27 episodes

Ben & Jerry’s is back with another season of Into the Mix, a podcast about joy and justice. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford and produced with Vox Creative, this season will bring you stories of struggle and success from the everyday people at the heart of our greatest fights — from voting rights, to cannabis justice, to dignity for migrant workers — today. 
And don’t miss Season 1 for conversations about art and activism, with friends of Ben & Jerry’s like John Legend, Big Freedia, and Ava DuVernay.

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Ben & Jerry’s is back with another season of Into the Mix, a podcast about joy and justice. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford and produced with Vox Creative, this season will bring you stories of struggle and success from the everyday people at the heart of our greatest fights — from voting rights, to cannabis justice, to dignity for migrant workers — today. 
And don’t miss Season 1 for conversations about art and activism, with friends of Ben & Jerry’s like John Legend, Big Freedia, and Ava DuVernay.

    34 Cents an Hour: Prison Labor & the Exception in the 13th Amendment

    34 Cents an Hour: Prison Labor & the Exception in the 13th Amendment

    Johnny Perez worked hard throughout his 13 year prison sentence. He sewed sheets and facilitated classes, met demanding quotas and helped other men prepare for life on the outside. The highest wage he was ever paid was 34 cents an hour. Meanwhile, prison labor generated $14 billion last year. 
    So why do so many people like Johnny leave prison empty handed?
    In this Season Two finale, we’re going back to 1865, to understand how a key exception written into the 13th Amendment paved the way for the modern prison industry. From convict leasing to prison plantations, exploited labor is part of the DNA of this country, and more than two-thirds of people behind bars in America labor throughout their incarceration. Their average day wage? Just 86 cents. 
    But: there’s a growing movement to end the exception, and end slavery once and for all in this country.
    Learn more about the movement to End the Exception here, and be sure to check out Worth Rises’ incredible study on prison labor, and UNICOR’s phone bank video. You can also learn more about Johnny’s work for NRCAT here. 
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    • 50 min
    The Price of Freedom: Cash Bail and Pretrial Detention

    The Price of Freedom: Cash Bail and Pretrial Detention

    When Flo was arrested in 2016, he did not expect to be wrapped into the predatory bail industry. $7,500: that was the amount the judge set for his pretrial release. “$7,500 might as well have been a million dollars to me.” As a result, Flo spent two months in jail even though he was legally innocent.
    Half a million Americans are in pretrial detention at any given moment, and more than 60% of them are there because they can’t afford bail. In theory, bail is supposed to be one way out of jail. So how did it become a way to trap so many people in, even when they're still legally presumed innocent? 
    Learn more about the Pretrial Fairness Act, and support the Coalition to End Money Bond.
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    • 30 min
    “This is My City”: The Promise of Reparations and the Legacy of Urban Renewal

    “This is My City”: The Promise of Reparations and the Legacy of Urban Renewal

    Priscilla Robinson says the Southside neighborhood of Asheville, North Carolina was once a thriving, tight-knit community. She describes fruit trees and multigenerational homeowners, booming small businesses and neighbors who looked out for one another. But that all changed in 1968, when the city approved plans for “urban renewal” and displaced more than fifty percent of Asheville’s Black residents, including Priscilla and her family.
    Decades later, in 2020, Asheville became just the second city in the US and the first in the south to approve reparations for its Black population, and Priscilla is making sure that the harms of urban renewal aren’t forgotten as a community Reparations Commission shapes its plan.
    To see photos of the Southside prior to Urban Renewal, and to explore Priscilla’s research, click here. You can also learn more about the Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville here, and join us in calling for President Biden to establish a federal Reparations Commission here.
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    • 43 min
    New Front Lines: How Med Students are Adapting to a Post Roe Future

