently founded her own audio production company, BIA Media, at the start of a global pandemic.

    • 14 min
    "Breaking Point" reported by Maurice Bisaillon

    "Breaking Point" reported by Maurice Bisaillon

    Throughout Chicagoland and across the country nursing homes continue to bear the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic.  For the past 11 months the linoleum tiled hallways of these facilities have carried not only orderlies, gurneys, and residents, but also more than 38% of all Covid-19 related deaths in America.  But what many don’t know is that staff of these facilities, and the industry advocates that fight for them were not in the least bit surprised by the magnitude of the tragedy.  For decades now they have watched owners cut staff in favor of profit, leaving facilities unable to properly care for their residents.

    Reporter MAURICE BISAILLON is a media producer with more than 20 years of broadcast production experience, working with A&E, History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS and more.  His A&E Biography on Barack Obama is the most widely viewed episode in the history of the franchise. He’s a recent transplant to Chicago and has thoroughly lost his mind trying to furnish his apartment through Facebook Marketplace. Executive Producing Hope From The Front Lines has opened his eyes to the fact that the word caregiver describes far more than doctors and nurses.

    • 13 min
    "Enough Is Enough" reported by Judith McCray

    "Enough Is Enough" reported by Judith McCray

    Five months after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, the struggle for justice and equality for African Americans continues in peoples’ hearts and minds, if not still in the streets. Many Black Americans are encouraged that the protests and larger number of allies joining the movement for Black Lives will bring real changes in policing and equity.  In this episode, Enough is Enough, healthcare givers Shawndra Robinson, Coston Plummer and Ashley Mosley reflect on the circumstances and actions for racial justice.

    Reporter Judith McCray is an award winning documentary filmmaker, broadcast journalist and producer. Twenty three years ago she founded Juneteenth Productions to find and tell stories from the perspective and experiences of people who matter, whom we hear too little about or from. She passionately believes that media is an effective tool for positive social change and reaching people and communities that are underrepresented. With Hope from the Front Lines, she's reminded that we all will need and be caregivers at different points in our lives. She loves sailing and horseback riding - but rarely gets to do either.

    • 15 min
    "Esperanza en Practica" reportado en Ariel Mejia

    "Esperanza en Practica" reportado en Ariel Mejia

    Lakesia Collins es una CNA decidida a cambiar la narrativa. Trabajando en múltiples trabajos de cuidadora mientras criaba niños, tuvo que declararse en bancarrota porque su hogar de ancianos pagaba salarios de pobreza. Convirtiéndose en organizadora de la unión la empoderó para correr como representante estatal del noveno distrito de Illinois. Su plan no es solo conseguir que se aprueben los proyectos de ley, sino organizar su distrito alrededor de los problemas que ella comprende de primera mano: vivienda, levantar la prohibición del control de alquileres y vigilancia excesiva.  En este episodio, Esperanza en la práctica, ella explica cómo estos problemas se entrecruzan con cómo COVID-19 está afectando de manera desproporcionada a la clase trabajadora y a las personas de color, y por qué organizarse es la respuesta.
     
    ARIEL MEJIA (ella) es nativa de Chicago que llegó al arte de audio y la producción de radio a través de la práctica feminista, la organización comunitaria y la educación en salud sexual. Su trabajo ha aparecido en el programa de la BBC Shortcuts de Falling Tree Productions, así como en Antibody, una serie de podcasts de The Dig de la revista Jacobin. Ariel también enseña narraciones en audio a adolescentes y aspira a convertirse en una experta bailarina de tap. Ella está más inspirada por la magia de la conexión humana, las posibilidades de transformación y el cambio de estaciones por sus sonidos y colores.

    • 19 min
    Hope from the Front Lines: Mid-Season Review

    Hope from the Front Lines: Mid-Season Review

    At the midpoint of our first season of Hope from the Front Lines we look back at some of the episodes we have produced so far. Throughout the season we’ve heard from frontline workers receiving no pay for time spent in quarantine, daycare providers left to fend for themselves as they reopen in the midst of a pandemic, healthcare-providers working in unsafe conditions for unfair wages, and nursing home attendants left in the dark regarding infection rates of staff and residents. Join us as we listen to some first half highlights of the series.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Trina's Babies ,

Protecting Me means Protecting US, by Kortni Smyers Jones

This segment goes beyond important - it’s critical it’s vital! The workers need to be protected! Bottom line. Requesting, asking, and now pleading for a vital and necessary piece of equipment that could possibly saves lives and jobs?? Please continue to be the VOICE for the essential and front line workers, as their plea for help and assistance needs to be remedied. Congrats Hope from the front lines!! Great reporting Kortni Smyers Jones.! Katrina (CA)

Mobiz1969 ,

Childcare Crisis Mode

Does an excellent job showing just how vital child care is to keeping this country afloat. Really nice reporting!

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