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Navigating our way through this complex, challenging time requires taking a clear look at the issues we're confronting. Join Omkari Williams and her guests as they take on some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justic‪e‬ omkariwilliams

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Navigating our way through this complex, challenging time requires taking a clear look at the issues we're confronting. Join Omkari Williams and her guests as they take on some of the most pressing issues of our time.

    Supporting the Formerly Incarcerated: A Conversation with Rod Nunn

    Supporting the Formerly Incarcerated: A Conversation with Rod Nunn

    The United States has approximately 5% of the world's population but accounts for about 25% of those incarcerated. The statistics onre-incarceration are, honestly, awful.
    We know what happens when people are released from prison with no structure in place to help them successfully reenter society. How might it be different if instead of just letting people out and leaving them on their own we had systems in place that helped them find their way?
    Well, Concordance Academy does exactly that and Rod Nunn, Executive Vice President, Head of Education and Employment, joins me to talk about the ways in which our system is failing the formerly incarcerated and how we can fix this broken system.
    The costs of failing in this arena are often hidden from view for many of us but they are real and we all pay the price, if in no other way than financially, when the system fails. 
    This conversation inspired me to educate myself and to do my part, as we as a country grapple with our criminal justice system, to recognize that, for former felons, incarceration isn't the end of the story. The decisions that we, as a community make, can dramatically impact how the story plays out.
    Rod's 3 Action Steps1) Share the message in your circles of influence that individuals with criminal records, these justice involved adults that we're talking about, they do in fact, become good high performing employees in the workplace, solid, productive citizens.2) Stay informed with what's happening in public policy in your state, in your community. I would point you to the prison policy initiative as a great resource for that. 3) Visit Concordance Academy, to learn more about us. In particular our first chance campaign, which is a national campaign that is allowing us the ability to expand what we do and other places around the country. Our goal is to be in 10 cities by 2025.
    For a written transcript of this conversation go here.

    • 31 min
    Talking with Filmmaker Kerra Bolton

    Talking with Filmmaker Kerra Bolton

    In this conversation award winning filmmaker Kerra Bolton and I discuss telling Black stories, and the challenges of doing so, including her latest project which will have her diving sunken slave ships. We also talk about her life as an expat and some of the surprising moments that come, like when she realized that she was the oppressor. 
    I also learn about restorative practices as they are being used in a Detroit school.
    Another rich conversation for you. Enjoy!
    To donate to help Kerra get her film made go here.
    For a written transcript of this conversation go here.
     

    • 38 min
    Leslie Kern

    Leslie Kern

    When I first saw the title of Leslie Kern's book, Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World, I was intrigued. Then I started reading it and I was fascinated. In this book Kern talks about things that are so much a part of the norm that we often don't notice them, until we do. For instance, have you ever thought about the way that public transit is perfectly designed for the way most men work but not at all for the way a lot of women work? 
    What about the ways that women engage with the issue of safety, particularly in cities? The words we say to our female friends as we go our separate ways at night, "Text me when you get home", come to mind. Or how about the ways in which suburban living reinforces and perpetuates stereotypical gender roles?
    Honestly, this book and talking with Leslie made me look at so many things differently than I had before. Eye-opening doesn't begin to cover it. I loved talking with her so much. Have a listen, read her book, and spread the word.
    For a written transcript of this episode click here.

    • 39 min
    Hari Ziyad

    Hari Ziyad

    In this episode I got to speak with the author of the upcoming memoir Black Boy Out of Time, Hari Ziyad. Hari uses his experience of growing up queer with a Hare Krishna mother and Muslim father to illuminate the experience of being outside. As an outsider, both as a consequence of being queer but also as a Black boy in a world that has little space outside of set roles for Black children Hari dissects some of the impacts that our carceral system has on children of color.
    Talking with Hari made me braver about sharing more of my own story. Hari brings rigor to the discussion of our systems with a grace and sensitivity that creates space for all of us to more fully own our stories.
    I'm really glad that I got to speak with them and think you're going to find what they had to say fascinating.
    For a written transcript of this conversation go here.
    Learn more about Hari at www.hariziyad.com

    • 41 min
    Tharaka Sriram

    Tharaka Sriram

    In this episode I talk with Tharaka Sriram who has merged her values of the preservation of the oceans with women's justice issues and more. Tharaka and I discuss the overlap between the damage we're doing to our oceans and domestic violence. 
    She discusses the necessity for more women, particularly women of color, to be part of the conversation around ocean preservation and the preservation of a way of life for many Indigenous peoples. 
    She also challenges some assumptions that many of us have about the relationship that those who live by, and depend on, the ocean have with it. As well as the impact of plastic pollution on women especially.
    Whether you're an ocean lover or not, this is an important conversation about the health of our planet. Speaking with Tharaka has given me a lot to think about and will change some of the ways in which I engage with the ocean and the creatures that call it home.
    For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
    Tharaka mentions a number of things you might want to follow up on. Here are some links.
    International Collective for the Support of Fishworkers  (ICSF)
    Yemaya is the ICSF newsletter on gender and fisheries
    To read more about Tharaka's work as a Marine Ambassador go here.
     

    • 38 min
    Talking with author and editor Krishan Trotman

    Talking with author and editor Krishan Trotman

    In this conversation editor and author Krishan Trotman and I talk about her book Queens of the Resistance (co-authored with Brenda Jones) in which she profiles Nancy Pelosi, AOC, Maxine Waters, and Elizabeth Warren. We also discuss how important it is for us to have representation in publishing if we're going to have a deeper understanding of our varied experiences. Also, if writing a book is on your bucket list have a listen, Krishan has some great suggestions.
    This conversation, talking about badass women and the possibilities before us, gave me hope for the future and inspiration to keep going. I hope it does the same for you.
    For a written transcript of this conversation click here.

    • 36 min

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