    New Front Lines: How Med Students are Adapting to a Post Roe Future

    When 3rd year med student Megh Kumar told a mentor she’d decided to go into OB GYN, she got an unexpected piece of advice: don’t. 
    It’s been more than a year since the Supreme Court revoked constitutional protections for abortion rights with their Dobbs decision. Since then 13 states – including Megh’s home state of Kentucky – have banned nearly all abortions. Some states have criminalized performing or abetting abortion. The effect has been chilling not only for patients who need them, but for doctors who feel it’s their medical duty to provide them. 
    As the next generation of doctors like Megh enter this field of medicine, many are asking themselves if it’s worth it. Abortion providers are often targets for harassment and violence, and studying in a restrictive state might limit training opportunities. Data show a more than 10% decrease in residency applications to OB GYN programs in restrictive states. If fewer doctors are training to be OB GYNs, what does that mean for the rest of us? 
    Learn more about how to advocate for abortion rights at WeTestify, and visit SisterSong.net for more information about reproductive justice.
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    • 41 min
    I Am the Water: Grassy Narrows’ Land Back Story

    I Am the Water: Grassy Narrows’ Land Back Story

    On a cold night in 2002, Chrissy Isaacs watched yet another logging truck loaded with old growth trees hurtle past her home in the Grassy Narrows First Nation, down the only road into the reserve: built by and for the logging industry. 
    Enough was enough. That night, she dropped a tree in the road to block the loggers, and changed her community forever.
    This is the story of land back, and the fight to correct the long, long history of colonizers claiming indigenous territories as their own for economic benefit. But for millions of Indigenous people around the world, land back is about a lot more than ownership. It’s about relating to the land as more than just a resource, a commodity extracted, traded, owned, and controlled. Land back is about relationships, and what happens when we reconnect to the lands and waters that shape us. 
    Please take care when listening: this episode discusses suicide and self harm. 
    Learn more about how mercury poisoning has affected Grassy Narrows, support the community as they fight logging and mining claims in their traditional territories, and get to know Indigenous Climate Action here.
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    • 42 min
    Libraries Off-limits: Examining Florida’s book bans

    Libraries Off-limits: Examining Florida’s book bans

    Andrea Phillips loves her job. She works at an elementary school as a reading interventionist, teaching struggling readers to love books. When she was told by her district to pack up her classroom library earlier this year, she was devastated. 

    In 2022, Florida lawmakers passed HB 1467. This new law mandated that every book in Florida public schools be cataloged and reviewed for “harmful content”, and that schools create a system for parents to petition the removal of books they found inappropriate. Out of an abundance of caution, two county school districts – including Andrea’s – decided to block or remove all unreviewed books from schools while they adopted this new system. Otherwise, administrators worried they could be liable for violating another Florida law. In effect, more than 175,000 Florida students went to schools where library books were off-limits for part of the school year. Across the state hundreds of books containing themes of race, sexuality, and LGBTQ identities have been pulled from school libaries, even classics that are required reading in other states. Critics say this is just another example of Governor Ron DeSantis attempts to silence marginalized voices in Florida classrooms.

    Book bans have happened throughout our country’s history, usually in response to changing social norms. But when public education is unequal and struggling schools can’t afford to lose any resources, what do laws like this do to our most vulnerable students? Host Ashley C. Ford explores Florida’s book bans, their effects on students and educators, and the evolving history of American public education.

    For more information on how to support teachers and get banned books to kids, visit ALA’s Unite Against Book Bans campaign, and support Foundation 451.

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    • 38 min

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Reparations

Is about time that the US deal with the issue reparations. Too many of us were left destitute after the Civil War. We can model our program on the English reparations method of redress that finally finished the payoffs in 2015…

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Great show! Thank you so much for taking the time to help people to understand a little bit more about what it means to be transgender, through the voices of those with lived experience. Your guests were articulate and compelling. We need more of this.

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Child labor kingpins

The New York Times reported a story including damning info that Ben and Jerry’s uses child labor to make its product. This pRoGrEsSiVe company can kick rocks

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